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Last year I attempted to predict the qually positions in Melbourne based on testing results and respective qualifying result from the years 2010-2012. The difference in testing result position and qualifying result position created what I call the 'Sand Bagging Factor' or how much each team either under performed or over performed in testing when compared to their qually result in Melbourne.
All in all it was a reasonable success, the predictions were on average out by just 3 positions, and I think it could of been even more accurate if it had been a dry qualifying session.
So with another years worth of sand bagging data and everything crossed for a dry qually in Melbourne I thought it would be a bit of fun to have another shot at making some sort of sense out of the chaos that is winter testing.
First is the form card. The sand bagging factor for the last 4 years for the current...
McLaren's latest wheeze with their "blocker" suspension members on the rear wishbones is a stroke of genius. Like their last greatest wheeze, the so-called F-Duct, it has been thought up because someone spotted a little hole in the wording of the regulations. The F-Duct idea arose because someone realised that a hole in the side of a tube lets air out reducing the amount of air that reaches it's target. It's the kind of observation one makes when your foot pump hose splits and leaves you stranded with a flat tyre or the water pressure mysteriously drops when you're hosing the lawn because that weak spot bursts open. The key to the F-Duct was noticing that the regulation was focused on a mechanical or electrical means of activation and not covering the possibility of a drivers knee blocking a hole.
So how did the person who spotted the loophole in the suspension reg's get heads scratching along pit-lane and cause the F1 authorities to say that it is within the rules? I have a...
As most of you are probably aware, we have dedicated discussion threads for each Grand Prix.
This is the archive from 2013, for example: http://cliptheapex.com/forums/2013-grand-prix-discussions/
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I said I wasn't going to do this again last year as it's just a completely pointless exercise... but I've got dragged in to it again as it's a bit of fun to play with some basic stats and it does give some indication of how everyone's testing is going. I'll keep it pretty simple and just post some basic tables. So here we go, pre-season testing championship 2014, with this format:
- Points are awarded based on ranking in fastest time and number of laps completed by a team (adding together the laps completed by multiple drivers if necessary) on each day at each test.
- 1st place is worth 11 points, 2nd place 10 points and so on down to 1 point for 11th. No time/no laps completed means no points.
- The points above are multiplied by which day of testing it is, so the scores from the first day at Jerez are multiplied by 1, and the scores from the last day at the second Bahrain test are multiplied by 12.
Winners: Day 1: Ferrari, Day...
The teams have actually all now picked their drivers! Time for Team-Mate Prediction. The rules have actually not changed one iota, apart from the tiebreak, but the usual run-down is here.
I'm in, what do I have to do?
For the eleven teams in the Formula One World Championship 2014, you must name a driver who you predict will finish on top according to the points rules which we'll come onto later. You need to pick a driver for every team.
You must also play your two bonuses. The first is the joker. You must chose one of your predicted drivers and the TMP points they score will be doubled. The other one is your fence. You must select one of your selection and if their team-mate battle finishes within 15 TMP points of each other, you will get a 20 point bonus in the standings. This is 10 points more than last season!
You cannot play the two bonuses in the same team; if you wish to do so, you may be mad.
How do my selections score?
Each weekend there will be six...
We have a thread to talk about the launches of the cars but I think we should have a separate place to discuss the engines themselves, which I'm sure will be one of the key talking points throughout the year. Moving from the naturally aspirated 2.4 litre V8s to 1.6 litre V6 turbos with various energy recovery systems bolted on is the biggest change F1 has seen for decades in fact.
Here is a good video that explains the changes and how the engines work:
And a more detailed article here from somersf1:
Some bullet points to try to explain everything briefly:
600bhp excluding energy recovery systems
Rev Limit: 15,000 rpm.
Gears: 8 with ratios fixed throughout the season (previously the teams were allowed to use 30 different ratios throughout the season. This is made possible because the new engines can deliver high power through a...
So a recent conversation on CTA strayed on to the topic of drivers who do not deserve their seats for 2014. This got me thinking about the drivers that do deserve those seats. There are a lot of drivers out there who have the potential to be F1 stars but the drivers I'm thinking of are drivers who have already shown they have learnt their trade and should be firmly in an F1 seat, this is why the likes of Vandorne and Mitch Evans don't feature as they are up and coming rather than proven talent.
This is my list of 5. See if you agree:
1 - Robin Frijns
The Dutchmen may only be 22 but he has more than shown he has earned his place on the F1 grid. He took the Formula Renault 2.0 title in 2011 and then moved over to the Renault World Series 3.5 in 2012 where he took on the much more experienced Bianchi and Bird and came out with the title, the first driver to do that in his rookie year since Robert Kubica. After that banner year budget restraints left him nowhere to go in...
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