July 28, 2012
Just a few races ago, McLaren couldn't get out of their own way. They couldn't qualify, they couldn't do a pitstop without trying to put five tires and a tow hitch on the chassis at which point it would burst into flames, and half of their drivers couldn't run faster than a GP2 car. Now? Well, look at it. Pole and fourth, and nobody ever even came close to challenging Hamilton all day. He made it look easy, and his teammate always wins in Hungary when it rains... and there's a 100% chance of heavy rain during the race. Meanwhile, Red Bull is being scrutineered to death, first with the whole illegal engine mapping thing that came out on Thursday, and now they are suspected of violating Parc Ferme rules and adjusting ride height without tools and while the cars were on lockdown. Haven't heard anything about a penalty yet, but the performance of the Austrian team is perhaps slipping a bit. After Q1, Vettel and Webber were 16th and 17th: just barely avoided relegation, in other words. Webber didn't make it out of Q2. Yes, Vettel is third, but it took quite a lap to get that high. So it's lookin' like a McLaren runaway, right?
Nnnnnnnnnnot so fast there bunky. We've got some Lotuses to deal with, and the rain should help them more than it does McLaren. I think Button is going to win, if only because I like the storyline of him winning every wet race in Hungary, but really it's up for grabs. I could easily see any of the top six standing on the top step after the race.
But it's supposed to be a wet race... anything could happen. Well, maybe not HRT winning, but even that's possible when it rains. I'm just glad that Slappy is so far down the grid; if he was up towards the front, I think my head would be in definite danger of going kablooey.
Race is in the morning... the F1U! team will be all over it, and we'll see you back here tomorrow!
And what's the Engine mapping thing?
Posted by: Mauser at July 29, 2012 02:58 AM (cZPoz)
That's why I've been saying the FIA has been watching them like a hawk... there's a LOT of suspicion that they're "cheating", so... *shrug*
Posted by: Wonderduck at July 29, 2012 07:39 AM (bqvkh)
Posted by: Mauser at July 29, 2012 12:36 PM (cZPoz)
For example, it may say that if you're in 2nd gear at lower RPMs, then increase the torque at the expense of higher speed... which would give better acceleration out of a corner.
From what I can tell, the engine mapping kerfluffle was that Red Bull was trying to duplicate last year's constant-level exhaust without actually having a constant-level exhaust. Of course, that meant that you'd have the same amount of airflow through the exhaust and over the diffuser, no matter how far you had the gas pedal pushed down.
That was banned, and with the removal of the blown diffuser, you'd think it wouldn't be worth having, but Red Bull seems to think that it helps increase airflow under the car... maybe? I think? Nobody's really saying in English what advantage is being gained, but it's against the rules.
Posted by: Wonderduck at July 29, 2012 01:13 PM (bqvkh)
Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at July 30, 2012 11:23 AM (5OBKC)
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