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Anyone going to any races live this year?

 

After a year off, I'll be back to Monza this year - can't wait!

 

Might try to get to Silverstone too - been far too long since I've been. Wonder if too soon to take my four year old son?

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I'm off to Barcelona, theres 6 of us can't wait.

 

We are landing at 11am then bit of a mad rush to make quali that starts at 2pm.

 

Race day will be more relaxed then we fly home Tuesday morning, so have Monday all day to see a few things and drink :)

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29 minutes ago, SeanR said:

every year I think about taking the boy to Belgium...

 

I went two years ago on a coach trip, which my friend had won in a fantasy F1 competition. First time going to a race as part of an organised trip, and for Spa I'd highly recommend it. No worries about getting to/from the circuit, and you can sleep on the coach. 

 

We we also had glorious weather the whole time, which was unexpected!

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Yes do it Sean.

 

We took the eurostar to Brussels then internal train from there. All very easy and quite cheap.

 

We carried 2 man tents in our bags and just camped by the track, atmosphere was amazing.

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I'd love to do a race some time, only things that have stopped me the last few years are the expense - it's certainly not the cheapest sport to want to attend - and the fact that it seems like really bad odds that the race will be exciting. Fingers crossed this year changes my mind on the latter point!

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On 1/19/2017 at 05:53, Baring said:

I'm off to Barcelona, theres 6 of us can't wait.

 

We are landing at 11am then bit of a mad rush to make quali that starts at 2pm.

 

Race day will be more relaxed then we fly home Tuesday morning, so have Monday all day to see a few things and drink :)

 

Head from the airport right to Estacio Sants then jump on a train to Montmelo - from memory its about a 20 min walk from there so I think you should be ok, the mad dash will prob be quite fun :)

 

I'd recommend hanging out in Montmelo for a bit after the race - all the locals come out and it was a really great atmosphere last time I went.

 

Monza is an amazing experience so I'd encourage anyone to do that race if you get a chance, but my number one favorite is Montreal

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So now that he's in... I wonder if the 2017 regs will be changing radically for 2019 with some Ross influence (if this year is a procession after all)

 

Also:

 

Ross

Oh hai! Remember me? The guy you pushed out? Yeah, good times for you coming right up lol.

 

Toto

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Spare a thought for the toad 'forced out' by the people he sold to.

 

Idiot.

 

However, if you were going to pick someone to run it, I'd say picking Brawn was pretty much bob on......aside from the bloke running the Blancpain Gt series Stephane Ratel. I think he's a bit busy to be fair.

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I can't think of anyone I'd want running F1 day to day more than Ross. He has Jean Todt's ear, and like or loathe JT I have to believe he wants the best for F1. 

 

JT and Ross would/should be a formidable team.

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As someone pointed out on Racer, don't underestimate the commercial guy from ESPN either.  He knows the sport, the business and pioneered ESPN's streaming tech.  There's a lot he can bring.

 

--

 

On another note I was reading an article about Sauber claiming they won't be held back by the old engine (Well no shit, that's what the brakes are for).  I think I've worked out their rationale, they're assuming 10 teams in 2017 and they're taking a punt.  There's stronger and stronger rumours Honda will fulfil their obligatory commitment to a 2nd engine supply by supplying Sauber in 2018.  So Sauber are I think burning 2017 before it starts.  They've almost entirely funded by Mercedes and Marcus and this way they concentrate entirely on car design for a 2018 Honda powered actual challenger.

 

It's a risk, it relies on them being able to attract some sponsorship for 2018, a half decent driver to go along with their obvious paydriver, actually sign that Honda deal, Honda to make something worth happening etc but I suspect being last this year is almost entirely by design.

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1 hour ago, mexos said:

I can't think of anyone I'd want running F1 day to day more than Ross. He has Jean Todt's ear, and like or loathe JT I have to believe he wants the best for F1. 

 

JT and Ross would/should be a formidable team.

 

Couldn't agree more. I have a good feeling about F1 now that the dinosaur is gone. 

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Read this:

http://www.motorsport.com/f1/news/brawn-simpler-rules-a-key-objective-for-f1-future-868197/

 

We really could be looking at a new golden age of F1. I am really excited by all this.

 

Also glad that Bernie is not gone because he is dead. He had to go, he should have ten years ago to be honest. I genuinely hope he enjoys his retirement. His contribution is massive but he's been holding things back for a long time now. 

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On 24/01/2017 at 13:28, marsh said:

Banking on Manor not making an appearance then?

 

The new regime might resolve that quite quickly....

 

Certainly banking on them not coming back in any competitive form.  Certainly this will have put a large dent in Manor's development.

 

Assuming neither score points, more than possible, it comes down to best result first and Sauber will be strongest at the start of the year while Manor is at best, in recovery mode.

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FUCKS SAKE. :(

 

This sucks. The Liberty deal has just come too late. I can imagine had they been in charge for the past year something could have been done.

 

SHIT NEEDS TO CHANGE...

 

The number one thing that needs to change is prize money not going all the way down to the team that is last. I mean what the fuck, what sort of c*nt made that rule up? (INSERT CHIN STROKING SMILEY)

 

A team gets killed off just because another team got one more friggin point?

 

REALLY?

 

My love for F1 is well documented but damn is it stretched on days like this.  

 

 

 

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