Posted on January 13, 2012

We’ve had a big response to the story earlier this week about the new ride height control system on the Lotus Renault using tiny cylinders on the end of the pushrods. There were many questions from readers about whether Lotus could patent the idea. A senior F1 engineer has kindly stepped in to clear up the question of patenting F1 technical ideas for readers. His explanation is below: “The lack of patents in F1 is quite simple. It’s because if a team takes out a patent on a design, that then locks in an advantage the other teams cannot access. More…

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