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  • #270525
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    I don’t get the obsession with protection intellectual property at all costs.
    For sporting events I can’t really see the point of it, they just seem to loose a lot of free exposure.

    Let’s compare it to a band. A band spends money and time to makes a song. Plays it once at a concert, let’s radio stations air it live, and then half of it in the following week. For the song to never reappear officially.
    Commercially such an approach would be a disaster. But that is what F1, and apparently other sports are doing right now.

    If they don’t want us to upload copyrighted material. Fine. But then at least present an alternative!
    I am sure the sponsors wouldn’t mind being seen several million times more after each race. Not only that, they would make money from adds from whatever site hosting these videos.
    Most importantly though, it will be much, much easier to attract new fans.
    What is not to like? I really don’t know.

    #262118
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    I think that would be rather fun.
    Maybe just a sensor mounted in the barrier at certain places. Because as @pezlo2013 says, it would be completely redundant on most circuits, apart from Monaco, Singapore and montreal. So building it into the wheelhub as per regulations would probably be a little overkill I think.
    But it would be very fun to know how close each driver got to the wall on their flying lap. Especially around monaco.

    #259925
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    I think Alonso’s overtake on Kimi was pretty stellar. Buuuut I think I will go for Vettel on Bottas.
    The way he came from what seemed like a mile back and just threw the car up the inside of Bottas was very gutsy.

    #259344
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    Nürburgring!

    F1 in: 1980′s or 1990′s?

    #251982
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    Oh Lewis… not again..
    How can that even be even remotely important?
    Surely all that matters is that he wakes up in good condition.
    I think it is very insensitive to suggest that it happened, because once he wakes up he will have shown that he is.. whatever.

    #252855
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    Will he launch a WDC assault a la Lewis Hamilton in 2007?
    No I don’t think so.
    The McLaren so far is still miles off the Merc just like everyone else, and I think Red Bull is faster then them as well and I don’t think McLaren can outdevelop either Merc or Red Bull.

    How long can he keep up his podium streak?
    This will be as far as it goes. I don’t think he will be able to repeat the success in Malaysia.
    If both Mercs finish it will just take one of the Red Bulls to do the same and he will have a very hard time to get on the podium.

    How badly will be outshine (or be outshone by) Button?
    I think he is going to be significantly faster, nearly as consistent and I don’t expect a lot of brain-fade rookie mistakes. In the end Magnussen will have a clear points advantage.

    How many poles and wins will he score (assuming McLaren keep pace in the development war)?
    I don’t expect any pole positions. Maybe a couple of front row starts, but I think both Red Bull and even more so the Mercs are going to keep him off.
    A single win at Spa, and 5 other podium finishes.

    #248567
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    @george
    Bingo.
    The hydraulic brake-lines can’t physically control the KERS harvest and that is what does most of the rear breaking this year, so brake by wire is the best option for the rear wheels.

    #248573
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    I simply don’t see where 100HP should come from. With the limits on fuel consumption, the Mercedes engine would have to be a whopping 16.6 percent more fuel efficient then the Renault. With so strict regulations, I simply cannot see that happening.

    #248563
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    @sato113
    Electronic braking, so no physical connection between the brake pedal and the brake fluid circuit.
    Same as drive by wire in the throttle on your car. Just in the braking system.
    But it will only affect the rear wheels. The front wheel breaking will be done as usual.

    #248426
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    Sorry for being such a joy-kill though. Nice topic! I will give it a go tomorrow. : )

    #248425
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    • The fuel limit for cars would be 150kg, but if a team uses electric only, the weight of the battery units would be 75kg – this will allow the weight loss of fuel-burning cars to be mitigated and averaged out.

    That would completely rule out battery powered cars.
    Petrol contains 46.4MJ/kg of energy, in a normal engine only a third of that would be converted to mechanical energy, so roughly 15.4MJ/kg.
    The best Lithium Ion batteries, as most commonly used in cars, contains up to 1MJ/kg. But since nearly all of the energy stored in the battery can be converted to actual, mechanical energy, we can just assume that the actual, driving, power is 1MJ/kg.
    Basically the battery, to contain the same propulsion power would need to weigh 15.4 times MORE then the fuel allowed in the petrol car in order to contain a similar amount of power.
    So the battery weight would need to be something like two tonnes in order to compete with 150kg of standard petrol.

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    @steevkay
    The V8 engines didn’t run between 0-10,000RPM. At race speed the gearing made sure they were kept well above that at all times. Watch a few onboard laps. Even in the really slow corners they would only juuust get near 10,000RPM, and that has more to do with trying to limit wheelspin then anything else. They were practically always well above that.

    #248350
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    They still have Newey, effectively factory support on engines, and most of their key people still in place, so I see no reason why they shouldn’t be at the top.
    That said, dominance always ends and 9/10 times it is because of a big regulation change.
    So I do not expect them to be dominant, maybe not even championship contenders, but I doubt they will turn up with a dog.

    #248255
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    I think most of the cars from the 70′s and early 80′s were pretty horrid.
    But since ’85, I don’t really recall seeing something nearly as bad as this.
    Well yes, there were always the occasional ugly duckling, but that is one or two vehicles. This time, it’s across the board. Every single one so far is bad, and there is no reason to believe that any of the others will not be.
    Picking the best looking is like picking your favourite STD.
    Although 1996 weren’t so great either, with the raised side protection. It looked awkward. Still nothing in comparison to this year.

    #248039
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    I think it is the future for road cars, but I wouldn’t like it on the racing cars.
    Basically it would mean that the teams will run maximum downforce EVERYWHERE without loosing out on top speed, as well as it would make the slipstream less effective.
    Basically having more downforce then the others would be a ‘free’ advantage in the sense that there would be virtually no drawback.
    Not like today where teams running more downforce are usually slower on the straights. I like that sort of balancing act between downforce and top speed. I think it makes the racing more interesting.

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