Join Paul, Mark and me as we review the Japanese Grand Prix. We cover each team as they finished, boo our way through the mishaps and offer our thoughts on silly season.

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  • Rapierman

    1. I already have conceded.

    2. That was basically what happened to De Villota: I’m thinking aneurysm caused by the injury. it was a tragic loss.

    3. I was kinda wondering what Kobayashi was doing there.

    4. Tactical battle for RBR, and it worked to perfection. Nice how they battled adversity after a bit of panic.

    5. I was thinking that it was a “backup plan” for Webber since he was wearing his tires out so fast while chasing Grosjean.

    6. So, what’s the ideal way to do things?

    7. I think Grosjean might have earned #1 Driver status in Lotus. That was a great move at the beginning, and he did hold that lead for a while. I would not be surprised if he stays and maybe Hulkenberg gets brought in as a #2 Driver.

    8. Looks like some turmoil to be had for Ferrari.

    9. Didn’t see much of Hulk’s race.

    10. I would consider Force India a step backwards for Hulkenberg.

    11. Wouldn’t Alonso going to McLaren be a step backwards also?

    12. Where would Brawn go if he isn’t at Merc?

    13. Not a great day for the Mercs. Just nothing going right.

    14. At least Button was able to correct his mistake, but Perez did get a bad break.

    15. Thing is….it looks similar to Grosjean’s pass in Hungary. He got penalized for that as I recall. Stewards may have been wrong, but at least they were consistent.

    16. Proposal: If you go off the track, race control builds in an rev reducer to slow you down for a short period of time.

    17. So, how do you penalize a person who’s in the back? How, exactly, is that equal?

    18. Pass: Tie: Grosjean at the start, but Vettel passing him later on was the defining moment.

    19. Donkey: Van der Garde crashing into Bianchi.

    20. Drive: Tie again: Vettel battling to win it from behind and Grosjean driving the race of the life and leading for a majority of the race.

    21. ….and Horns win! 36-20!

    22. Ummmmm….I work for Uncle Sam also, and I don’t have the life Grace has (though I’m pretty sure that I’m supposed to have my own life anyway).

  • That’s what I was wondering too, Paul. My father passed away from an aneurysm and it really is a silent killer.

    • Rapierman

      The migraines would certainly bear this out.

  • Joel

    Just finished listening the podcast and regarding the 12hrs. of Sebring. It is out of the World Endurance Championship, but the race is going on as usual as part of the Tudor United SportsCar Championship. It sounded like you mention the race was not going to happen at all.

    • After re-listening, it does sound like that. The race is there but it should be part of the WEC in my opinion. Sorry for the confusion. I was confused too. :)

  • MIE

    Eddie Jordan was quoted on the BBC Radio 5 live podcast saying Hulkenberg to Force India and Maldonado to Lotus.

    The former I an see the logic, but what would Lotus want with Maldonado? Unless they think they can turn his career around like they did with Grosjean.

    • cconf1

      What does Lotus want with Maldonado? I can think of 30 million reasons.

    • Yeah, Maldonado was rumored to be going there with millions which the team need.

      • Rapierman

        Wouldn’t Lotus end up going backwards with Maldo?

  • Warthog

    Hating on people hating on Vettel has become this podcast’s new DRS.

    But seriously…

    Speaking of terms that have changed over the years…does anyone remember “rumble strips?” Do those exist anymore, or has the term been replaced with “kerbs?” In light of Paul’s discussion of punishment in the 130R, I was thinking that rumble strips might make a good discouragement.

    • They are sleeping policemen. :)

      • Warthog

        I thought that was just a Hobbs-ism.

    • Meine

      I never heard of rumble strips.
      Is that american?

      • I always thought that sleeping policmen were what we Americans call speed bumps which are rounded raised pavement that you drive over. Rumble strips are cut into the pavement and make a funny noise if you drive over them. Both are means of speed reduction but are different applications.

        • MIE

          Looking at the first chicane at Monza. The Sleeping Policemen are the yellow and black humps that would cause the car to take off or remove the front wing damage if the car went over them. The rumble strips are the serrated kerbs at the exit or the corner to inform the driver that he is at the track limit.
          The rumble strip will be audible and may result in some loss of grip, the sleeping policeman will cause some damage unless driven over at greatly reduced speed.

  • HawkOfGP

    Kobayashi should get the Mclaren or Lotus seat if you ask me!

    Hulkenberg continuing in a mid-pack team for an another year would be disappointing, but not really surprising at this point. The guy really deserves to get a break, though.

    So which Magnussen is it to Marussia? Kevin or Jan?

    • MIE

      Kevin is the McLaren junior driver. I don’t think he has had Hamilton levels of preparation, so the team may want to place him in another outfit before giving him a drive.

      Jan’s experience should be a warning of a talented driver who tried F1 too soon.

  • GadgetGav

    Here’s my suggestion to the problem that the paved run off areas making the race track wider: stinger-type tire spikes!
    Put them down one car width outside the white line so that all 4 wheels can (just) go off, then it’s all over. Gravel traps tended to launch cars but paved run offs are not enough penalty. Sudden deflation of tires can cause a lot of damage, sure, but drivers seem to be able to keep control of their chassis.

    It’s a slightly tongue-in-cheek suggestion of course, but I really think something needs to be done.

    • Agreed, that’s why I recommended caltrops. :)

      • Rapierman

        I think I mentioned something about Race Control having a rev limiter function on wayward cars for a few seconds.

        • pear-shaped pete

          This would have to be called “The Marko Rev Reduction System” or MRRS

          pear-shaped pete

    • Andreas

      Spike strips could be perceived as just a tad dangerous, but A for effort :-)

      Actually, Suzuka has it mostly right – just off the track boundary, there’s a strip of astroturf, which seems to be just slippery enough to persuade drivers to stay within the lines, yet not slippery enough to be dangerous.

      Rapierman’s idea is also interesting – I had a similar thought not long ago (while playing Gran Turismo 5, btw), where Race Control would be able to make the car to go off-throttle for 5 or 10 seconds. It’d have to be done in a safe place relative to other drivers, of course, but it’d be a less intrusive punishment compared to a drive-through. It wouldn’t even have to be remote-controlled – they could just instruct the driver to go off-throttle, and then check the telemetry to verify. But personally, I’d still prefer the tracks to be designed to discourage going out of bounds :-)

  • TooGood2tell

    On the controls to slow the cars gaining advantage by going off the track –
    Remember Paul Ricard owned by one Bernard Ecclestone?
    All those fluorescent strips off track are abrasive and slow down the cars and are good deterrents.

    On Maldonado mugging his team mate in an inconsequential battle.
    >> I’m sure if a Kimi Raikkonen would have done the same thing to a Romain Grosjean in the dying laps of the race, it would have been pass of the race, and lesson on how one shouldn’t relax till the checkered flag.
    We the fans are full of double standards aren’t we :)

    Incidentally Maldonado’s move to push Bottas reminded me of Lewis pushing off Maldanado during qualifying at Spa’11 on the final corner and back then we had no single peep against Lewis. Of course, I’m not defending what Pastor did to Lewis out of sheer frustration on the cool down lap that followed.
    Just trying to make a point of lack of objectivity amongst the F1 fans.

  • Sizziano

    I’am glad you guys brought up the speeding in the pitlane penalty. How exactly is this determined and enforced? Is it f you speed by 1km/h you get a penalty? How does this work?

    • cconf1

      I’m guessing they get some race telemetry and can tell from that. Also guessing that, yeah, +1 kph = penalty.

      I’ve always found it humorous when you see the “Under investigation” graphic flash up, followed by the penalty about 5 seconds later. Why even bother with the “investigation”, which seems to be nothing more than, “Yep! Speeding!”. Has there ever been an investigation on pit lane speeding that didn’t result in a penalty? :)

  • Matthew Snyder

    The International was in full Yoda mode on this ‘cast, talking about getting in the minds of students. Could almost hear him saying “You must feel the Force around you; here, between you, me, the car, the pits, everywhere, yes. Even between the track and the motorhome.” And then drink an IPA.

    • I told Paul I couldn’t believe he drove me around Sonoma that fast in an R8…he said, “That is why you fail”. ;)

  • pear-shaped pete

    On our broadcast, one of the commentators passed information (told) us about a driver’s ” straight line peak velocity value” looking very positive..

    too much

    pear-shaped pete

  • cconf1

    I don’t mind them using “delta”, so long as they use it correctly — which they almost never do. Delta is the change in something, not how long it takes to traverse pit lane, or how far ahead of Nico Lewis is.

    “Fernando is faster than you”, however, could be a correct use of it. :)

    • Rapierman

      Roger, Delta-Bravo-Charlie, Ops out. ;-)