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GP Week : Issue 218
F1 >>> nEWs A LoAd oF hoT AIR Though the costs of competing in Formula 1 continue to rise, teams remain at loggerheads when it comes to finding a solution. Red Bull boss Christian Horner suggested in Australia that one option would be to ban the use of wind tunnels as a development tool, finding an ally in Force India's Bob Fernley. "If you're really serious about reducing the costs in F1 then you have to look at turning it upside down in many respects," Horner suggested. "A Holy Grail the teams are reluctant to go near is the wind tunnel. "Look at the consumption of cash it takes to feed that tunnel," he added. "If the sport is serious about reducing costs then we have to say: 'Ok, let's get rid of wind tunnels'." "We would definitely be for a ban," agreed Fernley, who went on to brand wind tunnels as "a bit of a dinosaur technology." Those comments have not gone down well further up the paddock, particularly with Williams technical boss Pat Symonds (right). "Maybe Bob ought to come and have a look at a decent windtunnel and just see how technically advanced they are," Symonds responded in China. "Our windtunnels are anything but dinosaurs. Just because a technology has been around for a while doesn’t mean that it joins those reptiles of old. Cars have been around for a long while. Are cars dinosaur technology?" In place of wind tunnels Fernley and Horner are both in favour of moving towards computational fluid dynamics (CFD) as a way of not only reducing costs but levelling the playing fields. According to Fernley a wind tunnel costs up to $20million to run, versus $1million for a CFD installation. Indeed, in Malaysia Horner went further to suggest standardising CFD among teams and a loosening of the regulations would be a way of stimulating ingenuity across the grid. Ferrari's James Allison believes there remains merit in both approaches. "The techniques we develop in both those spheres, in both windtunnel and CFD, are impressive by any measure," he reasoned. "We, as an industry, have caused the CFD tools for low speed aerodynamics to be pushed forward very nicely to the benefit of more than just Formula One so I don’t think there’s any need to worry about us using dinosaur technology." FERRARI STAyINg FocUSSEd Victory in Malaysia may have been a well needed shot in the arm at Ferrari, but the Italian squad is not letting itself get carried away. In the opening three races of the season the Scuderia has established itself as the second best team behind Mercedes, and with strong race pace courtesy of a car that looks after its tyres has showed it's capable of causing headaches for the reigning world champions. "They have a bit more horsepower than us and a bit more downforce than us and until we've closed those two gaps it's not realistic to talk about title challenges," Technical Director James Allison said in China when ased if the Italian team can mount a serious championship campaign. "To finish at the front in a race is a great thing but it doesn't tell you much about what's going to happen in the future. "it makes everybody happy of course, but the main effect it does have is boosting everyone's confidence," he added. "The team has had a difficult period over the past couple of years and to score a win was tremendously enjoyable and helps pump everyone up and makes it easier to work the hours that they need to work before we can close up and be properly competitive in every race. "Our objectives were set out at the beginning of the year," he added. "We thought it was realistic to score a couple of wins and of course we'll take whatever comes our way and we'll do our best to make our car close up as much as we can and who knows what after that." Sebastian Vettel has finished on the podium in the opening three races of the season, and currently sits second in the drivers championship behind Lewis Hamilton. 12 GPWEEK.com // 12 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: