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Paul Hembery’s thoughts on the Belgian Grand Prix
Michelin confirms interest in returning to F1
On Saturday TJ13 reported that rumours from the paddock suggested Michelin is seriously considering a return to Formula 1. “Our position is now known. If they [F1] are willing to talk, we are ready to do so.” Those are the words of Michelin’s competition boss Pascal Couasnon speaking to Le Figaro.
Couasnon warns though that a decision needs to be made soon as Michelin will need time to produce tyres. “…we still need the physical time to produce tyres. By the end of October, it may be too late.”
He goes on to say that Michelin is not happy with the current high degrading tyres and should they replace Pirelli they will not just fill their place. “F1 is not about changing a tyre after a few laps, we offer a beautiful image of an important product for the automotive industry.”
It is funny how short memories are. A couple of years ago when Bridgestone was producing bullet proof tyres and racing was, at best, dull, Formula One leaders decided we should introduce tyres that degrade quickly ‘to spice up racing’. Since Pirelli built tyres to specified requirements one has to feel for them being made out as the evil ones.
There is little doubt this is part of a political battle and Todt working to get one over Ecclestone…
Button forcing McLaren’s hand?
Prior to the Belgian GP Button was asked if he was willing to pledge his future to McLaren. Button replied “I need to be asked first. Where is Martin? He still hasn’t asked me“.
Button now says he was only saying it in jest. “I was only winding him [Whitmarsh] up. That was very unfair of me, but I was just stating a fact.” He continued “It’s obviously not going our way at the moment, but it will, and I’m very happy here, I feel good here, and I still feel we can achieve so much together.
‘I’ll be here for my future in Formula One“.
Button is a very astute candidate. When he joined McLaren everyone thought he will struggle to go to Lewis’ team and be competitive however, Button galvanised the team around him in such a way that he became the McLaren golden boy.
Could it be that Button is worried about his future with all the speculation about top drivers becoming available and looking for competitive cars?
Don’t bite the hand Alonso
More words of wisdom for Alonso to consider, this time from
Hollywood star Mercedes chairman Niki Lauda. Luada was speaking to German TV RTL saying, “If you drive for Ferrari you sometimes have to expect that the car is not that great“.
He continues, “… his mechanics work day and night on a car that is not as good as a Red Bull at the moment and he complains. But you have to constantly motivate the people, the Italians are very sensitive“.
Almost a double stab there from Lauda, firstly, you drive Ferrari’s and have to except they are “not that great” and built by “sensitive Italians“… ooosh! I’d be careful when going to Monza if I was Lauda, TJ has had his fair share of horse heads delivered but I fear our equestrian friends may become even less in Italy.
Anyway, Lauda also said that Fernando needs to be careful as he is “… sometimes really not likeable. For me, as a package, he’s the best racer out there today. But if, compared to Vettel, Hamilton or Rosberg he was to lose his two tenths of ‘magic’, then we would have to see what is his reputation“. So that makes Spain a no-go area as well then…
One has to feel for Alonso. Few can question his determination since he joined Ferrari. Can anyone forget the face last year in Brazil when he realised he lost the Championship? Throughout his time at Ferrari, until recently, he has always pulled for the team but when is enough?