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Old 11-22-2015, 07:47 PM
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So here are some photos I took at COTA. (Click for full-size)




















































Button &Alonso running at 5th and 6th...it was beautiful...while it lasted.









Elton John Post Race Concert











And there you have it.




I should upload the videos I took at the piano bar where Lewis and Nico were at.
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The Piano Bar singing "We Are the Champions"


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Someone dropped a $100 bill to request "God Save the Queen."


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Sorry about the aspect mode - I thought recorded it in landscape, but it never rotated...
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Nice shots. Thanks.
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Elton John...that's why the race lost money.
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McLaren 1984, MP4/2, won 12 out of 16 races. Lauda WDC, McLaren WCC. Pretty amazing season and start of 3 straight WDC from 1984-6
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Mugen very nice shots! Where were you sitting? Last time we went we sat in the turn 9 grandstands
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Who are the best ever Formula One drivers?

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Very interesting analysis of the best F1 drivers with comparison to the cars they drove compared to the competition of their era.

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Well, that's a wrap.


Anyone catch the podium "champagne" shower?







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Mugen very nice shots! Where were you sitting? Last time we went we sat in the turn 9 grandstands

Thanks! We were sitting at Turn 9 as well. The first several photos (their recon laps) were taken from one of the pedestrian bridges on our way to Turn 9.

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Great pictures. Love F1, not so much Bernie.
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Hopefully, Mercedes will get more competition next year.

Still no idea what engine Red Bull will have. Can't tell from Horner's recent comments. Renault, Infiniti, Mercedes, Honda, Acura????????
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I read a quote this morning from Christian Horner which said with regard to next year's RBR power unit "one thing is certain, Ron Dennis will not be happy." Did Honda override Ron's veto?
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I read a quote this morning from Christian Horner which said with regard to next year's RBR power unit "one thing is certain, Ron Dennis will not be happy." Did Honda override Ron's veto?
That's what I'm talking about Chief. Over the last three days, Horner has made conflicting statements that seem to cause confusion.

First, he hints that Red Bull will stay with Renault but with other branding. This indicates that RB will use Renault/Infiniti/Nissan???

Then he says that he can't comment on what engine yet, and the reason is because of Toto Wolf. So it seems to indicate that Mercedes is still in play.

Then he says that Ron Dennis won't be happy. This seems to imply that RB will use Honda (or Acura as a loophole to Ron Dennis's contract)????
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If I was Ron, I'd be pissed. LOL
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That's what I'm talking about Chief. Over the last three days, Horner has made conflicting statements that seem to cause confusion.

First, he hints that Red Bull will stay with Renault but with other branding. This indicates that RB will use Renault/Infiniti/Nissan???
I figured that's what you were getting at but now it seems near certain the RBR/Renault deal is a certainty given that "Autosport" is reporting it

Red Bull/Renault 2016 F1 deal secure even if Lotus talks collapse - F1 news - AUTOSPORT.com
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Originally Posted by Chief F1 Fan View Post
I figured that's what you were getting at but now it seems near certain the RBR/Renault deal is a certainty given that "Autosport" is reporting it

Red Bull/Renault 2016 F1 deal secure even if Lotus talks collapse - F1 news - AUTOSPORT.com
There's two ways to look at that quote.

Even if Renault pulls out, the F1 engine program might continue, similar with the Mecachrome engines back in the Benetton days.

Or RB's simply has a deal with someone else.
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I think Horner is just creating some drama off the track
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How Susie Wolff's Complicated Career May Open The Door For More Women In Racing

How Susie Wolff's Complicated Career May Open The Door For More Women In Racing

Still don't see much if any opportunity for women in F1
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Red Bull to use TAG Heuer branded Renault engines????

I guess that's why Horner said Ron won't be pleased.


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2015 AUTOSPORT TEAM PRINCIPALS' TOP 10
1 Lewis Hamilton (229pts)
2 Sebastian Vettel (180)
3 Nico Rosberg (113)
4 Max Verstappen (77)
5 Daniil Kvyat (69)
6 Fernando Alonso (57)
7 Valtteri Bottas (52)
8 Sergio Perez (48)
9 Daniel Ricciardo (47)
10 Kimi Raikkonen (37)

WHO VOTED
Toto Wolff, Mercedes
Maurizio Arrivabene, Ferrari
Sir Frank Williams, Williams
Christian Horner, Red Bull
Vijay Mallya, Force India
Franz Tost, Toro Rosso
Federico Gastaldi, Lotus
Eric Boullier, McLaren
Monisha Kaltenborn, Sauber
John Booth, Manor
What a weird list. Do people really think that highly of Verstappen? Did Kvyat out perform Ricciardo? How in the world did Alonso get on this list?
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Red Bull to use TAG Heuer branded Renault engines????

I guess that's why Horner said Ron won't be pleased.
Appears STR got approval to use 2015 Ferrari PUs as well.
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You guys see this neat graphic before...?

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You guys see this neat graphic before...?

That is very cool.
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What exactly can Mario Illien do to the Renault engine? Isn't the engine homogulated, and only the engine manufacturer can use tokens to change it?
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Britainís Favorite Driver, in His Own Words

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/05/sp...ords.html?_r=0




Mansell autobiography review, not a big Nigel fan but he definitely is a ballsy (11/10) driver to say the least.
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Good article. Mansell had some really memorable races.
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What exactly can Mario Illien do to the Renault engine? Isn't the engine homogulated, and only the engine manufacturer can use tokens to change it?
That's a good question, there are lots of mechanical limitation but I thought the S/W can be changed. Ilien although a mechanical engineer and former Cosworth employee, is extremely sharp in ECU management and understanding the big picture of powertrain management.
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^^^^^

No amount of software changes will make an engine competitive if mechanical limitation is the weakest link. The Honda powerplant is a good example.

Homologation just kills progresses and competitions.
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Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg warned they could be dropped

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg warned they could be dropped | F1 News

Wolff and MB have had enough of their driver's public bickering
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No amount of software changes will make an engine competitive if mechanical limitation is the weakest link. The Honda powerplant is a good example.

Homologation just kills progresses and competitions.
It's not that simple, since neither of us know the woes of the Honda engine. It's a complicated mechanical/electronic/battery/cooling/electrical/software piece of the technology. Honda had alot of electronic problems with the mechanical and thermal kinetic recovery systems all season. This was noted at Monza.


More on what's in store for Honda and Renault.
Can Honda and Renault catch Mercedes and Ferrari for 2016? | F1 News
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Behind the scenes in the Ferrari F1 garage, interactive website.

Scuderia Ferrari Uncovered

really cool to move and zoom around the garage and car.
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Mercedes sues Ferrari-bound F1 engineer for stealing secrets

Surprised Benjamin Hoyle was not put on "Gardening Leave", he was one of only four team leads at MB powerplant racing group.

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Wolff and MB have had enough of their driver's public bickering
I like the power play by MB on this. Both drivers owe a ton to Mercedes. I would argue Mercedes is more responsible for the championship than Hamilton is.
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Formula 1 Used 70,320 Tires in the 2015 Season

Formula 1 Used 70,320 Tires in the 2015 Season

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McLaren 1984, MP4/2, won 12 out of 16 races. Lauda WDC, McLaren WCC. Pretty amazing season and start of 3 straight WDC from 1984-6
In 1988 McLaren won 15 of 16(and would have won them all if not for a backmarker in Italy) and Senna won his first title. The McLaren Honda MP4/4 is still the most dominant car in F1 history.
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In 1988 McLaren won 15 of 16(and would have won them all if not for a backmarker in Italy) and Senna won his first title. The McLaren Honda MP4/4 is still the most dominant car in F1 history.
Both are legendary cars (Barnard MP4/2, Murray/Nichols MP4/4) with slightly different context.

The MP4/2 was in the middle of the first turbo era, and was a extremely versatile package with it's Porsche/TAG motor. It was so dominant it won 3 straight WDC's (last was on some luck as Williams FW11's were the best car). It beat

1988 was the last turbo year and most teams choose to revise their 1987 turbo chassis (Ferrari, Arrows, etc.) or design new normally aspirated cars (Benneton, Williams, etc.). Only two teams (Lotus 99T and McLaren MP4/4 both using the all new Honda motor) designed all new turbo cars for 1988.

The MP4/4 was so good that it only tested a week before the first race, when the team saw they were ~2 seconds faster than the rest they knew they had the WDC/WCC even before the first race, the only question was Prost or Senna?

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