Michael Schumacher, Mercedes, Suzuka, 2011

Mercedes testing ‘front wing F-duct’

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

In the round-up: Speculation over how Mercedes’ “front wing F-duct” works.


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Scarbs F1 via Twitter

“I think it works differently to that shown [in Auto Motor und Sport] it’s all about managing the balance of downforce at speed.”

Mercedes experiments with F-duct wing (Autosport)

“This airflow is fed to the diffuser, boosting the downforce generated at the rear of the car. This has also improved the way that the Mercedes uses its rear tyres.”

Dealing with Tragedy (Maurice Hamilton)

“It was clear that a number of correspondents were tweeting simply because it was the thing to be seen to be doing. I’m not talking about race fans looking for an outlet for their genuine sorrow and shock. I’m referring to those whose profile in the sport seemed to demand – in their minds, anyway – some sort of statement of grief even though they knew next to nothing about Wheldon and wouldn’t know an IndyCar if they tripped over one while checking out their mentions on Twitter.”

Sebastian Vettel says Dan Wheldon’s death highlights need for safety (The Guardian)

“The bottom line is what we do might not be the safest so there is always some risk but we are ready to take that into account because we love racing and we love motor sports and it is dangerous.”

Interview with Sebastian Vettel (Renault Sport F1)

“It meant a lot to win at Monza as it was where I got my first Grand Prix win, but also for the whole team. In particular over the past two years we were struggling a bit, we weren?t quick enough on the straights, so to come back this year and win ?ǣ for Renault it was the first time they have won there since 1995 was great.”

F1 in Korea (Joe Saward)

“Hopes of an increase in spectators from 160,000 to 200,000 over the weekend did not become a reality, despite the fact that ticket prices were dropped by 30%.”

Korea searches for star in F1 (The Korea Herald)

“The country?s only big racing export, Mun Sung-hak, has also struggled to gain traction in his debut season in Formula Two. The England-based driver has found it difficult to compete financially without the same kind of sponsorships that are often available to talented young European drivers.”

F1 Fanatic via Twitter

“Fabio Leimer and Esteban Gutierrez will drive for Sauber in the young driver test at Abu Dhabi.”

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Comment of the day

Electrolite wants more continuity among F1 teams when it comes to names:

I don’t want Formula 1 to be a rich men’s playground where investors can stick their noses in and out as and when they feel like it.

I want everyone running the teams to be in it for the long run, at least a few years to become established and such commitment I’m sure would deliver better results with his kind of prevention in place. It messes the people who work for the teams around, messes the fans around, and in the case of BMW with Williams/Sauber, for example, really screws over teams with heritage, an identity

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On this day in F1

Ayrton Senna won his third world championship 20 years ago today.

Title rival Nigel Mansell spun into retirement in the early stages of the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka.

Senna handed victory to team mate Gerhard Berger at the end of the final lap, and Mansell’s team mate Riccardo Patrese finished third.

Here are the closing stages of the race including Senna handing the win to Berger: