F1 » Hamilton may force McLaren rethink

McLaren may rethink its plans for the upcoming Mugello test following disappointing showing in Bahrain

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April 25, 2012 6:54 PM

droog. the cars used sliding skirts, and there was a serious problem. if the skirt was damaged (over kerbs) or jammed, then the cars became uncontrollable. i think that was the reason they were banned. i am not sure if a modern interpretation would be any safer. the brabham bt 46b was taking it to extremes by having fans at the back, to create a vacuum, and showered following cars with debris. it was technically legal for a season. the lotus twin chassis was another interpretation, but never raced in a gp. i doubt that ground effect will come back, despite the fia looking at it again.


April 25, 2012 6:56 PM

another interesting device has just been tested by fia. this is a forward braced roll hoop, to protect the driver from an errant wheel. if you see film of the test, you would realise that drivers would neer accept such a restriction to forward visibility.

Droog - Unregistered

April 25, 2012 8:37 PM

Interesting, thanks.
I was aware of the skirts, but over a race distance surely they could survive or be made to with modern materials. Also didn't the Lotus have fans in the chassis to reduce air pressure beneath the car? Would that type of solution be needed today? With all the tricks that the Aero boys have come up with over the last couple of years, you would think that they could achieve significant levels of downforce just using Bernoulli principles and creative ducting.
I think it would be amazing. 6g's in the corners and really sticky tyres AND passing all over the place.
Bet the cars would be easier on the eyes as well.


April 25, 2012 8:45 PM

droog. the skirts were made of lexan (polycarbonate) and were spring loaded. there may be a newer product, but i am sure that it would not be indestructable and so the problem would remain. i dont think that lotus ever had or considered a fan, but i could be wrong. the fan on the 46b was driven by belts of the gearbox. a 47 was designed, using two auxiliary lawnmower engines, but that one was actually banned before it ran.

sam - Unregistered

April 26, 2012 10:26 AM

droog ground effect=inevitable serious injuries and fatalities when cars lose ground and turn into airplanes. youtube for barichello crash at imola 94 to see why it was banned


April 27, 2012 9:22 AM

McLaren confirmed that they plan to run the test drivers and not the race drivers in Italy (GPUpdate)
Jenson Button says he see's 'little benefit' in the race drivers going to the test, as they dont know the track, along with the lack of major updates to be tested (YallaF1)


April 27, 2012 2:02 PM

I find it incredible that McLaren havn't even put it to the drivers that they should be at the test . That would explain why their car rarely improves throughout the season. You only have to look at how Ferrari always improves over the season and how much Mercedes and Lotus have improved to see that McLaren are not progressing. There is no compensation for time in the car.

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