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Posted on Monday, August 6, 2012

Lotus pushing to debut 'double DRS' at Spa

Technical boss James Allison has confirmed speculation Lotus intends to debut its so-called 'double DRS' system in Belgium next month. On British broadcaster Sky's 'F1 Show', television pundit Ted Kravitz explained that - unlike Mercedes' pioneering device - the Lotus version is in fact not attached to the rear wing DRS. He said Lotus actually calls it the "F-duct". "(In a race) you can only use DRS at one point on the circuit, where they'll have this straightline speed boost at pretty much any point […]

Posted on Friday, August 3, 2012

McLaren working on 'double DRS' system

McLaren looks set to be the next team with a 'double DRS'-like system aboard its 2012 car. After Mercedes and then Lotus pioneered the straightline speed-boosting concept this season, it emerged that the FIA intends to ban it for 2013 and beyond. But according to sporting director Sam Michael, work is well underway on a McLaren version. "It's not like the Lotus one, but we are studying such a system," the Australian is quoted by the Italian website f1passion.it. Michael said he is not sure […]

Posted on Wednesday, August 1, 2012

'Double DRS' to be banned for 2013

The technical concept known in the paddock this year as 'double DRS' looks set to be banned for 2013. Mercedes debuted the controversial straightline speed-boosting concept earlier this year, moving Lotus to lodge an official protest. But instead of taking the FIA's decision to allow Mercedes to keep the system to the international court of appeal, Lotus emerged with a new interpretation of 'double DRS' during practice at Hockenheim recently. The team practiced with the system on Kimi Raikkonen's car again at the Hungaroring, technical […]

Posted on Friday, July 27, 2012

Grosjean not upset about 'super DRS' snub

Romain Grosjean insists he is not upset about not getting his hands on Lotus' new 'super DRS' system. Last week at Hockenheim, only Kimi Raikkonen's black and gold E20 was fitted with the top speed-boosting prototype in practice. And the system will return to Raikkonen's car for more testing this weekend in Hungary. "We are definitely trying it again here," Frenchman Grosjean said in Hungary when asked about the Mercedes-like system. "Kimi will have it on his car, not me," he clarified, according to Auto […]

Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012

Lotus using 'double DRS' at Hockenheim

Lotus is testing a Mercedes-style 'double DRS' concept this weekend at Hockenheim. Britain's BBC, and Germany's Auto Motor und Sport, revealed on Friday that the system is currently featured only on Kimi Raikkonen's car. It is believed the concept is different to Mercedes', with air ducts running on either side of the engine intake, funnelling from front to rear. It is not clear whether the activation is linked to 'DRS', or whether the system simply triggers at a certain speed, but it is believed the […]

Posted on Friday, July 13, 2012

Raikkonen: There’s no reason why we shouldn’t be fighting for another podium

He’s never won in Germany - whether in the European or German Grand Prix - the latter of which has seen Kimi Räikkönen retire six times. Can this finally be the year for the Iceman at Hockenheim? Do you have everything you need to be successful at Hockenheim? Yes. We’ve got a good car, we understand the tyres quite well, we’ve shown that we can be fast and race well... there’s no reason why we shouldn’t be fighting for another podium. What is it about […]

Posted on Monday, July 2, 2012

The British Grand Prix from a tyre point of view

After three consecutive street circuits, Formula One returns to one of the most traditional permanent tracks of the year at Silverstone. For Pirelli, this can be considered a second home race, as the company’s motorsport hub is located in Didcot, only around an hour away. During free practice on Friday, the teams will have the opportunity to test a new hard P Zero compound that is under development for the future. Pirelli tried out a number of experimental compounds during last year’s free practice sessions, […]

Posted on Friday, June 29, 2012

Politics making life 'difficult' for Red Bull says Marko

Dr Helmut Marko insists life in the F1 paddock for Red Bull has become "really difficult" in recent times. The energy drink owned team has dominated the sport recent and is the reigning double champion, and according to owner Dietrich Mateschitz's right-hand man, that is the source of the negative rumblings. There have been suggestions of cost-agreement cheating, regular technical infringements, and at Valencia recently both Marko and Sebastian Vettel suggested that the safety car was deployed chiefly to spoil Vettel's big lead. Marko even […]

Posted on Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Red Bull calls for 'DRS under yellows' clarification

Red Bull has called for a clarification about how the DRS overtaking system can be used whilst yellow flags are being waved. The stewards conducted a three-hour investigation after Mark Webber spotted Mercedes' Michael Schumacher using his 'DRS' inside a yellow flag zone at Valencia late last Sunday. Ultimately, the officials let Schumacher keep his first podium for more than 2000 days, Charlie Whiting arguing that "the decisive element" is not whether the DRS flap is open but "whether the driver has slowed or not". […]

Posted on Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Valencia hosted second most passes of 2012

Written off beforehand as a 'boring' race, Valencia in fact hosted a frenzy of overtaking manoeuvres last Sunday. Before the race, Jenson Button and Mark Webber wrote off their chances of climbing through the field on the basis that passing is always almost impossible between the Spanish street layout's concrete barriers. But the Finnish newspaper Turun Sanomat has counted up the genuine passing moves in Sunday's race, and the tally is 58 -- second only to China in 2012. Last year in Valencia, and with […]

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 Saturday, June 23, 2012

Vettel takes pole in Valencia

Sebastian Vettel has taken pole position for the European Grand Prix in dominant fashion. Vettel, 24, set his lap time of 1:38.086 at the end of the ten minute Q3 session to beat Lewis Hamilton by three tenths of a second during a qualifying session that was the closest since the current format was introduced in 2006. Such was the intensity of Q2 that both Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa were knocked out and will start eleventh and thirteenth respectively, despite setting a time less […]