F1 Today – 21/09/2016

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Ferrari can salvage something – Vettel

Sebastian Vettel believes that Ferrari can salvage something from this season with upgrades to their car, despite more disappointment at the Singapore Grand Prix.

Vettel had hoped he could have fought with Mercedes for the podium but a rear-suspension problem in qualifying that left him at the back of the grid. But the German driver did a good recovery drive to fifth at a race the team believed they would be able to fight for the win.

Red Bull are currently second in the championship with Ferrari hoping they can overtake them to be best of the rest behind Mercedes. The team are planning some updates for its 2016 challenger, Vettel believes that will be further opportunities to fight for a good result.

He told Motorsport.com “I think if we get everything right [it can happen]. We know we have a strong package for sure.”

“Some races we didn’t deliver all we could – some were up to us, and some because of stuff that happened. But for sure it didn’t end up so far the way we wanted, and we are not where we wanted to be.” Vettel says the team are not where they want to be on  pace and they expected to be competitive.

He said there were upgrades coming to there car but when asked team principal Maurizio Arrivabene declined to reveal what kind of updates the team planned to bring over the remainder of the campaign, but said that everyone at the outfit was determined to do better.

 

We haven’t done good job for Ocon

Manor has not done a good enough job for Esteban Ocon since giving him a F1 race seat says Racing Director Dave Ryan. Ocon replaced  Rio Haryanto during F1’s summer break after his funding dried up.

But it was far from the perfect start to his F1 career his debut was compromised by a broken brake duct. Then at Monza, he was let down by electrical failures in first practice and again just before qualifying, as issues Ryan called “unacceptable” plagued the team.

Last weekend in Singapore, Ocon initially earned a five-second time penalty for passing Sauber’s Felipe Nasr behind the safety car, but also endured two slow pitstops. In one of his stops he was stopped for over a minitue.

Speaking to Autosport Dave Ryan said “The procedures were wrong, but I’m not sure which one just yet, so we need to look at the video and be very sure ourselves, and then once we know that we can work on it.”

He also explained “We had a problem getting the wheels on the car, and then we had to change to another set because we had a problem with the wheelnut. It was a case of one thing going into another really. It was one of those deals that was hard to stop once it started going wrong.”

Ryan says the team should be prepared to deal with this things and feels it is down to everyone in the team, primarily himself as its leader, to ensure the problems do not continue.

He added “Everyone has to assume and responsibility. You can’t just sit there and say I told them. That’s not how it works. We’re a team and we work together. That’s what everyone else does, we’re no different, and we have to do the same thing.”

 

Ericsson talking to number of teams

Marcus Ericsson says he is talking to a number of teams including Williams and Renault about a seat for next season. The Swede is out of contract at the end of the season, as is his team-mate Felipe Nasr, but is understood to have ties with Sauber’s new owners.

But Ericsson said he is looking further afield as well. He told Autosport “We’re speaking to some different teams, including Sauber, but there’s not that many seats left so let’s see in the coming weeks.”

“Nothing decided yet, but hopefully soon I will know what will happen. Aim number one is to stay in F1 and in the best possible car.”

When asked if he was talking with Williams, Renault and Force India, he replied “Yes” to each. Of talks with Manor, he replied: “We’ve been speaking a bit with them.

“They were there as well, basically it’s all the teams that are left. Obviously it’s not myself but my management, and I think it’s important to keep communication with all the teams and see what’s happening.” He is keen to progress going into his fourth season.

He says he is eager to be in a car where he can be a bit more competitive and show his potential. Ericson says he feels he has taken steps as a driver and performing better but he hasn’t had the chance to show it.

When asked if Williams would be the ideal team, based on the seats that are left, to achieve that goal, he replied: “Yes”. Williams haven’t announced there line up yet but its thought that Valtteri Bottas will stay with Felipe Nasr or development driver Lance Stroll in the second seat

Nico Hulkenberg is set to be partnered by Sergio Perez at Force India next term while both seats at Renault and Manor are as yet unclaimed.

 

Liberty to announce ideas for F1

Liberty Media are set to announce their ideas for the future of Formula One tomorrow in New York.  There ideas are to enhance and expand the race weekend into a five day event.

Their idea is to hold practices on Wednesday & Thursday with Friday qualifying with two races on Saturday before the Grand Prix on Sunday. Race one would be a sprint non points race before the main race on Sunday. The press release says celebrity drivers are also being considered.

 

Apple to takeover McLaren?

The Financial Times are reporting that the US tech giant Apple are linked to a takeover McLaren.

The report suggests that Apple has approached the McLaren Technology Group, which encompasses the McLaren Formula 1 team, McLaren Automotive and McLaren Applied Technology. The Newspaper says that three people have briefed them on the story.

Apple interest into the fifty year old team and technology group are linked to its plans to change the automotive industry in the same way that it has changed the smartphone market. The Financial Times claims that negotiations have begun about a deal that could result in either a full takeover or a strategic investment.

Apple has been working on self-driving electric cars for years and there has been suggestions that Mclaren Technology could be valued at between £1 billion and £1.5 billion – with McLaren Automotive having generated revenues of £450 million last year.

McLaren was not immediately available for comment regarding the Apple story.

 

Honda to bring final upgrade

Honda is planning to bring their final upgrade of the season for the Malaysian Grand Prix, which will mean engine penalties for McLaren.

After spending seven development tokens on an update for Spa that focused on the internal combustion engine and turbo compressor, Honda has three tokens left. But both of the teams drivers have already used there six allocated components meaning penalties for both Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso.

Honda want to introduce the update in Malaysia to avoid penalties in Japan there home race. Honda’s engine boss Yusuke Hasegawa told Autosport “”We introduced a new engine in Spa and at that moment we had nine races so we need to introduce one more engine.”

“If you split the nine races it could be Malaysia or Japan or the USA. We do not want to get a penalty at Japan, so Malaysia makes sense. We are still discussing it with the team. I don’t think the fans will let me take a penalty in Japan.”

When asked if both drivers will get the upgrade he said it was to be discussed adding he didn’t want to get involved in race tactics. Hasegawa suggested the internal combustion engine remains the focus but a final decision has yet to be taken.

“We may introduce it in a different area because once we change the combustion it will cost us so much setting time we do not want to put a lot of resource on it this year,” he said.

 

F1 Today will be taking an extended weekend break from today the next edition will be Monday 26 September. Thanks for reading

Jack

Jack is responsible for the day-to-day running of Formula One Vault. He brings you all the brilliant content. Has an obsession with all things Formula One and anything with an engine.

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