Articles tagged Bob Bell

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Why Mercedes is the works

The backstory behind the three-pointed star’s dominance in Formula 1 is a fascinating one – and will make uncomfortable reading for its rivals at Red Bull, Ferrari and McLaren For Mercedes there was a nice historical thread to its early dominance of F1 this year. It conformed to a pattern of years ending in ‘4’ (1914, 1934, 1954), seeing its technical superiority in Grands Prix wipe the floor...

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Formula One scene

Exiting times ahead When the new Formula One due to start in 1989 was announced it sounded deadly dull and I thought about taking up model-car collecting. That was two years ago and I am happy to say that since then things have changed for the better. At the time when we were told that turbocharged 11/2-litre engines would be outlawed at the end of 1988 we were at a fantastically high peak of...

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The Motor Sport Month - Formula 1 News

Honda's F1 comeback...and its significance for the sport as a whole. By Adam Cooper The return of the McLaren Honda partnership in 2015 is a huge boost for F1 at a time when the sport is mired in uncertainties about the future — both in terms of many teams' financial health and the overall viability of the new turbo formula. Attracting fresh manufacturers was one of the key reasons behind the...

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Breaking the barrier: Breaking new ground

McLaren Advanced Vehicles' contender to go through the Sound Barrier on landwill break all sorts of new ground in the technological war of distance against time What is the Sound Barrier? Well, it's one of those intangibles that may or may not exist, a hypothetical barrier of shockwaves that surrounds an object travelling near the speed of sound. The real question is: What is the speed of sound?...

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Race suspension

Most of it is concealed from view, but F1's super-stiff springing is crucial to keeping the power on, By Gordon Cruickshank Today's suspension solutions look radically different from only 20 years ago, but the aims have not changed, even though the forces involved have soared due to downforce and sticky rubber. You still must prevent the wheel moving fore and aft or sideways, while allowing...

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A baby's ability to learn: Michael Schumacher

"He was like a baby. By that I mean he had a baby's ability to learn. He learnt in one year what other people learnt in three or four years..." So says former Mercedes sports boss Jochen Neerpasch of his junior driver Michael Schumacher. Gary Watkins discovers how two years of sportscar racing helped a raw talent develop into a grand prix great. The new kid always gets the worst jobs. That's the...

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D-day for top F1 teams

Red Bull and rivals face development race dilemma A Fascinating second half of the 2013 F1 season is in prospect, with as much depending on what happens in Milton Keynes, Maranello, Enstone and Brackley as at the eight remaining Grand Prix venues. In recent years the sport has increasingly become a development war, with those still in the title fight forced to maintain R&D momentum on their...

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F1 tech boost for Mercedes

Mercedes GP has boosted Michael Schumacher's hopes of a better season in 2012 by recruiting two former technical directors in Geoff Willis and Aldo Costa. Willis, who recently parted company with HRT, joined as technology director on October 17. He is already familiar with the Brackley factory from his days with BAR/Honda, and later played a key role in building up Red Bull Racing. Meanwhile...

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I wish I'd designed

From the white-hot F1 paddock, old racing cars are just out-of-date machines to this designer. But he is full of admiration for the single-minded team that broke the sound barrier land There have been a lot of great racing cars, but I don't really get very excited about things like the Lotus 72. Every time I look at an old car, I just think how dated they seem. Nothing ages as quickly as a racing...

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Renault – A century

The circle is neatly completed as Renault — and its industry soulmate Michelin — carry the champion's number one in Formula One this season. For it was exactly 100 years ago that they carved out the commandments for grand prix success: technical innovation, detailed preparation, a tyre advantage, carefully choreographed pit work and neat, fast, consistent driving to a pre-arranged strategy. That...

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