Looking Back: The CDG wing idea that never materialised

CDG wing

An interesting idea in 2005:

FIA began to look for car shapes that might create a wake in which a following car would gain an advantage, as in the old slipstream days.

In 2005 FIA President Max Mosley commissioned his former partner Nick Wirth, a designer who had worked with the Simtek and Renault F1 teams, to come up with an idea of how to lower aerodynamic turbulence behind the cars and by doing so create more overtaking. Wirth worked with computational fluid dynamics (CFD) programmes to come up with what he called the Centreline Downwash Generating (CDG) wing. The FIA announced that it would introduce the CDG wing in 2008.

At the time the Technical Working Group, working with the Grand Prix Manufacturers’ Association (GPMA) used the Italian Fondtech wind tunnel, run by former Ferrari and Tyrrell aerodynamicist Jean-Claude Migeot, to see if the CDG wing would work. Migeot and his team concluded that the idea was flawed. By the autumn of 2006 no-one had much confidence in the CDG wing and Mosley agreed that its introduction could be delayed and that the Technical Working Group should come up with a better idea for 2009. – Grandprix.com

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Ferrari in crisis?

Perhaps not but they did hold a 3 hour crisis meeting yesterday after a calamitous start to 2009 season.

As a team with most illustrious history in the sport the results of the first two races of the season are hard to believe. And its not just that their cars lack pace with respect to the front runners but there have been mistakes during the races much to their chargin.  Mistakes in qualifying with Felipe Massa and mistakes in the race with Kimi Raikkonen in Malaysia made sure that the team is not taking any points home for another race weekend. Now the situation is that only two teams haven’t taken the constructer points, Ferrari and Force India!

Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo gave a message to the team members that the situation needs to be turned around quickly.

Worst case scenario

fiaMcLaren Liargate Saga

Extraordinary meeting of the FIA world council itself means that something is not right. McLaren team once again found themselves against the music. McLaren faces the prospect of a second hefty fine or get thrown out of this year’s championship or a few race suspension. McLaren are found to breach Article 151c of the International Sporting Code after the team’s behavior at Australian GP. McLaren have already accepted the charges and one of the fines is a certainty.

The journalists are already speculating the possible scenarios. Some are speculating over Lewis Hamilton’s future , others over future of Ron Dennis. The team has already found a fall-guy in Dave Ryan and dismissed him.

What will happen in McLaren if a severe fine is imposed in Extraordinary FIA meeting? Will Ron Dennis quit? Will Lewis Hamilton quit from the team after this season? What if Martin Whitmarsh is made to resign? Who is there to succeed him in the team?

Diffuser Saga

What will happen if we consider Brawn Mercedes, Toyota and Williams to lose FIA’s Court of Appeal verdict on their diffusers. That result will mean that all the points of Jenson Button, Jarno Trulli ……. will be annulled. The matter that Court of Appeal will hear next Tuesday is to answer whether Brawn Mercedes, Toyota and Williams have illegal diffusers on their cars? The double decker diffusers which the 3 teams are using increases grip and downforce of the cars and such a difference in the downforce is proving to be very pivotal in the current season where we have seen all these 3 teams dominating. The design of diffusers is approved by Charlie Whiting and when Max Mosley was asked about the designs he was impressed by them.

If the aforementioned 3 teams lose the verdict it would be a travesty for the fans. The fans which saw the end of Ferrari-McLaren domination as good for the sport will be devastated by such a result. The teams with small budgets will find these results hard to assimilate and might consider leaving sport in these hard financial times.

Jenston Button wins as rain halts Malaysian GP

The Sepang circuit in Malaysia faced a torrential tropical storm with 24 laps still left and that made driving impossible and dangerous. The red flag was shown at that moment and race couldn’t start after that. As the race finished without completing 75% of the possible race length only half points have been given to the drivers.
The start of the race was very promising and it expected to be a thriller with lot of overtaking and KERS usage.  Start of the race saw Nico Rosberg taking the lead as Fernando Alonso came from 10 to 3 using KERS.
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It was a deserved win for Jenson Button because despite having started badly he took back the lead from Nico Rosberg and Jarno Trulli after they made their first pit stops. And he held his cool after utter confusion the race caused.
Ferrari remain the only one of two teams after this race not to take any points in first two races (other being Force India!)
The race time is well known to be the precise moment of the day that storms habitually take place in Malaysia. The pressure from TVs  mostly in Europe to accommodate better watching hours has played a negative part in the outcome, an issue that needs to be further analyzed & studied in the future.

Button on pole in Malaysia

ButtonBrawn GP have continued their excellent run of form since their resurrection a month ago. Jenson Button has claimed second pole in as many races by outpacing Jarno Trulli of Toyota by one tenth of a second. Its going to be golden opportunity for Toyota to clinch victory tomorrow, they have a very reliable car as was evident from winter testing.

Sebastian Vettel continues to demonstrate his excellent driving skills with a third. He although will be given a ten place penalty because of his effort on three tyres in Austalian GP.

The qualifying confirmed that big two for last years Mclaren and Ferrari have lost a lot of pace with respect to rest of the pack because of close title finish last year. Things were also messed by Ferrari for Felipe Massa.  Ferrari felt his previous best was enough to secure a place in the top 15, a mistake which they will be regretting right now. Both Mclaren’s couldn’t qualify for Q3.

“I blame me, I blame the engineers, I blame everybody that was working on the pit looking at the laptimes. It was a team mistake, including myself. But it was a huge wake up call that we need to use everything we have because every session is difficult.” said Massa

The race tomorrow may be affected by rain which is the only factor I feel can detail Button’s victory.

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