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After last year's disappointment in the silly season where Ferrari decided that Kimi was worth keeping on his overpaid wages
This season is probably going to be more intriguing given
Mercedes - Rosberg's contract is up at the end of the season whilst Toto appears to say that he would like to extend his contract.
There are plenty of promising drivers queueing up for the drive - Bottas, Ricciardo and Werhlein
Ferrari - after last year's bottling surely they aint going to keep on Kimi given the pool of younger drivers to choose from and its B team Haas
Renault - interestingly both drivers are only on 12 months contracts whilst the legendary name is aiming to revive its fortunes with Team Enstone once again
Williams - both drivers are out of contract and Toto is not going to have an influence seeing his sold his shares in the team. Bottas will looking to move if the team are not capable front runners whilst the evergreen Massa thinks he can go on
No doubt Nasr and Lynn will...
Strewth, Bruce! The Australian Grand Prix is nearly here, ahead of a 2016 season build-up suffering from staggeringly low expectations and the people who are paid handsomely to promote Formula One seemingly trying to kill it with their media comments. So...
Well, the good thing with low expectations is that they can easily be bettered. Although Mercedes may be miles ahead of the field, it is quite possible that Ferrari have closed the gap and actual racing may occur there. The midfield looks rather tighter this year. We have a new team (Haas), Renault are returning and Manor are having a proper go of it!
Add to that a great big unknown with the tyre rules, and a selection of tyres made by each team that will probably look quite daft given that it was made before the new elimination system of qualifying was announced. So tyre strategy and qualification strategy are still rather unknown, which could add some insanity unpredictability.
Melbourne is often a race of high...
The bookies is now open
The rules are the same as last year with a minor tweak or two.
If you like a bet with Fake Money you're in the right place.
1. If you want to play you can do so at any point in the year. When you place your first bet you will receive £10 fake quids for every remaining race. (no actual monetary value) Just post your bet and you're in the game. 21 races in total so if you place a bet before the first race you get £210 fake quid / e-brogans / CTA pounds etc. to play with.
2. Maximum 1 bet per round. (Or I would have to rewrite the spread sheet.)
3. You are betting on the winner. Each way bets can be placed. Each way bets works like this; a £10 each way bet would cost you a total of £20 stake money,...
A Happy New Year to one and all. Thought I would give us somewhere to discuss the upcoming season. According to the published calendar the 2016 F1 season will offer us 21 races, starting in Australia in the middle of March and ending in Abu Dhabi at the end of November. We see the return of the Grand Prix of Europe, this time at the Baku City Circuit in Azerbaijan. Malaysia has finally been moved out of the rainy season and now sits between Singapore and Japan as race 16. Otherwise all the usual suspects are there including a German GP at Hockenheim after its sabbatical in 2015. The full race list is:
- 20th March - Australia
- 3rd April - Bahrain
- 17th April - China
- 1st May - Russia
- 15th May - Spain
- 29th May - Monaco
- 12th June - Canada
- 19th June - GP of Europe (Baku)
- 3rd July - Austria
- 10th July - Britain
- 24th July - Hungary
- 31st July - Germany
- 28th August - Belgium
- 4th September - Italy
- 18th September - Singapore
- 20th March - Australia
Wow, what a season. Lots of overtakes, really close racing, multiple race winners, both championships not decided until the last corner of the last race. Well, that's what we were all hoping for but instead we got a re-run of 1992 with the best British driver on the grid in the best car, by a long, long way, wiping the floor with everyone else.
In fairness, we did have some stonking races. Sochi and Austin stand out in my memory but this is, perhaps, because some of the other races were so dreadful and made me question why I watch F1. I suppose I watch for those races that do get the pulse racing and if we had the same thing as Russia and the USA every race weekend then we would be asking for more. We even had the return of the "Win Finger", even though many thought he couldn't win a race in anything other than a dominate Red Bull.
There were some amusing moments, the return of McLaren Honda made me laugh any way and the pouting from Nico Rosberg on the podium in Austin was...
Well, Having recently seen the curtain go down on what I feel to be one of the dullest seasons for a long while, I got to thinking about the difficulties which currently face the sport. I am not talking about the politics and whether Red Bull have an engine for next year, more along the sporting regs, and the perceived desire of many to "Improve the Show"
Now, personally, I don't know what everyone elses views on what constitutes "the Show" are, however, it would appear that there are a few key pieces that get trotted out on a regular basis:
DRS - artificial, creates overtakes which are too easy
Pirelli tyres - too fragile, we want to see drivers push from start to finish
Fuel Saving - see above
Not to mention Aero regulations getting more and more complicated, irregular stewarding and many other things which I am sure grind someones gears.
Now, here, for me at least, is the rub.
The main reasons, in my opinion, that F1 is losing a bit of its shine are largely a consequence of...
2015 is officially over and done with, after statistically being over and done with about a month ago and emotionally over and done with several months ago. This race was not too bad I thought, the first lap was pretty chaotic and then during the race there was a bit of interest coming from varying strategies and a few elbows out moments. I'll give it a very generous 6, including an extra point because it means no more dull races at least for another four/five months. Here's hoping 2016 is much better than this year.
I'll leave this poll open for a week before announcing the final results of CTA race of the year.
So the F1 roadshow rolls into Abu Dhabi for its end of year party at the Yas Marina circuit. Unlike last year this Grand Prix will not be worth double points and unlike last year this race will not decide the championship. In fact with the top 3 places decided in the Drivers Championship and the top 5 places concluded in the Constructors Championship we are pretty much deciding nothing. Its like that last day at Primary school before the summer holidays where you’re allowed to bring games in, you’ve got to turn up but you don’t really have to do much. Having said that some of those school days were mighty fun and Yas Marina is not that bad a circuit which might lead to a bit of end of year fun.
No doubt the most talked about thing all weekend will be Nico Rosberg’s sudden spell of form right when it doesn’t matter. Lewis looked none too chuffed on the podium in Brazil and I think will be keen to put a stop to that before the year ends. He is in luck as Yas Marina has always been...
Well, a pretty dull season is back to crawling to a pretty dull end. There were a few battles in the midfield as always but nothing to get excited about in the top five. Rosberg's recent streak adds some intrigue for 2016 but I nearly didn't bother to watch this race and it lived up to my low expectations. I'm giving it a 3, any more favourable opinions out there?
And so we trundle our way towards seasons end with our next stop, the ever popular Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace, Sao Paulo, Brazil. In short, this circuit is one of the highlights of the year. Featuring, in this authors humble opinion, the finest opening complex in Grand Prix racing. The sweeping down hill left, right 'Senna S' followed by the long left handed 'Curva do sol' has caught out many a driver in the past and seen some outstanding overtakes, coming togethers and action. So where did it all begin?
The first Brazilian GP was held in Sao Paulo as a non-championship test event back in 1972. The first championship race was won by local boy Emerson Fittipaldi for Lotus in 1973. He repeated the win in 74 this time while on the way to the World Championship for McLaren and another local hero Carlos Pace took his only F1 win the following year to make it 3 for 3 to Brazil in the first three races.
As the 70's progressed and with safety an ever growing concern in F1, the drivers...
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