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#951 Risil

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 20:48

Not in the glory years of hilarious CART races. That was all driver.


One of my favourite things about CART was its ability to attract a similar level of driver ability to Formula One, although sadly without the particular skill of not-spinning-on-restarts.

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#952 Ross Stonefeld

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 20:59

Yeah but we wouldn't have

http://www.youtube.c...e7KCmy8CQ#t=41s

#953 Rosberg

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 11:59

Didn't know where to ask this so I thought this would be the appropriate topic.

Does anyone know what the weather will be Melbourne on the racing weekend?

#954 Jejking

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 13:37

Didn't know where to ask this so I thought this would be the appropriate topic.

Does anyone know what the weather will be Melbourne on the racing weekend?

Dude, a weather forecast 3 weeks ahead of event? That actually IS a stupid question.

#955 SpartanChas

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 14:36

Going by the last few years its more likely to be dry.

#956 tomisumi

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 14:46

But in 2010 it was wet (at least in first few laps). But as it was said, 3 weeks before it´s hopeless

#957 Rosberg

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 14:52

Well Jejking, the topic is called STUPID Question Thread ;)

#958 HaydenFan

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 16:41

Potentially of some summer snow. Big antarctic storm looks to be brewing in the very south of the Indian Ocean and could sleep havoc on all of Australia and New Zealand. Meters of snow that could leave the southern city of Melbourne shut down. Race not only canceled, but the trucks stuck at the airport causing the Malaysian GP to also be canceled.

I like Melbourne, but I think as a view (and not an attendee), rain is better. Same with Montreal. These tracks need that element of surprise cause by wet weather.

#959 V3TT3L

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 16:55

What does a flea standing over @LewisHamilton and @DanicaPatrick have in common.
...





Answer: They both were born in Roscoe. [the dog and city of Illinois, respectively]

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#960 tomisumi

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 22:42

SQ - If Concorde Agreement hasn´t signed yet, does 20 races-per-season rule still apply?

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 22:54

SQ - If Concorde Agreement hasn´t signed yet, does 20 races-per-season rule still apply?

Last season was the only season with 20 GPs that counted. I guess that couldn't have anything to do with a Concorde agreement because it was held under the same agreement as the years before 2012 when there were 17, 18 or 19 F1 GPs counting for the championship. So I don't think there's a 20 races-per-season rule in the Concorde agreemeent as such.

#962 SUPRAF1

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 23:35

Has average qualifying and fastest lap in race been decreasing steadily since the last major rule change? I see teams and drivers often making claims that their car is X tenths quicker this year but qualifying times are stable, unless I'm mistaken :p.

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 16:13

Are there any benefits of purposely running out of fuel during testing?

#964 Skinnyguy

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 16:15

Are there any benefits of purposely running out of fuel during testing?


Yes. Checking how good your fuel pickup system is (with what ammount of fuel it stops working properly) and checking sensors are working well too.

#965 encircled

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 16:21

Thank you very much for the answer.

#966 03011969

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 15:17

Sorry if this has been asked already, but....

Is there a rule that dictates only 1 car per team can be brought to testing. Certainly MotoGP allows 2 bikes and riders to test at once - I assume F1 teams would do the same if it were allowed. Presumably, assuming their is a rule for just 1 car, this is to reduce costs?

#967 ApexMouse

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 15:22

Short Answer- Yes.

#968 03011969

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 15:25

Scumacher at Monaco one year.....

Erm, it was Montoya crashing into Schumacher. Hardly Schumi's fault - Monty was the car behind, should have had his eyes open.

Schumacher at Singapore last year just following a safety car was certainly Schumi's fault.

#969 03011969

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 15:26

Short Answer- Yes.

Ah OK - thanks.

#970 300KPh

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 16:27

do they have all national anthems of all the nationalities in the grid :D ? what if giedo van der garde won a freak race do they have the dutch anthem ? :D

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 16:36

do they have all national anthems of all the nationalities in the grid :D ? what if giedo van der garde won a freak race do they have the dutch anthem ? :D


I would guess so in today's highly professional operation. Last time they got burned by that - off the top of my head - was way back in Austria '77 when Alan Jones won in a Shadow and they didn't have the Aussie anthem, so got the band to play happy birthday or something like that :lol:

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 16:39

I would guess so in today's highly professional operation. Last time they got burned by that - off the top of my head - was way back in Austria '77 when Alan Jones won in a Shadow and they didn't have the Aussie anthem, so got the band to play happy birthday or something like that :lol:

:lol: I had heard of that too.

Reminds me of an old ad I remember seeing for Yellow Pages back in Australia.
There was an Olympic athlete from 'Robota' who won the race, the booth didn't have the Robota national anthem, so they played Row, Row, Row Your Boat..l.
:lol:

#973 Jackmancer

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 21:10

Did Schumacher//Benetton cheat in 1994? Is it likely to have happened?
And if so, they are banned all these years after?

(Just watched this season review )

#974 ApexMouse

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 21:12

Very likely to have happened but it cant be proven.

#975 Jackmancer

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 21:21

Very likely to have happened but it cant be proven.


Well, then how did they shush all their engineers?


#976 Ross Stonefeld

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 22:09

You normally wouldn't rat out your own team.

#977 Jackmancer

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 22:19

You normally wouldn't rat out your own team.


No, but have you seen what happened (is happening) in cycling? :)

#978 Ross Stonefeld

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 22:20

Yeah, when people get caught they suddenly become honest. Just like Piquet Jr's conscience re-appeared once he'd been fired by Renault.

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 16:25

How to you pronounce Eoin?

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#980 Jackmancer

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 16:45

Why on earth was Damon Hill sacked from Williams?

#981 Nigel Beresford

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 17:21

How to you pronounce Eoin?


In the case of Eoin Young, I've only ever heard it pronounced as "Ian". I notice you're in the 'States, and I've heard some odd pronunciations of "Ian" there, so please don't be offended if I say it sounds like "Eeyan".

Edited by Nigel Beresford, 02 March 2013 - 17:28.


#982 ApexMouse

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 17:30

Why on earth was Damon Hill sacked from Williams?


Because quite simply, he wasn't good enough. He should have won in 94 and 95, was in the best car. Got beaten by schumacher (embarrassed in 95).

The car gae him a championship in 96, but by then Franks opinion of him had dropped through the floor and he was dropped.


#983 300KPh

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 17:36

why covering the car isn't allowed in race weekends ?

#984 Jackmancer

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 17:54

why covering the car isn't allowed in race weekends ?


I think it was banned a few years ago - it's just annoying for the fans too.
For teams, it makes no sense too. Photographers can just make good photos at high speed too.

#985 SpaceHorseParty

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 18:01

Because quite simply, he wasn't good enough. He should have won in 94 and 95, was in the best car. Got beaten by schumacher (embarrassed in 95).

The car gae him a championship in 96, but by then Franks opinion of him had dropped through the floor and he was dropped.

Also, Frank wanted to get HHF a long time ago, he was first offered a Williams seat after Senna died. And Hill turned 36 in 1996, so it did make some sense as Frank thought very highly of HHF.

#986 DampMongoose

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 18:11

Because quite simply, he wasn't good enough. He should have won in 94 and 95, was in the best car. Got beaten by schumacher (embarrassed in 95).

The car gae him a championship in 96, but by then Franks opinion of him had dropped through the floor and he was dropped.


Only the best of the legal cars... he also asked for more £££ which Frank didn't fancy, although he should have stuck with Damon, HHF wasn't exactly an improvement! Frank also has an odd habit of preventing many of his title winners defend the title in his cars.

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 18:25

Because quite simply, he wasn't good enough. He should have won in 94 and 95, was in the best car. Got beaten by schumacher (embarrassed in 95).

The car gae him a championship in 96, but by then Franks opinion of him had dropped through the floor and he was dropped.


As far as I know it was because Williams refused him the pay rise he wanted

#988 Ross Stonefeld

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 18:28

I thought HHF was signed before that point?

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 18:43

Has average qualifying and fastest lap in race been decreasing steadily since the last major rule change? I see teams and drivers often making claims that their car is X tenths quicker this year but qualifying times are stable, unless I'm mistaken :p.


There are rule changes that slow down the cars almost every year. Tires are not made for speed anymore so they can even be slower than previous year. This year DRS use is limited in qualifying so times should increase, at least on faster tracks.

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 18:49

They were in negotiations with Hill which would be pointless if Frentzen had already been signed, given Hill wanted more £££ than HHF, the revolving Williams door went into action... Funny, they got what they paid for! But I suppose it helped Villeneuve to the title with such a poor performing team mate, Patrick Head was typically open to the press about how poor HHF's performances were too, all a bit Jean Alesi, hype but little to back it up...

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 18:50

Only the best of the legal cars... he also asked for more £££ which Frank didn't fancy, although he should have stuck with Damon, HHF wasn't exactly an improvement! Frank also has an odd habit of preventing many of his title winners defend the title in his cars.


That was what was always odd. His viewpoint was always that the WCC was more important that the WDC. To me, it's a 3-legged stool. You need the car, the driver and the team. If any part comes up short, it doesn't work. Sorry, Frank. Have to disagree with you on this one.

The driver is the public face of the team. Usually most people don't know who Williams, Patrick Head, Christian Horner, John Booth, Eric Boullier, et al are. But, one of the things that sponsorships are based on is the public image. The fact that that public image is associated with a championship-winning driver makes it a big deal, in my estimation. However, the point is that even with a great car, you can't just plug a non-talent into the seat.

Edited by flatlander48, 02 March 2013 - 19:07.


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Posted 02 March 2013 - 19:06

That was what was always odd. His viewpoint was always that the WCC was more important that the WDC. To me, it's a 3-legged stool. You need the car, the driver and the team. If any part comes up short, it doesn't work. Sorry, Frank. Have to disagree with you on this one.
The driver is the public face of the team. Usually most people don't who Williams, Patrick Head, Christian Horner, John Booth, Eric Boullier, et al are. But, on of the things that sponsorships are based on is the public image. The fact that that public image is associated with a championship-winning driver makes it a big deal, in my estimation. However, the point is that even with a great car, you can't just plug a non-talent into the seat.



Williams never went for the PR thing though and that method won them 9 WDC's and 7 WCC's, they were old school racers, not Ron Dennis esque "facilitators of public relations exposure for the elevation and financial progression of their motorsport entity" as Ron would put it! Just look at a Williams launch from their heyday, pull off the tarp, me and Frank are over here if you have a question sort of stuff. The driver situation seems worse than it was in reality though, the notable drivers who left as champions all had reasons apart from Hill who would have wanted to stay, Prost because of Senna, Piquet because of the relationship with the team/Mansell, Mansell had said he was retiring from F1 already... They always had a Top driver in the car, usually with a competent number 2!

Edited by DampMongoose, 02 March 2013 - 19:07.


#993 flatlander48

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 19:13

Note though that the Williams bias was always towards the car. Williams has stated that he values the WCC over the WDC.

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 19:21

do they have all national anthems of all the nationalities in the grid :D ? what if giedo van der garde won a freak race do they have the dutch anthem ? :D


There's always Youtube :)

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 19:30

Because quite simply, he wasn't good enough. He should have won in 94 and 95, was in the best car. Got beaten by schumacher (embarrassed in 95).

The car gae him a championship in 96, but by then Franks opinion of him had dropped through the floor and he was dropped.


Of course ...

'Williams also admitted that the team had erred in its controversial axing of Damon Hill after the Englishman won the World Championship in 1996 in favour of Heinz-Harald Frentzen. "It was a mistake," Williams owned up. "We thought we could find a better driver, but it was a mistake."'

Interview with F1 Racing magazine

If one rewatches 95, one can see that while Hill's consistency undeniably sucked, so did the Williams strategy department, and they lost because of that just as much as because of Hill's fragile psyche that year. Or, if you will, if Hill was embarrassed by Schumacher, Williams's trackside operations was embarrassed by Benetton's. It's understandable that they didn't see that back then, I guess, it was a tough time.
[IIRC there was also a quote (which for the life of me I can't find anymore, so maybe I imagined it) by Newey saying that Hill was the best test driver he ever worked with, and that this had had considerable influence on the dominance of the Williams]

Edited by KnucklesAgain, 02 March 2013 - 19:39.


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Posted 02 March 2013 - 20:28

i have so many questions
1-how does the hans device protect a driver from injury ?
2-why sauber has no chairs for their mechanics to sit on during the race ?:D (they are the only mechanics that set on the floor )
3-why sometimes redbull (WCC) choose the last spot in the pitlane not the first (silverstone) ?

Edited by 300KPh, 02 March 2013 - 20:29.


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Posted 02 March 2013 - 20:40

i have so many questions
1-how does the hans device protect a driver from injury ?
2-why sauber has no chairs for their mechanics to sit on during the race ? :D (they are the only mechanics that set on the floor )
3-why sometimes redbull (WCC) choose the last spot in the pitlane not the first (silverstone) ?


1. It minimises the head and neck movement during a crash, therefore reducing the forces a driver must endure. See Mika Hakkinen's 1995 Adelaide crash for an example of a crash for which HANS was made.

2. No idea. Maybe they don't want to transport so many chairs around? Or maybe they want a more relaxed atmosphere?

3. IIRC, the top four or so teams usually get bigger garages. Therefore it is a matter of whether the biggest garages are closer to the pit entrance or the pit exit. In 2008 Bernie wanted McLaren to receive one of the bigger garages despite being excluded from the last year's constructor's championship and therefore being the lowest ranked team in the field.



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Posted 02 March 2013 - 20:40

i have so many questions
1-how does the hans device protect a driver from injury ?
http://en.wikipedia....iki/HANS_device



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Posted 02 March 2013 - 20:47

I think this belongs to here:

That was good.

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 20:50

How to you pronounce Eoin?



Some Eoins are Iain, some are Owen