Blundell back to F1

Blundell back to F1

Post by Christopher Allis » Tue, 29 Jul 1997 04:00:00


After the race on sunday Mark Blundell said quite pointedly that "this
is the USA and I love it here"

Great, this at least means that Maclaren will only have to field 22
cars next year and not 23.  

Worked out from the number of posts re: driver x going to mclare in
'98

chris

 
 
 

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Post by Billtm1 » Wed, 30 Jul 1997 04:00:00

Quote:
>After the race on sunday Mark Blundell said quite pointedly that "this
>is the USA and I love it here"
>Great, this at least means that Maclaren will only have to field 22
>cars next year and not 23.  
>Worked out from the number of posts re: driver x going to mclare in
>'98
>chris

I am glady Marky is finally getting the recognition he deserves. I am glad
his move to the U.S. has turned out well.  I think he should stay in CART
because he has a good car, team and a career in the U.S..

 
 
 

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Post by John D. Owe » Wed, 30 Jul 1997 04:00:00

After the race on sunday Mark Blundell said quite pointedly that "this

Quote:
> is the USA and I love it here"

> Great, this at least means that Maclaren will only have to field 22
> cars next year and not 23.

> Worked out from the number of posts re: driver x going to mclare in
> '98

Now that Ralfie has decided to stay with Jordan next year, it's only 21
McLarens in the field. Why, that's almost manageable, so Adrian Newey
can stop sweating and get on with producing a car to fill the front ten
rows of the greids next year.

JDO

 
 
 

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Post by Ron Dodso » Wed, 30 Jul 1997 04:00:00

Quote:
> I am glady Marky is finally getting the recognition he deserves. I am
glad
> his move to the U.S. has turned out well.  I think he should stay in CART
> because he has a good car, team and a career in the U.S..

-----------------------
Did you all notice that in Mark's
post-race interview he was asked
about racing on ovals...

Mark replied that he NEVER feels
comfortable racing on ovals, and
gave a funny face. I thought it was
great; the implication was that he
doesn't like them at all, and I don't
either. Bring on more dedicated
road courses.

CART could almost run an entire
season on quality Formula 1 style
dedicated road courses here in the
US.

Sears Point
Laguna Seca
Road Atlanta
Road America (Elkart Lake)
Watkins Glen
Homestead Road Course
Lime Rock
Mid-Ohio
Sebring
Willow Springs
Roebling Road
etc.

Ron Dodson

 
 
 

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Post by Peter W Lew » Thu, 31 Jul 1997 04:00:00

****I think you missed Blundell's implication -- he's scared to death
of ovals, especially after last year's head-on in Brazil. While I
prefer road courses and would love to see Watkins Glen and some others
added to the CART schedule, the entire point of CART is that they run
on ALL kinds of courses which requires a versatile driver/team to win.


writes:

Quote:
>Did you all notice that in Mark's
>post-race interview he was asked
>about racing on ovals...

>Mark replied that he NEVER feels
>comfortable racing on ovals, and
>gave a funny face. I thought it was
>great; the implication was that he
>doesn't like them at all, and I don't
>either. Bring on more dedicated
>road courses.

>CART could almost run an entire
>season on quality Formula 1 style
>dedicated road courses here in the
>US.

>Sears Point
>Laguna Seca
>Road Atlanta
>Road America (Elkart Lake)
>Watkins Glen
>Homestead Road Course
>Lime Rock
>Mid-Ohio
>Sebring
>Willow Springs
>Roebling Road
>etc.

>Ron Dodson

 
 
 

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Post by Graham Shevli » Thu, 31 Jul 1997 04:00:00

Quote:

>After the race on sunday Mark Blundell said quite pointedly that "this
>is the USA and I love it here"

Yep. He needs to stay there. Why bother driving in F1 unless you're
with a top 4 team? With CART, you can win from the back of the grid at
some venues with a good race car, good race calling and a good
attitude. Winning regularly in the USA will be more fun than
qualifying in mid-field in F1.
Quote:

>Great, this at least means that Maclaren will only have to field 22
>cars next year and not 23.  

No wonder Ron Dennis was so upset about the prospect of attending 18
or more Grands Prix next year. I'd forgotten about all those cars the
race team would need to strip down and rebuild between races...

Graham Shevlin  Sterling Software, Ashford UK

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Post by Mr. Hot Pant » Thu, 31 Jul 1997 04:00:00

Quote:

> writes:
> >Did you all notice that in Mark's
> >post-race interview he was asked
> >about racing on ovals...

> >Mark replied that he NEVER feels
> >comfortable racing on ovals, and
> >gave a funny face. I thought it was
> >great; the implication was that he
> >doesn't like them at all, and I don't
> >either. Bring on more dedicated
> >road courses.

> >CART could almost run an entire
> >season on quality Formula 1 style
> >dedicated road courses here in the
> >US.

> >Sears Point
> >Laguna Seca
> >Road Atlanta
> >Road America (Elkart Lake)
> >Watkins Glen
> >Homestead Road Course
> >Lime Rock
> >Mid-Ohio
> >Sebring
> >Willow Springs
> >Roebling Road
> >etc.

Quality?  Many of these (like Sears Point) are quite dangerous by FIA
standards, with little to no run-off room in fast bits, and where there
happens to be run-off room, it's quite uneven, making cars flip over.
Or so it seems.

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Post by Christopher Allis » Thu, 31 Jul 1997 04:00:00

In reply to Ron Dodson scribbling down the following on the subject of
Re: Blundell back to F1

Quote:
>Did you all notice that in Mark's
>post-race interview he was asked
>about racing on ovals...

>Mark replied that he NEVER feels
>comfortable racing on ovals, and
>gave a funny face. I thought it was
>great; the implication was that he
>doesn't like them at all, and I don't
>either. Bring on more dedicated
>road courses.

>CART could almost run an entire
>season on quality Formula 1 style
>dedicated road courses here in the
>US.

>Sears Point
>Laguna Seca

        Super race every year

Quote:
>Road Atlanta
>Road America (Elkart Lake)

        Best race of the year (IMO)

Quote:
>Watkins Glen
>Homestead Road Course
>Lime Rock
>Mid-Ohio
>Sebring
>Willow Springs
>Roebling Road
>etc.

>Ron Dodson

totally agree!

(nice to have a bit of harmony across the pond occasionally)

chris

 
 
 

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Post by Ron Dodso » Thu, 31 Jul 1997 04:00:00



Quote:
> ****I think you missed Blundell's implication -- he's scared to death
> of ovals, especially after last year's head-on in Brazil. While I
> prefer road courses and would love to see Watkins Glen and some others
> added to the CART schedule, the entire point of CART is that they run
> on ALL kinds of courses which requires a versatile driver/team to win.

----------
I understand, I just don't care for the
ovals.

Ron Dodson

 
 
 

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Post by Spid » Thu, 31 Jul 1997 04:00:00

so it's all rather a personal thing. nigel mansell viewed ovals as the
"purest form of racing" that he had encountered.

Quote:
>o<****I think you missed Blundell's implication -- he's scared to death
>o<of ovals, especially after last year's head-on in Brazil. While I
>o<prefer road courses and would love to see Watkins Glen and some others
>o<added to the CART schedule, the entire point of CART is that they run
>o<on ALL kinds of courses which requires a versatile driver/team to win.
>o<

>o<writes:
>o<>Did you all notice that in Mark's
>o<>post-race interview he was asked
>o<>about racing on ovals...
>o<>
>o<>Mark replied that he NEVER feels
>o<>comfortable racing on ovals, and
>o<>gave a funny face. I thought it was
>o<>great; the implication was that he
>o<>doesn't like them at all, and I don't
>o<>either. Bring on more dedicated
>o<>road courses.
>o<>
>o<>CART could almost run an entire
>o<>season on quality Formula 1 style
>o<>dedicated road courses here in the
>o<>US.
>o<>
>o<>Sears Point
>o<>Laguna Seca
>o<>Road Atlanta
>o<>Road America (Elkart Lake)
>o<>Watkins Glen
>o<>Homestead Road Course
>o<>Lime Rock
>o<>Mid-Ohio
>o<>Sebring
>o<>Willow Springs
>o<>Roebling Road
>o<>etc.
>o<>
>o<>Ron Dodson
>o<
>o<

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Post by Chris Hodgso » Sat, 02 Aug 1997 04:00:00

Quote:
> >CART could almost run an entire
> >season on quality Formula 1 style
> >dedicated road courses here in the
> >US.

> >Sears Point
> >Laguna Seca

EeeeeK !

I thought Laguna Seca was a Desert Theme park for suicidal petrol heads
with heat stroke

have they ever run a  CART/ F1 race there ? It is an awesome superbike
circuit but I dread to think how an F1 car would take that "Corkscrew"
thing (very steep hill & chicane combined).

Also that huge concrete wall on the way onto the pit straight, where you
might expect to see a very big gravel trap.....

<THINKS> I'd love to drive it myself though.....

Chris Hodgson

 
 
 

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Post by Dillon Pyro » Sat, 02 Aug 1997 04:00:00

Quote:

> > >CART could almost run an entire
> > >season on quality Formula 1 style
> > >dedicated road courses here in the
> > >US.

> > >Sears Point
> > >Laguna Seca

> EeeeeK !

> I thought Laguna Seca was a Desert Theme park for suicidal petrol heads
> with heat stroke

> have they ever run a  CART/ F1 race there ? It is an awesome superbike
> circuit but I dread to think how an F1 car would take that "Corkscrew"
> thing (very steep hill & chicane combined).

Reference Alex Zanardi's win last year, including a tremendous pass on
poor Brian "I got this one in the bag, chill the champange" Herta.

Quote:

> Also that huge concrete wall on the way onto the pit straight, where you
> might expect to see a very big gravel trap.....

Part of the drag strip.  Not as hazardous as it looks, due to the usual
camera angles.

Quote:

> <THINKS> I'd love to drive it myself though.....

Hope to put down some laps on it next year.

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Post by Andre Molyne » Sat, 02 Aug 1997 04:00:00

: I thought Laguna Seca was a Desert Theme park for suicidal petrol heads
: with heat stroke

Is that what I am?

: have they ever run a  CART/ F1 race there ?

Laguna Seca's been the season ending race for CART for quite some time
(although this year they've added a race at Fontana at it).

: It is an awesome superbike
: circuit but I dread to think how an F1 car would take that "Corkscrew"
: thing (very steep hill & chicane combined).

As I understand it, the Corkscrew violates some FIA ruling about maximum
elevation change within a given distance, so F1 is pretty unlikely.  How-
ever, CART seems to deal with the Corkscrew just fine.  Last year Alex
Zanardi passed Bryan Herta there for the lead on the last lap, although
it required an off-course excursion after he'd gotten past Herta.  Based
on a similar pass at Surfer's Paradise (where a car completed a pass but
was unable to avoid cutting a chicane and was penalized), some people
felt Zanari shouldn't have gotten away with it.  In any case, I'm sure
the F1 cars could deal with it.

: Also that huge concrete wall on the way onto the pit straight, where you
: might expect to see a very big gravel trap.....

Actually, they recently changed this.  They moved a lot of dirt and
lengthened the front straight by about 100 yards by moving both turns
10 and 11 back.  Turn 11 has now lost its intimidation factor as you've
now got a fair amount of run-off there instead of a concrete wall.

: <THINKS> I'd love to drive it myself though.....

Well, Skip Barber's there, the SCCA runs there regularly, and there
are a number of car clubs that occasionally get an "open track" event
there for street cars.  It's not an impossible dream.

Andre
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Post by Roy Pu » Sat, 02 Aug 1997 04:00:00


Quote:

> > >CART could almost run an entire
> > >season on quality Formula 1 style
> > >dedicated road courses here in the
> > >US.

> > >Sears Point
> > >Laguna Seca

> EeeeeK !

> I thought Laguna Seca was a Desert Theme park for suicidal petrol heads
> with heat stroke

> have they ever run a  CART/ F1 race there ? It is an awesome superbike
> circuit but I dread to think how an F1 car would take that "Corkscrew"
> thing (very steep hill & chicane combined).

> Also that huge concrete wall on the way onto the pit straight, where you
> might expect to see a very big gravel trap.....

> <THINKS> I'd love to drive it myself though.....

> Chris Hodgson

Every September the CART guys run there. Great show. Don't you remember
the pass Zanardi put on Herta on last lap thru corkscrew last year??

Roy

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