1. I wasn’t doing much on purpose at the hairpin! Make sure the marshals take a look if you didn’t like it.

    Should get at least one place for not waiting, but it’s not important – here for the fun, not the results, or arguments.

  2. Ha! Nearly got you! I was laughing because seeing the gap come down I knew you’d be really feeling it and I was loving twisting the knife. You withstood the pressure so you deserved to keep the position – I had my fun making you sweat!

    Anyway, had no clue about strategy so readied my pitstop for Soft or Medium, depending on how things went. Got well out of shape fighting with Jan and then we touched as I was sliding all over the final hairpin. So I had a moral dilemma. On the one hand, I spin and someone else spins because of it, you should give back the place; on the other hand I had been out of shape all the way into the apex and a driver of Jan’s ability should have the wherewithal to avoid me. Giving six inches of room instead of backing off and passing safely makes it 50-50, right?

    Anyway, as I was debating with myself karma lent a hand. I glanced down at the standings and thought I saw Jan pit, rendering the giving the place thing back a bit pointless. Then I spun and hit inside wall at T2, so the racing gods decided it was a penalty after all :P

    Guessed at a two stop strategy and popped in to fix the front wing. Had a good play with Olivier until he dropped back a bit and then set off after Syntax, but I’d messed around and taken so long to recover from the spin (honestly – watch the replay, it’s laughable) he was too far ahead, even though I was quicker on fresh tyres – as I said, good job mate :)

  3. Just made it back in time for half of qualifying as I was late home from work. Went for a safe “banker” lap so at least I’d be on the grid. Don’t really understand where the speed for pole came from.

    I usually start 2nd or lower so had opted for a lower downforce race set up (3 clicks off front and rear) to help in the fighting, but I managed to pull out of DRS danger and drove the first stint according to how the left front tyre was doing. Stopped 3 laps later than Jan as I had the gap to cover the undercut and then I drove like my mum on corner exit for the last half of the race so I didn’t do a silly spin and look like a dick throwing the race away.

  4. Ready when you are Mr D. Perhaps Albert Park in AC is too fast as well as the car – more grippy tarmac, no wind, lower track temps. Worth bearing in mind we have no engine modes, no fuel saving, no engine saving etc.

    If the SF71H continues to get fettled then maybe we can use it in future seasons this year?

  5. Good race. Happy with 3rd on the grid but I apparently got a monster start and thought about diving for the outside in T1, Thought my start couldn’t be that good so it must’ve been lag and I decided to be extra cautious in T1 and lap 1.

    Got settled in, making sure I was ready for Mostafa having an attack, which put me 2 seconds behind Jan on lap 2. He was also 2 seconds ahead on lap 29, which sounds like a mega race but I never got close enough for DRS and the gap bobbled around 2-4 seconds for the entire race! I guess Jan had a bit in hand and fresher tyres at the end so probably not as close as it looks. I didn’t make any major errors, worst was cocking up a brakemarker and slowing 50m too early on lap 2. See you in Bahrain!

  6. It’s a simple way to mimic F1, where all the frontrunners usually start on the softest tyre having qualified on it. I think the purpose is also to help strategy – 90% of races would be easy one stops with free tyre choice.

    It means it’s a bit of a survival tyre at some tracks, but that’s just something to factor into strategy.

  7. Feel bad for Olivier – he’s said he loves this track but after I ruined his last race here he gets a connection problem. That’s Alonso style luck.

    Straightforward race for me. Was determined to make an alternate strategy because fighting for position can be time costly. Got a good start from pole and pulled a bit of a gap then immediately started looking after the tyres and got them to lap 7, Plan A.

    Got back on track still in 1st, which I didn’t expect because 7 lap old supersofts really suck, but out on the mediums and managed to pull another gap then everyone else pitted.

    Apologies if I confused Elgurke. After your last stop you were running my pace because my tyres were worn. I was following right behind because that was about as fast as I wanted to go. I hope it didn’t put you off as I imagine you were getting blue flags.

  8. Good race. All went to plan for a change.

    Close qualifying then I got a good start and was able to claim the inside kerb and stay out of everyone’s way and amazingly – I MADE IT THROUGH T1! The trick was not to buy the wife flowers so she won’t be overcome with romance getting home from work and perform some kind of choke-hold hug on me. No such problems today!

    A few skirmishes with Mostafa9c in the early laps. I didn’t see the point in fighting like cat and dog as he was quick and not really holding me up, so I thought I’d let the race “crinkle out” and develop through the pitstops. Still in 2nd after the stops there was no pressure from behind as Church’s excellent start faded ever so slightly (great job by the way!) so I could get close to Mostafa9c and see if he made a mistake, as he’d spun in from of me in Germany. A couple of laps after the stops he obliged and that was that really.

    Just watched some of the stream – it’s really well put together, great job!

  9. Such a great car. Not a great start once more and it was my wife again. She came in from work and scared the crap out of me. I was in front by then so just tried to steer out of the way whilst shooing away the missus. Hope I didn’t get in anyone’s way. At least I lost less time than when she forgot her key :)

    Anyway, mostafa9c was at the back as well so I followed him through the field and as we came up on Bobby then mostafa9c had a bit of a spin so 3rd place. Then 2nd with DRS and after the stops had too much time to make up so no fight for the win. Some good close racing through the field; only one questionable move on me, but great fun overall. See you in Korea!

  10. Terrible blunder at the start took the shine off things, but there was good hard racing to be had.

    Oh dear though, my start. I managed to slip in my chair and slipped off the pedals. Utter confusion, random foot stabbing and then crash. I ruined at least one other person’s race so can only apologise, no excuses.

    Stopped after lap 1 because I had a lot damage, I was always going to pit stupidly early anyway and there was a snake of 5 or 6 six cars all fighting like mad ahead. Good pace on the softs, but the damage repairs at both stops plus my delays at the start plus the time lost when I nearly overtook three cars in one go around the outside of Blanchimont but just got clipped by the last one meant I couldn’t make all that time up and the extra pitstop.

    Great car, great track and the tyres were interesting too – really big gaps in the times depending on where you were in your strategy.

  11. Well, I think we’ve got a great league car. Well done to Bobby, because his version is so much better than the Kunos version. There’s a bit of room for different strategies and at least at Silverstone we couldn’t max it out on the electric or the tyres.

    Had an absorbing race long fight with Jan. I was fine on the softs and pitted on 7 for hards. The undercut worked except after my stop I did a silly half spin but then Jan returned the favour a little later. He overtook soon after but I thought, “That’s fine, he’s on mediums I’ll just follow until his tyres give out.” Problem is that Jan is unbelievably quick, so I had to burn my tyres and electric just to keep close. His tyres did wear, but when I was launching an attack near the end a yellow flag came out so I let off in a bad place, had a snap and ran off track. Caught up through the last lap but not close enough.

    Should be a fun season. Nice pace from my team mate Bobby!

  12. Got a good start but was cheated out of 2nd place early when Thomas hit me on the second straight, passed me and then didn’t give the place back. After that, pretty quiet race.

    Many thanks to the admins for their efforts and all competitors for all the action packed racing this season. Looking forward to the next one already!

  13. I’m not going to post what I thought about qualifying – still fuming.

    Didn’t have a rhythm because I was driving angry. Got tagged at Varianta Alta, which happens, but dropped a bit of time there. Couldn’t stay with the fast guys but tried to keep close in case the top two had a bit of a barney, however although they held each other up enough that I was on their tail there were no more mistakes so no chance to attack.

    A couple of daring passes on the outside into T1 which were great fun – good clean racing :)

  14. Another busy race! Notable bits:

    You’ve heard of crashing in sympathy? How about crashed in surprise? In the early laps when I caught the back of the pack, I was behind someone at the end of the main straight and they braked 100m before my braking point and in complete shock I jammed on the brakes and ended up spearing into the wall!

    A bit later on I was chasing ysag when Bobby appeared out of nowhere at 90 degrees to the track. Squeezed by, but the funny bit is that as I went past I leant to the left in my chair – I’d like to think it helped :)

    Other than that, completely normal race.

  15. T1 is a problem, so hopefully a bit of debate will help the mindset for the next race. I try to look on a bad T1 as an opportunity to fight through the field, think positive!

    In fighting during the race there is a general desperation and a pickup race mentality. People hate giving room and hate being overtaken. I quite like being overtaken (if it’s a clean pass) as it’s someone to pass back.

    Hopefully your luck improves, but we often make our own luck.

  16. That was absorbing rather than frenetic, but I’ve had my fair of action so it was fun to have a different sort of race. Just a few tenths a lap shy of keeping in range of Jan. My cunning long stint then short fill on 26 to get the overcut was stymied when the bloody car was filled way more than I set it for. Didn’t cost me more than a couple of seconds, so wouldn’t have made a difference.

  17. Nope – lap 3 or 4!

    Started on pole and got bumped so back in the pack, but wasn’t bothered as it was expected and plenty of laps to get back in fight. Then the phone rang, which I would normally ignore but it was the wife’s number and she was locked out. I pulled over, managing to also change the camera to TV view, opened the door and ran back.

    Caught up with the pack and got back through to 2nd. Some good fights, I think only one contact moving through the pack. Nearly took out my team mate when he braked for the baseball stadium – must’ve been half an inch in it!

  18. It turns off automatically as well

    If you mean “how can I turn it off so I can go 150mph in pitlane?” that’s not what Bobby means. The pit limiter comes on and the car brakes automatically when coming into the pits, but you can still be going to quickly at the pit limit line. We have a check in the rules app to look for speeding over the pit limit line, but as it is difficult to pick out in Austin so you can drive in as fast as you like but you will be brought down to the pit speed limit

  19. That was a terrific race, because it was so terrible! Had to do something during qually so only had time for one run and during that I ran wide at Degner 2 and tripped the short-cut so had to abandon and start from the back.

    Had a ball fighting through the field – some good hard racing going on. Tripped over Olivier at the hairpin and lost yet more time waiting for him. Sorry about the touch Olivier. Lost some places so got to do more fighting. Quite a breathless race all round.

  20. Super race. This car is a belter.

    Had a poor first lap and lost a lot of time in traffic but once I got into 2nd I had a great race with Jan even though I never saw him and couldn’t close the gap. Think I was a bit skinny on downforce.

  21. I’ve watched the tape and apologies to Emil for thing I got told off for. That might have been borderline okay in real life F1 these days, but we’re just playing a game to have fun racing, so yeah my bad.

  22. Couple of fun fights, but my PC froze on lap 17; luckily it was still accepting wheel inputs so when it woke up I wasn’t in the wall, so only lost 8 seconds. At least I wasn’t near anyone at the time.

  23. After the last stop you have to earn a pass on me :) I hope I left you a full car width when we touched.

    Apart from that, wrong strategy and the right tyres, or right strategy and the wrong tyres, and my throttle pedal is playing up again, so it wasn’t a particularly memorable race – except for the “LOOK OUT STORM CLOUD!!” moment. That was close!

  24. Couldn’t get a feel for the car at Mugello, but much better at Hockenheim.

    I liked the slightly longer race format. I used to do a lot of league races in LFS which were between 60 and 90 minutes and there’s a lot more scope for strategy to play out as there are more laps available to make an aggressive strategy work.

    I’m sure the grid will close up as people get more laps on the board.

  25. I’m in. Please not Hamilton’s skin this time – made the replays difficult to watch last season :P

    BMW or Williams if I get the choice.

    EDIT: Question – are we using the KERS or non-KERS version?

  26. Yeah I do, but might be because I’ve actually set the car up for driving in pickup races and a league. I didn’t really do anything to the other two when I tried them

  27. My thoughts on the cars.

    F2002: It sounds exciting and it’s fast, but the TC takes a lot of the joy out of it and it removes a performance differentiator – to an extent. Anyone can mash the throttle from before apex and away you go. The best drivers will still be quicker because with better lines and control they will use less TC and more forward drive. It is less fun though; look at the last turn at Silverstone – not even a corner in the F2002, fraught with danger in the SF15T

    FW31 – Phenomenal high speed grip, not too bad overall. I think the racing will be close in this one

    F138 – A bit less grip than the Williams and it feels more alive because of it – I guess it also has a smidge more power. I find this one the most fun to drive and it has some followers in the wider community so it may garner some additional drivers. My vote.

  28. I drove a race on a public server the other day which was running track grip at 94% and it made quite a difference to lap time and grip. This got me thinking – why don’t we try a pseudo wet race? Probably best to try it in a test event, not the championship.

    The idea would be that the grip level is set to something that approximates to grip in the wet – lap times would be a good criterion. On the lowest setting on single player – 85% but it is dynamic – I was 9 seconds off the pace in Malaysia (same setup).

    Could be fun, something different. I am a bit wasted though, so it could equally be stupid. Incidentally, the public server race on 94% track grip was a farce, but public races generally are.

  29. Need to sort out my qualifying, especially where track position is important. Got up behind Raven before the one stop pitstops and he was  still on his original mediums after 11 laps so he was dog slow and all over the place in the corners so no chance to pass safely. Pitted early on lap 12 to get the undercut or force Raven to pit early, which he did.

    Just a case of waiting for the last laps after that but just as I moved to 3rd had a weird spin on the first kink. Turns out I turned on my DRS when I was changing my brake balance. Unmap, I know. Spun me down to 5th so instead of getting the strategy to play out I was on my own in 5th for the second race running.

  30. Yeah, it’s not being slavishly realistic about the temperature, on reflection. My main argument for mixing things up a little is to make it more of a challenge, because the best driver has to have more of a skillset to succeed.

    If you publish a range that the temp might be in (and if that’s cold to run softs or whatever then that’s fine), then anyone that practices for an hour or two in the two weeks between races can get a feel for different temps in that range and they’re prepared for whatever turns up in qually.

    But whatever, it’s a fun series anyway and Valencia! What a blast to drive. Can’t stay off it.

  31. Whatever the temperature, whatever the track, there will be a tyre that works. Set the track temperature to a range at least close to real life air temperature

    Choose a random temperature from a range then do that. Pick tyres to suit the conditions on the day. It shouldn’t even be set until race day, then you turn up and choose your strategy.

    It will favour the adaptable drivers and the diligent drivers. There are so few variables in conditions it would be a waste of this one to set the temperature to suit the tyres.

  32. Are we going to vary the temperature at all? It’s a bit daft, especially looking at the weather at Spa to be racing in 10deg ambient, at Sepang that will be just silly.

    I know low temps are good for hotlaps and everyone can fawn over whoever is top of the tracker, but there is so little variation in sims (no wind, no rain etc) that variable track temp sorts out the racers from the hotlappers.

  33. Having a bit of trouble with my throttle pedal feathering, but I did an okay lap eventually in qualifying.

    Early on stayed about 8th passing cars that spin but being a bit slow through the yellow zones and losing positions too. Started to move up; throttle wasn’t too bad then Knonkh punted me out of 6th at the hairpin. I was nose to the inside wall but couldn’t reverse into traffic so came back on 13th. After that I kept the gap to the leader static, give or take a second, and ended up 5th. I had the pace to run closer without the accident, but probably would have finished 5th anyway. Good pace and points with no mistakes, so looking forward to the next race.

  34. Part of the skillset of a modern F1 driver is to get out of the car on Saturday then adapt to full fuel running in different conditions from the get go on Sunday. If you struggle with that skillset then you can forego some of the qualifying session to adapt.

  35. Are we doing 200% on the tyres again? It’ll just force everyone to drive at whatever speed is required to make a 1 stop. As the race is shorter, the pitlane time loss for an extra stop can’t be made up. If you want to do full simulation just have everything including laps at 100%. Even a race of 60% to 70% with normal tyre wear would be one or two stop with a variety of tyre strategies.