Hamilton praises Rossi, sets timeline for his eventual Formula 1 departure. Current world champion Hamilton has praised Valentino Rossi for still being at the top of his game despite being the oldest rider in the MotoGP grid.
In fact, the Italian had achieved a pole position and victory in Jerez last weekend. On Rossi’s ability to still win races, Hamilton said, “He still has the ability to do so, and so I hope that I am in the similar position towards the end of my career.”
As for when Hamilton intends to leave Formula 1, a recent report from motorsport.com revealed that the Brit is thinking of stepping off the track for good in the early 2020s. That’s still a long way to go, which is great news for fans.
Bernie Ecclestone wants a return to dictatorship. The Formula 1 supremo had recently said that he’d prefer to have one person (himself) make decisions on the sport rather than relying on a majority vote.
According to a report from Grand Prix Times, Ecclestone told Sovetsky Sport that the current “structure is wrong” with decisions having to be voted on by the Strategy Group, F1 Commission and World Motor Sport Council. Moreover, the 85-year-old believes that leading teams Mercedes and Ferrari simply wield too much power.
He remarked, “We have allowed Ferrari and Mercedes to run [the sport]. Why is that? They supply engines to most of the other teams and, of course, have a major influence over them.” What Ecclestone wants to happen is to return to earlier days of the sport, when he “was in a much stronger position” and when he “was a dictator.”
Renault points out that Red Bull has been left ‘exposed’ due to engine decision. In a recent interview with Autosport, Renault Managing Director Cyril Abiteboul remarked that Red Bull’s engine situation “has been causing a lot of frustration” for the team. The team had once considered developing their own power unit but eventually decided not to push through with the project.
According to their current engine supplier Renault, the decision has left them “fragile and exposed” to “performance – or lack of performance – from an engine supplier.” Moreover, Abiteboul said the team focused on the chassis and driver development instead.
Jenson Button’s winning F1 car set to return to the track. Button’s winning Brawn Formula 1 car is set to return to action at the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed. Brawn team owner Ross Brawn revealed that the car has been with him since Button’s title-winning season in 2009.
“I’m absolutely delighted that one of only three Brawn BGP 001s built is coming to the Festival of Speed,” he said. The Festival of Speed will run from June 23 to 26.