Haas in favour of being customer team
Haas F1 team says it would be in favour of running a customer car rather than building their own car if it meant the outfit was competitive when it debuts next season.
The team has a technical partnership and engine supply deal with Ferrari for 2016 while Dallara is responsible for its chassis. But the idea of introducing customer cars is being debated with the big teams not in favour of the idea.
Haas will continue with their current plan while the regulations are still up in the air while being flexible in their approach. Gunther Steiner told Autosport “It is about being competitive”
He added “How you get there doesn’t matter. We haven’t got the ego that we need to make the car. As long as we are competitive, we are fine.”
Sauber recruit Smith
Mark Smith the former Red Bull and Caterham technical director will join Sauber in mid-July. The Briton left Caterham before Tony Fernandes sold the team last year.
Smith also was technical director with Force India and Jordan. He told Autosport “When I saw the facilities for the first time in Hinwil, I immediately realised the possibilities I would have.”
He added “The windtunnel, the supercomputer and the machine shop – everything is on a very high technical level. And not to forget the competence of the team.”
He says the potential of Sauber is enormous.
De Villota irregularities
The family of former F1 test driver Maria De Villota may take legal action over her crash in 2012. In May her family said they were considering claiming compensation over her accident.
The UK’s Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said it would not prosecute Manor, despite a report showing the support truck’s tail-lift was a hazard. She lost her right eye in the crash. Documents released to the BBC shows De Villota’s car was “fighting” her moments before impact.
Her family said in a statement “the report cites factors such as the questionable position of the lorry and its tail-lift ramp, the lack of logistical and technical information, as well as the lack of some basic safety precautions and driver briefing”
Manor who which owned Marussia says “The HSE carried out an extensive investigation into Maria’s tragic accident and concluded that there should be no further action.”
They declined to comment further and respect the HSE decision.
Shocking sate of trophies
Lewis Hamilton has deplored the “shocking” state of Formula One trophies, even taking his complaint to Bernie Ecclestone.
Organisers of this weekend’s British Grand Prix have release a picture of this weekend trophy which will again be made of plastic rather than the traditional gold, Royal Automobile Club bauble.
He told the Telegraph “The trophies are as good as… at go kart level, it was really bad. Formula Renault was just little boxes with a car in the middle. Formula Three was good, and at the beginning of my Formula One career the trophies were really good. But now they are just terrible man.”
As with many drivers Hamilton has always been particularly attached to trophies, perhaps even more so than the records he keeps breaking. He didn’t keep any trophies from McLaren but he has a condition in his contract where he now keeps them.
Last year he was unhappy when he was presented with the sponsors throphy rather than the Royal Automobile Club Trophy first awarded in 1948 at Silverstone.
Perry has BBC talks over Top Gear
The BBC’s F1 presenter Suzi Perry has said she has had conversations with the broadcaster about Top Gear role.
Speaking on ITV she said she has conversations with BBC producers about joining 49-year-old Chris Evans in presenting the revamped motoring show. She Said “You know what it’s like when you work for a channel and you have conversations. But we don’t know what’s going to happen with that show. I don’t think you can really think very seriously about it.”
Earlier this year she told The Telegraph “My big money mistake was turning down Top Gear”
But she is worried about committing because of her F1 role.