Back of the Line for Alonso, Button?
With Honda continuing to tweak its engines before this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix, McLaren is expecting to have its drivers ordered to the back of the grid for the start of Sunday’s race. Rule stipulations require the move if a team changes its engines multiple times in the lead up to race day, and Honda and McLaren are ready to accept the punishment in the hopes their new engine setup will be sufficiently improved to make it worthwhile.
Bottas Speaks Out In Wake of Raikkonen Return to Ferrari
Formula1.com features a Q&A with Williams driver Valtteri Bottas, who speaks out for the first time since Ferrari confirmed it will be keeping Kimi Raikkonen as part of its driving tandem. The Finnish driver had long been linked to a possible move to the Italian team, but he now denies he ever held direct talks in anticipation of a possible move. He regrets that what he terms unfounded rumours may have strained relationship between himself and Williams. The two parties continue to negotiate on a contract renewal.
Micra Cup Driver Chiasson Opens Up
Driving.ca features an interview with rising star of the Micra Cup racing series, Quebec-based Valérie Chiasson. The 26-year-old reveals the strength of her passion for auto racing compelled her to drop out from competing in horse dressage events. Only two years ago Chiasson qualified for the Canada Games, but forfeited her spot on the team to focus on her racing career. The move has evidently paid off, as this summer she became the first female driver to earn an overall podium spot at the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve, thanks to a 3rd place finish in a Micra Cup race there.