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Formula 1 Looking Ahead
Old School Rules

The magic of F1 seems to be on its way back. In a bid to revive the sport from its recent failings in terms of a world wide decline in viewership, some of the old school rules are back. No launch control, No traction control & no electronic brake assist. I was hoping for fully manual gearbox’s but the gear boxes are semi automatic sequential units with a hand controlled clutch. To make the sport more exciting the emphasis is now more on driver skill. Which is brilliant if you think about it cos there is no nannying electronics to get your ass out of jail. As far as the engines go the restriction is now down to 2.4 liter V8’s since 2006. Engines must last at least 2 consecutive races, if not a driver will loose 10 grid spots if an engine is changed before the race- OUCH! However drivers are allowed one “free engine” for the season, like a wild card to be played at any time except the last race of the season. Interesting indeed.
As far as gearbox rule go these units must last 4 consecutive races, if not any change before the start of a race will cost the driver 5 grid places. If the gearbox fails during a race the driver can start the next race with a new one without incurring any penalties. Not only do these rules call for improved driver skill but also better team tactics, being able to save your car for that all important killer attack. The constructors will play an even bigger part since so much comes down to reliability or else drivers will be losing grid places irrespective of qualifying well.

Technical Side of an F1 Car
Gone are the days of the 3.0litre V10’s which churned out 900Bhp. The V8’s however still belt out a respectable 750 horses which equates to 560Kw in a car that weighs just under 500Kg. Juggling the numbers this works out well over 800Kw per tone. The aerodynamic excellence of an F1 car means these cars can defy the laws of physics, turning in at 200km/h can produce 2G of downforce. Indianapolis has one of the fastest straights & these miniature rockets can reach 365Km/h here. Although an F1 car is capable of well over 400Km/h. This is what makes F1 the pinnacle of motorsport, in terms of power to weight ratio nothing evens comes close. More importantly an F1 car can decelerate from 300Km/h to stand still in 4 seconds. It’s called carbon ceramic compound boys. Just look at some of these performance stats of a Mclaren F1 car or should I say Ferrari – EINA!!

0 to 100 km/h: 1.9 seconds – you read that right Sir.
0 to 200 km/h: 3.9 seconds
0 to 300 km/h: 8.4 seconds – Damn I remember when an F1 car diced a beemer M5 (V10), made the blik look like it was going in reverse.

Engine: 2.4 Liter V8 32 valve
RPM: 19000rpm governed. (what the f#$K)
Gearbox: Seven Speed, 7 forward 1 reverse.
Suspension: Koni
Wheels: Enkei (light weight magnesium rims)
Tyres: Bridgestone Potenza slicks.

New cars for 2008 – Top Left moving Clockwise Honda RA108, Mclaren MP4-23, Renault R28, Ferrari F2008.

The Season forthcoming – 2008 Testing, Teams & Drivers
The 2008 F1 season kicks off in Australia on the 16th of March. Look out for FORCE INDIA, no jokes I’ll say it again Force India, the pit crew will be dressed in loongi’s for the first race initiation. When the team manager radios in the driver the intro will be “Aareh Bawa Kemchor – Come in over airhk, Doh, turn into the pits sahlor!!”
In terms of drivers that Spanish sod is back with Renault, that British coconut will be pushing for the championship this season fresh from his Laureus award, but the favorite remains the lity voiced FINN in his Imola red scuderia machine. The Felipe Massa was fastest in testing in Bahrain followed by Toyota’s Timo Glock, Raikonen was third fastest. Whilst in Spain the Mclaren of Hamilton was fastest in Barcelona followed by Mclarens De la Rosa. There you have it, lets look at this season Driver lineup & Calendar

The 2008 F1 Calendar


Let’s hope we will have an enthralling F1 season free of petty politics, spying & theft all of which has just dragged F1 into the doll drums. Remember the days of Senna & Mansell later came Hill, Villeneuve & a young Schumacher with team Benetton. The legend of the underdog Eddie Irvine & the Ferrari crushing talent of Mika Hakinnen- those were the days of F1, no doubt.

Mr B –

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Comments (9)

  • SETH
    February 21, 2008 at 9:39 am Reply

    Quality article Mr. B!

    What’s your prediction for the season – Will Kimi take it at a canter or will Alonso, Massa or Hamilton give him a run?

    What’s your view on drivers getting equal billing, should there be equals in a team or should 1 driver be more equal than the other!

  • Shakes
    February 21, 2008 at 9:59 am Reply

    Yeah top article.
    In recent times F1 has been all about tactics and quicker pitstops to get you ahead of you rivals. I hardly watch. The days of the Senna / Prost rivalry was the best that Formula had. It was all about driver ability and not electrical and mechanical assistance. I hope these changes bring back the fun in F1.

    Seth one question, how do make someone MORE EQUAL? LOL….
    Just a question… It’s either equal or it’s not.


  • Anonymous
    February 21, 2008 at 10:05 am Reply

    i must agree, nice article MR B.

    I think, that now we will see a true driver.
    pity schumacher retired already.
    i wonder if he would be any good now, as compared to when the cars were doing the work for you.


  • Anonymous
    February 21, 2008 at 10:32 am Reply

    I think the usual suspects will dominate but I would’nt be suprised if Toyota finally start making a mark. They’ve spent alot of money on R&D. Ralph has quit F1 for German DTM series & they now have Timo Glock who looked quite impressive in testing.

    Equal billing is important, if you have a situation like the Schumacher days where Barichello used to give way for the german to win it becomes a farce & the reason why the sport has declined.

    New school old Rules. Lets hope it works

    Mr B

  • SETH
    February 21, 2008 at 11:21 am Reply


    “1 being more equal than the other” is an english expression used to describe a scenario whereby on the surface both parties appear equal but to the guys who run the show 1 person is favoured over the other.

    A typical example would be parent saying that he/she loves all her children equally yet there is a clear favourite in the household.
    Or the Alonso/Hamilton situation last year at Mclaren, if Alonso is to be believed.

    Now after today’s English lesson let’s get back to the issues at hand.

    Mr. B what about Ross Brawn heading up Honda, the man was a genius at Ferrati and integral to Schumi’s success. Any chance he can make Honda competitive or at least fighting within the Top 6?

  • Anonymous
    February 21, 2008 at 12:39 pm Reply

    Swoosh ,good article ,but what more intresting is that Kojack and company can shoooot there mouths from 0-100km/h in under 1,9 seconds ……………………
    and there are no brakes either …


  • Anonymous
    February 21, 2008 at 2:30 pm Reply

    Nice article Mr B!

  • Anonymous
    February 21, 2008 at 9:09 pm Reply

    Seth – Ross Brawn is a master tactician but bear in mind one of the other new rules is that if the safety car is out you cant pit. This is where Brawn used to be very clever at times. Anyways with Button & Barrichello at Honda they should be able to get a few Podiums but I doubt a title challenge.

    On the other hand Japanese reliability is legendary if they can translate that legacy to F1 the new rules could well work in there favour. I just hope one Jap manfacturer can push for the title.

    “go” I was never a Schumacher fan particularly because he tried to take out Villenueve when the Canadian won the title, & he had other drivers driving for him(Irvine – Barrichello) there wasn’t equality.

    Mr B

  • ebi Kop End
    February 26, 2008 at 7:41 am Reply

    Great post MR B!
    This years championship is gonna be about the one with guts and balls, to do what he wants when he wants to get the maximum out of his machine! With no TRACTION CONTROL its gonna be fantastic… just imagine guys stalling there cars off the starting grid cos launch control is also no more! In the wet, drivers with the Schumacher-esque ability or rather Smooth drivers would have the added advantage… Most definitely one of the highlights of the year will be the Singapore GP raced at night and just imagine if it rains… This year also sees the arrival of Nelson Piquet Junior who should be among F1’s glamour boys! In the spirit of a true Schumi fan… Ferrari are looking good and should be leading the way from the start…
    I also heard that Schumi and Kimi are gonna have a show down soon while testing… hope we get to see some TV COVERAGE!

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