April 14, 2016

F1 on NBCSN: China 2016

My internet connection appears to be mildly stable today (edit: not so much), so let's not tempt fate any more than necessary and get to crackin'!  Here's the track map for the Shanghai International Circuit, home for the 2016 Grand Prix of China:

There's nothing new under the smog in Shanghai... it's the same as it's been forever.  Oh, Turn 13, the so-called "Indianapolis", has been reprofiled... again... which is important, I guess, since it's the only banked corner in F1.  Never mind that tracks here in the US with real banked turns laugh at it, you grasp at what you can.

Wow.  A banked turn and smog... what more could you ask for?  How about rain?  They say we're going to be having rain during Quals, which could be fun.  Particularly because Quals is going back to the old "knockout" qualifying method!  No more of that "90second elimination" format, that's gone... officially, this time.  Elimination qualifying was a failure, but looking at it coldly and dispassionately, it really didn't cough up any results that were out of the ordinary: it was just a stupid stupid way to do it.

But that's all water under a duck's butt now.  Now we're concerned with the broadcast schedule, as brought to us by the Legendary Announce Team...
Practice 2:  1a - 230a live on NBCSN
Quals:  2a - 330a live on NBCSN
2016 Grand Prix of China:  1230a - 3a  live on NBCSN

All times are Pond Central.  Check your local listings for times in your area.  Post no bills.  Past performance is not an indication of future results.  A bird in the hand is likely to crap on you... and you'd deserve it, you beast.  2X2L calling CQ, is anybody there?

As always, F1Update! will be along after the race, so join us, won't you?  Or won't you?

Posted by: Wonderduck at 08:01 PM | Comments (4) | Add Comment
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1 Reprofiled? An adjustment to the surface and/or angle, I presume? (A quick Google search turned up references to reprofiling taking place, but not an explanation of the term. I could dig longer, I suppose...)

Posted by: GreyDuck at April 15, 2016 08:35 AM (rKFiU)

2 Sorry... in this case, "reprofiled" means they've changed the angle of the banking. 

 It could also mean that they changed the radius of the turn (i.e. "they reprofiled Japan's 130R so that it no longer has a radius of 130 meters.  Now it has two radii, 85m and 340m, depending on which part of the turn you're on."), but in this case, no.

Posted by: Wonderduck at April 15, 2016 04:58 PM (XQ5ac)

3 Any idea whether they increased or decreased the bank?

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at April 15, 2016 08:11 PM (+rSRq)

4 They increased it, apparently, but I'll be damned if I can tell.  It wasn't a huge change, clearly.

Posted by: Wonderduck at April 16, 2016 01:39 AM (XQ5ac)

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