Vettel Says New Cars "A Step Backward" by lkjohnson1950
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Dale Sr. st Daytona by cosworth151
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Nürburgring Sold to American Invertors by Jericoke
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March 08, 2014, 04:21:12 pm by lkjohnson1950
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Dale Earnhardt Jr tweeted this picture of his Dad's first race at Daytona, Check out that crew!!
March 08, 2014, 03:50:30 pm by cosworth151
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American group H.I.G. Capital of Miami, Florida, has reportedly purchased the Nürburgring for approximately $90 million. Bernie Ecclestone had offered around $50 million.
I'm glad to see the track saved, but I get very nervous about "investor Groups." Let's all hope that this doesn't bring the wrath of Bernie down on the Ring.
March 08, 2014, 03:40:08 pm by cosworth151
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Here in the States, we have TV adverts with a character called Captain Obvious......
"It is a step back -- F1 is slower than last year," four-time defending champion Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull said during preseason testing.
Koby is in agreement:
"We are not in race conditions here, but if we were in race conditions I think I should bring a GP2 car," Japanese driver Kamui Kobayashi said of his Caterham car, which was also never expected to be one of the fastest cars on track. "The lap time is still quicker in GP2. We need to work, but in this moment if we were to race, I think it's not Formula One."
March 08, 2014, 03:44:02 am by Dare
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March 08, 2014, 12:56:09 am by John S
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"not just release and go it would stop you" says Pirelli.
Never mind driving on squared off tyres this could be race ending, well a pit stop at the very least........ And there was me thinking torque steer was the biggest problem from the new machines at the rear end.
Pirelli's Paul Hembery says the tyre manufacturer is keeping an eye on damage to rear tyres after F1 cars have been locking up, they are concerned by lock-ups on the rear tyres which are “going right the way through the belt pack”.
The tyre manufacturer was in the spotlight during 2013 for a number of tyre failures, but has taken a more conservative approach to this season in order to avoid a repeat. However, during an exclusive interview with Crash.net, Hembery said problems with the new brake-by-wire system has led to occasions when the tyres are suffering significant damage.
“Something new that we've been observing is on the brake-by-wire for example, we've seen a few more lock-ups and flat spots compared to the past on the rear,” Hembery said. “That's something that we're looking at closely to try and understand what is going on, because they're not just flat spots they're actually very dramatic going right the way through the whole belt pack. So it's not just a superficial thing that you would just release and carry on, it's something that would stop you.
“So things like that we're checking; of course I'm sure that will change as the teams get used to the new vehicles but it's something that we're looking at from our point of view and it's something that we're raising saying: 'Look, go careful'.”
While Hembery says he expects the situation with the rears to improve, he also said flat spots on the front tyres have been less dramatic during pre-season than in 2013.
“As you've seen some people have had a huge spin, locked up all four and basically ground their way through the whole tyre! There's not a lot you can do there. It's so extreme at the moment that it would stop you anyway, but it's degrees of flat spot as well. So while we may not get the bigger flat spots that we've seen in the initial days of testing, if we get something in between then it can still become a significant issue if you decide to keep running and you don't make a tyre change. So it's an area that we're always monitoring.
“In general we've seen on a classical type of flat spot and a lock-up in braking then the cars are able to continue. There's less of an impact compared to last year and they're able to brush it off. So that's a positive, but it's the extreme lock-ups which we've seen that we're keeping a watching brief on.”
Crash.net, Thurs 6th March.
March 07, 2014, 01:31:33 pm by Dare
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give me the Jag XKE
March 07, 2014, 12:14:19 am by Dare
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you have to be kidding me
March 05, 2014, 06:05:47 pm by Jericoke
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So it seems that Bernie has succeeded in phase one of his plan to bankrupt both German GP tracks with exorbitant fees.
Problem is he's failing at phase two where he picks up The Nurburgring at a fire sale.
But no worries, Bernie's buddy Flavio Briatore has arranged a race for Azerbaijan in 2016
I'll be honest: I've heard of Azerbaijan, but I don't actually know where it is.
I'm on record of being supportive of F1 exanding into new markets, but when Germany has a 4 time defending champion, an Austrian owned 4 time constructor champion, a German engine manufucaturer and a German owned and run team getting stronger every year, and that somehow leads to going from 2 races plus an Austrian race to NO races in the span of a decade... I'll have to finally admit that pushing for new markets is causing serious problems with the existing fan base.