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Formula One - 2020 - It's Race Week again! - British GP Live on C4

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Was in late 1990. Tyrrell had bought out the first 'high nose' earlier in the season and given that it was proving very competitive in Alesi's hands, McLaren were testing the concept to see if it benefited them at all. It didn't, but probably because rather than have a couple of support pillars dropping down to the wing at normal level ala Tyrrell:

 

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They just raised the entire front wing up, which was... an interesting take :)

 

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McLaren also had an arrangement with Tyrrell at the time whereby Ron would pass any interested sponsors who weren't rich or willing to accept a tiny sticker enough to go onto the McLaren over to Ken Tyrrell in return for a small cut of the deal. That is how the pictured Tyrrell 019 came within a whisker of looking like this:

 

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That Tyrrell is sexy :wub: 

 

That McLaren looks like it's got the rear wing from the Escudo Pikes Peak strapped onto the front of it

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It shows how well balanced the car is that even with flat tyre he still managed to stop the car and get it around the corner after driving it at that speed.

 

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I really feel people have gone the wrong way in saying how exciting the ending of the British Grand Prix was. It was really more indicative of Mercedes dominance that Hamilton could build a big enough lead to win by several seconds despite a destroyed front tyre. 

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Yikes, that's a bit awkward :unsure:

 

Oh, and here's today's random backmarker from between 1988 and 1991!

 

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Am I the only one that cringes slightly when seeing things like Hamilton continuing with the puncture at that rate?  That tyre could have so easily broken up, or started flapping around and caused who knows what sort of accident for Hamilton, or another car hitting debris at up to 200mph. 

 

140mph+ with a flat seems completely irresponsible to me.

 

Anyway, it was an interesting end, and a bit of excitement at the end of a fairly dull race, and we get to do it all again this weekend.

For now, I'm glad we have Barcelona coming up and not Silverstone x3, if only for the change of scenery at a dull race...

 

 

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Wow, just 90 minutes practice seems pretty harsh considering they've not raced for a long time (and some teams have never raced there). That surely will play into the hands of the bigger teams.

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11 hours ago, kiroquai said:

Yikes, that's a bit awkward :unsure:

 

Oh, and here's today's random backmarker from between 1988 and 1991!

 

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I'd go for the Subaru coloni test mule for 1988 based on the roll over hoop. Car an absoulte pup, engine a total nail. Only tested and never ever race after they found out that it neither worked or went very fast.

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Ah now see you are kind of right and kind of wrong, but your wrongness references a particularly obscure F1 test mule and hence I am very impressed :hat:

 

The car is a Coloni, as you say. However, it’s their actual 1990 race car! Bertrand Gachot had no chance - as you say, the engine was atrocious. The chassis was dreadful too - it still failed to pre-qualify when they swapped to a Ford Cosworth, which was approximately 112kg(!) lighter than the Subaru.

 

Now, the test mule I think you reference is the 1989 Minardi Subaru tests, run using the 1988 car! Here it is:

 

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Minardi quickly realised the engine would probably end any chance of them maintaining their upward momentum if they chose it, so they politely declined the opportunity to work with Subaru and ended up with a supply of Ford Cosworth DFR engines for 1990 instead :sherlock:

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