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Budget caps ‘will not help F1’ – Villeneuve

Jacques Villeneuve says a budget cap is the wrong direction for F1. Jacques Villeneuve says a budget cap is the wrong direction for F1. With support from the FIA and many teams, the sport’s new owner Liberty Media is determined to impose caps on annual spending from 2021. Villeneuve, F1’s outspoken 1997 world champion, is diametrically opposed. “F1 is supposed to represent absolute excess,” he told Le Journal de Montreal as he began to tackle his new racing role in the European Nascar series. “But now it is an economy race. We limit the use of engines to three per season, and after that you are penalised. That’s not F1,” Villeneuve insisted. “If we do a budget cap at, say, 100 million, what’s going to happen? Mercedes would certainly sp...

Details of ‘ground effect’ 2021 car concept leaked

Technical details about the proposed 2021 cars have leaked in the days since highly secretive meetings took place in London. Technical details about the proposed 2021 cars have leaked in the days since highly secretive meetings took place in London. While the meetings themselves were not secret, it is believed all the leading players have agreed with Liberty Media to maintain radio silence. It is amid a particularly tense time, with the 2021 regulations needing to be finalised in June and the Concorde Agreement also not agreed on all sides. “A new one should have been in place long ago,” said Peter Nygaard, a correspondent for the Danish newspaper BT. Prior to the radio silence, Gunther Steiner admitted that the negotiations are in their eleventh hour. “We need to find a ...

Hulkenberg says Netflix doco ‘exaggerated’ Magnussen rivalry

Kevin Magnussen and Nico Hulkenberg have denied that their feud is still simmering. Kevin Magnussen and Nico Hulkenberg have denied that their feud is still simmering. In the newly released Netflix docuseries, Magnussen – who famously told Hulkenberg to “suck my b*lls” in 2017 – is depicted as still prioritising his rivalry with the German. “I haven’t seen it yet, but I can say that Hulkenberg and me is a closed chapter,” he told Ekstra Bladet newspaper. “There is no special relationship between us. I would never think of focusing specifically on one driver. And I respect Hulkenberg! A lot. In fact, I think he is a really good racing driver,” the Haas driver added. Hulkenberg agrees that the Netflix documentary makers “exaggerated...

Renault not a disappointment in Melbourne – Hulkenberg

Nico Hulkenberg has denied that the start of Renault’s 2019 campaign in Melbourne is “a disappointment”. Nico Hulkenberg has denied that the start of Renault‘s 2019 campaign in Melbourne is “a disappointment”. “I can’t see why it’s a disappointment,” the German driver told Canal Plus broadcaster. “Why do you say that?” Indeed, Hulkenberg outqualified his new teammate Daniel Ricciardo, but the pair both missed out on ‘Q3’. “I don’t think you can expect it,” the German said when told that many expected Renault to be clearly leading the midfield. “It wasn’t realistic after the test days.” But Hulkenberg said that without car problems, he should have been in Q3 anyway. “...

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&#...

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