TPF Podcast #565- The calm before the F1 storm

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Join Grace and me as we discuss circuit character, Martini, Williams, engine parity, testing, and more. We read your TPF Mailbag questions and hand out awards too.

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RE: Grand Prix Driver on Amazon Prime Canada – It absolutely is available. I watched it using my Canadian account.

And yeah, total bummer that the F1TV package is not available here yet, but there are ways around that if you want it bad enough…

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Fast Freddy

Finally a fashion award to someone who looks normal. Stay warm, the sun is out today.

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Fabio

RE: engine mapping for customer teams. I was listening to another F1 podcast (I’m sorry man, I never said we were exclusive) last year, and they had Matthew Carter on (ex Lotus F1 boss). He was talking about when he was running Lotus and they were at a GP (I forget which one now) but they were in a position were it would have been advantages for Mercedes, if Grosjean were to speed up a bit, so they got a recommendation to try a specific engine mapping setting during the race and low and behold, the Lotus was now an… Read more »

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I can totally see the rat with a black robe giving the order! “imgur.com/ vozsbtd” 3rd from top click to enlarge.

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sunny stivala

As everything else in life there are good quality much educated and informed podcasts and the more extremely popular and more populated podcasts. The later standings are mostly aided in no small way by ex-drop-outs or dropped-outs joining the likes of mister/s know it all/been there/done that/seen it all/all others are razzmatazz JOE’S. they go on air or in-print and start telling what their favorite nicker color used to be, some even go as far as to state what it used to smell like. That stuff gathers for the vast majority because unfortunately the vast majority likes to hear/see/ or… Read more »

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sunny stivala

“PU parity of supply hogwash” The manufacturers phenomenal combustion efficiency achievements in collaboration with their respective oil/fuel suppliers was only possible to be used for any length of running time by the development of highly critical measuring sensors and self-regulatory capability software. The combustion produces such high and critical “on the limit” pressure and heat that highly critical and sophisticated “in cylinder” knock, pressure and heat sensors had to be developed. These in-cylinder sensors sniffs the critical point at which the all destructive knock/detonation is due to happen “in-cylinder critical limits of pressure and heat”. Just one knock in any… Read more »

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So if a fuel / oil suppliers sponsorship isn’t covering at least that dyno tuning cost, and delivering better than manufacturer team power and drivability, the team should ditch them, and run what the manufacturer does.

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sunny stivala

Further to “PU parity of supply hogwash” some more notes that might interest some on the phenomenal combustion achievements of the present PU and the enormous efforts and costs entailed in every further performance improvement. The electric power and time per lap assist to the ICE crankshaft is a fixed maximum of power and time per lap by the rules. Those that still cannot make full use of these fixed maximums is because of their ICE still unresolved reliability problems. For those that have no such problems their combustion process is an ongoing development program. Here is just a sniff… Read more »

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Matt Guss

When talking about F1 pubs, I was very puzzled about why you obviously left off F1 RACING. I subscribe and think its a terrific magazine about the sport, the tech and the drivers. Plus the photos are excellent. I read about F1 online but I prefer to have a monthly magazine and this one is excellent. Maybe I haven’t been listening long enough to TPF to know if you have dismissed F1 RACING.

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Jeez Todd …….so you are impressed by the new Indy bodywork, and think it might lead to closer racing, then you wish someone could find a way to eliminate the need for DRS, and the next question is about considering closed bodywork, and you don’t make a connection? Maybe you were tired.
Perhaps its time to develop an open mind on closed bodywork? As Grace says, if it leads to closer racing why not? It’s not as if you can actually watch sportscars 21 weekends a year.
BTW, You’re doing great with the name, perfect ;-)

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Re: the halo, I don’t think it’s necessarily attractive, but I really think the response is too strong. Granted, I have not watched a race with it yet, but from pre-season testing photos, it does not look nearly as bad as I feared. Overall, with the shark fins gone, I think the cars are a net gain aesthetically in 2018 versus 2017. At the end of the day, the halo is meant to enhance the safety for the drivers. If that device presents a serious injury or death – or even the reasonable chance it could – far trumps any… Read more »

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  1. No, we can’t secede: (1) Unconstitutional, and (2) we don’t have nukes.

  2. Ask Daytona how it felt about “character”.

  3. ….and Todd says I’m verbose.

  4. It’s Formula 1, not World Rally Championships.

  5. ….and then there’s folks like me who watch NASCAR.

  6. I could die in my sleep, in my bed, and all I did was sleep. My life could end at any time. I can’t live being afraid of dying that much. I’m not a fan of dying, but that’s life.

  7. Then it must grind your teeth if I go full Texas Drawl and say “Th’ Park Firmy”. :D