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As China fades into the sunset and F1 moves on to Sochi, what a different picture we have in 2016 to the 2015 season.The same team is out front, but with Rosberg well in control while Hamilton is struggling to stay with him. Last year Hamilton was 66 points in the lead after Sochi. Although that could never be the case this year, as the Sochi race is considerably earlier.
This year the Russian GP is being run almost six months earlier in the season, the previous two having been run in October. But the weather, or at least the temperature range seems to be about the same, I don't know if it's any wetter, so from that point of view it's a bit of an unknown.
But for the teams the tyre choices should be relatively straightforward. The Pirelli choice of tyres for Russia are medium, soft and supersoft, the drivers must use one set of medium and one set of soft during the race. Sochi has a long slow pitlane so I can't imagine that there will be too many pit stops, or that the teams will...
Oh no! Another thread about who's the best F1 driver ever? ... I'm afraid so. This time it's supposedly backed by science. I haven't looked at the paper, but this is their top-20 list:
8. Schumacher (Michael)
11. Fitipaldi (Christian)
14. Hill (Graham)
15. Dan Gurney
19. Hill (Damon)
20. Louis Rosier
As a bonus, here's their top-10 list of teams:
4. Red Bull
6. Lotus (2010s)
8. Daimler Benz AG
10. Mattra Intl
Here's the link:
Science proves that Fangio was the greatest F1 driver of all time
Here's the paper:...
I just had a look back at last years race review on Wiki. This was when the cracks started to appear between Hamilton and Rosberg as Nico accused Lewis of deliberately slowing down in the middle stint to compromise his race and then got a right sulk on telling Hamilton he only cared about himself. Wah, wah, wah. Other than the race finishing under the safety car I can't see anything else which is memorable, although Jenson Button was found to have caused an accident with Pastor Maldonado. Go figure!
On to 2016. It's hard to see past a Mercedes pole, fastest lap and race win but which car? Nico Rosberg is 2 and O for 2016 and heads the championship by 17 points from his team mate who's had a few problems at the start in the first couple of races. No bitching about your team mate so far this season eh Nico? Lewis was almost certainly faster in Bahrain but his tangle with Bottas destroyed any chance of a win. Third with a bent car was quite some achievement.
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...
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