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On the surface a triangle is a simple 3-sided shape. At some point in our education we learn that all of a triangles interior angles add up to 180’. Then the mathematics gets a little more complicated as various theories and concepts are added in to the mix. Most of us give up at that point as the reason or purpose for all this understanding is lost on us.
Some of us carry on in education and take up careers in engineering where, among many of its individual disciplines, the triangle takes on a new importance. From mechanical to structural and even electronic engineering, the maths and science surrounding this simple three shaped side, is used to develop everything from buildings to cars and complex electronic circuits.
In vehicle engineering the triangle plays an important role in the early formula one cars as the prime shape of its space frame. The frame is made up of sections of tubular structures formed from triangles. These tetrahedral truss’s form some of the strongest...
after a picture I found that showed the lack of progression from the Williams over the last few years. & cider_and_toast curiosity. I thought I would have the how grid has progressed over the last few years since 2016 using austraila qualifying as the constant. couple of interesting bits how Haas have made the biggest improvement finding 6.5 secs but sauber are 2nd best finding 5.1secs. unsurprisingly Williams have made the smallest only finding 1.1 secs started nearly tenth & half ahead but are now 3.04 secs behind. also how did I forget that toro rosso were the 3rd fastest team in 2016
(in championship order of last season)
So just 13 days after the race in Hong Kong Formula E arrives at the costal Chinese city of Sanya for round 6. Formula E makes quite a big deal of being born in China and has always had Chinese teams and tech, so no surprise it's opted for two races in a country of such massive size. What the attendance at these events are I don't know but I guess being in the centre of a populated area helps. After 5 rounds it really couldn't be any closer at the top with 2 points separating the top 4, 7pts between top 5 and, by my calculations, 12 drivers being able to lead the championship mathematical by the end of the race.
Sam Bird tops the championship despite losing the win in Hong Kong to a penalty. I think Sam knew he was going to get the penalty when he won so I don't think mentally it will effect him too much. However it will be interesting to see how the penalty effects the racing. Nudges like Bird on Lotterer have been pretty reg through the last 4 years so I wonder if drivers will...
Round 5 of Formula E will take place around Hong Kong Central Harbourfront this weekend and it certainly has a lot to live up too if the previous rounds this season are anything to go by. It certainly seems impossible that the race will be any closer than the finish of the previous race in Mexico where Lucas Di Grassi won by around 3ft. Formula E's race format at the moment seems spot on though so I expect another good race.
By the time you reach round 5 of a series you would expect to know who the title contenders are but this year I genuinely have no idea who they are going to be. The championship leader is Jerome D'ambrosio but he's not even talked about as a number 1 in his own team that'll own a title challenger. His results so far though are not too be sniffed at. In fact in the chaos of the last round it was missed that he came from the back of the grid to 4th whilst his much fancied team mate ran out of energy. 2nd in the championship is Felix Da Costa but he's actually...
There's still another test session before the F1 season kicks off in Melbourne on 17th March but lets get the hype going as we enter the 69th season of the Formula One World Championship. It will be the usual early start for UK viewers if you able to watch live with Sky starting their broadcast (or narrow cast if the declining number of viewers is true) at ten past five in the morning. Yes, there is a five o'clock in the morning now.
The 2019 season is long. We are starting earlier in March than normal and the last race is on 1st December at Yas Marina. In amongst all this the 1,000 GP will be held in China on April 14th. There had been suggestions of trying to run the race in the UK to bookend race 1 and race 1,000 at Silverstone but anyone who can recall the Easter GP of 2000 will realise what a very silly idea this would be. I went to a WEC race at Silverstone in April a few years ago and it snowed. Enough said.
So can we hope for a close, exciting and entertaining...
Good day all.
A new season of F1 is almost upon us and over the last 12 months we've had some new members join our happy group so I thought I'd extend a warm welcome to you all on behalf of the CTA team and explain a few quirks of our site.
Every season at around this time we ask for volunteers to pick races to post what we call the PQR Thread. This is short for Practice, Qualifying and Race Discussion. It forms the discussion hub for each race weekend. Those who wish to author each thread can write about anything they like in the opening post to stimulate the initial discussion. It could be about your favourite driver or team from that country, your favourite race there or the country itself. You could go off on a massive tangent if you wish. The choice is yours. All we ask here at CTA towers is that the same title format is used for each PQR Thread.
The PQR Threads should be posted 2 or 3 days after the previous GP weekend. If you select a race weekend and later find you are...
What was once a fun filled brain bashing highlight of our pre-Race prep has lost its way a little over the last 18 months or so.
Here's your chance to put that right by volunteering to write a pre-Race Quiz.
All instructions on how to do so are easy to find in the quiz part of the forum.
Stick your name down for a quiz and who knows, you may win quiz of the year at the end of season awards.
Mar 17 Australia Angel
Mar 31Bahrain FB
Apr 14 China FB
Apr 28 Azerbaijan F1Brits_90
May 12 Spain Bleu
May 26 Monaco Angel
Jun 9 Canada cider_and_toast
Jun 23 France F1Brits_90
Jun 30 Austria cider_and_toast
Jul 14 Great Britain Greenlantern101
Jul 28 Germany Olivier
Aug 4 Hungary cider_and_toast
Sep 1 Belgium F1Brits_90
Sep 8 Italy The...
Time to fire your brains up and get your keyboard fingers ready as we pass around the hat and call for PQR Thread Writers for the season ahead.
For those new to the task, welcome as Martin Brundle would say, please pitch in and give it a try. All are welcome and there's plenty of old hands available to pass on advice.
Post your requests for races and I'll add you to the list:
Mar 17 Australia FB
Mar 31Bahrain cider_and_toast
Apr 14 China Olivier
Apr 28 Azerbaijan RasputinLives
May 12 Spain Angel
May 26 Monaco F1Brits_90
Jun 9 Canada FB
Jun 23 France cider_and_toast
Jun 30 Austria BradMan
Jul 14 Great Britain Greenlantern101
Jul 28 Germany RasputinLives
Aug 4 Hungary cider_and_toast
Sep 1 Belgium Angel
Sep 8 Italy FB
Round 4 of Formula E is a special one on the calendar for many reasons. One of those reason is that it's Formula E's one and only trip to a purpose built race track which creates a whole new dynamic. Another reason is that the Mexican fans go mental for any motorsport and the atmosphere for this race is usually electric with the podium presentation being one of the best anywhere. With a great season already taking shape I'm hoping this one is a grandstand event.
4 races in and Jean-Eric Vergne is acting like a true reigning champion. Yes that's right he is complaining about the rules in the press a lot. His latest grumble is qualifying. For those of you who don't know the cars are split into 4 groups and then the fastest 5 go to superpole session. The top 5 in the championship go in the first group and this is what JEV has spat his dummy out about. Last time out in Chilie the track was dirty which meant the first group out were at disadvantage. They promptly all qualified near the...
This is an exceptionally late thread start because I thought the race was next week. However I am wrong and Formula E's third round happens tomorrow on the streets of Santiago in Chilie. The track is different this year, which is a plus if it's stopped it running alongside that open sewer like it did last year. It was a really good race last year though with Teechetah dominating. JEV and co will be hoping for a repeat performance.
Two races into Gen 2 of Formula E and it seems that the new gen will bring us the same close action as Gen 1. It's quite clear there are two packages that are above the rest of the field (Teechetah and BMW) but they are struggling to take advantage of this mainly due to driver error and the qualifying format. The grids get so mixed up in Formula E because one lap pace goes against all other aspects that make you a contender in a race. Add to that the close street circuits and the fact you get one lap at 250kw (25kw than at anytime all race day) it leads...
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