May 25, 2007
The video starts as Massa exits Mirabeau and begins to head downhill into the Lowes Hairpin (make sure to watch his hands). Be amazed that anybody can drive fast into, through, and out of the tunnel (it's bright/it's dark/it's bright again). He crosses the start/finish line at about :53.5 seconds. The first turn after that is Sainte Devote, where many cars go to die, and then the track starts to head back up hill.
Posted by: Will at May 26, 2007 01:27 AM (olS40)
But I guess it's necessary; otherwise the driver would spend the entire course with one hand on the shifter.
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at May 26, 2007 10:36 AM (+rSRq)
Well, two, actually.
F1 cars have three paddles on the back of the steering wheel, near the driver's fingers. On the right side of the wheel is "gear up," the left is "gear down." The clutch is engaged electro-hydraulically via those paddles, and that shifts the gears (the clutch shifts gears in the 5 millisecond range).
The only exception to this is when the car is going into neutral from 1st, or from neutral TO first. That's the job of the third paddle (which is located on different sides of the wheel, depending on the team). This is really only used a few times: when first starting the car, or when they're sitting on the grid before the race, for example.
Posted by: Wonderduck at May 26, 2007 11:10 AM (2nDll)
Posted by: Will at May 26, 2007 05:09 PM (olS40)
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