Podcast #550- Brazilian GP Review

Join Paul and me as we review the final Brazilian Grand Prix for Felipe Massa. We cover each team as they finished and each driver as they performed and we even talk about Felipe Massa. We share our thoughts on Lewis’s awesome, but not too awesome, drive, Seb’s win and toughest race of the season and Felipe Massa. We dsicuss the strategies that won, the challenges the teams faced, the weather, the muggings and Felipe Massa.

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Seeing Lewis weave his way through the field, and watching the disaster that was the Renault depower weekend, brings to mind the issue of engine durability mandate discussion that we all had a few weeks ago. Just how much of a power advantage did he have over used Ferrari and Renault engines that have to last for the rest of the year? The takeaway for the other teams is that if your performance advantage is that good, you can take the grid penalty and still be competitive. This is especially for the midfield teams, who would die to be able… Read more »


I’m sure some of the bigger funded teams will be looking if this makes sense at certain races to take the penalty and get yourself a brand new shiny engine in that car. With next years rules it could even be worse with only 3 elements (or 2 on some elements) allowed for the entire season! If instead of having to run a MGU-K for 11 races you just run it for 3 or 4, I can imagine the performance advantage vs loss of track position would work out in the teams favor. They will just need to have less… Read more »


This could have been titled the ‘de ja vous’ episode, or ‘better the second time around’. (We saw Massa run his last race at Interlagos). Anyways, great podcast, as always.

Interesting note about Hartley’s oiling problems. With the clampdown of the amount allowed limited, are teams allowed to violate the limit if they can prove a mechanical issue not the car? Or is the limit only what is injected into the engine (vs added to the sump)(?)

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Good point, not sure what the complete issue was.

Salvu Borg

Brandon Hartley Renault engine US GP and Pierri Gasly Renault engine Brazil GP excessive oil consumption/oil used was the result of power unite components failure. “oil injected into the engine” although it wasn’t defined as being injected into the engine, it was one of the things that was speculated about when RBR/Renault started accusing others of using oil as a combustible medium. The formula one engine uses a dry sump lubrication system and so it doesn’t hold oil in the sump and neither is oil added to the sump, in fact the formula 1 engine sump is run in a… Read more »


comment image comment image How the Williams team is saving money for next tear’s car.


Is that a new technical regulation (must have boot space for one ‘bag for life’ shopping bag)? :-)

I know it has been reported in the mainstream media this week, but I recall seeing this development reported a couple of years ago.


As for 175 lbs, well that’s twelve and a half stone (far simpler to understand on this side of the Atlantic). Too fat for an F1 driver, even Nico Hulkenberg is nearly a stone lighter than that, while Felipe Massa is three and a quarter stone lighter. If you are going to use imperial units then perhaps we should quote the length of the race in imperial? 305.909km is 63 leagues, 1 mile, 8 furlongs, 6 chains, 2 rods, 3 yards and 5.417323 inches. Yes, it is so much easier to understand :-) 12 inches to a foot 3 feet… Read more »


Lol! Nice work Dave.
The imperial system does look pretty ludicrous when you lay it all out.
Thank goodness for metric ;-)