Red Bull also wants a test
Reports from Silverstone suggest Red Bull is lobbying the FIA to also get a 1000km test with Pirelli. Apparently Red Bull sent a detailed letter to FIA race director Charlie Whiting to understand “under what circumstances they can also go testing with Pirelli“.
It seems strange that Red Bull is writing to Whiting; as we found out during the Tribunal, Whiting has no authority to authorise (or clarify) any testing. Further, the FIA has clarified that, should Pirelli and F1 teams follow the right processes, tyre tests like the one Mercedes did are actually allowed.
Should Red Bull not be writing to Pirelli?
Sauber to leave Formula 1?
Things are going from bad to worse for Hulkenberg. Rumours are running rife that Sauber is about to fold and will probably not be on the grid next year.
Last year Sauber managed to build a really competitive car, one that Perez manage to get on the podium three times and Kobayashi once. The car and aerodynamics was the envy of the paddock however this year they have struggled.
According to swiss correspondant Roger Benoit (Blick) development of the car has stopped due to financial constraints. Further, bills are going unpaid and this is cited as the reason there has been a constant drain of mental capital from the Hinwill based team, the latest leaver being Matt Morris.
When asked what is going on team boss Monisha Kaltenborn said the reason for the lack of development is that negotiations with a potential partner is taking longer than anticipated. “We have been in negotiation for some time with a potential partner,” she said. “The whole thing is taking more time than we thought it would, but we are on track.”
The potential partner is rumoured to be GazProm who recently became a sponsor of Chelsea, the English football club partner of Sauber.
When asked if they will still be on the grid by November Kaltenborn replied, “We have been asked that question since 2010. We are currently going through a difficult phase, but we will continue in 2013 to the end.”
Will Mr E get his 10 teams for 2014 then?