Mar 252017
 

Season 16 marched onward this week to the Shanghai International Circuit in China, which saw the drivers deal with the first appearance of raindrops since the start of the season.

In a drizzly qualifying session which saw all drivers set their times on the intermediate compounds, it was Morturiom who took a surprise pole position, thus making it three different pole-sitters from three races. Just 0.257 seconds behind sat new McLaren driver Westyy, ahead of the Ferrari of Ramdrop and the other McLaren of his team mate OmegaIV. Overall, just 0.630 seconds covered the top five in qualifying – an impressive feat given the variable conditions.

It would be a dry start to the race, with teams allowed freedom of choice over tyre compounds due to the wet qualifying session. The two McLarens would start on soft tyres, with the polesitter and both Ferraris electing to run the medium compounds, perhaps in anticipation of further rain. Inevitably, it was the McLaren pairing who made the best starts, as Westyy leapfrogged Morturiom into turn one to take the lead, with his team mate following suit to take third from Ramdrop. A mysterious Virtual Safety Car period occurred as the pack exited turn two, which gave teams a chance to regroup briefly before the restart.

The top four remained close over the first ten laps, until OmegaIV and Morturiom clashed at turn two; sending the Force India driver at a 90 degree angle towards the wall. Ramdrop was able to capitalise from this as OmegaIV hesitated as he gathered his focus, making a move into turn one on the following lap as Omega went deep, sliding onto the grass. Further down the road, the Red Bull of Leader experienced a punctured tyre, scattering debris onto the track, which brought out the first and only Safety Car of the session. Without hesitation, the two McLaren drivers stacked themselves in the pits in order to change onto the medium tyre, handing the lead of the race to Ferrari and Ramdrop.

From this period onwards, it was a game of cat and mouse as Ramdrop slowly but surely extended his lead, as the McLarens ran nose to tail and Morturiom began to catch back up.

The teams received the message that rainfall was expected on around lap 45, duly prompting Ramdrop, Omega and Morturiom to pit onto fresh soft tyres in attempts to cover each other off in this final dry period. Westyy would assume the lead for a handful of laps as he extended his stint on the medium tyre, before switching to supersofts, which saw him drop back to fourth place as the rain began to fall.

After the switch to intermediates, it was once again Ramdrop who would prevail, to win by a margin of 9.769 seconds from OmegaIV, as Westyy completed the podium after an unsuccessful strategy call from Morturiom saw him struggle for the closing laps on a set of wet tyres.

Mar 202017
 

The enormous Shanghai International Circuit facility was constructed to host China’s first Formula One race in 2004. Built at a cost of £132m ($240m), the circuit is dominated by a vast main grandstand and pit complex.

Grandpoppydoo managed his first podium at china in season 4, missing out on a win by 0.666 of a second to Judmann, that season he went on to win the drivers championship by 90 points, his first win was in season 6 beating Leader by 14.336 seconds, that year he was second in the drivers championship.

 

  • FP1 – Monday 20th March at 7.30pm
  • FP2 – Wednesday 22nd March at 7.30pm
  • FP3 – Friday 24th March at 6.30pm
  • Qualifying starting at 7.30pm on Friday 24th March followed by the race
 Posted by at 7:59 AM
Mar 172017
 

Race day at Bahrain, it will be dark and hot and the race will be delayed by 1 hour.

  • FP3 – Friday 17th March at 7.30pm
  • Qualifying starting at 8.30pm on Friday 17th March followed by the race.

Lobby Settings

  • Weather: Dynamic
  • Race Distance: 100%
  • Damage: Full
  • Parc Ferme: On
 Posted by at 7:35 AM
Mar 152017
 

The 2004 Grand Prix of Bahrain marked the first ever round of the FIA Formula One World Championship to be held in the Middle East and the official culmination of a multi-million dollar project started back in September 2002 when the Kingdom of Bahrain signed a long-term deal to host the event.

We saw some close times in FP1 on Monday, dust and tyre wear will be a major issue come race day, this is our first night race of the season.

  • FP2 – Wednesday 15th March at 7.30pm
  • FP3 – Friday 17th March at 6.30pm
  • Qualifying starting at 7.30pm on Friday 17th March followed by the race

 

Lobby Settings

  • Weather: Dynamic
  • Race Distance: 100%
  • Damage: Full
  • Parc Ferme: On
 Posted by at 7:35 AM
Mar 132017
 

With the 2017 F1 cars having made their on track debuts in recent weeks at Barcelona, I’m sure that many of us have been itching to experience one for ourselves – at least in a game.

Well, for those who have, our prayers have finally been answered in the form of Formula Hybrid 2017 by Race Sim Studios.

Formula Hybrid is a comprehensive mod for Assetto Corsa that aims to realistically replicate the dynamics of a 2017 F1 car. Race Sim Studios, the modding team behind this fantastic car, have essentially taken the 2017 regulations and have built a Formula One car around them. Had this been a real world project, the Formula Hybrid car would be able to run in competition with the other F1 teams at real circuits. Having shook down both variations of the car at Barcelona, I can confirm that this is indeed the ‘real deal.’ Downforce levels are shockingly accurate and the increased tyre width offers huge mechanical grip out of slow corners, resulting in lap times falling by over three seconds, as they have in real life. The aesthetic of the car has also been designed to match that of a 2017 F1 car, albeit via Race Sim Studios’ own interpretation.

This project has got me incredibly excited, and I believe that it has a lot to offer.

I have attatched several images below, and Westyy has provided a hotlap video. He set a 1:45.2, with room enough for a comfortable three seconds of further improvements.

 

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