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Posted on Friday, July 6, 2012

Vettel denies safety car conspiracy theory

Sebastian Vettel has denied ever suggesting the FIA deployed the safety car at Valencia as a deliberate ploy to spoil his race. The reigning world champion, and Red Bull's Dr Helmut Marko, were quoted after the recent European grand prix as implying that Charlie Whiting only neutralised the race to deliberately curb Vettel's runaway race lead. Shortly after the safety car period, ostensibly to clear crash debris from the track, the furious Vettel's RB8 failed. Asked about his reported conspiracy theory, the German said on […]

Posted on Tuesday, June 26, 2012

No DRS rule for yellow flags

Charlie Whiting has defended the decision to let Michael Schumacher keep his Valencia podium. After Mark Webber spotted the Mercedes with its DRS rear wing being deployed within a yellow flag zone, Red Bull pushed hard for Schumacher to be penalised. The stewards conducted a detailed post-race investigation but ultimately ruled that Schumacher deserved the first top-three podium finish of his comeback career. "The stewards noted that the driver (made) a significant reduction in speed on entering the double waved flag zone," the report read. […]

Posted on Thursday, June 14, 2012

Report reveals McLaren tyre temperature trick

McLaren is the inventor of a clever system that is helping Lewis Hamilton at the front of the F1 field at present. Germany's Auto Motor und Sport, with the collaboration of renowned F1 technical illustrator Giorgio Piola, said the British team is using a system that controls the flow of heat from the brakes into the difficult-to-manage Pirelli tyres. So in a season in which a degree or two in temperature can bring a tyre in or out of Pirelli's tiny 'window' of performance, the […]

Posted on Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Whiting happy after Austin circuit inspection

Charlie Whiting sounded happy after inspecting Austin's new Formula One circuit early this week. The FIA's race director, who is also in charge of homologating the venues ahead of their respective grands prix, touched down in Texas immediately after the weekend's race in Canada. The Circuit of the Americas is still under construction, and has been subject to delays, legal trouble and intense speculation that its inaugural race in November might be in danger. But Briton Whiting said after his inspection: "It is clear that […]

Posted on Saturday, June 9, 2012

FIA tells Red Bull to change brake cooling design

The widely-reported 'floor holes' were not the only technical feature on Red Bull's 2012 car to have caught the FIA's attention recently. The reigning world champions were told by F1's governing body after Monaco that its floor design does not comply with a new directive issued by Charlie Whiting. But Auto Motor und Sport reports that the energy drink-owned team has had to make yet another modification. "The FIA has discovered another illegal detail on the Red Bull," the German report said on Friday. The […]

Posted on Monday, June 4, 2012

Floor ruling won't hurt Red Bull

Red Bull has denied claims the 'floor hole' saga will hurt the team's performance in Canada this weekend. Despite team boss Christian Horner insisting the RB8 was fully legal when Mark Webber won the recent Monaco grand prix, the FIA has ruled that the holes in the floor ahead of the rear wheels were in fact not compliant with the rules. "There are other cars running in similar situations," Horner was quoted by the Mirror. "As I say, we're totally comfortable with the car, that […]

Posted on Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Whiting: FIA had to disqualify Hamilton in Spain

Charlie Whiting has defended the decision in Spain to move Lewis Hamilton from pole to the very rear of the grid. Although McLaren was widely criticised for making a grave error, the stewards' penalty was at the same time described by the world's press as "draconian". "Quite frankly I did not expect the penalty that we received," said McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh. Indeed, given that McLaren's fuel indiscretion occurred only in the decisive Q3, why not simply delete Hamilton's Q3 laptimes, thereby putting the […]

Posted on Saturday, May 12, 2012

Hamilton lucky to escape Bahrain penalty says Whiting

Lewis Hamilton on Friday was told he was lucky to escape penalty in Bahrain. Nico Rosberg's defensive driving got the lion's share of the media attention three weeks ago, but in fact it was Hamilton's pass on the Mercedes that was a more contentious topic during Friday's drivers' briefing in Barcelona. Germany's Auto Motor und Sport reported that the topic was discussed between the drivers and the FIA's Charlie Whiting for no less than fifty minutes. "In the end, it was resolved that Rosberg did […]

Posted on Thursday, April 19, 2012

Monaco announces safety improvements

FIA - Ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix in May, the Automobile Club de Monaco has announced that following consultation with FIA Technical Director Charlie Whiting, it will make a number of changes to the circuit in a bid to improve safety. Following the 2011 race, Whiting made a number of requests and the circuit today announced that it will implement the changes. Chief among the modifications is that in the wake of Sergio Perez’s accident at the Noevelle Chicane following a loss of control […]

Posted on Friday, April 13, 2012

Lotus move on from 'DDRS' protest

Lotus technical director James Allison confirmed his team accepts the ruling of the stewards in China regarding the legality of the Mercedes DRS. Speaking in the Friday press conference Allison confirmed that his team will move on from the rejected protest and study whether or not to integrate a similar system into the Lotus E20. “[We will] get on with looking at what possibilities are open, having accept that this is a perfectly OK system to put on the car.” Allison added that for technical […]

Posted on Thursday, April 12, 2012

Stewards declare Mercedes legal

FIA - Following an appeal from Lotus, stewards at the Chinese Grand Prix have ruled the blown wing system operated by Mercedes does not contravene F1’s technical regulations. The Mercedes system has been a subject of much speculation during the opening rounds of the Championship with race director and head of the FIA technical department Charlie Whiting called on several times to offer an opinion as to its validity. Whiting has repeatedly stated a view that he regards the system to be legal. Today in […]

Posted on Thursday, April 12, 2012

Lotus preparing F-duct protest in China

Two publications are reporting strong rumours that Lotus is preparing an official protest against Mercedes' controversial F-duct system. Germany's specialist Auto Motor und Sport said the Enstone based team could file the protest in Shanghai on Thursday, following stalemate meetings last week between technical directors and the FIA's Charlie Whiting. The report said Red Bull has gone "surprisingly quiet" on the F-duct issue, "probably because they have been working on their own system". "Even Sauber's engineers are thinking about how to integrate the system on […]