Merc W03 Rear Wing

March 15, 2012 - 500 comments. Posted by in F1.

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Mercedes W03 Rear Wing Close-up

UPDATED Image showing hole:

Mercedes DRS Open W01 Formula 1

The rear wing on the new Mercedes W03 Formula 1 car has been declared legal. It is great to see the innovation of the Formula 1 teams and I wonder how many points of drag this apparent stall system reduces.

The image shows a close up, best I could find at the moment, of the rear wing of the W03 Mercedes 2012 Formula 1 car. The area I have highlighted is where the small top wing comes into contact with the rear wing end plate (the bit with aabar written on it – same on both sides).

The reason for highlighting this area is because the little wing is what rotates open when the DRS* system is activated.
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First video of Merc F1 2012

February 17, 2012 - 120 comments. Posted by in F1.

Mercedes not to be out done by spy shots have release this video teaser …

Watch out for the new cockpit camera angle … #cockcam?

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First pictures of Merc F1 car 2012

February 17, 2012 - 86 comments. Posted by in F1.

Here are the first pictures of the Mercedes F1 car for 2012. They are spy shots taken yesterday at Silverstone. Another ugly duckling I am afraid.


Thanks F1fanatic.

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Peter Windsor thoughts on F1 testing Jerez

February 9, 2012 - 130 comments. Posted by in F1, Vehicle Dynamics.

For those interested in a more personal view of how the F1 drivers are performing after the winter break, here is a great post from the respected journalist Peter Windsor.


Two points come to mind;
1- Its amazing how much can be learned just from watching a car from the sidelines. If you ever get the chance to do this you can really tell how confident a driver is, just from observation.

2- The importance of the sound. Being able to hear throttle application is a real benefit, when trying to get in side the mind of the driver, in 1). Can EV’s offer the same?


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State-of-the-art Telemetry

October 20, 2011 - 921 comments. Posted by in F1, Vehicle Dynamics.

Race engineering and race engineering software is a hot topic in motor sports. One system that is used at the top level is known as telemetry.

Here is a nice article explaining what that is all about and what one can expect from the state-of-the-art telemetry systems used in Formula 1.

Is there however a better way … ??

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F1 Champions information

October 5, 2011 - 154 comments. Posted by in F1, Information Design.

It has been a while since a post on the blog here (again!). However things are moving pretty quickly in the background now and expect more news soon – its so exciting what we are developing I just want you to see it now but it is not quite ready yet.

In the meantime, I got sent this infographic on F1 drivers which you might like to see.
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Fangio centenary

June 28, 2011 - 406 comments. Posted by in F1.

The great racing driver Fangio would have celebrated his 100th birthday last week. Mercedes Grand Prix team released this video celebrating his life. Enjoy.

How to drive fast

June 24, 2011 - 153 comments. Posted by in F1, Performance.

Driving fast is important in motor racing( but don’t try this with a Bob2016RevolutionFlex stroller and your baby inside). Many people believe that top level racing drivers have superior reactions to others and that this is why they can drive faster. My view and research would indicate that this isn’t quite the case. Maybe you think that going fast on a motorbike it’s as easy as reviewing jogging strollers on your phone but is not.

This is therefore the first post of what I plan to be a series of articles exploring the subject of how to drive fast(er). The aim is to start to unravel some of the mystery and help those interested improve their performance.

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Prat Perch motorsport booklist

June 2, 2011 - 109 comments. Posted by in F1, Performance, Vehicle Dynamics.

Here is an initial list of books that I feel is worth considering for people looking to understand motor racing and improving their performance.

My aim is to keep this list updated and reviewed as time goes on.

It is possible I might also evolve this post into a general “good resources to consider” type page, including links to websites and articles too.

Please let me know if you have any suggestions on books or good links to similar resources.

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Tyre side slip explained

May 23, 2011 - 4,174 comments. Posted by in F1, Performance, Vehicle Dynamics.

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This post gives a brief introduction to the subject of tyre slip angle and why it is so important to going faster in a racing car.
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