June 27, 2018

F1 on The ESPNs: Austria 2018

This week, the hills are alive with the shriek of turbocharged V6s as the Formula 1 Zirkus makes its way to the Red Bull Ring in Austria!  Let's take a look at the track map, shall we?

Something about this place feels off to me.  Maybe it's just that it seems to be out in the middle of a field, running pleasantly up hill and down dale.  That's not the way race tracks should be, y'know?  Is it just me?  There's nothing particularly offensive about the RedBullRing, except its name, not really.  It's a track.  It has more elevation change than most, it's almost all right turns, and again, I fully expect farm animals to be grazing in the background of most camera shots.

Speaking of farm animals, we get SkySports again... here's the broadcast lineup on the various ESPN channels:
Practice 3: 5a - 630a live on ESPNews
Quals: 8a - 930a live on ESPNews
2018 Grand Prix of Austria: 8a - 1030a  live on ESPN2

F1 Update! will follow along eventually in some form or another.  See ya then!

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1 Hey Wonderduck.  On a related topic, which seating section do you think is the best overall for seeing a race live at Suzuka?

Posted by: ReallyBored at June 28, 2018 11:39 AM (MmkR/)

2 So I'm looking at the seating map for Suzuka, and I come up with two answers for you, RB.
The best value, I think, would be the West Area ticket.  With that, you can choose anything from 130R to Spoon to the crossover and the Hairpin.  Particularly if you're going with a camera, the wide selection of locations makes it a winner... and Spoon looks like a fun place to watch from anyway.
But if you're looking for a reserved seat?  I really like the Honda Seats/C Stands.  If those aren't possible, I'd go for D... watching cars go through the Esses seems like it'd be a treat!
Are you going?  

Posted by: Wonderduck at June 29, 2018 12:47 AM (POEh5)

3 Possibly.  My parents are talking about a trip to Tokyo and Kyoto at the end of september, so I might tag along for the Kyoto bit and then stick around for the race.  Plus my boss is always bugging me to take actual vacations instead of just taking every friday off for a couple months at the end of the year

Posted by: ReallyBored at June 29, 2018 07:31 AM (Evg78)

4 Will and I are talking about going to Austin this year...we need to start planning if we're really doing that. 

Apropos of nothing, I don't know about you, but I'm pretty impressed with Leclerc. His driving is improving *and* he appears to be keeping a steady head on his shoulders so far, unlike some other young drivers I could mention. I think Ferrari should hold off on promoting him just yet, though. Vettel would eat him alive. Maybe he could go partner K-Mag at Haas for a year. (Though he might want to wear a cup) 

Posted by: Mrs. Will (Kathryn) at June 29, 2018 10:08 AM (HliD+)

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