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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.
  16. Ferrari have worked hard to make the F60 easy to drive for Raikkonen and Massa. They've played around with the aero and made the car lighter to try and negate the weight balance disadvantage of KERS. But having the system on their car is clearly working for them as both drivers were making use of it in qualifying and the race at Monaco. Although the Brawn is still clearly the car to beat in terms of balance and mechanical grip, it isn't entirely down to not having KERS on their car. That car was under development (Honda's motor racing department should seriously kick themselves) for over a year and was designed to use KERS too. But it was to use a much lighter and less cumbersome system than the battery systems that the majority of the grid is using. When Honda pulled out and took their engines with them Brawn didn't use KERS because fitting it to the Mercedes engine would mean using the REALLY heavy battery system that McLaren is using. The same kind of system that caused a fire at Red Bull's factory. To get to the point; I believe KERS should not be outlawed as the outspoken Flavio Briatore believes it should be. KERS can be to F1 and circuit racing in general what four-wheel-drive is to rallying; indispensable. F1 being the way it is now, however, most teams spend a fortune fine tuning an inefficient system rather than going with a straightforward solution. I am guessing this is the reason why Williams kept saying how they're really eager to put their electric flywheel KERS system into use as soon as possible. The system doesn't use cumbersome batteries or a bulky super capacitor (like BMW Sauber). With the maximum output of KERS being doubled from 80bhp to 160bhp next year, the teams that stuck with its development and ran it in their car the most will reap big rewards. I'm sticking my neck out on this. Now if only the powers that be in F1 stop turning the sport into a bloody circus. If they took the trouble of watching the races the way regular fans do they'd know F1 doesn't need any added drama!
  17. There's also the fact that a domestic saloon racing series can draw a lot of attention. from potential advertisers as well as spectators. provided, of course that the racing is held at more than one track at more than one venue. it seems a real shame that racing is confined to the south as of now. with the various automotive clusters around the country it isn't hard to imagine a bonafide indian touring car championship one day. and if you let some well heeled tuners get their hands on some shell racers, who knows, these saloons could well turn into something REALLY nasty! like that 330bhp indica race car for example. series like DTM and the Australian V8 Supercar series (Bathurst 500 is an awesome event) are good examples of what can come out of having good entry level saloon racing series. i would mention NASCAR in this list too but i can't stand the format that the yanks have set for the series. all those yellow flags to artificially bunch up the field and have countless commercials in the ad breaks...a bit too greedy for my liking.
  18. Both Ashwin Sundar and Aditya Patel will be trying their hand at saloon racing from next week. The two will be racing in the ADAC Volkswagen Polo Cup. Not entirely sure whether this means calling it quits on a career in single seaters or not. let's see how it goes. sundar proved to be pretty damn fast in his first ever outing last year. patel is a pretty polished driver. so it should be fun to see the two go at it.
  19. Just to keep everyone up to speed on the major international events this weekend.
  20. Button must have had a lot of chances to jump ship when Honda were on the brink. It's good to see his loyalty and faith in the team ultimately delivering being rewarded now. Not sure when exactly the likes of Ferrari and McLaren can catch up to Brawn GP this year. I'm guessing Red Bull ultimately outperforming Brawn is more of a possibility. cavallino2009-04-27 08:12:17
  21. KERS seemed to hurt the drivers running it over a single lap but it proved pretty effective in race conditions didn't it? Massa used it to fairly good effect to stay away from Rosberg and Kubica for a while even though his car was ultimately slower around an entire lap. It will be interesting to see which teams decide to use the opportunity to have a system that allows them to be slightly creative with their strategy in qualifying and jump ahead of faster running teams in the race. let's see how they use the system in Malaysia where an 80 bhp boost down a long straight could play into the hands of teams running KERS. From purely an entertainment point of view I must say it was a good decision on the part of the FIA to not make running KERS mandatory for this year. Only seven of the 20 drivers used in Melbourne: Both Ferraris, both McLarens, both Renaults and Nick Heidfeld. I'm sticking my neck out to say more teams will take the leap for Malaysia. cavallino2009-03-29 16:33:12
  22. Somebody please tell me how u would say "dhutt teri!!!" in Japanese. Can you imagine what must be going on in the heads of the board members at Honda when they saw a car that they poured hundreds of millions of dollars in designing locks out the front row with a Mercedes engine! This has to go down as one of Formula 1's 'what if?' moments. Honda had even planned to use KERS in a different manner than anyone else. They were going to have a completely mechanical system mated to the flywheel that would not have cost them the 30 kg of moveable ballast that teams like ferrari, renault, mclaren and bmw lose by running the electrical system that uses a battery pack to store the recovered energy. From what I understand even Williams' system is not entirely mechanical but electro-mechanical. I would appreciate if someone could clear this up for me.
  23. Not necessarily too late. Thankfully age isn't as crucial a factor in WRC as compared to F1. Marcus Gronholm and Tommi Makkinen both won their first world championships at the age of 32. Didier Auriol was 36 when he won his first and only championship. If he keeps it all together I'm guessing Gill's got about seven or eight years to make a serious mark in the WRC. And remember, WRC is going to go all Super 2000 in 2011. So the playing field is going to be levelled big time.
  24. Really hard luck for Gaurav Gill at Rally Cyprus. He was on course to score a seventh place in the PWRC category but was classified as retired when his Impreza failed to start up after the final special stage. He couldn't complete the transport stage in the allotted time and had to retire. A real shame. He would have become the first Indian driver to have scored points in the PWRC. That too in only his second ever start. It seems like just yesterday that he was driving Balenos in the INRC. And now he's driving on the same stages as the likes of Loeb, Solberg and Latvalaa. He's 27 years old, so hopefully he'll graduate to WRC before he hits 30.
  25. To cyrus, The 12-9-7-5-4-3-2-1 was what was proposed to replace the 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 system. I think it would have been much better as there is a bigger gap between first and second place as well as third and fourth place.