F1 » F1 Spain 2013: Hamilton seeks to close gap

Lewis Hamilton looks to close the gap to his rivals on race day in Spain next weekend on the back of a solid start to the 2013 F1 season

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May 05, 2013 8:02 AM

Tisk, tisk “Lulu is ALWAYS “catching up” isn't he”, yes he is, read all the posts on this page!. Lulu apart, Mercedes looks like they went a step too far with their FRIC system like they did with their double F DUCT, the FRIC system being passive is not easy to setup without it being computerised, it even needs be setup from track too track. The system which has been in use for the last three years by most teams interconnects hydraulically right and left suspension unites to control roll and ride height, it does away with the third spring/shock absorber and the roll bar. Mercedes seems to be trying to control pitch by even connecting front to rear suspension unites, this to keep car rake as constant as possible under acceleration and braking and so not losing the diffuser effective seal (by exhaust plume) when this seal is lost tyre squirt will disrupt the effectiveness of the diffuser aero effect (down force) and tyre slip will set in.


May 05, 2013 11:01 AM

Anyhow, Lulu apart, things and times certainly change in F1.
In 1993 linking the suspension unites hydraulically was banned now it is back with us.
F1 went from driver's aid to strictly no driver's aid and right back again to not only approved drivers aid but sort of mandated drivers aid (KERS and DRS).

prof-x - Unregistered

May 05, 2013 2:29 PM

the only people who believe Lewis cant manage his tires are the ones who believe what they are told on television, sad but true. Tire wear has a lot more to do with car setup and the disparity to other cars, a driver can modify their lines, and try to compensate for tire deg in their attack profile, but for most, its Lewis bad tires, ugggh, Jenson tire whisperer, uggggh. What a bunch of garbage.

The people who constantly talk about Lewis being hard on his tires are the ones who cannot help themselves with their Televisions.

rob01 - Unregistered

May 05, 2013 3:36 PM

It is sad when the majority of drivers on the grid call into the pit box and ASK if they can RACE. Knowing the answer is NO. But they still call anyway to show they want to.


May 05, 2013 4:21 PM

Sunny, I'm guessing that the Prof watches the races with his head firmly stuck up Lulu's backside.

Given that the gullible believe Lulu is

The fastest driver.
Best overtaker.
Best in a bad car.
Best at looking after his tyres (ha)

I'm left wondering why he's only managed to win one very fortunate championship, thanks to a superior car and inferior team mate. Given the quality of cars at his disposal and the list of outstanding attributes that his adoring public believe he has I'd be expecting him to have won at least 4 by now.
Could the answer be that he's somewhat overrated and his fans are ever so slightly blinkered?

prof-x - Unregistered

May 05, 2013 4:22 PM

You know the television is more successful than the catholic church ever was :) I know what I am seeing when I look at the box, and I understand the intent of the commentators and the whole circus, I understand the narratives and drama are part of successful entertainment, but through it all, you can still pick up on just a little, if you see/read through the lines of bs the commentators are going on about and really choose to listen.

When people keep repeating the same things commentators are saying (preachers) they stop thinking critically, anyone who applies logic and understands something about chemistry, physics, mechanics and politics can easily, if they want, see what the real show is all about.

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