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Posted on Friday, October 11, 2013

Formula 1 paddock pays tribute to de Villota

Members of the Formula 1 paddock have been paying tribute to Maria de Villota, who has died at the age of 33. De Villota, who survived a horrific testing accident in 2012, was found dead in a hotel room in Seville. Jean Todt: FIA president: "Today is a tragic day for motor sport. My deepest condolences go to the De Villota family. Maria was a fantastic driver, a leading light for women in motor sport and a tireless campaigner for road safety. Above all, she […]

Posted on Thursday, June 6, 2013

No more tyre tweaks in 2013 says Hembery

If Pirelli's tyre tweak is introduced for Silverstone, it will almost certainly be the last change in 2013, Paul Hembery has revealed. Following criticism of the four-stop strategies seen at times early this season, the Italian marque wanted to make more radical changes for Canada this weekend. Instead, only a minor tweak will be tested on Friday morning, and pending the agreement of the teams, the change - to solve the rear delamination problems seen this year - could be introduced for the British grand […]

Posted on Friday, November 9, 2012

Tenth place the Promised Land for Marussia

Just two races remain for Marussia to hang on to tenth place in the Constructors Championship. Timo Glock's twelfth place finish in Singapore elevated his team above Caterham in the elusive battle for tenth place. "Going to Austin is a really big thing for the sport and everyone involved. The first race back in the US will be quite something for us. It’s a new track for all of the teams, and already it looks awesome on the simulations we have experienced and the images […]

Posted on Thursday, November 8, 2012

New flexi saga questions 'rubber Red Bull'

The seemingly never-ending saga about bendy Formula One cars is back in the media spotlight, and as ever championship leader Red Bull is right in the middle. Multiple videos depicting the front nose of the world champions' 2012 RB8 car have emerged in the wake of last weekend's Abu Dhabi grand prix, showing the extreme tip of the front nose section to be apparently made of some sort of 'rubbery' material. "Is this legal?" wondered a report by Italian magazine Autosprint, with Tuttosport adding: "Should […]

Posted on Monday, June 4, 2012

Canada GP calls off events amid security threat

Organisers of this weekend's Canadian grand prix have called off a scheduled "open house" day. The promoters of the Montreal race had planned to allow spectators to attend the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve and tour the F1 pitlane for free on Thursday. La Presse newspaper said the open day has taken place since the early 90s, with 12,000 taking advantage last year. But according to the Canadian Press, it has been called off in 2012 due to "security concerns", amid threats made by protesting university students […]

Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Red Bull: Faces for charity 2012

Red Bull Racing is offering fans the chance to put their faces and pictures on Sebastian Vettel’s and Mark Webber’s Formula One cars at this year’s British Grand Prix, 6-8 July 2012. Organised for Wings for Life, the charity that is striving to find a cure for spinal cord injury, the initiative is open to anyone around the world who wants to race with Red Bull drivers at this year’s Silverstone race and support this incredible cause. To take part, go to facesforcharity.com, upload a […]

Posted on Thursday, February 16, 2012

Late launch by Mercedes to hide something special

Five days before the W03 is publicly revealed, Mercedes remains highly secretive about its 2012 car. The German squad went a different path than all of its main Formula 1 rivals by opting to keep its new machine at the Brackley factory rather than debut and test it last week at Jerez. Michael Schumacher will do the first laps in the silver car next Tuesday, as the first of eight days of Barcelona testing kicks off ahead of next month's season opener in Australia. Mercedes […]

Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Doubts remain about Red Bull cooling inlet

When Adrian Newey said a mysterious 'letterbox slot'-shaped air inlet in the stepped nose of his new RB8 car is for driver cooling, a wave of speculation eased. But not everyone inside the F1 paddock was entirely happy with that answer. When the 2012 Red Bull was launched recently, it was apparent the 'step' nose design differed from its rivals in the form of a sizeable inlet where the monocoque meets the new mandatory lower nose height. Some surmised it must be for KERS cooling, […]

Posted on Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Red Bull features mysterious air intake on stepped nose

Red Bull raised eyebrows throughout the F1 world on Monday by showing some glimpses of its 2012 car. Although detailed images are not yet available, the 'stepped nose' on the RB8 features a mysterious air intake. "Why?" wondered Germany's Bild newspaper. Spain's Marca said the intake is "surprising and unprecedented" among the growing field of 2012. "Perhaps the intention is to cool the KERS batteries," wondered Italy's Autosprint. Finnish broadcaster MTV3 cited the information of Caterham's technical boss Mike Gascoyne in speculating that the purpose […]

Posted on Friday, January 13, 2012

2012 Ferrari has ugly bump on nose

Part of what makes the 2012 Ferrari "not pretty" is a conspicuous bump on its nose, it is believed. The famous team's bosses Stefano Domenicali and Luca di Montezemolo used descriptions including "not pretty" and "lousy" when describing the physical appearance of the unlaunched new machine, codenamed 663. "It's not that pretty, because the shape defined by the technical regulations does not leave much scope", admitted Domenicali. It is believed he is referring to regulation tweaks for 2012 that will reduce the height of the […]

Posted on Monday, October 31, 2011

Ferrari to analyse front wing fluttering

A point of interest throughout the Indian grand prix weekend was Ferrari's "fluttering" front wing. It is believed the Italian team, with a firm eye on 2012, is publicly experimenting with the sort of legal wing flexibility that is being mysteriously achieved by Red Bull. At high speed at the Buddh circuit, a prototype version on Felipe Massa's car was often seen wildly oscillating; a phenomenon referred to in the aviation industry as "flutter". "It does seem a bit exciting," chuckled Mercedes team boss Ross […]

Posted on Friday, October 7, 2011

Red Bull set for new flexible floor saga

Rumours are once again swirling in the F1 paddock about the alleged illegality of Red Bull's dominant single seater. The latest speculation is about the apparent flexibility of the Adrian Newey-inked RB7's floor. "I've heard about it but I certainly do not participate in the rumours," Mercedes' Norbert Haug admitted on German Sky television. "There are enough people who do that -- spending a lot of time writing all sorts of those kinds of stories," he added. "Of course, everybody looks around, which is perfectly […]