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[11 Nov 2011 | 2 Comments | 1,924 views]
Renault vs Mercedes Power

Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull may have dominated this season but the power behind them certainly hasn’t had it all its own way. In fact, with two races remaining, just 29 points separate the Renault-powered teams from rival supplier Mercedes-Benz. With six cars apiece, there is plenty of time for McLaren, Mercedes GP and Force India to close the gap on a group that has become increasingly reliant on Red Bull’s dominance.

Headline, History, Season Preview »

[21 Mar 2011 | 6 Comments | 4,989 views]
The 1.5 Litre Era

While the new season awaits with new tyres, new technology and new rules, 50 years ago, Formula One was going through even bigger changes. 1961 saw a new formula and it wasn’t without controversy. The 2.5 litre formula was gone to be replaced by smaller, less-powerful 1.5 litre power-plants…

Personal musings, Technical »

[30 Jun 2010 | 2 Comments | 1,740 views]

An independent audit for FOTA has projected a 15% cut in carbon emissions in Formula One by 2012 compared with 2009 figures. The driving force for all this is of course sponsors who don’t want to be associated with a sport that is seen as gas-guzzling despite the fact that in reality running the cars’ engines on races weekends and testing accounts for less than 1% of the sport’s emissions, regardless of how fuel thirsty they are.

“With the support of all its member teams, Fota has… undertaken to maintain continuous …

Personal musings, Rules and Regulations, Technical »

[27 Apr 2010 | 9 Comments | 2,466 views]

2013 should see new engine designs unless the FIA decide that the move is too costly. However, what form they will take is still very much open to debate. The FIA supported by the car manufacturers are keen to be more road relevant. The aborted KERS project was part of that plan and it could yet surface in the engine department with a move away from the normally aspirated units currently employed.

Turbo or Not Turbo?

One possible move (and which was discussed here some 18 months before one website this week …

Personal musings »

[26 Mar 2010 | 6 Comments | 649 views]

Despite Ferrari coming away from Bahrain with a maximum points haul, it has been Red Bull who have been playing on the minds of the top teams. Lewis Hamilton mused the possibility of Mark Webber retiring (although you have to wonder what the question posed to him was) while Ron Dennis made some cryptic remarks about Sebastian Vettel’s engine problems in Bahrain but it is the question of Red Bull’s pace that is most interesting, not least because Ferrari have also jumped on this particular bandwagon.

“I think maybe performance-wise maybe …

FIA, Technical »

[19 Mar 2010 | 9 Comments | 973 views]

When is an engine freeze not an engine freeze? When you’re allowed to make changes for ‘cost and reliability reasons’ as Renault have now been given the go ahead to do. I would be interested to see the economics of this explained as presumably Renault have already built a year’s supply of engines for both themselves and Red Bull. Therefore I guess that these will now either be modified or turned into limited edition coffee tables and replaced – and in the process somehow cost less than if they had …