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    It took over two and a half hours to get back to KL Sentral from the track.
    Am I just spoiled by having been to races with easy trams in Melbourne, or did something go wrong today?
    The shuttle bus from the circuit to the station was nearly an hour in itself.



    Looks like I’ll be going to the Malaysian GP this year. Really looking forward to it.
    Any recommendations on where to stay while in town for the weekend?



    The other part that’s really difficult is there is really poor advertising of what race is shown on Foxtel and what’s available on Ten.
    Can’t say there’s any logic to the races that have been chosen, would have thought Ten would have wanted the Malaysian race given it’s at prime time in the eastern states…

    I just can’t justify the costs, Foxtel/Ten have a similar sharing relationship to Sky/BBC, and to pay $600+ ($720+ if you want to watch in HD) is just too much for 10 races.
    To even use their streaming service with no contract is $50 per month. Ridiculously cost prohibitive.

    If they offered a sports only package I’d consider it, there’s no V8 Supercar races live on FTA between the GP support races in mid march until Townsville in July.

    I feel like I’m back in 2007-2008 searching for race streams to watch the race live again.



    I’m going to Friday’s sessions solo, so if anyone feels like catching up with another F1 Fanatic I’ll be walking laps of the track, so happy to meet you wherever



    They won’t release the full race on YouTube unfortunately, V8 Supercar stopped releasing full race videos after the introduction of their online streaming service V8SuperView.

    It’s a subscription service, but races are at least available on demand there if you’re outside Australia and NZ.



    @npf1 What is the FR3.5 qualifying system?



    You must have a good memory Keith, like a few that have already contributed, I was at the first round in Melbourne.

    I’ve been to Albert Park every year for the past 5 or so, and before that a few times (1999 for the race and other years for practice sessions), plus a few years at Adelaide that I was probably too young to really remember (93 and 95). So I’ve been fortunate enough to see V12s, V10s, V8s and V6 Turbos in action.

    My impressions of the engines were that the quality of the sound was good, even if the volume was significantly quieter. I was actually walking to my viewing position when I heard the first cars doing their outlaps and I thought it wasn’t an F1 car but rather a motorbike doing show runs.

    I liked quite a few aspects of the new engines:
    I didn’t need earplugs
    It was easy to distinguish between the different engine manufacturers
    The engine note was now multi-dimensional – no longer just a high pitched scream there is now different sounds on corner entry and exit.
    I could actually hear the circuit announcer (ever the anorak I normally have a pocket raio, but everyone else can hear it now too) – Neil Crompton did a pretty good job of building up the tension with Ricciardo holding 2nd on the road.

    I normally watch the race from the hill overlooking T9 which is directly across the lake from the pit straight – and this was my only major issue with the engines; there was no crescendo at the moment the lights were about to go out.

    The other thing I found interesting was I was there with some relatively F1 neutral friends, who were there just because they got free tickets. Their normal motorsport fix is drifting, so they loved the sound of the new engines. The lower volume was a really good aspect in this regard too, as during the race I could explain what was happening to them.

    Compared to the V8s, that were just shrill in timbre the V6 Turbos are much more pleasing to the ear – a *slight* volume increase wouldn’t go astray, in their Melbourne guise F1 engines were quieter than some of the support categories (V8 Supercars & Carera Cup).



    What country are you in? – Australia
    2. Which channels broadcast F1 near you? – Qualifying on One, full race on Ten
    3. Do they show all the races live or only a limited number? – All races live
    4. Do they also show qualifying live? – Yes
    5. Do they also show practice sessions live? – No
    6. If they are a subscription channel, what does a full year’s subscription cost? – Ten and One are free to air channels
    7. Do they broadcast coverage online? – Yes,
    8. Please supply any relevant information such as alternative viewing options – Qualifying is shown live on One, which is an HD sports/entertainment channel owned by Network Ten. Races are shown on the network’s main channel, Ten, in Standard Definition only. The coverage uses the Sky F1 commentary and feeds, with ad breaks a plenty. There is typically half an hour of discussion by the Australian team before and after each session.

    @mitch has got it all there for Aussie viewers

    I’d only add;
    Really disappointing to watch races in SD, especially when they were broadcast HD previously (until mid last year).

    Also sad that there is no legal way to watch FP1/2/3 in Australia for any other races than the Aus GP.

    The quality of analysis on One/Ten is poor (although it has improved with the addition of AJ), so whether possible I have a live stream going before and after the race to watch the coverage from Sky/BBC. Handy to use the stream to fill in ad breaks too.

    Finally, strangely I prefer watching European races than Asian ones. Watching the race from 10-12 on a Sunday night really suits me.



    I’ll be there again too.
    Will probably watch Practice and Quali from various points on the track and watch the Race from the hill on Turn 9.



    I don’t really follow NASCAR, so take my opinion with a grain of salt – but surely this is going to produce some strange entrants into ‘The Chase’, Juan Pablo Montoya and Marcus Ambrose have both never won on ovals but both won on road courses.



    Just wanted to revive this discussion after Grosjean’s penalty in today’s Hungarian Grand Prix. If you would allow drivers to overtake while exceeding track limits, that wouldn’t work simply because there is so much tarmac on the edge of the track. For an example, turn 4 where Grosjean passed Massa: there is an enormous tarmac patch on the apex, while the outside if basically a pristine tarmac paradise.

    So in my opinion, they should replace the tarmac run-off areas with grass patches, at least the first meter on the outside of the track (also the ridiculous astroturf has to go). Then you can be a bit softer with the track exceeding regulations: it basically becomes the driver’s responsibility to judge whether keeping your foot in is the sensible thing to do. Of course if a driver cuts the corner completely, a penalty should still be handed to him.

    There is of course a safety issue: the tarmac is there for safety reasons, because the friction of the tyres with the tarmac surface is actually a really effective way to slow a skidding car down. That’s why I say the first meter or two alongside the track should be grass and further away from the track it should remain as it is right now: tarmac.


    I think that 1-2 meters of grass on the verge of the track is an ideal solution. Not only does it prevent passes outside the boundaries of the track but it also prevents gaining an advantage by not respecting the track limits on a regular lap.
    It would also lead to better racing too as drivers would be punished for mistakes – when running wide at the moment they just use the run off and there’s no issue, if there’s grass in the way then they’ll have to make a decision, go wide onto the tarmac run-off or back off and stay within the track.

    Would love to see the impact on safety of having grass verges – if they’re too soft it just provides a cushion to roll.

    The other alternative that I’d like to see investigated is the Paul Riccard style blue and red zones – would these work for F1?



    With the (almost) what cars are you missing?



    Five years is a long deal for a bloke who’s 36 years old… particularly one who has regularly said F1 is the pinnacle of motor racing and might want to just catch some waves instead.



    Yep, I think @pelican has probably found the most common sense reason why this wouldn’t happen – weather.
    Particularly the races on the American continents as they traverse the equator seeing extreme weather from winter to summer.
    The same problem would exist for the Asian races, but is minimised as many of the races are located in/around the tropics.



    Surely they are trollin’

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