Engine cost cap
According to Autosport the Strategy Group is considering putting a cost cap on the deals to supply teams. The current cost of engines has more than doubled since 2013 from £7m to £15-20m after the introduction of the V6’s engines in 2014.
Yesterday the group discussed capping the cost of a supply of both one-year-old engines and new-spec power units. There will need to presented to the FIA.
Last week it emerged that the rules are set to be tweaked to allow different specification engines to be supplied during the season and known as “Current -1” to differentiate them from the latest version.
If this goes through it will allow Manor if they manage to get a deal with Mercedes could use a 2015 spec engine next year. Red Bull could also use Ferrari engines without posing a major threat to the works team.
Nothing to lose – Rosberg
Nico Rosberg says he feels he has “nothing to lose” ahead of this weekends Singapore Grand Prix after falling just under two race wins behind Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton.
Rosberg suffered an engine failure in the closing stages at Monza. While Hamilton’s victory wasn’t confirmed until after an investigation for tyre pressure irregularities. Speaking to Sky Sports Rosberg said “It was gutting to miss out on a good result so close to the end but now I approach the final seven races with the attitude that there’s nothing to lose.”
He added “It’s maximum attack and I won’t be giving up the fight, no way.” There maybe fears in the team about Hamilton suffering a similar engine problems this weekend.
Hamilton said “Of course, it was a shame for Nico and the crew to have the retirement – but I know he’ll bounce back and I’m looking forward to another battle in Singapore.”
Big challenge being ready – Haas
Gene Haas says time is still the biggest challenge is being ready in time to make their Formula One debut next season. Hass’s team was due to make their debut in 2015 but deferred their entry until 2016.
Haas told Motorsport.com “As much as people think you can put together a team in a few months and go down to the local race hardware store and buy all your parts, it’s really not possible.”
He said they needed to buy everything and engineer everything which has taken a lot longer they expected. But he says they will be in better shape because of the delays. He adds that the team will be in a better shape than most other start up teams.
The team is “learning things at what almost feels like a snail’s pace, but it gives us time to put together what we want to do” Haas added. But says the team will surprise in testing in March.
Lewis Hamilton says it humbling to being compared to boyhood hero Aryton Senna as he nears matching the three times world champion this weekend.
If Hamilton takes another win in Singapore he will match the Brazilian on race wins and another pole position would match Senna on successive poles in F1. Speaking to Sky Sports Hamilton said “Since I was a boy I have always wanted to emulate Ayrton and be as similar to him as l could – whilst still being myself,” Hamilton told Sky Sports News HQ.
He added “I’ve always wanted to drive a car like he could or handle a car like he could.” He said twenty years after he died that he is fighting for a similar number of podiums or championships.
Hamilton has been on sunning form this season already claim this seasons pole trophy and extending his championship lead over team-mate Nico Rosberg to more than a race win.
Upgrades will make a significant difference
Sauber say there upgrade for this weekends Singapore Grand Prix will make a significant difference on the tight and twisty Marina Bay street circuit. Both drivers have been handed a aerodynamic upgrade in Singapore and are set to run rigorous tests during the practice sessions.
Head of track engineering Giampaolo Dall’Ara told Crash.net “Having closed the European season on two high speed circuits in Spa-Francorchamps and Monza, the Sauber F1 Team will face some sort of major changes upon returning to Asia.”
He added “Firstly the street circuit in Singapore presents totally different characteristics in terms of cornering speeds, set-up and aero efficiency requirements.”
The cars has had a significant aerodynamic upgrade for this weekend