The Official 2013 F1 Thread. Spoilers possible!

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  1. wxwax

    wxwax Excited Member

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    No cosmetic panel, to save weight. I wonder if that means no-one will have one?

    They didn't let the camera wander around the rear. :evil
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  2. g®eg

    g®eg Canadian living in exile

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    New North American team?

    "Scorpion Racing" tries for HRT revival bid

    January 29, 2013


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    A group of Canadian and American investors are pushing to try and secure HRT's entry slot in Formula 1, but they may have to wait until 2014 before being allowed to join the grid.
    Sources have revealed that negotiations to purchase the HRT company and secure an entry are at an advanced stage, and the plan for a team known as Scorpion Racing appears to have the blessing of F1 commercial boss Bernie Ecclestone.
    However, the FIA believes the 12th entry slot for 2013 was closed off when it was informed at the end of last season that HRT had been liquidated. Although the governing body is aware of the plans for Scorpion Racing, it does not appear to have any intention of making a special case to allow another team in for 2013 because the entry deadline closed last November.
    The investors behind Scorpion Racing are hoping to complete due diligence of the buy-out plans in the next few days. That means the viability of their plans should become clearer by the end of the week.

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    Scorpion is hoping to run its effort from a facility at Silverstone, using updated HRT F112 cars that will be powered by Cosworth engines and use a Williams gearbox. AUTOSPORT reports that discussions have taken place with Ecclestone about the idea, and he indicated to the investors in a letter last weekend that if its takeover of the HRT assets was complete, then it should get an entry to F1.
    "Have you bought the HRT company? Because if you have, they [the FIA] would be accepting you," Ecclestone purportedly wrote.
    It is not clear if there is any mechanism for Scorpion to secure a place on the grid if it can convince the FIA that it has the funding and technical capability to compete in 2013.



    This article originally appeared in Autosport.com
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  3. g®eg

    g®eg Canadian living in exile

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    in typically Aussie fashion Webber shrugs off Marko's comments

    good on ya mate! :thumb

    Webber shrugs off Marko criticism

    January 29 2013

    [​IMG]Mark Webber has shrugged off Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko's criticism of his driving and mental strength, saying he is well aware of the Austrian's opinion of him.
    Marko recently told Red Bull's in-house Red Bulletin magazine that Webber "falls into a downward spiral" when confronted with teammate Sebastian Vettel's pace or mechanical problems and cannot cope with the pressure of being a Formula 1 title contender.
    In an interview posted on his personal website, Webber said Marko's disparaging view came as little surprise.
    "Look, everyone at this level has their own agendas and it's been evident for a long time now that I've never been a part of Marko's," he said.
    Webber's longtime race engineer Ciaron Pilbeam left Red Bull over the winter to take up a new role with Lotus. Simon Rennie moves in the other direction to replace him having previously worked with Kimi Raikkonen. Asked about his 2013 expectations, Webber said getting up to speed with Rennie would be a critical part of preseason testing.
    "I'm certainly looking forward to getting my hands on the RB9 and I also have a new race engineer in Simon Rennie," he said. "It's going to be important to have a solid preseason with him after spending some six years with Ciaron Pilbeam who I had a long and enjoyable relationship with, but he's no longer with the team."
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  4. g®eg

    g®eg Canadian living in exile

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    loads of pics now

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    quite a change to coanda plumbing too

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    Agree completely. I don't see Lewis as a strong enough driver to be able to lift the lackluster performance of Mercedes. The whole outfit comes across as little more than a business decision and while Ross Brawn was able to strike the initial marketing coup by luring Schumacher out of retirement, there has been no progress on getting back to the front as they were before Mercedes took them over.

    Perhaps it's Mercedes management that is the drag on the team? :dunno Lewis will struggle and I can't see how Lauda's overly critical scrutiny is going to help the team at all. If anything, I expect his "insight" to upset the team balance rather than do anything to help stabilize it.
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    Marko is a class act. While on one hand, I do appreciate candor, there are right ways and wrong ways for bosses to paint an accurate picture, this is not the right way.
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    What's the foam-looking thing forward of the monkey seat?
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    g®eg Canadian living in exile

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    good question... looks like a foam plug almost...

    and from those who know: just a foam plug to hide the sidepod innards. common on show\launch cars
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  9. MF1A

    MF1A Ride with the Wind

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    anyone knows about the "flexi nose" on the RB?.... will they use it this season?... it is banned?:deal
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    g®eg Canadian living in exile

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    well they will try and regulate it better:

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    I can almost guarantee that they will yet again be one step ahead of the testers. It's a complicated thing to test and RB seems to be streets ahead of anyone else in fabricating carbon fiber that moves how and when they want it to.

    Someone wrote an article (using NASCAR as an example) of the difference between pushing the envelope and cheating. Pushing the envelope is exploiting gray areas or unregulated areas. Cheating is breaking clearly written rules and hoping to get away with it. Red Bull is cheating. And they're forcing everyone else to cheat as well, since that's the only way to keep up with them.
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    I thought the stickers covering up the button functions on the new Lotus steering wheel were pretty great. Especially the "Jenson" Button

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    Then it should be easy enough for racing's most sophisticated regulators to catch them.
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    g®eg Canadian living in exile

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    McLaren launch coming next....

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    g®eg Canadian living in exile

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    speaking of Mercedes...

    this is quite interesting

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    Mercedes F1: A return to traditional car engineering
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  16. wxwax

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    It if were, they would have.

    It's not and they haven't.
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    g®eg Canadian living in exile

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    it reminds me of that Gordon Murray documentary (How to Go Fast and Influence People. The Gordon Murray Story.) talking about the "fan" at the back of one of his designs to create downforce but explained off as being there for cooling... and the ride height of cars changing when driven at speed vs static testing in paddock. "if you can't catch them.. then it must be OK" attitude.
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    :thumb Thank you, that's very interesting.
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    :deal
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    Is there anything in the current reg's that allow the FIA to "seize" a car from park firme and drag it to a wind tunnel?

    Let's make it Ferrari's wind tunnel, just to really get the hounds barking. And amazingly it would be on the one day a week it apparently is operating flawlessly.