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Old 05-23-2015, 12:36 PM
 
Location: By the sea, by the sea, by the beautiful sea
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F1 is supposed to be the pinnacle of open wheel racing.

Today's F1 cars with the power units and multiple regulations that restrict performance aren't much faster than GP2 cars.

At most tracks, the top GP2 qualifiers are faster than many of the slower F1 cars.

At the beginning of the races, when the F1 cars are laden with fuel, they aren't any faster than GP2 cars.
Nobody dares race because they will ruin their tires.

The races have become snooze fests.

The spectators don't like this. They are staying away. TV audience is way down.

Something has to be done.

Today's refueling rigs are safe. Sports cars, Indycars, Nascar, etc. etc. seem to have refueling without major problems, why shouldn't F1?
I'd like to see KERS go away, I think it's silly trying to make a series that has energy consuming wind tunnels running 24/7 as well as flying the whole circus to widely scattered places around the world appear 'green'.

After that eliminate number of cylinders and redline by regulation and let's see what the engineers cook up.

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Old 05-24-2015, 08:18 AM
 
Location: Meggett, SC
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Holy cow. That was unexpected and I actually feel bad for Hamilton (a rare occurrence to be sure). However, I am thrilled as a McLaren fan to see them actually get some flipping points this race.
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Old 05-24-2015, 10:00 AM
 
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Holy cow. That was unexpected and I actually feel bad for Hamilton (a rare occurrence to be sure). However, I am thrilled as a McLaren fan to see them actually get some flipping points this race.
McLaren's made great progress since February, I believe by next year they'll be a force to be reckoned with, I doubt either McLaren or HONDA will rest 'til they're on the podium.
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Old 05-24-2015, 10:26 AM
 
Location: Meggett, SC
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McLaren's made great progress since February, I believe by next year they'll be a force to be reckoned with, I doubt either McLaren or HONDA will rest 'til they're on the podium.
Oh, to be sure. However, I think Alonso is getting frustrated. Should be interesting to watch. I really, really want them to get the Honda engine to a reliable state because if it does and they can finally turn up the power, it should be a very strong contender.
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Old 05-24-2015, 02:10 PM
 
Location: 59°N
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I enjoy Monaco. It's interesting. It's the only 'track' I've been to! haha Being there on race weekend is really interesting. Very cool.
The races on TV are quite boring but being there as a spectator is great. I went to the practice session five years ago and it was so much better than actual races in Barcelona and Spa. Being so close to the circuit plus the awesome sound in a city landscape made all the difference.
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Old 05-24-2015, 06:11 PM
 
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such an epic blunder by Mercedes today..I guess F1 got what they wanted. More competition for year end title.
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Old 05-25-2015, 07:31 AM
 
Location: By the sea, by the sea, by the beautiful sea
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such an epic blunder by Mercedes today..I guess F1 got what they wanted. More competition for year end title.
What I don't understand, wasn't the actual AMG safety car deployed after the trackside signboards indicated it would be a 'virtual' safety car period? I have to wonder if that had any influence on MB's poor decision?
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Old 05-25-2015, 08:02 AM
 
Location: Meggett, SC
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What I don't understand, wasn't the actual AMG safety car deployed after the trackside signboards indicated it would be a 'virtual' safety car period? I have to wonder if that had any influence on MB's poor decision?
The whole thing was odd. But yes, the VSC was posted first and then the safety car came out after Hamilton went into the pits - I believe that timing is correct.

I do wonder about one thing though. His team held Hamilton in the pit and his stop was 4.1 - much longer than necessary. I couldn't tell - was it traffic or something which caused that?? Seems odd they would hold him there especially since they weren't actively working on the car for a full second.
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Old 05-25-2015, 08:45 AM
 
Location: Baker City, Oregon
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Love the cute matching outfits on the male model grid boys. Where can I buy those jeans and beach shoes??: Wo sind die Girls? Grid-Boys überraschen am GP Monaco | Blick
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Old 05-25-2015, 11:02 AM
 
Location: Island of Misfit Toys
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The races on TV are quite boring but being there as a spectator is great. I went to the practice session five years ago and it was so much better than actual races in Barcelona and Spa. Being so close to the circuit plus the awesome sound in a city landscape made all the difference.
Absolutely. It's more like going to a sports car race and getting up close to everything. The setting is pretty amazing in person.

The race was pretty wild. Hamilton did not look pleased - rightfully so. The stop did seem unnecessarily slow. No idea why it was. The crash was pretty scary stuff.
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