Formula One: FIA investigate driver protection concepts

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In the FIA run quarterly magazine newsletter AUTO, the FIA have detailed the three driver head protection systems currently under review as part of the 2017 Formula One Technical Regulations.

The publication is available to review in full here:

The three concepts under review feature; the Halo Effect, the Mercedes AMG Petronas advised solution, which creates a solid halo structure around the driver cockpit. The central line roll up, comprising (in concept form) of 3 non rigid supports stretching over the length of the nose section of the car. Finally the is the review of additional frontal protection in the form of 3 rigid structures positioned in front of the cockpit aimed to redirect debris away from the cockpit.

Detailed analysis of each solution is available in the FIA publication. It is understood Red Bull Racing will soon submit an additional concept to the FIA for review which will be more ‘windscreen’ like in design. The FIA aim to define a single solution to be used as a standard component across all teams. The intention is to introduce this development through the 2017 technical regulations.

If you are unable to view the publication through the above page, please use this link.

Formula One: Haas Automation Putting ‘Partner’ in Partnership

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The Haas F1 Team give insight into the true nature of the team’s relationship with it’s title partner Haas Automation.

Haas Factory Outlet in Barcelona Assists Haas F1 Team During Test

our race team is testing in another country. It’s after normal business hours. You need to machine some parts. And you need to do it now.

This situation could prove problematic or, at least, time consuming for most any other race team. But Haas F1 Team is not any other race team.

The newest participant in the FIA Formula One World Championship and the first American-led Formula One entry in 30 years, Haas F1 Team is currently testing at the Circuit de Barcelona – Catalunya to prepare for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix March 20 in Melbourne. And as part of that test, the organization is learning about its racecar and equipment, exhaustively trying it all out to avoid any malfunctions when on-track activity begins in Melbourne.

As part of that process, the team is finding better ways to do things. Enter the Haas Factory Outlet (HFO) in Barcelona.

Through the first of two scheduled test sessions beginning Feb. 22 and ending March 4 at the 4.655-kilometer (2.89-mile), 16-turn circuit, Haas F1 Team has literally called on its partnership with Haas Automation, the largest CNC machine tool builder in North America.

Specifically, the call went to the HFO in Barcelona, located about 30 minutes from the track. Needed were some modifications to the team’s wheel-gun sockets, which allowed for pit stop practice on Feb. 25. Also necessary was some manufacturing of components related to the wheel nuts on the racecar, as well as modifications to the team’s pit equipment.

Haas Automation machine tools used for these tasks included:

  • The UMC-750, a 5-axis vertical machining center
  • The ST-30, a CNC lathe
  • The VF-2, a vertical machining center

The quick work was perhaps the best example of showcasing Haas Automation’s product, but also its customer service, available across a worldwide footprint encompassing more than 60 countries and 1,300 employees.

“We are proving Haas Automation is more than just a sponsor – they’re a true partner in building our organization,” said Guenther Steiner, team principal, Haas F1 Team. “On very short notice, the local HFO here in Barcelona was able to put skilled technicians to work and manufacture and modify the parts we needed. We’ve achieved a high level of efficiency by tapping into the resources of Haas Automation, and it’s allowing us to make the most of our test.”

Formula One: Pure Storage joins Mercedes AMG Petronas

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The MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team today announced a multi-year partnership agreement with Pure Storage (NYSE:PSTG), a market-leading independent solid-state array vendor that is pioneering an all-flash revolution in the data storage sector.

Pure’s technology platform allows businesses to achieve significant performance and efficiency gains over mechanical disk storage, while a radical and transformative approach to customer-friendly business models has differentiated the company as a sector trailblazer.

The MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team has significant data requirements for its remote trackside operations and at its UK headquarters in Brackley.

With each Grand Prix generating seven billion data points, the enhanced infrastructure provided by Pure Storage will deliver an array of benefits to the team including significant improvements in the speed of data processing, a reduction in costs and weight for trackside equipment, faster set-up times and a scalable solution that can grow as the team’s requirements change.

The application of Pure Storage solutions will reduce the team’s typical backend SQL query processing times by 95%, while engineers calling up race data will enjoy a 36% faster load speed, enabling sharper and faster decision-making. While engineers will have an enhanced end-user experience, both the hardware set-up at trackside and the future scalability of data storage will be dramatically simplified and obsolescence will be removed from storage solutions.

Toto Wolff, Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport said, “We’re delighted to welcome Pure Storage as a partner of the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team. It is a strong positive statement for the team and for Formula One to confirm this new investment from a west coast technology leader. Technology is fundamental to our success – it enables us to perform across our business and ultimately on track. As we are predicting one of the most challenging and competitive seasons in the year ahead, Pure will give us the power we need to tackle our most demanding data challenges.”

Reflecting on the new partnership Jonathan Martin, Pure Storage’s CMO said, “Pure and the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team found common ground in a mutual everyday mission – to push the boundaries of what’s possible. When fractions of seconds mean the difference between success and second best, the reliability, simplicity and speed Pure Storage delivers are paramount. Pure is proud to provide MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS confidence in the performance of its storage platform, so that the team’s primary focus can be performance where it matters most – on the track.”

Click here to visit the Pure Storage homepage.

Formula One: Jordan King sets sights on 2017 F1 debut

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Manor Racing will retain Jordan King in the role of Development Driver for a second season.

Jordan, 22, will continue to play a supporting role within the 2016 driver line-up, at the same time as contending GP2 Series with Racing Engineering.

Jordan King:

“Spending time trackside with the team last year was really important for me and for where I want to get to. I saw all the processes and techniques that go into running an F1 team, plus I got a good grasp of how the tyres work as well as the data. So when I got the chance to drive the MR03B in the Abu Dhabi test, it felt like I’d had a massive head-start and I was really confident. I racked up 300km in that test and loved every second in the car. But what I want to do now is race one and I’m flat out working to achieve that. Continuing in the Development Driver role with Manor Racing is key to that progression and I’m excited to be working with Dave Ryan, Pascal and Rio for the first time, as well as the guys I’m more familiar with.”

Dave Ryan, Racing Director:

“I was at the Abu Dhabi test where Jordan drove our car for the first time and he did an impressive job. It was clear that he’d taken full advantage of the opportunity to get under the skin of the team and understand the systems, processes and people. Over the winter months he helped us to refine driver installation with the new chassis, pending the signing of our race drivers, so the Development Driver role really is mutually beneficial. We look forward to having him around the team and wish him a successful season in GP2.”

In an interview for this site in 2015 Jordan discussed his hopes to make it to the F1 grid by 2017, maintaining his development seat with Manor Racing this season is a further step towards realising this dream. To see the interview in full click here.