Why Red Bull has added a shelf to its F1 engine cover

Fri, 07/01/2022 - 16:54
The team has made a significant change to the shape of the bodywork where the sidepods and engine cover meet.
This has created distinctive channels for which the airflow will follow, both over the sidepod and from over the shoulder of the halo.
Interestingly, if we compare it to Red Bull's sister squad AlphaTauri, it's somewhat of a kindred spirit with the AT03 which has sported this 'shelf' ...Keep reading
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Mercedes reveals extent of F1 upgrades for British GP

Fri, 07/01/2022 - 16:34
The changes, which have to be notified to the FIA before the cars are allowed to run on track, include revised front suspension, sidepod vanes, floor, rear wings and bib wing tweaks.
On the front suspension, Mercedes has added volume to the pushrod and rear leg components where they meet the chassis.
The team explained the reason for this tweak was to downwash the flow local to the chassis ...Keep reading
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Silverstone exposes AlphaTauri’s F1 weaknesses, says Gasly

Fri, 07/01/2022 - 15:42
The Italian squad endured a difficult first day of practice, with Gasly ending up 18th in the dry FP2 and teammate Yuki Tsunoda only two places further ahead.
Although Gasly says his afternoon running was not helped by car damage, he says that the AT03’s deficit to its rivals on the kind of quick corners that make up the Silverstone circuit explain its form.
“It clearly exposes us,” he ...Keep reading
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Hamilton is right: it's about action for the future, not giving the past a platform

Fri, 07/01/2022 - 15:04
The past few days have been turbulent for Formula 1. The surfacing of Nelson Piquet’s comments directed at Lewis Hamilton given in an interview late last year, in which he used a racial slur, reignited the discussion surrounding racism and the push for diversity in F1, enacting proper change.
The statements made by F1 and the FIA condemned Piquet’s comments, but Hamilton said in his initial ...Keep reading
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F1 Grand Prix practice results: Sainz fastest in British GP on Friday

Fri, 07/01/2022 - 14:05
Alfa Romeo’s Valtteri Bottas was fastest in a wet FP1, while Sainz topped FP2 in much dryer weather conditions. Hamilton, McLaren’s Lando Norris and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen were next up.
British Grand Prix FP1 results: Bottas fastest from Hamilton


Valtteri Bottas ...Keep reading
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Hamilton: Mercedes made “small step forwards” despite “harsh” bouncing

Fri, 07/01/2022 - 13:26
Mercedes brought a raft of updates for its W13 car to the British Grand Prix, including a revised front suspension, sidepod vanes, floor, rear wings and bib wing tweaks.
The team was pushing to take a step forward in performance and ease some of the bouncing that has blighted both Hamilton and team-mate George Russell’s efforts so far this season.
Following a damp FP1 that saw teams ...Keep reading
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Perez "miles off" in British GP F1 practice due to aero issue

Fri, 07/01/2022 - 13:09
With Friday's first free practice session rained out, neither Perez nor teammate Max Verstappen set a laptime, the pair restricted to just three exploration laps each in FP1.
The weather conditions put a bigger emphasis on the single hour of a dry second practice session for teams to get their set-ups together, with Ferrari's Carlos Sainz leading Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton and Lando Norris ...Keep reading
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British GP: Sainz leads dry FP2 from Hamilton, Norris

Fri, 07/01/2022 - 12:13
Sainz set the pace courtesy of his 1m28.942s effort in the first representative dry running of the weekend to sit pretty by a little over a tenth ahead of Hamilton and Norris.
Meanwhile, defending champion Max Verstappen ran fourth quickest to pip his Ferrari title rival Charles Leclerc.
After the changeable conditions of the first practice session left only 10 drivers to set a time, the ...Keep reading
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The complex equation behind F1's porpoising clampdown

Fri, 07/01/2022 - 11:43
From the Paul Ricard event, the FIA will be measuring what it officially calls aerodynamic oscillations – and cars that do not comply will potentially face exclusion from races.
And at the heart of the FIA's clampdown is a metric in the form of a complex equation that looks like something written by Stephen Hawking or Albert Einstein, and which teams will now have to understand and comply ...Keep reading
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Horner: Red Bull made 'very strong statement' by sacking Vips

Fri, 07/01/2022 - 10:18
Vips was suspended by Red Bull last month when he was heard using a racial slur during a gaming live stream, before terminating his contract as its test and reserve driver one week later after completing an investigation.
The Estonian driver is continuing to race in Formula 2 for the rest of the year with Hitech after it opted against cutting ties, a move that F2 itself was “surprised” ...Keep reading
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British GP: Bottas leads Hamilton in rain-hit FP1

Fri, 07/01/2022 - 09:12
The Alfa Romeo driver was battling the Ferraris of Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc for much of the hour-long practice, taking third place with his first attempt, a 1m46.056s.
Leclerc led early on, with Sainz then taking the top spot, before Bottas demoted the pair, setting a 1m42.249s with just five minutes left on the clock.
The session was ended prematurely after Aston Martin's Lance ...Keep reading
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Haas: Strategy insecurity hurting team as much as reliability

Fri, 07/01/2022 - 08:29
The American-owned outfit has shown consistent speed throughout the 2022 campaign but has squandered a number of opportunities to score more points – through a combination of reliability, incidents and poor strategy.
It currently lies in ninth place in the F1 constructors’ championship standings, with just 15 points to its name.
Steiner thinks the team can overcome the combination of ...Keep reading
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Ocon: Alpine’s Ferrari-style upgrades are "fit and forget" parts

Fri, 07/01/2022 - 07:53
After introducing a high downforce rear wing, front wing endplate tweaks and rear brake changes at the Spanish Grand Prix back in May, Alpine has tweaked its A522 design with drag-reducing parts in Azerbaijan and Canada before presenting another substantial development package for this weekend’s Silverstone race.
This includes a new floor with altered underside shape edges to add more suction ...Keep reading
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F1 to trial 'pedal cam' on Norris's car in Silverstone FP1

Fri, 07/01/2022 - 07:33
F1 has not installed a camera in the footwell of a car since the Belgian Grand Prix in 2000 when it was placed in the Arrows of Pedro de la Rosa, but the technology has roots dating back to 1993, when it was used on Ukyo Katayama's Tyrrell.
As part of F1's continued evaluation of new broadcast technology and techniques, first practice at Silverstone on Friday will see pedal cam return, fitted ...Keep reading
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The set-up detail that is helping Bottas thrive at Alfa

Fri, 07/01/2022 - 07:19
Bottas noted that at his previous team he didn’t always enjoy driving what was supposedly the fastest set-up – one presumably usually influenced by the preferences of teammate Lewis Hamilton – because it didn’t suit his style.
The Finn says that the Alfa provides him with a good starting point which he is then able to improve upon.
"I feel like in the past quite often the set-up that ...Keep reading
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Northamptonshire police warn of potential F1 British GP protests

Fri, 07/01/2022 - 06:53
F1 returns to Silverstone this weekend for a British GP expected to be attended by over 400,000 people across the event.
But local police say they have gained credible intelligence that demonstrators are planning to disrupt this weekend’s British GP, and have warned of a potential track invasion.
In a statement issued by the Northamptonshire police, Event Commander Chief Inspector Tom ...Keep reading
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British GP: Latest F1 technical images from Silverstone

Fri, 07/01/2022 - 05:49

Mercedes W13 front wing endplate detail
Photo by: Giorgio Piola

It's clear that Mercedes has repositioned the front wing endplate's diveplane for the British Grand Prix, with the higher position it previously occupied visually marked out on the endplate.

Ferrari F1-75 mirror detail
Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Ferrari has made changes to its mirror housing for ...Keep reading
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Verstappen: Netflix F1 return needs to be "more on my terms"

Fri, 07/01/2022 - 04:34
Red Bull driver Verstappen did not take part in any direct interviews for season four of the Netflix series, which was released this spring and covered his championship victory over Lewis Hamilton.
The Dutchman revealed he refused to conduct any interviews because the show "faked a few rivalries" and said back in March that he had no plans to change his mind about participating.
Drive to ...Keep reading
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Russell expects Mercedes to match Red Bull, Ferrari at Silverstone

Fri, 07/01/2022 - 04:16
Russell is optimistic the combination of the latest update package and the high-speed nature of the smooth Silverstone track will favour the car and allow the team to extract more performance from it than it was able to manage in recent races.
The W13 enjoyed one of its most competitive outings of the season at the last traditional venue in Barcelona, prior to the run of street or temporary ...Keep reading
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