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Old 05-29-2013, 11:17 AM   #1036
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interesting bits circulating about running tires left to right (Left rear on right side after its been run a bit) etc.
sounded at first like it was something new... that Mercedes was doing, but then others have chimed in that its old news / plenty of teams do it.
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Old 05-29-2013, 11:40 AM   #1037
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Do F1 teams have their own tire changing facilities or does Pirelli have control over that like many other tire manufacturers do at racing events?
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Old 05-29-2013, 11:42 AM   #1039
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Do F1 teams have their own tire changing facilities or does Pirelli have control over that like many other tire manufacturers do at racing events?
from what I have seen Pirelli does all the mounting & balancing for the teams.
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Old 05-29-2013, 12:31 PM   #1040
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Does Seb have any comment on why he could not keep up with Rosberg each time there was a safety car restart?
Or why he ended up 3.889 seconds back of Rosberg this year with all the safety car incidents bunching the field and last year he was only .7 seconds slower than Rosberg despite less safety car laps and no suspension? Seems to me like Rosberg's "bus" was considerably quicker than Vettel's throughout the race.
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Old 05-29-2013, 01:23 PM   #1041
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Listen, he's gotta compensate for that face somehow. Saying snarky (retarded) shit is an easy way to do so.
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Old 05-30-2013, 05:00 AM   #1042
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Williams

Looks like Williams will be switching to Mercedes power for next year.

http://www.crash.net/f1/news/191746/...gine_deal.html
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Old 05-30-2013, 07:00 AM   #1043
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Looks like Williams will be switching to Mercedes power for next year.

http://www.crash.net/f1/news/191746/...gine_deal.html
With Williams signing with Mercedes for 2014 engines, they join Mercedes AMG, McLaren & Force India
Renault will supply; Red Bull, Toro Rosso, Lotus & Caterham with 2014 engines
While Ferrari supply themselves (obviously), Sauber and most likely Marussia (expect an announcement before Canada) with 2014 power-trains
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Old 05-30-2013, 09:26 AM   #1044
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With Williams signing with Mercedes for 2014 engines, they join Mercedes AMG, McLaren & Force India
Renault will supply; Red Bull, Toro Rosso, Lotus & Caterham with 2014 engines
While Ferrari supply themselves (obviously), Sauber and most likely Marussia (expect an announcement before Canada) with 2014 power-trains
Have they officially nailed down the engine specs for next year Greg? I keep seeing a back and forth banter but nothing official as of yet on whether or not F1 will run the 4 cylinder turbo?
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Old 05-30-2013, 09:50 AM   #1045
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Have they officially nailed down the engine specs for next year Greg? I keep seeing a back and forth banter but nothing official as of yet on whether or not F1 will run the 4 cylinder turbo?
apparently as of last week the published rules are "still being clarified"
I think it's V6 turbo with energy recovery systems (both KERS & a heat / exhaust recovery system).

link to the regs (so far) LINK
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It's hard to pin Williams' decline on the engine, but it's tempting to do so. Their disastrous relationship with BMW is when it started. But it was sealed when they had to run Cosworth engines. Between 2006 and 2011, Williams used Cosworth, Toyota and then Cosworth engines.

I don't think it's a coincidence that they lost their status as a premier team and also lost the RBS sponsorship during that spell. The Renault engine, and now the Mercedes engine, help.

But this is now team operating a much smaller budget than the teams it would like to compete with. I don't know how they can pick themselves up again. Perhaps by finding and hiring the next Adrian Newey?
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Old 05-30-2013, 11:40 PM   #1047
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It's hard to pin Williams' decline on the engine, but it's tempting to do so. Their disastrous relationship with BMW is when it started.
Their decline began when the rule change banned their active cars. When Newey left them for McLaren it didn't help (it didn't help McLaren much either - Newey worked best when he was under the hand of Patrick Head - at least until he moved to Red Bull).

The Mechachrome era was just Renault with another name, the BMW era saw Williams supplied with arguably the best engines in F1 at that time. The problem with the BMW era is that Williams and BMW didn't have the same intentions: Williams just wanted an engine supplier but got a "partner". BMW wanted their own team and thought that a creeping take-over would work.

I've come to the conclusion that the real reason for Williams F1's decline has been Frank Williams attitude to his drivers. It cannot be very motivational to be considered little more than "just another component". Frank's single-mindedness has contributed to his longevity in circumstances that have bucked the medical prognosis but it's also contributed to Williams F1's decline.

For a long time now, sad to say, the problem with Williams F1 has been Frank Williams.
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Old 05-31-2013, 01:32 PM   #1048
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I doubt anything will come of this:

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The FIA has asked Team Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 and Scuderia Ferrari Team which have taken part in tyre tests in the 2013 season to reply to a disciplinary inquiry in pursuance of the FIA Judicial and Disciplinary Rules.
This follows the Stewards' Report from the Monaco Grand Prix and represents supplementary information required by the FIA in the light of the replies received from Pirelli, who were asked for clarifications on Tuesday May 28th.


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Old 05-31-2013, 08:40 PM   #1050
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I doubt anything will come of this:
Why was no-one upset about the Ferrari test? As I understand it, it was before Spain, which they went on to win. Just as Mercedes won after their tire test. yet the first we hear about the Ferrari test is in Monaco. I'm puzzled.
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