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Old 14 Apr 2017, 20:26 (Ref:3726442)   #91
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How realistic is the simulator? Does it simulate engine failures? Then you have to walk back to the simulated garage.
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Old 14 Apr 2017, 20:28 (Ref:3726444)   #92
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Old 14 Apr 2017, 20:30 (Ref:3726447)   #93
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It was always going to be JB. He's McLaren's third/reserve driver. World champion and Monaco winner. No brained. The only surprise is that he's not going to get any running in FP before Monaco.
Or any running at all in a current-spec car – or have I missed something? Quite a challenge, and around Monaco of all circuits. But he has nothing to lose, and like the man said, he doesn't have far to commute – there or back. Bon chance, JB! As for Ferdie, he clearly has his eyes set on matching Graham's triple crown, and you wouldn't want to bet against it. And it'll be a welcome change from the monstrous MCL32...

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Old 17 Apr 2017, 02:49 (Ref:3727235)   #94
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At this point I'm wondering whether Alonso will be back after Monaco. His post-race comments today are rather unflattering, even by his usual standards with McLaren.
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Old 18 Apr 2017, 14:49 (Ref:3727562)   #95
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Just as I suspected, the fact that Bernie is no longer there makes it possible, as Bernie said in his C4 interview, he wouldn't have allowed it if he was still in charge
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Just as I suspected, the fact that Bernie is no longer there makes it possible, as Bernie said in his C4 interview, he wouldn't have allowed it if he was still in charge
He had no formal power to stop this even if he was still running things. Maybe he was talking about when he was running his own team..
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He had no formal power to stop this even if he was still running things. Maybe he was talking about when he was running his own team..


Nope, he said he would have a quiet chinwag with the McLaren and persuade them not to let him go, as he only sees F1
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I think the big peril here is that he gets injured and that's why my heart loves this but my head tells me this is very unwise. It's quite a bigger risk than in F1, some quite experienced Indy peddlers have been caught out in recent years and have had to have been benched for some substantial periods with more than minor injuries. So Alonso entering that kind of fray for the first time is a bit hair raising from a safety POV.

Which is why I don't think there'll be copy cat acts. We *may* see sometop F1 driver do NASCAR's Watkins Glen or something like that. I'd be looking in that direction for US "cross overs" if any. Maybe some well-to-do wealthy backmarker driver might do both Indy and Monte. That could happen. But the "prize" F1 drivers won't be permitted. They're barely permitted on scramblers as it is!

Insofar as his competitiveness is concerned, I think he'll be there or there abouts. He's broadly familiar with the dimensions of the track having raced the half-oval before in F1. But of course, it remains to be seen whether he exactly takes to racing with others the way the Indycars drivers do. The DRS slip streamin' stuff may help him a little. I do think he's a more agile and dynamic figure than Piquet for example so I think he'll be well poised to feature in the first third of the pack before he spins off.
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I think the big peril here is that he gets injured and that's why my heart loves this but my head tells me this is very unwise. It's quite a bigger risk than in F1, some quite experienced Indy peddlers have been caught out in recent years and have had to have been benched for some substantial periods with more than minor injuries. So Alonso entering that kind of fray for the first time is a bit hair raising from a safety POV.
Ditto this!

Really like the idea, but I think the risk is huge!
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Ditto this!

Really like the idea, but I think the risk is huge!
It is enormous.. but as a racer, you can understand why Mr Alonso is aligned.. why be uncompetitive every weekend when there is something new to try...
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Really like the idea, but I think the risk is huge!
Considering the nature of the 500, it's always going to be risky. However, it's worth bearing in mind that the last couple of times a driver got seriously injured was in 2010, when Mike Conway went into the catch fencing and then in 2015, when James Hinchcliffe was impaled by a suspension part going into the cockpit, during practice. Hinchcliffe's was a freak accident.

Safety has come along way in IndyCar, what with SAFER Barrier installed at ovals plus the tub of the DW-12 is immensely strong. You just have to look at Dario Franchitti's crash at Houston in 2013 and wonder why he wasn't killed.
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How realistic is the simulator? Does it simulate engine failures? Then you have to walk back to the simulated garage.


Maybe they have a sim where the driver unhooks the helmet surround padding, takes the steering wheel off, resists the temptation to fling it to the moon, undo belts, get out, put the wheel back, wave at the crowd like nothing is wrong..
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Lets be honest, any simulator that doesn't simulate camping chairs isn't worth using in modern F1.



How about Alonso decides he's had enough of Honda and McLaren, but he's good mates with Zak Brown, so goes and drives for United Autosport at Le Mans.
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How about Alonso decides he's had enough of Honda and McLaren, but he's good mates with Zak Brown, so goes and drives for United Autosport at Le Mans.
Works for me.
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How about Alonso decides he's had enough of Honda and McLaren, but he's good mates with Zak Brown, so goes and drives for United Autosport at Le Mans.
How about Alonso decides that after Indy he's had enough of Honda, McLaren and F1 but he becomes good mates with Michael Andretti?
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