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July 30, 2014 1:09 PM

F1 » Ecclestone seeks settlement to end bribery trial

Nope. People and organizations frequently settle without acknowledgement of guilt, whether guilty or not, and it is an effective strategy to prevent dragging conflicts through the courts for extended periods of time. It appears that as Bernie's criminal case is winding down, and it appears he is likely to be found not guilty due to lack of clear evidence, by offering an accepted settlement he will remove the threat of any civil lawsuit. Brilliant timing by his legal team. Is he guilty?Likely not in the eyes of the court regardless of what we may think.


August 04, 2014 5:52 PM

F1 » Hembery: Pirelli focusing on 19-inch tyres not 18-inch

Low profile tires save weight as the cast wheel is almost always lighter than the rubber sidewall replaced. The sidewall flex is largely eliminated and replaced by suspension components. this is why high performance sports cars use very low profile tires. Added advantages include more precise suspension tuning, the ability to control compression and rebound rates (sidewall flex is constant), and a significantly increased interior volume inside the wheel to contain braking and energy regenerative systems. 18 or 19 inch does not matter much but the move to low profile tires is long overdue. The possibility of dramatically increasing mechanical grip will possibly allow F1 to dramatically reduce the aero grip and this will be good for racing.


August 04, 2014 9:20 PM

F1 » Hembery: Pirelli focusing on 19-inch tyres not 18-inch

Vincero, I cannot disagree. While I do think they would be lighter I also believe the weight savings would be insignificant. I think the significant advantage to be gained would be the much stiffer sidewall and that teams could better tune suspension sates, including compression and rebound, which are two main reasons why active suspension remains so attractive.


August 04, 2014 7:26 PM

F1 » Hembery: Pirelli focusing on 19-inch tyres not 18-inch

Hmm, a few questions/concerns with my comment. It is true that F1 has not evolved tire size for a considerable number of years. Different theories as to why, when virtually all the sports club categories have gone low profile for the reasons I mention, but one reason I recall was to limit the size of the brakes. F1 then went out and developed carbon fibre brakes, eliminating that restriction. Lighter? Yes, in most cases. However, we are not speaking of light cast alloy wheels where the weight savings may be marginal but we are talking about forged allow wheels that can be made lighter than rubber sidewall they would replace in a 13 inch tire.... (next comment)


July 30, 2014 3:45 PM

F1 » Wolff: Mercedes ‘comfortable’ with Hamilton’s stance

Wow! This comment by Wolff contradicts his earlier statement that Hamilton's actions cost Nico the race win. And to suggest that the split strategy was to give both an opportunity for victory is very questionable. I do not mean there was a deliberate attempt to undermine Hamilton, rather, it was a continuation of the strategy aimed to maximize points from starting last. Mercedes clearly did not evolved their strategies through the race quickly enough and Wolff clearly spoke before considering all of the information.

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