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  1. Not sure if this will lead to a career at the higher levels of touring car racing but still. Commendable nonetheless. What's even more impressive is that he won the race from pole and then when the grid was reversed for race two, he finished fourth after starting from eighth. Puts him in second place in the championship race, just 8 points behind the leader. With three more race weekends to go. cavallino2010-08-09 19:10:57
  2. I'm with the sports ministry on this. As far as sports goes there are far more affordable and essential spheres in which the ministry can lend a hand than F1.
  3. I expect to see Hamilton wiping the floor with Button now that the two are in equal machinery.
  4. Despite being a big fan I'm glad that Luca Badoer will get to race. And as for all the talk of Raikkonen being turfed out to make way for Alonso? I doubt it. Renault would not want to lose such a valuable asset and Kimi is very likely just getting himself prepped for next season. Ferrari's most competitive performances this year have been with Kimi behind the wheel.
  5. I forget the name of the Austrian driver who was quoted in Autosport as saying that manufacturer's should essentially be just engine suppliers rather than propreiters of teams. I think that makes the most sense as it allows them to better focus on making engines with a good balance between power and fuel efficiency as well as alternate fuels or technology like KERS. Sure beats having to do it all yourself. That way you can also have more teams in F1 with better options in terms of choices of powerplants rather than stick to Cosworth.
  6. Fair enough I guess about AC, fog lamp and heated seats I guess but explain the point of a sunroof in a country like India or things like sun glass holders (always standard and can't be adjusted to the size of the sun glass) or electrically adjustable seats (cars have seats that can be manually adjusted forward and back, down and up; is it really essential to have that electric motor?). Its beyond silly for car manufacturers to have features like these in car and yet cut corners on pricing by not including things like adjustable head restraints which can go a long way in preventing whiplash in a really heavy accident.
  7. Well I guess I am more naive than i thought! FOTA (Formula One Teams' Assoctiation) has suspended Williams F1 as a member because it signed up for next year's world championship
  8. It's got a lot to do with image and the drivers that enter the series. The GP2 champions of the first three years of the series (2005, '06 and '07) have all made good impressions in F1 and had built a good rep in junior series and championships too (Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton and Timo Glock). The fact that the series didn't feature a star driver from junior racing series hurt its credibility big time. No wonder Pantano ended up winning the title in 2008. He had been in that series for six seasons. Three years when it was GP2, three when it was F3000. Lucas DiGrassi was walloped by Hamitlon and Sutil in F3 Euroseries, Bruno Senna skipped F3 Euroseries and went from British F3 to GP2. Grosjean was the standout of the season as it was his first in GP2 and he finished fourth just 14 points behind Pantano but made a lot of mistakes. Di Grassi and Senna had had cracks at it before. Chandhok of course had a not so stellar record in British F3 and finished too far down in 2007 and 2008 to be seriously considered for an F1 drive. I guess that was the whole idea of the GP2 series. To be an effective screening process/finishing school so that drivers would not make ***** of themselves in F1. In that sense the biggest argument against GP2 is Nelson Piquet Jr.!
  10. Gaurav Gill, who became the first Indian driver to score points in the Production car World Rally Championship (PWRC) will be sitting out the rest of the season. It seems that he has some issues with the team he drives for in the PWRC; TSI Racing over his existing contract with MRF Tyres. Rotten luck because I think with a bit of luck he could have even scored a podium by the end of the year. His replacement in Sardinia (PWRC is a support event for the WRC) could only manage 10th where I'm sure Gill would have at least gotten into the points. This guy needs a break, and fast if he is to realize even the slightest bit of his enormous potential.
  11. Amidst all of the hullabaloo about teams quitting and not signing up for next year's championship, Williams F1 has gone ahead and submitted its entry. I guess this is the best possible indication about how this whole row will end. All the teams will stay put in F1. Even Ferrari, given the fact that Luca Di Montezemolo is the head of the Formula One Teams' Association (FOTA). A cynical way to look at this would be that Ferrari is being selfish. And through its involvement want the rules to stay as they are so that they can catch up, get to grip with the new rules and then attack But I agree to the teams' objection to the two-tier system. That was the main sticking point; the fact that Mosley basically tried to bully the teams into accepting his version of F1. Mosley is the guy who pushed for grooved tyres, which caused the the teams to invest so heavily in aerodynamics and make it impossible for a car to follow another through a corner and reduce the chances of overtaking. Well intentioned though he may be he has seemed a little bit out of his depth when it comes to rule-making in F1.
  12. I think if Ferrari had more than six points between the two drivers going into Monaco then they would have risked a strategy call like the Brawns and Vettel (remember Vettel too was on softs and jumped Massa at the start). The thing that worked against Ferrari the most was their team organization. They messed up Kimi's stop which lead to him losing second place to Barrichello. After that happened it looked like they settled for an 11 point haul rather than risk a move on such a tight track.
  13. Honda's unique layout of their KERS device was actually a departure from the way Flybrid had intended their system to be packaged. But in terms of simplicity it definitely beats the battery operated layout.
  14. The Williams hybrid power system is being used on London buses. Makes sense to use it on such heavy vehicles that have so much inertia.
  15. Williams is using an electric flywheel.It isn't a purely mechanical based system like the one developed by Flybrid that was to be used by Honda. They have done this because they believes it offers the best compromise between a purely electrical system which is difficult to package because of the batteries and a mechanical system that is inefficient due to the energy loss in such a system (sorry I don't know how to insert hyperlink): I never said that the Brawn chassis was under balanced. But it would have become so because had they used KERS with a Mercedes engine they would have had to use the same battery operated system used by McLaren which is difficult to package. The flywheel based system developed by Flybrid to be used by Honda was intended to be fitted in front of the engine behind the fuel cell. Like you said, the Honda engine was lighter than the Merc's and would have worked well the system. Seven kilos already?! That's what Roebrt Kubica lost at the beginning of last year to help the weight balance of his Beemer. But given the performance (and possibly even fuel efficiency benefit) of the KERS system I am not surprised Brawn have started to shed weight to give KERS a run. But I do believe when that time comes, Ferrari and McLaren will pounce on them and fingers crossed, Williams too could join the mix to make it a lively end to the 2009 season.