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March 28, 2015, 03:45:21 PM by Jericoke
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I picked Hamilton, again.

Quite frankly Hamilton in his Mercedes appears to be in a class all his own.
March 28, 2015, 12:41:22 AM by Jericoke
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I just found out that in Canada we'll be getting the BBC 'Grid Walk' for 10 races this season.  I presume those are the 10 races being covered live by the BBC.

I don't really know what the grid walk is, but I've heard it mentioned on here and in chat a few times, and it sounds great.

We haven't had a pre race show in years, and the pre race show we did have was not very good (except for segments involving Gerald Donaldson)
March 27, 2015, 04:02:44 PM by Scott
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Ok, a little bit of sense, now lets keep going and make some more sensible changes for 2015 before it is just a waste of everyone's time.
March 26, 2015, 04:56:13 PM by Jericoke
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It seems that those poor people in Britain don't appreciate getting speeding tickets for accidentally speeding.  However, Ford knows they didn't mean to speed.  Ford knows that if the car had a built in speed limiter, then everyone would be happy.  Using a dash cam for spotting speed limit signs, their Intelligent Speed Limiter will keep you a law abiding motorist as often as possible.

Seriously, what the hell is this?   >:D

Not that I'm saying that I intentionally speed, but I know how fast my car is going at all times, and I know the posted speed limit at all times.  If I wanted to go slow, I'd just get a Honda or Renault turbo  :tease:

P.S., they say that there are 15,000 speeding tickets handed out in Britain in 2013.  Is that number true?  I'm sure that Toronto alone can cover that in a month.
March 26, 2015, 02:23:19 PM by Dare
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Looks like Williams didn't want to chance  Susue starting
a race
March 24, 2015, 11:42:05 AM by J.Clark | Views: 218 | Comments: 15

It is hard to believe that we have had a race here for more than 15 years.

Malaysia is interesting as country in terms of geography, as there is an East and a West.  The East is on an island and the West is on a peninsula of Thailand.  The circuit is in West Malaysia.  Sepang is something of a suburb to the south of Kuala Lumpur on the west coast.  The weather has always been rough due to the heat if nothing else.  This could also be a wet race as PM thunderstorms are forecast for the week and on into the weekend.

The circuit is 5.543km = 3.5 miles (give or take), with two long straights, both with DRS zones and they are separated only by turn 15.  The track record of 1:34.223 was set by Juan Pablo back in 2004.  The race is 56 laps in length, for a distance of 310 km = 193 miles.

My one question going into the weekend is fairly straight forward.  Since Williams, and even Ferrari were faster in the speed trap in Australia, will that help them close a bit on the Mercedes in this race on a circuit with two long straights?

Of course, there remains some concern over the health and readiness of Alonso and Bottas.
March 22, 2015, 02:47:41 PM by Dare
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If Bernie has his way and does away with the non-Asian races
I'll have to say adios to F1.That's were F1's roots are and
without them it's just another racing series
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Andrew Davies asks, has Bernieís failure to secure a German GP deal brought the sport into disrepute?

If there is any luck, the official loss of the German Grand Prix for 2015 should mark a watershed in the history of the sport. On Friday, what had long been suspected would happen was confirmed, the World Motorsport Council cut the German GP from the official calendar giving us a 19-race season.

German circuits Hockenheim and the Nurburgring were due to hold the race in successive years. But thanks to high prices, only 50,000 turned up to see the race at Hockenheim in 2014 and the Nurburgring circuit went into administration and was taken over. The new owners didnít fancy plunging themselves into debt by taking on the contract negotiated by the previous circuit owners.

Needless to say, if the biggest economy in Europe - with three home drivers, with a four-times World Champion, and with an iconic German car marque that will win the title Ė cannot get crowds in through the gate, then something is very definitely wrong.

The reason for the high ticket prices has been the cost that Bernie Ecclestone, representing the Commercial Rights Holder, charges circuits for hosting a race. Race hosting fees vary from little or nothing for the Monaco Grand Prix (where grandstand seats cost in excess of £300/$450) to huge sums of $25m for F1 debutants, such as Azerbaijan or Russia.

And whereas in the UK sports fans are used to paying out quite a lot to see International Rugby and Premier League football matches,  ticket prices for the German football league, the Bundesliga, are much more regulated. You can go along and watch FC Koln in the Bundesliga  for 10 euros Ė thatís £7.50.

So German fans have been leaving the sport in droves Ė and what has Bernie Ecclestone done in response? Threaten to take races like the British, German and Italian races away and fling them round the globe to oil-rich Caspian Sea states like Azerbaijan, or countries desperate for some political impact such as Turkey and (maybe soon) Qatar.

The setting up and then abandoning of races in non-traditional F1 supporting countries makes the sport look like it has no idea what itís doing Ė Turkey, Korea and India have all come and gone, having been obliged to create a massive infrastructure along the way. Bernie knows that holding an F1 race brings prestige and worldwide media attention and has traded on that.

The evolution of the F1 calendar isnít about bringing new fans to the sport, itís about bringing money in the only way Bernie knows how. The former motorbike salesman loves a deal and renegotiating hosting contracts and planning new ones, keeps the 84-year-old out of the pub and off the golf course. Heís not planning for the future, heís just carrying on the only way he knows how. Thatís why we have 20-race (or 21-race, if you include the stillborn 2015 Korean GP!) seasons reduced to 19 all the time.

How long can we go on like this?
Deep in the FIAís book of rules are various statutes about bringing the sport into disrepute. And Bernieís failure to secure a German Grand Prix must surely do that. It unbalances the calendar, creating a three-week gap between races; whatís more, given overwhelming German success in the sport and the Schumacher legacy, it tempts the analogy "couldnít organise a p*ss-up in a brewery".

Grand Prix racing started off in France in 1906, the FIA are based in Paris, yet there is no French Grand Prix because of the high race hosting fee. Thatís embarrassing enough. The loss of this yearís German Grand Prix and the harassment of the Italian Grand Prix at Monza should surely tip the FIA into action.

There was once British Racing Green, Belgian racing Yellow and Italian Racing Scarlet, with the French in Blue and the Germans in White (which they famously scraped off to create a silver arrow). All these countriesí home races have now been threatened or lost during Bernieís watch, purely in the interests of his paymasters.

Itís time the FIA took some action and wrested control of the GP calendar and set a limit on race hosting fees. The loss of the German race should mark a watershed. Itís now up to FIA boss Jean Todt to acquire some cojones and take some action before we see headlines like: 'Qatar Replaces Monza in GP Schedule'

Andrew  Davies

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