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This season's championship kicks off tomorrow with rounds 1-3 on the Brands Hatch Indy circuit. SInce Gordon Shedden won his second title at the same venue back in October there have been a number of changes to team and driver lineups, although the technical and sporting regulations, as well as the race calendar, are largely unchanged.
Halfords Yuasa Racing - Honda Civic Type R
The reigning champion's team see a return of Halfords sponsorship this season, black and orange replacing the corporate red and white. The team will continue to be led by Shedden and veteran team-mate Matt Neal, so continuity is the watchword, and while a new third entry for Andy Neate should mean another competitive car in the mix, I fear it's more likely to mean some robust driving and battered panels in the midfield battle. With the best handling car, manufacturer support and deep experience, Honda will again be the team to beat.
Subaru Team BMR - Subaru...
So Formula E hits the States this Saturday for its outing at Long Beach and its fair to say it has attracted a bit of attention from US Investors and some fans. That fact alone probably explains why Bernie decided to plant the Bahrain GP weekend on the same date. Based down in LA so all the green environment loving Hollywood people can come check it out, its a return to street tracks and a pretty good venue. I'm pretty sure Leonard Di Capprio - part owner of the Venturi team will be spotted often and his Oscar talked about lots. Don't expect his team to be near the front though.
At Long Beach last year we saw a fantastic win by the ever lovable Nelson Piquet Jr which kickstarted his romp to the title. Don't expect to see that this year though as, although they are getting better, Nextvr are still a mile behind the rest. I wouldn't expect to see Piquet for much longer as he is set to strop off.
Who will we see? Well most likely you'll see Buemi and E-DAMS topping the times in...
So I was watching Quali from Bahrain 2006 last night, which happened to be the debut of Knockout Qualifying, and I thought I should share. Pretty cool session actually. Kimi channeling Gilles Villeneuve and Schumey matching Senna.
More Highlights to come. Requests considered
And so it is with fresh optimism and renewed hope that the F1 band wagon rolls northwards from Australia and into the Middle East. Not everyone's favourite holiday destination at the moment which means it should be relatively cheap if you still want to pop out and take a look.
Previously a British protectorate, Bahrain became an independent state in 1971 and a Kingdom in 2002. It's cultural routes stretch back thousands of years. One of the first regions of the Gulf to adopt the Islamic faith, during the 7th century, at one stage prior to this it was home to a group who worshipped a shark deity call Awal which for a time the country was also called. More recently if made headlines for the brutal crack down of an uprising as part of the Arab Spring. With neighbour Saudi Arabia sending tanks across the causeway that links the two countries in support of the the monarch and government. Bahrain unlike many of the other states in the region has an economy that is focused on banking and...
Zdkf1 has finished moving to its new server; hopefully there won't be any teething problems but if anyone does have problems with logging in please tell me, zdkf1 aren't always great at helping quickly so it may be easier to start a new account if you do run into problems.
The league was very close last year with an amazing 5 forums in with a chance of winning the league going into the final race ; cliptheapex just missed out on the title by 3 points.
If you haven't played before, the points system may sound complicated, but it's not that difficult to play, just pick the top ten and pole for each race and have a wild guess at what the pole time will be .
Here's my usual opening post spiel...
The season is about to start, so it's time for you to make your predictions for this year's interforum league!
There's not long until the first prediction deadline, if you are late joining, don't worry, you will get some points for each race you missed...
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...
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