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General F1 Discussion / Re: Canada 2022 Heroes and Zeroes
« Last post by Dare on June 27, 2022, 10:44:41 PM »
Funny when Lewis was cruising to his titles in boring
seasons everyone loved it.
General F1 Discussion / Re: Sir Jackie Weighs In
« Last post by Dare on June 27, 2022, 10:43:18 PM »
The great New World when someone stating a opinion
get everyone's panties in a twist. The old comics we loved
couldn't perform now
General F1 Discussion / Re: Liberty Wants Spa to "Americanize"
« Last post by Dare on June 27, 2022, 10:41:10 PM »
America includes Canada and Mexico.  North America
The VW ID.R has been beaten with a ridiculous time of 39.081 seconds. Max drove the McMurtry Spéirling electric fan car on the 1.16-mile course, within the grounds of Goodwood House, at an average speed of 149.13mph, beating VW's best previous time by .82 of a second.

Kinda looks a bit like the Batmobile don't ya think?
General F1 Discussion / Re: Sir Jackie Weighs In
« Last post by cosworth151 on June 27, 2022, 04:48:29 PM »
JYS was also racing much more than modern F1 drivers. For example, in his 1971 WDC year, he also ran the entire Can-Am schedule in a Lola. (I remember that he won at Mid Ohio that year.) In 72 he did the European Touring Car Series in a Capri. He often ran the Australian Tasman series during the winter.

I'm not ready to right Lewis off just yet. If Merc can get its act together he still has a good shot at his 8th WDC next season.
General F1 Discussion / Re: Sir Jackie Weighs In
« Last post by Jericoke on June 27, 2022, 02:44:03 PM »
Certainly Jackie drove in an era where if you weren't 100% committed, there was a very good chance you would die. 

Jacques Villeneuve had this attitude when he finally fell out with BAR/Honda, and I think he's the last driver who drove with this approach.  Look how drivers like Kimi, Barichello and Alonso just hold on, driving without any hope of winning.  (I don't begrudge them that, just it's a different attitude, and Hamilton is with them, not Villeneuve/Stewart)

The modern cars are safe, I think watching Kubica basically walk away from his crash in Canada really changed the approach F1 drivers take.  Which is fine by me.  As dangerous as Max/Lewis's tangles were in 2021, I never really felt like anyone was in genuine danger.  I'm glad the FIA has made the sport safe mechanically so that drivers can take chances.  I'm mostly annoyed that the big crashes take so long to clear up.

I do agree that Hamilton wants to leave on top, not just after a win, but after a definitive win, which hasn't reached yet.  Schumacher, Alonso and Kimi haven't had their legacies 'tarnished' by lacklustre comebacks.  They are all racers, and squeezed everything they could from the sport.  I respect that, and if Hamilton wants to run 3 laps down in whatever Sauber is called in 20 years, I'd stand by that.
General F1 Discussion / Re: Liberty Wants Spa to "Americanize"
« Last post by Jericoke on June 27, 2022, 02:29:45 PM »
The main think holding F1 'back' in America is the time zones.  If you're an F1 fan, you'll make the time on Sunday morning to watch the race.  If you're not a fan, you're not likely to casually tune it.

If you want people to tune in, you need to make it 'event TV'.  As coveted as the American audience is, it's not worth giving up the larger European audience though.

I do like the general idea of a 'young guns' race though.  Maybe not a whole race weekend, but perhaps a sprint (and why not include that in the WCC points?)  It would make sense to make that a European race, so that shipping in extra cars/parts wouldn't be as difficult, but it seems very unlikely that having a bunch of 'nobodies' racing at 8 AM on Sunday is going to get Americans to tune in. Maybe install lights an run a rookie night race at Spa?
General F1 Discussion / Re: Canada 2022 Heroes and Zeroes
« Last post by Jericoke on June 27, 2022, 02:15:13 PM »
I think it's pretty clear that barring acts of God Max and R/B are going to cruise to another title. Unfortunately.

This is actually the biggest benefit of the 'Drive to Survive' aspect of Formula One.  We get to know more than the championship contenders, and understand there are stories, triumphs and tragedies up and down the grid.  I do feel like the broadcasters have leaned into that, giving us more 'down field' coverage than we have in the past.  (I'm sure that British broadcasters no longer having a Briton fighting for wins affects that too)

Obviously winning the race is still the paramount concern, but if they can get us to care about 10th place just as much, that's good for spectators, right?
Seems FIA has opened a whole can of worms with Technical Directive issued in Canada. A political shitstorm and clear disagreements are all being aimed at FIA and in particular their alleged pet Mercedes.
Ferrari says TD illegal, RBR says all unecessary anyway and Alpine questions Merc prior knowledge of extra stay and hinted at protest.

This Video gives a good summation of what's happened so far and it seems like a good old fashioned comedy of errors.
We'll have to wait for British GP this weekend to see if anything can or will be implemented.

General F1 Discussion / Re: Sir Jackie Weighs In
« Last post by John S on June 27, 2022, 12:09:18 PM »
I've read it and can sort of see where Jackie is coming from. He himself left at the top, although I guess other pressures, staying alive being the main one, motivated that. Jackie has an opinion and he's entitled to air it, do we all agree possibly not but I defend his right to say it, there's too much cancel culture out there already.

I think Lewis may well have called it a day had he won the WDC last term, he would then have the Numero Uno spot, possibly for all time but certainly for a good long while. Lewis probably wants that GOAT label - at least in terms of WDC wins.

Over time we have seen a few other great champs staying on after success at the top in lesser machinery & teams, Schumi is probably the most notable. For me it never really adds anything to their great acheivments and in some cases leads to a questioning, in the media & more generally, of said drivers actual abilities in the perennial 'Car Winning v Winning Driver?' debate.

IMHO Sometimes it's much better leaving the crowd wanting more, leaving the question of 'was more possible?' unanswered. Perhaps Lewis had to think long and hard about this over the winter, - or maybe not.   :DntKnw:
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