F1 » 'We don't expect them to always be gentlemanly...'

If Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button get so close on-track as to make the McLaren-Mercedes management 'wince on the pit wall sometimes', then they're doing exactly what the team is paying them for, opines Jonathan Neale...

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OSR - Unregistered

February 28, 2011 4:57 PM

The Williams rear end is the smallest out there, leaving better air flow at the rear. Takes what Red-Bull re-introduced 2 years ago to a whole new extreme. So extreme that reliability was thought to be an issue due to the angles of the drive shafts - but so far in testing it has proved to be reliable enough - time will tell.

Calvin _

February 28, 2011 6:04 PM

This can be said of most teams (except Ferrari). They want their drivers to compete. How well things are managed is down to the management, which as we saw last year at Red Bull, wasn't good all the time.


February 28, 2011 6:29 PM

i read an interview with mark webber, at the weekend. in it he talked about the turkey incident. he said that he knew vettel was faster than him and was passing him, but then goes on to say " i could have given him room, but i decided not to ". in a way he was right, but it also turned out to be a rather pointless (no pun intended) decision. but i agree that teammates have as much right to race each other, as race their other competitors.

KGBVD - Unregistered

February 28, 2011 7:07 PM

The Williams has a tiny rear end, it's gearbox is super small, and it's rear wing is supported on only one central post. That bottom plane is free-floating, rather than connected to two load-bearing side posts as on all of the other cars.

This is to get the best and most unobstructed air flow to that bottom plane of the wing, recovering the downforce from the lost double diffs.

It seems to me that Williams (tiny box) and Renault (forward exhausts) will battle it out for the best new innovation (as, clearly, the Macca U-pods aren't doing them any favours).


February 28, 2011 7:44 PM
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apart from the williams gearbox being low, it is also designed with a higher output for the driveshafts. this means that they have a 16-17 degree downward angle (towards the wheel centre) as opposed to the normal 6-7 degrees which has preiously been accepted as the max. the u-js will be in much heavier use, which may lead to overheating and failure. it is a gamble. lets hope it works.

Kozeyekan - Unregistered

March 01, 2011 1:15 AM

It's funny in a way. All this talk about how bad Webber and Vettel's relationship was, and how poor RBR were in managing their charges, yet they still won the WDC and the WCC.
I wouldn't care if my drivers were hiring Ninjas to assassinate each other, as long as they were winning on the track.


March 01, 2011 11:13 AM

calvin. but that would mean backing one driver from the off! and we really dont want this "number 1 driver" situation, coupled with team orders. i believe that rbr took the right route, and long may it continue.

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