Posted on December 29, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 236

So far we have looked at one area which has got to change for society’s sake, namely engines and one which has to change for the sake of the show, which is aerodynamics. But both are likely to be refinements of what we have today, evolutions rather than any revolution. The materials from which F1 cars are made is probably the area where the biggest changes will occur to the sport in the future. Again it will be set by the rules, with some extremely expensive materials likely to be banned in the interests of cost control, but there is More…

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Posted on December 28, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 236

When you contemplate the F1 cars of the future you imagine their shape and that is all about aerodynamics. F1 cars haven’t changed much in looks over the past 30 years and there is no reason why they should – you cannot uninvent aerodynamics. Lotus F1 technical director Mike Gascoyne pointed out that aeroplanes have changed little in looks and fundamental layout since the monoplanes of the World War I and so projecting forwards, there is no real reason why F1 cars should change much in looks over the next 20 years. Not everyone in F1 shares that view, however. More…

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Posted on December 27, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 236

Thanks for all the feedback and ideas so far. Given widespread concerns about global warming and the environment, the conspicuous consumption of fossil fuels for entertainment is a concept that has a limited shelf life and it present risks for the sport. This is the key area where innovation is essential for survival – it’s as simple as that. Perhaps given the seriousness of the situation, many of your ideas concern the engines, fuel economy and alternatives for the future. F1 cars will always be light and will need a lot of power from the engine. Most engineers agree that More…

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Posted on December 27, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 236

Schumacher has put out a carefully worded message over Christmas to the Ferrari fans, the tifosi, clearly concerned that they should not regard him as a traitor for leaving Ferrari to race for Mercedes, alongside the engineer who led Ferrari to greatness in the early 2000s. The pressure is now significantly increased on Ferrari, partly because F1 now has a new powerhouse team, backed by a manufacturer, but also because if Ferrari cannot match them on the track, critics will inevitably say that it was Brawn and Schumacher who made the Scuderia great and that the team has been in More…

Posted on December 27, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 236

There have been several reactions to the news that Michael Schumacher will race again in 2010; Bernie Ecclestone is relieved and the signs are that every team will benefit financially from Schumacher’s return. But perhaps the most interesting reaction came on Christmas Eve from Corinna Schumacher, long suffering wife of the seven times world champion. It is well known that she was relieved to see Michael get out of F1 in one piece back in 2006 and so for her his decision to come back promotes, predictably, mixed feelings, “My husband’s choice turns our family upside down, but he needs More…

Posted on December 26, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 236

F1 cars have been essentially the same shape for sixty years – petrol engined single seaters with uncovered wheels – apart from the Mercedes cars of 1954. But does it have to stay that way? If technology allows cars to race very close together – or cluster racing – but safely, then the wheels would need to be covered up and the shape would change completely. An engineer will say that to answer the question of what the cars will look like in the future you need to know what the rules will say in 2050. It’s an obvious point, More…

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Posted on December 25, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 236

Over this Christmas holiday period I thought it would be good to have an interactive daily series looking at what F1 might be like in the future. I’ve prepared some content I hope you will find thought provoking. Each day I will do a specific post relating to this futuristic theme. Tomorrow we will look at what F1 cars might look like in the future, there will be posts on the engines of the future, aerodynamics, simulation tools and how the racing might be. Why is it interactive? Because I will post some thought starters and I would love it More…

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Posted on December 24, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 236

Thanks to all the people who sent in their Top Five moments of the season. There were some really good ones, well expressed. It was a crazy year, with some great moments on the track and some totally insane goings on off the track. Hopefully there will be no return to the hyper politics of this year, but I do fear that the next negotiation over the Concorde Agreement post 2012 is going to get bloody. Behind the scenes it is the topic on the minds and lips of all team principals at the moment. I read all your entries More…

Posted on December 23, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 236

Michael Schumacher has today confirmed his return to F1 and explained that the motivation was a human one; his old friend and colleague Ross Brawn needed him and he wanted to drive again after three years out of Formula 1. His motivation in the summer was that Felipe Massa had been injured and Ferrari needed him. He said that it was hard to split with Ferrari after a relationship lasting since 1996, but Ross Brawn’s call was a powerful one. Getting close to that comeback made him realise how much he wanted to race in F1 again, “The motivation I More…

Posted on December 23, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 236

Tonight Bild newspaper in Germany is reporting that Michael Schumacher has cleared the final hurdle in his quest to return to Formula 1 after three seasons of retirement and has signed a one year deal with Mercedes. Bild is a favourite place for both Schumacher’s manager Willi Weber and for Mercedes to leak stories. Although the Mercedes GP team is run by Ross Brawn, the pairing of Schumacher and Nico Rosberg in their Silver Arrows will make it Team Deutschland, as Mercedes boss Dieter Zetsche alluded to the other day. Schumacher’s doctor gave the all clear for him to race More…

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