Luckly, there is Nico Hulkenber, we would be tempted to say observing the silence in the days between a gran prix and the other. Force India, renault and Nico Hulkenberg have announced the moving of the German driver from Silverstone to Enstone at the end of the season.
Austin, Mexico, St. Paul and Abu Dhabi are the last appointments for him, 29 years old, along with Sergio Perez with the color of Force India that is the true wonder of this world championship with its 134 points that confirm it at the fourth place in the Constructor’s standings, ahead of Williams (124 points). Definitely an unsatisfying season for Renault that is again in the world championship as a constructor with only 8 points. Thanks to the experience of “Hulk”, winner of the 24 hours of Le Mans in 2015, with six seasons in the world championship on the shoulders, the French constructor will try to move up the standings, also thanks to the change in the regulation in 2017 that will affect the season of the Circus. Who will leave the place between Magnussen and Palmer hasn’t been announced yet. “The moving of Nico into Renault will launch other repositionings. Force India comes from several growing seasons and its seat is desired, in spite some economic issues”, Gian Carlo minardi says at the Mugello Circuit where is taking place the last event of the Italian GT Championship.
Look for F1 heroes
“Given the bond between Force India and Mercedes, I’d like to see the arrival of Pascal Wehrlein“, the manager from Faenza continues, stressing the importance of rebuilding Formula 1. “Observing specialised newspapers, the announcement went pretty unobserved, excepting of some short articles. This Formula 1 has to be attractive again and we must to become passionates of this sport, independently from Ferrari results on track. To reach this aim, we must intervene on the show and on regulations urgently. In Mugello, many fans have come to watch the last appointment of the GT Championship where there are three crews fighting for the title, in addition to the return of a champion like Alex Zanardi. We need some heroes”.
Minardi stresses the difficult economic situation of the Circus. “In the last weeks, the temporary calendar for 2017’s season was announced with three circuits needing a confirmation: Montral, Hockenheim and San Paulo. From what I have understood there are still six or seven circuits in difficulty. This F1 is to be renewed“.
A complicated situation also at Ferrari. Luca Baldisseri, in the interview released to Corriere dela Sera indicates Marchionne and Arrivabene, respectively President and Team Principal, as one of the issues at Maranello. “Unfortunately they have no experience in races, nowadays the top brass of the stable lack this knowledge . Within the team there is an atmosphere of terror”, states the engineer of Irvine and Schumacher. Mattia Binotto, new technical director after Allison is apreciated. “Mattia has a great experience and is a great motivator, but I would prefer him as a team principal” continues the engineer who is now along with the young Stroll in the sphere of Williams.
After the GP in Japan, the ex Constructor from Faenza had stressed the tension between Vettel and Ferrari. “The relationship between Seb and Maranello isn’t idyllic and you can sense it through so many signals. It seems to be back at the times of Fernando Alonso, but I do not think that the German will wait four years”.
We also have a tense situation at Mercedes, where they console themselves with their successes and with the constructor’s title (the third in a row) already gained. The drivers’ title is only a matter of time. “The behavior of Hamilton has not gone unnoticed” Minardi contiunes making clear references to the events happened in Malaysia (English yelled about a sabotage) and Suzuka (he publicly called idiot a member of his team) “It is started an arm wrestling between him and the team, so much so that he has not tried the new Pirelli wide tires unlike Rosberg and Wehrlein. After that math will have crowned the new world champion, some newness could happen at Mercedes“, Minardi concludes.