André Lotterer will be given the chance to make his torrid debut in Formula 1 at this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix, Caterham F1 has confirmed. The German driver replaces the team's Japanese driver, Kamui Kobayashi who still remains with the Caterham Group.
Caterham F1 Team have responded to the claims of a group of former staff, saying it is concerned about the claims of a group of individuals after their dismissal from the team following its takeover by new owners.
Even if Hungaroring is not a historical track like the one at Silverstone, Monza or Monaco, it usually produces huge excitement like it did back in 2006 or last Sunday. A sudden thunderstorm right before the pit lane opened refreshed the sultry conditions which opened up a few possibilities for those coming from behind.
A strong performance by the Sauber F1 Team at the Hungarian Grand Prix in Budapest was not rewarded. Adrian Sutil finished in 11th and missed out on a point by just 0.9 seconds, while Esteban Gutiérrez was running eighth, and thus in the fight for points, when a problem with the Energy Recovery System forced him to stop.
McLaren saw its hopes for big points fade away early on in the race when the team realised their made a wrong strategy call after getting a prediction for further rain. Still, despite this mishap, Jenson Button saved the day, getting a single point by finishing 10th.
One month ago, at the Austrian Grand Prix, Force India introduced a major aerodynamic upgrade package on its VJM07, including a modified nose cone and different bodywork around the engine and exhaust. The difference is obvious around the “Claro” logo when comparing the Canadian specification to the car running at Silverstone. Tighter packaging is an obvious aerodynamic advantage and proved possible even while retaining the location of the oil cooler above the exhaust pipe, fed by the secondary airbox inlet.
For the fourth time this season, Ferrari's Fernando Alonso qualified fifth this afternoon to secure a place on the clean side of Row 3. It’s a good place to be to pick up points in the final race before the summer break. Kimi Raikkonen meanwhile qualified 17th after a wrong strategy call cost him a chance at doing better.
Williams introduced a new cooling solution on its FW36 this weekend at Germany by adding a series of small apertures on the legality fin of the airbox cover. The small extension on the airbox cover is there only to fit the minimum area rules of the bodywork, but Williams have found a new use by creating fins to provide engine cooling. Many teams have small apertures in this area for cooling, but Williams' solution surely is elaborate.