Surer: Bottas would be a step back for Ferrari
The silly season has been quite animated and quite early this year with the second seat at Ferrari being the hottest property on the market after Kimi Räikkönen has tried repeatedly and very hard to embarrass himself.
One of the names mentioned quite often is Williams’ Valtteri Bottas, but Sky Germany TV expert Mark Surer thinks it would make no sense to hire Raikkönen’s compatriot.
“This all so highly rated Bottas is slower than the Massa, who was sacked by Ferrari two years ago. If they hire him, they would make a step back.” Surer told speedweek.de. “I can see that Massa drives on the same level as Bottas, so Ferrari would not do themselves any favors by hiring the Finn. In that case they could just as well sign Massa again.”
Asked about a more suitable candidate, Surer explained that there is a current driver, who for no good reason has been overlooked for years, and has a Le Mans win to prove his talent.
Pirelli admits to mistakes and demands more testing
The task of Pirelli has always been to produce tyres that force teams to make two or three pitstops per race. After the early 2013 season descended into a PR disaster with Pirelli having overshot the mark by producing tyres that were downright dangerous and unfit for the purpose, the Italians have gone conservative and the result is a string of one-stop races in both 2014 and 2015.
Pirelli’s Paul Hembery has now admitted that, especially this year, Pirelli have failed to achieve what was asked of them. But he refuses to accept the blame unconditionally, saying that three four-day tests in the winter and two two-day tests in the season is not nearly enough for Pirelli to gather the necessary data with current cars.
“We have no testing opportunities,” Hembery explains. “It’s okay to ask us for a certain performance, but in return we must be given the chance to do our job properly. We need an agreement that gives us enough testing and enough data to make it happen.”
Of all the people, Romain Grosjean has recently called for tyres that go off the cliff immediately at the hands of a reckless driver (still bitter over Monaco, Monsieur?), Hembery says it would be too extreme, saying the goal is to find a compromise between tyres sturdy enough to let drivers push and tyres fragile enough to punish overly reckless driving.