Return to Imola
Formula One could be about to return to Imola if Monza is unable to gain a new contract. Motorsport.com says it believes Berine Ecclestone has already met with the city’s mayor, Daniele Manca yesterday.
Imola last held a race in 2006 and 21 years ago was scene of the dreadful race where Ayrton Senna and Roland Ratzeberger were killed. Monza organisers met with Ecclestone but talks to renew the contract have stalled after they demanded a lower race fee it’s believed.
Italy along with Britain has been the only races to feature in every season of F1.
Manca said “We wanted to show Ecclestone how willing Imola was to get Formula 1 back – but also do our part to keep the grand prix in Italy. We presented our plan to relaunch the circuit, outline the investments we have made”
Building on Le Mans win
Force India hope that Nico Hulkenberg’s win at Le Mans will have a knock on effect ahead of the Austrian Grand Prix. The German won the classic endurance race at the first attempt with Porsche on Sunday.
Team Principal and co-owner Vijay Mallya said “Nico’s performance displayed his immense talent and made all of us at Sahara Force India proud. I truly hope he will be boosted by this success and translate it into another great performance in Austria.”
Hulkenberg finished eighth in Montreal his second scoring finish of the season and left Force India seventh overall. But the team are on course to introduce a new car at Silverstone next month which they hope will improve performance.
Bell bosting Manor – Stevens
Will Stevens believes Bob Bell’s experience in Formula 1 will prove invaluable to Manor and flourish his career. Bell joined the team this month as a technical consultant.
The former Mercedes technical director will be joined by former Toro Rosso chief designer Luca Furbatto and Gianluco Pisanello was taken on as chief engineer last month.
Stevens told Autosport “They’re all interesting people with a lot of experience from having worked with different teams, and that’s exactly what we need.”
Adding Bell’s appointment “will be very beneficial to us in the direction we need to go to improve. There is a lot of ambition in the team, and a clear direction as to where we want to go”
Two wins target – Arrivabene
Ferrari is still targeting two victories despite a difficult weekend in Montreal. The team were hoping that engine development was going to move them closer to Mercedes.
However Sebastian Vettel had problems with his cars hybrid system and dropped out in Q1 leaving him unable to fight with Mercedes but recovered to fifth. While Kimi Raikkonen finished in fourth.
Team Principal Maurizio Arrivabene told ESPN “No, no, absolutely no change (In the target). If I’m going to change them it’s like I’m saying ‘I surrend’. No, we don’t surrender it. We have to go.”
However he thinks it will be wrong to downplay the advantage Mercedes still has.