REPORTERS 12/04/2015

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the on-going row over funding to smaller teams continuing this week former FIA president Max Mosley fears the collapse of the sport

Risking collapse

Former FIA president Max Mosley has said that F1 risks collapse unless a fairer way of sharing revenue and costs are cut. Last year a row began on how the sport could support the smaller teams after Caterham collapsed.

He claims at least 50% of the grid struggling to compete because of financial issues. He told DPA “At least half the teams simply can’t compete because they haven’t got enough money, and that to me is wrong. If one team has got five times as much money the effect is exactly the same as if they had a bigger engine.”

He also says F1 has gone to far pushing for hybrid engine technology, and he feels the majority of the public is not even that interested in it.

 

For any driver to admit to when they might walk away from the sport is unusual but how many seasons is enough for Alonso

My last team – Alonso

Fernando Alonso says that he expects McLaren to be his last team in Formula One. The 33-year old made his debut in the sport in 2001 with Minardi and has since claimed 32 victories in 236 races.

He told reporters today in Shanghai “I think after 15 or 16 or 17 years in Formula One, whatever it will be, it’s enough.” Adding “I will finish with a McLaren but the real one in Formula One and that will be one-third of my life with a great experience, with great memories, with great friendships.”

Alonso is regarded as one of the best drivers of his generation however since winning back-to-back world championships in 2005-06 has found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time. He also added that he didn’t regret his time at Ferrari.

 

With Red Bull falling away from the top since claiming four drivers and constructors championships why has the boss threatened to quit

Red Bull will quit if not completive

Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz says they may quit the sport if engine supplier Renault doesn’t manage to build “a competitive” engine.

Mateschitz told the Austria Press Agency that Red Bull will “only stay in Formula One if we have a competitive team, and we need a competitive power unit for that. if we don’t have one, we can race with the best car and the best drivers and still have no chance of competing for victory.”

The Austrian did not set any deadlines for the improvements to be made by Renault. He says “”We are not a car manufacturer who could justify the investment. So we rely on Renault to close the gap to Ferrari and, above all, Mercedes.”Bottom of Form

 

Mick Schumacher made his on track testing debut this week. But is the pressure on already

Pressure on?

The manger of seven time world champion Michael Schumacher, Sabine Kehm  has called for calm and  realistic expectations as his son Mick took part in a Formula Four test today at the Oschersleben circuit in Germany.

She told reporters to be “realistic with expectations” of the 16-year old. Asking that “expectations on Mick aren’t built too high.” He will race alongside the son Red Bull designer Adrian Newy, Harrison this season. Reports say as 100 reporters had sought accreditation for the test session.

Michael is still continuing to recover at home from severe head injuries after a 2013 skiing accident in France.

 

That’s all from this edition of Reporters

Jack

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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