2011 Formula 1 Season - Official Discussion Thread

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Post by Mondello » 29 Jun 2011, 15:30

phil1993 wrote:Early rumours:

*Valencia Street Circuit will replace the Circuit de Catalunya as the Spanish Grand Prix from 2012
*Barcelona will be dropped from the calendar, Valencia contract extended to 2021.
*Race would be on 13th May, with the circuit paying the same sum.


jeez, really hope that does not happen, the guys making that decision must be more interested in the parties than the racing
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Post by tderias » 29 Jun 2011, 19:45

phil1993 wrote:And an interesting theory has cropped up


I watched MotoGP and the finish line is just after the exit of Club, therefore not too far down the pit lane, negating the damage that the 60mph speed limit would cause. This theory suggests that it is quicker to finish the race on the final lap to go through the pits rather than take the normal circuit. Because you brake later than you would for Vale and simply have to negotiate one corner. If you're a few tenths behind someone on the final lap, it could be worth a punt.


That would be smart but also a cheap tactic in a way...

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Post by François » 30 Jun 2011, 10:34

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Post by phil1993 » 03 Jul 2011, 13:06

Hispania Racing sold

The owner of Hispania Racing, José Ramón Carabante, sold his team to the Japanese investment bank Nomura on Friday. According to AS, the deal is worth €24 million.

Official confirmation is expected tomorrow, Monday July 4. The team is assumed to continue operating under the same name at least in the near future.

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Post by f1heronomus » 03 Jul 2011, 13:46

Interesting deal that Hispania... here is also but think same info: http://racingnewsflash.com/content/hispania-racing-sold

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Post by F1Fan88 » 04 Jul 2011, 11:14

The Marrusia-Mclaren deal however seems to cover everything including wind tunnel, simulator use and technical design assistance.

Virgin has agreed a new technical partnership with McLaren.

The deal will see some McLaren staff work on the development of Virgin’s cars.

It will also allow Virgin to use McLaren’s wind tunnel, testing rigs, simulator, computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and computer aided manufacturing (CAE) systems.

It marks a move away from Virgin’s all-CFD design approach pursued under previous technical director Nick Wirth, who left the team last month.

McLaren already has a technical partnership with Force India. However this deal will not see Virgin use the same engine and gearbox as McLaren – they will remain customers of Cosworth.

Virgin’s chief executive officer Andy Webb said: “Our technical partnership with McLaren is very exciting indeed. McLaren is one of the most prestigious and successful marques in Grand Prix racing history, with an enviable record of success over many years.

“We can benefit enormously from McLaren’s far-reaching techniques and capabilities and I have no doubt that this partnership will see us take the technical steps necessary to make a significant leap forwards.”

McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh said: “These properties are state-of-the-art, and we confidently therefore expect Marussia Virgin Racing to derive significant benefits from them.”

Virgin also announced it has purchased its former technical partner Wirth Racing Technologies, based at Banbury in Oxfordshire. Webb indicated the team would consolidate its multiple bases in the near future:

“Our acquisition of the WRT Formula One business ensures continuity of technical infrastructure for the period ahead, which means that the transition to working with our new technical partner can begin immediately and is not frustrated by logistical considerations.

“Our three-centre operation has served us well in our formative years but our ambitions for the future will rely on the full might of the team coming together under one roof.”

He added: “With Pat Symonds’ continued involvement in the technical programme, we are confident that we have made all the right moves towards a successful future for Marussia Virgin Racing and we now head into one of the most important events for our team, the British Grand Prix, with renewed confidence and a great deal of excitement about the future.”

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Post by François » 04 Jul 2011, 13:20

f1heronomus wrote:Interesting deal that Hispania... here is also but think same info: http://racingnewsflash.com/content/hispania-racing-sold

Now it looks like the initial reports weren't quite right: it's actually a Spanish investment company that has bought a controlling stake from owner Carabante. No mention of anything Japanese.

http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/92839
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Post by phil1993 » 04 Jul 2011, 13:33

Williams will use Renault engines next season

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Post by François » 04 Jul 2011, 13:44

Excellent news for both. :)
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Post by iceman1 » 04 Jul 2011, 15:55

I hope it's the beginning of a more competitive era for Williams.

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Post by F1Fan88 » 05 Jul 2011, 11:28

Cosworth won't be best pleased. They lost Lotus last year, and now the deal with Williams has gone west. Do they have any serious future in F1?

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Post by phil1993 » 05 Jul 2011, 13:29

Barrichello is keen on extending his contract into next year, as are his team
McLaren retain Paffett as their official test & reserve driver into next year

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Post by cformula1 » 05 Jul 2011, 16:40

The Williams-Renault deal is good news, and hopefully will mark the start of a more successful era for Williams.
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Post by phil1993 » 05 Jul 2011, 16:44

cformula1 wrote:The Williams-Renault deal is good news, and hopefully will mark the start of a more successful era for Williams.


Hopefully. But I can't see it for many years. McLaren & Ferrari will always be fighting at the top. Red Bull should be around until 2013 at least, every team has a period of dominance and theirs will end eventually. Renault & Mercedes in their previous guises have been there, done that. But Williams are desperately trying to halt a downwards spiral and their pace this year had quite frankly been shocking. I thought 2010 was something of a revival but it hasn't worked out that way. The suggestion is that Renault could pull the plug on its team and collaborate with Williams (because Renault isn't really Renault anyway) and that might be the best option for Williams. They've gone a long time without success.

Next year for them, good progress would be 6th in the WCC (just getting back to 2010 level). This year, they're looking down the barrel of a 9th place finish as the top 6 are too far ahead, whilst catching Force India and even Toro Rosso is looking tricky. With the changes they've made, there's a chance of that but I can't help but feel that Sam Michaels was wasted in his role through trying to do too much. Yes, his cars have sucked but thats not his fault if, as Frank puts it, he's doing too many jobs. He needs to focus solely on his own job.

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Post by iceman1 » 05 Jul 2011, 19:42

I understand from a trusted source that Hispania are negotiating with former GP2 driver Javier Villa. The team wants to replace Tonio Liuzzi, though Villa only wants at this time a Friday/3rd driver role.

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