Following the last F1 meeting at Baku, where despite initial reservations regarding the safety of the circuit and how the drivers were going to cope, the race was concluded without major incident. As a consequence Monday’s post-race reports on the track were of a more favourable nature. Baku’s track executive Arif Rahimof was even reported to have said that the race could soon match “races like Monaco and Monza if the success of this year is repeated”, before going on to say that the 2017 race could even be at night. Although this idea has some support from Bernie Ecclestone , the Baku organizers later in the week came out to say they were not keen on the idea.
Bernie was again in the papers later on in the week saying that 3 races could be removed from the calendar next season, including 2 in Europe
It seems we are now deeply in that time of year when the F1 rumour mill is in overdrive as drivers start to secure contracts for next and forthcoming years, commonly known as the “Silly Season”.
Apparently there has been some interest from both Ferrari and Renault in securing the services of Carlos Sainz. However his boss at Toro Rosso, Christian Horner has said the team will be taking up an option on the Spaniards contract to keep him for the 2017 season.
There was also some speculation on Sergio Perez moving to Ferrari on Tuesday, although the Mexican refused to be drawn on the issue when questioned. Meanwhile Claire Williams, team principal at Williams was reported to have said that Jenson Button was an “Attractive proposition”, but it’s not clear if she was talking about his driving skills.
Nico Rosberg on the other hand confirmed in Autosport last week that he would be with Mercedes for “many years to come”, while McLaren team boss Ron Dennis said they would not be making any decisions about next season until September.
Also in the news this week we had Pirelli announcing the selection of tyres for this weekends Austrian Grand Prix, which would be the same as those picked for Spa and Suzuka, which are the soft, super-soft and ultrasoft options. I sometimes wonder what they’d call it if they managed to come up with an even softer compound!
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