Just... Tired. Of A Lot Of Things.
I know there's big news in the F1 world regarding the rollouts, and I'm trying to get to it, I really am. But I'll tell ya, I'm friggin' exhausted. Y'all remember my knee? It's doing really well, it only feels a little loose nowadays. No outright pain unless I try to make it hurt or I get my foot caught in the sheets, and wouldn't that be a fun way to cripple yourself? "So how'd you blow out your knee, Wonderduck?" "Bedsheet."
No, all that excitement has migrated to my right hip/pelvis/groin thing. Probably from trying to protect my knee, I've bunged up the top of my right leg. Fortunately it only hurts if I'm moving the leg, trying to stand up, trying to sit down, if I stay sitting for too long, and getting into or out of the car. Particularly that bit about the car.
As one might expect, this has put something of a damper on my usually cheerful and optimistic outlook on life. I'm going to have to do a F1 ultra-mega-pr0n soon, as well as finish the piece answering the question "Why A Duck?" Oh, and I was giftied a copy of Clannad: The Game, I should really get started on that, too.
Motivation. It all comes down to that, doesn't it? And has for a while, I guess. As they say, "the struggle is real", and I'm losing it badly. Well, that's life, I guess. So what I'm saying is: yes, I know there's stuff out there I should be writing about. Bear with me and I promise it'll be worth it. Or, y'know, not, because, well, that's kinda been my track record of late.
Instead of leaving on that happy note, let's leave on this one instead... a little NYC subway music.
If you are having trouble with sheet tangle, put a tall pillow or a little laptop table under the sheets at the foot of the bed. Basically, make some extra legroom down there.
You might want to look on YouTube for videos about massage points, so you can relax all your tendons and such in your leg.
Walking downstairs backward while holding onto the railing can help. (Assuming no ice or passersby.)
Things will get better.
Posted by: Suburbanbanshee at February 26, 2017 12:11 AM (S0Svy)
Like sciatic nerve pain? Or pretty sure it's not?
Posted by: Ben at February 26, 2017 04:43 PM (B1bvu)
Hip bursitis? I have that (old overuse injury) and the pain you're describing sounds a bit like what I get when it's bad. (Cold weather makes it worse). I find putting heat on it helps. (NSAIDS are supposed to help, too, but I'd rather deal with the hip pain than with the stomach woes NSAIDS cause in me).
Posted by: fillyjonk at February 26, 2017 08:41 PM (8Ov9m)
Ben, descriptions online don't seem to fit... the pain is limited to my hip/pelvis area, not the entire leg.
Filly, online descriptions sound like what I'm experiencing, yeah, so... maybe.
Posted by: Wonderduck at February 26, 2017 09:40 PM (UDOXQ)
The good news is if it's bursitis, it can be manageable. Stretching exercises and not sitting too long keeps mine under control. IN extremes, a steroid shot can be given (though I didn't want to go there & my doctor agreed) or they can even do surgery to remove the bursa....
Does the muscle area around the joint feel "burnt"? That's what I remember when I first had it - the muscles around the hip were tight and felt like they were a bad burn.
Posted by: fillyjonk at February 27, 2017 05:29 PM (8Ov9m)
F1 Pr0n: First Look
Okay friends, here's the deal. The first of the 2017 F1 cars rolled out today, with Sauber and Renault going all jamonit and stuff. Normally this would be cause for celebrations and my calling for the finest of meats and cheeses. But not tonight, for tonight my knee hurts, my head hurts, I'm stupidly tired, and work is bad.
Which doesn't mean I'm going to leave y'all empty-handed. Oh no, no indeed, because the cars look bloody wonderful this year thanks to the new aero rules. Wide tires, every wing swept like a late '60s jet fighter, a return to the low wide rear wing... the cars look like Matchbox designed 'em. And before you ask, yes, this is a great thing! So while I go and get myself out of this funk*, here's a picture of the new Sauber C36!
I need both a cigarette and a cold shower. Maybe at the same time.
* That Parliament video was actually shot during a Red Bull design meeting.
Also thank you for grooving up the joint with those YouTube links. Sorry about the general misery levels, tho'.
Posted by: GreyDuck at February 21, 2017 10:45 PM (rKFiU)
And look at the pretty colors! No, seriously. 'Duck, I remember you noting a couple of years ago or so how almost every car was either black or silver. It's nice to see that teams are returning to using more of the palette and trying to make their cars look distinctive again. The Sauber above is very handsome.
If you don't mind answering an off-topic question, I understand that Toro Rosso is Red Bull's junior team, if you will. Does Red Bull...well...intentionally hamstring TR, for lack of a better term, in terms of how they run the team, in order to keep them a permanent mid- or backmarker for driver development, or do they actually expect them to have some level of success, even just the occasional podium every now and then? I'm actually kind of surprised that syndicate ownership is allowed at the highest level of any major sport in this day and age. That kind of thing significantly damaged the National League back in the 1890s, and has been outlawed in MLB since.
Posted by: Tom at February 22, 2017 10:31 AM (mSIXR)
Oh, I do hope that's the racing livery. That is a pretty, pretty car.
Posted by: Ben at February 22, 2017 06:22 PM (1uZgg)
Tom, I wouldn't say they go out of their way to hamstring STR, but they don't fund the team at the level that would be necessary for them to become a race- or championship-winning team. They are a driver-development team and there's simply no reason to fund them at higher than a mid-field level.
In theory it would be nice to have 12 teams all working their hardest to win championships. In reality, F1 has a hard enough time keeping 10 teams on the grid, so it's good that STR is there to help make up the numbers. Besides, they've provided a route into the sport for some of the most talented young drivers in recent years, while independent backmarkers like Sauber are more interested in drivers with the biggest checkbooks.
Posted by: flatdarkmars at February 23, 2017 10:37 PM (4KXON)
A Dutchman's Story
Over at reddit, there's a certain community called "askhistorians", where history questions are given serious answers by professional historians or knowledgeable amateurs. The most prolific and responsible responders become "flaired users", considered the go-to people on their particular specialties. If a flaired user is answering a question in their specialty, there's a very good chance indeed that they know what they're talking about. I'm lucky enough to have convinced people that I know what I'm talking about and earned my flair ("Pacific Theater - World War 2") back during the unemployment time.
As I was taking it easy on my knee (doing nicely, thankyouverymuch!) Saturday afternoon, I wandered into askhistorians to see what was going on. One of the questions was quite interesting: a young man's grandfather was held in a POW camp in Japan at the end of the war and claimed that he saw a nuclear explosion. Where could he have been held, and how did he get there? I didn't know, but I wanted to find out. So I started digging into the intarwebbz with what little information I had:
1) Grandfather was Dutch, living in the East Indies.
2) We had his name.
3) He had to have been held near Hiroshima or Nagasaki.
It was unsurprising to me that there was information about Japan's POW camps on the 'web. What did surprise me was that one of the best sites was from Japan itself. And oh my, it had a list of every POW camp on Japanese soil, broken out by location of the administrative center. And what do you know? Both Hiroshima and Fukuoka, which is just north of Nagasaki, were admin centers for POW camp networks. A quick perusal of nationalities held in the Hiroshima camps made it clear that Grandpa was likely held in a Fukuoka camp: at war's end, only 500 Dutch nationals were held near Hiroshima, while around 3700 were in the vicinity of Nagasaki.
So it was possible that Grandpa could have been in the vicinity of one of the bombs. I was almost ready to call it a night, when I hit a gold mine of information. This site was devoted to Allied POWS in Japanese hands, both in Japan and elsewhere. And there, in the middle of a cluttered index page, was a jewel beyond compare: the POW rosters of each Fukuoka camp at the time they were liberated. Better still, they were official records, pdf'd from the National Archives and Records Administration. There were some 20 or so reports, one for each camp.
As is my wont on any sort of project like this, I started from the back... and after about ten or 15 minutes of searching, I opened the roster for Fukuoka Camp #23, which held mostly Dutch prisoners. I quickly jumped to the correct initial and started looking. And then, about two hours after I had read the original question, I found him.
To say I was excited would something of an understatement. He really could have seen the bomb over Nagasaki! I posted my findings, then started phase II of the search: trying to find where Camp 23 was located. This took no time at all. On another page of the site with Camp #23's roster were photographs of each camp, whatever was available. For #23, there was only one... a remarkably sharp aerial shot. And there at the top was the lat/long of where the pic was taken... a quick wrestle with Googlemaps, cursed be its name, got me to where I was looking.
The red star was the rough location of Fukuoka #23, some 54 miles from Nagasaki as the crow flies. The only thing was that Mt Tara was directly between the two points, but as it turns out it's only just barely a mountain, measuring in at just over 1000m in height. The Nagasaki bomb exploded around 500m over the city.
After all the searching, I pretty much had the answer. Grandpa probably didn't see the flash of the detonation, but certainly could have seen the smoke cloud, and probably heard something of the explosion. Satisfied, I finished updating my post and took a nap.
When I woke up this morning, it was to an inbox filled with comments, a notification that someone had given me a month of "reddit gold", and the revelation that my comment had been linked to by reddit's "best of" page... and one more thing.
Another reddit user found Grandpa's name in the lists for another Fukuoka camp, #14... which was less than two kilometers from Ground Zero. It was totally destroyed by the blast, with seven POW deaths. Despite this, Camp #14 stayed in operation until it was liberated in September. I did some quick digging and found there was no discrepancy: the report the other user found was of all POWs to have held in the camp, not the list of who was there when it was liberated. Clearly Grandpa had been moved to #23 at some time before the bomb dropped. It did, however, allow me to partially answer the OTHER part of the poster's original question: how did Grandpa get there?
It turned out that most of the Dutch POWs were brought to Fukuoka #14 in April 1943, on one of the lesser-known Hell Ships, the Hawaii Maru. It only made two voyages in that role before being used as a troop transport instead. While conditions were as bad in the ship as in any other Hell Ship, remarkably few prisoners died on board.
I do believe the results of my research falls into the category of "a good day's work". I'm stupidly pleased with myself, I am.
Very good indeed! Remarkable thing, the Internet. Someday it will be big...
Hiroshima does not surprise me, given that the military port of Ujina, which handled IJA troop movements, is there. Neither does the fact that someone in Japan is hosting a information lode like that - there is a book published in Japan that had information on all the casualties of the Battle of Midway, on both sides, right down to the home towns.
Posted by: cxt217 at February 21, 2017 08:39 PM (lHKW1)
As for whether he saw the flash, I find this plausible. Light bounces off of things in addition to being absorbed, and that was a lot of light -- sudden unexpected light from an odd direction. The "day the sun rose twice" at the Trinity test (higher yield, but much closer to the ground) drew notice much further away than 54 miles.
Aboveground tests at the Nevada Test Site, near Las Vegas in southern Nevada, could sometimes be observed from Los Angeles or even the Bay Area (e.g., these LA photos of the 29-kT Apple 2 test, famed for the surreal pictures of a fake town getting blown away) and were a famous public spectacle in Vegas itself, 65 miles away.
Posted by: Ad absurdum per aspera at February 21, 2017 10:45 PM (f2J2+)
Next Year Was Last Year!
The Cubs position players are reporting to spring training camp on Friday. Pitchers were in on Tuesday. Know what that means? Baseball is back, baby! And for the first time since 1908, the Chicago Cubs are the reigning World Series Champions. And yes, I still get a shiver of frisson from saying that.
Will they repeat? Las Vegas oddsmakers give them the best chance of any team in the National League, at 9-2. Those are the same odds that the A.L.'s Red Sox have, by the way... now that would be an epic World Series! Two oldest parks in baseball, and two of the three most hallowed franchises. Tying it all together would be Theo Epstein, architect of the Cubs championship run, and the GM at the time the Red Sox won their first series in forever, back in 2004.
But it's been a long time since a team was back-to-back champions; the Yankees were the last to do it when they three-timed in 1998, 99, and 2000. Can the Cubs do it? Yes, absolutely, they're still the best team in the NL, and probably the best in baseball. Of course, that doesn't matter when it comes to the playoffs. Then, it's all about what team is the hottest. If things go totally right, then yes, they'll win... but they so easily could have lost Game 7. So do I think the Cubs will win the 2017 World Series? The meatball fan in me says "yes!!!" But the rational, thinking baseball fan in me says "no."
I have never wanted to be wrong so much in my life.
Another Spring Training, another season on the way...another 6 weeks til any baseballs are thrown or hit in anger! Pitchers and catchers reporting is a bit anticlimactic that way. Not to worry though, we have the start of our F1Update! and the NCAA basketball tournament to tide us over, and anyway, for us baseball diehards, there's always injuries and position battles, and developing youngsters to keep track of. Still, Opening Day, get here fast!
Posted by: Tom at February 17, 2017 06:57 PM (mSIXR)
Oh, and hockey too. Yes, I'm one of THOSE types.
Posted by: Tom at February 17, 2017 06:58 PM (mSIXR)
I've become a Blackhawks fan over the past 10 years or so... started listening on the radio, working my way up to watching the playoff or championship games. I'm not a n00b, bandwagoner, or diehard... I'm just a guy who understands what icing means.
Posted by: Wonderduck at February 18, 2017 10:40 AM (UDOXQ)
Life Amuck (UPDATED)
Okay, let me explain. Ever since the Great Confirmation of Gravity, I've juggled from sore to okay to somewhere in-between. No surprise, it isn't every day one swandives onto concrete, right? Well, last week I noticed my left knee wasn't feeling all that swell, particularly after sitting for a couple of hours. I'd get up from my desk at work and the first couple dozen steps saw me limping, and/or leaning to the right like I'd taken a torpedo below the waterline. Once it "loosened up", things went back to more-or-less normal. I'm hardly surprised by this... I'm staring 50 in the face after all. I just don't recover as quickly as I used to.
This past Friday, as I climbed the stairs to Pond Central after a day at work, it was clear my left knee wasn't happy about something. I couldn't push off it the way I normally did, not without a pinpoint pain in the back of it. Once I got to the top of the stairs, though, everything was fine. Saturday, it started to ache. By Sunday afternoon, it felt very much like it was just going to fail if I put full weight on it. The nap I took was pain-soaked; every time I rolled over, my knee torqued (as normal) and I'd get a brilliant shot of pain (not normal).
4am Monday morning, I woke to use the loo. It took me over 10 minutes to get there from my bedroom, and Pond Central ain't that large. If it wasn't for my cane, I'm not sure I could have made it. When the alarm went off for me to get ready for work, I knew there was no chance I could do it. It wound up taking a very long time to get into the shower, close to 20 minutes, because my knee wouldn't bend enough for me to get it over the side of the tub. I was also afraid it wouldn't support my weight when I put my OTHER foot in. As it was, I took what may have been the most perfunctory shower in the history of showers.
I have a doc appointment on Tuesday, where I'm scared he's gonna say I'll need surgery. I'm getting a lift, which is good... I'm not sure I'll be able to walk to my car tomorrow. Guess we'll see, huh?
I'll keep y'all updated.
UPDATE: The doctor has diagnosed a torn meniscus. This is... not good. I am not a candidate for surgery, mainly because it probably isn't torn that badly. He wants me to rest and stay off the knee as much as possible... in fact, he wanted me to be off work for the next two weeks, basically be bed-ridden. As pleasant a thought as that may be, I had to veto it... so I go back on Thursday. Hopefully I can get in the car easier then.
Posted by: GreyDuck at February 14, 2017 08:35 AM (rKFiU)
Yes, good luck. Didn't you say at some point that you could work from home?
Posted by: Rick C at February 14, 2017 07:08 PM (ITnFO)
Rick C, I kinda... like... lost that ability. And my boss hasn't offered to let me do so during this stretch, so... yeah.
Posted by: Wonderduck at February 14, 2017 11:04 PM (UDOXQ)
Ah. Well, good luck. You have crutches, and, if so, would they help any? Or a wheelchair, possibly that can lock one leg rest up so you can keep the leg straight?
Posted by: Rick C at February 14, 2017 11:16 PM (ITnFO)
Did he give you one of those soft knee-braces? Immobilizing the leg with one of those can help keep the strain off it.
Posted by: Mauser at February 14, 2017 11:42 PM (5Ktpu)
Rick C, I'm using a cane. I'm (unfortunately) well-practiced in cane usage, and while a crutch/crutches may technically be better in this case, I feel much more comfortable with the cane.
Mauser, no. I am not a "off-the-rack" sized guy. I do have a knee brace, but it never stays in place for more than a few strides. It was the largest size I could find, and if I put it on the way I'm supposed to, the velcro lets go when I sit down. If I put it on sitting down, it ends up on my shin before I leave Pond Central. Essentially, I need a custom brace like athletes have... well, I've got two kidneys, I could spare one...
Posted by: Wonderduck at February 15, 2017 09:02 AM (UDOXQ)
I remember you mentioning the cane. In my experience with both, which I admit is not extensive, it's easier to use the knee less on crutches, but if the cane works better for you, that's probably the way to go, yeah.
Posted by: Rick C at February 15, 2017 10:23 AM (ECH2/)
Because my job can be so hard on the body, we have on-site physical therapists. I've had my ankle taped up before, and they have athletic tape that can do what the brace does, but doesn't shift. However, the application on oneself would probably be very tricky.
Posted by: Mauser at February 15, 2017 10:07 PM (5Ktpu)
All I know about meniscus tears is that they are apparently no fun.
Washcloth scrub instead of shower.
Shampoo hair in the sink.
Alternately, find a place with a nice flat-floored shower stall and use that.
Posted by: Suburbanbanshee at February 16, 2017 12:07 AM (JDV7u)
Random Anime Picture# 126: Cheesecake Too! -Hatsukoi Limited, ED
There are days when you plan and scheme and get everything you need to accomplish done. And then there are days like today, where I got nothing done at all except sleep, and not even much of that. The plan was to finish up the requested "Why A Duck?" post. Instead, I did bupkis, and you get this post.
I mean, there are worse things that could have happened, I suppose. It's just not what the plan was. A lot of that going around, I think.
I've been re-watching Mouretsu Pirates and for a show without much actual overt fanservice, they still love drawing schoolgirls' legs. (Barring spacesuits, the only thing most of the girls end up wearing is some kind of skirt or another...)
That's not a complaint. Let's be clear on this.
Posted by: GreyDuck at February 12, 2017 12:12 AM (rKFiU)
Interview With A Vampire
Hopefully all of you regular (or irregular, I don't judge) anime viewers are watching the show of the season, Interviews With Monster Girls. It's light-hearted, with a surprising amount of depth to it as well. While I'm not a huge fan of the yuki onna (yet... she basically was just introduced in last week's Ep05), everybody else in the show is delightful. Even the normie teacher.
There is no doubt, however, that the true breakout star of the series is Hikari, the vampire. She's basically the most realistic high school girl I've ever seen in an anime series. I mean, other than the whole "vampire" thing, of course. I don't know if I've ever mentioned this, but not too terribly long after I returned from grad school in ignominious defeat, my old theatre teacher from high school called and hired me to do the lighting design for a play the theatre department at his new school was doing. He had a lot of expectations of this one, because it was being entered into the All-State Theatre Festival... there were something like 900 shows being considered, but only six would be chosen. The name of that play? Dracula. A fairly faithful retelling of the original vampire story, in fact. And o, did I go wild on that design! Easily the best of my 200+ lighting designs, in fact. Anyway, we did go downstate, where I got to take a custom light design run via computer and turn it into something using a generic light plot run via a manual control board. That only took four hours to do. I digress. They say that there isn't a competition between the "full-length feature presentations" at All-State; officially, they're right. Unofficially, however, that's a bunch of hooey and everybody attending knows it. I saw four of the five other plays downstate, and the fifth I saw when it ran here in Duckford at a private high school. Not only were we the best of the bunch, it wasn't even close. I'm honestly not bragging about that, it's just a simple fact. We had a good bunch of kids... which brings me back to my original point: Hikari reminds me of, like, three of my students rolled into one. Good kids, all of 'em. If you've been watching the show, you undoubtedly remember the laugh-out-loud moment from the most recent episode: when Hikari needs to chew on someone because "her teeth itch." Relative to that scene, I found this:
For everybody that ISN'T watching the show, hopefully that just convinced you to do so. You're seriously missing out.
Every time you think the show's about to cross a line too far, they turn it into something silly/adorable/fluffy. And then there was the "nom nom nom" bit taking it to a whole new unexpected level. Pure delight.
I'm enjoying Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid. I'm ADORING Interviews with Monster Girls.
Posted by: GreyDuck at February 09, 2017 08:40 AM (rKFiU)
When I asked for recommendations for this season, this came up, and I've been enjoying it too.
Posted by: Mauser at February 09, 2017 08:37 PM (5Ktpu)
If they don't explain how succubus-sensei made it through high school, I'm going to be very put out.
Posted by: J Greely at February 09, 2017 09:12 PM (CLiR9)
J, what's more baffling is that she got herself a teaching degree...
(Honestly I'm glad that the "potentially sex-crazed" one is an actual adult character. That would've been way way too skeevy otherwise, and this show already dances along that line.)
Posted by: GreyDuck at February 10, 2017 08:35 AM (rKFiU)
J, I'm betting homeschooling. GD, night and online classes, maybe.
Posted by: Wonderduck at February 10, 2017 08:41 AM (UDOXQ)
I was half-kidding, because there are still single-sex junior and high schools in Japan, as well as women's colleges, and her powers apparently only affect men. It's the sort of fridge question that wouldn't really come up for the native audience, but that might get asked once the two grown-ups are a little more comfortable around each other (and, yes, I'm glad the succubus is not only an adult, but is not using her powers on schoolboys; we've got plenty of shows stuck in that "rut").
(homeschooling is mostly illegal, by the way, although a quick search suggests there's a small community of activists fighting for it)
Posted by: J Greely at February 10, 2017 12:05 PM (tgyIO)
I was a bit worried about where it was headed too, but heard from people who'd followed it in Japan that it actually backs away from that; no teacher/student predation (possibly excepting Hikari noms?)
Posted by: Avatar_exADV at February 10, 2017 11:59 PM (/lg1c)
F1 News: To The Manor Born
Manor F1, the last of the four "Class of 2010" teams, has pulled down the garage doors for the last time. The cash-strapped team, running on a shoestring and a prayer for the past couple of years, has been desperately looking for a buyer since the end of the 2016 season. There was no white knight to be found, and the active staff was apparently let go on the last day of January. Interestingly, while the team is gone, the company that holds Manor's rights to race in F1 is still alive. In theory, they could field a team or sell the rights off to another (approved) race group. In practice, it's a moot point as there currently aren't any approved applicants out there.
Manor lasted for seven seasons, scoring a total of three points: two in 2014 and 2016. Sadly, the team had two of its drivers suffer major head injuries and pass away: Maria DeVillota during testing and Jules Bianchi during the 2014 Grand Prix of Japan. This team was supposed to be the one that changed how F1 cars were designed; under the Virgin F1 banner, the VR01 and MVR02 chassis were created and tested solely via computer. No wind tunnel tests were needed, they said. Computational Fluid Dynamic testing dominated the designs for the first four years, with the best result being a freak 13th place at the 2013 Malaysian Grand Prix after many cars retired from that race. The next design, the MR03 in 2014 and the MR03b in 2015, showed some promise with a 9th place finish at Monaco in 2014. But then money issues reared their ugly head and 2016s MRT05 was a legitimate disappointment; it scored but a single point despite running the dominating Mercedes engine. This failure put the team 11th for the season, where they received no championship payout from the FIA and ultimately doomed the team.
In the end, it was hard not to root for Manor. They legitimately tried very hard to make a go of it and were obviously quite devoted racers. They outlasted HRT and Lotus/Caterham (and USF1, but that's another story) by a few years... with a bit of luck, they could have become as much a fixture on the grid as any team. In a few years, people will be looking back at their final car and realize just how gorgeous it was.
Pre-season rollouts are just a couple of weeks away. Sadly, Manor will not be one of them.
Interesting data point for the "designed solely by computer" mindset, isn't it? Still, a shame to see a valiant effort come to an end like that.
Posted by: GreyDuck at February 06, 2017 08:26 AM (rKFiU)
GD, it really is. Either computers aren't powerful enough... and Virgin/Marussia had far and away the most powerful computer system in F1, the 10th largest supercomputer in the UK, and the 230th most powerful in the world... or the software wasn't sophisticated enough to simulate all the airflow over a F1 car at speed.
Other teams use CFD, sure, but they augment it with a LOT of wind-tunnel testing. In theory, HaasF1 has a huge advantage over the other teams because... well, hell, they have open access to the world's best rolling-road wind tunnel, which is owned by Haas. There's FIA-imposed limits on how much wind tunnel time you can do, but... well.
Posted by: Wonderduck at February 06, 2017 07:17 PM (UDOXQ)
Will the remaining teams be enough to fill up the grid?
Posted by: Mauser at February 06, 2017 08:16 PM (5Ktpu)
Oh yeah. There'll be 20 cars on the grid, and while that's a far cry from 26, the first five years I wrote about F1 here, the grid was 20 cars. It's absolutely enough.
Unless Sauber goes under, of course... 18 cars starts to look a little... sparse.
Posted by: Wonderduck at February 06, 2017 11:18 PM (UDOXQ)
I'm still irked at Sauber for their contract-breaking four-drivers-two-cars fiasco. The fact that they basically killed Manor by finishing 10th last year has not done anything to endear them to me. If any team had to fold, it should've been Sauber. And to think, I used to like them, as recently as the Kobayashi-Perez days.
Posted by: flatdarkmars at February 07, 2017 09:20 PM (Kf7l3)
Sauber under Peter Sauber was great, the plucky lil' team what could. Sauber under Monisha Kaltenborn seems to be slightly rudderless.
Posted by: Wonderduck at February 07, 2017 09:45 PM (UDOXQ)
Why is it that F1 teams only get 8 days of testing prior to the season? I don't know, maybe that's as many as they need, but considering everything that goes into an F1 season for a team, it seems like a pitifully short amount of time to properly prepare a car and team for a new campaign.
Posted by: Tom at February 13, 2017 07:41 PM (mSIXR)
It's a financial thing, Tom. Back when I started writing about F1, you had unlimited testing all year round. That's one of the reasons Ferrari was so good back then: unlimited fundage, their own circuit across the street from their factory, and the best driver in the world that was willing to turn lap after lap after lap without complaint.
Slappy Schumacher ran over 81000km in his F1 races. He would have done AT LEAST that amount in testing as well.
Anyway, clearly not every team could do that, and realistically Ferrari could only do it because they were the most popular race team in the world and had merchandising sales that could subsidize such stuff.
So the FIA chopped the amount of testing that could be done in-season, then did away with it altogether. They also limited the amount of pre-season testing, then had all the teams do it at the same circuit at the same time.
Given their choice, the teams would run as much as they could. It's not uncommon for there to be complaints about testing, in fact.
In this particular case, however, I agree with the FIA's decision to limit testing. As is normal for the FIA, they've gone too far in their limiting, but balancing the testing playing field is a valid idea.
Posted by: Wonderduck at February 13, 2017 09:11 PM (UDOXQ)
Understood, thanks 'duck. As you say though, they're gone too far in their limiting, so hopefully this is an issue new management looks at and maybe loosens up a bit. Well, obviously, they'll have bigger fish to fry initially, but eventually.
Posted by: Tom at February 14, 2017 07:11 PM (mSIXR)