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#1 F.M.

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Posted 07 August 2010 - 19:34

Just a thread to get through the summer break :)

You can discuss whatever you like, but try to make a tiny bit related and useful :kiss:


Let's start with a statement from Stefano Domenicali that sums up the summer break for the teams:

InsideFerrari Domenicali: “The brain does not stop working on holiday”

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#2 OfficeLinebacker

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Posted 07 August 2010 - 19:38

Watching an epic road racing weekend for NASCAR. Piquet Jr and Villeneuve are both in the Nationwide race that's going on now.

No F1 mostly means nothing to do at 8 am on Sat and Sun since I'm in the states.

#3 hulmerist

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Posted 07 August 2010 - 19:45

Piquet Jr


"son of the 3 time world driving champion" as they just said on the commentary

:clap:

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#4 schtix

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Posted 09 August 2010 - 10:52

It seems that Formula One drivers spend hardly any of their careers actually being racing drivers. They compete in about 20 races a year. Less than 40 hours worth of races per season. No wonder the racing is dreadful, they're all out of practice!

I was watching the BTCC yesterday and wondering, why can't Lewis or Jenson just show up for a guest drive?

#5 Stormsky68

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Posted 09 August 2010 - 10:56

“The brain does not stop working on holiday”

Didn't think Domenicali had found his yet

#6 noikeee

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Posted 09 August 2010 - 11:00

It seems that Formula One drivers spend hardly any of their careers actually being racing drivers. They compete in about 20 races a year. Less than 40 hours worth of races per season. No wonder the racing is dreadful, they're all out of practice!

I was watching the BTCC yesterday and wondering, why can't Lewis or Jenson just show up for a guest drive?


The teams would rather have them doing endless laps on simulators, than risking injury and gaining bad habits from driving cars with different characteristics to the F1s. It's kinda sad but that's what we have. :well:

#7 BRG

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Posted 09 August 2010 - 12:12

"The brain does not stop working on holiday"

Didn't think Domenicali had found his yet

Perhaps this means that Ferrari only have one brain between them?

Anyway, a clear admission that Ferrari are cheating as usual, by thinking during the summer break!

#8 schtix

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Posted 09 August 2010 - 12:16

Perhaps this means that Ferrari only have one brain between them?

Anyway, a clear admission that Ferrari are cheating as usual, by thinking during the summer break!


All F1 engineers should be fitted with an FIA Standard Brain which allows the FIA to control what they're thinkg at all times.

#9 engel

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Posted 09 August 2010 - 13:53

InsideFerrari Domenicali: “The brain does not stop working on holiday”



He's obviously talking about Nikos cause ... i really don't think there's anybody else with a brain left at Ferrari.

#10 SimMaker

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Posted 09 August 2010 - 14:04

I can see nothing but good things coming from this thread. :)

#11 rko281

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Posted 09 August 2010 - 14:46

I can see nothing but good things coming from this thread. :)

at least it's funny :lol:

#12 BRG

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Posted 09 August 2010 - 15:11

I was watching the BTCC yesterday and wondering, why can't Lewis or Jenson just show up for a guest drive?

I would love to see Lewis* or Jenson in a BMW. They wouldn't really be on the pace in a FWD car, I don't think, without a lot of testing.

Not sure Jenson would enjoy the argy-bargy tin-top tactics but I reckon Lewis would relish it.


* as long as it wasn't too near Croydon, of course

#13 schtix

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Posted 09 August 2010 - 15:28

The teams would rather have them doing endless laps on simulators, than risking injury and gaining bad habits from driving cars with different characteristics to the F1s. It's kinda sad but that's what we have. :well:


The FIA could fix this easily with a minimum participation requirement. To qualify for a superlicense you have to participate in at least 30 FIA-sanctioned events per year. Then drivers would have to race in other series.

This is the greatest idea I've ever had, someone fax Todt immediately!

Edited by schtix, 09 August 2010 - 15:28.


#14 Massacrator

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Posted 09 August 2010 - 15:36

I want F1 to come back now! I'm getting crazy without something to entretaing me.

I think I should get a girlfriend...

#15 Henrytheeigth

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Posted 09 August 2010 - 16:07

I think I should get a girlfriend...


Just until break is over though k? :kiss: :lol:

#16 Massacrator

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Posted 09 August 2010 - 19:40

Just until break is over though k? :kiss: :lol:

Wanna check my downforce, huh? :rotfl:

Edited by Massacrator, 09 August 2010 - 19:40.


#17 chrisblades85

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Posted 09 August 2010 - 19:42

At least I have football back.

It fills the gaps.

best thing about it though, despite hating pre seasons of both, at least I have football in the winter then F1 in the summer.

#18 Gene and Tonic

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Posted 09 August 2010 - 19:44

Wish this was the designated testing period :( Would make so much more sense, especially if teams were set a maximum mileage.

#19 SimMaker

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Posted 09 August 2010 - 20:12

I was watching NASCAR on one of the TV streaming sites over the weekend.

One of the channels I came across in my hunt for a good stream seemed to be showing F1 races from years past.

Might be worth a look there if you need your F1 fix. What surprised me is how different the engines sounded a few years ago (season showing was 2004 I think), the higher revs really stand out now we are used to "lesser" engines. :)

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#20 Gene and Tonic

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Posted 09 August 2010 - 20:36

I was watching NASCAR on one of the TV streaming sites over the weekend.

One of the channels I came across in my hunt for a good stream seemed to be showing F1 races from years past.

Might be worth a look there if you need your F1 fix. What surprised me is how different the engines sounded a few years ago (season showing was 2004 I think), the higher revs really stand out now we are used to "lesser" engines. :)



Have to agree there, the Austria 2002 footage on youtube really highlights the 'scream' of those v10s in the Austrian hillside - they sounded magnificent.

#21 engel

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Posted 09 August 2010 - 22:16

Call me a fanboi if you will but nothing will ever compare to this ->
Plus it was on the back of one of the most beautiful F1 cars in memory (IMO always)

#22 Gene and Tonic

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Posted 09 August 2010 - 22:30

It still baffles me as to why the FIA have to mandate a specific engine size. If we went back to the days of letting the teams choose between v6's all the way up to v12's, there would be so much variation in performance over different tracks.

Ferrari F93A was my favourite Ferrari of the 90's fwiw

#23 nivoglibina

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Posted 09 August 2010 - 23:23

Call me a fanboi if you will but nothing will ever compare to this ->
Plus it was on the back of one of the most beautiful F1 cars in memory (IMO always)


Thank you!!

#24 Henrytheeigth

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Posted 10 August 2010 - 04:59

Wanna check my downforce, huh? :rotfl:


I'm sure a GF would add upforce actually! :lol:

#25 black magic

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Posted 10 August 2010 - 07:27

what are they actually resting from. it is a silly hangver form when the mechanics needed a rest from all the testing

testing - what testing?

#26 engel

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Posted 10 August 2010 - 08:27

what are they actually resting from. it is a silly hangver form when the mechanics needed a rest from all the testing

testing - what testing?



it's cost cutting nothing to do with resting

#27 GSiebert

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Posted 10 August 2010 - 08:38

All F1 engineers should be fitted with an FIA Standard Brain which allows the FIA to control what they're thinkg at all times.


:lol:
Im sure it will happen one day or another. :D

#28 Tenmantaylor

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Posted 10 August 2010 - 15:38

At least I have football back.

It fills the gaps.

best thing about it though, despite hating pre seasons of both, at least I have football in the winter then F1 in the summer.


:up:

Just got my fantasy team setup at http://fantasy.premierleague.com/. Anyone wanna create an Autosport league we can all join?

Edited by Tenmantaylor, 10 August 2010 - 15:43.


#29 Seanspeed

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Posted 10 August 2010 - 15:50

It still baffles me as to why the FIA have to mandate a specific engine size.

To reduce costs, mainly.

Anyways, why are people here saying Ferrari are stupid and Luca doesn't have a brain? I think a lot of people expected Ferrari to drop into mediocrity after Schumi/Brawn/Todt left, that didn't happen. Then people were saying the same thing was going to happen when the new regulations were introduced, and while 2009 wasn't as good as their previous years, they still won a race, had several podiums, and we saw other F1 superpowers have big struggles themselves. And now, they are back, winning races with a very competitive car.

But I'm sure NEXT year, they'll start living up to y'alls expectations and start falling all over themselves, right? :p

When will some people just admit that Ferrari is still an extremely competent F1 team? :cool:


#30 Peter Perfect

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Posted 10 August 2010 - 16:02

Does anyone know when the teams actually shut their HQs down?

I heard it mentioned on the BBCs coverage after the end of the last GP, but what caught my ear was the fact that it wasn't the same for all teams. I thought the whole point was for all team member to get a minimum guaranteed break? Or are some teams giving additional time off?

#31 Gene and Tonic

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Posted 10 August 2010 - 16:09

They can choose to take it at different times i.e. the Monday after, or maybe next week. It's all for the same length though.

#32 engel

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Posted 10 August 2010 - 17:43

Does anyone know when the teams actually shut their HQs down?

I heard it mentioned on the BBCs coverage after the end of the last GP, but what caught my ear was the fact that it wasn't the same for all teams. I thought the whole point was for all team member to get a minimum guaranteed break? Or are some teams giving additional time off?



It's a forced 2 week factory closure, meaning the factory must be closed for 14 consecutive days. Doesn't matter when you do it, you just have to do 14 consecutive days.

AFAIK McLaren shut down right after the Hungary race, most of the other teams shut down either last Sunday or Monday

#33 Peter Perfect

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Posted 10 August 2010 - 20:48

Thanks, that makes sense.

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Posted 10 August 2010 - 21:12

I'm just going to suffer from depression. It is that bad that I was off sick with whiplash and decided to back to work when I'm not able to do my job because I will go crazy. I can't even read a book because the neck gives up after 20 minutes. I also hate daytime tv. :evil:

#35 Gene and Tonic

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Posted 10 August 2010 - 22:02

To reduce costs, mainly.

Anyways, why are people here saying Ferrari are stupid and Luca doesn't have a brain? I think a lot of people expected Ferrari to drop into mediocrity after Schumi/Brawn/Todt left, that didn't happen. Then people were saying the same thing was going to happen when the new regulations were introduced, and while 2009 wasn't as good as their previous years, they still won a race, had several podiums, and we saw other F1 superpowers have big struggles themselves. And now, they are back, winning races with a very competitive car.

But I'm sure NEXT year, they'll start living up to y'alls expectations and start falling all over themselves, right? :p

When will some people just admit that Ferrari is still an extremely competent F1 team? :cool:



All regulation changes in F1 seem to be done to reduce costs nowadays :( Remind me again why a budget cap with more technical freedom is a bad idea?

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Posted 10 August 2010 - 23:27

I'm just going to suffer from depression. It is that bad that I was off sick with whiplash and decided to back to work when I'm not able to do my job because I will go crazy. I can't even read a book because the neck gives up after 20 minutes. I also hate daytime tv. :evil:


:( may you be 100% better soon! :)

#37 STRFerrari4Ever

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Posted 10 August 2010 - 23:36

Call me a fanboi if you will but nothing will ever compare to this ->
Plus it was on the back of one of the most beautiful F1 cars in memory (IMO always)

Despite the car not being successful that V12 engine is legendary just because of the sheer heavenly sound it produced. Especially on the downshifts and dabs of power ah pure Italian Brutality :love: I'd gladly wake up to that every morning as my alarm.

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Posted 11 August 2010 - 00:21

I want one of these: Lotus 125 :love: :love: :love:
Anyone has a spare million dollar here ?

#39 Alfisti

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Posted 11 August 2010 - 02:28

Might be worth a look there if you need your F1 fix. What surprised me is how different the engines sounded a few years ago (season showing was 2004 I think), the higher revs really stand out now we are used to "lesser" engines. :)


DOn't start me, just don't ****ing start me. I loathe these engines I really do.

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#40 OfficeLinebacker

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Posted 13 August 2010 - 16:53

NASCAR's weekend thread is up, the OP has a link to the viewing schedule: http://forums.autosp...howtopic=134343

You might just catch something interesting.

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Posted 13 August 2010 - 17:02

Call me a fanboi if you will but nothing will ever compare to this ->
Plus it was on the back of one of the most beautiful F1 cars in memory (IMO always)


THAT is auto Pron!!!!!!!!

:up:

More auto sound Pron!! The Glorious Audi!


#42 Louis Mr. F1

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Posted 13 August 2010 - 17:04

Just came back from a trip to London, went to the Donington Park F1 museum and also brought back 6 F1 books, will keep me busy for the next few weeks.

Frank Williams - by Maurice Hamilton
Senna vs. Prost
Joe Rameriz' book
FIA F1 yearbook 1986
F1 Image (1985)
Senna book with all those little additional items - Christopher Hilton

#43 ray b

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Posted 13 August 2010 - 20:55

why take a break when the most people do and and are free to travel so could go to a race
looks to me a rather stupid idea
and it is not like they work year round with nov to march break already
race all summer and do the down under races in their summer
plus run the desert races in the cooler times too


#44 DontPanic

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Posted 13 August 2010 - 22:24

My wife is rejoicing the break. She calls herself a Formula 1 Widow.

My opinion is that F1 drivers and team members are paid enough, so they should bloody well carry on.

It is a cost saving measure, so why not just say that the crap teams can have a holiday if they want, seeing as they won't score any points anyway, and allow the serious teams to keep racing.

Just make quali 2 sessions, and automatically eject Kobayashi at the start. :)



#45 Birelman

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Posted 13 August 2010 - 22:49

All I know is I'm starting to get the shakes!

#46 Brandz07

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Posted 14 August 2010 - 00:06

All I know is I'm starting to get the shakes!


thank god for this forum!

#47 prty

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Posted 15 August 2010 - 18:03

I didn't know where to post, so here it goes:

Formula1Home
#F1 Next Thursday and Friday, Rosberg will be testing world championship karts with a clutch of fellow F1 drivers.

Formula1Home
#F1 including Alonso,Schumacher and Alguersuari, the test will take place at the Lonato circuit near Brescia in northern Italy.

#48 Brandz07

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Posted 16 August 2010 - 19:22

The McLaren guys started work again today :)

wasn't sure where to post this, but it's Jenson at silverstone talking that i took :) amazing british support!