McLaren confirms Honda’s 2015 F1 return
Nick Fry, Mercedes’ chief executive, was present on Monday for the launch of the team’s 2013 car.
But with the new guard refusing to outright deny speculation McLaren’s Paddy Lowe could be making a switch for 2014, a dark cloud hangs above Briton Fry’s head. “He has long been a key member of the team,” insisted team boss Ross Brawn, whose own future has been up for discussion in recent times.
Ferrari is expecting another closely-fought world championship contest in 2013.
Last year, no fewer than six separate teams won grands prix – a rarity in formula one – and for 2013 the regulations are not changing significantly. “The stability of the regulations is always a condition that favours greater similarity in the performance of the competitors,” team boss Stefano Domenicali is quoted by Brazil’s O Estado de S.Paulo newspaper.
More publications and sources are reporting rumours Mercedes could be looking to reshape its commitment to formula one.
Mercedes’ 2012 car is good enough to be the basis of next year’s silver challenger, team boss Ross Brawn has revealed.
Mercedes may have withheld its signature from the new 2013 Concorde Agreement because of a disagreement about bonus money.
That is the claim of Germany’s authoritative Auto Motor und Sport, hot on the heels of Bernie Ecclestone’s news on Saturday that the “majority” of teams – including grandees Ferrari, Red Bull and McLaren – have now agreed terms.
And Haug insisted that Mercedes has the right drivers
Mercedes regards Michael Schumacher as an integral part of its push for success in formula one, boss Norbert Haug said this week. Currently, the seven time world champion is committed to the German marque – and his return to F1 – only until the end of next season.
Mercedes team boss Brawn suggested it is not right that rival teams have a say.
Ross Brawn has called upon rival teams to stop asking for “favours” before helping Renault and Team Lotus to change their names for 2012. Because name changes are generally frowned upon by the sport’s officials, the Renault/Lotus issue has been referred to a meeting of the F1 Commission early next month.
Targeting the world championship in 2012 is not realistic for Mercedes GP, according to team boss Ross Brawn.
Daimler chairman Dieter Zetsche admitted last week he is not happy with the performance of the Brackley based team, currently a distant fourth in the points standings behind Red Bull, McLaren and Ferrari.
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