quote: Op dinsdag 8 november 2011 20:57 schreef Glijdt_licht het volgende:PantanoIn 2008 Giorgio Pantano. Een faalhaas die in 2004 nog bij Jordan heeft gereden en oud was. bovendien had ie al 4 jaar ervaring in de Gp2, en was hij al Duits F3 kampioen in 2000. Het feit dat zelfs een Albers en Kaneishi kampioen konden worden in de Duitse F3 zegt genoeg. ENORM zwak seizoen. Bruno Senna werd tweede, maar daar moet ik het potentieel ook nog van inzien.
quote:Lotus Renault GP (formerly the Renault F1 Team) is a fully integrated, state of the art Formula 1 Team competing in the Formula 1 World Championship. Comprising some 500 personnel, LRGP is a hub of motorsport excellence, employing some of the world’s leading minds in aerodynamics, advanced materials research, engineering and automotive design. The team’s HQ based in Enstone, Oxfordshire is also a centre of business excellence, home to leading professionals from the broad remit of business operational support, including Human Resources, Finance, Legal and Marketing.Stress EngineerSenior Composite Design EngineerInspectorEngineering Co-Ordinator (Race Team)Gearbox TechnicianCNC Machinist – CompositesR&D Design EngineerAerodynamic Designer (Future Car Project Leader)
quote: Op woensdag 9 november 2011 15:30 schreef sasquatsch het volgende:Voorlopige line-up van de Young Driver Testen in Abu Dhabi van volgende week:McLaren: Gary Paffett, Oliver Turvey
quote: Op woensdag 9 november 2011 16:20 schreef Kleffe_Dop het volgende:[..]
quote:Nico Rosberg has extended his Mercedes contract with a multi-year deal, following the trend set by Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettel and Jenson Button.The news puts an end to any speculation about the German heading to Ferrari any time soon.Rosberg was already under contract for 2012. The team has not put a date on the new deal, saying only that it includes 2013 and beyond.Rosberg said: “I am very excited to have extended my contract with the MERCEDES GP PETRONAS team. To win in a Silver Arrow will be one of the highlights of my life so far, and I greatly enjoy helping to lead our team in our quest to become the best in Formula One.“I have every confidence that the team will provide me with a winning car, and that we will be able to contribute to the fantastic racing heritage of the Silver Arrows. I look forward to great times in the years ahead with the Mercedes-Benz family.”Ross Brawn added: “We are delighted to have extended our contract with Nico as we know that he is a driver who can win races and championships. Nico has performed exceptionally well for our Silver Arrows team over the past two seasons, achieving results at the very limit of the technical capabilities of ourcurrent car.“He has an excellent work ethic and, together with Michael, this gives us a driver pairing who consistently push the team to improve and progress. As we continue to strengthen our team for the future, we look forward to providing Nico with a car which will enable him to compete right at the front of the field and achieve his deserved first win in Formula One.”
quote:The Formula One Teams’ Association (FOTA) has confirmed to GPUpdate.net that 2012 will see the F1 community gather for in-season testing for the first time since 2008. Italy's Mugello will be the scene in May, before the European season begins in Barcelona. This means that only three tests being staged in the pre-season period.This year, testing should have started with three meetings in Spain before a fourth and final gathering in Bahrain, scene of the opening Grand Prix; however, due to the unrest in Manama, the final test was rescheduled as a second visit to Barcelona.The 2012 Formula 1 testing calendar is as follows:Jerez 7-10 FebruaryBarcelona (1) 21-24 FebruaryBarcelona (2) 1-4 MarchMugello 1-3 MayThe Mugello test will be of particular assistance to tyre supplier Pirelli, which will be able to analyse its modified compounds following the opening four ‘flyaway’ races.
quote: Op donderdag 10 november 2011 13:43 schreef vosss het volgende:hmz, op zich wel goed dat men test op een circuit waar niet gereden wordt, maar ik had toch liever gezien dat ze in spa of duitsland ook een test zouden doen, simpelweg vanwege het feit dat wij daar zo naar toe kunnen rijden zonder een halve week vrij te moeten nemen
quote: Op donderdag 10 november 2011 20:19 schreef SjaakVilleneuve het volgende:Verwachten we morgen al het nieuws rond Kimi, of juist na de race?
quote:Williams Aims to Secure It's Future10 November 2011"Frank Williams is finalising a big deal with the Qatar business world. This includes the supply of hybrid technology for the train network that's being prepared for the 2022 football world cup event.According to Auto, Motor und Sport magazine the Qatar companies would support Williams with 30-60 million dollar yearly sum with which the British team would secure it's future for the next 10-15 years.The Qatar tycoons will be very pleased if Williams' second driver will be the 2007 world champion Kimi Raikkonen."http://www.ts.fi/moottoriurheilu/f1/275794.html
quote:F1's blown exhaust saga is not over quite yet.The controversy over aggressively using engine gases for an aerodynamic effect came to a spectacular head at Silverstone in July, but it was ultimately resolved that the practice should be banned for 2012.Then, recently, it emerged that the FIA was clamping down even more vigorously in next year's regulations to guarantee that the exhausts cannot be used to increase downforce.But when asked by O Estado de S.Paulo in Abu Dhabi if Red Bull will still dominate in 2012 even without a blown diffuser, Mark Webber answered: "Maybe we can still enjoy this concept."What? "There are rumours that it (exhaust blowing) will continue," the Australian explained.Indeed, it is the FIA's latest clampdown that has reinvigorated the saga, according to Germany's Auto Motor und Sport.Reportedly, with an unlikely ally in the form of McLaren, Red Bull is pushing back, arguing that the designs of their 2012 cars were too far advanced when the latest FIA clampdown was issued.On the other side of the debate is Ferrari, Sauber and HRT, vehement that the 2012 rules should not permit any 'blown exhaust' loopholes of any kind. The new problem has arisen because Red Bull and McLaren refused to approve the revised clampdown rules ahead of the recent F1 Commission, with those rules needing to be agreed before they can be ratified by the FIA in December.HRT is the joker in the pack, with rumours in the paddock that the non-FOTA Spanish team might break the current peace by protesting the legality of the current exhaust layouts.The Colin Kolles-led team would presumably justify the action by claiming their rivals have broken their Silverstone promise to agree to a total blown exhaust ban in 2012.
quote:No off-throttle blowing allowed in 2012 as teams block bid to allow the practiceFormula 1 teams will be unable to use any form of off-throttle blowing of exhausts next season after a fresh bid to allow the practice was blocked by Ferrari, Sauber and HRT ahead of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.A move to ban blown diffusers in 2012 through the mandatory use of periscope exhausts had not been enough to quell fears that some outfits could still try and make use of hot gases to help boost the aerodynamic performance of their cars - perhaps by blowing air over suspension components or wings.Those suspicions resulted in the FIA issuing a technical directive last month informing teams that there will be severe limitations on engine mapping next year to minimise the possibilities of off-throttle blowing.The timing of that decision left several teams unhappy, because they had already begun designing their 2012 cars assuming that blowing could still be implemented – a practice that uses up fuel so would require a larger fuel tank.McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh said in India: "The clarification is a bit late and a few people wasted a bit of time, money and effort, but that is the same for all of us. We will look forward now."Outside of that move, teams were pushing for the 2012 regulations to allow off-throttle blowing – with sources suggesting that unanimous approval was reached among them for this prior to their submission to the Formula 1 Commission last week for ratification.However, the rules were rejected by the F1 Commission – with Ferrari, Sauber and HRT all deciding to vote against the regulations as they stood and forcing them back to think tank the Technical Working Group for amendment.The TWG met in Abu Dhabi to discuss the exhaust regulations again and, although agreeing on most of the elements, a clause that would have allowed off-throttle blowing was again rejected by Ferrari, Sauber and HRT, so has been ditched for now.Sources have revealed that the rule would have allowed any blowing of exhausts that interferes with the aerodynamic of the cars to be deemed as 'incidental' so therefore not illegal.It is understood, however, that the TWG has agreed to re-look at the blowing rules for 2013.With the practice effectively outlawed, the situation means that any team that uses off-throttle blowing next season will be in breach of Article 3.15 of the Formula 1 Technical Regulations – which states any part of the car that uses 'driver movement as a means of altering the aerodynamic characteristics of the car is prohibited.'With the FIA having clarified its position on this matter, it means there is the possibility of a team protesting any rival that runs off-throttle blowing next year – as HRT pondered doing this year when the issue first came up.The exhaust blowing saga has upset several teams, because they have already committed to elements of their 2012 design based around the idea that they would off-throttle blowing – so now their fuel tanks could be too big.Renault boss Eric Boullier said at the Indian GP: "You have to take a decision now on car concepts and it is already too late."Some teams like ours have already started producing concepts of the car, so the concept has been finalised weeks ago. We need to stop changing the regulations all the time."
quote:HRT aims to run 2012 car in first testThe HRT team says it is hoping to have its 2012 car ready for the first test of the pre-season next year.The Spanish squad will enter its third Formula 1 season in 2012, having made its debut in 2010.Both last year and this the team has been unable to test its new car before the first race of the year, but HRT's Saul Ruiz said on Friday in Abu Dhabi it is hoping the new car will be ready in time for the first group test in February.He also said the team will move under one roof in a factory in Valencia, although the design office will still be in Munich."Our policy is to be very discreet in the things that we are doing so we are only announcing things that we have already been working on for some time and we reach a point where it is obvious that somebody will notice like we have a headquarters in Valencia so we have to tell," he said."One thing is we are moving the race and test team and most of the back office to be under the same roof to this very nice building that we will have in Valencia. The different thing is that the technical office, we will still keep it in Munich where the car is being designed and developed since the end of August."Also, different to last year we hope not only be at the first race but also the first test with the new car."
quote:Het is twijfelachtig of de Grote Prijs van de Verenigde Staten volgend jaar op het nieuwe circuit van Austin doorgaat. Dat zei formule 1-baas Bernie Ecclestone vandaag bij de GP van Abu Dhabi. "Ik hoop er het beste van, maar ik zet mijn geld er niet op'', aldus de 81-jarige Brit.De Formule 1 kwam vorig jaar een 10-jarig contract overeen met de Texaanse stad. De eerste race staat gepland voor 18 november 2012. Volgens Ecclestone is er een conflict gerezen tussen de bouwer van het circuit en de promotors van de race. "Er is iemand die het land bezit en is gaan bouwen en er is iemand die een contract heeft met ons. En zij zijn vergeten met elkaar te overleggen.''De bejaarde baas van de koningsklasse was wel optimistisch over de GP van Bahrein, die dit jaar vanwege de politieke onrust niet kon doorgaan. "Er zijn daar naar mijn mening geen problemen meer. De race staat op de kalender en we zullen er heengaan.''