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Your favourite F1 season: the 80s

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What is your favourite 1980s season?

1980
0
No votes
1981
1
7%
1982
3
21%
1983
0
No votes
1984
1
7%
1985
0
No votes
1986
6
43%
1987
0
No votes
1988
0
No votes
1989
3
21%
 
Total votes: 14

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Re: Your favourite F1 season: the 80s

Post by JBT » 1 month ago

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1986 for me. Partly because it was the first year I became properly aware of F1 (I turned 8 in 1986).

PS some of the teams allegedly found a way past the '87 4.0 bar boost pop-off valve, I seem to recall Arrows were rumoured to have found a way around it, and for '88's 2.5 bar limit too.
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Post by Cheeveer » 1 month ago

San Marino 1985 was brilliant too. Brands that year too.

But what really takes the cake would be 1986. Battle Royale if there ever was any.
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Post by Antonov » 1 month ago

I voted 1989 - watched the season review over the weekend, and those onboards are fantastic.
Car shapes are wonderful too.

Love the sound of the screaming Honda V10.

Most people seem to have an obsession over the MP4/4, but I've never had it really. The MP4/5 on the other hand...

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Post by Michael Ferner » 3 weeks ago

I finally voted for 1981, partially because it didn't have any votes against it already. But, apart from the political quibbles, it was a good season. The championship was hard fought over and very close, with five drivers still in it before the penultimate race. There were several very interesting races, and a few queer ones, too. The overall format was not yet as settled, with Toleman coming in late and a few extra cars, still. The turbo engines were coming on strong, but Cosworth wasn't dead yet. In short, there was still a bit of the seventies shining through, before the eighties, with all its goods and its bads, took over for good.

Also, the FW07C was the prettiest Williams of all time, I guess. It was the perfect culmination of the line begun with the FW07, which was already a beauty in ist own right.
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Post by Everso Biggyballies » 3 weeks ago

Michael Ferner wrote:
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Also, the FW07C was the prettiest Williams of all time, I guess. It was the perfect culmination of the line begun with the FW07, which was already a beauty in ist own right.
I loved the whole '7' series, and remember my delight from when I witnessed it winning their first race at Silverstone with Regga after AJ overheated. One of the prettiest cars ever. (post mid 70's :wink: )

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Post by Matt » 2 weeks ago

Going to say 1989 for this, as it was my first full season watching the sport live. A lot of fond memories of that one.

As good as the racing was and as crazy as the year was overall, the human cost of 1982 was pretty dreadful so I can't bring myself to vote for it. 1983 was pretty good, having watched live versions of all races.

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