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Posted on Thursday, December 8, 2011

2012 FIA regulations highlights with James Allison

Following the announcement of the FIA's 2012 season Technical and Sporting Regulations, Lotus Renault GP's Technical Director James Allison explained some of the key changes we can expect to see in 2012. Part one is featured below, with part two soon to follow. Lower Noses The car noses are lowered to 550mm above the reference plane (previously they could be 625mm high). This is to ensure that all parts of the nose are definitely below the height of the cockpit sides in the event of […]

Posted on Sunday, November 27, 2011

Charles Pic-ked by Marrussia for 2012

Today, after the Brazilian Grand Prix, Marussia Virgin Racing announced that French driver Charles Pic, will race for the team in 2012 alongside Germany’s Timo Glock. The 21-year-old had already tested for the team last week at the Young Driver Test in Abu Dhabi and had impressed the team during the test. Pic spent the past two seasons competing in GP2 and in 2011 he ended the year in fourth place with two wins, three pole positions and five podium finishes. From 2008-2009 he raced […]

Posted on Friday, November 11, 2011

Crucial FOTA meeting called off in Abu Dhabi

Formula one bosses have called off a crucial meeting in the paddock of the Abu Dhabi grand prix. Ahead of the tricky Concorde Agreement negotiations, and amid the unknown future of the cost-cutting agreement and the entire FOTA alliance, the bosses had planned to get together at the Yas Marina venue. "The crucial meeting was cancelled at the last minute and moved to Brazil," reported Auto Motor und Sport. The German report said the decision was made by FOTA chairman Martin Whitmarsh because Red Bull, […]

Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2011

Will Kimi Raikkonen return?

Kimi sells. That’s a fact. Even after two seasons outside of Formula One, he’s popular. So I know what you’re thinking. ‘Oh, another article speculating whether Kimi Raikkonen will return to Formula One with Williams, blah blah blah, make up a conclusion saying he will or he won’t return’ But I don’t know. That is the truth. And anyone that says they do know is lying. Because they don’t know either. The only man who knows, is Kimi Raikkonen. And would you even be certain […]

Posted on Monday, September 26, 2011

Hail the youngest double world Champion

It was the most boring race of the year but still way better than some races in 2010, as you would appreciate. That only tells you how terrific season we have been having. Now it will be enough for Sebastian Vettel to grab only one point to be crowned as World Champion. Therefore, there is not much left to say for that front. Vettel is about to take what he deserves. Totally. But the real race will continue as it is for the runner-up spot […]

Posted on Monday, June 20, 2011

BBC 'unwise' to consider F1 axe - Whitmarsh

Jun.20 (GMM) It would be "sad" and "unwise" if reports the BBC is considering dropping its live coverage of formula one in Britain are true.

That is the claim of McLaren and FOTA chief Martin Whitmarsh, following the Sunday Times article about the br...

Posted on Sunday, June 19, 2011

BBC F1 axe reports 'inaccurate' - anchor

Jun.19 (GMM) The BBC's F1 anchor Jake Humphrey has dismissed reports the British broadcaster is looking to drop its coverage of the sport beyond 2013.

The Sunday Times, citing "senior sources", is reporting that BBC chiefs are aiming to use the money...

Posted on Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Rumours swirl about Kubica, Heidfeld, Grosjean

Jun.1 (GMM) Amid suggestions Renault is disappointed with Nick Heidfeld's recent form, the name Roman Grosjean has returned to the F1 rumour mill.

The Swiss-born Frenchman had a poor start to his F1 career amid the 'crashgate' scandal with Renault in...

Posted on Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Ferrari F150 – Front brakes

Ferrari F150 front brake ducts are inclined downwards to receive air coming under the front wing’s flaps. Additionally the inlet is divided into two openings, one large to feed the brake disc with fresh air and another one smaller to cool down the rest brake components (pads). Other teams, for instance Red Bull and Sauber, prefer to run twin ducts instead of one. The winglet behind the duct helps to reduce turbulence inside the wheel profile. Lastly all the braking components are enclosed inside a […]

Posted on Sunday, March 20, 2011

Flashes from the past - F1 in the 1960s: part 3

Finally, we are into the third and final part of this article series. Here, I will be discussing about a few other aspects featuring in the 1960s: Constructors: There were as many as 31 teams taking part in the 1960s. As the below stats indicate; Lotus, Ferrari, BRM, Brabham, Cooper were some of the biggest teams in this decade with lots of innovative solutions in car design leading to large performance swings among these teams. Matra too were quite effective in their short stint towards […]

Posted on Sunday, March 6, 2011

Flashes from the past- F1 in the 1960s- part 2

Now we move onto the second article of the series, this article stresses on safety features introduced into F1. SAFETY: One would assume that safety has always been given prime importance in Formula 1. That actually hasn’t been the case. F1 was a sport for the elite- for those who were not just fast but more importantly had a Do-or-Die attitude, fully aware of the risks and a probability of not coming out of a race in full health. It was only during the 1960s […]

Posted on Saturday, February 26, 2011

Flashes from the past: F1 in the 1960s - Part 1

Here starts a 4 part article series covering some important aspects of this decade in Formula 1. Over the years, F1 has become more truly a global sport with circuits in all different parts of the world. Though it was considered a global sport 5 decades back, but its presence was felt mainly in the western hemisphere with all tracks being in that half of the world. Even now, most of the audiences are Europe based, but slowly it has begun to increase in Asia. […]