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Posted on Friday, April 6, 2012

Brawn admits 'cheap' F-duct not easily copied

Ross Brawn has confirmed reports that Mercedes' 2012 'F-duct' will not be easily copied by rival teams. We reported on Thursday that while Red Bull and now Ferrari worked quickly to copy Sauber's clever exhaust solution, they are crying foul over the Mercedes F-duct. Is it because they really believe it breaks the rules, or is the system simply difficult to copy? Red Bull designer Adrian Newey was quoted by Brazilian O Estado de S.Paulo newspaper in Malaysia: "In regard to the aerodynamic (F) duct […]

Posted on Friday, April 6, 2012

Whiting admits exhaust rule tweak likely for 2013

Charlie Whiting has admitted F1's governing body will likely have to change the exhaust rules yet again for 2013. Led by technical delegate Whiting, the FIA clamped down hard for this season on the sort of 'exhaust blown diffuser' layouts that had become widespread last year. New exhaust layout rules, combined with new restrictions on engine mapping, have made it much more difficult for teams to achieve an aerodynamic effect from the fast-moving hot gases produced by the engine. "We are aware, however, that they […]

Posted on Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Updated Ferrari to take cues from Sauber

Ferrari is planning to follow Sauber's lead when the first major development of the disappointing F2012 car is unveiled soon. "No doubt about it," Fernando Alonso said after winning the Malaysian grand prix, "they (Sauber) were quicker than us." The Italian magazine Autosprint have mischievously christened the updated Ferrari a 'Ferrauber', explaining that the rear of the 'B' F2012 will be very similar to Sauber's impressive C31. Right at the end of the pre-season test period, Red Bull rolled out a Sauber-esque solution at the […]

Posted on Sunday, March 25, 2012

Ferrari joins 'anti W-duct' war

A third major team has joined the crusade against Mercedes' so-nicknamed 'W-duct' innovation. Until now, only Red Bull and Lotus were pushing hard for the FIA to ban the drag-reducing system that Britain's Sky television is calling 'Super-dooper DRS'. Auto Motor und Sport reports that Ferrari has now joined the anti W-duct group, providing a new argument about why a driver is not permitted to activate a separate system by pressing the 'DRS' button on the steering wheel. "So far I have heard nothing that […]

Posted on Friday, March 23, 2012

Red Bull admits dominant era over

Make no mistake, the era of Red Bull's utter dominance is over. After McLaren ruled over last weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix, Friday in Malaysia indicated the British team will stay on top in the Sepang heat. Over a single lap, world champion Sebastian Vettel admitted to Germany's Auto Motor und Sport: "McLaren is too strong for us." On long runs, Adrian Newey's RB8 is closer. "This is the positive aspect of the day," said Dr Helmut Marko on Friday. "We have not managed to balance […]

Posted on Friday, March 23, 2012

FIA says Red Bull engine trick not illegal

F1's governing body has cleared Red Bull and Renault following accusations they are deploying an 'illegal engine trick'. Reports suggested Mercedes, having analysed sound recordings of the Red Bull RB8 in Melbourne, suspected the 'trick' of cutting more than the allowed four cylinders in corners was not legal. "As far as we are concerned, it's legal," said the FIA's Charlie Whiting in Malaysia. There was some good news for Mercedes at Sepang, however, as its W03 passed pre-race scrutineering despite Red Bull and Lotus continuing […]

Posted on Sunday, March 11, 2012

Charlie Whiting’s Q&A on new rules for the 2012 F1 season

Q: Why has a four-hour total time limit been put on Grands Prix? CW: Last season the race in Montreal went on for four hours and four minutes. A race really should not go on longer than that. Should four hours elapse during a future race, drivers will receive a signal telling them they have one more lap before the chequered flag. Q: Race stewards will now be able to investigate an incident without first reporting it to the race director. Why is the system […]

Posted on Thursday, February 9, 2012

Whiting says 2012 exhaust layouts 'legal'

Charlie Whiting has given the 2012 cars at the Jerez test this week an early clean bill of health. It was reported the FIA's technical delegate decided to attend the opening test of the 2012 pre-season amid speculation the teams may have overstepped the mark with their new exhaust layouts. Exhaust-blown diffusers have been banned for this season, but the early signs were that teams had been clever in their interpretation of the new rules to maintain an aerodynamic benefit. "At the moment they're all […]

Posted on Friday, February 3, 2012

Whiting to attend Jerez amid legality rumours

The teams, the fans and the world's media will not be the only ones with their eyes firmly on the action at Jerez next week. It is rumoured Charlie Whiting, the technical delegate of formula one's governing FIA, has scheduled to attend the first test of the 2012 pre-season. The news follows speculation some teams are flying too close to the limits of the regulations with their new cars, notwithstanding the banning of blown exhausts. At the launch of the new McLaren, for instance, the […]

Posted on Friday, December 30, 2011

Lauda: DRS not right for F1

The system, which allows a chasing driver to move a flap in the rear wing and increase top speed when he is close to his rival, is set to be retained and even ramped up for next season. The BBC reports that in Melbourne next March, for instance, there could be two DRS zones, while other zones - like at Valencia - will be extended. The system was designed by a working group including McLaren's technical director Paddy Lowe, who insists DRS was a good […]

Posted on Thursday, October 13, 2011

F1 world expecting much better Korea GP

The F1 world can expect a much better experience at the Korean grand prix this weekend. When the barely-finished Yeongham venue hosted its inaugural race a year ago, officials, drivers, team members and journalists bemoaned the sub-standard facilities and organisation. Another bone of contention was the so-called 'love motels' accommodation, normally frequented by prostitutes and their clients. "Last year, we had many difficult problems holding the very first Korean grand prix," race chairman Park Joon-yung told the local JoongAng daily. "However, based on the experience […]

Posted on Saturday, October 8, 2011

Alonso: Hamilton penalties 'not bad luck'

After a week of speculation, the special 'Lewis Hamilton meeting' between his rivals and Charlie Whiting did not take place at Suzuka. But the rumblings about the 2008 world champion's driving antics in 2011 continue in the Suzuka paddock. After their disastrous season as McLaren teammates, Fernando Alonso is now reluctant to talk about 2007, sometimes insisting that he actually had no problems at all with the Briton. But when probed on Hamilton's apparently too-aggressive style of 2011, the Spaniard told Autosprint: "To me, an […]