Gas break in
A spokesman for Jenson Button has said anaesthetic gas may have been used against him and his wife Jessica during a break-in to a villa in Saint-Tropez where they had been on holiday.
Two men may of pumped gas through the air conditioning before Monday’s break-in. The men stole jewellery and Jessica’s engagement ring according to The Sun newspaper the value of the jewellery was worth £300,000 and a spokesman said they were “unsurprisingly shaken.”
He added “Two men broke into the property whilst they all slept and stole a number of items of jewellery including, most upsettingly, Jessica’s engagement ring.”
“The police have indicated that this has become a growing problem in the region with perpetrators going so far as to gas their proposed victims through the air conditioning units before breaking in.”
- Sebastian Vettel says that Ferrari is on track to catch Mercedes. He however warns the team should watch over there shoulders for Williams.
Free engine development – Tost
Toro Rosso boss Franz Tost says F1 should allow free engine development because it would give greater parity and create better racing. It would mean the current token system would be abolished.
He feels the system is too restrictive for Renault, Ferrari and Honda. When asked by Autosport what changes are needed he said “People want to see fights, overtaking, to see different teams fighting for the championship.”
He said “It can only be achieved if you have parity of the power units.” Tost believes that the token system is not been successful in helping achieve the ultimate aim of reducing engine development costs.
Adding “The reason why we came up with the tokens is to save costs, but in the end it’s more expensive.”
Sauber most difficult – Gutierrez
Ferrari test and reserve driver Esteban Gutierrez has called his two year F1 stint at Sauber as the “most difficult in his career.”
The 23-year old join Sauber in 2012 and spent two years with the team however it was difficult time with the team struggling with competiveness. He told Motorsports.com “When you get to F1, you have to prove you have the talent.”
He added “But it was not easy to cope with the things happening around the sport, the team. So it was challenging for me to have a smooth transition.”
He said his second year following the change in regulations and everything, was very frustrating. The car just wasn’t there. Gutierrez says that Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen were “different characters, but both really good.”
“One is very detailed, he gives feedback in a detailed way. It takes more time, because he’s explaining everything very precisely.”
All is calmer – Wolff
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff feels that things are calmer this season now the team has become acclimatised to the intra-team battle.
Last season tensions began to rise in qualifying in Monaco and ended in a spat at Spa where Nico Rosberg received disciplinary action for crashing into Lewis Hamilton on the second lap.
He told Autosport that the difference between this season and last “We’ve been working with each other for another year. And we’ve gone through the experience of having a competitive car good enough to win races and championships.”
He says communication within the team is better saying “we have a culture of ruthlessly exploring our weaknesses and mistakes without blaming, without pointing fingers at one another.”
“Working together – combined with the title – has given us a calm, focused approach, knowing our strengths, knowing we will not be without weaknesses, and continuously working on that.” He added.
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