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Lift And Coast

'Lift and Coast' is bothering Formula One fans and drivers alike?
Posted: June 11, 2015 at 12:33 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Will ‘Lift and Coast’ be a new technique that junior drivers will learn only when they debut in Formula1? I can only wonder, after all, we’re forced to aggressively save fuel and tyres in this era. But does anyone want to save Formula1? On that note, why not reduce the number of laps or increase the fuel tank capacity? (Read: Let’s Save Formula1)

At 50 metres and 100 metres, you and I could possibly ‘lift and coast’ to a corner on most Formula1 circuits! And this isn’t what junior drivers are taught while climbing the ladder to Formula1. ‘Push, Push, Push’ has been replaced by ‘Lift and Coast’ – what I label as transition from a racing technique to road car driving technique! (Read: Living The Dream)

Does this mean that the 2015 Canadian Grand Prix was boring? I think not! If no one else, I hope a certain groundhog that had trackside view of the race will agree with me. We had two drivers (one a multiple World Champion and the other an almost!) charge through the pack from the bottom with some fine overtaking and strategy. Aren’t these the usual ingredients to an exciting Formula1 race? (Read: What’s Wrong With Formula One?)

Even if the fans weren’t bored much, I do suspect the drivers were. One way of assuming that they weren’t ‘driving the wheels off their car’ is by looking at the state of the ‘Wall of Champions’. (Read: A Strategy Of Errors)

Is Mercedes controlling the outcome of the race too much? Post race reports indicate that Mercedes managed a splendid 1-2 via strategic racing, but what’s the point of this hard work if fans are unable to understand it all. And the larger question here is, do fans want such racing anyway? (Read: Given Everyone Mercedes Engines)

My previous post ‘Mercedes Should Reconsider Nico Rosberg For 2016’ has created much ripples and interestingly enough a lot of my readers want Rosberg to remain with Mercedes as that’s the only way Hamilton can win more races and championships!

The only upside of the downtime that Alonso and Button face at Mclaren-Honda is them revealing their humourous personality on social media. Alonso’s post-race tweet went as viral as his radio message. Is this his way of signaling his intentions to take to commenting once he retires? But I have Alonso to thank for inspiring the title of our latest episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast. (Read: Thank You Mclaren)

Lastly, thanks to Manor’s reliability issues, I now know how Roberto Merhi looks. The three point something second camera focus on him helped, of course.

And before I sign off, here’s your chance to tune in to the latest episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast – We’re Not Amateurs.

Was the 2015 Canadian GP boring? Rishi and Kunal are among the few who didn’t think so. In this week’s episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast they share their interesting picks from the race last weekend. This includes more than just Vettel and Massa’s charge through the field, a complete sham of the ‘Wall of Champions’, Mclaren-Honda-Alonso, the brave groundhog, ‘lift and coast’ and more. Tune in! (Season 2015; Episode 20)

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