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Another one for Seb?

In this week’s edition of The Racer’s Edge I had a lot of fun with some of my favourite people, namely the supremely-talented World Series by Renault Championship leader, Kevin Magnussen; Sweden’s F3 maestro, Felix Rosenqvist; my mate Rob Wilson; and Ant Rowlinson, Editor of F1 Racing.   You’ll know Kevin and Felix from previous shows – and I make no excuse for inviting them on again.  If these guys aren’t serious racing drivers, and future F1 winners, then I’m a soccer-loving couch potato who only likes motor racing when there’s lots of overtaking.  Calm, quiet exteriors belie the razor-sharp minds of both of them. I caught up with Rob as he drove to a speaking engagement in Derbyshire and the conversation took the usual turns:  drivers he’s been training recently, the passing of George Bignotti, the mystique that is Michael Schumacher, the closing of Mallory Park.  You know, the usual things.  And Mr Rowlinson, speaking on what he said was a new, ultra-fast internet link (!), did a very nice job of taking us through the latest edition of his mag.  You’ll love his background story to Fernando Alonso’s “selfie” – a word I learnt only recently (from Sharon Swart, the very attractive and intelligent daughter of Ed and Sally Swart – Sally as in Sally “Jim Clark” Stokes).  Sharon is an accomplished film producer, based in California, you might be interested to know.   Anyway, she encouraged me to take some “selfies” when we drove Jim’s Elan around Goodwood recently and this was the result.IMG_0812  Fernando, for his part, certainly did the job with Lorenzo’s iPhone in Monza.   Anyway, this being the build-up to the – wait for it – Korean Grand Prix, I asked a couple of our guests what they thought about F1 at present – about Seb Vettel’s domination.  The answers, I think, you’ll find amusing.

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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