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Posted on Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Whiting: Baku to be a 'faster' Singapore

Formula 1 Race Director Charlie Whiting is adamant that the Baku City Circuit will be ready for Formula 1's visit next month and has compared the layout to a faster version of the Singapore track. Azerbaijan will join the calendar under the European Grand Prix banner, with the race to be held around the streets of the capital Baku. Whiting has visited the venue several times ahead of its inaugural race in June. "The circuit will be ready," he said. "You can see the quality […]

Posted on Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Whiting: Red Bull should have followed FIA

Formula 1 race director Charlie Whiting says that Red Bull should have followed the FIA's advice over Daniel Ricciardo's fuel flow rate during the Australian Grand Prix. Ricciardo finished in second place on his Red Bull debut but the stewards discovered that his RB10 had exceeded the 100kg/hr fuel flow rate during the race. Ricciardo was consequently excluded from the race. Red Bull will appeal the decision with team principal Christian Horner insisting that Ricciardo remained within the limit across the duration of the weekend. […]

Posted on Thursday, March 13, 2014

Concerns raised over starting procedure

Formula 1 race director Charlie Whiting has admitted that there are added concerns about the start procedure at this weekend's Australian Grand Prix. Several teams have struggled to complete practice starts during pre-season testing and Whiting concedes that there is a high potential for stalled cars at the start of the forthcoming race. "I've been told that some cars haven't actually done a practice start yet," Whiting said ahead of this weekend's curtain raiser. "I'm sure they'll be doing lots here at the pit exit, […]

Posted on Thursday, March 13, 2014

Whiting warns teams over fuel consumption

Formula 1 race director Charlie Whiting has warned that there will be zero tolerance over the fuel consumption limit ahead of this weekend's Australian Grand Prix. Teams must use no more than 100kg of fuel across the course of the race and Whiting has warned that any team stepping over the limit will face disqualification. "The 100kg is the maximum and, if they go over, they have exceeded the limit and there is no tolerance," he said. "We are confident of the meter's accuracy," he […]

Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Whiting: New rules will stop 'ugly' noses for 2015

F1's governing body will move to stop 'ugly' noses ahead of the 2015 season. Drivers, fans and even the designers have expressed dismay at the aesthetics of this year's new cars, after a change to the nose-height regulations on safety grounds for 2014. But the FIA also expressed doubts about the safety of the new solutions, believing that while the designs conform to the letter of the rules, the 'spirit' has been less well observed. "As rule makers, we cannot get into how the nose […]

Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013

FIA backs Vettel amid cheat claims

The FIA has backed Sebastian Vettel amid claims he is strolling to the 2013 title with a questionably-legal Red Bull. Red Bull's Dr Helmut Marko has already dismissed the claims the RB9 is mimicking illegal traction control as "nonsense". But former F1 team owner Giancarlo Minardi had said he saw and heard evidence with his own eyes and ears recently in Singapore, when Vettel was putting down the power 50 metres earlier than his rivals, while the Renault engine emitted traction control-like tones. However, F1 […]

Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013

Whiting inspects Mexican Grand Prix venue

Formula 1 race director Charlie Whiting has visited the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez ahead of the potential return of the Mexican Grand Prix in 2014. Mexico was listed as a provisional race on the 2014 calendar, with a draft schedule distributed to Formula 1 team bosses at last weekend's Italian Grand Prix. Federico Alamán, the director of the event's group OCESA, Tavo Hellmund, who was initially involved in the Circuit of the Americas, and FIA Vice President Jorge Abed also attended. Johannes Hogrebe, a colleague of […]

Posted on Saturday, July 6, 2013

Vettel prepares for long haul on home asphalt

The Nuerburgring is famous for its 21-kilometre long Nordschleife circuit and although Sunday's German Grand Prix will be raced on the much shorter new track, world champion Sebastian Vettel is in for the long haul. The German Red Bull driver, who leads the standings as he bids for a fourth straight Formula One title, was beaten to pole position by Lewis Hamilton in the Mercedes but believes his home race is far from decided. "We have 60 laps, it is a long grand prix, a […]

Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013

British Grand Prix was almost suspended - Whiting

Formula 1 race director Charlie Whiting says he came very close to red flagging the British Grand Prix. Five drivers suffered tyre blowouts during the 52 lap race and Whiting says he came close to halting the action. "It was quite close to being red-flagged; it did occur to me to do that," he said. "Obviously to clear up all that debris was putting marshals at risk, and it is not satisfactory. We haven't seen a failure like this before; we have seen other types […]

Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013

2014 F1 cars to be much heavier

Formula One cars will be much heavier in 2014, according to a report in the German newspaper Bild. The report by correspondent Frank Schneider said the V6 engines and related energy-recovery systems and batteries will make the 2014 machines weigh 50 kilograms more. "It will certainly be a big change," world champion Sebastian Vettel is quoted as saying, "and very different to drive." However, the 50kg calculation may not be as simple as that. Although the current V8s weigh just 95kg, while next year's V6s […]

Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2013

FIA sets out case against Mercedes

The FIA insists that Mercedes did not have permission to run a 2013 car during their test following the Spanish Grand Prix. "Whether or not [Charlie] Whiting consented, it is irrelevant, because testing in relation to Article 22 is a breach, unless it [a rule change] is granted by the World Motor Sport Council," said the FIA's lawyer, Mark Howard QC, according to Autosport. "Whiting was asked a general and non-specific question - the general question on the permissibility of using a 2013 car." "His preliminary […]

Posted on Thursday, June 13, 2013

Todt moving to replace Whiting with Ascanelli

While the FIA readies to analyse a possible breach of the official rules, Germany's Sport Bild claims Mercedes also broke an explicit gentleman's agreement between the teams when it ran its 'secret' test in May. The magazine published a copy of the signed 'Testing Agreement 2013', featuring the signature of every team boss, including the under-fire Ross Brawn. The document shows that F1's eleven teams agreed that in the event Pirelli wanted to run development testing for 2014, any test would have to be jointly […]