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Patrick Depailler (Monaco 1977) by F1-history Patrick Depailler (Monaco 1977) by F1-history
Patrick André Eugène Joseph Depailler (FRA) (Elf Team Tyrrell), Tyrrell P34B - Ford-Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 (RET)

1977 Monaco Grand Prix, Circuit de Monaco
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Caveman1a Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I too remember when these hit the tracks. Going from memory, I think that it was developed to decrease push in the corners and to decrease tire wear on the front tires because they share the load. During that era, bias-ply tires were what they raced with and they didn’t grip too well cold or hot. The front tires were about the same width as the two-wheel setup, but a lot smaller in diameter. So the tire patch on the track was almost twice as much as the usual setup.

The reality probably was a lot of extra weight with the added suspension and a lot of extra drag from the friction of the tires on the track and from the air flow above. I would imagine a lot to worry about on wheel alignment too. One was much more likely to have a flat or get a wheel knocked out of alignment.
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turbolover175 Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I remember building a model of this car when I was 6 or 7. I got glue everywhere, but it didn't matter. Those 6 wheels were straight Flash Gordon.
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