Top formula One racing side Red Bull is seeking for an “independent engine supplier” by 2021 as they threaten to exit the sport.
Its racing advisor Helmut Marko made the declaration in an interview ahead of the date when the new engine regulations would be introduced to the sport.
The management are still in talks over the new engine regulations as the sport wants simpler, less noisy and cheaper engines by competing sides. Marko said Red Bull may leave the sport if they are not pleased with the final engine rules when it is introduced.
Marko says there are enough companies that can make a simple racing engine that fits the requirements but wanted an independent engine supplier no later than 2021.
Mercedes, Ferrari and Renault are the three factory firms at the moment aside Honda – an independent non-constructor supplier. Marko may want the FIA to get an independent manufacturer to make engines for non-factory teams whilst probably subsidizing it as he wants it to cost not more than ten million.
There are firms that can do this like Judd, Cosworth or even Ford and Audi. They would design the engines for the non-factory sides like Red Bull, Sauber, Williams and the rest. The sport currently allows for independent engine suppliers but the complex engine formula and associated costs are barring many companies from venturing into it.
Though Red Bull won four straight Driver’s and Constructor’s Championship between 2010 and 2013, they seem to be struggling. They have been struggling in the Championship and they have threatened to exit the game many times. They have pushed for engine equalization severally but top sides would not supply their engines. The decision to switch to Honda engines has hurt them as they have failed to get victories.
Investment plans in F1 are being looked at by Renault in order to speed up the progress of the same.
The company had initially formed a five year plan in order to start off being in Formula 1. This was planned on the basis of receiving investment from the parent company. The company has plans to return to F1 but in the role of a works team. They are playing down the expectations of the investors and fans. They are currently focused on rebuilding the Enstone team, which was cash strapped and could not do much as the Lotus outfit.
The project has moved into six months till now. The French manufacturer has decided that the wait till 2020 will not be appropriate as by then they would not be in a position to be challenging for the championships. Abiteboul stated to the media that the company had put together a plan for five years. This included a certain amount of investment, but once the project commenced, it realized that the amount would not be appropriate.
The amount of investment was increased and the project timeline was brought forward. The company is focused on making a difference on the race tracks. Hence, it might not be possible to accelerate what they can achieve with the five year plan that has been devised.
Abiteboul announced recently that Lotus had lost about 57 million in pounds in the year 2015. This was prior to the acquisition of Renault and hence, there was no notable impact on the plans of the team. The loss of the unit had been accounted for and it did not come as a shock that would upset the equation or plans. Renault management had been aware of the financial risks involved in Lotus and the plan going forward has been devised accordingly.
Senna and Derani are picked by McLaren for the 24 hours entry in the third Spa event.
Bruno Senna and Pipo Derani are two Brazilians who would be racing with the additional squad that has been added by McLaren. It is the Garage 59 squad that has been added to 24 Hours Spa event for this month. They would be driving a third vehicle 650S GT3 that is being put together by the in house team of McLaren. This is being done with Duncan Tappy. These changes were put together in the Blancpain GT series that was hosted in the last weekend of July 2016.
The third car is being lined up besides the regular entries that are made as per BGTS Endurance Cup. These included names like Come Ledogar, Shane van Gisbergen, Rob Bell as well as junior drivers like Andrew Watson, Struan Moore and Alex Fontana.
The GT boss at McLaren, Andrew Kirkaldy stated that the third car was introduced as the team wanted to increase their chances of being part of the BGTS event that is of the blue riband category. He stated that Spa has been elusive for them in the past. They are serious about increasing their chances of winning it.
The last season had provided them the right opportunity as they had the right pace for getting a win. However, with two accidents that occurred, they realized that they needed to have a third car available. That is why this time the provision has been made accordingly. Senna has been chosen as he is under contract with McLaren. He contested in four of the Endurance series that were hosted last year by Blancpain.
Kirkaldy explained that it was not possible to make him part of a full race program as he has commitments that World Endurance Championship as well as Formula E.
After taking ninth on the grid to qualify for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix holding at Dusk in Sunday this weekend, Fernando Alonso believes that the McLaren Honda formula 1 Team could be happy enough with the outcome.
Considering the conditions and challenges faced, Alonso is also of the belief that the ninth position was the best possible outcome he could get on the Yas Marina Circuit in the session especially after he had headed out with a set-up he never knew he was going to work.
The Spaniard is also of the belief that the team has showed a competitive pace all through the qualifying session and sees more reason why the team should be happy,
“I think we have to be happy today: it was definitely a good qualify for us,” Alonso began.
“The conditions are always difficult here, because you practice in hot conditions, then head into qualifying when the track conditions are much cooler.
“That means you need to anticipate what’s going to happen, and make set-up changes a little blindly as you don’t really know how the conditions are going to change.
Alonso also has hopes of finishing the year on a high at the final race on Sunday this weekend and really looks forward to enjoying the race before the beginning of the winter break.
Speaking about the championship, Alonso noted that behind them, they have no much threats and they might find it quite hard to finish higher than their current position, so there is the need to enjoy the race and score some good points, thus finishing on a high.
At the final race, Alonso would be starting at the ninth position on the grid and may hopefully be able to maintain that position or even get something better at the end of the race.
There are F1 reports that showcase the relative positions of Mercedes, Red Bull and Ferrari.
There have been discussions about Ferrari’s performance on the race tracks this year and the reasons that the company could be falling behind. As per experts like Marc Priestley, who was a former mechanic at McLaren and Mike Gascoyne who was an engineer and F1 designer, Natalie Pinkham obtained requisite details from them. As per the expert views, Ferrari seems to be going backward as the first half of the season this year has not been good for the company. The Scuderia machine had a lot of promise as it was showcased in 2015. However, till now the machine is yet to win races. It has been overtaken by challengers in other teams like Red Bull and Mercedes.
Ferrari is definitely facing challenges this year. The technical director of the company departed, James Allison, who was a respected figure in the industry. The Ferrari president is looking to change the way the technical teams work inside the company so that the issues of failure can be addressed. In the constructor championship, we find the company falling behind competitors like Red Bull and Mercedes.
The experts feel that the problem lies in the old approach that the company undertook where they chop and change when success does not come their way. With a team like Michael Schumacher, Ross Brawn and Jean Todt they had stability and success. Today the once glamorous team seems to be nowhere close to winning a title that had been a constant in earlier times. As a decade comes to a close, it is necessary that Ferrari starts to make changes that are more fundamental and address the issues that are preventing their team from getting in the top of the line.
The manor team principal John Booth would be returning to the F1 paddock as he was announced as the director for Toro Rosso.
Booth had left Manor along with the sport director Graeme Lowdon at the end of last season. With immediate effect, he will now take up this position and join his team in the race going to be held in Russia this weekend. Well, this step was taken with an objective to help raise the race for the Italian squad. Franz Tost, the principal of the Toro Rosso team said that he has known Booth for several years and he is more than happy to welcome him to join his team.
Formula 1 has become more complex in terms of performance, especially with the recent changes done in the setup of the car, tyre front, radio communications and so on. Hence it is important to have skilled drivers when you have competitive cars as they both go hand in hand. Franz Tost is confident that John Booth will put in best efforts in raising the game as he has many years of experience in this field and turn out to be an effective power over a weekend race.
Booth is feeling honored to be a part of Schuderia Toro Rosso, which is a competitive and well established team and it’s known to all. The team has achieved a lot within a short span of time and Booth is looking forward to join hands with Franz and get started to support his team in Sochi this weekend. Toro Rosso is in the sixth position currently with 17 points. The team is all geared up to show its performance in Sochi Autodrom and earn victory at its best. With John Booth is being a part of Toro Rosso, things will surely shape up well for the team.
Former double world champion Fernando Alonso will undergo strict medical checkups under the medical team of the FIA before being passed it to race in Malaysian Grand Prix, following his crash in pre-season that knocked him unconscious and caused concussion.
The 33 year old spent some time on the simulator at the team’s Woking headquarters and he tweeted that he felt good being back in a racing environment. Alonso said that he was doing everything in his powers t return to action and get behind the wheels of the MP4-30 at the second race of the season and while his return might not be confirmed yet, racing on the simulator is considered as a step in the right direction.
McLaren Honda was one of the slowest cars on the grid and although former world champion Jenson Button did manage to finish the race, he was two laps down. Ron Dennis, the McLaren Honda team principal said that his team’s marquee signing was eager to get back to competitive racing and return the team to winning ways.
While the cause for Alonso’s crash remains unclear, Dennis and Button are convinced that Alonso was not knocked unconscious by the electric shock from the energy recovery system.
Dennis and Button went through a lot of data following the crash as the team boss confirmed there was a wide ranging probe on the crash.
According to Dennis, the team conducted one of the most thorough investigations they had ever done and the car was not damaged badly, so it was possible as well. He mentioned that the team has a reputation of being a technology company and it also does crash research for the FIA and so, they are very well equipped to understand exactly what happened to the car or the driver that caused the crash.
It has been announced by the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile that there will be eight teams that will be competing in the races to be held next year for Formula E. the number has come down as there were 10 teams who took part in the 1st season.
The competition is going to make the 2015-06 calendar more exciting and all the teams have been allowed to make their own vehicles this time.
Although the Formula E races do not see the same speed as in Formula one but the cars so used are fully electric and can produce speeds up to and over 225km/hr or 140mph. the first season saw 10 races at many different locations like London, Beijing, etc. the final race will be held in London on 27th June.
Among the present teams, six will be competing is the second year. The teams are: Andretti, ABT Sportsline, Renault Sports, Mahindra, Virgin Racing Engineering and Ventauri Automobiles. Some of the newcomers like TCR, NEXTEV and Motomatica will also be on line next.
In the inaugural races, teams like Dragon Racing, China Racing and AmlinAguri took part but in the final races, they will not be there in year two. The FIA were not ready to comment on why the teams will not be seen further in the sport but they did say that is very happy with the manufacturing companies that have reached the next round.
Till date the same car is being used for the races: the Renault SRT_01E. That is going to change in 2016. The championship has been made open and the teams are allowed to make new and improved modifications in their vehicles. As of now, the modifications can only be done in inverter, gearbox, the cooling system and the e-motor but from the 3rd season the changes can also be applied on batteries.
A new rule has come into the foray that wishful drivers who wants to join Formula F1 team have to be at least of 18 years of age which would then satisfy the system of points under the rule. The new rules are going to be introduced in 2016.
Super License is what has to be gained by the governing body. There are points which are fixed that the drivers must secure it through sheer patience and performance driven test. In the tenure of three years they have to garner the points in the junior level. It includes completion of 300km together with holding a legitimate driving license in an F1 car.
Max who is 17 years old will not be given the license as he is struggling to make his debut in the F1 list of drivers. If the rules are enforced from the ensuing year then it is a relaxing part for the budding drivers but those who are entering next year it is going to be tough for them to make entry.
In the coming years they have also to reply to the questions relating to the regulations of sporting events. They should also complete the two seasons of championships.
If the rules would have been applicable before then none of the experienced and champions like Vettel and Avon would not have been able to be so successful. The speed should be of racing quality and the limit should be the same. It is the category of the junior season which matters and the points are carried forwarded.
The scenario would be different than what it seems now and nothing would remain the same. In the F1 championships as well there are major tournaments which have different rules and regulations. In a way the decision is right to make the test tough.
Fernando Alonso is set to be handed the most lucrative contract in the history of Formula One is he does, as expected, make his move to McLaren Honda at the end of the season.
Alonso’s move to the British team has been one of the longest transfer sagas in the history of the sport and if he does make the move, the Honda powered team is expected to make it worth it for him.
The Spaniard drove just one season for the team back in 2007 and an announcement regarding his return to the team is expected to be announced once the current season ends after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in the United Arab Emirates.
According to the press in his native Spain, the deal will be a multiyear deal and will be the biggest in the history of Formula One, surpassing even the $ 150 million three year deal that Sebastian Vettel is expected to sign for Ferrari as he gears up to replace Alonso at the Italian giants.
Alonso was pushing for a one year deal so that he would be free to sign for Mercedes if a vacancy arose at the German outfit in 2016, or with Audi with the manufacturers expected to enter Formula One starting in 2016 but McLaren have put a £ 25 million a year, two year deal with the option of a third year.
Both the parties agreed on a multiyear deal which will see the Spanish former double world champion become the front man for the new project that McLaren has undertaken with Honda as its engine providers as they look to return to winning ways.
The Spaniard is expected to replace British driver Jenson Button for the team with rookie driver Kevin Magnussen as his understudy in the team.