Daily #F1 News and Comment: Wednesday 5th June 2013
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The F1 media are today reporting a number of stories which relate to Red Bull’s designer, Adrian Newey. In the comments section last night, I hinted James Allison to Red Bull may be in the news. This was based upon an unconfirmed sighting from a ‘friend’ of TJ13 of someone who looked like Allison at the team facility in Milton Keynes earlier in the week.
As one reader noted recently, ‘F1 is not a village, it’s a street’ and outside of tyregate, the mystery surrounding Allison’s departure from Lotus and where he will go is the hot topic around the industry.
German F1 writer Michael Schmidt has written today of Allison, “Rumours are increasing that maybe he will go to Red Bull”, and that he will quit F1 at the end of next year. F1 aero design is likely to be less influential in 2014 in delivering a race and championship winning car. This may be because the new engines supplied by the 3 different manufacturers when tested on track, have more performance differentials than at present.
It is no secret that Newey is has become increasingly frustrated with the design regulations in Formula 1, such that in the FIA Press Conference in Barcelona he was still clearly irritated by the ‘double diffuser’ row which harks back to 2009. Red Bull played catchup all year to Brawn but never quite made up for the design feature on the Brawn which won Button 6 of the first 7 races that season.
Red Bull and Ferrari still appear to be the obvious choices for Allison, and Red Bull would not upset their management structure by making him a financial offer way in excess anything the other teams would be prepared to match.
As TJ13 reported last week, Paul Hembery agreed that it was getting very late for another tyre company to be ready to produce tyres for F1 in 2014. Hankook ruled themselves out last week and today Bridgestone have spoen on the matter too.
“We have no current plans to re-enter F1,” a Bridgestone spokesperson is reported saying by Autosport. “Since our participation in F1, Bridgestone has achieved a significant improvement in brand awareness in Europe and in other areas all over the world.
At the same time, Bridgestone was successful in applying the technologies for compounds, design, and simulation for F1 tyres for the development of passenger car tires. We can say that the participation of Bridgestone in F1 for 14 years was very significant.
Under the current business environment which is continuously changing, Bridgestone focused on the need to redirect its resources towards the further intensive development of those innovative technologies and strategic products, and decided not to re-enter into a new tire supply contract after the expiration of the contract at the end of the 2010 season.”
So as TJ13’s last episode of ‘F1 days of our lives’ suggested, the only real other option left would be Michelin. If they refuse to play ball then Pirelli can write their own terms and conditions for their renewed contract and neither the FIA, Bernie or the teams can refuse their demands.
Canada can be dangerous
Stirling Moss’s comments have been debated hotly this year but as TJ13 readers comments, these views may well have been formed in an era where, “death truly did lurk at each corner”. Here are a couple of video clips which demonstrate that motor racing is indeed a dangerous sport and for Paletti Riccardo it cost him his life.
For Kubica the car design had clearly progressed significantly when we see this horrific but not fatal incident
Mercedes Barcelona Test
A TJ13 source sent us this interesting information. It is unconfirmed… however… Spanish law requires that there is an ambulance and a trauma helicopter presence whenever there’s activity on track. Mercedes allegedly paid the Montmelo circuit an incremental sum to so the team could provide the medical personnel and equipment for the test.
Remedial work on the circuit perimeter was carried out prior to the test and a security company was hired to monitor and control the surroundings of the circuit. Apparently, Rosberg and Hamilton were asked to wear neutral helmets and Michael Schumacher was also present.
Of course it is fairly certain Lewis let something slip in the driver’s briefing in Monaco, which Vettel picked up on and headed straight off to Helmet’s VW camper van and spilled the beans about the Mercedes Barcelona test. Let’s hope we see Lewis announced as part of the driver’s FIA conference scheduled for the Canadian GP.
More interestingly, Lewis Hamilton issued the following tweet on May 16th with the associated picture. The test took place between the 15th and 17th of May. Lewis confirmed last week he took part in the Pirelli test and ‘it was a lot of fun’.
Barcelona is 6 hours ahead of Orlando and whilst not impossible, would Lewis take an overnight transatlantic flight to arrive in the morning for a test in Montmelo?
2014 in season testing
TJ13 reported that the teams met in Barcelona and there was no agreement to increase the number of test days in 2014. They did agree have the ruling removed which prevented testing before February 1st and also agreed a test could be performed outside Europe.
However, things have changed since then as Italian publication La Gazzetta della Sport writes that Christian Horner confirms agreement was reached on 4, 2 day in season tests for 2014 during the Monaco GP weekend. These will all take place during the European leg of the calendar and locations are yet to be confirmed.