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KellyAssauer
03-03-2014, 07:17 AM
Here we go!

Pre-season testing has come to an end and there's less than 2 weeks before the Australian Grand Prix!

Renault got what they were so vocal asking for - the six cylinder - and are now left wondering why they asked!
(preseason testing was just horrible, so go ahead, ask Seb what's wrong with the car, god knows everyone else has...)

Anything powered by Mercedes appears to be the early favorite, although Ferrari could take the championship if it wasn't for all those pesky turns...

And?

The fastest man overall in testing is the consummate bridesmaid: Felipe Massa... in his Williams.

Who saw that coming?

The only thing that would make this season more fun to watch?

-would be allowing test driver Simona de Silvestro to race the Sauber! You go girl!

=)

KellyAssauer
03-14-2014, 05:02 AM
First practice, live form Melbourne - and it's on my TV! - tonight! Yes!

TedTheewen
03-14-2014, 09:24 AM
I'm hoping for a crazy year. I think that's part of the reason for the shake-up. Predictability will kill any sport.

But I'm still a Red Bull fan and I love Seb.

TedTheewen
03-14-2014, 10:52 AM
I never expected to be this disappointed. Wow.

First of all, they don't sound like race cars. F1 cars are supposed to roar. Now they sound like some kids with rice tuners.

Second of all, they narrowed the wheel base and changed the aerodynamics so now the cars can't corner like they used to. Sure, they might be faster in the straight-aways, but this isn't NASCAR. One of the best reasons F1 rocks is how well the cars corner. I loved watching cars take corners at speeds that would shake organs loose.

This reminds me too much of NASCAR. If I see one fight in the pits or a driver talking trash about another driver, I'm done. Seriously.

onesecondglance
03-14-2014, 01:09 PM
I am so looking forward to this. I've been watching all the testing reports and I think the cars sound great - throaty and muscular, and the whooshing noise of the ERS spinning up on braking is straight outta SF - fantastic. I can't wait to hear the whole grid fire up at once.

I'm also loving the fact that the grid has been given a good shake. What's happened to Lotus? Why is Kimi so far behind Alonso in the same machine? Will Kevin Magnusson reward McLaren's trust? Is this Williams' year?

[on that last one, I really hope so. They are my local team by a couple of miles, but I've not been able to get behind them while they had Maldonado as a driver. Now he's gone, I'm cheering for them as well as my boys in McLaren :)]

Perks
03-14-2014, 04:24 PM
I've got it recorded. I can't believe it's that time of year again!

KellyAssauer
03-14-2014, 04:50 PM
I never expected to be this disappointed. Wow.

Thanks for that Ted. I now imagine you going to work by climbing in your v8 powered car, driving up onto the banking (the only hill in sight) and mixing it up with all the other v8 powered cars by only turning left all the way there and back - unless of course it's raining and you have to stay home.
So sad. =(

Can you even buy a v8 powered car anymore? Who's going to buy one with gas prices the way they are? Innovative advances in motors people actually have in real cars isn't going to help you one bit? Well okay then.

*starts fight in pits*

;)

DreamWeaver
03-14-2014, 07:46 PM
I've got it recorded. I can't believe it's that time of year again!My DVR crapped out twenty minutes into FP1! Arrrggghhh!!!!! But I appear to have captured all of FP2, so will be watching that after I get home from running errands.

SO GLAD F1 is back! :D

DreamWeaver
03-14-2014, 07:53 PM
One of the best reasons F1 rocks is how well the cars corner. I loved watching cars take corners at speeds that would shake organs loose. Yeah, I loved watching that, too. Seriously cool.


This reminds me too much of NASCAR. If I see one fight in the pits or a driver talking trash about another driver, I'm done. Seriously.On the other hand, I still smile remembering the time Juan Pablo Montoya set the track on fire literally (using that much-abused term in the correct way, I might add) at Daytona. And Hamilton's rather charming stop at the wrong pit last year comes in second as my favorite pit moment. The first was the NASCAR driver a couple of weeks ago who did the sideways backward parking maneuver to make it into his assigned pit. It was just like the teenage girl in the minivan in "The Pacifier" who says, "Who's stopping? I'm PARKING!"

TedTheewen
03-14-2014, 09:31 PM
I wish I could afford a V8. Sadly, I have to drive a domestic.

Which is another reason I really enjoyed F1--it has always been so far beyond what most folks will drive in their lifetime. I don't need practical in my racing.

I realize why F1 did this. The fuel issues are a reflection of the engineering mandates being handed out to various car manufacturers. And part of the fun this year is going to be watching everybody struggle to keep up with the changes. Brakes that catch fire, etc.

I'm not so sure about the new cars this year. But since everybody is having the same issues, the equal footing is nice.

KellyAssauer
03-15-2014, 03:17 AM
On the other hand, I still smile remembering the time Juan Pablo Montoya...

Funny, I smile every time I think of him too.
Different reasons I'd bet. :D

Fastest F1 lap ever: 2004 Monza:
Juan Pablo Montoya (you killed my motor, prepare to die)
262.242 km/h. in a Williams.

He's back in open wheel this year with Indy car!

DreamWeaver
03-15-2014, 06:42 AM
Funny, I smile every time I think of him too.
Different reasons I'd bet. :D

Fastest F1 lap ever: 2004 Monza:
Juan Pablo Montoya (you killed my motor, prepare to die)
262.242 km/h. in a Williams.

He's back in open wheel this year with Indy car!Yes, glad he's back in open wheel. I only catch the left turn stuff because my brother likes to watch it. I may rename him Bubba... :D

DreamWeaver
03-15-2014, 10:11 PM
I tried to wake up at 2am to watch qualifying, but it just wasn't happening :D. Thank heavens for properly operating DVRs. Got to watch it this morning and really, REALLY enjoyed it.

I like the new NASCAR-style driver numbers, too. Had to go online and look up the backstory on each driver's pick. Typical Kimi: "Yeah, I already had it so why change it?" :ROFL:

KellyAssauer
03-15-2014, 11:01 PM
Someone needs to sit down and have a long chat with Daniel Ricciardo. He just doesn't quite have that "Oh we really suck and our cars are junk" (until the very last fraction of a second) Red-bull-cookies company line down yet.

It may take a few races before he masters the whine. ;)

TedTheewen
03-16-2014, 03:10 AM
I'll admit, my initial reactions might have been hasty.

I love how everybody is having problems. Now it really focuses so much more on teamwork and it sort of takes the prima donna attitudes of some of the drives and puts it in a big check. Now the drivers have to actually work more closely with the team than ever before.

DreamWeaver
03-17-2014, 06:53 PM
Two questions:

1. How 'bout them rookies? Boo-yah!!!!! Two in the points!
2. How long do you think it'll be before they finalize the second place result?

KellyAssauer
03-17-2014, 07:17 PM
2. About the time the FIA realizes they have to go back to Australia...

(btw: I wouldn't let them in)

1. Bottas, omg... brilliant.

onesecondglance
03-17-2014, 07:43 PM
The whole results thing is a farce, and it's a shame if Daniel doesn't get to keep his first ever podium; he drove well enough to deserve it, so if the disqualification stands, it's his team who have let him down.

But Magnussen did a fantastic job, and Bottas would surely have been in the top five if he'd not hit the wall. Lucky boy that he was able to continue at all!

KellyAssauer
03-17-2014, 07:59 PM
I honestly do not understand.

If you weigh the car before the race and it weighs X.
If you weigh the driver and he weighs Y.
If you give them 'so much' fuel and it weighs Z, and each car is expected to have amount W of fuel left at race end... and if you weight the car, driver and left over fuel after the race and it's all within the specifications.

Then this whole 'how fast did your engine use the fuel we gave you'
thing is just hooey. The facts are facts. Arguing over how these facts came to be is beyond stupid.

Give Daniel his second place and stop whining that the facts prove it.

my opinion - perhaps misinformed -but still

onesecondglance
03-17-2014, 08:54 PM
Yeah, I must say I agree. I hate it when the result gets changed after a race, particularly for podium places.

The only way I can understand it is like this: the fuel rules are actually completely about fuel flow rates, and the amount of fuel provided is simply a byproduct of that. So it's not "here's 100kg of fuel to use as you wish; if you want to use 90kg in the first 20 laps and cruise for the rest, go nuts" - it's "you can feed the engine no more than this amount of fuel per hour, and it's up to you to get the most speed you can out of that flow".

It still sucks for Ricciardo either way. He drove very well.

Perks
03-17-2014, 09:01 PM
Imma go with Seb pitched the world's most impressive pouty fit and he's blackmailing the works to get Danny off the podium, so they had to come up with something.

How's that for inventive?

DreamWeaver
03-17-2014, 09:06 PM
How long do you think it'll be before they finalize the second place result?

2. About the time the FIA realizes they have to go back to Australia...
:roll::ROFL::roll:

TedTheewen
03-17-2014, 09:39 PM
Rules are rules, and half of racing engineering is trying to work within certain rules and around certain rules.

TedTheewen
03-28-2014, 08:35 AM
Lots of rain + new cars + tech issues = gonna be a fun race weekend!

DreamWeaver
03-30-2014, 12:58 AM
I watched qualifying on DVR this morning, while we were having a driving rainstorm. It felt like I was there live :D.

KellyAssauer
03-30-2014, 01:45 AM
full wets.

I just like saying that.

full wets.


*giggles*

onesecondglance
03-30-2014, 03:01 AM
I gotta say, I like wet/dry races, and wet/dry quail, but full wet anything is a bit crap. They all skate round at half-pace.

TedTheewen
03-30-2014, 03:18 AM
During full wet periods, the gutsy drivers tend to do best. And I love Seb.

DreamWeaver
03-30-2014, 11:03 PM
I think Ricciardo is the new wearer of the "If He Didn't Have Bad Luck He'd Have No Luck at All" crown.

KellyAssauer
03-31-2014, 12:18 AM
I think he inherited it...

Hope Massa still has a job tomorrow... oh my.

And go Nico! Wow. This is going to be a weird year. (watch Caterhams & Marussias pass the Iceman and Sauber?!!)

It's so strange, I like it. =)

*now watching Juan Pablo's return to right hand turns!

DreamWeaver
03-31-2014, 12:32 AM
Hope Massa still has a job tomorrow... oh my. Me, too. I kept answering for him in my head, "Sorry, you're coming in broken and stupid." Not that it was actually a stupid request, tactically. But remind me again by how many points Massa lost the 2008 championship? Yeah, thought so.

*now watching Juan Pablo's return to right hand turns!I am so bummed out. I live about an hour from that race, but couldn't go today due to a stupid case of bronchitis. If one is going to be sick, wouldn't it be nice if there were nothing fun going on *and* it wasn't all sunshiny and beautiful? Aaaarrrrgggghhh!!!! :mad:

TedTheewen
03-31-2014, 01:31 AM
Massa is going to get a stern lecture, but that's probably it.

Perks
03-31-2014, 01:45 AM
A) I love Nico Rosberg. My recording gave out just after he did that little tossing the microphone bit whole Benedict Cumberbatch (weird to see him there, but not bad) was interviewing Lewis.

B) Why are they penalizing Ricciardo twice for the tire thing?

KellyAssauer
03-31-2014, 02:21 AM
He came into the pits, the crew put the tire on wrong and knew it, but released the car and then the team said stop! Ricciardo stopped, the crew ran out, pushed him back, put the wheel on right.

All of this happened without any FIA.

The race stewards/FIA said "Oh look, Redbull released Ricciardo with a loose wheel, that's unsafe."An unsafe release is an unsafe release" so that's a stop and go penalty. Ricciardo will need to return to the pits for a 5 second stop and go penalty.

Ricciardo returns to the pits and Redbull push the car into the garage.

Therefore: Penalty was never served. So FIA award a grid place penalty for the next race for not serving the penalty during the event as they were instructed.

:gaah

Perks
03-31-2014, 03:04 AM
oooooh. Boo.

TedTheewen
03-31-2014, 04:34 AM
I like how the FIA is enforcing rules, but...there has to be some sanity to it.

DreamWeaver
03-31-2014, 07:41 AM
I like how the FIA is enforcing rules, but...there has to be some sanity to it.But...it's the *FIA*.

onesecondglance
03-31-2014, 07:42 AM
I think the double penalty thing is actually enshrined into the rulebook for that offence - nothing to do with how they handled it on the day.

DreamWeaver
04-06-2014, 07:58 PM
Just had to unplug the TV for the movers in the middle of the race. :(. Damn. That Mercedes on Mercedes action was starting to feel like racing pron :D.

TedTheewen
04-06-2014, 09:54 PM
That race had some serious pro driving. One of the better races I've seen.

onesecondglance
05-11-2014, 07:37 PM
*Yawn*.

Another Mercedes-total annihilation.

DreamWeaver
05-12-2014, 08:05 AM
And just last year we were complaining about the Vettel Show reruns...

I enjoyed the Mercedes vs Mercedes, Ferrari vs Ferrari, and Vettel vs The World show today. Since I didn't get to watch it until a few moments ago, it's one of the rare instances that being a lonely F1 fan in the midst of the NASCAR nation has come in handy :D.

TedTheewen
05-12-2014, 08:20 AM
So, F1 changed the engine roar on their website to reflect the new engines. It sounds terrible!

ajaye
06-10-2014, 02:15 PM
Great to see Daniel Ricciardo get his first win. And you gotta love that smile of his. It was nice to see Vettel happy for him too.

KellyAssauer
06-10-2014, 02:24 PM
and very nice to see Felipe walk away...

ajaye
06-10-2014, 03:05 PM
Hell yes, that was scary stuff.

KellyAssauer
06-10-2014, 04:22 PM
Although there was much to celebrate, and it was a very exciting race, my heart broke in the first lap. Chilton's amazing run of consecutive finishes is over. =( So right there with all the hope and success of Monaco... I didn't want to keep watching, but I did.

I kinda wish I hadn't. The boys from Williams will be on the podium this year and I was so sure it was going to happen on Sunday. When I saw Filipe's wheel touch in that last lap... I screamed and closed my eyes. Don't get me wrong, it's nice to see Riccardo get a podium they won't take away. It's nice to see Nico finish where he did, he deserves a great year! It was good to see a different team win a race! Amazing really... but the majority of my hope still rides with the eternal bridesmaids: those obviously good at what they do, but who have often lost out to plain old bad luck or some young upstart. ;)

ajaye
06-10-2014, 04:41 PM
of course I do have a smidge of bias :)

I haven't seen the entire race yet, it was on at 3.30am our time. woke up just in time to see them pull their cars in and take the podium -couldn't have woken up ten minutes earlier. have recorded it so will watch when I get a chance.

kelly you have a most admirable attitude :)

Perks
06-10-2014, 04:44 PM
Great to see Daniel Ricciardo get his first win. And you gotta love that smile of his. It was nice to see Vettel happy for him too.

I did love that. And it was nice to think kindly of Vettel for a change. For me, he really devolved into an insufferable little shit for a while and I like to not want to box his ears.

So happy that Nico held it together. I've been team Rosberg from his start. I always thought he was an interesting character.

That's what I love about F1 - the height of technology and performance, but with a small enough cast to be a soap opera.

DreamWeaver
06-10-2014, 06:31 PM
That's what I love about F1 - the height of technology and performance, but with a small enough cast to be a soap opera.Very astute observation. I'd never thought of it that way before.

Perks
06-10-2014, 07:01 PM
A friend in the UK turned me on to F1. I love driving, but just regular driving. I've never really cared for racing with the possible exception of rally racing, but then just in quick glimpses.

He was telling me about Niki Lauda and the story was so compelling that I started reading up on F1. Its history is so compact because the field is so limited that a narrative thread was readily apparent and I was hooked. Started watching in '05 and have gotten to attend to races. I absolutely love it.

onesecondglance
06-10-2014, 07:24 PM
It was a great race! And as a Vettel fan, I thought the way he responded to Ricciardo's win was fantastic - he looked genuinely pleased. That despite Ricciardo straight up beating him in the race.

So many great drives out there. I'm not a fan of Rosberg at all, but he did a stunning job just keeping the car on the track, let alone going for the podium.

I think Perez caused that horrible accident - and I'm so glad both him and Massa are okay - but up to that point he'd driven amazingly well, massively outperforming the Hulk, who I would say hands down is a better driver. Massa also drove fantastically well and probably would have taken Vettel for the podium.

Shout outs to my man Jenson for a great fourth place, thanks to a double overtake on the penultimate lap (!), and JEV who seems to have bounced back from a dreadful run of form at the start of the year.

But it's really all about Ricciardo. The boy's a wonder. Great, gutsy driving and he genuinely deserved to win. It's just a shame this year that it takes a double mechanical failure on the Mercedes for anyone else to get close.

KellyAssauer
06-10-2014, 07:54 PM
He was telling me about Niki Lauda and the story was so compelling that I started reading up on F1. Its history is so compact because the field is so limited that a narrative thread was readily apparent and I was hooked. Started watching in '05 and have gotten to attend to races. I absolutely love it.

Here where I live, the TV has aired the Formula One Documentary "1" enough times that I think I've seen it twice at least by now. That historic look at the sport makes me cringe every time a car spins now. I know safety has gotten so much better, but the documentary drilled into me just how crazy dangerous it is. So whether or not it's Pastor, airborne, and sliding over Alonso... or a practice shunt by Bianchi, each one now makes me gasp for air! =)

DreamWeaver
06-10-2014, 09:56 PM
I'm watching that right now and I think I may have to turn it off. Some days that much horror is harder to take than others. :( I am so, so, so glad there are many more safety innovations and regulations now, even though nothing removes all the danger.

Perks
06-16-2014, 04:24 PM
Schumacher woke up!

http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/16/sport/motorsport/michael-schumacher-condition/

onesecondglance
06-16-2014, 10:11 PM
This is such great news. Really made my day to hear it. :)

DreamWeaver
06-17-2014, 02:54 AM
Me, too! :)

KellyAssauer
06-21-2014, 05:10 PM
*watches qualifying from Austria*


*faints*


Seriously though, how can you go wrong racing martinis?

KellyAssauer
07-05-2014, 10:23 PM
*watches first 20 minutes of Silverstone qualifying*


*turns tv off*

Perks
07-06-2014, 07:08 AM
Oh my god. Lewis Hamilton was SO mad.

Go Nico!

KellyAssauer
07-06-2014, 07:16 AM
Was he really?

I mean the TV guys said he might be...
but sometimes I think they just say stuff like that to peek interest.

I mean srsly.
Imagine being a team principle at Williams or Scooter today...
There's something to really worry about.

Stop letting them play you Lewis!

Perks
07-06-2014, 07:18 AM
No, the reporters got a hold of him just after he got out of the car and he was seething. He told them that he couldn't even talk to them at that moment. He was stunned and furious.

It was his decision to give up the lap, but it never occurred to him that sector 3 would have improved to make up a full two seconds.

Q3 was crazy. But Lewis isn't putting it on anyone but himself. I'm sure he's sick about it.

onesecondglance
07-06-2014, 02:19 PM
Absolutely crazy out there. Highly entertaining, but crazy.

KellyAssauer
07-06-2014, 03:11 PM
I cannot believe that I don't get to see the race on the tele until 5pm tonight?

Ahh!

onesecondglance
07-06-2014, 07:47 PM
STAY AWAY FROM THE INTERNET, KELLY.

NO SPOILERS FOR YOU!




:D

KellyAssauer
07-07-2014, 03:43 AM
There were 3 things I really enjoyed about today's race.

Valtteri, of course, is the first.
The second was that several lap scrap between the fifth and sixth place cars...
had me laughing so hard I fell off the couch! ;)

And the third best thing about today's race?

-happened long before my tape delayed broadcast...
after 14 years of being absent from open wheel racing,
Juan Pablo Montoya wins the Pocono Indycar 400! :roll:

I'm so easy to please. :ROFL:

Perks
07-07-2014, 06:50 AM
I haz a sad.

Still, the racing was fun. I thought Vettel's head was going to explode.

KellyAssauer
07-07-2014, 07:12 AM
"He didn't give me any room!" :roll:

The midfield officially extends it's warmest welcome to Sebastian.

I had my sad before the first lap ended.
If I don't see Massa on a platform this year
I'm not going to be happy. =(

DreamWeaver
07-07-2014, 05:38 PM
I was rooting for Hamilton, so I was happy. But I found Kimi's first lap wreck to be really scary. I read somewhere the impact was 47G. That's insane, and quite a tribute to the advances in safety engineering of the cars and the barriers. Though that barrier looked pretty low-tech to me...

KellyAssauer
07-20-2014, 04:50 PM
Ahhhhhh!!!!!

*throws things*

:Headbang: :Headbang: :Headbang: :Headbang: :Headbang:



I'm not sure I care to watch anymore.

onesecondglance
07-20-2014, 07:46 PM
You missed a good one if you did turn off, Kelly.

And I'm glad that no-one was punished for it. Looking back at the replays it was just a racing incident.

KellyAssauer
07-20-2014, 08:09 PM
Caterham fans got some bad news this week,
and heaven knows 2014 has not been good to Sauber.

But does any team have a driver that has been punched out by another car in FOUR separate races????

It just sucks to be me.

ajaye
08-25-2014, 03:40 PM
So Ricciardo hasn't ruled out his chances of taking the F1 title. Stranger things have happened - hey, Richmond might *fingers crossed* still make the finals (that'll only make sense to Aussie Rules fans). Keep showing us those pearly whites Daniel :D

onesecondglance
08-25-2014, 05:57 PM
Interesting and exciting race - at least for non-Mercedes fans :)

Perks
09-13-2014, 07:43 PM
So what do we think of the FIA restrictions on radio communications during the race (http://m.apnews.com/ap/db_268756/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=OsvllPwi) that would give technical advice to the driver on how to gain track advantage?


F1 race director Charlie Whiting has sent a letter to all teams to say that messages from drivers asking for advice, or from teams informing their drivers about the best options to make gains on the track, would no longer be tolerated.

To me, it's outrageous. This is a team sport and if you strip the technical experts and strategists on the pit wall of their calculations, then what you've made of them, effectively, is a troupe of butlers and cheerleaders.

Grrrr. I hate this.

onesecondglance
09-13-2014, 09:47 PM
I get where you're coming from, but I also get the objection to drivers being told "downshift early in turn four". It's their job to work that stuff out.

Messages about "you're not going fast enough" or "you're using too much fuel" are fine in my book and exactly what the pit crew and strategists are there for. It's a team sport so it's only fair to let the teams work as such.

Hopefully Charlie will instil some sense in the stewards regarding how to enforce the rules. The general principle seems fairly solid, but if it's enforced too harshly we'll go from one silly extreme to another.


In other news, first Formula E race this morning in Beijing. I'm just about to settle down and watch it. Our old friend Bruno Senna was fastest in practice! First time I think I've ever written that sentence... :D

KellyAssauer
09-14-2014, 08:38 AM
*adds small screen to steering wheel*

*texts fuel-usage message to screen*

*waves finger at Charlie*


Radios.
Wow.
When were they invented?
and the FIA just now discovered them?
Just wait until next year when they ban 8-track stereos.

*rolls eyes*

TedTheewen
10-04-2014, 03:35 PM
I guess the lesson (http://www.formula1.com/news/headlines/2014/10/16433.html) this week was simple--Vettel blames the car for his lack of winning, not his driving style and how it doesn't seem to go well with the current setups.

I'm a Seb fan, but this just doesn't seem right. Then again, it does give me an excuse to pay through the nose for a Ferrari flag that will probably cost as much as my entire car is worth.

DreamWeaver
10-04-2014, 04:29 PM
Got up this morning, made tea, fed the dogs & cats, let said dogs out, then settled down to watch qualifying on the DVR.

:eek:

Vettel leaving Red Bull, rumored to Ferrari (yeah, TedTheewen, I hear you about that flag ;) ), Alonso rumored to McLaren, Kvyat to Red Bull. Evidently Alonso did something at McLaren before that cost them a huge $100 million fine? But everyone expects he's going back there anyway. Damn, F1 really thrives on drama...

And since I haven't been paying attention to the rumor mill, does this mean Button is screwed?

onesecondglance
10-04-2014, 06:30 PM
Yeah, he's likely to be the fall guy. It's a shame - I was hoping he'd get another outing with Honda, but never mind.

Most likely scenario is:
Vettel to Ferrari (basically confirmed by Red Bull)
Kyvat in at Red Bull (confirmed)
Alonso to McLaren
Button retires
Carlos Sainz Jr goes to Toro Rosso

Part of me wonders if there isn't a scenario where Kimi retires (again) and Alonso stays at Ferrari another year, then moves to McLaren in 2016 (i.e. let someone else get through any teething issues with the Honda engines).

DW - yeah, there's bad blood between Ron Dennis and Alonso. As in, it will be a real turn up for the books if Alonso goes there. But looking probable now!

KellyAssauer
10-04-2014, 09:00 PM
Wow. Just Wow. To think I had a hard time accepting Alonzo at Big Red...

Makes me wonder if Gutierrez, Sutil, or possibly de Sivestro (yes!) will replace Kimi...

onesecondglance
10-04-2014, 09:54 PM
I'd much rather see Bianchi over any of those guys.

DreamWeaver
10-04-2014, 10:00 PM
All they mentioned about Kimi is that he's getting paid ten million euros next year. Is there something else I should know? ;)

DreamWeaver
10-05-2014, 05:30 PM
So, I get up this morning and turn on the DVR to find F1 full of drama. First they throw out the possibility that Alonso may be signing a contract with Honda and *not* with Ron Dennis.

Then we have the typhoon and the sponsors' decision not to run the race early to avoid the worst of the weather. They've been stopping & starting and running behind the safety car--and now at least one driver is out with a car that won't restart, without ever having driven a racing lap. Wow.

ETA: OMG. No. No. No. Going to the internet for an update.
ETA: Prayers and healing energy going out to Bianchi, his family and his team. Evidently he's in surgery now.
ETA: L'Equipe reports Bianchi is out of surgery and is *not* on life support. I hope that's true; it would be a very good sign.

onesecondglance
10-05-2014, 07:08 PM
Hoping for the best for Jules. Nothing else seems important right now.

DreamWeaver
10-06-2014, 04:37 AM
I'm finding a German news report [ETA: thisisf1.com cites Radio Monte Carlo] that Jules will be having a second operation to address bleeding, and that he is now intubated and on a respirator.

This is all so sad.

Perks
10-06-2014, 05:42 AM
Wow. Just finished watching.

KellyAssauer
10-06-2014, 05:55 AM
This is all so sad.

And uncalled for.
Was the movie Rush all over again.
This needs to stop.

I hope Jules will be okay.

TedTheewen
10-06-2014, 08:25 AM
This is upsetting. I used to work at a race track years ago. It was a dirt track for stock car racing but the emotions are the same.

We can spend millions upon millions on safety protocols but all of that is totally worthless when human error is applied. That tractor should have been gone or the cars should not have been on the track. Somebody screwed up.

One of the worst crashes I'd ever seen was made worse because the driver made his own roll cage and didn't get the welds right. He had gotten the metal too hot so the bonds weren't as strong as they needed to be. The result was the roll cage was sitting in his lap when his car finally came to a stop.

The entire crowd was silent. Nobody screamed or anything. All you heard was his throttle stuck wide open as a track worker reached in and disconnected it, then waved frantically for the ambulance to come.

We all thought we had just watched somebody die.

Another driver involved with the crash was fine. His family thought he was seriously hurt or worse. They went to the gate and were all crying. His kids were terrified and his wife was almost too shocked to walk. When they saw him, they were happy, but when he saw how scared they were he broke down right there. He had no idea how terrifying his racing had been for them.

onesecondglance
10-06-2014, 01:56 PM
They need to look at why the tractor was there. People crash in motorsport and nothing is ever going to change that, regardless of the conditions on track. But you can make sure there isn't a hazard in the way.

DreamWeaver
10-06-2014, 05:55 PM
Hindsight is 20/20, but recent experience (as in a couple of minutes earlier) had shown that corner was a place someone was likely to come off the track and crash. So of all the spots a crane might be, right in a proven hazard track would seem to be the worst.

Now, they do say the marshals were waving double yellow flags, but the visibility was so bad I can't imagine that was doing much good.

Friday I was driving home at dusk when unexpectedly a driving rainstorm hit. The situation was definitely white-knuckle. At times I couldn't see twenty feet in front of me, and I could definitely see nothing off the side of the road. I kept going because it was the only option--nowhere safe to pull off, and if I went too slow some idiot would rear-end me. When I think of those conditions, I wonder if the yellow flags at that corner in Suzuka were utterly worthless.

Update: the most recent news I've seen is that Jules' parents have arrived at the hospital.

ETA: Fan video of the accident has surfaced on You Tube. I don't recommend it (it's not gory, but it *is* shocking) but after seeing it I'd have to say the accident was like many aircraft accidents I've read safety reports on: many, many small things had to come together and all go wrong in just the exact way, for this to happen. Changing any one of those things might have prevented the accident (or, to be fair, made it worse by also injuring marshals). But none of them other than the presence of the crane and the weather conditions, seem to have been actively dangerous-looking.

ETA: FOM apparently have or are trying to get the video pulled from You Tube, but it's been picked up by too many other sites. It's like Pandora's Box--once it's opened, there's no putting everything back.

ETA: Somewhat off topic, but as a student of languages I normally embrace learning new vocabulary. However, I am not pleased to be getting a vocabulary lesson in all sorts of different ways to express "horrifying" in French, Spanish, Portuguese and German on Twitter, due to this incident.

Perks
10-08-2014, 02:01 AM
It's unlikely that Bianchi will recover to anything like his former self. HIs family has revealed that he suffered a diffuse axonal injury. 90% of patients with that diagnosis never even regain consciousness.

Damn.

KellyAssauer
10-08-2014, 02:47 AM
There's all sorts of 'experts' weighing in now on Bianchi's chances of recovery. Ferarri has sent Michael's doctor/team on to Japan to consult. We can speculate, but what it comes down to now is the severity and Jules himself.

The 'thing' that gets me... is all those crazy tiny little details that had to line up for this to happen the way it did. It's a dumbfounding (to me) set of circumstances, nearly impossible for me to fathom. Something really good has to come out of all of this. It just has to.

onesecondglance
10-12-2014, 10:09 PM
Dull race today. Pirelli misjudged it - not sure why they didn't send their fella to check the tarmac as usual? political reasons? Either way, it shouldn't have been possible for Rosberg to do all but one lap on a single set of tyres (and look like he could keep going for a long time still).

Great result for my boys in McLaren to go clear of Force India in the Constructors. Over at Williams, Bottas is still my star of the season - another strong drive from him.

Interestingly, in five of the eleven teams, one of their drivers has scored more than twice as many points as their teammate:

Williams (Bottas 145, Massa 71)
Ferrari (Alonso 141, Raikkonen 47)
Toro Rosso (Vergne 21, Kvyat 8)
Lotus (Grosjean 8, Maldonado 0)
Marussia (Bianchi 2, Chilton 0)

McLaren are pretty close (Button 94, Magnussen 49), but Kevin's strong result today has pulled him back in.

williemeikle
10-12-2014, 10:30 PM
After today Hamilton is now equal with Nigel Mansell for most GP wins by a Brit - a record he should pass easily and take to heights that'll be hard for anyone to catch for a while.

(Having been a fan since the days of Jim Clark and Jackie Stewart I'm hoping for a new Scottish talent at some point. Coulthard never quite made it to the very top. )

Perks
10-12-2014, 10:56 PM
I only wish we could have heard Nico's response when they said "We're going to try to go to the end on these tire." ----- on lap 2.

Crazy, man. Crazy.

onesecondglance
10-28-2014, 02:31 AM
Bad times for the back end of the grid.

On a sporting level, I'll be gutted for Marussia if Sauber manage to steal ninth place while they're not around to defend it.

On a personal level, I really hope for everyone working in those teams that the administrators can find a way to save their jobs. A forlorn hope, perhaps. A shitty situation to be in.

Perks
11-24-2014, 11:37 PM
Congrats to Lewis, although I was really hoping for Rosberg to edge ahead.

Any idea why Mercedes advised Rosberg to pit with just a couple of laps left to do? That confused me.

DreamWeaver
11-25-2014, 02:12 AM
Congrats to Lewis, although I was really hoping for Rosberg to edge ahead.

Any idea why Mercedes advised Rosberg to pit with just a couple of laps left to do? That confused me.Normally they would do that to save a failing car for the next race, but since there *was* no next race, it didn't make much sense. When there *is* a next race, there are some advantages to stopping rather than finishing the race in a broken-car situation, but I can't think of them at the moment. :D

ETA: Yay, Lewis! I felt bad that Rosberg couldn't give him a hell of a fight all the way to the finish, but...yay, Lewis!!!!!

Perks
11-25-2014, 03:02 AM
Normally they would do that to save a failing car for the next race, but since there *was* no next race, it didn't make much sense. When there *is* a next race, there are some advantages to stopping rather than finishing the race in a broken-car situation, but I can't think of them at the moment. :D

That's what I was wondering. They made mention that Lewis was coming up to lap him and the more paranoid quadrant of my brain wondered if they were worried that Nico would take him out.

DreamWeaver
11-25-2014, 03:21 AM
Yeah, I don't think it was that. It wouldn't have helped Nico anyway; with the car messed up he wasn't going to finish high enough to threaten even if Lewis didn't finish.

There was some fairly paranoid speculation about whether Lewis would take both himself and Nico out in the first turn, which *would* have helped Lewis. As it turned out, they weren't even close to each other in the first turn. What a spectacular start for Lewis; it looked perfect. Nico's start was fine, but fine falls short of perfect ;).

onesecondglance
11-25-2014, 11:45 PM
A fine win by Lewis, and I suspect Nico wouldn't have been close even without the problem. I've been impressed by Nico's graciousness post-race - I underestimated him in that regard.