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#1 Clatter

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Posted 29 April 2008 - 17:40

http://www.worldseri...silverstone/uk/

Anyone who is interested, the Renault World Series is at Silverstone this year, June 7-8. Tickets are free.

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#2 Jerome

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Posted 29 April 2008 - 18:54

Now that you're talking about it...

'How important and competive is this series?', I already wanted to ask someone? I mean, my countryman Guido van der Garde won the first two races of the weekend, and I'd have to say in my mind he's far from being the next great hope from Holland... Further, on Dutch websites ofcourse this feat was mentioned. But I can't even find the basic coverage on Autosport.com (perhaps I am not looking right).

Hope you don't mind the intrusion, Clatter.

#3 FLB

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Posted 29 April 2008 - 18:58

The WSR's greatest product is probably Robert Kubica. Like any development series, the caliber varies from year to year.

#4 Jerome

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Posted 29 April 2008 - 19:01

Originally posted by FLB
The WSR's greatest product is probably Robert Kubica. Like any development series, the caliber varies from year to year.


I think that German and British F3 are pretty constant in calibre... or am I wrong? (GP2 has not had the real chance to prove itself, because of the relative newness and all...

#5 Clatter

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Posted 29 April 2008 - 19:03

No problem. I'm sure someone can answer the question, not me I'm afraid. I don't really follow it, but will go along with the family and friends for a fun couple of days. Can't afford to take the kids to the GP, and they are at school when the test is on, so this will keep them, and my wallet happy.

#6 Jerome

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Posted 29 April 2008 - 19:19

Originally posted by Clatter
No problem. I'm sure someone can answer the question, not me I'm afraid. I don't really follow it, but will go along with the family and friends for a fun couple of days. Can't afford to take the kids to the GP, and they are at school when the test is on, so this will keep them, and my wallet happy.


I will look up the results for the past couple of years. If you see the same team winning all the time, and the differences between cars is big, the careerresults of the drivers is meagre... I'll come back to y'all...

#7 IOU 16

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Posted 29 April 2008 - 20:59

A great series. On the racing ladder to F1, it is the level that is on par with F3 or slightly above. Most take the jump to WSR from FRenault or F3, and most progress to GP2. Exception to that are this year with Charlie Kimball, and Richard Philippe. When the series was smaller, a Spainish-based championship, it included Fernando Alonso, Franck Montagny, and recently, Heikki Kovalinen, Seb Vettel, and Justin Wilson as some of it's alumni. Many of the Renault backed drivers have also progressed thorugh the series to GP2.

#8 William Hunt

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Posted 29 April 2008 - 21:05

Well it's good that van der Garde is finally starting to perform, it was about time. Still he was very impressive all weekend.

The World Series certainly is no match for GP2 in terms of talent on the grid, and I would even rate it below the European F3 series (although the cars are faster).

The fact that last year's champion and vice champion are now racing in GP2 and not testing or racing in F1. But still it's a fantastic formula and it has produced some great drivers in the past (and lets' not forget that Kubica and Vettel were also racing there before he went to F1). Parente does belong in F1 if you ask me.

This year's field doesn't seem to be as competitive as in the past though.

#9 Slyder

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Posted 30 April 2008 - 04:47

the major drawback of WSR is that their races are sooooooooooo ****ing boring, it gives F1 a run for it's money in terms of utter dullness.

when you have at one point 4 drivers challenging for a championship in a season that had more boring races than exciting ones, you know there's something wrong here.

Otherwise, the coverage of the series wouldn't be as small as it is right now. Only Spanish and a couple of European TV stations cover it. No MotorsTV, no Eurosport, nothing.

Either way, I'm rooting for Salvador Duran, and that new Mexican guy Pablo Sanchez, never heard of him, and I wonder how good he actually is....oh, and Robert Wickens and Mikhail Aleshin as well.

#10 scheivlak

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Posted 30 April 2008 - 08:46

Originally posted by Jerome
But I can't even find the basic coverage on Autosport.com (perhaps I am not looking right).


This is just from last weekend:

http://www.autosport...rt.php/id/66833
http://www.autosport...rt.php/id/66873
http://www.autosport...rt.php/id/66932
http://www.autosport...rt.php/id/66953

;)

autosport.com follows the series quite well.

#11 Jerome

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Posted 30 April 2008 - 12:09

Originally posted by scheivlak


This is just from last weekend:

http://www.autosport...rt.php/id/66833
http://www.autosport...rt.php/id/66873
http://www.autosport...rt.php/id/66932
http://www.autosport...rt.php/id/66953

;)

autosport.com follows the series quite well.


Well, my apologies, autosport! I really could not find it!

EDIT: aah, under WSR! Got it!