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Trad climber
greater Boss Angeles area
Topic Author's Original Post - Apr 10, 2011 - 04:12am PT
F1's back.

F1's the only auto racing worth watching.

The cars are the quickest ( 0-100-0 in less than 5 seconds ).

The drivers date Super Models ( instead of marrying their cousin [ or sister ], like NASCAR drivers have )

But what I like most about it, is it's the most expensive form of racing known to man ( it costs $500,000 per lap to race F1 )

Ferrari looks good this year:

But not as good as Lotus:

Lotus is back! And looking good. Almost as good as Emmerson Fittipaldi, in '72:

What ever happened to these?:

Grand Prix of Malaysia is starting right now.

ron gomez

Trad climber
Apr 10, 2011 - 11:42am PT
Ferrari is off pace again this year as is evident in qualifying. In F-1 if you qualify bad you race bad...last night was a bummer for Ferrari and Red Bull continues to dominate again this year.

Apr 10, 2011 - 02:39pm PT
#4 elf, looks like a cross between a go-cart and a dragster!

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Apr 10, 2011 - 02:41pm PT
Has Michael Schumacher totally lost his mojo or does Mercedes suck that badly that he can only qualify 11th?

And having studied aerodynamics a little it is really hard for me to
believe that those little winglets in front of the front tires are
doing anything other than creating drag. I can see one winglet working
but the second smaller one seems like it would only create 'intersection
drag'. I know they have their own wind tunnel and all but it just
doesn't look right!

Apr 10, 2011 - 03:21pm PT
If your not in a top team in F1 like Red Bull, Ferrari, or Mclaren your not going to win the championship.

Schumacher races for a new Mercedes GP Team which is only a little over a year old.


Apr 10, 2011 - 06:26pm PT
When Aerodynamicist Adrian Newey left Mclaren in 06 and went to Red Bull Racing, You knew it was just a matter of time.

With a driver like Sebastian Vettel, makes this the team to beat.
this just in

north fork
Apr 10, 2011 - 09:16pm PT
Sebastian Vettel is going for back to back. Last season was so tight, and I think this year it will be the same. F1 is badass.

Trad climber
BIG ISLAND or Vail ; just following the sun.......
Apr 10, 2011 - 10:39pm PT
F1 hasn't been the same since Ayrton Senna died. The dude could be in the slowest car but if it started raining he would always win. He owned Manaco...

Apr 10, 2011 - 11:09pm PT
F1 hasn't been the same since Ayrton Senna died.
I always thought Senna was the best. The Rain Master.

F1's the pinnacle of auto racing.


Big Wall climber
From Back to Big Wall Baby
Apr 10, 2011 - 11:12pm PT
I agree 100 % F 1 is where it is at in Auto Racing. There are a couple of interesting articles in of all things the Feb, March, April Seahorse International Sailing a magazine dedicated to High End Yacht racing and Design which is my background by Andrew MacFarlan who is head of Composite Design for Red Bull F 1 Racing. He initially started in yacht design and then migrated over to F 1. The articles give some good insight into the Red Bull Racing F 1 program for a Composite Design aspect.

Social climber
Joshua Tree
Apr 10, 2011 - 11:23pm PT
This is the pinnacle of auto racing:


Apr 11, 2011 - 12:07am PT
Senna - 162 GP's with 65 poles...Not to bad.'

Schumacher - 271 GP's with 68 poles.

Trad climber
BIG ISLAND or Vail ; just following the sun.......
Apr 11, 2011 - 04:04pm PT
F'n Italians took him out.

Trad climber
Las Vegas
Apr 11, 2011 - 08:35pm PT

2 bad Cosmic is working/off line...

He'll spaz when he sees this thread (and prolly flood it with great pic's he has taken)


Apr 12, 2011 - 04:02pm PT
Now you're talking, I've followed F-1 or Grand Prix as it was referred since high school in the 1960's. Stationed in Germany I saw my first race in person, Spa in Belgium,found the Service station that Lotus was using and hung a bit with the mechanics. The following morning Graham Hill arrived and I have a picture of him in front of the Lotus motor home. Jim Clark had been killed a short time earlier. I have some great pictures which I'll try to post. I haven't seen a race this year as yet, my only channel for F1 is Speed vision. The technology has changed immensely and the cars are much safer now. I peeked all over the Lotus and there was not much padding, just a lot of bare aluminum, and many have died, it wasn't unusual for one or two a year. Graham Hill came to Indy and won in the rear engine car and probably was the turning point for Indy style cars to go from front engine to rear style.

Apr 17, 2011 - 02:48am PT
The Grand Prix of China 25 min.

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Apr 17, 2011 - 04:27pm PT
Moto GP is just so much more intense than any auto race. seems like auto racing is 80% car and 20% driver while Moto GP is 80% rider and 20% bike. the big reason that you get the big win streaks of the championship riders Rossie, Pederosa etc is that even with the bikes being so similer the rider makes the real difference.

Apr 17, 2011 - 05:41pm PT
tradmanclimbs I always wanted to see Moto GP live, they do get it on.

I grew up in Irvine back in the day, we had Saddleback park and OCIR.

The TRANS AMS at Saddleback park and the Carlsbad GP moto X races were fun times with gooood racing.

Formula 1 racing does'nt have the competitveness as other forms racing because its always the top three teams racing each other race after race. To me it's everything that surrounds Formula 1 like the research and technology that goes into a F1 car, the gorgeous grid girls from all over the world and even the money that floats around an F1 circuit that brings me back for more.

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Apr 17, 2011 - 07:03pm PT
I got to see the 500cc two strokes GP @ louden back in the early eightys. pretty cool stuff... Don't get me wrong, F1 is pretty cool it is just that Moto GP is 100 times cooler INMOP

Somewhere out there
Apr 17, 2011 - 09:16pm PT
I'm still waiting for this to be reality

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