Felipe Massa has admitted he has been “impressed” with his switch to Mercedes power for 2014.
It is the first time in his F1 career that Massa has not been powered by a Ferrari engine.
1997 world champion Jacques Villeneuve says Sebastian Vettel’s run of titles is definitely over.
“He’s not going to win this year for sure,” the French Canadian, who is set to return to the Indy 500 this year at the age of 42, is quoted by Italian publications including Autosprint and La Repubblica.
A week before Formula 1′s brave new era begins in earnest, not everyone is excited.
At the Geneva motor show, former Formula 1 driver Jean Alesi admitted he is no fan of the ‘greener’ era of energy-recovery boosted cars.
“The driver is being completely overshadowed by the new technology,” said the Frenchman. “It is a challenge for the engineer but not the driver. We have entered an era in which only the tools count.
A week before the Formula 1 circus gathers in Melbourne for the 2014 opener, the fate of McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh is still not clear.
Team supremo Ron Dennis has replaced Whitmarsh as McLaren Group chief executive, Eric Boullier is effectively the new team principal, and it is believed 55-year-old Whitmarsh is not in the running to fill the newly-created role as Formula 1 CEO.