F1 » Kate Walker: Bowing to the inevitable

Kate Walker talks about whether the pack will be shuffled in 2014 in her latest exclusive column for Crash.net

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October 15, 2013 2:37 PM

mark my words, when you see RB/Vettel dominating come next year you can bet the FIA will coming up with more stupid rules in an effort to slow them down and they'll disguise it as a "cost reduction measure".


October 16, 2013 8:13 AM

Toto of Mercedes said that they are hard on their heels (Renault) in trying to find out what engine mapping Renault is using re their traction out of cornering.
The latest theory being floated about by “racecar engineering” and having been hinted about on here by the science teacher is that Renault are using their KERS MGU as a sort of brake on the engine crankshaft to limit power output and therefore wheel spin when exiting a corner (modulating the MGU as a generator) by switching on/off the MGU clutch to the engine crankshaft.


October 16, 2013 11:25 AM

First of all KERS engine mapping (to minimise wheel-slip out of cornering) is a possibility.
Secondly at least up to this point whatever mapping Renault is using is legal.
This engine mapping Renault/RBR are using certainly gave them a boost, but there biggest asset (the RB car have) was and still is the huge advantage they have in down force as produced by their diffuser, this huge down force as produced by their diffuser is a result of their ability to use both the exhaust gasses and stray (confused) air to seal it to the ground.
It should also be said that at least one of the RBR drivers (as facts has shown) has totally gelled to this style of car, something that cannot be guaranteed that other drivers can do, at least not right away.


October 16, 2013 11:42 AM

sunny. I don't know if you saw the thermal imaging of the rear of the bull. the entire width of the diffuser outlet was white hot. all the exhaust gasses are now coming out of it.

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