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Post by John » 2 months ago

Latest post of the previous page:

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What a weird post coming from F1's official account. At least they got roasted pretty good in the comments...
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Post by kals » 2 months ago

Hopefully someone commented with “F1 has Alonso... oh wait?!”

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Post by kals » 2 months ago

Big talk from Marcus...
Autosport.com wrote:Ex-Formula 1 driver Marcus Ericsson believes winning an IndyCar race in his rookie season with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports is "achievable" in 2019.

Ericsson has switched to IndyCar after Sauber opted for a line-up of Antonio Giovinazzi and Kimi Raikkonen for the coming F1 season.

In his five years in F1, Ericsson's best result was eighth and his last victory in any series came during his 2013 GP2 campaign.

Ericsson has completed two IndyCar tests at Sebring for SPM and believes his compatibility with new team-mate James Hinchcliffe can help him achieve his target of a first win in the series.

"Winning a race is the goal for sure; it has to be," said Ericsson.

"I have huge respect for the top guys in this series who have been here a long time, and have experience racing on these types of tracks in this type of car.

"So I know it will be a big challenge for me.

"But I have a great team behind me and with [title sponsor] Arrow stepping up their involvement, that will help the team make another step, so I really feel we have that possibility to win.

"You always have to aim high in order to achieve something and I've set that personal goal - to win a race this year and fight as much as I can up front.

"It's a tough target but it's achievable."

Regarding Hinchcliffe, Ericsson added: "It was a very positive surprise that we both give feedback that's similar and what we want from the car is very similar.

"It's always something you wonder about before you're teammates, because it's always a big help to the drivers and the team in general if you're pushing in the same direction.

"That's going to be great as we go forward into the season because practice sessions are so short.

"We can try different things and if James finds something that works for him, I know it will probably work for me and the same the other way round. That will speed up the process of creating good setups."

Ericsson says his early tests have shown him that the current Indycar is not an easy machine to learn.

"I'm trying to build up a reference about what each change does to the car and its handling balance," he told Autosport.

"That's the basic idea - for me to have a reference in my head and also for the team to have a reference for how I react to the setup changes.

"And of course there's the driving, the basics. Every lap I'm learning more about an IndyCar, because it's not an easy car to learn. It's tough to get your head around it and know how to use it in the best possible way.

"But in the last one-and-a-half hours I was really starting to get into the groove, and we had a really good end to the test.

"I left there with a really good feeling."
...but if Carlos Huertas can win a race in Indycar then anything is truly possible.

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Post by John » 2 months ago

I hope he doesn't go full Kenny Bräck on the ovals...

Felix should have the edge between the two this year on account on Chip being better than SPM, and his experience with American racing. Then again the second Ganassi car have been cursed for a long time. But , hey, more the half the grid is capable of winning a race in Indycar, and if you're in a SPM car, I'd say it is realistic.

If he'll be able to deliver, that's a completely different point. But you don't hop in the #7 car and go around aiming for top 10's.

But in the end, if they can compete for top 5's regularly, I'm happy.
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Post by Cheeveer » 2 months ago

Wickens is amazing. I'm sure we'll see him in a car before long. Not in 2019, but in 2020 or 2021. Paraplegics have raced succesfully in the past (James Watt for example, won a round of the Scandinavian Touring Car Championship), but not at this level. I think Wickens will be the man to raise the roof of what paraplegics can do in motor racing. Also, amazing the sort of impact he did on Indycar in little more than half a season. :thumbsup:
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Post by John » 2 months ago

Finally! Viasat have acquired the exclusive rights to Indycar in Sweden. No more streaming from a dodgy Mongolian website.

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Do they need a commentary team?
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Post by MonteCristo » 2 months ago

Great to see Wickens on the move.

Well done to the Swedes!

And a little bit of positive progress from Shank Racing - 10 races this year instead of 6: https://racer.com/2019/01/22/harvey-to- ... yer-shank/
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Do they need a commentary team?
If they do, we'll hire @MonteCristo to be our Jan Beekhuis.
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Post by MonteCristo » 2 months ago

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Do they need a commentary team?
If they do, we'll hire @MonteCristo to be our Jan Beekhuis.
I'll try to explain how downforce works dow'nunda.
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Post by John » 2 months ago

Look at him go! Wickens pedalling an upright bike without any form of electric stimulation for the first time since the crash. :thumbsup:
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Post by MonteCristo » 2 months ago

Conor Daly to race for Lesser Andretti in the 500.

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Post by John » 2 months ago

Is the car count over 40 for Indy now?
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Post by kals » 2 months ago

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Conor Daly to race for Lesser Andretti in the 500.
But no additional cars for Wilson or Munoz.

Good to see Andretti coming good on repaying Wilson for giving up his car to allow Alonso his 2017 attempt :roll:

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