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Old 11-30-2013, 01:19 PM   #26
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Cool. The Ferrari sounds good so far. Think I'm officially Tifozi this year.

The only reason I'm jealous of Nascar:

They run too many races so have no break whatsoever.
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Old 12-01-2013, 02:48 AM   #27
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Anyone know I the off season testing is going to be televised? Like the Pirelli stuff or the full grid testing?
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Old 12-01-2013, 02:49 AM   #28
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Trying to edit my typos but the computer won't let me...
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Old 12-01-2013, 09:33 AM   #29
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I know Sky covers the full grid test days.
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Old 12-01-2013, 09:46 AM   #30
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http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/111654

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Bahrain confirms 2014 F1 grand prix will be a night race

Bahrain has confirmed that next year's Formula 1 grand prix will be a night race, as AUTOSPORT revealed in September.

The ambitious plans are part of an effort by the kingdom to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its inaugural F1 race.

Floodlights have already been installed at the Sakhir circuit and are being given their first trial at this weekend's World Endurance Championship event (pictured).

Bahrain track boss Sheikh Salman bin Isa Al-Khalifa said: "We are delighted to be able to trial the first phase of our lighting project at the WEC, a major milestone in this hugely ambitious project for the BIC, which is scheduled for completion in February.

"This is by far the biggest development project we have ever undertaken at the BIC since the circuit was first built.

"I believe that there can be no better way for us to mark our 10th anniversary in F1 by demonstrating our long term commitment to the sport through this significant investment."

Bahrain GP organisers have also promised upgrades to the spectator facilities at the track, as well as light shows to enhance the spectacle of the night race.
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Old 12-01-2013, 03:05 PM   #31
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Old 12-02-2013, 02:39 AM   #32
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The question to me is: How long will it take for Red Bull/Newey/Vettel to run away with the championship?
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Old 12-03-2013, 10:54 AM   #33
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Nico Hulkenberg rejoins Force India for F1 2014 campaign

Nico Hulkenberg will race with the Force India team during the 2014 Formula 1 season after signing a multi-year deal, the outfit announced on Tuesday.

Hulkenberg returns to the Silverstone-based squad after just one season with Sauber, having driven for Force India in 2011 as a tester and as a race driver in 2012.

The German was the main candidate to land the second Lotus seat before the team announced Pastor Maldonado as Kimi Raikkonen's replacement.

"I am happy to come back to Force India," Hulkenberg said.

"The team is aiming high for next year and I believe that the experience I have gained over the years will help us achieve those goals.

"I genuinely believe we can have a competitive package in 2014.

"I've heard a lot of positive things about the Mercedes engine as well, so I think there is a lot to be excited about for next year.

"I know this team and I can see their determination; it's a great bunch of people and we all share the same hunger for success."

Force India said it would announce its second driver in due course.

Team boss Vijay Mallya added: "I'm delighted to see Nico back with Force India.

"When he drove for us in 2012, it became clear Nico was an exceptional talent and he has continued to impress everyone in the paddock with his strong performances this season.

"Having Nico in our line-up is a real statement of intent and a huge boost for everyone associated with the team.

"We have high hopes and expectations for 2014 and by signing Nico we have put ourselves in the best position to achieve those objectives and enjoy what could be our most competitive season yet."
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Old 12-04-2013, 02:50 AM   #34
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Williams might be the dark horse next year.
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Old 12-04-2013, 03:28 AM   #35
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2014 cannot come any sooner!!!! Really hope ferrari and mb can take it to redbull and McLaren is back into the battle! Gonna be interesting to see the young rookies in decent teams compare to the rest of the field
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Official calendar out, OP updated
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Old 12-04-2013, 07:46 PM   #37
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Well, the exclusion of New Jersey and Mexico is a bummer, but was pretty expected. Sad to see Korea fall off the calendar, especially without a replacement. I wish they could have at least gone back to France.

Now I need to figure out where to go next year. I was debating going to all four North American rounds, but without the new tracks I suppose I'll shift my focus to a European round or two. It sucks that there isn't two rounds worth seeing on back to back weekends, that would make the travel a lot easier.
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Well, the exclusion of New Jersey and Mexico is a bummer, but was pretty expected. Sad to see Korea fall off the calendar, especially without a replacement. I wish they could have at least gone back to France. Now I need to figure out where to go next year. I was debating going to all four North American rounds, but without the new tracks I suppose I'll shift my focus to a European round or two. It sucks that there isn't two rounds worth seeing on back to back weekends, that would make the travel a lot easier.
Oh man. That sounds rough. I feel for you.
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Oh man. That sounds rough. I feel for you.


It's not like I was planning 5 star hotels and pit passes, it would have been couch surfing with friends, AirBnB and ga/cheap seats.
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Old 12-04-2013, 08:44 PM   #40
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I already bought tickets to Montreal but really want to go to Europe next year and it would be the ideal chance to see a race. I want to go to France and Monaco is on the bucket list so who knows. Probably won't happen but I can dream.
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I already bought tickets to Montreal but really want to go to Europe next year and it would be the ideal chance to see a race. I want to go to France and Monaco is on the bucket list so who knows. Probably won't happen but I can dream.
I'd like to get back to Montreal, I barely got to enjoy it this year (my car got hit on the way to the hotel Friday in Quebec and was undrivable).

I think Monaco has been my cheapest GP experience, not counting getting on the continent. Stay a few towns over and take the train in, GA on the hill is cheap, beer and food at the track was cheap and Nice becomes a bargain the monday after the GP weekend when everyone heads home.
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Old 12-04-2013, 09:34 PM   #42
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I had a phenomenal time in Montreal. We went out to numerous amazing bars with tons of great craft beer and the subway system was easy enough that a few hammered Americans could manage it. The food was amazing and we had a killer loft in Old Port literally across from where Bernie and Red Bull were staying. I even saw him come out of the hotel and get into his car once when we were walking to the metro. I'd like to stay even longer this time, do the open pit lane day on Thursday and stay Sunday night after the race for the nightlife.

Thanks for the Monaco tips. Soldmyboxster (who has disappeared since becoming a big shot F1 photog) said the same thing about Nice and taking the train in. I would probably do just the race day there.
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I had a phenomenal time in Montreal. We went out to numerous amazing bars with tons of great craft beer and the subway system was easy enough that a few hammered Americans could manage it. The food was amazing and we had a killer loft in Old Port literally across from where Bernie and Red Bull were staying. I even saw him come out of the hotel and get into his car once when we were walking to the metro. I'd like to stay even longer this time, do the open pit lane day on Thursday and stay Sunday night after the race for the nightlife.

Thanks for the Monaco tips. Soldmyboxster (who has disappeared since becoming a big shot F1 photog) said the same thing about Nice and taking the train in. I would probably do just the race day there.
We ended up having a great Saturday evening (bartenders at Hurley's wouldn't let my cousin and me leave we were having so much fun together), but totally missed out on Friday night and had to leave right after the race Sunday. We stayed at a cheap hotel right off the metro, so it was a ten foot walk out the door. If I go next year I'm going to spend longer there and really enjoy it.

If you do Monaco it is nearly free to do practice and qualifying is stupid cheap as well. Any grandstand you want is about $100 on Thursday (not even sure they ask for tickets for GA) and GA for qualifying is only $60, plus they have a good assortment of support races Saturday. You can stay even a few stops further than Nice for cheaper, or keep going past Monaco. I recall some folks saying a few years back that was even cheaper (may have been Kevin?). Last hot tip is to take the overnight train from Paris to your destination, it is cheaper than the fast Eurostar during the day and you save on a hotel room for the night. Ours left Paris at 11pm and we were in nice by about 930am.
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Old 12-05-2013, 02:08 AM   #45
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I've done Montreal 3 times and Austin last year (had a baby in April so no race this year but that's okay because Vettel can S a D). Each epic place in different ways. A good secret for Montreal if you dont care about high end accomodations is to stay in the dorms at McGill, preferably lower on Rue University so that you dont have to walk all the way up the hill. Cheap, close, communal bathrooms, no issues with reservations, etc.

For Austin we flew in Friday morning and made it to all the action that afternoon. Flew out Monday afternoon which made all the difference for enjoying everything about race day. The next time (next year) i think we're going to rent a camper and do the NASCAR style weekend tailgate. Cabs into 6th street and back for a night or two are much easier than cabs to/from the track for 3 days.

I highly suggest planning any departure from race weekend on Monday, so very worth it to not have to worry about getting out of there. Hitting the road from Montreal for a 5 hour drive right as the race is over with a hangover and 3 hours of sleep is rough.

Great info on Monaco, thank you! That is 1st or 2nd on the Europe list (with Spa) depending on some factors. Anyone on here been to Spa or the Ring for a race and have some hints? I'm really hoping to get to Belgium soon.
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Old 12-05-2013, 05:42 PM   #47
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