Don’t know when it will be signed – Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton says he doesn’t know when his new Mercedes contract will be signed with the team. The double world champion has been working on this new deal since middle of last season.
When asked whether it would be signed this week he said “it is unlikely.” Telling Sky Sports “Obviously at the last race I said it would be done within a week, this is my first time negotiating myself and you don’t know how many times I’ve had to read about 80 pages – it is so much reading and it is all in lawyer jargon. So it has been a quite a pain in the backside to be honest.”
He once again dismissed suggestion he was considering a switch to Ferrari saying the Mercedes deal is “99.6%’’ done.
My last team – Alonso
Fernando Alonso says that he expects McLaren to be his last team in Formula One. The 33-year old made his debut in the sport in 2001 with Minardi and has since claimed 32 victories in 236 races.
He told reporters today in Shanghai “I think after 15 or 16 or 17 years in Formula One, whatever it will be, it’s enough.” Adding “”I will finish with a McLaren but the real one in Formula One and that will be one-third of my life with a great experience, with great memories, with great friendships.”
Alonso is regarded as one of the best drivers of his generation however since winning back-to-back world championships in 2005-06 has found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time. He also added that he didn’t regret his time at Ferrari.
Red Bull will quit if not completive
Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz says they may quit the sport i f engine supplier Renault doesn’t manage to build “a competitive” engine.
Mateschitz told the Austria Press Agency that Red Bull will “only stay in Formula One if we have a competitive team, and we need a competitive power unit for that. if we don’t have one, we can race with the best car and the best drivers and still have no chance of competing for victory.”
The Austrian did not set any deadlines for the improvements to be made by Renault. He says “”We are not a car manufacturer who could justify the investment. So we rely on Renault to close the gap to Ferrari and, above all, Mercedes.”
Frustrated by delays – Perez
Sergio Perez says it is frustrating waiting for the team’s new B-spec 2015 Force India car. The team 2015 program was delayed this year. Last week Deputy Team Principal Bob Fernley told AUTOSPORT that Force India has pushed back plans to introduce its updated car until the Austrian Grand Prix in June.
Perez told Eurosport “Obviously it is frustrating not to have a competitive car that can bring you into the points with pure pace. That makes things really hard, but it doesn’t change anything as a driver. You still give it your best possible shot weekend after weekend.”
He says it will be difficult to say motivated knowing that it will be hard to get into the points until the new car comes.
News in Brief
Sebastian Vettel has played down the chances of repeating his shock Malaysian Grand Prix victory in Shanghai this weekend. The German has nearly overtaken the three-times great Brazilian Ayrton Senna’s haul of wins.