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Discussion in 'Racing' started by shrineclown, Nov 27, 2011.
Biggest finger I've ever seen. How does that kid pick his nose?
It looks like the Austin Grand Prix is a GO for 2012. :eek1
Woooo Hooooo and they didn't wait until the last minute. FIA still has to meet tomorrow, Bernie could still smack the pooch.
FIA has announced it is on the schedule. Phew, that was an interesting ride.
Great news. But I'll keep my powder dry until Bernie opens his yap to confirm it. Shouldn't take too long either way, he likes ink.
Some interesting rule changes for next season.
* Before the safety car returns to the pits all lapped cars will be allowed to unlap themselves and then join the back of the pack, ensuring a clean re-start without slower cars impeding those racing for the leading positions.
Thank goodness. F1 felt like it was in the stone age with its refusal to allow this.
* There will now be a maximum race time of four hours to ensure that a lengthy suspension of a race does not result in a race that could run up to eight hours if left unregulated.
My DVR thanks them.
* Drivers may no longer move back onto the racing line having moved off it to defend a position.
This will be very interesting to follow! Controversy assured.
* One three-day test will be carried out during the season, formerly there were none.
Joy in Teamville.
* Drivers may no longer leave the track without a justifiable reason, i.e. cutting a chicane on reconnaissance laps or 'in' laps to save time and fuel.
That strikes me as being a bit of housekeeping. We saw a few drivers (seem to remember Webber or Vettel cutting a chicane once) do this. Apparently there was no rule against it. Until now.
You know what's missing? Any change to qualifying. Specifically, there are no changes to the tire rules for qualifying. Pirelli had been pressing for relaxed rules because too many teams weren't even going out for Q3, in order to preserve a set of softer tires, thereby hurting the show. I guess they can still make another rules change prior to the start of the season?
Austin back on!
They are on top of it too, I got an e-mail this morning from COTA that all was going forward.
Petrov is out
I've got to paint a new fairing for my R80ST. I thought the silver paint and the red decals were a little reminiscent of McLaren, so I figured I'll go a little bit further.
New fairing and a vague idea of the paint scheme (fairing is still primer color):
I may have my paint guy also put black under the red for better accent. There is an edge to the fairing there that creates the impression of a windscreen.
Re: Grosjean, I suspect he will be no better than the Petrovs, Sennas and Piqets Jr. who have gone through their mill.
I'm kind of in disbelief that they would bring someone back who had done so poorly, but.... he is french.
Little Piquet is doing nicely with his new job.
oh I dunno.. depending on your inclination Petrov did a nice job of ruining Alonso's chance at the WDC in 2010
yeah yeah... I know it was a full on team fuck up...
Is now available in streaming on Netflix for those interested.
watched it the other night...
it was "OK" (my opinion)
watched fastest Sunday night, and closer to the edge last night.
I think I have filled up on racing documentaries this week.
re: racing in the 80's. I think the cars were a lot cooler to watch back then.
Time does not stand in the way of progress though. More is less?
I don't think Prost got treated any worse than the whiny beatch he was at the time. I thought Senna was robbed, at the time, of that championship and I still do. The FIA is where and Prost is from where? If it was a slam dunk decision, the stewards would have made it long before the race terminated.
They still hate Ron Dennis and his drivers...............
Oh yeah, I agree completely. I thought the best thing about Senna was the vintage racing video.
Yep, pretty much my feelings. It was (as someone else said) a hagiography to Senna and I think Prost was treated a little shabbily. It does make you realize how much safer F1 is now (and we thought it was safer in Senna's time compared to the 60 and 70's).
That active suspension Williams was very cool though and I imagine Senna must have regretted leaving McLaren when they changed the rules the year he switched.
Interesting to see just how contentious the drivers meetings could be and the lack of thought behind so much of what went on (has that improved?).
I couldn't help feeling that with the deaths (and even the big crashes they showed) that the film was being a little fetishistic (morbid even). It certainly made the sport look silly (in the sense of trivial). A little more insight into the technical would have added weight, imho. YMMV