Great start to a great F1 race

Discussion in 'Transportation' started by Greg, Jun 18, 2005.

  1. Greg, I hate to be a dummy, but what is an F1 race?

    Virginia
    aka beaucamera
     
  2. Johan

    Johan

    679
    Jun 18, 2005
    Belgium
    Beaucamera,

    F1 stands for Formule 1. It are european race cars. They look like Indy cars as you know them. Maybe the name Micheal Schumacher rings a bell (Ferrari team) I even think that Micheal Andretti has driven one. A young driver named Montoya won the indy car championship a few years ago (as a rookie) is now driving Fomule One with BMW. Here's a pic of a F1 race car > http://users.pandora.be/jokke1/Photography/B.Cars/Renault F1.jpg < This picture shows a Renault F1 car and it's been driven by a test pilot. I made this one at the Belgian race track named Zolder.

    Kind Regards

    Johan
     
  3. Boy, those are pretty fancy wheels! Thanks, Johan, for the picture and the explanation.

    Virginia
    aka beaucamera
     
  4. F15Todd

    F15Todd

    Feb 1, 2005
    Tennessee
    He drives for McLaren now.
     
  5. Johan

    Johan

    679
    Jun 18, 2005
    Belgium
    Yeah, that's possible. Sorry guys my bad :oops:

    Kind Regards
     
  6. A great start for a crummy race. Leave it to FIA to get itself tossed from the US! Hundreds of million dollars were spent to setup this race and they blunder into an ego-based decision and essentially guarantee abandonment by the US viewing public and commercial sponsors.

    Background. The Indy oval was repaved since tha last F1 race. The paving contractor did a very poor job and the track had to be "shaved" with a diamond machine twice. After that it proved acceptably smooth. However Michelin did not do their homework and re-test the track sufficiently (Bridgestone did) and built tires which failed pretty predictably. Michelin would not certify their tires at Indy. Michelin asked to put in a chicane (tight turn) to slow the speed to save the race and keep enough cars in competition. The Indy management agreed to do this but FIA, the Formula 1 governing body (or maybe one decision-maker?) refused and threatened to un-sanction the race if the chicane was placed on the track. As a result all but six cars pulled off the track after one lap. People in the crowd came from as far away as Chile. They were booing throughout the race and during the winning ceremony.

    I wonder which company(s) will want to sponsor a race where the rule makers are indifferent to manufacturers and fans getting deprived of an opportunity to see the race and effectively throw away tens of millions of dollars?

    The more things change, the more they remain the same. Ego's and money is all that seem to count these days.

    Rich
     
  7. Leigh

    Leigh

    Feb 19, 2005
    Alabama
    Hmmm....with pics like those Greg, I doubt I'll be letting Patrick travel with you anymore!!!! :? Where are the pics of the cars....it was a RACE, was it not???? Even w/just 6 cars on the track, you should have gotten a few shots, not just girls! lol 8) Let's see those speed shots too!
     
  8. I doubt that these Girls were very speedy! (Even my "cheap D70" would have gotten those, although not with 12MP :wink: ) as were the most of the F1 Teams today!

    It's a shame this Sport gave such a bad impression to all of you, in the only US Race!

    BTW:
    I allways liked the Brakes on these Cars..... :wink: :wink: :wink: :wink: :wink: :wink: :wink:
     
  9. Johan

    Johan

    679
    Jun 18, 2005
    Belgium
    Rich,

    first of all thanks for the information you have given us about last race weekend. I have heard similar things and have heard motorsports specialists opinion before. It's indeed sad to see how everything goes these days... so I go with the "booing public". F1 is too expensive and in a way too high tech and that makes it less attractive than for example a touring car championship. And I'm not the only one who share this opinion.

    However ... Keep shooting them :)

    Regards
     
  10. Johan

    Johan

    679
    Jun 18, 2005
    Belgium
    So that is why Greg shot those girls instead of the cars :)
     
  11. F15Todd

    F15Todd

    Feb 1, 2005
    Tennessee
    Another nail in the coffin of open-wheel racing in the USA. The CART / IRL split years back almost killed it, and what happened today sure will not be drawing people to open-wheel racing.

    The only hope is sex appeal of Danica Patrick. :shock:
     
  12. interesting perspective Greg. I may need to go to one of these er, ah "races"
     
  13. Steve S

    Steve S

    Feb 1, 2005
    SE Florida
    My bro-in-law's nephew just returned from the race :(

    First of all, thanks for the great people shots. Greg. Never tire of those! :p
    Matt told us about 14 of the 20 cars going off the course after the parade lap, & only 6 lousy cars actually competing in the race! What a shame & a travesty! He said ppl booed during the whole race & awards ceremony. What a sad state of affairs.
     
  14. Samir

    Samir

    19
    Apr 8, 2005
    Wow, I didn't even keep up with the F1 race although I knew it was coming up. F1 has always had its politics. While in my opinion it is the greatest racing in the world with some of the best drivers on the planet, it seems the engine that runs the F1 is a bottleneck to the sport become more than what it currently is. I can only imagine how upset some people were considering all the great things I heard about last years race.
     
  15. PGB

    PGB

    Jan 25, 2005
    This girl loves Ferrari cars. Who woudn't?!!



    25684685-O.


    I'm not a pig, I promise!
     
  16. Samir

    Samir

    19
    Apr 8, 2005
    Geez! What resolution is that? Is that your shot? Nice one btw.
     
  17. PGB

    PGB

    Jan 25, 2005
    Taken with D2x in raw then resized for web to 600x900

    Small nor large was giving the full effect of the shot. Had to go with 600x900 for some finer details.

    Thanks,
     
  18. Samir

    Samir

    19
    Apr 8, 2005
    You said it, I just agreed. :lol:
     
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