October 2nd, 2014
Force Indian is currently enjoying the fifth position in the constructor’s championship after both their drivers succeeded in achieving a top ten finish. Their closest rival is McLaren who are struggling with just a single finish by one of their drivers on the top. The Silverstone outfit is now five points clear of their immediate rivals. They were considered the underdogs owing to the lack of experience but they succeeded in coming out on top of their game. The team Principal Vijay Mallya said that his team will do absolutely everything to ensure that they hold on to the fifth position and even tries to improve on that in the near future. There are some exciting upgrades that are coming up for their cars in the later part of the season. The 2015 season has also been kept under consideration but Mallya insisted on believing in the present. His sole aim at this point of time is to maintain the lead over the veteran McLaren which could go a long ay in proving their true worth as a team.
Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg have been impressive to say the least. They did not have luck going in their favor but have managed to stay up with the quality of the challenges that came to their way. Vijay Mallya has already confirmed that Force India has enough trust in them to retain them for the next season. The flamboyant Indian businessman said that the drivers did their best and it will now be the prerogative of the team to maintain the good show in the upcoming races. Force India might be a new team in the arena but it has followers all over. The Japanese Grand Pix will be no different at all as the people are expected to turn up in numbers and support their teams.
August 26th, 2014
Lotus F1 gas claimed that star driver Romain Grosjean remains very much a part of their plans for the future, despite the fact that they failed to announce his name for the 2015 season while confirming that Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado will remain with the team.
The Frenchman scored six podium finishes for the team last season and was a revelation alongside Kimi Raikkonen but the new car this season has been very disappointing and has led to the team struggling on the grid with Grosjean himself scoring just eight points and this has led to immense speculation that he might be lured by some of the major players on the grid and that is something the team is keen to aboid.
Federico Gastaldi, the team principal of Lotus F1 stated that Grosjean has been a part of the Lotus family for a very long time, since his days as a driver in the GP2 series. He went on to add that Grosjean is a top driver and he is not happy with how this season has turned out and that is the same feeling echoed by everyone else associated with the team.
He went on to add that although he cannot announce anything right now, it will be done once both parties are comfortable with the timing of it but he did mention that it is the team’s intention to have him around for a long time and continue what has already been a great relationship.
He also spoke about the renewal of Maldonado’s contract, terming it as a renewal of vows after what has been a very difficult honeymoon period for them. Gastaldi added that the driver is very much a part of their plans for the future and he is happy that he has committed himself to the cause as well.
July 30th, 2014
Ferrari team principal Marco Mattiacci has insisted on good aerodynamic progression by his Formula 1 team in the recent races. The progression is believed to have rendered a fantastic start for the squad in the 2nd half of this season.
Mattiacci is the new team principal for the esteemed Formula 1 team since April 2014, replacing Domenicali. However, the new change of power hasn’t sparked any sort of drastic turnover in regards to fortunes in Maranello. The team is still to emulate its very podium finish since his initial weekend as the principal at Sino Grand Prix. According to sources, Fernando Alonso has openly complained about Ferrari’s aerodynamics after his Silverstone stint and has even noted that it’s the aerodynamic issues which hindered him from overtaking World Champ Vettel in the race for 5th. However, Ferrari’s new team principal is continuosly stressing on adequate aerodynamic progression.
“I need to say that we have come up with a great deal of aerodynamic progress in the previous races that led that led to a serious positive result on track- hence we consider it as a great starting point in comparison to the events in the past”, remarked Mattiacci while stressing on the aerodynamic enhancement in the current Ferrari cars.
“I feel it takes little time. There’re issues that actually have been pretty persistent on our car for sometime and we are striving our best to improve whatever possible soon. Fernando is pretty well aware of it.”
Post the Brit Grand Prix, Ferrari’s new Team Principal assured that he had been looking forward to build up a different squad for 2015 yet he doesn’t feel that there’s necessarily some quick-fix on some lingering problems Ferrari has experienced this season.
“On the operational side, I don’t feel we can come up with immediate improvements for the car”, he added in.