Ferrari has moved up the timetable for its power unit upgrades and has brought updated parts to this week's Spanish Grand Prix a month ahead of schedule.Failing to perform anywhere close to the levels that were expected after an impressive preseason, Ferrari needed to do something drastic to stop the run of Mercedes dominance -- a run that has produced four consecutive 1-2 finishes to start the season. The Italian manufacturer finds itself already 74 points behind Mercedes in the constructors' standings.Usually, teams bring power unit upgrades to the Canadian Grand Prix (this year, scheduled for June 9), but Ferrari opted to pull its plans forward. Formula 1 F1 Spanish Grand Prix by the numbers: Mercedes looks to extend streak The Ferrari F1 team is on the ropes after just four races after Mercedes’ early dominance to the 2019 Formula 1 season.However, it’s in the midfield where the real interest lies ahead of ... “We are at the Spanish GP, a race in which most … [Read more...] about Ferrari brings F1 powerplant updates to Spain, ahead of schedule
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Renault boss Cyril Abiteboul says the French team is in the middle of a "multiyear" task to catch the big three teams.The comments come after China, where despite making reliability fixes for its significantly more powerful 2019 engine after Bahrain, Nico Hulkenberg once again retired from the event short of the finish."Nico had a problem around the MGU-K," Abiteboul told France's Auto Hebdo. "It is difficult because it means that we are not totally out of our reliability problems. It was a software problem that is related to all the changes we have made to react to the glitches of the beginning of the season."There was some good news in China. After a difficult start to his Renault career, Daniel Ricciardo finally opened his points account with a seventh place."It's good for the team but a frustrating race," said Abiteboul. "It does allow us to forget Bahrain and start like in Melbourne, where Nico was seventh. But we must do better in all aspects. We are a little slower than we would … [Read more...] about Renault F1 says it faces a ‘multiyear job’ to catch Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull
Ferrari F12berlinetta. Click on picture to enlarge * See all articles about superstorm Sandy by clicking on the title! * UPDATE: The auctioning of the first Ferrari F12berlinetta to be sold to a private buyer in America is now complete, with Ferrari managing to raise $1.5 million for victims of Hurricane Sandy: $1.125 million for the car itself and almost $400,000 in additional donations. More details here. According to Automotive News and www.autoblog.com, superstorm Sandy has cost automakers 15,000 cars and may have damaged beyond repair up to 200,000 personal vehicles. And yesterday, Ferrari announced that on November 17 in Austin Texas, the company will auction the very first F12berlinetta to be sold to a private buyer in North America to raise funds for superstorm Sandy relief efforts. On its American website, Ferrari says: “The auction is due to take place during a special Ferrari event to commemorate the return of Formula 1 racing to North America. Coming under the hammer … [Read more...] about USA: Ferrari auctioning first F12berlinetta for Sandy relief
Bosses at Scuderia Ferrari say they understand what went wrong during the Australian Grand Prix.That is the claim of Ferrari insider Leo Turrini, after the Maranello team surprised the F1 world by falling behind both Mercedes and Red Bull-Honda in Melbourne.Last Friday, Sebastian Vettel met with engineers at the team's Italian headquarters.Prior to that meeting, the German driver said, "We have all the tools, all the ingredients, the data makes sense, but we are missing something."Turrini wrote on his Quotidiano blog that engineers now understand what went wrong in Australia."I do not know what was understood," he wrote, "but there is no panic among (team boss Mattia) Binotto's boys."Gian Carlo Minardi, a former F1 team owner and boss, predicted Ferrari would bounce back."One swallow doesn't make a spring," he is quoted as saying by Corriere dello Sport. "I am confident that Ferrari will recover. Mercedes is obviously the team to beat, but let's allow Ferrari to work." Formula 1 … [Read more...] about Insider says Ferrari engineers understand F1 Australian Grand Prix problems
The 2012 Lexus LFA Nurburgring Package Courtesy of Lexus The key to building an incredibly fast car isn't just horsepower -- it's also weight. From Formula One race cars to ultra-expensive supercars on the street, keeping weight down is essential for high performance. The lighter a car is, the faster it can move. That's why automakers utilize a wide array of high-tech, lightweight materials to create the bodies for their cars. Carbon fiber is one of the lightest materials currently in use. In a nutshell, carbon fiber is made of very thin strands of carbon woven together into a sheet. The result is a material that is five times stronger than steel and yet it weighs two-thirds less. Many high performance vehicles use carbon fiber in one form or another, like F1 racecars, BMW's M cars and the Lexus LFA supercar. Carbon fiber is also used on aircraft, consumer products and even in civil engineering applications. But carbon fiber has its drawbacks. Mainly, it's very expensive and … [Read more...] about Is carbon fiber old news?