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McLaren back to iconic red and white?
On February 1st Ron Dennis of McLaren fame announced via Twitter that the 2015 livery of the MP4-30 will change, but he declined to say when. Latest rumours suggest, this time is now and that the cars from Woking might return to the iconic red and white colours from its Marlboro sponsored days. McLaren have issued a poster showing both the current and the legendary 80s livery accompanied by the slogan “The return of a legend”. Word on the street is, that the initiative originated with Honda.
What this also would mean, there is still no title sponsor for the Woking squad.
New Job for Adrian Sutil
No, he won’t be cleaning glasses in a Barcelona bar, and he won’t be driving in FP1 either. That privilege goes to Mrs. Wolff. Adrian Sutil will stand in for Marc Surer as Sky Germany’s co-commentator and TV expert in Spain. Surer, who raced for Brabham and Arrows in the 80s is still recovering from falling off a horse. An yes, it was a real horse.
Door shut for Hamilton?
If you hear a sound right now, it might be a very big sigh of relief from Honduras. The delightful Vivian Bove will be glad to hear that the chances of Lewis Hamilton in red have rapidly fallen and not only because rumours have been bandied about that Ferrari have allegedly signed a preliminary agreement with Valtteri Bottas.
That would however likely be for 2017, since Maurizio Arrivabene insists that he wants Kimi for 2016. I’m sure of that. As long as he keeps driving as good as he does this year, we will definitely extend his contract. And the pure speed is only one thing. I like how he works with Sebastian [Vettel]. They even travel together. That’s a component that influences our decision.”
There go Mark Webbers chances for a return…
On the topic of Lewis Hamilton Arrivabene’s stance is quite clear. “Why would I need Lewis Hamilton when I already have Sebastian Vettel? We already have two world champions. If I were to change something, I’d look for a younger driver and let him go up against Seb.”
Someone like, say, Valtteri Bottas?