Williams have been told by the FIA that the exhaust solution for their FW35 car is not legal.
It was already believed a similar solution for the Coanda-effect exhaust on Caterham’s 2013 car definitely falls foul of this year’s rules. Williams’ chief designer Mike Coughlan said in Barcelona on Tuesday, where the team’s new Renault-powered car was revealed and tested for the first time, that he was confident the FW35 complied. Read more... (228 words, estimated 55 secs reading time)
The monocoque of two more F1 teams’ 2013 cars have passed the mandatory FIA crash tests.
According to Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport, one of them is Mercedes’ W04, to be raced next year by Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. Read more... (132 words, estimated 32 secs reading time)
F1′s governing body backtracked on aerodynamic changes for the 2014 season because of fears the next generation of cars would be too slow.
After the recent World Motor Sport Council meeting in Turkey, the FIA announced that scheduled bodywork rule changes for 2014 to reduce downforce have been replaced by “2012 specification”. Read more... (154 words, estimated 37 secs reading time)
Gary Hartstein has admitted his fury at F1′s governing body.
Last month, the 57-year-old American revealed on Twitter that the Jean Todt-led FIA had decided not to renew his contract as F1′s chief doctor beyond 2012. He said at the time: “Not sure about the ‘why’s’ of the decision, but not down to me to know.” Read more... (150 words, estimated 36 secs reading time)
The FIA is close to completing a successful push for a bigger slice of F1′s financial pie, according to a report by the expert financial source Bloomberg. Read more... (222 words, estimated 53 secs reading time)
Nov.19 (GMM) Stefano Domenicali had his head held high when he answered a clear “yes” to a post-race question from the media on Sunday.
Just before the race, Ferrari’s team boss had approved mechanics breaking a seal on Felipe Massa’s gearbox not to fix the unit, but simply to create a penalty that would benefit Fernando Alonso. Read more... (389 words, estimated 1:33 mins reading time)
F1 is replacing its chief doctor, Gary Hartstein.
The 57-year-old American, who has worked alongside the late Sid Watkins since 1997, replaced the retiring Briton altogether in 2005.
Dr Hartstein wrote on Twitter: “Have just been informed that president of the FIA and president of FIA medical commission have decided not to renew my contract. Read more... (96 words, estimated 23 secs reading time)
Formula One teams have been instructed to pull their drivers into line, after world champion Sebastian Vettel and former title winner Kimi Raikkonen swore during their post-race podium interviews in Abu Dhabi last weekend.
Speaking to former driver David Coulthard for the ‘world feed’-broadcast new podium interviews at Yas Marina, Raikkonen said the word “sh*t” and Red Bull’s Vettel “f**k”. Read more... (152 words, estimated 36 secs reading time)
Jean Todt has dismissed suggestions he is willing to loosen the FIA’s grip on Formula One in return for more money.
Ahead of a crucial meeting between the FIA president, Bernie Ecclestone and the teams in Paris on Tuesday, the Financial Times reported speculation Frenchman Todt will agree to trade some of the federation’s rule-making power for a bigger share of the sport’s financial pie. Read more... (267 words, estimated 1:04 mins reading time)
Romain Grosjean may not be racing this weekend, but his name was still triggering a lot of conversation at Monza on Thursday.
Lotus’ Frenchman is serving a one-race ban for the Spa crash a week ago, and most paddock pundits believe the FIA is also ready to clamp down on Pastor Maldonado’s shaky driving in 2012. Read more... (344 words, estimated 1:23 mins reading time)