Mercedes open minded about engine change
Mercedes Boss Toto Wolff says the German manufacturer is “open-minded” to the potential relaxation of engine rules next season. Yesterday Mclaren’s racing director Eric Boullier said he hopes that Mercedes are flexible in negotiations to allow engine development next season.
There have also been warnings that Renault could pull out of F1 at the end of next year if the regulation remains unaltered. Wolff told Autosport “We are open minded about the situation. We understand Renault and Honda are in a difficult position. Discussions need to be held.”
The FIA have closed a loophole which allowed development this season but has been closed to allow no in-season development of the power unit is allowed beyond February 28 2016.
Red Bull recovery known in weeks – Marko
Red Bull motorsport consultant Helmut Marko says the team and engine supplier will move them further up the grid. Renault has struggled for both performance and reliability in 2015 attracting criticism from both Red Bull and Marko.
He says dyno testing would reveal within weeks whether such struggles will continue – or whether Red Bull can enjoy the sort of competitiveness.
He said “We knew that the Monaco result did not reflect our real situation because in Monaco power is not that important” he told Formula1.com. Adding “Renault recognise now what they have to do. Development was obviously not going into the right direction.”
We will bring you more tomorrow when the full interview is released.
Engine changes mustn’t bankrupt teams
Ferrari chairman Sergio Marchionne says any relaxation in the engine rules must be done in a way that will not send teams bankrupt.
Currently Ferrari, Renault and Honda trying to get the FIA to unfreeze the regulations. Marchionne says the manufactures must not break the bank, with their costs in turn passed on to their customers.
He told Eurosport “The problem is by opening up things you have a variety of initiatives that come up from the engineering side that will send you bankrupt. This sport will consume cash at the speed of light, and it is not just the drivers who are the most expensive human beings I know.”
Marchionne says the early rules were “improperly drafted”, and resulted in the situation that has now materialised.
One stops races bad – Horner
Red Bull team Principal Christian Horner says that one stop races are bad for F1 and has called on the tyre manufacture to revert to higher-degradation tyres. In the Canadian GP most teams managed to do one stops the first time since 2010.
He told Autosport “One-stop races aren’t good for Formula 1. You need to have two to three stops, and that’s important. Unfortunately, the tyres we have now are just a bit too conservative.”
After the 2013 German Grand Prix drivers almost threatened to strike following series of tyre failures during the British Grand Prix. Which everyone blamed each other for.
He added that he believes it is time the drivers be allowed to push their car to its limits.
“The other thing not good for Formula 1 is fuel-saving. It should be a sprint race” he said.
Eight time champion?
Nigel Mansell says that Lewis Hamilton could break Michael Schumacher’s record of seven F1 World Championships. Hamilton who is a double world champion currently has a 17 points from Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg.
He told Sky Sports News “Mercedes are the best of the best by far. With the backing of the Mercedes he can maybe go on to challenge Michael’s record. There is a long, long way to go but it is possible because Mercedes will want to be the best of the best for a long time.”
However he called DRS a “false overtaking aid because it doesn’t give the driver to slipstream and to play a chess game to plan where to pass someone.”