Category Archives: Motorsport Mondial

FORMULA 1

MAYBE NOT MERCEDES

The device, which allows Mercedes drivers to adjust the toe angle of the front wheels through pushing or pulling the steering wheel, has grabbed the attention of rival teams.

But while most understand how it is allowed by the technical regulations for 2020, there appears to be some question mark about whether or not it complies with F1’s rules that limit what teams can change after qualifying starts.

Renault’s sporting director Alan Permane said: “We don’t know what it is doing. James Allison [Mercedes technical director] and his men have done something clever, and undoubtedly they think there is plenty of lap time in it.

“I’m sure they’ve been through it with probably Nikolas [Tombazis], the FIA and his guys and are happy it’s legal. I agree.

“There’s probably a parc ferme question mark over it, but I suspect that the detail lies in is it a steering system or is it suspension system? The two in the technical regs are defined differently and that’s where the detail is.

F1’s sporting regulations dictate that a car is under parc ferme conditions from the moment it leaves the pitlane during qualifying until the start of the race.

Article 34.6 of the rules also adds: “A competitor may not modify any part on the car or make changes to the set-up of the suspension whilst the car is being held under parc fermé conditions.

“In the case of a breach of this Article the relevant driver must start the race from the pit lane and follow the procedures laid out in Article 36.2.

“In order that the scrutineers may be completely satisfied that no alterations have been made to the suspension systems or aerodynamic configuration of the car (with the exception of the front wing) whilst in pre-race parc fermé, it must be clear from physical inspection that changes cannot be made without the use of tools.”

It could be argued that being able to alter the toe angle of the front wheels through movement of the steering wheel does not fully comply with this – although much will depend on the definition of what is a suspension system.

Asked about a potential parc ferme rules issue, F1 race director Michael Masi declined to elaborate on the specifics of the Mercedes case.

“We don’t discuss individual teams’ technical elements,” he said. “When we’ve got a query from a team, we deal with them on a one on one basis. So that’s all I’m going to say.

“I know you are looking for a headline but I’m probably not going to provide one for you. Like anything, we will continue working with the team and all teams on all aspects of anything they would like to bring forward.”

F1Weekly podcast # 820

NASIR AND CLARK BRING ANOTHER EPISODE WITH PRE SEASON PREDICTIONS AND THE USUAL ALONSO ZINGER OF THE WEEK!…ON ANOTHER NOTE RENAULT F1 HIT THE TRACK IN BARCA…

Renault’s new Formula 1 car has been seen in public for the first time on the opening morning of pre-season testing at Barcelona in Spain on Wednesday.

The new RS20 completed a successful shakedown at the Spanish Grand Prix venue on Monday, with the team having elected against holding an official launch this year.

While the car is in many ways an evolution over its predecessor, the team has been open that there are some aero concepts that are a big step forward.

In particular, the nose of the car is a marked departure from the RS19, as Renault bids to move on from the aero limits that hindered its progress last season.

Speaking at a season launch event in Paris last week, Renault team principal Cyril Abiteboul said the team hoped that not having everything new on the car would pay off in helping it better focus on areas with greater performance potential.

“This year we decided to take a bit of a different approach,” he said.

“The regulations are stable, so it was offering a fantastic opportunity to keep some elements of the car that have no direct responsibility towards the performance of the car.

“It doesn’t mean that it is the same car – it would not look very attractive. But what we have decided to do is focus on performance areas and by doing that, you also work towards 2021.

“If you can be focused on 2020 then you have some extra capacity available for 2021.

“That is the logic behind what we have done – whether it works or not let’s see in Melbourne on the Saturday.”

Esteban Ocon and Daniel Ricciardo will share driving duties this week as they split the three days of running.

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FORMULA 1

ALPHA TAURI THE AT01 REVEALED

Red Bull’s second team is taking on the name of the company’s clothing brand, having operated as Toro Rosso — Italian for ‘Red Bull’ — since 2006. On Friday at a launch event at Red Bull’s Hangar-7 facility in Salzburg, Austria, it unveiled the first car to carry the Alpha Tauri name, the AT01.
The car has a striking dark blue and white matte livery. The livery was presented on what was predominantly a 2019 car, following a long show which included models walking around the stage in various bits of Alpha Tauri clothing. The images the team circulated to the media were of this year’s car.

Team boss Franz Tost said the team hopes to record a top five finish in the championship under its new guise.

Gallery AT01 Gasly laterale Scuderia AlphaTauri

“We are very optimistic for this season,” he explained. “First of all, the car showed very good results in the wind tunnel.

“For a second Honda, our friends in Japan, in Sakura, made big progress during the winter months from the performance side as well as from the reliability side. Third, we have two good drivers. They showed that already last year, we just missed the middle of the podiums.”

At the same time as the launch was taking place in Austria, a replica car was unveiled on the wall of a shop in Milan, Italy.

Gallery AT01 Kvyat Scuderia AlphaTauri

The 2020-spec AT01 will complete its first laps of an F1 circuit on Saturday, when it completes a filming day at the Misano circuit in Italy. The team’s car will continue to be powered by Honda, which supplies both Red Bull teams.

Since 2006 the Faenza squad has served as the junior team to Red Bull’s main outfit and is often tasked with giving the company’s junior drivers their first taste of Formula One. Alpha Tauri has two drivers who have experienced life at Red Bull.

Pierre Gasly started last year at Red Bull but was sent back to Toro Rosso after a poor start to the season. Daniil Kvyat joined Toro Rosso in 2014 and made the step up to Red Bull the following season, only to be demoted back to Toro Rosso in 2016.

Both drivers claimed the team a podium finish last year — Kvyat in Germany and Gasly in Brazil.

 

F1Weekly Podcast # 819

NASIR AND THE HOST PREPARE FOR THE 2020 SEASON AND THE ALONSO TRUISMS CONTINUE TO ROLL…THIS WEEKS SPECIAL DRIVER INTERVIEW IS PEDRO LAMY!

José Pedro Mourão Lamy Viçoso is a former Portuguese Formula One driver who is currently driving for spotscars. He was the first Portuguese driver to score a point in the world championship.

When Italian driver Alessandro Zanardi had a horrible crash in 1993 at Belgium, he replaced Zanardi for the rest of the season.

In 1994, at the second race in Japan, Lamy finished 8th, but on the race in San Marino, Lamy crashed into Lehto, and the tyres from his car flew off the track and into the crowd, who got injured after being hit by the tyres from Lamy’s car. Lehto’s car spilled oil on the track. His 1994 season ended with a private testing crash at Silverstone that made him miss the rest of the season, being replaced by Alessandro Zanardi.

Pedro Lamy & Johnny Herbert with the Lotus Mugen-Honda V10, 107C that they would start the 1994 season with until the new 109 arrived.

In 1995, he signed a contract to race in the second half of the season with Minardi, replacing Pierluigi Martini. He scored a single point in the final race at Adelaide, which was the team’s only point of their season and Lamy’s only point of his career.

Lamy was retained by Minardi for 1996, but had scored no points.

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FORMULA 1

RED BULL ROLL OUT THE RB 16

Following the spectacular launch of Ferrari’s SF1000 on Tuesday, Red Bull have give the RB16 a more low-key entry to the world by releasing an image of the car across social media.

The RB16, the second to be powered by Honda, continues the trend seen so far of design evolutions and, with Max Verstappen taking three victories over the course of 2019, expectations that more will follow in 2020 are high.

“A big factor to enable us to mount a title challenge is the power unit and in Honda we have an intensely motivated and competitive partner,” said team boss Christian Horner at a media event last week. “Honda did a great job in 2019 and each iteration of the power unit brought more performance and more power. It feels like we’re getting closer to our main rivals.”

“We’ve been working very closely with them in integration and they share our motivation and desire to win. They really want to build on the successes of last year and they’re focused on making that next step. I feel that with our drivers, the technical team at our factory in Milton Keynes, our record-breaking pit crew and the intense competitiveness of Honda we are in the best shape we have been in some time. Time will tell, of course, but I have every confidence that we can charge for the big prizes in 2020.”

NASCAR

JONES WINS KESELOWSKI PISSED OFF AT TEAMMATE

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Brad Keselowski criticized teammate Joey Logano for “throwing a stupid block” and grew angrier about such moves, saying “maybe we need to take the helmets out of these cars and take the seat belts out. Somebody will get hurt and then we’ll stop driving like assholes. I don’t know. We’ll figure it out I guess.”

Keselowski was upset after his Team Penske teammate blocked Kyle Busch multiple times in Sunday’s Busch Clash at Daytona International Speedway before Busch and Logano made contact and collected Keselowski

Keselowski was still livid after exiting the infield care center.

“Just got wrecked for no reason,” Keselowski said. “Dumb, dumb racing. Just dumb moves being thrown out there. Guys that don’t know what they’re doing, so they throw crazy-ass blocks. It’s ridiculous. We shouldn’t be wrecking all these cars. I’m not Tony Stewart. I’m not as smart as he is. He can say it a lot better than I could. This is just dumb. We had a good race car.

“We were in a position to finish it off, and we got destroyed for no reason. You would think these guys would be smarter than that. We all cause wrecks. I get in wrecks all the time and I cause them. The same one over and over again. It’s the same thing. Somebody throws a stupid block that’s never going to work and wrecks half the field and then goes ‘eh’. Maybe we need to take the helmets out of these cars and take the seat belts out. Somebody will get hurt and then we’ll stop driving like assholes. I don’t know. We’ll figure it out I guess.”

Asked if that was his teammate he was talking about, Keselowski said “yeah.

“It was just a dumb move. There was no reason to make that move. It was never going to work. It didn’t. So here we are. We’re wrecked out of the race. A Ford is not going to win most likely and a Toyota is. It was just dumb to take out the best car for a move that was never going to work.”