Renault Sport Racing Roundup

Renault Sport Racing Roundup

22.03.2017: Quirky Facts Former Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke gained a place in the Guinness Book

Quirky Facts




Former Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke gained a place in the Guinness Book of Records prior to his appointment to office, when he drank a yard glass of ale in fewer than 12 seconds in 1954.



Tasmania is the world’s largest producer of opium alkaloids for the pharmaceutical market. It produces about half of the world’s concentrated poppy straw (CPS) for morphine and related opiates.



With an amazing amount of foresight for the livery of the R.S.17, Melbourne was originally called Batmania. In May and June 1835, the area which is now central and northern Melbourne was explored by John Batman. who negotiated a purchase of 2400 sq km with Wurundjeri elders. Two years later, the settlement was named Batmania after Batman. It didn’t last long. Later that year the settlement was renamed Melbourne after the British Prime Minister, William Lamb, Second Viscount Melbourne.



The dingo fence, which stretches from the Great Australian Bight in SA to central Queensland, is the longest fence in the world (5614km). It is about twice as long as the Great Wall of China.



Track notes


At this time of the year in Melbourne the ambient temperature can swing from 35°C to 15°C from day to day, depending on wind direction. If the wind comes from the north it is typically hot, but cool if blowing from the south. This can play havoc with cooling settings and also makes tyre management unpredictable as the circuit temperature also changes a great deal.




Tyres


Greater girth in 2017 and compounds which are harder like for like means degradation could be a distant memory. A wider contact patch allied to greater downforce pushing the tyre into the track surface means more grip however the wider tyres mean that teams need to be careful with suspension settings such as camber and toe



Soft (yellow)

The kangaroo of the range. Biased towards bursts of speed, it can still cover long distances. Has some jumpy peaks too.



Supersoft (red)


Like a cuddly koala, the second softest compound expends its energy quickly and then spends the rest of the time resting.



Ultrasoft (purple)


The ultrasoft is the speediest compound of Pirelli’s line-up although not quite as speedy as the Australian Tiger Beetle, capable of covering 171 body lengths per second, which rather kicks into touch a cheetah which ambles along at a mere 16 body lengths per second.






Power Unit notes




-    Albert Park is one of the toughest circuits of the year for the power units due to the short bursts of acceleration between turns. There are 10 periods of acceleration over the lap where the car will go from approximately 150kph to just under 300kph in less than three seconds. The ICE will accordingly go from 9,000rpm to 13,000rpm over these distances.


-    Large forces run through the engine in the heavy braking zones. The load in Turn 13 is the heaviest ‘stop’ of the circuit. The car brakes from 300kph to 125kph in 2.5secs, generating peaks of 4g, approximately the same forces a jet pilot will encounter.


-    With the majority of corners taken in first to third gear with a period of acceleration straight after, good traction and engine response is key. The turbo will need to be correctly calibrated (or ‘driveable’) to avoid any lag between the driver putting his foot on the gas and the engine kicking in.


-    Correctly mapping the Power Unit to give good power delivery could gain a few tenths of a second over the course of the lap.





Technical notes



Circuit length:            5.303km

Race distance:            307.574km

Race start time:            16:00

Full throttle time per lap :    55% in Race and 66% in Q

Fuel consumption:         1.8kg in Race

Energy recovery :    1.2MJ with MGU-K in braking with possibility of recovering the maximum FIA allowed 2MJ with overload (using the ICE to charge the battery via the K in part throttle)



Longest time spent at full throttle: 9sec on the start/finish straight

Percentage of lap spent braking:16%

Pit lane length:            55m approximately






Renault edams news




Even though the 2017 Formula 1 season is just getting underway, Renault e.dams has already been in action once in 2017, and three times in season three, most recently when Sébastien Buemi took victory in the Buenos Aires ePrix on February 18.



Séb’s win was the third of the season and the sixth in a row for the team who left Argentina with 111 points in the Teams Championship, ahead of ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport on 60 points.



Séb has 75 points in the Drivers' Championship with his nearest rival, Lucas di Grassi, on 46. Nico Prost is in third position with 36 points



The next ePrix takes place in Mexico City on the Saturday following the Australian Grand, on April 1.



- Renault Sport - also photo






Renault Sport Academy news





The 2017 Renault Sport Academy line-up of drivers have been hard at work with training and testing ahead of their season starts.



 Jarno Opmeer, Max Fewtrell and Sun Yue Yang were all out in action at the first pre-season Formula Renault Eurocup test at Magny Cours on March 15-16, with Opmeer setting the fastest time of the first day.





- Renault also photo

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