Welcome to another week of the TheJudge13 #F1 Bar Exam.
Last week’s question(s): Can you name the driver, car, year and circuit at which the photo was taken. Can you also name the designer of the car and what the driving factor was for designing it.
The answer(s) I was looking for was: The driver was Nikki Lauda driving the Ferrari 312T2 at Nurburgring during the 1976 German Grand Prix. This was the last race on “The Green Hell” or Nordschleife and was the scene of Lauda’s near fatal accident (the forthcoming movie ‘Rush’ features the rivalry of the 1976 season and without doubt will have some amazing special effects for this particular accident).
The car as was designed by Mauro Forghieri for the 1975 season after it became clear the handling problems of the 1974 car, the 312B3, could not be solved. The 312T2 was raced from 1975 until 1980 after which it was replaced by the 126C, Ferrari’s first turbocharged car.
Also, I found this out from very clever readers, tall airboxes were banned from start of 76, although Ferrari got permission to continue to use it for the start of the season. The “nostrils” in front of the cockpit were designed to provide ram air to the engine intakes, with minimum drag. Going back further than this, the introduction of the “T”, for transversale, was to put the mass of the gearbox entirely in front of the rear wheels, to create a lower polar moment of inertia, and thus, a more maneuverable vehicle. (thank you Michael and others)
Well done to Michael, Cassius, JJPM, Stephen, Andy, Carlo, Stefaan, Phil, Christian and Dave.
This week’s question(s): Can you name the car in the picture below, in which year it took part in Formula 1 and in which race it won its first (and only race). Also, can you name the two founders of the team and the primary funder.
Please provide your answers in the field below.