Renault Sport’s new COO endorses 2014 engine rules

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In the round-up: Renault’s Carlos Tavares says the new rules are “perfectly aligned” with the company’s interests.


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Carlos Tavares: Interview (Renault Sport)

On the switch to six-cylinder engines in 2014: “This was one of the conditions explained to our teams for us to be in F1, and it still applies. Renault has always had an ability to innovate. We want our innovation to be useful to our clients and to the general health of the planet. Therefore this ‘downsizing’ we’ve put all our support behind is perfectly aligned. There needs to be a convergence between the technologies seen in F1 and the wishes of our clients and the societies we operate in.”

Allison becomes FOTA technical head (Autosport)

Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn had led the technical section of FOTA until the start of this year, when he stood down so he could devote more time to his team.”

Nicole Scherzinger on Twitter

“Lewis and I woke up this morning and read we were engaged! Sorry to disappoint you all but it’s not true.”

In-season F1 testing can’t come soon enough (Autocar)

“Todt admitted during the Turkish Grand Prix weekend that he was looking to have in-season testing return in 2012 pending the approval of the teams, but would push it through without their agreement if necessary for 2013.”

Technical Focus: Active Suspension (Williams)

“At this first test at Silverstone, a hydraulic pipe came off and we had a massive fire at the back of the car. We didn’t put a lot of mileage on the system, but we managed to establish that it needed a much more sophisticated electro-hydraulic controller on it.”

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Comment of the day

Some thoughts from Robbie on how Nico Rosberg compares to Michael Schumacher.

I think the point here is that Schumacher, as a seven-time champion, is the one that is supposed to have been trouncing Rosberg. Many thought that would happen after a few races of Schumacher getting acclimatized to F1 upon his return??now it is a season and a half and Schumacher has not fazed Rosberg one bit, in fact Rosberg still leads him in points. Schumacher has had usually better starts than Rosberg, but tends to squander them with front wing damage.

Rosberg sits ‘best of the rest’ after the top three teams even though he hasn’t ‘looked’ as strong as last year. But isn’t that because last year Rosberg looked stronger versus Schumacher because Schumacher was understandably needing time to get re-acquainted with F1. But Schumacher still looks to be in that mode in a way, or at least if he has a better handle on things he has squandered it and Rosberg still leads??there was a time when having Schumacher as a teammate meant huge pressure. Either Schumacher no longer fazes drivers and doesn’t apply pressure any longer, or NR is great at dealing with the pressure. It’s a two-sided coin. Perhaps it is Rosberg’s handling of Schumacher that is the reason other drivers are not fazed by Rosberg being on the track, and they’re all taking the fight to him without hesitation.

Bottom line for me??if you are one who puts Schumacher on a pedestal for all he has done in F1, then Rosberg deserves to be on a pedestal for how he has dealt with Schumacher as a team mate.

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On this day in F1

Jim Clark won the non-championship Solitude Grand Prix on this day in 1964.

The race was held at the Solitudering near Stuttgart in Germany.

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25 comments on “Renault Sport’s new COO endorses 2014 engine rules”

  1. Glad the engines will be V6 turbos, it’s just a shame we didn’t get venturi ground effects as well though, that would have produced equally good non-gimmicky racing to DRS in my opinion!

    1. Probably would have helped the racing by reducing the gaps mid corner…. It’s a pity, because if F1 teams didn’t purposefully make their cars hard to follow, well. We’d have racing to match GP2.

      1. Agree that it would have enabled more close racing. Shame the teams blocked it for the cost and risk in getting it wrong.

  2. I don’t really understand this statement, how can Todt PUSH through testing without the teams’ agreement? Its not like he’ll be testing anything, it’s all about the teams. Of course he needs their agreement.

    1. but if he made a rule the made in season testing compulsory to show up with cars and minimum number of team members etc, theyd have no choice

      1. Or if he made it that in season testing was allowed then at some point one of the teams (perhaps with red cars) would feel the need to take advantage of that and then the flood gates would open…

    2. I believe the President of the FIA has the power to bring a rule change into effect if the teams cannot settle on a conclusion. It’s rather like a hung jury – if the teams have wildly opposing opinions and cannot reconcile them in time for a deadline to be met, then Todt can decide one way or the other on the rule change.

      1. i always assumed that being head of the sports governing body meant that at the end of the day, if u wanted to bring in a rule, you could, for example with the EBD debarcle etc

      2. Yes, the FIA can put in just about any new rule they want, only he needs to put it in the rulebook with enough lead time before a new season.

        Obviously the preffered method is at least discussing with the teams though.

  3. Just a minute ago on the F1F homepage, using Firefox, the drop downs on ‘stats’ ‘community’ ect were getting stuck behind the top banner ad so you couldn’t click on the options.

    It was a Mercedes Benz ad, but this has not happened since, I’ve clicked on a few articles to see if it happens again, but no… strange.

    1. The Merc C Class banner is back and it’s doing it again.

      I’ve had Renault, Barclay and no problems, but every time the Merc C Class banner ad appears, the drop downs get hidden by the advert.

      1. Make a screenshot and send it to Keith via the contact form. Works perfectly and fast.

  4. Thought for a second that Williams had admitted to running active suspension last week!

  5. Hello and have a nice Birthday the both of you, Cube and Phil G!

  6. I bet that was a lonely win for Jim Clark at the Solitudering…. ba dum tsh

  7. Keith, thought it might be worth mentioning that FOM’s new race edit from Silverstone is online. :)

  8. I don’t entirely agree with the COTD.

    It’s been five years since Schumacher competed for a championship. Anyone who needs to visualise what that time frame does to a F1 driver only needs to look at Graham Hill in 1973 (though to be fair he had horribly damaged his legs).

    I would say it was more a case of Schumacher being average than Rosberg being extra-special. And if he didn’t have so many damn crashes, his pace would have got him a few results better than Rosberg this year.

    1. I have to say I agree with you Icthyes. This isn’t really the same Schumacher for me and for that reason I find it really tough to evaluate Nico although I do thinki he’s a good driver.

    2. Yep. I was scrolling down to post a similar comment but you’ve taken the words from my mouth.

      Schumacher spent 3 years in retirement, he’s now the oldest driver on the grid and its widely believed that driving in the simulator makes him ill. Schumacher simply isnt the force that he used to be, and I think its a little unrealistic to expect otherwise.

      Does his conspicuous lack of performance today detract from his dominant, record-obliterating performances of old? Certainly not, at least not for me.

      Nico is good, but lets not give him too much credit here. I think that most of the mid-level drivers on the grid could out-perform this current iteration of Schumacher.

  9. “Lewis and I woke up this morning and read we were engaged! Sorry to disappoint you all but it’s not true.”

    Lol, and everyone was saying their parents said they were!

  10. They have some very interesting stats on overtakes from the first half of the season at Autosport today.

    1. Interesting conclusions. It looks like all the drivers needed was to be reminded that they could overtake after all, the new rules have removed the old mindset of just sitting in and waiting.

  11. wasn’t williams the only team running an active suspension in ’91 before it got banned?

    1. Yes, that’s right.

  12. I think its a fair compromise, regarding the new engines.

    Does in-season testing only apply for the testing of new drivers or testing of potential future aero parts etc?

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