New Sauber driver Pascal Wehrlein has confirmed that he won’t be participating in the first pre-season testing in Barcelona, which gets underway in just over a week. The former Manor driver hurt his back during the Race of Champions in December, after an accident saw his car flip into a barrier.
Another season, another round of car launches and another sad realisation that F1 teams aren't very good at marketing their own machinery. Bless them they try their best, but where the motoring industry leads the field in photo-realistic CG car launches, the pinnacle of motorsport offers up anything but that.
The musical chairs at the top of the fastest teams appears to be complete now, with James Allison signing on to champions Mercedes to become their technical director. Allison left the Ferrari squad mid-way through 2016 after a three year stint, but now he will be in charge at Mercedes.
With launches just around the corner, teams are making the final tweaks to their line-ups ahead of the 2017 season. Williams have confirmed the appointment of Dirk de Beer, bringing him on board as head of aerodynamics to start next month. Dirk was previously employed at Ferrari but has also worked at Sauber and Renault.
The pre-season is really starting to gather steam now, with last minute changes to the engineering lineups, sneaky peeks at new liveries and launch preparations, and so many social media posts from drivers doing their last minute training. Launches and testing are rapidly heading towards us, but until then, here are a few posts and links to keep you occupied.
The McLaren team have confirmed that two of their senior management have departed with just a couple of weeks to go before the launch of the 2017 car. Chief Executive Officer Jost Capito has parted company with the team, ending speculation that he would be following Ron Dennis out the door. Dennis signed him to the squad midway through the 2016 season, but he’s on his way already.
This is a quote from Claire Williams, deputy team principal of the Williams team, as she shared her thoughts about Valtteri Bottas. With the Finn’s departure to Mercedes, an emotional hole has been left at the Williams team, as he’s been with them for many years, building up the team, as well as working through the stages of his own career. And it was Claire’s words here that made me realise just how many different types of drivers there are in Formula One, and just how many words there are to describe them.
McLaren have been hinting at the fact the team will be going through some changes this year, firstly with a glimpse of some potentially orange paintwork, and today revealing a new naming style for the car itself. Where previously the cars have been consecutively named the MP4-28, 29, 30 and 31, this year they’re stripping all that out.
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