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Having been a fan of F1 for 50 years, I just started to think about those drivers that appeared to have the talent yet never managed to obtain a single victory in their Formula One career. The two main ones I can think of were:
Chris Amon whom I remain amazed wasn't a WDC, never managed to obtain a single race win. Time after time he would be in the lead, and his car, usually a Ferrari, would break or have something go awry which would cost him the win (worn tyres, fuel feed problems etc). His luck seemed atrocious (but he did get out of the sport alive, which is more than a lot of drivers of that time could say). He couldn't have been hard on the machinery because his record in endurance races (including winning Le Mans with Bruce McLaren in the Ford GT Mk II) was actually rather good. So his lack of success remains baffling to me.
Jean-Pierre Jarier was lightning-fast and was the man that teams usually called upon first to substitute for a driver that had been injured or...
As I am sure we are all aware, various racing series have disappeared over the years. I was wondering which defunct series you all miss the most and why.
The two I miss most are the old Tasman series, and the Can Am.
The former because it was the series that got me interested in racing in the first place, and I got to meet most of the F1 drivers of the day in a less-pressure-filled environment than F1. The drivers were more relaxed and far more approachable, which is nice when you are a youngster.
The latter because, although the actual competition wasn't much, as each year (except the very first) one team was totally dominant, the cars themselves were amazing: big, loud, faster than F1 and the most innovative bunch I ever saw. With cars that awe-inspiring, you didn't NEED wheel-to-wheel competition.
The rookies found on the F1 grid this year will be taking on the challenge of their first F1 season in different ways. Ericsson will likely have the difficulty of a poor Caterham but the advantage of a mid-road yardstick in Kobayashi to fight, Magnussen will have a World Champion team-mate but a promising car, while Kvyat is the latest on the Toro Rosso conveyor belt that seldom leads to the promised land.
Their appearances mark the returns of their northern European nations to the F1 stage after varying absences, as the rest of northern Europe meets the challenge of neighbours' Finland's F1 success.
Sweden have, of course, been the most successful of the three, but Ericsson is the first Swedish driver to enter F1 for over 20 years. The first Swedish F1 start was Jo Bonnier's start at Monza in 1956, and his was to be a long career - he was the third man to reach 100 Grands Prix (after Jack Brabham and Graham Hill) - and he was to take a win at Zandvoort in his big day. He died at...
24 years old. Apprenticeship fully served, and finally arrived in one of the two seats that you've been working towards sitting in for years; that of the quadruple reigning champions. And to start with, your home Grand Prix. All you need is for the car and engine combination to maintain its previous stratospheric standards...
At time of going to press, testing has shown little sign that Daniel Ricciardo's dream will be realised. Although, it has to be said, at time of going to press, testing has not been quite as indicative as it could have been. We don't know who is going to be fast and we won't know until the lights go out in Melbourne.
Ricciardo's team-mate, paradoxical pantomime villain and quadrakaiser Sebastian Vettel is going for his tenth race win in a row, although early suggestions are that his assault on double figures might not be as straightforward as some of the previous nine. At Jerez, getting to double figures in terms of laps was a struggle..
Ricciardo will have...
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The teams are meeting on the 21st to discuss altering the qually rules to ensure proper running in all 3 sessions. The concern is that with reduced reliability and a need to conserve tyres there will be very little Q3 running with some teams choosing not to run at all.
Possible amendments would be to give an addition set of tyres for Q3 which would then be handed back after qually. Or to force the 10 drivers that make Q3 to start the race on the tyres they ran in Q2.
I don't know what the solution is but something has to be done. Q3 was an anti-climax several times last year and I can only see it getting worse for 2014.
Last year I attempted to predict the qually positions in Melbourne based on testing results and respective qualifying result from the years 2010-2012. The difference in testing result position and qualifying result position created what I call the 'Sand Bagging Factor' or how much each team either under performed or over performed in testing when compared to their qually result in Melbourne.
All in all it was a reasonable success, the predictions were on average out by just 3 positions, and I think it could of been even more accurate if it had been a dry qualifying session.
So with another years worth of sand bagging data and everything crossed for a dry qually in Melbourne I thought it would be a bit of fun to have another shot at making some sort of sense out of the chaos that is winter testing.
First is the form card. The sand bagging factor for the last 4 years for the current...
McLaren's latest wheeze with their "blocker" suspension members on the rear wishbones is a stroke of genius. Like their last greatest wheeze, the so-called F-Duct, it has been thought up because someone spotted a little hole in the wording of the regulations. The F-Duct idea arose because someone realised that a hole in the side of a tube lets air out reducing the amount of air that reaches it's target. It's the kind of observation one makes when your foot pump hose splits and leaves you stranded with a flat tyre or the water pressure mysteriously drops when you're hosing the lawn because that weak spot bursts open. The key to the F-Duct was noticing that the regulation was focused on a mechanical or electrical means of activation and not covering the possibility of a drivers knee blocking a hole.
So how did the person who spotted the loophole in the suspension reg's get heads scratching along pit-lane and cause the F1 authorities to say that it is within the rules? I have a...
As most of you are probably aware, we have dedicated discussion threads for each Grand Prix.
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I said I wasn't going to do this again last year as it's just a completely pointless exercise... but I've got dragged in to it again as it's a bit of fun to play with some basic stats and it does give some indication of how everyone's testing is going. I'll keep it pretty simple and just post some basic tables. So here we go, pre-season testing championship 2014, with this format:
- Points are awarded based on ranking in fastest time and number of laps completed by a team (adding together the laps completed by multiple drivers if necessary) on each day at each test.
- 1st place is worth 11 points, 2nd place 10 points and so on down to 1 point for 11th. No time/no laps completed means no points.
- The points above are multiplied by which day of testing it is, so the scores from the first day at Jerez are multiplied by 1, and the scores from the last day at the second Bahrain test are multiplied by 12.
Winners: Day 1: Ferrari, Day...
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