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I got a job…

Hello readers.

An apology is needed – I have failed to keep this blog alive despite saying I would do so earlier this year. Sorry.

However, I hope you will forgive me after reading this post, as a lot has happened over the past few months. Firstly, I graduated from Swansea University with a First Class Honours degree in MEng Mechanical Engineering. I honestly can’t recommend Swansea enough if you want to study engineering – I sort of ended up there by chance, but it turned out to be one of the best circumstantial decisions I ever made. Send me an email if you want to know more about what it’s like to study/live/party there…

Secondly, I have, somewhat regretfully, entered the real world and landed myself a job! It’s a graduate mechanical design engineer role at an electric motor manufacturer (owned by Nidec Corporation), and so far it’s been a case of meeting new people, learning about their products, the way they’re made etc.. (I have my own desk and dual monitors – very nice.) There are some really intriguing projects in the pipeline that I hope to be working on, and perhaps I’ll be able to better explain how F1 developments come about simply by having first hand experience of engineering.

Finding employment is a difficult – and often stressful – process (good luck to any fellow graduates out there who are hunting – you will get there). Maybe I’ll write another post about it at some point, but I am very happy, relieved and excited to have my foot in the door of the engineering industry, and I’m looking forward to developing as an engineer – I am more than aware that a degree doesn’t teach you everything.

Back to why you follow this blog: The F1 summer break is nearly over, and I’m looking forward to continuing the tech coverage for the rest of the season for Crash.Net. I haven’t discussed the 2019 regulations because they haven’t officially been released yet, but perhaps this is something I’ll begin to explore on here…

Stick around.

 

Will

Announcements 7…

After a lot of recent thought, I’ve decided to take a different approach to the upcoming season. This will be my fourth year in the business of tech in motorsport, more specifically F1, but it’s time to switch things up a bit if I want to stay relevant!

First of all, I’m very happy to say that I’ve teamed up with F1 Fanatic for at least the testing period, so all my technical analysis of the cars will be on there. Here’s my analysis of the Ferrari’s new SF16-H, which could well be Mercedes’ closest challenger – http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/2016/02/19/ferrari-sf16-h-technical-analysis/.

Mercedes look to have a very interesting car in the W07 and Williams have a tidy looking number in the FW38, so I’m looking forward to addressing those two.

Secondly, after a lot of consideration, my blog will now become an outlet for more extensive pieces (such as my F1 suspension geometry piece I posted earlier this month) and other things I’m generally up to regarding the motorsport world. So, no, there won’t be Technical Highlights series this year unfortunately! 😦

As much as I love doing them, they are very time consuming and I am now in my second year of University so time is something that I don’t often have. After my January exams I was achieving a high 2:1, but I’m pushing hard for a First and that means that I have to make some sacrifices. Studies have to come first!

I am going to do my best to join other publications for race-by-race analysis, which I will obviously let you know about. They will include illustrations as well as real photographs, which should make for better content.

I have a few other plans that I’m keeping to myself for now. As for video content, I am still after a decent editing software but it should start becoming more of a regular thing heading into the Spring.

Thanks for the support as always – 2016 is going to be a good one!

It’s been a bit quiet on here lately…

Just wanted to update you on why I haven’t been so active in recent weeks. I sent out a tweet this evening to explain, but it’s literally just a matter of not finding that much time at the moment.

I did start some work on a Mexican GP Tech Highlights piece, however I don’t feel as if it’s very relevant now. It’ll be business as usual from Brazil this weekend on, though.

As always at this time of the season the developments are few and far between, but I’ve got a game plan heading into winter which involves heavily pushing YouTube videos. After the first video on front wings (which you can find here) I gained over 100 subscribers and over 1,000 views, which isn’t bad at all to be honest! I’m always using YouTube and I can see it being a popular resource for learning more about the technical side of F1, which I hope to exploit in the future.

Finally, if you don’t already follow me on Twitter then please do, as I’m nearly at 2,600 followers!