Kelm speaks about Schumacher
The manager of Michael Schumacher Sabine Kelm says she hopes “that with continued support and patience he will one day be back with us”. The seven-times world champion suffered severe head injuries after falling in Meribel in 2013.
Schumacher has gone home to continue his recovery. Kelm said at the opening of an exhibition of Schumacher’s career in Marburg, Germany, Kehm said: “He is the most successful driver in history and sometimes, on days like this, it is good to be reminded of it.
She added “Of course, Michael is not here and of course we miss him. We know what has happened and cannot change it. We must accept it and hope with everything we have that, with continued support and patience, he will one day be back with us.”
In November, FIA president Jean Todt said Schumacher was “still fighting”. Earlier this month former Ferrari boss Luca di Montezemolo said the latest news about Schumacher’s health was “not good”.
Red Bull launch livery
Red Bull have launched the RB12 livery and team kit for the 2016 season at an event in London. Last April the team announced that Puma would be the team’s official partners from this season.
The team unveiled a sharper looking car with a new kit which Puma said was . Team Principal Christian Horner said the team “We decided to go for something a bit more innovative and an aggressive feel.”
The RB12 has a much darker shade of blue with a brighter yellow than in recent years. This year is being seen as a ‘transitional year’ following the problems that they had in 2015.
Horner added that this shows new beginnings for the team with new sponsors with the most noticeable Tag Heuer which is the engine brand. The team has gone for camouflage race suits for the drivers.
Sahara wants to sell
The Sahara group which owns a 42.5% stake in Force India wants to sell their stake in the team. Sahara paid $100 million (£699,547,750) for a 42.5% stake in the team.
The reason Sahara want to share their stake in the team is to free the founder Subrata Roy from prison. The group still needs to gain the permission of India’s Supreme Court to sell their stake and other assets. Former F1 marketing executive Mark Gallagher said such a sale would not be easy.
“I don’t think anybody will pay 100 million pounds, euros or dollars for 42.5 percent of a mid-level F1 franchise.” However, others say it would be easier for owner Vijay Mallya to buy back Sahara group share.
Mallya is also under pressure from lenders after not meeting loan repayment obligations linked to his grounded Kingfisher Airlines; the stake on its own could be a hard sell. Lenders are owed more than $1bn (£698,545,980) relating to the airline.
News – in – Brief
- Force India Launch – Force India have confirmed it will join a number of teams in launching there 2016 car on the first day of pre-season testing in Barcelona. Some teams have made the decision to allow them to spend more time developing there 2016 cars
- Engine fire up continues – Haas have become the latest team to release on social media the fire up of their 2016 car. The follow McLaren, Ferrari, Mercedes, Manor and Williams who have all release the teasers
Toro Rosso urges discipline
Toro Rosso has urged there drivers Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz to show discipline with their race craft or they risk crashing this season. Team Principal Franz Tost believes the two may make mistake of believing they need to push harder.
Speaking at the teams new factory he said “The second year could become more difficult if the drivers are not disciplined enough.” Adding “That means if they think [they have] to come now for their second year and show people their real potential, then they will have difficulties because they will have crashes.”
He says both Verstappen and Sainz last year showed that they can drive at a very high level and the can drive much faster. Tost believes they need to impress but need educating about what they need to do.
Verstappen was the most impressive of the two last year and Tost has no doubts he has the potential to be champion.
Stevens loses it seat says Telegraph
Will Stevens is poised to announce he has lost his seat at Manor according to the British paper The Telegraph. The Englishman spent the last season with the team but has lost his seat to Rio Haryanto.
Haryanto brings £10 million in sponsorship from the Indonesian state oil company. The brit will most likely try to gain a seat in another category of motorsport. The news comes days before the first preseason test in Barcelona next week.
The announcement follows fractious negotiations between Stevens’ representatives and Stephen Fitzpatrick. While Stevens looks to return it appears unlikely that he will return in the future to the sport.