Formula 1 News: Rear wing rule change raises concerns
The Sport Review rounds up all of the latest news from the world of Formula 1.
Abu Dhabi will hold a four-day test session in November to allow all teams to test new tyres and parts for the 2011 season. The session, days after the 2010 season finale, will also allow teams to try out young drivers with a few race seats expected to be available, despite four teams already confirming their 2011 line-ups.
USF1 have been fined £255,000 by the World Motor Sport Council and disqualified from entering FIA sanctioned event following their failed attempt to enter the 2010 F1 season. The WMSC said USF1 had “displayed poor financial management and had underestimated the requirement to present an F1 car for the 2010 season in the time and with the financial resources available to them.”
If you are watching this weekend’s European Grand Prix you might see the number 500 on a background of green. Assuming their cars start the race, it will be Lotus’ 500th race. Not bad for a team that entered F1 at the start of this season. While the new team might not be a direct descendant of the original Lotus Racing, they are doing everything they can to ensure the new incarnation reaches the dizzy heights of the original.
Pirelli have revealed their plans for their return to F1 as sole tyre provider from 2011. The new tyres will be made in the motorsport department of their Izmit factory in Turkey, which is dedicated to competition tyres, while a dedicated team of engineers at the historic Pirelli R&D base in Milan are already working on the 2011 tyres and beyond. Pirelli will provide six different tyres – four slick compounds for dry asphalt, one intermediate, and one rain tyre.
A number of F1 personalities will appear for a Q&A session with fans in London next week. The event, organised by teams association FOTA, sees McLaren and Lotus team principals Martin Whitmarsh and Tony Fernandes, up-and-coming Force India test driver Paul di Resta, Mercedes GP senior race engineer Jock Clear, and Ferrari’s press man Luca Colajanni fronting an audience at BAFTA’s 195 Piccadilly in London’s West End on July 1.
Concerns have been raised by drivers about driver adjustable bodywork after the all clear was given for adjustable rear wings in 2011. The FIA has hoped that the new rear wing will allow for more overtaking when drivers are at pre-determined positions on a race track and less than one second behind. Mark Webber called it “good for the Playstation” but said racing should be more than “just pressing buttons.”
Michelin have revealed that they had never formally bid to become tyre supplier to F1 for 2011. The firm’s competition boss Nick Shorrock has said that they were not able to comply with the 2011 regulations, but did explore options should the rules allow them to compete against other manufacturers.
Burger King’s logo will be back on the Sauber C29 this weekend as part of a two-race deal. The restaurant’s logo was last seen in Barcelona in May.
In other sponsorship news, Mastercard are rumoured to be considering a return to F1 from 2011. They were last seen in 1997 with the ill-fated Lola team. Renault, Sauber, and Williams are all on the look-out for principal sponsors.
Chinese GP2 driver Ho-Pin Tung has been granted a four-race probationary super license. The DAMS driver tested for Renault last winter and was confirmed as a test driver for the 2010 season. He could now be in line to replace Vitaly Petrov towards the end of the season as the Russian has disappointed alongside team mate Robert Kubica.