Renault takeover getting nearer?
Red Bull consultant Helmut Marko says that Toro Rosso could adopt a yellow livery in the future. The teams engine supplier Renault has expressed a bid to return as a ‘works team.’
Last month Cyril Abiteboul Renault’s managing director said that the team was looking at options. Marko told Formula1.com that the most likely option would be a rebranding for Red Bull’s sister team.
“Renault are spending a lot of money on this power unit and are confronted with the same issues that we (Red Bull) have: their F1 involvement has to pay off.”
“Renault feels under-represented on the marketing side so there are considerations to either buy Toro Rosso or more likely give them a yellow livery to have a better marketing platform.”
Last weekend Toro Rosso talked up a potential takeover by Renault.
Massive Progress – Boullier
Eric Boullier says McLaren is already seeing a “massive difference” in performance across the first month of the season. The team has struggled snce testing following a change to Honda power this season.
He told Autosport “We’re not in the points, yeah we’re in front of the Force India but that’s not where we want to be. Today we are not measuring the absolute performance yet but we are measuring the relative one compared with Barcelona testing.”
Jenson Button added that there still is a long way to go and not a lot that can be done between races. He says “The whole team should be proud of how they have stayed together and stayed positive, as it is not easy for any of us, but it’s good to see the progress.”
Respect the past
Three-time world champion Sir Jackie Stewart has expressed sorrow over the downfall of the German Grand Prix because of financial problems.
Steward has called for more to be done to protect key races such as Italy, Britain and Monaco. He says the sport must respect history. He told The Guardian “They should always be on the calendar – it’s terrific we have a US Grand Prix, a Brazilian Grand Prix, one in Bahrain, and that we are going to new countries.”
Gives what he needs – Horner
Red Bull boss Christian Horner says Ferrari is giving Sebastian Vettel “The feel that he needs.”
Vettel moved to Ferrari after spending six years with Red Bull winning world championships however he struggled with the feel of the 2014 car and endured a win-less year.
“He’s obviously got the feel that he needs from the car that Ferrari are providing him. He’s got a good feel for the driveability, he’s very good at looking after the tyres, and in that he’s often unbeatable.”
It was an impressive that Vettel managed to win on his second start for the team.