Abu Dhabi reflections
In Parts Two and Three of this week’s show – specially segmented for YouTube viewers – we have a look at some of the pits-to-car radio transmissions and what they actually meant for the drivers. Rob Wilson remains in the studio to help me analyse some of the instructions and we’re joined, too, by Giedo van der Garde, the Dutchman who is starting to look very suited to an F1 grid. Most of the talk is directly related to last weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix but there’s always room for reflection! Enjoy – and remember that you can now see (or listen to) the complete version of Episode 36 as an iTunes download.
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I find the tech analysis here more interesting than watching the race, and indeed if more of this sort of thing could be incorperated into race coverage I think it would go a long way to countering the accusations of banality, but I suppose the T.V execs would regard it as too specialised. Interesting to note that tempering ones speed into a corner to gain speed on exit is still the right way even with modern F1 cars. I also find Jack Brabham a remarkable character. Keith Duckworth even credited him with curing the notorious flat spot on the early DFVs by modifying the fuel metering cam. They found out by accident apparently when he left a modded cam in by accident on an engine sent for rebuild, Cosworth quickly rolled the mod out! Not only a driver, but a mechanic and a really good practical engineer.
they don’t make them like him anymore……a dead set legend
Peter, all the talk about Sergio leaving Mclaren has prompted me to look a bit beyond performance, and into Sergio’s, and his management’s, reltionship with the team. I bet, (and this is only speculation,) that the backers who fund Sergio, and McLaren, had some tension between them. No one tells the mighty Mclaren how to run things, and my thoughts are the “money” was doing just that. Based on points alone, you can see that Sergio is behind Jenson; and that could very well be the reason he’s being let go. However, Martin said in your interview with him, at the beginning of the season, that Kobyashi didn’t have what it took to be a champion. McLaren took a long hard look at Sergio, and most likely many others, before they picked Sergio up. Obviously, they had to see Perez as a potential champion; so it leads me to believe that it must be something other than his driving; either his backers, or his management did something to sever the tie.