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Have you seen the new F1 cost-cutting measures? And what do you think to them if you have?
I'm already talking to you, but we can have 2 conversations running in tandem :)
Do you like Poirot?
I'm pretty sure we had a conversation about our shared liking of Poirot....and didnt you used to tape them all when you were younger?
Please god let it be you, else Im stumped as to who else I had this discussion with!
or like set the tv to record every episode.
Cheaper engines = good. The limited life less so, but necessary I guess.
Standardised radio/telementary - very sensible (can we open up all the radios to the media while we're at it?!)
Ban on tire warmers - dodgy ground. Cold tyres aren't safe and it's not like warmers don't already exist. Would be better just to ban developing new ones.
No refueling sucks as does the idea of shorter races.
Wind tunnel restrictions sound good, although could do with limiting the number of tunnels/time they're allowed to be on as well.
Not to keen on standard parts either tbh. Personally, I'd
a) stick an annual budget limit on teams that includes ALL costs.
b) tell Bernie to fuck off and distribute a reasonable amount of the money across the teams.
Radios should all be open to the media now - it was only ferrari and mclaren enfrocing special encryption to prevent it - hopefully the standard radio encryption will get round that.
Bridgestone have been working since slick development began on minimising cold tyre discrepancy - should be interesting to see if that works. But yeah, just watch youtube footage of the '86 British GP at Brands, and look at the speed discrepancy between Piquet (warm tyres, in 2nd), and Mansell (cold tyres, trying to hold him off)...incredible
and far better than the grooved tyres, but some of the drivers who tested without warmers commented on a complete lack of grip on lap one. Some distance to go yet methinks.
To answer your questions, primarily I like the books. Some of the TV ones are pretty good, some are awful and destroy characters I liked.
i've started reading the books and surprised myself by liking them. I think David Suchet is perfect though, even if it isn't a perfect adaptation of the book.
But the adaptations randomly change loads and loads of stuff for no apparent reason. Especially making characters gay. They changed the whole 'reveal' of one to be about a gay affair. It was like, wtf? That wasn't even implied in the books. And they change major plot points, cut out essential characters etc. And some of them are just really poorly done. But there are plenty that I like (all of them being feature length novel-adaps, I think, though)
I'm particularly happy about - I like pit stop strategies - but it worked fine before I guess, so I'll just wait and see. Most of the new stuff isn't anything I'm especially concerned with alone, but with everything happening, I really can't see how it's going to remain especially attractive to manufacturers to stay in F1. The new scoring system is the main thing that I really hate, with most of the rest I'm okay to leave it as a "wait and see" kind of thing.
They did without refuelling till '94, and it was still exciting in the late 80s, early 90s though....could work.
Agree on the medal system though. Offers no incentive for the teams like TR or FI to struggle to get points for 7th and 8th places. Personally dont see the FIA approving it for those exact reasons.
As for the manufacturers, to be honest the casual observer/'man on the street' isnt going to know about the standard engine rules, so when they stick a press ad or whatever highlighting their on track success, it could still have the deisred effect? (Spot the marketing student!)
they haven't changed the scoring from last season (yet).
I'm talking about all the recent changes/proposals together. Hopefully it won't happen. Given changes in F1 get made on stupid whims most of the time, it probably will.
Is there any reason I'd want to play it?