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F1 legend Alain Prost doubts struggling engine supplier Renault can catch dominant Mercedes in 2015.
Having faltered at the start of the new turbo V6 era, Renault – whose prominent F1 partner is the outgoing world champion team Red Bull – can upgrade its 2014 engine to the tune of 48 per cent under the existing ‘freeze’ regulations.
Yet another week in F1 history is passing by with little more known about the future of arguably the sport’s biggest name.
Even now crowned the new Formula Renault 3.5 champion, Carlos Sainz jr is still in the dark about his F1 future.
Clearly the cream of Red Bull’s hopeful clan of young development drivers, the 20-year-old is in the running to replace Daniil Kvyat at Toro Rosso in 2015. But with the 17-year-old Max Verstappen already signed up, it is clear that team boss Franz Tost and owner Dietrich Mateschitz think keeping the experienced Jean-Eric Vergne on board might be the smarter play.
Fernando Alonso is locked in “tough negotiations” with McLaren, the F1 correspondent Luis Vasconcelos claims.
Although the Spanish driver insists Sebastian Vettel’s switch to Ferrari is a mere symptom of his own plans for the future, there are sections of the media who think the German actually caught Alonso off guard.
Jean Todt insists Ferrari is not in the sort of crisis today that he found at Maranello more than two decades ago.
Christian Horner and Alain Prost have welcomed the FIA’s immediate clampdown on radio communications within formula one.
Responding to criticism from fans, F1 race director Charlie Whiting on Thursday circulated a directive to teams clarifying the existing rule about drivers needing to “drive the car alone and unaided”.
Mercedes chiefs have resolved to cool the simmering feud between title-warring teammates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.
Germany’s Bild newspaper reports that when the pair – who collided during the Belgian grand prix – came face-to-face in Germany on Wednesday for a sponsor photoshoot, they barely acknowledged each other’s presence.
FIA Formula E championship
Renault, a pioneer in the world of electric vehicles and an active participant in motorsport ever since the brand was founded, was named last year as an official technical partner of the FIA Formula E Championship. With the competition’s inaugural race in Beijing, China, in September, 2014, looming fast, the French carmaker has announced that is to step up its involvement in the new series in the form of backing for e.dams.
Team boss Christian Horner stepped up his attack on Red Bull’s engine supplier Renault after the Austrian grand prix
At the debut of the energy drink company’s very own grand prix at the Red Bull Ring, the premier Renault-powered team was not only uncompetitive, but world champion Sebastian Vettel was struck yet again by technical trouble.
Even Montreal favourite Lewis Hamilton admits Mercedes will be almost unbeatable this weekend.
Challengers Red Bull looked closer to the pace at tight and twisty Monaco, but on the long straights of the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, the struggling Renault ‘power unit’ is expected to be totally outclassed.