2020 F1 SEASON INCL SPOILERS

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john aston
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 Only 100 virtual servers - for a race lasting , gosh , up to 100 minutes or so ? That  really is stone age stuff isn't it ?

One of these days F1 will wake up to how absurd it looks to outsiders - but then it will be too late

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Did you see the comment about how 3 countries make up 80% of their annual comms bill? ouch

As you say it seems a little odd, 100 VM's even running HPC workloads shouldn't be that hard to keep cool. I guess they have limitations on physical size, weight, power consumption etc from a transport side so there may be constraints that aren't immediately clear.

Anyway, back to F1. This article was quite interesting to read about the top teams spend last year. Ferrari do well to actually contribute less directly to F1 than Mercedes despite having a larger overall budget. There have been some interesting comments from Toto about how they need to be more efficient to reduce the reliance on financing from Mercedes themselves.

ww.racefans.net/2020/01/02/the-cost-of-f1-2019-part-two-what-the-top-teams-spent/

The numbers are all quite crazy in reality, in the summary at the end they estimate it costs $100M to run 2 F1 cars for a year so anything above that is effectively free cash to spend on development and enhancements.

Living just down the road from Brackley they certainly have a very nice, and very large, office/factory!

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 See vestapen signed till 2023 for Red Bull ,,bit surprised I thought if vettell leaves then he would take his place ,,so that’s my idea up the Shute as thought next year was vettals last at Ferrari. So he may poss stay couple more years ,love to se someone like Ricciardo at Ferrari ,se what he could do ,, but think there is not many who will match leclerc 

derek 

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Where would Verstappen go ? Ferrari has Leclerc and i can't see him fit into the Mercedes philosophy especially when his father is present besides Ricciardo and Sainz have proved to be able to match him on equal status. Today he is no 1 at Red Bull so one can't compare anymore.

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So, anyone else keeping an eye on the testing?

Any thoughts on Mercedes clever new steering system that can adjust the tow of the fronts wheels from within the car?

Thanks

Robert

 

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It's called DAS (Dual Axis Steering) and it alters the front toe angle. Decrease for straights (less drag, less scrub, less heat) and increase for corners (better turn-in and grip). Apparently FIA know about it and it appears legal.

We'll have to wait and see if there are any challenges and whether the FIA deem it to be too big an advantage and end up banning it.

Have you seen the their new rear wishbone structure? Apparently the rear arm is mounted much further back, on the gearbox. It's supposed to clean up the air and 'seal' the floor in front of the rear wheels - thus more downforce.

Something tells me Mercedes have not had an idle winter.

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Mercedes D.A.S. system https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HyJc0SGIVgY pull the steering wheel and they have 0 toe push the steering wheel and they have toe in.

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I hadn't seen picture of the rear suspension, as you say it sounds like they have been busy. It's an impressive amount of work for what is the last year of this generation of cars.

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The legality of the DAS system would seem to hang on the grey area of whether 'toe' is deemed to be part of the suspension (where any adjustment while the car is in motion is prohibited) or part of the steering where, by definition, it can/must be adjusted while the car is in motion (otherwise you'd never make a corner!).

Mercedes, and it would seem the FIA, maintain that 'toe' is part of the steering. Seems logical, since toe controls the direction in which the wheels are pointing, in the same way as traditional steering wheel input does.

If, on the other hand, the DAS system were to control camber, then since this has far more to do with how the suspension behaves and nothing to do with the direction in which the wheels point, it would almost certainly be illegal.

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Its a neat idea, in this game of marginal gains small things like this all add up.  Lots of internet bickering and folk getting confused about toe, caster & camber! Just some ackerman angles to throw in and everyone's confused Thumb Up