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Ecclestone criticises (09:38)
Juncadella gets his chance (10:22)
2014 F1 nose comparison (10:42)
Red Bull quick fix (11:15)
Renault put on a brave face (11:45)
It will come as little surprise to hear Formula One supremo, Bernie Ecclestone, has not changed his view on the new regulations which are causing such extreme changes to the 2014 cars. The man from Suffolk has reportedly called them “total farce.”
Speaking to the Daily Mail he said, “Look at the last few days. I said it was going to be like this. They (the FIA and the teams) insisted on these new engines. If they wanted to race like this, they should go to Le Mans.”
The inconsistency of the regulations have been questioned by others previously, as the environmental impact of the sport is far greater from the Formula One circus circumnavigating the world than that of the cars racing.
“Mercedes are taking 23 trucks with them everywhere. If they really wanted to save fuel they should stop that.” Once again, the important aspect of resource restriction can and will be called into question.
Today is only another example of different noises coming out of the world of Formula One, as it seems those at the top are still singing from a different hymn sheet.
Juncadella gets his chance
The news that Dani Juncadella would drive for Force India was tweeted last night as the young Spaniard said, “Looking forward to tomorrow driving the #F1… Hopefully we can make as much mileage as possible. Useful to keep learning! @clubforce”
The 2012 F3 Euroseries Champion is currently competing in DTM for Mercedes-Benz. Many will be watching the highly rated youngster with anticipation. Force India will struggle to hide their smiles as the Mercedes engine looks to have the jump on the others. For the man from Barcelona, this will at least provide some breathing space as he settles into a Formula One car.
2014 F1 nose comparison
So now that all have shown their hand, what are the final opinions?
When it rains, it pours for Renault
Reports are surfacing this morning of more bad news for Renault F1, as their Head of Track Operations Rémi Taffin, was rushed to hospital last night with severe stomach pains. As a matter of coincidence, it has nothing to do with the extremely poor performance of the new Renault powertrain.
Reports state it was a simple attack of appendicitis, with no further complications expected. He was operated on last night and remains under observation today. Just at the time that the leaders will need to stand together for the French manufacturer, health problems knock one of them back.
It really seems the age old adage is true here for Renault, When it rains, it pours!
Red Bull quick fix
It appears you can spend millions of £, $ or € on developing a car but when it comes down to a problem where a quick fix is needed, there is nothing quite like duct tape to save the day. A true measure of the problems Red Bull Racing are facing.
Renault put on a brave face
As was alluded to yesterday by TJ13 in the daily report from Jerez, it will take the best part of 20 weeks to fix the problems that Renault are experiencing. However, the French manufacturer have today tried to put a positive spin on their current predicament.
The modest 14 laps completed by Red Bull is the only stat required to demonstrate just how desperate the situation is. Head of engine at Renault, Rob White said, “We are very confident that we can cope with the problems.”
With the test in Bahrain just a week and a half away, it’s surprising that Renault feel there is such an easy fix to the problems they are experiencing. Given the fact they have had 2 years to develop the engines, what makes Mr White so confident that an extra fortnight will make all the difference?
White remained tight lipped when speaking to Autosport, only offering, “We do not have a single small problem or a blunder, which provides for the trouble.” The Renault mystery continues!