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Old 11-12-2012, 12:53 PM   #3376
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Meet the driver, and also a gift for my father in law who is a big fan. Plus then I can watch for the next few years and say, I met that guy!

Chances are the wait/line will be very long and I'll opt to not bother.
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Old 11-12-2012, 12:57 PM   #3377
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cool thanks for the explanation
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Old 11-15-2012, 11:38 PM   #3378
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This is big news for next year

http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/104254

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FIA to restrict DRS use during F1 practice and qualifying next year

The FIA is to restrict the use of DRS anywhere on the circuit except in the allocated zones during practice and qualifying on grand prix weekends next year.

Since the system was introduced at the start of the 2011 season, drivers have been free to use the DRS as they want during practice and qualifying with the activation zone applying only in the race.

But FIA technical delegate Charlie Whiting recently informed the teams that he is no longer happy with this for safety reasons amid concerns about drivers risking deploying the DRS early at the exit of corners.

"We are going to prohibit the use of the DRS during practice and qualifying except in the places where it's going to be used in the race," said Whiting.

"It's something that we told the teams about the other day, that we are doing it for safety reasons.

"There have been a number of incidents and drivers have told me that it's becoming increasingly prevalent [for the early deployment of DRS to cause problems].

"One could argue that the early deployment of the DRS is not much different to early deployment of the throttle, but the DRS is an on/off switch whereas the throttle can be modulated."

Whiting is confident that the change will not reduce the effectiveness of the DRS is creating overtaking.

The FIA conducts in-depth analysis of the DRS based on data from every race weekend and this suggests that teams will continue to set the cars up to capitalise on using it in the activation zone or zones during qualifying and the race.

"The whole point of the DRS was to improve overtaking opportunities in the race," said Whiting.

"We didn't really want to have it used in qualifying and practice before but we were worried that we may not have effective DRS systems.

"Now I believe [based on] all the information we have, we should not see any reduction in the power of the DRS.

"Teams will still use it because even though they're allowed to use it in perhaps two places on the circuit, the benefit will still be there.

"I'm sure that it will work just as it does now."
I find it incredibly stupid to restrict it based on drivers complaints when they're the ones activating it. At least saying they only meant for it to be used in the race makes sense.
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Old 11-15-2012, 11:42 PM   #3379
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Formula 1 teams to face tougher front wing tests in 2013

Formula 1 teams will face tougher front wing tests next year, with the FIA keen to clamp down on team's exploiting the flexible bodywork rules.

Although the governing body tightened up the wing flexibility tests for this year - with a 1000N force applied 790mm ahead of the front wheel centre line – that has not stopped suggestions that some teams are still trying to get around the rules.

At the Japanese Grand Prix this year the FIA trialled a different location for the tests, and it has decided that tests will be done differently for 2013.

Speaking at the United States Grand Prix, F1 race director Charlie Whiting said that four independent tests will now be used on front wings next year.

"I think rigidity, or lack of it, on some front wings has been the subject of a lot of discussion," he explained. "We've attempted to introduce some new tests, which not only tests its vertical deflection but also torsional stiffness of the front wing as well. And we're going to take a step further next year as well.

"It will be a matter of applying the load. At the moment we apply the load at 790mm forward of the front axle. We are going to move that forward 15cm and back 15cm – so we will do two tests [in those areas]."

Whiting also said he had no concerns about the visible flexibility of the nose tip of the Red Bull car - which was highlighted in video of it during a pit stop at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – as all cars feature lighter than normal bodywork in that area.

"What you saw on the Red Bull at the last race was extreme, as they had cameras on that part and the guy was actually twisting those cameras to try and get the nose off," he said.

"I think if other cars had cameras mounted in those places and they did the same thing to get the nose off then they would do something very similar.

"We are satisfied that the Red Bull car is no more flexible than anybody else in that area so it was a rather strange phenomenon – which I don't think anyone was expecting to see – but there was a perfectly logical explanation for it."
Can't wait to see the look on Charlie's face when Newey picks up a 4th straight constructor's next year.
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Old 11-17-2012, 08:01 PM   #3380
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Aplogies if this does not display properly...these government computers are really cramping my capabilities. Also, I believe the pit stop time to be incorrect. I think something along the lines of ~3 seconds for an F1 car is reasonable now.

Source: http://www.autoblog.com/photos/nasca...#photo-5440372
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Old 11-17-2012, 09:33 PM   #3381
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The steering wheel a bit old too. No KERS or DRS, and it still has the fuel flap control.
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Old 11-18-2012, 03:04 AM   #3382
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haha that was a good post of the comparison! Dam do Nascar drivers get paid well!!! No wonder kimi gave it a try!
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Old 11-18-2012, 04:30 AM   #3383
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I'm sure he also heard rumors of moonshine being part of the race...lol
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Old 11-18-2012, 07:12 AM   #3384
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Hey, there's nothing stock abiut a Stock car.
Wish I was in Austin...
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Old 11-19-2012, 03:33 PM   #3385
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Amazing circuit, great city, very good facility, very good race!
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Old 11-21-2012, 04:20 PM   #3386
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In Texas, during what will go down as one of the absolute best inaugural Grand Prix weekends in series history, there was yet another Formula One record set by his lordship, the soon to retire Michael Schumacher of the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 squad. And, no, it wasn't his finishing in 16th place and lapped by the leaders that got the attention. Nor was it his recent purchase of a 500-acre horse ranch in Texas.

While watching the broadcast television coverage, the chief commentator announced that, upon the completion of Lap 10 of the 3.4-mile Circuit of the Americas, Schumacher became the most traveled Formula One pilot in history. That lap saw him clock 80,000 kilometers – or 49,710 miles – in competition in an F1 car over 19 seasons. By the time he finishes the 2012 F1 season finale on November 25th in Brazil, that'll be over two-times the 24,901-mile circumference of planet Earth driven in a Formula One car.

This feat outdistanced the record set by his former Ferrari teammate Rubens Barrichello, though it is not known if Barrichello came to the Mercedes trailer after the race to congratulate the seven-time F1 champ. Rubens was, after all, a guest of honor over at the Ferrari compound.
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Old 11-21-2012, 09:39 PM   #3387
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<NASCAR vs F1 comparison...>

Aplogies if this does not display properly...these government computers are really cramping my capabilities. Also, I believe the pit stop time to be incorrect. I think something along the lines of ~3 seconds for an F1 car is reasonable now.

Source: http://www.autoblog.com/photos/nasca...#photo-5440372
Here is another comparison between NASCAR and F1, specifically about engines. It's a few years old but still interesting. NASCAR is a lot more technical than most give it credit.

http://www.epi-eng.com/piston_engine..._cup_to_f1.htm

Apologies if that has already been posted.
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Old 11-23-2012, 09:37 AM   #3388
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Kobayashi out, Gutierrez in!

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Sauber has confirmed Esteban Gutierrez will drive for its team next year after the news slowly leaked out over recent weeks.
Gutierrez will join Nico Hulkenberg to complete Sauber's race line-up, with World Series by Renault champion Robin Frijns securing the reserve drive. Gutierrez came third in the GP2 championship this year and has completed several F1 tests with the team going back to its days under BMW ownership in 2009.
"Esteban has already been part of the team for a long time and we have followed his career very closely," team principal Monisha Kaltenborn said. "In 2010 we signed him up as an affiliated driver, and in 2011 and 2012 he was our test and reserve driver. We mapped out his path to Formula One step by step. Esteban has great talent and now he's ready to take the leap. We are in no doubt we have a strong driver pairing in place for the 2013 season with Nico Hülkenberg and Esteban Gutiérrez."
Gutiérrez added: "After three years working with Sauber I feel very grateful for all the attention I have received from everyone in the team and for all their input, which has allowed me to develop into a Formula One driver in a very progressive way. Now, after experiencing other categories of racing as an introduction to Formula One, this is the start of the real challenge to succeed at the pinnacle of motor sport. The support from my family, as well as from my sponsors, has been a key factor in getting there and I am very grateful to everyone who has been involved in our project. It will be a great pleasure to be racing in the same team as an experienced driver like Nico Hülkenberg. He will be a good reference point for me and will push me to adapt quickly to F1 competition so we can develop the car together with the team in the best way."
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Old 11-23-2012, 07:01 PM   #3389
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Pic in at Chatham. On my phone but trust me, I'm a doctor.
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Old 11-23-2012, 07:02 PM   #3390
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Abu Dhabi firm sells its stake in Mercedes F1 team.

http://www.autoblog.com/2012/11/23/d...er-buying-out/

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When rumors surfaced earlier this year regarding the desire of Abu Dhabi's Aabar Investments to completely shed its stake in Daimler, no one knew why and neither party would comment. The Middle Eastern investment firm took a 9.1-percent stake in Daimler in 2009, had dropped that to 3.1 percent earlier this year, then got rid of the remainder in October. Part of that original deal in 2009 was a 40-percent share in the Mercedes Formula One team, and Reuters has reported that Daimler just bought that back as well.

Pending approval from the regulatory authorities, the German company will fully control its F1 team (team principal Ross Brawn had owned 24.9-percent of the team but sold it to Mercedes in early 2011). The amount paid for the stake hasn't been disclosed.

Daimler can now focus on getting the team where it wishes to be, which is not down in fifth place fighting with Sauber and with less than half the points of fourth-placed Lotus. The team rebranded itself Mercedes-AMG this year, has committed to Formula One's Concorde Agreement until 2020 and signed Lewis Hamilton for three years. It will want to begin extracting added value for the hundreds of millions of dollars it has already invested and the hundreds of millions more it knows are required.

Is this good timing? Merc has all winter to figure out their tire problems and make the Coanda exhausts work, and Lewis Hamilton driving for them.
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Old 11-24-2012, 03:42 PM   #3391
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sry if repost:

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Even before Red Bull Racing became a record-breaking three-time Constructor's Champion in Formula One, it has dominated conversations both as a team and as an energy drink. After seven years of "Red Bull this" and "Red Bull that," Coca-Cola is reportedly ready to jump into the F1 fray with its Sweden-based energy drink Burn.

Rumors had placed Coca-Cola's entry with McLaren F1, but it's actually Lotus that has secured the deal. We have no idea what the sponsorship will look like, but the website for Burn says that "We [intend] to foster that creativity by incorporating art and music in a way that will break the conventions of traditional F1 sponsorship," Lotus F1 team principal Eric Boullier adding "We are excited to partner with burn to build a new and innovative model for sponsorships that will combine experiences, content creation and social media..."

Since most – including this writer – have no idea what Burn is, we've included a couple of Burn commercial spots to help get us up to speed, which you'll find below. The 2012 season hasn't even ended, and we're already looking forward to 2013...
Looks like Mclaren missed out on some serious sponsorship dollars.
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Old 11-25-2012, 03:50 PM   #3392
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what are the odds that Webber will not drive for RedBull anymore?
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Old 11-25-2012, 06:36 PM   #3393
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I'd say pretty bad, considering he's under contract for next year.
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Old 11-25-2012, 08:56 PM   #3394
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I believer redbull doesnt want anyone else as Vettel is obviously the #1 driver and he always will be. Specially after getting them their first win and 3 driver's after
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Old 11-25-2012, 10:28 PM   #3395
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I'd say pretty bad, considering he's under contract for next year.


Honestly, though, it's pretty much the best possible situation for both parties. Webber has to realize his WDC opportunity slipped away in 2010. Rather than be a #1 in a midfielder, I think he'd rather be competing for poles and podiums with the top team in RBR and they're happy to have an experienced, reliable #2 who will get them the constructor's through said poles and podiums. "I think the team is happy with the result."
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Old 11-26-2012, 01:37 PM   #3396
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everyone - including ferrari - keep pointing to the first lap crash-outs at Spa and Suzuka being the reason they didn't win the WDC, but i would point to poor single-lap qualifying pace as the reason they were left vulnerable on the opening laps of these races. yes alonso always made up places in the race by whatever means, and it was amazing to see. But that's not the best way to win a championship... especially when other teams were developing their car for single lap pace (Red Bull implemented a double DRS at Singapore that put Vettel at or near the front of the pack for the rest of the season).

you can blame other drivers but starting further back has always been treacherous. Maybe Ferrari weren't used to that.

i also wonder how much the front pull-rod suspension cost them in the beginning of the season. they seemed to spend more time sorting that out.

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Old 11-26-2012, 02:13 PM   #3397
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You can't do one-sided "ifs". As if the world was a vacuum and only their 2 misfortunes were rectified, no one else's. They're the only ones who could say "If X didn't happen, things would have gone Y way". They expected a 100% points finish for the season? Get real. They had incredible and laudable reliability and were indeed taken out of only 2 races (I'd put the Suzuka crash on Alonso, though). To quote Morpheus, "No, what happened, happened and couldn't have happened any other way." Qualifying at the back of Q3 is indeed what did them in.
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