Ferrari’s bonus from Formula 1 has made headlines and in this week’s Inside Line podcast [which you can hear below], the team explain how the Italian manufacturer will likely never get a similar one from Formula E.
It also seems that tyre strategy isn’t the only thing Ferrari is confused about. On the one hand, they’re talking of reconsidering the involvement in Formula 1 because of the dwindling viewership but on the other, they are considering purchasing shares in the sport. Strange are your ways, Ferrari!
Elsewhere in this week’s episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast, Mithila and Kunal wonder if McLaren’s decision to drop the ‘MP4’ prefix is an outcome of a visit with a numerologist and what will McLaren achieve first – a win or a title sponsor?
All this and more can be found in this week’s episode below.
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Mercedes AMG F1 boss Toto Wolff has no worries about the future working relationship between Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas despite their contrasting personalities.
The onus will be on Bottas to prove his mettle at Mercedes however as he replaces reigning world champion Nico Rosberg and goes up against perhaps F1’s fiercest competitor. And he’ll have just one year to do it.
But Wolf believes the pairing will be a solid and consistent one at the helm of the Silver Arrows outfit.
“I think the balance between Valtteri and Lewis works,” Wolff said in an interview with the Mercedes AMG F1 website.
“They are two very different personalities and for us it was important to fills Nico’s shoes. And Nico had a certain role in the team, and Valtteri pretty much fits into that.
“We believe that the interaction, the dynamics between the two drivers is going to work well. They respect each other and so far, from what I’ve seen, Valtteri is settling in well.”
Speaking about the team’s 2017 war horse, the Mercedes W08, Wolff admitted that work and preparation were as hectic as ever given where this year’s ambitious performance targets have been set.
But it was all going according to plan: “No major drama, that’s important,” insisted the Austrian.
We sat down with Toto to catch up on a busy winter period so far— Mercedes-AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) February 7, 2017
Needless to say, he hasn’t had much of a holiday...https://t.co/bH1jYkH4XL
“But when you push performance you’re obviously always pushing very hard, and these days are very difficult in some of the areas of the factory in Brackley and in Brixworth.
“The guys are pushing flat out in order to bring the car and the engine up to meet the performance targets that we have set ourselves.
“Making it reliable and then putting the car together overall. It’s the busiest time of the year!”
The father of the three-time world champion and Mercedes driver issued the warning to Hamilton’s new team mate Valtteri Bottas, adding that the Finn will be dealing with a man currently at the top of his game.
“Anybody who goes up against Lewis needs to have planned their career correctly because it could be a career-ending move when you go up against Lewis,” Hamilton Snr told Sky Sports News HQ.
“I personally think, while he’s getting older and more mature, he’s still actually heading towards the prime of his career. So Lewis is going to be a force to be reckoned with this year.”
Anthony Hamilton insisted that after losing last year’s title to team mate Nico Rosberg, his son’s motivation is as strong as ever.
“Lewis only ever thinks about winning,” he said.
“He’s happy for Nico, like we all are to be quite honest. We’ve known him a long time and Nico has really worked hard.
“You need a little bit of luck along the way, and he’s had that, but I think Lewis is just looking forward now to winning the championship back on his own merit.”