Monthly Archives: June 2011

Start Times: 1-3 July 2011

A guide to this week’s racing.

All start times are UK (GMT+1 / British Summer Time) and are taken from official series websites or those of the circuits. Live TV or web coverage is not guaranteed. I do not include practice sessions or warm-ups or rally stage times.

In square brackets I have included some UK broadcast partners, many of which also apply across Europe. Note that not all of these races are live on TV, many may be tape delayed, but you might be able to watch live or follow timing via the series website.

All weekend: Goodwood Festival of Speed

Friday

12.30am (Sat) – NASCAR Nationwide – Daytona Race

Saturday

Midday – WSbR FR3.5 – Hungaroring Race 1

12.40pm – F2 – Nurburgring Race 1

12.45pm – GT3 – Navarra Race 1 [MotorsTV]

12.45pm – British Superbike – Snetterton Race 1 [ITV4 / Eurosport]

3.45pm – GT1 – Navarra Qualifying Race [ESPN UK]

4.30pm – British Superbike – Snetterton Race 2 [ITV4 / Eurosport]

12.30am (Sun) – NASCAR Sprint Cup – Daytona Race [Premier Sports]

Sunday

9.15pm – GT3 – Navarra Race 2 [MotorsTV]

11.00am – ILMC & LMS – Imola Race [Eurosport (intermittently) / Radio Le Mans]

11.55pm – F2 – Nurburgring Race 2

Midday – DTM – Norisring Race [ESPN UK]

Midday – WSbR FR3.5 – Hungaroring Race 2

12.20pm – WTCC – Porto Race 1 [Eurosport]

12.45pm – GT1 – Navarra Championship Race [ESPN UK]

1.00pm – MotoGP – Mugello Race [BBC2]

3.00pm – Goodwood Festival of Speed [Sky Sports 3]

4.50pm – WTCC – Porto Race 2 [Eurosport]

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Was the 2011 European GP boring?

I’ve seen all manner of opinion across a variety of internet feeds, be it Twitter, Sidepodcast’s comments, and more, that the 2011 European Grand Prix was the most boring motor race of all time. But was it?

No.

Don’t be silly.

This kind of reaction seems to have become a hallmark of internet discussion and especially in ‘real time’ fora such as Twitter or Facebook. Knee-jerk overreactions just because someone is bored with a race and there is a keyboard in front of them.

Was the race boring? Well, half of it was. The first half actually really interesting, but the second half was awful. It seems people with a keyboard in front of them lose all sense of time and perspective after 25 boring laps, and by the chequered flag they had forgotten the first part of the race wasn’t actually that bad. They seem to have applied 3 previous years of boredom to this year’s event. I’m sorry, you just can’t do that.

The only person I saw with a different opinion was Lukeh in this excellent post, a beacon of common sense. It was not a great race. It might not even have been a good one, but I tell you something, it wasn’t a bad one either.

Afterwards I posted the following comment to Sidepodcast’s ‘Rate the Race’ thread:

I give this a 5 out of 10 simply on the basis that I really enjoyed the first half of the race and it was only from halfway onwards that it got boring (really boring).

People must have such incredibly short attention spans to level the vitriol I’ve seen about this race. There is nothing wrong with having a 5/10 race once in a while.

I’ll admit I didn’t watch live and because I had it fullscreen and was too lazy to boot up a separate device, I wasn’t following internet reaction as it happened (i.e the live thread), so I was just left with my own thoughts. I found the first 40% of this race to be just as interesting as any other. There was racing. There was passing. There was a 3-way fight for the lead which could have resulted in a pass at any time. That it didn’t was neither here nor there, at no stage in the first half of the race did I think it was a foregone result (apart from actually already knowing the result.. but you know what I mean).

There was a battle for 4th. Racing between McLaren, Mercedes, etc. There was a colossal battle for 7th-14th which I loved, Force India, Toro Rosso, Williams. There was split strategy among midfielders, with Jaime in particular proving a lot of people wrong, he shouldn’t be written off. Sutil had a good run as well, no crashes, top ten result.

There was genuine passing as well as DRS-assisted passing. Just because the DRS was useless among the top 5 – and we have to say the FIA got this one wrong with the distance between detection and activation – it doesn’t mean it was useless for everyone.

We also can’t expect the FIA to get the zones right first time at each venue.. they are going to get some wrong in the first year, they got it wrong here. But on the few occasions a car was close enough in the zone, there was a pass.

So it fell flat in the second half. That’s not an excuse to write off the entire thing. It was by far the best F1 race at this track I have ever seen. That’s not saying much but it is positive progress. We had half an interesting race here, that’s half more than we had before. Change the DRS zone next year. Problem solved.

In the second half of this race we’ve proven conclusively – without the effect of rain as per Canada – that the old aero problems still exist and cars can’t pass without DRS (even with KERS and Pirellis). That’s a problem.

By 2009 standards this would’ve been a good race. Leaders sailing off into the distance, bit of battling in the midfield as a sideshow, just like 2009 with different players. We’ve been spoiled this year. Frankly if this was the worst race of the year, we’re very lucky. People are acting like this was Bahrain 2010 and it was nothing of the sort.

And I’m not saying the latter half of the race wasn’t boring, far from it, it was terrible..

I should also add… it probably says something about how low my expectations were, that I was watching on delay in the first place, having prioritised a golf game with my Dad over it. And I always prioritise F1 first.

Let’s just have a sense of perspective, shall we? Two years ago we’d have loved this race and here we are with people saying it is dull. I think that shows just how far we’ve come in such a short time. What a great result that really is for the sport of Formula 1 and motor racing in general.

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TMR Game 2011 – Week 23

Hello and welcome to TMR Game Week 23.

This post accepts entries for these 4 events:

- NASCAR Cup Daytona
- ILMC/LMS Imola
- MotoGP Mugello
- DTM Norisring

Housekeeping

Each week you pick 10 entries with a maximum of 7 of those coming from a single championship. You can have any mix of races from those listed in this post, and you don’t have to use all of them.

See this page for the game rules.

Email reminders will be sent on Thursdays or Fridays by either myself or Sebastian. Please leave a valid email address in the comment form. If you do not wish to receive reminders please let us know, otherwise we’ll assume we’re okay to send them. Also let us know (privately if you prefer) if you would like to use a different address to the one you use here. I may also use Twitter or other sites if I happen to see you there on Thursday or Friday.

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Start Times: 25-26 June 2011

A guide to this week’s racing.

All start times are UK (GMT+1 / British Summer Time) and are taken from official series websites or those of the circuits. Live TV or web coverage is not guaranteed. I do not include practice sessions or warm-ups or rally stage times.

In square brackets I have included some UK broadcast partners, many of which also apply across Europe. Note that not all of these races are live on TV, many may be tape delayed, but you might be able to watch live or follow timing via the series website.

All weekend: IRC Series Ypres Rally

Saturday

1pm – F1 – Valencia Qualifying [BBC1]

1.05pm – F2 – Spa Race 1

2pm – MotoGP – Assen Race [BBC red button]

2.40pm – GP2 – Valencia Race 1 [Eurosport]

3pm – N24 – ADAC Zurich 24h-Rennen Nürburgring (Nürburgring 24 Hours), Nürburgring Nordschliefe

5pm – Grand-Am Rolex – Road America Race

10.30pm – NASCAR Nationwide – Road America Race

11.40pm – Firestone Indy Lights – Iowa Race

2am – IZOD IndyCar – Iowa Race [Sky Sports]

Sunday

9.35am – GP2 – Valencia Race 2 [Eurosport]

1.00pm – F1 – Valencia Race [BBC1]

1.20pm – F2 – Spa Race 2

8pm – NASCAR Sprint Cup – Sonoma Race [Premier Sports]

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F1Predict: Valencia

I was asked by Greg at the F1 Results Predictor to make my choices for the upcoming European Grand Prix at Valencia. I had to pick the finishing order for all 24 cars, not easy! It helps that there are three very distinct groups in F1 at the moment:  title protagonists, midfielders, and tail-enders.

You can see my predictions, and Greg’s, at the F1 Results Predictor blog and do leave your thoughts in the comments there, and follow him on Twitter at F1Predict.

Thanks hugely to Greg for asking (it always amazes me when people do), and let’s see who gets the better strike rate!

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TMR Game 2011 – Week 22

Hello and welcome to TMR Game Week 22.

This post accepts entries for these 4 events:

- F1 Valencia (European GP)
- IndyCar Iowa
- NASCAR Cup Sonoma
- MotoGP Assen

Housekeeping

Each week you pick 10 entries with a maximum of 7 of those coming from a single championship. You can have any mix of races from those listed in this post, and you don’t have to use all of them.

See this page for the game rules.

Email reminders will be sent on Thursdays or Fridays by either myself or Sebastian. Please leave a valid email address in the comment form. If you do not wish to receive reminders please let us know, otherwise we’ll assume we’re okay to send them. Also let us know (privately if you prefer) if you would like to use a different address to the one you use here. I may also use Twitter or other sites if I happen to see you there on Thursday or Friday.

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