REPORTERS – 07/08/2016

Features Notebook

With major changes in next year’s regulations how will the big teams face the challenges development of their current cars while chasing the title?

Mercedes ‘tricky call’ – Wolff

Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff says that the team is facing a “tricky call” about allocating resources to development of this year’s car while looking at next year’s car.

With major regulation changes introducing wider front and rear wings and tyres in a push for substantially faster lap times. The top three teams face more of a challenge than smaller teams because they will be continuing there development of this years car to chase the title.

Speaking to Autosport Wolff said “We are evaluating every week how much resource in each department we want to switch to 2017. There’s already a lot going into 2017, but it’s a tricky call.”

“I think some teams stopped 2016 development very early, some of them even as early as January/February, once the cars hit the circuit.  It is an advantage because the learning curve is very steep at the beginning, and if you’re lacking two to three weeks, it can make a huge difference at the end.” He adds.

Mercedes look once again to be on course for a third championship with the battle will be between Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton. Wolff  joked the points lost by Mercedes with the collisions between Hamilton and Rosberg in Spain and Austria might have helped make a decision over allocation of resources that much easier.

He added “I wish we would have had those 80 points more that we lost and gave to the competition, but then it would be boring.”


How excited and what kind of involvement will Adrian Newey have with Red Bull’s 2017 program and how excited is he by the changes?

Newey excited by 2017 – Horner

Christian Horner says that the team’s designer Adrian Newey is “excited” with new bodywork regulations which will be introduced next season. Last year Newey stepped back from day to day design work splitting his time 50-50 between Red Bull and the Aston Martin road car project, which he began working on at the start of 2015.

Horner says Newey interest in the sport since the new regulations for faster cars, different aerodynamic packages and wider tyres has piqued. He told Autosport “regulations for faster cars, different aerodynamic packages and wider tyres. He’s excited by the regulation change for ’17 so he’s splitting his time between the two projects,” said Red Bull team principal Horner.

“Once the Aston Martin project is into a detailed design phase, he tends to stand back at that point. He’s very much about the concept, about the aerodynamics, about the layout of the car.”

Horner was asked if Newey would return to F1 full-time once his work on the Aston project ends, Horner said: “His time during any week or month varies. It depends on what the priorities are. He has a tremendously high work rate.


What impact could the voters in the United Kingdom to leave the European Union have on Formula One. Following the Brexit vote reports tried to figure out what could happen?

Bracing for impact of Brexit

Formula One could feel the decision by British voters to leave the European Union as soon as next week’s Austrian Grand Prix after falls on the global stock market.

The cost of the pound has hit a thirty year low after almost 52% of the public voted yesterday to leave the EU which has prompted falls across all the global stock markets. This means that costs for teams could rise as the cost of hotels, food and basic supply’s has risen.

Brexit will not happen overnight, but it remains to be seen regarding the nature of individual deals struck with European governments over the movement of goods and people.

It’s believed that the UK will retain visa-free short term travel but for teams employing people it could lead to a substantial amount of paperwork and added costs for work visas if UK Nationals wanted to work in the EU. However some teams like Mercedes, Renault and Red Bull could relocate to the Europe which could further impact the economy.

Formula One and Motorsport in the UK is a huge industry worth £9 Billion to the economy and employs over 40,000 people with many more industries like aerospace and automotive through to military and manufacturing linked to the sport.

No one during the referendum would comment on the potential impact of Brexit on their team or the sport as a whole. This could impact on the on the re-negations of the Concorde Agreement in 2020.


He wasn’t a great but what did Chris Amon achieve during his career?

McLaren lead tributes to Le Mans winner and Ferrari driver Chris Amon who dies after cancer battle

The former Formula One driver Chris Amon has died after a battle with cancer aged 73. His family confirmed this morning that he died in Rotorua Hospital on Wednesday.

Amon made his debut for the Parnell team in 1963 at the Monaco Grand Prix and it was a difficult season for the New Zealander wo suffered a crash at Monza where he broke ribs but managed to score points at Zanvoort. While Formula One was difficult Amon gained wins for McLaren at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans.

This paved his way to Ferrari the following season where he delivered podiums but his achievement was overshadowed by the death of teammate Lorenzo Bandini at Monaco. Amon showed he could deliver good laps by taking a few pole’s but never managing to convert them to wins.

After terrible reliability problems, Amon felt his future would be better set elsewhere. But spells at March, Matra, Tyrrell and even his own team in 1974 failed to give him the win that so eluded him.


His final season was in 1976 with Ensign where he had bad luck and was stacked by the team after refusing to race following Niki Lauda’s crash at the Nurburgring.

He went back to New Zealand where he helped run his family farm. Amon however retained links to racing through TV and drove alongside Murray Walker in rallying in 2003.


Chris Amon who died on Tuesday. Fernando Alonso wants a third title but why does he believe that only McLaren or Mercedes can deliver it?

McLaren or Mercedes for title hopes

Fernando Alonso says that only McLaren or  Mercedes are his chances of winning a third championship. The Spaniard joined McLaren from Ferrari in 2014 and says he has no regrets about leaving the team.

Alonso return to McLaren was at the beginning of the renewed partnership with Honda which has been difficult with him suffering two accidents on track and struggling to regularly to fight at the top end. But some progress have been made.

This season has also seen a dip by Ferrari who have in recent races fallen behind Red Bull. Speaking about the move Alonso told ESPN “I was right. I was right because I felt I was right. In 2014 I made the decision and had two years more on my contract, but felt I was right to go.”

“Whatever results they achieve in 2015 and 2016 or in the future, for me my time there was fantastic and I wanted to finish on that fantastic feeling.” He says it a relief that Ferrari are not winning and having problems but he said the team will always have a special place.

This year Alonso has scored 26 points this season with a best result of fifth at the Monaco Grand Prix. He adds that the teams priority is trying to understand the power unit as its there main limitation. While developing the current car.


That’s all from this edition of Reporters good bye


Jack is responsible for the day-to-day running of Formula One Vault. He brings you all the brilliant content. Has an obsession with all things Formula One and anything with an engine.

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