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      12-01-2019 10:56 AM #1
      Only three and a half months this time.

      Test Date Circuit
      PRE-SEASON TEST 1 19-21 FEB Barcelona
      PRE-SEASON TEST 2 26 - 28 FEB Barcelona


      Round Grand Prix Circuit Date
      1 Australian Grand Prix Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne 15-Mar
      2 Bahrain Grand Prix Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir 22-Mar
      3 Vietnamese Grand Prix Hanoi Street Circuit, Hanoi 5-Apr
      4 Chinese Grand Prix Coronavirus International Circuit, Shanghai Postponed
      5 Dutch Grand Prix Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort 3-May
      6 Spanish Grand Prix Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Montmeló 10-May
      7 Monaco Grand Prix Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo 24-May
      8 Azerbaijan Grand Prix Baku City Circuit, Baku 7-Jun
      9 Canadian Grand Prix Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montréal 14-Jun
      10 French Grand Prix Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet 28-Jun
      11 Austrian Grand Prix Red Bull Ring, Spielberg 5-Jul
      12 British Grand Prix Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone 19-Jul
      13 Hungarian Grand Prix Hungaroring, Mogyoród 2-Aug
      14 Belgian Grand Prix Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Stavelot 30-Aug
      15 Italian Grand Prix Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza 6-Sep
      16 Singapore Grand Prix Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore 20-Sep
      17 Russian Grand Prix Sochi Autodrom, Sochi 27-Sep
      18 Japanese Grand Prix Suzuka International Racing Course, Suzuka 11-Oct
      19 United States Grand Prix Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas 25-Oct
      20 Mexico City Grand Prix Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, Mexico City 1-Nov
      21 BrazilianGrand Prix Autódromo José Carlos Pace, São Paulo 15-Nov
      22 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi 29-Nov

      Team Constructor Power Unit Number Driver Number Driver
      Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team Mercedes Mercedes 44 Lewis Hamilton 77 Valtteri Bottas
      Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow Ferrari Ferrari 5 Sebastian Vettel 16 Charles Leclerc
      Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Red Bull Racing-Honda Honda 33 Max Verstappen 23 Alex Albon
      Renault F1 Team Renault Renault 3 Daniel Ricciardo 31 Esteban Ocon
      Haas F1 Team Haas-Ferrari Ferrari 8 Romain Grosjean 20 Kevin Magnussen
      McLaren F1 Team McLaren-Renault Renault 55 Carlos Sainz Jr. 47 Lando Norris
      SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team Racing Point-BWT Mercedes Mercedes 11 Sergio Pérez 18 Lance Stroll
      Alfa Romeo Racing F1 Team Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari Ferrari 7 Kimi Räikkönen 36 Antonio Giovinazzi
      Scuderia Alpha Tauri Honda Alpha Tauri Honda Honda 26 Daniil Kvyat 10 Pierre Gasly
      ROKiT Williams Racing Williams-Mercedes Mercedes ?? Nicholas Latifi 63 George Russell
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      12-01-2019 11:19 AM #2
      Interested to see how the young guns improve on 2019. Hope to see Norris and hopefully Russell take a couple of steps forward. And what a full season at the big team will do for Albon.


      Also hope to see the resurgence of HAAS but in keeping Gross Jeans I just dont see how its going to be possible


      Edit: I also really hope we keep the SkySports feed without commercials. I really dont want to have to stream races or watch them recorded online. I am much more likely to find out results going onto their website to pull up a recording rather than opening my DVR. Dont let me down ESPN!!
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      12-01-2019 02:19 PM #3
      Done with the other thread! I see that Russell is getting a Mercedes drive in a few weeks at Abu Dhabi for Pirelli 18" tire testing. Will be interesting to see how he does in the W10.

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      12-01-2019 05:36 PM #4
      I hope I can afford to go to Hungary or Monza this time.
      2020 will be interesting to watch, as some teams will focus in the 2021 new rules while others can't even afford thinking about it.

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      12-01-2019 06:07 PM #5
      tough to keep my interest when MB wraps it up so early.

      looking forward to watching more of Lando Norris in 2020 though.
      welcome to the layer cake

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      12-01-2019 07:27 PM #6
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      12-04-2019 09:09 AM #7
      Dutch Grand Prix Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort 3-May
      I knew nothing about Zandvoot.

      I now know:


      1. It's on the beach
      2. It's an hour from Amsterdam.
      3. They are adding banking to turn 4 and 15. The banking on 15 (final right hander before the main straight) is fairly steep @ 18 degrees.
      4. The photo below being shared on social media is NOT the track. It's a mockup of turn 4 constructed just outside the south side of the circuit.


      https://www.motorsport.com/f1/news/z...build/4605912/


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      12-04-2019 09:12 AM #8
      Apparently, since FOM is so vigilant about removing anything F1 from YouTube people are uploading F1 video to other places.

      I'm reading this morning that there are full races on PornHub. In HD.


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      12-04-2019 09:16 AM #9
      I've seen this in other sports subreddits where games are uploaded to pornhub to be rewatched and usually stay there for a door amount of time before being pulled.

      Quote Originally Posted by @McMike View Post

      I'm reading this morning that there are full races on PornHub. In HD.

      welcome to the layer cake

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      12-04-2019 09:24 AM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by @McMike View Post
      I knew nothing about Zandvoot.

      I now know:


      1. It's on the beach
      2. It's an hour from Amsterdam.
      3. They are adding banking to turn 4 and 15. The banking on 15 (final right hander before the main straight) is fairly steep @ 18 degrees.
      4. The photo below being shared on social media is NOT the track. It's a mockup of turn 4 constructed just outside the south side of the circuit.


      https://www.motorsport.com/f1/news/z...build/4605912/

      I went to Zandervort last year for "supercar day." It was basically Euro cars and coffee + a track day and some drag races. It's actually really close to Amsterdam as the crow flies- takes an hour by train with a lot of stops. Could probably drive in half the time or less. A Dutch colleague informs me that tickets are being treated like superbowl tickets and were sold out months ago. I don't particularly like Verstappen, but he certainly has ignited F1 fever in the Netherlands, which is what made this race happen.

      The track is just off the beach and goes up and down the dunes- pretty cool way to get topography in an otherwise pancake flat country. Based on watching it being run in person and a bunch of iracing laps, it's definitely more of a tight technical course- there's not much room for passing other than on the front straight. I think it would be a very fun track on an amateur track day, but it certainly will have challenges being a compelling F1 track. It will be interesting to see how the modifications change it. The facilities overall needed upgrades- the grandstands likely hadn't been touched since the 1970s and there clearly needs to be better crowd control features before F1, but I imagine those items are being addressed.

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      12-04-2019 10:01 AM #11
      I need to decide if I want to renew F1TV Pro for next year or not, I bought it this year as someone, I forget who, but thanks again, posted about it on the other thread being 50% off. The problem I have with it, is that I don't think I was able to watch a single race without the feed crapping out at least once. Typically all I had to do was go out of the app and back in again, but more than once I ended up saying screw it and giving up. It's a good app and offers a lot, but is still in what the 2nd year now? terribly unreliable.

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      12-04-2019 10:20 AM #12
      Quote Originally Posted by @McMike View Post
      I knew nothing about Zandvoot.

      I now know:


      1. It's on the beach
      2. It's an hour from Amsterdam.
      3. They are adding banking to turn 4 and 15. The banking on 15 (final right hander before the main straight) is fairly steep @ 18 degrees.
      4. The photo below being shared on social media is NOT the track. It's a mockup of turn 4 constructed just outside the south side of the circuit.
      5. Everyone will be in orange.
      6. More beer per person will be consumed that most here can imagine. (i've been to Spa, I like and drink a lot of beer, I never saw anything like "that" before though....)
      Amended.

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      12-04-2019 10:24 AM #13
      Countdown to Ferrari not winning another championship.



      Im not even a big Ferrari fan, just want someone to compete with Mercedes.

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      12-04-2019 10:49 AM #14
      zandvoort is good
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      Quote Originally Posted by Matt
      I have literally zero experience with snow, but it seems to me that if it was raining and there was slush/snow still on the ground, I'd just wash it away with the hose rather than using a shovel. Sure it may freeze overnight, but if it's already raining, it's already going to be wet and freeze anyway, right?

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      12-04-2019 11:01 AM #15
      Quote Originally Posted by loyfah View Post
      Im not even a big Ferrari fan, just want someone to compete with Mercedes.
      I know, right? C'mon Mercedes, give someone else a chance.

      I'd love another Brawn season. Like if Alfa found some weird engineering loophole nobody thought of and Kimi confusingly found himself a 2x WDC. That would be cool.

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      12-04-2019 11:05 AM #16
      Will be still watching but won't be renewing F1TV Pro, just not worth it since I started to lose interest in following F1 closely. I will catch a few races and read about the others. Its been to many years waiting to see something exciting in F1, hope 2021 actually makes it better.

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      12-04-2019 11:39 AM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by @McMike View Post
      I know, right? C'mon Mercedes, give someone else a chance.

      I'd love another Brawn season. Like if Alfa found some weird engineering loophole nobody thought of and Kimi confusingly found himself a 2x WDC. That would be cool.
      agreed 100%
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      Quote Originally Posted by Matt
      I have literally zero experience with snow, but it seems to me that if it was raining and there was slush/snow still on the ground, I'd just wash it away with the hose rather than using a shovel. Sure it may freeze overnight, but if it's already raining, it's already going to be wet and freeze anyway, right?

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      12-04-2019 11:44 AM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by Woodski View Post
      agreed 100%
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      12-04-2019 11:48 AM #19
      stupid stupid Alpha Tauri naming crap
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      In for Vettel being #2 driver

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      12-04-2019 11:49 AM #21
      Quote Originally Posted by @McMike View Post
      I know, right? C'mon Mercedes, give someone else a chance.

      I'd love another Brawn season. Like if Alfa found some weird engineering loophole nobody thought of and Kimi confusingly found himself a 2x WDC. That would be cool.
      2021 could be like that.

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      12-04-2019 11:53 AM #22
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      stupid stupid Alpha Tauri naming crap
      agreed.

      so dumb.

      there goes 13? years of name equity.
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      Quote Originally Posted by Matt
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      12-04-2019 11:54 AM #23
      Quote Originally Posted by absoluteczech View Post
      2021 could be like that.
      Especially if Lewis leaves for Ferrari, Toto leaves to run all of F1 - replacing Chase Carey, and Mercedes pulls out of F1 because they lost interest and they are putting all their eggs in the Formula E basket.

      ^^all 3 of those are legit possibilities.

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      12-04-2019 11:56 AM #24
      Quote Originally Posted by tbvvw View Post
      Especially if Lewis leaves for Ferrari, Toto leaves to run all of F1 - replacing Chase Carey, and Mercedes pulls out of F1 because they lost interest and they are putting all their eggs in the Formula E basket.

      ^^all 3 of those are legit possibilities.
      Not even a chance. Lewis will prob never go to Ferrari, but I suppose one could argue there is a chance. I just don't see it happening. However Toto would not be hired on to run Liberty. There would be way too many conflict of interests. Team bosses must have some clause in their contracts to prevent such things.

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      12-04-2019 11:59 AM #25
      I might go to either Montreal or Austin next year to see a race. It would be my first time. Is there any do's or don'ts from people that have gone?

      Any advice would be appreciated.

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