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Discussion in 'Corner Coffee' started by Stelios, 24th Jun 2012.

  1. WillG

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    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/formula1/31713292
    McLaren and Alonso's season already off to a woeful start... which is sad to see. I used to dislike Alonso, but after the last few years, he deserves a break and is quite likely the best driver on the grid.

    Whilst this year, I will mainly be supporting AnyonebutMercedes, I do have very real concerns that Force India will be bringing up the rear this year. Hopefully I'm proven wrong, but it doesn't look to have been a promising off-season test for them.
     
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    Alonso's one of the best on the grid at the moment - if not THE best. It's just a shame he's been stuck with uncompetitive cars for the past few years.
     
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    It's an awful situation for his family. :(

    In other news, the GPDA have released a fan survey, asking for views on the sport and how it should develop. It's quite lengthy - it took me about 40 minutes to complete - but it's been thought out very well. Only slight issue is that I can't seem to get any recognition that my responses have been sent - every time I click 'Submit', it takes me back to that exact same page (on page X, click 'Submit' expecting to go to page Y or get a little pop-up saying that my responses have been submitted, end up on page X again).
     
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    A dull race in Canada, never thought I'd say that. F1 is in a mess. :pensive:
     
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    I ended up watching it until the end. I wish I hadn't bothered - it was unbelievably boring. Did love seeing the groundhog on the track at one point, though. :p
     
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    Canada is usually my favourite race of the year yet it was a big disappointment. Then again it was very exciting in comparison to the England game earlier! :p
     
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    I think its hard to moan about the race, what made it unexciting. If anything, there not been a safety car probably meant a lot of teams were running close on fuel, and a lot of teams were probably fuel saving most of the race :(

    The gap at the front was rarely bigger than 3 seconds. A mistake from Lewis and he would have lost the race. It would be nice if Vettel had been able to give the Mercedes a run for their money. Lewis and Mercedes were the fastest package, and dominated the race.

    Vettel and Massa had plenty of good battles through the field making their way up the field which I enjoyed, and seeing Alonso give Vettel a super hard time getting past was lots of fun.

    Grosjean was up to his old tricks again, and Kimi tried to keep us all entertained by attempting some doughnuts, admittedly a bit to early in the day.

    I am not saying its the best race ever, but it was okay.

    I have to admit, I would love to see F1 just go back to been about the fastest cars, and not worrying about the environmental impact, after all, that it was the Formula E is supposed to be all about :)

    Ian
     
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    Jules Bianchi. I'm not surprised that he's died from his injuries, but that doesn't make it any less upsetting. :(
     
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    I read the news about Bianchi earlier, it's terrible. :(
     
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    I was gutted when I found out. To put it into some perspective, up until Jules died, it had been at least 20 years since a driver died as a result of injuries sustained in a Formula 1 race weekend. Yes, it does show how far safety has come since then (although there have been a few close calls, such as Massa in Hungary in 2009 - I did think he was going to die), but it goes to show that Formula 1 can never be truly safe.
     
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    So sad. A reminder that Motorsport remains incredibly dangerous, but I am certain he would have been happy to have died as a result of fulfilling his dream of being a racing driver.
     
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    How bad is formula 1 they can't race anymore
     
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    You were saying? ;)

    Now that was a superb race from start to finish - possibly the best of the season so far. Big congratulations to Seb for winning, and also to Kvyat for getting his first podium. Nevertheless, there was a lot of emotion attached to the race due to the passing of Jules Bianchi last week. The tribute the BBC did yesterday at the start of their qualifying coverage was spot-on. I couldn't fault it at all. The moment of silence on the grid before the national anthem was done so well, with the drivers standing in a circle and placing their helmets in the middle, with Bianchi's taking the central spot among them all. I'm going to be honest - I did have tears forming in my eyes for a moment while that was going on. And then Seb dedicating the win to Bianchi at the end was a lovely touch to what was probably the most emotional grand prix weekend for many years (possibly since Monaco 1994 - the first race after the deaths of Ratzenberger and Senna).

    Can we have more of the same next time out, please?
     
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    Slowly hides away from the internet might start saying it about everything "towers coasters have become boring sw8 will be poor"
     
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    It's just been confirmed that Romain Grosjean will be racing for Haas F1 Team next year as one of their drivers. The second is not yet known. I've got to say I was really impressed with how professional and slick Haas' press conference was, and that they were honest about why they stated they applied in 2014, but waited until 2016 to start in F1 - their reason being they wanted to make sure they had enough time to design and build their cars so that they could be properly tested before the season begins. Which I think is a perfectly reasonable thing to say, and I can fully understand why they've waited for an extra year. What with Haas' good reputation in NASCAR in the States, they will want to ensure that their F1 team is good right from the off, so to wait for an extra year before entering makes a lot of sense.
     
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    with f1 now its better race when Mercedes don't qualify 1 and 2.
     
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    So we're back in Australia. :D

    I think we have a new record, too - the elimination-style qualifying has been ditched after just ONE grand prix weekend. It was terrible. The last few minutes of the sessions, especially the final one, saw no action at all. I wasn't a fan of it at all. I actually had to leave for work with a few minutes of the final session left, and you know what? I'm glad I did. David Coulthard and Ben Edwards made it pretty clear on the commentary on Channel 4 that they didn't like it, and DC has even said on Twitter: "Panic over, back to what wasn't broken for Bahrain qualifying." So unpopular that they've gone back to what was a popular format, and of all the years I've watched F1, my personal favourite. There are more important things that need to be changed in Formula 1. The elimination-style qualifying format was NOT one of those things that would have solved anything - if anything, I think it probably made things a whole lot worse, judging by the feedback it received on social media!
     
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    I hated the idea as soon as I heard it because I was very happy with the format that we had. But I was unprepared for just how badly it would work in practice. Cars were being counted down before they could even complete a lap and if the cars at the back of the train were faster, the timer would cascade down the order giving drivers no chance to improve. Not that they could anyway because consecutive fast laps are not possible on the current tyres. It's a system that was clearly devised by someone who has no idea how long it takes to set a flying lap. I'm very relieved they're reverting back to the old system for Bahrain.
     
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    Jump forward 18 months

    So this season has been really exciting, Shame that Vettel and Ferarri have handed Mercedes and Lewis the title. That being said, Lewis could have 3 DNF and Vettel could go on and win it, anything is possible in F1.

    Felt a little sorry for Max in the last race, yes, he had all 4 wheels of the track, but other cars had been taking 4 wheels off the track all weekend. Sure, none of them gained as big an advantage as Max did, but they still gained an advantage otherwise they would not of done it.

    Hopefully Red Bull can make it a 6 way battle for the race win in Mexico, which is only a week away. I love the back to back races.
     
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