Tag Archives: Mercedes GP

Back from a short vacation

I tried to get some posts done while I was on vacation but I had no time at all to do anything worth the time or effort so I decided to stop blogging for a bit and recharge myself on it.

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Fangio’s championship winning 1954 Mercedes Benz Silver Arrows W196 Formula 1 car recently went up for auction with the winning bid of close to thirty million dollars. Eclipsing the last public auction record by almost double. What I found most interesting about this car isn’t the fact Fangio won his fifth and final championship in it. But it’s the fact it was never repair to new. All of the race damage and patina is still on it. I hope the winning bidder doesn’t bother to restore it. I hope he or she keeps it as is and parks it in a nice friendly environment of other non restored but preserved used race cars.

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Formula 1 steering wheels

Formula 1 steering wheels are always intriguing to me. They are control panels for a myriad of computers and a hub for just as many, if not more sensors on the cars themselves. As you’ll see in the following pictures, the wheels can be some what simple to straight up manic with the amount of knobs and switches on them. The most extraordinary part of these wheels? The drivers are constantly playing with them while at speeds. Some speeds deep into the triple digits. There’s not much more I can say than most people already have written articles about or made YouTube videos about. The only thing most of these articles and videos don’t bring up is their size. They’re relatively small, some teams don’t use full size ones either. The Red Bulls actually have a small dash with the controls on the wheel itself.

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In that picture above you can see the dash, tach, gear indicator, and what other information the driver, in that case Vettel, would like to see while he’s driving. Some times the actual RPMs are shown, some times it’s just the rev counter itself. These wheels are built to fit the drivers’ hands as well. Diferent grips, different places for the paddles to shift the car, as well as a paddle on each side for neutral to be used during pit stops. A neat thing to toss in is the KERS and DRS buttons. We’ll start with the DRS button first, it is placed on the steering wheel in some place to make it easy for the driver to hit to open the flap. They don’t typically have to worry about it coming down because it happens automatically when they hit the brakes.

Now onto the KERS operation, some of the steering wheels, even the cars, are setup different to use KERS. Some cars have a button to control the harvesting of the kinetic energy, some cars do it automatically. Where as some other cars have a button to use KERS for as long as the button as held. Or some of the more crazy drivers will have a knob that turns to set the amount of KERS used on the press of the button. Now me personally, if I was an F1 driver, I’d rather have the setup where the car harvests it automatically and I can just use it for as long as I hold down the button.

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Schumacher tours the ‘Ring

Very dull and rather slow. Why? The FIA has a ratio of speed and throttle percentage, if any F1 car goes over a certain ratio, it is deemed as testing.

Which is why we couldn’t see Schumacher ring the neck of his Mercedes GP car.

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Farewell Michael

It was a shame I couldn’t see you race in first person, but it was good to see you race again. Thank you for three years of Schumacher.

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