Did you enjoy this F1 season?

Discussion in 'Motorsports' started by MooSquad, Dec 2, 2015.

  1. I have enjoyed it quite a bit. Sure, there was the Mercedes dominance, but it's such an improvement when it comes to close racing. Especially the mid-pack battles between Force India, Toro Rosso, Lotus, Williams, etc. were great to watch, Sauber being the mildly disappointing one out of the bunch (but they traditionally always did things "differently").

    I've also downloaded a couple of 90's races of which I can recall I enjoyed them when I was a teenager, but compared to back then (when only 3 or 4 cars would finish in the same lap as the race leader) and now with DRS and the highly entertaining radio messages (omg Alonso, you winner), I really can look back at this season positively.

    Also the agression of Ricciardo, Verstappen, Grosjean, etc. was a breath of fresh air <A BORDER="0" HREF="http://www.supercars.net/PitLane?displayFAQ=y"><IMG BORDER="0" SRC="pitlane/emoticons/smile.gif"></A> I've mostly been watching the ITV broadcasts because Brundle is just delightful to listen to. Last race I got the BBC broadcast which was a snorefest in comparison, mostly reading out loud who's in what position, which is constantly on everyone's screen to read already anyway.
  2. it was alright. agree with the mid pack battles and Ricciardo, Verstappen, Grosjean without them this season would have been dreadfully boring. also getting rather sick of Hamiltons #%[email protected] I kind of hope Mercedes keeps the car set to what Rosberg likes just to see how he'll react.
  3. I'm a staunch BBC watcher. I like David Coulthard in the commentary box for the BBC as I think he has a better insight into modern F1 cars than Brundle does, and he speaks so clinically about it all - I find him really interesting. Eddie Jordan and his predictions are pretty entertaining. Suzie Perry has grown on me. She seems genuinely interested in the whole circus and isn't messing up as many lines as in her first season, lol. I miss Brundle's grid walks because he really takes no prisoners and I've genuinely LOLed at his antics in the past but I just don't really like ITV if I'm honest. Does James Allen still do commentary for them? I remember disliking his voice.

    The BBC had Mark Webber at Abu Dhabi doing a few links and bits infront of the camera - it may have been a one-off but I'm crossing my fingers that they manage to get him on board a bit more because I really like his style, and he's raced alongside most of the current grid so his insight is great.

    Overall though I'm with you on how entertaining the season was. Of course the Silver Arrows stormed away with it but after the first few races I just ignored P1 and P2 mostly and instead paid attention to the battles lower down. Verstappen appears to have no fear whatsoever which I suppose is a familiar trait for rookies wanting to be noticed in their first year, but rookies don't always team their fearlessness with driver skill. It was amazing to see some of those seemingly impossible overtakes completed as confidently as they were. Turn 1 at Monaco vs Maldonado - a couple of centimetres of room, clean as you like, and round the outside at Blanchimont were two massive highlights. You can really tell his dad has trained him from day 1 to be a racer.

    Speaking of Maldonado, I noticed that commentators and others did make jokes at his expense a number of times (about his crashes etc) but towards the end of the season they did start to add that he's "the nicest guy in F1" etc before commenting on his high frequency of incidents as if to excuse themselves from insulting him more often than not. lol

    For next season I really have high hopes for Ferrari (and Vettel specifically) being able to close the gap to Mercedes. There's been a lot of talk of him being the catalyst to imrpoved situations at Ferrari - of course the parallells between Vettel and Schumacher have been drawn when it comes to talking about morale and team unity etc but I suppose only time will tell.

    What's this I hear about 1000hp+ cars in the future? I heard more than a few mentions of the cars getting "much faster" over the next couple of seasons but I've not been too up on future developments.

    It was noted that the old (2004, I think) lap record at Interlagos finally be eclipsed this year, but they made changes to the curbs in two corners (they're massive now) which compromised the line that they used to take and as such the record did not get beaten. Personally, I think they should aim to make F1 cars faster every year but that may just be me.
  4. Maybe I'm confusing ITV with Sky Sports.. but it's primarily Brundle and Crofty doing it and it's in good fun, they make a fine team <A BORDER="0" HREF="http://www.supercars.net/PitLane?displayFAQ=y"><IMG BORDER="0" SRC="pitlane/emoticons/smile.gif"></A> post-race Johnny Herbert and Damon Hill are common appearances too. I do agree about Webber's style, though and I'd welcome him to any coverage format, he's simply so straightforward and blunt that it's enjoyable to watch. While in a long ago past James Hunt would a be blunt sidekick too, but way too cocky/high horse to make himself useful for the purpose. So yeah, +1 on Webber.

    On Verstappen I'd like to add how great the 2 are as family too, Jos starting as his engine tuner and they both claim they haven't been pushing it onto Max, that he really wanted to go karting himself when he was 3 or 4 already. Jos claims he limits himself to just sharing his experiences and I can tell Max is an entirely different personality (though as agressive). Not whining like his dad did, but so incredibly mature. I couldn't speak english like he did when I was 17, let alone make sense.

    Maldonado sees gaps that often aren't there, there's a lot of assuming on his behalf that leads to the errors he makes. Like it's a complete surprise the driver in front takes a more defensive approach to corners as he approaches. But it's getting better, he's not a suicide pilot like Sato once was in his Super Aguri or whatever it was <A BORDER="0" HREF="http://www.supercars.net/PitLane?displayFAQ=y"><IMG BORDER="0" SRC="pitlane/emoticons/grin.gif"></A>

    And finally about the cars' performance... I was incredibly sceptical about the cars in the beginning, especially when it comes to the noise they lack. I'm still mad about the Matra and Ferrari V12's, no matter how badly they performed. But if this format leads to the racing we've been given now, so lower drag, different kind of engines, I wouldn't want the V10's and V12's back.

    About the actual news about the future of the sport, I have no idea, I'll just take it as it comes. I do hope Renault buys out the Lotus team, though.
  5. don't tell me we're the only 3 that still watch f1 and post here lol
  6. #6 Baklava, Dec 5, 2015
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    i only watch it because of max verstappen. he's a driving god.

    and yeah f1 cars are MUCH slower than they used to be
  7. didn't really enjoy it at all. too one sided.
  8. but all the action <A BORDER="0" HREF="http://www.supercars.net/PitLane?displayFAQ=y"><IMG BORDER="0" SRC="pitlane/emoticons/grin.gif"></A>
  9. meh didn't watch much of it as it was so boring
  10. I've been losing interest in recent years but still usually watch a torrent after a race.
  11. Haven;t watched the past few years. Combination of other things to do and F1 only being on pay-tv. Tried a couple of free channels. I find the BBC's commentary during the race terrible; can't keep my eyes open when I hear that. The Belgians are even worse.
    Started watching again this season, mid season, via dutch pay tv. Have to say I enjoyed alot of it. Couple of boring races/segments, but most of it was good. Love the action the young dogs bring to the table. Even enjoyed the hating between Rosberg and Hamilton.
  12. Yeah, I think it was great.

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