Update on the Gene Haas situation:
F1′s potential next F1 chief, Californian and NASCAR team co-owner Gene Haas, will this week travel to Europe.
Foreign language reports said that during coverage of the Daytona 500, FOX Sports revealed that Haas is scheduled to meet with representatives of F1′s governing FIA.
Earlier, Haas responded to the FIA’s invitation to fill the vacant F1 team slot in 2015, and reportedly met the full application deadline of Feb. 10.
This week, the 2015 team selection process is reaching an even more serious stage, when it is believed Haas will formally present his plans and proposed budget to the FIA.
The Paris-based federation is expected to announce its decision by the end of the week.
2014 cars are faster in a straight line:
At full tilt in a straight line, this year’s Formula One cars emit a much tamer sound than the class of 2013.
However, the top speeds of the new turbo V6s are significantly higher, thanks to reduced downforce and an impressive engine-plus-ERS maximum of almost 900 horse power.
In Nico Rosberg’s hands, the currently dominant new W05 Mercedes is almost as quick over a full lap as the German’s pole of 2013.
Cornering speeds are lower, but at full speed, the cars are much faster — Fernando Alonso’s 2014 Ferrari clocked 336 kph in Bahrain, compared to a top speed of 314 during the island Kingdom’s grand prix last year.
“We are incredibly fast on the straights,” German Rosberg told Auto Motor und Sport.
“I would guess that at Monza we will be doing 360.”
That may not be the case for the entire field, however. The fastest of the struggling Renault-powered cars in Bahrain clocked a top of just 308 kph — slower than 2013.
And World Champion Sebastian Vettel’s Red Bull was 7 kph slower even than that.
So, it’s a particularly challenging time for a team like Caterham, struggling not only with the troubled Renault V6 but also a small budget amid the enormous and expensive technical revolution.
“Currently we are not on Formula One level,” Kamui Kobayashi, 10 seconds off the pace on Saturday, is quoted by Speed Week. “It’s more GP2 level. We have so many problems with the car and the times are incredibly slow,” said the Japanese driver.
“When you look at what Mercedes is doing, it’s overwhelming, but it also shows us what is possible and in what direction we need to develop.”