Not happy with limit on testing
McLaren are against limiting the 2015-16 testing season to eight days in March. The sport as it stands at the moment there will be a three month shutdown after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
The number of test has been cut from three to two four day test in March. The schedule has been agreed by all the teams. Team boss Eric Boullier told Sky Sports that the team wasn’t not “necessarily happy” with the plan.
The team has struggled since they returned to Honda. Boullier said the team has some “freedom in terms of testing and improving the car.”
However new team Haas have been allowed unlimited testing until December# but have express concerns about a limiting testing next year.
No decision on Raikkonen until after summer
Ferrari will not make a decision over Kimi Raikkonen’s future until after the summer break. According to reports in the paddock his ‘option clause’ in his contract will expire at the end of July.
Raikkonen has hinted that Ferrari will be his final team in F1. Team boss Marizio Arrivabene says the teams “goal now is to focus on the car, the driver issue can wait.”
He told Sky Sports “In the summer break, you take a summer break. You go swimming, climbing, mountain biking – otherwise it is not a break, it is work!”
If the team were to replace Raikkonen the favourite is Williams’s driver Valtteri Bottas. When asked if it was unfair to replace Raikkonen he said “it’s interesting, whenever l answer this question l am told ‘you are always giving us the same answer’ but you don’t think you are asking the same question!”
Rossi not ruling out Haas
GP2 driver Alexander Rossi is not ruling out joining the Haas team who will join the F1 grid next season. Haas has been playing down reports that they would like an American driver.
Rossi has hinted that talks between him and Haas are taking place telling Dutch’s Formule 1 “At this stage of the year, there are always talks, There is not much to say”
He added Haas “are now trying to get their team off the ground and will choose what drivers they want at the end of the year — and it’s only July now.”
He also said he feels ready to race in Formula One and he doesn’t regret staying in GP2 for a third season. Adding Last winter “I thought about Indy cars, but I came to Europe in 2009 to make my dream of being a Formula One driver come true”
Button’s Top Gear
British newspapers are reporting that Jenson Button could be about to retire from Formula One and join the BBC’s Top Gear. The program is going to be relaunched next year following the sacking of Jeremy Clarkson.
Button has appeared on the program twice before to driver the reasonably price car. A source told the Daily Mail: “An announcement is imminent.” Button admits if he was to retire he would be “pretty happy” with his achievements if he retired from F1 now.
He said “I would be pretty happy if I retired now with my career in terms of achievements. I would love to win the British Grand Prix, I would love to even be on the podium.”