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    It was better back then. Just left alone to the drivers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bsnub View Post


    It was better back then. Just left alone to the drivers.
    No credit to the millions spent by teams on engineering, construction, factories and employees, invested in producing a capable platform for said drivers.
    Current rules are aimed at reducing driver inputs from a dizzying array of possible adjustments which are no longer available to drivers discretion.
    It went too far, and the current rules have reduced drivers input accordingly. The Hamilton generation has been able to compete successfully under historic, and current rules for driver aids. The best and more capable drivers are still winning, just as they did under the abuse of driver inputs allowed.

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    Rumours abound....

    According to information from F1-Insider.com, Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton (36) have come to an agreement after a long wrangling. World champion Hamilton, so far without a contract in 2021, is to sign a one-year contract with an option for a second season. De facto, that would be a two-year contract if the Brit doesn’t want to hang up his helmet before at the end of 2021.

    Formula 1 exclusive: Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes reach agreement.

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    It's official. Now he can go for the unassailable record.

    Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton has signed a new one-year contract with Mercedes for the 2021 season.

    Lewis Hamilton: F1 champion signs new Mercedes contract - BBC Sport



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    Quote Originally Posted by Switch View Post
    The best and more capable drivers are still winning, just as they did under the abuse of driver inputs allowed.
    As usual proving you know fuck all. Those cars in the early 90s had very little driver inputs and zero computer interfaces. They were analog and tactile. It was all seat of the pants driving back then. But you would not know that because you are not a motor enthusiast and know fuck all about cars.

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    There was talk of another Bahrain double header to start the season, but now it appears the Portugese GP will go ahead on May 2nd instead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bsnub View Post
    As usual proving you know fuck all. Those cars in the early 90s had very little driver inputs and zero computer interfaces. They were analog and tactile. It was all seat of the pants driving back then. But you would not know that because you are not a motor enthusiast and know fuck all about cars.
    Your personal failure to comprehend a simple and correct post is shown once again.
    You attempted to say in detail what I had already posted .......... and once again, you failed spectacularly.
    Once upon a time I would think you were just a worthless simpleton, but you are actually a hard wired, biased fool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Switch View Post
    Your personal failure to comprehend a simple and correct post is shown once again.
    You attempted to say in detail what I had already posted .......... and once again, you failed spectacularly.
    Once upon a time I would think you were just a worthless simpleton, but you are actually a hard wired, biased fool.
    Don't be hard on snubby. He thinks F1 is like that NASCAR shite, and thinks he knows all about it because he flipped burgers at Goodwood back in the day.

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    Formula 1 teams will enjoy warmer, sunnier climes for pre-season testing this year with the Bahrain International Circuit – rather than the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya – the venue of choice for the three days of running from the 12th to the 14th of March. What, if any, difference will it make? Let us explain…

    1. It’ll be significantly hotter

    Bobble hats, scarves and cups of tea are usually a necessity for pre-season testing, even in Barcelona, with temperatures often lingering in the single digits. But teams won’t need that clobber this year, as Bahrain will considerably warmer, with lows of 18C, peaking at a welcome 26C, for that time of year.

    Those temperatures, combined with a more predictable weather forecast and the minimal threat of rain compared to Barcelona, means usefully consistent and representative conditions for the teams to get down to work (providing there are no sandstorms of course!).

    The warm weather should make it easier to switch on the tyres, which will make for more representative analysis of the new rubber, too, while they can also better assess their cooling packages versus what can be done in colder Barcelona.

    2. It's a very different track surface and layout

    Bahrain’s track surface is made from crushed rock that was shipped from Shropshire in the UK, and is renowned for its high-grip, abrasive qualities.

    Combine that surface with a different track layout compared to smooth-surfaced Barcelona - being both lower downforce and harder on brakes - and you’ve got a track that works the tyres differently.

    That’ll allow teams to focus on different development areas, such as traction out of the slower corners and protecting the rear tyres from high degradation.

    3. The test venue is representative of first race

    While teams and personnel will likely fly home after pre-season testing, the cars and their infrastructure will stay in place as Bahrain is obviously set to hold the opening race of the 2021 campaign.

    This is an unusual proposition for teams in recent years, who'll get to test their cars on a layout that is identical to that on which they will be racing at the opening race of the season. That means they can alter their testing programmes to take advantage of that.

    Usually, of course, F1 teams head from a traditional racing circuit in Barcelona – which features a variety of corner types, swift changes of direction and a long straight to assess the car’s strengths and weaknesses – to a temporary street venue in Melbourne where track evolution is high and the tyres are worked very differently.

    Teams will also have plenty of recent data from Bahrain, which first appeared on the calendar in 2004, after the venue hosted two of the final three races of 2020 – one on the traditional layout, another on the outer loop – so that’ll help them make better analysis of their winter development efforts.

    4. Running is extremely limited

    With only three days of testing this year – the running being slashed by half versus 2020 – clear, predictable conditions will help teams get through what will be some very busy programmes.

    Each driver is likely to get a maximum of just 1.5 days in the car, which will be particularly challenging for the likes of Carlos Sainz, Sergio Perez, Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo, who have moved teams, for rookies Yuki Tsunoda, Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin, and of course for the returning double world champion Fernando Alonso.

    Some drivers will get less than the maximum, though. Williams are giving their test driver Roy Nissany a day in the car – to help him correlate data with his extensive time in the simulator – and that means George Russell and Nicholas Latifi will only get one day. That puts an even greater emphasis on teams have trouble free running.

    5. The track is much further from team bases

    Barcelona is a favourite for F1 teams not just because the track layout is great for testing but also for its close proximity to their bases in the UK, Italy and Switzerland.

    It’s just a two-hour flight from the UK, for example, and (certainly in pre-Covid times) that offered the opportunity to fly parts out at short notice. It was also possible to drive new bits across in vans overnight to minimise the disruption of running, allowing teams to carry on production when testing had already begun.

    In contrast, Bahrain is seven hours away on a plane – and driving is not a realistic option, of course – so teams will need to ensure they have a sufficient spares and are well prepared with all the items they want to test.

    https://www.formula1.com/en/latest/article.aramco-pre-season-testing-5-ways-testing-in-bahrain-will-be-different-to.7DoCCB9NWf81GcTt8WZ5UY.html

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    The new W12, a thing of beauty.

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    Oh, goody. Let the parade begin.

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    Not long now snubby, testing in Bahrain starts on the 12th!

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    The new Aston Martin’s not too shabby either. Pity about hiring a has been to drive it though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bsnub View Post
    Oh, goody. Let the parade begin.
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    The Current Formula One Proposals for 2021 (from the official F1 website):


    • Engines must be 1.6 Liter, V6 Turbo Hybrid




    • In order to improve the sound, they must ht the 3000rpm higher engine running speed range




    • There will be new internal design parameters in place that are meant to restrict development costs and discourage unorthodox designs




    • Formula One MGUH (motor generator unit, heat) are no longer allowed




    • Formula One now uses more powerful MGUK (motor generator unit, kinetic) meant to manual driver deployment in races.




    • Engines must be single turbo with dimensional constraints and weight limits




    • All cars must have a standard energy store with control electronics




    • Formula One will have a high level of external prescriptive design, which allows ‘Plug-And-Play’ engine/chassis/transmission swap capability




    • Regulators will now investigate tighter fuel regulations while limiting on the several types of fuels used

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    New Aston Martin Safety Car.


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    Murray Walker is doing absolutely fine, a masterful display of living and OH HE'S DEAD.

    Former Formula One commentator Murray Walker dies aged 97

    Walker's voice provided the backing track to some of F1's most iconic moments, including James Hunt's 1976 world championship win.

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    Legendary Formula One commentator Murray Walker has died aged 97, the British Racing Drivers' Club has announced.


    "It's with great sadness we share the news of the passing of BRDC Associate Member Murray Walker OBE," it said.


    "A friend, a true motorsport legend, the nation's favourite commentator and a contagious smile.


    "We thank Murray for all he has done for our community. RIP our friend."

    Former Formula One commentator Murray Walker dies aged 97 | UK News | Sky News
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    Snubby, you'll be pleased to hear that Lewis is having a 'mare in testing!

    Not only a gearbox problem but a stint in the gravel to boot.

    Apparently it is blowing a hoolie in Bahrain but that's no excuse is it?


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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Snubby, you'll be pleased to hear that Lewis is having a 'mare in testing!
    Not the first time we heard that, is it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bsnub View Post
    Not the first time we heard that, is it?
    I'm sure he would have wanted a lot more track time than he's had. They only have 3 days!

    They are keeping their new floor under wraps though.

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    Nothing but theater it is all by design to give this coming parade a handhold of credibility.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bsnub View Post
    Nothing but theater it is all by design to give this coming parade a handhold of credibility.
    Hopefully you're right.


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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Hopefully you're right.
    Pathetic. Run it up the flagpole you tired old wanker.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Murray Walker is doing absolutely fine, a masterful display of living and OH HE'S DEAD.
    Murray Walker the gaff meister but we let him get away with that. James Hunt kept him honest.

    RIP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VocalNeal View Post
    RIP.
    I read that piece in his voice.


    Like Morgan Freeman, one of those that you could hear one sentence, and immediately know who it was. A legend.



    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Engines must be 1.6 Liter, V6 Turbo Hybrid
    Also available in a Nissan Micra and Renault Megane?

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