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jonathanhoey

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  1. For anyone who wasn’t following the free practice today, both Bottas and Verstappen clattered a sausage kerb and damaged their cars, and we heard first Ron Meadows and then Jonathan Wheatley whingeing about the £100K repair bill to Michael Masi, who was having none of it at the time. Jolyon Palmer for 5 Live was also deeply unsympathetic. “They’re painted bright yellow. Just don’t drive on them.” I suspect @GwiDan is right and they’ll be gone tomorrow
  2. Just imagine if they used the endurance layout (same as the Grand Prix layout but without the chicane in the middle of that huge back straight)…
  3. On PS4, if you've connected your YouTube or Twitch accounts you can just press 'Broadcast Gameplay' in the Share menu and it will stream your entire session. I expect PS5 can do similar. You can then post it in here with time stamps for specific bits you'd like help/advice/feedback on.
  4. Yeah. The Race did quite a good video about it: The gist is that it looks like both RB and Aston Martin passed the pre-race compliance checks but were running the tyres well under pressure in the actual race, probably by taking off the blankets immediately after the pressure measurement then deliberately letting the tyres cool right down before going out on track. They also go into the fact that the constant inevitable fluctuation in tyre pressures means it’s not as simple as just feeding the TPMS readings live to the FIA.
  5. Thanks chaps. If you make it far enough into the video you'll see that I come in at the end of lap 8 of the 13. I think the Medium tyres were really a bit too worn out by then - you'll see at about 13:07 I don't make the hairpin and clatter the left wall! Fortunately damage was off, and it didn't slow me down too much. So I might try coming in for the Soft at the end of lap 7 next time, and do the last six laps on those. Fuel depletion is negligible so there's really no difference in weight to consider. Something else I notice on the video - the driver called Wally ghosts right through me twice. Once at about 5:40 and again at about 6:19. The first time he doesn't make it, the second he does (although I get the place back a few corners later when he spins without help). Can a better racer than me have a look at those and let me know if I got it right or wrong? I don't play enough online races to have a good sense of what makes the game decide to ghost a car.
  6. I’m still not convinced but I’m doing as I’m told.
  7. I had a fun time in Race C tonight. Set a quali lap of 1:30.146, which is still a good few seconds off you lot, but put me slightly further up this particular split than I really deserved to be. Started 4th, briefly ran in 3rd, finished 6th after a clean race (if you don't count a couple of, um, 'kisses' of the wall that didn't incur penalties). Stuck to my run plan, which I always intended to be two-thirds on the Mediums, then the last third on the Softs. If I get any time later in the week to run the race again I might do it the other way around and see how long I can eke out the Softs for. Video here: I'm still far from super quick but I'm trying to remember and incorporate all the tips you guys have been giving me. I do love the GT500 cars, particularly the newer GT-R. So much grip once you learn to trust it. (I'm not there yet.)
  8. Pirelli statement on the tyre failures: https://press.pirelli.com/the-reasons-behind-the-tyre-failures-in-baku-identified/ So... The tyres weren't defective. The cause of the failures was the "running conditions" of the tyre, even though the teams followed the pressure and temperature stipulations. Clear as mud.
  9. Speaking of nasty shunts, I have a feeling that once again we're all (myself included) a bit blasé about them. A lot of it is the Hans device, which is obviously very old news by now. You look at Stroll and then Verstappen both going suddenly nose-first into the wall at north of 300km/h (or Rosenqvist in Saturday's Indy GP). All of those are essentially the same impact that killed Dale Earnhardt and however many others. Without the Hans device I don't think any of those guys are walking away from those shunts, and yet we all sort of treat them like they ain't no thang. I don't know where I'm going with this. Cars are too fast, maybe. Pirelli caught in a no-win battle where the FIA tells them to make tyres degrade artificially soon, but NOT LIKE THAT.
  10. jonathanhoey

    IndyCar

    Noob question (I only got Sky Sports F1 for the first time this year so I’ve not previously seen much Indycar). When the onboard cameras collect a bug, the splatter then seems to sort of shuffle off out of shot. How does that work? Does the dome revolve independently from the camera inside it?
  11. I just went and found the highlights on F1TV. The cars don't even look real.
  12. You should be holding the wheel like it's a bird. Tight enough that it can't fly away, but not so tight that you'll hurt the bird. I'm not making this up. In other news, had my first ever visit to Kyalami this evening courtesy of the practice server. My times were, as usual, not earth-shattering. But I did learn something very important (which you all know already) - car selection matters. I started out in an Aston Martin GT3 (I forget if it's the V8 or V12) and wasn't really getting on with it. Switched over to the 2019 Porsche GT3 R and immediately found time. A lot of time. Not just tenths but almost four seconds. Best I could manage in the Aston was a 1:53.9. Hopped in the Porsche, almost immediately did a 1:50.1. Obviously there's loads of time still on the table as well (the GT3 race record is a 1:42 and BMW claims to have set an unofficial record of 1:41 in an M6 GT3) but I was just taken aback by how much quicker I was simply by switching to a car that suits me better. I didn't change the setup or anything.
  13. @davejm Thanks for the add! Clearly I'm fine with my full name being displayed.
  14. Tremendous This clip is also notable for Jolyon Palmer's absurd tan.
  15. @davejm would be able to confirm but I think I was using a GT3 (edited to add: yes he’s beaten me to it, above) Last night for me was just more about trying to learn Silverstone, which I’ve somehow never really driven on. I usually can’t make it on Thursdays, alas. Certainly not tonight, going out for my girlfriend’s birthday dinner.
  16. STOP THE CAR CHECO. STOP THE CAR. STOP THE CAR. Must be on fumes.
  17. If they don’t restart it then yes, I think.
  18. Exactly the same shunt Stroll had. Tyre fails at 200mph and just pitches him into the wall. Both failed after 30-odd laps (and some of Verstappen’s were under the Stroll SC). They said earlier that Pirelli had rated the Hard tyres for 40 laps, not 30.
  19. Russell is less than two seconds behind Bottas now, and Russell has tyres that are 23 laps newer. Russell’s last lap was half a second faster than Bottas’s as well…
  20. https://store.playstation.com/en-gb/product/EP3920-CUSA11010_00-RF2017RELEASE001 Haven't tried it yet but I've registered it to my library.
  21. First and second places were taken by Iain Connell and Biglime.
  22. Ignoring cash equivalent prices entirely, here's how I worked it out. If you choose to redeem your points directly for extended Game Pass Ultimate time: 35,000 reward points = 3 months Game Pass Ultimate therefore 140,000 reward points = 12 months Game Pass Ultimate therefore 383.6 reward points = 1 day Game Pass Ultimate (140,000/365) Whereas if you spend it on Gold codes: 15,000 reward points = 90 days Xbox Live Gold therefore 15,000 reward points - 50 days Game Pass Ultimate therefore 300 reward points = 1 day Game Pass Ultimate (15,000/50) I just spent 105,000 points front-loading my GPU for another year using this method. Had a bit of a scary moment when, after buying seven three-month codes (which are delivered as xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx codes to your email) I went to redeem the first one and it gave me a message saying "this three-month Gold code will be converted to 1 month of Game Pass Ultimate". Thought for a moment I'd wasted a lot of points, but sure enough, it went through as expected after all. Mathematically it should have been 350 days - seven codes times 50 days - but it seems to be pretty generous with the rounding as my renewal date went from 24/06/2021 to 22/06/2022 once I'd applied all the codes. It's a bit of a long process but not especially difficult and certainly good value. I'm averaging 11,000 points most months, whch is about 350-360 per day ish. So my GPU is paying for itself. I'm very happy with that.
  23. jonathanhoey

    IndyCar

    Tell you what, though. It’s a good thing Covid-19 is over, otherwise letting 135,000 people into an event would be really reckless.
  24. jonathanhoey

    IndyCar

    Glad everyone’s ok after that shunt. How does it work in Indy, will the team get fined for releasing Rahal with a wheel not attached?
  25. Hey I can't judge you. After reading your post I went to look for it and apparently I'd already done it. No recollection at all. For the record it was promoting environmental awareness and sustainability.
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