Bite-size tech: Mercedes W07 cooling requirements

Rejecting latent heat generated by the power unit and its ancillaries is a task that desires more attention at circuits like the Hungaroring, but it comes at the cost of aerodynamic efficiency. As such, Mercedes has looked to marginalise this with more changes to the cockpit louvres and by increasing the aperture around the front leg of the upper rear wishbone (above), as we have seen … Keep reading

Hungarian GP: Thursday's press conference

Q: Marcus, first of all, how are you? Any lasting effects from your crash at Silverstone? Marcus ERICSSON: I’m good thanks! It was a big hit, I was a bit sore the next couple of days but I went down to Italy, to Formula Medicine got some treatment there. After that I felt really good and this week has been perfect. I’m ready for a good race. Q: Can you give us any insight into the … Keep reading

New electronic track policing leaves drivers at odds

The FIA is using extra timing loops at Turns 4 and 11 to record instances of cars going off with all four wheels. Although such a system has occasional been utilised in the past, for example to monitor corner-cutting at chicanes, this is the first time that it has been used in F1 to see if anyone is gaining an advantage by running wide over the kerbs at a corner exit. The FIA’s … Keep reading

Brawn denies Ferrari made him a formal offer

Brawn has been enjoying retirement since he left Mercedes after the 2013 season, and has been largely focussing on his long-time hobby of fishing. However, the 61-year-old – whose stint at Ferrari ran from 1997 to 2006 – admits that if the right opportunity came along, he would not rule out a motorsport comeback. “I’ve not had any communication with Ferrari whatsoever, so I don’t know … Keep reading

Gutierrez certain he'll be on F1 grid in 2017

Gutierrez, 24, is believed to be on a one-year deal at Haas, with team boss Gunther Steiner having previously stated that no driver line-up decision will be made until after the Italian Grand Prix. However, speaking on Thursday ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix, Gutierrez said: “I know what I’ll be doing next year.” Asked by whether that meant he had a seat in F1 for … Keep reading

Renault halts 2016 F1 car development

Although the 2016 campaign has been a disappointment, with the outfit paying the price for the lack of finance last year when it was Lotus, the team has concluded that there is little to gain now in pushing on with upgrades this season. Instead, following an analysis of the team’s strengths and weaknesses, a big push is being made to improve facilities at Enstone as part of an overhaul … Keep reading

Britain’s lost F1 hope: Paul Warwick remembered

Exactly a quarter of a century ago the UK was slap bang in the middle of Mansell-mania. Gripped by the second act of the bellicose Brit’s tumultuous F1 career, the country was celebrating Nigel’s rejuvenation just a year after he had announced a phantom retirement. In addition to his renewed quest for the F1 title, Mansell had also branched out in to team management when he became a … Keep reading

Imola begins legal action over Italian GP bid

During a dramatic development that shows how tensions over the race are escalating, Imola said it was taking the matter to court – as it feels it not correct that the Italian racing authority, the ACI, did not want to approve its bid nor make funds available that are there for Monza. As reported earlier this week, Imola has an agreement in place with Bernie … Keep reading

Brawn rules out F1 return with Ferrari revealed earlier this week that Brawn was a key target of Ferrari’s as it works on making changes to its infrastructure on the back of a disappointing start to the campaign. Ferrari’s senior management discussed the possibility of Brawn becoming a technical advisor to Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne, who wanted input on where improvements could be made … Keep reading

Sauber F1 team announces change of ownership

Following months of speculation about new investors coming on board, the Hinwil-based outfit announced on Wednesday that the shares held by Peter Sauber and team principal Monisha Kaltenborn had been purchased by Longbow Finance. The deal secures the F1 future of the team – whose name will continue – and Kaltenborn will remain on as team principal and CEO. Peter Sauber will step down … Keep reading