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Mercedes-Benz powered F1 cars are off to a good start this year with McLaren-Mercedes coming in 1st and 3rd at the Austrailian Grand Prix, Force India Mercedes scoring a point, and Mercedes AMG showing promise despite some off-roading by Schumi! On to Malaysia!
It is good to know that even seasoned racing drivers are scared during hot laps!
I’m riding with Michael!
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As mechanics, they are great drivers! Just one week until the Malaysian Grand Prix.
Practice for the first race of the 2011 Formula One season starts tonight in Melbourne! With Mercedes-Benz engines powering 6 cars on the field and with 3 former world champions at the wheel we should have a lot to cheer for.
Among the many rules changes for this season the one that will be the most interesting to see used during a race will be the new movable rear wing. This replaces the movable front wings added to last year’s cars as an attempt to allow for more overtaking. The thing that makes this new rear wing adjustment a real unknown in the actual race are the rules governing when it can be used.
Race control will notify the driver (electronically) that they have the option to move the rear wing to its alternate position when that car is less than one second behind another car (on the same lap). This adjustment will only be available on parts of the track.
So in addition to basically playing a video game at 200 mph on a steering wheel with about 30 buttons, knobs, and displays, drivers will now have to make sure they are close enough going into a corner be allowed to use the rear wing while also shifting and activating the KERS.
This should be an interesting season! For a good Q&A about the new rules with Charlie Whiting check out this post on the Racecar Engineering blog.
The 2010 Chinese Grand Prix was a great race to watch. With light rain, no rain and then medium rain the teams’ choices for when to change from dry to wet tires made a huge difference. Pushing through the light rain on dry tires brought Nico Rosberg (Mercedes GP-3rd) and Jenson Button (McLaren Mercedes-1st) to the front while most of the other cars switched to wet weather tires. The rest of the field was able to catch up to them as a result of a few appearances of the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Safety Car. Lewis Hamilton (McLaren Mercedes-2nd) clawed his way up through the field and almost caught Button by the end of the race.
Okay, so they edited Shumacher in for the commercial version and I prefer the build up of the original longer form video but it’s still fun.
While manufacturers like BMW, Honda, Jaguar, and Toyota have abandoned Formula One, Mercedes has increased their efforts in the world’s most popular form of racing by purchasing the 2009 World Championship Team, Brawn GP, to create Mercedes GP Petronas. With the McLaren team keeping Lewis Hamilton and adding 2009 World Champion Jenson Button it looked like it was going to be an easy decision who to cheer for in March. Now it has been announced that 7 time World Champion Michael Schumacher is coming out of retirement and has signed a 3 year contract to drive for Mercedes GP. Between this and the debut of the new US F1 Team, 2010 is shaping up to be a very interesting season.