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Charles Pic07/09/2020 17:05:44
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Oh deary me. That was an entertaining race to watch, but not a rewarding one for me. Let’s hope next time I’m the pigeon, not the statue!

John Privett12/09/2020 13:03:27
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Apologies for my tardiness this weekend, just a quick reminder...

Don't forget your predictions!

I've got to do mine now, more later...

[Edit] OK,  my predictions are now done...  This weekend seems to have come around very quickly!  So, the first time on this circuit, and Bottas has topped the three practice sessions, but Verstappen has had good practice times and Leclerc putting his Ferrari up into 3rd in P1.  Could Bottas get the win here?  Time will tell...

Edited By John Privett on 12/09/2020 13:16:21

John Privett13/09/2020 20:48:42
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Looks like Channel 4 are on to the post-race interviews, so here are our league scores for today. I described last week as "a topsy-turvy race", but today seems to have out-done even that.... 2 red flags and was it 3 safety cars? Not sure (again) I dare look at the scores, but I'm going to have to! smile o

Pos Team Manager Pts
1 Revers Racing Pete B 177
2 Crashtestdummies Brake Test 164
3 Essex Racing Tony Clark 156
4 PSS Power Flyer 149
5 Iqonic racing iqon 148
6 Torque of the devil Stu 145
7 Pitts Specials john stones 142
8 Flying Eagles Gary Goodfellow 135
9 2020 Vision johnpflyrc 130
10 Roos Racers rk295 125
11 GASTON Formula Chris McG 123
12 The improved Webby Racing team Simon Webb 116
13 Norfolk Flyers Kevin Fairgrieve 115
14 teewrex John Tee 97
15 Team Charles Picd Charles Pic 97
16 AeroArrows Bondaero 79

Top place today goes to Pete B, with 177 points.

Second was Don on 164 and Tony was third with 156 points.

Well done to the top three!

John Privett13/09/2020 20:57:36
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So a few changes in the overall table this evening;

Pos Gain/Loss Team Manager Pts
1 - Revers Racing Pete B 1339
2 + 2 Crashtestdummies Brake Test 1238
3 - 1 GASTON Formula Chris McG 1217
4 - 1 2020 Vision johnpflyrc 1215
5 - PSS Power Flyer 1196
6 - Roos Racers rk295 1152
7 + 2 Essex Racing Tony Clark 1151
8 - Pitts Specials john stones 1144
9 + 1 Torque of the devil Stu 1130
10 - 3 Team Charles Picd Charles Pic 1109
11 - Flying Eagles Gary Goodfellow 1098
12 - Iqonic racing iqon 1063
13 - Norfolk Flyers Kevin Fairgrieve 1017
14 - The improved Webby Racing team Simon Webb 886
15 - teewrex John Tee 814
16 - AeroArrows Bondaero 680

Not surprisingly Pete's win today leaves him in top place overall. Don's second place today lifts him 2 places to second, at the expense of Chris and myself, down to third and fourth respectively.

In mid-table Tony moves up 2 places to 7th and Stu moves up 1 place to 9th, whilst Charles slides 3 places down to 10th.

No changes in the remaining places today.

We have next weekend "off", so the next race is Sochi in 2 weeks time - Don't forget your predictions!

John Privett25/09/2020 21:31:09
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OK, we've had a weekend off, but now it's time to get the old grey cells working again and work out what's what. So;

Don't forget your predictions!

It's Sochi and the Russian Grand Prix and we've had Bottas heading both practice sessions so far. But can he translate that into results on Sunday? We'll have to wait and see...

FP3 is at 10:00 tomorrow with qualifying at 1:00 pm - an hour earlier than we've become accustomed to in recent races. The race itself on Sunday is even earlier, at 12:10 pm. (All times are UK times.) Now, get those predictions done!

john stones 125/09/2020 22:05:44
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Woof. dog

John Privett25/09/2020 22:10:16
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Thanks for the reminder John S!

When I mentioned the 'old grey cells' I should of course have acknowledged those who use the old grey cells of canines and other creatures, some being of the eight-legged water-dwelling variety. Or did that last one get eaten, I forget? smile o

John Privett27/09/2020 19:20:17
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As the chequered flag has now fallen on the Channel4 coverage it's time to reveal our scores for the day;

Pos Team Manager Pts
1 Pitts Specials john stones 153
2 GASTON Formula Chris McG 151
3 Essex Racing Tony Clark 147
4 2020 Vision johnpflyrc 142
5 Iqonic racing iqon 138
6 The improved Webby Racing team Simon Webb 135
7 Roos Racers rk295 129
8 Revers Racing Pete B 126
9 Torque of the devil Stu 123
10 PSS Power Flyer 122
11 Crashtestdummies Brake Test 121
12 Flying Eagles Gary Goodfellow 115
13 Team Charles Picd Charles Pic 114
14 teewrex John Tee 93
15 AeroArrows Bondaero 84
16 Norfolk Flyers Kevin Fairgrieve 74

Top spot today goes to John S - extra walkies for your dog tomorrow John! John scored 153 today.

A mere 2 points behind was Chris on 151, and 4 points back on 147 was Tony.

Well done to the top three today! But how does today affect the overall table - that's up next.

John Privett27/09/2020 19:24:20
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Here is the table following today's race;

Pos Gain/Loss Team Manager Pts
1 - Revers Racing Pete B 1465
2 +1 GASTON Formula Chris McG 1368
3 -1 Crashtestdummies Brake Test 1359
4 - 2020 Vision johnpflyrc 1357
5 - PSS Power Flyer 1318
6 +1 Essex Racing Tony Clark 1298
7 +1 Pitts Specials john stones 1297
8 -2 Roos Racers rk295 1281
9 - Torque of the devil Stu 1253
10 +1 Flying Eagles Gary Goodfellow 1213
11 -1 Team Charles Picd Charles Pic 1203
12 - Iqonic racing iqon 1201
13 - Norfolk Flyers Kevin Fairgrieve 1091
14 - The improved Webby Racing team Simon Webb 1021
15 - teewrex John Tee 907
16 - AeroArrows Bondaero 764


Pete retains first place, but Chris moves ahead of Don to take 2nd with Don dropping to 3rd.

Tony and John S each move up a place to 6th and 7th respectively, meaning that Robin slips 2 places to 8th.

A little lower down the table Gary and Charles swap places, Gary taking 10th and Charles moving to 11th.

There are no place changes in the rest of the table.

It's just been announced that Hamilton's 2 penalty points on his licence have been rescinded and replaced with a 25,000 euro fine for the team.

Next up is the Eifel Grand Prix at the Nurburgring in 2 weeks time.

Edited By John Privett on 27/09/2020 19:24:56

iqon27/09/2020 20:08:52
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Well done John. Give the dog a bone for me.....for me not from me.....

McG 696928/09/2020 07:24:02
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Congrats, John... plus an extra big bone for your assistant... yes

Cheers

Chris

john stones 128/09/2020 10:48:35
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Cheers fellas. dog

John Privett09/10/2020 20:46:12
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OK folks, pay attention!

Don't forget your predictions!

Fog prevented either of today's scheduled practice sessions going ahead at the Nurburgring, so we just have the one practice session tomrrow. That means there's not yet any up-to-date information to base our predictions on, but it's still worth doing them now. You can update them tomorrow if you want after the practice session. That way there's less risk of being stuck without any predictions if you don't get a chance to do them betwen final (only!) practice and qualifying!

Times are slightly different with qualifying being at the later than usual time of 14:00 (UK time) following the practice session from 11:00 until noon. The race, on Sunday, is at the usual time for European races of 13:10.

john stones 109/10/2020 21:29:08
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Woof. dog

John Privett09/10/2020 22:51:21
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Posted by John Privett on 09/10/2020 20:46:12:

Times are slightly different with qualifying being at the later than usual time of 14:00 (UK time) following the practice session from 11:00 until noon. The race, on Sunday, is at the usual time for European races of 13:10.

D'Oh... Brain back in gear Mr. P! crook

What I should have said is that the race is an hour earlier than the (now) customary time, being at 13:10, but quali is at the usual time, at 14:00.

McG 696910/10/2020 07:30:27
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Posted by John Privett on 09/10/2020 22:51:21:
Posted by John Privett on 09/10/2020 20:46:12:

Times are slightly different with qualifying being at the later than usual time of 14:00 (UK time) following the practice session from 11:00 until noon. The race, on Sunday, is at the usual time for European races of 13:10.

D'Oh... Brain back in gear Mr. P! crook

What I should have said is that the race is an hour earlier than the (now) customary time, being at 13:10, but quali is at the usual time, at 14:00.

... John, could you please re-phrase that part in basic English for the non-UK native league members... angel

... even John S' shepherd might be interested...

Thanks in advance

Cheers

Chris

McG 696910/10/2020 10:07:49
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Hi all,

I found following analysis on a F1 forum, written by a member under the nickname ‘Look Ahead’ > (quote)

“I think that F1’s pursuit of OEMs and road relevance distracts from the purer business of racing - which fans like, regardless of teams’ provenance from major factories or family entries.

F1 should not be overly enamoured with the road car manufacturers participating in the series. Other than Ferrari, they come and go as they please.

Pandering to their demands will just lead F1 to being held to ransom. When independent racing teams were winning numerous titles with the Ford DFV, the prestige of F1 wasn’t diminished at all just because it wasn’t won by road car manufacturers.

There was no shortage of fans attracted to the independent racing teams.

So, I say just let F1 be all about racing, with an ample grid of the fastest cars racing on the best circuits and driven by the best drivers. Forget about using F1 to advance road car technology. The biggest performance differentiator in F1 is aerodynamics. The teams spend incredible amounts of money on that, but whatever learned there has no road relevance to the cars sold to the public.

(to be continued)

McG 696910/10/2020 10:11:31
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(continued)

I believe even supercar manufacturers have little use for the knowledge gained in making super intricate F1 wings, barge boards and floors.

So, let’s go back to a Cosworth DFV powerplant model, but of course using current ICE technology”. (end quote)

… I must say his approach is certainly relevant at present times with Honda’s sudden ‘withdraw’…

Cheers & good luck to all during this ‘foggy’ weekend

Chris

Erfolg10/10/2020 11:58:41
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I lost interest when it became apparent that only one team would win, at least 90% of the races. The remainder were down to the toss of a dice.

A lot of the problems are down to teams who are dominant (at present one team) acting as a blockage to any changes to regulations that threaten their dominance.

As is generally the case, regulations that are intended to reduce cost, invariably fall foul of the rule of unintended consequences. I can appreciate that some rule changes are necessary to limit top speed, to reduce risk to drivers and those watching.

Until this present era, there was far less certainty to the results, as cars were far closer in their capabilities, particularly as developments were quickly copied. At present at least half the drivers on the grid could win the championship, in the right car. A change could encourage drivers like Alonso back, and possibly make driver sponsorship less dominant in deciding who gets a seat.

John Privett10/10/2020 16:10:49
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Posted by McG 6969 on 10/10/2020 07:30:27:
... John, could you please re-phrase that part in basic English for the non-UK native league members... angel

... even John S' shepherd might be interested...

Thanks in advance

Cheers

Chris

Err. yes Chris! teeth 2

Sorry, what I meant was that normally the race and qualifying are at a smilar time of day - 14:10 and 14:00 in the UK.

For some unknown reason this weekend, the race is nearly an hour earlier at 13:10. Initially I confused myself about what actual time both had been in other races so far this year!

Peut-être il vaut mieux si je l'avais écrit en français? (Perhaps it would be better if I'd written it in French?)

But seriously, NO - you don't want to be exposed to my schoolboy-level french! disgust

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