November 16th, 2007

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Saw this and thought of you

I decided to delete some of the mail from my Uni inbox and found an all student email with this at the top:

Student required capable of working with fibreglass composite at an advanced level.  This is for a student’s final-year project and will assist the School of Computing & Engineering’s entry into the international racing car project known as
Formula Student.  Specifically, the work would be required on vehicle's aero shell.  

Ok, so the email came round earlier in the week and I noticed it but I didnt see it was for Formula Student at the time.  Needless to say when I saw the words 'Formula Student' I think you know who I thought of... Emma.... and I did also quietly go 'eee Formula Student!' (yeah I dont have that much energy at the moment to say it any louder haha)

Anyway, I just decided to click the FS link and came up with one of the School of Computing and Engineering's webpages about it.  They said: 

"The Formula Student competition attracts entries for a selection of universityies from around the world. Teams of students design and manufacture a single seater racing car. The car is scrutinised, judged and raced at a UK event each year and if successful can go on to compete in the United States of America and Australia." - Ok yeah I knew some of that, but not where you go on to compete...

"This year will see our fifth entry into the competition after winning the design competition at our first atempt. Students from all of our engineering and technology courses can participate. Last year saw MEng and BEng Mechanical and Automotive Engineering students, BSc Motorsport Technology students and BSc Automotive Technology and Automotive Design and Technology students, designing, manufacturing and competing." - shows how much I know about my Uni!  Although, I have seen the Motorsport course flyers around on open day and they did look pretty cool... shame Im already doing a course!  

I might now have to take a trip back into Canalside West and go look at the pretty car again, and look at the pretty board that says some of our students went to do a placement with people like Ferrari and BMW.  Theres loads more on the list but I dont remember them all.

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A verdict!

McLaren's appeal rejected

The FIA's International Court of Appeal has rejected McLaren's case over the fuel temperatures of the BMW and Williams cars in last month's Brazilian Grand Prix.

After a day of deliberation, having heard all sides yesterday in a London location, the ICA said the results of the Interlagos race will remain unchanged, confirming Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen as the 2007 world champion.

The governing body said in a statement the case was rejected because McLaren's appeal is inadmissable.

The International Court of Appeal was presided over four judges from the Czech Republic, United States, Greece and Portugal.

The full statement by the FIA:

"The FIA International Court of Appeal met in London on Thursday, November 15, 2007, to examine an appeal lodged by the Motor Sports Association (MSA) on behalf of its licence-holder Vodafone McLaren Mercedes against the decision (document 41) of the Panel of the Stewards of the 2007 Brazilian Grand Prix dated 21 October 2007 and counting towards the 2007 FIA Formula One World Championship.

"Following a report from the Technical Delegate indicating that the temperature of fuel pumped into the cars N°9 - Nick Heidfeld, N°10 - Robert Kubica, N°16 - Nico Rosberg and N°17 - Kazuki Nakajima, was more than 10 degrees centigrade below ambient temperature, the Stewards of the Meeting met to consider whether a penalty should be imposed.

"Having heard the evidence they decided not to impose a penalty as they had sufficient doubt as to both the temperature of the fuel on board the car and to the true ambient temperature.

"Having heard the explanations of both parties and having examined the various documents and other evidence, the Court decided that the appeal lodged by Vodafone McLaren Mercedes is inadmissible.

"The International Court of Appeal was presided over by Mr Jan STOVICEK (Czech Republic), elected President, and composed of Mr John CASSIDY (United States), Mr Vassilis KOUSSIS (Greece) and Mr José MACEDO e CUNHA (Portugal)."