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MattD1zzl3
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George Zimmer posted:

Ferrari pulls a Ferrari and gives Mattiacci the axe:

http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/116923

That was quick. A change of ownership and a revolving door of managers arent exactly a good sign of stability. Hopefully they will fold like marussia and people can finally stop saying "It wouldnt be f1 without ferrari" when the season starts off without a hitch.

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Eric Bollier manager and Sam Micheal principal ferrari dream team confirmed for 2016.

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Human Grand Prix posted:

"Ferrari is the soul of F1" - Senna.

"I want to keep my options open if this williams thing doesnt pan out" - Sennas Internal monologue when he said that dumb poo poo.

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Rosbergers has cats

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This just in, Mark webber signed to drive for the "Jason Lefkowitz Cosmetic Dentistry" Spec miata team for the 2015 season. (Comes in 31st)

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Fun facts: If the Mercedes engine really does prove better than this year, it seems that Romain Grosjean is set to eclipse nick heidfeld in the number one slot for the most dubious record: "most points eithout a win".

Also positions 2 through 7 of all time were occupied by drivers who contested the 2014 season. Not sure what to read into that, but it must be something. ..

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Does this mean all the victories and therefore, all the fraudulent championships are revoked?


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be nice wicka posted:

we desperately need more random british privateers

I think formula 1 is well-sorted for British teams. I'd like to see more italians, french, japanese, USA, south American or german teams.

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Seriously. If i ever buy a quality model or die-cast i am buying a BGP-001

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JFairfax posted:

Marussia is the second F1 team to hit the wall in the past two months.

Too soon...

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And the trophy thieves a surprise last minute Moral WDC of 2014!!!!!

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autism chariot posted:



This is the same guy who still wants to effectively have his "technical partners" do all the research heavy lifting. He really does just want to buy off the shelf bits, slap it together in his factory and then race it. Somehow he wants to win with that strategy too.

This might be the only sustainable future of f1, at least at the midfield level. The sport needs to move away from the "design bespoke 50 million dollar car, throw away for the next year and start over" model.

It has bothered.me for a while that the cars get new names every year, actually. Is the RB7 REALLY all that different to the RB9?

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What is in it for these test/reserve/simulator drivers? From what I hear they pay pretty much what they would if they were in the car to stand around in the uniform, and are kicked to the curb when they run out of funds. Look at Giedo van der Gard and how it worked out for him.

Why not do a season in GP2 or GT3 cars to stay sharp and actually get a seat for your money?

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I'm going to buy a grandstand ticket for formula E. Hope it's worth 100 bucks. (The Miami round)

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Would it be fair to say that the famous "aerodynamics are for people who can't build good engines" quote was made on the eve of the worst performing period in the history of ferrari? (Early 80s to mid 90s)

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I just picked up Jackie Stewart's "winning is not enough" book. Am I in for a good read?

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track day bro! posted:

As for the McLaren, did anyone seriously think it wasnt going to be silver?

Not for a second. They can't shut up about "a new era" or whatever and they run the same modified mercedes/west livery they've been running for 20 years?!

Just pallet-swapping the silver for white would have been acceptable. But I assume this is a sign of ongoing "no, we won't pay you like a WCC/WDC champion team" title sponsor negotiation.

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We know there were strong rumblings of this being a testing livery, and imagine if they kept the whole thing and just dropped the silver for white, and the mclaren logos for real sponsors (that i guess didnt pay for testing). It makes a lot more sense as a white/orange/black livery.

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captainOrbital posted:

It's claire that your williams frank is very small.

Ftfy.

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Looking at the red bull running around without its front wing yesterday really interested me, if you havent seen it google around. I like the idea of banning front wings altogether and making up as much grip as possible with better tires. Of course this would cripple current cars but if it was wrapped into a new technical formula (complete with wide tires and 1000HP, and stick shift) i think it would help the series. (and reduce dumb DNFs and pit stops caused by bumping the fragile front wing

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Fumble posted:

I would like to see a 1000bhp ground effect f1 car hit a sausage kerb.

Drivers will be more hesitant to immediately drive to the runoff area instead of driving the car properly on track? Oh no, the horror.

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quote:

Hulkenberg: Cool name, seemed to have promise earlier on, but then nothing happened.

Funny, that's pretty much the story of his f1 career as a whole.

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Human Grand Prix posted:

Thread question: Which champion are you most indifferent to? For me it's probably Button.

Alonso. They say he's a good driver and won championships, but that was 10 years ago or something and he's spend all the time since cheating and whining and blaming the car he's meant to develop and the other drivers on the track for not jumping out of the way.

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Has anyone talked about the haas concept livery yet? Haas posted it on their twitter so it might be legitimate.



(if so i didnt notice)

I think it looks great. Really anything but red, silver and black would be fine.

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quote:

F1 mid-season helmet livery changes banned Febuary 18, 2015

Mid-season helmet livery changes have been banned, according to reports on Wednesday.

The respected German publication Auto Motor und Sport and the international news agency Reuters report that F1 drivers this year will have to start and finish the season with the same helmet colours.

...

http://thisisf1.com/2015/02/18/f1-m...changes-banned/

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! TAKE THAT, FRAUD!

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Mclaren finding new and interesting ways to work with kinetic energy?

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it would be pretty awesome if sebastian goes with a blank white helmet for the rest of his career (and like sampson with his power removed by a haircut, he never wins another race)

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Wirth1000 posted:

The teams you should actively wish to be gone are the likes of Caterham. Meanwhile, Marussia quietly made progress but still went belly up and should be mourned however they at least seem to be coming back

Caterham was (even knowing what I know now ) in every way a better run and planned team than marussia. I can't stand this revised history that monaco 2014 and Japan 2014 races made them a fan favorite.

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Its interesting to think of all the partnerships and versions of lotus have been around over the years. From Lotus-Mercedes today to Malay "Lotus Racing" Cosworth. Its like a racing corpse that various entities try to wear the decaying skin of.



PS, Jensen Button for WDC 2015. Hows that for a bold prediction? Despite all the testing problems, honda will have cheated after all with their year-long access to the best lump around (and master cheats mclaren stage a testing cover story of a barely running engine) than on P1 of Australia the covers come off (a red and white livery with big black MARLBORO stickers) and ron dennis has summoned the ghost of john button into that engine and they will walk away with it in the first few races. A slowly recovering Alonso dominates the second half of the season but jensen puts together just enough P4s to clinch it in the last race.

(Jensen wins another WDC, tying are lewus, having both years appeared to be out of a drive at the end of the previous season)

edit: and thanks to gret for another great point

gret posted:

Jenson Button won his first WDC the season after Lewis won his first WDC, so it checks out.

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Diet Crack posted:

Why can't the terrorists bomb that room?

If you think ayrton senna is f1 Jesus imagine a martyred lewis hamilton.

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Cubey posted:

In addition to making Sauber hate him, I can't help but think that this is going to completely torpedo his chances of ever getting any F1 ride with anyone at all from here on out. Good job, dork.

You dont let someone rob you just because "Thats the way it is, you should have seen it coming". We've joked for years that driver contracts mean nothing in f1 and if this one driver puts a stop to that dumb poo poo with a series of lawsuits good on him. If he has to spend the whole season trying to make the best of an akward garage with his contract taped to his firesuit, so be it. Its not like his career was skyrocketing anyway (Would any of you be thinking about him if it wasnt for this?)

I unironically hope sauber goes out of business this season and never returns. Good riddance to old rubbish.

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be nice wicka posted:

for the first part of the season they will be running a hastily modified 2014 chassis with the 2014 ferrari PU, but they will transition to a new chassis with the new engine at some point. i don't think ferrari wants to keep supplying the old one.

By this i assume they mean "We will enter the minimum number of races required to collect our 2014 winnings in order to pay off our massive debt (Something the administrators couldnt find a way to get out of a dead team, and trust me they tried), than fold sometime around spain or monaco."

They are the f1 version of those NASCAR teams that do the parade lap and park to collect sponsor income without the expenses of running a race car.


As for sauber (or ferrari for that matter) f1 is and should be bigger than any team. If we have Vapeaire Google Tesla racing against Mcdonalds MSNBC Nissan, as long as its an open wheeled contructors formula, its still every bit as f1 as it was in 1950, or 1970, or 2014. Ferrari, Team lotus, Brabham and Honda can all take their combined heritage and stick it. In short yes, i would like nothing more than for historic teams like Ferrari and Sauber to fold if they are going to go around acting like heritage actually entitles them to something. Nothing about Mark webbers endurance car 20 years ago makes me ok with them dicking over a young driver who worked his whole life for something that is already over and gets nothing out of it because of them.

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Would VDG go down as the most action-hero movie ending-esque "If i'm going, i'm taking you fuckers down with me!" ending to a career?

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I, and i suspect others mentally correct it to "Nasir" as god intended.

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Speaking of...

~~~~NOTICE ME WILLIAMS/NOSTRADAMUS/HAMILTON SPECULATION SECTION~~~~~

If you go to 4:20 of this video posted today, you can see claire williams is wearing a metal as gently caress scarf with scull patterns. Woman is confident and ready to smoke the competition. Pack it in boys, Felipe Massa williams WDC 2015. (Meanwhile, Lewis hamilton sustains a career-ending tailbone injury, leaving him unable to comfortably sit in the car. Forever remembered as the two time world championship winner who went out getting too hard an impact to the rear end. Marries Nichole and posts pictures with even more frequency of himself sitting on pillows with an aging roscoe like a black pewdiepie.) a youtube deal is in the works

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvOWVDpI7IM

(I'm pretty sure gives you observational super-powers)

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I would be 100% on board with a redesign of monaco by the best example they can find of young fresh track designers who can modernize it and make the lap a little longer, while keeping historic elements like the tunnel, casino square and the final corner before the main straight jackie stewart always watches from intact. Modernizing spa certainly didnt ruin its classic appeal. (Hungaroring or Silverstone, on the other hand.... i have NO idea why they would ever gently caress with silverstone after the 90s era, it was featureless but a great circuit)

If they want to host the 100th anniversery of formula 1 cars racing there they will likely have to, before the cars get too fast to go slow, or they kill someone.

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Fumble posted:

Good idea, I will get my bulldozer.

Whats more important, monaco millionaire #1245's empty winter home he last stayed in in 2008 (because he died in 2010 and the family is still fighting over it), or preserving the future of the most prestigious event that puts this podunk little eurotown on the map? They lose the race and they can look forward to being a has-been discount vacation destination for the indian middle class, not a seaside town full of glitz, glamour and money.

Widen the track, make it longer with a little high speed section somehow (I'm not doubting this is a difficult undertaking), and give it a few tiny runoff areas.

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By the way i will be at the Miami round of the next Formula E race this saturday. I have the grandstand seat on the main straight just before they go under the freeway overpass (lol) and head back down the back straight. Any tips for getting good shots with a crappy camera like all those slick grand prix write-ups? What would you guys like to see?

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Who the heck watches live races?

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I don't even think this spells the end for VDGs career even if he doesn't drive. Being willing to stick up for your legal obligations and win might look good to other people wanting to come on board to his pay driver sponsorship package and make him a more attractive driver to hire. It looks less "he bit the hand that feeds him" and more "this driver won't be scammed". gently caress Moeisha Kampinhorn or whatever her name is. GO Vdg!

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