Is Mercedes’ intellectual property in danger?
Martin Whitmarsh has not categorically denied reports McLaren could team up with former engine partner Honda for F1′s new turbo V6 era.
It had been reported engineers belonging to the Japanese marque, having withdrawn its works team from the sport in 2008, might now already be working at Woking. The reports said Honda could possibly be ready with a turbo V6 next year, but that a new one-year deal between McLaren and Mercedes for 2014 is the most likely option before a change of tack in 2015.
McLaren is yet to sign an engine deal for the new turbo V6 era beginning in 2014, according to Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport.
“Mercedes is pushing for a decision in the next days,” said correspondent Michael Schmidt. The successful, title-winning McLaren-Mercedes partnership dates back almost two decades, but with Mercedes now with its own team, McLaren is no longer the ‘works’ partner.
Robert Kubica will continue his push for racing fitness by stepping up to the wheel of a full world rally-spec Citroen C4 for two forthcoming minor rallies (Rally di Coma and Rallye du Var). “I can’t wait to drive a car that is as quick and has been as successful as the C4 WRC,” said the former BMW and Renault driver, who was seriously injured in a rally crash in February 2011.
In the main event
Charles Pic and his Marussia F1 Team delivered a ‘Kremlin-cool’ performance today at the main event for this weekend’s Moscow City Racing festival of motorsport. It was Charles’ first trip to Russia and the Marussia F1 Team’s first participation in this important event on Russia’s burgeoning motorsport calendar.
Flagworld.com live from Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve
It was under cloudy skies that the first free practice session of the F1 Canadian Grand Prix got under way and after some long periods of hesitation most drivers went out and started laying down some rubber for future sessions.
“This is a good result and quite a satisfying one for our engine specialists” – Norbert Haug
Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull set nearly all the records and took most of the titles in 2011 but were denied one particular title: For the third successive year (2009-2011), Mercedes secured the most championship points of all the engine manufacturers last season with its three teams (Mercedes GP, McLaren-Mercedes, Force India).
The Mercedes is the loudest formula one car in 2011.
That is the finding of the German newspaper Bild am Sonntag, after testing the volume of this year’s field trackside in Monaco just over a week ago. The silver W02 registered 127.8 decibels, which is louder than the average human pain threshold, and nearly as loud as a military jet aircraft take-off with afterburner at 50 feet.
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