Anyone seen Rush? Saw it last night, hmm...
The tension, on-track action and period/cars' detail are all excellent, as are the actors playing Niki and Marlene Lauda (Daniel Brühl and Alexandra Maria Lara), but most of the Hesketh team actors are cheesy 'tally ho, chaps!' stereotypes, much of the dialogue is exposition-type pronouncement as opposed to actual conversation, and Chris Hemsworth delivers his lines with all the dexterity of someone who hasn't a clue what they're really saying (unlike Brühl).
Oh, and one wee point: off-track, the film depicts Lauda and Hunt as feuding, insult-trading rivals. Rivals on-track, yes, but in reality when off-track they were best buds, pretty much from the moment Lauda arrived in the UK during 1973 to compete in F3.
And stop giving 70s-set films a muted/drab colour palette in post' - we did actually have dazzling blue summer skies and bright primary colours during them thar days
But how else will the youngsters know it all happened a long time ago unless it's been 'Instagrammed'?
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Well, this looks like it's going to be dull one, unless anything happens among the also-rans
'And so on February 22nd 1966, at Luton airport...'
indeed. The only positive is that I've got some work to do today; got plenty done this afternoon....
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Well that was
First few laps and the last 10 or so was good but the rest of the race was extremely dull. Just read that Webber has a 10 place grid penalty for catching a lift with Alonso, three reprimands in a season means 10 place penalty.
Lets hope the new regulations next year will mix things up as this is getting a bit Schumacher-Esque. Even cruising around no one can keep up with the Red Bull, and when he needs to he pulls a two second gap at will. You have to give him credit he doesn't make mistakes, is obviously quick and of course Mr.Newey knows how to design championship winning cars but enough already.
It''s also in my recycling bin in abundance - personally I cannot stand the stuff but other family members seem to like it
As for the racing, roll on next season IMHO this one is already over, in the post race interviews, even Fernando looks/sounds like he's resigned to the fact.
All credit to Vettel - he's never had a team-mate who moves aside; never had *cough* 'bespoke' tyres, ie, mixed-compound fronts/rears (which were/are illegal); never had a furtive, laptop-wielding geek tweaking his car's *cough, cough* 'engine map' on the pre-race grid; never resorted to *cough, cough, cough* ramming an opponent to win a championship.
Let's hope the new regulations next year will mix things up ...
OK, so there'll be new V6 turbos with extra KERS-derived power bursts and tricksy exhaust-enhanced diffuser aero will, in effect, be prohibited by a single 'pipe angled upward. But the emphasis will still be on the car's overall aero package, especially front-wing efficiency, which, as ever, is Adrian Newey's forte...
And I guess the prospect of Ricciardo as a team-mate isn't giving Vettel any sleepless nights?
Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose
Interesting BBC article/interview with Alonso, basically admitting that the 2013 Ferrari (and Lotus and Force India) was screwed by the mid-season tyre-design change - click
Perhaps the FIA and Ecclegreed should take note: it's not a good idea to throw the baby out with the bath water half-way through a season?
As for the racing, roll on next season...
It will be the same no matter how many changes there are to cars or rules or tyres.
All of which could be solved by adopting rules and regs that produce a contemporary version of a car that looks like this:
Aero grip was provided by the sidepods' venturi-shaped underside - aka 'ground-effect' - which negated the need for front wings and, in turn, cars could follow one another nose-to-tail through corners.
Note the car's simple bi-plane rear wing and smooth upper surfaces, which are devoid of the winglets, slats and tricksy scoops 'n' scalloping, etc, found on current F1 cars - all of which require many hours in wind tunnels, and many millions of £s.
The obvious consequence of simplified/restrictive aero regs would be that more teams could afford to design and build a competitive car, which would for the most part cancel out the 'Newey effect'.
Had to share this - Heart's website has a gallery of celebrity photos, including this one of 'David Beckham posing with an elderly fan'..... that 'elderly fan' being Niki Lauda.
After much social media derision, they have quickly amended the caption....
Gotta love a spot of indie radio crass
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