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Tuesday 22 April 2014

Formula 1 engine noise action group eyes tailpipe solution

Tweaks to the exhaust systems on Formula 1 cars are being targeted as the best way to improve the engine noise this year.
An action plan is set to be decided at a crunch meeting on May 6.
Following a preliminary gathering of F1's engine manufacturers and the FIA in China on Friday night, it has been decided that work will now focus on revisions to the tailpipe.
Sources suggest that it has been agreed that further evaluation of tailpipe solutions will take place over the next few days, with the data pooled together by the FIA to try to settle a way forward.
One idea being considered is the introduction of a standard dimension tailpipe that has been optimised to try to boost the noise.
AUTOSPORT understands that the FIA has called a meeting with all interested parties for May 6, in the week before the Spanish Grand Prix, to try to finalise how to implement any improvements.
FIA president Jean Todt said in Bahrain that he hoped that the first tests of the new louder engines could take place as soon as the post Spanish GP test at Barcelona.


Preliminary analysis of a different tailpipe design tried out by one manufacturer on a dyno has shown a promising jump in engine volume, which should be enough to appease the noise critics.
Any further changes to the power unit itself to try to improve the noise have been effectively ruled out because it would require a change to the entire philosophy of the new fuel-efficiency regulations.
The decreased noise this year is the result of the introduction of turbo engines and the way that energy loss - which manifests itself as noise - is minimised.
Renault's head of trackside operations Remi Taffin told AUTOSPORT: "If you look at rally cars, their turbos make a good noise because they use fuel through the exhaust - which is not something we are looking at because we have a fuel limitation.
"Everything is possible but when you settle the energy regulations, you more or less settle what is going to happen."


Monday 21 April 2014

Chinese GP: Chequered flag error means race declared on lap 54

A mistake with the chequered flag at the Chinese Grand Prix has resulted in the distance of round four of the 2014 Formula 1 season being shortened.
Lewis Hamilton was shown the chequered flag at the end of lap 55 - one lap before it was supposed to have been displayed.
F1's regulations state that if the chequered flag is shown early, then the race will be deemed to have finished the lap before.

Wednesday 16 April 2014

Ride2Monza, a Charity Cycle Ride from Silverstone to Monza

Ride2Monza is a Charity Cycle Ride from Silverstone to Monza, Italy, raising Money for 5 very worthy Charities.  Click here for more information about Ride2Monza.

Tuesday 15 April 2014

Red Bull F1 team loses fuel-flow appeal, FIA upholds stewards call

The FIA Court of Appeal has rejected the Red Bull Formula 1 team's appeal against Daniel Ricciardo's disqualification from the Australian Grand Prix.

Friday 11 April 2014

New Formula 1 team set to be confirmed by Ecclestone

Bernie Ecclestone has said the FIA will give official confirmation on Friday for a new team owned by NASCAR's Gene Haas to join Formula One.
In December the FIA opened a tender for a 12th team and Haas quickly became one of the leading contenders to take on the position. Originally Ecclestone voiced doubts about the financial validity of Haas' bid but has recently changed his opinion on the proposed team.
"Haas has been accepted," Mr Ecclestone told Forbes on Thursday. "The FIA has accepted him for sure. It is done. They are going to put that out tomorrow."
Haas co-owns the Stewart-Haas outfit in NASCAR with Tony Stewart, which won the 2011 Sprint Cup championship.
Haas' outfit would be the first American team in F1 since Penske left the sport in 1978. USF1 was granted entry for the 2010 season the last time the FIA opened their application process, but they failed to make the grid due to financial difficulties.

Source: ESPN

Wednesday 9 April 2014

Some amazing facts and figures about Scuderia Ferrari's F1 engines and the Shell fuel used.

Come behind the scenes and follow Scuderia Ferrari's mission to be back on top of the podium. Watch as they work closely with their technical partner Shell to try and engineer the winning formula for the 2014 season.

Unprecedented access to Ferrari's Formula One factory makes for a fascinating behind the scenes look at how the most famous race team in the world prepares for the FIA Formula One World Championship™, featuring candid comments from key personnel, as well as drivers Fernando Alonso and Kimi Räikkönen.

Source : Shell Youtube

Up Close and Personal with the Formula One Power Unit

Yes, 2014 is a technological revolution for Formula One, but how does it all work? Find out as we get up close and personal with the Mercedes-Benz PU106A Hybrid Power Unit!

A to Z of Formula One: by Infiniti Red Bull Racing Part 1 and 2 (A to H)

Infiniti Red Bull Racing has launched the first parts of its new mini-series: The A to Z of Formula One. 

Featuring Sebastian Vettel, Daniel Ricciardo, Sebastien Buemi, Christian Horner and Adrian Newey, the series offers a unique insider view to the key aspects of Formula One, connected to each letter of the alphabet. 

The series will be released over the next three weeks and will be split into six short episode.
Here are the first two episodes of the series, make sure to check out the other videos as we upload them.

Monday 7 April 2014

Lewis Hamilton wins thrilling Bahrain GP after Rosberg battle

Lewis Hamilton wins a thrilling race-long battle with his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg to win the Bahrain Grand Prix.
Their fierce battle at the front became a 10-lap sprint after a late safety car period wiped out Hamilton's 10-second advantage following a terrifying crash for Sauber's Esteban Gutierrez.
A frantic fight for third place was won by Force India's Sergio Perez, from Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo. Source: BBC Sport

Wednesday 2 April 2014

Jake Humphrey with Eddie Jordan #F121

Ahead of the Malaysian Grand Prix Jake wakes up old mate, F1 legend and garish shirt enthusiast Eddie Jordan on his yacht in the Caribbean to chat about what he is expecting this season.

Find out why Eddie feels Australia was robbed in the last Grand Prix and which young talent he is tipping for massive things this season.