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Formula 1 2014

Postposted on Sun Feb 23, 2014 9:41 am

Just got an e-mail from the F1FRL site and we're ready to go for 2014. Pay lots of attention to those preseason tests as the new engine formula and chassis regs have some teams in serious trouble and not currently worth the points paid to get them.

First race is 16 March in Australia.

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Re: Formula 1 2014

Postposted on Sun Feb 23, 2014 11:44 am

Whatever happened last year? The season went out so uneventfully that none of us reported back the results at all. :o
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Re: Formula 1 2014

Postposted on Sun Feb 23, 2014 12:14 pm

Flying Fox wrote:Whatever happened last year? The season went out so uneventfully that none of us reported back the results at all. :o

And the Wayback Machine doesn't have the final results. All I (vaguely) know is that I was 2nd in the TR league and somewhere around 120-140 overall.
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Re: Formula 1 2014

Postposted on Mon Mar 10, 2014 1:02 pm

http://www.autoweek.com/article/20140310/F1/140319992

Well, that should make scoring interesting if it occurs.
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Re: Formula 1 2014

Postposted on Mon Mar 10, 2014 4:31 pm

I'm back as the honorary whipping boy of the league. All I know is that I hope that Red Bull's pre-season testing form continues long into the season :wink:
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Re: Formula 1 2014

Postposted on Mon Mar 10, 2014 10:05 pm

I just signed up, is there a way into the tr mini league?

Kimi better have a good season in red but I went Lotus - Mclaren.
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Re: Formula 1 2014

Postposted on Mon Mar 10, 2014 10:36 pm

CityEater wrote:I just signed up, is there a way into the tr mini league?

Kimi better have a good season in red but I went Lotus - Mclaren.

Need to get an invite code from SeanOnSlicks. Not sure who that is around here.
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Re: Formula 1 2014

Postposted on Tue Mar 11, 2014 12:02 am

If Sean on Slicks reads this and there's room lift in the mini league I'd be pleased to join. PM me an invite code, should there be space.
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Re: Formula 1 2014

Postposted on Tue Mar 11, 2014 7:58 am

Did I hear correctly that we have an American participating this year.. with, was it Caterham?

Oh, actually, now that I look again, yes, but as a reserve driver (Alexander Rossi) http://www.formula1.com/news/headlines/ ... 15393.html

Ah well, as long as Red Bull stays "sucking", and good ole' Button and Hamilton do well, I'm happy :)
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Re: Formula 1 2014

Postposted on Thu Mar 13, 2014 5:07 am

Sorry guys, I have been notably absent!

Invite code is: olgql

Looking forward to this one!!
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Re: Formula 1 2014

Postposted on Thu Mar 13, 2014 1:50 pm

I barged in without asking, hope it was ok (just boot me otherwise, np). Go Ericsson!
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Re: Formula 1 2014

Postposted on Thu Mar 13, 2014 1:51 pm

More competition the better :)

Anyone going to be watching the first race live?
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Re: Formula 1 2014

Postposted on Thu Mar 13, 2014 2:18 pm

Sikthskies wrote:More competition the better :)

Anyone going to be watching the first race live?

1:30 AM EDT Sunday? I'll try to make the start but I'll likely be drooling on the couch by race's end.

Give me the Euro-central F1 schedule of 30 years ago when watching a race meant congregating at the one bar whose owner got F1 somewhere around 7AM Sunday. I will never forget the Prost/Senna/Mansell days.
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Re: Formula 1 2014

Postposted on Thu Mar 13, 2014 2:36 pm

My earliest memory of really enjoying F1 is Hakkinen winning his first title, definitely wasn't around for the Senna days!
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Re: Formula 1 2014

Postposted on Thu Mar 13, 2014 3:05 pm

Sikthskies wrote:My earliest memory of really enjoying F1 is Hakkinen winning his first title, definitely wasn't around for the Senna days!

I moved to Burlington, VT after college (1985) and somehow found a bar full of F1 enthusiasts. We'd troop down there every Sunday morning around 7AM, have some drinks, eat some tacos, and just have a great care-free morning with the eternal ribbing between the various driver supporters (thankfully it was within walking distance from my place). I was 21 and it was a far simpler and much more enjoyable time. That place never opened until late afternoons on the average Sunday, but the owner knew he had a ready crowd during F1 season and took proper advantage.

The venue:

http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-other-place-burlington

Yes, its front wall is a garage door. It's definitely a place for locals. The reviews from 2013 could have been written in 1985.
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Re: Formula 1 2014

Postposted on Fri Mar 14, 2014 12:56 am

I just randomly picked something with some interests left. I have not been following testing much and I have no clue what those new names are. Too many nobody's if you were to ask me.
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Re: Formula 1 2014

Postposted on Fri Mar 14, 2014 2:45 am

The channel I used to watch doesnt have F1 anymore and the only other one I could get is satellite only so not really an option for me. Sucks but I have bought the official iOS app this year (much more reasonable price for 2014, about 10 USD, used to be 50 or so) so if I cant find any live streams I can at least fall back to that.

I have high hopes for this year, a good mix of new and old drivers, and a total toss-up for the cars with new engines etc. It would be great if some of the old back markers would more competitive.
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Re: Formula 1 2014

Postposted on Fri Mar 14, 2014 4:14 am

Where there's a will there's a way. A quick google when Quali is on and I'm sure you'll find a way to watch it

My guess is that Australia will be a very strange race. Some teams aren't even using the full energy recovery systems purely because they're limiting what can go wrong so they can things reliable one thing at a time

I'm sure the engineers are having a great time solving these issues but as viewers I think it'll be strange until we get to Europe

Despite their issues, Red Bull are seemingly very fast still
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Re: Formula 1 2014

Postposted on Fri Mar 14, 2014 6:48 am

Sikthskies wrote:More competition the better :)

Anyone going to be watching the first race live?


Thanks mate I'm in the mini, see you in the pits.

I'm in Melbourne so not only can I watch it but I can hear it clear on the other side of the city. I would go watch it in the stands but I'm working at home most of the weekend. Oz GP is never much of a race anyway in my opinion. Looks like they may be tentative this year.

Am I right in thinking theres next to nothing I have to do to manage my team? Just let the wins roll in?

I gambled on Lotus, hopefully without Kimi they'll be competitive...
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Re: Formula 1 2014

Postposted on Fri Mar 14, 2014 7:45 am

You get the opportunity to change around your team during the season. I think it's a maximum of 6 changes which includes Constructors, Drivers and Bonuses.

Apart from that, we let them drive and see how little we thought we knew ;P

I think I won the 2008 and 2009 Mini leagues, maybe 2011 but I'm not sure, but ever since I've been on the back foot!
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Re: Formula 1 2014

Postposted on Fri Mar 14, 2014 8:04 am

Sikthskies wrote:I think I won the 2008 and 2009 Mini leagues, maybe 2011 but I'm not sure, but ever since I've been on the back foot!

I got 2012 and finished really well in the overall, and probably finished 2nd most other years. It'd be nice if they'd keep the historical data on the site.
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Re: Formula 1 2014

Postposted on Sat Mar 15, 2014 5:10 am

anyone know where to get a free live stream for tomorrows race ?
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Re: Formula 1 2014

Postposted on Sat Mar 15, 2014 5:34 am

killadark wrote:anyone know where to get a free live stream for tomorrows race ?

www.nbcsports.com
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Re: Formula 1 2014

Postposted on Sat Mar 15, 2014 9:29 am

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killadark wrote:anyone know where to get a free live stream for tomorrows race ?

http://www.nbcsports.com

Does it behave like what they did with the Sochi Olympics, where you can only watch X minute of it and then it asked you to pay or enter your cable provider info or something?
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Re: Formula 1 2014

Postposted on Sat Mar 15, 2014 2:37 pm

it seems like this site will also show live
http://racematelive.com/
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Re: Formula 1 2014

Postposted on Sat Mar 15, 2014 3:00 pm

Flying Fox wrote:Does it behave like what they did with the Sochi Olympics, where you can only watch X minute of it and then it asked you to pay or enter your cable provider info or something?

Probably. I'm on Comcast so that's not an issue for me.
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Re: Formula 1 2014

Postposted on Sat Mar 15, 2014 8:20 pm

I just watched replays of the @nd practice and the interesting Qualifying in some pretty heavy rain with Mercedes and Hamilton taking the pole,Red Bull Renault took the second starting position with there new Aussie driver Ricciardo and Mercedes's Rosberg taking the 3rd spot.
If it was not raining Mercedes would have taking the two spot's since it looks like they have there stuff together. Lotus is a total mess with the new configuration for 2014. Actually most teams are still wrapping there heads around the whole new engine configuration going from a 2.1l V8 "ithink" to a 1.6l Turbo V6 "the 1st turbo since they were banned in 88" with a battery and electric motor dealio of some kind that uses braking along with heat from the Turbo to regenerate power. Also the cars have much less rear downforce since the lower wing has been removed along with less front downforce with a smaller front wing. Combine this loss in downforce and the the big increase in torque/power the cars are a handful. Also another change is the DRS gap is bigger allowing faster strait speeds in the permitted areas on each track for OVERTAKING. The F1 people reduced the downforce for safety reasons to lower corner speeds.

I like it much more then last year. It really makes the drivers have to drive that much harder. Also the new power system needs a ton of driver input for regeneration and such that they really have a lot on thier plates now. But it does look like it is goin t o make for more entertaining races. I also love the lower pitched sound from the new v6 engines, it allows you to hear what the engine is doing better compared to the previous high pitched scream from the older v8's and v10's. But a large percentage of fans are missing the noise. But I think it nice to be able to hear the crowd like you can now.
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Re: Formula 1 2014

Postposted on Sat Mar 15, 2014 10:43 pm

Redbull actually looks good, once they get their reliability issues sorted then they are going to be winning races. I'm happy for Mercedes though, I hope they can keep the pressure on Redbull.

Ricciardo was awesome in the wet. I think he was the only driver in the top 6 on intermediate tyres so getting into 2nd with his first run in the rain with Redbull was brilliant. In the dry though I think Mercedes does have the edge for the moment.

Race is going to be interesting for sure. :)
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Re: Formula 1 2014

Postposted on Mon Mar 17, 2014 3:25 am

Well that didnt go as I hoped at all... i know it is really way to early to try to spot any trends but i made a couple of changes that will hopefully get me out of our last spot by next race :-)
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Re: Formula 1 2014

Postposted on Mon Mar 17, 2014 9:05 am

I have tickets for Silverstone this year but the one depressing thing is that the new 1.6 turbo engines sound horrible (on the TV at least).

I miss the distinctive 18,000rpm wail of the naturally aspirated engines. I know these new powerplants are still supposed to hit 15,000rpm but the torque-curve encourages earlier shifts now, and the turbo muffles the unique exhaust note of previous cars.

Also, goddamn - what a messy start to the season!
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