Red Bull sign new youngsters
Red Bull has signed two rising British drivers Dean Stoneman who won the 2010 Formula 2 championship and 16-year-old Callum Ilott, the reigning KF European karting champion.
Stoneman’s career was halted in 2010 after being diagnosed with testicular cancer before returning to competitive racing in 2013. Last season he finished second in the 2014 GP2 champion and will this season he will take part in Formula Renault 3.5.
While Ilot is the current KF European karting champion and will move to KF European Formula 3 champion this season. Illott says being with this team is a privilege adding “Being in the team is a privilege Last season was very good. I was hoping for a good start in cars, but I didn’t imagine I would get this opportunity.”
“The step up is quite something. I have a lot to learn.” He added. Presouis drivers who have reached F1 this way are Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel, Daniel Ricciardo, Daniil Kvyat, Jean-Eric Vergne, Jaime Alguersuari and Sebastien Buemi.
Not expecting ‘miracles’ – Marchionne
Ferrari boss Sergio Marchionne does not “expect miracles” at the season’s opening race in Australia after having good form in testing. The team was fastest on three of the four days of the first test in Jerez last week.
It followed a tough 2014 season when the Italian team failed to win a race. “I am encouraged by the performance of the new car, though it is one thing to do a quick lap, another to do an entire race,” said team president Marchionne.
He said he is proud of his team and that he has “so much confidence in the work of the boys. Now we’ll see when the World Championship starts in Australia.”
The team recruited four-time world champion Vettel from Red Bull to drive alongside Raikkonen, with Fernando Alonso departing to McLaren.
Title sponsor vs under selling – Dennis
Ron Dennis says he would rather be without a title sponsor than undersell the space on his team’s Formula 1 car.
The Woking-based team has been without a title partner since its Vodafone deal ended in 2013. He says the concept of a title sponsor doesn’t’ exist anymore.
The team however has not given up on the idea because it brings in a lot of money than other sponsorship. He added “The last thing you should do is suddenly start doing deals that are last place in the league table. That is maybe flawed, but I don’t think so. That is the way I think.”