F1 Today – 20/10/2016

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Top to bottom recruitment – Vasseuer

Renault team Principal Fred Vasseuer has said they are recruiting “from top to bottom” in their aim to return to competitiveness. The French manufacturer is rebuilding the Lotus team after buying back the team.

Renault are seeking to recruit experienced engineers and designers in order to return to the top. One name who has been linked to the team was Former Ferrari and Lotus technical director James Allison is believed to have elected not to return. But Vasseur told Autosport that plenty of other new people have joined since the beginning of the season

“”We have recruited a lot, so far something like 85 people since the beginning of the season, and we are increasing the size of the building. You can’t decide ‘OK I take 100 people more, they will come tomorrow, and I will have the facility’.” Said Vasseur

“You can’t jump from 400 people to 800 people in one week – you have to do it step by step. It makes no sense also to recruit just because you want to make numbers. It would be a mistake.” He added. Vasseur said the team needs to reinforce the team as we have a weakness.

The Frenchman says expansion of the team needed to be managed carefully to avoid overloading the crumbling infrastructure of Enstone. The team are building a multi-million pound new base on their current base.

“When you reinforce the design office you have to [also] reinforce the production, the windtunnel etc. It makes no sense to have 20 guys in the windtunnel if you have nobody to design the parts.” He adds


Categorically not stepping down – Dennis

McLaren Group chairman Ron Dennis has responded to a report yesterday which said he would leave the team at the end of the year, as his contract will not be renewed by the group. By saying he was “categorically” not stepping down.

A spokesman added to yesterday’s statement “Ron Dennis responded by stating categorically that he is not stepping down.”

You can read the report here


My son deserves another chance

The father of Jolyon Palmer and former F1 driver Jonathan believes his son should be given another chance following good drives in the past two races. Palmer has had a difficult season because his Renault team have been underperforming.

The Englishman has had two really good races with him taking a tenth place in Malaysia and working his way to twelfth in Japan. Palmer Sr told The Guardian ““It was a great performance to come 12th in Japan because everyone finished the race. The Renault management told me that was his best performance of the year.”

“He certainly deserves to be in Formula One next year, and with a competitive team. And if he is he could be another British Formula One star, someone who could take over from Jenson Button.” Palmer seat for 2017 is un certain as Renault decide who will partner Nico Hulkenberg who joins the team next year.

Palmer Sr says that his son drove in Japan well getting in within a couple of tenths a lap of the Williams cars, which really shouldn’t have been the case. He reminded that this car was a late on following the takeover of Lotus and the late re-design for a Renault power unit.7

“It would be nice to be a little bit more relaxed. There’s always pressure in F1, but I know my career is on the line.” Palmer added


Ferrari criticism unfair – Vettel

Sebastian Vettel believes the constant criticism of Ferrari over how far they are behind Mercedes this season has unfair.  Ferrari aimed to win both championships this season but has slipped behind Red Bull on track despite feeling it had the upper hand.

Ferrari have been pushed to third and are fifty points behind Red Bull in the constructors championship, causing critics to moan how far the team has fallen behind Mercedes, talk Vettel feels is unwarranted. Vettel told Autosport “If you look at the gap to Mercedes it has been fairly stable. Some races we are a bit closer, some races we are a bit further away.”

“It is fair to say that in qualifying the gap is big and in the races it shrinks a bit, but it’s still there. At the start of the year we were clearly the second best team, but now towards the end of the year, here and there in terms of pace, we slip behind. I think it’s very close.”

Vettel says it no fair to say the team is massively behind Red Bull but is fair to say we’re not at the same level.

Ferrari have also been under fire for internal staffing issues and changed their technical structure. However team principal Maurizio Arrivabene said recently that progress was being made, even if the team had “failed on matching our targets we set this year”.


My future depends on motivation – Alonso

Fernando Alonso says whether he stays at McLaren after next season is dependant on his motivation. The Spaniard has said that McLaren will be his last team in Formula One with hi his future in the sport is uncertain.

Alonso told Cadena Ser radio “I’m 34 and I could go on for more years but it’s all about motivation and willingness. I’m just thinking about next year. We will see how I feel when the time comes, if I sign a contract extension.” This season McLaren have made progress and is currently sixth in the championship.

Alonso believes that McLaren will be in a “strong” position next year. The aim for the two-time world champion, as he said in July, is to be “in the fight for the title” following the major rules revamp.

Alonso still has optimism, claiming the first win of the renewed McLaren-Honda partnership would be his “greatest achievement”. He battled through to seventh at the Singapore GP, finishing as the best-placed driver not in a Mercedes, Red Bull or Ferrari.

“The hunger is always there,” he added. “After one year and a half without being close to the podium, I have more motivation. I come out as a lion in every race.”


Why I didn’t join rule making body – Brawn

Ross Brawn says he has been asked to become part of rulemaking but the politics that would be involved are a turn-off. Brawn quit as Mercedes team principal at the end of the 2013 season, saying a lack of trust in the hierarchy led to his departure.

In a series of reports this week building up to the release of a joint book with former Williams CEO Adam Parr, Brawn has given a number of ‘leaks’ of his book. Brawn wrote “I’ve been invited to become involved in Formula 1 again and help perhaps shape the regulations or help shape the future of Formula 1,” he wrote. And that invitation is to get involved in the politics of Formula 1, because that is what it’s all about.

“If someone said, ‘do you want to come back and do a bit of engineering?’ I could be tempted. But to have to deal with all the politics of Formula 1, that was probably the side I enjoyed least of what I did. And therefore the side that is least attractive to me.”

The sport is due to introduce new technical rules next season. But Brawn says that F1 bosses have been too focused on trying to find an instant solution to its problems rather than working out a long-term plan.

He says F1 thinks of three year solutions without long term plans. Brawn says the V6 hybrids was an ineffective regulations, including price and performance convergence were long debated after the V6 hybrids were introduced, as an example of an ineffective introduction of rules.


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