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By Mav | 21 Jun 2013 | One Comment | 22,822 views
Mercedes, Pirelli AND FIA Share Blame

Mercedes and Pirelli have both been reprimanded over their private tyre test in Spain, with the former also having to miss the upcoming three-day Young Drivers’ Test to off-set any advantage gained. However, the twist to the findings is that the FIA have also been found partially culpable due to the communications with Charlie Whiting and the FIA’s legal department.

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Technical, Video »

By Viva F1 | 21 Jun 2013 | One Comment | 15,503 views
Evolution of the Steering Wheel

For a long time, the steering wheel was a humble piece of equipment which did exactly what it says on the tin – it’s a wheel and it controls the steering. However, as the video below from Sauber shows, in the last twenty years it has evolved into a €30,000, multifunctional interface controlling far more than simply the direction the car points.

FIA, Headline, Rules and Regulations »

By Mav | 21 Jun 2013 | One Comment | 22,822 views
Mercedes, Pirelli AND FIA Share Blame

Mercedes and Pirelli have both been reprimanded over their private tyre test in Spain, with the former also having to miss the upcoming three-day Young Drivers’ Test to off-set any advantage gained. However, the twist to the findings is that the FIA have also been found partially culpable due to the communications with Charlie Whiting and the FIA’s legal department.

Headline, Personal musings, Testing »

By Mav | 6 Jun 2013 | 5 Comments | 9,821 views
How Much Did Mercedes Really Learn Testing for Pirelli?

How much could Mercedes really have learned from their day testing with Pirelli at the Circuit de Catalunya? Nico Rosberg today reiterated that Mercedes learned nothing from the test and that Pirelli had complete control of the running. Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber, on the other hand, insist that the test will have been a “big help.” So what’s the truth?

Headline, Monaco GP, Race Strategy »

By saltire | 27 May 2013 | 10 Comments | 13,675 views
Monaco GP: Tyre and Pit Stop Strategy

Mercedes finally made good on their qualifying promise to claim the teams’ maiden win of the season. A flawless drive from pole to chequered flag saw Nico Rosberg take the second win of his career, finishing ahead of Vettel and Webber who took the remaining podium positions.

Headline, Technical »

By Mav | 14 May 2013 | 3 Comments | 8,241 views
Consequences of Pirelli Backing Down

Criticism from certain teams plus growing complaints from some sections of the media and fans have led Pirelli to announce that they will change the tyres from the Canadian Grand Prix onwards. The new range is set to combine elements from the 2012 and 2013 tyres with the aim of having both durability and performance but what will the real consequences of the change be?

Personal musings »

By Mav | 13 May 2013 | 10 Comments | 13,920 views
Red Bull Gives You Whines

Red Bull owner, Dietrich Mateschitz is the latest to wade into the Pirelli discussion after watching Sebastian Vettel struggle to a fourth place finish in Spain. According to Autosport, the Red Bull boss was locked in a 45 minute private discussion with Bernie Ecclestone and then followed this up with scathing comments about Pirelli’s tyres.

Headline, Race Strategy, Spanish GP »

By Mav | 12 May 2013 | 2 Comments | 6,152 views
Spanish GP: Tyre and Pit Stop Strategy

Another strategy driven race, this time it was Ferrari and Fernando Alonso who surprised many with a four-stop race which allowed them to push the tyres to their limits and comfortably hold-off the three-stopping Lotus of Kimi Raikkonen.

Headline, Personal musings, Technical »

By Mav | 22 Apr 2013 | 4 Comments | 4,688 views
Falling Out of Love with Pirelli?

Go back to 2011 and everyone seemed to be in love with Pirelli. It was a season that featured entertaining race after entertaining race, for the first half of the year at least, even if the championship itself failed to live up to their heights. Now, four races into their third season since returning to Formula One, the relationship seems to have cooled, with a growing group criticising the tyre supplier. So what has changed?