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November 26, 2015, 07:56:20 PM by J.Clark | Views: 57 | Comments: 5

I would like to take a moment and wish all of you a Happy Thanksgiving.

I know that many of you are from outside the US and consequently do not celebrate this Holiday with us so for you all, simply have a fantastic day.
November 25, 2015, 09:35:11 PM by cosworth151
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Gee, what a surprise. 

The F1 manufacturers have rejected the FIA's engine plan.

I, for one, am glad. It was a silly idea to begin with.

John S
November 24, 2015, 04:51:04 PM by John S
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Hoot if they win, RBR has to stay in bed with Renault.  :D

Mecachrome has become the latest engine manufacturer to register its interest in supplying F1 with an alternative power unit.

The FIA called for an expression of interest over the Brazilian Grand Prix weekend, with Ilmor and AER having already publicly confirmed their intentions since then. Now Mecachrome - which has prepared and assembled Renault engines in F1 for a number of years - has joined the bidding, with racing activities director, Jean-Charles Raillat, saying it can have its own engine ready in a short timeframe

"What maybe differentiates Mecachrome is that it has been a very, very long time that we have been dealing with Formula 1. We have been managing a lot of major programmes in parallel. If you look at last year, Renault were supplying four teams : we were managing that side. We also managed GP2 Series and we will now supply GP3 Series", says Raillat.

Edited from longer piece, courtesy: Chris Medland, F1i.com, Today.
November 23, 2015, 09:23:35 PM by cosworth151
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Advanced Engine Research (AER) claims it has an engine that "fits exactly" the requirements of the FIA's plans for an independent supplier to Formula 1 for 2017.

AER managing director and co-onwer Mike Lancaster said, "We have spent a good many years developing a specific GDi V6 engine, and it was put together for high levels of modern motorsport, with the emphasis on lower brake-specific fuel consumption. So we've produced an engine that fits into exactly what they are looking for, which is a very powerful, modern, fuel-efficient racing engine.

Of course, this may all be moot if Ferrari uses its veto on the whole idea.

November 23, 2015, 08:16:47 PM by cosworth151
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Bonhams has hooked up with Turner Classic Movies to hold an auction of classic movies items. One of them is the iconic Gulf Porsche driving suit that Steve McQueen wore in the movie Le Mans. Expected price is US$ $200,000 - 300,000. That's 130,000 - 200,000 for those of you across the pond.


They also have such items as the Rosebud sled from Citizen Kane and Dorothy's dress from The Wizard of Oz. I wouldn't mind having Sam Spade's chair from The Maltese Falcon.
November 23, 2015, 04:36:55 PM by Scott
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My suggestion is to give those tires the back half of the grid and let the rest stay on the 2016 tires.  That would be fun. 

November 23, 2015, 04:33:55 PM by Scott
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Yas Marina, a positive sounding place  ;) , is a completely new developement built from the ground up as a marina for the very rich and offering a resort, dining, shopping, hotels and of course a full service marina for the nautical types and their big boats.  With the resort still in the development stages, it was decided to apply for an F1 race.  Announced in 2007, with a Tilke design rider (of course), construction began right away and the first race was held in November 2009.

F1's first night race, the GP is an exercise in bling and waste, but I have to admit it looks good on TV.  I looked into going to the race a couple of years ago only to discover if I wanted to pay less than $1500/night, I would have to commute to the circuit from Dubai, a not too inexpensive destination in itself just up the road about 120km away.  I doubt I'll be going to that GP anytime soon, Ferrari World or not.

Hamilton and Vettel have won all the races except for '12 which Kimi managed to grab after telling his crew to 'leave me alone, I know what I'm doing'...thanks to GPW, I even have a mug with that inscription that is currently full of coffee with a shot of Bailey's.

5.5km long, with 21 turns.  The circuit is posing to be the season finale for the foreseeable future.  A bonehead idea of Bernie's was adopted last year to offer double points for the race to try to tighten up the season.  After fan outrage, it was dropped for 2015 thankfully. 
Last year Pirelli brought yellow and reds, and I suppose that will continue this year.  Lewis won handily last year after Rosberg lost his ERS.  Force India had a good finish in 6&7th for Hulk and Perez. 

Though I am looking forward to the race, I might catch the first few laps but will be away from a TV for almost the rest of the race as I have an event that afternoon in another town. 

I hear it's going to rain  ;) ;)


I could only find a 2014 Pirelli preview, but it's not bad.

After the race Pirelli will be testing its new purple ultra-soft tire.  The purple should look good under the lights.