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GP Week : Issue 1
DRIVING around in an F1 car is easier than it used to be (according to former champion Alain Prost). Clearly, the Frenchman forgets just how many knobs, dials and buttons our modern pilot has to keep an eye on! The sample (right) is the 2008-spec Ferrari steering wheel utilised by Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa. Most of its elements remain unchanged (although those linked to electronic driver aids have, of course, gone), while a number of the remaining controls have swapped position – no doubt the result of some sort of 'Time and Motion' study ... On a wing (or two) and a prayer If the number of aero appendages wins races, then BMW is in for a big year ... BMW's F1 08 is, in Filisetti's view, an interesting car, as the team strove to adjust the balance of the car to better utilise the control Bridgestone tyre introduced last year. Filisetti points to the combination of wing shapes around the centre of the car. designed to reduce changes in balance during changes of load from front to rear and back, during acceleration and braking. At the same time, however, Filisetti points out that, in BMW's case, early testing results did not match what, on paper, was expected. Expect more changes prior to this weekend's opening race. And while you're there ... 33 F1 PREVIEW >>