Sochi operator goes bankrupt
A court in the Krasnondar region of Russia has ruled the company that operates the Sochi Autodrome has gone bankrupt. Formula Sochi was in debt of around 5.8 million Rubles while there assets totalled 1.4 million Rubles.
The company invested $200 million in the development of the circuit around venues the held the 2014 Winter Olympics. The circuit signed a deal to host the race until 2020. The contract also has a five year option.
The deal was originally brokered by President Vladimir Putin and Bernie Ecclestone, chief executive of the group that manages and controls the commercial rights to the sport.
Ferrari Honda upgrades
Ferrari and Honda have both used engine tokens to update their engines ahead of this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix the FIA’s Charlie Whiting has confirmed.
Honda’s Yasuhisa Arai confirmed in Monaco that they had improved drivability but required a boost of horsepower before the next three races. Meanwhile Ferrari has not confirmed whether its own upgraded power unit will be in evidence in Canada, as it may instead wait until Austria for its introduction.
Ferrari Team Principal Maurizio Arrivabene said in Monaco his team’s performance wasn’t glossed over the gap to Mercedes.
Points difficult until Belgium – Kaltenborn
Sauber has said it will be difficult to fight for points until they introduce a major update package after the summer break. The team is currently fifth leading the midfield after Felipe Nasr’s ninth place finish in the Monaco Grand Prix.
Team principal Monisa Kaltenborn told Autosport “Holding on to fifth place will be difficult. We know other teams will do more – but we have to go our own way. We are working on a big update. It’s not a B-spec car but a big update package.”
Felipe Nasr backed this up after saying he understands that the team is waiting on big updates which brings more downforce. The team has already introduced a new front wing three races early.
Hints of line up
Haas has begun to think about their line up ahead of their debut in Formula One next season. There are many drivers being linked to the team including Esteban Gutierrez and American Alexander Rossi.
Haas has not ruled out the female Nascar driver Danica Patrick. He told Fox Sport “I think the seriousness of the interest is picking up quite a bit. Right now there’s a lot of churning in the garage there in Formula 1. Some people are doing really well and everybody else is doing really bad.”
Out of proportion
Mercedes technical boss Paddy Lowe says the error that took victory away from Lewis Hamilton at the Monaco Grand Prix has been taken out of context.
Hamilton looked to be on course for a win until a late pit stop on incorrect data brought him in for a stop. He said “this error should be put into context. It was a single error made in a split second based on incorrect data.”
He told ESPN “Sport is all about split-second decisions, trading risk with reward, and we do not always get these decisions right. However, as in all aspects we must always improve, and the failure in Monaco will undoubtedly play its part in that process.”
Hamilton said he is ready to move on from the incident this weekend in Canada.