Mercedes AMG F1 W03

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Post Sat Apr 21, 2012 11:23 am

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Crucial_Xtreme
 
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Post Sat Apr 21, 2012 11:37 am

Why do they have "RACE" written on the tip of the nosecone? Do teams maintain separate spec of FW for race and practice?
banibhusan
 
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Post Sat Apr 21, 2012 12:40 pm

Great unseen shot of front bulkhead in this particular way

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Crucial_Xtreme
 
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Post Sat Apr 21, 2012 12:42 pm

banibhusan wrote:Why do they have "RACE" written on the tip of the nosecone? Do teams maintain separate spec of FW for race and practice?


My best guess is that they grade the wings based on minor imperfections, the best being the race ones, you also see wings marked as first spare for each driver and so on.
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Post Sat Apr 21, 2012 2:22 pm

On RTL ,Schumi was referring to something like AFA device not working in Q1 being the reason for his lack of pace .He definetely did not say DRS.... :roll:
marcush.
 
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Post Sat Apr 21, 2012 2:30 pm

Perhaps RFA. Since last year they've always called their DRS the "Rear Flap Adjust." I call it "Redundant Flipping Acronym."

I have a theory - what if actually the W03 is the quickest car on the track; but is a prima donna when it comes to setup? Get the setup smack on and she'll give you a dominant pole and victory (a la China). Get it wrong and she'll be top midfield at best. Possible?
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Post Sat Apr 21, 2012 2:43 pm

raymondu999 wrote:Perhaps RFA. Since last year they've always called their DRS the "Rear Flap Adjust." I call it "Redundant Flipping Acronym."

I have a theory - what if actually the W03 is the quickest car on the track; but is a prima donna when it comes to setup? Get the setup smack on and she'll give you a dominant pole and victory (a la China). Get it wrong and she'll be top midfield at best. Possible?

if this is true...then this car has a very very small operating window...and the team should work to widen that window...
amouzouris
 
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Post Sat Apr 21, 2012 2:51 pm

raymondu999 wrote:I mean, the one time when they say they got the tyres right ....

I thinks it's wrong, just the opposite - the tyres got them right.
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Post Sat Apr 21, 2012 4:31 pm

Jef Patat wrote:That car is clearly not ready for racing, nor has it recently raced. Why would you want to cool something that is at ambient temperature?


That was my thought. Would there be any reason for the ECU to be turned on and tested? Does the ECU need cooling because of its own heat generation or because of its location?

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Post Sat Apr 21, 2012 4:35 pm

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Crucial_Xtreme
 
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Post Sat Apr 21, 2012 5:17 pm

hardingfv32 wrote:That was my thought. Would there be any reason for the ECU to be turned on and tested? Does the ECU need cooling because of its own heat generation or because of its location?

Brian


Being an electronics engineer I would be very surprised an ECU needs that form of cooling. I don't know about the hardware specs but I have never seen an ECU that needs active cooling. I think there must be another reason although I don't know which one.
Jef Patat
 
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Post Sat Apr 21, 2012 5:44 pm

Maybe it´s for system checks ,discharge 7charging cycles in the HV system of the car -Power electronics of the kers unit may well need some cooling air flow to the low temperature cooling circuit...
marcush.
 
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Post Sat Apr 21, 2012 8:09 pm

How do you know that its the car itself that is sensitive, as opposed to the engineers just being really bad at getting it right? after all we are barely 3 races in with all new compounds...

I guess because the reason the first 2 races went so poorly was due to changes in temperature between practice and race, which other teams were evidently unaffected by.
Lycoming
 
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Post Sat Apr 21, 2012 10:02 pm

Once again, discussion of the Chinese GP lap times have been moved...

viewtopic.php?f=13&t=12375&p=337057#p337057
Richard
 
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Post Wed Apr 25, 2012 1:45 pm

Now that we're over the rush of the race weekend I've had a chance to do some housekeeping.

Team talk is now in the team talk thread :arrow: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=12070&view=unread#unread

If your comment is not about a feature on the car then it has does not belong in this thread!
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Reason: Repeated again.... and again.
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