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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...

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...

Haas ‘better and better’ every year – Grosjean

Haas is getting better at the formula one game. Haas is getting better at the formula one game. That is the news from leading players at the small American team, including driver Romain Grosjean, and chief engineer Ayao Komatsu. Komatsu says the biggest change in 2018, compared to Haas’ first two years on the grid, was how the car was developed. “It was the first year that we actually decided to develop the car throughout the season,” he said. Indeed, in 2016, Haas’ rivals regularly criticised the team for running a car that was very similar to that of its technical partner, Ferrari. The Ferrari deal has remained in place since then, but Komatsu says Haas was much more focused on improving its car in-season last year. “We are very happy with our baseline and h...

Liberty continues push for budget cap

The proposed budget cap remained a hot topic of conversation at the latest meeting of the strategy group. The proposed budget cap remained a hot topic of conversation at the latest meeting of the strategy group. The first strategy group meeting of 2019 took place last week in Geneva, Italy’s La Gazzetta dello Sport and Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport report. It was Mattia Binotto’s first such meeting as Ferrari boss, and La Gazzetta dello Sport cited a source who said the Italian was more like Stefano Domenicali than the harder Maurizio Arrivabene he replaces. As for the FIA and Liberty Media, they presented their renewed push for a budget cap that will begin in 2021. In the first year, the cap would start at $185 million, reducing to $160m and $135 over the following seas...

Vettel hopes Schumacher races for Ferrari

Sebastian Vettel has welcomed news that Mick Schumacher has signed up with Ferrari. Sebastian Vettel has welcomed news that Mick Schumacher has signed up with Ferrari. Schumacher, the 19-year-old son of Vettel’s mentor Michael, has joined Ferrari’s driver development ‘academy’. “It’s great for him,” Vettel said at the race of champions event in Mexico. “I hope he stays with us for a long time and one day he can drive with me. Or maybe I can hand over the steering wheel to him when I stop one day,” he is quoted by DPA news agency. Ferrari’s new team boss, Mattia Binotto, says he has known Schumacher “from birth”. Mick was born in 1999, one year before Michael Schumacher won his first of five titles for Ferrari. “I...

Haas to continue Ferrari collaboration – Steiner

Gunther Steiner says Haas will continue to benefit from its close collaboration with Ferrari. Gunther Steiner says Haas will continue to benefit from its close collaboration with Ferrari. Last year, the small American team finished fifth overall, amid complaints that it effectively uses a Ferrari ‘clone’ single seater. But boss Steiner says the team has proved it does nothing wrong. “We’ve invited everyone to come and take a look,” he is quoted by Speed Week. “We’ve also passed every FIA test and are still open should anyone else want to check us out. “So far no one has come because people just try to scare us. But you cannot scare someone if they are not supposed to be scared. That’s why we said ‘Be our guests’.” Stei...

Haas boss targets fifth place again

Gunther Steiner thinks Haas can do “a good job” once again in 2019. Gunther Steiner thinks Haas can do “a good job” once again in 2019. In 2018, the new American team surprised in its second year on the grid by finishing fifth overall. And boss Steiner thinks Haas can do it again. “When I look at the numbers, I’m sure we will have a good car,” he told the Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet. “But even last year I didn’t say anything about how good the others would be. Because I don’t know. “We are happy with what we see, but considering the new rules, has anyone found something that we haven’t? How can I know?” Steiner added. However, Steiner said Haas’ goal is to push again for fifth place in the constructors&#...

Sirotkin, Wehrlein eye Ferrari role for 2019

Two drivers may be eyeing Daniil Kvyat’s job at Ferrari for 2019. Two drivers may be eyeing Daniil Kvyat’s job at Ferrari for 2019. This year, Russian Kvyat was a Ferrari development driver, specifically heading the Italian team’s efforts in the simulator. Williams refugee Sergey Sirotkin admitted to Russia’s Championat that he may be interested in that role, now that Kvyat is returning to the grid with Toro Rosso. “Next week we will resolve this issue, especially if we set ourselves the goal of returning to formula one in 2020,” the Russian said. “That is potentially a very good place, because you embrace three teams at once — Haas, Sauber and Ferrari,” Sirotkin added. “It is a great option.” Robert Kubica also eyed the Fer...

Vandoorne lacked ‘confidence’ from McLaren

As his F1 career ends, Stoffel Vandoorne has hinted he was the victim of politics at McLaren this year. As his F1 career ends, Stoffel Vandoorne has hinted he was the victim of politics at McLaren this year. The Belgian said he had “fun” during his last race for the struggling British team in Abu Dhabi, before switching to Formula E and a Mercedes role for 2019. “It was a great fight with Esteban and Romain, as we know our car is not at the level of Force India and Haas,” he is quoted by La Derniere Heure. “Now I’m going to relax for a few days, empty my head and switch to electric mode,” Vandoorne smiled. Some in the paddock are confused as to why Vandoorne’s F1 career did not flourish, given how dominant he was in the junior categories. ...

Haas undecided over Force India verdict appeal

Haas is not ruling out appealing the ruling of the stewards in Abu Dhabi. Haas is not ruling out appealing the ruling of the stewards in Abu Dhabi. In a complex case, the American outfit protested against Force India, alleging that after the sale to Lawrence Stroll, the Silverstone based team had not technically built its own cars. Force India accused Haas of being “hypocritical”, saying the outfit designs many more parts of its car than the Ferrari-linked American team does. But the dispute is essentially over about $60 million in official F1 income that boss Gunther Steiner claims Force India should no longer be eligible for. “As a new team, we had to wait two years without prize money, and so should they. This is a question that had to be dealt with,” said Steine...

Haas protests Force India over $60m payment

Haas has lodged an official protest against the Force India team. Haas has lodged an official protest against the Force India team. According to Auto Motor und Sport, the dispute is all about money — and up to a whopping $60 million. Haas, the small American outfit, is pointing out that when Lawrence Stroll bought the Force India assets earlier this year, a whole new team entry had to be created. However, Stroll and Liberty Media agreed that the team would still be eligible for its official prize money, even though that normally would not be granted to a ‘new’ team. So the Haas protest is the allegation that ‘Racing Point Force India’ has broken the F1 rules by not actually building the pink-coloured cars it races. Haas boss Gunther Steiner met with Liberty...

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