F1 » Wolff: We’ve exceeded expectations

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says the team has exceeded expectations with its results so far in the 2013 F1 season

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barrington - Unregistered

August 21, 2013 5:35 PM

Mercedes have done ever so well this season considering where they were last year, Nico has been a revelation with him taking it to Lewis this season but must give credit to the Costa and co who have designed and built a car that is on par with the Red Bull engineering wise , once they sort out the tyre's then it will be game on, as they do have a driver who is capable of challenging Vettel in the super RB9.


August 22, 2013 2:09 PM

rob01 .... do apologise, of course its f1 and Ferrari were at it with B.stone under the direction of Ross, Brawn with there D.Defuser under the direction of Ross and now Merc 1k testing under the direction of Ross ! all with the blessing of the ring master ! ! !


August 22, 2013 5:37 PM

over2u: Brawn's double-diffuser wasn't illegal or cheating, it was clever design and interpretation of the rules. F1 is a snake pit anyway, you don't build championship winning teams by playing it safe -- the winners innovate.


August 22, 2013 6:03 PM
Last Edited 987 days ago

frozen candle. there has always been a debate over the legality of the dd. before the season started, Ferrari redbull and Renault, all submitted designs for these to the fia for approval. the fia said NO, but three teams who had not approached fia , Honda/brawn, Toyota and Williams all turned up at the first race, sporting dds. there was quite a kerfuffle about this, but fia then decided to allow the dd and others had to redesign their cars. the suspicion was that fia did a uturn to try and ensure Honda and Toyota did not leave. note that it was specifically banned for the following year.


August 22, 2013 7:41 PM
Last Edited 987 days ago

Multi-deck diffusers were actually banned for the 2011 season, having been run in 2009 and 2010 (much to RBR's delight, I'm sure).

While in 2009 other teams (McLaren, Renault, etc) interpreted the regulations very literally, the three teams that ran double-diffusers at the beginning of the year had exploited a loophole. Essentially, the diffuser itself had design limitations, but was a part of a broader set of regulations that governed other areas of the rear bodywork. Brawn, Toyota and Williams took advantage of a loophole that permitted "extra bodywork" within certain parameters, essentially creating an 'extension' of the diffuser, which itself was left within it's legal measurements. The debate was whether the 'extra bodywork' should be considered a separate entity, or a part of the diffuser itself. They weren't illegal designs, they were clever. The suspicions of FIA protection are just rubbish in my opinion.

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