I have been really enjoying Gary Anderson's analysis this season on the BBC, particularly his pit lane briefings during P1. Very insightful and also interesting hearing his interpretation of the cars.
Thanks to Crucial for posting this earlier.
I can only assume it is some sort of heating element for the metal parts of the tub. Which begs the question, Have they had this prior to the ban on their brake ducts at Canada or is this a new component?
Last season they were said to have preheated aluminum inserts placed adjacent to the brake Discs to pre-warm them as not to absorb any precious heat energy from the tyres / wheels themselves. So by heating the metallic components, or the entire hub themselves they are keeping their tyres in the temperature window.
On a slightly different note, does anybody know how hot the exhaust air from a brake duct gets? The discs reach 1000 degrees under heavy braking, so it would be fair to assuming the air is superheated in the range of 100 - 300 degrees?
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