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Old 04-02-2015, 11:17 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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All drivers are sensitive to the car they are driving. Some more than others.

Vettle and Kimi rely in front-end grip to carry as much speed possible through corners. If the front doesn't bite they don't like it. There's not a whole lot to do about it, they will struggle if that's the case.

Vettel in particular also mastered diffusers, cold blowing, and engine mapping to keep the car grounded through corners while extracting the most speed, features that were completely removed in the new regulations. He had completely molded his driving style to exploit those features, and when he found himself without them and in a car with much more torque, he just seemed kinda lotst. I guess the 2015 Ferrari is giving him the right feel.

Other drivers like Alonso seem to adapt to whatever the team throws at them, tame it, make it work somehow. That's titanic.
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Old 04-02-2015, 11:21 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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BTW, for all the crap people gave Red Bull over their promotions, all seem to be working out very well. Kvyat has been very reasonable vs Ricciardo, Verstappen has make all those OMG-17-it's-dangerous critics shut up, and Sainz has kept up with him and his hype.

Red Bull and McLaren are about the only team sponsoring junior drivers on merit alone, rather than nationality, sponsors or marketing potential. Good for them.
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Old 04-03-2015, 09:15 PM
 
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well of course its about the cars that is now its was created. the cars get paid not the drivers at seasons end.Its based on advancement of car technology which is why its change engine this years. Companies pat a lot out and want return for their investment. The manufacturers championship is the key to advancing in payoff of money.
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Old 04-19-2015, 11:27 AM
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Location: The beautiful Rogue Valley, Oregon
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Well that race was sort of fun. Have to say that I am less a fan of Maldonado with every year he is in F1, though.
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Old 04-19-2015, 12:28 PM
 
Location: Meggett, SC
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Well that race was sort of fun. Have to say that I am less a fan of Maldonado with every year he is in F1, though.
I found myself absurdly happy when Kimi overtook Rosberg. He's not my favorite driver but in that moment, I was just so happy to not see another one two win for the Mercedes team and I really get annoyed by Rosberg as well. Of course, I'm a McLaren fan so I have to find something to cheer for this year.
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Old 04-19-2015, 01:26 PM
 
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Watched the Bahrain race today, what caught my eye was the lack of spectators, The only place i saw people were around the start finish grandstands and they looked like there were many empty seats...
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Old 04-19-2015, 04:55 PM
 
Location: 59N
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Watched the Bahrain race today, what caught my eye was the lack of spectators, The only place i saw people were around the start finish grandstands and they looked like there were many empty seats...
I believe it is just the same in China and South Korea.
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Old 04-22-2015, 12:25 AM
 
Location: Singapore
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BTW, for all the crap people gave Red Bull over their promotions, all seem to be working out very well. Kvyat has been very reasonable vs Ricciardo, Verstappen has make all those OMG-17-it's-dangerous critics shut up, and Sainz has kept up with him and his hype.

Red Bull and McLaren are about the only team sponsoring junior drivers on merit alone, rather than nationality, sponsors or marketing potential. Good for them.
Kudos to them; I have nothing against pay drivers if they are truly talented but way too many potential greats are stuck at GP2 without getting a F1 drive.

Now we just need more real competition, instead of just knowing that Mercedes is nearly on its way to winning the season.
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Old 04-22-2015, 06:35 AM
 
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For a real driver a car is more than just a vehicle, many of them rely on technicalities, some rely on aerodynamics, most of them rely on their own skills. They pull off every hurdle to win the race and these F1 cars are the best mates of high speed racers.
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Old 04-22-2015, 01:00 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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Kudos to them; I have nothing against pay drivers if they are truly talented but way too many potential greats are stuck at GP2 without getting a F1 drive.
I don't agree with this. I don't think any super talents get stuck in GP2. Since 2010 -and with the exception of Grosjean in 2011- all GP2 champions have been journeymen who just happened to stay long enough (Maldonado, Valsecchi, Leimer, Palmer). GP2 is so expensive that we end up with veteran drivers with loads of budget and a couple of rookies. Up until last year, the most talented drivers ended up in WSbR 3.5 for budget reasons (Vergne, Ricciardo, Magnussen, Frinjs, Vandoorne for his rookie year, Sainz, Da Costa...)

This is really the first year in a while when the GP2 field has me excited: Vandoorne, Lynn, Gasley and Maricello all fighting it out. I suspect the reason is the new superlicense rules, that award a lot more points for winning GP2 than for winning 3.5. Red Bull and Mclaren used to run their prospects in 3.5 for cost reasons, now they are being forced into GP2 to be able to get their prospects a superlicense in a reasonable amount of time.
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