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post #61 of 214
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Originally Posted by crgildart View Post
OK Danika's out of the race cause she got cut off. She's charging down pit row on foot to confront the other party that knocked her car out of the race and the officials cut her off at the pass. I'm trying to imagine the conversation, what the officials said to her to get her to stop her march and walk away.

First thing I think of is..

"Danika, what the heck do you think this is... NASCAR????????"
Ummmmm, you know the difference between indy car and F1?


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Monaco had me on the edge of my seat. What a great race. Not many pases on track, ut the strategery was very exciting. I was ery suprised to see Kubica pull in to the pit before Hamilton. Things looked pretty good for Lewis te moment the BMW entered the pits.

You really have to feel bad for Sutil. I was wondering how much longer he'd even be in F1, but he looked brilliant today. Hard to blame Raikkonen though, he had that pretty much saved, but nowhere to go. It's part of the game, but a real shame for Sutil and Force India.
This was undoubtedly one of the best F1 races I've watched in a while.
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post #62 of 214
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Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post
Ummmmm, you know the difference between indy car and F1?
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Umm ya, but I didn't see an Indy thread and figured this was close enough to the same demographic for comments.
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Originally Posted by crgildart View Post
OK Danika's out of the race cause she got cut off. She's charging down pit row on foot to confront the other party that knocked her car out of the race and the officials cut her off at the pass. I'm trying to imagine the conversation, what the officials said to her to get her to stop her march and walk away.

First thing I think of is..

"Danika, what the heck do you think this is... F1????????"
Fixed it for ya
post #63 of 214
I could watch Indy if those IRL cars weren't so butt ugly. I liked the Champ Cars much better. They do have some really good drivers there. Marco Andretti and Graham Rahal are both gonna be greats, and I think Danica is just awesome. She will win that race someday.
post #64 of 214
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Originally Posted by epic View Post
Monaco had me on the edge of my seat. What a great race. Not many pases on track, ut the strategery was very exciting. I was ery suprised to see Kubica pull in to the pit before Hamilton. Things looked pretty good for Lewis te moment the BMW entered the pits.

You really have to feel bad for Sutil. I was wondering how much longer he'd even be in F1, but he looked brilliant today. Hard to blame Raikkonen though, he had that pretty much saved, but nowhere to go. It's part of the game, but a real shame for Sutil and Force India.
Yup, what an exciting race. I love it when the races go from dry to wet and back again.....or vice versa.

Man, what was Renault thinking when they put Piquet on dry tires??? The only thing that makes sense to me would be, "Ok, you want us to drop the Jr. from you name and just call you Nelson Piquet? Then go out and drive like Nelson Piquet." Honestly, I thought the better gamble would have been to put him out on full wets to give him the advantage if the big rains came.

What about Nico's car up on the hook. It sure looked to me that the tether was attached in front of the engine. One wheel and tire were missing and the driver was absent but still the nose of that thing was pointing right down at the ground. They must be way underweight and have a lot of ballast to play with.

Yeah, a shame about Sutil. He was having a terrific race, really good drive in the wet. If he hadn't been in the way that would have been a huge hero moment for Kimi, saving such a lurid slide.

Next up is Canada. Skiboats, will we get an onsite report or two?
post #65 of 214
Well I won't bring my computer but can post from my iPhone. We are heading up early Sat AM. I have a dinner res at Newtown, Jacques Villeneuve's restaurant on Crescent St. Saturday night. From what I have seen it looks like a blast.

I have GA tickets for Sunday, our hotel is only 1 Metro stop from the track, so we should get a good spot.

Can't wait.
post #66 of 214
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^^^Nice!
All the years the GP was in Detroit I never made it there. Did have some good times at Indy for qualifying though.
post #67 of 214
I have a urge to go up to Montreal and watch quali. I wonder if I can get tickets for just that?

I think that BMW has about 200 lbs of tungsten in the nose, btw.
post #68 of 214
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I have a urge to go up to Montreal and watch quali. I wonder if I can get tickets for just that?

I think that BMW has about 200 lbs of tungsten in the nose, btw.
That was the best part of Indy.... $20 to get in the gate Friday and Saturday and the whole place was GA.
post #69 of 214
You can get Friday only, general admission, for $25, Saturday for $50, Sunday for $75, or all 3 days for $100. The grandstand seats are for all 3 days and start at $225 I think.
post #70 of 214
I only wish I could experience it with you.
The feel, the sound, the smell...............oh baby, I'm getting hot thinking about it!
post #71 of 214
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Yet.... but he will be relieved of his duties over the 'scandal'. Nearly everyone in the F1 community is calling for his ouster. He says he will retire after next year but will face a vote of confidence at a special meeting on June 3rd.
I hate to say I told you so.

http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/67957
post #72 of 214
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Yeah, I was surprised but happy. It would be a shame for him to have lost his job over what he does behind closed doors.
post #73 of 214
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Yeah, I was surprised but happy.
post #74 of 214
My theory - Mosley used McLaren's $66 million to buy the votes of the small clubs that voted for him.
post #75 of 214
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However vulgar his actions, the man is entitled to his privacy. I feel it's absolutely wrong to penalize him for what he does (at the harm of no one) behind closed doors. In fact any penalties should be aimed squarely at who ever is responsible for making that tape and/or making it public.

Just my $.02
post #76 of 214
BF, I'm in agreement about your stance, but I'm not a MM fan.
post #77 of 214
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Fair enough. Can't say I'm a fan of his either. Just glad it didn't go down like I thought it would.
post #78 of 214
Well, leaving tonight for Montreal. Might rain a bit. Should be interesting.

It's on FOX HD at 1:00 on Sunday.

I will report back Tuesday.
post #79 of 214
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HD! Cool!
post #80 of 214
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Hey Garrett

Didja hear David Hobbes say, "That heat is obviously hot!"
post #81 of 214
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Congrats to Kubica. It's good to see new blood at the top of the podium.

So what's up with the LH/KR shunt? I mean quite obviously Lewis's fault but I'd like to know if his race engineer was talking to him at the time. Seems like they're so used to being alerted to race situations, you'd expect that he would have been made fully aware that he needed to stop at the end of the pits. Why the red light anyway? Were they waiting for the SC to come around? When LH realized that there was an unavoidable impact imminent, did he consiously change his line to take out Kimi instead of Bob?

When it's all said and done this was a big f up by Lewis. I remember Michael Schumaker saying that he allowed himself one big mistake each season. Let's hope this is LH's last.

I love watching the race in HD but I sure miss the extras you get with Speed. No pre-race, no Peter Windsor and an abbreviated post-race. I was really looking forward to hearing what DC had to say. It's a pretty good bet that he won't be back on the podium ever again.
post #82 of 214
I think Lewis was hoping to slide by on the left. No room on the right. The idea that the pitlane entrance could be openand the exit clsed is just idiotic if you ask me. Of course LH got a 10 spot penalty out of it for Magny Cours even though Sutil was not penalized for taking out Kimi in a previous race.

Yeah, I was bummed by the shortened and dumbed down coverage too. You could tell Matchett really had to tone down his commentary.
post #83 of 214
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You could tell Matchett really had to tone down his commentary.
Yeah, no doubt, and often he really stumbled in his efforts to inform the neophytes. I wonder though how helpful overall the announcing was. Are there any Bears that watched the race but aren't very familiar with F1? If so, please let us know what you thought of the commentary and of the race itself:
post #84 of 214

Part 1 TR Canadian Grand Prix

Well, Montreal F1 weekend is an incredible event. The whole city is geared towards the race. We checked in at 1:00 PM at The HÔTEL GOUVERNEUR PLACE DUPUIS. It was located on the edge of the Latin Quarter about 30 stories, recently remodeled, very clean and comfortable. The staff was friendly and helpful as we had a ton of stuff, coolers and chairs and so on. This hotel had a subway station right underneath, it was one stop from the track and 5 stops from downtown, so the car was parked and not seen again until we left.

After getting situated we headed downtown to the Crescent Street activities which is were the F1 Street festival is held. It was a sea of people, bands, exhibits, beer, demonstrations, people, humans and a parade of Porsches, Ferraris, Audi R8s, Bentleys, Lambos, and the like.

We had a 9:00 dinner reservation and were seated at 9:10 at Jacques Villeneuve's restaurant, Newtown and had a great dinner. Very good, friendly service and contemporary cuisine.

By 11:00 I thought the crowds would have died down but was wrong, there were even more people out! The police and security did a great job of moving people along. We made our way back to the subway and to our room.

For a party atmosphere, wow. Never saw anything like it except for New Years Eve in Times Square. Not for everyone, but we had a great time.
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post #85 of 214

Part 2 TR Canadian Grand Prix

Sunday morning headed to the track. Having never been there and not being able to get a great deal of information on general admission seating I did not know what to expect, but I knew to get there early. We arrived at 8:30 and found a spot right before the hairpin, a grassy area under some trees. we were 8ft from the track! We set up are camp, opened some cold ones and watched the support races wich included IMSA GT3, Formula BMW & a Ferrari Challange which were 430's. We were lucky to get a spot like we had, by 10:00 am they were 10 deep behind us.

When the F1's came out to make the recon lap, well, If you have never been in person it is pretty hard to describe the sound and level of excitement. Just awesome.

The weather held out, hot, but we had shade and a breeze. The race was great.

When the race ended we at first wondered how will we ever get back with all these people. I was amazed. A river of people made their way to the Metro station dow the stairs and on the train with no waiting, then the next train would roll up. From the end of the race to being back in our room took about 35min.

I sat in the Indy Parking lot in 06 for almost 3 hours. They know how to move people. I was impressed.

Monteral is a great city. I will go back again next year for sure and reccomend it to everyone. Well worth all the efffort and every penny!

It was hard to take pictures during the race but I will post a movie soon!
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post #86 of 214
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Wow, 8'! You must have had goose bumps even in the heat.

Thanks for the report. The crowd control sounds first rate. I've spent a few hours on Georgetown Ave. going nowhere myself.
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[seinfeld voice]Massa:[/seinfeld voice]
post #89 of 214
I looked like Kimi's exhaust tip almost went into the crowd.
post #90 of 214
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Yeah, that was a trip. Musta bounced off the rear tire.
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