Considering that he bears the nickname of “The Professor,” it’s no wonder four-time Formula One World Champion Alain Prost is interested in the new technology that will debut in the 2014 F1 season.
The new 2014 challengers set to take the grid will feature turbo-charged V-6 engines and new energy recovery systems, marking a major change from the 2.4-liter, normally aspirated V8 units that were in use from 2006 to this past season.
For the technically savvy Prost, it also marks a return to, as he put it recently to French website AutoHebdo.fr, “the essence of competition.”
He admits that he is fascinated by the new regulations, and as a result, he has had the urge to wish for something he hadn’t wished for in recent F1 campaigns.
“For the past few seasons, I have never said, ‘It would be nice to be driving now,'” he said to the French site. “But for 2014, I really would like to be.”
Prost has a bit of a stake in the upcoming engine war as he currently serves as an ambassador for Renault, which powers reigning World Champion Red Bull.
Renault, Mercedes and Ferrari will be engine manufacturers in the debut season for the V6s, with Honda coming on board in 2015 with the McLaren team.
Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone on Tuesday said the racing series is up for sale and has as many as three potential buyers.
Ecclestone told The Associated Press that a deal could still be struck by year’s end.
“I think so, maybe this year,” Ecclestone said. “There are three people mentioned to buy. So it’s a case of whether CVC or Mr. Mackenzie wants to sell.”
Ecclestone was referring to F1’s largest and controlling shareholder, CVC Capital Partners co-chairman Donald Mackenzie.
But even if F1 is sold, the 84-year-old Eccelstone doesn’t plan on going anywhere.
“The people that I’ve spoken to … have asked me if I would stay,” Ecclestone told AP.
Monday was IndyCar team owner Michael Andretti’s 53rd birthday and son Marco was nowhere to be found – but with good reason.
The younger Andretti and Andretti Autosport teammate Ryan Hunter-Reay were both testing at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course near Lexington, Ohio.
Also taking part in the test was Schmidt Peterson Motorsport’s James Hinchcliffe.
It was Hinchcliffe’s second successful test since recovering from his horrific crash during practice for this year’s Indianapolis 500 in May.
Hinchcliffe’s first test was last week at Road America in Wisconsin.
Monday’s test session was not open to the public or media, but a Honda source told Motorsportstalk that drivers and teams reportedly focused on testing aerodynamics for the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season.