Grand Prix 2018 British Grand Prix Practice, Qualifying & Race Discussion

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  1. F1Brits_90

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    Ive been using f2 as an example for that for a few years. Because when people have been slagging off circuits i didn't get the vast difference in racing. Best example was the 1st season in baku, F1 was 1 worst of the season. yet both sprint & feature F2 races were the best races id seen all year in any motorsport. I was watching some classic f1 few days ago & wondered if reasons we had closer racing was because of lack of computing technology back in 90's & early 00s
     
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  3. Andyoak

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    Years ago on here somewhere a number of us discussed regulation changes and how they never create close racing until after about 5 years; when everyone has refined their design philosophies and pinched what they can off the others. If we're luck y we get one or two years of genuine close racing with three or more teams vying for the championships. Then the need to tinker kicks in and we end up with one team stealing a march on the others for another four or five years.
     
  4. Andyoak

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    We need looser and more stable regulations.

    Anyway, back on topic...
    Mercedes will walk it with a Lewis win.
     
  5. Angel

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    Unless their cars break again like they did in Austria.
     
  6. F1Brits_90

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    This technically is about Britain, do you think qualifying might get moved 30 mins & hour earlier. To avoid a overlap with england quarter final
     
  7. Angel

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    It wouldn't surprise me, football seems to over rule everything at the moment.
     
  8. racecub

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    Been to Silverstone F1 Grand Prix 21 Times now. I LOVE IT! Can’t undestand those who don’t but each to his own. The atmosphere is amazing. I like watching from Becketts but that Grandstand is expensive so it’s a good place to head over to watch quali, then you really see them squirming through the complex.Beckets is always freezing whatever the weather. It’s a covered grandstand and the wind whistles through it, i’ll Be speaking the sun! I’ve also watched from Stowe, Bridge ( before the new configuration), the old pit straight, Copse and the new pit straight, oh and inside when that was allowed near the exit of the pits, old pits. I got Damon’s autograph that time.
    Last five or six times I’ve watched from village, overlooking the Loop. It’s a great spot to watch, you see them come round Abbey , all round the Loop and up Wellington, if you sit near the top. There’s often some action there. You even see abit of them going through Beckets and just past Stowe. There’s a big TV too. AND the tickets are some of the cheaper ones.
    So excited this year! I’m going tomorrow morning, just sorting out food & beverages :thumbsup: Weather is glorious, so lots of campsite sunbathing as well. AND the quarter final mach after quali. Cant wait!
     
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  9. rufus_mcdufus

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    You get a pretty good view from Becketts but it is a bit far away from anything (and yes. does seem to be cold!). I usually end up walking around a lot and getting different views. I used to go watch F1 testing a lot in the late 90s/early 2000s, where you had the whole circuit pretty much to yourself (perhaps only a few hundred people used to go watch) and probably my favour spot was just before Copse - the speed they carried round that corner was awesome.
     
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  10. siffert_fan

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    Personally, I have always preferred Brands Hatch as a venue, partly because of the results of the 1968 British GP and partly because of all of the great sports car races we have seen there over the years. I also believe that it is more challenging than Silverstone.
     
  11. I'm not an expert of British tracks, I have raced a couple of times at Silverstone (f. Ford and Opel Lotus) and once at Brands, Donnington, Oulton Park and Thruxton and in my personal experience Outlon Park was the most rewarding by a significant margin, followed by Thruxton. Silverstone must be very nice to drive with a powerful car, with an f. Ford 1600 it felt very wide and with many sections when we had nothing to do, but I'm sure that with an F1 car it must be terrific (and in the past it must have been even better), plus the races there are usually very interesting. I'm surprised that no one has mentioned Oulton Park as their favourite venue in England (although I admit that maybe it would be tricky to host an F1 race there...)
     
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    Publius Cornelius Scipio . I’ve been to Oulton Park many, many years ago. I was very young. :embarrassed: I went with a boyfriend who was a car designer called Adrian Reynard. At the time he designed the cars for a guy who ran ( British Air Ferries ? Name Keegan ? I think. :thinking:

    Keegans son was Rupert Keegan and he raced for the team. I think it was F3000? cant remember. It was the one down from F1. Anyway, It was very exciting. I was in the pits where the boards were hung out and Rupert was leading and the pit board kept saying ‘slow down’ . Other than that I cant remember much. :no:

    siffert_fan Ive only been to Brands Hatch once and it was to watch the inaugral A1 race. Do you remember that? It died a death but I thought it could have been good. Had a great time anyway.

    I live on the doorstep of Donington Park but was desperately hoping the F1 wouldn’t go there. I’ve watched moto GP there and that was really really good but it seems tiny to hold a current F1 race. Not just the track but the support structure. The F1 museum , for anyone interested is fantastic.

    Basically I guess Silverstone has got under my skin. It’s a brill weekend and I love it. :dunno:

    rufus_mcdufus ALWAYS freezing at Becketts. But still worth wandering to towatch quali. I cruise around on the Friday but kind of choose my place for quali and stay there. .....I have been caught out before by leaving it too late to get in a grandstand of choice. And yes, Becketts is a bit far back. And also away from the main activity area. Sit at the front of Becketts and you MIGHT just feel a ray of sun. but sit at the top of Village for a better view.
    So where for quali? Somewhere near a screen showing the football?
    Anyway, everyone enjoy the WONDERFUL British GP
     
  13. rufus_mcdufus

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    An advantage with Becketts (if I'm remembering correctly or it hasn't changed) is that the car park near by can be got to from the "quieter" roads so not such huge queues of traffic. It's a while since I've watched an F1 race there though.
     
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    Well I camp in a field behind Copse, so not too far from Becketts and that can be accessed from the quieter roads. Also easy to make an early escape from when the race finnishes. I manage to avoid the queues most times. So you’re probably remembering correctly.
    The thing these days is if you’re travelling in at a very busty time, unless you know exactly where your going, you’ll get directed by the traffic Marshall’s and have to park where they send you. I camp partly because it’s great fun and partly to avoid traffic all weekend...it’s just a short walk in from the campsite.
     
  15. ATL11

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    Okay treated myself & 1 more off the bucket list, but I'm going to attend my first ever F1 GP this weekend.

    Would love some advice on the do and don't! Travelling down early Saturday morning once the lad gets back from his prom. Hotel booked for Saturday night, etc, etc.

    But the main dilemma is once the quali is over on Saturday will I be able to watch the football ⚽ at Silverstone?

    Let me know?

    Oh love the map if I could change Silverstone from the obomination that happened in 1990, it would be to revert the track back to mid 80's blast and keep the changes at Becketts. It would be an absolute race for drivers with
    cojones.
     
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  16. wow that's impressive, your old boyfriend is quite an important name in car racing
     
  17. RasputinLives

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    ....he also designed cars Jenson Button race in. Is that why you split up racecub? ;)
     
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  19. racecub

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    Congrats on ticking that off your bucket list! You’ll have a great weekend! I’m pretty certain they’ll have the football on. They have done in the past. It always clashes with the World Cup. They won’t play it on the circuit TV’s if there’s a race on.....and I think the GP2 is on then. But they show it on the big screens at the entertainment zones. Or they have done previously.
    I usually go down Thursday or Friday and take back roads to my campsite and have no trouble with traffic. You should be okay if you go early. Are you going straight to the track or leaving car at hotel? The car parks can be a pain to get out of.
     
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    I think it’s where my real car racing interest started.
     
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    ATL11 other tips I can think of..
    Take sun screen

    Wear comfy shoes.

    Plan your toilet trips, queues can be long even for the men.

    Don’t take any bottles in the track they’ll be confiscated. Booze is ok just not bottles,take cans, cartons, flasks, plastic bottles instead.

    Take plenty of water

    There’s a wide range of food stalls but on race day the queues will be big between events. A supply of snacks is useful.

    Grandstands are roving on Saturday, but don’t wait too late to pick your spot, they close them when full and you can be stranded.

    A radio tuned to Silverstone is very very useful to keep up with events, as is being near a big screen.

    I would say take layers and a waterproof as the weather at Silverstone can be four seasons in one day, but I think we may get summer this year!

    There’s a big screen next to the main stage, and I thinkk that’s one place they'll be Showing the football...guessing though.

    I’ll keep thinking.

    Ps. They are definately screening the football from 2pm at about four or five big screens round the track.
    Silverstone
     
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