Hulkenberg wins Le Mans
Nico Hulkenberg has become the first active F1 driver to win the 24 hours of Le Mans alongside Nick Tandy and Earl Bamber for Porsche. Former Red Bull Driver Mark Webber secured second for Audi.
Porsche’s victory ended a run of 13 wins in the previous 15 editions by Audi. Tandy put the three in the lead on lap 253 before Hulkenberg drove them across the line on lap 395. Their victory ended a run of 13 wins in the previous 15 editions by Audi.
Hulkenberg said “I’m speechless right now, to be honest.” After he won the race.
Renault future by end of year
Renault will decide their future in F1 by the end of the year. The French manufacturer is currently debating whether to remain a engine supplier, return as a works team or withdraw from Formula 1 altogether.
Renault’s current contracts as power unit supplier to Red Bull and Toro Rosso expire at the end of 2016, with speculation over there future high on the agenda. Renault Sport F1 managing director Cyril Abiteboul expects Red Bull to demand a decision by the end of 2015.
He told Autosport “Red Bull wants the confidence we have the capacity to catch up, and on our side we need the certainty we can catch up. We also need to have confidence in the value of the sport and in the value of this partnership. This is something that is built over time”
The co-founder of Williams Patrick Head has been knighted by the Queen in her birthday honours. The engineer helped Sir Frank Williams become a credible team in the 1970’s before becoming technical director to oversee the engineering department in 1986.
Williams said “My name may be above the door, but I have always stressed that the creation and subsequent success of Williams was very much a team effort. My co-founder Patrick Head was the design genius who turned us from a small upstart into a world championship winning force.”
He also took temporary charge following Williams’s crash in Spain in 1986. He retired from the team 2011.
Red Bull demo in Mexico
Red Bull has announced that Daniel Ricciardo and Carlos Sainz will do a demonstration in Mexico City on 27th June. The demonstration will come months before the city hosts its first Grand Prix sinice 1993.
The venue will take in the city’s cathedral ruins of the Aztec city. The event will be free to attend. Ricciardo said “I am looking forward to this very special trip to Mexico. The square looks massive so I think I should be able to give the car a good work out.”
The race’s Deputy Director of marketing Rodrigo Sanchez called on people to start their engines.