F1 Today – 16/02/2016

F1 Today

Toro Rosso confirm 2015 Ferrari engine

Toro Rosso has confirmed the team will use the 2015 spec Ferrari engine for this season. The Red Bull owned team are returning to Ferrari power after two seasons with Renault power.

The move comes following a dispute between there sister team and engine partner Renault after two seasons of reliability woes with Renault. Its understood that the specification will be the final version of the 2015 power unit.

Team Principal Franz Tost has said that the car will make its debut on Monday at the first test in Barcelona it will be with the final version of Ferrari’s 2015 engine in the car.

He told Autosport “I am convinced we will get a very good engine from Ferrari because we like to work together with Ferrari, we had our biggest success with Ferrari.”

He added engineers from Toro Rosso and Ferrari have been working very hard to get the car ready.

Tost said “Because of the late decision with our running for this season [the switch to Ferrari], everything got a little bit late, but our people have done a fantastic job, the car is nearly ready, and we are absolutely on schedule.”


Too complex – Vettel

Sebastian Vettel says he believes that Formula One has become “too complex” and risks alienating fans with over-the-top regulations. The sport has had major changes over the past three years.

Next season another set of sweeping changes to the sport but the four times champion has claimed the sport has been come too lost in technology and the focus should return to the drivers. Vettel himself was criticised bettwen 2011-2013 when he won three out of four titles.

But the Mercedes have won 32 of the last 38 races and with very few rule changes over the winter, this looks unlikely to change even if Ferrari step up their game. Vettel told The Telegraph “In short, I think the sport should be in the spotlight and it should be about which driver is the fastest.”

He added  “Today the car plays an important role, like it did in the past. But we shouldn’t get lost in over-complicated rules. Our audience has to be able to identify with our cars again.”

Formula One has been trapped in a debate about what it should be for years, which has been heighten by rules introduced in 2014.


Silverstone to allow public in for tests

Silverstone will be open to the public during the second in season test on the Tuesday and Wednesday following the British Grand Prix. The test will take play between 12-13 July.

The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya will hold all three other tests two in the next fortnight and one following the Spanish Grand Prix in May. Last time the circuit hosted testing was in 2014 as third during the season.


Williams audio firing up

Williams have become the fifth team to release their first fire up of their 2016 car. Already Ferrari, McLaren and Manor have all shared clips of their engine fire-ups ahead of the opening pre-season.

Yesterday Mercedes went further by releasing a video of their exhaust setup to boost the noise of the car.


Schumacher private collection goes on display

Unseen personal memorabilia from Michael Schumacher’s private collection will go on display in Marburg in Germany. The exhibition will celebrate the career of the seven time champion.

The exhibition, called “Michael Schumacher – Record-holding World Champion. 20 years of Partnership with Deutsche Vermögensberatung” will be held at the Center for Investment Advice in Marburg, Germany.

The free exhibition will feature some of his cars as well as some privately-owned exhibits that have never been seen by the public before. It will run for two years.


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