MES denies teams could cheat on traction control

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McLaren Electronic Systems has denied that F1 teams could find a way around the new-for-2008 standard engine control unit. It follows a complaint from Jarno Trulli that some teams might have found away around the system to restore the banned traction control. MES CEO Peter van Manen said: Once you have decided to have a … Continue reading MES denies teams could cheat on traction control

A close look at McLaren’s standard ECU

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At the Autosport International show last weekend I came across the stand for McLaren Electronic Systems – the company which won the bid to provide the standard engine control unit to Formula 1 teams for 2008. Although the deal attracted little attention when it was announced in 2006 it has become a bone of contention, … Continue reading A close look at McLaren’s standard ECU

Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa disagree on traction control

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When I read Kimi Raikkonen’s response at the 2008 Ferrari launch on Sunday to a question about whether banning traction control will make F1 less safe I was delighted to see he’d offered an opinion about it. And when I realised what he said went completely against team mate Felipe Massa’s feelings I was even … Continue reading Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa disagree on traction control

Traction control ban: Better races, less safe, more controversy?

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It’s been interesting to see how the drivers and teams reacted to last week’s test at which most (if not all) the teams tried running the cars with the standard electronic control unit for 2008 installed and the removal of traction control. Questions have been raised over safety and how hard it will be to … Continue reading Traction control ban: Better races, less safe, more controversy?

F1 in the news 58: Everyone’s going green

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In the F1 news this week a look at F1’s steps towards a green future and the radical plan to freeze engine specifications for a decade. Plus an intriguing new candidate joins the list of drivers vying for Fernando Alonso’s vacant seat at McLaren, Michael Schumacher goes bike racing and the Australian Grand Prix could … Continue reading F1 in the news 58: Everyone’s going green