F1 » Renault unsure of overheating cause

Renault unsure why the alternators of Sebastian Vettel and Romain Grosjean overheated in Valencia

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Tommo - Unregistered

June 29, 2012 1:41 AM

My sources claim that a closer inspection on the rear of the safety car in Valencia shows various tubes of epoxy foam filler thats deployed into the cooling ducts of the designated cars behind the safety car.

on even closer inspection you can see the tubes marked JB NH SV but the one marked with MW was over used in the 2011 season so hence not operational. They are working on one for Helmut Marko so they can back the car up and fill his mouth up each time it opens.

19Krpm - Unregistered

June 29, 2012 2:12 AM

Damn too many power options onboard these so called green racing FIA machines. Thanks to JTodt the FIA is converting those formerly mighty racing machines into flowerpots on wheels!! The FIA should go deeper in their pseudo environmentally-friendly regulations and replace the current fuel regulations over to compressed bovine methane gas! That would be the crown jewel of FIA. The FIAs V6 engine will be a stupidly sounding cacophony. Bring back the V8s forever. F1 used to be a highly competitive racing bshow. Now its all about regulations and limitations (fuel, engines, transmissions, tires). Dont be surprised if in the next few years the FIA imposes limits on the amount of fluids and calories the drivers are allowed during the 24 hours preceding the races!! Let them use as many tires and as much fuel needed on all races! That would immediately raise the bar of F1 racing spectacle.


June 29, 2012 4:11 AM

Turkey, yes lunch control is and has been banned for a very long time now like a lot of other things have been. Yet very recently the FIA had to issue new rules as to the use of some engine maps that were being used to modulate engine clutch and throttle to replicate the best lunch control mode, and now another type of engine map is being used not only to help lunch control but to drastically help (mimic) traction control and so preventing tyre slip on acceleration both on moving off and powering on out of a corner.


June 29, 2012 11:02 AM

Likely faulty parts from a supplier and nothing more.
They will source and fix the problem, or switch to last year's alternator, but it is highly unlikely there will be a reoccurrence of this issue.
Unfortunately, we cannot say the same about forthcoming comments from the folks at Red Bull....


June 29, 2012 12:51 PM

The way I read it is Renault hasn't as yet been able to determine/pinpoint what caused the alternator to overheat.
Unless they know for sure that the overheating cause was the alternator itself replacing it with an older proved version will most probably not solve their problem.

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