Haas unlikely to sign an American
Team Principal of the Haas F1 team says the team is unlikely to sign a American driver. Guenther Steiner says there is “nobody out there at the moment” with enough experience.
The team is expected to announce one of their drivers for 2015 by the end of the month. The main candidates are the Ferrari test and test drivers Esteban Gutierrez and Jean-Eric Vergne to be in line for a seat. There has been links to American Alexander Rossi who was test driver for Caterham.
Steiner appears to have ruled out Rossi’s chances of a full-time drive. Speaking to the official website Steiner said “Yes, there are drivers in GP2 and Formula Three, but having a rookie in a new team… that is difficult for both sides. The potential of such a partnership failing is pretty high.
He added “So at the moment we’d rather not be looking at that avenue, because you are also not helping an inexperienced driver – he could be burned in one season. We are new, so we need a known quantity in the team.”
He says he doesn’t names at this time.
McLaren will not return to form in 2016 – Hamilton
Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton say he doesn’t expect to see his former team McLaren to return to form next season. Since Hamilton took part in his final race for the team in 2012 they haven’t won a race.
The team has slid away since his departure finishing fifth in 2013 and 2014. The downward spiral looks to continue this season with them on course for there worse finish in decades in the championship. This week Hamilton said he “feels sorry” for his old friends at McLaren when he looks now at the tail end of the timing screens.
Hamilton was speaking at a Pedronas event in Milan. He added knowing how “competitive and successful they are historically, it’s not easy,” he added. “When I see them at the bottom of the screens, with Manor, I just feel bad.”
Hamilton added that Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button are two of “the best drivers” on the grid.
Impressed with reactions to difficult moments
Rob Smedley says Williams has regrouped following difficult moments this season saying he was impressed by the way the squad has reacted.
Williams was frustrated after an error in the pit stop at the Belgian Grand Prix cost them a good result. The team incorrectly fitted a medium tyre to the right-rear wheel among a set of softs. For which Valtteri Bottas had to serve a drive-through penalty for the error and eventually finished ninth.
Smedly has held many meetings because of mistakes this season to solve the problems the team has been having.
He told Crash.net “There were a few things that we weren’t particularly happy with, the most obvious to the outside world was what happened in the pit stops [in Spa] but there were other things as well that I wasn’t particularly happy with”
Smedley said there was no need to panic by making vast changes and despite its struggles he commended the team on how it reacted to the situation. He says only little changes have been made in the way they operate.
2015 car abandoned
Manor will wait until 2016 to introduce a new car in order to allow for maximum time to be spent on development. This year they have ran a upgraded 2014 car after being recused in mid-February from administration.
This year they have focused on rebuilding and recruiting new staff like former Mercedes technical director Bob Bell. Sporting Director Graeme Lowdon says at the start of the season they had planned to make some major change to the chassis and power unit during the 2015 season.
He said “The rate of development of that chassis has been good and the optimum time to push that button was getting pushed back.” Adding the team is confident that the news car will be a major step forward.
The early races offer smaller teams a better opportunity score points. Lowdon is keen to ensure Manor does not compromise next season in search of gains this term.
He added that there will be updates to their car which will all be relevant to next year by the end of the month.
Fighting like hell – Fernley
Bob Fernley says Force India are going to “fight like hell” to secure fifth place in the Constructors’ Championship ahead of Lotus. The team had a good result scoring their highest number of points this season.
The team now are fifth in the championship after main rival Lotus retired both cars on the first lap. This gives them a thirteen point lead over Lotus in the championship. The deputy team principal is not taking it for granted.
At Monza he told Sky Sports “It was an optimum race finish for us so you can’t fault it.”
Fernley added “Lotus are a good team and it’s a good car, so we’re going to have to fight like hell for it. From our point of view it’s nice to have a little bit of a cushion. It’s not going to be easy but we’ll fight them all the way.”