Stepped noses and Double DRS to go in 2013

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Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Monza, 2012In the round-up: The F1 rules for 2013 will allow teams to improve the look of their cars but prevent them from using Double DRS.

2013 F1 rules published

The 2013 F1 sporting and technical regulations have been published by the FIA and can be found here.

Among the new rules is the allowance for a panel on the front of the car to disguise the stepped noses which have appeared on most cars this year:

With the exception of an optional, single piece, non-structural fairing of prescribed laminate (whose precise lay-up may be found in the Appendix to the regulations) which may not be more than 625mm above the reference plane at any point, no bodywork situated more than 1950mm forward of rear face of the cockpit entry template may be more than 550mm above the reference plane.
FIA 2013 Formula One Technical Regualtions, article 3.7.9

They also forbid the use of DRS to alter other aspects of the car’s performance, effectively banning systems such as Mercedes’ Double DRS:

It cannot be used to change the geometry of any duct, either directly or indirectly, other than the change to the distance between adjacent sections permitted by Article 3.10.2.
FIA 2013 Formula One Technical Regualtions, article 3.18


Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:

F1 teams concerned at proposed FIA changes (BBC)

“The letter, written by some teams to Todt this week, says: ‘At a time when the FIA and teams are actively engaged in cost control, the teams wish to repeat their concern at such a significant increase.'”

F1 teams in the dark over entry fees (Autosport)

“The latest proposal now put forward is for every team to pay an entry fee of ??308,000, plus an additional ??3,080 per point scored. However, the constructors’ champions will pay a premium of ??3,700 per point.”

Motor racing-Schumacher a ‘difficult decision’ for Mercedes (Reuters)

Ross Brawn: “Michael has been a huge asset to the team, he’s really taken us forward. I do think Michael contributes an awful lot, so I think the decision for Michael to stay or not continue is a difficult one.”

Eric Boullier Q&A: Lotus can still win in 2012 (F1)

“[Ferrari’s] package is fast but they are mainly relying on one driver. That is fine if you are chasing the drivers? championship, but it?s not the strategy if you are chasing the constructors? championship. We are chasing the constructors? championship to give one of our drivers the chance to fight for the drivers? championship. And Kimi is now in a position where we will do everything to push him.”

Ricciardo gets on track (The Age)

“[Mark Webber’s] lap times before he caught me were very strong and I wasn?t sure how easily I?d be able to hold him off or how easily he?d be able to get past me, but I knew that there are only a few passing opportunities around this track and I knew if I just nailed those places every lap, just try to hit my lines well, it?d make life a little more difficult for him.”

Lights, camera, action! (ESPN)

“After the race the stewards were kept very busy investigating all the incidents and the media centre was kept up to date by the FIA media delegate Matteo Bonciani relaying each decision over the tannoy. So rather than the media waiting for each decision to arrive, he actually told people and explained the reasons, which is very useful if you are busy at your desk working. This is what the media wants. We want openness and decisions like that should be immediately out in the open. If this sort of thing happens at every race it would be great.”

Smouldering stories (Joe Saward)

“The latest report suggests that the prosecutors have been looking for evidence that shows that Ecclestone knew that Gribkowsky was a public official, as Bernie?s legal counsel had argued that this was not the case. However, Mr E made some disparaging remarks about Gribkowsky being a civil servant and that may be the key to cracking the case, if the prosecutors consider this to be evidence that Ecclestone knew that he was dealing with a public official.”


Comment of the day

@Npf1 was not impressed with Darren Heath’s article on Michael Schumacher which featured in yesterday’s round-up:

As a guy who loved Schumacher since I was a little boy, I was one heck of a fanboy between ages eight and sixteen. I went as far as drawing moustaches and ??dunce? hats on Villeneuve, Hill, Hakkinen in magazines and later despised Raikkonen and Alonso. All for beating my hero.

Of course, at some point, a person grows up. Sadly, some people never seem to move from those absolutes. These people are often found in YouTube comment sections (watch any Senna vs Schumacher video, both sides go mad) or high schools.

Personally, at 22, I?m not too crazy about Schumacher?s second career. I?ve kept at collecting his miniatures and still scream like a little girl when he does good, but that?s seldom the case. Still, as a fan, I support him.

However, I also realise the fortunes Schumacher had. Arguably, Piquet-Senna-Prost-Mansell and Alonso-Hamilton-Vettel are more fierce competitions than Schumacher versus anyone with a Newey designed car or later Alonso. Not to mention the monetary, technological and psychological advantages.

And he and his team have likely broken rules as well. I still think he was the best driver between 1994 and 2004, but seasons like 2003 or 2005 showed his weakness: he can outperform the car somewhat, but not by the margins aforementioned drivers could/can. […]

People tend to mention 1992 more often than 1995 when talking about Nigel Mansell. Or 2005 instead of 2009 when talking about Alonso. Stats and figures are nice, but memories weigh more than facts.

I really wish more F1 discussion would be without the conspiracies, my favorite driver is better than your favorite driver, etc. It?s somewhat sad to see a professional F1 photographer falling into just that.

From the forum

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On this day in F1

The 1997 Luxembourg Grand Prix was held at the Nurburgring in Germany 15 years ago today.

Mika Hakkinen started from his first ever pole position and kept the lead as several cars went off at the start.

He and McLaren team mate David Coulthard ran one-two until both retired within moments of each other with engine failures – a grave embarrassment for Mercedes at their home race.

That left Jacques Villeneuve to collect the win and take the lead of the drivers’ championship. Michael Schumacher had been eliminated in the first-corner collision triggered, ironically, by his brother Ralf.

Image ?? Ferrari spa/Ercole Colombo

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92 comments on Stepped noses and Double DRS to go in 2013

  1. F1Yankee (@f1yankee) said on 28th September 2012, 6:31

    he actually told people and explained the reasons

    after nearly 30 years of f1, i find this break from tradition appalling

  2. Girts (@girts) said on 28th September 2012, 7:37

    I wonder if the rumours that Schumacher considers joining Sauber for 2013 make any sense? At first I didn’t pay much attention to them but this is what Jonathan Noble, the respectable Autosport journalist, wrote on Wednesday:

    There is another scenario though: that Schumacher does something left-field and tries to find a seat elsewhere if Mercedes do not want him.

    Was that why his manager Sabine Kehm so publicly sat down for a lengthy chat with Sauber chiefs Monisha Kaltenborn and Peter Sauber in Singapore last weekend?

    Could Schumacher really be that desperate to stay in F1? On the other hand, if Sauber manage to maintain their strong shape in 2013, then it could get interesting. It would be a real bombshell if Schumacher managed to win a race with Sauber after failing to do so at Mercedes.

  3. Timothy Katz (@timothykatz) said on 28th September 2012, 8:04

    The Hamilton – Mercedes move is now being reported on the BBC, complete with the Schumacher to Sauber rumour.

  4. KeeleyObsessed (@keeleyobsessed) said on 28th September 2012, 8:31

    Certainly looks far more conclusive than anything else I’ve seen on the subject to date..

    If the BBC is right, and Hamilton does move to Mercedes, is there anything in Rosberg’s contract that means he could become a third driver for 2013? That would allow Rosberg to stay in Mercedes while Schumacher gets his final year in F1, as it’s pretty obvious he’ll want to be out by the time the new engines come in…

    • Girts (@girts) said on 28th September 2012, 8:40

      @KeeleyObsessed Anything is possible but I believe that demoting Rosberg to a reserve driver seat would be madness even by F1 standards. In my opinion, Nico might be overrated but he still firmly belongs to the top 10 of the current grid.

      • KeeleyObsessed (@keeleyobsessed) said on 28th September 2012, 8:51

        @girts It would only be for the 1 season. Schumacher doesn’t seem ready to retire again just yet, particularly as the car was one of the leaders at the beginning of the season (Pre-Monaco). I know I’m a big Schumi fan so I’m probably biased, but I think Rosberg could step down to reserve driver for 1 year to give Schumi his final year. Putting Schumi in a Sauber (which seems the only stated alternative at the moment) would be interesting, but Kobayashi/Schumacher doesn’t look right in my eyes…

  5. Maciek (@maciek) said on 28th September 2012, 8:51

    If this Hamilton to Mercedes story pans out, it’ll be yet another reason to doubt the wisdom of his current management – I’ve had high hopes for Mercedes, but so far both Schumacher and his team have made just about equal progress in three years, which isn’t saying much about either. Everyone keeps saying that they have all the resources necessary to crack the top three, but where’s the proof so far?

    • brny666 said on 28th September 2012, 9:27

      Nice. It would be a real bummer for HAM is Macca come out with a solid car next year and Perez gets his first title (or Button his second)

  6. sumedh said on 28th September 2012, 9:30


    I like Mclaren’s line up more now. HAM has taken a gamble I didn’t think he had the balls to take. Good on him.

  7. DarthRaiden666 (@darthraiden666) said on 28th September 2012, 13:59

    I’m glad the stepped noses will be gone next year.

    They will not be missed.

  8. The Bucket Of Vindaloo (@the-bucket-of-vindaloo) said on 28th September 2012, 16:16

    Thank **** about the stepped noses being dealt with. Those things have already corrupted my imagination.

  9. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 29th September 2012, 17:36

    Grosjean has been Lotus’ biggest letdown as far as the WCC is concerned but to be fair to the guy, he is very much a rookie and while a championship would be welcome, I don’t think they expected they could win it anyway at the beginning of the year.

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