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And for those that thought that Red Bull had gone all commercial - they still have a sence of humour. :D

What a difference a year makes

How things change. Only a year ago, Red Bull Racing was making its debut on the Formula One stage and here they are, twelve months on, with two teams running under the Red Bull banner, courtesy of Scuderia Toro Rosso. Now that they represent 18.18% percent of the grid (maybe they should buy 1.82% of another team, just to get it back to the nice round 20% they had before that new eleventh crew arrived,) there have been suggestions they should clean up their act.

But don’t worry, they’re still cool and crazy and true to the Red Bull creed. In fact, finding out if someone is cool and crazy has been the top priority during any job interviews they conducted this winter. Adrian Newey? Did they care that his cars had won loads of races and titles? No, they were impressed that he was cool and crazy enough to desperately want to work in Milton Keynes. Gerhard Berger? Is his vast experience as a driver, a team boss and a businessman important? No, what matters is that he’s a walking A to Z of cool (leave out the crazy, he wants you to leave out the crazy, Ed.)

Therefore, this season they plan to share with you the impressive depth of experience in their two teams, which is now simply astounding, as can be seen from the following incident…..

One of their hire cars broke down on the way to a test session recently and their engineering specialist suggested the problem was no doubt related to the valves or the crank sensor. However, the electrical engineer disagreed and insisted they have a look at the wiring loom. Finally, the team’s computer software specialist came up with a solution:

“Let’s close all the Windows, get out of the car, get back in, then open the Windows again and I bet it will start!” What a cool, crazy guy!

Also, don’t forget that both teams, red Bull Racing and Scuderia Toro Rosso, will launch their respective new liveries next Thursday night prior to the opening day of practice here at the Bahrain circuit.
 
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30 mins to explain the new qualifying, new rules and regulations, engines, new teams and driver switches - no way near enough

You can spend 30mins just on the explaining the new qualifying...

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ITV have four channels under their direct name. Why cant they use one of them to provide us with more indepth coverage and show us the entire race weekend?

Come on ITV, three of your channels are constantly showing repeats, give us something that is of genuine interest and will get you viewers.
 
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Could be usefull - especially if they update them sometime soon. :D

Have you seen the ones with the track info overlayed? They were great. Wish I could find them again. :(

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I think I've seen a couple with overlays but I'm not sure where. Having said that I've just tried creating one myself and it's not too tricky so looks like an afternoon with the scanner and some old copies of Autosport / Autocourse. :cool:

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You can spend 30mins just on the explaining the new qualifying...

We've been at it here for 3 months and we still don't fully understand it!
 
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First impressions....

They've got a Bad Bond Style Intro...

Steve Ryder is a hell of a lot more competent that Count Von Count Rosenthal. ;)

It seems extremely rushed.

The new McLaren looks FABULOUS on the move.

They're very biased towards Renault already - the Honda has been the best car over winter testing. Renault has been consistantly behind it.

But anyway....back on now.
 
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Yep...actually I was quite impressed by the graphics.

Hope Martin Brundle drives all the tracks to show us the lap preview.

Definitely they are setting their bias towards Renault, Honda fastest car in testing without a doubt.

McLaren looking amazing, unlike the static pics.

We have a lot to learn Takuma Sato - should have read I have a lot to learn - LOL!

Gentleman start your engines!
 
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Spot the difference...

Jim Rosenthal
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Count Von Count
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I knew he reminded me of someone. ;)

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Why can't a team let Brundle in a 2006 F1 car to describe the tracks instead, would make the whole "meet the track" thing a lot more informative... Jackie Stewart did a similar thing in the late 70s in a Tyrrell
 
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Why can't a team let Brundle in a 2006 F1 car to describe the tracks instead, would make the whole "meet the track" thing a lot more informative... Jackie Stewart did a similar thing in the late 70s in a Tyrrell

Very few teams will let the cars go. What happens if you damage it?

He managed it with Jordan 4 years ago iirc... showed understeer and oversteer - but that was only round Silverstone in a private test session.

He'd probably have the most success with McLaren - but there's also the safety factor to include. The fact that driving a F1 car required your upmost concentration doesn't help either - whereas that V8 Car doesn't.

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A deserted race track in Austria

The future of the A1 Ring, the home of the Austrian Grand Prix, has been unclear for more than a year, following a decision by the Austrian authorities not to allow the development of the circuit by Red Bull boss Dietrich Mateschitz.

When the decision was made Mateschitz was already beginning work on the project and had demolished all the buildings at the site, including the pit garages and grandstands.

Since then the track has been abandoned and the Steiermark region, one of the poorest in Austria, has gained no benefit from the site.

There are various plans for reviving the facility with money from other companies but Mateschitz seems to have largely lost interst, having already lost a great deal of money on the project. In a recent interview he made it clear that small European countries such as Austria have little place in the modern Formula 1 which aims to expand into new countries in the developing world with the major targets at the moment being Russia and India.
 
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The BMW Sauber PR machine rolls on

BMW have warned against unrealistic expectations as they prepare for their Formula One debut in Bahrain next week.

BMW bought out the under-performing Sauber team last year and pin their hopes on drivers Nick Heidfeld and 1997 world champion Jacques Villeneuve.

But team boss Mario Theissen insisted: "We are not expecting miracles.

"What our achievements will look like we just don't know. We are aiming to make the most of our possibilities and advance step-by-step."

Theissen did admit that the F1.06 car was expected to be significantly better than last year's Sauber.

"We can say that things are looking good at this stage of development," he said. "After an intensive winter testing programme, our drivers have given the car the thumbs-up.

"The engineers are also convinced that a major leap has been made compared to the previous year."

My guess is that Renault and Honda will be in the lead to start with, possibly followed by McLaren and Ferrari

BMW driver Nick Heidfeld

The season-opener in Bahrain on 12 March will be German Heidfeld's first race since the Turkish Grand Prix last August.

He missed the last five races of 2005 due to a testing accident and a subsequent injury while out cycling.

Heidfeld also warned that BMW will probably be outside of the championship-chasing pack.

"My guess is that Renault and Honda will be in the lead to start with, possibly followed by McLaren and Ferrari and then a group of closely bunched teams," he said.

"We will probably be in with that group."

But he added: "I still feel pretty confident. I am desperately looking forward to my first race after a long gap and I can't wait to see what the competition is like."
 
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Former Formula One Technical Director Moves to NASCAR Red Bull Toyota Team

The first prominent figure joining the Red Bull team set to the NASCAR series in 2007 is Günther Steiner.

Having worked as technical director for Red Bull Racing in the Formula One, he is now moving from Great Britain to the US – from Milton Keynes to Mooresville, North Carolina.

The forty-year-old South Tyrolean will also assume the function of technical director for the Red Bull Toyota NASCAR team, acting on a level with General Manager Marty Gaunt. Marty Gaunt is happy about this high-calibre reinforcement.

“In his many years of Rally activities with Ford, as head of sports at Opel and more recently at Red Bull Racing in the Formula One, Günther has not just had a lot of success but also gathered enormous know-how. He was one of the men who was decisive for the perfect launch of Red Bull Racing – and we are convinced that with his experience he will help our young team make a fast start.”

Günther Steiner sees NASCAR as a “new, fascinating challenge. If as a European you are asked to help set up such an ambitious project you simply cannot say no. I’m really looking forward to working on my new task.” Günther Steiner will begin his job with the Red Bull Toyota NASCAR-Team on April 1 of this year.
 
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Very few teams will let the cars go. What happens if you damage it?

He managed it with Jordan 4 years ago iirc... showed understeer and oversteer - but that was only round Silverstone in a private test session.

He'd probably have the most success with McLaren - but there's also the safety factor to include. The fact that driving a F1 car required your upmost concentration doesn't help either - whereas that V8 Car doesn't.

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I remember that piece, he actually stopped the commentary through Copse because he was concentrating too much :eek:

The nice thing about commentating from a road or touring car is that you can actually hear what's going on. The muffling effect of a full face helmet combined with the wind and engine noise and the physical forces on the drivers body make commentating clearly from an F1 cockpit extremely difficult.
 

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Got to say that they seem slightly biased towards Button more than Renault ;).

I was expecting more of a techincal run down in that show.
 
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