Category: Sports in the UK

The weakness of Mercedes at the Grand Prix celebrating 70 years of F1 (Part 3)

Pirelli increases the minimum tire pressure to protect the tires from damaging external forces such as at the British Grand Prix. But when inflated, the tires get a little more bulky, reducing the contact area of ​​the tire. This change is difficult to see with the naked eye but has serious consequences for a sensitive machine like the F1 car.

The consequences were even greater when it happened on the W11 – a superior car. It was capable of reaching high speeds in the corners thanks to the power of the engine and the great amount of compression. This put the tires under the load far more than the competition.

The tire overheating is something Mercedes has also predicted before the race. But they predict that the problem will be mainly with the front tires, as at the British Grand Prix. So Mercedes tried to preserve the front tires by changing the set-ups. However, the reality on the track is completely different. This caused the German team to fire by asking the drivers to slow down to keep the rear tires.

So why is the same condition, the same situation impacts Mercedes more than Red Bull?

The decision to let Bottas have a second tire change right after Verstappen also seems like a bizarre one. This caused the Finnish racer to quickly fall behind. Bottas criticized the home team after the race. However, in general, Mercedes’ choice at that time was not to compete with Verstappen but to find a way to escape the pressure from Charles Leclerc, a Ferrari driver emerging as a threat thanks to 1-pit tactics.

Moreover, the most important factor that caused Bottas to be called into the pit earlier than Hamilton was that the directors were concerned about the vibration from the rear tires of the W11. Hamilton was not subjected to the same vibrations, allowing the British driver to extend his second set of tires. In fact, despite the prolonged use of the second set of tires, even using the 1-pit tactic, Mercedes is unlikely to beat Verstappen.

The weakness of Mercedes at the Grand Prix celebrating 70 years of F1 (Part 2)

At the British Grand Prix, both Mercedes cars had problems with the left front tire due to the physical wear of the tires, and over the weekend, the tires of the two W11s were overheated.

Blistering tires are hard to make Mercedes give up like at the British Grand Prix, but it makes the W11 unable to fully exert its inherent strength. There are three reasons why Mercedes has problems that are completely different from the incidents that took place at the British Grand Prix.

First, Pirelli brought the F1 70’s Grand Prix to three types of tires one level softer than the British Grand Prix. In the previous race, drivers used soft-grade C1-C2-C3 tires, and over the weekend Pirelli provided tires C2-C3-C4.

The second reason is higher tire pressure. To avoid a mass tire explosion like last week, at Silverstone over the weekend, Pirelli adjusted a minimum tire pressure level of 27 psi with the front tire, 22 psi with the rear tire. At the British Grand Prix, the minimum pressure level is only 25 psi with the front tire, 21 psi with the rear tire.

Finally, the track temperature at the Grand Prix is ​​70 years higher. Race temperatures at Silverstone averaged 38 degrees Celsius, but over the weekend it was 43 degrees Celsius.

The harshness of the Silverstone track

Because of the harshness of the Silverstone track, Pirelli uses a one-level softer tire to steer the cars towards a 2-pit strategy, creating appeal and avoiding loss of safety. Pirelli’s plan has worked flawlessly. However, the use of softer tires makes them more susceptible to overheating.

So, on the same track, on August 2, two Mercedes riders can accelerate, chase and take turns to set up the fastest-lap, and on August 9, they have to limit the speed to bring the car to a safe destination.

The phenomenon of tire blistering appeared on August 2, but on a smaller scale and mainly occurs in the front tire. But the three reasons mentioned above appear at the same time that makes W11’s weaknesses manifest on a high-speed track and hot climate.

The weakness of Mercedes at the Grand Prix celebrating 70 years of F1 (Part 1)

The past two races at Silverstone show that F1 cars are extremely sensitive machines.

The same car with a racer on the same Silverstone race for two completely different results. Mercedes finished first in comfort at the British Grand Prix on August 2. But the following week, they struggled again with Max Verstappen, even though the RB16 was completely inferior to the W11 at Silverstone the week before.

Has Verstappen accidentally pointed out the inherent weakness of the W11?

The capacity of the F1 car lies in two key factors: engine power and aerodynamic compression. However, while mastering both of these elements, teams must have a good understanding of how the tires work, in order to convert their potential power into a track result.

Without mastering the tires, no matter how strong the car is, it will not be able to perform well. As a result, teams spend a lot of time and money on field testing, carefully understanding how the tires work on the track to optimize the vehicle’s performance.

Basically, the two Red Bull and Mercedes cars have not changed in engine power – aerodynamics between the last two races at Silverstone. The ratings show that the distance between the W11 and the RB16 is about one second per lap.

This parameter was predicted early and demonstrated in previous races. But during the race at Silverstone on Aug. 9, a clear weakness was evident on the W11 as Mercedes was unable to translate its performance advantage into actual results on the track.

The longer the tire use time, the more the W11 tires will blister and quickly deteriorate. This has a significant impact on performance, so after just a few laps, Mercedes ordered both Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton to slow down to keep the tires.

But the tire problem at the F1 70 Grand Prix differs in essence from the breakdown at the British Grand Prix.

How is sports industry in the UK after Brexit? (Part 2)

The sport is very entertaining and quite attractive, currently lacking about 1,000 workers to participate in the service of the racetrack, the horseshoe area, while up to 10% of the labor in this sport comes from the EU.

F1 is another example due to its cross-border supply chain-dependent characteristics. 7/11 F1 racing team is located in England, headquarters of the F1 organizers are also in London.

The disadvantages

Cricket and rugby executives expressed concern about the ability to attract and retain top talent around the so-called “Kolpak Rules,” named after Maros Kolpak – a soccer player. throw Slovaks.

As a result, citizens of nations that are part of the European Union Association Agreement (free trade agreements between the EU and 78 African, Caribbean and Pacific countries), enjoy the same rights similar to EU citizens.

Many countries have taken advantage of this to get the service of South African athletes, who thrive on both cricket and rugby. These are also two sports that the British desire to create the influence of the Premier League in football, but the talent supply is not as rich as the athletes’ barrier of visa.

Another difficulty for British sports is the opportunity to organize big events which are their strengths. Thanks to its position as well as the level of organization, the UK is always a prime place to host the largest events of the sports world.

In 2020 alone, England will have semifinals, EURO 2020 finals, Netball World Cups, Snooker, London Grand Prix, Wimbledon and Golf Open Championship.

According to Professor Simon Chadwick, when leaving the EU, many of the UK’s advantages will no longer exist for such exchanges, forcing the government to have preferential policies if it does not want to lose the right to host. Of course, the UK has approved a potential trade agreement with the United States to divert money from the Atlantic across the country to replace the previous EU market.

Reverse training

According to the lawyers, in the post-Brexit time of clubs in the English Premier League, it is difficult to buy players under the age of 18 like other EU football platforms. Previously, English clubs still avoided Article 19 of FIFA’s regulations on the protection of minors, prohibiting the international transfer of players aged 16-18, except for EU countries.

How is sports industry in the UK after Brexit? (Part 1)

January 31, 2020 is the time to close the winter transfer market of UK football, coinciding with the official time of leaving the European Union of England (Brexit).

How Brexit affects British sports development is unknown, but the last winter transfer was the second highest in history. We will help readers better visualize the current state of sports in this country at the present time.

No serious impacts

The Brexit process takes a relatively long time and has a rapid impact on the socio-economic fields. The solutions to the Brexit problem for British sports in general are not much. Professor Simon Chadwick of the Department of Sports Business at the University of Salford, Manchester said “As far as I know, no specific guidelines have been issued for sports.”

The last time a sports guide was posted on the Ministry of Digital, Culture, Media and Sports website (DCMS) was in early October 2019. Sport England, which decided to allocate government money to sports associations and projects, declined to comment.

The Sports and Entertainment Alliance estimates that the sport industry contributes about £ 37 billion a year to the economy. Government information is lower. A 2018 document shows that 581,000 people are employed in this sector, of which 21,000 (3.6%) are EU citizens.

There is a peculiarity in British sports, that the state is still partially subsidizing many sports. This is part of the “soft power” strategy and investment in grassroots life. As such, Brexit has caused the government to continue to spend money on the top playing system to increase the image of an England described as a “superpower”.

Of course, money flowing into the top will reduce investment at the amateur and school sports level. The British Government has a policy of socializing sports in schools and communities.

The most influence is not in football but belong to professional subjects that have a lower popularity than football. Horse racing is a prime example of post-Brexit vulnerability.