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June 24, 2021, 06:14:40 AM by lkjohnson1950
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20 years ago Sam Schmidt was an Indy Car driver. He was testing for the 2000 season when he crashed...hard. Indy safety EMTs had to resuscitate him before rushing him to the hospital by helo. He had virtually the same injury as Chris Reeve; doctors thought his life would be short and wheelchair bound. They were right about the chair. Though now a quadriplegic, he soon got back to racing and founded Schmidt Peterson Racing. Years go by and McLaren wants to race Indy Cars so they buy an interest in SPR and it becomes Arrow McLaren Racing. But what is Arrow? A tech company, they design and build a Corvette Sam can drive by moving his head. He challenges them to build an exo-skeleton that will allow him to walk his daughter down the aisle at her wedding. Here's what happened:
June 23, 2021, 08:24:46 PM by Jericoke
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Current Indy Car team owner  (Arrow McLaren SP) crashed while testing in 2000, and has been a quadriplegic since.

He used an exoskeleton, created by Arrows Electronics, to stand, walk and dance at his daughter's wedding.

He also used the exoskeleton surprise Tim Baughman, who had pulled Schmidt from the crash.
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June 22, 2021, 04:42:13 PM by John S
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First images released of how cars will basically look next season. Show car may be revealed at Silverstone for the British GP.

For me the front wing looks like it would be happier on a Dragon boat rather than a racing car.  :D

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June 21, 2021, 01:21:13 PM by John S
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Last time out in Baku Pirelli got their sums hopelessly wrong on running condition tyre pressures and it resulted in crashes.

It's Mercedes who failed the maths test in France this weekend but luckily it only resulted losing out on a possible win - and now they are saying they don't know how it happened just as Pirelli did.  :swoon: 

Could it be that everyone is so dependant on computer generated data in F1 these days they are failing to use basic real time human back up checks?

Surely it's well established the human brain is still the best intuitive real time problem spotting/solving machine by a long way.
June 20, 2021, 11:55:34 PM by Jericoke
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Red Bull - they're a team that is doing everything right right now.  The car is a great car.  The drivers know what they're doing.  The strategists know what they're doing.  Mechanics and crew seem to be running very smoothly.  There's trust from top to bottom which is an ingredient that makes an F1 team into a championship team.

Max Verstappen - He had a golden opportunity, and seized it.  That wasn't a guaranteed win, not by a long shot.  That was the drive of a champion.

Sergio Perez - he may not have set out to be a 'number two driver', but he's really fitting the role perfectly.  He drives differently from his teammate and is providing Red Bull with options and strategy, as a #2 should.

Lewis Hamilton - started second, finished second.  He put up a good fight with a losing strategy.  He knows the championship is going to be a marathon, and taking what he can get now will help in the long run.  It's a different road to the championship than he's taken before, and he recognizes it.

Norris - McLaren looked like they were going to have a lost weekend, and then all of a sudden we've got a mango car in 5th. 

Vettel - Perez is doing great, so I'm not sure that Vettel is an 'upgrade' over the driver he replaced, but he's really connected with the Aston Martin car and looking pretty good out there.  He may have been a 'lateral' move for AM, but not a bad move.

Mercedes - they've been invincible for so long, the little mistakes can easily look like mountains instead of molehills.  They're going to have to learn to deal with adversity if they want to get their mojo back.

Ferrari - Just... what the heck guys?

TV Coverage - I felt like the announcers were telling us about the action instead of showing it to us.  Lots of passing/battling off camera.  Pit stops shot between mechanic's legs instead of a view we can see what's happening.

Ocon - as per coverage complaint above, no idea what happened to him, but it definitely wasn't good.

Bottas (this is more of a 'zeroish', covered by Mercedes above) - With RBR having a 'solid #2' in Perez, it does make Bottas stick out as not quite capable of covering the #2 role (which is much different than the 1B he sees himself as).  Certainly his relationship with the team isn't great right now.  Maybe Bottas can fix it, maybe he can't.  I don't know what the issues are, and who to blame, but the brutal way the sport works, Bottas isn't doing himself any favours.

Honourable mention:
Everyone finished, there was some close racing and a few incidents, but over all responsible and fair driving for everyone involved.  We can argue about which drivers 'deserve' to be in F1, but the 20 we have seem to be up to the bare minimum of racing safely.
June 20, 2021, 04:10:32 PM by Dare
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Good one John :good:
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June 15, 2021, 03:33:57 PM by John S
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In short F1's love of drag costumes is the killer.  :D

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