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thestaggy

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Not sure the speed trap is top speed, otherwise it would be Ferrari taking the honours AFAIK. Would be interesting to see the speed carried through the various corners on this track too...
Not by much.

Vettel was clocked at 329 km/h at the end of the Kemmel straight. Those Hondas would themselves be doing more than 321 km/h at that point as well. They're definitely no longer the engines that enraged Alonso.

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Initial forecasts show a 70% chance of rain this Sunday. Also news is that Max could be starting from the back of the grid due to a possible change to the Spec 4 Honda power unit which Alex Albon and Daniil Kvyat ran at Spa.
 

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Initial forecasts show a 70% chance of rain this Sunday. Also news is that Max could be starting from the back of the grid due to a possible change to the Spec 4 Honda power unit which Alex Albon and Daniil Kvyat ran at Spa.
Hamilton vs Leclerc in the rain at Monza with Vettel determined to spoil the party - Sounds like fun.
Pity if Max is not up there with them, he is also damn good in the wet but on the other hand, if Max takes the penalty, his wet race advantage will see him charge up through the pack.
 

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Taken from Juan Manuel Correa's twitter.
I was just thinking on the day of the crash...
This guy will have to drive the rest of his career with that memory.
Completely nothing he could do, so he is totally blameless... but that can't be the easiest thing to live with.
 

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This guy will have to drive the rest of his career with that memory.
He may not have a career. Surgery for multiple fractures in both legs, spinal injuries and several days in intensive care - he will be lucky if he can walk again let alone Drive a Formula car.
 

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He may not have a career. Surgery for multiple fractures in both legs, spinal injuries and several days in intensive care - he will be lucky if he can walk again let alone Drive a Formula car.
Alex Zanardi raced again and won touring car races. Billy Monger is racing again and has won a race this year in a junior category. Both lost their legs.

Robert Wickens has recovered some use of his legs and is adamant he'll race again after being paralysed.

These racing drivers are a different breed.

Perhaps the dream of a high-level open-wheel career could be over, but all hope is not lost.
 
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Spa to replace Raidillon tarmac run-off with gravel trap

Future changes to the Spa-Francorchamps circuit mandated by an upgrade to FIM eligibility will see the return of gravel at the current run-off area lining Raidillon in 2022.

The death of 22-year-old Anthoine Hubert in last Saturday's Formula 2 feature race was the result of a series of an unfortunate sequence of events that unfolded on the exit of Raidillon.

However, in the aftermath of the tragedy, many pointed to the corner's tarmac run-off areas as an element that only incites drivers to keep their foot down and fails to slow a car that has veered off course.

Unfortunately, the strip of tarmac on the right where Hubert was struck by the oncoming car of Juan Manuel Correa is located on the track's endurance racing pit exit, so covering that area with gravel is not an option.

But in order to conform with a Grade C level of eligibility imposed by the FIM (International Motorcycle Federation), Spa will execute changes to the run-off areas at Eau Rouge and Raidillon that should become effective for 2022.

"No changes to the track itself will be undertaken at Raidillon," Spa-Francorchamps boss Nathalie Maillet told the Belga press agency.

"However, what is certain is that we will install gravel traps. The standards for motorcycles are stricter. So the upgrade for motorcycles will have positive consequences for cars.

"Currently, we're debating where to put the gravel traps and their level of depth. And also, if they need to cover the entire length of a corner."
This was in the pipeline before Hubert's crash though, purely aimed at making the track safer for bike riders.
 

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classic Vettel humor:
Q: (Davide Russo – newsf1.it) Sebastian, how different is your relationship with Charles to the one you had with Kimi Räikkönen?
SV:
More words!
 

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Anyone else noticed that people in F1 most often use the word "tricky" when they should say "difficult".
 

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classic Vettel humor:
Q: (Davide Russo – newsf1.it) Sebastian, how different is your relationship with Charles to the one you had with Kimi Räikkönen?
SV:
More words!
Haha!!!
 

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Anyone else noticed that people in F1 most often use the word "tricky" when they should say "difficult".
They say exactly what they have to in order to reveal as little information as possible.

People involved in F1 would make good politicians.

Q: Were you struggling on the tyres?
A: We were a few tenths away from where we would like to be.

Q: Do you think Super Fast Racing has the advantage this weekend?
A: We'll all have to adapt to the track conditions. Its the same for every team.

Q: How much more of a challenge do you think your new teammate will be?
A: He's such a great guy and he'll bring a lot of excitement to the team. I will enjoy working with him.
 
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