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

 

Belgium – Spa Qualifying Update

Hi Racers

Webber ploughs through the rain at Spa in Practice.

Talk about an exciting start after the mid-season break!
Spa didn’t hold back and was in fine form as usual, providing an exciting Practice session & Qualifying.

Rain fell on the 3 practice sessions, which Webber dominated in the wet. Vettel struggled and Hamilton & Button were right up there.

Qualifying saw lots of action. The rain slowed but track remained wet right up until Q3 which made the final session really exciting.

Webber dominated in Q1 & Q2. Vettel continued to lag behind while the track stayed wet.
The biggest drama of the day was Maldonado taking out his frustration with an obvious and deliberate side swipe into Hamilton after a small, and justified scuffle on the final Q2 lap, where Hamilton was doing his final timed lap and came to the traffic of the MUCH slower Maldonardo. Hamilton passed him, as he should ( essentially, Maldonardo should have let him pass, but didn’t ) but a slight touch happened. Obviously Maldonardo thinks himself better than to be passed by a World Champion!!

The stewards won’t take kindly and Maldonardo will almost certainly receive a grid penalty but a complete disqualification wouldn’t come as a surprise and I think, is deserved. Fair enough if there is contact that just happens as part of a race, but a deliberate act of sabotage shouldnt be tolerated. Bad Form.

Q3 and the track dried, seeing a constant change in positions as track times became faster.

In the end Hamilton (after quick repairs) managed 2nd place, only missing out on pole in the final seconds.

Hamilton has plenty to smile about after nabbing Pole.

Vettel managed to finally find his feet (only once the challenge of rain and a wet track had left) and obtained Pole.

Webber will start 3rd. He was jovial in post qualifying interview, and so he should. He has been comfortable all weekend and loves the track.

Check out my upload of the Post Qualifying Conference below: sorry, it cut out when my phone went flat, but don’t worry, you only missed Vettel going on about how much he loves himself 😉 – Sorry, Embed isnt working, so you will have to click on the link.

Old school I know, but you can handle it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DSlV-KiJwc

 

Happy Birthday again Mark!!

Mark celebrates his 35th Birthday with the Red Bull team.

Can’t wait for race day tomorrow. Hopefully a bit of rain will join us, it always makes for the best races.  🙂

Keep Racing.

Vroom Vroom