Worried about Ferrari – Wolff
Mercedes has admitted it is “worried” that Ferrari is on the verge of a break through which could end their current dominance of the sport.
Mercedes boss told Motorsport.com “We can’t afford ourselves to be complacent and neglectful, because if you are there is a big chance you don’t develop your car and your team so can’t follow this winning way.” Wolff explained
Mercedes have won every race this season expect Malaysia where Sebastian Vettel won for Ferrari. He appears to be concerned about the pace on a Saturday and Sunday which he says means the you have to keep same pressure in the system.
Time to go – Jordan
Former Team Owner and BBC Pundit Eddie Jordan has told one of the corporations radio stations that Berine Ecclestone to stand down as CEO.
The comments come a day after it emerged that property billionaire Stephen Ross and a group of Qatari investors are working on a deal to buy a stake in the sport.
He said Ecclestone has done a remarkable job but “We need to leave it for the next generation in a better state. He has to keep asking himself that and where the timeframe is for him to leave. I think it’s now”
Last year Ecclestone could have been dismissed after standing trial in Germany on bribery charges. Jordan welcomed the possibility of new people running a sport which is “going through a bit of a dip”.
Positive test – Alonso
Fernando Alonso believes the team had a “positive” test even thou they had problems with their troubled Honda-powered car in Austria.
The final test was crucial for McLaren and engine suppliers Honda who have struggled badly for both performance and reliability this season. Alonso had a bad Sunday after crashing with Kimi Raikkonen.
He said “the most important thing was to put some laps on the car after the problems we’ve had in the last couple of races.” McLaren is hoping to put their problems behind them for the next few races.
Baku on track
The organisers of the Baku Grand Prix say there on target to hold the country’s first Grand Prix next season. The organisers say work on the circuit in the capital of Azerbaijan is on track.
The circuit will according to the head of operations Chingiz Mehdiyev is the fastest single speed at any race currently on the Formula One calendar. There are some civil works needing to be carried out before work on the circuit begins.
The circuit will take in both the architecture of the old city, multi-million dollar developments in the city centre and the glittering Caspian seashore.
Mehdiyev say “think the race will be just fantastic. The race will go along the seaside and also it is a unique part of the track.”
“It will go all around the old city, which is a UNESCO heritage area, which involves very stiff turns, inclines, declines. So I think it will be a challenge for the drivers.”