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Posted on Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Technical reshuffle at Mercedes

Mercedes has started a process of restructuring its technical team, Italy's Autosprint reports. The report said the Brackley based team's aerodynamics chief John Owen is moving up to be technical director. Owen's role is being filled by a new signing, Mike Elliot, who has joined from Lotus. Autosprint wonders, however, "What will happen with the trio (Aldo) Costa, (Geoff) Willis and (Bob) Bell?" At last count, the well-known trio held high-ranking technical roles at the carmaker-owned squad. Autosprint said Mercedes could be scaling-down.

Posted on Tuesday, May 8, 2012

F1's best will prevail in 2012 says Brawn

F1's current unbalance of power will eventually settle, leaving the best teams at the front of the pack. That is the view of Ross Brawn, despite Pirelli chief Paul Hembery predicting that Barcelona could crown a fifth different winning team and driver this weekend. But Mercedes chief Brawn thinks the thrills and spills will ultimate settle. "In the end, the best will prevail," he is quoted by Germany's Auto Motor und Sport, "because they will get it right with the tyres more often. "It may […]

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 Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Mercedes wing innovation called 'W-duct'

Paddock insiders already have a name for Mercedes' new front wing innovation -- 'W-duct'. We have reported that the German marque has already tested the F-duct style concept at the front of its newly-launched W03 car. The Finnish broadcaster MTV3, describing the system as 'W-duct', has provided some detail as to how it works. When the car is being driven in a straight line, air flows into the tip of the silver car's nose and is dispersed in a W-like pattern across the length of […]

Posted on Friday, January 13, 2012

Rosberg: Red Bull to lead 2012 despite new rules

Red Bull will continue to set the pace in Formula One, according to Nico Rosberg. With McLaren, Ferrari and even his own Mercedes team tipped to push the reigning champions hard in 2012, German Rosberg said he doubts the blown exhaust ban will slow Red Bull. "No matter what the rules look like, Red Bull will still be strong. "They have the expertise, the structure and all the requirements to keep being the best," he added. But Brackley based Mercedes, heading into its third season […]

Posted on Friday, November 11, 2011

Rosberg happy to stay patient with Mercedes

Mercedes aims to give Nico Rosberg a winning car soon, but the German is also learning to be patient. Now with more than 100 grands prix behind him, the 26-year-old is yet to record a single race victory and he has now re-signed with Mercedes for at least the next two or three seasons. Then called Brawn, the Brackley based team won the world championship with Jenson Button in 2009, but that was on the coat-tails of the hundreds of millions invested by Honda. Today […]

Posted on Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Schumacher extends Mercedes deal for 2013

Michael Schumacher has extended his Mercedes deal for another season, the German weekly Sport Bild reports. The 42-year-old's existing contract was set to run only until the end of next season, but Sport Bild said the seven time world champion is now staying at least until the end of 2013. "There is no reason why Michael should not continue," said team boss Ross Brawn. "He's very valuable to the team and has not lost his edge." Schumacher hinted that he is not yet ready to […]

Posted on Friday, October 14, 2011

F1 'distrust' threatens cost-curbing agreement

The inter-team agreement to curb costs in formula one is at a crossroads as the latest rumours sweep across the paddock. First it was Red Bull, but now Mercedes is the subject of the latest speculation about teams breaking the gentleman's agreement known as the FOTA-sponsored resource restriction agreement (RRA). The Mercedes rumours have gained strength since Mercedes signed Geoff Willis and Aldo Costa to join Mercedes' existing technical bosses Ross Brawn and Bob Bell. "Each of the teams and team principals continue to assure […]

Posted on Friday, October 7, 2011

Mercedes with 'a lot' of tech bosses

Mercedes' rivals on Friday admitted the Brackley based team is heading into the 2012 season with "a lot" of technical chiefs. Although they all now have different titles, former technical directors Ross Brawn (Ferrari), Bob Bell (Renault), Aldo Costa (Ferrari) and Geoff Willis (HRT) will all be involved with the design of Mercedes' next single seater. Sport Bild journalist Ralf Bach at Suzuka claimed it is a "new formula one record". "Yeah, that is a lot," agreed McLaren's Paddy Lowe. Renault's deputy technical director Naoki […]

Posted on Friday, September 30, 2011

Mercedes signs Costa and Willis

Mercedes GP on Friday confirmed reports ousted Ferrari technical boss Aldo Costa is reuniting with his former colleague Ross Brawn. And the Brackley based squad also announced that HRT's recently-departed Geoff Willis, who was with the German team in its Honda days until 2006, is joining up as technology director next month. Italian Costa, who worked under now Mercedes team boss Brawn at Ferrari some years ago, will start his new job as engineering director in December. Both Costa and Willis will report to technical […]

Posted on Friday, September 16, 2011

HRT to set up camp at Valencia harbour

HRT is set to select the port of Valencia as its new headquarters, according to the Spanish sports daily Marca. The newspaper said the back-of-the-grid Spanish team is targeting the harbourside site recently occupied by the BMW Oracle yacht racing outfit. Warning that the deal "is not done yet", Marca said HRT chose Valencia, the scene of the annual European grand prix, over other frontrunners including Madrid and Barcelona, and the factory of the sports car team Epsilon Euskadi. The report said HRT's new owner […]

Posted on Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Kolles could lose job in HRT management shuffle

Jun.28 (GMM) There are management changes afoot at the back-of-the-grid HRT team.

It was rumoured at Valencia last weekend that Geoff Willis, the Spanish team's technical director, could soon move into a higher management position.

At the same time,...