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Re: F1 2020

Posted: 14:58 17 May 2020
by GreenThing
MickyD wrote:
GreenThing wrote: That’s a good idea to get more racing done. Teams stay set up for the duration of both races. The only downside is racing the same track Bac to back might be a bit dull.

There was talk earlier on of doing one race in reverse - not reverse gear! - but it was soon realised that all the safety features such as run-offs and barriers were set up for the traditional direction and couldn't be changed (where they could even be changed at all) without incurring huge costs in time and money.

Hmm, reverse gear... :whistle:


There’s a video doing the rounds on a chap who had driven all circuits in reverse on the PlayStation game. Apparently the only ones which really work are Spa and Spain. Catalunya especially good with a long downhill left with a chicane at the bottom to end the lap.

Re: F1 2020

Posted: 09:16 19 May 2020
by MickyD
I'll try to look it up!

Well, it seems that Alonso may indeed be on his way back to Renault after all this time. That should be fun to watch if it happens.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/formula1/52682505

I keep forgetting because there's been no racing and it feels like an extended close season, but of course these changes will be taking place next year, not this. For instance, Vettel has to race the entire season (whatever we end up with) knowing that Ferrari don't want him and that he's already been kicked off his perch by the young pretender. I wonder if that will take all the pressure off and allow him to race much more freely? Or... will he think "To hell with the consequences - I'll be gone next year" and race Leclerc so hard to try to prove a point that he regularly takes them both out?

And... what if the car turns out to be brilliant and Vettel wins the world championship?!

Re: F1 2020

Posted: 09:44 19 May 2020
by GreenThing
I would love Vettel to win the championship, a big middle finger to them like Damond Hill did to Williams.

Re: F1 2020

Posted: 10:11 19 May 2020
by MickyD
Except that Vettel would use that infuriating, slightly crooked index finger...

Re: F1 2020

Posted: 10:29 19 May 2020
by GreenThing
Yeah, that finger thing is infuriating, but I can forgive that if he makes Ferrari look daft. They have this belief that they have the right to win because of their name so watching their downfall is a bit like seeing Wycombe loose to a 7th minute injury time goal.

As for Alonso, running back to Renault again when things aren’t going his way. The Triple Crown has realistically eluded him so mummy Renault will make it all better, like when he burned his bridges at McLaren.

Re: F1 2020

Posted: 11:02 19 May 2020
by MickyD
Ooh, miaow!

Re: F1 2020

Posted: 12:00 19 May 2020
by GreenThing
I bet you already know my thoughts about Alonso when he was at Ferrari. :-)

Re: F1 2020

Posted: 13:43 19 May 2020
by MickyD
Oh, he's a prima donna, for sure. Great racer, though!

Re: F1 2020

Posted: 12:24 29 May 2020
by MickyD

Re: F1 2020

Posted: 12:25 31 May 2020
by GreenThing
MickyD wrote: Oh dear - I hope it works out.

Williams up for sale after £13m loss last year


Oh dear indeed. Even worse, tweets today about Rich Energy getting involved at Williams. After their refusal to pay the sponsorship fees to Haas because of their lack of podiums, any deal is likely to end in disaster.

Re: F1 2020

Posted: 17:49 31 May 2020
by MickyD
I read today that Claire Williams is confident that the team name will remain because any prospective buyer will be sure to recognise the value of the brand. I wonder if she's living in yesterday's world?

Re: F1 2020

Posted: 21:44 01 Jul 2020
by GreenThing
Time to bump this one back up the forum.

With the extended break, the update packages will be a few steps further down the line than that expected at Australia, so who knows what will happen. Ferrari are reported to have changed their vision of where to go with the car and without having any race data to go on, will they pull the rabbit out of the hat? Being Ferrari, I doubt it. Verstappen seems quite confident about his red bull.

With a possibility of a shortened season, hopefully a few drivers will throw caution to the wind as a win will mean more that usual points wise. Vettel’s last chance at a championship, Max fancies his first, Hamilton could break records and Charlie Clarke is secretly a ruthless bugger. Can’t wait!

Re: F1 2020

Posted: 13:28 05 Jul 2020
by Alan Turing
Karma for Red Bull.

After grassing up LH to teacher, engine failure for Verstappen.

Love it!