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    2017 COTA (USGP) Pre-Race thread

    COTA (Circuit of the America's) taking delivery today.

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DL4MC9wW0AAXa0d.jpg



    J.T. and Stevie Wonder

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    Last edited by jgonzalesm6; 11th October 2017 at 19:07.

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    Is this the first a year a music concert is organized at COTA F1 GP? Don't remember any previous years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stormy View Post
    Is this the first a year a music concert is organized at COTA F1 GP? Don't remember any previous years.
    They've had one every year. I was there for 2012 (first year....V-8 era....Schumi retired that yr with MB). Last year was Tay-Tay (Taylor Swift) which was huge.

    What really blew me away other than the F1 cars and the historics (F1) was: Monaco has it's yachts.....COTA has it helicoptors. I think I counted 20 at one time of the wealthy being "shuttled in" in from Bergstrom International and nearby towns landing 4 at a time nearby the track. In San Marcos, which has a small airport there were at least 2 Gulfstreams and smaller private jets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jgonzalesm6 View Post
    COTA (Circuit of the America's) taking delivery today.

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DL4MC9wW0AAXa0d.jpg



    J.T. and Stevie Wonder

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DLyWC8NVwAAvTsV.jpg
    lol.. uhm.. I guess I'm the only idiot who expected a picture of Stevie Wonder and Jean Todt. :D
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    Heres a twitter page of Austin360 featuring COTA and events and pics. Its a very eclectic music town with diverse cultures and "techies." I love it.

    check it out if you got the time.

    https://twitter.com/Austin360Amp

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    Austin is a great city. Tiny but fun. I had a good time there in 2012 but I prefer the rest of Texas if you know what I mean.

    Also sucked that I couldn't carry at the track or in bars.

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    Austin Texas , Willy Nelson!! now F1 !!!

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    I really like this circuit, specially the first sector
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    Hartley favourite to replace Gasly at Toro Rosso in Austin

    Brendon Hartley is the leading contender to drive for the Toro Rosso Formula 1 team in the United States Grand Prix, with Sebastien Buemi the back-up option, Motorsport.com has learned.

    Toro Rosso needs to fill the seat alongside Daniil Kvyat at Austin after it was agreed Pierre Gasly would return to Super Formula to contest for the title in the finale on the same weekend.

    It is understood Toro Rosso team principal Franz Tost wants to use Austin as an opportunity to evaluate a new driver as he weighs up his 2018 driver line-up.

    Gasly is favourite to get one of the seats, having impressed in his appearances in Malaysia and Japan for the team, but Tost and Red Bull are less certain about the second seat.

    Hartley has emerged as the frontrunner to drive at Austin, with Tost believed to be open to the possibility of the New Zealander racing for the team next year.

    The 27-year-old held the role of Red Bull's official reserve driver in 2009 and 2010 and completed one test for Red Bull in 2008 and two for Toro Rosso in 2009 before being dropped from Red Bull's junior programme.

    Hartley also took part in a young driver test at Magny-Cours for Mercedes in 2012, as well as spending time in the team's simulator.

    He has enough superlicence points to race in F1 but is currently contracted to Porsche and competing in the World Endurance Championship, where he could win the title this weekend at Fuji.

    In addition, it is also believed he is close to a deal to race for Chip Ganassi in IndyCar next year, meaning there are contractual issues to be ironed out before his Austin appearance can be confirmed.

    With that in mind, Toro Rosso and Red Bull have lined up Buemi, who raced for Red Bull's junior team between 2009 and 2011, to step in if a deal for Hartley cannot be agreed.

    https://www.motorsport.com/f1/news/h...austin-964827/
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    Hartley has a title in WEC so it would be nice to give him a chance in F1.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stormy View Post
    Hartley has a title in WEC so it would be nice to give him a chance in F1.
    Can't wait to see how he does...


    Alonso to wear his INDY 500 Helmet at COTA.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Stormy View Post
    Hartley has a title in WEC so it would be nice to give him a chance in F1.
    He has won WEC title and Le-mans. And if this year keeps going the way it is in the WEC he will be champion again.
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    Other news that has traspired in the last couple of days...


    -It's Kimi's B-day today.....The Ice Man is 38 today!


    -Mercedes considers radical & risky concept change for 2018 towards shorter wheelbase & more rake. AMuS (in German): http://ams.to/mercedes-2018


    -Red Bull will protest if their unique ideas are used by Renault after the Budkowski hiring. AMuS:



    and

    Aston staff recruits with F1 'brainpower' include Ferrari personnel

    Aston Martin has recruited staff with Formula 1 experience, including personnel from Ferrari, as it continues to evaluating entering the championship as an engine supplier.

    Aston is taking a close interest in F1's 2021 engine rules but president and CEO Andy Palmer has said costs need to be kept under control for the project to be viable.

    https://www.autosport.com/f1/news/13...-f1-brainpower


    Former Ferrari F1 engine chief working with Aston Martin https://www.motorsport.com/f1/news/f...martin-966680/ … via @motorsport

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    [QUOTE=jgonzalesm6;959225]Okay.....so PINK is the theme at COTA. It's all for Breast Cancer Awareness Month(Susan G. Komen Foundation)

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DMT5BIPWsAEOgyS.jpg (poster)

    https://pbs.twimg.com/card_img/91991...g&name=600x314 (Yes, these are Pirelli's ultra-softs and THEY WILL BE PINK!!!)

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DMCxZDSVQAA_42D.jpg (Pit lane poppin pink!!!)



    The Force India's should fit quite well here.


    The Dempsey Proton Porsche team was rocking Pink scheme for the same charity last weekend at Fuji
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    NBCSN Schedule COTA.....

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DMcW4i_VAAAcMDT.jpg


    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DMcSNUfV4AA8oFx.jpg (turn 1....pink)


    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DMb9_d7VoAAD-G7.jpg (Turn 20...added run-off bumpers)

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DMb5Hb8U8AAuw-_.jpg (Turn 11....added run-off bumpers)

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DMb0DhyVwAEcGuO.jpg (Turn 9 has a double curb....)

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DMb67RjU8AA8U33.jpg (comparison 2016 vs 2017 down the straight into Turn 12)

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    Weather doesn't look good for the weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nani_s23 View Post
    Weather doesn't look good for the weekend.
    rain? which website are you using?

    anyway I had this crazy dream, it was a lottery-type race, and guess who won? Alonso in his Mclaren-honda
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ferrarichamp View Post
    rain? which website are you using?

    anyway I had this crazy dream, it was a lottery-type race, and guess who won? Alonso in his Mclaren-honda


    Friday looks to be wash out. Or some wet session.
    Saturday mixed conditions. It will be lottery for pole.
    Sunday too mixed conditions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob View Post
    He has won WEC title and Le-mans. And if this year keeps going the way it is in the WEC he will be champion again.
    Will he be able to continue competing in the WEC if TR decides to keep him for the remaining races of this season?

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    The Samurai is staying at McLaren. Full story on Fernando extending his relationship with the team: http://www.mclaren.com/Fernando #VamosFernando


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    Big mistake... lol
    Rest in Peace Leza, you were a true warrior...

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    Current component allocation allotment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jgonzalesm6 View Post
    The Samurai is staying at McLaren. Full story on Fernando extending his relationship with the team: http://www.mclaren.com/Fernando #VamosFernando


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    Well, this was pretty much expected to be honest. It would've been a bit weird if Alonso left McLaren now when they switched to Renault power and we know how much he loves Renault. I even think Renault might not treat McLaren as a regular customer but as a pretty good partner, at least till Renault make their chassis competitive. But of course, he can forget about that third WDC.

    By the way, any information on how many years he signed for?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stormy View Post
    Well, this was pretty much expected to be honest. It would've been a bit weird if Alonso left McLaren now when they switched to Renault power and we know how much he loves Renault. I even think Renault might not treat McLaren as a regular customer but as a pretty good partner, at least till Renault make their chassis competitive. But of course, he can forget about that third WDC.

    By the way, any information on how many years he signed for?

    yep, c'mon, where was he going to go really???? Like some of us expected this anyways. Nothing on how many years?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jgonzalesm6 View Post
    yep, c'mon, where was he going to go really???? Like some of us expected this anyways. Nothing on how many years?
    I guess no one expected him to go to another team, but maybe someone expected him to retire. Didn't see any information on for how many years he signed for but he said it's a long-term deal. Who cares though, that contract must be full of clauses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stormy View Post
    I guess no one expected him to go to another team, but maybe someone expected him to retire. Didn't see any information on for how many years he signed for but he said it's a long-term deal. Who cares though, that contract must be full of clauses.
    He will retire with 2wdc and at McLaren. That's the end of his career.

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    Seems like dry quali & race under 30deg track temp. Could be cloudy but track temp would be high.

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