F1 farce as new qualifying plan hit by software problems
Ecclestone has revealed that the introduction of a radical new elimination style qualifying format for the sport has been held up by computer programmers.
“The new qualifying won’t happen because we can’t get everything together in time. It was going to come in at the start of this year but we are not going to be able to get all the software done in time. So the qualifying changes will probably be in Spain. In Australia it will be the old qualifying and the new qualifying maybe by Spain. All of the software has got to be written so it’s not easy,”
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Mercedes tempted to make fifth engine a ‘performance special’
Mercedes engine boss Andy Cowell says his team might consider saving one of its engines this year to use as a “performance special” now that five power units are permitted over the course of the season.
The addition of a 21st race on the calendar has upped the allocation of engines per driver from four to five this year, although if a race were to drop off the calendar before the season opener it would return to four.
As a result, Mercedes has been planning on using four power units over the course of the season, meaning it could have one extra engine left over if there are still 21 races on the calendar by the start of the Australian Grand Prix. Asked if the team might save that engine in order to run it at the very top of its potential for one race towards the end of the season, Cowell said it was “tempting”.
Toro Rosso used guesswork for engine
Toro Rosso used guesswork to design the installation of its 2015-spec Ferrari Formula 1 engine while waiting for confirmation of the deal, says technical director James Key. The team did not get confirmation that it would be swapping supplier from Renault until early November and that made preparations difficult considering the architecture of the car had been agreed in August. But Toro Rosso knew that it was a strong possibility so began preparing a contingency plan using the resources that were available.
“When it became clear the power unit may or may not change and when that change would be confirmed was unclear, we carried on with what we knew and we tried to guess what to do,” Key explained. “It sounds crazy but there are pictures around, ideas and a bit of hearsay. You have to put together some contingency based on that.
“It looked likely Ferrari could be a go-ahead but we couldn’t talk to them about design options until a deal was signed. We made CAD models from pictures. It sounds crude but what else could you do?”
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Typical American rims
Haas just have to be different, Reddit user r/lukalukaluka noticed their unusual ‘Frisbee’ rims.
Rosberg finally gets his 2014 ‘runners up’ prize
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The season is so very close
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