Hard work paying off – Arrivabene
Ferrari team Principal Maurizio Arrivabene is insistent that the team’s performance at the Canadian Grand Prix is proof its hard work is paying off. The Italian team got ahead of Mercedes at the start of the race but didn’t manage to make a two-stop strategy work and lost out on victory to Lewis Hamilton.
Arrivabene pointed out the small gap to the leaders is proving that their efforts are paying dividends – especially after a poor Monaco GP. He told Autosport “”I was really up to the sky when I saw the start of Sebastian because it was one of the greatest starts that I’ve ever seen in Formula 1.
“We pushed hard and the work that we started straight after Monaco started to pay off. We understand the car better, and we are working during the race weekend in a way that we are able to find the right balance and this is going to pay off.”
He says while the team made progress it’s “not enough because Mercedes is in front of us” and they have plenty of work to do to regularly challenge pacesetter Mercedes.
The team he says needs to understand how they can find the right balance with the car and to work with it.
Need three different owners after Berine
Former president of Ferrari Luca di Montezemolo says he thinks that the sport will need “three different but clear owners” to replace Bernie Ecclestone when he steps back from running the sport
Ecclestone who will be 86 this year has had a controlling stake in the sport since the 1970s and is currently the commercial rights holder. His age has led to speculation about Ecclestone potentially stepping down, though the Briton has repeatedly stressed he intends to stay in his current position for the foreseeable future.
Di Montezemolo says the sport will require a radical overhaul to fill the void Ecclestone’s departure will leave. Speaking to CNN he said “Sooner or later, F1 has to think how to replace Bernie. Bernie is a fantastic person. It will be impossible and a mistake to find one man to replace him. It’s important to think of a new governance.”
Di Montezemolo thinks F1 has made a “big mistake” saying that overlapping the power of the FIA, Ecclestone and the teams in the Strategy Group would have to change. He says it would be good to have three clear owners with different clear responsibilities.
For example “One is the FIA, which is mainly in charge of rules and political power like a football federation, then the teams, who are the players, and then a commercial owner to promote the sport and increase its clients. To overlap is a big mistake.”
“You need a small group of people, very strong in each department with someone in charge who knows F1, who has a feeling of what the market needs, of what the tifosi, the fans need.”
Anti-alcohol campaigners attack the FIA
A group of anti-alcohol campaigners have attacked the FIA president Jean Todt following the announcement of £150 million deal over four-and-a-half-year deal with Heineken.
The European Alcohol Policy Alliance (Eurocare) a group of public health organisations which calls for the prevention and reduction of alcohol-related harm in Europe.
The four-and-a-half-year deal with Heineken has infuriated Eurocare’s secretary general Mariann Skar. She has written a letter to the FIA expressing her strong opposition to F1’s recruitment of alcohol brands.
The FIA plays no part in the commercial deals struck by F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone as it is simply the regulatory body.
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Sainz will not move from Red Bull
Carlos Sainz has played down talk of moving away from Red Bull saying he wants to win his first world title with Red Bull.
The 21 year old was overlooked when Red Bull chose to promote the 18 year old Max Verstappen to the senior team to replace Daniil Kvyat last month. But he has used this to prove himself by getting good and having strong performances in the last three races.
Red Bull boss Christian Horner has claimed the partnership between Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo partnership will continue for at least another year, Sainz’s path appears to be blocked for the time being. Speaking to Sky Sports he said he thinks he has a future with the team.
“I don’t know how, but I’m convinced that if I show them what I need to show them they will make me some space somewhere and I will fight for a world championship with them because that’s my ultimate goal.”
He added “If I had to choose now where I would win my first world championship, no question it would be with Red Bull and hopefully that will happen soon.”
Sainz had a good race in Montreal rising eleven places to finished ninth place for Toro Rosso but while his best career finish was sixth at this year’s Spanish GP.
Hamilton reflects on change of fortunes
Fortunes have changed for Lewis Hamilton closing down his team-mate Nico Rosberg’s lead in the championship to just nine points going into the Grand Prix of Europe. The rein world champion has brought the form back he had last year.
Following the turn in fortune he could lead the world championship going into his home race in just under a month. Speaking about how his fortunes have changed to The Telegraph he said “I could never have predicted that. If I was to put money down, I would never have tried to predict that.”
“I thought Monaco might have been a one off; a fluke kind of thing. But this latest race was not a fluke, it was a great strong race and then today, the way it unfolded.” He says that there hasn’t been doubt in terms of speed or what he could do.
He says he wants to win and wants it “shown once again I am just as focused as any of the guys here. I didn’t make any mistakes and that’s comforting to see that focus and being that confident and comfortable in the car.”
Hamilton is expecting he will face grid penalties later in the season for using more than his five allotted engines, a consequence of repeated mechanical failures in the first four races.
Canada shows progress from Renault – Horner
Red Bull team principal Christian Horner believes that progress made by Renault was shown by the battle between Max Verstappen and Nico Rosberg in the Canadian Grand Prix.
Red bull was able to hold off the Mercedes of Rosberg in closing stages causing the German to slide into the runoff area at the final chicane after an attempted pass. Last season in Montreal the team struggled with power and reliability, both Red Bulls finished a lap down.
Renault has made gains this season with Red Bull winning in Spain and only missing out on victory in Monaco due to a pit stop mistake.
Speaking about Verstappen’s ability to hold Rosberg off on the long back straight in Montreal, Horner said “In previous years he [Rosberg] would have gone past no matter which side he picked. So for Max to be able to defend the way he did – he wouldn’t have been able to do that 12 months ago.”
Horner said there has been progress but work still needs to be done and he described it recently as a “step in the right direction”.
“We’ve still got more to go, but for this circuit that is power dominated, compared to 12 months ago where we were a lap behind… we were 1.5s off in qualifying last year, this year we’re three tenths away.” He added.