Autosport is reporting today that the FIA have given Renault dispensation to make quite a few changes to their engine this season, improving reliability and costs. The FIA are keen to avoid equalising the engines in terms of performance, but the changes can be for those secondary reasons instead. Team boss Eric Boullier said: “I think out of the requests that were requested – some of them were quite tricky so the FIA was not positive, but I think most of them have been approved.
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It’s all about testing today, as US F1 have been given special dispensation from the FIA to run extra tests in the US. They were already given permission to use up some of their testing miles in the States before joining the rest of the teams in Spain, but now they have also been allowed an extra two days of straight line testing, which could also be exchanged for wind tunnel hours instead. The rest of the teams agreed to the bonus days for US F1, with the standard being four days, and US F1 getting six.
With Peter Sauber taking back control of his team from BMW, he has been spending some time sorting out who’s in charge of what. Sauber will be the president of the team, heading up the board of directors, and will also take the role of Team Principal. Apparently, though, he won’t be doing much in the way of operations, instead handing the day to day tasks to Monisha Kaltenborn as managing director. Monisha has been on the board since 2001 and she has been part of the legal team since before then, but will now take a more hands on role. It will be good to see a female getting involved at a top level of F1.