Tag Archive: F-duct

Aug 06

Lotus pushing to debut ‘double DRS’ at Spa

Technical boss James Allison has confirmed speculation Lotus intends to debut its so-called ‘double DRS’ system in Belgium next month.

05 - Lotus F1 Team2012-07-21 - Lotus F1 Team - Germany - Romain Grosjean 01On British broadcaster Sky’s ‘F1 Show’, television pundit Ted Kravitz explained that – unlike Mercedes’ pioneering device – the Lotus version is in fact not attached to the rear wing DRS.

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Jul 05

Rosberg says Mercedes ‘very close’ to title challenge

Nico Rosberg has admitted Mercedes’ is not the fastest car in 2012, but insists he is in the running for this year’s title.

2012-06-09_12362012-06-10_0478The German won his first grand prix in more than a hundred attempts this year in China; a breakthrough also for Mercedes after a 55-year victory drought. 27-year-old Rosberg said recently that the W03 car is perhaps the fastest overall on the 2012 grid.

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Jun 01

Curtailed ‘creativity’ causing championship chaos – Alonso

The 2012 field is so even because the rules are so restrictive, according to Fernando Alonso.

2012-05-12 - Spanish Grand Prix b 05742012-05-27 - Scuderia Ferrari - Monaco - Fernando Alonso 01The Spaniard admitted to worrying about the “credibility” of the sport, in light of the common view that the tyres supplied by Pirelli this year are making winning and losing grands prix akin to a “lottery”.

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May 12

Lotus ‘biggest surprise’ of 2012 – Mateschitz

Lotus is the “biggest surprise” of the 2012 season so far, Red Bull’s team owner Dietrich Mateschitz has admitted.

2012-05-11 - Spanish Grand Prix 425Dietrich Mateschitz 02In an interview with Austria’s Salzburger Nachrichten newspaper, the billionaire mogul was mildly critical of the “lottery” that is this year’s championship, with Pirelli’s unpredictable tyres setting the scene. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 20

Mercedes’ double-DRS ‘not massive’ gain – Button

Jenson Button doubts other teams will be pushing too hard to rush a Mercedes-style ‘double-DRS’ to their 2012 package.

2012-04-15 - Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team - Chinese Grand Prix - Michael Schumacher 022012-04-15 - Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team - Chinese Grand Prix - Nico Rosberg 04The F-duct-style concept is, so far, the highest profile innovation of the season. So with the FIA declaring it fully legal, and Nico Rosberg breaking through with his maiden pole and win in Shanghai last weekend, it seems a no-brainer that the other teams will now be following suit. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 12

Lotus preparing F-duct protest in China – reports

Two publications are reporting strong rumours that Lotus is preparing an official protest against Mercedes’ controversial F-duct system.

2012-02-07 - Lotus F1 Team - E20 - Jerez - Kimi Raikkonen 032012-03-24 - Lotus F1 Team - Malaysian Grand Prix - Romain Grosjean 04Germany’s specialist Auto Motor und Sport said the Enstone based team could file the protest in Shanghai on Thursday, following stalemate meetings last week between technical directors and the FIA’s Charlie Whiting. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 11

McLaren not yet ready with own F-duct

McLaren is not yet ready to roll out a Mercedes-style ‘F-duct’ to complement its highly competitive 2012 car.

2012-03-24 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Malaysian Grand Prix - Lewis Hamilton 042012-03-18 - Australian Grand Prix 2012 Sunday #9 038Despite Mercedes struggling with tyres in the actual races so far, the W03 is a standout qualifying performer, thanks in part to the so-nicknamed front and rear ‘super-DRS’ system. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 10

Still some ‘gentlemen’ in F1 – Sauber

There are still some “gentlemen” in F1, team boss and owner Peter Sauber insists.

2012-02-07 - Sauber F1 Team - Sauber C31-Ferrari - Jerez - Peter Sauber 032012-03-24 - Sauber F1 Team - Malaysian Grand Prix - Sergio Perez 05Amid the recent F-duct debate, it was suggested that Mercedes’ Ross Brawn had broken a teams’ ‘gentlemen’s agreement’ that the technology should not be pursued. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 06

Brawn admits ‘cheap’ F-duct not easily copied

Ross Brawn has confirmed reports that Mercedes’ 2012 ‘F-duct’ will not be easily copied by rival teams.

2012-03-15 - Australian Grand Prix 2012 Thursday #2 1062012-03-24 - Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team - Malaysian Grand Prix - 03We reported on Thursday that while Red Bull and now Ferrari worked quickly to copy Sauber’s clever exhaust solution, they are crying foul over the Mercedes F-duct. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 05

Mercedes’ clever F-duct not easily copied – report

In the case of Sauber’s clever exhaust solution, Red Bull simply rolled out a copy in the days before the 2012 season.

2012-03-24 - Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team - Malaysian Grand Prix - Nico Rosberg 012012-03-24 - Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team - Malaysian Grand Prix - Michael Schumacher 02Writing in O Estado de S.Paulo, Brazilian correspondent Livio Oricchio said the Sauber philosophy makes ingenious use of something called the ‘Coanda effect’. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 03

FIA still believes Mercedes F-duct legal

The FIA appears to have waded back into the ‘F-duct’ debate, indicating that the Mercedes-style solution is fully legal.

Flagworld - FIA2012-02-24 - Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team - Nico Rosberg 02We reported on Monday that the saga looked set to continue into China next weekend, with some teams – notably Red Bull and Lotus – questioning the legality of the aerodynamic innovation. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 02

‘F-duct’ saga to continue into China

The 2012 ‘F-duct’ controversy looks set to keep running for now.

Flagworld - F1Flagworld - FIA“It’s not over yet,” confirmed Red Bull advisor Dr Helmut Marko to Germany’s Auto Bild. In Australia and Malaysia, the threat of results protests hung over the opening races of 2012, due to some teams – chiefly Red Bull and Lotus – questioning the legality of the aerodynamic innovation on Mercedes’ 2012 car. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 30

Sauber undecided on copying Mercedes F-duct

Sauber has revealed it cannot afford to simply jump in and copy Mercedes’ innovative F-duct solution.

2012-03-24 - Sauber F1 Team - Malaysian Grand Prix - Sergio Perez 042012-03-18 - Australian Grand Prix 2012 Sunday #5 843The small Swiss team had almost winning race pace in Malaysia last weekend even without the extra straight-line speed that would be provided by a system along the lines of Mercedes’ DRS-complimenting concept. 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 »

Mar 22

No F-duct yet on dominant McLaren

Contrary to recent speculation, McLaren does not yet have a Mercedes-style new F-duct on its dominant 2012 car.

2012-03-16 - Australian Grand Prix 2012 Friday #4 1182012-03-18 - Australian Grand Prix 2012 Sunday #5 886When boss Martin Whitmarsh said in Melbourne that he would not be joining a theoretical protest against the Mercedes innovation, many suggested it was because the MP4-27 is already hiding something similar. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 22

Mercedes has breached teams’ agreement – Red Bull

Red Bull has stepped up the technical row with Mercedes by accusing the German team of breaching a gentlemen’s agreement.

2012-03-18 - Australian Grand Prix 2012 Sunday #5 2752012-03-18 - Australian Grand Prix 2012 Sunday #5 792Red Bull and Lotus last weekend threatened to protest the results in Australia, due to Mercedes’ innovative new ‘F-duct’-like solution. “They are not complying with the agreement of the technical working group,” said Christian Horner. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 22

Mercedes could speed ahead in Malaysia

“It’s going to be interesting.” – Mika Salo

2012-03-17 - Australian Grand Prix 2012 Saturday #5 3122012-03-17 - Australian Grand Prix 2012 Saturday #5 428After all the pre-season hype, the Melbourne paddock banter about its clever F-duct system and a strong showing in qualifying, Mercedes failed to shine in last Sunday’s season opener. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 21

Mercedes suspects Red Bull using ‘illegal trick’ – report

Hot on the heels of the new F-duct controversy, Mercedes has turned the heat back onto Red Bull.

2012-03-17 - Australian Grand Prix 2012 Saturday #2 6312012-03-17 - Australian Grand Prix 2012 Saturday #5 093Amid complaints from rival teams including Red Bull about its innovative aerodynamic concept aboard the W03, Mercedes’ Ross Brawn admitted he sensed a diversionary tactic. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 19

F-duct debate to speed from Australia to Malaysia

The debate about Mercedes’ controversial new ‘F-duct’ solution looks set to speed across the Indian Ocean.

2012-03-18 - Australian Grand Prix 2012 Sunday #5 10092012-03-18 - Australian Grand Prix 2012 Sunday #5 779Red Bull team boss Christian Horner, and particularly his Lotus counterpart Eric Boullier, had warned in Melbourne at the weekend that they might protest the qualifying and race results. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 17

Protest threat hangs over Melbourne qualifying

Rumours are swirling in the Melbourne paddock that Red Bull and Lotus are preparing to lodge a post-qualifying protest.

2012-03-16 - Australian Grand Prix 2012 Friday #4 336Melbourne - Albert Park - Australian Grand Prix“I’ve heard something like that,” confirmed Mercedes’ motor sport director Norbert Haug to German Sky television. They are reportedly unhappy with the new ‘F-duct’ solutions seen on the W03 car. Read the rest of this entry »

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