|Video| What will a 2014 #F1 car look like?

In 2014, Formula 1 is going through one of the largest technical regulation changes in the series. We all know about the change from the 2.4 V8 engine to the 1.6 Liter V6 turbo “power unit”. (Click here to hear the Mercedes V6 turbo on the dyno.)

However, there are other aerodynamic and physical changes to the car that people may not know about, just simply described.

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F1 Video- Nico Rosberg explains helmets in Formula 1

Mercedes GP has been releasing videos throughout the year, featuring Nico Rosberg, highlighting various small features in Formula 1. This time Nico details the importance of the helmet to a Formula 1 driver, when it comes to safety and to aerodynamics.

I love these insight videos, much like the ones that were developed by Pirelli, because they provide cool nerd tech information about the world of Formula 1.

Plus in some small way, it improves Nico Rosberg’s¬†visibility. A driver who could really use an increase in his market value in the world of Formula 1.

Rosberg & Brawn explain overtaking in Formula 1

Overtaking in Formula 1 has been a high-level discussion point for the last few years. The clear problem has been that Formula 1 cars create too much aerodynamic disturbance for a car to chase closely behind it.  For the last few years the FIA has been tweaking the design rules of Formula 1 cars, with the goal to overtaking easier and more common.

One of the ‘solutions’ that has been developed¬†is the Drag Reduction System, which is a movable rear wing which allows the chasing car to lose aerodynamic drag on the straights. This allows the chasing car to generate a higher top speed than the car in front of them and aid in overtaking.

Now there are other rules around DRS that I find to be annoying, but the idea of DRS is innovative. Allianz and Mercedes GP has created a video which explain some of the overtaking aids used in Formula 1. It avoids talking about the DRS-Zone, but is still an interesting watch.


Onboard Formula 1 Camera – Mercedes GP W02

Ever wonder what it would be like to be in the cockpit of a Formula 1 car? Mercedes GP has provided some in-car footage of the two drivers in testing.

Check it out, as there are some neat shots in here.

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Mercedes GP – Nico Rosberg & the importance of Formula One seatbelts

I do really like these Mercedes GP/Allianz commercials, even if they are a bit of a Health and Safety/TSA annoucement. This time Nico Rosberg explains Formula 1 harnesses. I did find it interesting to learn how to the harness and fittings are made.

Take a look and let me know if you find this nerd-tech to be interesting.


Can Michael Schumacher still hang in Formula 1?

This topic has been on my mind for the last few days, since the finish of the Turkish Grand Prix.

While Sebastian Vettel was dominating (boring all the fans) at the front the field, a certain Silver Arrow was mussing around in the back, bouncing off cars and eventually finishing in 12th place.

This man was Michael Schumacher. Seven time world champion and¬†91-time grand prix winner racing for a spot that was two away from gaining any points. Since his return in Formula 1 in 2010, I’ve been watching this man’s “progression” at Mercedes GP, and I haven’t been that impressed. (More pictures and video after the jump)

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Mercedes GP Video: How many controls are on a F1 Steering Wheel?

We’ve been talking about how complicated Formula One steering wheels have been made since the days of Senna and Prost. However, we just found a video that really explains how complicated the 2011 steering wheels are. Nico’s says it best when they ran out of space to put some buttons on the front, so they had to put some buttons on the back! Insane.

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