Lewis Hamilton topped the time sheets during both practice sessions ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix. In the first session Max Verstappen put in a impressive second ahead of Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo beat his former team-mate Sebastian Vettel to third.
McLaren’s Jenson Button had a difficult day after he had to wait in the garge because of systems check’ then he suffered some engine problems in the morning. This was followed up by fiftieth place in the afternoon.
Hamilton was ahead of his team-mate Nico Rosberg and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel in the afternoon.
Felipe Massa lead Formula One drivers to defeat against all-star team in the annual charity football match on Tuesday. The pre Grand Prix game held near the circuit in Monaco.
The tennis star Novak Djokovic captianed the all-stars team made While the F1 Team included Force India’s Sergio Perez, Toro Rosso rookie Carlos Sainz and Manor pair Will Stevens and Roberto Merhi. Plus reserve drivers Esteban Gutierrez and Pascal Wehrlein.
Monisha Kaltenborn has warned of a ‘dangerous step’ if the sport went down the road of introducing customer cars.
Last week the Strategy Group outlined changes including return of refuelling, with wider cars and bigger rear tyres. These plans are all aimed at improving the sport and making cars around six seconds a lap faster. Also Autosport says it understands the prospect of customer cars from 2017.
Kaltenborn told the magazine Sauber “is never going to be a customer car team. For us, this is our business and we will find a way.” She said it will make the sport less attractive.
The FIA have officially opened the tendering process for tyres in 2017 according to motorsport.com. The new contract will run for three years and FIA documents have been released inviting companies to bid.
The documents say all applications must be made by the 17th of June with the evaluation process set to begin the day after. A decision on whether or not the tyre supplier has the right technical and safety criteria will be made a month later.
Tyres will have a major change anyway after the announcement made a month later. The documents say “It should be noted that, whilst the wheel diameter is currently set at 13 inch.”
“This should not preclude an increase in diameter if the tyre manufacturer feels there may be advantages to the competitors by doing so. Full details should be provided.”