Fearing slippery slope
Formula One boss Berine Ecclestone says he is worried about the future of the sport fearing it may be heading down a slippery slope. Yesterday we reported on comments made by Former FIA President Max Mosley has said that F1 risks collapse unless a fairer way of sharing revenue and costs are cut.
But he says he will not watch Formula One destroy itself because people have made mistakes. He says “The fans want the volume, the teams want the low cost — and even the racing was better.” Ecclestone is calling for a return to V8 engines which will push up the cost of the teams.
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has condemned this saying “For us, the current technology is an important part of our involvement. Our marketing strategy focuses on the hybrid technology of Formula One.”
Ecclestone says Wolff is part of the problem saying “Toto can have a lovely inscription on his gravestone that says ‘I helped to kill Formula One.”
Not aiming to beat big brother
Toro Rosso says it is not planning to beat there sister team Red Bull in the constructors’ championship but instead focusing career-best fifth place by the end of 2015.
The team moved up ahead of Red Bull last time out after Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz Jr finished seventh and eighth last time out in Malaysia. Team boss Franz Tost told Autosport “Our target is not to finish ahead of Red Bull. Our target is to finish at the end of the season in fifth place in the constructors.”
The team say they are starting to improve and feel they are doing enough to be competitive with the resources they have. Technical boss James Key believes it can hang on as larger teams develop after troubled starts.
The manger of seven time world champion Michael Schumacher, Sabine Kehm has called fort calm and realistic expectations as his son Mick took part in a Formula Four test today at the Oschersleben circuit in Germany.
She told reporters to be “realistic with expectations” of the 16-year old. Asking that “expectations on Mick aren’t built too high.” He will race alongside the son Red Bull designer Adrian Newy, Harrison this season. Reports say as 100 reporters had sought accreditation for the test session.
Michael is still continuing to recover at home from severe head injuries after a 2013 skiing accident in France.
We can catch Mercedes
Renault say there is no reason why it cannot catch Mercedes under the current regulations. Renault has struggled since the introduction of the V6 regulations last year with a significant power deficit to Mercedes.
Renault Sport F1 managing director Cyril Abiteboul told ESPN “I would never say that we need to change the regulations in order to be assisted to catch up. I think we believe there is absolutely no reason why we could not catch up.”
The current regulations restrict all engine development during the season.