Tag Archive: Charlie Whiting

Oct 30

Stewards to rule on Austin qualifying tweak – report

F1 is heading awkwardly into the US grand prix weekend, following the collapse of the two backmarkers Caterham and Marussia.

Austin - Texas The sport has always had a dubious relationship with America, although Austin’s inaugural races in 2012 and last year were proclaimed definite successes, featuring big crowds and the exciting Circuit of the Americas layout. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 21

Brawn, Domenicali to investigate Bianchi crash

A group of well-known F1 names will work with the sport’s governing body to investigate the crash of seriously injured driver Jules Bianchi.

2014-06-04_0348 It is already known that new processes for yellow flag periods, and safety skirts for recovery vehicles, will be looked into by the newly-formed ‘accident panel’ instigated by FIA president Jean Todt. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 16

FIA asks teams for Bianchi crash information

F1’s governing body has formed an ‘accident panel’ in the wake of Jules Bianchi’s life threatening crash.

2014-06-07_0535 The news, confirmed in a letter from the FIA to “all F1 teams” this week, follows Marussia angrily hitting back at media reports the team and its French driver were to blame for Bianchi’s crash into a recovery vehicle at Suzuka 11 days ago. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 14

Emotions still high as Bianchi fights for life

Marussia has been thrown into the spotlight as more information reportedly emerges about Jules Bianchi’s tragic Suzuka crash.

2014-06-05_0125 Germany’s Sport Bild claims an FIA transmission recorded at the time of the Frenchman’s incident said: “Bianchi did not slow down under yellow”. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 12

F1 to test yellow flag speed limits in Austin

“It seems to be a feasible idea” – Alonso 

Austin - Circuit of the Americas F1 looks set to test new software and procedures next time out in Austin that will automatically limit the speed of the cars through double waved yellow flag zones. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 11

F1 eyeing driver speed limit for yellow flags

F1 is considering a couple of rule changes in response to Jules Bianchi’s serious crash at Suzuka last weekend.

2014-08-09_0351 The most significant is that, when double yellow flags are being waved, drivers may have their pitlane speed limiters automatically triggered. It would have the twofold benefit of not only preventing the sort of accident that sent Bianchi off the track, but ensuring that every driver is equally disadvantaged by caution zones. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 10

FIA set to reveal Bianchi crash investigation

FIA president Jean Todt is also in Russia this weekend.

FIA The atmosphere in the Sochi paddock is grim, with many drivers visibly upset and even angry in the wake of the circumstances surrounding Jules Bianchi’s crash. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 07

Questions explode as Bianchi crash video emerges

“Was it the direction of the race or the officials who were at the corner?”
 

2014-06-07_0535 As Jules Bianchi lies critically ill in a Japanese hospital, grave questions are being asked about the circumstances surrounding his terrifying collision with a recovery vehicle on Sunday. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 06

Questions being asked after Bianchi crash

“The light was low and the track was slippery and that’s why I was caught out” – Adrian Sutil

2014-02-19_0004 - Marussia F1 Team - Bahrain - Jules Bianchi With the extent of Jules Bianchi’s injuries still unclear, F1 is already turning its attention to the controversial circumstances surrounding his accident that stopped the wet Japanese grand prix on Sunday. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 05

Bianchi in surgery for ‘severe head injury’ – FIA

Jules Bianchi is undergoing surgery for a “severe head injury”, F1’s governing body has announced.

2014-06-05_0125 At the same time, the French driver’s father has told the L’Equipe sports daily that his son is in a “critical” condition at the Mie hospital near Suzuka. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 05

FIA admits Japan GP could be cancelled

Every eye is on the sky in the final hour before the Japanese grand prix.

Suzuka Circuit, Suzuka logo As streams run down the pitlane and rain bands brought by typhoon Phanfone fill the radar screens, it emerged on Sunday that Suzuka organisers twice turned down the governing FIA’s request to move the 3pm start time forward. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 03

F1 eyes earlier Japan GP to dodge typhoon

An approaching typhoon is threatening to drive the Japanese grand prix off track.

Grand Prix du Japon Suzuka - photo DR Fernando Alonso’s future may be the talk of the Suzuka paddock, but every eye is on the ominous skies above the fabled circuit. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 26

Drivers allowed to gamble at race start – Whiting

Drivers are allowed to gamble on making a false start in formula one, the FIA’s Charlie Whiting has confirmed.

2014-06-05_0016 At Monza, some observers were both amazed and bemused when Lewis Hamilton reacted to the five starting lights to the tune of 0.05 seconds. Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport said it is “virtually impossible” that the Mercedes driver legitimately reacted to the lights, as the minimum human reaction time is much longer. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 22

McLaren accuses Red Bull of clampdown breach

McLaren has pointed the finger at Red Bull for allegedly breaching the FIA’s new clampdown on radio communications.

2014-06-08_0643 Although the governing body intended to immediately impose a comprehensive ban on ‘performance’-related messages, the compromise reached ahead of track action in Singapore ultimately outlawed only driver coaching-style calls. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 20

FIA clampdown dubbed ‘Radio Ga-Ga’ in Singapore

The FIA’s Charlie Whiting addressed the media in Singapore

2008-06-05_0049 F1’s intended clampdown on performance communications between teams and drivers has been dubbed ‘Radio Ga-Ga’ up and down the bemused paddock. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 19

FIA backtracks on car performance radio clampdown

The FIA has backtracked over its total clampdown on “performance”-related radio communications in formula one.

2014-06-04_0030 The earlier-announced comprehensive clampdown has been discussed at length in the Singapore paddock, but team managers went into Thursday’s long meeting with Charlie Whiting arguing that it should in fact be relaxed for now. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 18

FIA could ease radio clampdown in Singapore

The FIA could back down over its newly-imposed radio communications ban.

2012-06-09_0020 It was the hot topic of controversial conversation in Singapore on Thursday, as the teams and drivers prepare for the rest of 2014 with tight restrictions on what they can and cannot say over the pit-to-car radio. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 12

Horner, Prost back FIA radio clampdown

Christian Horner and Alain Prost have welcomed the FIA’s immediate clampdown on radio communications within formula one.

2014-06-08_0831 Responding to criticism from fans, F1 race director Charlie Whiting on Thursday circulated a directive to teams clarifying the existing rule about drivers needing to “drive the car alone and unaided”. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 09

FIA dismisses Rosberg ‘mistake’ conspiracy

F1’s governing FIA has rubbished the latest conspiracy theory in the wake of the Italian grand prix.

2014-06-07_1201 After the Monza race, multiple authoritative media publications and F1 officials suspected Nico Rosberg – perhaps in atonement for the Spa crash – deliberately faked braking mistakes on Sunday to gift Lewis Hamilton the win. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 02

Drivers defend controversial Parabolica gravel

Charlie Whiting has defended the controversial asphalting of Monza’s iconic Parabolica corner.

Monza logo During the recent summer break, a cry of outrage spread around the world when it emerged some of the famous gravel trap at the Italian grand prix venue’s high-speed final bend had been covered with tarmac. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 21

FIA bans ‘Fric’ officially

‘Fric’ has now been officially banned by F1’s governing body.

FIA - Karting Com A controversy about the ‘front and rear interconnected’ suspension layouts came to a head before Hockenheim, when the FIA flagged the potential illegality of the technology. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 20

Russia will get F1 track license – Whiting

Sochi has cleared the final hurdle ahead of Russia’s controversial inaugural grand prix this year.

2014-08-13 - Sochi 2 F1 race director Charlie Whiting visited the facility on Tuesday and was quoted by the Xinhua news agency: “The circuit is in very good condition and will be issued with a license.” Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 04

Melbourne secures place on F1 calendar

The future of the Australian grand prix is secure.

2014-03-17 - Pirelli - Australia - Melbourne 09 teams “To know there are many more home grands prix to come is great,” new F1 sensation Daniel Ricciardo told the Herald Sun newspaper. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 15

Caterham most likely to lodge Fric protest – report

The word on everyone’s lips ahead of the German grand prix weekend is ‘Fric’.

2014-06-08_0925 In the days before scrutineering on Thursday, the biggest questions are: will teams continue to use the newly-controversial technology, and will their rivals lodge protests? Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 15

New Caterham chiefs to axe ugly 2014 nose

“We obviously have a lot of work to do”

2014-06-07_0874 The distinctive nose at the front of Caterham’s 2014 car could be the popular victim of a development push by the backmarker team. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 15

Titanium skids for safety, not sparks – FIA

F1 is not mandating titanium be fitted underneath next year’s cars solely to create sparks, the governing body insists.

Caterham à vendre - photo Getty Images After tests on a couple of cars were carried out during Austrian grand prix practice last month, the FIA has now committed to introducing new rules for 2015. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 14

McLaren proposed grid restart idea – Whiting

McLaren was the driving force behind F1’s controversial move to introduce grid restarts next year.

2014-06-07_0523 Following criticisms of the change, namely that it is unfair or even unsafe, race director Charlie Whiting revealed recently: “First of all it has to be remembered that this was the suggestion from a team. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 14

‘Zero’ chance of Fric agreement – Force India

‘Fric’, or front and rear inter-connected, is a complex, hydraulically controlled system

2014-06-07_0910 In the days and hours before scrutineering at Hockenheim, uncertainty reigns when it comes to F1’s new technical controversy. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 11

Fric removal ‘will not change much’ – Lauda

“The motives of McLaren and Ferrari are obvious”

IMG_3777 Niki Lauda has played down the effect the removal of the complex ‘Fric’ system will have on F1’s dominant team. The triple world champion is also the F1 chairman at Mercedes, who along with Red Bull are considered the teams most affected by the FIA’s questioning of the legality of systems that mimic active suspension. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 10

Mercedes to remove ‘Fric’ for Hockenheim

Lauda called on the FIA to take a precise position on the legality of the system.

IMG_6444Mercedes will remove the complex ‘Fric’ system from its dominant F1 car ahead of next weekend’s German grand prix. Read the rest of this entry »

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