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F1 2019

Discussion in 'SMB' started by The Lambton Worm, Feb 8, 2019.

  1. C4 showing 2nd practice live from 1:55 pm today, and live qualifying and race tomorrow and Saturday.
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  2. errant

    errant Striker

    they also stated that they wanted to reinforce the "traditional" venues too... i think there will be a balance between the old & the new...
  3. HoxtonMackem

    HoxtonMackem Central Defender

    All races should still be on free to air.
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  4. That's a separate discussion, I was merely passing on information that some might benefit from.
  5. HoxtonMackem

    HoxtonMackem Central Defender

    I was going to put that on my post, cheers though for doing so x
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  6. PTR

    PTR Striker

    Alternating might be a good solution? Not interrupting London every year might be desirable.
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  7. jackynutmeg

    jackynutmeg Winger

    Vastly appreciated x
  8. The Resource

    The Resource Central Defender

    Resurrect the European GP, and go to a different City Street circuit each year. Could do similar with an Asian GP.
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  9. jackynutmeg

    jackynutmeg Winger

    Don't like city street circuits
  10. MickeyV

    MickeyV Midfield

    The original plan for a Grand Prix in central London, using The Mall as pit straight, has been dumped as impractical. It's not just the disruption of race week, and the infrastructure nightmare before and after. Most of the road surfaces would have to be replaced too, which makes the project no longer financially viable. The current proposal of doing it in Docklands might well take over from Silverstone, maybe alternating years down the line. It would be hard to let go of Silverstone completely, as an iconic, historic circuit.
  11. For me, Silverstone lost some of that iconic feeling when they changed the circuit layout and moved the pits straight a few years ago, it's never had the same flow since the changes.
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  12. errant

    errant Striker

    i dont think you're the first to say that... thank bernie e for that!
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  13. JohnSmithUK

    JohnSmithUK Full Back

    Same as Germany, it was sacrilege what they did to that track.
  14. HoxtonMackem

    HoxtonMackem Central Defender

    Agreed, lost the flow completely since they got rid of Bridge and Priory. They could still have kept that and the fan arena section there now.

    Agreed as well. The new Hockenheim is awful, only memorable races have been the 'Fernando is faster than you' Ferrari team orders incident and Vettel crashing out last year... standard Tilke-drome for you.

    Nothing replaces the roar of a V10 (although they are sadly the past too) blasting through the old straights in the forest bouncing off the rev limiter at 18,000 rpm and the driver hurling on the brakes into the chicanes, then emerging back into the arena section with the packed grandstands full of colour and people blowing airhorns. Last year the place was half empty.

    *Awaits the dinosaur remarks*
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  15. PTR

    PTR Striker

    Have to agree.

    Main problem was how hard it was to overtake on the main straight route to copse being flat out. So they added a new straight, with a similar bloody corner at the end ffs!
  16. Billy Fish

    Billy Fish Striker

    I know nothing about F1 as I don't follow it but a fella I've worked with for years has had his Lad working with Mercedes F1 design team the last two years. It's been good getting snippets back how it's structured and the bonus systems etc.
    Anyway, the lad works in Engine design and apparently nearly all of their most experienced designers have quit with most heading to McLaren, same with most of the other departments.
    Next seasons engine is already designed but reckons they'll struggle after that and McLaren will benefit from the new influx.
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  17. royalmush83

    royalmush83 Central Defender

    If that’s true, and I hope it is to be honest, I could see them throwing a load of money at Verstappen to be their no1 driver.
  18. Pancho

    Pancho Striker Staff Member Contributor

    Thanks for posting. Interesting stuff.

    Just found out quite recently but a couple of people I know work as drivers for McLaren - the road car side, not the GP team.
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  19. Billy Fish

    Billy Fish Striker

    As I say I don’t follow it so don’t know the ins and outs but did Mercedes have a problem with the car overheating in the last couple of races? If so apparently the tweaked cooling part is sat on the desk of a lad who jacked and no one knows about it as everyone else has gone or is going
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  20. PTR

    PTR Striker

    Odd, given that mclaren buy their engines from Renault

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