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Jericoke
April 21, 2024, 04:13:47 PM by Jericoke
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I'm going to keep myself to one each again, but plenty to talk about this weekend between the sprint and the race!

Hero:
I'm going to go with Alpine.  Did they have the best weekend?  No.  Did they have the worst weekend?  No!  A team that started the season almost dead is showing signs of life.  It's a lot of work to gain anything in F1, so good on Alpine for making progress.

Zero:
Lance Stroll.  You've got to expect problems during a restart, the car in front of you might have to react to something you can't see.  If you want to win F1 races, you have to be ready for bad things to happen.
Jericoke
April 18, 2024, 05:21:58 PM by Jericoke
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Without an F1 race since 2019, the track surface may be in question.  Also, the current F1 rules are much different, so previous knowledge of the track might not be relevant to the ground effects F1 cars.

It's our first sprint weekend of the year.  How will the new sprint rules unfold?  Will the unfamiliar track make the sprint difficult or interesting?

How will the Williams drivers adapt to knowing that a single mistake at any point might end their weekend as replacement car parts are scarce?

Is the pressure building on Daniel Ricciardo?

What does Sainz have to do to get a quality race seat for 2025?

Will Alpine continue to bring up the rear or are they going to move up the order?

Can Red Bull/Max Verstappen continue to dominate, or have other contenders closed the gap enough?
John S
April 16, 2024, 11:41:20 AM by John S
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The first Formula One car from Colin Chapman the 1957-58 Lotus-Climax Type 12 chassis '353' is set for Auction in Monaco this May.

Guide price a modest 290,000 390,000 Euros. - does that seem cheap, or is it just me?  :DntKnw:

https://f1i.com/news/502942-first-ever-lotus-f1-car-set-for-auction-in-monaco.html
Andy B
April 14, 2024, 10:03:07 PM by Andy B
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I have just read the article below and it see the F1 engines in 2026 are to be electrical generators and will have virtually nothing to compare to road cars which has always been the argument for going down this road.
Maybe one of you knows more about the 2026 regulations but if what I have read in 2026 I maybe watching something else!

https://www.planetf1.com/news/adrian-newey-on-2026-f1-engine-regulations-strange-formula
John S
April 14, 2024, 12:31:04 PM by John S
Views: 22318 | Comments: 3

Since it's been so long since F1 was at Shanghai track - so long in fact that Kimi was still driving in F1.  :swoon: Let Kimi remind us how it should be driven.

Sorry, youll have to click thru to YouTube to watch it - URRRGH FOM - &CK!

John S
April 14, 2024, 11:56:42 AM by John S
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Charles has launched his own Ice Cream line, LEC.  :D

There's a freezer company in Britain with the name LEC, think they even had an F1 team for David Purley in the 70s - well a single seater team anyway - wonder if they'll be consulting Lawyers?  ;)

https://f1i.com/images/505100-speedy-scoops-leclercs-icy-new-venture-hits-the-frozen-aisle.html
John S
April 14, 2024, 11:17:25 AM by John S
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Adrian has identified a previously unspoken consequence of the cost cap in F1.
Basically with the cost cap stuck or even falling how are teams going to be able to retain highly qualified engineers, let alone recruit the next generation for what is supposed to be the pinnacle of motorsport?

This raises a critical question for F1 can the cost cap be maintained while fostering an environment that attracts and retains top engineering talent?

How long before standards fall from what most recognise has been the second most innovative & progressive engineering hotbed to actual war?

Below are the main paras about what Newey thinks will likely cause declining standards due to cost cap.

Is the answer a shift to a two part cost cap, one part resources & materials, with manpower/staffing as a second and more flexible allocation - in terms of inflation & market conditions?

Newey on cost cap

"I think the hidden danger of the cost cap, which none of us probably really thought about when it first came in, is that Formula 1 used to be the best paid engineering discipline in the world," Newey exclusively told RacingNews365.

"Therefore, we would be able to hire and attract from universities, the brightest young graduates, and now with the cost cap, with the amount of inflation and the cost cap not rising with inflation, that is no longer the case.

"At the same time, it is a double-edged sword as we also have start-up tech companies offering very high salaries and so now when we go to the universities, trying to attract graduates, we're no longer the best.

"Equally with our existing staff, we are losing people to tech companies and that is a real problem because it makes it difficult for us, as an industry, and not just our team, to attract the best engineers in the world.

"We are then trying to attract them on the basis of passion rather than purely because of the best salaries."

For now, no major changes are in the immediate pipeline to the structure of the cost cap, although the teams and the FIA do remain in contact and in discussions.

Above paras courtesy Jake Nichol & Aaron Deckers, Racingnews365.com, 13th April 24.



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