Williams a mere puppet of Mercedes? No not according to Claire
Williams team boss Claire Williams defends itself against accusations that Mercedes have too much influence in Formula 1 and can utilize the voice of the team as was stated by Mr E to the Daily Mail.
“You can look at each voting and see that we are not controlled by Mercedes,” says team boss Claire Williams.
“We are Williams and are in this sport for almost four decades. We are for the vote, what we think is right and what is good for the sport, and not because we are asked by our engine supplier. We are a customer team and pay for our engines. It’s not like we can get it for free and then have to vote for what they want.”
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I’m no hero says Vettel
Quadruple world champion Sebastian Vettel insists he has no desire to behave like a “hero”. While the reigning title winner Lewis Hamilton is commonly called a F1 “superstar”, Ferrari’s Vettel refuses even to sign up for Twitter or Instagram.
“I am a normal person like everyone else on the road,” he told the Die Welt newspaper supplement called ‘PS Welt’.
“I am no better, just because I can drive faster than other people. I’m not saving anyone’s life, I’m not a hero,” Vettel insisted. A fiercely-private young father of – reportedly – now two children, 28-year-old Vettel says he cannot relate to the ‘selfie’ generation.
“This generation that constantly takes photos of itself is beyond me,” he said.
Vettel also admits to not totally relating to the modern iteration of the sport he excels in. “The new (F1) rules are, I would say, very futuristic,” he said.
“The cars have become more efficient in terms of consumption, but whether this thrills the audience or even the drivers, I am not sure,” added Vettel.
He also said the rules have become too “opaque”, further alienating the sport from its base, while he says the recent wrangling over qualifying was simply “embarrassing”.
“We must be careful not to lose the spirit of F1,” Vettel insisted.
“Since I have been here we have done a great deal to improve the sport — some (changes) have succeeded, many have not. Some things now are too artificial and the audience finds it hard to identify with that,” he added.
I am mentally tougher than ever, asserts Hamilton
“People keep asking me if I’m worried — if there’s a downward trend emerging.But I’m feeling the complete opposite.
There are no real flaws in our procedure and how we’re working, so I know it’s going to come good,” Hamilton was quoted as saying by Sky Sports on Sunday.
“On a personal level too, I’m in the best place I’ve ever been psychologically. There’s very little, if anything at all, that can penetrate that,” he said.
2017 rules will make ‘very dull’ races
Daniel Ricciardo fears next year’s regulation changes could make F1 “very dull” due to increased levels of downforce. Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has said the amount of downforce included in the regulations changes is “a mistake” and Red Bull driver Ricciardo agrees this is not a step in the right direction.
“For the tempo, for the whole pace of the race needs to be quicker, a bit more intense,” Ricciardo said. “And to have high speed corners, to be able to push the cars through the high speed more. I don’t want to bolt on a whole lot of downforce and then be unable to follow another car. Qualifying would be fun but it would make the Sundays very dull.
“In an ideal world, whether it is through the tyres, having more grip from the tyre itself, to be able to go through the high speed and be more on to the driver. When I tested in Jerez the first time in 2009, all the high speed corners were up to me. The car was going to stick; it was how much I was willing to push it. Now I feel that there are a lot of corners on the calendar where you get to your limit.”
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