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Old 07-09-2013, 08:10 PM   #1351
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The low nose tip is going make some interesting collisions.
and they'll be giving up some efficiency in the corners. initially anyway, i'm sure they'll figure something out.
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looks like Merc fitted a deer whistle

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Old 07-10-2013, 09:28 AM   #1353
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passive DRS testing





Silverstone wing:



and Germany:



Big John w/o passive DRS



and Kimi with





changes to the engine cowl



and



and at Williams... they duct tape bits on.
next stop NASCAR?

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Old 07-10-2013, 09:32 AM   #1354
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Old 07-10-2013, 11:49 AM   #1355
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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.

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Old 07-10-2013, 11:50 AM   #1356
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The low nose tip is going make some interesting collisions.
I think it's for safety, so it doesn't spear the cockpit. Same reason they raised the cockpit side height, I believe.
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Old 07-10-2013, 11:52 AM   #1357
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I think it's for safety, so it doesn't spear the cockpit. Same reason they raised the cockpit side height, I believe.

yup
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)
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Old 07-10-2013, 12:43 PM   #1358
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looks like medium & soft for Hungary.....

don't bother betting on Lewis & Nico.

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Old 07-10-2013, 02:24 PM   #1359
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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.

Oh, wait...
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Old 07-10-2013, 03:46 PM   #1360
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Sounds like restrictor car racing
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Old 07-14-2013, 10:07 AM   #1361
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We're not going to get those great shots of worn tires or pit stop snafus any more.

Bernie has relegated his TV cameras to the pit wall. Makes sense from a safety point of view. But we're going to miss a lot that we've come to take for granted.
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Old 07-14-2013, 02:02 PM   #1362
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Just watched a brilliant BBC documentary about the 1976 championship and the Hunt/Lauda battles. It will probably be on Youtube before long.

Best quote from it, Hunt to Lauda after Lauda's crash, "Niki, you're the only person I know who could have come out of that crash better looking than you were before".
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Sergey Sirotkin, 17, lined up for Sauber Formula 1 drive

By Andrew Benson Chief F1 writer
Russian teenager Sergey Sirotkin has joined Sauber with a view to him racing for the team next year.
The deal for the 17-year-old to be fast-tracked into F1 is part of an investment in Sauber by a group of Russian companies.
A statement from the Swiss team said they would set up a development programme for Sirotkin "to prepare him as racing driver for the team in 2014".
A spokesman added: "The goal would be to have him in our car next year."
Sirotkin races this year in the Formula Renault 3.5 series and lies eighth in the championship, with a best result of second place.
This extensive co-operation will showcase Russian innovation at the pinnacle of motorsport. At the same time, the Sauber F1 Team will have a solid foundation to increase its competitiveness on a long-term basis.
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On the face of it, he does not qualify for the 'super-licence' required to be an F1 driver, and would have to win the Renault 3.5 championship to ensure he did.
However, there is a catch-all clause that Sauber could use to argue his case, which states a driver must have "consistently demonstrated outstanding ability in single-seater formula cars".
Sauber's race drivers this year are German Nico Hulkenberg, who is expected to move on next year, and Mexican Esteban Gutierrez, who also owes his presence in the team to sponsorship from his home country.
Sauber have been in financial trouble for some time and the deal with a group of Russian companies secures their future for the next few years.
The spokesman said there had been no change in shareholding at the team "for the time being", with founder Peter Sauber retaining two-thirds of the shares and team principal Monisha Kaltenborn one-third.
The Sauber statement said: "This extensive co-operation will showcase Russian innovation at the pinnacle of motorsport. At the same time, the Sauber F1 Team will have a solid foundation to increase its competitiveness on a long-term basis."
Sauber will also promote Russia's inaugural grand prix in Sochi in 2014.
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Old 07-15-2013, 02:19 PM   #1365
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This is very interesting. On the one hand, it's great that Sauber found a financial lifeline. On the other hand, the piece hints that Sauber may sell the team again, which would be a pity. He is its heart and soul.

And lastly, two pay drivers. Well, I guess we'll find out how much it's the car, at any rate.
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