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Old 1st Feb 2019, 12:03
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Jolihokistix - I did start a Formula E thread years ago when it first started. Not much interest in it from most on here. Pity, as there's some good close racing. Next race is 16th February.
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Old 1st Feb 2019, 12:07
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There is a lot more action in a race that only lasts 45 mins. I like it and I like the little gimmicks like attack mode etc but it is clearly aimed toward the younger generation. It does lack something that I just can't put my finger on, and not just a loud petrol engine.

The drivers (many ex F1 drivers) seem to take it very seriously.
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Old 1st Feb 2019, 12:07
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Sauber now Alfa Romeo.

https://www.skysports.com/f1/news/12433/11624515/f1-news-sauber-renamed-alfa-romeo-for-2019-season
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Old 1st Feb 2019, 14:32
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The drivers (many ex F1 drivers) seem to take it very seriously.
I think the 'Ex' provides a clue...

I know what you mean, I've tried to like it but it's somehow, just wrong. The cars sound like any other high-performance electric motor, whether in a theme park or on a train and while those motors are all ferociously powerful, they just don't satisfy the need for 'loud'.

Good to see the actual Alfa Romeo name back in F1 after 30-odd years
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Old 2nd Feb 2019, 00:46
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Agreed and agreed. I loved Sauber's, er... Alfa Romeo's car colour scheme last year. Took me back to the carpet in a cabin on the RMS Franconia, playing with my Dinky toys.

Bee Rexit, agreed on Attack Mode. Super VC-10, thanks for the heads-up!

I think the tracks are too narrow and the walls too high, and the cars too flimsy...
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Old 9th Feb 2019, 23:08
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Hamilton fears Max the Most says Horner.

Well he would say that wouldn't he...


https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/formula1/47135129
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Old 10th Feb 2019, 12:45
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I'm not sure Hamilton 'fears' anyone on the current F1 grid.
From the article, I liked the contradiction to Horner's claim:

""I don't think he lacks anything to take those guys on and he's probably the driver they fear the most."

Verstappen, who had an error-strewn start to last season, eventually won two races..."

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Old 11th Feb 2019, 06:21
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Smoke screen? Horner could be covering for Red Bull's potentially disastrous decision to drop Renault engines, which performed far, far better for them than any of the other Renault teams, for Honda who have taken so long to get up to scratch. I am Honda's greatest fan, yes, but everyone in Japan has been exasperated by their slowness to catch up. The promise of the Honda engine has been just that so far, promises promises. First McLaren believed them, then Toro Rosso and now Red Bull. What do they know exactly that we don't? Or have Red Bull been caught out during finalization of the negotiations by the changes in the regulations?

If Hamilton is afraid of Max, it will be because Max has not yet learnt the meaning and usefulness of fear, so it will still be anyone's guess what he might do on track in a tight situation, until he matures that is. That really is scary.
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Old 11th Feb 2019, 09:08
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Sadly I'll be one of the half million who won't be watching this year in the U.K. as F1 has gone to "Pay for TV" I only watch 1 hour of TV a week, normally, as there is nothing worth watching other than F1.
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Old 11th Feb 2019, 09:27
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Originally Posted by Lancelot37 View Post
Sadly I'll be one of the half million who won't be watching this year in the U.K. as F1 has gone to "Pay for TV" I only watch 1 hour of TV a week, normally, as there is nothing worth watching other than F1.
Where did you get that figure, Lancelot. Only half a million?
After years of feeling really angry about this, last year I finally bit the bullet and bought an app for my mobile.
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Old 11th Feb 2019, 10:37
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Originally Posted by Lancelot37 View Post
Sadly I'll be one of the half million who won't be watching this year in the U.K. as F1 has gone to "Pay for TV" .......
Just in case you are not aware, CH4 will be broadcasting highlights of every F1 race in 2019, and live coverage of the British GP.

Far from ideal, but perhaps better than nothing.
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Old 11th Feb 2019, 11:00
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I've probably said this before. In Ross Brawn's book he talks about the importance of focussing on winning championships rather than races, even as a new team who aren't contenders - it's the practice of focussing on the actual objective. Max won't get anywhere until he learns this lesson. At the moment he's not even focussing on winning races - he is still intent on winning every corner.

I found Ross's book interesting, but I've nearly finished Adrian Newey's book and that is absolutely fascinating. It's full of technical detail that gives you an idea what all the features of a modern formula 1 car do and how the overall aero package works. It's also the interesting life-story of how a man who nearly dropped out after the first term of his aerodynamics degree because he couldn't hack the maths became arguably the world's most famous (and certainly the world's highest paid) aerodynamicist. And it give the unvarnished inside story (no holds barred) of what happened with ayerton senna, what happened when mansell and later hill were sacked by williams, why he despises flavio briatorre and michael schumacher, and still doesn't really trust ross brawn to this day. The overlap between the two books is interesting where they discuss the same events fom opposite sides. There is a degree of "ross got around this rule and so he cheated" while "I came up with this innovative technical solution that circumvented the constraints of that rule", but not too much.

I recommend people read both, but Newey's book is more readable.

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Old 11th Feb 2019, 23:30
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Originally Posted by jolihokistix View Post
Smoke screen? Horner could be covering for Red Bull's potentially disastrous decision to drop Renault engines, which performed far, far better for them than any of the other Renault teams, for Honda who have taken so long to get up to scratch. I am Honda's greatest fan, yes, but everyone in Japan has been exasperated by their slowness to catch up. The promise of the Honda engine has been just that so far, promises promises. First McLaren believed them, then Toro Rosso and now Red Bull. What do they know exactly that we don't? Or have Red Bull been caught out during finalization of the negotiations by the changes in the regulations?
Remember, Toro Rosso is the Red Bull junior team, so Red Bull had inside information and was very familiar with the status of the Honda engine last year and where it was headed for 2019. I wouldn't be the least bit surprised to see a large step improvement in the Honda power unit this year. The Red Bull relationship with Renault has been on the rocks for a few years so it wasn't a surprise to see them change engines.
I read somewhere that a big part of Honda's problem at McLaren was that McLaren wouldn't let them make some of the engine changes they wanted (needed) to make because they would have had to redesign parts of the car - Honda was as fed up with McLaren as McLaren was with Honda....

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Old 12th Feb 2019, 04:52
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Yes, that makes sense, TDR. I hope it is true for both Honda and Red Bull (and Toro Rosso). Part of McLaren's and therefore Honda's problem was the mixed messages and pressure coming from the board up top. McLaren were therefore in an infernal hurry, whereas *石橋を叩いて渡る unfazed Honda still want to get it right in the long term. The hare and the tortoise, to mix proverbs?

NB *'Ishibashi wo tataite wataru' Tapping a stone bridge as you cross. (J prov.) In a world of rickety wooden bridges, some people will mistrustfully tap every flagstone of a stone bridge as they cross. Belt and braces?

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Old 12th Feb 2019, 06:26
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PDR1,

Agreed - Newey's book is excellent.
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Old 12th Feb 2019, 18:34
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Old 12th Feb 2019, 19:51
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Have you got a 48" magnifier for the mobile?

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Old 18th Feb 2019, 01:32
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I was watching the new season of "Grand Tour" on Amazon Prime the other night - in episode 5 Hammond does a very nice tribute to the late, great Jim Clark.
Well worth the watch if you have the opportunity.
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Old 18th Feb 2019, 11:40
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I was 'backstage' at Snetterton in the early 1960s.
Watching Jim Clark from the infield - a few feet from the edge of the track - with JC placing his wheels consistently inches on subsequent laps was electrifying.
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Old 18th Feb 2019, 16:49
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G-CPTN,

So was I. And I met him in the bar after a race, and he was so modest - a very great driver and a good man.
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