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Also, about the wheelbase - I know people have said for years that the cars are getting too long, but I realised something the other day (err, actually, the other year). I think a shorter car length would increase the sensation of speed dramatically. If you watch a motogp bike go down a straight, it looks way faster than an F1 car, even though they're doing roughly the same speed. Why? Because bikes are tiny compared to cars. Another reason I'd like to see shorter cars in F1.

I'm not entirely sure about that. For most of the tracks MotoGP visits the cameras are closer than they are on the new-fangled F1 tracks. I know MotoGP also visits modern tracks, some of which are also used for F1, but even with the big run-offs the bikes seem closer than in F1.

Perhaps Dorna cameramen just zoom in closer to the bikes, which makes the camera seem more sensitive, which gives the impression that the camera man is struggling to keep up? It's my main issue with modern camera equipment in motorsports - they've now got so many tricks up their sleeves (such as the gyroscopes used in steadicams and the likes) that the stability sucks the action element that used to be there. It would almost feel better if the cameras were solidly fixed like they used to be.
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My fav car on the grid this year probably (gotta wait to see it on track tho, the natural light may change the look of it a little)


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F1-Live are reporting that Mclaren have approached Mercedes about the possibility of supplying them engines....



...watch this space!
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F1-Live are reporting that Mclaren have approached Mercedes about the possibility of supplying them engines....



...watch this space!

Apparently Mansour Ojjeh contacted the top guys at Mercedes and aksed if a contract for 2018 would be possibly. Mercedes doesn't seem to be too reluctant about it. I guess come Spain GP they will announce a new contract. Either that ot Alonso will leave.






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> Apparently Mansour Ojjeh contacted the top guys at
> Mercedes and aksed if a contract for 2018 would be
> possibly. Mercedes doesn't seem to be too
> reluctant about it. I guess come Spain GP they
> will announce a new contract. Either that ot
> Alonso will leave.


My vote is for both things to happen. I'd given an ultimatum to Honda a long time ago, allowing them to push the team backwards for three years has damaged F1's image as a whole, since now what manufacturer, with likely less budget than Honda, is going to have a shot at supplying a team?

The last desperate option would be Cosworth, I recall them saying they had the basis for a 2014-spec engine but never finished it since nobody would buy it.

PURE and Craig Pollock, anyone? ;)

Also, it'd be sad for Alonso to leave this way but I prefer him doing a Loeb and racing anything, anywhere, than agonizing with these engines.


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As long as there isn't a change in engine regulations I don't see any new manufacturer jump in. They would be crazy to think they could make up three or more years of experience by the current manufacturers. But if FIA should change the regulations they probably won't go back to use ten year old technology. I doubt we'll ever see "normal" aspirated V8s or V10s again.






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Im starting to worry about whether they could drive flat-out all race or not. There were some comments from Hulkenberg, he was comparing the Pirellis to the Michelin LMP1 ones and he said that this year they will have to save tyres at some point. Also there were some reports saying that some engineers were concerned about fuel consumption and that 105kg of fuel wasn´t enough...

That reminds me, is the limited fuel flow rule still existing?

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Im starting to worry about whether they could drive flat-out all race or not.

According to Alonso you won't have to worry - as long as you drive Honda (dis-)powered cars. ;)






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