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Posted on Sunday, October 14, 2012

Perfect day for Red Bull

The Korean Grand Prix turned out to be a perfect day for Red Bull Racing as the team claimed a first 1-2 finish of the season. Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel locked out the front row in qualifying, although their positions were reversed in the race, meaning that Vettel takes the championship lead for the first time since the Spanish Grand Prix. "I think it was a perfect day for me and the team. It was important to get a good start. I was able […]

Posted on Sunday, October 14, 2012

Button critical of Sauber drivers

Jenson Button criticised both Sauber drivers for their aggressive action at the start of the race. Button was hit by Perez at Turn 1 and, terminally, by Kobayashi at Turn 3. "It seems both Sauber drivers think the first lap of the race is the only lap. They have got a great car underneath them and could score such great points here if they just kept their heads together. I don't know what they were doing", he told BBC Sport. "I got a really good start and […]

Posted on Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Red Bull boost due to exhaust, not DRS

It is simplistic to say Red Bull has sped into the 2012 title favourites' role due to its new 'double DRS' device. As Sebastian Vettel closed the championship gap to Fernando Alonso to just 4 points with wins in Singapore and Suzuka, it had emerged that his RB8 was equipped with a new top speed-boosting system. "As with all these things, there's never a silver bullet and I think it would be very difficult to say the car's performance here is purely down to a […]

Posted on Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Lotus sidelines 'double DRS' for now

Lotus has sidelined its 'double DRS' system for now. While Red Bull quickly got its similar concept up and running to great effect with wins in Singapore and Japan, Lotus has been trying for several grands prix to fine-tune its version. The Enstone based team intended to finally debut it at Suzuka, but engineers failed to get it working properly in free practice. "It hasn't been easy," technical director James Allison is quoted by Germany's Auto Motor und Sport. "It's been harder than expected to […]

Posted on Monday, October 8, 2012

Vettel races into title hot seat with Red Bull 'double DRS'

The final five races of the 2012 season will likely stage a head-to-head contest between Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel, with the protagonists each pushing to add a prestigious third crown to their tallies. Mathematically, however, there are plenty of contenders still in the running, including Kimi Raikkonen, Lewis Hamilton, Mark Webber, Jenson Button, Nico Rosberg and even the beleaguered Romain Grosjean and Felipe Massa. But Bild newspaper confidently predicts German Vettel "will be world champion" after he won so dominantly from pole at Suzuka, […]

Posted on Thursday, October 4, 2012

McLaren to Lack One Lap Pace in 2013?

Naturally there has been a lot of talk the past week or so since it was confirmed Lewis Hamilton was leaving McLaren for Mercedes. Is this a good move for Lewis? Can Mercedes build a winning car? Will it bring him more championships? Why did he leave? Etc. But there’s been less talk about what this means for McLaren with Hamilton's replacement being confirmed as Sergio Perez. There’s a point I’d just like to make: They no longer have a driver with brilliant one lap […]

Posted on Thursday, September 27, 2012

Stepped noses and Double DRS out for 2013

The introduction of stepped noses in Formula One at the start of 2012 shocked many but it appears that they could be on their way out ahead of the 2013 season. The FIA released the 2013 technical regulations and stated that a 'modesty panel' can be used to smooth the transition between the low nose and the high chassis at the front of the car. The new rules will not affect the car’s aerodynamics or impact-protection properties. Article 3.7.9 of the regulations states that 'an […]

Posted on Wednesday, September 26, 2012

'Double DRS' has slowed Lotus' development

Lotus may have ploughed too much effort into its 'double DRS' system. That is the claim of former Finnish F1 driver Mika Salo, who is worried his countryman Kimi Raikkonen could lose his shot at the 2012 title. Usually a front-runner this season and still in the hunt for the title, Raikkonen qualified a poor twelfth in Singapore before battling up to sixth at the finish. Lotus has been pushing hard to ready its straightline speed-boosting 'double DRS' concept, which could finally make its grand […]

Posted on Sunday, September 23, 2012

F1 considers 2013 'shark fin' for driver identification

F1 cars could be fitted with a mandatory engine cover 'shark fin' next year. The move would be designed to help television viewers and trackside spectators easier identify the drivers, in the era of deep cockpits and ever-changing helmet designs. Mercedes tested the 'shark fin' solution at the recent Magny Cours test. On the German squad's test car, the shark fin featured the drivers' race number, his national flag and his three-letter F1 initial. "The teams have been working for some time on how to […]

Posted on Monday, September 17, 2012

Hamilton: We can take the fight to Alonso

Lewis Hamilton has brushed aside talk about his contract to emphasise that he and his McLaren team can overturn a thirty seven point deficit to Fernando Alonso in the championship. McLaren has won the previous three races, with Hamilton claiming victory in Hungary and Italy. "After winning in Hungary and Monza, I head to Singapore full of positivity and optimism that we can take the title fight to Fernando [Alonso]", he said. "I enjoy the Marina Bay circuit in the same way that I like […]

Posted on Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Ferrari using foot-activated 'DRS' pedal

Ferrari is using a clever foot-activated switch to trigger the drag-shedding 'DRS' system in 2012, it has emerged. Germany's Auto Motor und Sport said drivers for most other teams trigger the rear wing flap with a button on the steering wheel. But renowned F1 technical illustrator Giorgio Piola has learned that, when Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa are between corners and therefore not braking, their left foots can trigger 'DRS' with a switch to the left of the brake pedal. When they want to stop […]

Posted on Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Mercedes tests triple DRS at Magny Cours

Mercedes gave its new 'triple DRS' system a second outing at Magny Cours on Tuesday. During the recent Belgian grand prix weekend, we reported that the German squad had upped the ante on its innovative 'double DRS' concept of 2012 by testing what could be described as a 'triple DRS' iteration. Mercedes pioneered the straightline speed-boosting idea, but at recent grands prix Lotus has been trying to get a development of the concept up and running. The 'triple DRS' is Mercedes' answer to the Lotus […]