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 unveil RB8 – and it was worth the wait

Hi Racers,

It is time, and it was WORTH it! Red bull have once again amazed with the RB8.

Sophisticated, sexy and just downright awesome – all, with the stepped nose 🙂

 

 

No-one does it like Red Bull.

Photos will follow tommorow.

Until then, just enjoy. I think I’ve watched it 100 times already.

Vroom Vroom

x

 

Driver Line-up 2012 COMPLETE

Hi Racers,

The completed, confirmed driver line-up for the 2012 Season.

Keep Racing,

Vroom Vroom

2012 Team Line-Ups

Red Bull

Sebastian Vettel

Mark Webber

McLaren

Jenson Button

Lewis Hamilton

Ferrari

Fernando Alosno

Felipe Massa

Mercedes

Michael Schumacher

Nico Rosberg

Lotus (Prev Renault)

Romain Grosjean

Kimi Raikkonen

Sauber

Kamui Kobayashi

Sergio Perez

Torro Rosso

Daniel Ricciardo

Jean-Eric Vergne

Force India

Paul Di resta

Nico Hulkenberg

Marussia (Prev Virgin)

Timo Glock

Charles Pic

Carterham (Prev Lotus)

Heikki Kovalainen

Jarno Trulli

Williams

Bruno Senna

Pastor Maldonado

HRT

Pedro de la Rosa

Narain Karthikeyan

Narain Karthikeyan completes driver lineup for 2012 Season

Karthikeyan confirmed for HRT in 2012

Hi Racers,

FINALLY, we have a completed driver line-up for the 2012 Season.

Karthikeyan has been confirmed to drive for HRT in 2012, after signing a contract with the team. It may seem surprising however, seeing as he was replaced by Ricciardo half way through the season, and was consistently out paced by his team-mate.

Karthikeyan said of the placement:

 “It has taken a lot of hard work to make this happen but I am absolutely elated to feature on the 2012 grid with HRT F1 Team.

“I was pleased with our strong performance at the Indian Grand Prix, in front of my passionate home fans and I look forward to building on this result in 2012. I have been training hard since the end of 2011, ensuring I was ready for the rigours of F1 if an opportunity arose. I am delighted to have signed with HRT F1 Team. With the new management, Pedro, and the team, there is definite potential for progress.

“We need to understand that F1 is new to India, we hosted our first race only last year which was a resounding success. To build on that momentum, an Indian driver will certainly keep the interest engaged throughout the season. I am proud to secure an opportunity to forge a stronger connection between India and Formula 1 once again.”

 

Lets hope he can make it happen for him, and the team in 2012.

Keep Racing,

Vroom Vroom

McLaren unveil the MP4-27

Hamilton & Button unveil the MP4-27

Hi Racers

The first of the front-runner teams have released their car for 2012 Season. McLaren released their incredible nice looking MP4-27 yesterday at McLaren headquarters.

I have to say, I love what McLaren do with their cars, they look stylish, sexy, fast and overall like the engineering masterpiece they should be.

Front View

 

Even though however, it has the new front wing addition that does look a little “busy” they carry it well – MUCH better than the Carterham that was released last week.

Because McLaren are so great – they have added all the nice specs and technical info on their website – which I have added below.

MP4-27 technical specification

(Source: www.mclaren.com)

Chassis

  • Monocoque: McLaren-moulded carbonfibre composite incorporating front and side impact structures
  • Front suspension: Inboard torsion bar/damper system operated by pushrod and bell crank with a double wishbone arrangement
  • Rear suspension: Inboard torsion bar/damper system operated by pullrod and bell crank with a double wishbone arrangement
  • Electronics: McLaren Electronic Systems. Including chassis control, engine control, data acquisition, dashboard, alternator, sensors, data        analysis and telemetry.
  • Bodywork: Carbon-fibre composite. Separate engine cover, sidepods and floor. Structural nose with integral front wing.

Driver-operated drag reduction system

  • Tyres: Pirelli P Zero
  • Radio: Kenwood
  • Race wheels: Enkei
  • Brake callipers: Akebono
  • Master cylinders: Akebono
  • Batteries: GS Yuasa Corporation
  • Steering: McLaren power-assisted
  • Instruments: McLaren Electronic Systems
  • Paint solutions: AkzoNobel Car Refinishes using Sikkens products

 

Engine

  • Type: Mercedes-Benz FO 108Z
  • Capacity: 2.4 litres
  • Cylinders: 8
  • Maximum rpm: 18,000
  • Bank angle: 90°
  • Piston bore maximum: 98mm
  • Number of valves: 32
  • Fuel: ExxonMobil High Performance Unleaded (5.75% bio fuel)
  • Spark plugs: NGK racing spark plugs specially designed for Formula 1
  • Lubricants: Mobil 1 – combining greater performance, protection and cooling with increased economy and lower emissions
  • Weight: 95kg (minimum FIA regulation weight)

KERS Hybrid

  • Type: Mercedes-Benz
  • e-Motor: Engine-mounted electrical motor/generator
  • ESS: Integrated energy storage cells and power electronics
  • Power: 60 kW

 

Hamilton & Button

Transmission

  • Gearbox: McLaren-moulded carbon-fibre composite.
  • Integral rear impact structure
  • Gears: Seven forward and one reverse
  • Gear selection: McLaren seamless shift, hand-operated
  • Clutch: Carbon/carbon, hand-operated
  • Lubricants: Mobil

I continue to wait for the unveiling of the other 2 front-runners, Red Bull & Ferrari. Not long now 🙂

Keep Racing

Vroom Vroom

 

 

 

 

Caterham F1 CT01 Revealed

Caterham F1 CT01

Hi Racers,

And so it begins, one of my favourite part of the pre season getting underway is the Formula 1 teams unveiling their new cars that will take their drivers through the new 2012 season.

Carterham were first cab off the rank, after initially hoping that their unveiling would be in the new edition of the F1 magazine, it didn’t go entirely as planned after a few UK readers received their magazines early and leaked the images. Carterham were quick to respond on Twitter (@MyCarterhamF1 ) and provide much clearer photos of the new Carterham F1 CT01.

 

The new "stepped" nose is evident.

 

The car is already being criticised as being “an ugly platypus” because of the ugly new nose design, however, Mike Gascoyne ( Chief Technical Officer ) confirmed the new “stepped ” nose exists to comply with the new standards limiting nose height.

For the full interview with Mike, go here: http://www.facebook.com/notes/carterham-f1-team/mike-gascoyne-introduces-the-carterham-ct01/10150648857188465

Carterham kept with the Green/Gold theme from Lotus in 2011

All in all, I don’t mind it. I think they have done a good job to introduce themselves as their own team, away from Lotus, that they were previously known for.

The Carterham F1 CT01 continues to house its Renault Sport F1 engine and Red Bull technology gearbox.

The new “stepped” nose certainly wont just be on the Carterham, prelim pictures that have been leaked of Ferrari, for example, show similar, “not so attractive” changes.

With changes to regulations this year, it’s expected that the cars we once knew will change.

Lets get geared up for Red Bulls unveiling! Only just past a week to go 🙂

 

Keep up with the countdown at http://www.redbullracing.com

 

Keep Racing

Vroom Vroom

 

 

Driver Profile – Daniel Ricciardo

Daniel in the RB6 at Perth festival of Speed 2010

Hi Racers

As promised, I am starting a series of driver profiles for the “new kids on the block” that have signed contracts for the coming year in Formula 1.

First cab off the rank is (of course) Australian born, Daniel Ricciardo.

Daniel was born in Perth, Western Australia on 1st July 1989. He began Karting at the age of 9, and it was quickly apparent he had some serious talent. In 2005 he entered the Western Australian Formula Ford Championship and finished 8th by the season end. The following year he won a scholarship into the Formula BMW Asian championship with Eurasia Motorsport. During his debut season, Ricciardo took two victories and also achieved a pole position. He finished third in the Drivers’ Championship with 231 points, 59 points behind the champion Earl Bamber. This was to be the beginning of his racing career.

Ricciardo in front in Formula Three - 2008

Daniel then moved to Formula Renault in 2007 ( aged just 18 ). By his second season he took his first European title in the Western European Cup and finished second in the Europcup.

The next move for Daniel was to Formula Three where he had great success, and quickly had the Formula 1 eyes on him after he secured the 2009 Formula Three Championship.

Formula 3.5 was the next stop and he was racing alongside other recruit ( now also being signed for 2012 ) Jean-Eric Vergne. After a successful season, and only failing to take out the championship by 2 points, Daniel was set to move to Formula 1.

Ricciardo made his track debut at the wheel of a Formula One car, when he tested for Red Bull Racing at the now well-known young drivers test from 1-3 December 2009.  On the final day of testing he clocked the fastest time of the test by over a second. This placed him as the only driver to go into the 1:17 bracket. Red Bull Racing’s team manager Christian Horner suggested that Ricciardo may replace his 2010 World Series team-mate Hartley as the team’s test and reserve driver. As it turned out, Ricciardo became the test driver for Red Bull & the sister team, Torro Rosso.

On 11 November 2010, Ricciardo was confirmed as the single driver to represent Red Bull Racing at the end-of-season young drivers test at the Yas Marina Circuit on 16-17 November. Ricciardo continued to show his one-lap prowess and dominated the event. So much so, that his fastest lap was a FULL 1.3 seconds FASTER than the 2010 World Champion Sebastian Vettels qualifying lap the Saturday before. Extraordinary.

Just a few days following the session, Ricciardo was confirmed as Torro Rosso’s test and reserve driver for the 2011 Season.

At the 2011 Australian Grand Prix Ricciardo was placed 16th  on the time sheets after opening practice, just one-tenth slower than his experienced Toro Rosso team-mate Sebastian Buemi. The Australian managed to later finish 8th in practice for the wet Turkish Grand Prix Friday practice one session, a place ahead of competitor Buemi. Not bad in the wet you have to say 🙂

On 30 June 2011, Ricciardo signed for Hispania Racing (HRT) replacing Narain Karthikeyan for all the remaining races of the 2011 season except the Indian Grand Prix to allow Karthikeyan to race at his home Grand Prix.

Daniel signed to Torro Rosso for 2012.

Just a few days before the Indian Grand Prix, Luizzi made way for Karthikeyan to race at his home team, therefor allowing Ricciardo to race, meaning much more experience for him.

Finally, on 14 December 2011 it was officially announced that Daniel Riccardo was signed to Torro Rosso for the 2012 season, once again racing alongside his previous team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne.

I cant wait to see what Daniel can do in the seat of the Torro Rosso. He is a great young driver, with super enthusiasm and skill. Plus, another Australian on the grid is always a good thing 🙂

Daniel’s Formula 1 STATS 2011

Raced in 11 Races, highest finish place 18th ( twice ), highest qualifying result – 20th.

Race Results:

Grand Prix:

British – Started 24th, Finished 19th.

German – Started 22nd, Finished 19th.

Hungarian – Started 22nd, Finished 18th.

Belgian – Started 23rd, Finished RETIRED.

Italian – NC

Singapore – Started 23rd, Finished 19th.

Japanese – Started 22nd, Finished 22nd.

Korean – Started 24th, Finished 19th.

Indian – Started 23rd, Finished 18th.

Abu Dhabi – Started 20th, Finished RETIRED.

Brazilian – Started 22nd, Finished 20th.

FORMULA RENAULT 3.5 SERIES

Debut Season: 2009

Starts: 25

Wins: 6

Poles: 10

Fastest Laps: 7

Best Finish: 2nd in 2010

Ricciardo wins the 2009 British Formula Three Championship Title

CHAMPIONSHIP TITLES

2008 – Formula Renault 2.0 WEC

2009 – British Formula Three

I saw Daniel at the Perth Festival of Speed last year with Mark Webber. It was great to see two Australians who were in the Formula 1 arena at the same time.

Webber has always been a strong role model for Daniel, and a massive support.

Ricciardo treats the crowd in Perth, Australia to some flying rubber 🙂

I wish Daniel all the best of luck for his first official F1 Season.

Until next time,

Keep Racing

Vroom Vroom