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#1 RA2

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Posted 23 August 2022 - 08:34

DAY
20°Hi
RealFeel® 20°
Pleasant
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Pleasant
8/28
Variable cloudiness with a couple of showers and a thunderstorm

Max UV Index2 Low

WindWNW 9 km/h

Wind Gusts26 km/h

Probability of Precipitation94%

Probability of Thunderstorms38%

Precipitation17.2 mm

Rain17.2 mm

Hours of Precipitation4

Hours of Rain4

Cloud Cover90%

 

 

After 4 week summer break, F1 2022 season is back. While it is summer elsewhere in the northern hemisphere F1 is back for a wet weekend. 

 

 

 

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Cars leftover from last year

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great tv images

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Edited by RA2, 23 August 2022 - 08:49.


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#2 Peat

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Posted 23 August 2022 - 08:35

Sweet! That free's up Sunday then. 



#3 jjcale

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Posted 23 August 2022 - 08:41

Nice OP for a build up thread .... very retro. 



#4 IrvTheSwerve

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Posted 23 August 2022 - 08:56

The fact that this almost disappoints me rather than excites me says it all about modern F1…



#5 danmills

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Posted 23 August 2022 - 09:01

Chips and Mayonnaise, you dirty buggers.

#6 Risil

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Posted 23 August 2022 - 09:02

Oh NO



#7 NickeyF1

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Posted 23 August 2022 - 09:17

Weather impacts still unclear right now.

 

https://twitter.com/...823656845737984

 

#F1 #BelgiumGP WEATHER OUTLOOK - Low Confidence in Forecast at this time. Last output of the Euro Model puts rain on Sat-Sun in Spa, however it does not converge with other models. Ensemble suggests greater risk of rain this weekend (for now), on Saturday (40%). 21-23°C.

Edited by NickeyF1, 23 August 2022 - 09:17.


#8 Risil

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Posted 23 August 2022 - 09:18

I've certainly got Low Confidence that there will be a Belgian Grand Prix



#9 jjcale

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Posted 23 August 2022 - 09:21

I've certainly got Low Confidence that there will be a Belgian Grand Prix

 

They will not make the same mistake twice.



#10 alframsey

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Posted 23 August 2022 - 09:21

The prospect of rain usually excites me but, nowadays, I actively hope it doesn’t rain. We never get any racing when it does.

I love Spa, it’s my favourite track of all, so I hope we get a classic.

#11 Brian60

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Posted 23 August 2022 - 09:23

A repeat of last years result, unless of course its Hamilton leading when the red flag is thrown! All bitchin aside, I'm hoping for rain during the race, just not heavy enough to red flag it, that way we should get a decent race.


Edited by Brian60, 23 August 2022 - 09:24.


#12 lewislorenzo

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Posted 23 August 2022 - 09:27

Can’t they start the sessions earlier if they know it will rain?

#13 d246

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Posted 23 August 2022 - 09:30

What's the picture of the cars being reclaimed by the forrest in the OP? 



#14 Sebastien007

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Posted 23 August 2022 - 09:31

NO rain please, Spa really needs a decent week-end this year, 2 years ago a dead, last year no race at all. enough is enough.



#15 NickeyF1

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Posted 23 August 2022 - 09:34

Apparently they have painted some of the run-off in Spa now too.

 

Looks better for me.

 

https://twitter.com/...5838722/photo/1

 

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#16 smitten

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Posted 23 August 2022 - 09:37

They will not make the same mistake twice.

Is there good evidence of them learning from their mistakes?



#17 Risil

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Posted 23 August 2022 - 09:38

Apparently they have painted some of the run-off in Spa now too.

Looks better for me.

https://twitter.com/...5838722/photo/1

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Looks very Spanish. Not sure that would be a popular thing to say in Belgium.

#18 smitten

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Posted 23 August 2022 - 09:38

Can’t they start the sessions earlier if they know it will rain?

Think of the poor TV audience who'd miss it!



#19 Heyli

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Posted 23 August 2022 - 09:39

I'd like some rain on saturday for a nice (but save) wet qualy and then a dry sunday (or changeable conditions with some light rain) please. 



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#20 chdphd

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Posted 23 August 2022 - 09:40

Chips and Mayonnaise, you dirty buggers.

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They were €5 per portion when I went in 2009. what do they charge now?



#21 smitten

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Posted 23 August 2022 - 09:41

I'd like some rain on saturday for a nice (but save) wet qualy and then a dry sunday (or changeable conditions with some light rain) please. 

I'd like a wet weekend where the teams had set the cars up to run in the rain, rather than all setting up for the dry and assuming/knowing that the F1 will be too feart to run if there isn't a dry line on the track.



#22 thegamer23

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Posted 23 August 2022 - 09:45

Spa is always Spa.

 

The recent modifications were spot on for me, watching the GT 24 H earlier this month.

Eau Rouge-Radillion is now much safer, with more runoff, while leaving the corner itself as it was.

 

But overall the track could be extra punishing in the wet this season given the addition of gravel in multiple corners, including Turn 1.


Edited by thegamer23, 23 August 2022 - 09:46.


#23 Beri

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Posted 23 August 2022 - 09:54

An announcement that Spa is saved for the 2023 calendar and 10 years onwards, would make for a perfect weekend to me. One can dream, cant he?



#24 absinthedude

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Posted 23 August 2022 - 10:01

It doesn't look like "the perfect storm" of 2021 so I expect we'll get a full race. They can race in the wet at Spa, just not in the highly unusual conditions we had last year. 



#25 Risil

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Posted 23 August 2022 - 10:04

What were the highly unusual conditions? Low cloud?



#26 OO7

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Posted 23 August 2022 - 10:07

Apparently they have painted some of the run-off in Spa now too.

 

Looks better for me.

 

https://twitter.com/...5838722/photo/1

 

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Should have just painted it green.



#27 IrvTheSwerve

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Posted 23 August 2022 - 10:09

Should have just painted it green.

Yeah, or cream/brown to resemble the old gravel traps there. I think psychologically that would make it look more intimidating again.

 

Just looks like a bit of a Paul Ricard mess now.



#28 KWSN - DSM

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Posted 23 August 2022 - 10:10

Chips and Mayonnaise, you dirty buggers.

 

The food of gods.



#29 IrvTheSwerve

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Posted 23 August 2022 - 10:12

Interestingly, are those lines foam (or whatever) barriers on the left of Raidillon? To stop drivers going straight? Great news if true, I was assuming that they’d leave the whole complex open.


Edited by IrvTheSwerve, 23 August 2022 - 10:13.


#30 geralt

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Posted 23 August 2022 - 10:13

Definitely the most overrated track of all time. In the past 10 years here we've probably had 2 good races. And that's without takin into account the biggest embarassment in F1 we've had for ages with the shitshow that happened last year.

 

Hoping for a mixed conditions race in the style of Spa 2008



#31 Risil

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Posted 23 August 2022 - 10:32

Definitely the most overrated track of all time. In the past 10 years here we've probably had 2 good races. And that's without takin into account the biggest embarassment in F1 we've had for ages with the shitshow that happened last year.

Hoping for a mixed conditions race in the style of Spa 2008

It's always been F1's ultimate test of high-speed cornering. It's rarely produced thrillers, unless weather intervenes.

The venues that connect Grand Prix racing to its early days in the 1920s are valuable too.

#32 OO7

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Posted 23 August 2022 - 10:43

Yeah, or cream/brown to resemble the old gravel traps there. I think psychologically that would make it look more intimidating again.

 

Just looks like a bit of a Paul Ricard mess now.

I like your cream/brown idea as well Irv. :up:



#33 pdac

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Posted 23 August 2022 - 10:56

If they fail to have a (proper) race again, that could be the nail in the coffin for Spa.



#34 cpbell

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Posted 23 August 2022 - 10:59

It doesn't look like "the perfect storm" of 2021 so I expect we'll get a full race. They can race in the wet at Spa, just not in the highly unusual conditions we had last year. 

Not to mention this year's aerodynamic regulations should help deflect spray better.



#35 cpbell

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Posted 23 August 2022 - 11:01

Definitely the most overrated track of all time. In the past 10 years here we've probably had 2 good races. And that's without takin into account the biggest embarassment in F1 we've had for ages with the shitshow that happened last year.

 

Hoping for a mixed conditions race in the style of Spa 2008

Do you say the same about Monaco, which is valued as the supreme test of driving skill and precision on Saturday?



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Posted 23 August 2022 - 11:02

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They were €5 per portion when I went in 2009. what do they charge now?


20.09 for 5 chips

#37 IrvTheSwerve

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Posted 23 August 2022 - 11:05

Definitely the most overrated track of all time. In the past 10 years here we've probably had 2 good races. And that's without takin into account the biggest embarassment in F1 we've had for ages with the shitshow that happened last year.

 

Hoping for a mixed conditions race in the style of Spa 2008

Despite Spa being probably my favourite circuit and one that I look forward to every year, I kind of agree with you that it’s lost it’s way a bit. Since they got rid of the old bus stop and neutered much of the circuit with asphalt run-off (the new gravel traps aren’t really proper gravel traps), it hasn’t really been the same.

 

Still a classic circuit though and I love F1 going there (plus a great circuit to visit).



#38 Clatter

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Posted 23 August 2022 - 11:26

As I'm heading off to Spa on Thursday for the weekend, I really hope the rain stays away.

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Posted 23 August 2022 - 11:33

Back already? That was quick.

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#40 Spillage

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Posted 23 August 2022 - 11:43

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They were €5 per portion when I went in 2009. what do they charge now?

Bet they were good though. Forget waffles, chips with mayo is Belgian cuisine.


Edited by Spillage, 23 August 2022 - 11:44.


#41 NickeyF1

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Posted 23 August 2022 - 11:45

Interestingly, are those lines foam (or whatever) barriers on the left of Raidillon? To stop drivers going straight? Great news if true, I was assuming that they’d leave the whole complex open.

No barriers there, it's painted black I think.



#42 IrvTheSwerve

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Posted 23 August 2022 - 12:04

No barriers there, it's painted black I think.

Bummer.



#43 ARTGP

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Posted 23 August 2022 - 13:35

They should build a retractable roof over the circuit.

#44 FLB

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Posted 23 August 2022 - 13:48

Piastri will NOT be doing FP1 with Alpine:

 

https://www.autohebd...n-belgique.html (en francais)



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Posted 23 August 2022 - 13:50

Piastri will NOT be doing FP1 with Alpine:

 

https://www.autohebd...n-belgique.html (en francais)

 

I somehow sense that he's unlikely to ever sit his rear end down in an Alpine cockpit again.


Edited by Rediscoveryx, 23 August 2022 - 13:51.


#46 aportinga

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Posted 23 August 2022 - 14:03

First thing I did was check the schedule and look - the dumb asses put the Dutch GP one week off.

 

I will be beyond pissed off if they cancel this race again!



#47 Bliman

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Posted 23 August 2022 - 14:08

I doubt there will be rain. And it is definitely different than last year. I think so will even ask for rain during the race. I think it will be dry.



#48 milestone 11

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Posted 23 August 2022 - 14:22

The highlight of the week is that Sky are showing 2021 race highlights at 18:00. Can't wait!

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Posted 23 August 2022 - 14:22

Apparently they have painted some of the run-off in Spa now too.

 

Looks better for me.

 

https://twitter.com/...5838722/photo/1

 

Faw-z3p-X0-AE9x-Jo-1.jpg

 

Looks very Spanish. Not sure that would be a popular thing to say in Belgium.

 

Should have just painted it green.

 

Doesn't it try to be the Belgian flag, with asphalt instead of black?



#50 Heyli

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Posted 23 August 2022 - 14:26

The highlight of the week is that Sky are showing 2021 race highlights at 18:00. Can't wait!

For real?