by clicking the arrows at the side of the page, or by using the toolbar.
by clicking anywhere on the page.
by dragging the page around when zoomed in.
by clicking anywhere on the page when zoomed in.
web sites or send emails by clicking on hyperlinks.
Email this page to a friend
Search this issue
Index - jump to page or section
Archive - view past issues
GP Week : Issue 170
w BRIEFLY » While Cosworth have been dogged with rumours of an imminent departure from Formula One, the engine manufacturers are contracted to supply 2013 engines to Marussia, and are in talks with HRT to continue their relationship. But Cosworth are also hoping to carry on supplying engines after the 2014 specification change. “We’d love to do it,” general manager Kim Spearman said in Suzuka. “If we can find a commercially sustainable way to provide a competitive platform for some potential customers, we’d like to do that. We are in useful negotiations with customers and hopefully we’ll find a way to be in. We’ve been in business for 54 years, much of it in Formula One. We’ve got passionate people back at Cosworth who want to stay in Formula One and we’d like to get there. We’ve been working on the engine [on paper] for 18 months.” » Another week, another US grand prix rumour. This time it’s the turn of the Circuit of Americas, which was subject to criticism when stories began to circulate of problems with the pit facilities. While it was originally rumoured that the garages had not been built to spec and were too small for purpose, it later transpired that the teams’ problem was with allocation, not size. Rather than building 24 garages in six logical blocks of four, they had been constructed in oddly- sized groupings that means an equal division of space will not be possible. As a result, the teams will have to work with less space than is desirable, but earlier fears of health and safety violations in the garage design have proved to be unfounded. While Fernando Alonso has been impressive with middling equipment this season, Ferrari’s failure to compete in the development race has been leading to scratched heads all season in Maranello. According to team principal Stefano Domenicali, speaking in Suzuka over the weekend, the team’s problem has been traced to their wind tunnel, which is ripe for replacement and suffering calibration issues. Ferrari were alerted to the problem when they found that upgrades and new components were failing to perform on track as they had done in the wind tunnel. “I think for sure our structure is not the best one in that respect,” Domenicali admitted to the media. “It is quite old, so as always – and I think it’s happened to all of us – for sure in different situations, we’re trying to improve the quality of the tools that we have. And this is something that we are trying to do mainly to improve the correlation issue that we had and this is the plan: that we should be able to do in the next season.” But despite the issues with the Ferrari wind tunnel, Domenicali is confident the Scuderia will be able to compete in the development race, in part because they have been using the Toyota facility in Cologne to do additional wind tunnel work. Toyota have two wind tunnels in Cologne, both of which are constantly calibrated and checked against the other, giving customers full confidence in the accuracy of results. “First of all [our wind tunnel is] still open and we’re working in our wind tunnel,” Domenicali said. “As you know, we are using another facility and in the next couple of weeks we will define what is the problem. To be more specific than that, in order to see what’s really the time we have to spend by shutting it down and trying to improve the things that are not at the maximum level at the moment. “I’ve seen above all in the second part of the season when we were trying to bring new updates on the car that not all the updates were working on the track. So, we start to investigate a little bit better and we’ve found that was this issue, that going into the deep analysis of the reason, we understood, we considered it was coming from the tool that is ... not obsolete but not really up to the speed of the new technologies that are available on the market. So, that was the reason why we are thinking to do that, to make sure that at the least the percentage of the things that we bring at the track is higher than what we have now.” Ferrari are not concerned that the wind tunnel issues will affect their 2013 car, thanks to the additional work they have been able to undertake in Cologne. When is a wing test not a wing test? When it’s a media-driven furore that is sold as a new flexi wing row between the teams. Over the Japanese Grand Prix weekend it emerged that the FIA was considering changing the load test process for the teams’ front wings, with a new test on trial in Suzuka. But while questions about the properties of the front wing on the RB8 triggered the FIA’s new approach, the story is not the intra-team war it has been sold as. Red Bull, McLaren, Mercedes, and Ferrari all found themselves subject to additional inspections over the course of the weekend, but all four teams had wings that obeyed the letter of the current regulations. The FIA’s new tests were said to be triggered by reports that Red Bull and McLaren were both running front wings that rotated at speed, enabling teams to run more downforce at the front of the car, significantly increasing cornering speeds. But the current regulations do not preclude rotation. Instead, they govern deflection under a fixed weight. Should the FIA feel that the spirit of the regulations is being violated, they can issue a clarification along the lines of the one triggered by the Red Bull engine mapping row in Hockenheim. “I don't envisage any particular problem for McLaren in that regard in the near term and consequently I don't think it's anything that will harm us,” team principal Martin Whitmarsh said when asked if he was concerned that the MP4-27’s front wing might not pass muster. “I'm also not aware of anything with Red Bull, incidentally. “The FIA technical department has to remain vigilant and be testing front wings, rear wings and attachments all the time, and making sure that teams don't find creative ways to circumvent the intention of the regulations. From time to time teams get spoken to by the FIA and are expected to correct a situation. We are not in such a situation ourselves and I'm not aware, and I don't believe, that it is going to be an issue that will affect the championship.” Domenicali: FERRARI WIND TUNNEL BORDERING ON OBSOLETE FIA STEP UP WING TESTS, MEDIA GOES MENTAL F1 >>> NEWS 10 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: