Sergio Perez seeks Qualifying improvement


Sergio Perez believes that qualifying is the key to another good result at next weekend’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone, as the Mexican targets his third podium of the season.

“I think our car will be good in Silverstone and I want to fight for another podium there,” he said. “In my view in Silverstone it is even more difficult to overtake than it was in Valencia, therefore qualifying is high priority on the job list. I need a better grid position than recently.”

Perez scored podiums in Canada and Malaysia

Perez has failed to reach Q3 in the last three races despite finishing an impressive third during the Canadian Grand Prix. The Sauber driver, who used to live in UK, hopes for a strong result in a race that is close to his heart.

“The race in Silverstone is a special Grand Prix for the fans, the atmosphere and also for me personally. I lived in Oxford for three years and I have quite a few friends in England.”


Mercedes F1 W03 – ‘double DRS’ overview


This drawing shows Mercedes clever ‘double DRS’ system in its entirety. Air is sucked into holes in the rear wing endplates (left inset) which are exposed when the DRS system is activated. Using similar channelling (highlighted in yellow on car profile) – but in reverse – to that utilised two seasons ago for the now-illegal F-duct, the airflow is routed into the beam wing, across the top of the deformable rear crash structure, along the side of the engine and then through the chassis (centre inset) before it exits through the front-wing pillars to blow onto the front-wing flaps (right inset), stalling the wing, cutting drag and boosting top speed.


De Villota to test significant Marussia upgrade 


Marussia’s female test driver Maria De Villota will get behind the wheel of the team’s MR01 to test a ‘significant’ upgrade prior to the British Grand Prix.

The outfit is hoping to make major gains in order to catch up with its closest rivals, HRT and Caterham, in what team principal John Booth described as their “first proper wind-tunnel generated upgrade of the season.”

“We have a fairly significant upgrade for this race, comprising a new rear wing, exhausts, floor and side pods,” said Booth. “I would have to describe this as our ‘first proper wind-tunnel generated upgrade of the season’; we’ve had some smaller parts in Malaysia and China, and a few small iterations recently, but this is the first fully developed package that is not just a modification of existing elements.”

The team had approached their first two seasons in the sport by using just CFD (computational fluid dynamics) to develop upgrades, but since splitting with Wirth Research and beginning a technical partnership with McLaren Racing, they have adopted wind tunnel testing as well.

Booth is excited to see what performance can be gained from the upgrade, with a straight-line test planned at Duxford Airfield this weekend to correlate the results.

“Aside from the performance step we hope it will bring us, as it means we have caught up with ourselves in terms of the diligent way in which we have approached and developed our Technical Partnership,” he added.

“We look forward to seeing what this brings, both at Silverstone and at Duxford Airfield beforehand, when we will be integrating the developments into our correlation programme.

“Duxford is also the first of our Test Driver Maria De Villota’s scheduled track days. She has been waiting patiently all year for this date to come around, so we look forward to seeing her in the car for the first time.”

Source: The F1 Times

Marussia to bring first major upgrade to British Grand Prix


Marussia is optimistic that it will be able to deliver an immediate upturn in performance in next weekend’s British Grand Prix when it introduces what it describes as its first proper upgrade package since adopting windtunnel technology.

Team boss John Booth said he was pleased both that the car was likely to get more competitive, and that Marussia was proving it could deliver substantial updates.

Last year the team split with original design partner Wirth Research and commenced a new technical collaboration with McLaren, and ended its all-CFD approach and began to use windtunnels for the first time. The upgrades will be tested in a straightline session at Duxford airfield before Silverstone.

“We have a fairly significant upgrade for this race, comprising a new rear wing, exhausts, floor and sidepods,” said Booth.

“I would have to describe this as our first proper windtunnel generated upgrade of the season.

“We’ve had some smaller parts in Malaysia and China, and a few small iterations recently, but this is the first fully developed package that is not just a modification of existing elements.

“That is a big result in itself, aside from the performance step we hope it will bring us, as it means we have caught up with ourselves in terms of the diligent way in which we have approached and developed our technical partnership.

“We look forward to seeing what this brings, both at Silverstone and at Duxford Airfield beforehand, when we will be integrating the developments into our correlation programme.”

The Duxford test will also be Marussia test driver Maria de Villota’s first outing for the team.

“She has been waiting patiently all year for this date to come around, so we look forward to seeing her in the car for the first time,” said Booth.

Source: Autosport F1

Kimi Raikkonen: “I want more!”


Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen has said that his strong form in 2012 has left him with a winning ambition.

Raikkonen has taken three podiums so far this season but has yet to claim the top step.

“If you asked me before the start of the season whether I would be happy with podiums I would have said yes, but now I’ve had some good results, I want more”, said the Finnish driver. “In the last few races the results haven’t been as strong as I’ve wanted. We’ve finished well but I’m disappointed not to have a win yet. We just have to get everything together and I’m sure it can come.”

Raikkonen was enthusiastic about a return to Silverstone for the British Grand Prix.

“It’s always such a good feeling going to Silverstone. It’s a great place to race. I have a long history there. It was the real base for the start of my international racing career in Formula Renault in 1999 and 2000. Since then I’ve always enjoyed racing at Silverstone. I don’t know why; there must be this nostalgic feeling that I have every time we go there.”

Raikkonen also alluded to the notoriously fickle British weather.

“I’ll enjoy the weekend whatever the weather will be. We’ve seen quite a lot of different conditions there in the past, and not always good! It’s always windy at Silverstone and often it rains, too. The track conditions change very quickly, which makes the car more tricky to set up. It’s part of the fun racing in England; at least it’s the same for everybody.”

The 2007 champion added that winning in Silverstone would be a good reward for the Lotus team, based at nearby Enstone.

“When you win in Silverstone, it gives such a good feeling. You have to get everything exactly right. I won there in Formula Renault and then with Ferrari in 2007. It would be fantastic to win again there, especially with the factory just down the road. I’m sure we would have some fantastic celebrations.”


Romain Grosjean believes Lotus is a big team


French driver Romain Grosjean reckons that Lotus is now a big team, having challenged for the win at the European Grand Prix.

Grosjean, who married long term partner Marion Jolles on Wednesday, retired from the race in Valencia with an alternator failure but nevertheless showed encouraging pace.

“I think we head to Silverstone with more confidence. We understand a few more things with the car. It was good to have a really hot weekend all the way through at Valencia as we were able to work on the car and really analyse things. Silverstone is very high speed; I’m confident we’ll have strong pace and that should lead to a good race.”

Grosjean has yet to try the updated Silverstone circuit in a Formula One car, but was quick to point out his GP2 form.

“I won on it in the GP2 Series last year, so I’m not too bad on the track! It’s the same for everybody. It’s challenging, but it has a good feel. It’s one of the quickest tracks of the year. There are corners which are legendary like the Magotts, Becketts, Chapel complex. What a feeling… It’s a special Grand Prix for our team as the factory is very close to the track. It will be nice to see them. They are all doing an amazing job, always working so hard. I will be visiting them after the race and hopefully we can go there with some good silverware to show them.”


Heikki Kovalainen ‘can’t wait’ for upgraded Caterham at Silverstone


Heikki Kovalainen admits that he “can’t wait” to take to the track at Silverstone to see how Caterham’s latest upgrades will work. A number of upgrades introduced at Valencia allowed Kovalainen to outqualify both Toro Rosso cars and run at a competitive pace in the race before a KERS failure. Having seen the sort of improvement expected at the last grand prix, Kovalainen is excited by what further progress can be made with the next set of updates at Silverstone. “Honestly, I can’t wait to get back in the car and see what we can do at this year’s British Grand Prix,” Kovalainen said. “At the last race in Valencia we clearly made improvements, enough to help me put the car into Q2 on merit and we have more upgrades coming for Silverstone. “For this race it’s important that we carry our qualifying speed and good reliability through into Sunday as issues like the KERS problem I had in Valencia impact all the hard work the team is doing at the factory and in the wind tunnel to get us where we want to be. If we can do that I think we can have another very good weekend and I’m really looking forward to giving our home fans something to cheer for.” Vitaly Petrov was equally enthusiastic, but warned the upgrades needed to deliver more lap time than any other teams manage to gain. “As we’ll be bringing more new parts to the British Grand Prix I think it’s another race where we’ll be able to take a step forwards,” he said. “I’m sure everyone else will be bringing upgrades so we need to make sure that we don’t just make gains, but we improve more than our nearest rivals. That’s a big challenge but after seeing the gap to Toro Rosso shrink in Valencia we have a clear target just ahead and that gave the whole team a real boost. Hopefully we’ll be able to make similar levels of progress at Silverstone – if we do I think the British Grand Prix could be very interesting. The team made great progress in Valencia and I really hope that we will continue in the same manner at the next race.” Source: ESPN F1

Peter Sauber rethinking retirement plans


Peter Sauber rethinking retirement plans By Editor on Friday, June 29, 2012 Peter Sauber has backtracked slightly, having set the scene for his retirement. The Swiss team’s founder and boss has said numerous times over the last couple of years that “I don’t want to be sitting on the pitwall with my headphones on at 70″. Before the 2012 season is out, he will turn 69. He has now laid the foundation for Sauber’s future beyond him, handing over a third of the team to future team boss Monisha Kaltenborn, and installing his son Alex as a prominent director. “I’m going to stay at least until we are able to stabilise the team in a financial sense,” Peter Sauber said last year. “I want to lead the team back into a secure position and establish it at a good level. If I succeed, my mission is fulfilled.” In the wake of BMW’s shock departure, that time has arguably now arrived, with Sergio Perez bringing solid backing from Mexico and now regularly standing on the podium with the competitive C31 car. But Peter Sauber could be backtracking. When told about his age-of-70 retirement deadline, Sauber said on Austrian television Servus TV: “The exact date is still unclear.” He indicated he has thought about the rigours of retirement, and might prefer life in the fast lane after all. “To watch the races only on television is the worst thing of all” Source:

McLaren considers Ferrari pull-rod for 2013 car


McLaren considers Ferrari pull-rod for 2013 car

By Editor on Friday, June 29, 2012

Photo credit: Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

McLaren is considering following Ferrari’s lead and introducing innovative pull-rod front suspension for its 2013 car.

That is the claim of the Spanish sports daily Marca, citing the information of multiple Italian specialist sources.

Ferrari raised eyebrows early this year when the aggressive F2012 was launched with pull-rod suspension: a configuration not seen since Fernando Alonso raced a Minardi more than a decade ago.

The Italian team’s early struggles sparked rumours Ferrari could scrap the experiment, but the subsequent giant strides of progress have now reportedly attracted McLaren technical director Paddy Lowe’s attention.

Marca said Lowe “is paying close attention to the front of the Ferrari in his preliminary studies for the MP4-28″.

“He understands it could be a good solution in allowing more air to the diffuser”.

Ferrari test driver Marc Gene has been driving the F2012 for aerodynamic straightline tests this week at the Idiada facility in Spain.

Team president Luca di Montezemolo said this week Ferrari cannot relax even though Alonso, the only multiple race winner in 2012, is comfortably leading the world championship.

“Yes, I am worried, because I expect three very tough races at Silverstone, Hockenheim and Budapest and because we have seen (at Valencia) that Red Bull is very strong,” he said.

“If we want to achieve our goals then we must make a step forward.”


Politics making life ‘difficult’ for Red Bull says Dr. Helmut Marko


Dr. Helmut Marko insists life in the F1 paddock for Red Bull has become “really difficult” in recent times. The energy drink owned team has dominated the sport recent and is the reigning double champion, and according to owner Dietrich Mateschitz’s right-hand man, that is the source of the negative rumblings. There have been suggestions of cost-agreement cheating, regular technical infringements, and at Valencia recently both Marko and Sebastian Vettel suggested that the safety car was deployed chiefly to spoil Vettel’s big lead. Marko even intimated a double-standard had been applied when comparing Vettel’s drive-through penalty for using DRS in Barcelona to Michael Schumacher’s stewards escape last weekend. “When you think about the course of a race weekend, it all sounds so nice and so simple, but it’s very different in reality,” said the Austrian. “There is so much politics involved,” Marko told “If Martin Whitmarsh wishes me a pleasant day, I get really nervous and wonder what is up.” He insisted that Red Bull’s place in the F1 paddock is a difficult one. “The first reason is that we are not a car maker or a traditional racing car constructor. What hurts even more is that along with Ferrari we have reached a super deal with Bernie Ecclestone, and not just in the budget but also in the prestige. “That’s why our life is really difficult at the moment,” said Marko. Source: