2010 January 22 archive

Massa racks up laps in Spain (Pictures) 22nd January 2010, 18:04

Felipe Massa covered 400km – around 20 laps more than a Grand Prix distance – at the Circuit de Catalunya today. He was back behind the wheel of the F2008, the car in which he almost won the 2008 championship. The team have not yet released details of his lap times for comparison with

Jaime Alguersuari stays at Toro Rosso

Jaime Alguersuari will remain at Toro Rosso for the 2010 season, the team have confirmed. Team principal Franz Tost said: This season, he will again face a steep learning curve, as all the circuits in the first part of the season will be new to him. Jaime?s appointment also confirms our team?s commitment to bringing […]

Double diffusers ‘banned for 2011′

F1 will ban double diffusers in 2011 according to Autosport. The controversial diffusers were ruled legal after last year’s Chinese Grand Prix, forcing several teams to re-design their cars. They allowed teams to claw back much of the downforce they had lost because of changes to the rules in 2009. They were also blamed for […]

Budget cap architect Purnell leaves FIA

Tony Purnell, who helped devise Max Mosley’s controversial budget cap plan, has left the FIA. Formerly a team principal at Jaguar, Purnell joined the FIA in 2006. Together with fellow technical consultant Peter Wright, Purnell was also involved in introducing 2009′s radical aerodynamic changes designed to aid overtaking. But the budget cap proposal proved more […]

Five problems F1 designers face in 2010

F1 cars will weigh almost 100kg more at the start of a race this year compared to last. That presents a host of challenges to F1 designers such as brake wear, ride height, weight distribution and tyre wear. Any team which doesn’t get a grip of the problems will find themselves playing catch-up like McLaren […]

F1 Fanatic round-up: 22/1/2010

Felipe Massa will be testing a Ferrari F2008 at the Circuit de Catalunya today. Ferrari say the official purpose of the test is: “to gain confidence with the Formula 1 car after a long break, due to his accident during the qualifying at the Hungarian GP.” Still you have to wonder if other teams would […]