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Re: Formula 1 2010

Postby Musicraft » Sun Mar 28, 2010 1:49 am

Brawn calls for suspension ruling

By Jonathan Noble Saturday, March 27th 2010, 12:10 GMT

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Melbourne 2010Mercedes GP team principal Ross Brawn has called on the FIA to clarify the regulations about suspension systems in Formula 1, amid suspicions in the paddock that some outfits may be using a form of 'active ride'.

McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh has openly talked about his inkling that Red Bull Racing in particular may be using a clever mechanical system - perhaps based around a ratchet - that will allow the team to run a low ride height in qualifying yet can adjust itself to be well suited for the heavier fuel loads needed in the race.

If a team was able to get some form of adjustable suspension between low fuel qualifying and the race to keep its ride height constant it could potentially hand it a significant advantage on Saturday afternoons – something that could explain why Red Bull Racing has been so quick in qualifying form.

McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh said about his feelings on Red Bull in Australia: "I don't know anything specific. There is some debate around the paddock as there normally is on these things, and there is an opportunity for us to have a look at it.

"It is an area where frankly a few months ago if the engineers had come to us and said we need to design this system then I would have said I don't think it is permissible.

"But if there appears to be some evidence that perhaps such systems are considered legal, then we need to get one as soon as we can."

Red Bull Racing has strongly denied that it is running such a suspension system – and Brawn reckoned it would be better if the FIA and its technical delegate Charlie Whiting made a ruling on the regulations to avoid any suspicions between teams.

"I think we do need to tidy it up, in fairness to Red Bull because there are accusations being thrown around. It is very unfair," said Brawn. "They have a very good car, and there is no evidence they are unnecessarily doing anything untoward.

"You can do things with tyre pressures between qualifying and the race, which is a simple way of helping the situation. But it is necessary for the FIA to just clarify where we stand.

"Our understanding – I can't remember the article exactly, but you are not allowed to make any suspension changes between qualifying and the race. Anything that influences the suspension, be it gas pressure, be it the intentional manipulation of temperature, would have that effect. I think we need Charlie to clarify that to get rid of the controversy."

When asked if he believed Red Bull Racing was doing anything suspicious, Brawn said: "No, not particularly. It depends on the track – some tracks for sure you need to run a much higher ride height with high fuel, other tracks because the ride height is controlled by features on the track it is not so significant.

"I don't necessarily think there is something going on but there will be some tracks where you have to set the car up for the race and accept the compromise that comes from qualifying."

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Re: Formula 1 2010

Postby Musicraft » Sun Mar 28, 2010 1:51 am

Schumacher seeks blocking clarification

By Jonathan Noble Saturday, March 27th 2010, 11:56 GMT

Michael Schumacher approaches Fernando Alonso in the Melbourne parc fermeMichael Schumacher sought clarification from FIA race director Charlie Whiting about driving standards after qualifying in Melbourne - having been left angry that he had been blocked by other drivers.

The Mercedes GP driver was unhappy that his efforts were hit by both Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton getting in his way during various stages of the qualifying.

And he was so upset with the way that Alonso had driven while on a slow down lap at the end of Q3, that he confronted the Spaniard in parc ferme after the session - before seeking out Whiting to discuss the matter further.

"Basically on my last try, I was slowed down by him," explained Schumacher about Alonso. "I asked him whether the team had told him [I was on a quick lap] and he said no.

"In a way it is difficult because he was on his in-lap, and he was worrying about other things than maybe watching the mirror. But saying that, we had this chat yesterday in the drivers' briefing that this should be taken care of, and actually he was one of the main guys asking about it.

"I wanted to know if the team had told him or not, and then I had a conversation with Charlie about it because I wanted to know what are the guidelines here – and whether the rules have changed a little bit to what they used to be. I [told Whiting I] need to know what would you be okay with, and what not."

When asked about Hamilton in Q2, Schumacher added: "I had a similar issue with Lewis, that he was adapting his lap and preparing his lap and blocking me in a way – which is not very nice.

"If you sit behind, you are trying your best, which I am doing at the moment, and then somebody slows you down, it is not very comfortable."

The incident between Alonso and Schumacher comes after several problems over the Australian Grand Prix weekend – where slow cars have got in the way of faster approaching rivals. BMW Sauber's Pedro de la Rosa was reprimanded after the final free practice session for impeding another driver.

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Re: Formula 1 2010

Postby Musicraft » Sun Mar 28, 2010 1:53 am

Vettel heads all-Red Bull front row

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Australian GPRed Bull team-mates Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber will start tomorrow's Australian Grand Prix from the front row after dominating the qualifying battle in Melbourne today.

Adrian Newey's design was the fastest thing around Albert Park throughout the three sessions, and Vettel edged his Australian team-mate by just over a tenth of a second to claim pole position with a 1m23.919s best in the final part of qualifying - the only lap below 1m24s so far this weekend.

The track cooled considerably during the final part of qualifying and for a while it looked as though nobody would get near the Red Bulls, as both leapt to the top of the timesheet early on.

Home hero Webber had a go at toppling his young German team-mate late-on, but lost time in the middle sector of his best lap, having been fastest of all in sectors one and three, and had to settle for second.

Only Ferrari's world championship leader Fernando Alonso hooked together a good enough lap to get close. The Spaniard's late 1m24.111s best put him third, just under two tenths shy of pole.

The rest found themselves a whopping six tenths off the Red Bull pace in final qualifying. Reigning world champion Jenson Button qualified his McLaren-Mercedes fourth, two tenths clear of Ferrari's Felipe Massa.

Both Mercedes drivers struggled to get the best from the softer tyres, so wound up sixth and seventh, with Nico Rosberg again getting the better of his seven times world champion team-mate Michael Schumacher.

Williams' Rubens Barrichello, Renault's Robert Kubica, and Force India's Adrian Sutil rounded out the top 10, as McLaren's Lewis Hamilton made a shock exit from qualifying in Q2.

The 2008 world champion aborted a quick lap during his first run and sat in the garage last of the 17 runners at the midway point of the session.

Hamilton improved to seventh fastest on his second run with the same set of soft tyres he used for his first, but fell to 11th as others improved, Hamilton's tyres fell away, and the fuel tank began to run dry.

Sutil, Barrichello and Kubica were thus able to join the rest of the drivers from the 'big four' teams for final qualifying, while both Toro Rossos, both Saubers, Nico Hulkenberg's Williams, and Tonio Liuzzi's Force India were all eliminated.

Circuit newcomer Vitaly Petrov was the only runner from the established squads to drop out in first qualifying. Toro Rosso's Sebastien Buemi sat ‘on the bubble' for much of the session, before dropping the Russian into the hot seat with a late improvement.

Petrov looked set to save himself with a minute of running remaining, but suffered a massive oversteering moment through the ultra-fast turn 12 having set two personal best sector times. The Renault man did improve on a last-gasp final lap, but only got within 0.220s of Kamui Kobayashi's Sauber.

As expected, the six drivers at the three new teams were all eliminated in Q1. HRT again propped up the grid, but encouragingly got within six seconds of the outright pace in Q1 and within a second of Timo Glock's faster Virgin in 21st.

The Lotus drivers finished up fastest of the new teams, with Heikki Kovalainen just over three tenths clear of team-mate Jarno Trulli in 19th, but over two seconds adrift of Petrov's time.

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Re: Formula 1 2010

Postby ben0635 » Tue Mar 30, 2010 1:27 pm

http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528, ... 14,00.html

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Re: Formula 1 2010

Postby Musicraft » Sat Apr 03, 2010 3:44 am

Hamilton fastest again in second practice

Lewis HamiltonLewis Hamilton set the pace in today's second free practice session at Sepang.

The McLaren driver was fastest in the day's earlier session and repeated the feat in the afternoon with a series of short runs.

Hamilton was the first frontrunner up to speed and matched his best time from first practice in the first 15 minutes. He worked his way down through the 1m34s and posted his best lap half way through.

The session was half an hour old before the first quick time was set on the option tyre, and from then on several drivers complained about the balance of the car on the softer compound so early in the weekend's running.

Just seconds after setting the fastest time of the session, Hamilton was on the radio to McLaren to say: "The options feel very poor, very aggressive, causing wheelspin."

It was much later in the session before team-mate Jenson Button took on the option tyre, but he wasn't happy with them either, reporting both understeer and rear-end instability.

Sebastian Vettel set the second quickest time, taking his first run on the option tyre with around half an hour to go. He initially suspected that he had a power steering problem, but set a 1m34.4s lap a couple of minutes later.

Red Bull's reliability woes continued though, with Mark Webber forced to park his car in the gravel at Turn 9 after less than half an hour. The team suspects an engine failure.

Mercedes finished the session with its cars third and fifth, sandwiching Button's McLaren. Nico Rosberg was just 0.002s quicker than Button, while Schumacher topped the timesheet for 30 seconds before Hamilton set his best lap, and was eventually pushed down to fifth.

Ferrari opted to spend the majority of the session running with heavy fuel and for most of the 90 minutes its cars were four seconds off the pace in 17th and 19th places.

Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa strapped on the softer rubber for runs at the end. Alonso went seventh, behind Robert Kubica's Renault, while Massa's improvement was more marginal, up to 15th.

There were no major incidents in the session, but plenty of cars flying off the road as the drivers struggled to harness the option tyre.

Jaime Alguersuari and Sebastien Buemi combined to go off three times in as many minutes as the back ends of their Toro Rossos got away from them.

Adrian Sutil and Bruno Senna were caught out, running wide at the long right hander at Turn 11. Kamui Kobayashi also had a half spin at the Turn 9 hairpin in the first five minutes.

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Re: Formula 1 2010

Postby Musicraft » Sat Apr 03, 2010 3:49 am

Mike Gascoyne warns F1 against tyre rules revamp amid speculation of Michelin's return next year.

F1 tyresFormula 1 needs to think carefully about introducing a major revamp of the sport's tyre regulations next year, amid speculation that Michelin could return to grand prix racing with totally different rubber.

As AUTOSPORT revealed yesterday, Michelin is close to giving the green light to coming back to F1 after a four-year absence in a move that could reignite a tyre war for the first time since 2006.

It is also understood that serious consideration is being giving to the French tyre company's desire to make F1's tyres bigger - by running 18-inch diameter tyres rather than the 13-inch ones that are currently used.

Such a move would force teams to make a major revamp to their car designs for 2011 – and it something that Gascoyne believes needs to be thought through with great care before the go-ahead is given.

"It will have a huge impact – and it depends on how we address it," Gascoyne told AUTOSPORT about the prospect of Michelin re-entering F1 next year with 18-inch tyres.

"Some people are saying let's not allow anyone to change anything on the suspension and put 18-inch rims on it, which you can sort of see why. But then you are going to have to change it at some stage and, if you are going to do so, why not do it straight away.

"It is something that I have mixed views about. In some respects as a new team you like big rule changes because it is a great leveller. In other ways, as a new team, maybe you don't have the number of people and the facilities to cope with it – but bring it on. Whatever it will be, we will get on and deal with it."

Gascoyne believes that as well as forcing teams to make big suspension changes, the change of tyre size will have other implications on car design.

"The aero implications are very big as well, it is huge. That is why I think we need to think carefully.

"Obviously there will also be less air in the tyres, so pressure management and all things like that become easier. There are less variables though.

"Obviously with the sidewall stiffness, a variable is taken away out of the suspension system, so there is a lot more space within the uprights – but do you then start damping the wheels and all sorts? We need to think quite carefully about it - that we don't end up allowing huge expense back into the sport."

He added: "Some of the big teams may not want it themselves because they will want to maintain the status quo, but there is a big aero change with the ban on double diffusers anyway – so teams will have to design new cars.

"But from my perspective, every time there is a rule change we are not having to catch up with the two or three year's development we are behind, so we look forward to a big rule change. We will get on and deal with whatever it is."

Bridgestone's director of tyre development Hirohide Hamashima believes a move to 18-inch tyres will lead to a big change in car handling.

"Generally speaking, if we put 18-inch tyres on the current cars suddenly, then it will have big oversteer – and will have less traction very quickly," he told AUTOSPORT. "Teams would have to redesign the rear suspension, aerodynamics and brake discs. It would be a lot of money and a lot of work."

Gascoyne is also wary about the prospect of a new tyre war in F1 – with the FIA having favoured a standard tyre for the last few years in a bid to bring down costs.

"I think tyre wars, with limited testing, will be hard," said Gascoyne. "Tyre wars are great if you are on the right tyre, but pretty bad if you are on the wrong one. And again, tyre wars have never brought down costs, they only make them spiral upwards. So again I think we have to be careful about that."

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Re: Formula 1 2010

Postby Musicraft » Fri Apr 16, 2010 11:14 pm

Hamilton tops Friday practise in China.

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Re: Formula 1 2010

Postby Musicraft » Sat Apr 17, 2010 2:47 pm

Vettel takes pole in China.

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Re: Formula 1 2010

Postby Musicraft » Sun Apr 18, 2010 8:57 pm

Button wins Chinese GP :) with Hamilton second. I don't think Hamilton is not going to like this at all. :x

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Re: Formula 1 2010

Postby ben0635 » Mon Apr 19, 2010 1:21 pm

Hamilton was very sportsmanly when he congratulated Button on his victory.
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Re: Formula 1 2010

Postby SimonJ » Mon Apr 19, 2010 8:01 pm

Musicraft wrote:Button wins Chinese GP :) with Hamilton second. I don't think Hamilton is not going to like this at all. :x

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Re: Formula 1 2010

Postby Musicraft » Sat Apr 24, 2010 12:54 pm

Turbo engines on the way back to F1 for 2013?

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Ferrari: New rules must push technology

By Jonathan Noble Friday, April 23rd 2010, 09:38 GMT

Felipe MassaFormula 1's likely switch to smaller turbocharged engines from 2013 must include the introduction of cutting-edge fuel efficiency technology too, claims Ferrari's CEO Amedeo Felisa.

With teams closing in on plans to use 670bhp 1.5-litre turbocharged engines from 2013, Felisa believes the sport should be even bolder in embracing the latest knowledge - and pursue the more economical Gasoline Direct Injection concept.

Speaking to AUTOSPORT's sister publication Autocar at the Beijing Motor Show on Friday, Felisa says that F1 could improve its relevance to the road car industry by adopting such engines.

"If F1 has to develop something helpful for real driving conditions, then the best solution is for an engine that is turbocharged and GDI," said Felisa. "That is what we would support.

"It is the best solution for driving efficiency and utilisation of the engine in a positive way."

Earlier this week, Mercedes Benz motorsport boss Norbert Haug said he too expected smaller power units to be adopted - but urged caution for those who thought it would be possible to make the sport totally 'green'.

"The fascinating thing about Formula 1 is it's fast, it's loud, it's on the limit," he told AUTOSPORT. "We can discuss green initiatives, but Formula 1 needs to be technically driven. If you fly from Europe to Japan on a 747, you would use more fuel than an entire F1 season. We need to see the whole picture.

"We need to be mindful that we are building the cleanest cars we can. The engine will be downsized in 2013 because the fuel consumption has to go down, and we need to cut carbon emissions. But we must not think that a 700bhp engine is going to be the greenest car ever, because that's not great."
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Re: Formula 1 2010

Postby Musicraft » Mon Apr 26, 2010 5:41 pm

Schumacher will have a different chassis for Spain

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Michael Schumacher will enjoy a switch of chassis for the Spanish Grand Prix, as Mercedes GP continues its efforts to help the seven-time world champion find more speed.

As well as introducing a raft of updates to the W01 for the Barcelona race next month, which includes lengthening the wheelbase, team principal Ross Brawn has also revealed that Schumacher will no longer be using the chassis that he had for the first four races of the season.

"It's not a new chassis per se, it's a chassis we used in testing," Brawn was quoted as saying by Reuters on Monday.

"The one he had got damaged during the first few races and we repaired it as best we could at the races. But now we are back at base we are going to re-introduce the test chassis and he will be using that in Barcelona."

Schumacher has been out-qualified and out-raced by team-mate Nico Rosberg in the first four rounds of the season, having struggled to get himself comfortable with the understeer characteristics of the Mercedes GP car.

The team hopes, however, that the raft of revisions introduced in Spain will tweak the car's handling more to his liking

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Re: Formula 1 2010

Postby ben0635 » Mon Apr 26, 2010 6:20 pm

well not surprised as he has so far been a disappointment.
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Re: Formula 1 2010

Postby Musicraft » Wed Apr 28, 2010 1:37 am

Brawn believes Schumacher is still determined to win

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Michael SchumacherMercedes GP boss Ross Brawn insists Michael Schumacher remains determined to succeed again despite his slow start to the 2010 season.

The seven-time champion has been outqualified and outraced by team-mate Nico Rosberg in the first four races of the year, and he has managed just 10 points compared to Rosberg's 50.

Brawn says, however, that Schumacher is far from ready to throw in the towel and reckons the German will enjoy a stronger outing in Spain next week.

"Michael is determined to succeed. He was always his own best and worst critic," Brawn was quoted as saying by the the Sun newspaper. "He is incredibly dedicated and competitive but also very structured.

"He is not the sort of guy who will panic when things aren't going well. He will analyse what is happening and reflecting on that and, for sure, the race in Shanghai was disappointing.

"But we are already getting to understand the reasons for that and are learning lessons from that. We have to make sure that in Barcelona for the next race we get it right and perform better.

"His experience is very useful and that was part of the thinking when he joined the team. The biggest challenge is for everyone to treat him normally as he is such an icon."

Brawn also praised his former driver Jenson Button for his performance so far this year as Lewis Hamilton's team-mate at McLaren.

And he admitted he was sorry to see Button leave after winning the title last year.

"I was disappointed Jenson left," he said. "He felt people were of the opinion he only won the world championship because he had the best car. So he left us to show them he could do it again elsewhere.

"We are still friends. We were on the same flight back from Malaysia and we had a good chat. But on the racetrack it is different. There are no friends on the racetrack.

"Jenson was a fabulous member of our team last year but now he is the history and we have to beat him.

"He also wanted to prove himself at McLaren against the guy who is probably the fastest and most naturally talented in motor racing - Lewis Hamilton. He's set himself a massive challenge and he is doing very well so far."


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