Alonso braced for “tough” weekend
Fernando Alonso says he is bracing himself for a “tough” weekend in Malaysia as he prepares for his return following a crash during pre-season testing in Barcelona.
He was forced to miss the season opener after suffering concussion caused by the crash. It was a difficult race for the team as team-mate Jenson Button finished last and his replacement Kevin Magnussen unable to start due to a blown engine.
The Spaniard says he things the car will come good eventually. He told Sky Sports “It’s clear we have a lot of work ahead of us but Jenson’s result in Melbourne was encouraging from the point of view of reliability and data collection, which are extremely important.”
He added that he has been “focusing on this in my training and I’m definitely prepared for all of the weather conditions that we can face in Sepang.”
Hamilton hopes to sign within days
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton hopes his new deal with the team can be signed before the Malaysian Grand Prix. The thirty year-old joined the team from McLaren in 2013.
Last season the talks were put on hold by Hamilton ahead of last year’s Russian GP to allow the Briton to concentrate on winning the championship. Hamilton told Sky Sports “It is going back between the lawyers so hopefully it is done before the weekend.”
Hamilton cause shock waves when he joined the team from McLaren in 2013 because of his belief that the Silver Arrows were the more likely team to deliver a championship-winning car.
Must focus on performance
Force India’s team principal Vijay Mallya has says the team mustn’t get carried away and must focus on improving the outright performance of the car. The team had a difficult pre-season with them missing some of the tests.
The team has proven the reliability of their car with Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez finishing seventh and tenth respectively at Albert Park. Mallya says more work is still required to allow them to make them regularly finish in the points.
He said “Despite scoring well in Melbourne, we know the VJM08 is only just beginning its development journey and that we need to add performance if we want to finish consistently in the points.”
“We knew the VJM08’s reliability was one of our strong points and we were able to play that card well – we didn’t make any mistakes and we had a good strategy.”
Adderly Fong joins Louts
Hong Kong’s Adderly Fong Cheun-yue has joined Lotus F1 team as a development driver on a one year contract. Fong was the first Hong Kong driver to take part in an F1 practice session during last year’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix with Sauber.
He also did a test drive for Sauber last October at Valencia’s Circuit Ricardo Tormo. “I’m very happy but at the same time I know this is a first step, a beginning of opportunities for me. I am not going to get carried away,” Fong told South China Morning Post.
He says it is a great opportunity for him to further my racing career. He will join the team for certain races starting with the Chinese Grand Prix. However he will not attend all the Formula One races as he will be competing in this season’s GP3 Series which follows F1 in Europe and the GT Asia.