Red Bull-Renault relationship done and dusted.
Red Bull Racing has begun the process to terminate their relationship with Renault for 2016. The termination without reason clause apparently states that this would cost Red Bull £50m, although the impending Renault acquisition of Lotus will probably mitigate this somewhat.
Whilst the Renault/Red Bull and Renault/Lotus deals are not directly linked, there are complex implications for Renault and managing the negotiations with both parties will be a time consuming and detailed process.
Renault have also said if they continue in Formula One, they will not supply customer engines – which leaves Toro Rosso with some work to do – and the FIA may need to re-regulate the four engine customer maximum rule.
All this of course leaves Red Bull Racing without a Power Unit for 2016, though as TJ13 reported last month, Mercedes are said to be sympathetic to a one year deal with Milton Keynes, whilst the Red Bull institution continues its plans to become a true ‘works’ outfit. Access to the engine would be severely restricted as it was for McLaren in 2014.
The Infiniti brand as title sponsor of the Red Bull Racing team is also a cause for Mercedes concern.
However, Renault ditching Toro Rosso as an engine customer could just be a ploy to offer Mercedes an alternative to Red Bull Racing as a replacement customer for Lotus.
Of course, Ferrari have kindly offered Red Bull Racing an engine relationship with Maranello. Their chairman and FCA supremo – Sergio Marchione – already proclaimed earlier in the season that Ferrari would “talk to everybody, with serious interest’.
Today in London, Judge Birss will hear evidence and make a decision on whether the Enstone Team should be placed into administration. Should this happen, a deal between Renault and Lotus may well be expedited over the next few days as he Genii investors backs will be truly against the wall.
Lewis pulls off a Grand Chalem
Hamilton continues to stamp his number in the record books. This weekend saw him “hit the cycle” in american baseball terms. Fastest Lap in all practice sessions, fastest in all quail sessions, Led all laps of the race, won, and had the fastest single lap.
This is the second time he has done it, with the first being the 2014 Malaysian GP, and puts him in a tie with several of the greats, Fangio, Brabham, and Hakkinen.
Follow this link to the F1 wiki to see a complete list.
Vettel pushes for historic tracks.
Andrew Benson captures another great moment in Vettels ever expanding vocabulary of english curse words:
“If we take this (race) away from the calendar for any (swear word) money reasons, you are ripping our hearts out.”
While his delivery may be lacking, his sentiment rings true throughout the sport. Though one has to wonder if he chose to go public with his views as payback to Bernie for being called to the woodshed this week. I suppose being a disciple of Ferrari now was a big reason for his statement.
The official FIA press release regarding Mercedes Tire Pressure:
Glad that is settled.
George Lucas handles the podium interviews:
In what has been widely panned as the worst podium interview since Toto’s audio doppelgänger, one must look for some positives. George has a habit of going back to edit his own work in an effort to make things “better”, and there is no doubt that Bernie has use for that kind of talent. This is obviously why Mr. E has chosen not to officially release the enormous back catalog of Formula 1 races. George needs time to make sure he can insert an uplifting message from FOM, so we can all enjoy the brilliance of Bernie’s wit even in the distant past.