Archive | December, 2010

Recent team news.

22 Dec

Today two teams finalised their driver line up:

Renault have announced they have signed Vitaly Petrov as their second driver for two seasons, last season he finished 13th and was a successful  rookie throughout the season. The deal should mean Petrov will be able to drive at the first ever Russian grand prix in Sochi but may be delayed as Sochi is also the venue of the 2014 Winter Olympics. Although Hulkenberg was arguably the vest rookie of the year, Petrov was quicker and just needed the experience.

Virgin were the other team, with the shock signing of Jerome D’Ambrosio from Belgium. Although he was always in the running after driving the car in FP four times in the last 5 races. Lucas Di Grassi was always the favourite as he drove for Virgin last year. He’ll have his work cut out though, as his team mate Timo Glock drove amazingly for the team last year, and should do again. The news comes after Cosworth (Virgins engine supplier) announced that  Virgin wouldn’t be using KERS, as well as Hispania.

F1 to go through largest changes since 1983!

22 Dec

The 2013 season is going to be completely different to the 2012 one, with the cars set to be changed the most since 1983. The ideas were thought up by Patrick Head and Rory Byrne, two very well respected engineers. The cars should use 35% less fuel than the current cars, which will make the cars slightly slower but will make overtaking easier as the cars will be more challenging to drive.

The main changes will be:

* Much smaller front and rear wings;

* A far greater proportion of the total downforce of the cars will be created by the underfloor, compared to the wings;

* A major reduction in the amount of total downforce created by the car;

* To achieve this, the underfloor of the cars will be shaped along its length to generate downforce for the first time since the 1982 season – currently cars have bottoms that are flat between the wheels;

* The average proportion of a lap that a driver is able to spend on full throttle to be cut from 70% in 2010 to 50% in 2013;

* Tyres will remain large and chunky to ensure cornering speeds remain high.

( the bit above is got from http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/motorsport/formula_one/9307861.stm)

Head and Byrne have announced that the cars will only be about 5 seconds a lap slower than the current cars. Although we had shaped undersides on the cars before (1982) they were banned as cars were taking corners too quickly, as they had skirts around the edges making the car much more efficient, but this won’t be able to happen due to a rule about the middle of the car being lower than the edges (Newey should be able to find a way to make it quicker though).   Head and Byrne are a good pair to design these rules, because between them they’ve won 17 championships.

The race for Force India seats hots up!

19 Dec

Sebastian Vettel has become the latest person to back Di Resta for a seat next year, and with his most likely team to join being Force India will he be able to beat the other three contenders. The rest of the drivers are Adrian Sutil, Vitantonio Liuzzi and Nico Hulkenberg, with the favourites being Nico, Adrian and Paul Di Resta. Di Resta was the Force India reserve driver last year, and since has won the DTM  championship.

Stewards can now giver harsher penalties!

14 Dec

From the start of the next season, the race stewards can give exclusions from the race and suspend drivers from the next race. This is much harsher than what they use to be able to give which was drive throughs, time penalties and  move them down the grid in the next grand prix. The new penalties will be allowed to be given out if: a driver makes more than one change in direction to defend against a car, a driver takes a shortcut, or if a backmarker fails to move out of a faster cars way. The FIA are also currently planning to introduce a curfew on team members at races, on fridays (when practise starts at 10) it will run from midnight to 6am and on saturdays (when practise starts at 11) from 1am to 7am. Each team will be allowed four exceptions to this rule.

Team Orders Now Legal!

11 Dec

After the race at Hockenheim last year and the resulting charges on Ferrari after they swapped their drivers so Alonso would win to help his chances in the championship many teams, pundits and viewers were wanting the team orders law to be reviewed. Well the answer is out from now on team orders are legal! Since Austria 2002 the rule has been broken 6 times – 3 by Ferrari – by 3 teams with no outcry from fans, but when it was broken this year the world went mad. Two spectators said “The FIA needs to stop sitting on the fence. Either allow team orders again or enforce the ban properly” and “the team-orders rule is impossible to police and should be scrapped”.

Bye Bye Badoer!

10 Dec

Long time test driver for Ferrari Luca Badoer has driven a Ferrari for the last time. In his final drive for Ferrari, he ran the 2009 F60 at the Bologna Motor show. After spending a third of his life -13 years- test driving the Scuderia Ferrari, the 39 year old has resigned from his role. Badoer raced two races after Felipe Massa’s injury last year, at Spa and Valencia both times not finishing in the points. He announced that his final drive was “emotional” and that he regretted only racing twice for the team.

Every Gram Counts!

9 Dec

With reinstating of KERS Rubens Barrichello has been asked by the Williams Engineers to try and lose weight so they can negate the 35kg which KERS weighs. Although with the addition of KERS the car will still be underweight the teams like to have ballast on the car which they can move to help tune it to the best settings, and by Rubens losing weight the team can add ballast where they want on the car.