Ayrton Senna, McLaren-Honda MP4/7A, Imola, 1992

No track testing for Honda in 2014

F1 Fanatic Round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Ayrton Senna, McLaren-Honda MP4/7A, Imola, 1992In the round-up: Honda say the will not begin track testing their new engine for McLaren’s 2015 car until after next year.


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No track testing for Honda until 2015 (Autosport)

Honda motorsport chief Yasuhisa Arai: “In terms of the timing of when you will be able to see the engine running in the actual vehicle, maybe it will be around the time you say [January/February 2015].”

Sauber saved (ESPN)

“With Russia on its side and in its bank account, Sauber will also be of greater interest to F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone, who knows the value of having a good working relationship with a wealthy government. This Putin-approved deal (for deals of this size always are) gives Sauber extra gravitas in any future negotiations they might be having with Prince’s Gate.”

Germany 2013 – race edit (F1)

Some previously unheard team radio in the German Grand Prix highlights.

Innovation needs supplier support (FT, registration required)

“However, Tyrrell had not considered the critical importance of Goodyear, the official tyre supplier for all F1 teams. The tyremaker had agreed to custom-make one ‘small-size’ model for Tyrrell. But it turned out that Goodyear was not prepared to continue development of the size.”



Comment of the day

@BasCB sees Sauber’s plight as symptomatic of a bigger problem:

I remember how some people argued that its a bit much to claim that all but the top four teams are pretty tight for their money and all too close to serious troubles.

This shows how its bad that the rich teams dominate discussions about testing, development restrictions etc… as they themselves will not feel the pain of not having money for them but would feel the pain of a budget cap or Resource Restrictions Agreement.

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On this day in F1

Alain Prost passed the two Ferraris to win the British Grand Prix at Silverstone 30 years ago today.

Nelson Piquet was second for Brabham while Patrick Tambay took third for Ferrari.

Here’s Prost doing battle with his former team mate Rene Arnoux: