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  1. RFT

    Formula One - 2020

    FIA see sense and decide not to investigate Lewis for the shirt: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/formula1/54161846 Frankly, I'm impressed that the FIA saw the sense in not pursuing a breach of the rules (which it probably was) and instead realising that going for Lewis over it would be hugely damaging to the FIA's standing. That's not their usual MO...
  2. RFT

    Formula One - 2020

    That's as may be but the podium ceremony is held to a higher standard as other bits of the weekend (see various fines over the years such as when Schumacher brought barrichello up on the top spot for austria 01 or 02, which rubens had literally gifted to michael and led to the first big team orders outcry), so it's possible he was told "OK, post-race media stuff, the interviews but not on the actual podium ceremony" and that;'s why Toto looked annoyed. But yeah with lewis nailed on for equalling schumacher's championship record and probably likely to overtake it next year, he's unt
  3. RFT

    Formula One - 2020

    Probably a tuning-house badge / overall racing brand like AMG for mercedes or Gazoo (nope, still sounds stupid) for Toyota. It's possibly a bit more interesting as a brand than "Renault Sport" (which was alpine operating out of dieppe anyway, if I;m remembering various magazine articles right). TBH this might already have been the plan - launch halo car to refresh the badge, then use it on warmed up Twingos, Clios and Meganes. Renault are definitely getting desperate to sell A110s. I've been getting targeted ads on facebook for various A110 "special editions" for months and I'm ski
  4. Quick question: My son's trying to get 100% completion (god, that makes me feel old) and is trying to wipe out all the Del Lobo camps. It says he has 3/4 of them and can't find the last one. The online guides we've looked at seems to be talking about the camp that's the pre-order bonus at Twin Rocks, but it seems odd it would be included in the count if it's not in the game as we, er own it... Can anyone advise if this is right or he's missing one?
  5. RFT

    Formula One - 2020

    We're getting somewhat off-topic, but Dallara's key skill set never seemed to be making race cars that beat other race cars (such as reynards or lolas), but it was to hoover up all the bids when series that had been open-chassis formulae went to spec formulae. With the Indycar market to itself, it was able to make loads of profit, build the business, and win others when they cam along. I don't think I ever got over got over the loss of the true Team Lotus. By all rights they should have been the British Ferrari, but the decline was hard to watch. especially as the la
  6. RFT

    Formula One - 2020

    Yeah, I had thought he would have long handed over design responsibilities before 1992/3. He was a contemporary of Colin Chapman, coming out of that same post-war special-building scene. I had no idea Broadley was still actually designing large chunks of Lolas into the 90s. Clearly a man driven by passion (and sizing the car so he could fit in it is a tell-tale of heart ruling head), but yeah - of a previous generation, not realising (or willing to admit) the game has changed.
  7. RFT

    Formula One - 2020

    That was a fascinating listen. Seems the answer was...
  8. RFT

    Formula One - 2020

    It's one of the mysteries of the ages why Lola couldn't build a decent F1 car... I mean, given that they could build competitive Indycars, Prototypes, and F3000s, you'd think they would have the depth of skill, talent, and knowledge to at least make a midfielder and mix it with the smaller competent teams. But no - we have a failed attempt at an FW14 clone (nothing new under the sun). always liked that livery, though.
  9. RFT

    Formula One - 2020

    Yeah, it was a rule intended to keep crappy fly-by-night operations (of the likes of, er AGS) off the grid, but the realities of free market capitalism has now sorted it out and even the worst team on the grid in any given year is still going to be a professionally-run organisation, who can legitimately argue that it's just bad luck on the day.
  10. RFT

    Formula One - 2020

    Oh god, this is one of those crapbox teams that I can never remember when trying tofill in the teams on Crammond's F1GP. Coloni / Modena / AGS AGS?
  11. RFT

    Formula One - 2020

    Well the car is a Token (it's right there in on the car in several places) but I don;t know the driver without looking it up so will leave that for others to go at.
  12. RFT

    Formula One - 2020

    I'll cop to Minardi (damn me for just skimming the wiki article) and Sauber (typo), but not Williams - Frank Williams racing cars was a separate entity, that became Wolf, then died. Williams Grand Prix Engineering, the modern Williams, was a new entry, created when Walter Wolf demoted Frank, leading to Frank leaving, with Patrick Head, and starting a new team - so in terms of a team/business keeping the lights on and not going terminally bust, that new team is as far back as you can draw Williams...
  13. RFT

    Formula One - 2020

    Yeah, '91 is really the end of the Garagiste era of teams moving up from F3000 with customer engines and a simple self-built chassis and where it transitions to big money backing being required to make it. If you look at the current Grid: The Grand old man Ferrari - first entry 1950 The Garagiste era - "let's buy an engine, get some sponsors and have at it" McLaren - first entry 1966 Williams - first entry 1977 AlphaTauri - first entry (as Minardi) 1979 Renault - first entry (as Toleman) 1981 Racing Point - First entry (as Jorda
  14. RFT

    Formula One - 2020

    Thanks. I decided to add pictures, then realised I'd got the 917 motor upside down, so edited it a bit more.
  15. RFT

    Formula One - 2020

    Sort of. The 917's engine was an aircooled flat-12. The Footwork engine was a liquid-cooled V12. The only thing they did share was the idea of a central power take-off - instead of just attaching the clutch to one end of the crankshaft, the crank had a Gear in the middle meshed to a power take-off (PTO) shaft that carries the power to the clutch at one end of the crankcase. The cam drives were also in the centre of the block. in 1969, Porsche hadn't got experience of engines longer than a flat 8 (in the 908), and had concerns that extending that engine out to 12 cylinders could lea
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