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Today at 02:22:35 PM by Willy
Views: 7 | Comments: 0

Sir Jackie Stewart has commented on Lewis Hamilton's situation this season and has suggested that Lewis retire.

While I agree with the points made I find that this would have been a better conversation between the two of them and not splashed across the internet.
Making a very public statement like this about another driver is stepping over the line in my view and is disrespectful to Lewis.
Sir Jackie should know better or his people (if he has them) should have stopped him.
John S
June 25, 2022, 05:44:38 PM by John S
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Got nowt to do with a good racing weekend for race goers.  :nono:
It's all about keeping viewership increasing amongst air heads over the pond.  ::)  :-*

* Humble apologies to fellow US members of GPWiz, I am not including you in this assertion.  ;)
June 24, 2022, 03:46:11 PM by cosworth151
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It looks like Spa is under threat from Liberty Media. It isn't glitz enough for them.

"It is true that there was a request from F1 to introduce a greater component of entertainment," Spa-Francorchamps promoter Stijn de Boever, is quoted by Italy's Autosprint. "They said that history is something great but we need more. We decided to listen to them and follow them in the new way of offering Formula events.

"This American way, with all of the entertainment that this entails."

There is a rumor that Spa could become a non-championship round with young drivers in place of the regular driver line-ups.

Seriously, that sounds like a good way to handle the events like Miami & Vegas. Formula 1 can stay a real racing series and Liberty gets its glitz fests. The target market Liberty is trying for with events like Miami & Vegas probably wouldn't notice the difference if they raced 3 year olds in pedal cars.
June 22, 2022, 11:46:31 PM by Dare
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Welcome to the Big 70 Club Andy joining a
few of us old-timers
June 20, 2022, 03:59:28 PM by Jericoke
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Max - winning, from pole position, even in the best car is still an accomplishment.  We've seen other Red Bull drivers throw away 'guaranteed' wins at this very track, so this really does need to be noted as 'heroic'.

Sainz - It's been an up and down season, but a solid second place is good, and giving us genuine challenges for the lead, plus the fastest lap, made this an interesting race to watch.

Hamilton - he was  helped to a podium finish, but he seized his opportunity.

LeClerc - a solid performance from the back of the field.  It's not enough to have a great car, it takes skill (we saw that first hand in previous seasons where Hamilton could scythe through the field while Bottas was hung out to dry behind slower competitors).  Hopefully he and his team get everything hooked up to make 2022 somewhat of a contest.

Stroll - managed to work his way up to a points paying position for his home race.  More would've been nice, but honestly, he got more than I was expecting.

Alfa Romeo - Double points finish!

Haas - Has there ever been a more Jekyll and Hyde team?  You really don't know if they're going to be brilliant or failing spectacularly from moment to moment.

Alonso - great qualifying in the wet but didn't really seem to be able to back it up on race day.  He knew he wasn't racing for the win, but he didn't look like he was racing at all.  (And that amateur hour weaving?!)

McLaren - if it weren't for Haas I'd be wondering if THEY were the most Jekyll and Hyde team.  They didn't look like a 'best of the rest' outfit at all today.

Tsunoda - I'm not entirely clear on what happened to him, and I'm not sure he is either.

Perez - not really his fault he was out but even if his car hadn't given up, I'm not sure he'd have been a factor in the race.  Bonus points for his photogenic hike back to the pits.  Not quite the level of Alonso taking in some rays on a chair, or Kimi hopping onto a yacht, but definitely the same kind of energy.
John S
June 17, 2022, 04:30:44 PM by John S
Views: 183 | Comments: 1

Has politicking ever been more mischevious or sad in F1 than the intrigue that took place ahead of Enzo's final demise.

F1 might not have flappy paddle gear changes now if renegade car design had been adopted.   

John S
June 17, 2022, 11:15:23 AM by John S
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Craig Scarborough and Sam Collins look at data to identify teams who seem to have overcome porpoising since start of New Gen cars.

Interesting to learn that running in clean air seems to increase potential for bouncing. Now who'd enjoy leading the race in a Haas which has probably the worst G effects of all, particularly later in the races.  :D

Merc suprisingly are not the most affected, well up to Barcelona that is.
Perhaps new directive will not be such a dire problem for them at a lot of smoother tracks, others may be penalised much more.

We'll have to wait and see - now did Merc factor in their better compliance at upcoming tracks and have sold a neat dummy to FIA?  :crazy: right.  :DntKnw:

John S
June 16, 2022, 06:09:59 PM by John S
Views: 231 | Comments: 5

I am heartened that with it's intervention the FIA seems to realise that teams can solve this issue themselves and as a result are looking to require that teams make the necessary adjustments to reduce or to eliminate this phenomenon when it reaches a certain limit.

Bruised & discombobulated drivers currently running onboard bouncing cars might soon find themselves with a smooth ride, but perhaps also having to chase lap times.

Below is a report from of what the FIA directive looks like.

The FIA has referred to two short-term means by which the technical directive will allow it to tackle the problem.

The first is described as “closer scrutiny of the planks and skids, both in terms of their design and the observed wear”.

This would suggest that any evidence of the underside of the car hitting the ground too aggressively could lead to instructions to alter set-ups, which could include the need to raise the ride heights that would mitigate the savagery of the impacts.

The second part is described as “the definition of a metric, based on the car’s vertical acceleration, that will give a quantitative limit for acceptable level of vertical oscillations”.

“The exact mathematical formula for this metric is still being analysed by the FIA, and the Formula 1 teams have been invited to contribute to this process.”

The timescale for the implementation of this metric has not been made public, but The Race understands the FIA hopes it can be implemented immediately within the Canadian Grand Prix weekend.

There is no lack of data for the FIA to refer to, as in addition to that gathered by the car the drivers also wear an in-ear accelerometer that can measure the forces they are subjected to.

Safety is the primary reason for this intervention, with the FIA also citing the potential effect of these oscillations in terms of the driver’s concentration. Such safety concerns make it possible to make immediate changes to the way that the regulations are applied.

The FIA has also expressed concerns about what it calls the “physical impact” on the drivers.

“The FIA has decided to intervene following consultation with its doctors in the interests of safety of the drivers.

Couretsy, today

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