Verstappen replaces Kyvat from Barcelona at Red Bull
Red Bull has promoted nineteen year old Max Verstappen replacing Russian Daniil Kyvat with immediate effect for the rest of the season. It comes days after Kvyat has a disastrous home Grand Prix at the weekend.
Verstappen, who has only took part in twenty four races and in his second season of F1 has been “an outstanding young talent” and said he was “pleased to give him the opportunity to drive for Red Bull Racing.” The Red Bull Young Driver program has been used to test drivers and then dump them after two seasons.
Sauber to run updated Ferrari engine
Sauber are planning to run the new Ferrari-spec Formula 1 engine at next weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix, Autosport has learned. The upgraded was introduced for the work team in Sochi after Ferrari spent three tokens as part of an upgrade that it introduced for its own engine.
The engine upgrade means that Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson will move onto the second of their five allocated internal combustion engines. Also at a time when Sauber are struggling to bring there own updates
Yesterday Sauber announced they will not be taking part in the third test of 2016 at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya following the Spanish Grand Prix. The team say the reason is because of a lack car updates and the lack of a test driver who meets the requirements.
Meanwhile, Haas hasn’t decide whether they will also run the upgrade in Barcelona and Toro Rosso will not get the new upgrade as its deal is to use the 2015 spec.
Sauber staff paid late for third month
Sauber has failed for third month in a row according to the magazine Autosport. The Swiss team says that cashflow problems meant February and March salaries were paid around a week late.
The situation has left the team once again looking for a solution will be found to ensure all employees are paid. The team is pushing ahead with plans to compete in the Spanish Grand Prix, where it will run Ferrari’s new spec engines. But will not take part in testing the following week.
The team principal Monisha Kaltenborn has been pushing hard to find new sponsors to boost their budget. Also in the last two months the team has lost there Technical director Mark Smith and head of track engineer Tim Malyon.
In Sochi team manager Beat Zehnder told the magazine “We have financial difficulties, it’s not a secret, but I think the good thing is we are still around. We’re working hard to solve all the problems but it’s not easy.
“An annual budget this year is just a massive one and to just cover it by sponsors and the income from Bernie [Ecclestone] is just not sufficient at the moment.”
Part of the teams problem has be the collapse in the Swiss franc against the US Dollar.
Pirelli announce options for Silverstone
Pirelli have announced that teams will be allowed to pick from there three hardest tyres will be available for drivers to pick from for the British Grand Prix.
Drivers will be allowed to pick from the orange-marked hards, white-marked mediums and yellow-marked softs which will also be used at next weekend Spanish Grand Prix.
This season teams are allowed to pick from three of the sets and have one compulsory set of another set. They must use at least one of the compounds with drivers free to choose the 10 remaining sets permitted from the three available compounds, making up 13 sets in total for the weekend.
Sochi will be a night race
The promoter of the Russian Grand Prix believes the event will become a night race at some stage before 2020. The race which takes place in Sochi winds its way around the Olympic park held its third race last weekend.
Promoter Sergey Vorobyev says they are not ready to become a night race because the finance hasn’t been confirmed but he believes it is a case of when, not if. Speaking to Autosport he said “I’m sure before 2020, it will happen. We are waiting for final confirmation from the government because it’s obviously a necessary capital investment as well as additional operating costs.”
Vorobyev added “The operating cost is down to us. We have to sell enough tickets to cover those costs no matter if it’s a night race or a day race. At this moment, we’re not fully ready to cover a night race operating cost.There is a need to do some capital investment so we shall see.”
Coulthard caught speeding
Former F1 Driver and Commentator David Coulthard has just Escaped a driving ban after being stopped by police in Schwindratzheim, just north of Strasbourg. French police say the Scott was aught speeding at 110mph on a French motorway.
Coulthard was leading the Gumball 3000 close to the city. Police sources according to The Mirror say “He was flashed at 178 kilometres an hour – 48 over the legal limit of 130.”
“we had set up a number of cameras, and over three hours, 46 drivers were found speeding in exactly the same spot. Some were travelling at almost 200 kilometres an hour.” Fifteen drivers were stopped during the rally and “all were spoken to at length”,
The source added that if was faster the Scott would have lost his licence. He is married to fellow F1 journalist Karen Minier and is often seen heading up road safety campaigns in his native Scotland.
A number of drivers have been caught speeding including Lewis Hamilton who was ban driving in 2007 and crashed a super car in Monaco in November.