‘Red Bull, Ferrari may make a play for Hamilton’

Date published: February 22 2018

Nigel Mansell says Red Bull or Ferrari may do “something special” to sign Lewis Hamilton, however, at the end of it all he expects the Brit will remain with Mercedes.

Hamilton joined Mercedes in 2013 and has won three Drivers’ Championships with the Brackley squad.

But with just 12 months left to run on his current contract, his future has yet to be decided.

Hamilton is in talks with Mercedes about an extension but Mansell reckons if they don’t wrap that up soon, Red Bull or Ferrari may make a play for the driver.

He told Press Association: “I would be very surprised if Lewis did not sign a new deal with Mercedes but if Red Bull or Ferrari were to do something special over the winter by making the jump over Mercedes, and then offer Lewis Hamilton an incredible deal, who knows?.

“At the moment however, Lewis has the world at his feet, he is in the best car and at the best team, so why would you want to change it?

“Some people in their careers are very privileged to be in a strong position and Lewis is one of those because he can afford to be patient.

“When the time is right for him, he will sign on the dotted line.”

Renault ‘motivated’ by Red Bull, McLaren challenge

Date published: February 22 2018

While Cyril Abiteboul acknowledges that taking on Red Bull and McLaren with the same engine is an “extra challenge” for Renault, it is, he says, also extra motivation.

This season Renault will power two of Formula 1’s biggest teams in Red Bull and McLaren while also seeing to their own works outfit.

It promises to be an interesting campaign for Renault as their improvements will be marked against that of McLaren, who last year were ninth in the championship with Honda engines.

But while McLaren are hoping that their swap to Renault will yield podiums, Red Bull want a title challenge, and Renault reckon they are both good benchmarks for this own team.

“Our strategy in Formula One is very clear,” said managing director Abiteboul. “We are in Formula One as a full works team. 

“The marketing value is associated to the works team and that’s clear.

“However, power unit technology is at the heart of what we do and what we offer. 

“Renault has an amazing track record of supplying engines to the best teams and best drivers, securing many successful results with Formula 1 teams, from Williams to Red Bull. 

“It’s natural to continue that history and stay true to that legacy.

“It’s an honour to supply to teams as big as Red Bull and McLaren and is a recognition of the quality of our product and work that they have chosen Renault. 

“Of course, they are very strong competitors and that’s an extra challenge and motivation. They will clearly be our benchmarks for performance this season.”

Verstappen talks title and Hamilton

Date published: February 21 2018

Max Verstappen has heaped praise on Lewis Hamilton, but said he would prefer to have a “real challenge” for the World Championship rather than “win it easy” like Mercedes do.

The Dutchman has been speaking to Mobil 1 The Grid as he reflected on another race-winning campaign in 2017 before turning his attention toward the new season.

Verstappen was very complimentary of Hamilton, who he hopes to rival for the title in 2018, but revealed he would get “more satisfaction” from winning the trophy after a season-long battle.

“Lewis is very talented,” said Verstappen.

“Some people need to work up to their team-mates but he doesn’t really need that. He has been one of the most consistent front-runners.

“To have a real challenge [for the title], instead of winning easy like Mercedes have been doing for a few years, that would give me more satisfaction.

“But still, like in Mexico, I also really like to dominate races.”

Catch the full interview here:

Ricciardo suffers Silverstone crash in RB14

Date published: February 20 2018

Daniel Ricciardo was involved in a crash at Silverstone on Monday during a filming session showcasing the new RB14.

The 2018 challenger reportedly sustained damage to the front wing, nose, suspension and floor but Red Bull say that the incident is only a minor setback and is not expected to impact the start of their pre-season testing in Barcelona next week.

Ricciardo said on Twitter after the session, where the RB14 was limited to just 100km of running under strict regulations, that he “loosened everything” on the car – and it looks like he did exactly that on the wet Silverstone circuit.

The Aussie is said to have come away from the crash unscathed and replacement parts will be fitted in time for next Monday.

Ricciardo: Encouraging early signs

Date published: February 20 2018

Having debuted the Red Bull RB14 at a wet Silverstone circuit on Monday, Daniel Ricciardo has revealed that the “initial feeling is good.”

The Aussie put in the laps at the British track on Monday as Red Bull conducted a filming day in their blue-and-black camo liveried car.

Under F1 regulations, all teams are permitted 100km of running during a promotional day.

Ricciardo enjoyed his day out in the rain, stating that the early signs from the RB14 are encouraging.

“It’s always hard to tell from a few laps but the initial feeling is good,” he told Fox Sport Australia.

“It’s not doing anything that scares me and I can already feel that the rear of the car feels pretty settled, even in these poor conditions.

“Those are encouraging early signs.”

Ricciardo takes RB14 out for Silverstone spin

Daniel Ricciardo has been giving the new RB14 a shake-down at Silverstone following its official launch on Monday morning.

Not the first time, Red Bull unveiled a camo livery to keep a few elements of the new car under wraps – but many would like to see the blue and white colour scheme stay.

The camo theme continued when Ricciardo turned up to work in a special edition Aston Martin…

While his racing gear was also given the camo effect…

After being suited and booted, Ricciardo took a soggy Silverstone track, where under official guidelines he is only allowed to complete 100km of running.

Red Bull also released more images via their social channels…

And a lovely side shot…

Vote: Should Red Bull keep their testing livery?

Date published: February 19 2018

There was initial surprise when Red Bull revealed a new blue and while camo livery on their RB14 – but should the special edition colours stay?

Fans and media alike were expecting to see the usual blue, red and yellow colours when the first images of the RB14 were released, but what we got instead was a striking new look.

However, Red Bull have confirmed that their race-ready paint job will not be unveiled until testing at the Circuit de Catalunya next week.

Would you like to see the testing livery stay on the car for good?