Brazilian GP: in the Glock

I don’t usually agree with reprinting verbatim an F1 team’s press release, but considering all the furor surrounding Timo Glock yesterday, I figure it’s best to get this interview with him up as it is…

How did the rain at the end of the race affect your strategy?
“In the final laps we saw that we had the opportunity to make up some places due to the rain. It started to rain lighty on parts of the circuit with around six laps to go and at that stage everyone was on dry tyres. We took the decision to stay out on dry tyres even though the intensity of the rain was increasing we were sure we could make up positions when the other cars pitted for wet weather tyres and because it was only on the last couple of laps that the wet tyre was superior. We stayed out and I was up to fourth but it was not easy in those conditions in the last laps.”

What was it like in wet conditions with dry tyres?
“It was not so bad until the final lap when the rain really began to come down very heavily and it was just impossible. It was so difficult to just keep the car on the track because it was very wet and the car was basically undriveable in those conditions. I was sliding everywhere, with absolutely no grip at all.”

Were you taking it easy on the final lap?
“Absolutely not! It was completely the opposite; the final lap was one of the hardest laps I have done in Formula 1 because there was no grip at all and on dry tyres it was almost impossible to keep the car on track. I was pushing really hard to keep fourth place and if you look at the lap times I was actually faster than Jarno [Trulli] on the final lap and he was the only other car on dry tyres at that stage.”

Was it the right decision to stay on dry tyres?
“Absolutely no doubt about it. We were running seventh before the rain came and we would have probably finished there if it had been totally dry. Instead we finished sixth so that shows the strategy was the right one.”

Did you realise the significance of Lewis Hamilton fighting with you on the final lap?
“To be honest I was racing for Toyota and my place which is the correct thing to do. I didn’t even know that Lewis was directly behind me. The team told me that Sebastian Vettel was catching me and they kept me updated on his position but I was concentrating so hard on keeping the car on the track. I didn’t even know that Lewis had overtaken me until after the race. I was passed by three or four cars on the final lap and it was not easy to keep track of what was going on.”

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AMY, you are downright silly. After seeing the last lap times of BOTH toyotas, and Lewis’s last lap time, and having a general understanding of math and physics, explain to me how you still think Glock slowed down (instead of making unfunny and ignorant posts).

Let’s tackle the math part first: Glock ran a 1:44.7 on his last lap, and Lewis ran a 1:20-something. So simple math will tell you that Lewis will make up around 24 seconds on Glock during that lap, passing him in the process.

Now the physics part: BOTH toyotas ran 1:44’s. Orchestrating one car slowing down is one thing, but asking both toyotas to slow down and do so in such a way that both cars run a lap within a TENTH OF A SECOND of each other is basically impossible (imagine trying to back off the throttle or brake longer or something AND running a practically identical lap as another car trying to do the same thing. impossible).

As for Vettel “kicking Lewis’s butt,” consider this: The McLaren was running a very low downforce, almost “Monza-spec” rear wing. The Toro Rosso took a gamble and ran a high-downforce setup with their rear wing.

And as you probably know, rain is the great equalizer. All those tens of millions of dollars that McLaren spent on aero developments to gain those few extra tenths in the dry that make the difference between a McLaren and a Toro Rosso, no longer matter in the rain. What matters is how much downforce you’re running, and how much power you have, so:

Conditions: Wet
McLaren: Low-downforce rear wing; Mercedes engine
Toro Rosso: High-downforce rear wing; Ferrari engine

So, in the wet conditions in Brazil, the Toro Rosso was actually the superior and faster car, before even taking who’s driving the cars into consideration.

So, next time you try to make a clever post, do some research so you don’t end up sounding ignorant.

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LION (post 111), um did you watch the 2000-2004 seasons and skip 2005 and 2006 for some reason? (Alonso’s years).

And about you claiming McLaren are cheaters because of “Stephny-gate,” it was a Ferrari guy who gave a McLaren guy the information in question. One guy at McLaren had the information, and there was never any proof that it was used. And consider this: the information in question was regarding specs of the F2007 as it was before the season started. And people who know F1 know that a car at mid-season or the end of the season will be practically an entirely different car than the one run at the start of the season because of the continuous development that happens.

So, let’s play devil’s advocate. Let’s say McLaren had the specs of the “start-of-the-season F2007” and built an exact copy, basically an F2007 painted silver and black. That car would be obsolete by race 2 or 3, because Ferrari would have been developing their car all the while.

But, this little scenario is flawed to begin with because the guy at McLaren who received the information in question received it mid-season. So, pray tell, what kind of advantage could McLaren possibly have gained by having the specs of an obsolete car at their disposal?

In my opinion, McLaren were wrongly fined 100 million dollars and stripped of their constructors points based on the actions of one bad apple. And if you don’t think McLaren were put at a disadvantage for THIS season because of that fine, you are sorely mistaken.

Sorry for being off topic, but it always bugs me when the uninformed chime in and claim McLaren are cheaters because of “Stephney-gate,” all the while being ignorant of the facts.

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I know why massa not win.

because GOD also hate Massa and Ferrari with all this CRAP!.. Hahaha..

that’s why they didn’t win.

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maybe some of you should read this…if lewis had stayed out on dry tyres even with fall off in temp he might have finished second, so now say glock cheated!!!

http://www.itv-f1.com/Fea ture.aspx?Type=Mark_Hughe s&id=44571

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Last year when Hamilton’s car cut out was a definite conspiracy, no question, this year he won fair and square but the sport has been for ever tainted with corruption and look no further than the silver fox.

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Thanks for the link stickyrubber.

It shows what an impossible task tyre choice is sometimes.

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Some people seem to ignore that if Hamilton had NOT won the championship, it would have been extremely unlucky too. He couldn’t control the weather, if it had stayed dry it would have been an easy top-5 finish. But it didn’t. He was unlucky enough that he had to work extra hard in the last few laps rather than take an easy finish of at least 5th place.

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jacky, but he was the one who was overtaken by Vettel. That’s not unlucky, that’s mediocre.

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Great job for both leaders. Finally F1 gives us a race we can sink our teeths in.

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gabriel maybe you should have some understanding of the physics involved in running high and low down force configurations, maybe then you would understand why Lewis’ performance was not mediocre and Vettel’s was not outstanding!

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Next year: BBC, “None of those annoying commercial breaks” as Steve Rider put it. Which means even more tension as we’ll have more to watch. Commentators? Well, Richard Hammond would probably make one of the worst commentators I’ve ever heard: “And they’re off! Amd they all pile into the first corner… Now my Oliver could handle better than that…”

I reckon we should get Murray out retirement just for a race weekend… just for fun

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i like were you keep you message and you are all good and well done lewis hamation

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The Stig is the best!

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hamilton just won from luck

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Wow, must have been a terrifying experience! I’m glad both you and Ashley were ok, and that nothing got stolen.I hoped you gace the superheroes a good tip

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Неплохо, неплохо, много полезного!

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Many thanks!

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do you watch the new season if you have can you get back to me piz

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Даужж никогда не думал об этом …

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great, old post but interesting still

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