May 22, 2014

F1 Practice: Monaco 2014

Rain.  Rain is the great equalizer in Formula 1.  Rain takes traction levels and sends them plummeting into the abyss.  Cars with great grip become merely average, and cars with lousy grip become potential race winners... they're not affected as much.  Rain makes any race better, and the right amount of rain can make any race a classic.  Rain is always welcome.

Except this is Monaco, it's Thursday, and the rain hit just before Practice #2 got started.  For the first half-hour, nary an engine was cranked nor a tire turned.  Why?  Because up until then, all a team could discover about their cars would be how fast it could be turned to scrap.  Monaco is something of a low-grip circuit at the best of times, the rain made that even worse... then throw in the 2014 high-torque-low-downforce cars that are twitchy anyway?  There isn't enough carbon fiber in the world. 

Eventually we did have cars on track, running awkwardly careful laps on Intermediate tires that were just barely capable of coping with the amount of water.  It wasn't until about five minutes left in the session that teams started to bolt on the super-soft tires and let the drivers loose.  Even then, we had squirmy slidy squirmyness all over the place.  Even the man who wound up on top of the timesheet, HWMNBN, looked like his Ferrari was this close to trying to sneak into the casino without paying.  Then everybody packed it in, breathed a sigh of relief, and got ready to take Friday off.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!  No.  There may not be any scheduled activities on Friday, but rest assured that the teams will be busy working on the cars.  Anything they can do to make the run for pole that much easier, they will.  We'll see which ones are successful on Saturday... come back then to find out!

Posted by: Wonderduck at 08:23 PM | Comments (12) | Add Comment
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1 Who's the pilot of that orange aircraft?

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at May 22, 2014 09:20 PM (+rSRq)

2 That's Max Chilton's Marussia going on a flying lap, Steven.  He spun and couldn't get the car back in gear.  This being Monaco, it's not like there's a whole slew of run-off area, so they had to crane the car away.

Posted by: Wonderduck at May 22, 2014 10:24 PM (OKRM1)

3 Oh, I didn't see the cable. I thought he had lofted himself.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at May 23, 2014 12:02 AM (+rSRq)

4 Neither did I.  I thought that was a shot from a VERY exciting moment....

(Especially coupled with the line about sneaking into the casino)

Posted by: Mauser at May 23, 2014 04:19 AM (TJ7ih)

5 I kept looking for the driver and was thinking he was blending in with the cockpit very well.  I think we look at the picture expecting a crash shot, so the crane line got processed as background.

Posted by: Dreamshadow (Tom Tjarks) at May 23, 2014 09:44 AM (T5fuR)

6 Wait... *rereads article* ... HWMNBN?  Where did Red Bull end up?

Posted by: Dreamshadow (Tom Tjarks) at May 23, 2014 09:47 AM (T5fuR)

7 Found my answer here.  Thank you for your writeups.  Reading their article hurt.

 "his attempt to go quickest slightly scuppered" 

...

Posted by: Dreamshadow (Tom Tjarks) at May 23, 2014 09:55 AM (T5fuR)

8 I didn't notice the crane either until it was pointed out.
You would think a tow truck would be easier than a crane.  This guy has even been on the circuit.

Posted by: RickC at May 23, 2014 11:49 AM (ECH2/)

9 They have to use a crane to lift the car over the barriers.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at May 23, 2014 01:04 PM (+rSRq)

10 CAN you tow a F1 car? The noses come off. The front suspension's not exactly set up for that kind of stress either.

Posted by: Avatar at May 23, 2014 09:00 PM (ZeBdf)

11 On the occasions that they have to tow a F1 car, the marshals hook a tow line to the airbox.  Usually, though, they plop it on a flatbed truck.

Posted by: Wonderduck at May 23, 2014 09:29 PM (OKRM1)

12 When I first glanced at that picture of an airborne race car, I thought that perhaps Formula One had finally gotten interesting.  You know, like those old Speed Racer cartoons...

Posted by: Siergen at May 23, 2014 10:04 PM (WVGDf)

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