Renault bring forward upgrade
Renault have brought forward plans to introduce there D-spec power unit for some teams to this weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix after successfully testing the power unit at last week’s test in Barcelona.
Speaking to F1.com the French manufactures engine boss Remi Taffin said the power unit has had “several smaller upgrades and all the drivers were very happy with the standard.”
“In parallel, we’ve been working on the new spec since the start of the season but needed to sign off all the parts for reliability and mileage before using on track.
“We had originally planned to use the new version in Canada when the current units are scheduled to be removed from the cycle, but if we can get the units together and completely validated by Monaco we will use the ones available at this race.” He added.
This could mean that the works team and customer team Red Bull may only receive one power unit each with only one driver getting the unit. Most likely Daniel Riccardo and Kevin Magnussen, who are leading in the championship for each team.
Taffin speaking about the D-spec unit said this was “a continuation of the work started in the ‘Spec D’ power unit we introduced at the tail end of 2015. We explored some concepts in that earlier iteration and the 2016 unit took them further, for example in the turbo.”
McLaren will break Mercedes – Dennis
Ron Dennis has told BBC News that McLaren will be the team to break Mercedes’ domination of Formula 1. The British have struggled over the last eighteen months to run at the leading teams after returning g to Honda power last season.
Dennis said “I honestly believe that the next world champions after Mercedes will be McLaren. We’ll get to that goal before other people. It is challenging but I have a firm belief in the technical competence of our people and a firm belief in Honda.”
The partnership between the two during the eighties saw the team win multiple championships with Ayrton Senna and Alian Prost. But so far there partnership has only managed fifth place, scored by Fernando Alonso in Hungary last year. In Barcelona the team showed progress getting into Q3 for the first
Speaking about next years regulation changes Dennis believes the new car-design regulations next year will see McLaren return to competitiveness. “The 2017 regulations level the playing field and it is enough time for us to catch up with Honda, so I think we’ll have a good chance next year” Dennis said.
Honda boss Yusuke Hasegawa accepts the engine is the biggest part of McLaren-Honda’s overall performance deficit. Adding “”I have to think it is coming from the engine.”
Hamilton was responsible – Stewart
Sir Jackie Stewart has blamed Lewis Hamilton for the crash with Team-mate Nico Rosberg on the opening lap of the Spanish Grand Prix.
Hamilton and Rosberg came together at the start as Hamilton tried to pass into turn four but hit the back of Rosberg taking both of them out.
Rosberg made the better start as Hamilton was behind trying to go down the inside a Turn four but went out onto the grass before spinning into the back of his team-mate taking them both out of the race.
The team decided it was not clear who was responsible for the accident and the stewards called it a racing incident. Speaking to Autosport the three time campion said “Lewis Hamilton was to blame. It’s unacceptable for drivers with experience to have an accident on the first lap, none of the big guys ever did that.”
“You didn’t see Juan Manuel Fangio, Sir Stirling Moss, Jim Clark do that.One of the major assets for all the great drivers is their mind management. I learned to remove emotion from my whole body to head and that’s why I always won my races in the first five laps.” He added.
Sir Jackie says that Hamilton needs to think about his actions and the ramifications to Mercedes.
Must not be errors – Wolff
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says the team must not make any errors at the Monaco Grand Prix in the wake of his drivers crashing out of the last race in Spain.
Both Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg crashed into each other while fighting for the lead of the Spanish Grand Prix which left Red Bull and Ferrari to fight it out. Wolff told BBC News “It’s clear we are under attack from more than one angle. We cannot afford to drop the ball so we must remain united and strong, and hit back hard this weekend.”
The crash meant Hamilton dropped to third in the championship. But victory in Monaco has escaped Hamilton over the last two years and Red Bull are expected to run Renault’s D-spec power unit on Daniel Riccardo’s Car.
Hamilton has also had reliability problems and a difficult start to the season. Speaking about Barcelona Wolff said it “was tough to take. We came away upset at an opportunity missed – but this is racing.
“The drivers know how we operate. The team is responsible for giving them the best possible cars and they are responsible for getting the best out of them – and for bringing them home.” Both drivers felt felt the other was at least partly responsible for the decision but Hamilton is keen to move on from the incident.
Game changing sponsor deal
Reports continue that Heineken are to announce a major ‘Game changing’ sponsorship deal with Formula One at next month Canadian Grand Prix according to sources close to Motorsport.com.
News of the deal has been flying around the media in recent weeks saying the deal will be a game changer with a press conference for the Thursday before the Canadian Grand Prix to announce the conclusion of a deal with a new ‘Formula One Global Partner.’
The partner hasn’t been confirmed but there have been reports that Netherlands brewing giant deal could be worth £172.7 million over seven years. Sources say the deal could have overhaul of the way that the sport approaches social media and its interaction with fans.
Also Campaign has reported today that Heineken are looking to appoint another global media agency to work alongside Starcom to complement skills and geographic reach.
There are suggestions that Heineken will takeover the sports social media accounts and make better use of F1’s global appeal in ways that have not been done before.
Heineken will use there lessons in football to broaden the appeal of F1 through social media. Formula One has been criticism in recent years for the lack of social media but since 2015 there has been a change with more content being added on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.