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Old 07-01-2004, 10:24 AM
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Anyone planning to watch this spectacle of motorsports? Comments?





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Old 07-01-2004, 10:31 AM
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Track information

Name: Nevers Magny-Cours
Distance: 4.411 km
Race distance: 70 laps = 308.586 km

Most wins: MSchumacher (6)
Most Pole Positions: MSchumacher (3), tie D. Hill (3)
Most Fastest Lap: D. Coulthard (5)

Last year's winner: RSchumacher, Williams BMW, 1h 30min 49.213sec
Last year's pole position: RSchumacher, Williams BMW, 1.15, 019
Last year's fastest lap: J-P. Montoya, Williams BMW, 1.15,512

French Grand Prix previous 10 winners:

2003 Ralf Schumacher
2002 Michael Schumacher
2001 Michael Schumacher
2000 David Coulthard
1999 Heinz-Harald Frentzen
1998 Michael Schumacher
1997 Michael Schumacher
1996 Damon Hill
1995 Michael Schumacher
1994 Michael Schumacher


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Old 07-01-2004, 11:47 AM
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Maybe this only works when Berford (slacker) starts the F1 SPOILER threads?

Or then, no one cares anymore - which I understand.





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Old 07-01-2004, 12:37 PM
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Anyone planning to watch this spectacle of motorsports? Comments?


You know who I'm rooting for.
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Old 07-01-2004, 01:10 PM
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Maybe this only works when Berford (slacker) starts the F1 SPOILER threads?

Or then, no one cares anymore - which I understand.





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Yep.

Not much to say. Marc Gene should be interesting in the BMW as he has so many testing laps here.
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Old 07-01-2004, 02:23 PM
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Old 07-01-2004, 02:23 PM
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How is this a Spoiler? There's nothing to Spoil yet.
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Anyone planning to watch this spectacle of motorsports?
I intend to watch it all. Practice tomorrow morning at 8:00 ET on Speed.
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I'll see Herr Baumann's way-too-long-to-load picture, and raise him some truly atrocious hair!

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Old 07-01-2004, 03:18 PM
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Old 07-01-2004, 05:03 PM
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Track information

Name: Nevers Magny-Cours
Distance: 4.411 km
Race distance: 70 laps = 308.586 km

Most wins: MSchumacher (6)
Most Pole Positions: MSchumacher (3), tie D. Hill (3)
Most Fastest Lap: D. Coulthard (5)

Last year's winner: RSchumacher, Williams BMW, 1h 30min 49.213sec
Last year's pole position: RSchumacher, Williams BMW, 1.15, 019
Last year's fastest lap: J-P. Montoya, Williams BMW, 1.15,512

French Grand Prix previous 10 winners:

2003 Ralf Schumacher
2002 Michael Schumacher
2001 Michael Schumacher
2000 David Coulthard
1999 Heinz-Harald Frentzen
1998 Michael Schumacher
1997 Michael Schumacher
1996 Damon Hill
1995 Michael Schumacher
1994 Michael Schumacher


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Man, I can't believe who started this thread. You'd think he was really looking forward to an F1 race. Wow....

Where is Patrick's analysis of the upcoming race?
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And the biggest question - will I get an even better avatar after the race?

Maybe Juan running pell-mell towards the winner's podium after a rusty law that says you need to be out of the car and on the top tier 15 seconds after you cross the start-finish line, or forfeit...
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Old 07-02-2004, 12:15 AM
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Man, I can't believe who started this thread. You'd think he was really looking forward to an F1 race. Wow....

Where is Patrick's analysis of the upcoming race?
LOL. I was bored last night ... I was looking at the Finnish media guide for the race, and thought that I would share some of the trivial details about the French Grand Prix.

It is possible that I will watch the race, since the last 12 days of my life have been lacking any drama.

No real analysis as we know what is coming and who will go on to win and break some more records.

However, I am interested to see what the MP-19B can do. IMHO, this is the wrong track for this car to make its debut, but we shall see. Rumor has it that this car will be used as well for the start of next season, depending on what the FIA does with the rules changes.

Yeah. Time for some morning coffee.


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Old 07-02-2004, 12:23 AM
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Michelin is suggesting that tire changes during races in 2005 be BANNED as a way to slow the cars down and reduce costs.

Banning tires changes would require tire makers to produce harder tires that would last longer. Harder tires would leave less rubber on the track, which would also prevent a "clean line" from forming on the track. This in turn, would increase overtaking as drivers would be inclined to use more of the track to get past someone. In theory, of course.

Their other suggestion is to limit the number of tire sets used during testing - to six sets per car, per test.

IMHO, it is rather interesting that a tire manufacturer would be making suggestions that would reduce their money making possibilities!


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Old 07-02-2004, 01:40 AM
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I really don't think the manufacturers are walking away with a per unit profit on the tires"sold" during a F1 race week.
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Michelin is suggesting that tire changes during races in 2005 be BANNED as a way to slow the cars down and reduce costs.

Banning tires changes would require tire makers to produce harder tires that would last longer. Harder tires would leave less rubber on the track, which would also prevent a "clean line" from forming on the track. This in turn, would increase overtaking as drivers would be inclined to use more of the track to get past someone. In theory, of course.

Their other suggestion is to limit the number of tire sets used during testing - to six sets per car, per test.

IMHO, it is rather interesting that a tire manufacturer would be making suggestions that would reduce their money making possibilities!


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Why not just bring back the 70s cars. Very unexciting racing. There was NO passing, and that was the no pit stop for anything era.
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Old 07-02-2004, 04:35 AM
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Why not just bring back the 70s cars. Very unexciting racing. There was NO passing, and that was the no pit stop for anything era.
Well, that is a bit extreme. This was just an initial suggestion by a tire maker - Formula One teams have until October I believe, to come up with ways to slow the cars down. If that fails, then the FIA will step in.


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Old 07-02-2004, 04:37 AM
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BTW, no one has commented about Max Mosely stepping down from his lofty perch atop the FIA in October. Anyone? Baumann??




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Old 07-02-2004, 04:41 AM
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Where is atyclb when you need him ...

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JPM had a crash in the first practice. Busted up the front end on the car pretty well. It started raining so the Ferraris were the only ones to get dry track runs in. Second practice it's not raining but the track still has lots of wet spots. Times will be all over the place. FW26 has some new bits on the front end to direct air over the suspension.
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Both MP-19B cars only did an out lap and then came back in - and then the rains came.


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I said in Alex's Mosely thread that his step down would be good. He's dictating and threatening rather than working with the teams. He's willing to run Michelin out of the sport and BMW as well. I like the fact that Michelin is making proposals. Why would the director of a sport like F1 want to tell a manufacturer like Michelin that we don't want your money in our sport. The same with respect to the engines. I got the position directly from Dr. Theissen at Indy. BMW just doesn't see how a 2.4 L V8 can do what they want to do in developing an engine for the pinnacle of motorsports.

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However, I am interested to see what the MP-19B can do. IMHO, this is the wrong track for this car to make its debut, but we shall see. Rumor has it that this car will be used as well for the start of next season, depending on what the FIA does with the rules changes.
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Yeah, he started the thread!

I think McLaren HAD to bring the car out, no matter which track. Hopefully the rest of the weekend will be dry... the changeable stuff makes it hard to tell who's got what.
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