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GP Week : Issue 145
F1 teams are to seek further debate and clarification on Mercedes’ controversial DRS F-duct rear wing in the run-up to this weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix despite the FIA having declared the innovative concept legal to the letter of the law. Although no team protested the result of yesterday’s grand prix, the threat of a protest hangs in the air heading to Malaysia where the impact of the DRS F-duct will be considerably greater along Sepang’s long straights. Speaking to the press in Melbourne on Thursday, FIA Race Director, Charlie Whiting explained that Mercedes’ DRS F-duct was legal because it was completely passive and had no moving parts. However, other teams argue that because the F-duct is activated by the driver pushing his DRS button, it is illegal under Article 3.15 of the technical regulations which bans “driver movement as a means of altering the aerodynamic characteristics of the car” . “Some teams are questioning it on the basis that they thought F-ducts were banned. Well, F-ducts are not banned,” Whiting explained. “At the end of 2010 everyone was using driver operated F-ducts and the regulations that were changed specifically banned the use of driver movement to influence the aerodynamic performance of the car – that got rid of that generation of so-called F-ducts.” While protests from rivals teams failed to materialise during the Australian Grand Prix weekend, Red Bull team principal Christian Horner revealed on Sunday night that he would be seeking further clarification in the coming days before committing time and resources to developing their own version of the system. “We've just requested that there be a little more clarity on it because it’s a grey area, before everyone charges off committing considerable cost to development,” said Horner. “If it is a clever idea and it is accepted then fine, but it does seem to be somewhat grey. We'll hopefully get a bit more clarification before Malaysia.” SIR Jackie Stewart has given Australia a warning: Give up the Grand Prix and you’ll regret it. The triple world champion spoke at a reception at Melbourne’s Crown Towers ahead of the race, with GP Week in attendance. “W ithout the grand prix you will be surprised by how the economy could be affected. Some people would say ‘well who cares, there’s grands prix everywhere else’. If Australia were to lose this grand prix the focus on Melbourne would be completely different. “Whatever you may have, be it football, cricket or tennis, it’s Mickey Mouse numbers in comparison to the exposure Australia gets through F1. Hundreds of millions of people will be watching. China is the most motorized nation in the world. They have a grand prix. If Australia were to lose the grand prix there is a list of countries that would immediately take it up. “Russia is getting a grand prix. Korea has got one. America has just decided it needs two grands prix because of the size of their country. Australia is bigger than the United States of America if you take some of their silly little islands away! “[If the Australian GP were cancelled] you would be taking a huge amount of attention away from your country, and that should be a national issue, if you don’t mind me saying so.” You tell ‘em JYS. EFFING F-DUCTS! Teams seek further clarification GRAND PRIX CRITICAL TO ECONOMY – JYS warns Australia BRIEFLY » Despite a plethora of partnerships for Marussia – five deals have been announced in the past week alone – the Anglo-Russian racing team appears to be in something of a financial quagmire. In their first two years in the paddock, the team that was once Virgin became known for their extensive hospitality, from Thursday night media parties to regular lunches with the bosses for the movers and shakers in the press corps. But such hospitality has gone the way of the Virgin branding, thanks to a cost-benefit analysis that showed the goodwill the team fostered was out-weighed by the cost of feeding hordes of hungry journos. » Sky Sports pitlane reporter Ted Kravitz may have arrived in Melbourne thinking he was the most important Kravitz in the paddock, but the man behind the microphone was put into the shade by the arrival of a bigger star with the same name. Motorsport fan Lenny Kravitz took the opportunity to swing by Albert Park before and after his Saturday night concert in Melbourne. On Friday, the award-winning musician sheltered from the storms in the McLaren garage, where he was shown the ropes by Lewis Hamilton. » While none of the race support staff have gone on the record to confirm it, the Melbourne paddock was laughing at the news that one of the medical cars had to visit A&E for a quick session with the defibrillator after its engine blew during its exploratory laps of Albert Park on Wednesday. » Bernie Ecclestone this week came up with a new spin on the old adage ‘teaching your grandmother to suck eggs’. But in lieu of egg-sucking, the F1 supremo chose to advise Bahraini protest groups on the most effective way to disrupt the grand prix scheduled for 22 April. "[The protesters] don't need to resort to violence,” Ecclestone said. “All they need to do is stand on the road on the way to the circuit, with placards, and they would get their message out there. Nobody's going to shoot them. If I was the organiser I would wait until 4pm, or whenever the race starts, blocking the road, a few thousand of them, and then go home. And if they successfully delay the race then they would get more coverage than they could dream of. 5 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> NEWS