Lauda Calls for Red Bull, Renault Talks
Racing legend Niki Lauda is urging both parties in the ongoing dispute between Formula One team Red Bull and its current engine supplier Renault to enter into serious, good-faith talks in the hopes of bridging the differences that threaten to leave Red Bull without an engine provider in 2016. Red Bull has been strongly critical of Renault this season for providing unreliable engines lacking in power, and formally requested an end to the deal binding the two F1 stakeholders, which currently runs through 2016. Mercedes non-executive chairman Lauda believes that Red Bull needs to make peace with Renault, and that failure to do that will have repercussions extending to other F1 teams and the Grand Prix circuit in general.
Button Ready for Difficult Test in Mexico for McLaren
Jenson Button stated on Thursday that he believes the upcoming Mexican Grand Prix represents a huge challenge for the McLaren team, which has indicated it will submit to more engine penalties in order to make changes to its set-up. The word among team members is that this weekend will be a difficult one for the Honda package used in the McLaren cars. Both cars will have fresh V6 engines with new specs, and Jenson expects to have trouble particularly with the compressor, which will leave McLaren with a downforce disadvantage, and with the brakes due to cooling issues.
Gilles-Villeneuve Trophy Awarded to Nissan Micra Cup Champion
18-year-old driver Olivier Bédard won the inaugural 12-race Nissan Micra Cup series this past season, and this week his achievement was further recognized as he was awarded the prestigious Gilles Villeneuve Trophy by Auto Sport Québec in a banquet at the Musée Gilles-Villeneuve in Montreal. For Bédard, winning a trophy with his long-time idol’s name on it represents a huge honour. The Gilles-Villeneuve Trophy, created in 1982, annually recognizes the overall excellence of a Quebec driver in competitive racing.
Prost Bullish About Renault Formula E Success
Renault e.dams co-founder Alain Prost believes Renault’s strong start to the new Formula E season is the product of the manufacturers years of effort put into its Formula One endeavors. The former F1 pilot says some key personnel e.dams has brought over from the Formula One side have helped with the electronics, power unit and other aspects of the cars that dominated the inaugural 2015-2016 race in Beijing last weekend.