Bottas wants to say with Williams
Valtteri Bottas says he wants to stay with Williams beyond this season because he says he feels there is a lot more they can achieve together. The Fin joined the team as test driver in 2010 before getting a race seat in 2013.
Bottas has scored six podiums but taking a win has been elusive. Autosport asked if he felt there was unfinished business with Williams, Bottas said “I think so. We haven’t achieved together what our goals were. We definitely want to at least win a race together – it was close a few times.”
“With this team, it can be better than this, better than 2014. It would be nice to be part of it but we have to wait and see if it is possible together.” Bottas has taken a hands on approach with negotiating a new deal and he says he is pleased with how its progressing.
He added “It is nice for me to be able to speak directly to the team and I only want to do it because I’m interested in my own career. It doesn’t disturb me at all with regards to the way I work with the team, the way I perform on track.”
He said normally in September he knows where he will be next season and is hopeful in the coming weeks things will progress. Bottas says his job is to perform on track.
Hamilton wants to continue Team GB success
Lewis Hamilton says he wants to continue the British success over the last few weeks by continuing the country’s winning streak at the Belgian Grand Prix this weekend.
Its been a successful month for Team GB when they took second in the medal table in the Rio Olympics taking 28 gold medals which is and Cal Crutchlow taking victory at the Red Bull Ring in Moto GP at the weekend.
Speaking to ESPN Hamilton said “It’s been such a proud few weeks for British sport, with the Olympics and then Cal Crutchlow becoming the first British MotoGP winner in more than 30 years.”
“I’ll do my best to keep the flag flying this weekend. A big shout-out to the British fans heading out to this one. I’m sure they’ll be out in force as always” Spa comes following a four week break with him saying its crazy how quickly how fast this season has gone.
He says “The first half of the season was a bit of a rollercoaster, so it’s great to be in the position I’m in with more than half of the races behind us.” Hamilton admits there will be more ups and downs to come this season.
He added “I’m feeling refreshed, re-energised and ready to go after a fun few weeks off, so hopefully everyone else has had a good rest too and we’ll come out fighting.”
Penalties come to haunt the dream
However winning this weekend may be difficult for Lewis Hamilton after Mercedes told various media outlets that he is ‘likely’ to take a ten place grid penalty at the Belgian Grand Prix.
The engine penalty comes from earlier this season when the world champion had a series of engine reliability problems. Hamilton has reached the penalty-free limit for two of the components meaning if he uses a sixth component he will get a five place grid penalty the first time its used.
Mercedes are expected to fit Hamilton’s car with at least two new engines whenever the penalty is taken. The Englishman would then suffer his penalty in a single hit rather than run the risk of enduring a series of demotions during the rest of the season.
A spokesperson confirmed that the penalty is likley to be confirmed by the FIA tomorrow. However, should he take a penalty for a whole change he could affectively start last depending penalties for other drivers.
Rosberg testing Halo
Motorsport.com say they understand that Nico Rosberg will test the Halo in first practice for the Belgian Grand Prix as Mercedes becomes the latest team to trial the device.
Before the summer break teams voted for the latest version of the cockpit head protection system until 2018, they also agreed to continue evaluation of the Halo concept this season. The FIA wants all teams to trial the system over the remainder of this year to get a better understanding of any potential problem.
Mercedes plan to fit the device for the first session but it is unclear at this stage how long it will stay on the car for. One of the drivers concerns is the limited visibility which is why the FIA wanted it tested at Spa because the circuit has corners with low visibility.
Red Bull has already trialled the Halo system and its not unclear if other teams will also test the device in Spa. McLaren has decided to hold fire on running the device just yet, but does intend to test it at a grand prix later this season.
Toro Rosso continuing development
Toro Rosso have become the latest team to confirm they will continue improving its 2016 STR11 chassis to overcome the deficiencies of its year-old Ferrari Formula 1 engine.
After qualifying in Germany Carlos Sainz Jr admitted after German Grand Prix qualifying the 2015 Ferrari power unit was now a handicap. This had been anticipated because the other 10 teams have 2016 systems and are receiving updates.
Speaking to Autosport team principal Franz Tost said “It was clear for us from the very beginning we would lose performance throughout the season because the other engine manufacturers would improve their performance.”
“What we now have to do is to make developments on the chassis side, and then it depends on how much the other manufactures improve the power unit. In this way we are able to balance that with the improvement of the chassis.” He added.
Tost added while the upgrades worked in Germany he was not happy with the result which wasn’t to do with upgrade. “Everything in the data that we can see was a very high correlation, and we can see that it works. The rest we will see in the second half of the season.” He added
But says the team “are firmly concentrating on next year’s car, but some small improvements will come.”
The inner workings to be revealed
The former Benetton, Ferrari, Honda, Brawn and Mercedes boss Ross Brawn with co-operation with the former CEO of Williams Adam Par are to reveal the inner workings of the sports strategies, history and politics.
For Parr it’s his second book after He previously published a book about his time at the heart of the sport, The Art of War: Five Years in Formula One, which was presented in the style of a graphic novel. This also comes following Parr completing a Doctorate in eighteenth-century history and literature at University College London.
Parr told Motorsport.com “I approached Ross about this idea because I was struck by the way in which he worked in F1 while I was there. Ross was going on his sabbatical when I started at Williams at the end of 2006.”
“By the time he reappeared a year later at Honda, I had learnt a lot about him. Then I watched with amazement as he worked methodically through 2008 and 2009, turning what would have been a disaster for most teams into an extraordinary success.”
He added when I finished his PhD he thought it would be fun to write a book about F1 to test his methodology against the theory he studied. Brawn who was awarded an OBE in 2010 for his services to the sport added “Adam came to me and said he often thought that a lot of the teachings and philosophies of the military strategists are similar to the approach I took in F1.”
Brawn added “there are clear comparisons with the sport: “Building an army and succeeding in wars is a multi-faceted equation, which includes politics, finance, morale as well as the more obvious aspects like technical capability – it includes so many things”