Difficult to watch F1
The father of the late Jules Bianchi has told the BBC that Formula One is “too difficult” to watch as the first anniversary of his accident approaches and ahead of this weekend’s race at the circuit in Japan.
He told BBC News in an exclusive interview, Philippe Bianchi he said “Perhaps in a few months, a few years, I can see again a grand prix, I don’t know, but for the moment, it is too difficult”
The 25-year old crashed after his car skidded off in wet condition hitting a crane. He suffered a diffuse axonal injury, when his family announced his death this summer. He had been in a coma for nine months.
His father added when “the months pass and you see Jules every day the same and you understand at that moment that it’s not possible for him to come back.” An investigation concluded that there was no single cause of the accident.
But it concluded Bianchi “did not slow sufficiently to avoid losing control” under double waved yellow flag conditions.
He called on the sport to introduce close cockpit racing but says it wouldn’t his sons death. He said he now wants set up a charity in his memory to support young drivers who don’t have the money to set their own careers.
Problems could return – Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton has warned that problems at last weeks Singapore grand Prix could return again this season. The brit was forced to retire from the race but still leads the world championship.
His main rivals in the championship closed up slightly but Hamilton still has more than a race win over team-mate Nico Rosberg and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel. The cause of his retirement was a small metal clamp falling of his Mercedes.
He told the Straight Times “I’m not going to sit here thinking it was a fluke or anything like that. I’m sure there are going to be more situations like that – whether it’s this year, next year or the year after.”
He said there have been lots of solutions and reasons for what caused his retirement in Singapore and will for obvious reasons want a better victory this weekend.
Red Bull sponsorship – has announced AeroSlim, a herbal breath freshener and mouth cleanser, as a sponsor for this weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix. The deal will see it
Button Future – Jenson Button says he has no updates about future in F1 as speculation that he could retire continues. But added there are “so many possibilities” for his 2016 plans, and he is still in positive talks with McLaren.
Haas to announce ‘a’ driver Tuesday
The Haas F1 Team has called a press conference at 16:00 BST (15:00GMT) on Tuesday to announce a driver. It is not known if the team will announce their full line up or one of their 2016 drivers.
Lotus driver Romain Grosjean is believed to be the front runner along with Ferrari test Esteban Gutierrez has also been linked to the team because of their technical partnership. Last month team principal Guenther Steiner revealed last month that Haas were in talks with around 10 drivers, whom he described as “interesting candidates”.
Max Chilton has admitted to holding talks with the team but he felt the team were looking for a driver with more experience. After Nico Hulkenberg signed a contract with Force India which has made Grosjean the main candidates and Kevin Magnussen who said he wants a drive next season.
Mercedes problems a mystery – Alonso
Fernando Alonso says the reason of Mercedes drop of will remain a “mystery” that may never be solved.
Mercedes drop off last weekend has been a question which has puzzled the paddock after their season long dominance sparking wild theories. However he believes that it was a one off and the team will be back on form in Suzuka. He told Motorsports.com “I think I will be surprised if this [Singapore performance] will be the normal performance of Mercedes”
Adding “We have all been here many years, and we never saw [any team] being one second faster all year long and being 1.5 seconds slower for another race. This is a mystery that we will probably never understand.”
Pirelli have denied suggestions that the team were running different compound tyres to everyone else. Saying tyre selections are done at random.
Stevens in positive talks
Will Stevens say he is still in positive talks about his future with Manor about a seat next season. There has been speculation that he could be replaced at Manor by Mercedes reserve driver Pascal Wehrlein.
The team are expected to switch to Mercedes power next season and are keen that Wehrlein gets some racing experience. Wehrlein has tested for Mercedes and force India before who both have retained there drivers for 2016.
Mercedes Toto Wolff expressed his frustrations recently that the Force India was no longer available for Wehrlein who he insists has the “potential” to race in F1.
Manor driver Alexander Rossi who made his debut last weekend has is expected to retain a seat his seat in 2016. His presence could potentially help the Manor-Mercedes alliance with marketing in the United States