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March 03, 2012 4:38 PM
Last Edited 1175 days ago

F1 » HRT loses fight to make Barcelona

@Kiko Lola had a very long F1 career as a supplier of chassis, from 1962 for John Surtees with the customer Mk4, supplying chassis for Surtees again in the race winning Honda "Hondola" in 1967, Embassy-Hill, Larrouse and finally with Scuderia Italia. The only reason 1997 was so bad is because their engine supplier was so late in developing the engine holding back their own chassis development and then rushing everything with a customer Ford V8 for the 1997 season due to sponsor pressures, they were supposed to enter in 1998. Lola aren't mugs, they know how to build race cars and have very successfully since 1997 in formula Nippon, F3000, GP2, Sports cars, LMP1, CART, F3 and Indy Lights. I'm sure there are more. They have forgotten more experience than HRT have every had.


February 24, 2012 12:52 PM

F1 » Catalunya F1 test times – day four: 24 February – 11am

victorBT33 - that's not sandbagging, that's going as quick as possibly on different options of worn tyres with different levels of fuel. Like they would have to in a race. Sandbagging is going out on supersofts with 3 laps of fuel and easing off the lap to make it slower than it could be. They have limited pre-season testing and none during the season. Ultimate qualifying speed can be achieved during a race weekend, but they will always need race pace to win and that's where this testing helps.


February 24, 2012 11:34 AM

F1 » Catalunya F1 test times – day four: 24 February – 11am

They're not sandbagging, they are are just running various setups for different circuits in race mode, carrying fuel with worn tyres to simulate the start of a race, simulating the tyre change, and simulating tyre changes onto both option tyres. Races are more important than outright qualifying laps so the big teams who expect to be winning races are not doing fast laps. They will be getting the setups of the 2012 cars sorted for the 2012 tyres. Taking fuel out and going for it can be left to the other teams to grab the headlines for now (remember who was fastest at the end of the 2011 Jerez test). They might not even put one in right at the end of the last test day either, no point if they have full data from testing to show what the times could be achieved if carrying less fuel.

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