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Old 12-07-2013, 06:48 PM   #51
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That thing is ugly as hell. Give me the stepped nose any day.
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Old 12-07-2013, 08:03 PM   #52
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that's a penis!
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Old 12-08-2013, 01:55 AM   #53
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Not bad.
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Old 12-08-2013, 03:20 AM   #54
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That could look much worse. (waits for Williams)
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Old 12-08-2013, 04:19 PM   #55
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Welp, I just bought tickets for 3 days in Grandstand L at the Spanish Grand Prix



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Old 12-09-2013, 12:17 AM   #56
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Look like good seats.

*dreams of one day going to any.

It's Catalunya right?
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Old 12-09-2013, 12:32 AM   #57
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Yep. I figured I'm young and have no family obligations, now's the time to travel abroad. Might as well time it around a race. Monaco is the dream but it's like $700 for good grandstands on race day alone. Someday... Three days there in Barcelona was $320 so it was a no brainer and a pretty vast view by F1 standards. I'll travel through France the week afterwards.
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Old 12-09-2013, 10:43 AM   #58
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So I'm looking to broaden my racing horizon's and watch other series. What I select will have to have decent internet available coverage though.

The idea of DTM and similar series for the race craft and hopefully greater amount of battles/overtaking is there. I have been told that DTM has gone the way of high aero and less overtaking because of it. Can you guys suggest other production car based race series that I might be able to get into? It would be interesting to follow some previous F1 drivers (Webbo) etc to give some connection to what I know.

I'm also considering watching of the lower formula's to give a bit of context to F1. I don't know how much time I will have to watch them, so bonus points if there are decent race recaps.

I'll say i was a big WRC fan prior to getting into F1, but with Subaru exiting, Loeb dominating and only 2 teams ever having a chance it lost its luster. The coverage also seemed to be harder to find online.

edit: Ugh, I just looked at WRC for the first time in the last 2 years and Loeb is pretty much out of the picture. No surprise that Ogier is head of the pack. Maybe I'll pick it back up next year.

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Old 12-09-2013, 11:11 AM   #59
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forget the DTM, one of the most boring series in the world

the best: BTCC

not that bad: WTCC
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Old 12-09-2013, 12:38 PM   #60
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Yea I hear DTM is an aero-driven conga line at this point. I watched a GP2 race this year and found it fairly entertaining. Commentary was pretty good. You can never go wrong with WEC and John Hindhaugh.
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Old 12-09-2013, 01:14 PM   #61
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With Grand Am merging with the ALMS, things are looking up for road racing here in the states. Debating whether to go to the Daytona test the first weekend of January.
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Old 12-09-2013, 01:21 PM   #62
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So I'm looking to broaden my racing horizon's and watch other series. What I select will have to have decent internet available coverage though.

The idea of DTM and similar series for the race craft and hopefully greater amount of battles/overtaking is there. I have been told that DTM has gone the way of high aero and less overtaking because of it. Can you guys suggest other production car based race series that I might be able to get into? It would be interesting to follow some previous F1 drivers (Webbo) etc to give some connection to what I know.

I'm also considering watching of the lower formula's to give a bit of context to F1. I don't know how much time I will have to watch them, so bonus points if there are decent race recaps.

I'll say i was a big WRC fan prior to getting into F1, but with Subaru exiting, Loeb dominating and only 2 teams ever having a chance it lost its luster. The coverage also seemed to be harder to find online.

edit: Ugh, I just looked at WRC for the first time in the last 2 years and Loeb is pretty much out of the picture. No surprise that Ogier is head of the pack. Maybe I'll pick it back up next year.
http://www.reddit.com/r/formula1/com..._2013_heres_a/
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Old 12-09-2013, 01:44 PM   #63
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V8 supercars are always entertaining and the coverage is good. I'm not sure if they're coming back to Austin but that would be a fantastic and relatively inexpensive trip.

I always try to catch some WEC races (Le Mans is a given), ALMS, DTM (love the cars, the racing is meh), WRC, Isle of Man TT, etc. Youtube is key but NBCSN looks like they're trying to do more too.
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Old 12-09-2013, 02:01 PM   #64
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Old 12-09-2013, 02:44 PM   #65
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http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/111795

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Formula 1 season finale to be worth double points from 2014

Formula 1 will award double points for its final round from the 2014 season in an effort to keep championship battles open longer.

The move was agreed by the F1 Strategy Group and the Formula One Commission at a meeting in Paris on Monday.

It will automatically become part of the regulations as the FIA World Motor Sport Council agreed last week to give the Strategy Group and Commission a mandate to agree rule changes on this occasion.

An FIA statement said that the change had been agreed "in order to maximise focus on the championship until the end of the campaign."

It applies to both the drivers' and constructors' championships, and means that the winner of the final grand prix next year will get 50 points, with 36 for second place and so on through the top 10.

Had that system been in place in recent years, it would have changed the outcome of both the 2012 and '08 title fights.

Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton won those crowns respectively by claiming sufficient minor points to stay ahead of rivals Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa.

But under the new system, Alonso's second place at Interlagos last year would have given him enough points to leapfrog Vettel, while Massa's 2008 Brazilian GP victory would have denied Hamilton the championship on that occasion.
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Old 12-09-2013, 02:49 PM   #66
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http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/111796

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Formula 1 drivers to get permanent numbers from 2014

Permanent driver numbers will become a reality from the 2014 Formula 1 world championship, the FIA has confirmed.

As AUTOSPORT revealed last month, the item was tabled for discussion for F1's Strategy Group meeting on December 9.

The group and Formula One Commission has approved the change, which becomes effective immediately and will therefore be implemented ahead of the 2014 season.

The FIA gave the Strategy Group and Commission a one-off mandate to impose rule changes at its World Motor Sport Council meeting last week.

While #1 will be reserved for the current world champion - should he choose to use it - every other driver will be asked to choose their race number, between #2 and #99.

If more than one driver selects the same number, priority will be given on last year's championship order.

The changes therefore mean Sebastian Vettel will have the option of competing as #1 next year, with Ferrari's Fernando Alonso having the second pick of numbers.

The new F1 system is similar to that used in motorcycle racing, where riders stick with numbers for a whole career, such as Valentino Rossi's iconic #46, and can choose whether or not to switch to #1 when champions.

In American motorsport, it is teams rather than drivers that usually run permanent numbers and champions switching to #1 has become a rarity.
Whatever, you never use the numbers to identify cars/drivers anyways.
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Old 12-09-2013, 02:50 PM   #67
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F1 teams allowed to join three-day Bahrain Pirelli test in December

Formula 1 teams will be allowed to test in Bahrain later this month following a request from Pirelli last month, the FIA announced on Monday.

The F1 Commission said it had agreed to change the sporting rules that ban testing until next year on safety grounds.

Teams will therefore be allowed to carry out a three-day tyre test using their 2013 cars at the Sakhir circuit from 17-19 December.

All teams were invited to the tests, but only Red Bull, Mercedes, Ferrari, McLaren, Force India and Toro Rosso accepted the offer.

The remaining five teams - Lotus, Sauber, Williams, Marussia and Caterham - will be absent.
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Old 12-09-2013, 03:33 PM   #68
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use the official source

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Formula One Regulation Changes
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Paris – 9 December 2013

Following a meeting of the F1 Strategy Group and the Formula One Commission in Paris today, the following items have been unanimously approved:

• Cost cap

The principle of a global cost cap has been adopted. The limit will be applied from January 2015.

A working group will be established within the coming days comprising the FIA, representatives of the Commercial Rights Holder and Team representatives.

The objective of the working group will be to have regulations approved by the end of June 2014.

• Pirelli Tyre test – Bahrain, 17-19 December, 2013

The F1 Commission agreed to a change to the 2013 Sporting Regulations, on safety grounds, allowing the Formula One tyre supplier to carry out a three-day test in Bahrain from 17-19 December, 2013. All Formula One teams have been invited to take part in the test and six have accepted: Red Bull Racing, Mercedes, Ferrari, McLaren, Force India and Toro Rosso.

• Driver numbers

Drivers will be asked to choose their race number, between 2 and 99, for the duration of their career in the FIA Formula One World Championship. Number 1 will be reserved for the current World Champion, should he choose to use it.

If more than one driver choses the same number, priority will be given to the driver who finished highest in the previous year’s championship.

• New penalties

The principle of a five-second penalty for minor infringements was agreed. In what form such a penalty will be applied will be discussed with Formula One’s teams in order that a new regulation be introduced for 2014 season.

• Points for the last race

Double drivers’ and constructors’ points will be awarded at the final race of the Formula One season in order to maximise focus on the Championship until the end of the campaign.

These changes are immediately applicable, given the mandate assigned to the FIA President at the last World Motor Sport Council meeting, held on 4 December in Paris.

FIA Formula One Press Office
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Old 12-09-2013, 03:59 PM   #69
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Coming from the "Rumor is _____" with no source post master. At least you managed to find the correct thread this time.
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Old 12-09-2013, 05:12 PM   #70
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Old 12-09-2013, 06:00 PM   #71
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Whoa, Instantly goes to Macau GT.

I mostly like the news.
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Old 12-09-2013, 06:31 PM   #72
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No sir, I don't like it.

I don't like it at all.

I think the only way I would approve is if there were two actual races at the finale. Even if the races were shorter. I'd be OK with that, but double points for a single standard length race? No.
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Old 12-09-2013, 06:38 PM   #73
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The points thing is retarded. A team works its ass off for a whole season to be in the lead, to have to worry about the last race?
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I only like the new numbers system... the rest of it is foolish crap.
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Old 12-09-2013, 09:09 PM   #75
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The points thing is retarded. A team works its ass off for a whole season to be in the lead, to have to worry about the last race?
Well they should worry about all the races...
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