Talk over Renault future
Renault motorsport boss Cyril Abiteboul has ruled out any early exit from Formula One as talks begin over there future in the sport.
The French company is currently debating whether to remain as they are, create their own team or leave the sport. During the Monaco Grand Prix Renault Sport F1 president CEO Jerome Stoll and Abiteboul met with Berine Ecclestone to discuss their future in F1.
Abiteboul said this is the normal discussion that the manufacturer has in Monaco a fortnight ago. He told Autosport “It was a good meeting to catch up and to try and clarify Renault’s position when a lot of things are said on behalf of Renault by non-Renault representatives.”
“We wanted to first have that discussion with Bernie and discuss possible options and that’s absolutely it for now.”
Bell, Furbatto and Pisanello join Manor
Former Mercedes technical director has joined manor as the team looks to strengthen its engineering team. Manor is currently working on rebuilding following a last minute save from collapse in March.
Manor has also recruited e x-Toro Rosso chief designer Luca Furbatto as head of design and ex-Caterham engineer Gianluca Pisanello as chief engineer. Team principal John Booth said the team is delighted to welcome them to the team.
He told ESPN “It’s been a dramatic but rewarding start to our 2015 season, and we’re only now able to settle into more of a rhythm, allowing us to look to the future. Our focus this season is to re-build the foundations of the team”
Mosley attacks Pay
Former Fia president Max Mosley has called the amount modern drivers are paid as “absurd” in an interview with GQ Magazine.
He said if he was the boss he would make all teams have the say money and be allowed to spend either more on the car or driver. Mosley has long campaigned for F1 to get costs under control and believes the current salaries for top drivers are excessive.
Lotus CEO Matthew Carter has told Sky Sports that the German manufacturer will bring a upgraded engines to this weekends Canadian Grand Prix. The Mercedes engine has given all the Mercedes powered teams an advantage since there introduction last season.
The power unit gave the works team last season’s world championship and the team look on course to defend the championship this season. Mercedes, Renault and Ferrari were allowed to use 32 tokens to make improvements in 2015.
Carter said “Mercedes are bringing an upgrade to the engine as well so we have that to look forward to, It is a new engine and an upgrade as well. I think they may have [used tokens], we definitely have an upgraded engine.”
McLaren boss Ron Dennis says he made the difficult call to regulate Kevin Magnussen and make him the country’s Formula 1 “hero” at a meeting of Danish business leaders.
According to the newspaper Ekstra Bladet, Dennis said: “From my professional capacity he is worth the investment. Putting it into perspective, we are spending £200million a year going Formula 1 motor racing.”
“To make a difference to this guy is a fraction of that, it’s a percentage of that to differentiate him from the other opportunities that face teams such as ours.”