Bahrain…. Who’s gonna win?

23 04 2009

Interesting question and glad you asked.  A man once told me you’re only as good as your last win… this may be true in most sports, but in Formula1, you’re only as good as the new parts due to be bolted on your car next race.. here in lies the big question mark.

As more teams add double diffusers, it will be interesting to see who has the pace in the sandy Bahrain desert.  In Shanghai, Red Bull, Brawn and Renault dominated qualifying whilst it was clearly Red Bull’s day in the very wet race.  

The other teams were jealous of Brawn's double d's

The other teams were jealous of Brawn's double d's

Red Bull seem to have the most mechanical grip available on their car at present, which unlike aerodynamic grip, favours wet conditions.  Think of mechanical grip as what the suspension and tyres do to keep a car on the road, aero grip comes from air travelling over the car pushing it down to the ground (downforce).  

Red Bull’s high mechanical grip explains why they are the only non double diffuser team to be performing well, the RB5’s mechanical grip is superior to the diffuser cars in turn balancing their respective performance advantages out.

Unfortunately for Red Bull, it don’t ofter rain in Bahrain.  Expect to see the two Brawn’s near the top of the tree followed closely by Toyota (glock set fastest lap in Shanghai) and Williams (well Nico at least).

 

Do YOU come with the car??

Do YOU come with the car??

Based on the respective success of updates, I have a strong feeling we’ll see Hamilton and Alonso up near the top too.  Should Alonso decided to qualify light (as in Shanghai) there’s no reason why he shouldn’t perform well. 

The McLaren, also relying on aero grip should do better with new double diffusers in Bahrain.  Bahrain is a circuit with fast straights and slow corners, so you might find cars relying on aero grip will have lower straight line speed.

Where Ferrari lies is anyone’s guess.  They have performed poorly to-date but with their huge development budget, they may have a double diffuser ready for Bahrain and start to be competitive again.

So who do I think will win?  I think it will be the very smooth Jenson, followed by Barichello, Alonso, Vettel and Webber. 

 Out.




Bernie Ecclestone…. Hobbit or Alien?

23 04 2009
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button?

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button?

After all these years I’m still surprised that no one has found ancient hobbit scrolls or perhaps a UFO in Bernie’s basement… 

Take me to your leader

Take me to your leader

 

Don’t get me wrong, I have a huge amount of respect for Bernie’s hard line approach to business and the fact that he’s built an empire from scratch but come on! Formula1 cars change… perhaps it’s time Bernie’s look did too?

Out





A word of welcome

22 04 2009

It’s better to fail at something you love than succeed at something you hate  

Wise words from some guy that probably died sucking at something he loved… Why can’t I just succeed at something I love?  Welcome to ArmChairMotorAce.  Where all the heavy issues of Formula 1 are discussed at length with little to no true substantiation.

 And we’re off and racing!

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