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June 24, 2019, 01:05:31 PM by monty
Views: 183 | Comments: 5

Clearly I do not have enough time to make even my own exhaustive list!
But let me start...
F1 has known that lack of overtaking is the single biggest problem; this is why they introduced fuel stops, tyre stops, etc. Instead of fixing the problem they tried (unsuccessfully) to introduce 'excitement' from pit stop strategies!

Ridiculous selection of tracks based on economical reasons not spectator satisfaction reasons.

Introduction of Tilke tracks that are super safe but totally boring.

Introduction of fixed penalties against prescribed rules, worrying more about safety than common sense and good racing

Pretending that F1 can, in some way, be 'green'. It can't! It has such a tiny impact it doesn't matter. Make them create and use a huge amount of power throughout the whole race.

Get more people to watch the racing. Firstly by opening up terrestrial TV coverage and, in the future, by offering such compulsive racing, people will actually want to watch!

Make the sport and its gladiators more accessible to us normal human beings - not just the mega-rich cronies that have no real interest but hope they might get some more ego massaging by hanging around the pits.

Distribute money where it is needed! The manufacturers are in F1 for global marketing reasons. They do not 'need' the money. Therefore, give more money to the independents. Surely the manufacturers would like to be seen winning on a more 'level playing field' than dominating against underdogs.

Believe me, this is just a start but I thought I should leave opportunity for the rest of you to comment  ;)
June 23, 2019, 04:04:37 PM by cosworth151
Views: 400 | Comments: 14

Heroes -

Lando Norris: Drove a great race. I think he could have finished better if the team would have let him pass Sainz. He got shoved wide on the last lap by DannyRic & dropped 3 places. The stewards are looking at it. He well deserved his win in the Driver of the Day vote.

McLaren: Good to see them up toward the front again. -1 for not letting Lando use DRS to get around Carlos.

Hamilton: Walked away with the weekend yet again. He almost took it all. I thought the VSC at the end was going to take away Seb's shot at a dash for FL on fresh tires.

Zeroes -

Haas: Continuing their march for Best of the Rest to Worst of the Lot. As a Haas fan, it breaks my heart.

June 22, 2019, 05:57:01 PM by Jericoke
Views: 268 | Comments: 6

In interviews Seb is openly discussing retirement. He doesn't seem to be joking or using it as a negotiation tactic.

Is he done with F1?

Is there anything short of a win that will keep him?

Is it possible he won't even finish the season?
June 20, 2019, 08:15:12 PM by Jericoke
Views: 424 | Comments: 9

Feelings aside as to whether Vettel deserved his penalty or not, is it fair to reverse the penalty after the fact?

Hamilton drove a race to stay within 5 seconds of Vettel; there was no need to risk another attempted pass.  With that penalty removed, it deprives Hamilton of the opportunity to pass for the win.

I would certainly understand if any penalty points were removed from Vettel's license.  Similarly, if he was DSQ after the race, it wouldn't affect anything if he was re-admitted.
John S
June 20, 2019, 10:45:06 AM by John S
Views: 222 | Comments: 0

Mercs unhappy (some say foolhardy) episode not only forced changes to Le Mans car specs - it also caused physical changes to the track.  :swoon:

John S
June 18, 2019, 01:23:43 PM by John S
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A thought struck me last night that with the rumoured budget cap coming into force there will be a need to cut workforces in the top teams, whilst there is clearly too few cars on the F1 grid these days.

How about letting the big boys fund new 'B' teams (not current teams already on the grid) which could be limited to a lower budget cap of say 50% - or even less - of the main entry cap?

This could have the effect of adding to the grid numbers, offering younger drivers a step up to F1 and soaking up the pool of personnel laid off due to the original cap.

Sure this is bound to p*ss off the so called mid field teams, but they'll just have to up their game to stay ahead of these young and hungry 'B' teams.

Yeah I know there is an argument against having 2 or 3 tiers in F1, however haven't we really had two tier racing for years. I'm not suggesting different points for the 'B' teams, but they could introduce a rookie drivers championship prize of some sort

I reckon it could add a whole lot to the excitement at races with a larger grid, and more importantly make sure the F1 budget cap doesn't put a lot of good people out of work. 

June 17, 2019, 03:23:21 PM by Willy
Views: 289 | Comments: 1

A huge congratulation to the Toyota Gazoo Racing team for finishing 1 & 2 at the 2019 Le Man 24 hours.
This makes Ferd the only person to have two F1 championships, a Monaco win and Le Man win twice.
I'm confident he will get the Indy win he wants and join the small group to have hit the triple crown.
June 15, 2019, 03:51:38 AM by lkjohnson1950
Views: 358 | Comments: 1

United Airlines is sending ground crews to NASCAR pit stop school in the belief they can learn how to shave time off aircraft turnaround at airports.