Summarised F1 news from across the internet: 2nd December 2016
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‘Verstappen is ready for a title fight’
Max Verstappen is ready to fight for the F1 World title in 2017, he just “needs the right car” according to Red Bull motorsport advisor Helmut Marko.
In his second season in F1 Verstappen was promoted to senior team Red Bull Racing and immediately vindicated the decision as he took the chequered flag at the Spanish Grand Prix.
“He just needs the right car,” the Austrian told the official F1 website. “But that goes for both our drivers – either can be champion next year – so hopefully we can deliver.
“Staying with Max, when I first met him he was 15 – a 15-year-old boy with the maturity of a 26-year-old man and an unbelievable self-confidence.
“Since then three years have passed and he’s had a sensational learning curve. He doesn’t make mistakes twice – so he is definitely ready for the title fight.
“There is no need for any more extra preparation: he knows the name of the game!”
Verstappen’s driving, though, hasn’t always gone down well with his rivals.
Even the FIA stepped in to ban the ‘Verstappen block’ after numerous complaints that he was courting a huge crash by moving in the braking zones.
Marko sees nothing wrong with his driver’s antics.
“What I see is that he brings a completely new approach to the ‘reigning establishment’! He shows them again how racing should be – how it was in the past.
“I remember when guys like Senna and Schumacher came, they also had a different approach and were a shock awakening for the establishment of their time. They also were criticised massively.
“Now we have a young, hungry, sexy young driver, with a devil-may-care attitude about the spoils of former champions – whether they have won once, twice, three times or even four times.”
Sauber is set to be the first team to homologate their 2017 car
After coming close to collapse earlier in the year, Sauber were rescued and given financial security. Despite that, they opted to take year-old Ferrari engines for next season, something team boss Monisha Kaltenborn insists it is for technical reasons rather than cost.
“We know there is a big change coming up, so with the size we are the capacity we have, we needed to focus on that change,”
Kimi testing 2017 mule car in Abu Dhabi
Bygones be bygones
French GP to return
Paul Ricard looks to be back on the calendar.