2006 Australian Grand Prix - Race 3/18

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burns said:
I was wondering if they may be more reliable than the V8s if they're running on limited revs the whole time, could give the some advantage I would have thought.

The Cossie V10s are virtually bulletproof, they only had one race weekend failure last year from 76 race starts (Red Bull & Minardi) and that was running at 18K rpm. They're limited to under 16K this year, at that speed they'll last forever almost.
 
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rpstewart said:
There's going to be some unhappy folk about.

But on the other hand why shouldn't they run a V10? The rules say it's legal, STR have a contract with Cosworth to use the V10 - which is probably quite lucrative for Cosworth given that there's little in the way of development to pay for.

The crux of things is that the V10 has to be equivalent to a V8. I think there are teams out there who think it should be slower than a V8 which is daft. I'd be very interested to see what the power figures are, that would silence Midland & Super Aguri if ti was shown that they're slower despite having a power advantage over STR. It's been proven time and time again that F1 is not all about engine power - Benetton in 1994 being the prime example.

I just wonder what the actual race power difference is. The rev limited V10s can run at maximum power throughout the race weekend and the following race without problem (they would probably do another race or two as well). The V8 cars tend to be turned down, or only have limited time at various power levels to get them to last the two weekends. The peak power of the V8 may be higher but the average for a weekend could be down.

It will also be interesting to see how the larger engines go at the slower tracks. There extra torque and wider power band will certainly help the cars out of slower corners.
 
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Monza is Formula One's fastest circuit as well as one of the most historic - the track opened in 1922 and has hosted every Italian Grand Prix since 1950 with the exception of 1980 when the race moved to Imola.

Last November Judge Marco Manunta upheld a complaint by residents of Biassono who said their lives had been transformed into a living hell by the roar of engines at the circuit.

? Unless they moved in in 1921 or 1980, how did their lives get transformed by the cicuit?
 
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Same problem with Castle Coombe round here. The circuit has been active since 1950 yet the locals (most of whom haven't been living there for the last 50 years) have managed to get their most lucrative race weekend cancelled by having more stringent noise restrictions applied.
 
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Pitpass.com - F1 for free

With just under two months to go until one of Britain's biggest sporting events of the year – the 2006 British Grand Prix, which takes place on 9-11 June – Silverstone is preparing itself for the thousands of Formula One fans that are expected to head for the Northamptonshire based circuit to make the most of free access to the biggest F1 test of the year.

Thousands of fans have traditionally attended the three day test - scheduled this year for 25-27 April – which provides F1 teams with a final opportunity to test tyres, suspension and race set-ups before race day on Sunday 11 June.

Six teams are scheduled to attend during the three days, including Renault, Red Bull, McLaren, Williams, Midland F1 and BMW.

The test provides fans with an ideal opportunity to watch their favourite F1 cars and drivers charging around the track from 09:00 in the morning, through to 17:00 in the evening. Grandstand access* is also free of charge, which is extremely popular with spectators who like to watch all the action from different sections of the circuit, including many of the prime viewing locations that are often sold out when it comes to the Grand Prix itself.

Richard Phillips, Managing Director of Silverstone Circuits Limited, commented, "The F1 test in April always attracts a big crowd, and is extremely popular with younger fans or families who live close to the circuit. It's a great opportunity for anyone who's never been to the British Grand Prix to get a taste of F1. Watching the Formula One season unfold on TV doesn't do the sport justice. Witnessing the noise, colour and sheer excitement of F1 firsthand takes the fans' experience to an entirely new level.

"Fans wanting to come down can just turn up on the day. Silverstone is now one of the easiest circuits to get in and out of in the world, and we have plenty of car parking available for those planning on driving."

* A limited number of grandstands are open to the public at the F1 test.
I'm going on the Thursday :)
 
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