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May 27, 2022, 03:31:07 AM by Dare
Views: 208 | Comments: 6

Hope you had a great day in balmy Canada
John S
May 26, 2022, 02:13:06 PM by John S
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James Key calls it "oddball" that front brake ducts caused airflow to stall or reverse in certain circumstances.  :o

Sure is complicated stuff this underfloor Bernoulli ground effect stuff - and aerodynamics in general.
Some get excessive porpoising, some get fiery hot brakes  :D
May 23, 2022, 02:08:34 PM by Willy
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I did enjoy this race as it had many battles up and down the field and surprises as well.

Max drove a clean race and had DRS issues or would have been at the pointy end sooner.
Perez is a great teammate and does what is asked of him to support Max. Plus he is fast as well.
George has shown he has a good handle on the Merc and his natural talent will bring him to the forefront of the team.
Charles did a great job in quali and the race with a great start until the Ferarri failed and he DNF.

Carlos was just not there for Charles and I imagine being in front of the home crowd may have been a factor with the added pressure.

Lewis was hit by Magnusson in the first corner and had to pit for fresh boots or might have been more of a presence. His radio message asking to retire the car was very telling in showing just how demoralized he is this season. This is not the Lewis of old and now I wonder if he will actually last the entire season.

Merc under fueled the cars expecting a safety car and low fuel usage for that period during the race but that did not occur so both George and Lewis had to turn down the engine near the end or risk running out and coasting to a stop. Stupid plan Merc!

Another point. I noticed during Qualifying that there were a couple of ladies at the rear of the HAAS garage on the KMag side and one was holding a very young child in her arms. Neither had hearing protection of any kind visible with a running F1 car within 12'.  That is child abuse to subject a small child to those sound levels with no protection. I imagine it was Kevin's wife and child who felt the need to be there so she could be on camera.  What a stupid twat!

I see children at races all the time in the stands and that is great that the younger generation is catching the F1 bug. Most of the time they have hearing protection but sometimes not. There should be some sort of rule posted that anyone attending a race under a certain age must have hearing protection at all times when cars are on track.  This is not just an F1 issue as all racecars are unmuffled and are very loud. Hearing damage can happen easily and very fast and is not repairable, it is a lifelong issue that can easily be avoided by taking the proper steps.
I, unfortunately, know what I am talking about after my many years working stage and very loud rock shows.

May 16, 2022, 01:06:40 PM by Dare
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Have a good one Scott
May 15, 2022, 04:02:21 PM by Jericoke
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Wolff is worried that if Andretti joins F1 it will dilute the share of the F1 pie by 10% for the existing teams.  As such, Andretti must 'grow the pie' by at least that much to make it worthwhile for other teams to let them in.

I agree with Wolff's logic, but in what world does he think the Andretti team won't bring value to F1?  I mean, if it was JUST a name entering the sport (say, "Prost F1") with no experience running top tier championship teams, he'd have a case, but Andretti knows what's going on in F1. 

Conversely, no one is watching F1 because Wolff owns the Mercedes team.  If Andretti REPLACED Mercedes, I'd bet that F1 would be making more money.  In fact, I would posit that Andretti would bring more attention to the sport than any current team except Ferrari, Red Bull and maybe McLaren.

(Don't get me wrong, I think the 2022 line up of F1 teams is literally the most solid group in history.  All the teams are fully committed to the sport, and run like clockwork serious organizations.  Except maybe Aston Martin, although I think Stroll just needs to learn to back off and let the people he's hired do their jobs.  Follows in the footsteps of Mallya and Jordan I suppose)
May 11, 2022, 05:39:40 AM by lkjohnson1950
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Most of the drivers want to get rid of the chicane in Miami. You know, the one where so many of them crashed. Oh yeah, they don't like the pavement either. Organizers say they're open to changes that will improve the circuit.
May 09, 2022, 09:12:45 AM by rmassart
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Max - got a good start and never really looked back from there

Russell - called it perfectly: asked to stay out as long as possible and hope for a SC. The racing gods duly obliged :D

Turns 14 and 15 - as I understood they were designed to force driver errors. Seemed to work, so well done.

Bottas - I am happy seeing him up there with the Mercs. A few seconds behind Lewis: it's almost like he never left!  :DD


Ferrari - Whilst they came 2nd and 3rd, they are already on the back foot. They need to find some better pace and strategy to win this Championship.

Mercedes - asking Lewis whether to come in or doe not look good. Lewis has no data on which to make that split second decision. He should have been pitted for tires.

DRS and new car regulations - the two together don't work together for me. Max's pass on Leclerc was too easy. Without being able to follow cars closely, it was at least an effort to get into the DRS zone and then the 0.9s was often too far to make the pass stick, even for the faster car. Now they are often 0.4s behind when DRS is turned on. If they can't get rid of DRS, they should at least reduce it's effect.

DRS trains - related to the above, they simply aren't interesting!

Miami - personally I didn't like the look and feel of the event. Too much glitz and glamour without any historical reason for it - it's not Monaco! Without wanting to judge, the ticket prices seemed so high that few true race fans could probably attend. Those that did were maybe more interested in being there for the sake of being there than for the race.
John S
May 08, 2022, 03:50:19 PM by John S
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Seems things are not all sweetness and light at AM road car operation.

Will Audi/VAG become white knight and take on the whole business just to get the F1 race team?

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