Small upgrades at a time – Hasegawa
Honda’s motorsport boss Yusuke Hasegawa says the Japanese manufacturer wants to use there engine tokens for a limited number of very substantial upgrades rather than multiple small steps.
The Japanese manufacturer is the only manufacturer to have not spent any of its engine tokens since the 2016 season started. The two leading manufacturers Mercedes have spent two and Ferrari have already spent three of there allocated tokens.
Speaking to Autosport “Of course we keep developing, we just have to decide when we can expect to introduce the new technology or tokens .We have some tokens, but it’s still limited and we don’t want to use them for tiny steps, from a tactical point of view.”
“We’d like to use tokens effectively rather than gradually. We need to see the exact result of the development. I hope it is a big step forward.” At the end of the season the token system wwill be abolished as part of a push for power convergence and Hasegawa says Honda is pleased with the decision.
He added “I’m happy that F1 is removing tokens for 2017 but it will be a major challenge for the engineers”
News – in – Brief
- Force India up grades – Force India have become the latest team to announce they will bring a number of upgrades to their car in Barcelona. Team principal Vijay Mallya says there cars will look “quite different.”
- No more clashes – The FIA has promised to not schedule Grand Prix’s and Le Mans at least but warns races will clashed because President Jean Todt says its not possible “make a calendar without any conflicts” with other series. The FIA organise F1 the World Rally, Endurance and Formula E championships.
Mercedes need to be ready for a challenge
Toto Wolff has warned his Mercedes team that they needed to prepared for the challenge from its rivals to increase from this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix.
The Mercedes boss says he is anticipating the true pecking order to emerge at the next few races starting in Barcelona when the majority of teams will be bringing new upgrades. Speaking to Autosport Wolff said “We’re going to see some big upgrades from the different teams and power unit suppliers over the next few races, so now is the time we can truly assess the pecking order.
“Barcelona will be an interesting weekend from that perspective, so we must be prepared.” Wolff admits the beginning of the season hasn’t been plain sailing and they now “have rivals breathing down our necks who are relentless in their chase.”
One of the teams concerns have been the MGU-H problems suffered by Lewis Hamilton in China and Russia with the reigning champion cannot afford further issues in these early stages.
Mercedes’ executive technical director Paddy Lowe said: “The highest priority is to come back with our MGU-H problem solved, having had a repeat fault over the past two race weekends.
Renault aims for young drivers
Renault director Frederic Vasseur says the French manufacturer is keen to identify and develop future Formula One world champions for its work outfit.
After returning to Formula One this year Renault has revived the Renault Sport Academy (RSA), while adding the likes of Nicholas Latifi and Sergey Sirotkin to its line-up. Renault’s current pairing of Kevin Magnussen and Jolyon Palmer is the most in experiniced line up for a works team this season.
Vasseur told F1.com “when the drivers were chosen the focus was already on 2018 and 2019. That goes for the car side as well as for the driver side. We had to find the champion of 2019 – and not one from 2010.
“If you look at the past, all the success stories were always based on drivers: Renault and Fernando Alonso, Michael Schumacher and Ferrari, Red Bull Racing and Sebastian Vettel. So we will build up the team on drivers. This is an investment, just as is the wind tunnel or the engine.”
Last year the French manufacturer took both the GP2 and GP3 titles with McLaren’s reserve Stoffel Vandoorne and Renault third driver Esteban Ocon.
Pressed to name the rising stars he thinks could win the F1 title in the near future, Vasseur, who also worked with Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg, and Nico Hulkenberg in the past, replied: “I see a couple of youngsters who could do it.”
London could hold a Grand Prix
Berine Ecclestone says that a Grand Prix could be held in London as early as 2017. Last year the Battersea Park Street Circuit held Formula E.
A few years ago a video was released of a planned circuit around Buckingham Place and the Houses of Parliament. But the second phase legislation to create the local council to create the circuit has been delayed.
A spokesman for the Department for Transport said this would be addressed in “due course”.