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Announcements 8…

Why do I bother numbering my announcements? Anyway…

Quick update on what’s happening on theWPTformula blog for what hopes to be an exciting year of motorsport, particularly F1. Alongside my studies I am pleased to say that I’m currently writing for Motorsport Week and with that I will sometimes feature in their partner eMagazine, Motorsport Monday. In fact, you can already find something of mine in this week’s issue, here. It’s a triple-page guide to the 2017 regulations (preview below) and it’s free to read.

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Why working in F1 is not my dream job…

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MOTORSPORT – CORPORATE 2010 – RENAULT F1 – PRISES DE VUES – VIRY (FRA) – 28/09/2010 – PHOTO : FREDERIC LE FLOC H / DPPI

If you came up to me a couple of years ago and asked where I wanted to be working in the future there was only one answer: a design engineer in Formula 1. I wanted to graduate from university, dive straight into the design office of an F1 team and get stuck in – the idea of climbing the ladder and reaching the top ranks of a top team such as Ferrari or McLaren was exciting, even if I knew the dream would take years to achieve.

I admire those who are already at the top of the engineering pyramid in the sport. Adrian Newey, Paddy Lowe, James Allison and Ross Brawn to name a few who have cut it at the top of the pinnacle of motorsport. I wanted to replicate their success and have a profound impact on F1 and motor racing in general. You could argue that I, or anyone else who has the same ambition and drive, can still do exactly that. However I have been slowly taking backwards steps to see the bigger picture and I am realising that perhaps this is not possible in the way the engineers above have achieved.

Hundreds of people make up F1 teams in this era. Take Mercedes as an example: Over 500 people work on the power units alone, plus a further 500 on the chassis. Rewind 30 years ago and this number was perhaps 50, budget depending. This naturally means that anyone walking into the sport now will have a tougher time making a name for themselves than they would have done previously. Yes, F1 is a team sport, but who doesn’t want to be at the heart of it, driving development forward and leading a team into the history books? Continue reading

Silverstone Single Seater Driving Experience

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Not a tech related post but I thought I’d share this with you.

As some of you may know, my parents gave me a single seater driving experience at Silverstone for my 18th birthday, all the way back in 2013! Unfortunately – thanks to the miserable British weather about 90% of the time – it took me three attempts to complete the damn thing: the previous two occasions had been called off due to excessive rainfall and poor visibility. Continue reading

The Mercedes W05: How it dominated in 2014 – Part 2

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Part 2 of mine and Matt Somerfield‘s eBook on how the Mercedes W05 dominated in 2014 is available to buy on the Google Play store for just over £4. It explains all the aerodynamic details of the (statistically) most successful F1 car to date and also runs over topics such as FRIC suspension (pictured above). Please purchase it – a lot of effort went into this part of the eBook so we would really appreciate your support.

Cheers!

https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Matthew_Somerfield_The_Mercedes_W05_How_it_dominat?id=_OXGBgAAQBAJ

The Mercedes W05: How it dominated in 2014 – Part 1

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Here it is! The first part of our eBook magazine series by myself and Matthew Somerfield is available to purchase on Google Play. Part 1 covers the team structure (highlighting key personnel), the history of the team, the fundamental changes to the F1 regulations for 2014 (including a comparison between the W04 and the W05) and a review of each race with explanations for any of the technical failures that occurred on the W05 throughout the year.

Click the link at the bottom of this post to purchase!

A desktop view of our eBook when read via Google Play

A desktop view of our eBook when read via Google Play

Unfortunately it is not going up on iTunes for the foreseeable future but if you own an Apple device then you can download the Google Play Books app and view it on there. Alternatively, it looks great on a desktop computer or laptop where you can also access the Google Play store.

Part 2 is already well under way. The next three issues will go through the aerodynamics/chassis, the award-winning Mercedes PU106A Hybrid power unit/complete drivetrain and a conclusive part tying all of these elements together.

You can ‘try before you buy’ if you wish to do so by reading the free sample, also available in the link below.

https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Matthew_Somerfield_The_Mercedes_W05_How_it_dominat?id=w-TuBQAAQBAJ

Would you like to see videos explaining tech in F1?

Simple question that I need you to answer! Would love to know your opinion on this. Please comment the reason behind your answer if possible as it could give me ideas as to how to move this blog and other projects forward in 2015.