Valtteri Bottas has told the BBC that rumours about him moving from Williams to Ferrari as “disturbing” he is focusing of winning his first Grand Prix with Williams.
The Fin has been linked with a move to the Italian team replacing his Finnish compatriot Kimi Raikkonen. Bottas says he is only thinking about helping Williams challenge for victories. He said “Once you’re in the car you don’t think about any speculation” he said.
He added “There is nothing in your mind other than driving, but out of the car of course it is disturbing when there are some rumours.” He believes that following Sebastian Vettel’s win in Hungary means that Mercedes can be beaten.
He said “Mercedes are really strong at the moment but Ferrari showed in Budapest that it is possible to beat them. Never say never, we are still aiming to win races.”
- Toro Rosso used their second filming day at Imola to prepare for the new clamp down at the Belgian Grand Prix. From the next race drivers need to start the race without help.
- F1 Insider says motorsport may become part of the Olympics in 2020. Former FIA Vice President told the website if the World Council of the Automobile Association seriously think about it, to make motorsport Olympics.
Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel believes that Ferrari are going to “try absolutely everything” to catch Lewis Hamilton in this year’s championship. Vettel’s second victory in Hungary put him within two victories of Hamilton’s lead.
He told Autosport “We know we have to remain realistic, that there is still a lot of work to do and a lot of catching up to do. You never know. I’m sure we will try absolutely everything, and try to make the impossible possible.”
He says the best way to do this is to remain calm, try to do their best and see where they end up. Vettel described the first half of the season “phenomenal”.
Last year Ferrari really struggled to challenge Mercedes and failed to win any races. Vettel said “in terms of performance of the car and team morale, everything is a lot better than it was.”
Organisers in Baku say the circuit is ready to be signed off almost a year before the Azerbaijani capital holds its first race. The boss of the project says the circuit is ready for homologation and has no doubts there will be no issues to have it ready in time.
Arif Rahimov told Motorsport.com “The track layout has been finalised. There are just small details like safety equipment at some corners that took a bit longer to finalise, but we are waiting for the homologation to be done.”
He said they met with Charlie Whiting to discuss it and hear what he has to say. There are no major issues.
The circuit can host 19,000 seated spectators but organisers are considering was to increase capacity. Rahimov adds they “are trying to organise the best possible race to make sure that people come back the following years.”
Role helps getting back to racing
Ferrari test driver Esteban Gutierrez believes that his role with the team is helping him to search for a race seat in 2016. The Mexican joined the team after leaving Sauber he also driven the car in testing.
Gutierrez has been linked with a seat at Haas F1 Team for its debut season in 2016 after the American outfit agreed a technical partnership with Ferrari. He told the media yesterday it would mean a lot to get a race seat.
He said “I came to Ferrari as a third driver with a purpose and with a vision. Obviously I took quite a big risk, because stepping down from a race seat is always a risk to take.”
Adding “First of all, it’s not easy to get into Formula 1, and secondly it’s not easy to be out and then in again”