Red Bull: New diffuser ban could hit us hardest
Thursday 07 July 2011
Red Bull are likely to be hit hard by technical changes banning "off-throttle blown diffusers", according to the team's chief technical officer, Adrian Newey.
From this weekend's British Grand Prix at Silverstone onwards, the practice of forcing exhaust gases over the diffuser, even when the driver is not pressing the accelerator, will be outlawed.
Newey, who designed the RB7 car around the technology, said: "We'll be quite heavily affected because our car was designed around the exhaust. Everybody else has, generally speaking, copied somebody else's principal – mainly ours – and adapted it to the car they had in pre-season.
"So it might be that because our car has been designed around it, it's going to be more of a hit for us, but it's very difficult to forecast."
Newey said he was working hard to overcome the restriction. "It is quite a bit of work because we've had to reoptimise the car around a different set of parameters to that in which it was designed and developed up to this stage," Newey said.
Officials in South Africa are treating with scepticism remarks from Formula One's chief executive, Bernie Ecclestone, that the country could host a race in two years.
Ecclestone said he is close to concluding a deal for a grand prix to be staged in Cape Town. "I think we're maybe a little bit closer than we have been for a long time," he told South Africa's Eyewitness News. However, doubts have been raised owing to the amount of money involved and the fact that the event would need government support.
Esther Henderson, chief communications officer for Cape Town Grand Prix South Africa, said: "The annual licence fee we need to pay to Formula One amounts to $40m (£25m). "We have investors that are interested, but it is a catch-22 situation because in order to give our investors security that this is happening, we need our national government's support."
South Africa last held a Formula One grand prix at Kyalami, 25 miles north of Johannesburg, in 1993
Wojciech Szczesny was 'lied to' by Arsene Wenger over future after £11m transfer of Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech
England vs Japan - Women's World Cup semi-final: what time does it start and what channel is it on?
Christian Benteke to Liverpool: Aston Villa striker ready to reject Tottenham
Football kits 2015/16: The good, the bad and the downright worst new shirts from around the world for next season
Edinson Cavani sent-off after Gonzalo Jara 'inserted finger into his anus' during Uruguay's 1-0 Copa America defeat to Chile
- 1 David Cameron refers to 83-year-old Labour MP Dennis Skinner as 'Jurassic Park'
- 2 Tunisia hotel attack: Locals form 'human shield' to protect hotel from gunman Seifeddine Rezgui
- 3 Optical illusion turns blue demon into brunette
- 4 German ethics council calls for incest between siblings to be legalised by Government
- 5 Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal will donate entire $32bn fortune to charity
The moment a Queen's Guard soldier lost it and drew his gun at annoying tourist
Greece crisis: IMF was pushed around by Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy – and now it is being humiliated
Greece crisis: The wider lesson is that it’s time to abandon this failed experiment in currencies
'I wish the BBC would stop calling it Islamic State' – David Cameron unleashes frustration at broadcaster
They are neither a 'state' nor 'Islamic': Why we shouldn't call them Isis, Isil or IS
Tunisia beach attack: How can British Muslims respond to the latest outrages?