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Old 05-20-2013, 07:41 AM   #961
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Fantastic.

I wonder why there's so much nostalgia for races which were won on Saturday? Races which bored us to tears on Sunday. Races with no passing. Races with no tension. Races with preordained outcomes.

Races where they might as well have left the cars in the trailers.

Do people really understand what it is they want to return to?

It's crazy.
I think not.

If you built a tire to last the whole race, then I suspect lap times would be a LOT slower. What would be the point of that? You'd end up with a parade where the outcome is determined after turn 1 / lap 1.

Almost time for Monaco, not my favorite race, but always glamorous. remember they do P1 and P2 on Thursday, so set the DVR.

Michelle & I were in the principality last fall. Pretty cool to ride through, but it was hot + rush hour, so in the end we were glad to get out again.

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Old 05-20-2013, 08:31 AM   #962
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this just in:
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F1 tyre changes to be less dramatic than feared







By Alan Baldwin
LONDON | Mon May 20, 2013 12:05pm BST



(Reuters) - Changes to the Formula One tyres due to be introduced next month will be less dramatic than some have feared or hoped for, supplier Pirelli said on Monday.
Motorsport director Paul Hembery told Reuters that the Italian company would find a solution that all teams could agree on without the outcome having a major impact on the championship.





He said the aim was "to make the changes that you have to make with minimal disturbance to the sporting equity.
"What we're trying to do is find the mid ground and that's where we're at. The changes required would appear less than first envisaged."
Pirelli said last week, after a Spanish Grand Prix crammed with pitstops and some eye-catching tyre failures in practice, that they would change the structure and compounds of their tyres from the Canadian Grand Prix - round seven of 19 - in Montreal on June 9.
The move drew criticism from Lotus and Ferrari, the two teams who have most to lose from any changes after adapting their cars to the 2013 tyres more successfully than others including champions Red Bull.
Lotus principal Eric Boullier last week likened the changes to shortening the length of a pitch at half time in a football match because one team could not run as fast as their opponents.
Ferrari, in a 'Horse Whisperer' column on their website, complained of rivals having selective memories when they criticised the tyres.
While Ferrari's Fernando Alonso won with four pitstops in Barcelona, so too did Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel in 2011 without any furore. The total number of pitstops was also comparable in the two races.
The winning time in Spain was just over seven seconds slower this year than in 2012 but the fastest lap in qualifying was nearly a second quicker.
The Spaniard's win allowed him to cut the gap on Vettel in the championship standings. Vettel is four points clear of Kimi Raikkonen of Lotus with Alonso third, 17 behind the German.
The sporting regulations state that tyre specifications cannot be changed during a championship season without the agreement of all competing teams, unless it is for safety reasons.
That would cover certain structural changes, with Pirelli eager to rectify a situation where treads on rear tyres have been peeling off - 'delaminating' - without the tyre itself deflating when penetrated by debris.
Hembery said Pirelli were confident they could keep close to the 2013 specification while rectifying the tread problem.
Last week, the company talked of introducing a revised construction using elements from the 2012 and 2013 tyres to ensure both durability and performance and reduce the number of pitstops.
"Some teams have worked in a certain way to maximise the tyre and chassis package and they don't want that to be lost by radical change," said Hembery.
"We're trying to find something that is sportingly equitable amongst the vast majority that allows us to rid ourselves of the tread (problem). We're hopeful we can do that without making such a change that would radically alter the work of any team so far."


(Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Patrick Johnston)
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Old 05-20-2013, 08:38 AM   #963
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a MASSIVE amount of information about Pirelli, the tires & Monaco

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Old 05-21-2013, 07:23 AM   #964
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a bit of steering wheel coolness from Auto Motor und Sport





work of art....



for comparison: Vettel



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Hamilton's view in 2007.. things have changed



even further back: 2005

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Old 05-21-2013, 09:18 AM   #965
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so remember we discussed why the Speed guys didn't go to Austin last year?
first purpose built track in the USA, home ground etc etc...

the NBC Sports guys will all be in Monaco (lucky bastards).

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Will you be reporting from Monaco?" Yes mate the whole team is here
glad to see them doing it properly!

oh... and the race is on NBC (not NBC sports) so no Today show, no Meet the Press... just F1

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Old 05-21-2013, 11:27 AM   #966
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What was weird is that Speed sent everyone down for the early week stuff. Then scampered home for the broadcast. Too cheap to spring for production trucks, I guess.

Varsha must be green with envy.
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Old 05-21-2013, 11:30 AM   #967
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Varsha must be green with envy.
no joke!

I think initially the Speed guys planned on being in Austin for the race as well, because they were "auctioning off" their hotel reservations on Twitter. (and not sounding too happy about it either as I recall).
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Old 05-21-2013, 08:38 PM   #968
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no joke!

I think initially the Speed guys planned on being in Austin for the race as well, because they were "auctioning off" their hotel reservations on Twitter. (and not sounding too happy about it either as I recall).
Wow. Sure sounds like FOX, though. Cheap all the way. I'm so happy they're losing the Premiere League (especially after they foisted Gus Johnson on us. We're getting Gus and Warren Barton for the Champions League final. I may mute the entire broadcast. Both of them are just awful.)
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I met the Prince while very drunk in that hotel many years ago...
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new nose for Sauber (they had it at Barcelona, but didn't use it)



Lotus announces new front wing, new rear wing & modified underbody



Brake duct detail and note the pivot-like splitter mountings to the right



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new Williams front wing



the cascade winglet (ORIS) now has a slotted endplate
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super close up of Ferrari front wing (big pic)

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Every time you post those photos, I am again impressed by the technology packed into the wheels hubs of a F1 car. They are amazingly complex things.
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