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john stones 111/03/2019 23:27:53
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Spine behind/above driver is much different on Ferrari.

iqon11/03/2019 23:33:05
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From Fantasy GP !

If you have the driver in your team who gets fastest lap and finishes in the top 10 then you'll get an extra point!

Pete B - Moderator15/03/2019 18:20:58
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Such a shock and very sad news about Charlie Whiting. It's often said that no-one is irreplaceable but F1 certainly have a job on their hands to fill the gap he leaves....sad

Pete

Don Fry15/03/2019 18:48:52
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Well said Pete. F1 is a strange world. But Mr Whiting was always an anchor of common sense, level headed decision making and sanity.

John Privett15/03/2019 19:31:34
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Pete - I only heard the sad news about Charlie this morning. Such a shock, and a big gap to fill... Read the tributes to him from the drivers and teams if you haven't already.

Anyway, moving on, it's time for the familiar reminder;

Don't forget your predictions!

And don't forget to pick your team if you haven't already done so! I only picked mine last night. We have unlimited changes until Bahrain.

And if anybody was thinking of entering but hasn't done so yet, then please do so now! The more the merrier - and the better chance we have of preventing Pete winning again. smile p

Lewis was fastest so far, but many say Ferrari were holding back. Quali is at 6am UK-time tomorrow and the race at 5:10 am on Sunday. Looks like Channel4 are only showing it recorded in the afternoon, so for the sake of those without Sky, please no discussion on here until after the Ch4 showing - thanks!

kc15/03/2019 19:38:46
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It is very disappointing to find that this year F1 is not live on free TV in UK. It's such a pain to avoid news programmes for hours to avoid hearing the results before it's broadcast free. I wonder whether forum members have found any cheap ways to watch live?

Pete B - Moderator15/03/2019 22:50:35
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Posted by kc on 15/03/2019 19:38:46:

It is very disappointing to find that this year F1 is not live on free TV in UK. It's such a pain to avoid news programmes for hours to avoid hearing the results before it's broadcast free. I wonder whether forum members have found any cheap ways to watch live?

I agree, kc, it's really irritating! However, living in France means I have a second sat dish aimed at Astra 1 (19.2E). RTL.DE broadcasts all quali and races live (ignoring the random beer adverts that crop up just when things get interestingface 22). I turn the sound down and get the commentary from R5 Live Sports Extra on the internet. The transmitted pictures are shared by the TV broadcasters and the commentary teams so the only mis-match can be the different times each signal arrives. A couple of years ago, the commentary was a second or two ahead of the pictures so I tended to hear what had happened before I saw it...teeth 2

As an aside, Formula 1 TV are providing an online live service in many countries (UK is an exception - Sky saw to that) so, as it is available in France, I had a look to see what it would cost. €189.99 for the season's races - far too much. Out of interest, I looked at all the other European countries - surprise, surprise, with the exception of Switzerland, they are all €64.99 for the seasonface 19

I queried it with Formula 1 TV and this was their reply:
I understand your point of view Peter. But commercial, legal and tax considerations dictate subscription price points in each country. Stay tuned on the official website and check constantly for any future updates

So German RTL it is then...

Gentlemen - START YOUR ENGINES - and may the best man win!!!teeth 2

Pete

Flyer15/03/2019 23:04:41
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Good luck lads, hope the season brings good racing!

Ade

john stones 115/03/2019 23:12:46
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Yep good luck all, I watch it on 5 live. wink

chris Bond - Bondaero16/03/2019 08:55:03
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Just got in under the wire

AeroArrows

thanks

Chris

John Privett16/03/2019 10:30:16
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Hi Chris - welcome aboard!

I had a bit of a near miss - with my predictions... Despite reminding you all to do them, I almost forgot to do mine. embarrassed

Got them done at 5:55 with 5 mins to spare!

Charles Pic16/03/2019 16:07:02
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Not sure of the house policy on spoilers, so I will just say that I was surprised to see a certain person on pole as I’d bought into the pre-season hype that the other big team had a significant advantage. I was even tempted to put money on the pointy-fingered one for WDC, but I suppose that’s why the media spins certain things the wrong way at time - to fleece the masses via bookies who pay for some of the misleading press coverage...

my, haven’t I become cynical in my old age?

well, I’m looking forward to the race tomorrow. So many talking points in this season. I see the one who had his daddy buy him an F1 team so he could go quicker is already looking a little slow against his Mexican teammate. Will be particularly interesting to see how RIC and HUL compare and whether Kubica can really deliver the goods after so long away. His driving was looking pretty ragged in quali and practice I thought. Maybe some frustration there that he’s sacrificed so much to battle his way back into F1, only to end up last.

John Privett16/03/2019 16:21:40
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Charles, the channel 4 qualifying coverage was due to finish at 1:30pm, so I personally see no problem in discussing it now. Other viewpoints are welcome!

But yes, I was also surprised that we just seem to have more or less picked up where we left off last season. Ferrari were said to have the edge, but it doesn't look that way - at least not at Melbourne! The Melbourne circuit is a bit different to Barcelona where all the winter test sessions were held, so who knows how the teams will compare elsewhere.

Good to see Lando Norris qualifying 8th in the McLaren, Sainz could also have been in the top 10 if he hadn't been held up in Q1 when Kubica tried to take lumps out of the scenery with his Williams.

Alarm clock set for tomorrow morning!

John Privett17/03/2019 16:27:40
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It's now just after 4pm and the Channel 4 folks should have reached the end of their coverage, so here is the first set of results for 2019 in the Modelflying Forumites league.


Or at least I would show the results if the "Paste from Word" functionality hadn't broken... 3 different browsers on 2 PCs - same result. "Press Ctrl+V to paste. Your browser doesn‘t support pasting with the toolbar button or context menu option" Bear with me...

John Privett17/03/2019 16:48:56
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ok - as a workaround for the moment... Here's a picture of the table!

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Ignore the highlighting on my entry!

Flying start for Robin with Roos Racers, heading our league with 165 points. Well done Robin - in the top 60 globally!

Simon scored 127 for 2nd place with Iqon scoring 123 for 3rd. The rest of us trail somewhere behind, and last season's winner seems to be giving us mortals a head-start with his score of 105. wink 2

Bahrain in two weeks and a more civilised hour of the day to watch in the UK! Unlimited team changes until then - I think I'm going to go and tweak mine now! (And also find a better way to post the league table!)

McG 696917/03/2019 17:07:59
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Thanks, John.

Well, ending last year at 'mid-field' and now starting the same... not good enough, especially as Pete is going to resume his normal top ranking very soon !

Anyhow, very lousy predictions job done with only one of them correct. Should I start 'hating' those Reds now? They should put the 'Winnow' stickers back on right away... ppfff... frown

Congrats to the top-ranking guys.

Cheers

Chris

John Privett17/03/2019 17:12:15
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Take 2 - after a bit of cut and pasting, here's the table in text form;

Pos Team Manager Pts
1 Roos Racers rk295ELITE 165
2 Team Webby Racing Simon Webb 127
3 iqon racing iqon 123
4 AnyoneSeenBernie johnpflyrc 118
5 PSS Power Flyer 113
6 Norfolk Flyers Kevin Fairgrieve 111
7 GASTON Formula Chris McG 109
8 Pitts Specials john stones 107
9 Revers Racing Pete B 105
10 AeroArrows Bondaero 101
11 Torque of the devil S 96
12 Essex Racing Tony Clark 95
13 Team Charles Picd Charles Pic 94
14 teewrex John Tee 83

Just wondering who "S" is? I recognise all the rest.

Flyer17/03/2019 17:32:16
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It's my lad John, he joined forum few days ago, and is finding his feet.

iqon17/03/2019 17:42:43
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Well done Robin

John Privett17/03/2019 18:02:09
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Posted by Flyer on 17/03/2019 17:32:16:

It's my lad John, he joined forum few days ago, and is finding his feet.

Excellent - he'll be beating you in no time! wink 2

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