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Mexican Memories

I can’t recall any other occasion in F1 history when the delineations have been so clear: the three lives of the Circuit Hermanos Rodriguez (1962-1970; 1986-1992; 2015-) encapsulate F1 eras so visually different, so technically diverse, that it’s as if…as if they each belong to their own lifetimes. So it was that I met my old friend, Rudy Alcocer, upon arrival in Mexico City. I first met him in 1986, when I was Sponsorship Manager for Williams, but he was truly “my man in Mexico” when I was managing the team in 1991 and 1992. We won both of those races, with our one-two in 1992 remaining one of the best days of my racing life. (Highlights of that race can be seen on http://www.f1.com).

And so, a few days ago, it was time to meet Rudy again – and to re-live those times.

Willem Toet at the RAeS – an F1 aerodynamicist’s journey

F1 Testing Barcelona 1 - Day 3Willem Toet, Sauber’s Head of Aerodynamics, has worked wonders with the sidepods of the new C32-Ferrari – which in some ways is no surprise: at Hinwil, Switzerland, he has created one of the best wind tunnels in F1.  A regular guest on my weekly show, Willem has never been shy about his chosen profession – or about his love for his chosen profession.  When Willem was therefore approached last year by the Royal Aeronautical Society about giving their prestigious Lanchester lecture  (named after Frederick Lanchester, arguably Britain’s first great aerodynamicist), he readily agreed.  It’s not often that we have the opportunity to hear pre-eminent F1 engineers talking freely about their work, so here, with the kind approval of the RAeS, is a link to the downloadable podcast of Willem’s lecture:

http://media.aerosociety.com/channel/2012/12/06/aerodynamics-and-aerodynamic-research-in-formula-1/5441/

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