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Postby MR25 » Tue Sep 08, 2020 10:51 am

Alfa Romeo (Raikkonen) is in the McLaren/Racing Point tier of cars/teams, maybe lower.

I'd say the list goes

Mercedes



Ferrari
Red Bull


McLaren
Racing Point
Renault
Alfa Romeo






Alpha Tauri
Haas
Williams


Though Ferrari this year isn't doing all that great.

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Postby dodint » Tue Sep 08, 2020 10:54 am

Yeah. I'd swap Racing Point and Ferrari, there.

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Postby MR25 » Tue Sep 08, 2020 10:57 am

I'll admit I was taking historical performance and general $$$ into account as well.

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Postby dodint » Tue Sep 08, 2020 10:57 am

Yeah, for sure. They're just in a very poor position for 2020/2021 after getting caught with the fuel injector...cheat...last year.

I promoted Racing Point on account of them running last years Mercedes car.

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Postby tifosi77 » Tue Sep 08, 2020 1:16 pm

So apparently Lewis has rejoined the field after his bad stop and they were nearly around after a full lap behind the safety car when they got a note on the pitwall from someone at Brackley saying, in effect, "Uh, guys...... you know the pitlane was closed, right? I'm guessing Lewis has a problem we're not seeing on our telemetry.....cos...... otherwise, that's a dumb."

The race team never cycled through the FIA messages on their computers.

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Postby dodint » Tue Sep 08, 2020 1:31 pm

Fun video:



Particularly Sainz pouting about Hamilton pitting. :lol:

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Postby Orlando Penguin » Wed Sep 09, 2020 1:38 pm

Jimmie Johnson to IndyCar for Chip Ganassi's team doing road and street course races...
Jimmie Johnson will transition from NASCAR to IndyCar with Chip Ganassi Racing in a partnership that could pair two of the most dominant drivers of this generation on one team.
The seven-time NASCAR champion will work with the Ganassi organization to finalize sponsorship on a two-year program for Johnson to run the road and street course races on IndyCar's schedule. If funding is secured, Johnson would be teammates with five-time IndyCar champion Scott Dixon.
The partnership announced Wednesday would also leave room for Johnson to compete in select NASCAR events because Ganassi fields only two cars in the Cup Series. Johnson has spent his entire 20-year Cup career driving for Hendrick Motorsports, which is currently at the four-car maximum and would not have room for Johnson after he retires from full-time NASCAR competition in November.
Johnson, who turns 45 next week, tested an Indy car at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with Ganassi in July.
"Ganassi was highly motivated to give me a chance to drive a car to see what I thought and the experience was all that I hoped for and more," Johnson told The Associated Press. "I left a good impression with them where there's definitely interest on their side and now it's time to formalize things and get the ball rolling."
Landing sponsorship is critical to the deal and Johnson said his personal team has had productive conversations with potential partners as his interest in IndyCar has increased. He's had only two primary sponsors -- Lowe's from 2001 through 2018 and Ally the last two seasons -- and prefers consistent branding.
Now Johnson will attempt to fill his 2021 schedule with approximately 15 events. IndyCar's original 2020 schedule consisted of 12 road and street course events before the pandemic forced cancellations.
"We have some options that are interested in taking those primary rights for all 12 races, but there could be a scenario where you break it off into three-to-four race blocs for sponsors in areas that are most important for them," Johnson said. "But our goal is definitely to sell the primary spot to one and have that consistent look that I've had throughout my career. I personally would love to continue that."
SEVEN-TIME AND THE ICEMAN
Johnson and Dixon are the winningest drivers of their generations in their respective formulas. Johnson's 83 wins are tied for sixth all-time in NASCAR and the seven titles are a record he shares with Hall of Famers Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt.
Dixon last month earned his 50th career victory, third all-time behind A.J. Foyt (67) and Mario Andretti (52). His five titles trail only Foyt's seven, and he's got a 96-point lead in the current championship chase. Dixon is the most tenured driver in Ganassi's 30-year history at 19 years.
Johnson has developed an off-track friendship with both Dixon and former Ganassi driver Dario Franchitti, who is now a driver coach for the organization. Both were instrumental in piquing Johnson's interest in IndyCar and Dixon assisted Johnson at the July test.
"The pairing is such a cool opportunity," Johnson said.

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Postby dodint » Thu Sep 10, 2020 9:21 am

Image

Inject this right into my veins.

I have been holding my nose rooting for Vettel-Ferrari for too long now. I'll be free to go back to hating those d-bags.

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Postby tifosi77 » Thu Sep 10, 2020 9:53 am

Sky Sports described the signing as "prolonging" Vettel's career. Which is pretty much how I feel about it.

Also, I am super stoked to see F1 cars pedaling around Mugello.

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Postby dodint » Thu Sep 10, 2020 9:56 am

I've heard him described as 'New Kimi' despite old Kimi still being here. :lol:

I think AMR will be competitive next year on account of the freeze, and then they'll disappear under the new regulations and that will be it for Seb. But he's getting, I believe, $15m a year to race an F1 car so there are worse things in life.

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Postby tifosi77 » Fri Sep 11, 2020 4:41 pm

Mugello appears to be satisfyingly bonkers.

"What a track! This is Epic! Whooahahaha! This is insane; this is flat as well!? WHOOA! What?! My goodness, this is nuts!" -- Nico Rosberg's F1Fridays track analysis

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Postby dodint » Fri Sep 11, 2020 5:00 pm

"Ferrari is 1.5 seconds off pace on a track that they own."

Oof.

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Postby tifosi77 » Fri Sep 11, 2020 5:31 pm

They're set for a solid driver lineup for the foreseeable future. Sadly, that foreseeable future also includes a lot of lines like that.

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Postby Shyster » Fri Sep 11, 2020 10:11 pm

The special paint job is kind of neat. Doesn't make the cars any faster, though.

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Postby tifosi77 » Sun Sep 13, 2020 8:07 pm

I'd rather they stuck with that crimson color going forward. If they are going the speed of a 1950s F1 car they may as well look as much like one as they can.

Also, Bottas can choke on a bag of d**ks.

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Postby dodint » Sun Sep 13, 2020 8:37 pm

Yup on Bottas.

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Postby dodint » Sun Sep 13, 2020 9:00 pm

A lot to unpack on the Tuscan GP. But just want to take this opportunity to welcome Gasly back to earth, with his Q3 qualifying and DNF. Last place, IIRC. :lol:

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Postby tifosi77 » Sun Sep 13, 2020 9:49 pm

That said, I hope Mugello becomes a permanent fixture. Awesome spectacle.

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Postby tifosi77 » Mon Sep 14, 2020 3:52 pm

Honestly, I'm really surprised at how much slack Bottas has been given. Sure, the SC lights were late to go out, but that doesn't excuse the erratic driving on the straight between the SC1 line and the timing line. Once you get 4 or 5 cars back the drivers have no visibility as to what's happening at the front, and the hard accelerating and braking just compounds the possibility of chaos at the back.

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Postby dodint » Mon Sep 14, 2020 7:06 pm

He didn't brake, or decelerate at all, even while swerving. Bottas did nothing wrong.

Russell is the droid you're looking for; to put it in a way you could relate.

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Postby tifosi77 » Tue Sep 15, 2020 2:02 pm

I shall have to re-watch, because my initial memory was that Bottas did a couple squirt-brakes and was 'warming his tires' after crossing the SC1 line, which I thought was a no-no.

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Postby dodint » Tue Sep 15, 2020 2:06 pm

I watched a video where someone isolated the audio and showed that his motor didn't change pitch at all until his final acceleration. Which I think is pretty skillful given the weaving.

Russell tried to do the Days of Thunder slingshot the field but guessed wrong and had to brake, which caused someone to check up, the car behind that car dove out of the way, and then Gio went right up into the ass of Timo. (Not Timo).

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Postby CBear3 » Tue Sep 15, 2020 4:46 pm

Did she get a new job yet? Eight spots left before the waitlist kicks in.

Which is pretty awesome, really. Last year we peaked at 191 registrations. This year they're going to reach the 250 cap.

(Seriously, though. Hope she's doing well.)
Back to 18 spots available, and the only car I have that runs right now is an Expedition...

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Postby dodint » Tue Sep 15, 2020 5:08 pm

Wow, really? It was 245/500 yesterday.

If you are serious I might be able to hook you up with a co-drive in a FiST, FoSt, or GTI.

I am not putting the M6 out there for co-drives on its maiden event, though.

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Postby CBear3 » Tue Sep 15, 2020 5:22 pm

Lol, I wouldn't have accepted. I've already sent a tree up the ass end of an M3 before, I don't think I need to step up.

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