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F1 delivers on Sunday after disappointing fans on Saturday

Posted By Chase Hinderstein, Monday, March 21, 2016

If you simply saw that the podium was 1. Rosberg (Merc) 2. Hamilton (Merc) 3. Vettel (Ferrari) then you would conclude it was just another race with predetermined outcomes. Perhaps a curiosity that Hamilton was behind Rosberg.

However, how we got there was not so simple. After a disappointing application of new qualifying rules left us with less excitement and anticipation on Saturday, Sunday's race started off with a brilliant start that shuffled the deck before turn one.

In addition to the (soon to be scrapped) new qualifying rules, F1 has also implemented new single clutch launch requirements to start the race. I believe this is a direct attempt to reel in Lewis Hamilton a bit, as his one known weakness is starting, and that's what the result bore out. Vettel launched to a very quick start off the line, passing both Mercs, and by turn one Rosberg went a bit wide, further holding up teammate Hamilton, which allowed Raikkonen to come through to second in his own Ferrari.

Hamilton was swamped by the competition and got caught towards the back of the top ten, requiring him to fight his way forward, allowing Rosberg chasing the two Ferraris, led by Vettel who developed a huge margin over any other car.

Then deus ex machina took hold.

First, this spectacular crash, as Alonzo ran his McLaren into the back wheel of Gutierrez's Haas car, sending the McLaren flying into a horrific pile and leading to a red flag, which temporarily halted the race.

This allowed Hamilton to take advantage of a tire swap without the cost of a normal pit. This was followed later under green flag with Vettel making a full stop that cost an additional three seconds due to a very atypical error by the crew.

Vettel was able to push in the end to challenge Hamilton for that 2nd spot, but his tires had clearly lost this full grip at that point, he fought to keep the car on the track, and he settled for third.

What we seemed to learn this weekend was that Mercedes is still very dominant, Ferraris may be a close second and could challenge this season, and the new American endeavor Haas F1 is not your typical rookie team. Gutierrez was doing well before the accident, and the Frenchman, Romain Grosjean, brought the #1 Haas car in for 6th place and 8 points. Points in F1 equal dollars for the next season, and to score in their first race out was a huge victory for Haas.

Rd 2 of the F1 season is April 3rd from Bahrain.

Tags:  F1  Haas 

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New qualifying rules for F1 a disaster

Posted By Chase Hinderstein, Saturday, March 19, 2016
Updated: Saturday, March 19, 2016

In previous seasons, qualifying brought as much excitement as race day, but no longer. My Saturdays are freed up.

 Under the old system, anyone on the track for a session when the checkered flag waved could finish that lap. If their previous best time had them on the bubble for elimination, there would be great excitement to see if that very last lap would be enough to keep them alive.

The new system is a disaster for fans and a disappointment for drivers. To simply explain what's happened, each session starts eliminating drivers, one at a time in 90 second intervals. However, if you're at the back and put onto that 90 second clock, you better already be on a flying lap. If the clock expires before you reach start/finish then your lap will not count.

 For the first application, at this weekend's race in Australia, many cars were eliminated while idled in the garage, their teams knowing they couldn't position in time for one last go at it. The anticipation and excitement lost. Fir many cars that had seemed capable of moving up the ranks, qualifying ended without that chance. 

 F1 has found a way to lose Saturday.

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Warning, this may steal 45 mins of your day

Posted By Chase Hinderstein, Thursday, March 17, 2016



The best slide deck presentation ever. 

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Irish Road Racing

Posted By Chase Hinderstein, Thursday, March 17, 2016

Action on the set, late tonight, as F1 kick off coverage on NBCsn with FP1 for this weekend's race in Australia. 

One last distraction before it gets real in here:

Why isn't Irish Road Racing broadcast in the US? Love it! MAVtv actually shows some, but 6 months after the races are run, so it's lost some luster

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New S1000RR rider in the Isle of Man TT this year.

Posted By Chase Hinderstein, Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Ryan Farquhar will take Guy Martin's ride on the Tyco BMW S1000RR in this summer's Isle of Man TT. Martin has opted to skip this years challenge in favor of an endurance mountain biking competition. 

More detals on and the IOMTT's own site.



Tags:  IOMTT  Isle of Man  S1000RR 

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