Technical boss James Allison has confirmed speculation Lotus intends to debut its so-called ‘double DRS’ system in Belgium next month.
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Nico Rosberg has admitted Mercedes’ is not the fastest car in 2012, but insists he is in the running for this year’s title.
The 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.
The 2012 field is so even because the rules are so restrictive, according to Fernando Alonso.
The 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”.
Lotus is the “biggest surprise” of the 2012 season so far, Red Bull’s team owner Dietrich Mateschitz has admitted.
In 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.
Two publications are reporting strong rumours that Lotus is preparing an official protest against Mercedes’ controversial F-duct system.
Germany’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.
The FIA appears to have waded back into the ‘F-duct’ debate, indicating that the Mercedes-style solution is fully legal.
The 2012 ‘F-duct’ controversy looks set to keep running for now.
“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.
Sauber has revealed it cannot afford to simply jump in and copy Mercedes’ innovative F-duct solution.
The 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.
Norbert Haug has the ‘F-duct’ debate around by admitting he questions the exhaust solution featured on this year’s McLaren car.
Some 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.
Red Bull has stepped up the technical row with Mercedes by accusing the German team of breaching a gentlemen’s agreement.
Red 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.
Rumours are swirling in the Melbourne paddock that Red Bull and Lotus are preparing to lodge a post-qualifying protest.
The current peace in formula one may be short-lived.
That is the view of Niki Lauda, referring to the relative quiet at present in terms of teams accusing their rivals of cheating. There have been rumblings about some teams’ interpretations of the new exhaust rules, while others led by Mercedes are reportedly experimenting with promising new F-duct solutions.
Mercedes wing innovation called ‘W-duct’
Mercedes is eyeing a new two-year contract extension for Michael Schumacher, according to the major German newspaper Bild. The seven time world champion, having returned to F1 with the famous German marque in 2010, has not decided whether or not to continue his comeback beyond this season.
In Nico Rosberg’s hands, the W02 was quickest of all on Thursday, just as it had been when Michael Schumacher was driving earlier.
Alongside step noses, clever exhausts and Lotus’ surprise pace, another point of interest in the Jerez paddock this week is Mercedes’ radical front wing. Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport said the German team, albeit still running its 2011 car, tested a new front wing featuring a passive F-duct style system.
Adrian Newey has cleared up the mystery about the ‘letterbox’ opening in the nose of the newly-launched 2012 Red Bull car.
The F1 world noticed that Newey’s ‘step nose’ differs from its rivals in the form of an air inlet where the monocoque height meets the new lower nose height. Some surmised it must be for KERS or engine cooling, or perhaps even an F-duct style channel through to the diffuser.