Nothing to hide – Shell
Shell which provides oil to Ferrari says it has “nothing to hide” following an investigation into engine lubrication system by the FIA. During the Canadian Grand Prix Ferrari and Mercedes were investigated to see whether either team was using auxiliary oil tanks to boost engine performance.
Both teams were found to be with in the regulations. Shell technology manger Guy Lovett told Autosport that Shell are happy to continue working with the FIA to ensure the rules concerning fuel and combustion are policed correctly.
He said the FIA conducted the investigation because “it’s completely illegal to inject fuel downstream of the fuel sensor.”
“If you put a fuel component within the oil there is a chance it could get to the combustion chamber, [because] there is, in any engine, passage of oil from the sump via the rings to the combustion chamber.” He added
Saying it is a grey area and is clearly something the FIA wanted to investigate and close off.
Career of special exercises – Bottas
Valtteri Bottas has told Autosport that he will need to do special back exercises for the rest of his career after an injury sustained in qualifying at the Australian Grand Prix.
Bottas missed the race after he suffered what Williams described as “a small tear in the annular part of a disc” but returned to F1 in Malaysia having made changes to the position of the car’s pedal and seat. Bottas said he doesn’t feel pain and has a series of exercises which he will do while he remains in Formula 1.
He said “I’m still doing specific exercises for my lower back and those muscles three or four times a week. I think I’m going to continue that all my career just to make sure it’s not going to happen again.”
He said he maybe has been playing catch up this season.
Hunting Red Bull
Force India has not given up on catching red bull in this season’s championship despite the gap between them growing. The team kept their eyes near Red Bull before Silverstone before introducing there B-spec car.
The points stood a 24 points before a dreadful weekend in Hungary but both Nico Hulkenberg were forced to retire from the race. While Red Bull gained there best result more than doubling their lead over Force India.
Bob Fernly told Autosport “Our target was very clear as we finished Silverstone, which was to challenge – if we could – Red Bull for fourth place. But they had a very strong showing in Hungary, and obviously piled on a significant amount of points.”
He said Red Bull “had a very strong showing in Hungary, and obviously piled on a significant amount of points. I don’t think we should lose sight of that objective, but it’s going to be a bit tougher now than it was after Silverstone.”
Ecclestone praises Jorda
F1 CEO Berine Ecclestone has defended Lotus development driver Carmen Jorda who has come under fire for her position at Lotus given her lack of results in the lower categories.
Ecclestone who wants to see a full time female driver in the sport has defended the driver saying she is “prepared to give up what it takes.”
When asked by Motorsport.com whether he felt Jorda was getting a hard time, Ecclestone said: “She is very good. We asked Lotus to see and she has done a good job for them. She wants to be in F1. We have to try to find the right way, but she is not alone. There are plenty of other people.”
He added that hopes to find more female talent in the future.
Honda’s hopes of better engine
Honda are hoping to give McLaren a much better engine for the second half of the Formula One season after a dismal start to their new partnership.
Honda’s head of Motorsport Yasuhisa Arai sees grounds for optimism ahead.
“I am confident that our reliability problems are now behind us which means we can turn our attention to increasing power” said the Japanese in a mid-season review on Wednesday.
He added “After the summer shutdown our plan is to apply a new (specification) engine using some of our remaining seven tokens.”
McLaren are having there worse season and both drivers have endured poor reliability and a lack of performance. But Arai recognised the manufacture had underestimated how tough a challenge they would encounter.