Forget the iPad, the latest must-have in F1 this season is the F-duct. McLaren came up with the idea, had it approved by the FIA, and now the other teams are scrambling to get one developed.
Ferrari, Mercedes, Williams, Sauber, and Force India all have it. Renault have been working on theirs, and it could feature in Canada where straight-line speed is imperative, meanwhile Red Bull have put off plans to introduce their F-duct in Canada after problems in practice at Turkey, and will instead bring it to Valencia. Only Toro Rosso and new teams Lotus Racing, Virgin Racing, and Hispania are not developing an F-duct.
Valentino Rossi would like to drive for Ferrari alongside Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel according to the Italian press. Ferrari have tried for some time to increase the number of cars they can field, with the hope of bringing back Michael Schumacher as a third driver before he signed for Mercedes GP.
Christian Horner has posted an open letter to Red Bull fans on the Red Bull Racing community forums following the racing incident between their drivers Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber in Turkey that led to a lot of finger pointing and criticism.
Horner says they win and lose as a team and the incident should never have happened. They will discuss it before Canada and hope the fans will continue to give them support. It also seems likely that Red Bull will offer Webber a new one-year extension and are prepared to offer Vettel a deal until 2015.
Ferrari insist they have not gone backwards nor are they giving up on the 2010 season despite a disappointing qualifying and race outing in Turkey. Team boss Stefano Domenicali has called for an immediate reaction in Canada to prevent them slipping further behind McLaren and Red Bull in the championship.
Renault believe they have better race pace than Mercedes and are plotting to overhaul them in Canada in the battle of best of the rest. Robert Kubica was stuck behind both Mercedes cars in Turkey, while Vitaly Petrov was also on course for points after holding FerrariÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Fernando Alonso before a late puncture ruined his race. MercedesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Michael Schumacher admits his team need to find more pace, especially for the high-speed straights in Montreal.
Lotus Racing have recruited three Force India designers in a bid to turn around their fortunes. Mark Smith becomes the teamÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s new Technical Director, Lewis Butler Chief Designer and Marianne Hinson as Head of Aerodynamics. The move could anger Force India who have already accused Lotus of breaching Force India intellectual property over the design of the Lotus T127 through use of Aerolab and Fondtech facilities and data, although the legal dispute is with Aerolab and Fontech.
There are fears that this yearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Korean Grand Prix will be cancelled. Concerns over the construction of the Yeongam circuit, as well as the possibility of war between North Korea and South Korea are adding to the worries. As a precaution, teams are yet to books airline tickets or make other travel arrangements until guarantees are given.
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