Alianora begins a huge dissection of the 2009 F1 rules – essential reading.
“It’s more extreme than the changes we made in 1994, when we added the plank and cut the diffusers back. It’s similar in terms of changes from the 1982 ground-effect cars to 1983 flat-bottomed cars. The ING Renault F1 Team pushed the development of the R28 to the last race in 2008.”
Interviews with Bernie Ecclestone in the Financial Times (free registration required).
Video interview with Ferrari’s Stefano Domenicali.
Former Honda F1 tester Mike Conway might not have got the switch to Formula 1 he was hoping for, but he has found a berth in the IndyCar series for 2009.
Technical detail on the BMW F1.09.
Mario Theissen: “The development of KERS will see Formula One take on a pioneering role for series production technologies going forward. F1 will give a baptism of fire to innovative concepts whose service life and reliability have not yet reached the level required for series production vehicles, and their development will be driven forward at full speed.”
“Possible cost-cutting areas included property occupancy and sponsorships, including Formula 1 motor racing.”
“More than any other banker of his generation, Sir Fred, tall, lanky, plainspeaking and sardonic, came to embody an ambitious, sometimes arrogant-looking style of banking. He was ever ready with the dry quip, ever eager to embark on ambitious deals. Whether it was moving to a plush new headquarters building outside Edinburgh, or writing big sponsorship cheques to the tennis star Andy Murray or for Formula One racing, the boy from Paisley was game.”
“It is more important for the team to have an experienced test and reserve driver otherwise it’s just very hard to be ready if the time comes and you have to jump in the car.”
“The rules were published in October 2007 and we started work straight away. We had our first wind tunnel test in December 2007. I don’ t think that’s a lot different to where anyone else started. The difference was that we wrapped up a lot of our resources around April 2008 and that had an adverse effect on FW30 development. You could see that in the latter half 0f 2008. But we took that decision because we thought our best chance of closing the gap was in 2009 and we didn’t think we could achieve that in 2008. Whether that pays off or not, I don’t know. It’s anyone’s guess.”