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John S
April 17, 2014, 07:53:57 pm by John S
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I wondered why no blame was given to clutch supplier post race.

Still don't really understand it.  :confused: Did they burn out the clutches - anyone got any ideas?


Jenson Button has revealed an experimental set-up caused the clutch issue that wrecked the McLaren Formula 1 team's Bahrain Grand Prix.

The Woking team discovered problems with the clutches on both cars during the late-race safety car period in the Middle Eastern night race earlier this month.

McLaren tried to alleviate the issues by adjusting settings, but ultimately suffered two costly non-finishes.

Magnussen retired behind the safety car, while Button stopped shortly after having been fifth at the restart.

"We tried something over the weekend and didn't realise it would have the effects it did. That's why we had the clutch issues," Button told reporters in the build-up to this weekend's Chinese Grand Prix.

"It's alright because it's not something that just happened. We know the reason for it and we knew the reason during the race, which was a bit of a pain.

"We're trying to improve all the time, even half a tenth makes such a big difference for the way the grid is, so you're trying things.

"It's not that we massively risked something, but it was a knock-on effect that created the issue."

Button said he had been surprised by how competitive McLaren was in Bahrain and hopes an update package for this weekend's race in China will allow his team to overhaul Force India for second spot in the constructors' championship.

"We hope the car will remain strong because we didn't expect to be quick in Bahrain," he added.

"It's a style of the circuit where we have some weaknesses with traction, [so] we were surprised to be where we were.

"We weren't quickest, but nobody for a long time is going to get anywhere near the Mercedes.

Autosport.com, Today.
scott
April 17, 2014, 03:38:37 pm by scott
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Talk about laugh out loud.  For those of you unfamiliar with southern American accents, it might be tough to keep up, but it is priceless.


scott
April 17, 2014, 11:45:41 am by scott
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Ok, pretty minor, but it's fun anyhow...

http://www.gptoday.com/full_story/view/484996/Taxi_driver_claim_not_honest_says_Lauda/
scott
April 17, 2014, 11:38:17 am by scott
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Well, F1 Masters went broke in 3 races, and now Bernie is looking at reviving it in maybe a slightly different form. 

http://www.gpupdate.net/en/f1-news/309423/plans-for-championship-with-ex-f1-drivers/

Gets a thumbs down from me.  I don't care if ex-F1 drivers want to race in other series, all the power to them, and I suppose if one of my all-time favourites was racing another series, I might put more effort into watching that, but to create a series just for F1 drivers without a drive is probably doomed just like the last time.

IMO we should have more ex-F1 drivers as pundits and interviewers to bring a far more knowledgeable BBC and Sky team to the racetracks.  The whole broadcast team should be made up of only F1 drivers.  I know there are already a few, but what is with that brunette who won't let go of her iPad - the one with DC?  Yeesh, do we really have to listen to her?  It almost turns me off the BBC broadcast, but I do love it when DC smirks at something stupid that she's said.
scott
April 17, 2014, 07:00:48 am by scott
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cosworth151
April 15, 2014, 04:27:44 pm by cosworth151
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According to Sport Bild, Romain Grosjean, Nico Hulkenberg, Adrian Sutil and Kamui Kobayashi are all owed back pay. Kimi is still owed for his time at Lotus. The GPDA is now reportedly talking strike.

http://www.autoweek.com/article/20140415/f1/140419901#ixzz2yyNly1KL

John S
April 15, 2014, 04:09:07 pm by John S
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Cool vid from Burn & Lotus of how things may develop.     

Plenty of interesting detail about current things as well, I never knew there were 65 sensors feeding 2,000 core channels back to pit wall and factory from each car.  :swoon:

Jericoke
April 15, 2014, 02:20:54 pm by Jericoke
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This is a transcript of the press conference from racer.com:
http://www.racer.com/f1/item/102755-f1-haas-formula-teleconference-transcript

I haven't read it, just the write up by Norris McDonald:
http://www.wheels.ca/news/did-gene-haas-get-talked-into-entering-formula-one/

Key points:
  • Team will be called Haas Formula
  • Goal of the team is turn Haas Automation into a worldwide premium tooling brand
  • Team principle will be Guenther Steiner, former technical director of Jaguar and RBR for its first 2 seasons
  • Haas Formula will be based in North Carolina (NASCAR Country)
  • When asked they had no answer as how they will field a car in 9 months time
  • He does not consider his current racing staff (Kurt Busch and  Danica Patrick) qualified to race F1 cars
  • He expects the first season to be a total loss, even accepting that pit stops will be 2 seconds slower than the competition

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