Hurting Grosjean’s pride – Permane
When Romain Grosjean steps aside for test drivers Jolyon Palmer it hurts his pride according to Lotus trackside operations director Alan Permane.
Plamer have driven the Frenchman’s car during five practice sessions and is currently scheduled to drive at the next three practice sessions. Grosjean has already hinted at his frustration at sitting the session out which he belives has an impact this has on his race preparations, relative to team-mate Pastor Maldonado, who drives in every session.
Permane when asked about hurting Grosjean’s pride he told Autosport “I don’t think so. A driver of Romain’s stature, it may hurt his pride rather than his actual performance.”
He added “There is frustration for Romain of course due to him losing out on some Fridays. I suspect that some of the frustrations are because of the image of it and none of us like that.”
No outside help – Honda
Honda says they will not hire outside help to improve their fortunes in F1 after McLaren admits it is feeling financial pain from its current run of poor results.
The pairing has struggled with reliability and competiveness since the start of the season. McLaren have been well down in the majority of races competing with Manor. Honda motorsport boss Yasuhisa Arai said they would not poach people from other teams.
He told Autosport that the team would not look to poach people from other teams saying “We have enough resources already.” He says he believes he is the right person to turn their fortunes around. McLaren racing director Eric Boullier said this on-going run of poor results was making it more difficult to secure sponsors.
Smedly and Oatley awarded honorary doctorate
McLaren’s Director of Design and Development Neil Oatley and Williams Head of Performance Engineering at Williams Rob Smedley will be made Honorary Doctors of Technology by Loughbrough University.
Smedley studied Mechanical Engineering at the university in the 1990s and will receive the doctorate for his outstanding contribution to Formula 1 and race engineering.
Oatley studied automotive engineering during the 1970’s and has be awarded in recognition of his inspirational leadership in motorsport and dedication to build McLaren Racing into a Formula 1 institution.
Smedley will receive his degree on Wednesday and Oatley on Friday.
Targeted approach – Nasr
Sauber driver Felipe Nasr says the team needs to be targeted with their approach to upgrades to ensure they aren’t “throwing money” on items that do not work.
The team started the season strongly scoring two double-points finishes in three grand prix’s but have slipped away recently. Nasr told Autosport “It is important to stop just throwing money on things that maybe don’t work.” He added in addition to being targeted they need to make sure there data is correct.
He said “I feel the potential of the people who work here is strong. The facilities are there. I feel that things are starting to pick up.”
Sauber have introduced new parts to the car this season however it took them several races to get the best out of them.
Weather the storm – webber
Mark Webber has told Daniel Ricciardo to weather the storm and remain patient with Red Bull.
Ricciardo has struggled with performance and has been growing frustrated recently with the team. Weber says he should stick with the four-times constructors’ champions for now.
“You’re not always going to have the equipment to do the job to fulfil the talent, which Daniel obviously has” Webber said.