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General Discussion / F1 lookalike driven on Public roads.
« on: August 16, 2022, 10:27:54 PM »
[moved from F1 thread.]

Mysterious Ferrari Formula 1 Car Spotted Again On Czech Highway
Jacob Oliva - Yesterday 9:48 pm

The driver risks getting banned from the road and tens of thousands of dollars in total fine.
Formula 1 is back in the Czech Republic, and no we're not talking about a Grand Prix schedule in the nation located in Central Europe – something that has never happened before.

We're talking about the infamous Formula 1 car that's being driven on public roads. A few years ago, a red Ferrari F1 car was seen coasting on the D4 highway between Příbram and Dobříš.

The Czech police asked for help then to track down the driver, which they did. The 45-year-old suspect escaped the penalties since he wasn't clearly identified, thanks to the helmet he was wearing. The penalties would have involved getting banned from using the thoroughfare for up to one year, plus tens of thousands of dollars in total fines.

Those penalties appear to have no effect on the offender as he's back on the road again. This time, he was captured on an up-close video by one of the readers of iDNES, embedded atop this page.

However, learned observers suggest that the car is actually a 2008 GP2 car stickered as an F1 Ferrari. It would be powered by a V8 and be a lot less technical to maintain. Apparently he was driving at normal road speeds.

Police are hunting the driver.

Repco Supercars Championship / Re: Silly Season 2022
« on: August 16, 2022, 03:21:54 PM »
From the look at the photo, DJR will also be needing some larger size team apparel. A lot of fans need the larger size. 8)

Formula One / Re: F1 2023 Season
« on: August 15, 2022, 07:40:06 AM »
I cannot see that a successful Indycar driver, earning good money if he is good enough for F1, would want to compete in the lesser F2 series that costs big bucks to buy a ride.

[ there was a quote here about an F1 car on public roads. I have moved it to General. It now appers to not be an F1. :-[ ]

Formula One / Re: F1 2023 Season
« on: August 14, 2022, 10:56:25 AM »

McLaren star dubs Oscar Piastri farce "laughable" as chief Zak Brown stockpiles drivers
Daniel Moxon - Yesterday 3:58 am

McLaren driver Pato O'Ward said his Formula 1 dream is now "a very distant illusion" in the wake of the team's desire to sign wantaway Alpine driver Oscar Piastri.

The young Australian was lined up to replace Fernando Alonso in 2023, but he swiftly asserted that he would not be driving for Alpine next year. Instead, thanks to negotiations carried out by his manager Mark Webber, he plans to defect to their midfield rivals McLaren.

That move has not yet been confirmed by the Woking team, with Alpine insistent that they have a viable contract with Piastri. That mess will need to be cleaned up, as will the future of Daniel Ricciardo who could be paid off to leave a year early so his younger compatriot can race alongside Lando Norris in 2023.

But along with the impact on Ricciardo, the move would also have ramifications for an ever-growing list of drivers on McLaren's books. Many of their talents reside across the pond, with a hatful of IndyCar stars either in their stable or having been given a chance to test with the team, such as Colton Herta.

Mexican O'Ward races for McLaren's IndyCar outfit, and now appears to have written off his chances of a future switch to F1. "It doesn't do me any good to have that illusion," he told ESPN . "Up to that point I feel that I have matured in the aspect that the illusion is a very distant illusion.

"Although I am driving at a very, very high level, not even with that am I going to be able to convince them. There are many more things and policies, there are many things that are very much out of my control, that I will never be able to control and that is where I have to leave it, because it is no use marrying the illusion."

Pato O'Ward is one of McLaren's IndyCar racers
Commenting on watching the Piastri situation unfold on social media, he added: "I feel like it was laughable – I see it and I laugh. That same award [an F1 seat] has been put in front of many drivers by [chief executive Zak Brown] and sooner or later there is only one dessert, not five.

"Then the only thing that has left me thinking about that is pure laughter. It's not that I'm not part of it, yes I am, the truth is that there have been so many things that have been changing and changing more and now... I get to the same point, how does it help me to get stressed?

"The truth is that since the beginning of the year I put a stop to it and stopped thinking about it, because that idea excites you – that's why everyone wants to leave, for that illusion. But I'm a smart man and I know how things have been signing up, but it doesn't do me any good to have that illusion. And I love Indycar – I want it to grow, go to Mexico, become global, I want to help everything continue to grow because it has immense potential."

Formula One / Re: F! 2023 Season
« on: August 13, 2022, 08:28:01 PM »
perhaps this needs to be in the IndyCar topic?  ;D
No.  Dan's future wherever it might land, is pertinent to this F1 thread.

Or should I say, "F!" thread?

F1/F! Fixed. :-[

Formula One / Re: F! 2023 Season
« on: August 12, 2022, 07:54:38 PM »
There is a lot of talk from the Piastri camp that Alpine's option expired on 31 June or July. I forget which.

Will Power is adamant Daniel Ricciardo would get more enjoyment out of the 'raw, hardcore' IndyCar series than the turbulent heights of Formula 1.

In its various guises, IndyCar has long been home to drivers fresh out of F1.

The likes of Nigel Mansell, Emerson Fittipaldi, Alex Zanardi, and Takuma Sato have all enjoyed success following their switch to the North American single-seater series.


In F1, it's accepted that on any given weekend there are only a handful of drivers who can win – notwithstanding unusual circumstances.

In IndyCar, any of the 25 drivers has the realistic potential to win.

In 2022, there have been three different winners in F1 from 13 grands prix while there have been eight different winners in 14 races of IndyCar.

There have been 15 different podium finishers in IndyCar but only seven in F1.

Asked what makes IndyCar attractive to the ex-F1 drivers, Power replied, "They have a chance to win each week.

"They enjoy the paddock because it's a lot more friendly. Everyone talks to each other.

"Most of us have motorhomes so we're all in the paddock together. It's a great community and fiercely competitive on the track.

perhaps this needs to be in the IndyCar topic?  ;D

Formula One / Re: F! 2023 Season
« on: August 12, 2022, 11:29:48 AM »
Has their been any official announcement that the team Piastri has signed for is, in fact, McLaren??

Formula One / Re: F! 2023 Season
« on: August 11, 2022, 04:39:03 PM »
The most suitable outcome with the current F1 contract is, IMHO:

1. McLaren pay Riciardo his full fee for 2023, about $20M. McLaren have obviously not provided a winnable car for him.

2. They then Agree to let Riciardo drive for Alpine, a superior team anyway.

3, Alpine release Piastri in exchange, possibly with extra dollars compensation, but they do get the better driver and probably save on newby crash damage. plus they cease all expenditure on training Piastri and insert Doohan into planned F1 training sessions.

4. No team ever trusts Piastri again but unloved, untrustworthy drivers seem to win World Championships.

5. Doohan gets promoted to the Alpine Reserve job.

6. The major owners of McLaren decide that Brown has been a shambolic leader, and dump him.

7. Brown sells his less tha 6% McLaren ownership to Andretti and Latife senior also sells his 10%, or thereabouts, to Andretti. Other owners also sell part or all of their shares to Andretti.

8. The team becomes McLaren/Andretti with Andretti the CEO.

Maybe I am dreaming,, and probably am.  ::) ;D 8)

Repco Supercars Championship / Re: Gen 3
« on: August 08, 2022, 07:52:47 PM »
Yes I mentioned the glass screen demisters, but:

This is a safety matter. the drivers are, in the main, employees and OC Health and Safety should be a consideration.

Any car with misting restricting the drivers vision should be black flagged. They would do it if a crushed bonnet restricted vision, so why not extreme misting. With in car cameras, they can actually monitor the drivers vision.

However, I don't want that. With Gen 3, they can provide a problem fix.

In other classes they can run for 24 hours in the rain. Surely Australian (and the English, or former English co-ordinator) can match International standards, or even surpass them. See 888 who have an Engineer who worked with Porsche. Would Porsche accept this fogged vision problem????

Repco Supercars Championship / Re: Silly Season 2023
« on: August 08, 2022, 07:42:19 PM »
The WAU cars are really good as you say that NP is 15th and Chaz 5th  ??? Hardly better. Chaz and Adam the main reason here.

As for the opening post of this topic, Stanaway and Boost happening? What’s the bet Adderton will do a back flip and we’ll see them on a Supercar next year  ::)

Mr Boost could even have a share in the category itself given the current ownership muddle.

Good point!

Now that the Payne shares have been sold, there remains about a 15% shareholding by the Rogers, who are also shareholders in ARG.

They were very unhappy that a very well prices takeover was rejected by RACE. That may be an underestimation of their wrath/disapointment based on news reports.

They might feel justified in selling all their shareholding in both organisations to Adderton if he makes a suitable offer. Would he really want to???

There would be nothing to stop them continuing to run a TCR team and a TransAm team simply as entrants.

They would at least get a superior return on their investment by selling to a higher bidder and it only takes 10% plus 1 shares to stymie compulsory share sales in a takeover.

GRM still has a substantial investment in S5000, which rarely uses the cars available. They have had offers to buy the cars, intellectual property and all from USA.

Gary has been a stalwart of Motorsport for many decades. Although we share an annual birthday, his was a few years earlier. I feel old.

Barry was and is a businessman, who may share his father's Motorsport dreams, but surely not at any cost.

General Discussion / Re: I am so unloved
« on: August 08, 2022, 04:15:47 PM »
Actually, until this string, I thought that the smite/applaud were the province of the admin.

I would prefer to see it scrapped, then we wouldn't have rubbish topics like this one. It seems a bit like two schoolboys having a pissing competition.

IndyCar / Re: Kiwis Dominating!
« on: August 07, 2022, 10:35:14 AM »
Scott Mclaughlin has secured his second pole. Another wonder from downunder.

Simona deSilvestro was 21st but did beat some highly qualified drivers. Not bad for a minor programme after a long layoff. And she did it with "no time"  :o

General Discussion / Re: I am so unloved
« on: August 07, 2022, 10:26:27 AM »
3033 views and 56 replies on this thread.

Just consider that a single annoying post is posted just once but can be read thousands of times.

The potential for annoyed viewers adding an applaud or smite greatly exceeds the posts.

I am sometimes tempted to join in.  ;D

Repco Supercars Championship / Re: Gen 3
« on: August 07, 2022, 10:14:35 AM »
There is a significant safety concern that has re-emerged.

Cars with fogged windscreens were a safety hazard.

When they had heated windscreens, fogging could be minimised.

Then the did away with glass and fogging returned with drivers reporting that they are racing blind and at speed, resulting in accidental crashes.

This brings up two issues:

Purely on safety grounds, should drivers badly fogged up be black flagged or sent to the pits to have screens cleared.

From a Gen 3 perspective. Will they incorporate a proper ventilation and anti fogging system in the new cars?

They could even channel hot air to the screen instead of the drivers feet. There is plenty of heat in a Supercar, not just in management. ;D

Here is one example:

Repco Supercars Championship / Re: Silly Season 2023
« on: August 06, 2022, 07:54:58 PM »
Slade to PremiAir?

Backwards step if true. But I guess a drive and salary is better than nothing.

If all Slade wanted was a "drive and a salary", then he could have accepted the Cooldrive offer which included both.

If he makes the move, Slade will get the latest 888 machinery with an owner who is able to, and willing to, purchase the best of equipment and resources.

The big question is whether Slade has, or ever did have, the ability to be a regular winner, and is PremiAir getting the quality driver it needs.

PremiAir  is probably the best available ride in any team, although Team 18 should also have similar equipment, with an undeclared seat and an owner with a championship already under his belt.

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