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Old 31st Jan 2020, 18:15
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Just as well

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-50332307

St Athan

The Welsh Government pledged 18.8m in grants to attract the carmaker, with the funding linked to job creation, skills training and research and development.

It has also provided a 30-year guarantee to Aston Martin that would see taxpayers' money cover the rent of the factory should the firm leave - the value of the guarantee has not been revealed.
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Old 3rd Feb 2020, 04:36
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Vietnam and China F1 in jeopardy?

The closure of air traffic to and from China possibly until end of March will surely impact on the China F1 to be held on 19th April in Shanghai.
The Vietnam F1 is due even earlier on 5th April in Hanoi. Hanoi is at the Northern end of Vietnam close to a porous border with China and possibly open to contamination from it's neighbour.
If you have made travel plans did you consider insuring them?
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Old 3rd Feb 2020, 18:14
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Originally Posted by Sultan Ismail View Post
The closure of air traffic to and from China possibly until end of March will surely impact on the China F1 to be held on 19th April in Shanghai.
The Vietnam F1 is due even earlier on 5th April in Hanoi. Hanoi is at the Northern end of Vietnam close to a porous border with China and possibly open to contamination from it's neighbour.
If you have made travel plans did you consider insuring them?
We're leaving for Hanoi on Thursday. No reason why we shouldn't.
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Old 5th Feb 2020, 20:51
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Chinese GP may be postponed / cancelled.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/formula1/51388857
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Old 6th Feb 2020, 06:36
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The Formula E race scheduled for 21 March has been postponed.

https://www.motorsport.com/formula-e...s/4679553/amp/

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Old 12th Feb 2020, 06:50
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https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/c...irus-8g3z2k2kp

Chinese Grand Prix called off due to virus

This year’s Chinese Grand Prix will not take place as scheduled on April 19 because of the coronavirus outbreak. The Times understands that the decision has been made not to stage what would have been the fourth race of the season on that date in Shanghai.

Discussions are said to be continuing over whether to postpone the race or cancel it altogether. With the calendar at a record-high 22 races this season, it is difficult to see where a rescheduled China race would slot in. If Formula One did try to squeeze it into the second half of the season, it could result in races being held on three or even four consecutive weekends, something to which the teams would likely object.

It cannot be held during the summer break as that time off is mandated in the regulations. Teams already have shipments en route to Shanghai but it now appears that they have accepted the race will not go ahead as the situation in the country has worsened.

The last time a race was cancelled was in 2011 — when the Bahrain Grand Prix was called off because of social unrest in the Gulf state. The initial intention then was to hold the race later in the year but the teams objected and the race was cancelled.

A formal announcement on the China race is expected to be made by Formula One today. The death toll from the coronavirus outbreak has now passed 1,000. Several sporting bodies have made the decision to not host their scheduled events in China where the outbreak originated. Most recently, the Formula E motor racing series cancelled plans for a race in Sanya, southern China, which had been scheduled to take place three weeks before the Chinese Grand Prix. The World Indoor Athletics Championships, which had been scheduled for next month in Nanjing, have been postponed for a year.........
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Old 12th Feb 2020, 09:31
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Without China, does that mean that the 1,000th race for Ferrari moves from Monaco to Baku ? The boys from Maranello will not be amused. If Vietnam is scrubbed as well then it will be Montreal.
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Old 12th Feb 2020, 11:39
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Chinese GP now officially "postponed". May not be run if the coronavirus situation does not improve.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/formula1/51471569

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Old 20th Feb 2020, 11:36
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The excellent "Drive to Survive" returns to Netflix on 28th February. Really looking forward to this, helps bridge the gap till the season starts.
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Old 20th Feb 2020, 14:14
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If you want to see a cracking film with a corny title, find and watch Ford Vs Ferrari..

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1950186/

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Old 20th Feb 2020, 15:15
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Looking at the last couple of days it may be that Mercedes have raised the game again.

Times are pretty irrelevant in these tests, although it's telling that Mercedes seem quick even though they are keeping their powder dry on hard tyres (and they normally don't do any serious performance tests until the last day or two of the last test)). But they have shown the first two of what they suggest are "several" innovations and the other teams sound a bit rattled. The first is a new rear wishbone layout that gives a MUCH cleaner flow through the critical area after the coke bottle - that must be giving big gaines in downforce in medium/high speed corners. The second is more radical - they have introduced a second axis on the steering wheel. Pulling the wheel back changes the front toe-in, allowing the car to run zero-toe on the straight which will both reduce rolling resistance and reduce scrub (reducing tyre wear and temps). They are calling this "Dual Axis Steering" (DAS), and state that the FIA have raised no objections. There is also a view that DAS is actually a wind-up - a bluff to distract attention from "something else"..

Meanwhile the Mercedes Team have closed-up testing 90 mins early. There were some alarms and off puffs of smoke from the car earlier which they ignored at the time, so maybe they ran it until the worn/broken part was definitely dead so there was a failure which could be analysed, and they're now swapping to another engine for tomorrow....

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Old 21st Feb 2020, 17:08
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Mercedes have come up with a new steering system, so the FIA turns around and bans it, although they are to be allowed to use it this season.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/formula1/51584557
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Old 22nd Feb 2020, 08:23
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Originally Posted by NutLoose View Post
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/formula1/51584557

Merc steering device ban next year
Two minor points:

1. The draft 2021 rules (including the clause that dis-allows variably differential steering) have been around for months. This wasn't a knee-jerk response to yesterday's practice session.

2. Mercedes have kept the FIA fully informed of their design concept and the FIA advised that in their view it was legal under the current rules, but they would look to outlaw it in the next revision as a cost-control measure. This left Mercedes free to exploit the concept for this year only, if they wanted to spend the effort/money to do so.

This is nothing unusual - it is what generally happens with innovations that exploit unintended corners of the rules - past examples include double-diffusers, F-ducts, Front/Rear suspension interconnection, blown diffusers etc etc. They generally look to limit any technology that will tend to offer large benefits but whose development/mapping cost would be beyond the pockets of the poorer teams.

But it's also worth keeping in mind two other points:

a. The Mercedes was consistently fast whether they used the new "DAS" or not

b. Historically times in pre-season testing are poor indicators of race performance for the rest of the year (remember Ferrari last Feb)

Point (b) notwithstanding, the Mercs did look very stable and very strongly "planted" around all different parts of the track - more so than any of the other cars.

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Old 1st Mar 2020, 10:39
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The FIA have concluded their investigation into the Ferrari power unit and have agreed "a settlement", the details of which are being kept under wraps. The announcement was issued at 17:50 on the last day of testing with no remaining press sessions where questions could be asked, Ferrari International Assistance to the rescue once again.

Clearly, the FIA have found them guilty of something. When Renault were found to have transgressed with their braking system, points were deducted. Set this in context with Leclerc's car being found with excess fuel on board at Abu Dhabi and they got a slap on the wrist.

FIA are as bad as FIFA.

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Old 1st Mar 2020, 12:04
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Here is a good explanation of what might be going on!

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Old 1st Mar 2020, 16:03
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They all seem to be strongly hinting at fuel sample frequency aliasing, "gaming" the sampling algorithm to get higher peak flows into the engine while the transducer's back it turned. That's what Rob Smedley suggested on one of Sky's "Rob & Ted shows" last year, and even then he pointed out that it wasn't clear whether it would be illegal or not. It could be argued that "gaming the rules" (finding the best technical solution which complies with the letter of the regs) is actually what formula racing is about - Ross Brawn clearly supported this view in his book.

Remember that I'm very much a Mercedes/Hamilton fan, but I would suspect that the reason for this curious wording is simply that Ferrari haven't broken any rules - they've just been smarter in identifying and pushing the limit of legality. So the "settlement" is that Ferrari have agreed to stop exploiting a loophole while the regulators plug it (and have agreed to help with the plugging), and in return they've been allowed to keep the points and prizes which (in all probability) no court or arbitration would take away anyway.

So after a little public harrumphing (to play to the cheap seats) this will probably all just go quiet while we look at the new season. I do think it's very interesting that Mercedes have spent money on a whole new car for the last year of this formula when it must have been really tempting to just carry on with last year's car (which was clearly competitive) and focus the spend on developing the 2021 car. It's clearly important to them to keep pushing - they haven't gotten bored yet...

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Old 1st Mar 2020, 16:30
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I was particularly interested in the idea that DAS was merely a cover for "something else" Why would Mercedes go to all that trouble to develop something like that,only to be told its a one year only system?
Mind you, Colin Chapman and Lotus used the cover for "something else" too...
When they explioted ground effect in the Lotus 78 and 79, their drivers (Andretti and Peterson) said that they had a very limited slip differential, and it made them faster through the corners!

Could be an interesting season!
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Old 1st Mar 2020, 18:25
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In an Interview Hamilton has said that they may not start the season using it too.
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Old 1st Mar 2020, 20:33
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Boy that video! Talk about long winded.

Thing is today, right now, it's reported that the Ferrari power unit has been completely redesigned, so is completely new for season 2020.
The kicker is the new p/u doesn't have the power output of the old one. If this is so, what does that tell you?
It clearly tells me that they were cheating so the old acronym for FIA clearly and unashamedly is in play.
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Old 1st Mar 2020, 21:54
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Originally Posted by PDR1 View Post
Remember that I'm very much a Mercedes/Hamilton fan, but I would suspect that the reason for this curious wording is simply that Ferrari haven't broken any rules - they've just been smarter in identifying and pushing the limit of legality. So the "settlement" is that Ferrari have agreed to stop exploiting a loophole while the regulators plug it (and have agreed to help with the plugging), and in return they've been allowed to keep the points and prizes which (in all probability) no court or arbitration would take away anyway.
Might be so but then why not just put it into the press release? It would be perfectly acceptable to say "ok Ferarri found somewhat of a loophole and we sat down with them and agreed they won't use it this year". Case closed. The wording and "secret settlement", not to mention the peculiar timing of the press release stincks. Does anyone remember the FIA ever reaching such "private" agreement in the past ?
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