Alfa Romeo return on cards – Marchionne
Ferrari chairman Sergio Marchionne, has revealed a plan to help boost their Alfa Romeo brand in Formula One. Both Alfa Romeo and Ferrari are owned by the Fiat Group.
Last year there were talks at the height of the Red Bull engine saga about the Austrian team running either a Ferrari or Alfa branded Ferrari engine. But Red Bull decided to stay with Renault branded TAG Heuer after both Ferrari and Mercedes rejected their bids.
Marchionne has said its not a case of badging, rebranding or buying a team he was like it to see them enter as a full-fledged team building their own cars. He said “Alfa Romeo are capable of making their own chassis, just like they are capable of making their own engine.”
This suggests that any project would be separate from the Ferrari team and would be a customer team. But, Marchionne didn’t rule this out fully.
He says he was criticised for not giving Red Bull an engine but says he “agrees with people that say that Red Bull were too tough on their engine suppliers, but in the end this sport must continue.
Adding “The important thing is to have other large manufacturers enter the sport.”
News – in – brief
- Tragedy if no title by 2018 – Sergio Marchionne says if Ferrari failed to win a title by 2018 “it would be a tragedy.” The team last won a drivers title in 2007 and constructors in 2008. He also condemned Red Bull over there engine saga
- Never break The Chain – Channel 4 have confirmed they will be using Fleetwood Mac’s The Chain as there theme tune. It has been closely associated with the sport from 1978 when the BBC first used it for their F1 Coverage
Pleased for young drivers – Wolff
Toto Wolff says he is pleased to see Mercedes backed young drivers Pascal Wehrlein and Esteban Ocon earn their place on the Formula One grid. Earlier this week Wehrlein was confirmed as a Manor driver while Ocon signed as Renault’s reserve driver.
The two bring financial backing to help smaller teams through sponsorship from major backers including Mercedes. Wolff told Autosport “It is very pleasing to see young drivers earning their spot in Formula 1 on merit and to see that talent is being rewarded by the system.
“Pascal and Esteban have proven themselves to be amongst the top young drivers out there – and both come into 2016 as champions of their respective series.”
He says Wehrlein and Ocon still have plenty to learn and the team will be following their progress closely. He said the aim is “to build their experience in the best possible environment and, following positive discussions with our counterparts at Manor and Renault.”
Conman fails to appear in court
A man has failed to appear in court to be sentence for posing as the chief operations officer of the Mercedes. Stuart Howatsom posed as a member of staff of the team.
The conman agreed to by £224,000 computer security systems. Howatson has been jailed before after the reason why he didn’t appear in court is because he was admitted to hospital because he was said to be in a suicidal, troubled and anxious state – was being assessed by medical staff.
Previously he was convicted for posing as a Metropolitan Police as an armed officer, dog handler and a protection officer to the Queen.
Vandoorne signs for Super Formula
Mclaren reserve driver Stoffel Vandoorne will compete in Japans Super Formula this season. The reigning GP2 champion will compete with the Dandelion team,
Vandoorne has said recently that he hopped to combing racing in Japan with McLaren testing duties would ensure he stayed “race sharp” while waiting for an F1 seat. The only issue is that the Monaco and Mexican grands prix overlaps with the season
McLaren’s racing director Eric Boullier previously hinted that the Super Formula was the preference for the 23-year old Belgian. Last year Boullier told Autosport “There are two objectives: one is to get the speed and the fitness for the driver and the other is the Super Formula car has a lot of grip, which is good preparation.”
Vandoorne will replace former F1 driver Narain Karthikeyn who drove for Jordan GP in 2005 and HRT in 2011-2012.