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  1. What If Schumi Stayed?

    Mike the Shoe would continue to go as well as Rusty the Enforcer is going in V8's...past the optimum prime to be competitive agianst all the teeny-boppers. This is not to say that Mike has lost it...just lost it comparatively to the rest of the F1 field. Nico would have again down troued him at the majority of races.
  2. Where Will Webber Go In 2014?

    RBR or... ...won't be WEC. Been there. Done that. Had a flipping good time. (Geddit???) ...won't be NASCAR - too old in the tooth is Marky Mark for learning how to turn left with a steering wheel shoved under your chin ...might be Indycar as winning the 500 would be alluring ...might be V8 Supercars because Lowndes is long in the tooth now and needs a break (me jokes)...maybe in the Supercheap car when Rusty retires at the end of the year. The allure of winning The Great Race as an Ocker has a real drawcard...could follow fellow F1 driver Larry Perkins, mayhaps? ....might be F5000 Tasman Revival Series because they are meaner and tougher than modern F1 (OK, I'm just wishing that since then I'll be in pitlane with him...hehehe)
  3. So When Will Pirelli Bring Better Tires ?

    (Just paraphrasing the above ) Young Mike explains it much better than I ever could: http://pitpass.com/49168-Secret
  4. So When Will Pirelli Bring Better Tires ?

    Since when has a 110-dBa engine being run ever been secret? Secret, my arse. You'd have to have bricks in your head if you ever thought a F1 team could run a secret test the very next day of a grandprix. Of course, most journo's these days do have bricks in their heads, and the articles they write aren't even worth being used as toilet paper. What has been reported so far is 1% of the story, and the only people that it was "secret" for were aforementioned bricks for brains journo's. The test was not secret. It wasn't even obfuscated.
  5. Grand Prix Du Canada

    1-second? Puh-lease... (where's the "rolls eyes" icon when you need it?)
  6. Grand Prix Du Canada

    2005 was Buttons turn All up, the 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2009, 2010, 2011 word champions have binned it there. That is not to mention the others: Rubens, Trulli, Maldonaldo, Montoya, Koybayashi, Gerhard Berger, Christian Albers, David Coulthard and Ralfy boy too. Of course Lewis and Kimi have their own thing going on in Canada when exiting pitlanes....
  7. Grand Prix Du Canada

    1999 Schuie went in 1999 (again!!) and this time Damon Hill
  8. Grand Prix Du Canada

    They may not all be champions but.... 1988 it was Derek Warwick 1997 and 1999, JV tagged it
  9. Grand Prix Du Canada

    Don't count me in with the riff-raff thankyou....
  10. Sergio Perez - Hero Or Villain ?

    Its abilities....not habilities... And clicking three times doesn't make it so either
  11. Who's The Badder Boy ?

    Grosjean, becuase he is ahead of Perez in points. Therefore he is "badder", because "badder" is slang for very good or great, and in this instance Grosjeans points are greater than Perez's so therefore Grosjean wins the "badder" stakes. Of course, the badder one of them all is Lewis; but is it because he is black or has a bulldog with him at some races? Or is it the dog called Roscoe that makes him the baddest driver in F1? If someone would like to pose "who is the worse driver between Grosjean and Perez", well, then we have something to debate.
  12. Engines

    Ahh....but was I telling the truth when I thanked you?
  13. Engines

    Every engine has it's own personality as it were. Some engines will have a small peak operating area, and others a broad one. The broader the peak the easier it is to drive the engine. For example, a Ford Kent Crossflow has an operating band of around 5000-6500rpm. This makes it an easy engine to drive, and is one of the reasons it has been the backbone engine for forty years in Formula Ford. Then you take a Ford Cosworth MAE, and it's operating band is 9000-9500rpm - a very small window and one that makes it very hard to stay on the cam. A driver will always prefer a broad a peak as possible. Other differences in engines of course is the weight, but more importantly, where that weight is - the center of mass. You might remember going back a few years and Renault had a very wide V angle in the V10 - this was to lower the center of mass, because obviously, the wider the angle, the lower the top of the pistons will be. Many manufacutrers have tried various piston angles, from flat (Subaru Boxer being possibly the most successful), to H16's of BRM; a very complicated double stacking of pistons, to W16 variants which is where pistons on the crank are cencentrically offset, to inline 4's and 6's where the "V" is basically closed in the vertical plane, and V variants of differing angular piston displacement. Every manufacturer has it's idea of the "sweet spot", but it can be anywhere from 60-120 degrees (120 being flatter, and thus with a lower CoG). Renault, from memory, were running 110-112-degs, but the high revs made the harmonics go out the window, and the angle was closed back towards 90 degrees. So each engine gives the designer pro's and con's. And from this a different car will emerge, from wheelbase, size of body work, ride heights, etc etc. Then this is also not mentioning how thirsty one engine might be over the other to generate equal horse power (horsepower being a (complicated) calculation of engine speed, air flow, and fuel delivery). But sometimes, horsepower can be sacrificed for better torque (and therefore acceleration), and thus improve efficiency. Teams will not know what they really have until they can physically test the cars; computers and dyno charts can only get you so far; there has been many an engine over the years look good on paper, but be impossible to drive (power coming on all at once etc). Will we have engines breaking next year towards the end of the races? Probably not. The reason - today's testing of engines is so far more advanced than what it was in the 1990's (the last time engines would blow up), and astronomically advanced in comparison to the 1980's (the last time turbo's were the engine of choice until banned in 1989).
  14. Engines

    Why thank you, good Sir.
  15. So When Will Pirelli Bring Better Tires ?

    All good points. You missed another however - the rule that states ALL tyres have to be changed - you can't just replace a front left or rear right for instance, but all four must come off, even if two of them could do another 20-laps...
  16. Sergio Perez - Hero Or Villain ?

    I haven't read it, but most F1 reporters are idiots. Only guys like Nigel Roebuck, James Alan, and a few other select journo's should ever be treated as telling the gospel. I don't care what was written in that article, because, whilst a clumsy attempt, I had no problem with him having a go.
  17. Sergio Perez - Hero Or Villain ?

    Had they "raced" in the 1:17's, then they would easily have had a pitstop in hand - the average pit was 24-25secs so thats five laps when running 5-seconds faster than they were tootling around on Sunday. They were all just transfixed on a 2-stopper.
  18. 2013 Indianapolis Racing League

    The new owner of Lola has said he is going to target Indy for the next chassis, or at least, as an alternative because "they're ugly" (speaking of the Dallara) Might be in with a shot as the new owner is American, based in America, and very rich....$$$$$
  19. Monaco Gp - Pearl Of F1

    Eric, since you're the one with all the time on your hands to work out statistical nonsense, can you work out what the points that Hamilton and Nico would both have, had Ross Brawn not been an idiot and let Nico pass Lewis back in Malaysia? Cheers, little ears. As for Perez..yeah, dumb move on Kimi, but at least he was trying. As someone once said "you can tidy up speed, but you can't speed up tidy". This is waht Macca see's in him, and he will come good in time, I feel. As for Martin Whitmarsh..it's not him that designs the car, determines the weight balances etc etc...he's just the head on the pratt perch that is there to take the flak. Would you tell Frank Williams and Patrick Head to leave WIlliams? No. And Sean, old matey...whats the buzz on the GP2 drivers amongst the F1 people? Who are they watching? Two podiums for Mitch on a track he's never been on before, and Colletti seems a good racer too. Frijns seems good as well, though not such a good weekend for him this weekend. Grosjean out, Valsecchi in?
  20. It's All About You

    1. If you could do any job in F1 except beng a driver, what would you choose and why? So I can't be a truck driver, either? Well, then...I choose to be the grid-girl co-ordinator...cars? pfft...spunky grid girls.. 2. What did you have for your breakfast today? Scrambled eggs with smoked salmon, on a croisant with avocado slices and a dollop of relish 3. What is your all time favourite film? Pass. 4. What is the last music you bought? What is music? What is "bought"? 5. Have you ever been arrested? Nope. 6. What is your worst habit? I am not a nun, ergo, I have no habits. 7. Name your favourite Pizza topping. First a favourite film, and now a favorite pizza topping? What's with all this ranking stuff...the important thing is to participate...it doesn't matter who wins, you know. 8. What (if any) pets do you have? Black lab named Skecher. 9. How do you take your coffee? Coffee?? Ewww. Vomit. 10. What is your favourite alcoholic drink? Not had alcohol since I was 16...23 long years ago...
  21. Monaco Gp - Pearl Of F1

    Macca should do OK at Monaco...car's not all there on the fast circuits, but Monaco can be favourable to the slower cars.
  22. Paddy Lowe To Mercedes

    Oh - so for the great unwashed in Europe then...can't be any good then...
  23. Paddy Lowe To Mercedes

  24. Goodbye Farce 1, You Will Not Be Missed!

    Because motorbikes don't have wings, George!
  25. It's Hammer Time!

    Happy Birthday Mr Grab ye Thaw and Slay ye Hammer. May ye Hammer find ye Gifts worth Slaying!!