Williams FW07

The Williams FW07 was a ground effect Formula One racing car designed by Patrick Head for the 1979 F1 season. It was not the first ground effect Formula One car, a concept that Colin Chapman got working brilliantly in the ’78 and ’79 at Lotus, but it was difficult and expensive to get right, as well as being extremely alienating for many drivers, who had no choice but to scream through corners at insanely high speeds, hoping passionately that nothing would upset the workings of the airflow under the car. According to Niki Lauda [3],

Cornering became a rape practised on the driver. Something really terrible, unnatural and unpredictable.

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Lap times for the 2014 F1 Belgian Grand Prix

After a rainy qualification, today we could enjoy a sunny Sunday race. But that would no mean to be a parade for Mercedes as the two drivers tangled on the second lap of the race. This damaged Rosberg’s front wing while leaving Hamilton with a puncture that ruined his race.

This led to a great opportunity for Ricciardo to claim his third win of the year. Rosberg and Bottas completed the podium.

Further back, Alonso saw his race compromised by a 5-second penalty because mechanics were still working on his Ferrari when the grid formation lap began. Additional performance issues in Alonso’s car got Raikkonen to finish ahead of his team mate for the first time this season.

Magnussen was given a 20-second penalty after the race for not giving enough space for car 14 and forcing Alonso out of the track. He dropped from sixth to twelfth, taking no points this race. But it was late for Alonso, as he then struggled to stand against Vettel and Button.

Andre Lotterer’s F1 debut ended when his Caterham stopped by the side of the track on his first lap. The same fate befell Lotus’s Pastor Maldonado.

Average pace

This plot shows the difference to the average pace of the race winner. That is, the difference to the average lap time, including pit stops.

The steeper the curve, the faster the lap; and as the curves are generated from cumulative sums of lap times, a negative slope implies a lap time which is quicker that the average. Read more ›

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Lap times for the 2014 F1 Hungarian Grand Prix

This race certainly has to stablish Alonso as one of the greatest drivers in F1 history, if not the best. Not that I take away the credit from Hamilton, who also had a splendid race beating his team-mate Nico Rosberg starting from the pit lane, but Alonso has not the best car in the paddock.

Anyway, this was a really interesting race. It might have been another parade for Rosberg and his Mercedes were it not for the downpour just before the race and a couple of accidents —Ericsson first, and Grosjean slightly after while still under the SC— which had the Safety Car released from lap 9 to 13. Some drivers took the opportunity to switch to Soft dry tyres but for Rosberg, Bottas, Vettel and Alonso out front.

A few laps later, the Safety Car was back out when Sergio Perez lost control sliding into the pit wall. At the restart, Fernando Alonso was leader until Ricciardo managed to snatch the lead from the Spaniard with three laps to go. Alonso managed to hold on to a superb second place, while Hamilton secured a scarcely believable third place after starting from the pitlane.

Following, I provide the plots so you may draw your own conclusions.

Average pace

This plot shows the difference to the average pace of the race winner. That is, the difference to the average lap time, including pit stops.

The steeper the curve, the faster the lap; and as the curves are generated from cumulative sums of lap times, a negative slope implies a lap time which is quicker that the average. Read more ›

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Ferrari 330 P4

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Only three 330 P4s were built, chassis numbers 0856, 0858 and 0860. This 1967 Ferrari 330 P4 (chassis number 0858) was converted for use in the North American Can-Am series after the international regulations were changed at the end of the season. The P4 was modified as a 350 Can-Am with notable features including a smooth front-end devoid of any lights, a more stylised rear spoiler and two air intakes curving outward to the fuel injection trumpets. Drop-dead gorgeous.

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Lap times for the 2014 F1 German Grand Prix

Not a good race start for Massa who didn’t complete his first lap after another incident in the first stages of a race, this time with Magnussen. Other than that, it was a good weekend for Williams as Bottas secured his third straight podium finish, with Hamilton close behind in P3 but with almost worn out tyres. After a start from P20 following an accident during Q1 and a gearbox change, securing 15 points is a clear indicator of the superiority of Mercedes this year. Even without the FRIC.

Further back, Alonso’s ability to score points race after race and to battle on equal terms with Red Bull’s apparently superior cars shows us why he is one of the greatest drivers in F1 history.

Following, I provide the plots so you may draw your own conclusions.

Average pace

This plot shows the difference to the average pace of the race winner. That is, the difference to the average lap time, including pit stops. The steeper the curve, the faster the lap; and as the curves are generated from cumulative sums of lap times, a negative slope implies a lap time which is quicker that the average. Read more ›

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Analysis of a lap around Brands Hatch Indy (Pt. I)

I wanted to feel like a race engineer so I went to Twitter and asked for some telemetry data for analysis. I got 3 GB worth of data from different drivers and circuits in a format suitable for MoTeC’s i2 data analysis software.

The circuit

Data is from a BMW Z4 GT3 racing at the Brands Hatch Indy Circuit, i.e., the short track. The circuit is very simple in layout, it offers a unique combination of fearsome corners and hills, dips and cambers.

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CFD

CFD modelling, also known as Colourful Fluid Dynamics, is much hyped as being able to produce pretty and colourful images, but lacking in substance —Anonymous.

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Undergraduates in motorsport

During the last Valencia NASCAR Fest I got the chance to interview Ander Vilariño and Borja García. But that is not all. I also met two young students volunteering for Racing Club Partners.

Volunteering happens to be one of the best paths to get into motorsport. For instance, in Williams’s Careers Advice we find that, as well as giving our best at school,

It is also important to get practical experience, so try to use your vacations or gap year etc to get some. This could be paid employment in a garage or workshop or even voluntary labour for a junior race team.

Here is a quick questions and answers with one of them.

That's me talking with one of the students. The laptop always close to him for data analysis.

That’s me talking with one of the students. The laptop always close to him for data analysis.

Could you introduce yourself in a few lines?

My name is K. P. and I am from Cyprus. I am currently in my final year at the University of Bath, UK on an MEng Mechanical Engineering with Advanced Design and Innovation.

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Lap times for the 2014 F1 British Grand Prix

This was a very exciting race. The red flag was the leading figure of the day after Raikkonen got out of the track hitting the wall which was also unfortunate for Massa —who was celebrating his 200th Gran Prix— as he didn’t manage to avoid a collision with the Finn’s wrecked car.

And another spectacular race for Fernando Alonso who managed to climb places till finishing in P6. It was a great battle with Vettel, who once again was outperformed by his team mate Daniel Ricciardo. Definitely, this is not Seb’s year.

With Rosberg retiring from the race due to problems in the gearbox, Alonso becomes the only driver to finish all the races of the season without being lapped. That’s remarkable having such a slow car this season.

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Following, I provide the plots so you may draw your own conclusions.

Average pace

This plot shows the difference to the average pace of the race winner. That is, the difference to the average lap time, including pit stops.

The steeper the curve, the faster the lap; and as the curves are generated from cumulative sums of lap times, a negative slope implies a lap time which is quicker that the average.

Read more ›

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Almost finished

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After several months of hard work, at the research facilities of CMT-Motores Térmicos, with little to no time to devote to this blog and my personal projects, I am now almost ready to defend my Master Thesis.

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