21 August 2015

First Practice Session: Position: 3, Best Time: 1:51.373, Laps: 18
Second Practice Session: Position: 3, Best Time: 1:50.136, Laps: 15
“Generally I think if we can stay third and fourth at this track it would be good. It will probably be closer tomorrow as the gap from behind will close up a lot more, but let’s wait and see. Hopefully we can maintain these positions for tomorrow. It would be good to find some more time on the Option tyre, so we’ll do our homework tonight, like every team will. I had a bit of a moment at Eau Rouge, when it was on the edge, but it keeps it fun!”

First Practice Session: Position: 6, Best Time: 1:51.960, Laps: 18
Second Practice Session: Position: 4, Best Time: 1:50.399, Laps: 18
“The conditions were pretty unusual for Spa today, with the hot weather and we had two good sessions. As a priority, we need to find some time in sector two. As always, we will do our homework tonight and try to improve the package we have for tomorrow, but the car felt good so far.”


The Specialists
Getting a Formula One car from drawing board to grid involves a huge amount of expertise. In this series we’ll talk to some of the highly skilled people whose unique talents help the team to go racing. This race, Structures Analyst, Sandor Kling, explains how getting a car from concept to race track involves a whole load of stress.

My job, as part of a team of analysts at the team’s factory in Milton Keynes is centred on calculating the strength and stiffness of parts of the car. Basically what happens is when the designers develop a new part, the CAD model is sent to us and we will check what the load cases are, we establish how that part should connect to the other elements and we try to understand what’s going on with the new part in terms of the stresses they are subject to.

At the moment we are still working on development of the 2015 car but a lot of what we are looking at now is already focused on next year’s car. It’s a difficult line to draw, as a lot of what we will do for this year’s car is relevant to next year’s.

It’s hard to put a number on the amount of drawings coming through the department at the moment but the amount of work we have to do depends on how complicated the model is and how long that might take. It’s safe to say that we are always busy.

I’ve only been with the team for seven months. Before that I studied in Budapest and was working in a different industry – working for a company building buses. I’d always been passionate about motorsport and Formula One though, so this really is a dream come true. It’s a real thrill to watch the races and know that an improvement in performance is because of a part I’ve worked on.