Next weekend the Circus arrives in Spain. The circuit of Barcelona is very familiar to the teams and drivers, and they will put in place numerous technical newness coming from the experience in the first four GP.
It is going to be an important event where we can evaluate the technical level of each one. Once again, the comparison term will be Mercedes that, in spite of its disarming power, hasn’t still shown all its cards. Ferrari will have a double responsibility: getting closer to Aldo costa’s “creature” and protecting itself from Red Bull and a fast growing Williams.
Max Verstappen has reached Milton Keynes. He was promoted to Toro Rosso in place of Daniil Kvyat who comes back to Toro Rosso, a team he knows very well after his debut in Formula 1 where he had gained a promotion for the following year beside Daniel Ricciardo. As I have already stressed, I think it has been an impulsive decision. The Russian driver, as he has already demonstrated, is not a driver “to be set aside”
Regarding the tires, Pirelli will bring the Hard, Medium, and Soft compounds. In winter tests, Mercedes impressed us proving an excellent feeling with the “whites” medium tires. Hamilton and Rosberg will have at their disposal five sets of “whites” and seven of “yellows”, yellows, each. At Ferrari, Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen decisively bet on the softer compound with eight sets of soft tires and four sets of medium ones.
Regarding Regulations, we are waiting important decisions that will have to define the future of Formula 1. As far as I know, there is at least a car manufacturer very interested to join the Circus as a manufacturer, but we need rules clear and accurate. Don’t forget that at the end of this year Red Bull will be again without an engine. In the last weeks, Renault came forward, putting aside the hatchet, to try an approach and a renewal of the supply contract. At Enstone they have realized that it will take some time to get back to being competitive, so Horner’s structure could be an important partner.