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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.
i like that one better...
I kinda got it right....what I thought it was going to look like a few months ago...I know the area some...*smiles* Down by the water is fairly new....the wide main street up top is old time
this one is better yet...
Oh, now that’s pathetic. Diversity in racing is beyond stupid, it’s dangerous.
MANAMA, Bahrain – Security forces fired stun grenades Wednesday at anti-government protesters who swarmed into a cultural exhibition for Bahrain's Formula One race, setting off street battles and sending visitors fleeing for cover.
It was a blow to the Gulf nation's efforts to project stability, returning to the Grand Prix circuit a year after the race was canceled because of unrest.
The demonstration was the most direct attempt by protesters to bring their demands into events linked to Sunday's race, Bahrain's top international showcase. The resumption of the top-level auto race is being touted by Bahrain's rulers as a sign they have the upper hand after 14 months of clashes and crackdowns.
Nearly 50 people have been killed since February 2011 in violence between security forces and protesters from Bahrain's Shiite majority, which seeks to break the near monopoly on power by the island nation's Sunni monarchy.
Shiites account for about 70 percent of Bahrain's population, but claim they face widespread discrimination and are blocked from key political or military posts. The Sunni leaders have offered some reforms, but the opposition says they fall short of their demands.
"Down, down Formula One," some protesters shouted in the traditional market area in Bahrain's capital, where displays set up for the F1 race featured local handicrafts, food and other items.
The demonstrators also shouted messages of support for a jailed activist who has been on a hunger strike for more than two months. Some of the placards accused the U.S. — a close ally of Bahrain's leaders — of ignoring their struggle while backing with other reform movements in the Arab Spring.
Washington has pressed Bahrain's rulers to open dialogue with opposition groups, but has been careful not to jeopardize its vital military ties with Bahrain as home to the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet — one of the Pentagon's main counterweights to Iran in the Gulf.
At the exhibition, riot police fired stun grenades and pepper spray as hundreds of protesters pressed close to the stalls and shops. Visitors ran for safety, leaving shopping bags and sandals on the road. Many shopkeepers closed early — another sign that unrest might mar hopes the F1 race could help the country's hard-hit businesses.
There were no reports of injuries, but several protesters were detained.
Earlier Wednesday, dozens of people confronted Bahrain's crown prince and shouted anti-government slogans in a neighborhood that has been an opposition stronghold during the 14-month uprising.
Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa was not injured in the outburst, but it carried powerful symbolism because he is a key backer of the Formula One race.
The crown prince was surrounded as he left a funeral of a Shiite executive who worked on one of his labor reform projects.
The ceremony was in Sanabis, the site of frequent clashes between security forces and Shiite protesters seeking to break Sunni dynasty's tight grip on power.
In London, two activists were arrested Tuesday after occupying the roof of the Bahraini Embassy and unfurling a banner bearing pictures of Al-Khawaja, a prisoner on hunger strike, and senior Shiite opposition leader Hassan Mushaima. Both are sentenced to life in prison. The protesters have been identified the protesters as Mushaima's son, Ali, and 30-year-old Moosa Satrawi.
Al-Khawaja's wife, Khadija al-Musawi, told The Associated Press that his family is concerned about what she described as her husband's declining health. She said the family will hold the government responsible for his death in custody.
In addition to refusing food for more than two months, al-Khadija said her husband is now also refusing IV drips and water.
"I am really worried about him," al-Musawi said in a phone interview Wednesday. "The government wants my husband dead."
Force India handed £650,000 legal bill in copyright dispute
Force India have been ordered by a High Court judge to pay £650,000 legal costs to the Caterham team and their chief technical officer Mike Gascoyne.
The amount is on top of the £700,000 in fees Force India had to pay Italian race-car design company Aerolab over the same case in March.
The case arose when Aerolab pursued Force India for unpaid fees before Force India accused them and Team Lotus, Caterham’s former identity, of misuse of confidential information.
In the trial verdict in March, Force India were awarded £20,900 over use of its intellectual property rights, which the judge said had been used as a “shortcut” to speed up the development of the Team Lotus car for the 2010 season, when they made their debut.
The judge rejected Force India’s claim that there had been “systematic copying” of their designs, saying they had “come nowhere near establishing that was the case”.
good luck collecting..................
Nico Rosberg explains his driving position
F1 head protection ‘inevitable’
Formula 1 will introduce some form of additional driver head protection in the not-too-distant future, race director Charlie Whiting says.
Governing body the FIA is conducting research on methods of head protection and Whiting believes F1 must adopt one.
“There has to be something to try to prevent a wheel hitting a driver’s head,” Whiting told BBC Sport.
He added that roll-over protection in front of the driver “is the most likely option in my opinion”.
But he emphasised that “the research should be done first, so we are able to come up with something that works”.
Researchers at the FIA Institute have so far tried two types of jet canopy and a forward roll-hoop.
The roll-hoop, made of titanium, was the most effective. It deflected the wheel, as well as puncturing the tyre, which makes it stop much more quickly than if it stays inflated.
The jet-style canopies were both flawed to varying degrees.
A 30mm polycarbonate windshield deflected the wheel but shattered, while a canopy from a jet fighter worked effectively but would cause other problems, including distorted vision.
Whiting said: “The canopy has potential problems, particularly in that there were very likely to be visibility issues as it may create a distorted image for the driver.
“There are also the issues of weight, driver egress and driver extraction.”
F1 cars already include wheel tethers, which have drastically reduced the likelihood of wheels becoming detached from cars in the event of an accident, but they are unlikely ever to be foolproof.
“We have done our best to stop a wheel coming off and we are constantly working hard to come up with better ways of making sure wheels stay attached to cars,” Whiting said.
new regs, looks like they addressed the non-linear throttle pedals and are going after McLaren's rear tire heater. Interesting that they are talking about torque and torque demand.......
i couldn't find the part about tire heat, the part on the throttle i found was talking about toque but i didn't see anything about it being non-linear
does it ramp up fast then slow down near the top or does it ramp up slow and get faster near the top
5.5.5 - At any given engine speed the driver torque demand map must be monotonically increasing for an increase in accelerator pedal position.
12.7.3 - The only permitted type of tyre heating devices are blankets which use resistive heating elements. The heating elements may only act upon the outer tyre surface.
1)does the McLaren throttle work on a cam and 2)is it increasing or decreasing radius and 3)what tire of tire heaters are they using now
All teams use a electric blanket type tire heaters prior to installing the tire/wheel on the car. What McLaren is rumored to do is adjust the rear brake exhaust flow to heat the wheel which heats the tire. Since this year's F1 tires only work in a narrow temperature range, McLaren can increase or decrease the directed brake heat to the wheel, thus maintaining the desired tire temperature range.
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