Celebrating Five Glorious Years of Heikki Kovalainen: Formula 1 in 2012

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After Red Bull's performance over the past two years maybe everyone just said, "fuck speed. downforce is all that matters."

encarta it (Gukbe), Tuesday, 7 February 2012 03:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

The stepped-nose thing seems to be intended to prevent debris from coming straight at the driver, as well as making it more difficult to 'scoop' a car up from behind, tossing it into the air. So the nose revisions are just safety regs, if I remember right, and not intended to contribute to anything aero-wise. There's a great article on the new nose regs online.

I'm still not exactly clear on how McLaren dodged this - the nose must be within regs but it sure doesn't look at first glance like it could be.

Brakhage, Tuesday, 7 February 2012 04:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

Just saw the Toro Rosso. Predicting that front nose to snap off by Practice 2 in Melbourne.

Cold Chisel dude Cold Chisel (King Boy Pato), Tuesday, 7 February 2012 07:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

can i just say the 1979 Ensign N179

Cold Chisel dude Cold Chisel (King Boy Pato), Tuesday, 7 February 2012 07:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

biodiesel made from millions of little bugs, scooped, compressed, made into hi-octane all in seconds

Brakhage, Tuesday, 7 February 2012 20:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

Testing with the Finns

Brakhage, Wednesday, 8 February 2012 17:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

bernie ecclestone with opinion 4 u on the arab spring:

"A lot of kids having a go at the police."

Cold Chisel dude Cold Chisel (King Boy Pato), Wednesday, 15 February 2012 19:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

Looks like we gotta change the name of this thread

Brakhage, Friday, 17 February 2012 17:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

ha I knew I'd seen that ensign before..

thomasintrouble, Friday, 17 February 2012 18:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

Looks like we gotta change the name of this thread

This is slightly embarrassing than "Keeping Jenson Button Employed" and 'im winning the championship, through.

Cold Chisel dude Cold Chisel (King Boy Pato), Friday, 17 February 2012 21:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

lol. we're up to date.

encarta it (Gukbe), Saturday, 18 February 2012 01:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

Er, farewell then...

Putin on the Ritz (King Boy Pato), Thursday, 1 March 2012 20:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

in b4 Bernie sez something sexist: Marussia take on female test driver Maria de Villota

Bo Jackson Overture (King Boy Pato), Thursday, 8 March 2012 07:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

NASCAR is so ahead of the game in this department.

stay in school if you want to kiw (Gukbe), Thursday, 8 March 2012 07:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

sorry for the huge

stay in school if you want to kiw (Gukbe), Thursday, 8 March 2012 07:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

They're not that hug...oh, wait.

Bo Jackson Overture (King Boy Pato), Thursday, 8 March 2012 07:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

Thanks, that really brightened up my day ...

Thought this little thing with Schumi was fun

Brakhage, Thursday, 15 March 2012 23:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

"You're not a communist state there, are you? Any money that my children have got, they didn't steal."

bernie ecclestone great train robbery
About 26,900 results (0.27 seconds)

Bo Jackson Overture (King Boy Pato), Saturday, 17 March 2012 02:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

Congratulations to the GQ Model on his Pole Position.

More importantly: Grosjean starts third. Raikkonen starts...er, eighteenth?

Bo Jackson Overture (King Boy Pato), Saturday, 17 March 2012 07:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

Lucozade gives Jenson Button wings...wait, what?

Bo Jackson Overture (King Boy Pato), Sunday, 18 March 2012 07:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

You know what? I haven't seen a last lap like that in years (for 8th to 12th, that is).

But anyway, Alonso ~makes u think~: https://twitter.com/#!/alo_oficial/status/181304815693987842/photo/1

Bo Jackson Overture (King Boy Pato), Sunday, 18 March 2012 12:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

Perez had a brilliant race

Brakhage, Monday, 19 March 2012 16:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

I hear that. Sixth for KOBAYASHI~! too. PETER SAUBER IS THE GREATEST DRIVER SCOUT IN THE HISTORY OF HUMANITY.

Bo Jackson Overture (King Boy Pato), Thursday, 22 March 2012 10:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

I'm getting more and more convinced that "Charles Pic" is a fictional character btw,

Bo Jackson Overture (King Boy Pato), Thursday, 22 March 2012 10:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

WETTTTT RAAAAAAAAAACE

Clive "The Chip" Crinkly (King Boy Pato), Sunday, 25 March 2012 08:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

Stock the fridge with Magnums, the track is in a undriveable state.

Clive "The Chip" Crinkly (King Boy Pato), Sunday, 25 March 2012 08:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

RED FLAG!!

CAN WE GET SOME MAGNUMS UP IN THIS AREA??

Clive "The Chip" Crinkly (King Boy Pato), Sunday, 25 March 2012 08:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

The EXCITEMENT that is A NUMBER OF GAZEBOS.

Clive "The Chip" Crinkly (King Boy Pato), Sunday, 25 March 2012 08:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

omg perez

merrick & toro rosso (haitch), Sunday, 25 March 2012 10:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

omg perez
― merrick & toro rosso (haitch), Sunday, March 25, 2012 10:15 AM (23 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

hard in da hummus (cozen), Sunday, 25 March 2012 10:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

FERRARI-powered Sauber "runs wide" before it is about to overtake a FERRARI for the lead, shock horror.

Clive "The Chip" Crinkly (King Boy Pato), Sunday, 25 March 2012 10:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

gotta lose one before you win one, i guess

merrick & toro rosso (haitch), Sunday, 25 March 2012 10:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

Or in Michael Schumacher's case, win heaps before you lose heaps.

Clive "The Chip" Crinkly (King Boy Pato), Sunday, 25 March 2012 10:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

FERRARI-powered Sauber driven by a guy who'll probably be in the other Ferrari by Monaco "runs wide" before it is about to overtake a FERRARI for the lead, shock horror.

Clive "The Chip" Crinkly (King Boy Pato), Sunday, 25 March 2012 11:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

lol i was just going to say, how long until 'massa out' starts - it's a shame but he's just not anything like what he used to be

merrick & toro rosso (haitch), Sunday, 25 March 2012 11:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

great race. really enjoyed it. Senna doing well this year.

stay in school if you want to kiw (Gukbe), Sunday, 25 March 2012 21:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

Britishers: how is the Sky coverage?

stay in school if you want to kiw (Gukbe), Sunday, 25 March 2012 21:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

Yeah this was gripping. I'd gotten used to really boring races and making the best of it that it was fantastic to have an actual race, with real competition all over the place.

Perez astonishing. It sure looks to me that a decision was made to not really try for the win, which is a shame. I think Perez was telling Alonso 'don't you think I couldn't have taken you today' immediately after getting out of the cars. I wanted him to win but it was probably best to keep the points and not piss off Ferrari.

Re Sky: this is kind of a bizarre minor point, but to me it's cool to finally see Kravitz after the BBC made sure you never, ever saw him, he's really suited to prodding at space-age monitors in the Technobubble or Skylab or whereever that studio is. Miss Jordan and DC though, Hill is fine but he's very bland compared to them.

Brakhage, Monday, 26 March 2012 01:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

I cannot see how Massa lasts the season. They're going to deny it to the ends of the earth, until they take him for a little drive in the woods.

Brakhage, Monday, 26 March 2012 01:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

It seems suspect maybe but it also seems totally nuts that Perez would have ran off the track like that on purpose.

stay in school if you want to kiw (Gukbe), Monday, 26 March 2012 01:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

Not suggesting that was deliberate - but if it were me driving and I'd gotten that message, I might have run off the road simply because I wasn't concentrating on the drive any longer. The pit stop thing definitely seemed like an attempt to hold Perez back, and the message got sent to drive the point home that second place suited everyone just fine. Perez took Sauber by surprise, I think. Nothing nefarious or awful, just unfortunate since he could have taken Alonso with many laps to spare. Sauber of course denies any scheming, which makes sense since from his point of view it isn't scheming to settle for second.

Brakhage, Monday, 26 March 2012 03:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

Gotta say it's great to have a race in which there's something to talk about instead of marvelling at somebody's 15-second lead they keep for the entire race!

Brakhage, Monday, 26 March 2012 03:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

Worst-case scenario at the time for Sauber would have been some horrible clash with Alonso defending like a maniac, Perez running into him, and Hamilton just gliding into first

Brakhage, Monday, 26 March 2012 03:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

Alex Wurz on the Austrian tv (he's pretty fantastic as a commentator, doesn't hesitate to tell the tv sports guys they're being idiotic when they're being idiotic, and actually speaks English so that pit radio bits aren't immediately followed by "well, I couldn't really hear that" any more) said he thought that was a good young driver going for it and blowing it, and that a more experienced driver probably would have backed off a bit sooner. When his sports guy co-commentator made the Ferrari shenanigans suggestion, Wurz (who never misses an opportunity to criticize Ferrari's role in F1) said he thought it was just too soon in the season for that.

Three Word Username, Monday, 26 March 2012 06:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

Never soon for the Maranello Krew, especially when they know they've got a rubbish car. Alonso, despite being a knob, is a terrific driver and probably wrung the neck of that car get it over the line in first.

Clive "The Chip" Crinkly (King Boy Pato), Monday, 26 March 2012 07:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

Everything in this NYT blog piece is horrific, but that last photo just broke my heart.

Brakhage, Friday, 6 April 2012 20:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

"A lot of kids having a go at the police."

Clive "The Chip" Crinkly (King Boy Pato), Saturday, 14 April 2012 07:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

lolwut nico on pole

Clive "The Chip" Crinkly (King Boy Pato), Saturday, 14 April 2012 07:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

Bernie Ecclestone, 81, the F1 supremo, speaking at the Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai, said of Bahrain: "I know people who live there, and it's all very quiet and peaceful."

The comments provoked a storm on social media sites as local activists said there were fears of a clampdown on protesters to prevent disruption to the event.

Pictures emerged of Ecclestone's image being burned in Bahrain posted on a Facebook page called "Pearl Family Circle – Martyrs' Square".

Sounds promising.

Clive "The Chip" Crinkly (King Boy Pato), Saturday, 14 April 2012 13:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

that is an excellent track imo. are there any upcoming races in other classes on it, le mans prototypes or something?

thirstin' maw (haitch), Tuesday, 20 November 2012 00:20 (1 year ago) Permalink

I believe the next race is MotoGP in April.

EZ Snappin, Tuesday, 20 November 2012 00:22 (1 year ago) Permalink

I really dug the COTA track too. Horner was saying it's obvious they'd intentionally stolen bits of other tracks, which sounds awful but it came together really well - it feels a bit like Interlagos and looks like great fun to drive. New tracks get a lot of complaints these days but most everyone seems well pleased.

Brakhage, Tuesday, 20 November 2012 00:24 (1 year ago) Permalink

It's totally Tilke's greatest hits - bit of Turkey, bit of that. But it looks like it'll be the best Tilke track for passing, at least.

EZ Snappin, Tuesday, 20 November 2012 00:26 (1 year ago) Permalink

also: V8 Supercars next year

I don't "get" that part of the marketing plan.

After Cease To Exist Button (King Boy Pato), Tuesday, 20 November 2012 09:37 (1 year ago) Permalink

Not sure if I enjoyed the GP as much as everyone else did (well, until the podium ceremony), possibly because it was on at 6am on a Monday morning. As good as Lewis' stalking of Seb was, I preferred PASTOOOOR's barging past B. Senna. If that didn't bring a smile to the face of Sir Frank, nothing will.

Can't get too excited about Brazil either; I want Vettel to win because OL' HAIRY EYEBROWS but it would be something of an anti-climax, if you know what I mean.

After Cease To Exist Button (King Boy Pato), Tuesday, 20 November 2012 09:42 (1 year ago) Permalink

!!! SUTIL MIGHT BE COMING BACK TO FORCE INDIA !!!

After Cease To Exist Button (King Boy Pato), Friday, 23 November 2012 11:02 (1 year ago) Permalink

He probably won't be able to get visas for several races so it seems a weird choice.

EZ Snappin, Friday, 23 November 2012 11:41 (1 year ago) Permalink

Charles Pic moves up to the dizzying heights of...Caterham?

After Cease To Exist Button (King Boy Pato), Friday, 23 November 2012 11:51 (1 year ago) Permalink

McLaren lock out! Nicely done.

Poor Alonso :(

EZ Snappin, Saturday, 24 November 2012 17:02 (1 year ago) Permalink

yeah but red bull have a special qualifying car that is highly illegal and that is making alonso look bad (just ask any internet f1 b0ard)

After Cease To Exist Button (King Boy Pato), Sunday, 25 November 2012 11:21 (1 year ago) Permalink

oh, please let it end this way.

EZ Snappin, Sunday, 25 November 2012 16:05 (1 year ago) Permalink

This is nuts

Gukbe, Sunday, 25 November 2012 16:52 (1 year ago) Permalink

absolutely goofy.

EZ Snappin, Sunday, 25 November 2012 16:59 (1 year ago) Permalink

Dammit! It was so close. Alonso is champion in my book. There is no way that car is even close to the Red Bull and yet it's only a few points that separate them at the end of the season. Remarkable.

EZ Snappin, Sunday, 25 November 2012 17:50 (1 year ago) Permalink

still remember alonso in qualifying for his debut GP, melbourne 2001 - one of my pals and I went along and got a good position in a braking area with some trees throwing shade, so you could see all the cars' brakes heat up. so you could tell really easily that alonso was going in metres later than everybody else in that piece of shit minardi!

the wower of pun (haitch), Monday, 26 November 2012 02:01 (1 year ago) Permalink

Had to wait almost a day to watch this.

Bloody 'ell.

✂--- CUT HERE FOR YOUR COUPON --- (King Boy Pato), Monday, 26 November 2012 12:34 (1 year ago) Permalink

CRAZY RAIN RACE + OL' HAIRY EYEBROWS NOT WINNING + THE HULK LEADING SOME LAPS = PRETTY AWESOME

✂--- CUT HERE FOR YOUR COUPON --- (King Boy Pato), Monday, 26 November 2012 12:35 (1 year ago) Permalink

u mad, marussia?

✂--- CUT HERE FOR YOUR COUPON --- (King Boy Pato), Monday, 26 November 2012 12:36 (1 year ago) Permalink

<3 interlagos, what a mental race

the wower of pun (haitch), Monday, 26 November 2012 13:05 (1 year ago) Permalink

'PETROBRAS' is one of the most awkward brand names of all time, u feel me

the wower of pun (haitch), Monday, 26 November 2012 13:36 (1 year ago) Permalink

360-degree video from a Red Bull test run

Brakhage, Monday, 26 November 2012 16:27 (1 year ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

A friend of mine has to research how Formula 1 works (teams, money, development, etc) for his job. Anybody know of any good sites/books that might give a solid rundown?

Gukbe, Thursday, 3 January 2013 19:12 (1 year ago) Permalink

I follow a lot of F1 stuff and the only people I've found so far who really work the financial side are Buxton and Saward. Saward in particular made it clear to me how the prize money is structured as an incentive and life support, ie the race for tenth place really is life or death for teams. You'll never hear anyone on TV actually talking in depth about money, sponsorship, etc and how it affects the sport - it's mentioned in passing.

The unapproved bio of Ecclestone is interesting not in that it demonstrates he's obnoxious (we all knew that) but how brilliant he is at a. structuring deals and b. playing the media.

Brakhage, Thursday, 10 January 2013 17:15 (1 year ago) Permalink


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