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Old 6 Apr 2018, 10:09 (Ref:3813200)   #346
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Rings kind of hollow when Alonso is about to combine a full time F1 drive with a full time WEC drive...
Alonso doesn't do any simulator work for McLaren F1 though, they have Oliver Turvey, Lando Norris, Nyck de Vries & Rudy van Buren to share that (and one or more of them will be in the simulator every day of the year).

Alonso's only commitment to McLaren is for race weekends, official tests, and around 25 "publicity" days (which he gets to choose himself).

Kubica on the other hand is not only going to most Grands Prix with Williams, but also spending four or five days a week in the simulator on non-race weeks.
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Old 30 Apr 2018, 15:06 (Ref:3818400)   #347
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This is few days old but just noticed, they might be somewhat worried about power output

https://www.motorsport.com/wec/news/...1-spa-1030625/

"I'm quietly confident that the car, especially in the corners, is extremely competitive. The power package, we still have to see if that's quite good enough."

Asked to elaborate on his remark about straightline speed, however, Rowland said he was confident that engine supplier Mecachrome would make progress as the campaign unfolded.

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"It just feels lacking a little bit at the moment, but we were running it quite safe," he said. "I think there's also different parameters to do with the fuel flow that require a little bit of tuning.

"So far Mecachrome have been really supportive, they're doing a good job and I'm sure it will be there at some point. It's just whether it's there straight away."

Manor refused to comment on its Prologue straightline speed deficit when contacted by Motorsport.com.
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Or, the car has plenty of downforce and too much drag.
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Old 30 Apr 2018, 15:11 (Ref:3818403)   #349
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In which case it'll be terrible at Spa and Le Mans
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Old 30 Apr 2018, 23:13 (Ref:3818535)   #351
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I can see that one of the cars hasn't any Chinese branding. I wonder why.
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Old 30 Apr 2018, 23:39 (Ref:3818539)   #352
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They both have a Chinese flag..Also different rear brake ducting. Optical illusion or different packages or shortage of parts?
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I can see that one of the cars hasn't any Chinese branding. I wonder why.
Meh probably just haven't had time/bother to put all the sponsor stickers in yet

Anyway I just hope this doesn't end up being like the Onroak-Ligier LMP2 at LM where it's basically a sitting duck against Oreca's downforce and aero supeority (probably even with the new waiver EVO kit). But at least even if that happens, it's not end of the world because this ain't spec & freeze tech & cost-cap like P2 is
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Old 1 May 2018, 03:49 (Ref:3818564)   #354
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The guys said that the engine was not at its best or full potential. So if they can get that running full song, then I think the top speed should be up there with the rest.
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Ginetta would('ve) help(ed) themselves if they run a test mule chassis and engine of their own, instead of these two being the only actual development kits
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They both have a Chinese flag..Also different rear brake ducting. Optical illusion or different packages or shortage of parts?
Looks different to me. Could just be different aero treatments I suppose. Maybe they will be testing both at Spa?
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Maybe they will be testing both at Spa?
Two opponents less for Toyota, you mean.
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Old 1 May 2018, 23:33 (Ref:3818754)   #358
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Yes, just like how when Audi and Toyota ran different spec cars at Spa they were throwing the race.
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Meh. I have arguments against Spa being important to win for Toyota

A) Let's be honest it is and always has been a dress rehearsal for LM, more than an actual "race to be won".
B) For the first time since forever there's not been any event prior to it (even in 2005 when Spa was the only LMS event before LM, the P1s could've run in ALMS) so it's dead on race preparation practice more than ever
C) Before there was once-a-year potential EOT change for the hybrids, but now BoP can be changed at any time between them and non hybrid... Better not to blown others away
D) Championship win is irrelevant

The only exception here would be the added moderate PR value of Alonso debut win. Or if both of the Toyotas succumbed and allowed first privateer overall win since the Hungaroring 6 Hours many years back, I guess perversely that could make the championship look more "serious" or sth
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I agree with points A, B and C.

Point D, however, whilst the Championship is probably third on the list of priorities after LM18 and LM19 I feel that Toyota can win the 'Super Season' without really trying as they'll get a podium place or two at every round whereas the different privateers will be battling it out for the remaining places and it is less likely the same team will be near the top in every race. (This comment, of course, relies on the assumption that all the LMP1 cars are bundled together in one class for WEC points rather than Toyota being in a class of their owner....)
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