F1 Official Thread - Grand Prix of Britain
That's really all you need to know. This season has been dominated by Sebastian Vettel and his RB7. The boy has been untouchable until a few weeks ago when some rule changes/reversals have allowed McLaren and the team from Italy to catch up. Barring a monumental collapse, Vettel will be a two time champion by the end of the Grand Prix of Brazil.
In other news, Pirreli have made some craptacular tires, Alonso is faster than Massa (can you comfirm?), and Mark Webber is a crybaby.
The Grand Prix of Belgium is up next, and with the current (ridiculous, stupid, asinine) ban on in-season testing it's anybody's guess who'll win it. We'll just have to wait and see.
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Red bull RB7 looks really fast compared to others right now.. after living in UK for 3 yrs i enjoyed F1 and football and became Lewis Hamilton fan.
A lot also goes into the design of the car suiting the driver. Do you really think Webber is THAT much slower than Seb? For this season, Seb has adapted the car and the tires better than Web. It was the same back when Schumi and Ferrari dominated. The car was designed for Schumi, while Bridgestone had a very tight relationship with Ferrari. You'd be foolish not to think that Ferrari gained some sort of advantage from that.
Spa next....that is such a sick circuit.
The seeping bends as they fly up that hill
I love Spa for the same reason.
@SinnerP With as much downforce that F1 cars can generate I don't think the corkscrew is too steep at all. As for DRS, all the passing on the straights (not during braking into the corner) have been DRS at work. The lower downforce plus the draft has made a huge difference. The car behind with the wing open has been blowing by the car in front of them all season long.
I'm a McLaren fan too and seeing Hamilton pass Alonso on the outside of the turn two races ago was great but that was all down to cold tires vs tires that already had a lap on them.
DRS ~ My problem is that with the DRS, cars are passing with too much ease. They're breezing by, leaving the guy in front unable to defend his position. I see it as more of "passing" rather than "overtaking". A lot of times, the behind-car was past the front-car before the braking zone, which to me, is "too easy". I'd rather see them even at the end of the straight and see who can brake the latest for the overtake.
As to why I would prefer the current tires rather than DRS is that there are more variables... each car uses each tire differently. It also influences each car's strategy... do I pit earlier for the undercut? Do I just try to as far as possible, but risk the "cliff" where the tires drop-off immediately? Do I drive hard, build a gap but risk destroying my tires? To me, these are all more interesting variables on how to race rather than one guy closing up on someone else and then blowing by him on the straight.
It's like they just flick it in mid air and it just sticks some how
As for DRS.. it's not been as drastic as i thought it would be. It's better than last years situation where cars where getting stuck in the turbulent air for large periods of the race.
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The race would run alongside the US Grand Prix in Austin which will hold its inaugural race next year. F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone has shown interest in bringing F1 to New Jersey before and last year revealed plans for a race there should Austin - which at that time was still in its planning stages - fall through.
"It would be in front of Manhattan in New Jersey, with the skyscrapers in the background," Ecclestone said, adding: "Fifteen minutes from the centre of New York to the circuit would be marvellous."
We can only pray. Please do it at night.
And for Nordschliefe fans, this is amazing.
^ Actually, regarding LSeca, I was thinking it might not have enough ground-clearance to deal with the undulations of the track. I've never been there so, of course, it might not be as steep as I imagine.
The corkscrew is steeper than you can imagine. The elevation changes throughout the course is one thing that you definitely can't really get a feel for from watching a TV broadcast. Even after so many laps on the track in GT/Forza, it's surreal to see it in person. I can only imagine how it must be at tracks like Spa and Sachsenring where you can definitely SEE the elevation changes
So we actually have a motorsports thread back again on NT. Awesome. Been flooding the GT5 thread with F1 news lately.
nobody else on here a Ferrari fan? oh well.
Jenson just had an incredible 200th grand prix last weekend.
Spa is definitely my most favorite track in the calendar. I'm a fan of the old track without the bus-stop chicane revision. Monza the week after is a close second, too.
No doubt Red Bull will win it all this year, barring a complete meltdown, like one NTer said. Adrian Newey still has it. Although I hope it will be a close one.
Having said that...
And while we're on Spa, I've sure you guys have seen this, but its still worth watching again...
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I just noticed Fernando's photo being crossed out on the start of this thread.
'No one could win with my car' - Rosberg
"No one could win with my car," Rosberg told El Pais. "There are three teams - Red Bull, Ferrari and McLaren - who are ahead of the others. I need to wait to get a better car. Later this year or early next year I will start to think about winning."
He added: "With this car, to me seventh place is like winning,"
"We know that the public likes the idea of a qualifying tyre and drivers rather like the thrill of having a qualifying tyre and chasing that ultimate lap. It's a one-shot, zero-mistake tyre so it builds up the tension. It would be an extreme, one-hit tyre, two seconds a lap quicker."
The plan could be a solution to the problem of drivers staying in the pits during qualifying sessions in order to save tyres for the race.
Please. Get rid of he three sessions and give us back the hot lap.
Bruno Senna will hold onto his race seat at Renault for the Belgian and Italian Grands Prix, with a view to racing for the team until the end of the season.
On Wednesday Renault confirmed that Senna will replace Nick Heidfeld at Spa-Francorchamps this weekend but did not give any further details on the deal. But in the Thursday press conference at Spa, Senna revealed that the team is hoping to keep in the car for the remaining eight races.
Good to see Senna in a good car for a while. Sucks for Nick.