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Q&A: Tim Goss & Paddy Lowe -

The biggest problem is just the sheer weight of the fuel – it obviously increases the stopping distance quite considerably. Running with high fuel puts demands on braking – and it means you have to design the brake discs and pads to overcome that. And with a narrower front tyre, you'll lose grip, which will change the fundamental balance of the car. So we've looked at weight distribution, aero balance and mechanical balance in order to compensate for grip balance moving rearwards.

Q:
Do you think the banning of refuelling and its effect on the car's tyres and balance will spice up racing in 2010?

Tim Goss:
It could make the show significantly better, yes. Previously, you knew when everyone was going to stop and refuel, so each team based their strategy decisions on overtaking cars during the pit-stops. What's changed for this year is that we won't know when people are going to stop. The only thing affecting drivers' mandatory stops now is that they have to run both the 'option' and 'prime' tyre, so the strategy choices will be less predictable and will become a little more complicated. Races could be one or two stints with both early and late stops for tyres. And it will definitely make the racing more challenging and interesting – and, hopefully, it will promote more on-track overtaking and less overtaking during the pit-stops.

Q:
Finally, what's on your job list going into the four crucial pre-season tests?

Paddy Lowe:
Initially, the most important thing is proving that the car is robust. Just about everything has changed on the car, there's very little that hasn't changed, so we want to make sure we're fully reliable for the first race. At the start of 2009, there were teams who were more competitive than us, but we were still able to pick up a good number of points because we were more reliable. These tests will be about establishing the durability of the car and giving ourselves enough time to fix any issues we encounter. In addition, we also want to get a very thorough understanding the new tyre, its degradation and durability, and how to get the best out of it. Beyond that, it'll be about performance development.


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paul maloney - Unregistered

July 29, 2010 11:57 AM

hi guys maybe the answer to ferr+bulls new wing design, that you havnt worked out yet could be as simpleas the underneath of the wing structure is CORRUGATED which of course would flex more than usual, but still maintain strengh....paul

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January 30, 2010 1:24 PM

"I think one of the greatest things about last year was the fact that on no single occasion throughout the whole team, whether that's from shareholders, sponsors, team principal, management through to the night shifters, did I come across any individual blaming another That was a very encouraging situation, and spoke volumes about the degree of team spirit that exists here". So Lewis and Mclaren DIDN'T blame Dave Ryan in Melbourne, making him a scapegoat?



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