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Posted on 08/05/2009 7:57:45 PM PDT by Chode
This will be a general purpose thread for F1 news and pings that really don't require a thread of their own.
These are still “shake down” numbers. I’ll wait to see what the engineers come up with today after they digest the data and make adjustments.
Lower nose for crashing into other cars, noses were getting too high and may not of impacted the other car, but something higher such as the driver.
Most F1 teams went with a ‘high’ chassis, now the F1 has nose heigth regulations for 2012. McLaren had a low chassis thus does not have
the same distance to drop their nose to meet regulations.
Racing center displays historic McLaren
WATKINS GLENA McLaren M23 with one of the longest and most illustrious histories of the series is now on display at the International Motor Racing Research Center. Hosting this spectacular car is a fitting cap to the Centers 2011 yearlong celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first Formula One race at Watkins Glen. It will be on display through April. Owned by Governing Council member Gregory G. Galdi, the M23/09 took the checkered flag as winner in its very first outing, in the Argentinian Grand Prix in January 1975 with Emerson Fittipaldi at the helm. In July of that year, Fittipaldi drove the car to victory in the British Grand Prix at Silverstone. The M23/09 competed in 25 Grand Prix races - 29 races overall - and had podium finishes in the hands of Fittipaldi, James Hunt and Jochen Mass. It has had only two owners: McLaren executive Leo Wybrott and Galdi. A full 25 years from its last race, the car had been residing in the Brooklands Museum. With Mass at the wheel, the car finished fourth at the 1976 U.S. Grand Prix at Watkins Glen, its only running at the Glen. The cars most recent appearance at Watkins Glen was in a vintage event in 2006. Read More ...
I think they have an App for that.
compliments of Doogle | 02/12/2012 7:40:11 PM PST new
Got Cabin fever?...........got snow at the Ring?
Nice to learn the snow line around Nurburgring!
I was waiting for the four wheel drift into the snow drift!
Gran Prix: The Killer Years .. Tonight March 4 .. 8 PM Eastern
Teaser - HERE
The BBC documentary charts the dangers and accepted death toll of F1 during the 60s /70s, and how drivers like Jackie Stewart, who grew sick of their closest friends being killed on racetracks, took control of their destiny. Looking at the sport today its amazing to see the uphill battle Jackie and his peers seemed to face.
The scene at 55 minutes - David Purley at Zandvoort in 1973, trying to save a mans life while everyone else simply stands around watching - is incredibly harrowing....
It did two things for me:
1) Gave me a hell of a lot more respect for Jackie Stewart
2) Made me wonder if Colin Chapman, though clearly a genius who did value his drivers, was dangerously cavalier...?
post #857...yeah bet I bet she never had glasses slip off her nose...*smiles*
Red Bull Racing has dismissed talk that its new exhaust configuration is pushing the limits of Formula 1's technical regulations, despite suggestions from rival teams that the FIA may need to look at it.
Michael Schumacher says the new Mercedes is "promising" but has said the team are not yet in a position to win a race. "Victory to me is unlikely, I see Red Bull in front. Behind them it will be tight, and you can be either hero or zero very quickly."
Williams driver Bruno Senna has tipped Caterham to surprise this year but expects all the midfield teams to make a leap forward.
David Coulthard has warned Lewis Hamilton against traveling around the world to see friends between races. "I don't think it's going to be good if you are clocking up lots of miles in between the events," said the Scot. "If he is doing the LA trips a lot he may think sleeping in an aircraft is sufficient."
F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone has indicated that the Bahrain Grand Prix will go ahead as planned. "The teams are all committed to be there, and will be there, and want to be there and like to be in Bahrain," he said. "Up until now we've never had any problems in Bahrain and we sincerely hope when we get there this year there won't be any problems. Is it good for the country? Personally, I believe yes. I really believe yes."
Vitaly Petrov has expressed relief at being given a chance with Caterham this season after spending the winter without a drive. He said: "It was obviously a pretty tough winter. But even though it was difficult at times, I never lost the belief that it would come good and that's what has happened."
F1 tyre supplier Pirelli will make use of a 2010 Renault R30 for testing purposes this year, with the test driver likely to be appointed later in March.
The European Grand Prix in Valencia is in doubt this year because the organisers have not yet paid the race fee.
The 2012 Formula 1 season will be significantly closer than the one just gone, according to Formula 1 team bosses.
McLaren has played down the significance of the recent engine mapping clampdown by the FIA that has closed off a loophole in the regulations.
The Australian Grand Prix is the ''least viable'' of all the Formula One races and unless Melbourne introduces a night race it will be scrubbed from the calendar after the contract expires, according to F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone.
Mercedes will not target a tilt at the World Championship until 2014. Germany's DPA news agency quotes motorsport director Norbert Haug as saying that, after finishing fourth in the constructors' standings in 2010 and 2011, the leap to first place is not possible in a single step. You don't just jump from fourth to first, so we want to do the countdown: four, three, two, one," he said.
Former F1 driver Riccardo Patrese has urged Ferrari to take action over the lack of Italian drivers in the sport following Jarno Trulli's split with Caterham. "Maybe Ferrari, if they wanted, could have an Italian driver as the second driver in the team particularly as Massa hasn't looked particularly good in the last couple of seasons. They could take a small risk to take a young Italian driver but this hasn't happened since the time of Michele Alboreto [in the 1980s]. I think there are good young Italian drivers but they need to be given the opportunity to prove their ability."
Fernando Alonso says there is no reason why Ferrari won't be ready for the first race of the season on 18 March despite admitting to the team taking only "small steps" with their new car so far.
The HRT team have reportedly passed all the mandatory FIA crash tests, but face a race against time to have their car ready for the final days of pre-season testing in Barcelona, starting on Thursday.
Caterham's Formula 1 test and reserve driver Giedo van der Garde will be the team's driver for the new GP2 Championship season which starts in Kuala Lumpur on 23 March.
Red Bull's Mark Webber was satisfied with the team's practice sessions in Barcelona last week, saying: "We tested a lot of elements and everything worked well, especially since we had such a big programme. That can mean not a lot of laps and a lot of garage time, but we gathered a lot of good information today and that's a pleasing way to finish the week."
for those, like me, that never got to see the movie Senna...
Mine just got here Saturday.
Very nice piece. Went into a lot of the stuff about him that I remember, the early years in the JPS, the rain, Senna/Prost at Suzuka two years in a row and the events surrounding all that, him and Balestre, Dr. Watkins, Lauda and Stewart. A very poignant bit of cinema.
And his end was handled so well, no commentary, just video of the start, the crash, the docs getting him out of the car, and the helicopter heading off over the horizon.
Well worth the $16 I spent on Amazon, I’ll watch it again.
Olé Senna. Obrigado, adeus, bravo. I don’t cheer the bull, I cheer the matador.
Yeah, but some of the captions are in Spanish or Portugese. It is all clear enough I could follow. I’ll watch it with my glasses on next time ;)
As I have stated before, I always thought I hated that bastard, but it was at the San Marino GP in 1994 I realized I loved and respected the man.
I’ll always be on Senna’s wing, going into Tamburello.
nicely done, Thanks
I take a few things away from this film, mainly that Ayrton was really a good guy, and Prost is a prick.
You don’t see Prost out there after his fellow Frenchman Alesi has eated shat, laying there on the tarmac with his legs all twisted up after he tore his car into little pieces.
I’d pay a million bux to watch Senna and Prost in a cage match, my money is on the Brazilian. He’d pull the frog’s arms off and stuff them up his big Gallic nostrils.
But I’m not bitter ;)
OK, I’m a dumbass, the crashed racer I refer to was Martin Donnely, not Alesi.
You can download Senna on Netflix.
I saw it in the theater last year. Excellent movie on the big screen, even if some of the film quality is a bit “grainy.” And I had the same impression of Prost.
We'll give it a round of wedge and two turns up on the trackbar. ;- )
Good one, but do we tell Massa?
The real answer is apparent wind
Actually I just saw the thread come alive and wanted to stop by and bump one of FR’s most esoteric outposts.
Enjoy the season!
p.s. i just bought a 2012 Elantra work car that is keeping 40mpg
Looking at the new rules, I see they have learned about the “wave around”.
“Before the safety car returns to the pits all lapped cars will be allowed to unlap themselves and then join the back of the pack, ensuring a clean re-start without slower cars impeding those racing for the leading positions.”
But this web site has the calculation
Horner said he had not seen the letter or been asked to sign it but added that he believed the RRA had "fundamental flaws within it" - specifically that it is too easy for teams that are subsidiaries of car manufacturers, such as Ferrari, Mercedes and McLaren, to hide work actually being done for F1 within the road-car department.
Several of the smaller teams in F1 are known to be struggling to make ends meet, and Horner believes allowing them to buy year-old cars from the leading teams would help them survive.
This has long met resistance from other teams, who believe F1 teams should make their own cars, currently a requirement.
F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone has recently been pushing the idea of allowing so-called 'customer cars'.
Horner said: "[The customer car] eradicates your R&D costs and you effectively would acquire a rolling chassis or the basis of a chassis, which would be an awful lot more competitive than where some of those teams are."
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