Having Red Bull remain on board as a customer will strengthen its chances on its return to F1 as a constructor
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Jarno Trulli has admitted he is surprised his old F1 teammate Fernando Alonso did not make his five-year Ferrari marriage work.
Alonso, who was paired with Italian Trulli at Renault a decade ago, has split with Ferrari and is expected to move to McLaren-Honda for 2015 and beyond. “It’s hard to grasp that it did not work for Fernando,” Italian Trulli, in Malaysia for the second round of the new Formula E series, told the Spanish news agency EFE.
Battle lines are being drawn as F1 reacts to the ‘crisis’ of collapsing teams.
But Red Bull’s Dr Helmut Marko declared unequivocally ahead of the US grand prix: “We are ready.” He was referring to the concept of three-car teams, as he admitted to Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport that it might cost the sport’s big players up to $30 million each.
F1 risks sliding into crisis and having to reinvent its very DNA as struggling backmarker teams begin to succumb to collapse.
HRT folded in 2012, and now F1’s two other newest teams Caterham and Marussia are in the throes of financial administration. Organisers of next weekend’s US grand prix look set to welcome just 9 teams to an 18-car grid, unprecedented since BAR-Honda was banned for a time almost a decade ago.
Yet another week in F1 history is passing by with little more known about the future of arguably the sport’s biggest name.
Michael Schumacher’s former manager doubts Sebastian Vettel can emulate the F1 legend’s success at rebuilding a beleaguered Ferrari team.
Willi Weber, also known as the lucrative ‘Mr 20 per cent’ after brokering Schumacher’s mammoth Ferrari contracts, is worried quadruple world champion Vettel’s personality might not be as suited to the task.
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.
Also in Abu Dhabi, Pirelli will test its proposed 2015 tyres for the first time.
Sebastian Vettel will not be able to make his test debut for Ferrari in the days immediately after next month’s Abu Dhabi grand prix finale. Italy’s Omnicorse claims that, even though the Maranello team is yet to officially confirm that the German will be wearing red in 2015, it wanted Vettel to drive the F14-T at the post-Abu Dhabi test.
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.
Carlos Sainz jr is not the only candidate to replace the Red Bull-bound Daniil Kvyat at Toro Rosso next year.
Christian Horner and Dr Helmut Marko have already admitted the talented Spaniard, the current cream of Red Bull’s famed young driver programme, is the frontrunner for the newly-vacant seat in the wake of Sebastian Vettel’s shock news.