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August 22, 2013 8:33 PM

F1 » Wolff: We’ve exceeded expectations

*the end got cut off :-)* Cont... Incidentally, it was also the FIA's poorly written and contradictory regulations that left enough shadow of doubt for Mercedes to believe they could test a 2013 car with Pirelli. Teams are always going to push the limits of what's acceptable so long as the FIA keeps leaving doors open. Whether it's moral or in the spirit of fair competition is another story...


July 29, 2013 1:31 AM

F1 » Webber: strategy key in clinching fourth

"Fail 22" definitely sounded like a coded message to me. Sky F1 were treating it like some sort of component failure, but they wouldn't have the same failure on both cars at the exact same point in the race. Definitely some sort of message... I wouldn't think it a team order however. Mark was too far back and wouldn't have had enough life in his tyres to attack Seb.


July 28, 2013 1:36 AM

F1 » Tost expecting Vergne to stay, team-mate TBC

It's not at all positive for JEV. Red Bull have made it clear that they don't want him, and if he stays on with STR for 2014 he's merely keeping a seat warm until Helmut Marko thinks one of the younger development drivers are ready to step in. If I were JEV I'd be desperately searching for an alternative drive. STR aren't exactly known for the loyalty they show to drivers....


August 13, 2013 7:59 AM

F1 » Sauber rescue deal looking increasingly uncertain

It's bad news for Sauber, and I feel for the employees whose futures remain uncertain - but could Formula 1 really afford to become a series that teenage drivers can buy straight into? I think if this deal had gone ahead and Sirotkin was on the grid for 2014 it would've been a major embarrassment for what is supposed to be the elite motorsport category of the world. I feel bad for rejoicing in the news, but the integrity of this sport is more important than one teams' budget.


August 22, 2013 8:31 PM

F1 » Wolff: We’ve exceeded expectations

"the question was if the dd was illegal or cheating" Pretty much what I explained, Richard. If the section of permitted extra bodywork was considered a separate entity, it would be a legal design. If it was considered a part of the diffuser, it would be an illegal design. The FIA's poorly written and vague regulations allowed that exploitation, and allowed the three teams to turn up with questionable, but legal extension of their diffusers. I do see the point you're raising, but personally I believe the FIA would have no right to deem a design illegal when they'd left the door wide open for exploitation to begin with. Nor do I believe that Brawn, Toyota and Williams would turn up with a blatantly illegal design, knowing that the FIA wouldn't punish it. It's similar to the engine-mapping/blown-diffuser debate, where again teams used some pretty creative interpretations of the regulations to develop a system that would otherwise not be permissible. Incidentally, it was also the FIA's


August 22, 2013 7:41 PM
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F1 » Wolff: We’ve exceeded expectations

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.


August 01, 2013 2:37 AM

F1 » Tost keen to hold on to Ricciardo

How many times have RBR/STR stated "two years is enough" when sacking other development drivers? Now they're saying two years is not enough... I think Dan is more than ready to step up. I doubt he'd be taking poles or winning races in his first season at the top, but he's consistent enough to qualify well and score points, and maybe take over the RBR reigns in a few years should Vettel decide to change teams.

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