McLaren and Alonso expect more overtaking

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Fernando Alonso and McLaren’s Martin Whitmarsh reckon the adjustable wing will increase overtaking.


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Alonso?s verdict on the 2011 changes (Ferrari)

“There will be the return of KERS and the new adjustable rear wing, even if the front wing won?t be adjustable any more. You will need to find the way to adapt and find the right mechanisms for the buttons to avoid losing the correct concentration for driving. The simulator gives us a big hand with that, allowing us to do intensive training on this aspect.”

McLaren: Moveable wing will work (Autosport)

“We?re crossing our fingers but I think that between KERS and the adjustable rear wing there will be enough difference in speed to be able to overtake a car you?re fighting. These changes have been brought in after meticulous work on the part of the Technical Working Group and I believe they will work.”

Bernie Ecclestone stifles Rome Grand Prix hopes (BBC)

“Rome’s hopes of holding a Formula 1 grand prix have been dashed by F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone, who said two races cannot be held in the same country.”

Martin Whitmarsh Q&A: Second won’t do – McLaren must win (F1)

“We won?t marshal all our resources behind just one of our drivers, to quote your phrase. On the contrary, our equal-treatment philosophy has worked for us in the past, it works for us now and it will work for us in the future.”

Fernando Alonso expects Michael Schumacher to be F1 title threat (The Independent)

“There will be five world champions on the track and the most dangerous champion for me is always Michael.”

TLTV Change (YouTube)

Alonso versus Rossi (Joe Saward)

I like the sound of this!

Renault Formula One team ditch France to race under British licence (The Guardian)

“It means that if we win, we will play the British national anthem. And that is important for everybody inside the team. We are rebranding everything inside the company now.”

Virgin doubling CFD capabilities (ITV-F1)

“On the back of an enhanced deal with leading IT services firm CSC, Virgin will now have access to a revised computer suite ?ǣ to be housed at the Banbury base of the team?s technical partner Wirth Research ?ǣ which it says will allow it to ??make more changes, more quickly, at less cost than any other team?? to its cars.”

Missing first test won’t compromise car – McLaren (ESPN)

Paddy Lowe: “It’s always been in our plan to launch it after the first test. One of the reasons was we wanted to make use of the first test to work with the old car, a stable and known platform, whilst we understand the new tyres and get to know those. It also gave us a bit more time in the programme for the new car, so it’s always been planned that way and it’s one that we considered optimal in race preparation overall.”

Brundle calling for Lotus ??confusion? to be sorted out (The Norwich Advertiser)

??It?s a bit messy and I?d like them to sort it out, for the sake of Lotus and for the sake of the fans, before they get to the first race.”

Ultimate Motor Racing (Magic of Motor Racing)

“Gone are the days of aesthetic racing cars. Modern Formula 1 cars are ugly, thanks largely to the narrow track (width between the tyres), skinny tyres, raised nose and stepped floor. We need a racing series with prototypes (open wheel as well as other types) that are aesthetically pleasing to watch, as in the early 80s.”

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I agree with Magnificent Geoffrey on Renault’s new livery (and it looks like quite a lot of you do too):

Because of this stupid controversy that?s still ongoing, I am completely underwhelmed by what should actually be a very exciting sight to see for any long-term F1 fan.
Magnificent Geoffrey

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81 comments on McLaren and Alonso expect more overtaking

  1. JustAnF1Fanatic (@justanf1fanatic) said on 14th January 2011, 0:07

    More lotus branding ****. Im so fed up of this, i expect to see bahar with Lotus tattood on his forehead! Neither team is the old louts. Wish they would both admit it and deal with it. Last year o was excited to see lotus back in F1. Now i just wish there were renault and 1Malaysia :( sad times

  2. Chops (@chops) said on 14th January 2011, 0:08

    Interesting, the Australian V8 Supercar TeamVodafone is also talking about having a mostly black carbon livery. Wasn’t there some talk of McLaren doing the same not long ago?

  3. US_Peter (@us_peter) said on 14th January 2011, 0:13

    Happy Birthday TrueF1Grit.

  4. joac21 (@joac21) said on 14th January 2011, 0:28

    If i where a engineer i put kers and movable wing under the same button in the steering wheel.. so when the drivers push it both are deployed.. if the driver happens to push in a zone where the movable wing its not usable then in will only activate the kers….

  5. TrueF1Grit (@truef1grit) said on 14th January 2011, 0:45

    Sorry Keith! Thanks though, wasn’t sure if you’d get it being busy at the Autosport International, Hope you enjoy the rest of the show!

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 14th January 2011, 13:53

      Wow, you share your birthday with the “legendary Narain”! Here’s to hoping you got as good a present as he got in landing himself an F1 drive (if they can actually build a car)

      And with Fisi as well (saw on a post below he has his birthday as well, not sure weather he enjoyed his presents as much)

  6. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 14th January 2011, 0:52

    I’m not liking Alonso’s attitude. I read the article on Autosport where he said Schumacher was his main rival. he barely even gave the likes of Button, Hamilton, Vettel and Webber lip service.

    • Tombong said on 14th January 2011, 1:25

      that’s because if he must pick only one name and he stated the reasons. you’re so easily get bitter whenever something doesn’t resonate with your liking i see.

      • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 14th January 2011, 1:44

        I can understand his reasons, but Schumacher had a poor season in 2010. I don’t think anybody expects him to be a World Championship contender in 2011; even Ross Brawn has said that the aim is to win an eighth title in 2012. So by saying that an underperforming driver like Schumacher is his biggest threat, Alonso has basically said “I’m so much better than everybody else that I rate them as worse than an underperforming fomer World Champion”. If I were Alonso, I’d be very cautious of Vettel and Hamilton. Hamilton because he made his presence known to me at McLaren in 2007, and Vettel because most drivers would have given up on the championship after their engine blew up in Korea whereas Vettel consolidated and came from behind with two very solid wins to take the championship. That’s what Alonso should be worried about, but he’s basically saying the rest of the grid is no better than Schumacher and Schumacher is not at his best. Confidence is one thing, but this crosses the line into sheer arrogance.

        In a way, Ferrari and Alonso were amde for one another.

        • Hamish said on 14th January 2011, 1:50

          You have way too much spare time on your hands. Perhaps a bit more attention on the cost accounting :-)

        • Tombong said on 14th January 2011, 1:57

          @PM : well, you are free how to interpret anything from one’s words. And Amen for Ferrari and Alonso are made for one another! (my interpretation)

        • Alonso said quite a bit about Vettel and he also mentioned McLaren as strong competitors. In saying Schumacher was his most dangerous rival, he might well have reason, whether referring to his on-track tactics or sheer ability in a car that suits him. I don’t see anything at all arrogant in using the 7-time champion as the reference point.

        • paolo (@paolo) said on 14th January 2011, 13:02

          Surely he can have his own opinion just like everyone on here does

        • Nah, I think he is downgrading his level to underperforming former World Champion.

    • Ned Flanders (@ned-flanders) said on 14th January 2011, 1:33

      James Allen reckons it might be a tactical thing to pile more pressure on Schumi. I’m inclined to agree

      • Tombong said on 14th January 2011, 1:38

        Ned, whatever it is a tactical things or Alonso just being honest that statement is just a small thing really. take it as a pinch of salt. kinda funny i found people judging one’s attitude for making a simple statement.

      • Ned totally agree, that is the 1st thing i thought when I read it yesterday.
        But it not just Shumi’ its a dig at the others as well, and is mind games with them, smart talking from Alonso (although I sure it will make no difference in the long run)

      • Don Mateo said on 14th January 2011, 10:54

        I think it’s a tactic to undermine Hamilton, Vettel and the rest by giving someone else more acknowledgement. It’s just pre-season mind games.

    • Hamish said on 14th January 2011, 1:48

      Calm down. He wasn’t asked for a rundown of the grid.

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 14th January 2011, 13:38

      I suppose that is him already getting up the psy battle on his competitors by belittling most of them and putting pressure on Mercedes, Schumi and Rosberg to level them feeling comfy of improving over last year.

      • snowman said on 14th January 2011, 13:59

        I think it’s partly mind games to undermine how good the other champ’s are and more to the fact of what Alonso would actually like to happen. Alonso has a gigantic ego and would rather be mixing it with a legend and some one who everyone would rank higher than him than drivers in his mind and most others aren’t as good as him.

    • dyslexicbunny said on 14th January 2011, 16:16

      Well that doesn’t mean that he thinks he’s a contender for the title…. Lotus’ main rivals are Virgin and HRT. I’m just saying.

  7. wasiF1 (@wasif1) said on 14th January 2011, 1:29

    I keep my fingers crossed & hope that all the words Alonso & Mclaren told becomes true.

    • skodarap (@skodarap) said on 14th January 2011, 11:32

      Don’t hold your breath, even if cars would be better for overtaking, F1 needs drivers capable of doing that, at least overtaking evenly matched cars. I can only think of 4 names at this time Kamui, Lewis, Alonso and Kubica (Sutil and Schueey maybe should end up on this list as well) that are capable to overtake an evenly matched car.

  8. Hamish said on 14th January 2011, 1:55

    Poor France. No track, no team, no drivers.

  9. Don’t think Schumi is under any pressure, he knows what he can do. He’s old enough not to let comments affect his approach to the season.

  10. Joey-Poey (@joey-poey) said on 14th January 2011, 3:38

    I’m sorry, but that UMOR article sounds like something written by a naive, over ambitious and unrealistically idealistic 15 year old.

  11. At least 1 Malaysia or Team Lotus or whoever they are were smart enough to use stickers for the new signs just in case they need to be removed quickly.

  12. Personally, I wish they’d become air Malaysia, or something else. Lotus have a factory team now, and it’s British.. So they’re not gonna roll over and give up the name. They have the best claim.

    • Journeyer (@journeyer) said on 14th January 2011, 7:03

      The Group Lotus originally created to be separate from the racing team? And more British than the Lotus based in Hingham, Norfolk?

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 14th January 2011, 13:41

      Ehm, Group Lotus does not have a factory team. They are a sponsor to the Enstone based, Luxembourg owned ex-French manufacturer team Renault.

      Sure, they have an intent to buy in in a few months or years, but Mateschitz and Mallya were sponsors for years as well before they bought his own!

  13. Rob Wilson said on 14th January 2011, 9:38

    When Alonso says Michael is always the most dangerous, i don’t think it’s mind games at all, i think it’s as simple as, looking at Michaels past, how could you ever write him off before a season? He is the most dangerous for as long as he’s there, for sure.

  14. Michael Griffin said on 14th January 2011, 10:25

    Bernie says a country cannot have two races? Has he gone completely mad or forgotten that Spain already has two races?

    • He’s always been mad; mad about money, they can solve everything, can’t they? Maybe he just wants more money from Rome to give Italy two races?

    • Don Mateo said on 14th January 2011, 12:44

      Spain having two races is mentioned in the BBC article, but it also says that the event is to rotate to other countries in the future. I hope it does, especially if it means visiting new tracks or going back to places that have previously held GPs but lost their place on the calendar.

      • dyslexicbunny said on 14th January 2011, 16:23

        I really like the idea of moving the European GP around Europe, especially among circuits that struggle to get people in the seats every year.

        Similarly, I think it would be cool to have an Asian GP and an American GP (North and South). Really, you’d just need enough circuits to bounce it around to be interesting. It makes things a little fresher and keeps drivers on their toes as they have to learn more circuits and opens up potential for more mistakes.

    • frood19 (@frood19) said on 14th January 2011, 13:26

      the roma gp will be the Vatican City GP. a bit like Imola hosting the San Marino gp – it wasn’t even close to being in San Marino.

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