Ask an F1 Engineer anything

Ask an F1 Engineer anything

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AnonymousF1

Original Poster:

77 posts

3 months

Monday 4th January
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Long-term forum member and long-term engineer working in F1. I've learned a lot from PH over the years, from finance to building regs, so thought it time I put something back in to the community (by way of a creatively chosen anonymous username...).

Feel free to ask any questions about F1 and I'll do my best to answer from the perspective of someone working in it. Anything IP sensitive will get ignored.

Edited by AnonymousF1 on Monday 4th January 15:56

Leithen

7,425 posts

231 months

Monday 4th January
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What's the most expensive individual part you have ever made or been responsible for?

Evolved

2,659 posts

151 months

Monday 4th January
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What part of the car were you involved with?
Must be a very interesting job, the cutting edge of what’s possible.

Leftfootwonder

941 posts

22 months

Monday 4th January
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AnonymousF1 said:
Anything IP sensitive will get ignored.

AnonymousF1

Original Poster:

77 posts

3 months

Monday 4th January
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Leithen said:
What's the most expensive individual part you have ever made or been responsible for?
As engineers we don't get involved in costings too much, and it's never a design consideration. Lots of parts are bespoke and usually made in-house, so the cost of tooling, machining, man hours, etc are already accounted for. If I was to guess it would be something like the PAS rack, a hydraulic manifold or the monocoque itself. The first two have hundreds of hours of design time and machining in them. The latter is high in material cost, pattern/tooling build and lay-up time.

AnonymousF1

Original Poster:

77 posts

3 months

Monday 4th January
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Evolved said:
What part of the car were you involved with?
Must be a very interesting job, the cutting edge of what’s possible.
I've worked in, with or managed most parts during my time in the sport - mechanical and composite design, aero, R&D and trackside. I had a short stint on the powertrain side of things at one point. It is very interesting.

bristolracer

4,425 posts

113 months

Monday 4th January
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Do drivers ever give you moments where you roll your eyes and mutter "give me strength"?

Teddy Lop

4,692 posts

31 months

Monday 4th January
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What's your opinion on Lewis hair?

Muzzer79

4,536 posts

151 months

Monday 4th January
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Who's the most talented driver you've seen driving for a team you've been in?

How did you get into it?

Which era of regulations did you/do you find the most satisfying and why?

AnonymousF1

Original Poster:

77 posts

3 months

Monday 4th January
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bristolracer said:
Do drivers ever give you moments where you roll your eyes and mutter "give me strength"?
Of course. You remember Pastor Maldonado, right?

Leithen

7,425 posts

231 months

Monday 4th January
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AnonymousF1 said:
As engineers we don't get involved in costings too much, and it's never a design consideration.
You work for Mercedes, not Williams AICMFP..... wink

AnonymousF1

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77 posts

3 months

Monday 4th January
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Teddy Lop said:
What's your opinion on Lewis hair?
Who?

kiseca

8,840 posts

183 months

Monday 4th January
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One that popped up recently on PH from a knowledgeable person and challenged my wisdom earned over the years from magazine soundbites: How much of a Formula 1 car's suspension movement is in the suspension, and how much is in the tyre?

I'd heard, either on TV or in magazines, that more than 50% of the car's suspension movement is undamped movement in the tyre sidewall. I also recall from John Barnard's book that he did away with conventional suspension joints and replaced them with flattened, flexible ends on the suspension arms, because the suspension hardly moves and a flexing arm can manage it.

However, I've just 15 minutes ago seen a post saying that the suspension, particularly the rear suspension, moves a lot, and posted a picture showing a Merc's rear end leaning at an appreciable angle. I trust the poster, but I also trust my memory, so I need a tie-breaker hehe



Edited by kiseca on Monday 4th January 16:57

Nampahc Niloc

776 posts

42 months

Monday 4th January
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How annoying do you, as an engineer, find it when people say “F1 is rubbish because it’s all about the car”?

Steamer

12,367 posts

177 months

Monday 4th January
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How many hours a week were you working? (average-ish if possible)

Whats the work / life balance like?

Dynion Araf Uchaf

2,686 posts

187 months

Monday 4th January
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how do you feel when you've spent hours designing a part for the car, that the drivers then say is 'st' and makes the car worse. And then the second driver says the same thing.

and then in another paradigm, it gets fitted on to the car again and the new driver loves it and goes 0.5s quicker.

pistonheadforum

303 posts

85 months

Monday 4th January
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Have you ever worked with anybody who is a lead-swinging-by-the-book-sorry-on-me-tea-break-that's-not-my-job-out-the-door-by-4:30 sharp type or are they all super keen do anything superstars pulling all nighters?

TTmonkey

16,855 posts

211 months

Monday 4th January
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How many races will be cancelled this year? And where?

jjones

3,863 posts

157 months

Monday 4th January
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What do you think Ferrari were up to that gave them additional power?

Jasandjules

65,972 posts

193 months

Monday 4th January
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Who has the most input into a "new" design? Do the drivers get a say?