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Discussion in 'Racing' started by g®eg, Nov 27, 2012.
No kidding. Marko has always been a real jerk, enabled by other people's money.
Does this mean 8 sets of gears ratios?
there's some debate about this...
if the 8 gear ratios is fixed then the final drive ratio would surely need to change.
otherwise if you designed the box for Monza, you'd not get out of second or third at Monaco.
Not sure I understand how they will implement this one.
Sounds like restrictor car racing
Especially considering that Massa in 26 fewer starts has two more wins (though one less podium) than does Webber. Massa has averaged 4.2 points per start with Webber at 4.5 over their F1 careers. Massa helped Ferrari win back-to-back championships as a number two driver, while Webber has three to his name.
Those aren't big enough differences to shoot your mouth off about your superior startegy and driver selections skills. :huh
After his injury Ferrari stuck with Massa hoping he would regain his prior form. That has not quite happened, but you need to give them some credit for loyalty. Marko would have walked away from Massa without a moment's hesitation.
I was thinking perhaps it means 8 different sets of gear ratios, to give them flexibility to deal with different tracks. Not sure why they'd set a limit, though.
As I understand it, eight-speed boxes are going to be required in 2014 and the ratios from engine to wheels are fixed for the entire season, except for one mid-season change allowed (which then is unchanged for the rest of the season) to handle unexpected technical difficulties in predicting what ratios are best at the beginning of the season. In 2015, no changes after the season starts whatsoever.
The technical rationale is that with eight speeds and the new flatter torque curve of the turbo V6 (which has about a 5K RPM plateau in which the engine makes peak power allowing much larger gaps between ratios), it will be relatively simple to have a single set of ratios that will work satisfactorily for all the tracks in a season. At the slowest tracks, they'll use 1st-6th and at the faster tracks, they'll use 3rd-8th.
The reason for these limits? What else: Cost reduction....
Thanks. Woe betide the team that gets it wrong and has to wait half a season to fix it.
The low nose tip is going make some interesting collisions.
I wasn't very clear.... when I said "mid-season", I didn't mean that there was a specific time midway through the season when they could change ratios - just one chance anytime in the season to make a change which they have to stick with the rest of the season. Theoretically, they could adjust the ratios after the 1st race. But only one time.
and they'll be giving up some efficiency in the corners. initially anyway, i'm sure they'll figure something out.
looks like Merc fitted a deer whistle
passive DRS testing
Big John w/o passive DRS
and Kimi with
changes to the engine cowl
and at Williams... they duct tape bits on.
next stop NASCAR?
and for a Wednesday laugh....
Got it, thanks.
I think it's for safety, so it doesn't spear the cockpit. Same reason they raised the cockpit side height, I believe.
same reason for the stepped noses, they made them lower the tip. This is just lower still.
if the aero guys had their way the nose would be as high as the cockpit (and were)
looks like medium & soft for Hungary.....
don't bother betting on Lewis & Nico.
Mercedes could learn a lot during next week's testing that would help them better understand the new tires.
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