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F1 is back In Speilberg, Austria for the first time in 11 years.
The Speilberg race track has a long history in F1. The original track was know as the Osterrelchring. The track was built in 1969 to replace the Zeltweg airfield circuit, and first debuted in F1 in 1970. It was a very fast circuit with every corner a fast sweeping spectacle meaning drivers never had to drop below 3rd gear. However large sections of the track had little run off and some sections including the start finish straight were very narrow. Mark Donohue’s death in 1975 resulted in alterations to the Vost-Hugel Kurve and in 1977 the Hella-Licht chicane was added. After that Allan Prost pushed for larger run off’s rather than more track alterations. These followed in some, but not all corners.
The Osterrelchring was a regular offering until 1987 when the turbo era pushed engine power up to 1400 bhp in quailfying. The speeds achieved approaching the Bosch Kurve were well over 200mph, a corner still with little...
After reading RasputinLives Team Mate battle thread it got my brain working overdrive. We are trying to work out which drivers are better compared to another driver in a different team. Due to the differences in this generation of F1 cars it is like comparing apples to oranges.
The obvious answer to this problem would be to make F1 a spec series like GP2 and the new Formula E series starting soon.
Before you all start shouting saying what a terrible idea this is and how much it will stifle the engineering and ingenuity by the F1 designers who are constantly striving to squeeze every extra ounce of performance out of the cars, I think I may have a potential solution.
Currently in NASCAR there are 3 actual car manufacturers, each of these then sells their chassis to a team who compete against all other teams. This isn't too different to what we have in F1 as far as the engines are concerned....
So we are 6 races in which is just under a third of the way through the season so I thought it was a good time to look at the team mate duels we have had going off so far this season.
We are often quoted with the qualifying stats and who is in front in the championship standards is plain to see but exactly how close are they results wise?
Something I've done on a reg basis for the last two seasons, which I think is a good reflection of how close they are, is look at how many points the losing driver has scored compared to the winning driver as a percentage. Whilst its not an infallible measure it does give a good reflection on how close a second based team mate has been to achieving what the lead team mate has done and also is a good way to compare the different team mate battles.
Obviously for this stat to work the drivers have to have scored points which rules out Sauber and Caterham. Meanwhile Grosjean and Bianchi have 100% more points that their team mates so the stat is...
The "European" Season continues in Canada at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Last year Vettel took pole and the win, somehow this season it doesn't look likely that there will be a repeat, rather we will see the two Mercedes drivers battling things out for win seven out of seven as Hamilton and Rosberg share the races out between them.
After Monaco Rosberg has returned to the top the drivers championship but is 4-2 down to Hamilton in race wins. Lewis likes Canada so perhaps this race will see things tip back in his favour. The big question will be the inter-team dynamic after Monaco. Rosberg's pole appears to have rankled Hamilton and he questioned the team tactics regarding the safety car. Perhaps a pole to flag win for the Englishman will put these things to the back of his mind.
Red Bull and Ferrari will battle to be the best of the rest, with Daniel Ricciardo proving that the decision to give him the "second" Red Bull seat has been more than justified. Force India, Toro...
Today, the oldest living World Champion, Sir Jack Brabham, vacated that particular title. It got me thinking, who are the oldest survivors of F1's illustrious past.
It's oldest surviving champion is 80-year-old John Surtees, who won the title in 1964, and uniquely was also a motorcycle World Champion. He is also one of the two drivers to have won the World Championship in his only career race in the Championship lead, with the late James Hunt.
The oldest surviving winner is far more well known in Britain than Surtees, being that it is Stirling Moss at the age of 84. Moss finished as Championship runner-up on four separate occasions, and could never in his career match having the fastest car to not being Fangio's team-mate. He is the model on which the stereotypical gentleman racing driver was largely built in the UK. Moss is also the oldest surviving pole sitter.
The oldest surviving fastest lap setter is one of Moss' team-mates, 86-year-old Mercedes driver Hans Hermann, who set...
Monaco. The jewel in the crown. Where the crowd is closer and the colours are brighter. A truly unique track on the F1 calendar and everyone has massive love for it. Well actually they don’t. A lot of voices point out that there is hardly ever any overtaking, the races are dull and the track is just not suitable for modern F1. I, however, am not one of those because I absolutely love Monaco.
For me Monaco is one of the most exciting sporting events on the year. Some people have the cup final, I have Monaco and despite the cries of ‘dull races’ if you think back on It we always have drama at Monaco. Whether it be the three car train and the bumper cars behind of 2011, The team orders of 2007, Schumacher hitting Montoya in the tunnel in 04, Panis coming through the carnage in 96, Mansell all over the back of Senna in 92 or even the wet race no one wanted to win in 1982, there is always something to talk about at Monte Carlo.
So why do people think its dull? Well it is true that it...
Back in the day, F1 cars used to barrel round for an hour on a Sunday morning to allow the teams to prepare the cars for the race in the afternoon. We now have "Parc Ferme" where the cars have to run in the configuration used for Saturday's qualifying even if the quaile was dry and the race wet or vice versa.
Is it time for the powers that be to reintroduce a 30 or 60 minute session on the morning of the race so that teams can set the car up in race trim, make adjustments for the climatic conditions and give the fans something else to watch apart from a Porsche Supercup or Renault Clio Championship race before the main event?
Hopefully this would lead to a more interesting race if the teams have compromised their set up for qualifying. I think we can all recall Vettel's drive from the pit lane to third a few years ago when the team took the decision to break the Parc Ferme rules and set the car up in race spec. I'm sure Pirelli could find another set of tyres for each of the...
Given its the Spanish Grand Prix this weekend, we are all reminded of the brilliant final corner that was lost in 2007 when the ludicrous chicane was added to the track. Here are some other corners that have been lost - either through circuit revisions, or removal from the calendar.
Osterreichring - Bosch Kurve: The most challenging corner on one of racing's most beautiful circuits. This long right hander did not have any run off (until 1988, after F1 abandoned it) and was approached at 210 mph with the fastest cars in qualifying. I can't recall any major crashes here, however the sight of 1000 hp cars tacking this beast of a corner was something special. The corner currently lies under a pile of dirt, having been removed in the 1996 rebuild to now the Red Bull Ring.
Silverstone - Club Corner/Bridge Corner: The old Silverstone (pre 1991) was a series of fast kinks with little run off, but lots of satisfaction for the drivers. Club Corner was...
After a three week break and a return to Europe the teams will probably be bringing their first major upgrade packages of the season to the Spanish Grand Prix this weekend. With the major regulations overhaul this year many of the teams started the early season in all sorts of trouble, with Lotus probably being the most obvious example but also Sauber (and Red Bull had to work their socks off to turn around a disastrous testing). It's therefore quite likely that we will see some serious performance gains from a few teams in the coming races.
The question is, between now and the mid-point of the season after Silverstone, who are we going to see make a break for it? Let's have a quick look at everyone:
Mercedes: Clearly the dominant package so far but will it continue? Mercedes have clearly stolen a march on the rest with their engine package but given the law of diminishing returns you'd probably expect the gap to shrink rather than increase. But they have the resources and...
The F1 circus rolls into not-in Barcelona for the 2014 Spanish Grand Prix, the fifth round of the championship. As it is the start of the European season, this Grand Prix is usually the scene of technical updates from all teams, or last-minute bits and bobs to hopefully reverse the awful job the engineers did at the start of the season, depending on your cynicism. Now, all teams say that they can get half-a-second per lap, so the field theoretically shouldn't change order, but inevitably this is never the case. So, it will be interesting to see which teams have been overly-optimistic. I mean, there's one thing talking the talk, but can they walk the walk (or in this case just go really fast).
Often hailed as a 'complete' circuit which tests all aspects of the cars - i.e. a byword for producing awful races - the circuit often used to hold pre-season tests, so teams had a reasonable ides of what to expect, but some guy in the FIA decided that it does rain in Spain,...
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