July 29, 2011
No, I can't do it. There's just no way I can keep up the happy-go-lucky attitude about the Hungarian Grand Prix. It's slow, it's twisty, there's only one passing point, argh. There was even less going on in 2nd Practice than normal. We did get a look at the new version super-soft tires from Pirelli, and they do seem like they'll last slightly longer than the six or eight laps they used to do. Yay?
McLaren's Lewis Hamilton led both practice sessions on Friday, second practice with a 1:21 and change. If my math is correct, the 107% rule would take out four cars: O'Glockenspiel, d'Ambrosio, Ricciardo, and Liuzzi. In other words, both Virgins and both HRTs. Which is weird, because slower tracks like this one should be better for the slower teams, not worse... unless the miserable twistybits are just kneecapping the less-than-nimble new teams (minus Lotus, of course). While you've gotta go slow to go fast, there's such a thing as going too slow. We'll find out the ultimate result during Quals on Saturday morning, of course.
In other news, Jarno Trulli is back in the Lotus after a one-race vacation, and shock of shocks, he's praising the team for the improvements they've made to the power steering! Of course, this has nothing to do with his incessant complaining earning him that one-race vacation.
Unfortunately, it looks like we're to have a dry race on Sunday. Alas.
In other important news, F1 has released a revised calendar for the 2012 season. Instead of the 21 races originally scheduled, it's now going to be 20 as Turkey is to be axed. That's a shame, because it's a fun circuit, but nobody ever went to the race and rising fees seem to be pricing the race out of F1. The good news is that the United States Grand Prix has been moved. No longer are they going to Austin Texas at the end of June/beginning of July! Now it'll be November 18th, which makes MUCH more sense: it won't be 215 degrees during race weekend. For what it's worth, that removes the second biggest obstacle to F1U! taking a fieldtrip (the biggest obstacle is fundage).
As mentioned, Quals in the morning, we'll see you then!
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at July 29, 2011 10:30 PM (+rSRq)
Posted by: Avatar_exADV at July 29, 2011 10:31 PM (pWQz4)
Posted by: Wonderduck at July 30, 2011 08:38 AM (KBBJ+)
Posted by: David at July 30, 2011 06:52 PM (Kn54v)
Posted by: Avatar_exADV at July 30, 2011 07:26 PM (pWQz4)
For the remaining races, prices range from €475 (Monza) to just shy of €1000 (Japan), with most looking around the €600-ish range. That's for a weekend pass to the grandstands directly opposite the pitlane/starting grid.
€600 is about $800, very roughly. PER TICKET. Now, at Monza there were "stadium seating" tickets for the race at about $60, find a place to spread your blanket amidst the trees and have a watch on Sunday, but I know that if I attend a F1 race, it'd be the whole Friday/Saturday/Sunday gig, three practices, quals, the race, and all the support races to boot.
But hey, if you buy the ticket from the F1 website, you get a free lanyard, ticket wallet and pair of earplugs!
Posted by: Wonderduck at July 30, 2011 07:45 PM (KBBJ+)
That's pricey but not impossible. You oughta see what I spend on the orks...
Posted by: Avatar_exADV at July 31, 2011 03:11 AM (mRjOr)
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