Reality Check: Getting Ahead with Simulation
This weekend's Canadian Grand Prix is the first time the TF108 has got to grips with the Gilles Villeneuve Circuit. Well, in real life that may be so, but not in the virtual world of simulation at Panasonic Toyota Racing.
Even before a TF108 turns a wheel in anger around Montreal's Ile Notre-Dame, Panasonic Toyota Racing engineers already have a bank of information to draw on after simulating the car's behaviour around the 4.361km track.
At the team's technical centre in Cologne, Germany, an array of sophisticated simulation techniques are employed to give the drivers a head start when practice begins in Canada, ranging from the wind tunnel, engine test benches, a seven-poster rig and computational fluid dynamics (CFD).
For the Canadian Grand Prix, riding the kerbs is key, and Panasonic Toyota Racing has spent time in the build up simulating the TF108's behaviour on a seven-post rig, specifically set up to replicate the demands of the Montreal track.
A full-size TF108 is placed on a hydraulically-powered rig, which uses data from previous seasons to shake and shudder the car exactly as though it was driving over the bumps and kerbs of the Ile Notre-Dame. This provides important information regarding suspension and damper settings, giving engineers a strong indication of what works and what doesn't.
Chief Engineer Race and Test Dieter Gass says: "This is very important because, unlike other circuits, at Montreal you have the four chicanes and the more you can ride the kerbs in the chicane, the more you can straight line them and the more time you're going to gain. That means if you have a car that handles perfectly over the kerbs you're going to gain a lot of speed and lap time."
That is just one element of the standard pre-race preparation at Panasonic Toyota Racing; the engine dynamometers, or test benches, are another. An engine test bench allows the RVX-08 engine to be 'driven' on its own, with no TF108 chassis in sight.
By pushing the engine through all the same revs and gear changes as Jarno Trulli and Timo Glock will in Canada, an engine can complete the entire race distance without moving a millimetre. The data from these tests allows engineers to fine-tune engine behaviour to a particular circuit, as well as spotting any areas to improve well before the drivers hit the track.
"Typically, before Canada or any other race, we have in our computer the complete throttle behaviour that can, for example, reproduce Jarno's driving style at that track on the dyno," says Senior General Manager Engine Luca Marmorini. "In this way we can already start to anticipate some potential problems in terms of engine response or engine mapping that the driver and the team might find in Canada."
These preparations are specific to each race but simulation goes on across the board as Panasonic Toyota Racing strives for the continuous improvement necessary to compete at the front in Formula 1. The fruits of this work eventually make it to the race track, but not before rigorous testing has proved their validity in advance.
Before every new aerodynamic part is fitted to the TF108, it has been thoroughly analysed back in Cologne to ensure it does its job.
The first part of this process sees virtual testing using CFD - computers which simulate air flow over a new part, and the impact it has on the car as a whole. If a part fails this process it is extremely unlikely to be worth pursuing, so this simulation streamlines the development process and ensures only worthwhile projects progress beyond the virtual drawing board.
President John Howett says: "We live in a digital world now, we have to recognise that, and in Formula 1 we are pushing the limits of simulation and the utilisation of computer power to absolutely understand where performance can be found in the future. So even though we still use track testing and wind tunnel testing, normally the area we're looking in is predefined by computer simulation and we're looking in a fruitful area where we can cultivate performance."
If the CFD tests are successful, the virtual part becomes reality and faces wind tunnel tests, where a scale model is blasted with air to recreate the effect of driving at speed, including simulated track conditions, ride heights and many more factors. Only then would a part be considered for use on the car itself.
However, no amount of simulation can ever guarantee a perfect set-up; that has to be finalised on track, as Senior General Manager Chassis Pascal Vasselon says: "Simulation faces natural limitations so what is essential when you use it is to know exactly the limits. You cannot expect the simulation to tell you exactly how stiff your suspension has to be, for example. What you can expect from the simulation is to give you some direction. It will give you a diagnostic."
So, plenty of work awaits the Panasonic Toyota Racing engineers and drivers when they arrive at the Gilles Villeneuve Circuit, but they can begin their weekend safe in the knowledge that a virtual reality means they are as well prepared as possible for the task ahead.
Martin Whitmarsh, CEO Formula 1, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
Coming out of Monaco, what is the mood within the team?
"Overall the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team comes out of Monaco a third of the way through the season leading the Drivers’ Championship and second weiter >>
Following your Monaco win, we now move to Canada, what are your thoughts ahead of this race?
"As I said on Sunday, winning at Monaco is the highlight of my career, it was a very emotional victory for me as it is something I have dreamed of weiter >>
Vodafone McLaren Mercedes travels across the Atlantic for round seven of the 2008 Formula 1 World Championship, the Canadian Grand Prix, which is being staged in the North American country for the 40th time.
The first Canadian race took place in 1967 at the Mosport track in Toronto. Mont-Tremblant hosted the event for two years in 1968 and 1970 before it moved to the Cir weiter >>
The most important sporting event in the country to be presented next June 6th, 7th and 8th
It is as of tomorrow, Thursday December 20th, 2007 that tickets will go on sale for the next edition of the most exciting and prestigious sporting event in the country, the Grand Prix of Canada. It will be presented on June 6th, 7th and 8th 2008, at the Gilles-Villeneuve cir weiter >>
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2007 CANADIAN GRAND PRIX
Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton won the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal and took his maiden Formula 1 victory. After 70 laps with four Safety Car periods, Lewis won 4.3 seconds ahead of Nick Heidfeld and Alexander weiter >>
CANADIAN GRAND PRIX - RACE
Podium! In a gripping performance, Alex Wurz drove the AT&T Williams team to its first podium in two seasons, through the debris of multiple accidents, safety car deployments and altering race strategies up and down the pitlane.
His team-mate, Nico Rosberg, was unlucky not to be able to join Alex on the podium after an unavoi weiter >>
Canadian Grand Prix - Race Round-Up Sunday 10 June 2007
Panasonic Toyota Racing will leave Montreal with a single point courtesy of Ralf Schumacher following a dramatic Canadian Grand Prix that featured a total of four safety car periods. Ralf started in 18th place with a heavy fuel load. Following the first two interruptions for the safety car he was the last driv weiter >>
RED BULL RACING F1 - Canada Grand-Prix
…was the weight of Red Bull Racing's air freight for the Canadian GP
WINNER: Ricardo Rosa, who guessed 32,373kg
…was the number of meals served in Red Bull Racing's hospitality area during the Canadian GP
WINNER: Maurice Hamilton, who guessed the exact number, weiter >>
2007 CANADIAN GRAND PRIX - SUNDAY 10/06/07
IF MY AUNT HAD BALLS...
SHE WOULD BE MY UNCLE
Tonio Liuzzi (STR2-03) Pos. DNF
"It was not the way I had hoped for this race to end. After Kubica's accident I got some debris caught under the car and thought I was going to have to retire. It was like a slalom trying to av weiter >>
2007 Canadian Grand Prix Race Report
Adrian Sutil (car 20, F8-VII/03):
RET: 21 laps Accident
Fastest lap: 1:19.452
Christijan Albers (car 21, F8-VII/02):
RET: 47 laps Accident
Fastest lap: 1:19.254
Weather: 26 C ambient, 40 C track. Hot and sultry.
The Etihad Aldar Spyker Formula One Team had its weiter >>
BMW Sauber F1 Team - Großer Preis von Kanada - Rennen
Großer Preis von Kanada - Rennen, Sonntag - 10.06.07
Wetter: sonnig und trocken, 27-29°C Luft, 49-53°C Asphalt
Zur Halbzeit des Großen Preises von Kanada kam die erlösende Nachricht, dass Robert Kubica seinen fürchterlichen Unfall in Runde 27 nach ersten Auskünften der weiter >>
... according to medical reports.
Kubica left the track at speed on the run down to the hairpin, after appearing to make contact with the rear of a Toyota. The BMW Sauber became airborne, hitting a wall in the centre of circuit, before rolling to halt at the hairpin entry, with little more than its monocoque intact.
Kubica was quick weiter >>
2007 Canadian Grand Prix
1 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 70 Winner 1 10
2 9 Nick Heidfeld BMW 70 +4.3 secs 3 8
3 17 Alexander Wurz Williams-Toyota 70 +5.3 secs 19 6
4 4 Heikki Kovalainen Renault 70 +6.7 secs 22 5
5 6 Kimi Räikkönen F weiter >>
2007 CANADIAN GRAND PRIX QUALIFYING
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Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton will start Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix from his first ever Formula 1 pole position after setting a fastest time of 1m15.707. Team-mate Fernando Alonso qualified second with 1m16.163. It is the se weiter >>
Adrian Sutil (car 20, F8-VII/03):
FP3: 18th 1:18.270 (13 laps)
Q1: 21st 1:18.536 (7 laps)
Christijan Albers (car 21, F8-VII/02):
FP3: 22nd 1:18.933 (13 laps)
Q1: 22nd 1:19.196 (7 laps)
The Etihad Aldar Spyker Formula One Team will start tomorrow's Canadian Grand Prix with Adrian Sutil and Christijan Alb weiter >>
2007 CANADIAN GRAND PRIX - SATURDAY 09/06/07
Tonio Liuzzi (STR2-03)
"Another good qualifying after Monaco, which confirms the car is getting better and better. On my final run I drifted just a little wide at corner 7 and without that it's just possible I might have made it into Q3 and the top ten. I am in positive mood and maybe I am g weiter >>
CANADIAN GRAND PRIX - QUALIFYING
The AT&T Williams team had a mixed qualifying session with Nico Rosberg securing P7 on the grid for tomorrow’s Canadian GP, while team-mate Alex Wurz had a troubled Q1 and his qualifying efforts ended 15 minutes into the afternoon session. Alex will start the race from P20 and despite his disappointment, has vowed to fight back weiter >>
You've got another chance to win a Red Bull Racing cap signed by our drivers…
Just guess how many meals will be served in the Red Bull Racing Hospitality area at the Canadian GP (guests and team) Send your answers to katie.tweedle@
Closest figure wins the cap!
DAVID COULTHARD, Position 14th
"It's been a pretty ug weiter >>
QUEBEC TO LIFE
Panasonic Toyota Racing will line up with one car in the top ten of the grid for tomorrow's Canadian Grand Prix after a mixed qualifying session. Following yesterday's front suspension problems, the team investigated the cause overnight at the circuit and back in its Cologne factory.
The front upright that failed had been used for two years weiter >>
2007 Canadian Grand Prix
1 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:16.576 1:15.486 1:15.707
2 1 Fernando Alonso McLaren-Mercedes 1:16.562 1:15.522 1:16.163
3 9 Nick Heidfeld BMW 1:17.006 1:15.960 1:16.266
4 6 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:16.468 1:16.592 1:16.411
5 5 Felipe Massa Ferr weiter >>
1 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:16.071
2 6 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:16.459
3 1 Fernando Alonso McLaren-Mercedes 1:16.465
4 5 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:16.666
5 22 Takuma Sato Super Aguri-Honda 1:16.864
6 16 Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota 1:16.975
7 15 Mark Webber Red Bull- weiter >>
1 1 Fernando Alonso McLaren-Mercedes 1:16.550
2 5 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:17.090
3 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:17.307
4 6 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:17.515
5 9 Nick Heidfeld BMW 1:17.827
6 16 Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota 1:17.992
7 8 Rubens Barrichello Honda 1:18.108 weiter >>
1 1 Fernando Alonso McLaren-Mercedes 1:17.759
2 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:17.967
3 6 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:18.136
4 5 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:18.167
5 15 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1:18.301
6 3 Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 1:18.620
7 9 Nick Heidfeld BMW 1:18.6 weiter >>
CANADIAN GRAND PRIX PREVIEW
Montréal grinds to a halt this week as Formula One drives into town for the sixth round of the Championship and the Canadians embrace one of their most favoured sporting events, the Canadian Grand Prix. Hosted by the city since 1978, this year’s race will b weiter >>
Canadian Grand Prix Preview 8 - 10 June 2007
In advance of this week's Canadian Grand Prix, the Etihad Aldar Spyker Formula One Team has conducted Q&As with drivers Christijan Albers and Adrian Sutil.
Q&A with Christijan Albers
Do you feel the team made progress in Monaco?
The gap to the others was weiter >>
Panasonic Toyota Racing crosses the Atlantic this week for the Canadian Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, where the team expects to recover from a disappointing Monaco weekend. The Canadian Grand Prix is the first race of a North American double-header with the United weiter >>
Montreal is a bilingual city which can lead to misunderstanding, especially in restaurants. We strongly advise you against ordering "Moose au Chocolat."
Scuderia Toro Rosso: "We will be running new front and rear wings to suit the low downforce nature of the track," comments Giorgio Ascanelli. "The front wing also requires new bargeboards a weiter >>
Canadian Grand Prix 8 - 10 June 2007
After two races in Europe, the FIA Formula One World Championship now heads away for two more 'flyaway' events. This time, the series travels to North America, making a stop in Montreal and the 4.361km Circuit de Gilles Villeneuve for the Canadian Grand Prix from 8 - 10 June and just one week later to the USA and the famous Indi weiter >>
The Formula 1 fraternity departs for North America this week for the Canadian and United States double header, which kicks off with the Montreal round of the Championship next Sunday.
Following the opening five races of the season, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes leads the Constructors’ World Championship with 76 points. Fernando Alonso and teammate Lewis Hamilton lie in first weiter >>
8. - 10. Juni 2007 6. von 17 WM-Läufen
Die Formel 1 schnürt das zweite von fünf Doppelpacks der Saison 2007: Am 10. Juni startet das BMW Sauber F1 Team auf dem pittoresken Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montréal und nur eine Woche später auf dem berühmten Speedway in Indianapolis.
Das BMW Sauber F1 Team reist voller Zuversicht weiter >>
... in celebration of Formula 1's 40 years on Canadian soil
2007 edition of the Grand Prix of Canada marks the 40th anniversary of Formula 1's arrival on Canadian soil and, to celebrate the occasion, organizers have decided to offer 40 fans the chance to see free of charge the spectacular weiter >>
Report: Großer Preis von Kanada,9. Lauf zur Formel 1-Weltmeisterschaft:Stimmen zum Rennen Statistisches
Renault und Alonso schenken Michelin den 100. Grand Prix-Sieg
Mit einer 100-prozentig perfekten Leistung beschert weiter >>
Weather: sunny and dry, 29-31°C air, 47-49°C track
With Nick Heidfeld finishing seventh in the Canadian Grand Prix, the BMW Sauber F1 Team collected two more championship points. Jacques Villeneuve in 8th was on course for one point, but then with 10 laps to go at his home race he slid into the wall. weiter >>
Montreal, Sunday 25th June 2006 Kimi Raikkonen MP4-21 03 Juan Pablo Montoya MP4-21 05 T-car (Kimi) MP4-21 04
Team McLaren Mercedes driver Kimi Raikkonen finished today's 70-laps Canadian Grand Prix in third position. Kimi was on a two-stop st weiter >>
A first-lap collision between Tiago Monteiro and Christijan Albers capped off a disappointing weekend for MF1 Racing at the Canadian Grand Prix.
The incident, which took place at the hairpin at the end of the back straight, involved Monteiro hitting the back of his teammate's car, effectively ending both driv weiter >>
Sunday, 25 June 2006
ENGLAND 1 SCOTLAND 1
DAVID COULTHARD, (Finish Position 8th, Start Position: 22nd)
"That was the most difficult Canadian Grand Prix I've ever done in terms of track surface and balance. I didn't expect to get a poi weiter >>
Canadian Grand Prix - Race Round-UpSunday 25 June 2006
Panasonic Toyota Racing will leave Montreal with three points after a spirited race from Jarno Trulli at today's Canadian Grand Prix. On a sweltering day at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Jarno started in 4th place weiter >>
... and the fourteenth of his career, this afternoon with a controlled drive to victory at the Canadian Grand Prix.
The Spaniard had never previously scored a podium finish at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, and was determined to add some silverware to his collection at this race. He did so in weiter >>
SUNDAY JUNE 25, 2006Montreal, (CAN) 4.361km / 2.709 miles Sunny, 29°C air, 37-48°C track
1 F Alonso Renault F1 (M) 1 1:15.911, lap 222 M Schumacher Ferrari (B) 5 1:15.993, lap 683 K Raikkonen McLaren Mercedes (M) 3 1:15.841, lap 2212 M Webber WilliamsF1 ( weiter >>
US NEXT**We're off to the US next and maybe it's US next for a point?
Scott Speed: "Another top ten for the resume! No, seriously, it was a very intense race. It was very treacherous out there, with all the loose rubber and asphalt on t weiter >>
1 1 Fernando Alonso Renault 70 Winner 1 10 2 5 Michael Schumacher Ferrari 70 +2.1 secs 5 8 3 3 Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 70 +8.8 secs 3 6 4 2 Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 70 +15.6 secs 2 5 5 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 70 +25.1 secs 10 4 6 8 Jarno Trulli Toyota 69 +1 Lap 4 3 7 16 Nick Heidfeld Sauber-BMW 69 +1 Lap 13 2 8 14 David Coulthard RBR-Ferrari weiter >>
DAVID COULTHARD, Position 16
"I had a lot of oversteer during qualifying, which I've had all weekend and it basically means I can't carry speed into the corners. That's where you lose the time here, so it doesn't surprise me that I was at the back end of th weiter >>
Tonio Liuzzi: "This was another good qualifying for me. Everything has been moving in the right direction since we started practice on Friday. We should have a good pace for the race as the car feels consistent and quite quick. I think that in the second part of qualifying I might ha weiter >>
Saturday 24 June 2006 QUEBEC ON SCHEDULE
Panasonic Toyota Racing is celebrating its best qualifying performance of 2006 after Jarno Trulli took 4th place on the grid for tomorrow's Canadian Grand Prix. After a week of mixed weather, the sun appeared for Saturday's hour of weiter >>
Saturday June 24th, 2006
Despite making substantial gains in pace between practice and qualifying, MF1 Racing came up a bit short in qualifying and was unable to repeat its feat of entering the second session, as it had at the British Grand Prix.
SATURDAY 24 JUNE 2006Montreal, (CAN) 4.361km / 2.709 miles Sunny, 27°C air, 46°C track
1 F Alonso Renault F1 (M) - - 1:14.9422 G Fisichella Renault F1 (M) - - 1:15.1783 K Raikkonen McLaren Mercedes (M) - - 1:15.3866 N Rosberg WilliamsF1 (B) 1:16.404 (8th) 1:15. weiter >>
Montreal, Saturday 24th June 2006
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CANADIAN GRAND PRIX QUALIFYING
Team McLaren Mercedes drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Juan Pablo Montoya will start tomorrow's Canadian weiter >>
Weather: sunny and dry, 26°C air, 40-46°C track
Montreal (CAN). After very promising practice sessions, the BMW Sauber F1 Team failed to make it into the top ten in qualifying for the Canadian Grand Prix. In the morning's third free practice session only the two Renault drivers were faster than Jac weiter >>
The Renault F1 Team locked out the front row for the Canadian Grand Prix during qualifying today at Montreal’s Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, with Fernando Alonso on pole position and Giancarlo Fisichella second. This was the team’s second all-Renault front row of the 2006 season, following on from the Spanish Gran weiter >>