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Martin Brundle tests Force India: & # 34; New cars more difficult & # 34;

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M artin Brundle drove a total of 158 formulas from 1984 to 1996 1 race. For Tyrrell, Zakspeed, Williams, Brabham, Benetton, Ligier, McLaren and Jordan. Today the 55-year-old is a reporter for the English pay broadcaster Sky. And one of the most sought-after experts on the scene. Also because he is regularly invited by the teams to track tests with current cars - like recently in the Force India VJM08-Mercedes in Silverstone.

Brundle has good comparisons with cars from other eras. That is why his statement has weight. The modern Formula 1 drivers complain about the great loss of speed too soon. Especially in the corners. Hamilton, Vettel and Co want endless downforce until their necks bend to one side. And preferably every round.

Brundle with shared feedback

Brundle can understand that. 'Compared to a McLaren from 2008 with its extreme aerodynamics, the cars have become much slower. It is less physically demanding to drive them. And therefore less satisfying.' The Englishman smiles: 'Racing drivers are so knackered. We always want to push the limit. It's only fun if you can really lean against the tires in the corners and feel the centrifugal forces.' Sky expert comes to a surprising conclusion: 'When today's drivers say it is easier to drive, they are not telling the truth. It has become more difficult. Because there is so much torque. You always have too much power for the existing grip And you always have the feeling that you are leaving horsepower on the road. '

How easy it was in the days of V8 or V10 and traction control. 'You just stepped on the gas as soon as the front tire gave you grip on the curve. Full pot without thinking. The accelerator pedal travel with anti-slip control was perhaps 25 to 30 millimeters. Later on the V8 without traction control 30 to 45 millimeters. '

An unbelievable amount of work in the cockpit

And now with the V6 turbos and two electric motors? 'They have 60 to 75 millimeters of accelerator pedal travel. You have to stroke the accelerator pedal, dose the power precisely. That really pushes you. I can now understand the many twists out of the box much better on the first lap. A little too much on the accelerator and maybe the tires are still cold and the mail is off. 'Brundle experienced it himself. He slid into the barriers with the Force India in Brooklands Corner.

The explanation sounds like an excuse, but it shows how difficult the technology has become today. 'As a racing driver you have a lot of excuses when you turn,' grins Brundle. 'But that wouldn't even have occurred to me: The car was equipped with GoPro cameras on the front wing and rear wing. At the front exactly where the Y-250 vortices are generated. Which of course destroyed the entire flow towards the rear. And the camera rear has reduced the rear wing effect. The engineers told me afterwards that they weren't surprised about my ride. With so much less downforce. '

It's not just accelerating that is a ride on the cannonball. The settings on the steering wheel also rob the driver of concentration. 'It's unbelievable what you can adjust. Engine, brake, differential. How much you have to work in the cockpit. And that you really feel everything right away. Two clicks on brake-by-wire, and the thing brakes completely differently. The guys today really have to do a lot. In a qualifying lap in every corner. And that's why the very good drivers can still set themselves apart from the good ones. Because they only need 70 percent of their intellectual capacity to drive at the limit. The good ones invest 75 for this Percent. '

In our gallery we have some impressions of the unusual exit.


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