Highly-rated aerodynamist Peter Prodromou, who was a key part of Adrian Newey’s multiple title-winning design team at Red Bull, has finally officially started work at McLaren, nearly a year after his return to Woking was first revealed.
Lewis Hamilton says the fact he remains firmly in the championship hunt despite the trials and tribulations of his season is a source of “huge motivation” for the final flyaway rounds with the Mercedes driver first aiming to turn around his recent fortunes at the Singapore GP this weekend.
Mercedes chief Toto Wolff says teams will need further clarification on what they now can and can’t tell their drivers on the radio following the FIA’s “controversial” decision to clamp down on pits-to-car messages.
Jenson Button has lauded Lewis Hamilton as “one of the quickest drivers ever to jump into a Formula 1 car” and praised his former team-mate’s resilience and maturity during an often turbulent and controversial 2015 campaign.
Red Bull chief Christian Horner insists the team couldn’t have foreseen how Sebastian Vettel would lose out to team-mate Daniel Ricciardo in the Italian GP after the in-form Australian yet again overtook his World Champion team-mate to finish ahead in race conditions.
Marco Mattiacci has conceded that Ferrari’s long run of bullet-proof race reliability had to end sometime after Fernando Alonso retired in the Italian GP – but the team boss admitted that fact was of little comfort as they reflected on their worst home event for nearly a decade.
Toto Wolff is confident that there will be no repeat of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton’s acrimonious clash from Spa as the title-chasing pair prepare to square up for victory again in Sunday’s Italian GP.
Lewis Hamilton says he doesn’t need reminding of Mercedes’ instructions to their drivers not to crash into each other in the Italian GP – the polesitter implying that it’s Nico Rosberg who should take heed.
The reliability pendulum swung between the title-duelling Mercedes drivers on Saturday morning at Monza as Nico Rosberg ran into gearbox trouble – which could yet force a costly grid penalty – as Lewis Hamilton flew to a dominant fastest time.
Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat has become the first driver to fall foul of 2014’s engine penalty regulations after the team fitted a sixth Renault unit at Monza overnight, triggering an automatic ten-place grid penalty for this weekend
Toto Wolff has clarified comments made in an interview ahead of the Italian GP in which he said that Mercedes would consider breaking up their driver pairing should Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg fail to resolve their difference on track.
Romain Grosjean has delivered a sombre assessment of Lotus’s prospects at this weekend’s Italian GP – and chances of adding to their meagre points tally over the rest of the season – after the former race winners were outpaced by minnows Marussia in practice.