Christian Horner, Red Bull, Sepang, 2012

Horner wants “clarity” on Mercedes rear wing

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Christian Horner, Red Bull, Sepang, 2012In the round-up: Red Bull team principal Christian Horner wants further talks on Mercedes’ rear wing despite it being declared legal twice.

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Malaysian GP Conference 2 (FIA)

“I think the biggest thing for all of us ?ǣ I?m not the only one ?ǣ I think there are probably other gentlemen that are keen for clarity going forward. Is it something that?s accepted as a clever interpretation, and hats off to Mercedes if it is, or is it something that you know isn?t permissible moving forward. I think that?s the most important thing to resolve and it would be nice to come out of this weekend with that clarity.”

Mercedes new rear wing concept is both a help and a hindrance (BBC)

“In the race the system will only be used rarely and therefore the aerodynamic characteristics of the car on corner entry will be quite different – and use the rear tyres more aggressively because the rear will be moving around more.”

Whitmarsh targets early ‘cushion’ (Sky)

“As the season progresses, we will make mistakes – we are going to try not to of course but things will happen, that’s the nature of this sport – so the greater the cushion, the greater the buffer you’ve got, the more you can take those incidents in your stride and maintain a championship offence.”

Di Resta doubtful of breaking into Q3 (Autosport)

“I am not so sure we’ll get into Q3, I wouldn’t go that far. At the end of the day Lotus and Ferrari and Mercedes are very strong here so doing that is a very tough ask.”

Q&A with Toro Rosso?s Daniel Ricciardo (F1)

“The feedback that we are both getting has been very positive. They have been very nice, but nice in a business-like way – welcoming. I can see that the team is enjoying the new challenge. I think they were relieved in Melbourne that they don?t have to start with the birds and the bees. With our racing we?ve shown that we are much further down the evolutionary road!”

Kimi Raikkonen: “The Pace is there in the Car” (Lotus)

“We have some work to do on the setup in morning practice but I?m sure we?ll be ready to go when qualifying starts. The pace is there in the car; if we can unlock it there?s no reason we won?t be as strong as we were in Melbourne.”

Formula One Technology Is Tested on London Buses (Washington Post)

“Nine-time Formula One champion Williams is seeking to supply London’s buses with energy-saving technology developed for the world’s richest auto racing series.”

Comment of the day

RumFRESH reckons McLaren need to make hay while the sun shines:

McLaren really need to capitalise in these early races. Red Bull aren’t going to be lying down for long. I get the sense that the Red Bull package is there, it?s just a matter of understanding it and optimising performance.

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