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  • HeartfeltdawnHeartfeltdawn Frets: 10691
    So Le Mans this weekend!

    First year I've actively watched the WEC, enjoyed Spa at the start of this season, and me and my eldest are speeding the weekend at Silverstone in August, but Le Mans is the biggie.

    We only get coverage at home via the BTSport app on a tablet, so me and the lad are staying the weekend at my parents who have Eurosport on Virgin and a big telly...we've plans to sleep over in the lounge with the TV on.

    Same here :) The kids will be away with their father from 5pm Friday to 5pm Sunday, Mrs HFD will be working 11-7 Saturday, and I will up all night on the sofa with whatever streaming service I buy for the event hooked up to the big telly. 

    Aston Martin for the GTE win please. Nicki Thiim on top step. 
    I make Jeremy Paxman look like Fingermouse. 
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  • rlwrlw Frets: 1506
    edited June 13
    And, if you can, turn off the sound on Eurosport and listen instead to Radio Le Mans which offers a far more intelligent and interesting live commentary.  Google Radio Le Mans and you will find it.  Better still, just get the trackside sound off the TV, off the appropriate feed, and Radio Le Mans for the info and it's like being there.  But not so dusty. And with cheaper beer.  And clean toilets.
    Save a cow.  Eat a vegetarian.
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  • HeartfeltdawnHeartfeltdawn Frets: 10691
    rlw said:
    And, if you can, turn off the sound on Eurosport and listen instead to Radio Le Mans which offers a far more intelligent and interesting live commentary.  Google Radio Le Mans and you will find it.  Better still, just get the trackside sound off the TV, off the appropriate feed, and Radio Le Mans for the info and it's like being there.  But not so dusty. And with cheaper beer.  And clean toilets.
    Of course. Hindhaugh and Goodwin all the way! 

    One day I shall go for the weekend. 
    I make Jeremy Paxman look like Fingermouse. 
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  • HAL9000HAL9000 Frets: 3805
    edited June 13
    Heartfeltdawn said:

    You don't...  ...ask Brembo to build brake systems that might conk out after 40 laps. 
    No, but I'm sure people would pay good money to watch that...
    It might look like I'm listening to you, but in my head I'm playing my guitar.
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  • rlwrlw Frets: 1506
    rlw said:
    And, if you can, turn off the sound on Eurosport and listen instead to Radio Le Mans which offers a far more intelligent and interesting live commentary.  Google Radio Le Mans and you will find it.  Better still, just get the trackside sound off the TV, off the appropriate feed, and Radio Le Mans for the info and it's like being there.  But not so dusty. And with cheaper beer.  And clean toilets.
    Of course. Hindhaugh and Goodwin all the way! 

    One day I shall go for the weekend. 
    For 34 years I went for the week..............this is the 3rd in front of the tv.
    Save a cow.  Eat a vegetarian.
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  • chillidoggychillidoggy Frets: 12082

    Make the most of it, come 2019 it'll be all pay per view.



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  • FretwiredFretwired Frets: 15364

    Make the most of it, come 2019 it'll be all pay per view.


    I don't mind if the price is fair and the coverage worth it. I though Sky was in place in the UK until 2022.
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  • gavin_axecastergavin_axecaster Frets: 159
    edited June 15
    Fretwired said:

    Make the most of it, come 2019 it'll be all pay per view.


    I don't mind if the price is fair and the coverage worth it. I though Sky was in place in the UK until 2022.
    Exactly - C4 loses their rights at the end of this season so no way to watch live legally unless you subscribe, use NowTV passes (effectively PPV) or the F1 streaming channel goes live i nthe UK (subscription or PPV).
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  • FretwiredFretwired Frets: 15364
    Fretwired said:

    Make the most of it, come 2019 it'll be all pay per view.


    I don't mind if the price is fair and the coverage worth it. I though Sky was in place in the UK until 2022.
    Exactly - C4 loses their rights at the end of this season so no way to watch live legally unless you subscribe, use NowTV passes (effectively PPV) or the F1 streaming channel goes live i nthe UK (subscription or PPV).
    Sorry I wasn't being clear. I understand that F1 will have their own internet-based channel to watch F1 races with lots more content and promotional options for teams. The channel will be available 24/7. However in the UK Sky will still have F1 until their contract runs out.

    F1 was offering an annual subscription which didn't look too expensive (cheaper than Sky).
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  • chillidoggychillidoggy Frets: 12082
    Thing is, I wouldn't mind paying to watch F1, but I don't want to pay a King's ransom for all the other Sky shit that goes with their packages.


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  • thumpingrugthumpingrug Frets: 1104
    Im not a particularly sporty person, F1 being the only sport I enjoy and follow.   We had Sky HD before they picked up the coverage and F1 was included in their HD bundle so its not cost me anything extra.  If they lose it and I have to start paying to watch I will have to think carefully as it will depend on the cost and the quality of the coverage.

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  • HeartfeltdawnHeartfeltdawn Frets: 10691
    Andre Lotterer: you utter twat. 

    I make Jeremy Paxman look like Fingermouse. 
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  • not_the_djnot_the_dj Frets: 5441
    Have the French barrier repairers gone on strike of something?
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  • DesVegasDesVegas Frets: 3475
    This guy is flying



    trust me I'm a stomach
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  • stickyfiddlestickyfiddle Frets: 8872
    That safety car restart - Fernando on the dirt trying to stop #7 getting away..!! :o 
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  • thumpingrugthumpingrug Frets: 1104
    5 hours in and this is proving to be very interesting.  Nice to see cars that can drive fast but also very close together.  Also having the different classes in the same race means lots of overtaking action.  

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  • not_the_djnot_the_dj Frets: 5441
    Gutted for SMP racing. Heartbreaking for them. 
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  • ColsCols Frets: 207
    Andre Lotterer: you utter twat. 

    Somebody told him right before the start that the race was only one lap.
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  • FretwiredFretwired Frets: 15364
    Interesting ..... not going electric ...


    The Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO) has announced that there will be a hydrogen fuel cell class at Le Mans in 2024, stating that the technology is “the next objective” in decarbonising motorsport.

    Seven multinational car and parts manufacturers, a panel of experts and the French CEA energy research institute are participating in the project, which will see fuel cell cars competing at the 24hr de Le Mans race in six years’ time.

    “Hydrogen is the future of decarbonised mobility,” said Pierre Fillon, ACO president. “We are no longer simply making promises of intention, but have already put our groups of experts and manufacturers to work.”

    “We will be ready for 2024, and we will see a hydrogen-powered class competing at Le Mans.”

    Endurance racing is well known for technological contributions, especially in the field of efficiency, that filter down to everyday road cars. The most prominent teams taking part in the World Endurance Championship (of which Le Mans 24h is a part) are better-known for their production models, and many already have experience with fuel cell cars.

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  • MoominpapaMoominpapa Frets: 385
    @DesVegas ;  Cool video. Can you explain the context for us non-gearheads? I've heard of Nürburgring as a test-car circuit, but what we are seeing there looks like regular folk who have paid to have a chance to drive their own car around it - is that the case?  Got to say that the mix of (obviously very capable) drivers in extremely fast cars with what just looked like everyday commuter cars seemed very risky - but I guess people are briefed about passing rules and so on when they buy the tickets?
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  • DesVegasDesVegas Frets: 3475
    @Moominpapa
    I don't know too much about it but it would appear you can just buy a ticket and go round with any car. They all seem to know what to do when a faster car is coming up from behind so there must be a briefing too
    trust me I'm a stomach
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  • ColsCols Frets: 207
    DesVegas said:
    @Moominpapa
    I don't know too much about it but it would appear you can just buy a ticket and go round with any car. They all seem to know what to do when a faster car is coming up from behind so there must be a briefing too
    The Nordschleife is technically a German public toll road, so you can arrive at it, pay the toll and have a spin (as it were).  Speed limits are like the autobahns; effectively unrestricted, but the police can stop you if they believe you’re driving dangerously fast.  Overtaking is only permitted on the right.
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  • sinbaadisinbaadi Frets: 784
    Cols said:
    DesVegas said:
    @Moominpapa
    I don't know too much about it but it would appear you can just buy a ticket and go round with any car. They all seem to know what to do when a faster car is coming up from behind so there must be a briefing too
    The Nordschleife is technically a German public toll road, so you can arrive at it, pay the toll and have a spin (as it were).  Speed limits are like the autobahns; effectively unrestricted, but the police can stop you if they believe you’re driving dangerously fast.  Overtaking is only permitted on the right.
    Left. ;)
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  • ColsCols Frets: 207
    sinbaadi said:
    Cols said:
    DesVegas said:
    @Moominpapa
    I don't know too much about it but it would appear you can just buy a ticket and go round with any car. They all seem to know what to do when a faster car is coming up from behind so there must be a briefing too
    The Nordschleife is technically a German public toll road, so you can arrive at it, pay the toll and have a spin (as it were).  Speed limits are like the autobahns; effectively unrestricted, but the police can stop you if they believe you’re driving dangerously fast.  Overtaking is only permitted on the right.
    Left. ;)
    D’oh!  Meant to say overtaking is NOT permitted on the right.
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  • ColsCols Frets: 207
    Latest on the rumour mill is that Michael Andretti is in talks to buy Force India, which makes a lot more sense than some unknown UK energy drink maker
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  • stickyfiddlestickyfiddle Frets: 8872
    Cols said:
    Latest on the rumour mill is that Michael Andretti is in talks to buy Force India, which makes a lot more sense than some unknown UK energy drink maker
    That could be great. I really don't want FI to fall apart as they always achieve so much with so little (if only Williams could do the same..) so an Andretti buy-out is surely a better long term bet than a 2-bit fake-red-bull bunch of "whatever".

    It'd be awesome to see what the same guys could do with just a little more cash...
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  • PC_DavePC_Dave Frets: 1224
    Signed and sealed! Red Bull to be Honda powered....!!!
    This week's procrastination forum might be moved to sometime next week.
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  • stickyfiddlestickyfiddle Frets: 8872
    PC_Dave said:
    Signed and sealed! Red Bull to be Honda powered....!!!
    Excellent. So Honda must be within 20bhp of Renault, and RB will probably push them hard via TR to get both that and reliability up through the rest of this year. They can afford to take loads of penalties since they'll be starting near the back anyway. I wonder if RB to what extent RB can use their semi-secret engine research facility thing everyone was talking about a couple of years back. 

    And RB will still beat Mclaren...
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  • FretwiredFretwired Frets: 15364
    PC_Dave said:
    Signed and sealed! Red Bull to be Honda powered....!!!
    Excellent. So Honda must be within 20bhp of Renault, and RB will probably push them hard via TR to get both that and reliability up through the rest of this year. They can afford to take loads of penalties since they'll be starting near the back anyway. I wonder if RB to what extent RB can use their semi-secret engine research facility thing everyone was talking about a couple of years back. 

    And RB will still beat Mclaren...
    Did RB have another option? Renault had dumped them. RB could have forced Renault to supply them but I doubt RB would have been given much support or addition tech/engine modes.

    This could be good for Honda. RB are a better organised team than McLaren.
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  • FretwiredFretwired Frets: 15364
    There are rumours circulating that McLaren employees have staged a protest at how badly the team is run and want a change in management at the top. Can find anything in the papers though.
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