British GP recap – a very alternative view:
Well the British Grand Prix is dusted in done
And so too is round number nine of F1’s title run
An interesting race full of thrills and spills
And moments in which spines felt uncomfortable chills
It began in lap one when Kimi ran wide
He rejoined in a fury with a spin and a slide
Massa did everything to avoid the flying Finn
But he was unceremoniously collected by Raikkonen
The red flag was waived as Alan arrived in the medical car
And Kimi was shaken and stirred without a single scar
The race restarted in the order they ran
The Mercs jumped out in front and a new battle began
Rosberg slowed as his gearbox gave up
As Hamilton dreamed about drinking from victory’s cup
Gutierrez speared Pastor; his Lotus flew like a plane
Perhaps it was payback for that crash in Bahrain…
Alonso and Vettel went wheel to wheel
Just inches apart with nerves of raw steel
The radio messages had most fans in stitches
As they battled like champions and whinged like bitches
Meanwhile at the front, Lewis ran off in the distance
A clear path to the checkers without any resistance
Bottas in second, albeit thirty seconds adrift
And Ricciardo in third who’s Red Bull was quite swift
This day belonged to Lewis and Merc AMG
A home win for him at the epic British Grand Prix
Lotus F1 Sponsor Burn Energy Drink, part of the Coca Cola family extended an invitation to me to experience Free Practice. I met Fleur Foster, Lotus account manager at the garage entrance and she escorted me in. While she briefed me on the rules and handed me my headset, we chatted about her role and what she does on a typical GP weekend. Fascinating stuff.
Being able to listen in with my headset to conversations between engineers and drivers was special. What was immediately apparent however was how challenging it was to understand the messages. They weren’t so much cryptic as they were short. I honestly expected the audio quality to be a little better too. After a while though, I had sharpened my listening skills and was able to follow along. At one point as I was joined by some sponsor guests.
I took a quick look around the two garage bays to survey and take a mental snapshot. There are 8 TV flat screens, one on each outside wall, four along the front just about the garage opening to the pit lane and two along the back.
Just before FP1 commenced, the garage came alive. There was a flurry of activity, tyres being prepared, Fuel being regulated, final checks and balances. The starter motor was inserted and the Renault power plants came alive. Despite the complaints over the lack of “noise”, I can assure you that there was plenty of noise in the confines of the garage walls. As the cars left with a low-end grunt the sound fizzled into a hum like grumble, much like what I imagine it would sound if Barry White was gargling.
Immediately, there was chatter between drivers and engineers and information bounced back and forth as the drivers felt out the circuit for the first time this season. The drivers were asked to try different settings in different parts of the circuit. The cars returned quickly to the garage for slight adjustments with tyre pressures and various settings. I enjoyed watching the whole process which reminded me of a well-choreographed dance performance. The car is lifted, placed on a dolly, tyre temperatures are checked and the brakes are cooled immediately. The car is then wheeled into place in the garage and the real work begins. A Pirelli engineer does some analysis, tyre pressures are checked, a fuel sample is taken and fuel is either added or removed for the next run. A representative/engineer from Total is also on hand to observe and analyze. The tyre warmers are then placed back on top of the tyres to retain some heat before they come off again and the drivers head back out.
At one point, I counted 12 mechanics around Pastor’s car. It was interesting to observe that engineers/mechanics were intensely scrutinizing the left rear of both cars. I was unable to determine what components were possibly causing the concern, although I suspect it had more to do with just the effects of the circuit on the car.
Here are a couple of bits of information you might find interesting;
- The electric tyre blankets heat the tyres to approximately 100 degrees Celsius. There is an unmistakably unique smell that emanates from the tyres even when still in their cozy blankets.
- Telemetry collects at a rate of 35Mb per minute. It may not appear to be much in a world of Gigabytes and Terabytes etc… however imagine how much data is collected over a race weekend for both cars.
A big thanks to everyone at Burn Energy drink and Team Lotus for a great opportunity.
There is one Grand Prix, to which one must go
Without question or doubt, it’s Monaco
Where commitments are final and often misgiving
It’s tight and twisty and unforgiving
I take a look back, in my rear-view mirror
To 1996, here this couldn’t be clearer
A race of attrition, with no immunity
But for a small few, t’was pure opportunity
Join me now, for a quick recap
Of an epic race, lap after lap
On a slippery track, with Schumi on pole
Damon Hill snagged the lead, with commanding control
He scampered away, as many were claimed
By the walls and conditions, that couldn’t be tamed
Thirteen cars remained, by end of lap five
Far fewer still, by the end would survive
Irvine and Frentzen, had a fantastic battle
Causing cars to queue up, like a large herd of cattle
They inevitably clashed, causing Frentzen to pit
For a new front wing, his crew had to fit
Olivier Panis, found incredible pace
He charged through the field and to Hill gave chase
He tangled with Irvine, who’s Ferrari did stall
And somehow was able, to keep off of the wall
A few laps later, Hill’s engine gave way
In a plume of smoke, it was the end of his day
Alesi then led, with Panis pursuing
But lightning would strike, as trouble was brewing
Alesi pulled in, to the Benetton pits
He would not return, as his car called it quits
A little French rookie, in his French Ligier
Led in Monte Carlo, on this historic day
With eight cars left running, in the final laps
The rain returned, causing further collapse
Both Mika’s collected, by a spinning Irvine
Only four cars remained, in this race against time
As tensions rose higher, with time winding down
Panis crossed the line first, in this enchanted town
This race would make history and what better place
Than F1′s crown jewel and most coveted race
The glitz and glamour, the danger and fame
It’s one of a kind, Monaco is its name
This first day of May, we are reminded of that sad and dreadful day, when the legend passed away. The silence was deafening in our state of dismay, it’s been 20 years for which for him the champagne would no longer spray.
He was not just a driver but so much more, the fiercest competitor to his very core refusing to lift off the throttle which was constantly pinned to the cockpit floor. With fluid motion, raw aggression and immeasurable grace, only crossing the line first brought a smile to his face.
We remember him in black and gold, showing signs of pure brilliance to behold…awaiting his chance to be unleashed and uncontrolled. And greatness we witnessed without shadow of doubt, when in 88 he joined McLaren and ended his championship drought. Together with Prost they won all but one race in their championship bout.
Brazil ’91, with only 6th gear, a wet victory, for his home fans to cheer. A rain master of sorts, remember Monaco?, In heavy rains, he put on a show.
So focused was he, that he’d be completely entranced, with severe tunnel vision, his car tip-toed and danced. Methodically preparing his approach to be the most advanced and winning the hearts of his fans who remained mesmerized and romanced. One of the greatest, we may ever have seen.
His rivalry with Prost had started, their war had begun. The fiercest battles ever to be fought in Formula One. Round after round their ammunition were their nerves and their right foot the gun in monsoon conditions or under the blazing sun he refused to lose, be outrun or outdone. His battles with Prost pushed them to new limits, ahead of the pack, by not seconds but minutes.
A moment of silence, for the late F1 great, as he smiles upon us, from behind Heaven’s gate while imagine him flying towards the flag along the pit straight. He was the ultimate master of this Motorsport game, competing only to win and not for fame…his spirit shall live on… Ayrton Senna was this legend’s name.
A Tribute to Ayrton Senna
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Welcome to Episode 1 of Human Ignition. An imaginative look at the ideas of what Formula One may like in the future.
A production by Burn Energy Drink (@burn) a Coca Cola company in collaboration with the Lotus F1 team and special guests. This feature is worth a look. Allow our imagination to be set free and remove the boundaries which limit our vision to what might be.
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Have you ever wondered what the future holds for Formula One? Abandon all limits, unleash your imagination… Robot Drivers? Changeable Circuits? Cars that adapt to changing conditions?
With cameos by:
- 1978 F1 World Champion Mario Andretti
- Vehicle Designer (Batmobile, Tron: Lightcycle) Herald Belker
- Architect and Urban designer (Brooklyn 2110) Mitchell Joachim
- Artist (Marshmallow Laser Feast) Robin McNicholas
Watch it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGNOfFNXtu0
I AM a Lotus F1 Team driver, I AM in sync in a blink and @BURN is my only energy drink
I AM my own exhibit, F is my letter and 1 is my digit
I AM Motorsport spirit; I AM on the limit in a New York minute
I AM dialed in, tuned in, locked in and ready for F1 to begin
I AM stoked and ready, I AM rockin’ steady without breathing heavy
I AM dressed for F1 success, I AM DRS or ERS, I AM whatever button I need to press
I AM burning rubber without spinning wheels; I AM breaking hearts and making deals
I AM fastest lap, I AM pole position, I AM always at your disposition
For my friends at Lotus, Burn and Vice.
Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery shares his thoughts ahead of the Australian GP. Technical Commentator and former F1 driver Jean Alesi also chimes in . Thank you to Pirelli media.
Paul Hembery, Pirelli motorsport director: “This is the most radical rules shake-up of the modern Formula One era, so we’ve had to create a completely different set of tyres for the brand new dynamics presented by the 2014 cars. Pre-season testing has shown just what a big challenge these new rules are for everybody, but we have worked very hard throughout last year and the winter to come up with an entirely fresh range of tyres specifically designed for these latest-generation cars, featuring new compounds and constructions that actually cut down on degradation while maintaining the same level of performance. As a result, we’re still expecting between two to three pit stops per car in Melbourne, although we’ll be able to make some more exact predictions after we see the cars run in free practice. The first race of the season is always unpredictable but this will be the case more than ever in 2014.”
Jean Alesi, Pirelli technical commentator: ”I’ve always liked Albert Park: for a driver it has some elements of a street circuit like Monaco and also some elements of a more traditional circuit such as Barcelona. But this year Melbourne will be even more challenging. With the return of turbos, Formula One undergoes a radical transformation both in terms of technology and driving style. There is more torque under acceleration and out of the corners, which means that the tyres have to be even more resistant to wheelspin and lateral accelerations. Drivers will have to think about all this, as well as making sure that they don’t accelerate too hard and spin the car.”
PIRELLI AND FORMULA ONE TEAMS
AGREE 2014 IN-SEASON TYRE TEST SCHEDULE
Milan, March 7, 2014 – Following the agreement between Pirelli and the 11 Formula One teams, with the approval of the FIA, here is the schedule of the dedicated days (one per team) that each team will devote to tyre testing this year, within the existing 2014 in-season test calendar.
|Silverstone test||(8-9 July)|
|Day1||FERRARI and LOTUS|
|Day2||RED BULL and MARUSSIA|
The agreement, which was finalised during the final pre-season Bahrain test (from 27 February to 2 March), stipulates that each team will devote one day per year exclusively to testing the latest products and developments from Pirelli, within the framework of the existing test calendar. The definition of this tyre test schedule has been agreed by all parties involved.
For the last two days of this year’s test calendar (Abu Dhabi, 25-26 November) Pirelli will supply all the teams with prototype tyres in preparation for the 2015 season.
Each team will have to devote one day of testing this year to tyres for 2015, as written in the latest sporting regulation (under article 22.6h). This new rule is the result of requests from Pirelli to Formula One’s rule-makers at the end of last season. The tyres that each team will use during its nominated tyre test days will be supplied by Pirelli and will not form part of the 135 allocated sets for testing purposes each year.
Extending my best birthday wishes to a great champion, here poem was written to Mr. Mario Andretti and hand delivered by the infamous Fake Charlie Whiting, in Austin Texas on the weekend of the inaugural US GP.
Mario Andretti, is a Motorsport giant, he looks fear in the eyes and stands there defiant
He’s a king and a legend, few can ever compare, with nerves of pure steel and Italian flair
Fiercely American but proud of his roots, he’s most at home in his racing suits
He’s a hero to many spanning generations, from sea to sea and across many nations
His name is famous, synonymous with speed, he is driven to win, and born to succeed
No other driver will accomplish as much, with titles and wins, that can’t be touched
A ladies man, he’s quite the stud, this racing life is in his blood
It’s a family affair, just ask his son Michael, a Motorsport champ, who continues the cycle
To Mr. Andretti, this message I send; You’re my idol and hero, and my respect I extend
My father and I are your biggest fans, we await the day, when you shake our hands
We met once in Toronto, during the Indy race, when Michael was flying, all over the place
And now it’s Marco, we sit and cheer, as we show our support, by raising our beer
You’re Motorsport leader and ambassador, you’re champion among giants , and so much more
Best Birthday wishes from me to you, good luck and good fortune, in all that you do
Here is how the Pirelli Formula One tyre range looks in 2014:
P Zero Orange hard
The toughest tyre of the range is designed for circuits that are often characterised by high ambient temperatures, putting the highest energy lo
adings through the tyres with fast corners or abrasive surfaces. The compound takes longer to warm up, but offers maximum durability – which frequently means that it plays a key role in race strategy.
This is a high working range compound. Like all the 2014 tyres, this is a brand new compound with a new construction to meet the requirements of the latest cars, with increased torque, extra energy recovery systems, but reduced aerodynamics.
P Zero White medium
Theoretically this is the most perfectly balanced of all the tyres, with an ideal compromise between performance and durability. As a result, it is very versatile, but often comes into its own on circuits that tend towards high speeds and energy loadings. This is a low working range compound. As is the case with all the 2014 tyres, there is a new profile at the front to take into account the altered vehicle dynamics and improve handling.
P Zero Yellow soft
This is one of the tyres most frequently used tyres in the range, striking a very good balance between performance and durability, with the accent on performance. It is still biased towards speed rather than long distances, but is nonetheless capable of providing a competitive advantage both at the beginning of the race on full fuel and when used as a ‘sprint’ tyre at the end. This is a high working range compound. All the compounds are generally slightly harder than their equivalents last year, in order to deliver the same performance despite the extra forces placed on the tyres.
P Zero Red supersoft
The softest compound in the range is ideal for slow and twisty circuits, especially in cold weather, when maximum mechanical grip is needed. The supersoft benefits from an extremely rapid warm-up time, which makes it ideal in qualifying as well, but the flip side to that important characteristic is of course increased degradation. This is a low working range compound. One of the key evolutions this year has been optimisation of the footprint pressure and temperature distribution. This presents a more even contact with the asphalt, improving grip and handling.
Cinturato Green intermediate
The intermediates are the most versatile of the rain tyres, dispersing approximately 25 litres of water per second at full speed. They can be used on a wet as well as a drying track. The Cinturato Green is a new concept for this year, with a number of the development aspects also transferred to the full wet tyre.
Cinturato Blue wet
The full wet tyres can disperse up to 65 litres of water per second at full speed (increased from 60 litres last year) making them the most effective solution for heavy rain. The latest evolution of the Cinturato Blue means that it is also effective on a drying track, with increased durability. The full wet tyre has a new compound and a redesigned rear tread pattern to further reduce aquaplaning. The result of this intensive work is increased driveability in a wide variety of conditions.
Pirelli’s motorsport director Paul Hembery:
“We saw more work on tyres at the recent Bahrain test than there had been at the very first test in Jerez, and with teams likely to be attempting more qualifying and race simulations this week in preparation for the opening grand prix, we would expect this upward curve of tyre work to continue over the final four days in Bahrain. It’s still early days, but so far we’ve seen both performance and durability from our latest P Zero tyres, which all feature new compounds and structures to maximise the unique power characteristics of the latest-generation cars. The contact patch is greater, to help put down the extra torque, and the working ranges are wider to reduce degradation. As the lap times in Bahrain have shown, we’re already very close to 2013 levels of performance, despite much smaller capacity engines and a completely fresh set of technical challenges.”
Teams are allowed an overall maximum total of 135 sets of tyres for testing this year, including the in-season tests. The maximum total for the three pre-season tests is 85 sets of tyres: 25 sets for Jerez and 30 each for the two Bahrain tests.
Teams have a certain number of fixed compound choices totalling 22 sets per car in Bahrain (see table below). On top of that each team was also able to choose in advance eight more sets to try in Bahrain. The ‘base’ slick compounds – ‘winter’, hard, medium and soft – were selected by Pirelli in advance together with the teams to reflect the characteristics of Bahrain.
More Testing Facts and Figures:
|Compound||Amount provided per team *||Fastest time in 2013 **
* Above choice made by Pirelli in agreement with the teams. Each team could choose further 8 sets for this test.
** Based on the results of the 2013 Bahrain Grand Prix.
Courtesy of Pirelli Media
I wrote this as a quick thank you for the great support. A special nod to Andy Stobart as well for allowing me to bust his chops with interview requests.
I’m my own exhibit, F is my letter and 1 is my digit
I’m Motorsport spirit; I’m on the limit in a New York minute
I’m dialed in, tuned in, locked in and ready for F1 to begin
I’m on track, on site or online all the time and in my prime
I’m stoked and ready, I’m rockin’ steady without breathing heavy
I’m fueled up, charged up, revved up and ready to erupt
I’m dressed for F1 success, I’m DRS or ERS, I’m whatever button I need to press
I’m burning rubber without spinning wheels; I’m breaking hearts and making deals
I’m fastest lap, I’m pole position, I’m always at your disposition
I’m qualifying and death defying, I’m always complying and never denying
I’m in your nation for a short duration; I’m as much a flirtation as I am your temptation
I’m confident and competent; I’m so evident I’m prominent
I’m a Lotus F1 Team driver, just click on my link, I’m in sync in a blink and BURN is my only energy drink
The F1 Poet blog will change it’s format slightly to be more blog like. I will continue to post Motorsport inspired and promotional poems and share my experiences from the F1 paddock and events through personal blog posts. I will continue to work with my partners Octane Photographics, however most of my work will be found online through other media outlets.
I’m happy to announce that I have joined F1′s Team Lotus sponsor BURN Energy Drink (A Coca-Cola Product) in their Social Media Network. I look forward to bringing you exciting new content from both BURN and Team Lotus as part of my new role.
I’m also very happy to announce the launch of a new business venture, E-Racing Magazine with my Aussie mate Trent Price. The new e-Magazine focuses on FIA’s WEC and Formula E series.
My work in F1 circles will continue with GPWeek, RichlandF1, F1Plus and F1Times.
Thank you all for your continued support
Happy Valentine’s Day to all F1 fans
From way down under to the desert sands
Let’s not forget this sport we adore
On a day for love, sex, chocolates and more
Oh sure there are flowers,love letters and roses
But how deep is our love to dismiss these new noses?
A love like this is not easy to find
The power and passion, in the back of your mind
The change of direction gets you hot and bothered
Naughty thoughts are harboured and fathered
Strap yourself in and watch the lights go out
On the edge of your seat as you gesture and shout
Hard on the brakes before the first bend
Too close for comfort up each other’s rear end
Foot to the floor, new ERS button depressed!
Your heart beating faster right through your chest.
Such emotions evoked, you’re a bloody mess!
We’re in the zone now…unleash DRS!
That’s it, you’ve had it, your heart’s been broiled
Now look at that mess, your trousers are all soiled
The lads come in to slap on new rubbers
And quickly get wiped by the visor scrubbers
Up goes the lollipop and out of the pits
As you sit there soiled and out of your wits
Slipping and sliding on brand new slicks
So sweaty your wet, Cuz their plum out of tricks
Last corner approaches and out comes the flag
Your driver could win…now it’s a drag
You cover your eyes but you just have to look
Top step on the podium! This one’s in the book
Hope you enjoyed,my poem today
Thank you for reading and Happy Valentine’s Day!
Here is the scoop on Force India jumping into GP2, Press release and photo both courtesy of Sahara Force India Formula One Team.
Sahara Force India expands driver development programme with GP2 squad
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Jerez, Spain – 01-27-2014
Photos courtesy of my partners Octane Photographics Ltd.
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At a glance, here is a list of the permanent numbers selected by F1 drivers after the recent rule change.
|Driver Number Selection|
|1*||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull|
|3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull|
|27||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India|
|11||Sergio Perez||Force India|
|25||Jean-Eric Vergne||Toro Rosso|
|26||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso|
|*(Vettel has selected 5 as his permanent number when not using 1)|
Milano, January 16, 2014 – Following a decision by the World Motor Sport Council confirming Pirelli’s status as the single supplier of tyres to the FIA Formula One World Championship, Pirelli and the FIA have renewed their Formula One tyre supply contract. The duration of the agreement is for three years, starting from the 2014 season.
The world motorsport’s governing body and Pirelli, in collaboration with the teams, have been working together to improve levels of safety and performance in Formula One, resulting in important changes to the FIA Formula One Sporting Regulations regarding the testing of tyres, which will enable the Italian company to continue its Formula One single supply arrangements, in the best interests of the sport.
These new rules, mandatory from the 2014 season onwards, can be summarised as follows:
1) One of the 12 days of official pre-season testing, as prescribed in the 2014 Sporting Regulations, will be dedicated exclusively to wet tyre testing.
2) Each team will dedicate one of their eight days of in-season testing, as prescribed in the 2014 Sporting Regulations, exclusively to tyre testing. This means that during each of the eight days of in-season testing, at least one team – and up to a maximum of two – will be concentrating on tyre testing along with Pirelli’s engineers.
Pirelli will continue to determine the specification of the tyres and to manage all aspects of their development, in close consultation with the FIA and the teams, and within the parameters set out in the FIA Formula One Sporting & Technical Regulations.
In addition, Pirelli and the FIA have agreed to discuss how to go about establishing a possible partnership on the FIA Action for Road Safety campaign.
Courtesy of Pirelli Media
The saga continues. Will Formula 1 fans ever see their beloved sport hit the popular culture phenomenon of yesteryear, “Jersey Shores”? My good friend George Adams happens to live nearby and offered to snap a few photos for me and give me his take on this mystical venue which started with the promise of greatness and has been reduced to rumors of a broken promise..
The on again off again (and on again and off again) Formula 1 race in New Jersey
Guest Post by George Adams (StageLeftPhoto.com – @StageLeftPhoto)
If you’re an F1 fan, by now you have heard that Bernie wants a race with the NYC skyline as the backdrop. It seems the location has been chose
I do think this race will happen, but there are still a few hurdles. Surprisingly, I don’t think money is one of them. The promoters have pledged that no public funds will be used for the track and I think that is possible. Just down the road they built a $1.6 Billion stadium without using public funds. The money is available in the area.n and an actual track has been designed, but it’s not been postponed again. Will this race ever happen, here are a few of my thoughts. A few disclosures first, I am a Jersey boy, I used to live a few blocks from the proposed track and I am a huge F1 fan. A little history of the area, 40 years ago, this area was an industrial rail yard with shipping piers and not much else. Unlike what has been written by some journalists, this area is currently a booming housing market with high-end condos, plenty of mass transit and developing shopping.
The biggest problem is still exposure, even with a race in Austin, F1 is virtually unknown in this country and specifically in this area. I recently visited the location of the proposed track and conducted an informal poll of local residents. It was eye-opening to say the least, less than 5% of commuters who live in the area had any idea there was supposed to be a major world-wide sporting event where they were standing. Those who had heard of it, thought it had been permanently cancelled. The developer of the parking garage that features prominently in the pit complex of the track has made no mention of F1 in any of the public press releases promoting his properties. They recently started construction of a hotel complex on top of the parking garage and still no mention of any kind about a future F1 race.
That leads directly to the next major problem, the pit complex. I have walked and driven the proposed track layout and it is spectacular. I think drivers would love this track if they are given the chance to drive it. The only issue I can see is garage and pit space. On the surface the parking garage seems to be an ideal space to put the teams and their equipment, and it may be. The developer has stated that the first level of the garage is for retail shops, if that is the case there is no space left for any F1 activities. The other issue is space, there is no room in the front of the garage for the pit complex AND a track. There is no place to move anything as the edge of the proposed track is next to the water at this location. I do see a solution, but why the track was designed the way it was just raises more questions.
I do hope they can make this race happen, I think it would be great for the sport. The biggest problem I see is the fact that F1 is still virtually unknown in this area.
A Christmas Classic – How Formula One Saved Christmas
As F1 fans this time of year, we begin to get the shakes and suffer from withdrawal from our beloved sport. With Christmas upon us and in the spirit of F1 and the holidays, I have re-written a Christmas poem for all F1 fans. I sincerely hope you all enjoy this twist on a classic.
T’was The Night Before Christmas, When All Through Pit Lane
There Were No Milk And Cookies, Just Bottles Of Champagne
The Stockings Were Hung, By The Podium With Care
Hoping Newey’s Designs Soon Would Be There
Bernie Was Sleeping, Safe And Sound In His Bed
As Recent Courtroom Proceedings, Bounced Around In His Head
Jean Todt In His Onesie, Was Checking His List
As He Made Plans To Rule With A Soft Iron Fist?
When From The Paddock, Arose Something Quite Smelly
Sebastian Vettel Did Donuts, With Tyres From Pirelli
Away To The Pits, We Flew Like A Flash
We Heard Something Resembling, A Very Loud Crash
With The Light Of The Moon, It All Became Clear
Kimi Found Ice Cream, Then Dropped All His Beer
Charlie Whiting Appeared, At Race Control
He Had Just Arrived, From The Frosty North Pole
All Dressed In Red, White Hair And No Beard
With Shiny Black Boots Which Ron Dennis Revered
His Eyes Were A Twinkle, With A Smile On His Face
He Began Yelling And Screaming, For All To Come Race
All Drivers And Teams, Rushed Quickly And Came
As The Stern Race Director, Called Them By Name…
Now Vettel Now Lewis, Now Button And Nico
On Kimi On Webber, On Massa And Nando
To The Front Of The Grid, And Standing By
Chained Up Like Reindeer, And Prepared To Fly
They Took Over For Santa, Who Had Become Ill
He’d Been Forced On Stress Leave, After That Race In Brazil
Bernd Maylander Modified His Silver Pace Car
With A Red Light In Front, Which Seemed Quite Bizarre
Alan And Doc, Followed All From Behind.
In The Medical Car, With Heated Seats Reclined
Charlie Was Strapped, To The Top Of Their Merc
With A Bag Full Of Goodies, And A Huge Silly Smirk
In The Blink Of An Eye, With Tyres Still Smoking
They Dashed Off The Line, And Left Charlie Choking
DRS Was Enabled, And KERS Was Engaged
But No Contracts Were Signed, Which Left Bernie Enraged
They Landed On Rooftops, In Perfect Formation
Like A Storybook Tale, With Murray Walker Narration
The Chimney Was Tight, Charlie Just Didn’t Fit
So He Delegated Duties, To Our Friend Aussie Grit
From City To City, And Home To Home
From Melbourne To London And Shanghai To Rome
The Fuel Cells Were Freezing, As They Sputtered And Shivered
But They Were Jolly And Quick, As All Gifts Were Delivered
Back To Pit Lane, For Festive Celebrations
As The F1 Crew, Beat St. Nick’s Expectations
Not A Word Was Spoken, As They Got The Job Done
Christmas Was Saved, Thanks To Formula One
From @TheF1Poet, I Say With Delight
Happy Christmas To All, And To All A Good Night
Presentation of the new Ferrari power unit
“As a result of the 2014 regulations, we no longer talk of engines, but of power units,” explained the Head of Engines and Electronics, Luca Marmorini. “It’s a very complex project and we have been working on it for the past two years. It’s a 1600 cc turbocharged internal combustion engine and only 100 litres of fuel can be used in a race, which means that the more efficient an engine, the more power it can use. Along with the turbocharger, there will be an electric motor, which will also act as a generator, allowing for the recovery of energy from the exhaust gasses. As was already the case, a second electric motor will recover energy from braking, although it will be able to put out almost double the power of the one currently in use. All the energy generated by the electric motors will be stored in a much bigger and more powerful battery pack than the current one, but it will still be fitted below the fuel cell. The electronic control system will be even more sophisticated to coordinate and manage all these new electro-mechanical devices. A new regulation, a fascinating challenge, which places great emphasis on energy recovery and on the efficiency of the power unit.”
Marmorini called up on stage with him those who had coordinated the various areas of the project: Mattia Binotto (deputy head of engines and electronics,) Enrico Gualtieri (engine reliability,) Guido Di Paola (engine design,) Dave Salters (testing,) Daniele Zecchetti (advanced systems development,) Stefano Lovera (electronics) and Thierry Baritaud. Through them, Marmorini wanted to thank all the staff for their efforts on the 059/3, but above all to spur them on to give their utmost for what it is to come in the near future: the adventure of the new powertrain has only just begun.
The presentation, which was set up inside the logistics pavilion, got underway with a look back at the past, through photos, engines and the most important cars from over sixty years of the Scuderia’s Formula 1 history, before symbolically bringing together this year’s F138 and the Corsa Indianapolis, the single-seater that was produced in 1953 to take part in the Indianapolis 500 Miles, so that past and present led the way to the future.
PIRELLI: MERCEDES FITTED WITH PROTOTYPE TYRES WHICH WILL NOT BE PROPOSED AGAIN
2014 DEVELOPMENT GOING ACCORDING TO PLAN
Milan, 19 December 2013 – The tyre tests in Barhain regarded a number of prototypes, which were completely innovative in terms of structure and compounds, with the aim of developing the most suitable solutions for the next season.
This morning Nico Rosberg’s Mercedes was fitted with one of these prototypes, a tyre which had only been tested in the laboratory and which will not be proposed again.
Thus, the safety of the tyres which will be supplied for the next Championship is not in question.
The accident which happened to Rosberg’s car is being investigated and the findings will be communicated to the FIA and the teams.
Courtesy: Pirelli Media
T’ was the night before Christmas, when all through Pit-Lane
There were no milk and cookies, just bottles of Champagne
The FIA was in Paris making changes to rules
And forgot to decorate and pick up the booze
Jonathan Noble’s stockings were slung ‘cross his back
As he beat his own record for “Run that Track”
Will Buxton in his onesie, modified Santa’s list
Scratching off Adam Hay-Nicholls… he simply could not resist
Joe Saward scolded bloggers for their irrelevant spatter
When from the paddock, Jason Swales heard a glass shattering clatter
Away to the pits ran Keith and Mark Sutton
With trigger fingers ready on their camera’s shutter button
With the light of the moon, it all became clear
Adam Cooper had just found, Jordan Irvine’s cold beer
Jennie Gow strung the lights on F1’s Christmas tree
While Eddie Jordan watched, enjoying white wine and brie
Martin Brundle and Ted Kravits hung their balls with great care
As Charlie Whiting directed from his “Race Control” chair
The lovely Kate Walker helped wrap all the gifts
As James Allen and DC helped by picking up double shifts
Peter Windsor and Scarbs hung the fake mistletoe
And Nigel Roebuck finished it off with a rich velvet red bow
Pat Behar dressed in red with no hair and no beard
Wearing shiny black boots which Matteo Bonaciani revered
All drivers and teams, rushed quickly and came
As Anthony Rowlinson, called them by name…
Now Vettel now Lewis, now Button and Heikki
On Nando on Webber, on Massa and Kimi…
They all strung up the garland and hung golden bells
Which they stole from the porters from their stays at hotels
Natalie Pinkham appeared in her “Santa’s helper” attire
I swear I could hear the singing of an “all angels” choir
Then Crofty arrived with Tequila and beer
As the rest of the crew gathered for F1 Christmas cheer
To those behind the scenes in Formula One
A big thanks from us all for always getting the job done
As The F1 Poet, I Say With Delight
Happy Christmas To All, And To All A Good Night
Last year, I took an old Christmas classic and re-wrote with a Formula One spin. I’ll be posting it again shortly for you all but for now, I decided to put a different spin on it.
Having spent some time in the paddock working alongside many of the people who bring us all the news and stories from the world of F1, I wanted to dedicate this to them in appreciation. These people work insanely hard and sacrifice their personal lives and family time to a degree which many cannot comprehend. Most of the time, it’s far from glamorous. To my friends in F1 and FIA media, this if for you.
Oh I so detest this time of year, when the next F1 season is nowhere near and the weather outside is colder still than my tall and frosty gold tinted beer…
Look, I’m all for the holidays, the gifts, the tree… Christmas cheer with the lads at the pub discussing the brilliance of Adrian Newey
But with the season done I’ve lost my shine, we wait only for the odd contract to sign which fails to send a single shiver up my spine, far less than peering down into an empty beer stein.
I suppose absence makes the heart grow fonder, so we’ll impatiently wait and foolishly ponder whether or not Vettel will emerge a shade or two blonder
Changes are coming with new rules and regulations, new drivers in new teams with new aspirations, hoping to forge new relations after what to them may seem like never-ending winter vacations
Gone is the sweet sound of those roaring V-Eights that would sing acapella at the end of the straights and that F1 fans could hear loud and clear beyond the front gates.
Twitter will die down and F1 shows will pause. There will be endless season reviews looking back at the season that was, recanting achievements, results, scandals and faux pas…
Bloggers will scramble to find something to write, while journos find themselves in a woeful plight, setting bait for a story they wish that would bite and working on leads deep into the night.
The cycle starts all over once more, booking flights and hotels is now one hell of a chore and thanks to Bernie, deciphering race schedules is a challenge and no longer a bore
India is out, New Jersey too? Korea and Mexico seem to have been struck-through and Russia seems to be under constant review. It was an ambitious calendar of 22…
Another pint or two will numb my pain until next we hear Fleetwood Mac’s Chain and I’ll limit and contain my urge to complain by spraying my own bottle of Mumm Champagne…
The Formula 1 circus has arrived in Sao Paolo bringing with it everything needed for the final round of the 2013 season. I sincerely hope staffers and press remembered to bring their umbrellas as the weather in Sao Paulo is due to change drastically after the heavy rains and thunder storms tomorrow. Temperatures will be falling as the clouds settle atop this bustling city. Here is your weekend forecast at a glimpse as of today.
Across the pond, Austin Texas sets the scene for Formula One’s round number eighteen
The weather may be cooler than first projected, but the warm Texas welcome has been just as expected
With open arms and American flair, it promises to be a world-class affair
The FOTA Fan Forum is set to be a success and the COTA facility was certainly built to impress
Sweeping fast corners and undulations give drivers and fans quite naughty sensations
Last year Vettel took pole and scampered away, but Hamilton chased to the German’s dismay
Lewis passed Vettel and never looked back while Alonso lacked pace to mount an attack
Massa was fourth he was actually quite quick, but Webber retired as his Red Bull was sick
It’s the Aussies penultimate race in Formula One, his days in the sport are just about done.
The fat lady has sung and the title’s been clinched, but the fight for second is feeling a wee bit pinched
Will Mercedes hold on or will Ferrari come back? Will the boys from Maranello be able to have the pace to get back on track?
Kimi won’t race for the final two rounds, leaving Lotus up a creek… making some god awful sounds
So the big story then is who’ll replace Raikkonen, everyone’s placing their bets on Heikki Kovalainen
I understand why but I’m somewhat confused as to why reserve driver Valsecchi has been excused
Well, let’s see what happens in the home of the brave and the land of the free as we watch events unfold at the Us Grand Prix
Formula 1 US GP – Technical Tyre Notes
From Pireli’s notepad, here are the technical notes on the demanding Circuit of the Americas
There are two key areas that particularly challenge the tyres at the Austin Circuit. The first is Turn 1, which is unusually a hairpin, where the tyres have to provide optimal traction – even when cold on an out-lap. Turn 11 is also particularly demanding as the driver starts braking heavily with the car already turning, creating an uneven distribution of forces across the tyres. Good grip from the compound is essential for an effective turn-in.
The cars will run with low gearing and medium downforce: a set-up that is not dissimilar to the one that was formerly used for the Turkish Grand Prix at Istanbul – which has a few points in common with the Circuit of the Americas.
The top three finishers in America last year (Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso) used a one-stop strategy, starting on the medium tyre and ending on the hard. Last year there was around half a second of lap time difference between the two compounds; this year that should be slightly bigger.
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