F1 teams will make do with a normal test programme early next year, despite the introduction of radical new engine regulations.
Some of the engine suppliers reportedly want either an earlier or an extended winter test period ahead of the 2014 season, as F1 switches from V8 to turbo V6 engines. Read more... (133 words, estimated 32 secs reading time)
Charlie Whiting has played down claims Red Bull has pushed the rules further than any rival with its supposedly ‘rubber’ front nose. Read more... (160 words, estimated 38 secs reading time)
Charlie Whiting has given Austin’s new Circuit of the Americas the green light to host its inaugural US grand prix in November.
We reported on Tuesday that F1′s highest-ranking FIA official was at the brand new venue for an inspection. Read more... (187 words, estimated 45 secs reading time)
Two months before the venue’s inaugural US grand prix, Charlie Whiting is in Austin to inspect the brand new Circuit of the Americas.
The Austin American Statesman newspaper reports that F1′s race director, safety delegate and technical development chief must give Austin the nod “or there will be no” grand prix in mid November. Read more... (97 words, estimated 23 secs reading time)
Charlie Whiting has admitted Michael Schumacher should not have been given a drive-through penalty in Hungary recently. Read more... (154 words, estimated 37 secs reading time)
Charlie Whiting has pointed a finger of criticism at Michael Schumacher and Mercedes in the wake of the recent Hungarian grand prix.
The Hungaroring race start was delayed when Schumacher, who at 43 is F1′s oldest active driver, lined up on the wrong grid slot. Marshals then had to push the great German’s Mercedes off the grid after he deliberately stopped the engine, forgetting that the race re-start procedure had been changed way back in 2005. Read more... (198 words, estimated 48 secs reading time)
Charlie Whiting has briefed the stewards, including former American F1 driver Danny Sullivan, to be on alert during the Hungarian grand prix, as the FIA clamps down on drivers sneaking an off-track advantage.
Last weekend at Hockenheim, world champion Sebastian Vettel was demoted from second at the flag to fifth in the classification, for passing Jenson Button late in the race whilst off the track. Read more... (217 words, estimated 52 secs reading time)
Charlie Whiting has admitted that the penalty handed to Sebastian Vettel after the German Grand Prix was harsh.
Vettel was slapped with a post-race drive-through penalty after race stewards decided that the German driver had gained an unfair advantage when he passed Jenson Button off the track. The penalty meant that 20 seconds was added to his race time, demoting him from second position down to fifth. Read more... (165 words, estimated 40 secs reading time)
F1 drivers may use the entire width of the circuit to defend position during a grand prix.
FIA race director Charlie Whiting made the clarification in a note to teams, the French news agency AFP has reported.
The ruling follows several controversial incidents in 2012, including Nico Rosberg’s defensive moves against Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso in Bahrain. Read more... (127 words, estimated 30 secs reading time)
Charlie Whiting has indicated ‘stepped noses’ will disappear at the end of 2012.
The issue of the questionable aesthetics of this year’s field returned to the headlines this week when Lewis Hamilton wondered if McLaren took the wrong path with the sleeker design of its struggling MP4-27. Read more... (142 words, estimated 34 secs reading time)