Renault work to close gap
Remi Taffen Renault Sport F1 director of operations, has said the French manufacture has people working through the summer break so they can close the gap to Ferrari and Mercedes.
Red Bull the works team of Renault and sister team Toro Rosso has raft of reliability problems. But at the last race both Red Bull and Renault had their best result in Hungary with Daniil Kvyat and Daniel Ricciardo both on the podium, with Toro Rosso rookie Max Verstappen finishing fourth.
As a engine manufacturer Renault don’t have to close for the two week shutdown.
Taffen said “The calendar this year has been very hectic so tracl side personnel and a number of design staff will use the break for a holiday, but Renault Sport F1 will still be officially open. Around 35% of the workforce will come to work on a daily basis.”
He hopes that the upgrade will carry the momentum forward and the result in Hungary shows we are on the right trend now.
Not buying Toro Rosso
Toro Rosso Team Principal Franz Tost says he thinks Renault “have decided to buy another team” after talks between the team and the manufacturer have gone quiet.
Renault had been liked to buying the team as they have been debating there future in the sport. Tost told Formula1.com in an exclusive interview that the current rumours have suggested they may buy back Lotus.
He said “Yes, they have visited us in Faenza and Bicester but in the last weeks it has been quiet, so I assume that they have decided to buy another team. How that would influence Toro Rosso we have to see. We have to wait for Renault’s move and announcement”
Monza deal near
Berine Ecclestone has welcomes reports from the regional government in Lombardy that they will support the race financially. The circuit was having problems to fund a new contract from 2017.
Commercial rights holder Ecclestone told Autosport “This is obviously good news. Let’s hope they can do what they hope they can do.”
He added “We’re happy and we want to continue at Monza, that is for sure, but we want to do so on the same sort of terms other people pay in Europe because there are no concessions.”
Ecclestone refused to back down with his conditions which organisers have found difficult. The deal according to the governor of Lombardy Roberto Maroni, will be tax-free and will be agreed by or at the race next month.
Marion Added “This week I will meet with Andrea Dall’Orto, the president of SIAS [Monza’s management company] to close the deal with the mayors of Milan and Monza by the end of August”
Tempted to walk away
Fernando Alonso says he has been tempted to walk away from Formula One because of the restrictive regulations. The Spaniard joined McLaren this year but they have been uncompetitive.
It has been his worst season sinice he made his debut in 2001 and he says the regulations, tyres and the new limit on testing next year are frustrating him. He told ESPN “I love motorsport, all the categories, and it is true that Formula One is not exactly the same, or as exciting as it was in the past – at least to me – to drive the cars two or three seconds faster than GP2 car.”
He added that involvement in the Honda project is a huge motivation and a fantastic project that I am in right now with McLaren-Honda.
Cleverer Williams – Bottas
Valtteri Bottas says he is confident that Williams has got more “clever” after the lead they had earlier on at the British Grand Prix. After Bottas and team-mate Felipe Massa were told to hold position early on but when they were given the OK to race there tyres had gone off.
In there first stops both cars lost out to Mercedes slipping to fourth and fifith. Williams say they have learned from the mistakes made during the race. Bottas told Autosport “I had the opportunity [to pass Massa] at the beginning when I wasn’t allowed to overtake.”
Adding “I think, especially in the first stint, my pace was quite a bit better, as we saw with Felipe’s in-lap when I gained nearly one second. But it’s easy to say afterwards. The team thought that was the best thing to do at that time – to freeze the situation, not for us to battle for positions.”
He believes that the circumstances at the time that caught the team off guard.