BBC Horizon (1981) - Gentlemen, lift your skirts. Williams F1 - Cosworth Tyrrell P34
BBC - Horizon - aired on TV 1981
Williams Formula One team Winter testing with Alan Jones driving in
December 1980 at the Paul Ricard circuit in Southern France. The day before
testing started Goodyear Tyres had decided to quit F1 due to the ban
announced by the FIA on "skirts". The FIA being based in France were
subjected to increasing pressure from the Goliath corporate car
manufacturers Ferrari (Fiat) and Renualt to ban skirts as their engines
were the wrong shape to fully capitalise the use of ground effect in the
design of their cars. This was the year before the turbo revolution hit F1 and there is a brief look
at the development of turbo.
Also features an in depth look at the Ford Cosworth engine and you are
taken around the factory, design, hand building, performance and
development of the engine.
Includes appearences from the following.
Frank Dernie (Head of Williams Research and Development) who currently
works for the Toyota Formula One team. Frank explains the fundementals of
ground effect and the importance of using skirts to achieve full potential.
Patrick Head and Frank Williams.
This is incredible footage documenting not just the Williams team but of
the Cosworth engine
#41 of The Flying Lap: Sir Jackie Stewart
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at 1900 UK, 11AM Pacific.
In this special episode we talk to Sir Jackie Stewart, three-times World
Champion and the winner of 27 Grands Prix for BRM and Tyrrell. A tireless
campaigner for safety and charitable causes throughout his racing career,
and in the years that followed his retirement in 1973, Sir Jackie is today
acclaimed globally as one of the most significant figures in the history of
our sport. In the aftermath of the shocking accident in Las Vegas that
cost the life of Dan Wheldon, he talks about lessons that can be learned in
all disciplines of the sport - and about the F1 politics over the years
that, astonishingly, have led to Sir Jackie never being asked to take a
formal role (in the area of safety) within the sport. Despite that
omission, there is no doubt that no single individual has done more for the
safety of drivers, pit crew and spectators. We talk about his favourite
cars, his most "harmonious" races, his own mental approach to racing, about
the current F1 stars, about Red Bull Racing - a team he originated in
Milton Keynes - and about the searching question he asked of Ayrton Senna
early in 1990, now made famous by the "Senna" movie . Candid and open, Sir
Jackie also talks about his battle with dyslexia and his spiritual beliefs.