Stoffel Vandoorne, McLaren, Silverstone test, 2014

McLaren accelerate upgrades but drop FRIC

F1 Fanatic Round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Stoffel Vandoorne, McLaren, Silverstone test, 2014In the round-up: McLaren say they are bringing new upgrades to their car ahead of schedule but will drop their FRIC suspension for the upcoming race as the FIA was warned teams could be in breach of the rules if they use them.

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McLaren: No radical overhaul (Sky)

Eric Boullier: “The correlation and upgrade package we brought, originally for Silverstone but it went to Austria, is doing well so now we are doing the same and pushing to bring every upgrade one race earlier. So in Germany we’ll bring more upgrades than originally scheduled.”

McLaren to remove FRIC for Germany (Autosport)

“The decision by McLaren to remove FRIC will almost certainly be followed by other leading outfits. No teams will likely be willing to gamble on running FRIC for fear of a protest.”

Ferrari-Chef Montezemolo: “Formel-1-Piloten wie Taxifahrer” (Focus, German)

Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo repeats his complaints about there being too much fuel and tyre conservation in Formula One.

Great Britain 2014 – race edit (F1)

Video highlights from the British Grand Prix including new audio clips from Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel’s radios.

Why FRICS is in the spotlight (MotorSport)

“Get rid of FRICS and the advantage of the nose-flexing technology is surely increased. Has Ferrari decoded how it works, perhaps aided by the inevitable flow of personnel over time between teams, and is looking to incorporate it into next year’s car? A clue might be the performance of Red Bull at Hockenheim if everyone elects to run without FRICS this weekend.”

British Grand Prix 2014 | The sport photographer’s scoop with Sutton Images (Nikon)

“My kit for the race would consist of Nikon D4s bodies / Nikkor 500mm F4 ED / 70-200mm F2.8 ED / 24-70mm F2.8 ED / 1.4X converter / 2SB flashes / 10 x 8GB SD cards / 1 chamois / 1 FIA jacket.”

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@Hobo is impressed with Force India’s season so far:

While they don’t have anywhere near the development reserves of the big teams, I think the bigger issue so far is poor qualifying. Of the 18 starts so far, more than half have been outside the top 10 with the best engine on the grid and at times the second fastest Mercedes team. That stems, I think, from less development funding, less downforce, and possibly from absence of FRIC (if some reports are correct that they aren’t running it).

But part of their ability to do so well in races, i.e. making the tires live forever, (and it is impressive) certainly has to be impacting their qualifying pace. Considering how well they are positioned in the points race, it seems to be a gamble that has paid off. If they went after getting more heat into the tires more quickly it would probably impact their long runs and possibly their results.

My point is that given the constraints on the team, they could have gone either way on tire wear/strategy, but I think they have about maximised the potential of their car so far this season.
@Hobo

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Prince Birabongse Bhanudej Bhanubandh of Thailand (then Siam) was born 100 years ago today. The prince competed in races under the name ‘B Bira’ and was on the grid for the first ever round of the world championship at Silverstone, driving a Maserati.

He continued to compete in F1 until 1954 and retired the following year. He died in 1985.

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