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mrfill

April 30, 2015 11:31 AM

F1 » ‘No plans’ for Audi-VW to enter F1


No 'firm' plans to enter F1 'imminently' eh? That's about as vague as you can get. The VAG pockets are very deep - this is the company that developed the Veyron, a car that cost £5m each to produce and sells for about £1m. They may have no firm plans but I'd bet a couple of pennies on there being a floppy plan to enter F1 in some way within 5 years. Skoda F1 here we come....

mrfill

May 03, 2015 7:05 PM

MotoGP » Iannone counts cost of wet mapping blunder


gremlin: Are you for real? I mean, Andrea, this is supposed to be the class with the best riders in the world... You can't afford mistakes like that. This just shows what motorcycle racing has become with the incredible amount of electronics they are using. The bikes are full of buttons and if you push the wrong one you're done. Also, how can they make such a stupid system that you can activate something with just the push of a button but you can't undo it the same way? The pinnacle of motorcycle racing, eh? If someone could explain this to me I'd be grateful...
Well, they are prototype machines, not mass-produced refined machines. Mass produced machines have plenty of switches/buttons too but they have been carefully worked out by teams of designers and riders of all types. Even then, some people have been known to hit the engine kill switch when they meant to dip the headlights.... It does seem daft though, to be able to select with one touch, whereas to de

mrfill

April 29, 2015 2:47 PM

F1 » Silverstone boss: F1 not as exciting as it should be


Dario: The main reason we had cracking races in MotoGP was Yamaha's seamless gearbox for up- and downshifts, and Rossi's form. Imagine if Rossi was on a Duc and we had Lorenzo bringing up 9th place. Ducati are also mixing it up but wouldn't have bothered MM too much. The problem with F1 is the tires, IMO. Drivers are always saving them, short shifting, neutral throttle through corners. If it's visible on the camera they must really be cruising. If one decides to give it the full beans, they're magically 4 seconds quicker. That and the low reving diesel engines and the hair that used to stand up on your skin is not doing that any more.
But the last motogp race was ALL about tyres. Marquez had a softer rear and it lost grip allowing Rossi to catch. And that was exciting.

mrfill

April 28, 2015 3:41 PM

F1 » Mosley urges freedom incentive if cost cap is revived


So, a manufacturer can buy a little team and run it without a cost cap and develop all the fancy gizmos. The 'works' team can then operate with the cost cap by buying the gizmos from the little team at very reasonable prices. As if... But then how will the FIA determine how much of a total R&D budget is allocated to F1? And why should the FIA be privy to confidential commercial information? I expect this will be received as well as his last attempt to cap costs.....

mrfill

April 29, 2015 1:24 PM

F1 » Silverstone boss: F1 not as exciting as it should be


Open standard software and allow customer teams to create/modify maps. Manufacturers not allowed to impose competition limiting clauses in their supply contract. This would reduce the colossal power advantage some teams have over others, which is a large part of the problem. Happened in motogp and that is now substantially better already and the main plank (standard software) is yet to arrive. The appeal of F1 is watching drivers race each other, not to see a couple of vastly superior cars belting round a track in tandem followed by a Noah's ark kind of procession.

mrfill

April 29, 2015 12:43 PM

F1 » 2016 F1 season to start in April


This year's race was on March 15th. If on 3rd April, that is 18 days later, not 'nearly a month'. And quite how that allows for an earlier start baffles me. If they wanted to start the race at 3pm instead of 4pm, just change the start time - it's not difficult. Its still going to be at sparrows fart in Europe so really doesn't make much difference. The previous weekend in 2016 will be Easter, which I believe is a no-no for an F1 meet, so it is no big deal really. Of far greater concern is the potential loss of the Italian and German GPs.


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