Making noises about his own prospects for next season
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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.
Carlos Sainz jr says he is being “patient” as Red Bull decides his future in formula one.
Before Sebastian Vettel blew the ‘silly season’ wide open and Daniil Kvyat got the call to replace him at Red Bull Racing next year, Spanish rookie Sainz was licking his wounds at having missed out on a Toro Rosso debut for 2015.
Rivals are piling pressure on Mercedes to agree to “unfreeze” engine development in formula one.
The German marque has utterly dominated the sport this year as the all-new turbo V6 era dawned. So rivals, powered by struggling Ferrari and Renault, have argued that the strict limits on in-season development of the ‘power units’ should be relaxed.
Bernie Ecclestone has argued consistently that F1’s first visit to Russia should not be mixed with the country’s political situation.
F1 has made the 8,000 kilometre trek from Suzuka to the all-new Sochi Autodrom, but many are not in the mood to celebrate the sport’s latest destination. That is not just because the Russian grand prix is controversial in the shadow of the Ukraine conflict, with president Vladimir Putin slated to attend.
Marussia says the withdrawal of its GP3 team ahead of this weekend’s round in Russia is not connected to Jules Bianchi’s fight for life.
At the time of writing, it is still not clear how the similarly Manor-run, Marussia-branded F1 team will tackle this weekend’s Sochi round, after Frenchman Bianchi’s life-threatening Suzuka crash mere days ago.
The teams and drivers may have leapt 8,000 kilometres from Suzuka to Sochi, but Jules Bianchi remains in the minds of the entire F1 world.
As was and is still the case with F1 legend Michael Schumacher, protagonists and pundits are now turning to the opinions of external experts to know more about the predicament the talented 25-year-old Frenchman finds himself in.
F1 will court further controversy this weekend when Russian president Vladimir Putin oversees the inaugural grand prix at Sochi.
Michael Schumacher still has “a long and hard road ahead of him,” the F1 legend’s friend Jean Todt said this week.
On Tuesday, we reported that the FIA president had told the Belgian broadcaster RTL after visiting Schumacher at home that the great German “can live a relatively normal life within a short period of time”.