Engine manufactures have failed – Horner
Red Bull team principal Christian Horner believes the sports four engine manufacturers have failed to come up with a framework for future regulations.
The FIA has told the four engine suppliers Mercedes, Ferrari, Renault and Honda to agree a plan to reduce the price, guarantee of supply, noise levels and performance convergence.
Last week Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko accused Mercedes boss Toto Wolff of blocking the plans regulations changes for 2017 because of paranoia of hurting his team’s dominance. Horner has accused the Mercedes boss Toto Wolff of failing “to achieve any of the criteria with what he was tasked with doing.”
Speaking to Autosport he said “Obviously there’s been an element of stalling and playing for time for the date [the April 30 deadline] to naturally lapse.”
“What the manufacturers are looking for is a quid pro quo – looking for stability of the regulations for the next five years, which I don’t believe the commercial rights holder or governing body will do without the criteria having been met.” He added.
Horner says if no deal is done in Sochi this weekend the FIA president Jean Todt and supremo Bernie Ecclestone will again push for an independent engine.
Hamilton top sportsman in wealth
Lewis Hamilton has been named the wealthiest sportsman on the Sunday Times Richlist for third year in a row. The world champion was expected to climb after he signed a new three year deal last year with Mercedes. Others on the list include James Dyson, Wayne Rooney and musician Adele
New teams should have more testing – Steiner
New teams should be given more opportunities to test to ease their way into Formula One according to the Haas team principal Gunther Steiner. The American team has made a impressive start top there debut season scoring points in two out of three races.
Steiner says he feels that testing on track is too limited saying he thinks to help new teams out and make the field more competitive would be to allow them special dispensation for extra testing. He told Motorsport.com “As a new team, I would want an opportunity to test a few more days than the other team.”
“Give the new teams a freebie with three or more days of testing to get to know the car better, to get the team working better together so you can avoid the small mistakes you make early on that sometimes have big consequences.”
Steiner says that the team wouldn’t be taking part in any Pirelli testing this year because the regulations don’t allow them to run 2016 cars. Also he added that “t it wouldn’t be something we would jump on because we’d rather concentrate on what we have now. We still have a lot to learn with this car.”
Keen to retain both drivers – Wolff
Toto Wolff says Mercedes are keen to retain Nico Rosberg alongside Lewis Hamilton next season. In 2014 the German signed a ‘multiyear deal’ with the team.
His team-mate Lewis Hamilton last year signed a three year extension to his contract but they have been warned that one of them could be dropped if theres serious conflict in the team. Wolff says his dependent on agreeing on a number of details, but hinted Mercedes is currently keen to keep Rosberg.
“Maybe we should get in a hurry now with that kind of performance! A contract is always between two parties and it needs to pan out in the right way. It’s all under control.” Wolff told ESPN.
The deal between Hamilton and Mercedes took months but Wolff says the pressure isn’t the same with Rosberg. He added Rosberg has “been with the family for such a long time. He’s a very important pillar of the team and he performs well, so in my opinion there is nothing that speaks against him joining up again, but then obviously it comes down to the detail.”
Mallya’s passport revoked
The Indian government has revoked the passport of the Force India team owner Vijay Malaya who fled the country last month. The Indian businessman has had a arrest warrant issues over a an $1.4 billion debt owed by his defunct Kingfisher Airlines.
Mallya is accused of using 4.3 billion rupees ($65 million) of bank loans to Kingfisher Airlines to buy property overseas. A spokesman for the ministry of external affairs said the decision was taken considering the evidence gathered by India’s Enforcement Directorate, which has been investigating the tycoon’s massive debts.
The spokesman said also that they are working with the British government to extradite him from the UK to face the charges of money laundering and financial irregularities.
Meanwhile the opposition has accused the government of allowing him to leave the country but the finance minister Arun Jaitley says the banks had not initiated the legal process to prevent him from leaving.
Today the government says he has ignored three dates when he was summoned to give evidence. The British government has yet to respond to the extradition request
We heading in the right direction – Button
Jenson Button says he is certain McLaren are “heading in the right direction” despite struggling for results so far this season. The team are yet to make it into Q3 and have only manage to source a point in Bahrain despite showing pace on track.
The former world champion suggested there is more to come from McLaren, the results have been frustrating but Button is confident in the overall progress being made.
“The last couple of races have been a bit like rolling the dice for us, and we haven’t managed to hook up the perfect weekend yet,” Button told F1i.
“We’ve seen some promising results on a Friday and Saturday, but over a long Sunday afternoon race we’ve found it more difficult to maintain our pace.” He added the car feels good and the team are going in the right direction.
Failing with digital media – Marchionne
Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne has criticised Formula One for failing to take full advantage of the modern digital era and use social media to grow its audience.
F1 CEO Berine Ecclestone has said in the past that he isn’t interested in social media saying “I’m not interested in tweeting, Facebook and whatever this nonsense is. I tried to find out, but in any case I’m too old-fashioned. I couldn’t see any value in it.”
Speaking last Tuesday during Advertising Week Europe, Ecclestone admits his perception has now changed. He says he now realises that it is important it is for the sport but he still cant understand it.
Saying “That’s what I thought. I’ve been educated. And I realise how important it is. I couldn’t see at the time how what I was told could possibly help Formula 1.” Marchionne says the sport has not “t fully utilised as a means of accessing the viewing public is a shame.
“We need to change the way in which we relate to the fans, to the way in which the actual races become accessible to everybody. The digital side of this business, to be honest, is not what I would call the most evolved.”
While the teams have been active on social media for many years Formula One Management has only stepped up engagement in the last 18 months. This year FOM have started posting free short race highlights on YouTube and making most content on their website free to view.