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#31 Pete Gaimari

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Posted Feb 20 2018 - 09:20 AM

I'll watch any kind of racing I can get on TV. I watched a lawn mower race once. :)

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Posted Feb 20 2018 - 11:06 AM

Two new ones:

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Posted Feb 20 2018 - 04:30 PM

That Renault looks sexy :) Funny they have Infiniti as a sponsor. ;)

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Posted Feb 21 2018 - 12:05 AM

View PostPete Gaimari, on Feb 20 2018 - 09:20 AM, said:

I watched a lawn mower race once. :)

Speaking of lawnmowers, http://abc.go.com/sh...red/VDKA4159404

View PostRobert Fleurke, on Feb 20 2018 - 04:30 PM, said:

That Renault looks sexy :) Funny they have Infiniti as a sponsor. ;)

So they're sponsoring themselves since Renault bought Nissan several years ago?

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Posted Feb 21 2018 - 05:02 AM

Hi Greg :)

Yes it's the luxuary car division from Nissan, it used to be on the Red Bull car before. I guess that was part of the Renault deal.

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Posted Feb 21 2018 - 07:48 AM

Not your average lawnmower.

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Posted Feb 22 2018 - 05:55 PM

The more I think about the halo the more stupid it is. It seems to be 14kg in total. 8kg for the actual halo, and 6kg for the mounting.

Way to go for the center of gravity, such an heavy object so high. So unlike the pinnacle of motorsports. A windscreen I could tolerate, but this abomination should go as soon as possible!

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Posted Feb 23 2018 - 03:09 AM

And people tell that I should get over it.
That it isn't about the aesthetics.

No. I will NOT stop about it and it DEFINITELY is about aesthetics.
The halo is a modern art masterpiece, and believe me, when I say it, it is not a compliment. Not at all.

I sincerely hope that the views will drop drastically this year and we can point the finger on this blasphemy.

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Posted Feb 23 2018 - 04:34 AM

McLaren go back to their late60s/early70s colours. Also they don't seem to have a major sponsor on the bodywork.

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Posted Feb 23 2018 - 08:48 AM

Look at the slots in the floorboards havn't seen those features before.

Surprisingly empty Mclaren, similar to the Ferrari shown yesterday. If they want to go retro why not put a big roundel with the number on the airbox. Also that's not a blue I associate with McLarens

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Finally here is what the halo looks like from the inside
https://www.youtube....h?v=mdH_-KKP7JE

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Posted Feb 23 2018 - 10:29 AM

Michi, IMO the blue is referring to for example the M8F 1971 CanAm car. In other years they also had black, white or just light-orange wings.

Many cars seem to follow the Merc with a very long wheelbase. Might be good on fast circuits, less so at Monaco and co. ;) I'm hoping Renault and McLaren catch up with the top 3, and also hoping the top 3 are closer (mostly Red Bull). The fact there are 3 different powerplants at the front is good. Hoping Honda will get closer as well. I really do expect Renault to have made some strides, also Honda. It's said the Renault exceeds 950BHP. Reliability will once again be the major factor for Renault, and Honda. Also hoping Ferrari have their quality control under control :P

But arguably and probably Mercedes have another winner with their new engine.

Edited by Robert Fleurke, Feb 23 2018 - 10:36 AM.


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Posted Feb 23 2018 - 10:48 AM

That is never the same blue, or it's too much. The blue was an accent on the old cars here it looks out of place imo. I'm sure I get used to it as long as the car is fast ;)

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Posted Feb 23 2018 - 11:46 AM

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Posted Feb 23 2018 - 02:46 PM

I always had the wings as very dark blue or chrome in my mind. Anyway, looking at the MCL33 the clutter around the radiator inlet is quite low compared to the other cars. I wonder if there is more in the pipeline or if the basic concept differs from the other cars.

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Posted Feb 27 2018 - 11:31 PM

So F1 had their first two days of testing just as there is a cold spell in Europe. Little snowfall yesterday and generally low temperatures have teams complaining about useless data.
Apart from the moaning Honda is working in their new chassis, Mclaren isn't lost a wheel and fried a wiring harness after the exhaust fell off. Days have been headed by the Red and Blue teams respectively.




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