Briton George Russell, a British youngster has been signed to champions Mercedes’ young driver development programme.
Russell, who finished third in the last European Formula 3 championship, has been considered a good signing for the team.
“Of course, my priority is to get the job done over coming season in GP3 and I’m fully focused on that. This opportunity is a huge motivation and I’m looking forward to the challenge. It should be an exciting year ahead,” the young Russell said.
Russell has competed in the FIA Formula 3 championship for the last two seasons and scored two wins, ten podiums and three pole positions on his way to third in the 2016 standings behind new Williams recruit, Lance Stroll.
“George has shown impressive form in the junior categories and we have been keeping a close eye on him for a while now. It is still early in his career but we see great potential in him,” Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff said. (more…)
Even though Jenson Button still stands by his decision to walk away from Formula 1 where he drives for McLaren’s Honda Formula 1 team, he believes that his retirement decision was one that was taken too early into the season.
The decision which the 2009 World Champion had taken in August has been identified as one of the top reasons that had affected his mindset negatively for the rest of the season.
And though he did not look at it from that point of angle at the time, Jenson has noted that he should have left the decision till later in the year so as to allow him focus more on the final races of 2016.
Button while speaking to Motorsport.com in Abu Dhabi on Motorsport.com.
“I still feel August is quite early, personally,”
“I think when a driver decides he is going to leave or retire from that sport, I think you should try and do it as late as possible.
“I think I did it way too early. I think the mindset definitely changes which is a shame, I didn’t think it would but it definitely does.” (more…)
It is rumored that Toto Wolff of Mercedes F1 team and Chip Ganassi, who is an entrepreneur in American racing are both looking to pick up Lance Stroll.
He has emerged as a leader in the Formula 3 of the FIA European Championship. Wolff has been eyeing this talent who is upcoming as he has panache for picking up young drivers who show potential. He has managed Valterri Bottas as well before he took up his role in Mercedes.
Many might think that Lance’s father who is a super rich fashion magnate in Canada, Lawrence Stroll, might have been instrumental in his son getting success early in his racing career. But that is something that has worked against Lance as well, which many of the experts feel. The reputation that Lance has developed in the market often works against him. Many feel that he has been able to attend classes that have been possible due to his father’s successful standing. However, people also need to recognize the talent that he has inherent in him. This is what Wolff has discovered in Lance. He feels that the talent and maturity in the body is evident when you speak to him. He is only seventeen years of age, when one talks to him the maturity that the boy has been akin to someone who is 35 years of age.
With the Russian GP already here, all eyes are on Nico Rosberg. He is clearly one of the favorites of the race and all eyes are on him.
However, even though he and his team are way ahead in points, Nico feels that it would be unwise to sit back and take it easy. Being part of the Mercedes team, he has gained 75 points after completing the three races that have taken place this year. He has been victorious in China, Bahrain and Australia and hence, most fans are hoping that he would be able to repeat the pattern this weekend as well.
Nico refuses to be complacent about this race. The threat that has come on from Red Bull and Ferrari as well as Lewis Hamilton, Nico feels that it would be foolish to sit back. Even though the car is the fastest one out there, Nico feels that it is hard to predict. Though the previous weekend races have gone well, it would be unwise to think similarly for the upcoming one. (more…)
Brazilian Formula One driver Felipe Massa has conceded that the Ferrari has a lot more pace compared to his Williams car after he lost out to new Ferrari signing Sebastian Vettel in the race to finish behind the two Mercedes cars at the season’s curtain raiser at the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne last weekend.
The Brazilian was cruising comfortably in his starting position of third behind the two pace setting Mercedes cars of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg before being caught behind the Red Bull Racing car of Daniel Ricciardo which allowed Vettel to pass him on lap 20. Massa eventually finished behind the German in fourth position, a full 4 seconds behind.
Massa reckons that although Ferrari might have had the faster car, he would have managed to keep Vettel in check if he had not lost time behind Ricciardo. He said that it is true that the Ferrari is faster than the Williams, but still, not by much and could at most be one – tenths of a second.
He mentioned that being in front was the best option he had because the track at Albert Park is not easy for overtaking manoeuvres and to lose from that position is not easy to digest. He mentioned that he is a bit disappointed but it is still the start and there are still a lot more races to go before the season is over. (more…)
Renault is contemplating over his F1 strategy and is planning a move that might lead to return of full branded effort.
Whilst it’s presently concentrated on improving the power unit for helping Red Bull in its challenge to Merc for title, the eminent French auto maker has confessed that its long-term aspirations are focused elsewhere.
The elite auto maker is now contemplating over the fact that whether it would stay as mere engine supplier or it would strive to bigger its presence across the F1 circuit.
Albeit creating a new team right from scratch might not be on the list yet one possible solution is to amp up investment on outfit to ensure its status as full-branded Renault-works squad. Cyril Abiteboul, the managing director of Renault F1 stated that they are planning to achieve something with the power of marketing.
“”We’re here for the marketing purpose. Thus, if we would need to perform things tad differently from marketing perspective, we are ready. There isn’t any question of ego here. Our priority now is to effectively deliver marketing messages in utmost cost-efficient way. (more…)
Mercedes F1 driver Lewis Hamilton has urged McLaren not to let Jenson Button leave the team at the end of the season, describing him as a better driver as most of the others on the grid.
Spaniard Fernando Alonso is widely tipped as the driver to re-join McLaren ahead of the 2015 season after announcing his departure from Ferrari at the end of the season, cutting short his five year stint with the Italian team with two more seasons still to go in his contract and it is expected that the Englishman Button will be the one to make way for the former double world champion.
Button had hoped that it would be rookie youngster Kevin Magnussen who would be making way for Alonso in the team but according to sources within McLaren, they would prefer a team of the hugely experienced Alonso and the rookie Magnussen rather than have two number one drivers in the team, a situation they have been faced with before when Alonso and Hamilton were part of the same team.
The 34 year old has not yet made a decision about his future in the sport but it is expected the Englishman will not join any lesser team just to prolong his career in the biggest motorsport event in the world but would rather seek fresh challenges.
Hamilton said that if he had a team, he would want Jenson Button to be one of the drivers in the team, describing him as a great asset. He went on to add that it is not that McLaren need a better driver, adding that Button is one of the best out there but they want a better car.
McLaren is expected to announce the arrival of Alonso when the season winds up after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.