Date: 10 months ago   Category: Sport

Mikhail Alyoshin's column: "6 hours of Silverstone"


This year the Russian racer Mikhail Alyoshin, the participant of the SMP Racing program, conducts a traditional author's column on F1News.Ru, telling about performances in WEC superseason - the World Cup in an endurance racing. he has told

In the first column about tests - "Prologue", the second has been devoted to the race "6 hours of Spa", the third - to a performance in "24 hours of Le Mans", and today's - the race "6 hours of Silverstone" which has taken place recently.

we went To Silverstone in great mood, with good mood and big baggage of the experience got on "24 hours of Le Mans". It is impossible to tell that experience was completely positive, but extremely important for us. It is possible to pass many kilometers on tests, but experience of fight in actual practice of a 24-hour race when on the present and around a lot of rivals - him differently not to receive all in any way.

In Le Mans one car has had an accident and the second has descended for technical reasons. And if with the first everything is clear, then with the second it was necessary to understand. Team task: engineers, mechanics, producers of the car and its designers, consists in that it is the best to analyse information obtained during the races.

Generally this information proceeds from pilots: after each departure we fill out several huge sheets of reports where it is necessary to describe behavior of the car in different turns, work of a box, the motor, brakes, aerodynamics in traffic, etc. of

the Second part of this information gathers from numerous sensors on the car - their about five hundred! These data are necessary for the full and scrupulous analysis, identification of defects and their elimination. And it must be said that the team has made the business - having taken the wheel in the first training in Silverstone I have felt a big difference how the vehicle was operated and worked in Le Mans. First of all, in Silverstone we had

other aerodynamic weather-cloth providing much bigger clamping force that is important on the British route. Otherwise the transmission worked, other modes of the turbine were used - a lot of things have changed. All this couldn't but please. At trainings we have significantly reduced backlog from Toyota, and were ahead of our main and real competitors on not hybrid power plants from Rebellion in qualification. Though these guys didn't stand still too, having given us good battle on the qualification course. everything was ready

Before a race. I started - the team has so solved. In crew with Vitaly Petrov and Jenson Button we should overcome approximately equal pieces, each of which about two hours.

of Mashin of safety before start went very slowly, it was difficult to warm up brakes and rubber behind her. On start has a little thrown a back part of my car at first in one, then in other party, but gas I, naturally, haven't released. It was difficult to slow down before the first slow turn - cold brakes and rubber have had an effect. By one of Toyota cars ahead of me tires were blocked, it has hardly fitted into the turn. But after couple of turns, rubber "has risen",

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