Haas announce driver line up for testing
Haas have announced their testing line up for the pre-season testing at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on February 22. The American team will make it debut with currently car hasn’t been named.
Romain Grosjean will be the first to drive the car on day one and three with his team-mate Esteban Gutierrez driving on the second and fourth day. For the second test Guttierrez will drive the first two days and Grosjean the second two.
Grosjean says “The first thing for the test is to get the car to run and to work well from there.”
He added “Hopefully, we can get a lot of mileage. This is a new team, so we need to get everyone to work together, all the engineers, mechanics and the drive.” Grosjean adds that the team needs to get as much data and knowledge as it can as well as solving problems.
Gutierrez added “We expect to run the car as many laps as possible. This will be our priority, as we need to be sure to sort all the possible issues we may have in order to fix them on time.”
Answer to more noise
Many teams including Mercedes, McLaren have released small tasters on social media of engine noise from there 2016 cars. Ferrari were first to release video last Thursday.
The louder sound have been created following a change to the way exhausts exit the cars which allows up to two exhaust pipes from the engine. But it restricts it to only exhaust gasses. It is hoped the waste pipes will improve the sound of the sport.
This video shows the fire up of the Mercedes showing the new exhaust pipes. Where you can clearly hear the louder sound from the car. Mercedes A MG High Performance Powertrains director Andy Cowell said: “The noise is something that is important for the sport.
“This year the tailpipe goes all the way back. You are not allowed to interrupt it, and the wastegate exit must now go all the way to the back.” He added.
Manor to split drivers?
Manor may decide to spilt three drivers through-out the season between the Indonesian Rio Haryanto, Alexander Rossi and Will Stevens according to the newspaper Ilta Sanomat.
The paper says all three could sign seven race deals which would cover the twenty one round championship. They say that Haryanto would drive the Asian rounds, Rossi the Americas and Stevens the European rounds. The deal is said to be worth €5 million (£386,3307.51) to each driver.
Teams are allowed to use up to for drivers through-out the season. Manor has been tipped to make significant progress this season after agreeing partnerships with Williams and Mercedes.
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has already said “Manor will make a big step up and not only because of the engine. I have confidence that the car and driver will have highlights and be a solid midfield runner,”
Renault recruitment drive
Renault as announce a plan to recruit 160 staff in two years as it looks to return to the top of Formula One. The team which it took over Lotus, was forced to make redundancies after staggering losses in 2013 of almost £65million.
Managing director Cyril Abiteboul said the team wants to make sure it recruits the best people. He added “usually good people are not available very quickly because they have to be placed on gardening leave, and you can’t get them for six months, or sometimes a year.”
Abiteboul says they are in a postion to compete against the bigger teams even though the team is smaller. In order to stop complains by Red Bull about the problems with the engines about them not having enough staff he said “we feel we have more than enough resources in Viry.”
Adding “I know the perception from some people, some of the things said by Red Bull, was that we don’t have enough resources. We have enough financial and human resources. It’s about technical leadership, it’s about know-how, skills.”
He says some of the problems was the lack of experience and train of new talent fresh from university.
Ferrari will unveil it 2016 car online at 13:00 GMT on Friday on its website days before the first pre-season test in Barcelona next week.
The team has given away little details about its car but reports in the Italian media say the team could move away from its tradition with its livery, harking back to former cars with a darker hue of red and potentially more white and black.
Ferrari celebrated Valentine Day by releasing its fire up of its 2016 car. Meanwhile, Toro Rosso released an image of Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz hugging and kissing a F1 car and the message “don’t forget your first love.”