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Lonemagpie December 20 2013 09:14 PM

F1 2014 Championship Thread
 
I was going to wait till after New Year's Day to start this, but since the BBC have announced which races they'll be showing live in the UK, and which not...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/formula1/25458397

The list of races to be televised live on the BBC in 2014 is as follows:
30 March: Malaysia
11 May: Spain
8 June: Canada
6 July: Britain
24 August: Belgium
7 September: Italy
5 October: Japan
12 October: Russia
23 November: Abu Dhabi



The other 10 will be Sky exclusive in the UK.

Pingfah December 21 2013 12:26 PM

Re: F1 2014 Championship Thread
 
No Singapore :(

MacLeod December 21 2013 02:39 PM

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Don't like some of the changes planned for next year

Double points for the last race.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/formula1/25310466

Sometimes the championship goes to the last race sometimes it doesn't. Perhaps the FIA should suggest to FIFA that the last games of the season in Football get 6 points for a win, 4 for a draw and 2 for a loss.

Not keen on the idea of driver number, or at least how the FIA have outlined it. I might go along the route is that you're number is based on the position you finished in last years championship. According to the BBC site the idea behind allocated numbers is

The idea behind allocating numbers to drivers throughout their careers is to enhance their ability to exploit the commercial potential of merchandise.

Surely a counter-argument would be that with potentially a different number every year, you could sell more things like merchandise.

http://www.fia.com/formula-one-regulation-changes

A new five -second penalty for minor infringements, isn't that what the drive through is for?, if it's more serious than that we already have the ten-second stop-go penalty. As it is stewards whilst better in recent years are still not consistant. Why not have full-time race stewards e mployed by the FIA so we have consistant penalties applied over the season.

Deckerd December 28 2013 03:05 PM

Re: F1 2014 Championship Thread
 
Just watching the BBC retrospective on 2013 and my feeling is that Sebastian Vettel has killed F1.

MacLeod December 28 2013 03:23 PM

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No more so than Schumacher did.

We tend to be a little more forgiving of someone being dominate when we support them. But if you go back to the early 90's William's were dominat, then McLaren, then Ferrari now Red Bull who knows for the next few seasons Mercedes might be dominate. There is nothing new about a team being dominate in F1.

You could say how you win is as important as you win. Remember Schumacher won the 94 Championship by taking Hill out, did the same in 97 to JV but that time ended up losing all his points. Then at the race his team mate had to let him past so he could win the race despite there being no real championship rival due to the Ferrari's dominace (which ended up brining in the rule about no team orders). Ingonring a black flag at the British GP.

Vettel it seemed towards the end of this season seemed to be working on his PR image, following the Multi-21 incident early in the year.

Hopefully 2014 will be more interesting, with the new engines etc..

Deckerd December 28 2013 03:29 PM

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I don't really support anyone. I enjoy the variety (or used to). IMO anyone who gets to that level of competition deserves to win now and then. I recall when Schumi was dominant and yes it did get a bit tedious.

Zion Ravescene December 29 2013 11:53 PM

Re: F1 2014 Championship Thread
 
This is happening:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-25545993

Quote:

Michael Schumacher, seven-time Formula 1 world champion, is in a "critical condition" after a skiing accident, says the French hospital at which he is being treated.

The 44-year-old German "was suffering a serious brain trauma with coma on his arrival" the hospital in the south-east city of Grenoble said in a statement.

Schumacher's management confirmed his critical condition, reports said.

He was skiing off-piste with his son in the Alps when the accident occurred.

Schumacher was wearing a helmet when he fell and hit his head against a rock, Meribel resort director Christophe Gernignon-Lecomte said earlier.

Early reports had said his condition was not life-threatening.

Mr Gernignon-Lecomte said Schumacher was conscious when he was attended to by two ski patrollers who requested helicopter evacuation to the nearby valley town of Moutiers.

He was subsequently moved to the bigger facility at Grenoble. His wife Corinna and children are with him.
:(

Deckerd December 30 2013 10:45 AM

Re: F1 2014 Championship Thread
 
Poor Schumi. Reminds me of Natasha Richardson.

Geckothan December 30 2013 01:07 PM

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Doesn't sound good at all :(

Lonemagpie December 31 2013 10:35 PM

Re: F1 2014 Championship Thread
 
Today's news says he's improving but still not out of danger. And ueah, Natasha Richardson's death is the first thing I thought of.

Lonemagpie January 8 2014 10:59 PM

Re: F1 2014 Championship Thread
 
Lotus are to miss the first pre-season test session, I see...

MacLeod January 14 2014 01:05 AM

Re: F1 2014 Championship Thread
 
In any other year, I would say that might not be that bad, but with all the changes this year with the V6 turbos and the new Energy Recovery systems etc.. I would have teams would want to get every single second of track time they can.

Lonemagpie January 15 2014 09:04 PM

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Quote:

MacLeod wrote: (Post 9119728)
In any other year, I would say that might not be that bad, but with all the changes this year with the V6 turbos and the new Energy Recovery systems etc.. I would have teams would want to get every single second of track time they can.

Let's face it, Lotus these days seem to be a bunch of cowboys.

MacLeod January 19 2014 07:52 PM

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Looks like changes are coming to McLaren, With Ron now back as CEO of McLaren replacing Whitmarsh.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/formula-one/25766407

Not exactly suprising with one of their worst seasons in almost 30 years without a Podium, the driver they got to replaced Lewis replaced at the end of a single season etc...


And Pirelli have signed a thre year deal to supply tyre's.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/formula1/25762121

Lonemagpie January 21 2014 06:03 PM

Re: F1 2014 Championship Thread
 
So Kamui Kobayashi is back this year, driving for Caterham... Whose owner says he'll quit if they don't improve and score a point at some stage this year.


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