Formula 1 Season Of McLaren Mercedes

McLaren Mercedes was the only formula one team to pair two f1 world champions for 2010 season. But still the team ended season with open hands.
The McLaren team’s decision to pair them worked nicely, at least in case of drivers, but the team faced difficult time while trying to keep pace with Red Bull and Ferrari. At the start of the season team came with innovated and dubbed f-duct and no surprisingly they stole the early season show. This helped their drivers, Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton, to grab shared four wins in first half of the season. All this way, Jenson proved his team spirit while pairing with Lewis. In case of Hamilton, he had enjoyed excellent reliability in his first three seasons with the team, but this season he retired from the top four positions with car problems twice and had a double gearbox glitches in Suzuka.
For Jenson Buton, he switched fron title winning Brawn gp with a World Championship crown to Mclaren, he had only one race ending mechanical failure at Monte- Carlo and it was the result of a mechanic leaving a cover on an air intake. He was frustrated by a faulty dashboard in Spain as well.
But the team’s development path led them into trouble. The plan to add an exhaust blown diffuser at Silverstone was aborted and in the later races they simply couldn’t match the race pace of Red Bull and Ferrari.
Both the drivers committed unforced and costly errors while trying to snatch points from rivals during later half of the season. Though hamilton stayed in top four as a championship contender the teams developement programe pushed him back.
Mclaren is powered with Mercedes engines but the Mercedes was way behind in comparison to Mclaren’s developements. It will be nice to see the battle between them in 2011.

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2011 Formula One Champion To Be Crowned In India

2011 formula one world champion will be officially crowned in New Delhi. Reports reveal that the next end of season FIA Gala event,
traditionally held in Monte Carlo, is scheduled to take place in the capital, also it will be the first time for Asia.

The news was confirmed by the Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India (FMSCI), after its chairman and Force India boss Vijay Mallya made a presentation at the recent World Motor Sport Council meeting. New Delhi is also scheduled to host its inaugural grand prix next year, in late October, and a MotoGP event is also on the cards. Also to take place in New Delhi at the time of the FIA Gala are the World Motor Sport Council meeting and the governing body’s Annual General Meeting.

“It is a clear indication that India is now well and truly on the world map even in the motor sport world,” said FMSCI president K D Madan.

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McLaren Mercedes First F1 Team To Achieve Carbon Trust Standard

McLaren Mercedes has become the first ever Formula 1 team to earn Carbon Trust certification.
The quote issued says,
“McLaren Automotive aims for lowest in class carbon emissions with new high performance sports car. The McLaren Group is delighted to announce that it has achieved the Carbon Trust Standard official certification of the company ’s commitment to successfully measuring, managing and improving its carbon efficiency.”
This achievement makes McLaren the only Formula 1 team to be officially recognised by the Carbon Trust for taking action on climate change. It follows a 3 year period of rigorous assessment, during which the McLaren Group achieved annual savings of more than 1500 tonnes of CO2 emissions, the collective equivalent of running the McLaren Technology Centre’s windtunnel for seven months, or the total annual carbon footprint of McLaren Electronics. The Group was able to achieve such significant savings by fully optimising the building ’s control systems, and by implementing a series of the latest
energy-saving technologies across its R&D, manufacturing and office areas.
The initiative saves total of 1365 tonnes of CO2 per year.
A monitoring system in Mclaren factory ensures the correct amount of fresh air is delivered within the building and this project saves 812 tonnes of CO2 each year.
The project of rationalisation of compressed air supply throughout the factory in order to improve overall efficiency saves 153 tonnes of CO2 per year.
Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team principal Martin Whitmarsh said: “We’re delighted to have achieved the Carbon Trust Standard. As an environmentally conscious company, we first commissioned an
independent study of our carbon emissions as long ago as 2007, so we ’ve spent three years working towards this certification.
“It’s not only satisfying to become one of the first 500 companies in the UK to achieve the Standard, but it ’s also particularly pleasing to be the first Formula 1 team to do so.
“More important, however, it further underlines Formula 1 ’s continuous quest to develop leaner, longer-lasting and more efficient energy solutions whether in the workplace or at the racetrack. “In fact, we’re probably the only sport in the world with the resources, know how and commitment to drive forward pioneering new technologies that have the potential for huge mass market crossover.” Harry Morrison, general manager of the Carbon Trust Standard, said: “The Carbon Trust Standard helps organisations to accurately calculate their carbon footprint, quantify their exposure to risk, and measure and benchmark progress of their carbon management initiatives. We congratulate the McLaren Group on their certification.”

But maintaining the Standard requires re-certification every two years and will coincide with the implementation of further exciting new ideas to further reduce the Group ’s carbon footprint.

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Second Seat Occupants For Virgin Racing

Virgin Racing has confirmed Timo Glock for 2011 season, but yet they have to confirm the second seat.

The news reports suggest Belgian Jerome d’Ambrosio’s hopes had advanced so far that he only needed the approval of team partner Marussia to secure the race seat. But Dutchman van der Garde, whose manager Jan Paul ten Hoopen is also commercial director of the fashion brand McGregor, has also been strongly linked with Virgin for 2011. “Giedo is ready,” said ten Hoopen.
“We hope that a decision is taken for Christmas.”

The magazine formule1.nl reports that Lucas di Grassi who was with team for 2010 season, also stands a chance of staying at Virgin. Ten Hoopen has downplayed chances of sponcership money getting seat. “Teams look at three things: speed, potential and budget, It’s not like the one with the most money automatically gets the spot. Giedo has developed enormously in recent years and is thus an attractive partner for a team,” he added.
“The plan we set out has largely been realised: champion in the Renault World Series, a good debut in GP2 with a top classification and some wins, and in the second year champion. The latter didn’t quite work out for various reasons not only under Giedo’s control. “He is right when he said going into formula one will be difficult, but we do believe that he has a chance,” added van der Garde’s manager.

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Another F1 Car Maker Linking With HRT

Hispania racing struggled financially during 2010, rumors suggested possible sell-out of the stake by shareholders. Questions raised over 2011 participation, with no drivers confirmed and having no car maker with Dallara and Toyata parting ways.
Now, a motor racing company based in England has emerged as a possible solution to HRT’s car predicament for 2011. Hispania is facing the prospect of trying to beat the new 107 per cent qualifying rule with the uncompetitive F110 chassis. But according to Spanish website f1aldia.com, Formtech Composites could be the UK based company that HRT has fallen back on with less than 90 days to go until Bahrain. HRT team owner Jose Ramon Carabante said this week that the 2011 car is being built “in Germany and in England”.
Oxfordshire based Formtech is headed by Mark Preston, who after serving as Super Aguri’s technical boss acquired the assets of the failed team along with German investors. The company supplies composites to F1 teams including Renault, Lotus and Toro Rosso, but has also built and run a F1 chassis to current specifications based on the 2006 Super Aguri.
Preston said: “Formtech … would fit perfectly with Hispania to provide the resources they might need.” With time rapidly running out for HRT ahead of the 2011 season, the Australian added:
“If we were able to launch Super Aguri in just 100 days, then almost anything is possible.”
Formtech also owns the intellectual property of the defunct Arrows team and confirmed that it could “quickly design and manufacture bespoke solutions in both prototyping and short run production on site”.

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