Friday, 11 November 2011


- F1 teams will be unable to use any form of off-throttle blowing of exhausts next season. A move to ban blown diffusers in 2012 through the mandatory use of periscope exhausts had not been enough to quell fears that some outfits could still try and make use of hot gases to help boost the aerodynamic performance of their cars. Those suspicions resulted in the FIA issuing a technical directive last month informing teams that there will be severe limitations on engine mapping next year to minimise the possibilities of off-throttle blowing. The timing of that decision left several teams unhappy, because they had already begun designing their 2012 cars assuming that blowing could still be implemented - a practice that uses up fuel so would require a larger fuel tank( source)

- FOTA has released 2012 testing calendar as follows:
7 february 2012 - Jerez circuit 
8 february 2012 - Jerez circuit
9 february 2012 - Jerez circuit
10 february 2012 - Jerez circuit
21 february 2012 - Catalunya circuit 
22 february 2012 - Catalunya circuit 
23 february 2012 - Catalunya circuit 
24 february 2012 - Catalunya circuit 
1 march 2012 - Catalunya circuit
2 march 2012 - Catalunya circuit 
3 march 2012 - Catalunya circuit 
4 march 2012 - Catalunya circuit
1 may 2012 - Mugello circuit 
2 may 2012 - Mugello circuit 
3 may 2012 - Mugello circuit

- weather conditions are anticipated for this weekend in Abu Dhabi with no rain. Ambient daytime temperatures will remain in the high 20°C  across this weekend, never falling any lower than 15°C at night, with good visibility and with a wind speed of approximately 9 km/h for the race day

- L'Equipe has announced that frenchman Charles Pic (21 years old), who is financially supported by the Lagardere Group and former pilot Olivier Panis, will replace Jerome D'Ambrosio next year at renamed team, Marussia

- Rosberg has extended his contract with german team Mercedes-GP and will continue at least until the end of 2013 season

- Jessie J and Macy Gray are the headline F1 Rocks in Brazil(last championship round) on November 24, immediately prior to the Formula 1 GP of Brasil. In addition, the afterparty will have an exclusive event following the sunday race featuring artist/producer  Chase & Status DJ Set and Rage, Welsh DJ and record producer Sasha, plus a special surprise guest

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