Halo, Halo, Halo! What’s that on Lewis Hamilton’s new Formula One car for 2018?

LEWIS Hamilton’s marketing campaign to win a fifth Formula One World Drivers’ Championship begins on March 25 when the season opens with the Australian Grand Prix.

The journey to the grid in Melbourne for each workforce began virtually a yr in the past when the groups began planning their 2018 automobiles.

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Mercedes-AMG Petronas has gained the F1 Constructors’ Championship for the previous 4 years. It estimates that its 1,500 employees at its two Northamptonshire websites have put in one million working hours to supply Hamilton’s new car – the Mercedes-AMG F1 W09 EQ Energy+.

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Technical director James Allison says, “The winter is intense. The planners have gotten hundreds of strains of plans to ship on, the design group have gotten to ship a number of hundred new designs per day so as for the elements to be produced in time. The check and improvement group and the staff operating the dynos [machine used to measure the output of an engine] have to face prepared because the items are available scorching from the machines, to assemble them and put them on all of the in-home testing package.

This season each F1 car should embrace the Halo head safety system, a titanium, three pronged, semi-round bar that is fastened over the driving force’s cockpit. It’s meant to scale back damage to the game’s stars in quite a lot of incidents, together with when particles is flicked up from the monitor."

Allison says: “We needed to strengthen the design of the chassis so that it might be capable of take roughly the load of a London double-decker bus sitting on prime of the Halo, to ensure that it will be robust sufficient to face up to the kind of occasion that it’s designed to guard the driving force’s head towards.”

A lot of the know-how is altering which places additional strain on the groups to develop and get it proper. Throughout final season’s finale in Abu Dhabi, Pirelli introduced that it might be introducing a wider vary of dry tyres for 2018 with two new compounds, the pink-walled hyper-delicate and orange-walled tremendous-exhausting. Hamilton logged 136 laps with these new tyres in a submit-race testing session at Yas Marina in November.

The general public face of an F1 workforce on race day is the 2 drivers, however behind the scenes there’s a lot extra going on to maintain the wheels turning and ensure the groups are ready . Mercedes communications director Bradley Lord says: “We take on common ninety five individuals to every race occasion. In 2017 we booked 1,600 flights and a couple of,one hundred lodge beds throughout the yr in addition to sourcing 800 visas. Every staff member will journey round one hundred thirty,000 miles on flights which is round one hundred thirty flying hours and we additionally needed to rent 430 automobiles.”

They should go that additional mile in 2018 because the variety of races has elevated to 21, with the return of each the French and the German Grands Prix, whereas Malaysia drops out.

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LEWIS Hamilton’s marketing campaign to win a fifth Formula One World Drivers’ Championship begins on March 25 when the season opens with the Australian Grand Prix.