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thestaggy

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Robert Kubica's new steering wheel. Quite shocking that it took them half a season to produce a custom steering wheel for the guy. Notice the tape on the right side to offer more grip.

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Wonder about the electrical connections, and why they must always put the steering back on the car.
 

Daruk

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Wonder about the electrical connections, and why they must always put the steering back on the car.
I wouldn't be surprised if it's Bluetooth and the steering wheel has its own battery. I think they put it back so the car can be steered when it's recovered.
 

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Wonder about the electrical connections, and why they must always put the steering back on the car.
How do you turn left or right without a steering wheel? Shifting spanner like SA taxis?
 

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Wonder about the electrical connections, and why they must always put the steering back on the car.
"With increasing amounts of switches being added to the wheel, there also needs to be a way to connect them to the car’s main wiring loom. This is also done through the QD mechanism. A special connector is built into the end of the steering column and a corresponding connector in the QD mechanism, which couple when the steering wheel is slipped onto the steering column. As the splines on the column end ensure the wheel can only connect in one position, so there is no danger of the connectors misaligning as they connect."

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thestaggy

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Wonder about the electrical connections, and why they must always put the steering back on the car.
They have to put the car in neutral and reconnect the steering wheel so the marshals/recovery crew can move the car in the event of a retirement.
 

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Someone on reddit compiled Vettel's race-ruining errors while driving for Ferrari. He's progressively made more and more.


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Someone on reddit compiled Vettel's race-ruining errors while driving for Ferrari. He's progressively made more and more.





Seb needs a sabbatical. He is ruining an illustrious career by silly mistakes. This is a bit like Hakkinens final season although most of his retirements weren't much of his fault. Right now it's Vettel and Grosjean that are on the same level. They both need help.
 

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Seb needs a sabbatical. He is ruining an illustrious career by silly mistakes. This is a bit like Hakkinens final season although most of his retirements weren't much of his fault. Right now it's Vettel and Grosjean that are on the same level. They both need help.
Hakkinen's situation was a little different. He had a big accident at the opening race in Australia (while he was chasing Michael for the lead) and later admitted that it reminded him too much of Adelaide 1995 and he lost his nerve. He was no longer willing to push himself to his limit, at least not on a consistent basis because he still won a couple of races that year.

Seb just, I dunno. Regardless of how dominant his cars were, bad drivers don't win 4 championships in a row. Its as if his skills have deserted him and he is now overdriving. He is trying, but trying too hard by the looks of things.
 

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Thanks, I am curious to see if his performance will be closer to his teammate now
His early race pass was pretty close to Russell's, then his brake pedal literally collapsed and he had to nurse it home.

But we'll see over the remainder of the season if it makes that much of a difference for him.
 

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His early race pass was pretty close to Russell's, then his brake pedal literally collapsed and he had to nurse it home.

But we'll see over the remainder of the season if it makes that much of a difference for him.
Latifi will probably be hoping it doesn't Lol
 

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Latifi will probably be hoping it doesn't Lol
I think Kubica will need a miracle end to his season to stay in the sport.

Latifi is another rich Canadian (his dad is a billionaire and owns shares in the McLaren Group), so losing Kubica's Polish backers shouldn't be the end of the world for Williams if they sign Latifi.
 

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I think Kubica will need a miracle end to his season to stay in the sport.
Latifi is another rich Canadian (his dad is a billionaire and owns shares in the McLaren Group), so losing Kubica's Polish backers shouldn't be the end of the world for Williams if they sign Latifi.
F1 drivers ... most of them are sons of riches
 

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F1 star Fernando Alonso to race in SA this weekend

Former two-time F1 world champion and Le Mans winner Fernando Alonso will be racing in SA this weekend as part of his preparations for next year’s Dakar Rally.

The 38-year-old Spaniard will be driving a Gazoo Toyota Hilux in a noncompetitive outing in the Lichtenburg 400, fifth round of the SA Cross Country off-road racing series, in the North West Province on Friday and Saturday.

It is part of Alonso’s intensive training programme to familiarise himself with rally raid racing ahead of his possible debut in the 2020 Dakar, which will take place in Saudi Arabia for the first time.
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ROKIT WILLIAMS RACING AND MERCEDES-BENZ CONFIRM POWER UNIT PARTNERSHIP EXTENSION

ROKiT Williams Racing and Mercedes-Benz are pleased to confirm a long-term power unit partnership extension, until the end of the 2025 FIA Formula One World Championship season.

Williams has been in partnership with Mercedes-Benz since the start of the 2014 season. The team will continue to be supplied with Mercedes-Benz Power Units (Internal Combustion Engine plus Energy Recovery System) by Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains (HPP) based in Brixworth, UK for a further five years from 2021, following the conclusion of the original agreement. Williams will continue to manufacture its own transmission.
 
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