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  1. “Colin Chapman, Wayward Genius” by Mike Lawrence is good. A balanced view of a man with a complex legacy.
  2. Ferrari have now ended all links with Mick Schumacher. I think he;s had a decent run at it, but Magnussen scored double the points he did, and that pretty much confirms he just wasn;t *that* good. I suspect he'll be able to find a drive in Formula E or Sportscars though - there's a lot of factory LMP seats need filling for 2023.
  3. Because they're about to have access to Volkswagen's chequebook.
  4. David Mitchell's been pretty adamant about not doing it. He was asked about it on Richard Herring's podcast and said he reckoned his public persona of being quite clever would likely not survive his probable performance on the show. Interestingly that interview would have been recorded around the time Victoria C-M was recording her series (Winter 2020-21 for transmission in autumn 2021)
  5. Re the 72 - I think it's fair to say that the 72 is the most influential racing car design ever. I wrote a very long post on quora about this a few years ago, but to summarise, the cigar-era F1 cars were not that conceptually different to the Auto Unions of the 1930s. Radiator, front axle, driver, engine, rear axle, gearbox. Monocoque chassis and stressed engines were really just refinements. The 72 set the template that F1 cars would be built to for this day, and in fact the sidepod layout would become normal for sports-prototypes as well. In F1, Indycar, and at Le Mans, the 72's layout is still the template. the Brabham in the last pic is one of the last attempts to try a different layout that actually worked. Personally for my own pick Much as I adore the 917, and the 962 I think would actually have one of these if we're talkoing "just one race car" Gravel Spec impreza Coupe WRC 1998. Not the most successful iteration of the Impreza (Didn't win the championship), but wierdly I think it's the most iconic, thanks to being Colin Mcrae's car in the period of increased WRC coverage that came after his champ win in 1995, and then of course Colin McRae Rally.
  6. Did perez's help make much of a difference last year? The backing up at Abi Dhabi, well that was rendered moot by you-know-what, but apart from that I thought the consensus was that he'd not been that effective in tailgunning for max most of the season through being too far off the pace. Though I suppose when it came that close, then anywhere he can point to denying lewis a position as being critical.
  7. I've read this over several times and I can;t see any other reading than max saying "I deliberately caused a collision". Looked at like that, 5s seems very lenient. As far as the brewing team-mate disquiet goes, I can;t see it making a difference one way or the other to Red Bull's results. These thigns are only ever really a problem when you've got two drivers at or close to the same level. That's not the case at Red Bull. I guess more of a risk is friction between the team and Max, but it's not like he's going to leave.
  8. Ah, I must have missed that.
  9. Do we know exactly when this is in the timeline? Obv its a while before the Battles of Scarif and Yavin but have they been any more specific than that?
  10. Never mind Checo and Carlos, Lewis has more podiums than Charles.
  11. He probably could, if he had a red bull seat. And Max was abducted by Aliens.
  12. Ron Dennis told a story that Ayrton Senna was quite insistent when negotiation with McLaren that he be the best-paid driver in the sport. not really because he wanted the money, but because that was as much a measure of his worth as the points and championships. He was the best, so he should be paid the most.
  13. Problem is though, when was the last time a team that wasn't the Favoured "works" team of an engine supplier won a championship? To get up to that top step, realistally A-M need one of the engine manufacturers to decide not to also have a works team. Red Bull are going to be 50% bought by Porsche / VW group, Renault have Enstone and Ferrari are Ferrari. Merc have Brackley and seem happy (and have had an unbroken status as a factory engine supplier for nearly 30 years now) A-M aren't going to build their own F1 Engines. The only way I could see them getting to the top-step is Mercedes selling Brackley and appointing A-M as works-supported team. Which seems unlikely.
  14. Alonso to AM. Wasn’t expecting that…
  15. He wasn’t sacked sacked, but IIRC the decison to not retain him after his contract was up in 1996 was taken between the 95 and 96 seasons. I think it’s in Newey’s book but I don’t have it to hand.
  16. I have a strong suspiscion that the Leclerc - Ferrari relationship might already be irrevocably broken. I did, last weekend, wonder if Charles's unforced error was related to just not having confidence - the niggle at the back of the mind as to what's going to fuck up this week. They had a decent championship lead and have totally pissed it up the wall via reliability and strategy, and now errors are creeping in. I don't see how that gets turned around short of Ferrari becoming a totally different organisation. With Lewis seemingly re-energised and enjoying himself again, I think he's nailed on for next year and maybe 2024 as well. so I don't think there are any good seats for Charles to move to freeing up soon.
  17. Albon to move to AM, Piastri to williams, and Williams can kep collecting those sweet Latifi dollars.
  18. RFT


    I've come back to this after moving off it when my Xbox Series X turned up last year. A couple of weeks ago once the weather started getting warm i wanted to play something "cold"... I;ve been doing the Amur maps from season 1, which start out as a real slog (the first map, Urska River, is notably horrible. One of the others, Northern Aegis Installation, is even nastier) but suddenly opens up, especially once you unlock the Cosmodrome map and find the truck that's on it, which is basically a return of a Spintires/Mudrunner classic.
  19. He's (Palou) Going to the McLaren indycar team. Zak Brown's quote from the press release: “We have always said that we want the best talent at McLaren, and it’s exciting to be able to include Alex on that list. I’m also looking forward to seeing him get behind the wheel of a Formula 1 car as part of our Testing of Previous Cars (TPC) programme alongside Pato O’Ward and Colton Herta as we continue to build our driver talent. Alex is an incredibly talented driver who has won in every series he has raced in, and I’m happy to welcome him to the McLaren family.” So, only driving a Mclaren F1 car as a test. So, for 2023, Danny Ricc is likely staying with McLaren F1. but after that, well it gives them two solid options if Ricc doesn't improve (And/Or Lando moves on.). However, it's all an almighty mess as the Ganassi indycar team have announced they're taking up an option for a third year on Palou's contract so this is going to be a clash of lawyers....
  20. Can we start lobbying for Charles and Carlos to change their race numbers to 27 and 28? The old-school Ferrari vibes are already strong, but could still be stronger...
  21. I think there is definitely a mutual respect and trust between Max and Charles that isn't there between Max and Lewis. They came up together at the same time, so they've been racing each other most of their lives. Whether that respect would survive a close, bitter, battle for a championship like Max and Lewis had last year (if this year comes to it), I don't know.
  22. Got to love the way the express has written that web address.
  23. I went to the taping of episode 9 of the upcoming season - it was really good. It was just one episode but it looks like being another great season.
  24. I've been working my way at winning the Endurance Races in the missions. Tips, if anyone's interested: Tsukuba (Roadster Touring Car) - Key to this is matching the lead car's tyre strategy as it gets wetter, then once it dries, stay on wets when the leader stops for inters. Then go straight onto slicks when you can (dry line has the wetness gauge in the bottom third). You'll need to be careful to stay online as the track continues to dry. Trial Mountain (BAC Mono) - Buy a racing differential & soft tyres. In the setup screen, drop the front and rear ride height to the minimums. makes the car far faster. 2 stops. Be very carefulk about hitting the wall as the penalty for doing so is harsh. Autopolis (Keis, 400PP) - I used a Beat tuned to about 80 bhp with aero mods front and rear, gearbox, suspension. only actual tuning was stretching out the gearbox. 2-stop strategy with 8 lap stints is best. it'll look like it's not working in the first half but inthe second half of the race, the leader slows down by a couple of secs per lap. Kyoto (road car, 550pp) - Use the stock radical. It's faster than the competition, goes longer on fuel (Can almost do it without stopping), and is very easy on the tyres. 1 stop, once the tyres start to get past their peak. Alsace (pre-79, 450pp)- there's online tunes that make the Alpine 220 fit the requirements. I used this.
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