F1 links: McLaren run 2009 front wing

Posted on Author Keith Collantine

McLaren debut 2009 front wing and nose

"The test car [was] sprayed with green oil paint to mark the airflow around the car's bodywork. This method is often used to verify simulations from the wing tunnel and CFD tests and indicates McLaren's desire to clearly understand how the new front wing influences the car's airflow."

More on Honda F1 departure

"The current issue of AutoHebdo, the French motor racing magazine, which was published today, adds an interesting layer to the theories of exactly why Honda may have pulled out of Formula One…. the part that really grabbed me was the a quote on the perception that the Honda Formula One team had turned into nothing but “an English team, directed by the English, of which we are nothing but the bankers and the engine makers.” The story suggests that the Japanese employees of the team themselves felt like nothing other than obedient functionaries to the English. The English, according to the story, took control of the team and felt immune to any kind of implosion. The story, therefore, concludes that the Honda withdrawal was a kind of response to this. I should say that in my interviews with key – English – team members in the final races of the season, that was not the impression given to me. But I was unable to arrange a meeting to speak to a Japanese team member."

F1 at a crossroads

Mark Hughes: "A 16-car entry is the threshold at which the commercial rights holder can request teams to field additional cars."

Honda will assist buyer – Mosley

Max Mosley: "If a serious buyer came along then Honda would help to keep it going. Any person would then be on their own in 2010, but they would get some help in 2009. It becomes a reasonable proposition for an entrepreneur."

The future of Formula 1

"Sometime is peddling the line that half the teams would support the idea of a standard engine. It is hard to see who this would be except those who have an axe to grind. […] There is no doubt at all that there are some who simply will not accept a standard engine, because it undermines the fundamental principles of why they are involved in F1. It is in no-one's interest to push these teams out of the sport at a time when it is very hard to find sponsorship and losing more teams will have disastrous repercussions on the image of the sport.

"If they are willing and able to spend money then the sport would be mad to exclude them. Scare stories about teams having no money and not being creditworthy must be seen simply as attempts to destabilise the union that exists in FOTA in order to undermine the power that the teams have."

Those Cosworth engines – Something does not add up here

Milos questions whether Force India would renege on its newly-minted McLaren-Mercedes deal to take up Mosley's customer Cosworth engine offer.

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