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Mercedes dominance could now be over – Rosberg

Nico Rosberg thinks Mercedes’ utter dominance of the ‘power unit’ era may finally be over. Nico Rosberg thinks Mercedes‘ utter dominance of the ‘power unit’ era may finally be over. Before retiring, Rosberg won the 2016 title for the German team. And since 2014, when the turbo V6 era began, Lewis Hamilton has won every other championship. “This year, everything resets to zero because of the rule changes,” Rosberg told DPA news agency. “Perhaps Mercedes will no longer be the dominant force. I’m really looking forward to seeing that,” he said. Rosberg said Red Bull could play a bigger role now that the team has paired with Honda, but thinks the pressure is piling on the shoulders of Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel. “Of cour...

2019 Renault car ‘still in pieces’ – Abiteboul

Renault’s 2019 car is yet to see light of day. Renault‘s 2019 car is yet to see light of day. Ostensibly, the French team ‘launched’ its new single seater on Tuesday, but it was actually the 2018 car with 2019-style bodywork. One theory is that the car is delayed, and another is that Renault doesn’t want to reveal its secrets. Team boss Cyril Abiteboul admitted it is “the biggest step we have taken since the introduction of V6 engines”. Team advisor Alain Prost says Renault has been working over recent months to build up, declaring on Tuesday: “We are now a big team.” And with Daniel Ricciardo now in the cockpit, Abiteboul says Renault has “perhaps the strongest” driver lineup of any team. Nico Hulkenberg, he added, is ̶...

Toro Rosso to use year-old Red Bull parts in 2019

Toro Rosso’s new car features many parts that were used on the 2018 Red Bull. Toro Rosso’s new car features many parts that were used on the 2018 Red Bull. With Ferrari moving closer to Sauber-Alfa Romeo and Haas buying many parts from Maranello, the rules now allow Red Bull and Toro Rosso to also collaborate more closely. For instance, the entire Honda-powered rear end of the new Toro Rosso will be identical to what is run by Red Bull. “Actually, this is the philosophy we followed until 2010 when the other competitors voted for a rule change,” said team boss Franz Tost. Toro Rosso duly boosted its workforce from 100 to 400 employees, but from 2019, the Faenza based team will be working much more closely with Red Bull once again. “We will buy some parts and ha...

Verstappen says he, Leclerc top stars of future

Max Verstappen thinks he and Charles Leclerc will be the ‘Hamilton and Vettel’ of the future. Max Verstappen thinks he and Charles Leclerc will be the ‘Hamilton and Vettel’ of the future. Verstappen, 21, will be the de-facto number 1 at Red Bull this year, while Ferrari rookie Leclerc – also 21 – will be four time world champion Sebastian Vettel’s teammate. “I imagine we will be like Hamilton and Vettel in the future, because at some point the old generation will go,” the Dutchman told La Gazzetta dello Sport. Verstappen says there is no reason both he and Frenchman Leclerc will be unable to challenge for the world championship in 2019. “If I had a competitive car in my first year, I could have competed for the title,” he sa...

Steiner ‘happy’ with Ferrari-Alfa alliance

Gunther Steiner says he is “happy” with the ever closer alliance between Ferrari and the team formerly known as Sauber. Gunther Steiner says he is “happy” with the ever closer alliance between Ferrari and the team formerly known as Sauber. Steiner is the boss at Haas, the small American team that has a close technical collaboration with Ferrari. However, Ferrari and ‘Sauber’ are moving even more closely together, with the rebranding of the Swiss team as Alfa Romeo and rumours of a full buyout. But Steiner is quoted by Speed Week as saying the Haas-Ferrari collaboration is still going strong. “What happens with Sauber and Alfa Romeo is none of our business,” he said. “I don’t think I am in a position to tell Ferrari what to do. The...

Top teams will be unbeaten in 2019 – Grosjean

F1’s current top teams will remain unchallenged until at least 2021. F1’s current top teams will remain unchallenged until at least 2021. That is the view of Romain Grosjean, a driver for the small American team Haas. Thanks to its Ferrari collaboration, Haas is tipped to continue to challenge right behind the top teams Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull in 2019. But Grosjean doubts any team will be able to actually beat the top three, even if the aerodynamic rules are changing this year. “Formula one needs to improve the chances of other teams winning races, but I do not think it will happen before 2021,” he is quoted by Corriere dello Sport. “Ideally it would be nice to have more teams fighting for victory, because what sense does it make that it is always the s...

Leclerc must not be impatient – Todt

Charles Leclerc’s manager says the new Ferrari driver must not be “impatient” in 2019. Charles Leclerc‘s manager says the new Ferrari driver must not be “impatient” in 2019. Replacing Kimi Raikkonen for the new season, many are tipping 21-year-old Frenchman Leclerc to give nominal ‘number 1’ driver Sebastian Vettel a run for his money this year. But Nicolas Todt, the son of FIA president Jean Todt and a well-known driver manager, pointed out that Leclerc “has never been on the podium yet because he did not have a car to do it”. Todt thinks Leclerc will have a top car in 2019, but he warned his young charge about getting carried away. “The mistake that Charles must not commit is to be impatient,” he told Italian newspap...

Gasly in ‘best situation’ next to Verstappen

Pierre Gasly says he is in the “best situation” to have Max Verstappen as his 2019 teammate. Pierre Gasly says he is in the “best situation” to have Max Verstappen as his 2019 teammate. This week, Red Bull team boss Christian Horner declared that Verstappen is the driver that five time world champion Lewis Hamilton now “fears” the most. Gasly is Verstappen’s actual teammate. Although older than the Dutchman, 23-year-old French driver Gasly is starting his second full season in 2019. He drove for Toro Rosso last year but has been promoted to replace Daniel Ricciardo. “It’s a very important season for me,” Gasly told Ouest France. “There are three teams that stand out from the rest of the field: Ferrari, Mercedes and Red Bull....

Red Bull ‘needed’ Honda switch – Webber

Mark Webber has backed Red Bull’s decision to switch to Honda power for 2019. Mark Webber has backed Red Bull‘s decision to switch to Honda power for 2019. Although Honda’s recent history in F1 has been unsuccessful, former Red Bull driver Webber thinks dropping customer Renault power was the right move for the team. “Red Bull needed a change,” he told Speed Week. “You get new energy from that. The biggest challenge for Honda will be to get all the performance out over the required life of the engine. “I have no doubt that Honda will catch up in qualifying, but reliability in the race is something else. That needs time,” the Australian said. As for his countryman Daniel Ricciardo‘s decision to leave Red Bull, Webber is not so sure. R...

Vettel and Ferrari ‘deserve’ 2018 title – Wehrlein

Pascal Wehrlein says his countryman Sebastian Vettel deserves to win the 2019 world championship. Pascal Wehrlein says his countryman Sebastian Vettel deserves to win the 2019 world championship. Ferrari has announced that German Wehrlein, who also drives in Formula E, will be a Ferrari simulator driver this year. Also in the simulator at Maranello in 2019 will be ousted Toro Rosso driver Brendon Hartley, even though the New Zealander’s father said recently that a Ferrari role is “not the direction we are looking in at all”. Former Manor and Sauber driver Wehrlein is happy with his new job in red. “It makes me extremely proud. It’s an honour for me to work for Ferrari,” he said. Wehrlein is a friend of Vettel’s, and it has been reported that the qu...

Alfa to reveal innovative 2019 car – report

Sauber – now called Alfa Romeo – could have a surprise in store with the design of its 2019 car. Sauber – now called Alfa Romeo – could have a surprise in store with the design of its 2019 car. That is the claim of Italy’s La Gazzetta dello Sport. The authoritative sports newspaper claims the new Alfa will have a radical shape as it has been designed with “as little caution as possible”. It is claimed team boss Frederic Vasseur has also recruited staff heavily over the winter period, thanks in part to the collaboration with Ferrari and the signing of Kimi Raikkonen. The 2019 Sauber has been designed by former Ferrari designer Simone Resta, and will reportedly feature “interesting innovations” not seen on any other F1 car so far. La Gazz...

Sauber, now Alfa, gets 2019 budget boost

Sauber will reportedly enjoy a big budget boost in 2019. Sauber will reportedly enjoy a big budget boost in 2019. The Hinwil based team has a new name for the new season — Alfa Romeo. “Alfa Romeo Racing, operated by Sauber Motorsport. New name, Same game!” the team announced on Twitter. “It’s a pity that the legendary Sauber name is going,” former F1 driver Vitaly Petrov told Russia’s Championat. However, it is a firm indication of an ever closer relationship with Ferrari. Both Alfa Romeo and Ferrari are owned by Fiat Chrysler. BudgetBookGP claims the former EUR 50 million Alfa sponsorship will be doubled for 2019 and “allow the team to target 250 million euros of budget per season”. It could mean the Swiss-based team starts to compete ...

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