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Whilst I'm trying to keep atop of the blog you may have noticed of late that there is less content appearing. For those of you that haven't realised, most of my work has now been moved over to Motorsport.com where I'm working with Giorgio Piola.

I'm still doing the technical image gallery for each GP with the continued support of friend of the site Sutton Images. However, as always my time is limited and so this might not be updated as quickly as it once was, so keep checking back.

As some of you may have found out already I'm also working with the Missed Apex crew on their podcast from time-to-time, either doing race reviews or dedicated 'Tech Time' shows.

I've embedded the latest version of the podcast below and will update this a frequently as I appear. However, please head over to Itunes if you want it to appear in your player when episodes are available. The show is great to work on and has a great lineup of 'regulars' but has also enticed some bigger names recently too, with Will Buxton and Bradley Philpot on shows during the summer break.


6 Mar 2014

Williams have tended to follow a distinct pattern in terms of rear end design and cooling over the last few seasons, but with arguably the best reliability of any team during pre-season testing it doesn't hurt to try other things. 


The team therefore tried a cooling funnel reminiscent of the one used by Red Bull over the last few seasons (upper left inset) albeit with the exhaust running within it this time around. The idea is to utilise the more concentrated flow around the exhaust to manipulate the exhaust plumes direction, this however comes at the expense of cooling the car and so the sidepod outlets below it are expanded, which in turn will compromise the airflow around the coke bottle. I suspect we will only see this used in more volatile temperatures due to the impact on the surrounding aerodynamic components when compared with Williams already tried and tested cover (upper right inset).
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