Ferrari will develop the aerodynamics of its 2013 car exclusively in Cologne, after encountering problems with its Maranello wind tunnel facility this year, and will be closed next year until August.
International reports, including in El Mundo Deportivo newspaper (Spain) and Kolner Express (Germany), said Ferrari has now turned its attention to Cologne, where the former F1 team Toyota rents out its state-of-the-art facility to clients.
Asked why Ferrari chose Cologne exclusively, team boss Stefano Domenicali said: “Because working in two wind tunnels would be too risky.”
Team president Luca di Montezemolo added: “We will develop the 2013 car exclusively in the Toyota wind tunnel to avoid confusion and mistakes.”
The Italian added that McLaren is also a regular customer of the Toyota tunnel.
Toyota Motorsport GmbH’s Rob Leupen commented: “Our clients are very happy with our wind tunnel services.”
Source: Yalla F1
Have you ever wondered whether a F1 car beared numbered 13?
A car numbered 13 has only appeared once in a Grand Prix. Moises Solana qualified 11th for his first race at his home Grand Prix in Mexico City – in 1963 in a BRM numbered 13. He was a classified finisher in 11th despite his engine having failed eight laps short of the chequered flag.
Solana went on to compete in another seven Grand Prix but never with the number 13 again and never finished in the points.
The only other occasion a car numbered 13 appeared in a F1 race weekend was in 1976 when Divina Galica attempted to qualify for her first Grand Prix (also her home race, at Brands Hatch) in Surtees-Ford number 13.
She failed to make the race, as she did on her other two attempts to enter races in 1978.
Formula 1 teams have agreed an amendment to the 2013 regulations, yet to be finalised, which will see the stepped noses disappear next season.
The majority of the cars on the grid, bar McLaren’s MP4-27 and Marussia’s MR01, feature a stepped nose which came as the result of new regulations for 2012 to reduce the risk of a car launching into the air should the nose make contact with the rear of another car – much like Mark Webber and Heikki Kovalainen at the 2010 European Grand Prix.
The new-look received mainly negative feedback from fans who branded the noses ‘ugly’. The new regulations give a team the option to cover the step with a ‘modesty panel’, which simply hides the step according to McLaren’s technical director Paddy Lowe.
“We have agreed a rule that allows a ‘modesty panel’, which in effect means you can take the existing cars and existing structures that have a step and put a cover there,” said Lowe.
“The way it’s managed is that the laminate and size of that panel is limited so that you can’t create an aero [advantage] out of it and also so that it plays no part in the forward impact.”
All 12 teams have agreed to the alteration, therefore it’s almost guaranteed to be included in the next issue of the technical regulations.
Source: The F1 Times
Caterham has revealed that it intends to stick with developing the current CT01 car into next season, rather than make any fundamental shifts ahead of new regulations in 2014.
Caterham’s technical director Mark Smith has told ESPNF1 that the team plans to stick with the current basic car for 2013 and not make any major shifts in the design ahead of a major overhaul of F1’s technical regulations for 2014.
“We are making the 2013 car very much a development of the current car,” Smith told the sports broadcaster. “There’s not a fundamental shift in what we’re doing.”
Smith explained that this would enable them to keep the focus on improving the car over the remainder of 2012, rather than have to freeze the current specification in favour of next year’s model. “We are going to develop this car a little bit further in to this season than we would have done,” he said. By doing this, Smith hopes to steal a march on Caterham’s closest competitors on the grid – Toro Rosso, Marussia and HRT – and push drivers Heikki Kovalainen and Vitaly Petrov up into the midfield pack for the final races of the year. Smith said that he was particularly concentrating on refining the car’s exhaust system, and stressed that the optimal design and settings were very much a balance between the engine power output requirements of different circuits.
“We need to be mindful of the fact that it’s not just a given for every circuit and we need to be very careful that we come up with the best solution at each circuit,” he said. “Spa and Monza are entirely different so we are working on developments to reduce any of the losses that the system might have going forward.
” Practice for the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francochamps starts next Friday, August 31.
Sauber’s 80 points so far in 2012 belies the true strength of the Swiss-made C31. In fact, Red Bull manager Dr Helmut Marko claims the single seater steered by Sergio Perez and Kamui Kobayashi this year is “perhaps the best car in the field”.
However, the Ferrari-powered car has been on the podium just twice in 2012 so far, which has attracted criticism of the young driver duo. McLaren’s Jenson Button said: “It’s not Perez who is the ‘tyre whisperer’, it’s the car.
“If I was to drive my car as he drives his, then our tyres would wear out very quickly.” Peter Sauber recently described Sauber’s 2012 season so far as a “roller coaster ride”, although he did not specifically criticise Perez or Kobayashi. He told Blick: “We have a very fast car that works very well on almost every circuit. We have the speed to win. “We could have scored a lot more points.” With nine races to go, Hinwil based Sauber is ranked sixth of the 12 teams in the constructors’ championship.