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Old 15 Jul 2017, 23:25 (Ref:3751541)   #76
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I saw part of the race. That track is awful. The hairpin at turn 1 is beyond ridiculous.
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Old 16 Jul 2017, 11:47 (Ref:3751664)   #77
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I saw part of the race. That track is awful. The hairpin at turn 1 is beyond ridiculous.
Looks even more ridiculous when you see the cars sliding everywhere struggling to get around it.

Heck what about Lynn taking pole!? He's a decent driver but nothing amazing, FE is a series tough on the rookies due to the different cars and driving style, along with all these street circuits, yet Lynn comes along and takes pole. Makes Sam Bird look silly. I wonder if DS Virgin could have come away with more wins over the years with a different driver. Of course in the race Lynn dropped back as expected.

The other big surprise, Gasly in the fastest car qualifying dead last. Came up to 7th in the race though with all the attrition, beating Nico Prost even.

Di Grassi 4th... gotta do better than that if you want the title. Buemi's going to sit 2 races out and still win it at this rate.
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Old 16 Jul 2017, 12:58 (Ref:3751713)   #78
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lynn's a decent driver but nothing amazing? to be fair before he walked into lmp2 and smashed everyone there i thought the same, but you have to give the guy a bit more credit than that.
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Old 16 Jul 2017, 13:22 (Ref:3751729)   #79
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I haven't really watched his progress at all in WEC, in fact I kind of overlook LMP2 completely. Too many drivers to follow, all made quite difficult when they're sharing cars and not always pushing 100%. So I sort of just watch LMP1 and my preferred driver in Pro.
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Old 16 Jul 2017, 14:31 (Ref:3751781)   #80
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He's a decent driver but nothing amazing, FE is a series tough on the rookies due to the different cars and driving style, along with all these street circuits, yet Lynn comes along and takes pole. Makes Sam Bird look silly. I wonder if DS Virgin could have come away with more wins over the years with a different driver. Of course in the race Lynn dropped back as expected.
Yeah, he's only won Formula Renault UK, finished 3rd in Euro F3 against Rosenqvist and Marciello, won Macau GP, 2nd to Cassidy in TRS, won Gp3 as a rookie, won 5 races in GP2 and got 3/3 wec poles including Le Mans as a rookie.

He's got a lot of experience (200+ races in 7 different cars) so that helps him to jump straight in.
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Old 16 Jul 2017, 15:03 (Ref:3751813)   #81
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Lynn's also won the 2017 12 Hours of Sebring with a Taylor Cadillac. His resumť is rather impressive for a 23 year old.
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I ran into Jordan Taylor at Turn 2-3, anyone know why he was about?
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Yeah, he's only won Formula Renault UK, finished 3rd in Euro F3 against Rosenqvist and Marciello, won Macau GP, 2nd to Cassidy in TRS, won Gp3 as a rookie, won 5 races in GP2 and got 3/3 wec poles including Le Mans as a rookie.

He's got a lot of experience (200+ races in 7 different cars) so that helps him to jump straight in.
Yes it's a pretty good resume. The blip for me was Gp2, stepping into the Dams #1 seat replacing Palmer who had just dominated the 2014 championship. He wouldn't have gone in as title favourite because Vandoorne. But ending up 6th equal with his teammate and Marciello, with less than 1/3 of the points of Vandoorne. Then the next season 6th again. But it was possibly the car, not Lynn. I don't think he had really strong competition in his Gp3 title season either. ART had some weaker drivers that year. Stanaway was his strongest competition until he went the last 6 races pointless.

Anyway race 2 bought Lynn back down to earth a little with only 17th on the grid. Some bad luck to go out again in the race though.

Hey how about Gasly in race 2 qualy? He certainly made up for the first race with that lap, fastest of the weekend I think? It didn't end up being pole but still a good job, making Nico Prost look pretty average.

Quite cool to have Lynn and Gasly in FE for a couple of races.

Good job Bird though, he's been hooked up around that track.

Daniel Abt getting the fanboost in both races. I wonder if they pay an asian sweat factory for clicks? You could put Alonso or Hamilton into this series and I bet Abt would continue to get the fan favourite vote.
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Old 17 Jul 2017, 12:13 (Ref:3752128)   #84
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I ran into Jordan Taylor at Turn 2-3, anyone know why he was about?
General Motors doesn't compete, so I guess he was there for fun.
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Who plans the course for these races? That turn 1 hairpin is the worst track idea I've seen for a while. How can you possibly do anything with that at the start of the race without causing an accident? Which is bound to happen anyway due to 20 cars all on the same bit of track suddenly slowing to 20mph. The start of Monaco isn't much better but that's Monaco so I'm not certain there's a lot they can do with that beyond pushing the cars up the hill.
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Who plans the course for these races? That turn 1 hairpin is the worst track idea I've seen for a while. How can you possibly do anything with that at the start of the race without causing an accident? Which is bound to happen anyway due to 20 cars all on the same bit of track suddenly slowing to 20mph. The start of Monaco isn't much better but that's Monaco so I'm not certain there's a lot they can do with that beyond pushing the cars up the hill.
You try with the space they had. And I point you to Saturday's race.
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making Nico Prost look pretty average.
I think a lot of the grid could do this

Although Gasly and Lynn looked quite impressive. I still have no idea what happened to Gasly at the final corner though - Channel 5s wonderful coverage tends to cut out almost immediately after the finish (cutting to an ad break as the leader took the chequered flag in race 1) and they never bother showing the standings. But they certainly swam when thrown in the deep end.
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Er posted this previously in the wrong thread....


Poor old DTM huh, that leaves 12 drivers *cough 3.5 cough*.

I guess some will move over to new teams running Audi's or BMW's. I think some of these european touring car series need to take a look at the Aussie V8 Supercars and how much better that series is from an entertainment perspective (not driver quality, DTM has a fantastic field of course). But so many more races and most of them longer (esp the enduros), much bigger fields. I kind of feel the driver talent goes to waste in DTM with their short schedule and barely minimum field size. Maybe it's big in Germany but no one has heard of it on this side of the world.

But anyway Mercedes in FE... that might mean the end of Buemi's domination. Who are their current development drivers that might get the seats? George Russell? With Aikten being a flop in GP3 so far, I'd expect Russell to take that title with the current momentum he has. Move up to F2 in 2018 then FE in 2019 if he performs?

Or maybe they're looking to pull over a couple of their on form DTM drivers. Paffett, Wickens, Di Resta, Engel, Auer, Mortara...

I bet Di Resta wouldn't mind a chance at single seaters again. Engel has shown some suprising pace in FE at times this year. Paffett is probably tintops for life though.
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Audi, BMW, Mercedes, CItroŽn, Renault, Mahindra, Jaguar

Where's Ford, General Motors and Dodge? Selling V8 pickup trucks, I guess.

Where's Nissan? Paying the debts of the 2015 LMP1 failure, I guess.

Where's Hyundai, Kia, Fiat, Alfa Romeo? Ignoring motorsport as usual.
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