Tag Archive: blown diffuser

Apr 04

Updated Ferrari to take cues from Sauber – report

Ferrari is planning to follow Sauber’s lead when the first major development of the disappointing F2012 car is unveiled soon.

2012-03-16 - Australian Grand Prix 2012 Friday #1 6792012-03-18 - Australian Grand Prix 2012 Sunday #5 843“No doubt about it,” Fernando Alonso said after winning the Malaysian grand prix, “they (Sauber) were quicker than us.” The Italian magazine Autosprint have mischievously christened the updated Ferrari a ‘Ferrauber’, explaining that the rear of the ‘B’ F2012 will be very similar to Sauber’s impressive C31. Read the rest of this entry »


Apr 04

Clever Sauber turning heads in 2012

Fernando Alonso’s win was a complete surprise, but the name of another team was on more paddock-dwellers’ lips after Malaysia — Sauber.

2012-02-24 - Sauber F1 Team - Kamui Kobayashi 032012-02-24 - Sauber F1 Team - Kamui Kobayashi 01“Only one team could do consistently good laptimes on all the tyres and in all the conditions, and it was Sauber,” confirmed Martin Whitmarsh, whose McLaren team had travelled to Sepang with arguably the fastest car. Read the rest of this entry »


Mar 29

F-duct legality ‘part of the game’ insists Haug

Norbert Haug has the ‘F-duct’ debate around by admitting he questions the exhaust solution featured on this year’s McLaren car.

2011-03-26 - Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team - Australia - Ross Brawn - Norbert Haug 012012-02-24 - Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team - Nico Rosberg 02Some teams – notably Red Bull, Lotus and Ferrari – have complained loudly about the W03’s aerodynamic configuration, arguing the F-duct ban completely ruled out similar systems that are triggered by a driver’s movement. Read the rest of this entry »


Oct 24

FIA moves even harder to stop diffuser blowing

The FIA is moving to clamp down even harder on the aerodynamic use of exhaust gases ahead of the 2012 season.

2010-06-12_0340Flagworld - FIAF1’s governing body had already announced the end of the so-called ‘blown diffuser’ era by dictating the positioning of the exhausts and limiting the allowable off-throttle engine maps for 2012.

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Jul 31

Force India remove blown diffuser after Hungary test

Force India has decided against running its new blown diffuser in qualifying and the race in Hungary.

2010-05-08 - Force India F1 Team - Vitantonio Liuzzi 2The Silverstone based team tested the concept in Friday practice on Adrian Sutil’s car, which was faster in both sessions than the non-blown diffuser sister car shared by Paul di Resta and Tonio Liuzzi. Read the rest of this entry »


Jul 29

Funny side lost as di Grassi alters Glock quote

Blown diffuser for Virgin car ‘possible’ – Glock

2010-07-24 - Virgin Racing - Lucas di Grassi - Timo Glock2010-07-24 - Virgin Racing - Timo Glock_3Lucas di Grassi has survived an uncomfortable gaffe within the Virgin team. After the Hockenheim race, the team’s press officer Tracy Novak reportedly presented both the Brazilian rookie and his teammate Timo Glock with proposed official quotes for the media release. Read the rest of this entry »


Jul 22

Mercedes and Ferrari will have improvements to their respective 2010 cars at Hockenheim this weekend.

Car improvements for Mercedes and Ferrari

2010-06-12_05712010-06-12_0611According to German reports, the W01 is set to feature a development of its switchable F-duct system, as well as a refined blown exhaust. “We have worked hard,” confirmed competition director Norbert Haug.  “We have sorted out many of the problems we’ve seen in the last two races.” Read the rest of this entry »


Jul 22

Smaller teams opposed to easing F1 test ban

Half of F1’s competing teams are opposed to proposals to relax the current ban on in-season testing.

2010-06-13 - Force India F1 Team - Vitantonio Liuzzi 04Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport reports that while the opposition of low-budget newcomers Lotus, Virgin and HRT was expected, also Force India, Sauber and Williams want the current restrictions to remain in place. Read the rest of this entry »


Jul 18

McLaren to again test blown diffuser at Hockenheim

McLaren is still not committed to qualifying and racing with a Red Bull-style ‘blown diffuser’ exhaust layout.

2010-07-11 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Martin WhitmarshAt Silverstone, the British team tried the specification in Friday practice but reverted to the original setup for qualifying and the race. McLaren and its drivers still head both world championships with more than half the season now run, but boss Martin Whitmarsh admits the team is “under no illusions” about Red Bull having the faster car. Read the rest of this entry »


Jul 14

Red Bull got front wing idea from Force India – report

The concept of Red Bull’s new front wing was pioneered by Force India, according to a report.

2010-06-11_0846The wing sparked the Silverstone furore, when it was taken from Mark Webber’s RB6 before qualifying after the only other example broke on Sebastian Vettel’s car in morning practice. Read the rest of this entry »


Jul 10

McLaren removes blown diffuser from car

“It hasn’t been perfect, that’s the truth” -Jenson Button

2010-06-27 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Jenson Button 1Overnight in the McLaren pits, the British team have removed an update package – including the Red Bull-style blown diffuser – from the MP4-25 car. Read the rest of this entry »


Jun 29

McLaren looks to keep up with Red Bull in Britain

Red Bull might now be expected to maintain its return to form as formula one moves on to Silverstone.

2010-06-27 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Lewis Hamilton 4After two McLaren victories on the trot, and the British team leading both the drivers’ and constructors’ world championships, Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel won from pole position last weekend at Valencia. Read the rest of this entry »


Jun 25

McLaren to struggle to beat ‘blown diffuser’ teams

“We’ve just got to fight it out here and get the best out of what we’ve got.”

2010-06-13 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Lewis Hamilton 08Lewis Hamilton on Friday admitted McLaren might struggle to keep up with rapidly-progressing rivals this weekend in Valencia. While the British team will only run the innovation in two weeks at Silverstone, Ferrari, Mercedes and Renault have got Red Bull-style ‘blown diffuser’ exhaust layouts up and running on the streets of the Spanish port city. Read the rest of this entry »