Formula 1 Rumors: Ferrari Speculations Disturb Bottas, McLaren Looks To Challenge Mercedes, & New ‘Halo’ Design Encloses Cockpit
Formula 1 driver Valtteri Bottas has admitted that rumors surrounding him regarding a possible move to the Scuderia Ferrari team last season did him no good.Advertisement
During an interview with The Checkered Flag, the Williams Martini driver revealed it was “the most disturbing time” of his career. Bottas even thinks that the said speculations affected his performance and therefore his results. The 26-year-old driver was linked to Ferrari last season when he was named the favorite to replace Kimi Raikkonen. Later on, however, Ferrari had decided to keep Raikkonen on for the 2016 season.
Meanwhile, if a recent interview is any indication, it looks lake the McLaren Honda team is gearing up to be more than competitive with their new engine for the 2016 Formula 1 season. In fact, the team is reportedly confident that it can challenge frontrunner and current constructor champion Mercedes.
According to a report from F1i, the McLaren Honda team has made a breakthrough with regards to the power output of their engine. Moreover, Spanish newspaper AS also reported that the team has managed to gain an extra 223 horsepower in their power unit. The team has also been working on 24-hour day shifts throughout the recent holidays in order to make sure that all performance issues from last season will be addressed. In addition, McLaren had also hired chief aerodynamicist Peter Prodromou from Red Bull to make the McLaren MP4-30 more competitive.
Finally, with the FIA giving the “halo” a go ahead for the 2017 season, the newest proposal for its final design illustrates a glass enclosure to help further shield drivers from debris exposure.
According to a report from motorsport.com, a new concept design from Giorgio Piola illustrates the possibility of using a glass enclosure for the ‘halo’ in two different ways. The first one has a glass panel that surrounds the driver entirely, although following this design might pose significant visibility issues to the driver. Meanwhile, the second proposed design keeps the glass panel around the driver, but leaves it open in the front to allow for more visibility. Nonetheless, it has already been agreed that any screen addition to the halo will not be applied to the 2017 cars.