F1 Today: 20/03/2015

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No plan to quit

Renault says it has no intention of leaving Formula 1 as it continues in evacuation of F1.

The engine manufacturer currently is focus on improving its engine for clients Red Bull and Toro Rosso, but it has said its longer-term ambitions may include a return to the sport as a works team. Earlier this week it emerged that Renault had been visiting smaller teams to evaluate the best team.

When asked by Autosport managing director Cyril Abiteboul said: “Not a chance” that Renault will quit. He added “I would like to make sure we can find a way forward. We are also looking at overall situation of the sport, it’s not just assessment of the teams but also how the sport is doing from a business perspective”

He added that F1 is “a great marketing platform for what we are aiming to do in countries such as China and India.”


Germany cancelled

Formula One governing body the FiA has officially confirmed that this year’s German Grand Prix has been cancelled. The race was due to be held at the Nurburgring this year.

But the circuit has faced financial problems the race which alternates with Hockenheim has been facing financial and organisational problems. On Tuesday Hockenheim boss Georg Seiler ruled out stepping in as a replacement.

Both circuits have financial problems, with Hockenheim shouldering heavy losses due to poor attendances in recent years. Last year’s race saw the lowest attendance in years.

It will be the first time since 1955 that a race hasn’t been held in the country.


‘We knew Bottas was special’, says Williams

Williams’s deputy team Claire Williams says that she never doubted that Valtteri Bottas before the huge step forward in 2014.

The team signed the Fin in 2010 spending three season as the teams   development and test driver, during which he picked up the GP3 Series before making his debut in 2013.

The Fin has been part of the team’s recovery following years of bad results and now has gone back to fighting with Mercedes. Ms Williams admits she was surprised by the turnaround of her team’s fortunes so swiftly. Telling Crash.net “I think the greatest thing he managed last year was that he never repeated mistakes. If he made a mistake, he learned from them and for a young racing driver that is a real talent.”

She added “It was great result, but it wasn’t a fluke, it was the result of hard work by everybody in the team and we deserved it.”


Pirelli we need to know about changes

Pirelli say it would be difficult to commit to a contract extension that goes beyond 2016 until decisions are made about 2017.

Currently teams and the FIA are discussing revisions to the cars which may result in wider cars, bigger tyres, 1000bhp and bodywork revisions for 2017. The 2017 tyre contract should be going up for tender later this season. But Pirelli motorsport chief Paul Hembery said that they will need plenty of notice of any changes.

Hembery said “If you don’t know what those changes are, how can you possibly make decisions costing a substantial amount of money? It would be a bit remiss to do that.”

He added “We are happy to do the right thing for the sport.”


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