F1 teams turn to an idea from 1934 to reduce weight

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Scraping off paint to lose as much as six kilos

F1 teams turn to an idea from 1934 to reduce weight

If Alfred Neubauer had been to boost his head, he would smile on the subtle System 1 automobiles of at present, far eliminated in each manner from the Mercedes W25s of 1934. Nonetheless at present, although, they’re utilizing an method that he himself, the staff boss, invented in his day – scraping off paint to drop some weight.

On the time, the German automobiles had been white, the French automobiles had been blue, the English automobiles had been inexperienced… till he determined to scrape off his automobiles to present them a weight of 750 kilos the night time earlier than their debut at Eifelrennen in 1934, within the pre-F1 period.

That then led to the start of the silver arrows, a reputation that also lives on at present, which was the color left. The next day, Manfred von Brauchitsch received and in addition set a brand new monitor report with a median velocity of 122.5 km/h.

F1 teams turn to an idea from 1934 to reduce weight

Nearly 88 years later, we’re seeing it occur once more. Particularly at McLaren, the place they’re attempting every thing they’ll in an effort to get nearer to the 798 kilos that solely the Alfa Romeo appears to have the ability to get near.

No person is aware of the figures (in Germany, the celebrated Auto Motor und Sport have prompt that Mercedes and Pink Bull weigh about 15 kilos extra, whereas the determine is 10kg extra for Ferrari).

Pink Bull have overtly admitted it, and as it’s obligatory to cut back the burden of the components, it takes time to design, take a look at and lighten them, so within the meantime it’s time to take out the sandpaper as a result of the paint, even whether it is positive and powdered, weighs in at six kilos.

Each Mercedes and Aston Martin additionally shed a few of their paint.

“We did not paint components of the pontoons and rear wing to avoid wasting 350 grams,” says technical director Andy Inexperienced. McLaren additionally swapped orange for black, on which the promoting sticker is caught, on the engine bonnet.

The perimeters of Williams and Pink Bull look unfinished as a result of they’re unpainted, whereas Fernando Alonso‘s Alpine have misplaced their pink on the rear. We are going to see in Melbourne if there’s a additional step.


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