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post #91 of 3101
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More on the Hulk. http://www.racer.com/hulkenberg-rejoins-force-india/article/323397/
Eww. A multi year deal. Hulks chances of driving for a top team just got slimmer.
DiResta may be driving IndyCar next year. That would be pretty cool. Hes Franchittis cousin and Franchitti just retired.
post #92 of 3101
From the James Allen site:


The organisers of the New Jersey Grand Prix have vowed to fight to get their race onto the 2015 F1 calendar after the World Motor Sport council rubber stamped a 19 race calendar for next season which does not feature the second US race. It had originally been slated for a date in early June.

Leo Hindery Jr and his team have struggled to delivery the project due to the complexity of the location, the permissions required the financing of the project and the time scale. The race, with a backdrop of the New York skyline, is a personal ambition of F1 commercial boss Bernie Ecclestone, who commented, “There is great demand for a race in New Jersey and I have no doubt we’ll be racing at Port Imperial in 2015. New races can take many years to get started, but there is significant momentum and we are close to realizing a New York City F1 race.”

Chris Pook, the Long Beach GP promoter and special adviser to the New Jersey race, said, “This is a very complicated circuit and incredibly important to the overall Formula One program in North America,” he said. “To get it right in New York will greatly increase awareness of Formula One and motor racing across the continent. I remain very confident about this event.”
post #93 of 3101
Some interesting reports regarding McLaren.

news.sky.com/story/1178061/mclaren-boss-dennis-plots-125m-share-swoop

There was a lot of buzz generated when Whitmarsh was on hand for the opening of Fred's museum in Spain. The point was that Fred wanted all the team principles from his career, but Whitmarsh was not TP when Fred was driving for McLaren. Obviously Ron Dennis was not going to attend, so it is not hard to grasp that he would be pretty cheesed off that Whitmarsh did so.

Nothing like a fresh batch of juicy F1 rumor. :-)
post #94 of 3101
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Originally Posted by BGLeduc View Post

Some interesting reports regarding McLaren.

news.sky.com/story/1178061/mclaren-boss-dennis-plots-125m-share-swoop

There was a lot of buzz generated when Whitmarsh was on hand for the opening of Fred's museum in Spain. The point was that Fred wanted all the team principles from his career, but Whitmarsh was not TP when Fred was driving for McLaren. Obviously Ron Dennis was not going to attend, so it is not hard to grasp that he would be pretty cheesed off that Whitmarsh did so.

Nothing like a fresh batch of juicy F1 rumor. :-)
Will the FIA allow him to return?
IMO, he should have a lifetime ban from the paddock.
Like every sport, F1 needs to protect their image.
Being a Team Principal should be a privilege, not a right.
post #95 of 3101
Don't know if this has been posted before, but it's really cool:


post #96 of 3101
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Don't know if this has been posted before, but it's really cool:


Great video. Thanks for posting
post #97 of 3101


From the FIA awards banquet this evening.

Sad for two reasons; Webbo's retirement from F1, and Kubica being unable to return to the sport.

Brian
post #98 of 3101
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From the FIA awards banquet this evening.

Sad for two reasons; Webbo's retirement from F1, and Kubica being unable to return to the sport.
Thanx for that, Brian.

I have spoken about the Kubica situation before and how sad it is he is not still an F1 driver.
The guy had tremendous talent and could have joined the Elite Class (as I call it) of drivers. (Alonso, Vettel, Kimi, Hamilton).
Best wishes to him in his new career.
post #99 of 3101
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Thanx for that, Brian.

I have spoken about the Kubica situation before and how sad it is he is not still an F1 driver.
The guy had tremendous talent and could have joined the Elite Class (as I call it) of drivers. (Alonso, Vettel, Kimi, Hamilton).
Best wishes to him in his new career.


The way I view it is he was given the rare opportunity to race in F-1 and did it well. No reason to think of it as sad, he's alive and I'm sure if you asked him wouldn't view it as "sad" either.
post #100 of 3101
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The way I view it is he was given the rare opportunity to race in F-1 and did it well. No reason to think of it as sad, he's alive and I'm sure if you asked him wouldn't view it as "sad" either.
I guess my point was he had the potential to be an F1 World Champion....IMO, he had The Right Stuff.
However, he never had a car that could get him there, and just as he was on the cusp of securing a drive that could get him there he was injured.

IIRC, Ferrari and McLaren, at the time, was very interested in him.
Of course, the injury/damage made it all moot.
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I guess this is the 100th reply *discounting the original post.

LOL.

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post #102 of 3101
Lewis Hamilton engages in some psychological warfare with RB:


Lewis Hamilton has advised Daniel Ricciardo to “attack” his high-profile teammate from the very first corner of 2014.

As a rookie in 2007, Briton Hamilton was paired at McLaren with the reigning world champion Fernando Alonso.

But Hamilton got his Grand Prix career off to a surprising start, overtaking Alonso at the very first corner in Melbourne.

“When Ron (Dennis) told me I would be much slower than Fernando, I thought, ‘He’s wrong,’” Hamilton is quoted by Brazil’s Totalrace.

“Attacking from the first race was one of the best things I could have done in Formula One,” he added.

Although Ricciardo has more experience, Hamilton likens the start of his own career to the Australian’s graduation to Red Bull for 2014, where he will be paired with the reigning quadruple World Champion, Sebastian Vettel.

Hamilton says Red Bull’s promotion of Ricciardo “makes sense,” even though the energy drink-owned squad could have picked a higher-profile name.

“It was a surprise to me when it was announced,” Hamilton said, “but as they have a team just for the young guys to gain experience, it is good to see that it is working.

“He will come in with a good car, in a seat that many others would like to have — not me, because I already have a good car,” he insisted.

“So, I’m cheering for him and hoping that he can handle the pressure — because it is always very high when a young guy comes into a top team. But I’m sure he will do well.”

Asked how Ricciardo should handle the early part of his career alongside Vettel, Hamilton urged him to attack, saying that he would “love to see” Ricciardo emulate his own feat of 2007 by passing Vettel at the very first corner.

“He does not need to do that, but it would be fantastic for any driver,” said Hamilton. “Hopefully, I’ll see it happen in my rear mirror.”
post #103 of 3101
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Originally Posted by oink View Post

I guess my point was he had the potential to be an F1 World Champion....IMO, he had The Right Stuff.
However, he never had a car that could get him there, and just as he was on the cusp of securing a drive that could get him there he was injured.

IIRC, Ferrari and McLaren, at the time, was very interested in him.
Of course, the injury/damage made it all moot.



I saw an interview with him during the WRC Rally Wales a few weeks ago. He said he didn't want to come back to F1 and was loving the learning curve racing rally cars. It was probably a bit of diplomatic FUD to keep his sponsor happy, but at least he's still racing cars at a very high level. Good luck to him in whatever he does. I'll never forget that crash in Canada when his car flipped and disintegrated.


http://youtu.be/P2FtNUDKLcM
post #104 of 3101
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I'll never forget that crash in Canada when his car flipped and disintegrated.
http://youtu.be/P2FtNUDKLcM
A very close call....
post #105 of 3101
I'm glad someone besides me noticed this problem:



Formula One drivers have urged Pirelli to reduce the marbles next year and the manufacturer are determined to heed to their calls.

Marbles have become a big problem for drivers in recent years and it was particularly bad at some tracks this season due to the softer compounds that were used.

Pirelli's motorsport boss Paul Hembery admits it's a major concern for drivers and his company will look at coming up with a solution.

"The drivers certainly have commented on it and we can understand it," Hembery is quoted as saying by Autosport. "So it's something that we are trying to do.

"It's one of those things, though. Once you are in a season you can't really do much about it then.

"We know that it's clearly wear-related, it's basically tearing of the tyres in some cases, certainly the super-soft and to an extent the softer tyre have not had the strength that we needed.

"You can see some races where we had almost no marbles when you are using the hard and medium, certain surfaces where it's low abrasion. So we are working to try and improve that. The general comment from the drivers is 'reduce marbles'."

It's unlikely to be an easy job with Hembery revealing there is a fine line between reducing it and actually creating more.

"At the moment we're doing a lot of work on scaling and understanding where we are with the different compounds, we wanted to try and improve things like the tear resistance of the compounds, which has a direct impact on marbles which is something we are trying to reduce for next year," he said.

"With the increased wheelspin, that has a chance of creating more marbles compared to where we are today, so we have to increase the mechanical strength of the compounds.

"If you go too far, then you just end up with more wheelspin because you've got no grip.

"That's the balance that will be hard to find because we don't know the real impact of the aero when we start racing. There's also the risk that there are big differences between teams."
post #106 of 3101
F1 continues the slow march toward NASCAR-ification.

http://www.fia.com/formula-one-regulation-changes

This has to be a spoof. Double points for the last event of the year???? When did Humpy Wheeler get on the FIA BOD?
post #107 of 3101
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F1 continues the slow march toward NASCAR-ification.

http://www.fia.com/formula-one-regulation-changes

This has to be a spoof. Double points for the last event of the year???? When did Humpy Wheeler get on the FIA BOD?
I like the idea of a "permanent" number for drivers.
It makes it easier for fans to identify drivers on-track.

The "double points" thing is just a way to try to slow down RB and its crushing of the competition.
It says more about RB's dominance than anything else.
post #108 of 3101
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The "double points" thing is just a way to try to slow down RB and its crushing of the competition.
It says more about RB's dominance than anything else.

No doubt that's the motivation, but to me it still smacks of artificial bull shite. There will always be periods where one team dominates. No fun if that does not happen to be one's favorite team, but it just means that the other teams need to raise their game. What's next, inverted starting grids? Claiming rules? Maybe they just have a rule that awards 1/2 points to RB for the whole season while all other teams get full points.

Just imagine the outcry if a WC is won at the last race due to the 2x points rule.
post #109 of 3101
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Originally Posted by BGLeduc View Post

No doubt that's the motivation, but to me it still smacks of artificial bull shite. There will always be periods where one team dominates. No fun if that does not happen to be one's favorite team, but it just means that the other teams need to raise their game.
I could not agree more.

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What's next, inverted starting grids? Claiming rules? Maybe they just have a rule that awards 1/2 points to RB for the whole season while all other teams get full points.
LOL.

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Just imagine the outcry if a WC is won at the last race due to the 2x points rule.
This is proof the FIA hasn't thought it thru....wink.gif
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I had overlooked this thread for the new F1 season until today so thought I would weigh in. I too am looking forward to next year. We are going to see a lot of changes and that's a good thing, it seems to me.
post #113 of 3101
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I had overlooked this thread for the new F1 season until today so thought I would weigh in. I too am looking forward to next year. We are going to see a lot of changes and that's a good thing, it seems to me.

As long as one of the changes is where Vettel finishes, you are right, it will be a good thing! biggrin.gif
post #114 of 3101
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As long as one of the changes is where Vettel finishes, you are right, it will be a good thing! biggrin.gif
Come now....I see your avatar.biggrin.gif

You guys have by far the strongest driver line-up in 2014.
In fact, 2 from the top 20 best-of-all-time list!

Next year there will be no tears for the prancing horses coming from me.tongue.gif
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post #116 of 3101
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I had overlooked this thread for the new F1 season until today so thought I would weigh in. I too am looking forward to next year. We are going to see a lot of changes and that's a good thing, it seems to me.
Welcome back!
post #117 of 3101
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Originally Posted by oink View Post

James Allen's thoughts on the new regs:

http://www.jamesallenonf1.com/2013/12/some-notes-on-the-new-f1-rule-changes/

I always find JA's commentary to be insightful.

Interesting though that the big worry causing the tire test was torque from the new motors, but they will be testing 2013 spec cars. Curious what exactly they will learn unless the teams are allowed to perhaps tune their motors to produce more torque, since I would guess that there will be no scrutineering other than perhaps for safety concerns.

Brian
post #118 of 3101
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Originally Posted by BGLeduc View Post

I always find JA's commentary to be insightful.
+1

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Interesting though that the big worry causing the tire test was torque from the new motors, but they will be testing 2013 spec cars.
THAT is a very good question...I don't have a clue.

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Curious what exactly they will learn unless the teams are allowed to perhaps tune their motors to produce more torque
Sounds logical to me.

Do we know what the difference in torque will be between the 2013 V8s and next season's V6s?
post #119 of 3101
Difficult to compare the torque from 2013 to 2014 I would imagine. My understanding is the 2014 cars will rely much more heavily on electric power. Instant torque. Seems like using a 2013 car wouldnt be very helpful but Im not an engineer.
post #120 of 3101
BOGO!!!!!!!



EDIT: Technically, I guess this would be a WOGO deal. :-)
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