F1 Grand Prix of Great Britain

Di Resta determined to return to Formula 1

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Paul di Resta has said that he will do whatever it takes to return to Formula 1 after being left without a seat for the 2014 season.

The Scotsman made his debut back in 2011 for Force India, and went on to spend all three seasons of his F1 career with Vijay Mallya’s team. However, he was dropped at the end of last year to make way for Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg.

This move appears to have been the right one for Force India, which has made its best ever start to a Formula 1 season in 2014. di Resta, on the other hand, was forced to move back to the DTM German touring car series from which he entered F1 in the first place. However, he is determined to make a comeback in the future.

“[F1 is] the best racing there is and you are up there with la crème de la crème, so obviously it was disappointing not to get the chance to be involved this season,” di Resta told the Scottish Herald newspaper. “But you have to put up with setbacks and it’s how you react to these things which matter.

“I am confident people have seen that I have the qualities to succeed in F1 but, of course, things keep changing in the sport.

“Whether it’s the rules or the driver line-ups and, unfortunately, the situation arose where there wasn’t a place for me.

“I am still young enough to believe I can gain another opportunity and I am pushing as hard as I can to make it happen. I want to be back in F1 and I will do whatever I can to fulfil that ambition.”

During his three year stint, di Resta may not have set the world on fire, but he certainly held his own. As the driver market for the 2015 season continues to shake up and be speculated, the Scotsman will be hoping to get his name in the ring ahead of a possible return to the F1 grid next year.

Ecclestone has ‘no doubts’ Monza will remain on F1 calendar

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MILAN (AP) Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone is confident the Italian Grand Prix in Monza can find the needed cash to stay on the calendar.

Ecclestone tells the Gazzetta dello Sport, “We will find the right solution – I no longer have doubts – to provide a future for the Italian GP.”

No circuit has hosted more F1 racing than Monza, but officials at the track outside Milan have had trouble producing the estimated 25 million euros ($26.6 million) per year that Ecclestone seeks to keep the race in place after the current contract expires next year.

Ecclstone says, “Things have been cleared up and there is only one go between, (Angelo) Sticchi Damiani, the president of the Italian Automobile Club.”

The Italian GP next year is scheduled for Sept. 4.

Alternative engine solution rejected by F1 Commission

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Plans to introduce a new alternative, cheaper engine into Formula 1 for 2017 – hypothetically a 2.2-liter V6 similar to what is seen in IndyCar – will at least temporarily go on the backburner.

The F1 Commission has rejected the so called “alternative engine solution,” where several companies submitted proposals to be that alternative supplier.

“The F1 Commission voted not to pursue this option at this stage — however, it may be reassessed after the Power Unit manufacturers have presented their proposal to the Strategy Group,” the FIA said on Wednesday.

“The parties involved have agreed on a course to address several key areas relating to Power Unit supply in Formula One,” the statement added.

Meanwhile the statement outlined four things the current manufacturers – Mercedes, Ferrari, Renault and Honda – would be tasked with improving on the current 1.6-liter formula:

Those are:

  • a guarantee of supply to teams
  • the need to reduce the engines’ cost
  • simplification of the specification
  • “improved noise”

Further meetings between the manufacturers and the governing body are scheduled, including one this weekend at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix season finale.

As F1 heads into the final weekend of the season, political/paddock items such as Red Bull and Toro Rosso’s respective power unit futures, whether Renault’s takeover of Lotus will finally become official and what will happen with Manor’s team leadership stake – this marks Graeme Lowdon and John Booth’s final weekends although ex-McLaren man Dave Ryan has been hired as the team’s new racing director – are among the talking points.

Stoffel Vandoorne’s Super Formula test hampered by engine woes

Jenson Button, Fernando Alonso, Stoffel Vandoorne
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You couldn’t make this stuff up.

Dominant GP2 Series champion Stoffel Vandoorne had his first go in a Super Formula car at Suzuka on Wednesday, but the engine woes that have hampered his Formula 1 team’s efforts (McLaren) all season appear to be equal opportunity woes.

Vandoorne only completed a limited day of running due to technical issues; naturally, and in an unfortunate coincidence, the Super Formula cars also have Honda power.

The Belgian is now en route from Japan to Abu Dhabi, where this weekend’s final round of the GP2 season will be held alongside the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

FIA Formula E to remain at Battersea Park following vote

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Wandsworth Council’s Community Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee voted seven to four late Tuesday night, in favor of retaining the FIA Formula E event in Battersea Park.

This will see the London ePrix – the season finale for the electric open-wheel championship – continue at the site for at least the next two seasons.

The 2016 race will run July 2-3, to avoid a direct head-to-head clash with the British Grand Prix a week later in Silverstone.

Battersea Park’s race faced local opposition in recent weeks, which put the race under threat.