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#1 August

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 09:22

After this green/yellow flag case, I'm wondering if journalists and/or teams read motorsport forums. So many articles looked like they were based on what's written in forums and YouTube comments.

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#2 ATM_Andy

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 09:22

Yes they do

#3 Zava

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 09:24

Yes they do

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#4 f1fan1998

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 09:48

Yes, but probably less than people think.

#5 KingB

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 10:12

Of course I do :lol:

#6 Smile17

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 10:24

Lol, why would they? To have a bit of a laugh??

#7 Imperial

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 10:28

Yes and I would say probably more than people think.

Edd Straw sometimes cites comments made on forums in his column in the magazine, Mark Hughes has PM'd me direct once and via an Autosport staffer once.

There's certainly at least a few drivers do too.

#8 F1ultimate

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 10:33

Good artist copy, great artists steal.

Journalists have get their inspirations and opinions from somewhere and that includes forums.

#9 Risil

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 10:33

Didn't Jason Plato sign up just so he could respond to a slight made against him a month or so ago? I'm starting to think it was actually him.

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 10:48

Didn't Jason Plato sign up just so he could respond to a slight made against him a month or so ago? I'm starting to think it was actually him.

I think that might have been on Pistonheads.

#11 swerved

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 10:51

I think that might have been on Pistonheads.


His response on PH was quite amusing, but he did register here as well, think it was in the btcc thread.

Edited by swerved, 30 November 2012 - 10:51.


#12 gillesthegenius

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 10:57

Wasnt Mark Hughes seen around these parts, discussing about GV, (was it in the greatest 20 thread?) a few months ago.

Edited by gillesthegenius, 30 November 2012 - 11:16.


#13 tifosiMac

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 10:59

Didn't Jason Plato sign up just so he could respond to a slight made against him a month or so ago? I'm starting to think it was actually him.

Plato is a member of motorsportforums too and has made quite a few posts defending his actions in the past and got very heated in the process. Anthony Davidson was also a member there a few years back. We already have Andy on here so its proof at least one member of the paddock contributes here and no doubt its monitored by others within F1. I just hope they don't draw too many conclusions from the behaviour here lol.

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 11:02

Lol, why would they? To have a bit of a laugh??

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#15 Wander

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 11:10

I'm not surprised at all about at least the journalists reading the forum. It gives them ideas on what kind of stories people are interested in.

Some of the actual paddock people too, surely.

Edited by Wander, 30 November 2012 - 11:11.


#16 1Devil1

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 11:12

I guess Lobato is a member here :D

#17 UPRC

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 11:17

Alonso lurks here according to the photoshop thread.  ;)

#18 Zoetrope

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 11:19

Bernie is admin here :)

#19 noikeee

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 11:22

Ever since I opened a thread suggesting something similar to DRS, then only a couple months later it hit the news and made it into the rule book, I like to think they do.

(yes I know most people hate it.. and I may just be the guy to blame :eek: )

By the way if you're the Overtaking Working Group guy that stole my idea, I'd take a all-expenses-covered paddock VIP pass for a race at Spa as payment, cheers.

Edited by noikeee, 30 November 2012 - 11:25.


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#20 Tombstone

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 11:24

Bernie is admin here :)


I doubt it. We aren't charged $48million to register.

#21 F1ultimate

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 11:32

Some of the actual paddock people too, surely.


They do and an easy way to verify this is to look into the analytic of the site which will reveal the IP addresses of visitors and some will be from the factories of F1 teams. I used to run a fashion blog and I was gob smacked by how many individuals in the fashion industry were accessing the site from their workplaces.

#22 ensign14

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 11:35

There are some proper writers in TNF.

#23 artista

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 11:38

I guess Lobato is a member here :D

If he ever tried, I'm sure he would have managed to get himself banned, for trolling, about 5 minutes later.

I don't know about the teams, but some media do read these forums. I've found a couple of times some of my translations, including orographic and grammar mistakes, in F1 sites. Of course, it was never the really good and reliable F1 sites.

#24 noikeee

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 11:46

There are some proper writers in TNF.


Yeah I was randomly searching for topics to kill time one of these days, and found tidbits of posters going casually "well there was this one time I turned down a drive from Chapman's Lotus because those cars were death traps", and "(random 80's driver) was a really nice bloke, he once insisted on paying us dinner after the race". There's countless other examples.

It's easy to make stuff up on the internet but clearly there's quite a few actual former paddock people and drivers there. Many post with their real names as usernames too.

#25 bernardoBR

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 11:58

Yes they do. Some journalists (not all of course) from Brazil clearly drink from this water. But wouldn´t you do the same? There´s a lot of BS, but Autosport forum is clearly a very valuable information source, IMHO.


#26 LB

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 12:04

Brazil 2003....

#27 siggers

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 12:11

Those were the days ...
Notice though that just reading a thread on Atlas was not quite enough for Fisi to become the winner of the Brazilian GP 2003. Somebody must have taken info from here to some useful place.

edit: ah, LB faster ;)
edit again: fixed wrong link

Edited by siggers, 30 November 2012 - 12:45.


#28 XOR

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 12:24

Lol, why would they? To have a bit of a laugh??

Isn't that enough? =)

I doubt it. We aren't charged $48million to register.

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