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15 Apr 2018 11:42:48
{Ed's Note - Ed001 has posted a new sports article, Formula 1: China Talking Points

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09 Apr 2018 22:26:10
I know this will never happen but for me Bahrain proved that re-fuelling needs to return to the sport.
Firstly I understand it’s about safety but Ferrari proved accidents can happen, so as long as re-fuelling was done to minimise risk to both drivers and mechanics this shouldn’t be an issue.

It adds an element of drama to pit stops as it is something teams can get wrong and cost drivers seconds.
But my most important reason and why Bahrain showed re-fuelling should make a return is because of the strategy. Just like in boxing where styles make fights it’s the same for statergies.

That race was only exciting because Vettel and bottas had different plans, if Ferrari had always planned a one stop and put him on the mediums it would of been a boring procession as usual.
But as there was an element of tyre degradation there was an element of what if and the race victory wasn’t decided until the last lap.
Currently cars struggle to overtake so adding re-fuelling adds a different element and more strategy to the sport.
Like I said I know it won’t happen but yesterday’s race was the best in a long time and that was largely down to differing statergies.

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08 Apr 2018 18:43:40
{Ed's Note - Ed001 has posted a new sports article, Formula 1: Bahrain Talking Points

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09 Apr 2018 14:56:28
Nice roundup Ed001, great to have a good race to calm everyone down after the predictably drab Australian GP. Such a shame that RB had a 'mare as there could have been even more intrigue, paddock gossip was that they had the fastest race car (although this might have forced it into a more typical 2 stop race, and they could have just walked away with it. ).

Regarding your point about McLaren; Honda and TR, I do also think it was a mistake in the long run. But, it's probably still too early too call. Yes, Gasley did finish fourth, but how much of it was down to his talent? By all accounts Hartley is not a terrible driver and he could only finish 13th (before penalty). Alonso and Vandoorne finished 7th and 8th, indicating this was perhaps their level. I think the McLaren is undoubtedly faster than the Toro Rosso, James Key is pretty good and their chassis last year was one of the best (although a lack of development meant they gradually slid backwards), presumably with a bit of Honda money their chassis should be pretty solid right now too.

Honda are still only targeting reliability at this point, and are not even at the performance level of last year's Renault which was quite a way off Merc and Ferrari. Renault are still trying to push performance forward which is more attractive to McLaren at this point.

{Ed001's Note - I believe Hartley did not have the updated engine which is why his performance was so far adrift.}

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09 Apr 2018 15:02:00
That comment might read a bit pointless, but basically I think that for this year at least Renault will hold an advantage over the Renault still, meaning McLaren can finish as probably the fourth or fifth best team (assuming Haas should only move backwards at this point (low devo) and Renault don't overtake them just yet). Although I do agree, what do McLaren do next year when they're behind Merc, Ferrari, Red Bull and Renault? Red Bull might be showing that the Honda is on a level playing field and they will have lost the £100 million or so that Honda were providing a year?

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25 Mar 2018 08:07:10
{Ed's Note - Ed001 has posted a new sports article, Formula 1: Melbourne Talking Points

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26 Mar 2018 21:12:32
Great view Ed. Hope you keep these up for the season!

My thoughts on your points:

1) I think it’s difficult to really say how close they are given the nature of the Albert Park track but they do look competitive. That being said Lewis' pace when in clear air (and he wasn't trying to manage things) was startling. I think the more telling point was Bottas' struggles. It looks like they still haven't addressed the Mercs achilles heel of fighting through the pack. I mean all of the current generation struggle given the aerodynamics but that car is so susceptible to it. Brilliant to see Haas so competitive though. Such a shame they can't change a tyre.

2) Is it really that bad? Admittedly it’s a fair criticism to say it’s not fit for purpose if you can gain an advantage in the pits when the whole purpose of it is to neutralise the race. They can surely work that out though somehow. The problem was that they couldn't shift the Haas manually and so had to get the heavy machinery in. Given what happened with Bianchi any time that they are deployed it’s an automatic safety car. Quite rightly to.

I suppose the thing is whether it’s any worse than the safety car. I love the fact the safety car brings the pack back together but then I detest when they let the back markers go and we have to wait for them to get clear to be lapped again in a few laps. Swings and roundabouts.

3) Agree absolutely entirely. Isn't it weird how the obsession has become making the cars just faster? Of course for F1 that's important and it should the pinnacle of the sport but if the cars can't race then what's the point?

4) I do agree but that being said having it entirely the other way isn't always great. Take parts of the 90s and early 00s for example. Brilliant for the drivers as they could just go flat out but that would quite often make the races quite dull. If the financial limits made the races more entertaining, then I don't mind it really.

5) I think it was Martin Brundle who said something like the last time he was in the merc there was something like 43 buttons , knobs or modes on the steering wheel. I will always think back to Lewis in Baku two years ago when his race was compromised because he couldn't figure out which sub menu of the sub menu of the main menu he needed to fix a glitch. is that really racing?

6) I suppose they thought that this was the best half way house between open wheel and closed cockpit. I don’t really mind the halo. I can see why they have done it and they must have decided that it offered better protection than the windscreen option. I just think it changes the nature of the sport to go closed cockpit. Formula 1 is and always should be open cockpit. Is it staying open wheel more dangerous than Moto GP for instance? Not in my opinion.

As for the technical aspect I suppose they are making a difference. If you look at the most recent Mclaren, Ferrari, Porsche, the turbo engine / hybrid technology with the energy recovery systems are the way they are definitely going. So it does still filter down even if only at the extreme end of the market.

What did you think of the new F1 graphics for the race by the way? They were a bit, erm, bold.

{Ed001's Note - I am going to try and keep them up throughout the season. Makes a nice break from the football stuff and I always watch the races at some point.

1. It really was a shame about Haas, they looked very competitive.

2. I just hate the VSC as it does nothing other than give people time to go and get a cuppa. The normal safety car at least brings the pack together, though they do need to do something about unlapping. VSC just makes it feel like a really bad computer game, while the safety car is something that has always been part of racing. If they would dump the pathetic blue flags and just allow everyone to race no matter the position they are in, that would solve it.

3. Spot on.

4. It wasn't brilliant for the drivers as they often moan that there were too many aids allowed in that period. Get rid of some more aids, then the speeds will be limited anyway as the drivers will make errors.

5. 43? That is just insane!

6. I just think the halo is silly as it is nothing like a road car would use. They are supposed to be just extreme versions of what we see on the motorway, so why halo?

I have to admit I never really take much notice of the graphics. sorry.}

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Formula 1 2018 Season Preview

19 Mar 2018 10:17:46
{Ed's Note - Ed001 has posted a new article entitled, Formula 1 2018 Season Preview

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19 Feb 2018 21:09:47
Didn't realise their a F1 chat room on here. It's my favourite (motor) sport besides Football. How everyone looking forward to the new season and the halo's?

{Ed001's Note - I am not a fan of halo personally.}

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19 Feb 2018 21:20:30
Going to take a while myself to get used to them on the cars. Have you managed to see the the cars that have been shown so far ie Red Bull, Williams. Any you looking personally forward to?

{Ed001's Note - I am just hoping to see a competitive McLaren this season, though I think they have made a mistake moving away from Honda. Should never listen to Alonso, he always backs the wrong horse.}

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26 Feb 2018 14:46:09
McLaren should be reasonable this year, unless the back wheel falls off again like in testing. . lol

{Ed001's Note - I hope they do well and things like that happening in testing are not always a bad thing. Better to find and fix problems now, rather than it only appearing a few races in when you are then in real trouble trying to get it right.}

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12 Oct 2017 10:41:53

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20 Jul 2017 04:26:37
Halos coming in in 2018. I understand the need for safety but the cars are just ugly these days.

{Ed001's Note - horrible idea. Why even bother with that? F1 used to be about speed and danger, that is what makes the glamour and excitement attached to the sport. If you want to be safe, don't drive fast, it really is that simple.}

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25 Jul 2017 01:50:24
Couldn't have said it better myself. It's meant to be dangerous, that's the appeal.

{Ed001's Note - it is like extreme sports, they are exciting because of the risk attached. They are sanitising it so much it may as well be radio controlled cars running round the track. Though the drivers would have more control over the car then!}

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08 Oct 2017 07:21:24
It's meant to be precise, and technical, and pushing things to the limits. Doesn't mean anything about taking enjoyment out of an event that allows the possible deaths of other human beings.

I'm fine with the Halo if it could potentially save a single life. Now, the engine sound and lack of passing chances are things that can be fixed, and should be. .there's still tons of danger to drivers even without the halo, but to place a person's life in greater risk bc of a small aesthetic dislike isn't something I'd want. WIsh there was a better solution at the moment, but clearly there isn't, hopefully they continue working on finding better answers. Just my opinion, you are all entitled to yours. Currently enjoying Japan. .what a track.

{Ed001's Note - that isn't the point. The point is Halo is a crap idea, it looks rubbish and does not really protect them properly as well as blocking part of their view. It should either be open or closed cockpit, not this half measure that achieves nothing bar making the cars uglier.}

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12 Oct 2017 10:41:42
What I am trying to say is, you don't change motorbikes because they are dangerous, it is part of the sport. You know it is a risk when you get on one. The same thing applies with open cockpit open wheel racing. If you don't want to take the risk go into saloon cars.

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15 Jul 2017 23:48:04
Happy to see Alonso have a bit of pace so far this weekend. The new power unit seems to be paying off, even with the grid penalties.

{Ed001's Note - it is good to see McLaren competitive I agree.}

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08 Jul 2017 15:10:19
Who is everyone going for this weekend? With Hamilton down in 8th I think seb will probley get the win.

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11 Jul 2017 02:18:33
It was Bottas' to lose after that start. Rode his luck with the start but it paid off.

{Ed001's Note - to be fair he did well to hold on at the end. With his tires blistered, it would have been easy to push too hard and make a mistake.}

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25 Jun 2017 16:26:45
Well that was more like it - low downforce makes for much better racing! Just having to use low downforce means the cars can follow closer to each other and we get some excitement! That was some race.

I also think safety cars help, where a virtual safety car would have hindered things.

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28 Jun 2017 07:17:47
Such a better race. Personally I was happy to see both the Honda's get to the end of the race. Just read an interesting stat the says Red Bull have actually completed less GP laps then Honda Mclaren. Can't be a good sign. Ar tehy not waiting for a new power unit from Renault?

{Ed001's Note - they had new engine mapping in that race, which was supposedly a huge step forward. I don't think it is a new unit altogether, just upgrades to the existing one that they are expecting. Horner said they had not got more power with the mapping, but they are expecting a power increase soon.}

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18 May 2017 06:00:44
I know there is a genuinely exciting battle for the titles between ferrari and mercedes drivers but the races themselves are not exactly exciting still. It is becoming a game of chess, rather than a race. Pit stops are the key, as no one can actually overtake on the track.

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31 May 2017 08:02:33
Too much downforce taking the advantage of being in the slip stream away. I agree it's not as exciting. I like the drivers are saying the cars are more physically demanding and more fun to drive, but for the viewer it doesn't change much. Is there an answer? DRS hasn't really worked as expected. Wider tracks? Trail and error with downforce, engines etc maybe.

{Ed001's Note - wider tracks, narrower cars and less downforce would all help. Things like DRS should not be needed, just got to make it so the cars can get close enough to use a proper slipstream to overtake.

Personally I would like to see old fashioned gearboxes too, so drivers can get the wrong gear or struggle to get it into gear, though I understand that is not going to happen.

Oh another thing that would make a significant difference is worse brakes, so they have a much bigger braking zone, allowing more opportunity to overtake.}

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01 Jun 2017 20:24:42
I'd like to see them keep experimenting until they get it right. Any opinions on what's going to happen with Torro Rosso/Red Bull? Carlos Sainz is on his way up, but who is going to leave Red Bull if they want to keep him? Maybe one of Ricciardo or Verstappen to Ferrari?

{Ed001's Note - it did look like that would happen in the summer. Verstappen and Ricciardo have a lot of friction between them, so I would expect one to move on at the end of the season. Ferrari looks the most likely, though Kimi always seems to raise his game when it looks like he will be going.}

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21 Jun 2017 04:40:16
Apparently they're favouring Vettel also and Kimi Isn't too happy about that. It will be interesting to see what engine and other changes will come in in 2020 after the meeting the teams had. Red Bull saying they want a non manufacturer power unit option.

{Ed001's Note - there should always be options available in terms of power units and other parts to make it possible to build a midfield race car using off the shelf components. The cars should not have such a huge spread of quality, they should be much closer so that the driver makes more of a difference.

I can't see Kimi staying in F1 much longer.}

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01 May 2017 07:05:20
That Sochi GP was boring. It revived all the fears about overtaking being impossible as cars could not get close to each other. Even off the start line, trying to battle just led to crashes as the cars are so wide they struggled to get through.

Once that initial couple of corners was done, there was no race left to bother with, as no one could follow closely, let alone overtake. Hopefully it is not a sign of things to come for the rest of 2017.

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21 Apr 2017 07:30:45
Red Bull making significant chassis changes for the next GP - will it make it a 3 way battle for the constructors? Or will their Renault (sorry TAG-Heuer) powerplant hold them back too much?

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01 May 2017 07:02:13
Apologies it is the Spanish GP they have a new chassis for, which is now the next GP!

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13 Apr 2017 05:10:59
What do we think of Alonso's decision to skip Monaco to drive in the Indy 500?

I can understand as Monaco is boring as hell to watch, but the drivers love it usually.

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26 Feb 2017 20:08:15
Just wondered what everyone's favourite car of the year is, just seen the red bull and I think it looks stunning.

Also who are people tipping for the title and who would people like to see win the title.
I personally think Hamilton will take it (think they will just have the upper hand and don't think bottas will have enough to compete against him). I would love riciarrdo to take the win especially in that red bull.

{Ed001's Note - I quite like the Renault, Sauber and Toro Rosso too to look at, despite two of them being blue and that being a colour I do not usually like. Oddly the red Ferrari does not look right in the pictures I have seen. Looks somehow wrong in proportion.

McLaren-Honda is the one I am tipping as the surprise package, though it really depends on if Honda have got it right with their new engine or not. Though I think Hamilton will end up winning the driver's title.}

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26 Feb 2017 20:58:54
I think your right with mclaren alonso wouldn't of stuck around for no reason. However I don't like the orange livery, in the videos it looks amazing however in the still photos I'm not so keen. The video makes the car look more red (I'm not going mental I promise!)

I'm hoping it is as interesting as it's shaping up to be, however it is going to be a battle on a Saturday rather than the Sunday unless miraculously overtaking wider cars is easier.

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21 Apr 2017 07:29:42
Seems like my hopes were too high on McLaren, though the chassis seems excellent, Honda still have not got the engine sorted. Just have to hope they have more power in reserve and are just holding it back because of reliability issues. If so, they should be able to crank it up fairly quickly as the reliability gets sorted.

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24 Feb 2017 13:15:24
dammit. caught send by mistake, Can this be added in below the first bit??

It still doesn't address the overtaking issues etc (as been mentioned in older posts) but i at least think that the cars look the part. The Renault is stunning (bar the colour scheme) and the merc is too.

Heres hoping i'm wrong about the overtaking, but with wider cars and more dirty air that's unlikely. Monaco is going to be even more of a procession than a race than before!

Still positivity, hopefully red bull and ferarri have made a jump and we at least have some form of contest eventhough they will struggle to get past each other.

{Ed001's Note - it is bizarre how none of the people earning huge bucks to make these decisions have realised that wider cars will make it more difficult to overtake!}

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24 Feb 2017 14:30:20
I kind of agree with your comment about the nose. The Force india is the worst for it with its 'nostrils' i appreciate the aero requirement for certain shapes, but they should just be a big bloomin angry looking V on the front, get your pitstop wrong and the front jack man is being impailed through the knee!!

Aagin agree it is bizarre. Perhaps with new owners they will begin to force the FIA to adopt more radical ideas to allow closer racing and overtakes.

This all said this year is putting more reliance on aero than for quite a while so if Renault can produce a semi decent engine (apparently merc have made big moves with their power unit, if rumours and guy from Force India telling truth) I can see red bulls chassis being at least equal to if not better than mercedes. Which could at least possibly mean closer battles for titles.

{Ed001's Note - more aero should close up the battle between Red Bull and Mercedes, but it will make it almost impossible to overtake again.}

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24 Feb 2017 13:11:45
Its that time of year where we get to see the watered down versions of this years motors.

I think overall the cars look fantastic albeit some of the colour schemes are minging and the shark fins look a bit uglier as they are more pronounced due to the loser rear wing, but overall theylook angrier

{Ed001's Note - they do look better, still not sure about the bit at the front that sticks out on the nose though.}

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12 Feb 2017 23:00:00
How does everyone think Bottas will get on at Merc this season? I personally think Hamilton will underestimate him and Bottas will finish ahead of Lewis.

{Ed001's Note - Hamilton would need to massively underestimate him, as it is clear that Bottas has come in to be number 2.}

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30 Dec 2016 03:09:17
Thought on the new rule changes? Hopefully makes it a bit more exciting. I'm still prefer the naturally aspirated cars of a couple of years ago.

{Ed001's Note - I just think the changes show a lack of understanding of the issues facing the sport. It needs more natural overtaking to create excitement, so they make it more difficult to overtake! Wider cars mean there is less space, leaving less opportunity to overtake. They need the cars to be smaller, creating an opportunity to take different lines through corners, as they will have more space. They are right with the bigger tires, as that will create more mechanical grip, but they increased downforce as well, which makes it more difficult to overtake.}

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11 Jan 2017 23:26:24
I think it's a step in the right direction. what's your opinion on the discussed financial cap that some teams would like introduced?

{Ed001's Note - I think it is something that has been needed for a while. Many manufacturers have said they would compete in the sport if there was a financial cap, so you would be likely to see more teams, which is a good thing imo.}

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