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Monday, 30 August 2010

Bull Wings Banned in Barcelona

Sorry no story here.  Just an odd headline.


Hamilton Floats his Boat

The Red Bull front wing could be seen floating up and down like a fishing float in a lake as the water flowed again in Spa, albeit intermittently.

There was no obvious difference following the new endplate load tests.

As Mark Webber faltered at the start, Lewis Hamilton swept through and held station for the rest of the race.  Apart from one slide on a wetting track, he continued unassailed to the finish to take the lead in the drivers championship.  Webber battled back, Button was speared from behind byVettel's nose puncturing his radiator.  The Red Bull's nose certainly could be seen to deflect in that camera shot.   Kubica had an excellent race and eventually regained the third place he had on the original grid for Renault.

Probably Hamilton or Button will be able to keep their noses up and ahead at Monza.  By that time the new bib test will have been implemented to see if any cars have articulation or flex in the floors.

Personally, I admire any innovation that comes within the rules as published and gives competitive advantage.  That was what made Colin Chapman a great engineer.  Well done Adrian Newey.

Sunday, 29 August 2010

Blazing Belgium

The start to the Belgian Grand Prix today should be a no-holds-barred fight for the first lap.

Neither Webber on pole or Hamilton alongside him are known for giving way in a side by side battle as Vettel found out recently.

Behind Webber in third sits Kubica, know as one of the hardest guys to get past, and behind Hamilton in fourth is none other than Sebastian Vettel.

Then come Button and Massa. On his 300th GP Rubens was 7th which he should be delighted with.

Button has proven his worth in changeable conditions, dodging the showers and changing tyres at the right time.

Rounding out the championship contenders - Fernando Alonso is a lowly 10th.

Friday, 27 August 2010

Belgian Six Pointer

In football, some matches are billed as a cup final before the day.

When two teams meet who face each other prematurely and would otherwise produce a spectacle worthy of a final.

This weekend the teams move to Spa in the Belgian Ardennes hills.  This is generally viewed as the 'drivers circuit' with legendary corner names like Eau Rouge, Stavelot and La Source.

This is just such a weekend.  What is called in football a six-pointer.

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Belgian Six Pointer

In football, some matches are billed as a cup final before the day.

When two teams meet who face each other prematurely and would otherwise produce a spectacle worthy of a final.

This weekend the teams move to Spa in the Belgian Ardennes hills.  This is generally viewed as the 'drivers circuit' with legendary corner names like Eau Rouge, Stavelot and La Source.

This is just such a weekend.  What is called in football a six-pointer.

see www.newsldn.com for full story.

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Spa 2010 | Belgian Grand Prix



Last year at Spa,  Kimi Raikonnen took Ferrari's first victory of the season, Force India came in second with Fisichella being quicker for most of the race. Beaten by KERS at the start, it was not possible to take the win but only a second separated first and second at the end.

Fisichella had secured pole, a remarkable result for the team.

Vettel closed the championship gap on Button, with third place.  Button had his first DNF of the year after being hit from behind by Grosjean.


Image credit:  www.spa-francorchamps.be

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Wings and Things

If Red Bull gives you wings then McLaren gives you F ducts...

Chaparral gave us wings actually.  In 1966 they entered a Can-Am car with a high mounted wing which inspired other formulas including F1.

Jim Hall and Hap Sharp started the company in 1962
and soon produced a mid-engined semi monocoque design.

In 1970 they produced the  Chaparral 2J which had twin fans to accelerate air beneath the car and create downforce.  (familiar?)

Successes include the 1966 Nurburgring 1000 kms. (Phil Hill and Jo Bonnier driving), and the 1978 Indy 500 with a Chaparral prepared Lola (Al Unser).

image credit: Chaparralcars.com

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

F1 Autographs | 1963 | 1964

Two autographed programmes from the 1963 British Grand Prix and the 1964 International Trophy at Silverstone are open to offers.

Autographs of Jim Clark, Bruce McLaren, John Surtees (twice), Graham Hill (twice), Jack Brabham, Dan Gurney, Innes Ireland (twice), Lorenzo Bandini. Phil Hill, Richie Ginther, Denis Hulme, John Whitmore, Roy Salvadori, Mike Parkes, Mike Hailwood, Chris Summers, Bob Olthoff, Raymond Baxter and Andrew Hedges.

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Monday, 9 August 2010

Newey News

After crashing his Ginetta G50 on his weekend off at Snetterton, F1 top designer Adrian Newey was stretchered out and taken to hospital.

He crossed the grass and was then T-boned by the following car.

Newey was not seriously injured and should be free to get the Red Bull mods. ready for Spa.

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Sunday, 8 August 2010

Belgian Grand Prix 2010 | Spa

The Belgian Grand Prix has always been a gold standard venue set in Spa-Francorchamps in the Ardennes hills of Belgium.

In the last ten years only in 2003 and 2006 were there no races.  Of the remaining races of the last decade, Ferrari have won five races and McLaren three.

Last year Kimi Raikkonen won, the previous year Massa and in 2007 Raikkonen again. In '04 and '05 Raikkonen won again and in 2001 and '02 Michael Schumacher.

The weather is notoriously fickle.

So who will take the honours this year?  The circuit favours out and out top speed and very courageous drivers, notably eau rouge bend as it sweeps out of a deep compression and up hill.  The circuit also suits high downforce with its long fast bends.

If Massa is allowed to do so this could be a race where he dominates.

Monday, 2 August 2010

Schumacher Says Sorry

On his own website michael-schumacher.de, the following comment appears:-

"Ich wollte ihn logischerweise nicht gefarhden mit meinem Manover. Wenn er dieses Gefuhl hatte dann sorry, das war nicht meine Absicht."

"Logically I did not want to jeopardize him with my manoeuver.  If he had this feeling then sorry that was not my intention."

Alex Wurz Speaks Out

A former F1 driver and GPDA Director gave his personal opinion of the Barrichello Schumacher incident to BBC Sport as follows:-

"If Schumacher has not seen what is happening behind him the car should be illegal because a mirror has to function as a mirror for rearwards view."  "I feel a bit emotional about it."  "This line should not be crossed."   Alex Wurz to BBC Sport.

The FIA verdict stated that Barrichello's car had been 'illegitimately impeded.'

Heavyweight Questions

If there is nothing wrong with the wings then there must be something wrong with the tests...

Red Bull were so far ahead in Hungary that it was almost like another Formula.  FZero??

Maybe the FIA could consider hanging a 200kg load on the front wings during scrutineering.

Any heavy volunteers from other teams in the pit lane??

Sunday, 1 August 2010

Vettel Penalty | Webber Win

Sebastian Vettel's mistake, backing Alonso into the field behind the safety car resulted in a stop-go penalty and cost him the race.

On BBC David Coulthard opined on lap 18 that Vettel may back up Alonso under the safety car to allow Webber to take his tyre change and still give Red Bull a one-two victory.  This would have been useful but Vettel, saying after the race he was sleeping was adjudged to have allowed too big a gap to the safety car and was penalised.

Whatever the case Webber now retakes the lead in the drivers championship.

McLaren had a bad day with Hamilton retiring with transmission problems and Button coming in eighth.

Schumacher and Barrichello had a late skirmish which resulted in Barrichello calling this the most dangerous move he had ever been subjected to in his career.  Had the concrete barrier been any longer he may have been squeezed into the wall.  Schumacher denied any malicious intent.  He was given a ten place grid penalty for the next race by the stewards.