Ecclestone dismissive of HAAS success “because they have a Ferrari basically”
The incredible start to HAAS season is no coincidence, extensive wind tunnel time in collaboration with Ferrari has aided the American outfit along with the latest 2016 Power Unit.
The VF-16 is basically a Dallara chassis with numerous parts of Ferrari, and the engine comes from the home of the Scuderia. Unlike Toro Rosso, the American team gets delivered the current 2016 unit, while Toro Rosso must rely on a previous 2015 model.
Max Verstappen was quoted “”If we are behind them, then you can already see that they have more power”
Team boss Steiner confirmed that it will continue to work for the coming season with Ferrari and staff will increase. “We need more people. We have found that we can do more work with more staff,”
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Emerson Fittipaldi bankrupt
One of the biggest names in motorsport past is living in financial crisis. Fittipaldi, ’72 & ’74 F1 champion, two time winner of the Indy500 in ’89 & ’93 and overall Indycar champion in ’89, has had all property seized b the authorities in Brazil having accumulated a debt in the region of $27 million dollars.
Guenther Steiner: Points every race are possible for Haas
“Fifth is a little too much to ask for but I think we want to try now to get points at every race, that’s the objective,” Steiner said. “Whether we reach it or not, I don’t know. But for sure, we know the car well enough what it can do given the pace over two races.
“I think it is possible to make points. We’ve only had one car finishing the race so far, so if you have two the chances are doubled. We want to try to get points every time. But always targeting fifth would be getting a little bit greedy and we don’t want to be that.”
“He’s already paid for himself! We always wanted a known quantity. If we would have someone else like a pay driver, we might not be where we are and we would question ourselves, is the material and the car good enough? Because he pulled it off we know now where we are. For sure that’s what we wanted to achieve with getting a driver of his calibre and we achieved it with him, he’s doing a fantastic job for us.”
Mercedes admit clutch problems that have stalled Lewis Hamilton in first two races may not get fixed by Chinese Grand Prix
‘We tend to believe it is a hardware issue rather than an electronics problem and you can’t solve that from one race to the other.
We are working to sort it out. But obviously how the driver uses it needs to be optimised.’
Other F1 teams have eyes on Vandoorne
Boullier says it will have impressed a number of other F1 teams who are interested in the 24-year-old.
“He did a good weekend,” Boullier said. “He didn’t put a foot wrong and he did a very good job.
“I think having done such a weekend for him it is a massive boost to his confidence. It is also a boost I guess for his career. I know a lot of people have some eyes on him. So it is good for him.”
“I don’t know. People keep saying this, but I don’t believe it to be honest. I think at least he didn’t have much time to think about it. He didn’t put the wrong pressure on himself. We definitely didn’t put any pressure on him, but he did a brilliant job.”
Testing agreement delaying Pirelli Formula One tyre contract
Charlie Whiting told reporters at the weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix the delay was not unusual, however.
“Pirelli wanted the targets that they were asked to achieve to be put into the contract. They want more specific items in the contract regarding testing. They really just want a guarantee of testing,”
“If we are going to set them targets, they want the tools with which to achieve those targets. Those are really the only points. I think everything else is sorted but they just want this guarantee of tests.
“We’ve put it into the regulations but they’d like a little comfort and also the possibility to test with their own car…I think it’s all quite achievable in the short term,”
Formula One is preparing for major rule changes next season aimed at making cars faster, harder to drive and with more downforce.
As part of those plans, wider tyres will be subjected to heavier loading and faster cornering speeds.
Teams are currently subject to strict limits on track testing before and during the season but the regulations now allow for 12 days of tyre testing.
Pirelli are seeking clarity on what kind of car and which drivers could be used.
“The key for 2017 is that we have a very clear written mission of what it is they expect us to deliver…and allow us then to be in a condition to actually deliver that,” Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery said earlier in the year.
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