2020 Motorsports thread.

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  1. ralphc1 Steel Belt Platinum Member

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    Formula One seems to be in a bit of a mess over it's joint statement with Ferrari.

    For those who haven't followed this, In the 2019 season, the Ferrari Formula One cars seemed to have a straight line speed advantage over the rest of the cars. Formula One has a set amount of fuel allowed per race. They also have a regulation on how much fuel can be fed to the engine which is monitored by a flow meter. More speed usually requires more power which requires more fuel which should show on the flow meter data. Red Bull suspected that Ferrari were manipulating the data and relayed their suspicions to the governing body. Formula One issued rules clarifications noting that it would be a violation of the sporting regulations to do that and put Ferrari under scrutiny. After that, Ferrari lost their pace in the last few races. The teams had been waiting for Formula One to make those findings public. At the end of pre-season testing, Formula One made this statement.

    The other teams issued their own statement this week.

    https://www.formula1.com/en/latest/...ttlement-with-fia.2T30ZzkHTswYcgsrVDYVEz.html

    This is important to other teams because they get money determined by how they finish in the points. If Ferrari were cheating, the other teams feel some penalty should be applied. The participation of Ferrari is essential to Formula One so it puts the governing body in a tenuous position. Their statement was meant to assure teams that Ferrari will not be breaking the rules without saying that they were and they hoped the other teams would settle for that. It seems to have inflamed the situation.

    The FIA would have been better off saying that Ferrari might have been cheating but they couldn't prove it conclusively instead of announcing a confidential arrangement.

    The threat of court action isn't looking good.
     
  2. DangDaGawd Tough Scene

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    The fact that Ferrari cheated and still couldn't beat Mercedes tells you all you need to know about their current state.
     
  3. DangDaGawd Tough Scene

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    Anyway provided this blows over and Coronavirus doesn't cancel all the races, should be an interesting season. Last year of the current technical regulations which means Red Bull and Ferrari should have caught up to Mercedes by now.
     
  4. ralphc1 Steel Belt Platinum Member

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    Ferrari's team principal has talked about suspending development on the current car to get a head start on next years car. I doubt he was serious but there are spending limits in place so it might be an advantage to use the money on next season. Do other teams spend money to develop a steering system like Mercedes did? Ferrari has asked for an official opinion on the legality but it appears that Mercedes has consulted with officials during the development of the system.
     
  5. ralphc1 Steel Belt Platinum Member

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    Bahrain is banning travelers from Italy.
     
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    ferraris weakness is their drivers and red bulls probably still the car
     
  8. ralphc1 Steel Belt Platinum Member

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    Kyle screwed Kyle.
     
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    Secord guy in NASCAR fired/lost sponsors in these virtual races in two weeks from what I've read
     
  11. Grave Buster ******WTF Belt****** Platinum Member

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    lol when will dudes learn to keep their mouths shut.
    Larsen is apparently Asian/American though.
    Does he get a free pass on this?
    Only White ppl can be racist after all.
     
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  13. ralphc1 Steel Belt Platinum Member

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    A guy competing in what is probably the most racist sport with the most racist fan base is fired for racism?
     
  14. Frank23 Enter Sandman Belt Platinum Member

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    That reminds me of this:

     
  15. Grave Buster ******WTF Belt****** Platinum Member

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    It had to be said.
     
  16. rambosabeast Purple Belt

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    I am less bothered by motorsport "cheats". Or just CHEATS without quotations because that's what it is, but after many years of watching NASCAR, that's kind of the name of the game. Drivers and crew chiefs are constantly finding ways to pass the pre- and post-race inspections while being out-of-regs to go faster during the race.

    I kind of view it as a testament to brilliant engineering because they have to begin from a point of conformity with the rules, and then work from there to satisfy the inspectors while making the most of their design and skills.

    Every time a team gets caught, it's a scandal, but like anyone operating under a regulatory body, the one's who don't get caught are deemed to be above board when they're probably just better engineers.
     
  17. ralphc1 Steel Belt Platinum Member

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    They must think NASCAR will be back. Matt Kenseth has been hired to replace Kyle Larson.
     
  18. PG29 red0 Jr Brown Belt

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    My Champcar races at Daytona and Road America were canceled. At least Daytona resecheduled us for July 4th. I wish it was a different weekend but Daytona is Daytona, I'm just happy to have the honor to race at the track.

    Our series like many others went iRacing while real racing is banned. Here is a race I ran earlier this month:

     
  19. rearnakedchoke Suck it!

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    F1 hoping Austria in July is their first race. I’m hoping so also. Need Lewis to solidify his goat status with tying wins and titles.
     
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