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Old 10-07-2013, 02:51 PM   #1696
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This is the price for his illegal ride with Alonso after the last fire.

It's a twofer. Will he make it three?
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Old 10-07-2013, 03:44 PM   #1697
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Haha, Newey's face.
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Old 10-07-2013, 04:32 PM   #1698
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Haha, Newey's face.
Helmut Marko methinks...
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Old 10-07-2013, 05:49 PM   #1699
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Old 10-08-2013, 07:05 AM   #1700
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engineers guide to Suzuka & Kimi's thoughts via F1Elvis

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Jubilation in Japan An Engineers Guide to the Suzuka Circuit
The Circuit
Turn 1: Taken almost flat with only a light lift, the opening corner of the lap is a quick curve leading into the slower Turn 2.
Turns 3 6: Understeer needs to be minimised for the constant change of direction through the S Curves, with a well-balanced car maintaining the speed.
Turns 8 + 9: Two tricky turns make up the Degner Curve. The first is short and narrow with a cautious approach required thanks to the inner kerb, to which drivers need to get as close as possible without making contact.
Turns 13 + 14: Understeer saps speed through the Spoon Curve and so needs to be minimised, with a fast exit necessary onto the following straight.
Turn 15: 130R is flat out, but more difficult when the cars are heavy with fuel.
Turn 16: The best overtaking opportunity around the circuit layout, with DRS less effective at this particular
track than elsewhere.
The Car
Front Wing: Front wing level is important to eradicate speed sapping understeer through the long Spoon corner, and to assist with quick change of direction through the Snake of Turns 3 7.
Rear Wing: Comparable downforce levels to Silverstone or Barcelona; not maximum levels, but not far off. Suspension: Good change of direction is required, especially for the Snake through Turns 3 7, so a
stiffer and more responsive setup is sought.
Brakes: The only heavy braking applications are into the Turn 11 hairpin and into the Turn 16 17 chicane. As with Silverstone, much of the lap is spent cooling the brakes meaning that in contrast to Singapore more attention is paid to keeping these warm.
Tyres: The hard and medium tyre compounds will be used, meaning that the selection for Suzuka moves a step harder for the third year in a row after 2011s soft and medium and 2012s soft and hard allocations. Suzuka is one of the biggest challenges of the year for tyres as the track layout contains a wide variety of corners; many of which are fast, but with some heavy braking areas and tighter turns intertwined. The hottest part of the tyre tread can reach 120 degrees centigrade at Suzuka.
Engine: A high-speed figure of eight track that features every possible corner; from high speed kinks to flowing linked turns, profiled curved bends and hairpins. The engine needs to deliver across the entire power spectrum without sacrificing driveability and responsiveness. High speed corners such as the S Curves also subject the internals of the engine and lubricant systems to high lateral G-forces.
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Kimi Räikkönen: Suzuka is one of the top three tracks in the world
After a fight up the order to second place in Korea, our Finn is at the top of his game heading to one of his very favourite circuits, Suzuka
Suzuka is up next; what are your thoughts on the circuit?
Normally it doesnt make too much difference to me where we race as long as we have a good result then Ill enjoy it but Suzuka is a track I look forward to every season. Its a proper circuit thats been around for a many years, and you can understand why as its a challenge for the drivers and usually makes for some good racing too. Its fast, technical and there are some good places to overtake, which to me is what racing should be about.
You describe it as a challenge; what is it that really pushes you in the cockpit here?
Its a bit of everything really. There are some corners where you are flat out or very nearly flat out but then there are others where you really have to balance the braking and throttle carefully to maintain the best speed. If you push too hard then you can easily be punished, as I found out in qualifying last year when I was on my best lap in the final session. Hopefully this time well get everything right and be fighting at the front; thats where you can have the most fun at a circuit like Suzuka.
Would you say this is quite a special venue for you as a driver?
As a racing circuit it has unique characteristics and belongs in the top three in the world with Spa and Monaco. I enjoy winning races the most at the places like these. For me coming to Suzuka was never that enjoyable because of the long journey, but driving a Formula 1 car on the track has felt great every time. I had a good race at Fuji too. It was that wet race back in 2007 when I came from pretty far back to a podium finish, but Suzuka 2005 is my best memory from Japan. Its very difficult to say which is your best race especially if you have won many but coming from the last row of the grid to take victory at a place like this is one I remember very, very well.
What do you like about Japan as a country?
I particularly like Tokyo and always have a good time when I visit there. Its a fun place, there is a lot going on, and I do enjoy sushi
What do the Japanese fans mean to you?
Since my first ever visit to Japan back in 2001 with Sauber, Ive always enjoyed the almost fanatic loyalty of the local fans. They really support you, no matter what position you are racing for. Maybe that Suzuka victory was the best memory for them too. Even last year after being out of Formula 1 for two seasons I still had a lot of Japanese fans all over the world. For sure, that feels nice! Whenever I race or go rallying, there are always some Japanese supporters around and I appreciate the support.
It was another strong race result from you in Korea, with some close racing between you and Romain
It was quite close I guess but we both came out of it okay. He basically gave me second place with a small mistake at the end of the lap after the restart and I already knew there were yellow flags into Turn 3, so I knew if I overtook him into Turn 1 he wouldnt be able to pass me back. It wasnt too difficult; he defended pretty hard but I managed to get through.
Was more possible had you qualified better?
Qualifying was pretty awful for me in Korea, but its difficult to say whether a better grid position would have made the difference. Sebastian [Vettel] was faster than us at the end; not massively, but a little bit for sure and his tyres were fresher too so I think it would have been tough to catch him in any case. We were closer to the Red Bull in Korea than we have been in some races, but not close enough
Do you think theres the potential to add to your win tally before the end of the season?
If we can improve our performance on Saturdays then theres always a chance, so well keep trying for sure and see what we can do.
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Old 10-09-2013, 09:38 PM   #1701
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http://jalopnik.com/red-bull-may-hav...olo-1442585020

i'm sticking with coanda effect for now, but still interesting.
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Old 10-10-2013, 04:54 AM   #1702
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http://jalopnik.com/red-bull-may-hav...olo-1442585020

i'm sticking with coanda effect for now, but still interesting.
Good article.
It's easy to (want) to believe.

I wonder what Lewis thinks of the Sauber after Korea?
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Old 10-10-2013, 01:15 PM   #1703
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Thanks. Fascinating. And if it's technically legal, what does the FIA do?
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Old 10-10-2013, 01:24 PM   #1704
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Thanks. Fascinating. And if it's technically legal, what does the FIA do?
same as ever.. write a rule next year banning it
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Senna whining because Prost wouldn't let him play on his team. There was a lot of dirty pool by both drivers in that rivalry. What pisses me off about the Senna "documentary" is that it abominates Prost and justifies Senna every step of the way. Both were guilty of dubious behavior and both were great drivers.
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Old 10-10-2013, 10:04 PM   #1708
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Good article.
It's easy to (want) to believe.
That's very true.

Given that they're regularly posted slow top speeds, there's always been a question about their ability to find faster lap times. There's only so much that can be ascribed to Newey's aero wizardry and Vettel's skill.

It may also partly explain why red Bull were so vociferous about the tyre compound (TC puts greater strain on the rubber) and why their form improved so dramatically post-Silverstone.
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Maria De Villota dies at 33.

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BBC report on Maria's death:

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