The Countdown Continues
Can you believe it’s now less than two months until the start of the 2015 F1 season? Time then to catch up with the latest news as teams and officials continue to make their preparations.
If there’s one team out there that need a good season it’s Ferrari. Their suffering fans can only dream of their beloved team getting back into the contention. They face an uphill task but might just have received a bit of unexpected help.
The FIA, in their wisdom, failed to write an engine homologation deadline date into their regulations for 2015. That means Ferrari, along with Mercedes and Renault, can use a token system to bring updates to their power units during the new season.
Now considering the Italian legends have admitted that they made a late start to the design of their 2015 car this is pretty good news. In fact Ferrari President Sergio Marchionne has labelled the news as an “early victory” for his team. Not quite enough to get the flags swirling but every little bit helps.
Speaking at the Automotive News World Congress in Detroit, Marchionne said: “we don’t have to freeze the engine by the first race, so it will be a very interesting season. I think the car will get better as we go through the year.”
With a new President and the arrival of Sebastian Vettel the pressure is really going to be on Ferrari to deliver the goods this season and Marchionne knows that all too well. He said in Detroit: “It was time for a change. I think Luca has done a great job of leading that business for 23 years, but we hadn’t won an F1 championship since 2008. We had a disaster of a season in 2014, and I think organisations tend to get lazy, so it was time to bring about some change.”
There’s been more engine talk this week as there have been talks of making changes to the engine rules after a meeting with Honda. Back in F1 after a six-year break, Honda don’t seem to be too pleased with F1 in 2015 believing recent changes have created some unfair rules. This includes the statement on in-season engine development that has put smiles on the faces of Ferrari bosses. Honda isn’t being allowed to develop its engine during the 2015 season so expect to hear more about this in the weeks ahead.
Finally this week, there may be some good news for those of you planning to attend the British Grand Prix. Silverstone has a new managing director in the shape of Patrick Allen and he wants to see admission prices reduced.
He fancies a £99 admission ticket for race-day and believes “that’s what customers deserve.” Mind you the plan is also to see an increased attendance over the weekend, so what they lose with one hand, they’d more than make up with the other. This isn’t likely to happen until 2016 though.