Ferrari pass inspection
Ferrari has passed a wind tunnel inspection by the FIA according to Motorsport.com. The inspection came after there was suggestions following a step forward by the team in Barcelona.
There has been increased use of the Italian team’s wind tunnel in recent weeks the reason hasn’t been explained. However Ferrari has confirmed that Haas has been using the wind tunnel as part of their development for 2016. They denied reports that there was any sharing of knowledge, parts or staff.
Motorsport.com says that the FIA’s F1 Technical and Sporting Co-ordinator Marcin Budkowsk carried out the inspection. Meanwhile a spokesman told the site the FIA has be looking into how the relationship was working between Ferrari and Haas and has no cause for alarm
Customer talks – Wolff
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says he has spoken to smaller teams about supplying customer cars. In America, Nascar has arrangements where smaller teams receive chassis, engine and technical support from big outfits.
He told Sky Sports that the sport needs to have contingency plan in place. “Customer cars, or franchises, we’ve seen that in other sports; we’ve seen that in NASCAR and it functions pretty well” he said.
This comes a day after the FIA asked for teams tender to enter the sport by 2017.
Open to change
Red Bull is open to change their driver line according to a Dutch newspaper. This comes a week after Max Verstappen’s crash at the Monaco Grand Prix.
Pressure maybe on both drivers after Danill Kyvat is struggling to perform and reports that Daniel Ricciardo is reportedly out of contract at the end of the season. The newspaper says according to sources within the team they are open to “replacing the current lineup of the team is certainly an option.”
Options for the team include Williams’s driver Valtteri Bottas and Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen could be out of contract at the end of 2015. As well as Toro Rosso’s Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz.
Lotus say they understand the fears of Romain Grosjean giving up practice sessions to allow Jolyon Palmer to gain experience in F1. Palmer will be taking part in ten practice sessions this season.
Grosjean believes that this is affecting his race weekends. Lotus CEO Matthew Cater told Autosport “Romain has known since before the season started this would be the situation, with specific grands prix where Jolyon would do FP1 mapped out from day one.”
Cater says the situation is not ideal, but they are making the most of it at the moment.