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Marussia to reveal car today
(09:38) Updated (14:08)
Schumacher to be woken form coma
(12:15) Update (14:10)
New V6 most powerful! (12:30)
Legal or not – McLaren and Lotus innovative solutions
Not since 2009 when Brawn GP unveiled their double diffuser have eyes been on car designs as much as this year. We have had the EBD and coanda effect exhausts but this year two teams in particular have designs that have been referred to the FIA for clarification.
Both Lotus and McLaren have come up with unique ways of getting airflow to and from the rear of the car. As TJ13 reported on Tuesday, the Lotus nose solution has already had the nod from the FIA (Whiting) and is considered legal.
McLaren’s rear suspension is the next point for debate. Using their rear suspension in a rather clever way they have created the same effect as what the now lost beam wing has done, creating a area of low pressure behind the diffuser. This provides more downforce at the rear meaning more power can be used. AMuS calls this an “ingenious trick” but as the likes of Red Bull, Mercedes and Ferrari has not gone down this path it remains to be seen if this is the feature to have.
As with most innovations, until it is better understood we can expect the big teams protesting or asking for clarification and Red Bull’s Newey have fired the first salvo saying he doubts the legality of McLaren’s solution.
“I have not seen the photos but as it is described, it sounds as though there are eight suspension elements, where only six are allowed. Moreover, there are clear rules for the width of the suspension.”
It appears McLaren have got that covered as well as AMuS reports they received a “green light“from the FIA last summer…
Let the war begin…
Marussia to reveal car today
After experiencing setbacks with their car and missing the first two days of testing Marussia is set to launch their car today. According to John Booth they had more trouble on their way to the circuit when the van broke down.
What to expect. After the previous launches very few people know what to expect but preparing for the worse seems like a safe option. However, Booth thinks they have a pretty car saying, “You will be amazed how pretty it [the car] is“.
All we know is they are at the circuit and we should see the car later today… gulp
Gulp indeed… not sure what is pretty but hey..
McLaren employees killed in accident
McLaren has lost two of their employees in a road car accident this morning. They were on their way to MTC when their Subaru Impreza collided with a Ford Transit Van, the latter’s driver being taken to hospital with serious injuries.
McLaren has confirmed the employees were working for the production car part of the business.
Schumacher to be woken form coma
Several French newspapers have reported that doctors at Grenoble have started the process of waking Michael Schumacher form his medical induced coma. L’Equipe reports the process started on Tuesday and initially he “responded positively“.
Although Grenoble neurosurgeon Stephan Chabardes confirmed this Schumacher’s manager have played this down and said it is just speculation. According to Bild Grenoble have issued a memo to staff requesting them not to disclose any information about Schumacher.
Yesterday marked a month since the 7 time world champion had his skiing accident.
It’s now official. Schumacher’s manager Sabine Kehm has now confirmed that the medical team in Grenoble have started the process of bringing Schumacher out of his induced coma.
“Michael’s sedation is being reduced in order to allow the start of the waking up process which may take long time. For the protection of the family, it was originally agreed by the interested parties to communicate this information only once this process was consolidated.
“Please note that no further updates will be given. The family of Michael Schumacher is again requesting to respect its privacy and the medical secret, and to not disturb the doctors treating Michael in their work. At the same time, the family wishes to express sincere appreciation for the worldwide sympathy.”
It is safe to say the world awaits further news.
New V6 most powerful!
Having set the fastest lap at yesterday’s test session Jenson Button spoke to reporters afterwards and said the new powertrian is the most powerful he has ever driven. “The power of the [Mercedes] engine is nice. It’s very torquey, it feels like the most powerful engine I’ve driven. It obviously isn’t in terms of outright power, but as a racing driver you feel the torque and power at the low speed and at 300 km/h you don’t really feel the difference.”
He continues, “It’s coming out of the corners when you have so much torque that it’s exciting. A lot to improve with the car in that area, but with so many tools at our disposal I know exactly how we can improve the car.”
“I think the positive thing is we have the ERS unit to fill in the gaps. I would say it’s a very drivable engine at this early stage. There are moments when you are part throttle through the corner and there’s all sorts going on. We’re used to revs, we’re used to downshifting but this is so, so different.”
Is it possible that this year may just be a year that suits Jenson’s driving style in a way that the 2009 Brawn suited him and could he be a real challenger for the championship this year? Perhaps being spurned on by the loss of his dad may make him a force to be reckoned with, that and the clever rear suspension of the MP4/29.
Live from Jerez – compare Ferrari vs Mercedes
While the guys back in the UK is working hard to bring you a compilation of videos I am taking here at Jerez enjoy this. Who do you think sounds the best?
Live from Jerez – HD compilation of 2014 machinery
The first of many tJ13_TV HD compilations that we’ll be posting in the next few days. Be sure to subscribe to the YouTube channel and keep up to date.