Technical review: German and Hungarian Grands Prix

Posted on | Author John Beamer

Looking back on the technical developments from Hockenheim and the Hungaroring, here?s John Beamer. As Mark Webber said the list of accusations thrown at Red Bull is starting to look silly. First we had the trick ride height system, then illegal suspension fairings and now flexing front wings. In the midst of all this teams … Continue reading Technical review: German and Hungarian Grands Prix

McLaren and Ferrari hunting Red Bull: The F1 development race analysed

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Red Bull clearly have fastest car in F1 at the moment. But McLaren and Ferrari have been relentless in their pursuit of the flying RB6s, bringing significant upgrades to the last two races. Have they been able to cut Red Bull’s lead? And what’s the balance of power among the rest of the teams? This … Continue reading McLaren and Ferrari hunting Red Bull: The F1 development race analysed

Technical review: Canadian Grand Prix

Posted on | Author John Beamer

Tyres, not F-ducts, provided the talking point in the Canadian Grand Prix. Guest writer John Beamer reviews the technical developments in the last round. At Montreal conventional wisdom was proven right. McLaren’s straight-line speed advantage, driven by a fully working F-duct and the Mercedes engine (worth up to 30bhp) allowed it to secure a one-two … Continue reading Technical review: Canadian Grand Prix

Technical review: Spain and Monaco

Posted on | Author John Beamer

John Beamer reviews the technical developments at the Spanish and Monaco Grands Prix. Barcelona and Monaco couldn’t be more different in what they demand from an F1 car. Barcelona is the ultimate test of aerodynamic efficiency, whereas Monaco is a drivers’ circuit, which rewards ability and confidence more than anywhere else on the calendar. With … Continue reading Technical review: Spain and Monaco

FOTA consider new 2011 downforce cuts

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

The Formula One Teams’ Association is considering further restrictions on how much downforce F1 cars can generate as the 2010 cars are already producing almost as much downforce as they were in 2008. The changes introduced last year at the urging of the Overtaking Working Group have not succeeding in reducing downforce levels. FOTA is … Continue reading FOTA consider new 2011 downforce cuts

F1 track records set to tumble

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

F1’s ever-tighter technical regulations haven’t stopped the cars getting even quicker in 2010. This year’s cars are lapping on a par with the 2004 machines which set many of the lap records at the tracks on this year’s calendar. That’s despite the cars of 2004 having much freer aerodynamic regulations, softer rubber because of the … Continue reading F1 track records set to tumble

While F1 dithers over KERS, road car hybrid technology leaves it behind

Posted on Author Keith Collantine

Right now, F1 should be enjoying a new turbo era. We had a taste of it last year as some teams deployed Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems to gain a power boost on the straights. Those without it tended to be quicker in the corners – and that crucial difference gave us some great racing. The … Continue reading While F1 dithers over KERS, road car hybrid technology leaves it behind

Sidepod mirrors banned from next race

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Sidepod-mounted wing mirrors are to be banned from the Chinese Grand Prix, according to Autosport. The teams will be required on safety grounds to fit the mirrors in a position where drivers can see them more easily following complaints over sidepod-mounted mirrors being too hard to see due to vibrations. Six teams used the mirrors … Continue reading Sidepod mirrors banned from next race

Double diffusers ‘banned for 2011’

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

F1 will ban double diffusers in 2011 according to Autosport. The controversial diffusers were ruled legal after last year’s Chinese Grand Prix, forcing several teams to re-design their cars. They allowed teams to claw back much of the downforce they had lost because of changes to the rules in 2009. They were also blamed for … Continue reading Double diffusers ‘banned for 2011’

Driving the F1 simulator which gives teams “the best way to cheat”

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

F1 drivers will get their first runs in their new cars at Valencia in two weeks’ time. Actually, that’s a lie – they started driving them months ago. The increased use of simulators in F1 means that while the FIA puts ever greater restrictions on testing mileage, teams are relying more heavily on virtual testing … Continue reading Driving the F1 simulator which gives teams “the best way to cheat”