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2014-08-21 03:28:20 PM  
Who was the last american in F1.  Anybody?  Bueller?  Bueller?

The 22-year-old will be the first American to race in F1 since Scott Speed's final appearance for Toro Rosso in the 2007 European Grand Prix.

/reading is fun, duh mentals
 
2014-08-21 03:34:11 PM  
Max Chilton said he stepped aside so the team could get a pay driver in. Ironic because Chilton is the very definition of pay driver. The rumor is that Gene Haas is giving them a bunch of money to run Rossi as a try out for Haas's future F1 team.
 
2014-08-21 04:10:21 PM  

crotchgrabber: Max Chilton said he stepped aside so the team could get a pay driver in. Ironic because Chilton is the very definition of pay driver. The rumor is that Gene Haas is giving them a bunch of money to run Rossi as a try out for Haas's future F1 team.


It'll be hard to tell if he's a competitive driver, given that the Marussia cars are not competitive at all this year.
 
2014-08-21 04:13:13 PM  

crotchgrabber: Max Chilton said he stepped aside so the team could get a pay driver in. Ironic because Chilton is the very definition of pay driver. The rumor is that Gene Haas is giving them a bunch of money to run Rossi as a try out for Haas's future F1 team.


Have the Danica rumors about joining that team finally died?

/god I hope so
//circus stunts are circusy
 
2014-08-21 05:17:50 PM  

Blues_X: crotchgrabber: Max Chilton said he stepped aside so the team could get a pay driver in. Ironic because Chilton is the very definition of pay driver. The rumor is that Gene Haas is giving them a bunch of money to run Rossi as a try out for Haas's future F1 team.

It'll be hard to tell if he's a competitive driver, given that the Marussia cars are not competitive at all this year.


They aren't expecting him to race for the podium. Between practice,qualifying,and the race I'm sure they will be able to tell how well he handles the car...and the pressure.
 
2014-08-21 07:07:44 PM  

Lt. Cheese Weasel: Who was the last american in F1.  Anybody?  Bueller?  Bueller?

The 22-year-old will be the first American to race in F1 since Scott Speed's final appearance for Toro Rosso in the 2007 European Grand Prix.

/reading is fun, duh mentals


Scott Speed should be sued for false advertising.
 
2014-08-21 07:19:42 PM  
Can't be worse than F1 in America.
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2014-08-21 07:22:38 PM  

foo monkey: Can't be worse than F1 in America.
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Haven't watched any of the races at COTA, huh?
 
2014-08-21 07:33:31 PM  
When was the last time a Yank was in a competitive F! car?
 
2014-08-21 08:01:25 PM  
Lots of Americans in F1 this season - Mexico, Venezuela, Brazil ...
 
2014-08-21 08:05:13 PM  

mikaloyd: When was the last time a Yank was in a competitive F! car?


Michael Andretti? Don't remember where the McLaren stacked up then.

If not, then Mario?
 
2014-08-21 08:08:14 PM  

GRCooper: mikaloyd: When was the last time a Yank was in a competitive F! car?

Michael Andretti? Don't remember where the McLaren stacked up then.

If not, then Mario?


Senna won 5 races in the same car, but it was a car setup for Senna.  And he was Senna.
 
2014-08-21 08:28:22 PM  
F1 is an uncompetitive snoozefest.
 
2014-08-21 08:44:32 PM  

SacriliciousBeerSwiller: F1 is an uncompetitive snoozefest.


www.myfacewhen.net
 
2014-08-21 09:23:02 PM  
Wow, this is really big for him.  I hope he does well!
 
2014-08-21 09:25:13 PM  

Lt. Cheese Weasel: crotchgrabber: Max Chilton said he stepped aside so the team could get a pay driver in. Ironic because Chilton is the very definition of pay driver. The rumor is that Gene Haas is giving them a bunch of money to run Rossi as a try out for Haas's future F1 team.

Have the Danica rumors about joining that team finally died?

/god I hope so
//circus stunts are circusy


She sucks, so yes. Still enjoy the wharrgarnl, stlll think she sucks less than a few other drivers, but my initial read was correct: competent mid-packer capable of a win in the right circumstances.
 
2014-08-21 09:31:02 PM  

Blues_X: crotchgrabber: Max Chilton said he stepped aside so the team could get a pay driver in. Ironic because Chilton is the very definition of pay driver. The rumor is that Gene Haas is giving them a bunch of money to run Rossi as a try out for Haas's future F1 team.

It'll be hard to tell if he's a competitive driver, given that the Marussia cars are not competitive at all this year.


If he outpaces Bianchi in qualifying and brings the car home in one piece ahead of Caterham then he's doing OK.
 
2014-08-21 09:37:20 PM  
Wait, it's saying this is the 2nd driver change, but I thought Max Verstaapen was in as well, so that would be the 3rd?

Hadn't heard about Lotterer getting in, though I'm happy about that.
 
2014-08-21 09:39:01 PM  

ski9600: Wow, this is really big for him.  I hope he does well!


He won't do well, not for that team.

All in all, I wish F1 could go back to the Glen. It would never happen, but imagine those cars ripping around there.

Many a soiled undergarment.
 
2014-08-21 10:03:14 PM  
F1 is to racing as soccer is to football
 
2014-08-21 10:08:14 PM  

edmo: F1 is to racing as soccer is to football


much better than?
 
2014-08-21 10:41:12 PM  

Dead for Tax Reasons: edmo: F1 is to racing as soccer is to football

much better than?


Exactly...
 
2014-08-21 11:00:00 PM  

foo monkey: Can't be worse than F1 in America.
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See, nobody remembers that the teams were running the tires WAY under pressure.
 
2014-08-21 11:51:59 PM  

edmo: F1 is to racing as soccer is to football


Maybe I'm a bad American, but I prefer my races to have left AND right turns.
 
2014-08-21 11:59:12 PM  

Kurohone: Wait, it's saying this is the 2nd driver change, but I thought Max Verstaapen was in as well, so that would be the 3rd?

Hadn't heard about Lotterer getting in, though I'm happy about that.


Verstappen won't be in until next year.

/ Unless, of course, STR decides to Kamui JEV
 
2014-08-22 12:46:09 AM  

mikaloyd: When was the last time a Yank was in a competitive F! car?


The list of top-10 season finishes by an American after 1965 (up until 1965, Americans were seen every year in the top 10, sometimes as many as four times, so we're just skipping past all that):

1967: Dan Gurney, 8th
1971: Mario Andretti, 8th
1972: Peter Revson, 5th
1973: Peter Revson, 5th
1976: Mario Andretti, 6th
1977: Mario Andretti, 3rd
1978: Mario Andretti, 1st
1983: Eddie Cheever, 7th
1987: Eddie Cheever, 10th
 
2014-08-22 02:02:13 AM  
Why is an article about driving a car on the Sports tab?
 
2014-08-22 06:29:40 AM  
 
2014-08-22 07:02:32 AM  

crotchgrabber: foo monkey: Can't be worse than F1 in America.
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Haven't watched any of the races at COTA, huh?


No kidding.  A true gem of a track.  Drivers all love it.  F1 is here to stay. Naturally, only Texas and Texans could pull it off.
 
2014-08-22 07:38:47 AM  

Lt. Cheese Weasel: crotchgrabber: foo monkey: Can't be worse than F1 in America.
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Haven't watched any of the races at COTA, huh?

No kidding.  A true gem of a track.  Drivers all love it.  F1 is here to stay. Naturally, only Texas and Texans could pull it off.


Laguna Seca is an epic track. F1 almost went there in '89.

I'm not too familiar with any other race tracks in the US - I know Laguna Seca from MotoGP and COTA from F1. But even with just those two, I don't get why the most popular motor sports in the US run on ovals.
 
2014-08-22 08:57:34 AM  

iron de havilland: Lt. Cheese Weasel: crotchgrabber: foo monkey: Can't be worse than F1 in America.
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Haven't watched any of the races at COTA, huh?

No kidding.  A true gem of a track.  Drivers all love it.  F1 is here to stay. Naturally, only Texas and Texans could pull it off.

Laguna Seca is an epic track. F1 almost went there in '89.

I'm not too familiar with any other race tracks in the US - I know Laguna Seca from MotoGP and COTA from F1. But even with just those two, I don't get why the most popular motor sports in the US run on ovals.


I would love to see the F1 cars in the corkscrew. Laguna Seca is my favorite track after Spa.
 
2014-08-22 09:08:28 AM  
Well shiat. Chiton is back in. Rossi is back to the reserve driver slot.

I really hope Rossi and Daly get better contracts soon.
 
2014-08-22 09:24:14 AM  
So Chilton's back in. Must have found a couple of checks lying down the back of the couch. Also, WTF Marussia, I expect this from Caterham or even Sauber at the moment, but you guys looked like you were actually getting it together.

Meanwhile, on the track, the session has been stopped because Pastor Maldonaldo has crashed. I wonder if F1 journalists have that phrase assigned to a hotkey yet
 
2014-08-22 09:41:07 AM  

ThunderChild: So Chilton's back in. Must have found a couple of checks lying down the back of the couch. Also, WTF Marussia, I expect this from Caterham or even Sauber at the moment, but you guys looked like you were actually getting it together.

Meanwhile, on the track, the session has been stopped because Pastor Maldonaldo has crashed. I wonder if F1 journalists have that phrase assigned to a hotkey yet


Just saw the replay... Not only should Pastor have his super license revoked, he should only be allowed to operate vehicles that are equipped with training wheels and streamers on the handlebars.
 
2014-08-22 10:14:26 AM  

edmo: F1 is to racing as soccer is to football


Comeon, its not /that/ awesome.

There are plenty of other great racing as well, so that is unfair.

---

In other news. Chilton will be racing anyway, for some reason.
 
2014-08-22 12:29:25 PM  

spawn73: for $ome rea$on


FTFY
 
2014-08-22 12:42:00 PM  

Guelph35: spawn73: for $ome rea$on

FTFY


That doesn't seem to fit very well with Chilton claiming he let the seat go to allow the American to pay.

Who is paying for Chilton. And, why?
 
2014-08-22 01:59:45 PM  

spawn73: Guelph35: spawn73: for $ome rea$on

FTFY

That doesn't seem to fit very well with Chilton claiming he let the seat go to allow the American to pay.

Who is paying for Chilton. And, why?


I read a story on racer.com that some of Chilton's backers were behind on some promised payments. They made those payments last night.
 
2014-08-22 02:01:43 PM  
There has been talks about making a road course track in New Jersey I believe. With the New York skyline as the backdrop. That would be a pretty cool track. I love the road coarse tracks like Monaco. Absolutely no room for any error. Sure, there is not a lot of overtaking, but there is some, and it's always the most epic edge of your seat style of overtaking. Not the DRS assisted crap on the long straights.
 
2014-08-22 02:14:30 PM  

A Whole Gopher Village: There has been talks about making a road course track in New Jersey I believe. With the New York skyline as the backdrop. That would be a pretty cool track. I love the road coarse tracks like Monaco. Absolutely no room for any error. Sure, there is not a lot of overtaking, but there is some, and it's always the most epic edge of your seat style of overtaking. Not the DRS assisted crap on the long straights.


Street course.
And it ain't gonna happen. Bernie uses that like the NFL uses Los Angeles.
 
2014-08-22 02:40:09 PM  
Anyone reading this will probably already know this, but Max snatched the seat back at the last second. There will be no American racing in F1 this weekend.
 
2014-08-22 03:21:12 PM  

crotchgrabber: A Whole Gopher Village: There has been talks about making a road course track in New Jersey I believe. With the New York skyline as the backdrop. That would be a pretty cool track. I love the road coarse tracks like Monaco. Absolutely no room for any error. Sure, there is not a lot of overtaking, but there is some, and it's always the most epic edge of your seat style of overtaking. Not the DRS assisted crap on the long straights.

Street course.
And it ain't gonna happen. Bernie uses that like the NFL uses Los Angeles.


I can dream.

Is Canada considered a street course?  If it's not, it certainly is old school with very little in the way of run offs. That's one that I would like attend and general admission tickets are pretty affordable. Even some of the stands aren't to outrageously priced.
 
2014-08-22 03:30:51 PM  

A Whole Gopher Village: Is Canada considered a street course?  If it's not, it certainly is old school with very little in the way of run offs. That's one that I would like attend and general admission tickets are pretty affordable. Even some of the stands aren't to outrageously priced.


Cirque Villanueve is a weird combination of road and street. I may be wrong, but I understand many sections of the course are used by the public when it's not a race track, but some of the other sections are for race use only. I recently read a bit of history on it and it kinda sounds like none of the roads would have really been where they are if they didn't decide to hold races there. Either way, it is a damn cool course.
 
2014-08-22 08:58:57 PM  

crotchgrabber: A Whole Gopher Village: Is Canada considered a street course?  If it's not, it certainly is old school with very little in the way of run offs. That's one that I would like attend and general admission tickets are pretty affordable. Even some of the stands aren't to outrageously priced.

Cirque Villanueve is a weird combination of road and street. I may be wrong, but I understand many sections of the course are used by the public when it's not a race track, but some of the other sections are for race use only. I recently read a bit of history on it and it kinda sounds like none of the roads would have really been where they are if they didn't decide to hold races there. Either way, it is a damn cool course.


Nope. It's a racetrack. It's open to the public to access the Olympic bassin docks, and to pedestrians who want to go to the artificial beach and the casino, and for people who want to go roller-blading, but it's not a road.

The cops that patrol it have the meanest race bikes I've ever seen and can catch any yahoo who would dare to try to gun it down the straight line.
 
2014-08-22 09:05:15 PM  

Flab: crotchgrabber: A Whole Gopher Village: Is Canada considered a street course?  If it's not, it certainly is old school with very little in the way of run offs. That's one that I would like attend and general admission tickets are pretty affordable. Even some of the stands aren't to outrageously priced.

Cirque Villanueve is a weird combination of road and street. I may be wrong, but I understand many sections of the course are used by the public when it's not a race track, but some of the other sections are for race use only. I recently read a bit of history on it and it kinda sounds like none of the roads would have really been where they are if they didn't decide to hold races there. Either way, it is a damn cool course.

Nope. It's a racetrack. It's open to the public to access the Olympic bassin docks, and to pedestrians who want to go to the artificial beach and the casino, and for people who want to go roller-blading, but it's not a road.

The cops that patrol it have the meanest race bikes I've ever seen and can catch any yahoo who would dare to try to gun it down the straight line.


Cool, thanks!
 
2014-08-22 09:17:03 PM  
Addendum: I think that the people working at the CJPX radio station have to use the track to get to their building, but that's it. The only other building that's inside the track is the casino, and that one has a direct road to get there.

Spa, on the other, hand has a part of the circuit that's used as a country road, if I'm not mistaken.
 
2014-08-23 03:58:24 AM  

Flab: Spa, on the other, hand has a part of the circuit that's used as a country road, if I'm not mistaken.


Not anymore IIRC. Used to be from the exit of (new) Stavelot to the entrance of (new) Les Combes were all public roads, but they closed them off several years ago (2007? 2008?). The runoff for new Les Combes 1 is actually made of the old Les Combes which eventually connects to the old road course (as a feeder road) at Haut de la Côte, which you can follow around through Burnenville, Malmedy, Masta, (the really old) Stavelot (through the village, since they won't let you through the banking, AFAIK), and La Carrière, after which it ends up in the gravel trap for (new) Stavelot.
 
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