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  1. @Andres: I quite like the 6-wheeler Tyrell. Both aesthetically and the engineering reason behind it. @Kool and the Gang: I agree re the Caterham. I was kinda hoping the little guys might come up with a trick, @Ricardo: I was thinking the same thing today - the rule should state a minimum width for a minimum length from the tip going rearwards, like 150mm or 200mm wide. The old noses wouldn't have been any wider than that at the tips. @The Universe: I was thinking, and maybe hoping, that we would see noses not unlike McLaren had only three years ago when it was low. Obviously that style of nose no longe stacks up in the wind tunnel, but surely it worked back then, so why not now?
  2. RBR? Really?
  3. Does Mrs Thaw know you have that, er, tucked away....??
  4. Yes, a well earned retirement. Though, is it retirement-put-your-feet-up-and-go-fishing thing, or will it just be from F1? Time shall tell, and with a brain like that, he'll want stimulus of some sort of challenge.
  5. Him and CVC....but whom to replace him with?
  6. Sorry to disappoint that it wasn't Eddie Irvine as you'd been hoping for
  7. Maybe Bernie just needs a better hearing aid???
  8. A mix of free and Sky, but it's worth paying the measly amount of money to Sky when you consider how Sh#te free to air TV is every other hour of the day
  9. Having heard a few of the engines at Jerez this past week, I still don't think anything is wrong or missing with the sound. Still sound like engines being pushed by the monkey in the c#ckpit.
  10. See, you may have all the themeparks there in the GC, we in lil ol Kiwiland get GP3, GP2, F1 (all sessions including practice), WRC, DTM, MotoGP, Indy, fact about the only thing we don't get is 24hrs of Le Mans. And there is also a substantial amount of coverage of national racing such as the TRS series (Toyota Racing Series) which is our version of cars that are not too unlike GP3, hence guys like Josh Hill and Piquet the youngest coming to race here in our summer over five consecutive weekends (three races a weekend). The young British lad Jann Mardenborough, whom won the PS3 Gran Tursimo sim thing two years ago is currently in second on the points table this year, having also raced here last year (finished mid-table if I recall...he was a bit like Malonaldo and seemed to be spend more time with a wing hanging off or mounted up the gearbox of the guy infront last year, but this year he has settled down and is going lickity split in the wet). Back to the speed of the F1 cars, I imagine that they will be quicker in Bahrain; this test will have only been breaking in the cars, whereas Bahrain will see race simulation, and as such, they have to give it 10 tenths. GP2 engines will change when the current chassis is retired, which is in about two years. The current chassis has been going for two seasons (at least). GP3 was upgraded this past season, so their engine will remain the same for another four or five seasons. Remember that there is going to be a horsepower race this year, as the engines are not yet frozen like they were for the past five seasons. We have an interesting year ahead of us, and to be frank, times are irrelevant if the racing aspect is can watch a bunch of BMW E30's hacking it out, overtaking and such, and even though they're lapping upwards of 10-seconds slower than even me in my Formula Ford, they still do put on a good race (even if it is between shopping trollies with stickers on the doors). And F1 has been getting slower in the past decade anyway, not that you have ever voiced concern over it before...lets take Monza....Montoya did 53 laps (and won) in 2001, and completed those 53 laps, 1 minute and 40 seconds faster than Vettel did the same 53 laps last year. Likewise, JPM pole that year was 1.22.216...Vettels in 2013 was 1.23.795. Of course Monty had a V10 3-litre engine....Vettel a V8 2.4-litre engine.... GP2 currently has a V8 4-litre engine...practically a dinosaur even in road car terms. As for Leimer, he had some good races, but as with any young guy coming up through the ranks, there were some real dumb moments from him too. Valsechi in 2012 on the other hand, I didn't think much of him, and apparently, neither did Lotus, to which he got all sour about for some reason.....
  11. The engines will sound fine, and, gee, not all too different to the 1990's
  12. Not much money = not much chance. If they could secure a deal like they had with Bimmer, then maybe they will have a chance again. But to be at the level of McLaren, Ferrari and RBR takes a lot of money.
  13. Ric...there are five of us in all corners of the globe. I just signed on having just worked 40-hours straight...yes you read right, 6am yesterday to 10pm tonight. I'm ever so sorry I, or Eric, etc weren't at your beck and call. Take a chill pill. We're not like other forums whereby we all pretty much know each other on a personal level. Crack a joke and carry on. Craig
  14. It appears that the teams that had the blowouts had their tyres on the wrong rims. The tyres were never designed to be on that side of the car, a bit like directional road tyres, only with less margin of safety (being that they are race tyres). You can't lay the entire blame on Pirelli, and this is why the teams are keeping pretty quiet. They fooked up, not Pirelli.
  15. A full head of THAT was good....
  16. Pure dumb luck. You shouldn't read so much into the situation. Mark was probably at his peak in 09/10, but Vettel is only now hitting his straps. It has nothing to do with the car and everything to do with the drivers, sorry to say for your favourite.
  17. Macca have far better systems in place than Merc. Just because it has Merc on the side of the car, doesn't change the fact it's still BAR. Merc make road cars and engines.
  18. Eric, I know this is going to sound harsh, but if motorsport is too much for you, then so too should anything be involving a car. More people are going to die going to die driving to work in the next hour than there will be fatalities in motorsport for the whole year. Difference here being is that the schmuck driving to work doesn't expect to be killed in a car smash. He is neither prepared mentally for it, nor does he drive a car offering any form of real surviviability. The race car driver that gets into a race car knows full well that they might not get back out again. It is a risk that they take. It is a risk that their families let them take. When I get into the c#ckpit of my car, I sometimes very briefly think about it, and think about my daughter. But I still strap in, and lock and load 125Hp to my back, quite literally. If NASA had stopped when they had the fire on the launch pad, then you'd have never have had the Space Shuttles. You can't stop doing or liking something becuase someone, somewhere, gets hurt or killed. That's just life. It doesn't make their loss of life meaningless, but don't make what they did meaningless, otherwise you make them meaningless.
  19. I can't help but think that McLaren have thrown this year out the window from the get go, and have been putting all the eggs in next years car which will be a totally new machine from the wheel hubs up. If RBR / Ferrari etc are busy in the 2013 development race, and not putting too much effort into 2014 until towards the end of the season, then McLaren might get quite a jump on the others.
  20. Me thinks the headlights won't work too well... 1/ A shadow in the center front of the car caused by the nose 2/ It'll light up the c#ckpit causing night blindness for the drivers
  21. He is in the simulator, and he did the young driver test last year. Personally I think he is better suited to prototype racing. Hopefully he has a good Le Mans this year.
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