F1 testing moved back to February
Given Mr. E’s failure to deliver his ambitious calendar which saw the F1 season reduced in length of weeks despite the increase in races, the F1 testing schedule has also been rescheduled.
The season opener in Australia has moved back from a proposed April 3, to March 20th which forced a rethink on pre-season testing.
The first Barcelona 4 day test will now take place between February 22-25 and the original gap of 11 days between test one and two has been shortened to four days.
The second test is now March 1-4th.
Pre-season testing has been reduced this year from 12 days to 8 days, although in season testing is still being debated. However, the first of these is unlikely to occur before the Spanish GP in Barcelona.
Pirelli are still complaining bitterly that they have not been awarded a proper test for the new super-supersoft tyre they plan to introduce. Some teams have previously been disinclined to stay for extra time following the final race of the 2015 season in Abu Dhabi.
Further, no testing has of yet been offered for the new larger tyres due to make an appearance in 2017, which Pirelli believe to be ridiculous given the significant change in profile.
Red Bull U-Turn
During the Singapore GP, Christian Horner made it clear his team did not need to take and run the upgraded/token deployed Renault power unit when it became available. He questioned its worth given the grid penalties his drivers would suffer.
However, Daniel Ricciardo appears to suggest that Red Bull have changed their minds. “We’ll take what we can get,” said the Aussie, but cautions, “it’s not going to be 40 horsepower.
“It’s better than what we’ve got now, but I wouldn’t get too crazy about it.
“I’ll take it, but I don’t think it’s going to be worth half a second.”
Renault have said they expect to bring the power unit upgrade to the US GP in Austin.
Eurosport gets F1 deal
Euro Sport has done a deal with FOM to provide F1 coverage in 2016 exclusively in Portugal. This is a three year deal and includes all digital platforms.
Eurosport will get the option to broadcast a number of different camera angles from that shown by the world feed. The fee is undisclosed.
Grosjean would have raced for Renault
“I was the first one who wanted to be part of the Renault project,” said Grosjean to the BBC. “If they had come earlier I would have stayed, but I met with Haas, they made an approach and it was attractive.”
Alguasuari gives up the F1 dream
Jaime Alguersuari, who was once the youngest F1 driver, announced his retirement from motor racing at the age of 25 to pursue a career in music.
“I decided to stop because it’s time for change,” he told a news conference. “Something inside me says it’s the moment to take a different path because I think I have fallen out of love with this girlfriend who has been with me all these years.” (Reuters)
Honda benefits from WMSC ruling on new Wastegate reg
Craig Scarborough (@scarbsf1) tweeted a pic of the Honda PU, their unique turbo arrangement will allow them not to use up valuable tokens for the 2016 design.