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May 8th, 2013
Formula 1 bursts back into action at the Spanish Grand Prix this weekend for the start of what will be a crucial phase of the world championship battle. Although it is Red Bull that leads the way in the constructors’ standings, and Sebastian Vettel holds the advantage in the drivers’ rankings, the title fight remains finely poised
February 8th, 2012
Mark Webber is confident that Red Bull will be competitive in 2012 after his second day of running the car at Jerez today. But while he is upbeat about Red Bull’s progress, he warned that he also expects Ferrari, McLaren and Mercedes to be strong, meaning that his team must continue to build on its good start. The Australian completed 97 laps, ending up fastest of the new-specification cars behind Michael Schumacher’s year-old Mercedes
July 15th, 2011
Jenson Button is hopeful that McLaren has not lost too much ground compared to main rivals Red Bull Racing and Ferrari in recent races, as he eyes a return to the podium in next weekend’s German Grand Prix. McLaren has endured difficult weekends in Valencia and Silverstone, with both drivers and team management all but admitting that their title hopes are over for the year
July 10th, 2011
Formula 1′s row over the off-throttle use of blown diffusers is now at an end, after Ferrari and Sauber agreed to join other teams in backing plans to ditch the ban on the concept. Although at a Sunday morning meeting the two outfits were alone in failing to support the offer from the FIA to revert engine mapping settings to how they were in Valencia, the two have now indicated that they will support the move
July 10th, 2011
Renault team principal Eric Boullier hopes Formula 1 teams can draw a line under the row over blown diffusers when they meet later today – despite senior sources saying they are pessimistic a solution will be found. Formula 1 technical chiefs and team bosses are set to meet ahead of the British Grand Prix to decide whether they support the ban on the off-throttle use of blown diffusers being ditched. The FIA has offered to revert the rules back to how they were at the European Grand Prix providing there is unanimous support
July 8th, 2011
Renault is considering abandoning its forward-facing exhaust concept in the wake of the clampdown on blown diffuser use, AUTOSPORT has learned. The Enstone-based outfit is unsure about how big an impact the ban on off-throttle use of blown diffusers will have on its car – with the R31 having been built around the forward exhaust concept. But amid worries the regulation clarification could dramatically hurt its form, Renault has designed and built a more traditional rearward exhaust layout – which it tried out during a recent straight-line test at Duxford.
June 29th, 2011
Red Bull’s motorsport advisor Helmut Marko says the team will lose half a second per lap with the introduction of a ban on off-throttle blown diffusers from the British Grand Prix. But Marko is adamant the team has taken the right measures to make up for that with new set-ups and aerodynamic updates.
June 25th, 2011
Ferrari technical chief Pat Fry says his biggest aim is to make the team more ‘creative’ in its design thinking to help lift its form against rivals. Having replaced Aldo Costa following a staffing reshuffle last month, Fry has been evaluating the way Ferrari works in its push to close the gap on Red Bull Racing. Fry said on Saturday that there will be changes to the way Ferrari’s wind tunnel programme was utilised from next week, but he believes that there was the necessary brain power already at the outfit to help it achieve its aims.
June 24th, 2011
Red Bull Racing boss Christian Horner says he does not understand why the FIA chose to make a move on the blown diffuser regulations mid-season, rather than waiting until the end of the year. With Horner claiming it is impossible to predict what impact this weekend’s change to engine-mapping rules and the looming ban on off-throttle use of blown diffusers from Silverstone will have, he has expressed frustration at the timing. “It is slightly confusing with the technical directive that it was not addressed at the end of the year going into next year,” he said.
June 23rd, 2011
McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh is “hopeful” the new regulations introduced from this weekend’s European GP will boost his team’s chances this season. The FIA, Formula 1′s ruling body, announced this week that from the Valencia race, teams will not be allowed to change engine maps between qualifying and the race, a move aimed at stopping outfits from running an extreme engine map for the grid-deciding session. Suggestions are that the changes are aimed particularly at slowing Red Bull Racing down, although Renault admitted it will affect all teams.
June 14th, 2011
Red Bull Racing says it is ready to question the implementation of the forthcoming change to the blown diffuser regulations when Formula 1 teams get together this week to discuss it. With the FIA having made it clear in Montreal last weekend that it is pushing ahead with plans to ban teams from off-throttle use of blown diffusers from the British Grand Prix, many outfits are currently working on necessary changes to their car designs and engine mapping
June 11th, 2011
The FIA has told teams that it is not going to waiver from its decision to ban off-throttle use of blown diffusers this year, with it set on outlawing the systems from next month’s British Grand Prix.
May 20th, 2011
The FIA has warned teams running with off-throttle blown diffusers at the Spanish Grand Prix that there is a risk of them being subject to a protest this weekend. Although motor racing’s governing body decided to hold back on a move to immediately outlaw teams from pumping gases through their blown diffusers when drivers were off the throttle, it has not wavered from its belief that the practice is against the regulations.
May 18th, 2011
McLaren engineering director Tim Goss has admitted that the ban on off-throttle blown diffusers would hurt the performance of his team. Goss is adamant, however, that it will also be a setback for McLaren’s main rivals too. After the Turkish GP, the FIA issued a rules clarification that would have banned off-throttle blown diffusers, which use engine mapping settings to keep gases pumping through the diffuser even when the driver is not pushing the throttle.
May 17th, 2011
Formula 1 teams have been given a reprieve to continue using blown diffusers freely from this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix, AUTOSPORT can reveal, after the FIA had a rethink about going ahead with a major change to the regulations. As reported earlier , the FIA issued a clarification to teams following the Turkish Grand Prix that would have banned them from using clever engine mapping settings to keep gases pumping through the diffuser even when the driver was off-throttle
May 17th, 2011
Formula 1′s competitive order at the front of the field could be thrown on its head in this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix with the FIA having made a major change to the exhaust blown diffuser regulations, AUTOSPORT has learned. With the design and execution of blown diffusers being viewed as a key area of the 2011 development race, teams have been pushing hard with their concepts to try and eek out any competitive advantage they can. One aspect that has been worked on a lot is in ensuring that a flow of exhaust gases keep pumping through the diffuser, to help increase downforce, even when the throttle is not in use