Sacre bleu, Renault is under investigation for an illegal braking system:
Hours after the Japanese Grand Prix concluded, Racing Point handed a 12-page document to the FIA in which they claimed Renault are an illegal system.
As F1 drivers have to adjust their own brake balance, the alleged Renault system would be illegal.
Article 27.1 of the sport’s Sporting Regulations states drivers must “drive the car alone and unaided”.
“It would be a big advantage … an automatic system controlled electronically could do it much better and faster than the driver can manually.”
He added: “The suspicion must be reasonable, because it’s an unwritten rule that you don’t accuse another team of something like that unless you’re 100 per cent sure.
“If they’re right, it’s a catastrophe for Renault."
The main issue Ricciardo had after switching to Renault was the braking, he couldn't go as deep into a corner as he did with the Red Bull car. At Suzuka Ricciardo was back to his field blazing shelf.
Makes you wonder if Red Bull has something and whether or not Ricciardo brought it over to Renault.
Because somebody has to sell a book and Renault is under investigation an article about Michael Schumacher's 1994 championship brings it back out into the light.
Senna had retired on the opening lap of the previous race in Japan, and before returning to the pits, stood trackside to observe his rivals, becoming suspicious about the legality of his main rival’s car after hearing the engine note under braking.
“Senna himself was convinced that there was something different about Schumacher’s car,” former Williams team manager Ian Harrison told Autosport in 2014.
The suspicions gained further credibility in 2011, when Schumacher’s teammate from 1994, Jos Verstappen, claimed the German was using banned electronic driving aids
An independent analysis of the source code revealed Benetton had software “capable of breaching the regulations,” and although the team admitted the existence of the code, it claimed it was redundant and could not be activated by Schumacher
*So put your tin foil hat on and play "Degrees Of Jos Verstappen", Jos learned from Benetton, Jos then schooled Red Bull, Ricciardo took it to Renault
*no, I don't really believe that
Looks like teams are turning into beeyotchs and snitches:
A number of Ferrari's Formula 1 rivals have written to the FIA for clarity over the legality of design aspects they believe are behind the Italian team's engine advantage.
Motorsport.com understands that Ferrari's competitors are seeking clarification over whether they are clear to pursue similar concepts themselves or if the ideas fall foul of the regulations.
The requests have come after Ferrari's recent performance breakthrough revealed the full extent of its engine advantage, which is believed to be worth up to 0.8 seconds at some tracks and has been described as 'ludicrous' by one high-level team source.
One theory relates to Ferrari's intercooler and how a controlled leak may allow a small amount of oil to enter the combustion process, and produce a power boost for a short period of time.
Using oil in the intercooler, which Ferrari is thought to be alone in utilising, is permitted by the regulations, although the rules demand that such systems "must not intentionally make use of the latent heat of vaporisation of any fluid with the exception of fuel for the normal purpose of combustion in the engine".
It also stated it has "received no protest from any competitor regarding any current designs".
The lack of a response from the FIA to specific correspondence has left Ferrari's rivals uncertain about how to proceed.
So they're not trying to get Ferrari to stop they just want to do it too, maybe because they think they can do it better
They had a 10 year agreement to race in a stadium parking lot. Circuit was garbage, locals were pissed. They only did it for one year.
and.. WTF are those boats doing in the parking lot of the Hard Rock Stadium?
i can't really come up with anything good to say about the other end of the course, it looks low speed with difficult passing and benefit faster cars on the final straight
I'll believe it when I see it, as it would be 2 yrs away best case and another race would need to come off for this once all the council signatures are inked and the $$ changes hands.
Selfishly speaking, they should have just gone back to doing the Long Beach GP. Indycar is great, but I'd love to see F1 at Long Beach.
It would be in a relatively dense city, with multiple airports, and the extra influx of people wouldn't even be noticed as far as traffic goes.
And it would be cheap and easy for a few of us to get to.