JA on F1 technical adviser and former Williams chief engineer Mark Gillan thinks that Mercedes will be hurt by Pirelli’s decision to make a small tweak to the hard tyre compound. Last week the Italian tyre manufacturer said it will change the hard tyre, rather than the soft as expected, to be closer in specification to the 2012 tyre, which would make it more durable. It will likely have a larger working range, so will be more versatile, and Gillan adds that the move will help every other team on the grid except for Mercedes.
A Formula One car’s fuel system is unusual in that it involves both the chassis and engine design teams – the former are responsible for the design and operation of the fuel cell, lift pumps and collector, while the latter look after the main fuel pump, filters and injectors. In the final year of the V8 engine formula, Renault – who power Red Bull, Lotus, Williams and Caterham – guide us through their RS27 engine’s intricate system
It’s just over three months since Toto Wolff left his position as executive director at Williams to become part of a high-profile management triumvirate at Mercedes, with Niki Lauda and Ross Brawn. Since then, the 41-year-old Austrian, who is now a shareholder and executive director with the Silver Arrows, has witnessed the team score two podiums and two pole positions in four races.