Barcelona test – Plamer fastest for Lotus
Jolyon Plamer was fastest for Lotus during the last day of the first in-season test at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. The Briton set his fastest lap in the closing minutes setting a 1:26.080. Mercedes Pascal Wehrlein led most of the day for Mercedes.
Wehrlein set the benchmark of 1:26.497 early on and led in terms of both pace and lap count. Wehrlin however was still recovering from an illness which kept him out of the car on Tuesday. Red Bull’s Pierre Gasly almost managed to go faster but was less than two tenths down. Galsy however failed to set a time in the morning.
Ferrari protégée Raffle Marciello crashed the Sauber in the morning but managed to finish ninth fastest. Jenson button completed 100 laps for McLaren going faster than he did in qualifying on Saturday. Williams development driver Alex Lynn, fresh from GP2 success at the weekend, finished just four hundredths of a second down.
Michelin have said they may consider a return to the sport after leaving in 2008 after teams switched to one single supplier. The French company was unhappy about a move to a single supplier from 2008.
Michelin Motorsport director Pascal Couasnon told Italian publication Autosprint: “Why not? We are fully open to a return, but on some precise conditions – Formula 1 must change its technical regulations.”
He Added “If F1 wants to consider our proposals we are here, fully open, with a strong will to return. If, instead, the prospects are to keep things as they are now, then thanks but we aren’t interested”
Michelin is now currently in the process of taking over Moto GP from former F1 tyre supplier Bridgestone.
F1 set for ‘crucial’ talks
So called ‘crucial’ talks for the strategy group will take place on Thursday to discuss a revamp of the sport. Formula One is facing major issues such as soaring costs, struggling teams, falling viewing figures in some regions and a failure to engage a younger audience.
Ferrari have called already for a ‘revolution’ in the rules for 2017 including bigger, louder and more affordable engines in faster and more fearsome cars. There will be a vote on whether to increase the engine allocation for this season from four per driver back to the five they had last year.
The group is made up of Mercedes, Ferrari, Red Bull, McLaren, Williams and Force India, the governing FIA and commercial rights holder.
FIA Boss Jean Todt said “We know there are some things to assess. And I hope we will be able to have a good agenda and come with good proposals and decisions to submit to the F1 commission and then to the world council.”
Woman to join Haas?
Nascar team owner Gene Haas will not fuel or rule out rumours that Danica Patrick racing for his new Formula One team next year. “If the right sponsor came along, then anything is possible.” He told Reuters.
Patrick is the world most known Female racing drivers and spoke to Haas Team Principal Guenther Steiner spoke to her during last weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix. Steiner says “Don’t put anything in that Danica is coming to F1.” Williams test driver Suise Wolff is the last woman to take part in a race weekend.
Haas F1 will be the first American-based team in Formula One since 1986 and will compete with Ferrari engines in a close tie-up with the Italian team.