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August 22, 2019, 03:39:42 PM by John S
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According to the wind-tunnel analysis, 2021 cars will lose just 10% downforce when following another.
Current cars lose as much as half of their downforce when in the wake of another.

Ground-effect aerodynamics is hoped to keep speeds high without producing turbulence, with further tweaks set to follow – particularly to front wing designs.


cosworth151
August 20, 2019, 07:41:19 PM by cosworth151
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Former F1 driver Scott Speed broke his back in three places as a result of a hard landing after a rallycross jump. He fractured three vertebrae, with the T6 damage being by far the most severe, in addition to some torn ligaments.

“My T6 was squished in half, and some pieces of the bone penetrated the spinal canal to a depth of about 6 millimeters -- which was not enough to damage the spinal cord.

“I’m the luckiest man alive,” Speed said from his hospital bed. “It has been the biggest emotional roller coaster of my life. The support has been overwhelming. I know when (IndyCar driver) Robert Wickens got hurt, he said how much the support helped. His injury turned out to be more serious than mine, but I know how it feels.”

Wickens crashed one year ago today at Pocono Raceway, suffering multiple serious injuries, including a fracture of the T6 vertebrae. He was among the first to reach out to Speed after his rallycross crash.

The doctors have determined that he doesn't require surgery at this time.

Get well soon, Scott!  :good:

https://autoweek.com/article/americas-rallycross/racer-scott-speed-breaks-back-crash-landing-im-luckiest-man-alive
John S
August 20, 2019, 02:16:01 PM by John S
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A full blown war seems to have broken out between Petronas and Shell in powering up their chosen engine builders with new synthetic (chemical) concoctions, well so says thejudge13.com.
In the long piece below judge13 attributes Italian website with comments like: - " ‘trick’ fuel boosted the Mercedes at Hungary" and "there will likely be a ‘chemical battle’ between the top teams".

I've read somewhere else that Chase Carey is open to more use of non fossil fuels in F1, not sure this is what he has in mind, - but it's great to see the F1 teams are still up for ramming whole cars though loopholes rather than back away from the fight.  :D 


In a bid to find answers to its rival’s engine developments, most recently Renault with their claimed 1,000hp breakthrough & DRS controlled power increase, Mercedes turns to its fuel supplier Petronas to boost their current spec engine. Andy Holmes, head of research of the Malaysian oil company said that his group will chase more radical concepts as traditional avenues of fuel development have already been exhausted. In some respects, taking advantage of the grey area in FIA rulings, a loop-hole in the regs perhaps.

Holmes explains: “For us, what is critical at the moment is a pipeline of new ideas, new chemistries, and tuning the fuel properties to meet the challenges that are coming” says the engineer at Petronas’ Turin research facility.

According to Italian motorsport.com, this ‘trick’ fuel boosted the Mercedes at Hungary, helping Hamilton take victory. Indeed the publication claims that there will likely be a ‘chemical battle’ between the top teams in the second half of this season. Mercedes have joined the battle, using a new fuel to enrich the Phase 2 power unit that debuted in Canada.

Rumors, leaked from Brixworth, suggest the contribution of the new petrol would have been of 18hp, a significant leap considering it was achieved only with chemical components and without requiring intervention on the power unit design engineers.

According to sources, it was necessary to revise the electronic mapping with new advances in favour of greater efficiency, which translated into an increase in performance, but also in the lower of fuel consumption. It seems that the secret blend of molecules that make up this new fuel are the result of a collaboration between Petronas and a small German laboratory that has developed a new synthetic fuel without breaking FIA rules, but capable of a distinct calorific value higher.
Shell had brought a new fuel for Ferrari that had given them advantages in Hockenheim. Mercedes reacted immediately, anticipating at the Hungaroring a gasoline that probably should have been a weapon to counter the Italian team at Spa and Monza, where, at least on paper, the SF90 should be the fastest.

Let’s see what Renault and Honda, with their respective partners, can come up with.

Article courtesy theJudge13, thejudge13.com, Tues 6th August.
John S
August 20, 2019, 12:52:44 PM by John S
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Sounds like there will be change at Haas for next year or why would Steiner go into so much detail about the driver market with F1i.com, see article below.

However whether they intend to replace one or both of their 'shunt brothers' is still up in the air.  - Best guess 'Wrecker Romain' will be out in the cold, although I'd get shot of both.   

Haas boss Guenther Steiner is mulling the future of his team's line-up but insists potential choices may not become clear until the driver's market is set in motion.
In addition to the mystifying troubles impacting its car this season, Haas has had to contend with the costly on-track run-ins of its drivers.

Many doubt the US outfit will bank on continuity for 2020 by keeping both Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean onboard, with the Frenchman seen as the most likely one to depart the team.
Rumors have placed Renault's Nico Hulkenberg at Haas for next year, as well as Esteban Ocon should the Mercedes protégé miss out on a plum drive with the Silver Arrows.
Finally, former Sauber driver and current Mahindra Formula E charger Pascal Wehrlein has also been linked with Gene Haas' outfit.

But given Haas' limited means, Steiner suggests his team might wait until the music stops and then see who happens to be without a chair.
"You're trying to figure out how the driver market is evolving, and then you're making the best decisions about what the market offers you, and that means seeing who's available, who is not, and who we can afford," Steiner told Motorsport-Magazin.
"There is one domino to fall and then the others fall in. Nothing is moving yet, the question is when will the first move, but maybe nothing will move.
"A lot of things still have to happen - some drivers are out of contract, but we cannot afford any current drivers on the market anyway."

While Steiner would welcome an opportunity to work with Ocon, the Italian sees drawbacks associated with the former Force India driver.
"When you've been out for a year, of course, your stock goes down, also Steiner won't settle for a one-year contract.
"Having a driver for just one year is usually not very productive," he admitted. "It would have to be for more than a year as we don't want to just be a training ground for someone."

Would Steiner take a chance on Wehrlein, who currently serves as Ferrari's simulator driver in addition to his Formula E commitment?
"He's been out for two years now, so it's difficult to come back," said the 54-year-old team boss.
"On the other hand, he races in Formula E, so he is not quite out and there seems to be the will to come back.
"But of course, it's also a big risk for him, and you have to ask him if he would want to do that.

article courtesy Michael Delaney, F1i.com, Sun 18th Aug.

John S
August 20, 2019, 11:57:18 AM by John S
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The official F1 site has a sense of humour???  - Well try the link and enjoy.
Makes me think Liberty might be lining Martin Whitmarsh up as Chase Carey's replacement.
Anyone recall those McLaren cartoons during the Lewis/Jenson era.  :D

https://www.formula1.com/en/latest/article.f1-animated-the-funny-side-of-2019-so-far.4ok7b0JqtAwah35jz1Nzek.html
lkjohnson1950
August 19, 2019, 11:01:19 PM by lkjohnson1950
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F1 teams make small changes to front wings, mostly to improve outwash.

https://www.motorsport.com/f1/news/ferrari-mercedes-mclaren-aero-changes/4514745/#gal-4514745-0-alfa-romeo-racing-c38-front-wing-detail-43072511
cosworth151
August 13, 2019, 08:57:19 PM by cosworth151
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Sheri & I went to see the Fast & Furious spin-off Hobbs & Shaw last evening. It's been almost 24 hours & I've regained most of my hearing.

It was a good summer movie. Lots of flash & dash, and it doesn't take itself too seriously. It almost looks like they're trying to spin both Dwayne Johnson's Luke Hobbs & Jason Statham's Deckard Shaw off into their own, individual franchises.

As I said, it was a fun film, but I preferred the early F&F entries that were actually about people racing cars.

Be sure & stay for the closing credits. Like most newer movies, they throw in a few fun scenes during them. I also saw a credit for someone listed as "Mr. Johnson's Barber." We got a laugh out of that.

cosworth151
August 12, 2019, 04:16:57 PM by cosworth151
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McLaren will run IndyCar full time for the 2020 season. They will merge with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports to form Arrow McLaren SP and will be based out of Schmidt Peterson's Indianapolis shops. Because of McLaren's history of fine relations with Honda, the team will switch to Chevy power next season.

https://autoweek.com/article/indycar/mclaren-return-full-time-indycar-slate-2020