Tag Archive: Charlie Whiting

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 »

Jul 10

Dominant Mercedes to lose ‘extreme’ Fric advantage

Lewis Hamilton left Silverstone without making a single comment to the media after testing on Wednesday.

2014-06-08_0644 He might have been advised to steer a wide course around the ‘Nico Rosberg is not German’ controversy. But there could be another issue he – and Mercedes – were keen to swerve. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 09

Mercedes advantages set to end

If the latest developments are any indication, Mercedes’ dominance might not last for too long.

2014-06-08_1218 Last year, we reported that a secret under the skin of the silver car is ‘Fric’ — standing for ‘front and rear interconnected’. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 09

Whiting slams Lauda for race delay criticism

“It is ridiculous to say that an accident at the same spot will not occur.”

2014-06-07_1576 F1 race director Charlie Whiting has hit back at Niki Lauda, after the Mercedes team chairman slammed as “ridiculous” the delayed British grand prix. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 20

FIA vows to ease driver penalties

A big talking point in Austria on Thursday was the continuing feud between Felipe Massa and Sergio Perez.

2014-06-04_0030 The pair crashed and ended their Canadian grand prix in hospital, where the real dispute began. “I said that it was dangerous,” recalled Massa, “and that he needs to learn, but he just turned and left. Read the rest of this entry »

May 28

Whiting moves to stop Monaco-style qualifying sagas

Charlie Whiting wants to prevent a repeat of the Monaco qualifying scandal.

2012-06-09_0020 Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg have fallen out spectacularly, after Hamilton accused his Mercedes teammate of making a deliberate mistake in the dying minutes of their fight for pole on Saturday. Read the rest of this entry »

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