Mosley is such an unbelievable douchebag: sticking to his guns, even though it will be his end.
Just look at the "talent" that is lining up to get into F1 under the budget cap. Some of the teams thinking about entering actually know what they are doing (Lola), but look at some of the others, for example Mike Gascoyne... sacked from Force India for being a notorious dumb ass, and he wants to come back with an even smaller team? Give me a break.
i'm definitely sure. it's in the technical regulations. by using carbon fibre, it is very easy to make a car that is way lighter than the mininum, and the cars are brought up to the minimum using ballast, which is placed strategically around the car to improve balance and handling.
one of the big complaints the teams have had about KERS not that it makes one car heavier than another, it's that cars using it can't use as much ballast, and so they can't fine tune their handling as well. the problem is even worse for heavier drivers, who have less ballast to work with than lighter drivers in the first place.
this complaint is being addressed by the FIA, who plan to raise the minimum weight next year (to 620kg iirc).
somebody who throws the word "assume" around really ought to read the rule book and find out the truth for themselves. assuming that somebody else is making assumptions and is therefore wrong is highly illogical.
and it's not like Ferrari are saying "do what we want because we are prima donnas and you'll be sorry if you don't".
they are saying that they entered the sport for a reason, and have stuck with the sport this long for a reason, but that if the new rules go into effect, their reason for participating will no longer be there. they want to compete at the highest level, and up until now, F1 has been the "pinnacle of motorsport", but under next years rules it wont be, and it's completely fair play for them to pass on participating in a series that is a joke.
and on the "conspiracy" side of it, maybe if they skip 2010 they can "cheat" by working on their 2011 car in secret for 2 years. just putting that out there before the haters do. :P
maybe you should try calculating the the oil pressure required to float the crank in the bearing. when at rest, the crank will sit at the bottom of the bearing, and the space around it will be in the shape of a crescent (touching at the bottom, obviously). when operating, the crank should center itself, with a nearly ring shaped space all around.
if you know the surface area of the bearings (/2), the mass of the crank and the forces acting on it, you ought to be able to calculate how those forces are distributed to the bearing surface and thus infer the oil pressure required to resist them.
also consider shear stress along the radius (acting against the centripetal force), vortices at the boundary layer (which will have a different viscosity than the rest of the oil), inertia of fresh oil passing through the inlets, and backpressure from oil passing through the outlets (both of which will depend on the geometry of the journal drillings).
I hope they make the rears wider as well, but I read somewhere that the reason they are considering making the fronts narrower instead is that bridgestone already has the tooling to make the narrower tires, but it would cost them money to retool for bigger ones.
ok, so by your logic no football team should ever be able to win unless they are playing at home. either that, or you are saying that everyone in F1 are big babies with thin skins and no mental focus, which is pretty pathetic if it's true.
if I was Hamilton and had a problem with what the Spanish thought of me, i'd run around with a placard of my own that read, "Shut up Spaniards, I'm actually whiter than most of you are!"