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#1 supersato

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Posted 20 April 2008 - 22:32

hello all .. this is my third season watching f1 and I am still getting to know all the different circuits. I was just wondering if people have a favourite track on the 2008 calendar and why ?

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#2 Risil

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Posted 20 April 2008 - 22:35

Valencia and Singapore, because we haven't seen them yet. :)

#3 pingu666

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Posted 20 April 2008 - 22:40

im looking forward to those two :)

silverstone and mangy cours, F1 cars just look mighty round those tracks, on tv atleast :) :)

monza for hte ascari shcane and the parabolica :)

#4 Yellowmc

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Posted 20 April 2008 - 22:43

Monaco, always been my favourite. Hardly ever produces spectacular races but it tests the drivers to their limits.

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Posted 20 April 2008 - 22:45

i think you will find this thread to be spa weighted as far as their favourite track.

but most people are probs looking forward to the 2 new tracks.

#6 Risil

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Posted 21 April 2008 - 00:49

Originally posted by Yellowmc
Monaco, always been my favourite. Hardly ever produces spectacular races but it tests the drivers to their limits.


I don't know about that. Last year's race wasn't spectacular, although the Mclarens were, but I think the Monaco races of the last 10-or-so years have been the highlights of the calendar. I mean, 1996, 1997, 1998 2000, 2002, 2004, 2005 were all highlights of what were some pretty drab seasons. Probably this says more about the current Formula, in that aerodynamic disruption is to an extent minimised in the Monaco setup, than it does about the track, but still.

It'll be interesting to see how the challenge of the circuits differs, when the new aerodynamic regulations come into effect next year. Eau Rouge *may* not be flat-out, and suddenly the long-straights-and-hairpins of the Tilkedromes may become superfluous, or indeed harmful, to entertaining racing. If you look at races from the early-to-mid '80s, invariably places like Imola and the Osterreichring produced the best entertainment, simply because to overtake one had to work so bloody hard (unless you were Didier Pironi :eek: ).

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Posted 21 April 2008 - 00:56

As a TV viewer....
1. Spa, Belgium. A drivers track through and through...
2. Monte carlo, Monaco. Only the best of the best of the best can really "hack it"...
3. Silverstone, England. Very fast and challenging.
4. Monza, Italy. Fast and interesting, mostly....
5. Singapore and Valencia as they look to be interesting in their own rights even though they haven`t been visited yet...
6. All of the other tracks this year....

As a spectator...
Monte Carlo, Monaco.
edit; AN EXPERIENCE TO BEHOLD!!!!!

obviously just an opinion.... :)

#8 pingu666

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Posted 21 April 2008 - 01:11

monaco would be amazing in High definition too...

#9 Lantern

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Posted 21 April 2008 - 01:12

1. Spa
2. Monaco
3. Suzuka
4. Nurburgring/Malaysia tie

#10 Lantern

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Posted 21 April 2008 - 01:13

Originally posted by pingu666
monaco would be amazing in High definition too...


Yes, the harbor in high def would be.....nice.;)

#11 Zarathustra

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Posted 21 April 2008 - 01:53

As well as the ones already mentioned, I really like Melbourne and Montreal.

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Posted 21 April 2008 - 02:48

Originally posted by Yellowmc
Monaco, always been my favourite. Hardly ever produces spectacular races but it tests the drivers to their limits.


My favourite too because slower cars are often competitive there. IMO there is lots of action. Recall when JPM drove into MS while under the SC? I remember too from years ago, when all the cars that crash into the water at Monaco ... or was that a number of movies?;)

It used to be criticised because you couldn't overtake there - but now you cannot overtake on any F1 circuit unless your over one second faster. So Monaco is racing wise much better than it used to be.

Also, because I now know the circuit well due to gold medal drives in GT4, its much more fun to watch. The scenery is great too. And its a special GP compared to the rest IMO.

Even my wife will watch it too - she doesn't bother with any others.

If I had my way, I'd award double points for Monaco. Afterall my wife watches it. I reckon James Bond would watch it too - from near the Casino. Or, maybe from a yacht. With some pretty girls no doubt.

Errh ... maybe I need to think a bit more about that the double points - but our viewing is doubled, so ....

#13 gerry nassar

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Posted 21 April 2008 - 03:27

Another one here for Monaco. Bar last year and perhaps 1999 and 2001, every other Monaco since 1996 has been fantastic.

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Posted 21 April 2008 - 03:46

Monaco + Rain = Heaven.

I wonder how many drivers actually made it into the harbour? From my little research, I only found that Ascari lost control, went over the wall and ended up in the harbour, no injuries but very wet.

#15 Melbourne Park

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Posted 21 April 2008 - 05:05

Originally posted by Yellowmc
Monaco + Rain = Heaven.

I wonder how many drivers actually made it into the harbour? From my little research, I only found that Ascari lost control, went over the wall and ended up in the harbour, no injuries but very wet.


Certainly the BRM went off into the water ... the driver was Jeff Stoddards. No doubt, Jeff inspired the childhood Paul Stoddart to get interested in F1.

However, Paul was later to find out that F1 isn't all it seems. And also, to clarify matters, Jeff Stoddard was Brian Bedford, and the BRM F1 cars that crashed were disguised F3 cars!

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Posted 21 April 2008 - 08:09

Originally posted by Melbourne Park


Certainly the BRM went off into the water ... the driver was Jeff Stoddards. No doubt, Jeff inspired the childhood Paul Stoddart to get interested in F1.

However, Paul was later to find out that F1 isn't all it seems. And also, to clarify matters, Jeff Stoddard was Brian Bedford, and the BRM F1 cars that crashed were disguised F3 cars!


Haha - bloody Pete Arron! He's a dangerous and arrogant man!

If memory serves me well there were two F1 drivers to end up in the harbour in real life. One was Ascari... the other escapes me. But I'm pretty sure there were 2.

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Posted 21 April 2008 - 08:15

Originally posted by tidytracks
If memory serves me well there were two F1 drivers to end up in the harbour in real life. One was Ascari... the other escapes me. But I'm pretty sure there were 2.

I've tried to do it in GT4 but the car just bounces off the armco railing. :mad:

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Posted 21 April 2008 - 08:35

Originally posted by supersato
hello all .. this is my third season watching f1 and I am still getting to know all the different circuits. I was just wondering if people have a favourite track on the 2008 calendar and why ?


Make a poll out of this, Spa always wins. :up:

#19 IOU 16

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Posted 21 April 2008 - 20:05

Originally posted by Yellowmc
Monaco, always been my favourite. Hardly ever produces spectacular races but it tests the drivers to their limits.



I thought 2002 was pretty good.


I was the probably the only fan of the Indianapolis circuit that is gone.


Circuit Gilles Villeuve Montreal is a great track. Very fast and flowing.

Albert Park Melbourne is also very good. Not the best of racing, but a very good race course. Blind corners, fast chicanes.


Obvisouly Spa-Francorchamps. A mix of street course, with a mix of road course, and all put together with the Eau Rogue.

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Posted 21 April 2008 - 20:56

Originally posted by tidytracks


If memory serves me well there were two F1 drivers to end up in the harbour in real life. One was Ascari... the other escapes me. But I'm pretty sure there were 2.


Ascari in 1955, and Paul Hawkins in 1965, if memory serves.

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Posted 21 April 2008 - 21:00

I personally hate Monaco. It's too narrow for modern f1 cars. F1 at Monaco now is like DTM on a kart track.

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Posted 21 April 2008 - 22:01

Originally posted by WOOT
I personally hate Monaco. It's too narrow for modern f1 cars. F1 at Monaco now is like DTM on a kart track.


Might not have great racing, but the history. The Milwaukee Mile has had bad racing for over a decade, but because it is over 100 years old, it will remain on an open wheel schedule.

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Posted 21 April 2008 - 22:09

Who cares about history. I watch F1 for racing and not a history lesson. Monaco sucks for racing.

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Posted 21 April 2008 - 22:13

Yeah its pretty terrible for racing although i love the camera which is placed right on the entry to the second part of the swimming pool, looking at the entry to the first part, looks great on tv.

Never been to a race before but watching them on tv i always enjoy Spa cos even if its not a good race its still a great track to watch F1 cars race around.

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Posted 21 April 2008 - 22:57

Spa.

So many great races and racing memories since I've been watching F1.

Always liked Monza too.

A shame we lost the A1-Ring. Produced a lot of passing and the scenery was beautiful.

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Posted 21 April 2008 - 22:58

Spa, because it's awesome.

All the other cool tracks dissapeared from modern F1. Well, Fuji will alternate with Suzuka (like Hockenheim/Nürburgring) which means Suzuka aint "dead" yet.

#27 WOOT

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Posted 21 April 2008 - 23:01

Originally posted by Hippo
Spa, because it's awesome.

All the other cool tracks dissapeared from modern F1. Well, Fuji will alternate with Suzuka (like Hockenheim/Nürburgring) which means Suzuka aint "dead" yet.


After watching Fuji last year, I prefer Fuji to Suzuka right now.

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Posted 21 April 2008 - 23:11

No Suzuka I don't understand that, and Spa missing races like 2006 and 2003 and yet they manage to find a place for the hangaroring.

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Posted 21 April 2008 - 23:12

Originally posted by WOOT


After watching Fuji last year, I prefer Fuji to Suzuka right now.


That was a freakous rain race last year. It is hard to judge a race circuit after one race in super heavy wet conditions.

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Posted 21 April 2008 - 23:12

Originally posted by WOOT


After watching Fuji last year, I prefer Fuji to Suzuka right now.


Suzuka is very difficult to pass on. 130R makes it difficult to get close going into the triangle chicane. Could chance a move going into the corner after Spoon I guess. Turn 1 maybe if you get a good run from Triangle Chicane.

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Posted 21 April 2008 - 23:14

Montreal. First and only race i've been to (last year).
Brazil.

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Posted 21 April 2008 - 23:24

Originally posted by WOOT


After watching Fuji last year, I prefer Fuji to Suzuka right now.


Yeah, Fuji 2007 certainly was an interesting race. But the track doesn't look fascinating to me. Yet, just like Spa and Nürburgring, Fuji obviously provides heavy rain quite regularly. So this could promise some freaky races to come.

Anyways, i was saying, that Suzuka is a cool track. The combination of long straights, tight chicane and fast as well as superfast turns is pretty decent. It's just fun to watch F1 racing there. And i can't forget 2005 race, which was most likely one of the best performances of a driver in some years.