F1 » Hamilton: Red Bull looks fast

Lewis Hamilton completed two days of running at Jerez admitting that there was some work to do at McLaren - and already contemplating another scrap with old rivals.

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chris - Unregistered

February 13, 2012 6:45 AM

hey you mook..look again at his comments again..rebull looks fast but do they go quick enough or faster than LH..this is a mind game for rebull to think..like he says rebull just a "drinks company"..but it all end up they beat him hahhahhahhahaa...what a duck!..hey LH ..want some tobasco sauce for your comments LH?

kieran - Unregistered

February 13, 2012 7:46 AM

Mark webber red bull car is not the same as seb car just think back to the front wing was taken off mark car for seb mark said he is number two driver and red bull will not let he race seb that is why the mc larens beat mark


February 13, 2012 6:56 PM

DTN, one thing at a time, yes the system (as a system) is the same regardless of any modifications to any part of the system. The hydraulic system on an F1 car is designed with the least minimum of output capacity because that's the least power consumed from the engine, a race start simulation can only be done from a standing start and it is done on the out lap to the grid, it can be compared to achieving a miracle if a driver will match the performance of a lunch control software on a racing start, lunch control is banned, Anti stall and lunch control software are two totally different things.

jose - Unregistered

February 13, 2012 8:07 PM

The hydraulic system on 'toy' car is very simple..
IDLE=1,000RPM min.
pressure is then regulated to maintain 80psi form idle to
red line at 11,000.. this systems controls throttle, electronic
shifting, clutch, anti brake lock modulator and front wing position. Simple and extremely reliable.
The problem with starting is the very loud engines from cars near you.
You loose the sound of your own engine. You still have the feel
of clutch and throttle but the lost of your engine sound really
upsets that critical balance.



February 13, 2012 9:04 PM

Jose, the hydraulic system on a F1 car is also very reliable but as I said they use the most marginal (output wise) they can get away with
In F1 the most widely used pump is an ABEX variable displacement pump driven at 71.5 percent engine speed it delivers 10 l/m at 6k rpm engine speed (just above idle) and 32 l/m at 18k rpm engine speed, at an engine speed of 18k rpm with the car running in a straight line this variable pump will consume between 3 and 4 hp, if a constant flow pump of the same max flow output was used (such as a gear pump) it would consume 16 hp at an engine speed of 18k rpm.


February 16, 2012 10:14 AM

Reported on NextGenAuto, according to Spanish daily Marca, Lewis Hamilton confided with his former team mate Heiki Kovalainen, that he was 'dissapointed' with the MP4-27, along with disclosing that he set his best time while McLaren were employing an 'aggressive' fuel strategy.

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