Daily Archives: January 28, 2010

Singapore considering track layout revisions

The Singapore Grand Prix

The Singapore Grand Prix

The organisers of the Singapore Grand Prix have said that they are considering revisons to the circuit, to make it faster.

Both of the Singapore Grands Prix have run nearly two hours long, which is the FIA’s mandatory limit. Significant changes are being considered, to speed up the 3.152 mile track’s laps.

The current lap record was set by Fernando Alonso, a 1m48.240s. It is too late to make revisions to the 2010 circuit in time, but the Singapore Tourism Board are looking at making the changes by the 2011 race.

Justin Chew, the Singapore Tourism Board’s executive director, said:

“We are always looking to see how we can improve the Singapore Grand Prix. If it is for the good of the race and makes it more exciting for fans and drivers, we will consider it.”

The two modifications being considered are cutting Turns 7 to 9 into one 90 degree left-hander around the War Memorial, instead of through it. Also, the bus stop chicane that runs underneath the grandstands may be completely removed. Interestingly enough, this would get rid of the infamous Turn 17, where Nelson Piquet Jr intentionally crashed in 2008.

First picture of Williams FW32

Autosport has revealed the first picture of the new Williams FW32. For copyright resaons, I can’t reproduce the photo on this site, but you can view the photo here.

Nico Hulkenberg gave the car a shakedown today, before the F1 tests begin in Valencia on 1st February.

Sam Michael, the Williams technical director, said of the FW32:

“The FW32 is a clean-sheet design from front to back. It’s pretty much brand new from an aerodynamic point of view.”

“The fact that we had a consistent car across all of the tracks in 2009, and wiped out a lot of the vices that we had in the previous car, gives us confidence.”

Rubbish, as far as I can see. The nosecone looks to be higher, and the bargeboards have been hightened. Apart from a revised engine intake vent, it looks exactly the same to me.

Also, this is not the livery that Williams will be using. I’m not sure about the colour scheme, but there will be more sponsor logos on it when the Valencia tests begin.

Ferrari F10 unveiled (pictures)

The new Ferrari F10

The new Ferrari F10

Today Ferrari has unveiled their 2010 challenger, dubbed the F10.

However, the internet streaming did not go as planned, as a record 3 million people went onto the Ferrari site, and crashed the servers for anyone else trying to get on.

Regardless, the event went ahead, except without the promotional video. This is because the Fiorano track had practically frozen over, with temperatures barely getting over the freezing mark. Just a thought, we would have preferred it if they had filmed it on ice!

Felipe Massa will test the car first, on Monday in Valencia. He will then hand the car over to Fernando Alonso, who will drive it for the other 2 days.

Lets have a look at the car. First of all, it sports the nose arch hornlet featured by Red Bull last year. The rear wing has a new support structure, and a slightly revised engine cover. The bargeboards are different, and the wing mirror/turning vane now reaches much lower down. The front wing also has new endplates and other downforce-generating sections.

As expected, the car has a longer wheelbase, to deal with the enlarged fuel tank. Ferrari have kindly released specifications for the car:

Chassis

Carbon-fibre and honeycomb composite structure
Ferrari longitudinal gearbox
Limited-slip differential
Semi-automatic sequential electronically controlled gearbox – quick shift
Number of gears: Seven, plus reverse
Brembo ventilated carbon-fibre disc brakes
Independent suspension, push-rod activated torsion springs front and rear
Weight with water, lubricant and driver: 620 kg
BBS Wheels (front and rear: 13 inch)

Engine

Type: 056
Number of cylinders: Eight
Cylinder block in sand cast aluminium: 90-degree V
Number of valves: 32
Pneumatic distribution
Total displacement: .2398 cm3
Piston bore: 98 mm
Weight: > 95 kg
Electronic injection and ignition
Fuel: Shell V-Power
Lubricant: Shell Helix Ultra

F1 Fanatic have done some great comparison pictures with this year’s car and the old F60. You can view them here.

A Youtube video of the launch is also available here:

More pictures are also included here:

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