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chaotic - Unregistered

December 29, 2012 7:51 PM

this year ferrari were overall d 3rd best or sometimes even slower then lotus and fi but he was just 3 short of WDC so plz ferrari atleast give him 2nd best competitive car

jim crint - Unregistered

December 30, 2012 12:43 AM

@taipan - I agree with that. I'd get shot of DRS as well. 2010 was an incredible season and DRS had nothing to do with it (I'd also get shot of Hermann Tilke, but that's another conversation).

When you see how drivers in the 80's were hustling those monsters around. I saw a Mansell interview once where he said the '86 Williams produced 1200 bhp in qualifying trim and he found himself wheel-spinning down the main straight in 6th gear! I know something that extreme can't be the case now, and drivers are every bit as brave, but we have lost something great about this sport.

As for next year, well, I guess we should enjoy the trusty V8 while it lasts. I think it will be another highly competitive season with possibly five teams (if Lewis has the galvanizing effect on Mercedes that some predict) challenging for wins. Could be great. My moneys on a McLaren/Ferrari tussle towards the end (wishful thinking perhaps...)


December 30, 2012 2:20 AM

Good points Jim, The silly thing is that the change to V6T's is supposed to be for cost cutting reasons, but it is well known that sticking with the proven V8's would be far more economical than investing the money involved in designing and manufacturing all new V6T's. It's just stoopid.

The BMW 1.5 4 pot turbos were knocking out up to 1500bhp in 1984 in qualifying trim running monster boost (over 50psi I'm led to believe) It's just wrong that almost 30 years later the cars are HALF as powerful.

As for sound, the Ferrari flat 12 was the best I've ever laid ears on in my lifetime, before that the BRM V16 comes second only to the Spitfire! :P

superdowg316 - Unregistered

December 30, 2012 7:21 AM

So we've gone from V6 to V12 to V10 to V8 to V6's with 1/2 the power?

What has F1 become? We're going SLOWER than cars from 8 years ago! What is the point of slowing the cars down when the cars are already slow!


December 30, 2012 12:30 PM

Taipan, I have heard the sound of the Marlin V12 (there is one less than one kilometre from where I live), I also heard the BRM V16 at its race at Silverstone (my first GP “as a school boy”) and I can assure you that nothing will beat the BRM sound, next at least for me will be the Matra v12 and the FERRARI 12, flat or Vee will do.
The 2014 engine will have an “ENGINE” output at least 150hp less than the current v8's, the something like 600hp engine output of the v6 turbo will not be used freely during a race because of the fuel flow restriction, the FIA had just back flipped on the 2014 aero/body rules as they suddenly realised that the cars were going be much slower than the intended 5 seconds per lap.

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