Bizarre budget engines – Wolff
Toto Wolf says the sports move toward ‘budget’ engines to run alongside the current V6 hybrids engines as “bizarre.” Off track the politics of their sport is becoming dominated by engine politics between the big four (Mercedes, Ferrari, Red Bull and McLaren.)
The FIA and Berine Ecclestone pushing to introduce a alternative ‘cheap’ engine into the sport from 2017 and last week began the process to find would-be independent suppliers. The move followed a veto by Ferrari to cap the costs of engines.
Wolff has expressed his frustration that the goalposts could be moved so quickly again.
He told Sky Sports “What’s being transported by various people is maybe distorting what is really happening. Formula 1 was always the Drivers’ Championship, which is probably the most important bit of it, but it was also the engineering championship and the pinnacle of technology.”
He hinted that 2017 was too soon to change the regulations saying “once you’ve invented those rules, a couple of years later, you think they’re just not good enough anymore and you invent another one.”
Must target Williams – Fernley
Bob Fernley, Deputy Team Principal of Force India says the team must target beating Williams next season. The Anglo Indian team secured their best championship result under this name by securing fifth place in Brazil.
The team will be boosted as their best result under this name which means a bigger share of the prize money. Also, if a deal with the Mercedes owned “It does show that there has been a genuine step-up,” Fernley told Motorsport.com.
Aston Martin is confirmed it will mean further funding. He told Motorsport.com “Our powertrain is probably the best in the business, so I don’t think there are any issues there. I think chassis-wise we are a genuinely top four or five car.”
Adding “To take the next move into the top four requires another step, but we’ve got the assets to do it today.”
He says he is setting his eyes on Williams because they have similar funding as the team. Fernley adds the switch to Toyota’s wind tunnel was a key factor in this year’s performance, and was important to get that transition out of the way well before teams start preparing for major aero changes in 2017.
Celis announced as Force India’s development driver
GP3 driver Alfonso Celis has been announced as Force India’s development driver for 2016. The Mexican will start in Abu Dhabi in the test scheduled after next weekends race.
Celis has been racing this season in GP3 Series this year where he has scored a podium and is currently thirteenth in the drivers’ championship ahead of this weekend’s support race in Bahrain and next week’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
As part of the deal he will next year take part in free practice sessions for the team. Celis said “Ever since I started racing I’ve been dreaming of Formula 1, so it’s a huge honour to begin working with Force India.”
He added “It’s an amazing opportunity for me to learn about Formula One and to work closely with the engineers and race drivers.” He says being on track in Abu Dhabi will be a “incredible feeling” and it is “going to be the biggest moment in my career and I am fully focused on doing a good job for the team.”
Testing dates announced
Formula One has announced that pre-season testing will take place in two weeks in late February and early March at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
Earlier this year it was announced that pre-season testing would be reduced from three to two in a bid to reduce costs. The test will be free to anyone who has tickets to the Spanish Grand Prix.
Also tickets brought before the 30th November will be 20 percent off.
Newey to work in F3
Adrian Newey will join the Van Amersfoort Racing to work on their Formula Three Championship. The magazine Autosport, says Newey will undertake duties on VAR’s Volkswagen-powered Dallaras in support of its regular engineering strength.
The team couldn’t comment on the arrangement but it is understood that this would be along side his commitments with the Red Bull F1 team, although he was spotted at a recent two-day test at the Red Bull Ring.
His son Harrison was also spotted testing at the circuit and has been linked to the team.