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GP Week : Issue 228
heRBIe GOes TO sINGAPORe Manor's newest recruit, Alexander Rossi, revealed the reason behind his choice of race number. Having initially wanted 16, only for it to be reserved for an unnamed Red Bull development driver, Rossi settled on 53 - the same number as the Volkswagen Beetle from the Herbie movies. RecORD BReAKING WeeKeND Victory in Singapore moved Sebastian Vettel to third on the all-time winners list in F1 with 42 wins. Had Lewis Hamilton won he'd have matched Ayrton Senna's record of 41 victories in 161 race starts. FeRRARI MechANIcs BRANDeD hOOLIGANs A scuffle between security staff, photographers and Ferrari machanics in parc ferme after the race landed team boss Maurizio Arrivabene in the stewards office. The Scuderia escaped punishment by agreeing to issue an unconditional apology to all involved in the incident. MANseLL MAGIc Organisers in Mexico have announced they've named the fial corner in honour of Nigel Mansell. Previously known as the Peraltada, but hobbled by modern safety requirements, the ultra-fast corner was the scene of an audacious pass by Mansell, who went around the outside of Gerhard Berger's McLaren there in 1990. cost restrictions on a number of key elements are set to be introduced following a meeting of the strategy Group. As the sport continues to seek ways to reduce the cost of competing the Strategy Group has agreed on limits to components such as power units and gearboxes and proposed a complete ban on wind tunnel testing. According to the proposed restriction the cost of a current-spec engine would be capped at $14million with a year old unit little more than $9million. Currently, teams can spend more than $30million on their engine supply, triple the cost of engines under the former V8 regulations. The Strategy Group also agreed to cap on gearbox costs at $2.3million, which could cut some team's gearbox costs in half. While limits on components that make little to no impact on the sporting spectacle make sense, the move to ban wind tunnel testing in favour of a purely CFD approach ruffled more than a few feathers. Proposed by Red Bull's Christian Horner earlier this year, it's been suggested the move could save teams almost $12million, a figure Claire Williams agrees with. "We've actually done a deep analysis of the costs involved in running our tunnel and how much it would actually save if we closed it and the numbers correlate with the numbers that are currently in circulation at the moment,” W illiams said in Singapore. However, Williams went on to plead caution, suggesting the savings would be a false economy as the money would simply be pumped back into other areas. "Any cash that you would save somewhere, you would go and spend somewhere else," she warned. But while the Strategy Group may have voted in favour of the move there is strong resistence from a number of teams. Mercedes is not enthusiastic about the idea, and believes CFD should complement wind tunnel testing. "We are a road car manufacturer and we have just commissioned a brand new wind tunnel in Stuttgart because a wind tunnel is needed today to put a car on the street, verify what's being done in CFD and to get correlation," reasoned Toto Wolff. "It's a safety aspect and certainly Formula One shouldn't be the playground for funny experiments for opportunistic reasons. "We have two tunnels at Grove and we place considerable importance on them as a tool for developing our race cars, verifying the parts that we develop at the factory before bringing them to the track," agreed Williams. "We absolutely do not and will never vote for the banning of wind tunnels in Formula 1. " We're very clear on that," she added. "How can you operate at the pinnacle of motor sport and not use one of the finest tools in aerodynamics? It doesn't make any sense to us." Along with Williams and Mercedes it's understood Ferrari also voted against the ban while McLaren, Red Bull and Force India were all in favour of the restriction. To have passed the majority vote both the FIA and FOM would have also had to vote on favour of the ban. To progress the changes first need to be approved by the F1 Commission, which will need to happen quickly if they are to be accepted when the World Motor Sport Council next meets at the end of the month. teams divided on cost cutting measures 12 GPWEEK.com // 12 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> news BrieFly