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OTD Lite 1901 – Caracciola: The original Regenmeister
Besides the legendary Tazio Nuvolari – few drivers are afforded the respect their achievements deserve and yet today marks the birth-date of Rudolf Caracciola – one of the greatest of the pre-war drivers.
From 1935, the record books show Caracciola as a three time championship winner who won nine races from twenty one starts. Over the same period, Nuvolari secured two race wins from eighteen starts.
There is no doubt that the Mercedes factory produced cars that were technically superior to anything fielded by their rivals, but equally, there is no doubt that they required drivers of outstanding skill to temper them.
Caracciola was unquestionably the greatest of the Mercedes drivers. A man who possessed an artisan’s sensitivity when it came to driving; he never over-strained the car and rarely shredded its tyres.
These qualities were never more apparent than when the skies decided to saturate the circuits and the Regenmeister’s fingertips conducted the violence of the Silver Arrow.
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Neale – Mclaren-Honda have long way to go
With the launch yesterday of the new Mclaren-Honda MP4/30 the team has faced up to questions from different factions out their ambitions in regards to the 2015 season.
Following what can only be described as a lacklustre couple of seasons – Woking is in no doubt that they have a huge amount of work ahead of them to close the gap to the leading teams.
Following a poor Abu Dhabi test Jonathan Neale, Mclaren’s chief operating officer downplayed many fans expectations of this historic partnership: “In terms of 2015 our ambitions are that we continue the momentum in chassis development that we showed in 2014 – we still have some way to go to get back to the front of the grid there.”
“Certainly we need to stabilise the very complex technology we have developed with Honda in the first half of the season and once we have got the platform running and reliable we can start to look at where we are at compared to the rest of the grid and accelerate at that point.”
“We have modest aims for the first test, which is to shakedown the technology, make sure both drivers are comfortable in the car and make sure all the systems work properly.”
“Both McLaren and Honda have huge ambitions for their Formula One programme. Honda haven’t returned with anything other than ambitions to be at the front and win races and championships – that’s why we make such good partners. But we have to be realistic about the process of getting to that.”
Red Bull concerned over RB11 failing first crash test
Yesterday, TJ13 revealed that the RB11 crash tests were still not complete for the RB11. The news from the crash test performed yesterday is that the latest RB11 nose failed its test.
More noses each with incremental strength are lined up for testing imminently.
TJ13 believes that the new Red Bull nose is relatively short compared to others revealed to date and has a small bulb which helps manage the airflow wake. It is area of the nose which is failing at present.
Rob Marshall has seemingly been held responsible. He also carried the can for both cars being disqualified following qualifying in Abu Dhabi – due to rubber control systems in the front wing which allowed them to deflect illegally under load.
In years gone by – before parc ferme rules came into force – mechanics regularly worked what was known as ‘all-nighters’. This of course is now forbidden during race weekends due to new regulations.
However, the midnight oil will be burning this weekend in Milton Keynes as the team are under pressure to produce components for testing n Jerez.
Mercedes strut their car to the world on filming day
When a team has finished a season as World Champions with an advantage that is measured with the long evening shadows as opposed to stopwatches, it’s maybe an act of defiance when they run their new car in full view of the competition before even unveiling it to the F1 media.
Mercedes appear to be so confident, they have even released a video and photos of their ‘filming’ day at Silverstone.
Nico Rosberg ran a total of 18 laps in between rain and hail and although it was merely a day for promotional work – following the ‘secret’ test that Mercedes conducted in Barcelona in 2013 – any-time an F1 car runs it is widely accepted that the team learns a great deal more than they often admitted to.
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Sauber launches new car and new sponsor
With F1 teams struggling to find title sponsors these days, it seems that Sauber have attempted to diversify into the economically priced, minimalist home furniture consumer. Perhaps copying Ferrari a little too much this year and following their lead into subtle Phillip Morris style advertising?
Force India deny financial troubles
First, the Silverstone team were to test in Jerez with a 2014 car and the Mercedes 2015 engine. Then the news came through that Force India were going to miss the first test in Jerez.
Speculation is growing that the team are in fact in financial difficulties and supplier bills are outstanding. However, Chief Operating Officer Otmar Szafnauer denies this when he told F1i.com “There was little use going to Jerez with an obsolete car.
“Skipping the first test session will actually allow us to save £500,000. Both the engine and transmission are being tested by Mercedes, so we’d rather focus our resources on fine-tuning the chassis. We are 90% certain we can introduce it in Barcelona for the second test.
This is a far cry from the claim by Ecclestone, that the F1 teams have ‘more money than God’.
“We currently employ 380 people and all salaries have been paid”, added Szafnauer “Same with our suppliers. We’ve just announced new sponsors in Mexico, so everything is looking good. I can confirm that things are going as planned and that we are on target to achieve our working programme.”
However, even for a team like Force India, £500,000 is less than 1% of their annual operating costs. Add to this the high value team’s place on being able to test, and something doesn’t stack up.
Red Bull would have us to believe they are behind schedule and TJ13 predicts the car we will see in Jerez will look very much like the RB10 – once the dazzle of the livery is filtered out.
Should Force India fail to arrive in Barcelona, regardless of Otmar’s claims, the cash position of the team will be laid bare for all to see.