Hamilton best champion – Ecclestone
F1 boss Berine Ecclestone has hailed Lewis Hamilton as the “best world champion we’ve had”.
Last month Ecclestone praised the Englishman as “super promoter of the sport” because of his global appeal over his team-mate and Sebastian Vettel. He is a familiar face on both sides of the Atlantic with an interest in showbiz, music and fashion.
Ecclestone told Sky Sports “He reaches to all types of people throughout the world. He can more or less go to most places in the world and not have an F1 uniform on and people would still recognise him.”
Vettel is very protective over his private life and Ecclestone hinted Rosberg was ‘bad for business’ in an interview.
He also gave Red Bull’s Daniel Riccardo praise saying “if he were to ever have an accident – which l hope he doesn’t – and he has someone giving him the last rights he would still be smiling at the priest.”
b-spec for Silverstone
Force India’s deputy team Principal Bob Fernley has confirmed the teams b-spec car will make its debut following a test in Austria after next weekends Grand Prix.
Fernley told Sky Sports “The new spec car will be with us in Silverstone for its first race. From there on we can build and get points on merit rather than opportunity.”
The team had a difficult build up to 2015 after financial worries and didn’t run until the final test. But have performed well in the opening races scoring points in the n four of the first seven races of the season.
Mercedes to be flexible – Boullier
Mclaren’s racing director Eric Boullier hopes that Mercedes are flexible in negotiations to allow engine development next season.
Since Ferrari found a now closed loophole which allowed teams to develop there engine in-season allowing teams to develop engines this season. The FIA have closed a loophole in the wording of the regulation, no in-season development of the power unit is allowed beyond February 28 2016.
Boullier told Autosport “t’s all about negotiating. They are willing to listen, to be honest. They are already, and having talked to Toto and Niki they are concerned about Formula 1 itself.”
He added that early signs have received positive response from Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff and non-executive chairman Niki Lauda.
Not number 1
Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene says that Sebastian Vettel is not the Scuderia’s number 1 driver. Earlier this year he said the days of a hierarch between drivers is over.
It comes after Kimi Raikkonen lost a podium in Montreal after spin that cost Ferrari a sure podium. Raikkonen argued that an engine setting caused the spin, but Arrivabene said “We have thrown away a podium, that’s the truth. There are no excuses.”
He also rejected claims that the team thought about team orders in Canada, Arrivabene insisted, “No, not at all, we did not speak about it. We made it clear before the season that both drivers have a free run.”