Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, Jerez, 2014

Safety questions over Ferrari turbo

F1 Fanatic Round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, Jerez, 2014In the round-up: Ferrari’s 2014 turbo engine may come under scrutiny after questions over a potential safety hazard have been raised.


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Ferrari F1 turbo safety debated (Racecar Engineering)

??Racecar Engineering understands that while Renault and Mercedes interpreted 5.18.5 as meaning that the turbocharger needs an additional ballistic cover (which weighs around 3kg) Ferrari has not.??

Renault confirms battery issue (ESPN)

Remi Taffin: “The fact is that obviously we are facing problems. There are many problems we can see when we’ve got new cars and also on our side new power units. But for sure we know on our side that we had one problem that we have clearly identified and we wanted to fix it.”

McLaren rear design catches the eye – and the attention – of rival teams (SkyF1)

James Allison: ??I haven’t seen it in the flesh. All I’ve seen are some blurry pictures, but I would like to know more about it because it does interest me.??

Formula 1 can’t ignore fan backlash over double points – Toto Wolff (Autosport)

Wolff: ??I think obviously the shitstorm we got afterwards was something not expected. Was it the right move or not? 99 per cent of our fans and spectators, and this is what counts, told us it was the wrong move so perhaps it is something to revisit.??

Franz Tost Q&A: Teething problems to be expected (

Tost: ??What we?ve seen are teething problems – probably more than in ??normal? years, but Formula One is always able to overcome them. To be honest, I expected troubles on day one.??

Schumacher: One month on, unanswered questions remain (BBCF1)

Dr Gary Hartstein: “It is extremely unlikely, and I’d honestly say virtually impossible, that the Michael we knew prior to this fall will ever be back.??

Slavica Ecclestone worked for Yugoslavian secret service? (InSerbia)

??Bernie Ecclestone?s ex-wife allegedly worked for Yugoslavian secret service (UDBA), and may have some information about Stjepan Djurekovic, Croatian media report.??

Ayrton Senna Honda NSX for sale (BT)

??The stunning car, which is still in exemplary condition, was bought for Senna by his manager and friend Antonio Carlos de Almeida Braga, for the three-time World Champion to use when visiting his home in Portugal.??


Comment of the day

With McLaren announcing that former Lotus Team Principal Eric Boullier is to become the team’s new Racing Director, reader Chris answers those who are critical of Ron Dennis’s approach to team management.

Look what he?s built McLaren into. The best British racing team in F1 history, the second most successful racing team ever in history (after only Ferrari themselves). And to top it all off, he?s made them the finest UK sportscar manufacturer that develops parts for the Auto industry, the motorsport industry and the aerospace industry.

And he?s done it all in the glory of another mans name, so don?t give me that about ego. He could have changed the team name to Project 4 when he bought Teddy Mayers shares out in 1981.

In my opinion, if you?re not a fan of Dennis, you?re no fan of McLaren. McLaren IS Ron Dennis.

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On this day in F1

Paul Frere was born on this day in 1917. Frere was a journalist first and a racing driver second, but often impressed at the wheel, particularly in his 11th and final start when he finished second to team mate Peter Collins for Ferrari at Spa-Francorchamps in 1956.

Part of the new Spa circuit was named after him following his death five years ago, at the age of 92.