After seeing a few shouts about a racing thread I thought someone should start one. F1, NASCAR, BTCC (aka real life GTA racing), Indy, local short tracks, whatever you want to talk about.
I'll kick things off with with the Australian Grand Prix. Eventually I'll get used to the new engine sound, but all of the retirements are bad for the sport. I'm sure the teams will get things sorted out but it sucked to see top drivers drop out early. On the upside the teams all seem to be pretty level right now. eventually the big money teams will rise back to the top, but for now the field will be more competitive than it has in years.
The one thing I'm really mad about is Riccardo's DQ. I don't understand the point of the rule that Red Bull violated. Since teams are limited in the amount of fuel they can carry, what is the point of restricted the fuel flow? If they feed too much fuel they'll run out, so race distance should dictate how much fuel the feed to the engine, not some arbitrary number that the FIA picked out of a hat.
Great to have this space. Agree with you Coach regarding Riccardo's DQ. Dumb rule.
The sound of the cars, off of the TV anyway, I like. Live, I am certain that the volume cut will have lost much of the WOW factor that helped put bums on expensive seats over the years, mine included. Your favourite bands amps now only go up to 7.
Not so sure you are right about the competitive side of things though unfortunately. In my view, the difference between the "haves" and the "have nots" will rapidly be increased even further due to the fact F1 has returned to an engine led formula and therefore the manufacturers of these constantly developing "power units" hold the upper hand and will favour their respective No.1 teams with the very latest updates in equipment and knowledge while Secondary teams will be used as R&D development donkeys as is somewhat the norm in MOTO GP currently. I feel the real competition will be between the manufacturers rather than individuals on track. France (Renault), Germany (Mercedes), Ferrari/Fiat (Italy) and next year Honda (Japan) will all be investing huge amounts of cash looking to prove to the world that their very fancy tech is best for your next road car. I'm o.k with that but I'm not buying the car. 8)
P.s MotoGp season begins this weekend or the Spanish series as I think of it. Not that anyone will notice since Dorna (the Spanish owners of MotoGp) decided to give exclusive TV rights to BT. So, I sincerely hope both of you have a great time watching it. :\
Ok, so three races into the new Hybrid F1 season and we have a clear leader. Mercedes has a car that works as intended, no-one else does. When Lewis and Nico finally gave it all they had towards the end of an intense race for just about everyone up and down the grid in Bahrain on Sunday, they distanced themselves to the tune of 2 seconds a lap. That is for ever in F1 terms and the kind of technical superiority unlikely to be approached by any other team this year I'll wager. That being said, the inter team rivalry's up and down the grid and the "no holds barred" ding dong between Lewis and Nico was as fine an example of top blokes in top gear in top form as one is ever likely to see in open wheel formula racing. Good stuff.
Also, the previous week in Malaysia saw Lewis Hamilton equal Jim Clark's record for pole positions for a British driver in Grand Prix. (I have seen them both )
Bahrain was an excellent race. I was shocked that Nico finished that far ahead of Perez. I knew that Mercedes were pulling away, but to open up a 23 second gap in 10 laps is unheard of.
I was dubious of the changes this season, but so far the racing has been good. Obviously Mercedes is dominating, but the rest of the field is really tight. I’m enjoying seeing Force India beating out McLaren, Red Bull and Ferrari, and Williams seems to be back in the mix too.
Some good stuff on the box this week with Ayrton Senna tributes on Sky marking the 20th anniversary of his and Roland Ratzenberger's demise at Imola. Highlights were replays of a few of his "classic" races from this era and the special about Roland that portrayed a true good guy racer overjoyed just to have made it into F1. Unmissable T.V for petrolheads of a certain age methinks.
Bahrain GP was awesome, I'm struggling to think of a better race in the last few years during Vettels / RedBull snooze fest dominance. Hard to see past a Merc world champ this year atm, hopefully it's Hamilton being English myself.
A farewell to Sir Jack Brabham who at the age of 88 passed away peacefully today. A three time F1 World Champion and the only man to have constructed his own championship winning car. A true gentleman racer.
If anyone is interested in road racing, I highly recommend watching the Isle of Man TT 2014 that is happening just this and the next week.
Ive been following this event for a few years now and Im thinking of going on a trip to that island one day. I am not sure if you have to ride a motorbike yourself to see whats going on there - to me that is beyond sanity but probably the greatest race I have ever seen in my life.
Not sure where or if you guys can see it on the telly but if not, theres some great videos that fans made about this event, heres a good one.
ive seen that before and i love it. i dont know if these guys go beyond balls of stell or its pure illness
Many of your Earth's years ago I visited the I.o.M for the T.T and after watching the guys blast down Bray hill flat out and subsequently checking the equipment I had suddenly realised was necessary for that task (correct number but not enormous or made of brass) I officially gave up my plans for World racing domination. That I was watching from Bray Hill having just been let out of Police custody for refusing to pay a fine for inappropriately launching my big ol' Suzuki over/through a wall into a very famous cottages garden which then collapsed into some underground coal bunker (total write-off, Suzuki and bunker) had almost nothing to do with it.
Go while you can before the cream puff people put a stop to it.
ITV4 this coming week, delayed evening coverage (so there's no chance of the young or delicate accidentally seeing a human being smash himself to bits "live" while you are having your tea)
Time for another brief rant. Apparently the numbnuts that dictate what happens in F1 have decided that standing starts will be a thing in 2015 instead of a straight restart behind the safety car. This "to improve the show". Ironic, I think, that they have also (correctly) doubled the tethering required to keep wheels from detaching on the grounds of safety but then dramatically increase the likelihood of shit happening with more standing starts.
Worse than that from my point of view, will be the fitting of titanium skid blocks, tested in Austrian G.P friday practice, deliberately fitted with no other function than to raise a (very) few sparks behind the cars. This again to "improve the show". Who, I wonder, are they aiming this multi billion pound show at?. Easily pleased children impressed by sparklers on November 5th?. The pathetic, fake, damp squib effects I noted from the aforementioned test are no replacement for the 60ft high blast furnace like displays that were once a natural result of the absolute minimum ride height, flat bottomed ass dragging that aero-dynamicists found necessary for maximum ground effect before the introduction of centrally placed wooden planks that were fitted to the underneath of the cars to reduce ground effect in the mid 90's. Pathetic and insulting...as are the "double points" awarded for the last race of the season to be run in Abu Dhabi as a more or less private party for some rich Arab and his mates.
Post by SPEEDSTER0595 on Jul 21, 2014 20:42:58 GMT
Saturdays race was moved to Sunday, so it was two in a day. Me and the gf missed the opening race, but reached in time for GT3 Porsches, Stadium Porsches and the last IndyCar race.
Was really fun and loud got a video i will post of how fast they were going. Got to tour the paddocks and pits, i advise anyone going to races to BRING A CAMERA and get paddock passes if your're lucky.
Too many things about this video make me both happy and sad. Listening to those V8's through the trees was an experience I'll never forget, and will probably never have again thanks to Mr. Todt and his little V6 Turbos xD
Feeling that Lewis . Future generations of F1 followers will never know what they are missing. Just clicking on your video instantly raised the hairs on my arms to full attention as my mind added 100 or so decibels to your recorded sound aided and abetted by my memories of v10's, v12's and even the 4 and 6 cylinder turbos of the eighties that I am also fortunate enough to have experienced (1500bhp from 1.5 litres irl, is always going to sound pretty impressive even via a turbo ).
Still love the game though. MONZA ( with it's newly pussified parabolica ) this week end!!!. WooHoooo!.
I still miss the smell of leaded racing fuel. I probably inhaled a fair amount of asbestos brake dust being in the pits as a kid too, lol. At some point in the future the internal combustion engine will go away altogether and we'll get to here the sound of near silence as the electric cars go by.
I know they paved the parabolica for safety reason with moto gp, but they should lay down temporary dirt there to keep the F1 guys from intentionally running off track.