Daily #F1 News and Comment: Wednesday 18th September 2013
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Button getting nervous?
(07:20) Update 20:45
FIA Press conference schedule (09:30)
Red Bull Ring circuit boss quits (14:23)
Singapore GP Race Stewards (20:29)
Button getting nervous?
You are the Formula 1 World Champion of 2009 and moved to a team where your teammate would have walked over you, only this did not happen. [When Jenson Button left Brawn (now Mercedes) at the end of 2009 no one thought he could hold out against Lewis Hamilton. Given Hamilton had some problems but the man from Frome managed to hold his own against one of the fastest drivers in the current era.]
You are perceived as the golden boy at McLaren and have an option on your contract for 2014 yet you are still waiting for the team to take up that option… it is unsettling…
Somewhat overshadowed by the Kimi signing, Button has been making noises over the last two months about McLaren not yet having taken up the option he has on his contract with them. However Button believes this is only a matter of time. Button said, “They [McLaren] want me, I want to stay here, so it will be done, it’s only a matter of time.”
Button does not feel the need to retire either as he is still enjoying racing and believes his future is at McLaren. “It is a very good partnership, we have worked very well over the past four years and there is definitely more to come.” He goes on saying he feels like a big part of the team and they work well together. So why is McLaren stalling?
Could it be that McLaren is seriously considering Massa to replace one of their drivers? Is it Button that really has to worry about his seat for next year or could Perez also face the axe?
During today’s McLaren phone in Jonathan Neale, McLaren’s managing director, said they are close to making an announcement. With the options on both Perez and Button expired are they trying to push negotiations their way or looking to sign someone completely different.
Neal went on to say that McLaren have showed in the past they are not afraid to make the necessary changes required to be competitive. “More than anything else what you really want is talent and high performance. We’ve shown in the past that we weren’t afraid to make the changes that we felt that we needed to in the team, whether it was inside the organisation or in the driver lineup, in order to get the job done.“
If I were Button/Perez I’d be really worried. Read between the lines and this is a veiled threat that if you don’t toe the line we will change our line up and don’t think we are worried about 2014 and the regulation changes. Things are getting interesting at McLaren.
FIA Press conference schedule
Thursday, September 19, 1800 hrs
Valtteri Bottas (Williams)
Nico Hulkenberg (Sauber)
Sergio Perez (McLaren)
Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus)
Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)
Adrian Sutil (Force India)
Friday, September 20, 2315 hrs
Eric Boullier (Lotus)
Robert Fernley (Force India)
Tony Fernandes (Caterham)
Franz Tost (Toro Rosso)
Claire Williams (Williams)
Does the FIA know something we don’t?
Red Bull Ring circuit boss quits
Kleine Zeitung reports that Walter Kafitz has left his role at the the Red Bull-Ring.
Kaft was the former chief at the Nurburgring during the time where the financial’s headed over a cliff. He joined the Red Bull Ring organisation early last year hand has been key to it’s redevelopment and bringing the F1 circus back to Austria in 2014.
He left yesterday, “with immediate effect” and this has been confirmed by the organisation for whom he worked.
The RBR have given no indication as to who or when a successor will be appointed and Kafitz himself has made no comment.
Singapore GP Race Stewards
PRESIDENT OF THE FIA HILL CLIMB COMMISSION, BOARD MEMBER AND PRESIDENT OF AUTO SPORT SUISSE SARL
Paul Gutjahr started racing in the late 1960s with Alfa Romeo, Lancia, Lotus and Porsche, then March in Formula 3. In the early ‘70s he became President of the Automobile Club Berne and organised numerous events. He acted as President of the organising committee of the Swiss GP at Dijon between 1980-82.
Between 1980-2005 he acted as President of the Commission Sportive Nationale de l’Automobile Club de Suisse and in 2005 he became President and board member of the Auto Sport Suisse motor sports club. Gutjahr is President of the Alliance of European Hill Climb Organisers and has been steward at various high-level international competitions. He was the Formula 3000 Sporting Commissioner and has been a Formula One steward since 1995.
PRESIDENT OF THE SPORTING COMMISSION OF THE AUTOMOBILE AND TOURING CLUB OF VENEZUELA
Italian-born Vincenzo Spano grew up in Venezuela, where he went on to study at the Universidad Central de Venezuela, becoming an attorney-at-law. Spano has wide-ranging experience in motorsport, from national to international level. He has worked for the Touring y Automóvil Club de Venezuela since 1991, and served as President of the Sporting Commission since 2001. He was president for two terms and now sits as a member of the Board of the Nacam-FIA zone.
Since 1995 Spano has been a licenced steward and obtained his FIA steward super licence in 2003. Spano has been involved with the FIA and FIA Institute in various roles since 2001: a member of the World Motor Sport Council, the FIA Committee, and the executive committee of the FIA Institute.
FORMER FORMULA ONE DRIVER AND WORLD SPORTSCAR CHAMPION
Derek Warwick raced in 146 grands prix from 1981 to 1993, appearing for Toleman, Renault, Brabham, Arrows and Lotus. He scored 71 points and achieved four podium finishes, with two fastest laps. He was World Sportscar Champion in 1992, driving for Peugeot. He also won Le Mans in the same year.
He raced Jaguar sports cars in 1986 and 1991 and competed in the British Touring Car Championship between 1995 and 1998, as well as a further appearance at the Le Mans in 1996, driving for the Courage Competition team. Warwick is a frequent FIA driver steward and is President of the British Racing Drivers’ Club.
Ferrari to decide on 2014 focus after Singapore
Ferrari is expected to shift all it’s focus and resources to the 2014 project even though Alonso is second in the championship trailing Vettel by 53 points.
Stefano Domenicali admitted that the point has almost come to focus on the 2014 season which will be decided after the Singapore race. “It’s not realistic to expect that we can close the gap even if we would find a tenth of a second or more, it’s going to be almost impossible. We will work hard to maintain our second place in the World Constructors Championship.“
This is probably not what Alonso wants to hear. Another year and another championship not quite there.
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport Domenicali’s position is safe. Di Montezemolo said, “We have lost the title in the last race twice, the past three years, I don’t consider this Stefano’s fault.“
Let us hope for Domenicali’s sake it is not a hand around the shoulder on the way to the front door.
~ by thejudge13 on September 18, 2013.
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Tags: Button getting nervous, Ferrari to decide on 2014 focus after Singapore, FIA Singapore Press conference schedule, Red Bull Ring circuit boss quits, Singapore GP Race Stewards