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by Dj_bereta 05 Feb 2018, 03:55
And Di Grassi retired again. What a bad season for him. I think it's pretty safe to say he is effectively out of the championship already. What is happening with Audi?

Waiting for Lotus hiring Johnny Cecotto jr.
by Regenmeister94 20 Feb 2018, 00:00
Dj_bereta wrote:And Di Grassi retired again. What a bad season for him. I think it's pretty safe to say he is effectively out of the championship already. What is happening with Audi?

Karmic retribution for cheating on emissions tests? :pantano:

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by Barbazza 20 Feb 2018, 19:37
That commentator on Spike though, jeez.....he's the one who used to do WTCC occasionally when Martin Haven was absent. The fact that he makes Haven sound like Murray Walker gives you an idea how awful he is.

If that wasn't bad enough, Mike Conway was simply unbelievably boring. I honestly found myself staring into the distance at times while he was speaking, that was the effect he had on me.
by Dexter249 24 Feb 2018, 13:19
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Le Mans is gonna be even worse

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by dr-baker 03 Mar 2018, 19:48
Another FE weekend. Champion do Grassi is starting from the back of the grid, because of course he is, just can't get a break this season. And four teams have been penalised for using 5GHz WiFi internet, which the FIA wanted to reserve for themselves...

watka wrote:I find it amusing that whilst you're one of the more openly Christian guys here, you are still first and foremost associated with an eye for the ladies!
dinizintheoven wrote:GOOD CHRISTIANS do not go to jail. EVERYONE ON FORMULA ONE REJECTS should be in jail.
MCard LOLA
by dr-baker 04 Mar 2018, 16:56
Di Grassi has finally scored points this season! Abt gets to keep his win this time! Prost's performance this year compared to his teammate is awful, almost rejectful!

watka wrote:I find it amusing that whilst you're one of the more openly Christian guys here, you are still first and foremost associated with an eye for the ladies!
dinizintheoven wrote:GOOD CHRISTIANS do not go to jail. EVERYONE ON FORMULA ONE REJECTS should be in jail.
MCard LOLA
by dinizintheoven 04 Mar 2018, 17:29
Nico Prost's retirement wasn't so much his fault this time, but it had me wondering - how long is he going to be able to keep his drive before Dad says "désolé, Nico, but we've got a championship to win here and we're going to prise JEV away from Techeetah"?

If I had to hand out Reject Of The Race, though, it'd be to Mahindra - that wasn't like them at all; still, Felix Rosenqvist was looking a bit like he might do a Buemi-esque hatchet job on the field this year and we can't be having that, can we? And in a week where we celebrate the return of The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy (fanfiction) to the radio, Infinite Improbability Drive Of The Race at 16,936,721 to 1... and falling! goes to Richard Hammond's favourite driver, who fortunately did not end up with a million-gallon vat of custard tipped over his head. Who else but... OLIVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!

Also, while we're here: seeing what's happened to the blackcircles.com sponsorship adverts at every break, I'd be willing to bet that FE has now permanently decamped to 5Spike, as they're calling it now (presumably to ram home the point it's part of the Channel 5 empire). This does mean there's unlikely to be too much buggering about with the schedules as there was in season 3, but on the downside, I can't watch 5Spike in HD like I can with Channel 5. (I should point out that I can't watch any channel in proper HD because the solitary HDMI socket on my 11-year-old TV is knackered, but an HD feed coming through SCART is still better quality than an SD feed which is like watching YouTube ten years ago.)

James Allen, on his favourite F1 engine of all time:
"...the Life W12, I can't describe the noise to you, but imagine filling your dustbin with nuts and bolts, and then throwing it down the stairs, it was something akin to that!"
by dinizintheoven 05 Mar 2018, 13:56
If the BBC want a slice of the Formula E pie, they're a bunch of twonks if they put huge spoilers in the headline like that! I've noticed the radio schedules are doing the same, to the point where I missed two of the New Zealand v England One-Day Internationals and when I went to the Five Live Sports Extra schedules to catch up on it and spend eight free hours listening to Jirimy Coney talkung about parsumonious bowling from Ungland's Edil Reshid apologies to any Kiwis for the accent when instead I was delivered a headline that screamed "STOKES LEADS ENGLAND TO VICTORY!" before I've even found the programme link. Well cheers for that, now I've got eight hours to fill and all I'm likely to do is fill it with my own thoughts, which is a dangerous proposition these days.

James Allen, on his favourite F1 engine of all time:
"...the Life W12, I can't describe the noise to you, but imagine filling your dustbin with nuts and bolts, and then throwing it down the stairs, it was something akin to that!"
by Rob Dylan 06 Mar 2018, 10:23
Yeah, I mean, when the BBC did Formula 1, they were quite good at keeping it on the down-low as to the results of the qualifying and then the race, but I've found a couple of times that Channel 4 has given it away before I've seen it. I think the issue is that there's no direct link to watch the race on the website - you have to go through about three or four searches, all of which might just pop the result up at you.

I honestly think it would be smart for these websites to have links at the top-right of their sites after major sports events saying "click here to go straight to the race highlights".

Murray Walker at the 1997 Austrian Grand Prix wrote:The other [Stewart] driver, who nobody's been paying attention to, because he's disappointing, is Jan Magnussen.


Felipe Nasr - the least forgettable F1 driver!
by Barbazza 07 Mar 2018, 21:21
sswishbone wrote:Hmmm highlights on BBC, foreshadowing?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/motorsport/43278952


That explains why they spoilered the race for me. I didn't watch the race until today but the BBC helpfully gave away the result when I checked the F1 page (note: not the Motorsport page) on Monday.

Delighted for smily Mr. Abt - I had wondered if me and baker had cursed him permanently.

I hope 5 don't dump the races on Spike permanently but having experienced Eurosport's commentary before - and apologies, that is what I was having a rant about previously, NOT Spike - I would rather watch SD coverage than the horror of Eurosport.
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by Barbazza 07 Mar 2018, 21:24
dinizintheoven wrote:If the BBC want a slice of the Formula E pie, they're a bunch of twonks if they put huge spoilers in the headline like that! I've noticed the radio schedules are doing the same, to the point where I missed two of the New Zealand v England One-Day Internationals and when I went to the Five Live Sports Extra schedules to catch up on it and spend eight free hours listening to Jirimy Coney talkung about parsumonious bowling from Ungland's Edil Reshid apologies to any Kiwis for the accent when instead I was delivered a headline that screamed "STOKES LEADS ENGLAND TO VICTORY!" before I've even found the programme link. Well cheers for that, now I've got eight hours to fill and all I'm likely to do is fill it with my own thoughts, which is a dangerous proposition these days.


It's probably not even deliberate, I seriously doubt that anyone who posts on the BBC website even thinks about anything before pressing whatever button it is that releases the mostly badly written posts that probably haven't even seen a spell checker.

Btw, as someone who has been to NZ and intends to work and live there ASAP, I think that's a pretty good take on the accent!
by UgncreativeUsergname 08 Mar 2018, 06:23
Barbazza wrote:hted for smily Mr. Abt - I had wondered if me and baker had cursed him permanently.

I hope 5 don't dump the races on Spike permanently but having experienced Eurosport's commentary before - and apologies, that is what I was having a rant about previously, NOT Spike - I would rather watch SD coverage than the horror of Eurosport.

It's weird, isn't it. Eurosport, a channel so good at having good commentators for any random sport, something that served them very well for the Olympics, they can't find anyone decent for a sport as popular as car racing. I know some commentators take half a season or so to get good—like Alex Jakes, and especially relevantly Jack Nicholls—but they still clearly loved motorsport, and the Eurosport commentary doesn't even give that off. Remember in Chile how they non-reacted to the leaders who were also teammates colliding in a bizarre way? Imagine Nicholls freaking out over that. Imagine anyone freaking out over that. The least the channel can do is pick up someone who gives an impression of liking motorsport.

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by dinizintheoven 09 Mar 2018, 15:57
UgncreativeUsergname wrote:It's weird, isn't it. Eurosport, a channel so good at having good commentators for any random sport, something that served them very well for the Olympics, they can't find anyone decent for a sport as popular as car racing. I know some commentators take half a season or so to get good—like Alex Jakes, and especially relevantly Jack Nicholls—but they still clearly loved motorsport, and the Eurosport commentary doesn't even give that off. Remember in Chile how they non-reacted to the leaders who were also teammates colliding in a bizarre way? Imagine Nicholls freaking out over that. Imagine anyone freaking out over that. The least the channel can do is pick up someone who gives an impression of liking motorsport.

Now we know Barb wasn't talking about Spike's commentary (because I'd have noticed if it wasn't Jack Nichols, Bob Varsha and Dario Franchitti) - yes, that is weird. Usually, any time I hear of Eurosport on this forum, it's being lavished with praise. Or is that because their coverage of F1 in the 1990s was far more extensive, seeing as that's where prequalifying was shown, that's where all the archive videos of the Life L190 and Perry McCarthy come from, and it's all gone a bit pony in recent years? I've never subscribed to Eurosport, so I've got no recent reference points.

James Allen, on his favourite F1 engine of all time:
"...the Life W12, I can't describe the noise to you, but imagine filling your dustbin with nuts and bolts, and then throwing it down the stairs, it was something akin to that!"
by Barbazza 09 Mar 2018, 21:01
I come from a position of not having seen Eurosport's F1 coverage at the time, although watching it now on Youtube it certainly looks pretty good.

What I do know is that their current coverage is poor. Random ad breaks are fired off sometimes in the middle of commentator's sentences, occasionally without warning in the middle of the race (mostly when a safety car is out, but not always) and there is often next to nothing in the way of post-race coverage, especially if there's an over-run due to safety cars or late starts.

Martin Haven should be retired. He comes across as a massive big-head, forever shouting down his co-commentators and claiming they are 'wrong' on a regular basis. There was a time during a WTCC race when Matt Neal went very quiet after being put in his place by this idiot who (I assume) has never driven a racing car and I was hoping that he was gearing up to punch Haven on the nose. Poor Harry Vaulkhard barely got a word in but he seems to have disappeared now.

And the guy - don't know his name - who deputises for Haven and also did the Formula E coverage is, as has already been said, seemingly someone who's done a bit of basic research online but has no real interest in Motorsport. And if I'm ever up at 3am unable to sleep I now know that all I need is a looped tape of Mike Conway talking about...well, anything.

The worst thing is that for other sports, although inevitably the coverage isn't always as good as Sky, they at least seem to be *trying*. Snooker and tennis are good examples of this. For Motorsport the attitude seems to be 'well, we've got the rights, suppose we may as well sling it on, call Haven....'
by dr-baker 18 Mar 2018, 09:14
I enjoyed the Punta del Esta race yesterday, despite no overtaking for the lead. But even when do Grassi gets a decent result, he gets punished for a pants decision: https://www.autosport.com/fe/news/13488 ... ar-offence

watka wrote:I find it amusing that whilst you're one of the more openly Christian guys here, you are still first and foremost associated with an eye for the ladies!
dinizintheoven wrote:GOOD CHRISTIANS do not go to jail. EVERYONE ON FORMULA ONE REJECTS should be in jail.
MCard LOLA
by dinizintheoven 18 Mar 2018, 16:32
dr-baker wrote:I enjoyed the Punta del Esta race yesterday, despite no overtaking for the lead. But even when do Grassi gets a decent result, he gets punished for a pants decision: https://www.autosport.com/fe/news/13488 ... ar-offence

I had to check, more than once, that this was Autosport and not The Daily Mash or The Onion.

Reality, it seems, is out to lunch - with Norbert Haug and the departed spirit of Jose Froilan Gonzalez. And then, after lunch, reality went out for a few drinks with Adrian Sutil and the equally departed spirit of James Hunt. What reality did after that with Tomas Enge is best not mentioned.

James Allen, on his favourite F1 engine of all time:
"...the Life W12, I can't describe the noise to you, but imagine filling your dustbin with nuts and bolts, and then throwing it down the stairs, it was something akin to that!"
by Barbazza 18 Mar 2018, 16:38
If his Mother had been there, would she have told him to wear an old pair inside out?

Back to the race, and I was hoping for a bit more of a thriller although Mitch Evans made an exciting dash through the field. And Nico Prost was utterly awful again, surely even Alain's patience must be wearing thin?
by UgncreativeUsergname 18 Mar 2018, 18:05
Barbazza wrote:Back to the race, and I was hoping for a bit more of a thriller although Mitch Evans made an exciting dash through the field.

A bit more of a thriller? The whole race was a battle for the lead....

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by CarloSpace 18 Mar 2018, 19:39
At least he was allowed to keep his podium. Back in 2006 Juho Hänninen was disqualified from Rally Finland for the same reason so the fine is actually very minor punishment ;)
by dr-baker 18 Mar 2018, 20:49
CarloSpace wrote:At least he was allowed to keep his podium. Back in 2006 Juho Hänninen was disqualified from Rally Finland for the same reason so the fine is actually very minor punishment ;)

I remember that rally incident, but I had forgotten that they received a DSQ for it.

watka wrote:I find it amusing that whilst you're one of the more openly Christian guys here, you are still first and foremost associated with an eye for the ladies!
dinizintheoven wrote:GOOD CHRISTIANS do not go to jail. EVERYONE ON FORMULA ONE REJECTS should be in jail.
MCard LOLA
by dinizintheoven 03 May 2018, 13:13
Hmmm. Two further races and not a single post on this thread? Let me change that.

Nico Prost will lose his drive for next season, and here's how. Dad would, of course, keep him on as it'd cause a lot more trouble than it's worth to fire his own son, regardless of how many points he hasn't scored this season. However, next season, Renault will hand over the e.dams team to Nissan - who they own, so it won't be any different to the corporation as a whole - but, likely as not, Prost Senior will concentrate on bringing the Renault F1 team to the top, and without him it'll be au revoir Nico.

As for who would replace him, I think we're looking at the eventual champion currently driving for the customer team, and who might be given a promotion of sorts...

James Allen, on his favourite F1 engine of all time:
"...the Life W12, I can't describe the noise to you, but imagine filling your dustbin with nuts and bolts, and then throwing it down the stairs, it was something akin to that!"
by WaffleCat 04 May 2018, 00:01
dinizintheoven wrote:As for who would replace him, I think we're looking at the eventual champion currently driving for the customer team, and who might be given a promotion of sorts...


If JEV ever moves to Edam cheese, the whole field's gonna be so boned...

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by dinizintheoven 12 May 2018, 10:57
Although, as Sir Murray Walker would say, EF is Formula E backwards, anything can happen and it usually does, and e.dams haven't quite been at the races this season as much as I'd feared. I need say no more about Lucas di Grassi's season as well. Maybe it'll be DS Virgin's turn in the spotlight next year with the new car and the entire-race battery and Sam Bird will be the first non-ex-F1 driver to be champion. Whatever happens, I will continue to hope for not a walkover.

James Allen, on his favourite F1 engine of all time:
"...the Life W12, I can't describe the noise to you, but imagine filling your dustbin with nuts and bolts, and then throwing it down the stairs, it was something akin to that!"
by Barbazza 15 May 2018, 17:50
Felipe Massa announced at Venturi from next season. Our Mayor had better start crashing dopey Council heads together to make a Birmingham race happen next year now!
by dr-baker 15 May 2018, 20:59
Barbazza wrote:Felipe Massa announced at Venturi from next season. Our Mayor had better start crashing dopey Council heads together to make a Birmingham race happen next year now!

I'ld come to B'ham for an FE race (personal schedule permitting).

watka wrote:I find it amusing that whilst you're one of the more openly Christian guys here, you are still first and foremost associated with an eye for the ladies!
dinizintheoven wrote:GOOD CHRISTIANS do not go to jail. EVERYONE ON FORMULA ONE REJECTS should be in jail.
MCard LOLA
by dinizintheoven 16 May 2018, 17:35
I suppose that's an OK choice for him, as there won't be quite so much pressure to overturn the reputation of those drivers who had success in F1 doing the polar opposite in FE (as Jarno Trulli and Jacques Villeneuve will attest - and Nick Heidfeld has so far recreated his F1 career with several podiums but no wins).

I further suspect Mercedes might come knocking when they enter the series, given Felipe still gets on well with the management at Williams, and they won't want a joker like, say, Ma Qing Hua.

I third the call for the Birmingham Superprix to be revived!

James Allen, on his favourite F1 engine of all time:
"...the Life W12, I can't describe the noise to you, but imagine filling your dustbin with nuts and bolts, and then throwing it down the stairs, it was something akin to that!"
by FullMetalJack 16 May 2018, 19:59
Of course i'd be in favour of a race in Birmingham seeing as it's my hometown. Other than the disruptions it may cause to my commute to work :P

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by Rob Dylan 17 May 2018, 18:26
And even though I've stopped watching it this season, I would happily go to a race if it were nearby :)

Murray Walker at the 1997 Austrian Grand Prix wrote:The other [Stewart] driver, who nobody's been paying attention to, because he's disappointing, is Jan Magnussen.


Felipe Nasr - the least forgettable F1 driver!
by dr-baker 20 May 2018, 13:10
Bit of an uneventful race in Berlin yesterday. Everyone finished on the lead lap, and 19 finished within a minute of the leader, with Sarrazin 65 seconds behind. And only the second 1-2 in the series, and the second of the season, with Abt making the milestone this time.

watka wrote:I find it amusing that whilst you're one of the more openly Christian guys here, you are still first and foremost associated with an eye for the ladies!
dinizintheoven wrote:GOOD CHRISTIANS do not go to jail. EVERYONE ON FORMULA ONE REJECTS should be in jail.
MCard LOLA
by dinizintheoven 20 May 2018, 22:13
And only the second ever maximum points haul for a race, even if it's only 29 now and was 30 when Sébastien Buemi did it at the beginning of season two and made that look very ominous.

There was a comment during Daniel Abt's mad celebrations that, initially, it looked like he'd been picked as the second driver at the team because his dad was running it, but he's justifying his place now more than ever. Meanwhile, the other son-of-a-team-boss is still going backwards...

And - maybe I'm repeating myself here - what is going on at Andretti? They were right up the sharp end in the beginning, and have been in reverse ever since. It'll be between them and Dragon for the wooden spoon, who have looked like St. George has been invading the garage all year.

James Allen, on his favourite F1 engine of all time:
"...the Life W12, I can't describe the noise to you, but imagine filling your dustbin with nuts and bolts, and then throwing it down the stairs, it was something akin to that!"
by dr-baker 21 May 2018, 17:31
dinizintheoven wrote: Meanwhile, the other son-of-a-team-boss is still going backwards...

It seems incredible now that he oh-so-nearly won the the first ever FE race until that crash at the last turn, with a few hundred yards to go, with the slightly boring one.

watka wrote:I find it amusing that whilst you're one of the more openly Christian guys here, you are still first and foremost associated with an eye for the ladies!
dinizintheoven wrote:GOOD CHRISTIANS do not go to jail. EVERYONE ON FORMULA ONE REJECTS should be in jail.
MCard LOLA

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