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liveries7
July 25, 2016, 02:53:33 PM by liveries7
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Hey all, I just started a petition for the FIA / Formula 1 Group to change the laws concerning F1 liveries.

There has not been a real in-reason one-off livery in over four years at the 2012 British GP, and that is a sad truth. In addition to that many teams do not make very eye-catching liveries. Renault F1’s chief Cyril Abiteboul even went so far to say this year’s liveries were “ugly”. I want to help change that.

The FIA / Formula 1 Group’s main issue is livery changes potentially confusing fans. We can get around this by getting teams to:
  • Get race organizer approval for one-off changes, since it would affect the organizers the most.
  • Keep the majority of the livery composed of the main colors set at the start of the season
  • To still keep diversity teams will be encouraged to set multiple colors as their “main colors”.
An example of this would be the orange of the 2016 Mclaren-Honda’s. If under these rules they set orange as one of their main colors, then they will be able to run an orange livery, despite it being a small part of their main livery.
  • The catch is that the race organizers will have to approve it, which will stop any “confusing” liveries.
  • It should be easy for fans to determine which car belongs to which team even if they do not keep up with the news. 

I believe very passionately that this would be a nice amendment to the rules in the 2017 overhaul. If you want to see eye-catching liveries brought back to F1, then sign this petition to give teams back the right to run one-off liveries.

https://www.change.org/p/formula-1-strategy-group-allow-formula-1-teams-to-run-one-off-liveries

It would also be a big help if you tell your friends about this petition, so we can really start to make an impact!
J.Clark
July 25, 2016, 02:19:00 PM by J.Clark
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Back to the HOCKENHEIMRING  :yahoo:

Only a week after Budapest, we are racing one more time before the summer break.  This is a race I would like to attend someday.  It seems like an interesting area of Germany to see as tourist as well.  My son was stationed in Kitzingen and I visited him there - not too far away.  I have seen a good bit of Germany, but not much of it around the Rhine.

Racing began there in 1932, on country roads, just like a number of "tracks" back then.  After a few years, Mercedes-Benz took it as their test track.  After WW-II, the circuit became know for the motorcycle racing that took place on it.  It was still basically a country road, through the forest circuit with long straights and few turns.  It was, at that time, about 8 km in length.

For roughly 40 years, from 1960 - 2001, it was more or less unchanged, except for the two chicanes added after Jim Clark was killed in 1968.  Changes were then necessitated by a few significant issues in the race in 2000.  A crash involving Diniz and Alesi at a chicane, in bad conditions, most of the action was taking place at the chicanes in the forested sectors - out of view of the majority of the fans, and a disgruntled, recently fired Mercedes employee ran across the track (I remember that like it was yesterday).  That was a race in which Rubens Barrichello won it (his first win) from P-18 on the grid - a very memorable race.


After that, with competition from other circuits mounting, and the threat of being taken off of the list of venues, a major revamp of it took place.  It was reduced from almost 7 km to about 4.5 km.  No longer does it go off into the forest.  No longer does it have those long, full throttle, straights.  Now it has 17 turns, but some very high speed sections.  For a true sense of how much shorter it is today, the revamp changed the number of laps from 45 to 67.

The current layout is fairly high speed, with two straights, neither of which is terribly long, but turn 5 is essentially a straight, as it is flat out from turn 4 to the speed trap just before the braking zone for turn 6.  There are two DRS zones, one between turns 1 & 2, and the other carries through turn 5.  There are two short straights - from turn 6 to 7, and turn 11 to 12.  There is a "stadium" section from turn 12 through 17 and onto the start/finish straight.

The lap record of 1:13.780 was set by Kimi in 2004, driving for McLaren (MP4 I think). 
Previous race winners on the current grid include: Alonso (3), Hamilton (2),  Rosberg, and Vettel.  Teams among those drivers were Renault, McLaren, Mercedes and Red Bull.  Williams did win this, as sort of a side note with Montoya back in the early 2000s.

I'm not sure, with the obvious progress of Red Bull and Ferrari, if the fact that the circuit design should be good for Williams, but it should help them a bit.  Force India and Toro Roso could well exceed expectations here as well.  Ferrari and Red Bull should be pushing Mercedes I think, and hopefully Williams will be in that mix, even if a bit behind.
Wizzo
July 25, 2016, 12:26:19 PM by Wizzo
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An older gentleman was on the operating table awaiting surgery and he insisted that his son, a renowned surgeon, perform the operation. As he was about to get the anaesthesia, he asked to speak to his son.

"Yes, Dad, what is it?"
 
"Don't be nervous, son; do your best, and just remember, if it doesn't go well, if something happens to me, your mother is going to come and live with you and your wife..."  :swoon:
Dare
July 24, 2016, 11:57:35 PM by Dare
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We've said for years on her that F1 needs to enforce
the rules the same for everyone......falls on deaf ears


http://www.bbc.com/sport/formula1/36879791
J.Clark
July 24, 2016, 05:22:49 PM by J.Clark
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Well, we are eleven races into the season, just past the half-way point.

The championship standings of both drivers' and teams' is to some extent what one might have predicted; however, there are some surprises.

DRIVERS:
POSITION        DRIVER      POINTS
1   Hamilton   Mercedes    186
2   Rosberg   Mercedes    178
3   Ricciardo   Red Bull    115
4   Raikkonen   Ferrari   114
5   Vettel   Ferrari   110
6   Verstappen   Red Bull    100
7   Bottas   Williams    56
8   Perez          Force India   47
9   Massa   Williams    38
10   Sainz          Toro Rosso   30
11   Grosjean   Haas      28
12   Hulkenberg    Force India   27
13   Alonso   McLaren   24
14   Kvyat          Toro Rosso   23
15   Button   McLaren   13
16   Magnussen   Renault    6
17   Wehrlein   Manor   1
18   Vandoorne   McLaren   1

The Hamilton/Rosberg fight is about where one would have predicted I think, even though I doubt anyone would have predicted the runaway start by Rosberg.

The first real surprise, which while it may be due in part to gremlins with the #1, is seeing Kimi leading Seb, albeit by only a few points.

Perez leading the Hulk, and by 20 points is a bit of a surprise to me at least.  I would have predicted Hulk being ahead of his teammate, even if not by 20 points.

Seeing Grosjean with 28 points, sitting in eleventh, is almost shocking.  While he is a pretty good driver, so good he gave Kimi fits when they were both at Renault, he is also in a brand new team for which each race is a first.

TEAMS:
POSITION   TEAM          POINTS   
1   Mercedes           378
2   Scuderia Ferrari      224
3   Red Bull Racing      223
4   Williams Martini Racing      94
5   Sahara Force India F1 Team      74
6   Scuderia Toro Rosso      45
7   McLaren-Honda      38
8   Haas F1 Team      28
9   Renault Sport F1      6
10   Manor      1

Without a doubt, and with argument, the biggest surprise not only to fans, but to the teams as well, is HAAS!  Partly because it is a new team.  Partly because it is an American team (although they have an overseas base of operations).  Those things, at this point, are of no consequence however.  Partnering closely with Ferrari aside, they have accomplished much more than anyone would have predicted was possible.

The next big surprise to me is Williams.  They are one of the longest running teams.  They had two really competitive years, the first of which saw them actually pushing Mercedes with no one in the rear views until mid-season.  This season, for various reasons, the car isn't performing anywhere near that level.  That they are in fourth is not as significant on its own as is the fact that they are not even in striking range to recapture third, laying some 130 points adrift of that.  Furthermore, they are likely to be overhauled by Force India in the second half of the season, IF they can't get it all in one sock, so-to-speak.

I should, I suppose, also mention the surprise points finish by Wehrlein, giving Manor a point in the Team Championship.  I don't see how anyone could have even guessed that would happen.
cosworth151
July 22, 2016, 02:36:15 PM by cosworth151
Views: 142 | Comments: 8

Below is a link to the revised F1 radio communication rules.

I find a couple of things in the opening section interesting:

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These restrictions will apply :

- To all communications to the driver including, but not limited to, radio and pit boards.

- At all times the car is out of the pit lane with the engine running and the driver on board (with the exception of the slowing down lap once the driver has crossed the Line at the end of the race).


First, they're even going to restrict pit board messages? Is that too high tech for them?

Second, does "out of the pit lane" mean that they could get a message to the driver by doing it during a drive-through?


http://www.motorsport.com/all/article/?id=800599
cosworth151
July 22, 2016, 01:27:03 PM by cosworth151
Views: 91 | Comments: 3

There has been a lot of discussion about the problems with the officiating at F1 races this year. Sometimes the stewards have waited until well after the race to even discuss infractions.

Well, NASCAR is at the other end of the spectrum. If you win a race and then post race scrutineering shows that you cheated......no problems!

Matt Kenseth won Sunday's Cup race at New Hampshire. His Toyota failed post race inspection. His punishment? He was docked 15 of the 44 points he scored the race. He kept the win. His crew chief was fined $25,000 (which I'm sure the team will pay for him.)

Truly draconian, innit?

http://autoweek.com/article/nascar-sprint-cup/matt-kesneth-nascar-race-illegal-car-loses-one-spot-standings
cosworth151
July 22, 2016, 01:12:40 PM by cosworth151
Views: 124 | Comments: 6

Nico Rosberg has signed on for another two years at Mercedes. I hope Dr. Z & Co. don't come to regret that decision before the end of the season.

http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20160722/sport/rosberg-signs-deal-to-stay-at-mercedes-until-2018.619627


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