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Old 05-07-2013, 11:36 AM   #886
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Very impressive, but considering in Indycar we had only 6 guys, had to fuel the car, and could not cross the wall until the car was at a complete stop, less than 15sec isn't bad either!?

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Old 05-07-2013, 12:38 PM   #887
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Very impressive, but considering in Indycar we had only 6 guys, had to fuel the car, and could not cross the wall until the car was at a complete stop, less than 15sec isn't bad either!?
Yeah, F1 makes other series look bad, but in reality they use more bodies under more liberal rules. The number of people on a F1 pit gang is amazing.

That said, I think it's very cool that the wrench guys now try to engage the new tire even as it's in mid-air, before it's ever affixed to the wheel hub.

The biggest delay I see from the quickest teams is how long it takes them to release the car once the tires are on. Ferrari often have a small pause, which kills their time. Maybe they're still thinking about this?


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Old 05-07-2013, 06:10 PM   #888
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It's interesting when you compare that to the documentary on building the Ford Cosworth how far all aspects of the process has come.
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Old 05-08-2013, 05:13 AM   #889
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James Allison departs Lotus F1


Speculation around the departure of James Allison started earlier on this year when Paddy Lowe left the same Technical Director position at McLaren. The Woking based outfit subsequently moved Tim Goss into the role and the speculation died down. Allison has been courted by many teams up and down the grid looking to secure his services with Lotus having somewhat of a great run under his direction.

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Old 05-08-2013, 02:05 PM   #890
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Yeah, F1 makes other series look bad, but in reality they use more bodies under more liberal rules. The number of people on a F1 pit gang is amazing.

That said, I think it's very cool that the wrench guys now try to engage the new tire even as it's in mid-air, before it's ever affixed to the wheel hub.

The biggest delay I see from the quickest teams is how long it takes them to release the car once the tires are on. Ferrari often have a small pause, which kills their time. Maybe they're still thinking about this?


And there went the championship
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Old 05-09-2013, 07:10 AM   #891
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pre race photo bomb tech Thursday..... bandwidth beware

old & new engine covers at Ferrari





Caterham getting updates to the front wing (too many to count!)



Sauber front wing details



Red Bull non-blown wheel nuts now?



you can just see a wing sprouting on the new (lower) Lotus nose



found a close-up

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Old 05-09-2013, 07:43 AM   #892
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Ferrari trying to get around strict aero-test regs?



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Alonso's sidepods looking a bit different than Massa's

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Some interesting stuff from practice 2.

Sam Michael explained that the call on when to pit doesn't come from anyone at the track. All data and video (including team-only cameras) are relayed to Woking, and it's the big brains (and computers) at Woking that do the math and decide when the cars should pit. I had no idea tha the team HQ had that much immediate influence on the running of the race.

Matchet had some fascinating speculation about why technical director James Allison is off the Lotus team. The guy's well respected and the team has obviously progressed under his watch. So why is he out? And why was Lotus' press release so curt? Matchett thinks it might be because Allison himself got fed up with how the team planned to spend its (relatively) small budget. So he quit in a disagreement over strategy.

Sure looks like Red Bull and Ferrari are the cream of Catalunya.
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Old 05-11-2013, 07:51 AM   #896
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Sure looks like Red Bull and Ferrari are the cream of Catalunya.
Not bad, but Lotus, and especially Mercedes, put up great showings in Qualifying.
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Not bad, but Lotus, and especially Mercedes, put up great showings in Qualifying.
Yes indeed. Shows how misleading Friday can be.

Matchett was saying that Mercedes have their rear suspension cranked down to get heat in the tires for qualifying. But that over longer stints in a race, that same setup will severely degrade the tires.

Catalunya typically favors the pole sitter. But if Mercedes has greater tire wear than the other contenders, then maybe this is the year a non-pole sitter wins the race. My hope is that Vettel can't pass Rosberg early and is within a second of the car behind him when DRS opens up on lap 3. That way he can be passed and shoved a bit further down the field when Rosberg's tires die.
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Great pics,that stuff is amazing!
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Nice to see Alonso win another one (actually, anyone but Vettel).

I love the technology of F1 and the impressive speed of the cars but this, imho, is right on the nose. From the Guardian

Once again, though, it was a boring race. Formula One these days is all about finding out who is the best slow driver in the world*, as conserving tyres has become the most important issue.
It has always been important. But now the teams and the drivers are necessarily obsessive about it because they have to work with the rapidly disappearing rubber they have been given.
It would be much better, surely, to race properly from start to finish, with better tyres and fewer pit stops, even if that does come at the risk of the occasional procession.

The start of the race is as exciting as ever. And then you can switch off until the last 15 minutes. You can spend the 90 minutes between the start and the finish watching a football match.


* My emphasis.

The cars are still not passing on track, it's all pit strategy to gain places. It's about time they banned real time telemetry and no-more factories running scenario's and then directing the trackside team. Once the race is on, the driver needs to handle everything except for the occasional pit board. And for God's sakes, give them rubber that has a chance of lasting a race.
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