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  1. One after another, McLaren's shark fin On McLaren MP4-23 At HockenheimIt just appears like every other week a team introduces its own shark fin engine cover, named by McLaren as a "top body dorsal fin". What's in a name. Needless to say, the item works similar as with Red Bull and its copycats, helping to maintain the car's stability while cornering. The rear cut-out around the rear wing's leading edge is at the same time preventing that the rear wing's efficiency would decrease when the car is in considerable yaw. It's now a waiting game to see when Ferrari of BMW will come up with it, but don't be surprised if that's somewhere during this Hockenheim test too. Williams introduce extended sidepod panel On Williams FW30 At GP FranceJust as most other teams, Williams have now also developed a downward extension to the sidepod panel. The approach differs from what is already on competing cars as the lower end does not directly connect to the barge board. Instead, the floor was extended to create a base for a connection point. On the upper side, Williams have also taken the chance to develop their sidepod panel further and enlarged it towards the front wheels. All in all a very elegant solution to condition the turbulent airflow behind the front wheels. Venting rear wheel fairings at Toyota On Toyota TF108 At GP FranceWheel fairings have become fairly normal by now, and most teams have identical designs. At the rear, every team used a fixed shield with a central opening, both allowing the mechanics to fit the tyres and to provide an exhaust for brake air (and dust). Toyota have now given a new twist to it as they designed a venting shield. Instead of a closed carbon disc, the element consists of small, identical aerofoils that allow hot air to escape from the wheel. More specifically at the upper half of the wheel, the rotational speed and the airspeed around the wheel will cause brake air to be drawn away, effectively increasing the cooling capacity. A similar shape can often be recognised in the arms of road car wheels, although these mostly direct air into the wheel, rather than out of it. Force India introduce new sidepod design On Force India F1 VJM-01 At GP Great BritainForce India have finally got rid of the huge chimneys that the car is featuring since the inauguration of the team. The team now developed a new sidepod cover that effectively closes the chimneys and adds a considerable amount of shark gills to provide enough cooling for the engine. The upper image is the new design as seen at the British GP, while below is the version used at the French GP. The image clearly shows how the winglet's outer endplate is now a continuation of the closed chimney panel, similar to Ferrari. Below the winglet is now more open space to pull more air towards the centre of the car, helping downforce at the rear end. At the same time, the sidepod panel has been redesigned with a large slot, now also more similar to Ferrari, despite the panel's tighter integration with the sidepod. In spite of these aerodynamic improvements, the team decided now to change the frontal shape of the sidepod. While an undercut would benefit the car's performance, such redesign would also involve changing the side impact crash structures and require a new crash test. Apart from the sidepod improvements, the team also introduced a new shark fin engine cover. I know most of us just want the cars back to how they were in the old days, and I'm sure the racing would be better as a result, but seperate to that, I like watching each team find ways to improve aero as above. I for one actually thing all the winglets look kinda rad. I'm a bit of a kid I know. It's just, the cars from decades back look kind of boring to me.
  2. The 2012 British Grand Prix

    Nice to see my man Webber putting in some strong drives!
  3. The Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix 2012

    Gotta be happy for Peter Sauber, Perez and their team, Valuable points in the bag for those guys, and another mature victory for Alonso. Good on him for keeping his nose clean and taking the win.
  4. Indian Gp

    Damn! It was there for the picking, an I walked right past! How goes it Handy?
  5. Cheers mate, yeah its been a while between visits. Looks like some familiar faces are around
  6. Maybe there's something about the top teams (other than Redbull, perhaps) that Kimi doesn't like so much?
  7. Indian Gp

    Not a bad circuit that one. It'll rock next season with the dust out of the way.
  8. That'S All Folks

    This is all a bit dramatic isn't it? Cav, I'm sure you'll visit from time to time like I do. Even just to read without posting..
  9. Musically Gifted?

    Everyone should own a set of drums. Great for stress management! I bought an electronic kit a few months ago. A lot of fun! My neighbours aren't so vocal about my hobby now that I practice on that. Got a link for your electronic stuff? Would like to hear. I've been listening to Skrillex lately. Love that dirty electro
  10. Happy Birthday Andres

    Happy birthday Andres!
  11. I'm just so wrapped with Webber's performance. Reminded me of Kimi Suzuka 05.
  12. I like how mercifully short the British anthem is.
  13. Pirelli certainly ad to the drama.
  14. Schumi alert! Webber past him. Edit- Hmm illegal DRS? Didn't Alonso do that earlier too?
  15. Quite an enjoyable race so far!
  16. F1 Round Two - Malaysia

  17. F1 Round Two - Malaysia

    Webber fastest again in P2. Wonder if they fixed his car?
  18. Webber fastest again in P2. Wonder if they fixed his car? edit- oops, off to the other thread I go..
  19. The Comedy Club

    iI can't count how many people I've shown this to. A classic improved only by Lego!
  20. The Comedy Club

    Great thread Handy! And timely for me, seeing as I just came home from the Melbourne comedy festival. My stand out? Arj Barker by far. Such a natural performer and my style of humour . So here's a link- Arj Barker on Steve Irwin Any Arj fans here? Can't help myself, here's another-
  21. Australian Gp Official Thread

    What a race for Petrov! His performance offset my disappointment with Webber's.
  22. Australian Gp Official Thread

    Ok, all the jokers are out, lets see what the field can do now...Rubens in the sandbox!