F1 » Wing problem grounds Virgin

Premature end to day two of Jerez test for Virgin Racing and Timo Glock.

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February 11, 2010 3:25 PM

well peter, someone was clueless in this case. the wing is meant to be designed to take quite a severe force, and also to cope with physical knocks. this is a new car, which has NOT been subjected to the rigours of racing, yet a major part falls off. what if it had flown up and hit another driver, a la massa, all hell would break loose!


February 11, 2010 3:47 PM

It maybe that the fault is a build fault rather than design. If the parts that they have in Jerez are the same, isn't it better for everyone's safety, especially Timo's, that they get parts that will cure the problem flown out tonight and get things back on track in the morning? The new teams are going to be srcutinised by everyone looking at them, but they are there getting some miles on the track, that has to count for something. After all, it maybe something simple like bolts not threaded deep enough or something like that and they just need tools and parts shipped out that they thought they wouldn't need. If they make a pig's bum out of it tomorrow, then we can cast judgment then.

will - Unregistered

February 11, 2010 4:16 PM

Yes it was designed on a computer like other cars..and whats your point? I can't see the link between this fault and Virgins lack of wind tunnel testing. Its a new team, an unfortunate incident and the track test did its job.

Ashley - Unregistered

February 11, 2010 4:24 PM

What is with some of the comments on this thread? There is a big difference between static and dynamic testing, plus wind tunnels do not solve every answer a designer may have. That is why teams go to these test days to check out what there design is really like. Whether the car is designed on a computor or a drawing board, nothing is proven until it hits the track. Fluid dynamics is not an exact science.

Good to see one of the new teams out there and turning laps. :)

will - Unregistered

February 11, 2010 4:24 PM

Wrench, I can't say how I know this but the wing failure on Roland's car was not the result of component failure or a direct result of damage from hitting the kerb.


February 11, 2010 4:27 PM

johndier. something simple like the bolts not threaded deep enough?? for goodness sake, this is a state of the art sport! everything should have been checked time and time again and NOTHING left to chance. this is really a serious occurrence and could have resulted in fatalities, either timo or another driver. i am sure that the car will be heavily scrutinised before it is on track again.

FreddyFreeloader - Unregistered

February 11, 2010 4:39 PM

@ Peter - When someone like Newey says you need a wind tunnel. You should take notice. Most people on this thread are correct. Virgin made it clear they had not wind tunnel tested. Regardless of the reason for the wing problem. Virgin have taken a gamble. F1 cars are flying wings and the effects of airflow cannot be overstated.


February 11, 2010 4:45 PM

The MERC fell apart last year and nearly killed Massa. That incident was never FULLY investigated and my thoughts are that Brawn was not replacing parts as needed over the season. Rubens noticed a tick in the car and shortly afterwards the car came to pieces.

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