Formula 1 News: Vettel’s Engine Survives Kvyat Incident, Force India Will Look ‘Different’ In Spain, & More
Sebastian Vettel’s engine survives after the Daniil Kvyat mishap in Russia. Vettel’s side of the Ferrari garage received good news days before the Spanish Grand Prix. Despite the car coming into contact on its rear with Kvyat’s Red Bull twice during the grand prix in Sochi, the engine in Vettel’s car has apparently survived the incident without further problems.
According to a report from Grand Prix, this means that there would be no need for the German to move to his fourth unit out of the five allocated to him for the entire season.
Force India says their cars will look “quite different” in Spain. Team principal Vijay Mallya explained this is due to a number of upgrades set to be introduced to its VJM09 this coming weekend for the Spanish Grand Prix.
The upgrades will be fitted onto the cars in time for Friday practice. Mallya is feeling good about the changes in their car and the team’s chances of scoring more points throughout the season. “There are 17 races to go and I’m confident the best is yet to come. It’s a marathon, not a sprint,” he said.
Renault boss reveals that taking on two world champion drivers for their team would be “more difficult.” During a recent interview, new Renault racing director Fred Vasseur remarked that even if he wasn’t involved in signing Kevin Magnussen and Jolyon Palmer, he prefers them over world champion drivers.
He said, “It is comfortable to have young drivers in the team. They want to grow with us. If you take two world champions it is more difficult.” Currently, only Ferrari and McLaren have two world champions as their drivers.
Mark Webber says Kvyat’s demotion is “harsh.” Nonetheless, the former Red Bull driver is not surprised by the team’s decision following the race mishap that cost Red Bull’s other driver, Daniel Ricciardo, possible points in the Sochi race. This is because Formula 1 is a ruthless sport by nature.
According to a report from ESPN, Webber explained, “In F1 you have nowhere to hide. It’s up to you every session. You’re measured on your own performance.”
Ricciardo is looking to be “close to the podium” when he races for the Spanish Grand Prix. The Red Bull driver is feeling optimistic despite failing to score points in the last grand prix in Russia. He likes the fact that he is familiar with the Circuit de Catalunya track.
Ricciardo told GP Update, “I know the track well as we spend quite a lot of time there [during testing] but there are always things to learn from the track though so I don’t want to say I know it all.”
This will be the first race weekend where he will be alongside new teammate Max Verstappen following Kvyat’s sudden movement back Toro Rosso.