Formula 1 News: Raikkonen Says Ferrari Has ‘Lot Of Work’ To Do, Williams Not Ruling Out 2017 Season With Button, & More
Kimi Raikkonen admits Ferrari still has a “lot of work” to do to become champion again. According to the world champion, “We have quite a bit of work to be done to be able to challenge Mercedes every race, in every condition and when it doesn’t matter where we go.”
According to a report from Autosport, the Maranello-based team only has four engine development tokens left. The last engine upgrade was done right before the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal. During the inaugural Formula 1 race in Baku, Sebastian Vettel had finished second while Raikkonen finished fourth.
Jenson Button not ruled out as a driver for 2017 season. Team boss Claire Williams is keeping mum about who exactly will be driving for the team during the following season. Nonetheless, she refused to rule out the possibility of world champion Jenson Button joining the team.
When asked by Sky Sports, Williams simply remarked, “Button back at Williams’ is a great headline. He started his career here, he’s a world champion and extremely intelligent when it comes to building a team around him and helping the engineering side develop the car.”
For 2017, Williams has the option to retain the services of Valtteri Bottas while their contract with Felipe Massa will expire at the end of the current season.
Lewis Hamilton says it’s “looking a good year” for Nico Rosberg to win his first world championship. Is the reigning world champion ready to admit defeat? Not exactly.
Hamilton told BBC, “I am definitely not feeling confident for the future, but I have a lot of races ahead.” For him, what’s looking good is teammate Rosberg’s chances of scoring a championship. “It’s looking like a good year for Nico, but I never give up,” Hamilton added.
Sergio Perez to stay with Force India for next season. The team’s deputy principal Bob Fernley believes Perez will stay with the team this year. Although he admits to Mail Online, “In this business you can never be 100 percent sure about anything but I would be comfortable to say that he will be with us.”
There has been speculation that Ferrari is interested in making Perez their next driver should Raikkonen retire. However, Ferrari is yet to comment on this rumor.
Ski racer Lindsey Vonn just got to drive around the track with Red Bull. She’s great at skiing, and now, it turns out she can handle the wheel great, too. According to Red Bull Racing, Vonn got to test drive both the Formula Renault 2.0 with a 140 mph top speed and Formula Renault 3.5 with a 180 mph top speed.
Following her drive, she said, “It was unbelievable to drive a race car. I haven’t felt the speed since February, but that’s exactly what is so much fun.” Perhaps Vonn has future career in F1?