I actually think WEC want to move the date because of the sad state of WEC viewership. Say what you will about Alonso, but he bring eyes to the screen whenever he races outside of F1. Daytona saw a 20% increase in TV viewership and a 28% increase in streaming viewers. Not to mention that 2 million people watched his testing at Indy last year. I think WEC wants him as badly as he wants to be called the best driver in the world.
First test of the Indycar aeroscreen seems to have gone well.
"No show-stoppers," said Dixon after climbing from the car. "It's a little bit different, looking through something that is so thick. I thought it would have messed with distortion a lot more, but there's nothing like that; no problems with reflection.
Obviously we'll run a little bit later to see how it is in a more dusk setting, and then again tonight. But the weirdest thing is just how quiet it is – you don't have any buffeting; the car is very smooth, like you've gone to a really luxurious, dampened car.
"We'll need some cooling, because you get no airflow through the car. But kudos to IndyCar. There are definitely things we can improve on, but [they've done a good job, and hopefully we'll find some more things tonight."
If this works out I would hope that F1 adopts the same technology and ditches the driver thong.
I had a long post written up, then accidentally pressed F5 instead of volume up and lost it all.
10 points to dub for that lovely Alonso meme.
WEC shows the world its hand, that it's slowly fading to oblivion, and hosts a lame duck race on the same weekend of a classic american endurance race, PLM.
Toyota placing money in the right pockets, pays off, literally as they get to trot around their prized race horse, Fernando Alonso, 2x F1 World Champion, infront of their home crowd, in their own car, on their own track....hmm
IMSA tells WEC to go f*ck themselves, further straining already strained relations. RIP Unified 2020 LM/DP Spec. Drivers get angry at WEC for treating Alonso like baby Jesus.
Honestly, the headlines the past few days have been like a bad soap opera.
As for the 24, Alonso sets foot on US soil for a closed cockpit, 24hour race, and does well! Even battles with future LMP1 opponent, and race car driver with the best name ever, Renger van der Zande. Tires absolutely wreaked havoc on teams, mainly the reigning champions, Wayne Taylor Racing's #10 Caddy, forcing them to retire with safety concerns. Rumors circulated that the outgoing manufacturer, Continental was using not only the same tyre compound used in the 2017 24 hours, but the same rubber from a year ago.
Slightly disappointed the grid girls are gone, but glad to see kids getting a chance. Just hope it's kids that care about racing and are up and coming racers, not sons/daughters of XYZ company sponsoring the GP.
The aeroscreen seems much more liked, esp to Dixon, as opposed to the Halo. Though the Halo is starting to grow on me, I just hope it does its job and protects the drivers, full stop. It would be a shame for all the lack of research and negative backlash, to lead to an innocent driver getting seriously injured or worse.
Super excited to see 1:1 scale Remote control racing, from inside the car!...oh wait that's the new WRX Championship format. I've had a change of heart on the whole whizzing and buzzing of "lady shavers" after watching a few race replays of the past Formula-E season, and am excited to see how the series, and other forms of racing adapt to electric cars. It is very thrilling to throw around fast electric cars, on narrow street circuits, with ex F1 and LMP drivers.
Is that everything from January? nope, Bathurst 12hrs was great, but a wreck fest, with a major one cutting the race short. Sad to see no Ferrari or Vilander ripping up the roads again, but it was a pleasantly exciting race, nonetheless.
This weekend, NASCAR returns, and beings a new era, one with new cars, new faces. the Youngins are coming in HOT, and the old blokes are being put out to pasture. It feels scripted, but it's the only racing sofar...the 12 Hours of Sebring is a month away...
WEC apparently decides that BoP IS ok after all! The WEC will penalize any non-hybrid LMP1 car that is faster than Toyota's LMP1 car, but wont allow a BoP'd DPi to run at LeMans. This really dilutes Alonso's potential win of the second leg, of the Triple Crown. Not only is he driving the only, non privateer entry at LeMans, but his win is virtually guaranteed, if he can just keep it on track, or not burn up the clutch, or stops on track with three minutes left.
I like Alonso, I'm a big fan of him, and his mission to complete the triple crown. But I fear armchair pit boss' will put an asterisk on his LeMans win, with Toyota being the sole manufacturer team, and the help they'll receive from the WEC. I know this isn't any of Alonso's making, but moreso of the WEC wanting a bigname like Alonso winning at LeMans, and Toyota finally purchasing ensuring their LeMans/WEC win.
I have forgotten how to get images from one place to another so thanks for that Speed.
I would have waited awhile and posted a pic of each. The winner so far is Williams with it's very nice Martini paint job with the Alfa/Sauber as runner up. I suspect the McLaren will be the proper old McL orange as used at Indy because Fred Alonso likes it and we all know what Fred likes is what Fred gets.
It would be exceptionally non pc of me to comment on what I think the actual cars look like with their baby pens attached though. I think y'all can guess. I will say it did make me feel a little sad somewhere deep inside when I saw the first example though.
Post by SPEEDSTER0595 on Feb 26, 2018 22:04:54 GMT
I honestly don't mind the Halos T. The designers this year have made them flow well with the liveries. However, have a look at Kubica's onboard. How did this thing ever pass safety regulations?! I guess I'm still on the fence with it.
It is bloody difficult to choose a favourite this year.
Loving the return to Papaya for MCL, the "nearly" all red Ferrari and Toro Rosso futuristic look.
MB looks a bit meh this year, Force India's pink is getting to be an eyesore and the Red Bull gets a recycled design.
That leaves the few favourites I've liked so far.
HAAS looks ready to pounce, hoping they get a podium this year, they deserve it.
MartiniWilliams and Sauber look, at first glance, to be twinning. Bringing back those classic F1 looks beautiful.
But the Cream of the Crop, is Renault. I do miss the black and gold livery of the Lotus days, but this year's livery has got to be best one I've seen in recent years. It may be because they hired livery fantasizer, Sean Bull. He's always put out the best mockup liveries of F1 cars to date, glad to see him make his mark officially in F1.
Very nice job SPEED. Thumbs up for pro class pic moving skills.
Just watched a bit of the first of the testing days on YouTube and was struck by how little of the drivers head you can see, depending on the camera angles etc. This meant that I had real problems trying to identify who was driving which kinda killed my interest some due to it seeming less personal not knowing who was in the car. Wasn't expecting that tbh. Be interested to see if'n that's just me or if the general pubic find the same. It's a surprising turn off so far.
Edit...and another off putting idea from Sean Bratches of Liberty Media (the one with the moustache not the eyebrows) that I just read. Music may be played during race coverage. What now???. F.f.s.
I like the pink Force India, but last year's livery was better. And the papaya orange looks great for McLaren.
I think front the front the halo makes a driver look like a little kid peeking between his daddy's legs.
Fitting that the wheels fell off for Alonso after three laps. And Toro Rosso Honda ran more laps than anyone on day one. It would be fitting for Alonso's career choices if Honda got their act together this year.
I am not a huge fan of not being able to see the drivers under the halos, nice comparisons you two. Time will tell on that front.
F1 finally steps into the modern era via Liberty Media, and is now offering F1 TV, an internet streaming service, that offers commercial-free access to all of the rounds in the F1 championship. For $8-$12 a month, you get access to all driver cams, and unique camera angles along with broadcast angles and multi-language commentary. It's something I wish more sports would do, put fans in control of the sport they want to see, and watch what they'd want to watch.
The price seems more than reasonable, just the coverage area seems a bit spotty atm. Only the countries below will have access to it when it launches.(This excludes Canada, the UK and Oz) I do believe once current TV contracts with the countries not listed expire, F1TV will launch in those regions.