After an intensive winter of development
Tag Archive: Toto Wolff
Valtteri Bottas’ managers have played down rumours linking the on-form Finn with a move to Ferrari.
Italy’s La Gazzetta dello Sport reported this week that, perhaps in view of replacing its current Finn Kimi Raikkonen in 2016, Ferrari has made exploratory advances towards 25-year-old Bottas in recent days.
2014 world champion Lewis Hamilton wants to keep his personal race number 44 next year rather than switch to number 1.
Traditionally, the reigning world champion in F1 wears the coveted number 1. But a change early in 2014, mimicking the system in MotoGP, meant drivers were able to pick their own number between 2 and 99 to keep for the rest of their careers.
With Lewis Hamilton now a double world champion, Mercedes has vowed to waste no time in signing him up for the future.
As their fierce rivalry this year came to its zenith on Sunday, Nico Rosberg was notably gracious in defeat.
Mercedes is determined to ensure the 2014 title is decided in Abu Dhabi by events other than a technical failure.
Team boss Toto Wolff has already said that given the unpopular double points system for the championship finale, it would be a “nightmare” if Lewis Hamilton loses to Nico Rosberg because the British points leader breaks down.
Toto Wolff has hit back at claims F1 is heading into a spending war because of Mercedes’ attitude amid the engine ‘unfreeze’ debate
Christian Horner, the boss at Renault works team Red Bull, said in Brazil that because dominant Mercedes is not helping F1’s struggling suppliers to catch up, the entire cost-limiting freeze could be ended altogether beyond 2015.
Talks over a touted engine ‘unfreeze’ for the 2015 season appear to have taken a dramatic turn.
F1 authorities are scrambling this week to put down a lingering boycott threat ahead of the Brazilian grand prix.
As the sport’s air freight touches down in Sao Paulo, the Brazilian news agency Estado reports that organisers of the Interlagos race are dismissing claims of a boycott threat, insisting that 18 cars – every team with the exception of insolvent Caterham and Marussia – will line up on the grid.
Susie Wolff will extend her deal with Williams into the 2015 season, according to the German newspaper Bild.
The 31-year-old female Briton was the Grove team’s test driver this year, even appearing on a couple of Friday mornings. “The contract for 2015 is close to being signed,” said the newspaper’s correspondents Nicola Pohl and Helmut Uhl.
Mercedes is not yet willing to let its drivers “off the leash” in their three-race fight for the drivers’ title.
That is despite the German squad having wrapped up the crucial and lucrative constructors’ championship three weeks ago in Russia. It was said at the time that Mercedes, having tried to contain the hostility of the duel between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, might react to its title success by giving the drivers freer reign to battle for F1’s biggest prize.