Formula One champ Jacques Villeneuve has jumped in the defence of Fernando Alonso.
The star driver is being criticized heavily by other drivers for his decision to partake in the Indy 500 next month instead of the F1 race at Monte Carlo.
The 1997 world champion and former Indy 500 winner slammed the fellow drivers for their criticisms. Top drivers including NicoHulkenberg and RomainGrosjeanblasted Alonso for deciding to take part in the dangerous race without necessary training beforehand.
Villeneuve claimed Alonso was a “real driver” for his courage to join the race.
“I’ve already said that I think what he’s doing shows that he’s a real driver,” he said. When asked to clarify what a “real driver” means, he responded: “Well, all you have to do is listen to what other drivers have said about his decision.”
Sebastian Buemi covered 82 laps as he returned to the cockpit of the Formula 1 car of Red Bull. However, it was not for any race, but for testing the new tyres being brought into the market by Pirelli.
The new rubber tyres are being tested as they are being designed for rollout in the following year. This is how the first day of testing was concluded at Mugello. The testing was done with intermediate and wet compounds. The test was done in collaboration with Ferrari at the Fiorano site. The tests were made by other drivers as well, such as Sebastian Vettel, who sat at the wheel of a vehicle that was a SF 15-T which is referred as a mule car. This was done last Monday and on Tuesday the testing was done by Esteban Gutierrez. Pirelli in this way concluded two days of testing. The rules were then mulled over with Red Bull at the Mugello site. Pirelli sought out reserve drivers and race drivers for the tests. The role was handed by Red Bull to Buemi who was a former reserve. He had driven a Formula 1 car at a test run that had been driven in Barcelona about two years back.
James Key, the technical director of Torro Rosso said that the STR10 that is running on the tracks at Barcelona this week can be considered to be brand new if compared to the Formula one vehicle that has been tested before the season.
For the final test to be held before the F1 for 2015 begins, the car will be featuring a brand new front nose that will be absolutely William-style. The car will also have some new packages relating to suspension, cooling and aerodynamics. Key also has reported to Autosport that the new version of STR10 is the one that will also be raced in Melbourne in the next two weeks. This is because its new target is to finish the constructor’s championships in the fifth position.
He told the newspaper that since the car being used is a lot different, they have to redo the set up. Because of the changes, it is completely new and even the nose has been changed. All this had always been on their mind for a long time but the reason for them to use the long one is that the new nose will face technical difficulties and they wanted to see who comes out victorious of such a situation.
Marussia team being on the verge of collapse finally fell down to its last nail in the coffin with 31. 4 million euro as debt to the creditor.
It was Ferrari which had most of the amount. The administrators of Marussia have submitted the summary to the high court which they are liable of. The floating as well as the fixed charges is also owed by them which they have to give as due.
The documents condemn the fact that there are lot of things which are owed and discredited. Among them the top three creditors are Ferrari, McLaren and Pirelli. Timo Glock, the former driver also has his stake in the list. The circuits of F1 and FIA are also included in the list.