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Silly-season focussed on technical gurus, not drivers

The apparent lack of movement on the driver front in F1 between 2011 and 2012 is not mirrored by that amongst leading teams' technical staff, it seems...
It may be comparatively quiet on the driver front in silly-season talk F1 2011-style, but it is all action behind-the-scenes when it comes to the movement of leading technical staff, if the latest rumours are to be believed.

Although Adrian Newey – designer of the world-beating Red Bull Racing RB6 and RB7 – palpably has no desire to jump ship, Italian magazine Autosprint reports that the defending double F1 World Champions' head of aerodynamics Peter Prodromou could be set for a switch to Mercedes Grand Prix, taking all the secrets he has gleaned from working closely alongside Newey with him.

Elsewhere, Finnish newspaper Turun Sanomat claims that Ferrari's chassis director Pat Fry is endeavouring to entice senior aerodynamicist Rupad Darekar and CFD expert Ioannis Veloudis away from his former employer McLaren-Mercedes to join him at Maranello – whilst according to Italiaracing, Force India F1 is in discussions with Williams' departing technical director Sam Michael regarding a role at the Silverstone-based squad.

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MikeG - Unregistered

July 19, 2011 12:07 PM

F1 has become so technically advanced that the designer is now as important, if not more important than the driver. I think that all of the top teams would pay huge money to entice Adrian Newey from Red Bull.

Dan - Unregistered

July 19, 2011 3:17 AM

Not sure the end of season info sharing is going to ever get off the ground. Why would F1 teams and the associated companies give away information that they've spent millions obtaining. How would you police it? I think a way to tighten up the competition would be to stop changing the rules every 3 minutes. This only helps the teams that have the money to develop new technogoly get even further ahead because they can design, test and manufacture new parts quicker than the smaller teams. Or maybe have a rule where by if you win a race, you are banned from having any updated parts fitted to your car for the next race. Giving other teams a chance to catch up.

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