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Poll: Australian Grand Prix 2020, Melbourne - Race 1/22

Discussion in 'Motorsport' started by Shimmy, Mar 10, 2020.

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Rate the marble racing video

Poll closed Mar 20, 2020.
  1. Great

    52.8%
  2. Coronavirus

    47.2%
  1. UTmaniac

    Soldato

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    Haha true, plus isn't Paul Ricard owned by Bernie? He skimmed enough millions from F1 already!
     
  2. this_is_gav

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    Joined: Oct 17, 2005

    Posts: 5,480

    Location: Northumberland

    I was of that opinion before the positive test was confirmed too.

    However while only one has tested positive thus far, there are 14 other McLaren employees also in quarantine now, so it's a bit premature to say the damage has already been done - if any one of those 14 tests positive then you might have to quarantine another dozen or more employees from within McLaren and whoever else they had come into close contact with in the paddock.
     
  3. ebilcake

    Wise Guy

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    No offence to McLaren but I'm pretty sure most fans would have been happy for the race to continue without them.
     
  4. Steeps

    Soldato

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    Posts: 5,080

    Location: Bedfordshire

    It wasn't just McLaren, HAAS were isolating crew even though they tested negative. It wouldn't take long for a mechanic to talk to a team leader who talks to a team boss, who talks to a journalist who then talks to everyone else. You'd have most of the paddock affected by the next race.

    Only 3 teams wanted to keep going according to AutoSport: Red Bull, AlphaTauri and Racing Point. Disappointing that AT wanted to continue given the current lockdown in Italy and they wouldn't be allowed to for future races.

    Bahrain would have been a repeat of 2005 USA GP (but now there's a minimum of 12 car grid)
     
  5. Matt-Page

    Mobster

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    Sad times. Enjoy a nice holiday instead. F1 won't be on for some months now. Hope you manage to get some of your money back!
     
  6. englishpremier

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    Joined: Feb 15, 2003

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    It's a flu not ebola. It's not particularly deadly as it is. It's only a problem for those with health issues already, just like many other flus and viruses. A lot of the fuss is most likely because there isn't health care and hospital places to look after the elderly if they catch it.

    Other than no-one getting it, perhaps the best thing would have been for them all to get it at a similar time, then after 2-4 weeks, it would all be over.
     
  7. Mr Jack

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    Amazing! Every word of what you just said was wrong.

    But there's a whole other forum to discuss Coronavirus/SARS-CoV-2/Covid-19 so perhaps you can take it there?
     
  8. englishpremier

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    Others in the thread were discussing it, hence I was replying.
     
  9. Mr Jack

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    Fair enough. Perhaps you and other people discussing it can take it there?
     
  10. JBeck

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    I think this is all too late/pointless, pretty much everyone is going to get it anyway.
     
  11. deuse

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    Location: Solihull-Florida

    I read the smaller teams are now worried about the money they won't get.
     
  12. Spunkey

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    Location: The land of milk & beans

    From sponsors, I assume, as the championship prize money is given out at the end of the next year and is solely dependant on finishing position not the number of rounds.

    If they didn't put any force majeure clauses in to cover races not being run (admittedly normally due to weather conditions instead of a pandemic) then their legal teams need a kick up the arse.
     
  13. Flibster

    Caporegime

    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 31,902

    Money also comes from the prize pool, which comes from the fees that the tracks pay... So fewer races, less cash in the pool, less prize money altogether.

    Add to that the 'pay drivers' usually are on a pay per session type deal, so the FP1 drivers will get a run for £500k or something like that. No FP1's - no drivers - less money for the teams.
     
  14. The_Abyss

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    I had a grand vision of downloading F1 Manager and recreating the Melbourne race to compensate.

    What a pile of absolute ****. That's 800mb of data that I'll never get back.
     
  15. cainer

    Man of Honour

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    i sat back for a couple of hours with my eyes closed and ran the race in my head,
    good race by all accounts, Seb crashed again and Lewis won :)
     
  16. deuse

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    Prize pool.
    Less races=Less money.

    Beaten to it :(
     
  17. Spunkey

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    Good point. I assumed the prize pool was fixed.
     
  18. Mr Jack

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    F1 2019 is free to play on Steam right now.
     
  19. mushtafa

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    Location: West Sussex, UK

    Link? Can't find it free
     
  20. Spunkey

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    Same. Showing as £13.49 for me.