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Formula1.com has a very interesting article on what the 2014 changes will mean. Explaining the changes is James Key (Torro Rosso Technical Director) and Mark Smith (Caterham Technical Director).
Mark Smith said the biggest challenge will be cooling. “That’s probably the thing that, I imagine, has most people up and down the pit lane scratching their heads.
It’s reasonably easy to come up with a solution that will cool, but to come up with a solution that will cool and give you the optimum aerodynamic performance is the challenge.”
James concurs, “… yes, the cooling requirements are completely different. You’ve got a turbocharger with a charge cooler on it, you’ve got a much larger energy recovery system (ERS) which naturally pumps out more heat, and you’ve still got your gearbox, hydraulics, oil and water to cool, so you’ve got a completely different situation to what we’re used to.
You want to package that in the tidiest way you can. There are new technologies involved in all of this – it’s not stuff you can carry over.”
We all know Adrian Newey likes to package things tight in his cars. Will Red Bull see more technical failures due to overheating next year?
Ferrari denies Raikkonen reports
Yesterday TJ13 reported Raikkonen has signed a three year deal with Ferrari. They have come out in denial (again) telling the BBC, “Right now, we’re really not giving any thought to the driver-market situation“.
Ferrari is not saying they have not signed Raikkonen, they are saying they are not interested in the driver marked and want to focus on giving Alonso a title winning car.
“That is our priority,[give Alonso a title winning car]. Drivers are not a problem for us even if we were to change Felipe.”
In another statement from Ferrari denying any interest in drivers they said, “as you know, getting great drivers is not a problem for Ferrari“. This sounds like a direct attack on their once loved driver Alonso. Is another snub from Montezemolo showing Alonso who the boss is at Ferrari?
This denial is not surprising as one of the commenters yesterday noted ‘how do you incentivise someone if they know they are out’. Another asked if this is not just a way Raikkonen’s management is trying to barter a better deal with Red Bull.
Whatever the reason it will not be the first time something has been denied by Ferrari and turns out to be true.
Mercedes 2014 engines could produce 100hp more than rivals
The 2014 turbo engine power outputs are a closely guarded secret. Speculation on how much power these new engines will produce has been ongoing and up to 900hp has been mentioned.
It now appear that this figure may have been very close indeed. According to AuMS, Mercedes have raised concerns with the the FIA regarding the new engine and its performance effect on the current specification tyres. According to Mercedes the increased power characteristics, rumoured to be c850hp in qualifying trim with torque 600nm, requires wider rear tires.
Mercedes further said that unless the driver is sensitive in applying the throttle he could induce wheelspin changing from 4th to 5th.This was challenged by Ferrari and Renault and the FIA asked Mercedes to share their performance figures to Pirelli. This happened and now the FIA share the same concerns with the result… at least 2cm wider rear tyres being proposed for 2014.
Although power figures have yet to be officially confirmed, the fact that Mercedes’s performance figures could induce wheelspin at said gears have resulted in a rumour in the paddock that the Mercedes engine could have up to 100hp more than it’s rivals.
Now that Pirelli tyre test… hmmmm makes you think does it not…