Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, Interlagos, 2016

Ricciardo ‘couldn’t see Raikkonen had crashed’

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In the round-up: Daniel Ricciardo was unaware Kimi Raikkonen had crashed in front of him during the Brazilian Grand Prix, according to Jolyon Palmer.

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George Russell, Hitech, Macau, Formula Three, 2016
George Russell, Hitech, Macau, Formula Three, 2016

George Russell has taken pole position for today’s qualifying race for the Formula Three Macau Grand Prix. I will be part of BT Sport’s coverage team for the prestigious race this weekend and those of you in the UK can catch the action live at the following times on BT Sport 3:

Qualifying race: Saturday 19th November 5:45am
Macau F3 Grand Prix: Sunday 20th November 7:30am

Comment of the day

ChuckL8 gave this revealing response to a suggestion from @Alianora-la-Canta that wet races may appear to be less challenging than they did a few years ago because the modern television broadcasts are brighter:

As a working professional sports photographer, with additional experience in film and videography for many decades, I totally agree with your (pardon the pun) views on the matter. What we are seeing now on our screens is much brighter than just a few years ago.

Not only were the broadcasts that viewers saw on TV much darker than the actual light at the outdoor, naturally-lit events being filmed or videotaped way back then, but now with the much more low-light sensitive digital equipment being used today, the exact opposite has become the norm; what we see on TV is very often much brighter than at the actual location being shot.

In fact, it’s not uncommon for us shooters to often need to use flashlights and camera control illumination to get our shots in the low natural light, while the shots themselves look like late afternoon, at worst.

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Philippe Adams, one of the last people to drive for the original Lotus F1 team, is 47 today.

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12 comments on “Ricciardo ‘couldn’t see Raikkonen had crashed’”

  1. I guess Ross Brawn and me are just a pair of delusional know-nothing old fahrts with rose tinted specs.

    1. Touche Hohum. Lol.

    2. Oh aero impacts the car following! You’re a genius.

      One question. Do you promise to stop posting on F1F if a different team wins the WCC next year?

      That’s what the sport needs. That’s what the sport always needs.

      If you want close racing, why do you watch F1??? What was that Einstein quote about doing the same thing over and over again?

      1. Depends: Will the change of WCC come accompanied by even fewer passes (and an even higher proportion of DRS-assisted foregone conclusion passes as part of that total)? If so, not interested. We have little enough actual racing as it is.

        1. Passes for the lead are the only ones that should be an indicator of the success of regulations.

          F1 has a small win next year if a different team dethrones merc for the WCC. However if this means that new team enjoys the same level of dominance then yes, it will be the other teams who have failed to perform, just like the last 3 years.

          But if these regulations allow a few teams to battle for the lead and we have the occasional on merit pass for the lead – then all these aero cry babies should be banned from the internet and admit they are parrots incapable of original thought.

          If merc continues their form, then everyone loses.

          But F1 is not and had never been about close battles on track for 60+ laps.

          Strategy and tactics are the modern F1 and like Vettel in Mexico you work for your opportunity and make it happen during an attack phase (politics and aftermath aside) – that’s the type of F1 I want to see.

          I just want to see strategy and tactics alllow drivers to hunt down and make an attack for the lead and not 3rd place.

          If you’re asking for more then that you’re not a fan.

          1. Passes for the lead are the only ones that should be an indicator of the success of regulations.

            So power boosts for second and safety cars to bunch the field up if first gets 10 seconds ahead? Of and a DRS rwice the size that you can use anywhere but first can’t.

            That’ll do it. :P

      2. If you want close racing, why do you watch F1???

        This is a huge misunderstanding I think. In any given race there’s always close racing! It may not be wheel to wheel or between those in the lead, but with an understanding of everyone in the race and their machinery, it doesn’t take too much following of the time sheets to figure out what’s worth keeping an eye on.

        If anything what annoys me is how little that’s revealed through the broadcast. The smaller teams rarely get a mention unless they’ve crashed out or find themselves well out of position as they were in Brazil.

        1. Well said Tristan, I fully agree with you.

    3. … … Wait, Brawn was ranting about the tyres? I must of missed that bit.

  2. Excitement to evaporate in Abu Dhabi after rainy Sao Paolo spectacular (The Guardian)
    What it does produce, in very large quantities, is money for the owners of Formula One

    A very well-matched snippet to the headline, Keith!

  3. We are focusing on the negative again. Reading through Ross Brawn’s interview it seems to me that his general opinion on the new rules set is positive, yes there is the arguably unknow effect of the new aerodynamics, and he is concerned about it. But lets not focus only on that single aspect, I feel the tyres can have a big role next year, and I hope we can have good racing.

    There is only one thing that I don’t totally agree with what has been said on the interview. Mercedes are the only team winning with a merceses engine, but lets not assume it is the same for everybody, fuel, lubricants amd set-up play a big role as well, it is not entirely up to the engine design.

    Amd btw, thanks for the birthday shout-out

  4. 2014 the car’s looked like they could follow each other quite easily, Hamilton did it a good few times to overtake Rosberg, has this changed because the shape of the noses changed or because they’re producing more down force now? I remember when the rules changed for 2015, Red Bull said they lost quite a bit of down force because they had to change their design and only half way through the season had they reached the same level as 2014.

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