Ecclestone says scrap hybrid engines
Formula One CEO Berine Ecclestone believes that the sport should scrap the hybrid engines as he thinks that the change in aero rules will not be enough to stop the sport.
This season the biggest aero changes since 2009 are being introduced, with wider tyres and new wings which they hope will make the racing more exciting and mix the order up. However Ecclestone believes these changes are not enough, once again calling for the hybrids to be scrapped.
Ecclestone told Sport Bild “Red Bull believe they can beat Mercedes with better aerodynamics. However, I’m not so sure about that.” Mercedes’ advantage on the engine side still is large.”
“This we have to introduce new engine rules as soon as possible. It doesn’t matter [what kind of engine rules]. The important thing is to rule out the hybrid engines.” He added this is not want FIA President Jean Todt thinks the hybrid are of our times, but F1 needs to be special.
Adding people want “to have noisy, powerful engines that can be managed only by the best drivers in the world. You don’t put orthopaedic shoes onto your pro football players.” Ecclestone says all the rules must be changed because there too complicated as the audience don’t understand them any more.
Singaporeans call for race to stay
A survey by YouGov says that Formula One fans in Singapore want their Grand Prix to remain, despite the stalling of negotiations between the city state and Berine Ecclestone saying the city state ‘no longer wanted the race’.
Contract talks are ongoing still, in that interview with Autosport Ecclestone said that the talks were not progressing well. In November Ecclestone told Auto Motor und Sport, “Yes, the grand prix has cost Singapore a lot of money, but we’ve also given them a lot of money… Now they believe they have reached their goal and they do not want a grand prix anymore.”
The survey of 1,002 people said 57% were keen for the race to continue beyond this year and 70% fell the ace had been a net positive for the country.
YouGov conducted the survey of 9,332 people within eight countries in the Asia-Pacific area because the future of the sport within the wider region is clouded. Looking at other venues, 60% people said they want more races in the region.
The top three suggested venues were Hong Kong (33%), Bangkok (27%) and Sydney (20%). Ticket cost to the race are quite high with the majority (71%) of people saying they may be interest in attending if prices were lower.
More than half (56%) said the brand the closely associated with the sport was Ferrari, followed by Red Bull, Shell and Mercedes. While 42% believe alcohol advertising in F1 is appropriate, compared with 37% who don’t.
Force India to launch 22nd February
Force India are to launch there 2017 car on the 22nd of February at Silverstone the day before Mercedes. As it currently stands, the team are the first to launch but other teams are yet to confirm dates.
The British based team will also unveil it new line up of Sergio Perez and former Manor driver Esteban Ocon. The team will be hoping they can continue the success they had last season which saw them finish fourth in the constructors.
Mick can make it – Ecclestone
F1 CEO Berine Ecclestone has told the German newspaper Bild, that he hopes that Mick Schumacher, son of seven-times champion Michael can make it into Formula One.
The 17-year old this year will race in European F3 with Perma Powerteam, after ten victories and finishing second in both the German and Italian Formula 4 championships.
Asked by the newspaper if he would like to see Mick on the F1 grid in the near future, Ecclestone said “If he is anywhere near as good as his father, why not? It would be good for Formula One if the name Schumacher was with us again.”
Euro F3 has had success bringing Max Verstappen into F1 aged seventeen in 2015 and this season current champion Lance Stroll will make his debut for Williams aged eighteen.
Should Mick follow his father and uncle into the sport it would make him the second generation to race in Formula One.
Workout or be found out – Palmer
Renault’s Jolyon Palmer believes that drivers who are not working out enough will be “found out” because of the higher physical demands of the cars. The new regulations are believed to make the cars around five seconds faster and more demanding to drive.
Palmer told Motorsport.com “I can see it making a difference. We don’t really know exactly the performance next year. We know the numbers, but we don’t know what the tyres are going to do.” Adding he thinks it would become clear early on whose put in the effort and who hasn’t.
Palmer is unsure if the new cars will make the racing more exciting, but he admits it is impossible to tell until they go racing again. Adding he thinks that they may be able to get a massive tow and the DRS be more effective.
He said “You can look back and see what cars had a lot of aero it was quite difficult to follow, thinking 2007/2008, they didn’t have DRS and they were still overtaking.”
Channel 4 to show Monaco and US races live
Channel 4 and Sky Sports have announced the races that will be broadcast on Channel 4 this year, the Monaco and Singapore Grand Prix’s will get its first live showing on free – to – air television for the first time in five years.
The United States Grand Prix sees it return to FTA for more than a decade after being last shown live by ITV in 2007. Once again Bahrain will be the first live race shown by Channel 4, but sky will show the opening rounds exclusive live.
Every race will have ‘extended highlights’ on both channels. Sky’s coverage this year will be shown in Ultra HD for the first time.
Bahrain, Russia, Monaco, Azerbaijan, Britain, Belgium, Singapore, Malaysia, United States and Abu Dhabi – are all live on Channel 4.
Sky are likely to show at least two other ‘prime time’ race and the British Grand Prix live on Free – to – air Sky Sports Mix, but it’s not know if they are implement that part of their new deal this year.