F1 Today – 26/04/2016

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Sirotkin to drive for Renault

Russian Sergey Sirotkin will return to the track during the first practice session for his home Grand Prix for Renault on Friday. Sirotkin took part in the same session for Sauber in 2014.

Sirokin will replace will replace Kevin Magnussen for the session. Speaking about his return he told Sky Sports “This is a great opportunity for me, although it has all come together so quickly. I still can’t quite believe it.”

“This is, however, the moment that all young racing drivers are working towards, and I am determined to learn as much as I can, as quickly as I can, doing the best possible job for the team while driving in Free Practice 1.” Sirokin thanked the team.

Renault Racing Director Ferderic Vasseur  appears to have confidence in the 20-year Russian calling him one of the most promising drivers from the junior categories.

“We saw that he was the most promising rookie in the GP2 Series last season, where he achieved a race win and podiums, and for 2016 he is very well placed to fight for the title.”

He added “He has driven the Sochi Autodrom in a GP2 Series car previously so we have confidence in the job he will be able to do for us this weekend.”

 

Booth joins Toro Rosso

Former Manor Team Principal John Booth will return to Formula One as the Toro Rosso’s director of racing. Booth left Manor along with Sporting Director Graeme Lowdon following disagreements with owner Steven Fitzpatrick last year.

Since leaving the team Booth and Lowdon have set up a team which competes in the World Endurance Championship. Booth will take up his responsibilities starting with this weekend’s Russian Grand Prix.

Booth told Motorsports.com “It is a great honour to join such a well-established and competitive team as Scuderia Toro Rosso.

“It is a team that has achieved so much in a relatively short space of time. I am looking forward to getting started and working with Franz and the team this weekend in Sochi.”

Toro Rosso team boss Franz Tost added: “I have known John for many years and I am delighted to welcome him to the team. Formula 1 is becoming ever more complex, with recent changes on the tyre front, car set-up, radio communications and so forth.”

 

Haas’s achievement damaging but fantastic – Symonds

Pat Symonds believes that Haas brilliant start to their debut season is damaging for Formula One but has said the achievements have been “fantastic”.

The American team has benefited from a close relationship with Ferrari which means they have used the wind tunnel and brought all ‘non-listed’ parts from the Italian team and have generating data through using there wind tunnel. But Symonds says they have perfect use of the F1 rules and admires their achievements on a much smaller budget.

He told Sky Sports “I think it’s fantastic,” Symonds told Sky Sports F1’s Ted Kravitz. “People might know that I do feel that the way Haas have gone about things – which of course is totally legal. it’s what the rules allow you to do – I think it does erode the status of being a constructor a little bit.

But good luck to them, that’s what the rules are. They’ve used them well. They’ve really surprised me and I have a lot of admiration for them.” Haas have scored points in two out of the three races which Symonds said is based on race strategy.

 

Changes will not create good battles – Rosberg

Nico Rosberg believes that the planned regulation changes due to be brought in next season will not create good battles between drivers on track.

Members of the Strategy Group and F1 Commission are meeting on Tuesday to finalise the new rules for next season, with plans including cars with more downforce, plus wider front and rear tyres due to be signed off at the end of the month.

Rosberg fells that the move towards faster cars with more downforce will make overtaking tougher and as a result is pushing F1 in the wrong direction. He told Autosport “”We need to be battling each other and 2017, I don’t think will deliver that because as we know downforce is the thing that is hindering us,” he said.

“It’s one of the main things because you can’t follow as closely. If you put 30 per cent more downforce it’s clearly going to go more in the wrong direction. The priority has to make more battling and more overtaking possible so it’s the wrong direction.”

He says he is hearing from other drivers the same thing including Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff who said on Friday “we’re going to change it, somebody else or us are going to run away with the championship next year because it is new regulations and everything starts from the beginning.”

While he said he wants faster cars he wants it done in another way.

 

Power units should be battle ground for performance

Mercedes technical director Paddy Lowe says power units should remain a battle ground for performance amid plans to close the gap between manufacturers.

The F1 Strategy Group and F1 Commission are meeting on Tuesday to finalise changes to the engine regulations for next season. The are aiming to bring the performance convergence to within two per cent between power unit suppliers, which is aimed at reducing the gap in performance between the teams.

Sinice the current regulations were introduced Mercedes have always been the team to beat which has upset rivals. Lowe argues that an advantage found from the power unit is no different to an advantage from any other part of the car.

“The interesting thing that has emerged from [the current engine regulations] is this notion that the power unit or engine shouldn’t be a differentiator” he told ESPN.

He added “So why we should think that the motor shouldn’t be a differentiator is beyond me, we’ve just restored the thing that always used to be the case and I think it’s absolutely correct. If Formula One should be a competition about sports men and technology.”

Jack

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