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Permalink#122: For the Love of: Formula One - 16th July 2017
b]Hello & welcome to blog 122: For the Love of…. Formula One smile

Music while writing:
None this week, watching the post-race coverage on Channel 4, making the most of it as without Sky F1, I’ll quite happily take as much coverage as I can get.

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Following on from my previous blog a couple of weeks ago, I didn’t want to leave it too long before writing something else, I think spacing them every couple of weeks is about right for where I am right now, so I’ll plan for the next one on that basis

No recap of my self-imposed rules, I want to try and avoid repeating the same info, but if you want to read my previous offerings, then they will be listed out at the end from now on smile

I’ve been a fan of F1 for as long as I can remember, I had a period during the Schumacher dominance years where I fell out of love with it, but came back to it again during the Alonso period and have been strong fan of it since, which as expected will sway my opinion.

The British Grand Prix has just finished and it was a corker, be warned there are some spoilers below

Lewis showed a dominant performance and did the triple of Pole, Win and fastest lap, then did his now customary crowd pleasing, which was great to see.

It was a great race, full of great racing and late drama, the only thing that would have made it better was a bit of rain, but even without that it was thoroughly enjoyable, like a great deal of the races we have had this season.

Once again Max showed his pure racing pedigree, it’s such a shame his car has let him down so much this season, rest assured he will be a future world champ if he gets a good reliable car under him. I think there is enough talented young blood in the sport to make the future look tasty once the current top drivers move on.

Who could have expected the late tyre issues, it did remind me of few years ago at Silverstone when the kerbs were creating splits and multiple blowouts were happening, but I was just looking forward to see if Valtteri could take Kimi, but to see the tyre issues really spiced it up.

It also had the benefit of closing the gap between Seb and Lewis in the championship, which keeps things interesting for the second half of the season

I think this year is another epic year, last year was a good inter team battle and that was interesting, but seeing Ferrari once again become competitive and the battle between Lewis and Seb is making this a classic season which will be one to remember. I just hope it keeps going for the remainder of this year and I’m excited to see what happens.

Interesting seasons and championship battles have not always been the case, Ferrari, Red Bull and Mercedes dominance periods do end up creating dull seasons, which is why I think a season where there is some competition is so enjoyable.

The last race in Austria was a bit processional and could have seemed dull in comparison to the heated events of Baku in the previous race, which was another crazy and epic race, but not every race in F1 is an epic, which is why I think when they do happen, there are so good and memorable.

I think it’s clear to anyone that knows my gamertag that I enjoy motorsports, I actually enjoy all forms of motorsport and quite often watch Motorsports TV to catch up on Nascar and Rallycross, but will then quite happily watch NHRA, MXGP or the small random formula’s they show. The only thing I always seem to miss is MotoGP.

F1 in Gaming
I recently completed F1 2014, which with the exception of 1 glitched achievement in F1 2011 (PC) which bugs the crap out of me, means I’m now done on the previous gen titles, I’ve enjoyed them all, even boosting the 50 races in F1 2010 twice was bearable thanks to some good boosting partners.

I am looking forward to 2015 & 2016 on the XB1, this should be made all the better following a purchase I made in the past week.

It will be a while before I get round to them as I continue to focus on wrapping up 360 stuff, no doubt 2017 will be out and I have an inkling to do them all back to back, but there will be something new for me when I do get to them.

I’ve always been a control pad player, it’s what I’ve known and I’m reasonable but I’ve always had a hankering for a wheel, so when last week the price of the Logitech G920 dropped to £130 on Amazon prime day, I was a bit gutted as I’m not a prime member.

However my years of grinding and playing frustrating racing games has made me tenacious and after a bit of internet research, I found it on PCworld’s eBay site at £129, less than half price compared to their store price, so I jumped at it while it was there.

I also picked up the shifter and a GT omega V2 stand while I was at it, so it’s going to be a big change, I’m not sure how I’ll get on with it, but I’m excited to try it and I am using it as a motivator to finish up the 360 stuff so I can move onto XB1 stuff and start using it with feeling.

Longer term I may invest in a better wheel and even a different rig, but for now this is enough to get me into wheel based racing and see how I go.

I’ve been toying with the idea of iRacing, combined with either a triple monitor rig or maybe even an Occulus Rift, mainly driven by the graphics card slot in my current PC giving up the ghost, so a new PC could be in order, but that is all on hold for now as it’s some serious cash to spend.

Honestly it may be that after years of using a control pad I may not get on with a wheel, time will tell and I still have plenty of achievements to earn on XB1 racers before I get to a point where there is nothing left to play and I would seriously consider switching to PC gaming.

Fact is no-one knows what the future may hold and having some flexibility and the ability to adapt to the unending changes that life throws at us is vital, I do think that the mindset that comes from being a completionist gamer has its many frustrations, but also brings benefits that are transferable when dealing with changes in real life.

Thank it’s the hours up….. (1187 words)

Enjoy your life until the next time


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Taking A Break
Posted by adiash73 on 16 July 17 at 15:28
RunningFreak204 Awesome!! The battle between Lewis and Seb is becoming epic! Looking forward to the 2nd half of the season!
Posted by RunningFreak204 on 16 Jul 17 at 17:56
adiash73 @ RunningFreak204

Thanks, sure is epic, I'm hopeful that next season with a year of the current rules in the bag, RB will be in the mix as well, imagine a 3 team, 6 driver battle for the championship, that would be really awesome
Posted by adiash73 on 16 Jul 17 at 18:27
Forza Grifo I'm hoping Valteri puts himself into the mix also. The past couple of Grand Prix's have been cracking.
Posted by Forza Grifo on 16 Jul 17 at 20:34
adiash73 @ Forza Grifo

I like Valtteri, I think he deserves a top seat and feel he has done well stepping into the Merc.

Lets face it, it would be daunting for anyone to replace a world champ and race next to Lewis with all the pressure that goes along with that, but as the season has gone on and he has settled in it's coming together, as his drive today and across this season have shown.
Posted by adiash73 on 16 Jul 17 at 20:48