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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, but....no

    @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. Lol exactly, he is upset he got no say in the future of the sport an being the control freak he is, he can't stand it, this is the best thing for the sport, keep pushing that little gnome away, he needs to be gone, he is what is making this sport a farce.

    Him and CVC....but whom to replace him with?

  3. 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, NASCAR...in 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 there...you 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.....

  4. 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.


  5. 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.

  6. Really? How many exciting moments you remember due to the tire wars? How many unpredicatble races, and changes in the championship due to the improvements on one tire above the other? How much better Michelin and Bridgestone are compared to the rest thanks to the "ruthless competition"? What were your favorite exciting years in the tire wars era? 2002? 2004?

    The only relevant moment the tire wars brought us was Indy 2005. Errr...no, thanks.

    It's always the same. Things are either boring, or bad, or merely not perfect (as is now, because it is certainly not boring nor bad at all) and people choose some random thing from the past and say THAT was good.

    Refuelling, tire wars, grooved tires, active suspension...whatever. Don't take me wrong, sometimes there are good reasons behind some of them. I guess we'd all prefer an F1 in which cars could overtake each other as much as they are doing this year without t he need of confusing KERS and DRS mechanisms and rules. But if there are two things that never had much bearing in improving the spectacle those are precisely tire wars and refuelling.

    A full head of hair...now THAT was good....

  7. I understand that but webber seemed alot closer to seb in 09-10 now he gets a walloping, and seems to always have the mechanical issues,where I can't even remember the last time seb retired due to mechanical problems. These cars both run the same kers system,yet webber has all the kers issues as seb has none. Wtf is going on with that?

    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.

  8. Agreed. I think at the end of the day, no matter how many race wins, fastest laps, WDC, and and team championships Vettel achieves, it will always be... but oh he's driving an Andrian Newey car, so he's not a very good driver. Well go get your wiki on and look at all the drivers who have raced his cars. How about one certain Mr Grouch Webber. How do his stats stack up against Vettels? Hmmm?

    Prost, Senna, Mansell, Hill, JV, Schumacher, Hakkinen, all won in possibly the better car during their years racing. Heck even Eddie Irvine got in with a chance to win a WDC. The car certainly does make a difference, but you still have to keep the car on the track, not hit anyone, not get hit, and finish higher than the other guys.

    Vettel is a champion. And despite me dearly wanting Kimi to win this year, I have no problems with Vettel is he wins it. Maybe all this talk about Hamilton and Alonso and other drivers being the best in their generation rubbish, when factually they are not, will be put to rest.

    The other drivers do not underestimate Vettel at all. They only put out that idea they do, to try and rattle sabres, to attempt to destabilize competing teams. RBR isn't all about the car, it's a combination of the car + driver plus the team behind it.

    It's beyond boring to keep seeing people post that Vettel is a pretender. What series are you watching? Because I have been watching F1.

    Ayup. What he said :)

  9. There was no contact with another car. There is on-board from the #74 in addition to the #73, though I find the whole thing sickening to watch. But I saw it earlier, before I knew the outcome, and there was no contact.

    Anyway, wow. sad.png

    Another fatality in racing. It's amazing that the Simonsen family requested AMR finish the race because I sure can't take it anymore. I need a break from auto racing. These deaths are just too much for me. That the Simonsen family made that request of AMR is a positive sign. I hope peace comes their way.

    This sport's just too much for me. sad.png


    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.

  10. 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.