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#268195 4-Mar-2020 16:03
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Hi all,

 

Starting a new thread so we can keep the F1 season discussions separate.

 

 

 

Big news this year?

 

 

 

Mercedes steering angle adjustment.  My take is the rules don't actually prevent this, so legal at this stage.

 

I hear they've outlawed it for 2021, so that probably indicates it's legal now but they don't like it.

 

 

 

Last season with unregulated spending. 

 

Sadly this will likely mean same same, so hello Mercedes 7th consecutive season championship. 

 

 

 

Drive to Survive season 2 on Netflix was awesome again and fills the gap.  Not long to go now until Melbourne 2020.

 

Highlights: especially loved Kimi's contribution at the end, and that slow motion of the seagull taking off.

 

 

 

Thoughts/feelings towards this year?

 

 

 

 


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  #2432972 5-Mar-2020 10:21
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Other aspects...

I think the modern cars are too big.  Check out how long they have become:

 

 

 

(Lewis Hamilton post)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also, statement released with regards to the closed door settlement on Ferrari's power unit last season:

 

https://www.mclaren.com/racing/team/statement-mclaren-racing-2020/

 

STATEMENT FROM McLAREN RACING

 

 

 

We, the undersigned teams, were surprised and shocked by the FIA’s statement of Friday 28 February regarding the conclusion of its investigation into the Scuderia Ferrari Formula 1 Power Unit.

 

An international sporting regulator has the responsibility to act with the highest standards of governance, integrity and transparency.

 

After months of investigations that were undertaken by the FIA only following queries raised by other teams, we strongly object to the FIA reaching a confidential settlement agreement with Ferrari to conclude this matter.

 

Therefore, we hereby state publicly our shared commitment to pursue full and proper disclosure in this matter, to ensure that our sport treats all competitors fairly and equally. We do so on behalf of the fans, the participants and the stakeholders of Formula One.

 

In addition, we reserve our rights to seek legal redress, within the FIA’s due process and before the competent courts.

 

McLaren Racing Limited
Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Limited
Racing Point UK Limited
Red Bull Racing Limited
Renault Sport Racing Limited
Scuderia Alpha Tauri S.p.A.
Williams Grand Prix Engineering Limited


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  #2432979 5-Mar-2020 10:27
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The larger wheel base makes the cars much more stable. I would love to see them go back to a shorter wheel base. Currently they look like they are on rails most of the time.

 
 
 
 




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  #2433065 5-Mar-2020 11:41
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Other points were the new Pink Mercedes, with Racing Point just blatantly copying the 2019 Mercedes.

 

From memory Mercedes run a fairly low rake angle, whereas most of the field (red bull especially) run quite a steep angle. 
Assume racing point have adopted/copied this approach too, which might be quite new for them.

 

Makes sense to design a similar concept car, if you're being supplied components from a company designing them around their own car.



I'll be watching McLaren (always like the kiwi connection there) and Renault, whom Daniel Ricciardo moved to from Red Bull, to see how they go this season.

 

 

 

Read into testing 'results' whatever you like:

 

 

 


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  #2433125 5-Mar-2020 13:05
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Really enjoyed Netflix Season 2 of F1 Drive to Survive. You really don't appreciate how many things happened in 2019, its great to get a behind the scenes look and netflix seem to get much better responses almost on a personnel level that you don't get with the regular F1 coverage. 


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  #2435547 10-Mar-2020 11:20
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I just saw that only 4 of 20 F1 drivers have contracts for 2021. That puts Marcus Armstrong in a great position so long as he has a good F2 season (top 3 i reckon). Last year most of the F1 Seats were already locked up and no one had a chance. 

 

As a Ferrari academy driver he has the right connections to play the politics game as well. Liam Lawson also has an outside chance, he will need to totally dominate F3 which is pretty unlikely (Verstappen did it)  but also he is in a top F3 team and has Red Bull backing just like Verstappen. 

 

Not sure how i'm going to fit F1, F2 and F3 races into my already busy life. 




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  #2435750 10-Mar-2020 15:48
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langi27:

 

I just saw that only 4 of 20 F1 drivers have contracts for 2021.

 

 

 

 

Yeah that and the new regulations for 2021 mean that's shaping up to be quite cool.

Somewhat sad though that 2020 feels like more of the same, so I'm looking forward to some of the teams improving, maybe shaking up the midfield, but am worried this year is just a filler year before it's even started.  Hope I'm wrong.




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  #2437258 13-Mar-2020 07:19
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Melbourne event postponed!

McLaren has pulled out and they’ve postponed the whole event.

Don’t Drive to Survive coming soon on Netflix.

 
 
 
 


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  #2437261 13-Mar-2020 07:23
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This 2020 F1 thread might be quite short :(

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  #2437265 13-Mar-2020 07:38
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Yup going to be interesting times,

 

Mclaren have formally pulled out but rumours swirling around the paddock is there was an early morning meeting to cancel the Australian GP,

 

I would guess we will see the announcement early this morning


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  #2437268 13-Mar-2020 07:51
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Jaxson: Melbourne event postponed!

McLaren has pulled out and they’ve postponed the whole event.

Don’t Drive to Survive coming soon on Netflix.

 

 

 

Not officially - but it is still only 5am there :)

 

https://www.bbc.com/sport/formula1/51849163

 

 

 

 

The Australian Grand Prix has been called off, two senior Formula 1 sources have told BBC Sport.

 

There has been no official confirmation from F1 or governing body the FIA but the news follows a McLaren team member testing positive for coronavirus.

 

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  #2437274 13-Mar-2020 08:02
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Craig Slater has already broadcasted that is it off at 3am AU Time, so its bascially done at this point

 

i shouldnt have signed up to Spark Sport yesterday heh, might ask for a refund see what they say

 

 

 

 


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  #2437275 13-Mar-2020 08:15
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dan:

 

Craig Slater has already broadcasted that is it off at 3am AU Time, so its bascially done at this point

 

i shouldnt have signed up to Spark Sport yesterday heh, might ask for a refund see what they say

 



It's a pretty fluid situation at the moment, as all the flag marshalls have been told that track activity will still take place today and report as usual so we will see what happens when Aus wakes up


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  #2437276 13-Mar-2020 08:20
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ResponseMediaNZ:

 

It's a pretty fluid situation at the moment, as all the flag marshalls have been told that track activity will still take place today and report as usual so we will see what happens when Aus wakes up

 

 

The Support Categories and Supercars have not been called off yet

 

 


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  #2437297 13-Mar-2020 08:36
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Other Motorsport news Indy Car has just gone closed circuit to essential pers and media




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  #2437356 13-Mar-2020 10:06
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ResponseMediaNZ:

 

Other Motorsport news Indy Car has just gone closed circuit to essential pers and media

 



Yeah Bahrain F1 race has gone that way too.

 

 

 

Unrelated to F1, but a lot of corporations have cancelled conference events this year globally.  

 

Even within NZ I'm trying to decide if the one I host should go ahead later in the year, and if we'd get an company reps approved to travel here etc.

 

Very uncertain times on many fronts, in terms of containing this thing, and those measures don't fit well with global events such as F1. 

 

Disappointing after all the effort that has been put in, especially in the likes of Vietnam, where the number of reported cases is actually less than Australia, despite being so close to China. 


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