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I'm Matthew Somerfield, a freelance journalist focused on the technical elements of Formula One. It has been a pleasure to provide content via this site for the last 5 years, which has led me to several paid freelancing jobs along the way. I'm currently plying my trade with Motorsport.com and working alongside the legend that is Giorgio Piola.

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6 Feb 2013

Below is a selection of my favourite images from the second day of testing at Jerez with thanks to Sutton Images
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

6 comments:

  1. could you please explain how the 'pelican' style nose (like that on the lotus) works?

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    1. The Pelican nose is used to alter the flow characteristics under the nose when combining with the turning vanes the two condition the airflow to the Sidepods and Bargeboards more effectively.

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  2. Wow - were Force India on grass cutting detail? What is the purpose of the attachment behind the front wheel/s? Also the FIA techs seem unwilling to prevent the use of exhaust gases in aiding aero, they still seem to allow ducting from the squared off end of the pipes instead of insisting that the pipe ends in open air a minimum distance from any surrounding bodywork.

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    1. That rig moves up and down and is similar to one McLaren have used in the past. It measures the airflow wake from the tyre. FIA can put as many rules in place as they like at the end of the day the teams will out engineer the challenges laid before them.

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    2. Thanks for that, the clothes drier racks on the Williams are interesting also. I have looked further at your earlier exhaust explanation re the launch of the Caterham and the FIA rules which I should have read before commenting and all I can say is that the FIA have not penned strict enough rules - it could have stated a much wider minimum bodywork aperture for the pipe exit, perhaps stating that a final minimum length of the pipe has no bodywork within a certain distance of the outer surface of the pipe and a much bigger angle than 3 degrees for the cone area. I don't like the proliferation of aero bits apart from a simple front and rear wing on an open wheel racing car anyway, this is the realm of the sports car, but as you say race engineers will always try to beat the rule makers to achieve an advantage. Great website!

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  3. Great site! You got yourself a new follower!

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