Australian GP quick update

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My friend Stacey and I (I’m on the left) on main straight

Hi Racers

Just a quick mobile blog to let you all know that I haven’t forgotten you. I’ll be doing a nice big blog update tommorow once I get home from Melbourne.

The trip was amazing! I managed to fit as much in as I possibly could do am now knackered!

I fly home this afternoon so stay tuned :)

Keep Revving

Vroom Vroom

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Mark saying hi at the exclusive evening I attended. Apologies for the photo quality – flash at same time as clicking

Melbourne F1 bound

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Ok Racers,

The time has FINALLY arrived. I’m hopping on a plane in about 9 hours to head to Melbourne for the opener of the 2012 Formula 1 season at the Qantas Australian Grand Prix.

Excited? YES!!!

I, of course, went all out and am lucky enough to be enjoying a pitlane walk and pitlane breakfast on Thursday. Autographs with the drivers and numerous other incredible experiences INCLUDING attending a very special cocktail party with Mark Webber as the special guest.

He will be mingling, answering fan/supporter club member questions and enjoying the F1 atmosphere at the Crown Casino.

I’ll be sure to get lots of photos, one or two with Mark and plenty of track action.

I’ll be walking the track on Sunday before the race too.

Be sure to check in and see where I’m at!

Set your alarms for qualifying & race and keep the revs high.

The season has begun!

Go Webber :)

Vroom Vroom

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21 days to Melbourne

Only 21 days until the Australian  2012 Formula 1 Grand Prix in Melbourne.

I am lucky enough to be attending AND will be involved in an exclusive Mark Webber function night, as well as the GP Advantage Pit lane walks, track walks and countless other very exciting events.

I’ll keep you all VERY informed of course.

Are you excited?

Vroom Vroom!!

Mercedes Unveil the F1 W03

The new Mercedes "Silver Bullet" W03 in Barcelona

Hi Racers

Finally, we get to see what Mercedes have come up with and it looks the “silver bullet” we were expecting.

It features the new stepped nose, and it doesnt look too bad actually. The colour scheme & advertising does tend to lower its impact, which is always good.

W03 in action

Team Principle Ross Brawn had this to say about the W03

“The F1 W03 is a car that I believe, and hope, our team can be proud of, and which will deliver the on-track results that everybody has worked so hard to achieve,” Brawn said. “Notwithstanding the distinctive nose design, which is certainly an acquired taste, the F1 W03 is an elegant interpretation of the current regulations, and a clear step forward over its predecessor in terms of detail design and sophistication.

“Last year, we produced a very bold car and, although its more radical elements didn’t always deliver the results we had hoped for, the experience we gained has been invaluable to the design of the 2012 car. The F1 W03 is also a more integrated package, which reflects the ever-strengthening ties between our technical teams in Brackley and Brixworth, and demonstrates that our Silver Arrows works team is taking the next step forward in terms of on-track performance.”

Unfortunetly, I’m unable to source the Tech Spec’s for the W03 at this stage.

Not long until the start of the 2012 season now!!

Keep Racing,

Vroom Vroom

 

Williams unveil the FW34

Senna & Maldonardo with the new FW34

Hello Hello Racers,

Another hour, another new launch it seems – Im exhausted keeping up!

Williams launched their FW34 in Jerez yesterday.

After a horrendous year in 2011, Williams are hoping that with a new driver in Bruno Senna, and switching from the Cosworth engine to Renault may boost them to a better year in 2012.

Of course, its got the stepped nose and a new paint job. Same colours with the blue and white but it seems they have gone for a more charcoal blue, rather than the obvious navy blue of last year.

FW34 in action. Jerez

As always, here are the tech spec’s – thanks to http://www.williamsf1.com/car/technical-spec/

 

Chassis construction Monocoque construction Laminated from carbon

epoxy and honeycomb composite structure, surpassing FIA impact and strength requirements

Front suspension Carbon fibre double wishbone arrangement, with composite

toelink and pushrod activated springs and anti-roll bar

Rear suspension Double wishbone and pullrod activated springs and anti-roll bar
Transmission Williams F1 seven speed seamless sequential semi-automatic shift

plus reverse gear. Gear selection electro-hydraulically actuated

Clutch Carbon multi-plate
Dampers Williams F1
Wheels RAYS forged magnesium
Tyres Pirelli, Fronts: 325mm wide, Rears: 375mm wide
Brake system AP 6 piston callipers all round, carbon discs and pads
Steering Williams F1 power assisted rack and pinion
Fuel system ATL Kevlar-reinforced rubber bladder
Electronic systems FIA SECU standard electronic control unit
Cooling system Aluminium  Oil, Water, KERS, and gearbox radiators
Cockpit Driver six point safety harness with 75mm shoulder straps & HANS system, removable anatomically formed carbon fibre seat covered in Alcantara
Motive power Motive power: Renault  2.4L V8, 90° V angle engine,

pneumatic valve train. Fuel and lubricants by Total.

High energy inductive ignition system. Engine materials include

block and pistons in aluminium alloy, crankshaft in Nitrided alloy steel with tungsten alloy counterweights, connecting rods in titanium alloy.

Dimensions & weight Weight: FIA Minimum

Wheelbase: FIA Maximum

Overall length: 5000mm

Overall height: 950mm

Overall width: 1800mm

 

I hope the change in engine, plus the injection of Bruno Senna can lift the team to a better standing for the 2012 season.

 

Keep Racing,

Vroom Vroom

 

Red Bull RB8 Technical Specifications and Launch Video

Hi Racers,

Sorry for the delay – here are the RB8′s technical specifications – ENJOY :)

Thanks to www.redbullracing.com of course.

Engine: Renault engine RS28 – 2012
Cylinders: 8
Capacity: 2400cc
Max rpm: 18,000rpm
Number of Valves: 32
Vee Angle: 90 degrees
Power Output: Not Disclosed
Engine construction: Cylinder block in cast aluminium
Engine management: FIA (MESL) standard control unit TAG310B
Oil: Total Group
Weight: FIA minimum weight of 95kg
  • Chasis

    Composite monocoque structure, designed and built in-house, carrying the Renault V8 engine as fully stressed member

  • Transmission

    Seven-speed gearbox, longitudinally Mounted with hydraulic system for power shift and clutch operation. AP Racing clutch

  • Suspension

    Front:  Aluminium alloy uprights, carbon-composite double wishbone with springs and anti-roll bar, Multimatic dampers

    Rear: Aluminium alloy uprights, carbon-composite double wishbone with springs and anti-roll bar, Multimatic dampers

  • Brakes

    Brembo calipers, Brembo carbon discs and pads

  • Electronics

    FIA (MESL) standard control unit

  • Fuel

    Total Group

 

Wheels OZ Racing
Front: 12in x 13in diam.
Rear: 13.7in x 13in diam.
Tyres: Pirelli
Brakes: Brembo

 

Also, for your viewing enjoyment, here is the RB8 Launch video, complete with interviews.

 

 

Keep Racing,

Vroom Vroom

Torro Rosso unveil the STR7

Torro Rosso launch the STR7

Hi Racers,

Talk about a great couple of days! For all of the F1 fans out there who have been waiting eagerly for some F1 related action, its come in a flurry with the unveiling of most of the teams cars and the testing starting in Jerez.

Torro Rosso unveiled their 2012 Challenger, the STR7 on Tuesday ( apologies for the delay in getting this post out to you all )

 

Stepped Nose on STR7

 

The Torro Rosso ( unsurprisingly ) featured the stepped nose, which, frankly to me is now old news. It’s obvious that the teams are employing this as a way to achieve the lost downforce from the blown diffuser ban. The fact Mclaren are the only team WITHOUT a step nose could either go in their favour or very much AGAINST. Only time will tell.

Here are the STR7′s Tech Spec’s thanks to http://www.scuderiatororosso.com/cs/Satellite/en_INT/Article/STR7-Fact-File-021243159270264

 

CAR TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION

Official car name: STR7

Engine: Ferrari V8 Type 056

Chassis material: Composite monocoque structure

Bodywork material: Carbon fibre composite

Front suspension: Upper and lower carbon wishbones, torsion bar springs and anti roll bars, Sachs dampers

Rear suspension: Upper and lower carbon wishbones, torsion bar springs and anti roll bars, Sachs dampers

Steering: Scuderia Toro Rosso

Gearbox: Seven-speed hydraulic

Clutch: Sachs Triple-plate pull-type

Calipers: Brembo

Pads and discs: Brembo

Cooling system (radiators, heat exchangers): Scuderia Toro Rosso

Cockpit instrumentation: Scuderia Toro Rosso

Seat belts: OMP

Steering wheel: Scuderia Toro Rosso

Driver’s seat: Carbon fibre construction,moulded to driver’s shape

Extinguisher system: Scuderia Toro Rosso/FEV

Wheels: Advanti Racing

Fuel cell: ATL

Overall weight : 640 kg (including driver and camera)

 

Watch the video of the STR7 launch ( including interviews ) below.

 

 

I especially like Daniel Riccardo’s tweet following the launch:

Daniel Ricciardo @danielricciardo

Was a great feeling sliding off the TR7′s dress today. And no bra! Too easy :)

Sliding off the dress ;)

 

Keep Racing,

Vroom Vroom

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