Former F1 champion says Infiniti Red Bull’s engine troubles as well great to conquer
By: GMM on March 10, 2014
LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC – Red Bull’;s early-season testing troubles are properly acknowledged. Jacques Villeneuve thinks driver Sebastian Vettel will endure simply because of them.
Previous Formula One champion Jacques Villeneuve says Sebastian Vettel’;s run of F1 titles is undoubtedly above.
“He is not going to win this yr for sure,” the French Canadian, who is set to return to the Indy 500 this year at the age of 42, is quoted as saying by Italian publications such as Autosprint and La Repubblica. “To me, Renault would seem fully misplaced and unable even to finish a Grand Prix. Even if they [Red Bull] are generating a new vehicle for the European races it won’;t alter anything — perhaps they will do thirty laps alternatively of 15. It really is not the vehicle but the engine.
“I am joking, but why bother going to Australia? They cannot do half a Grand Prix and are slower than most. Williams now has the Mercedes and it’;s only because of that they are undertaking so nicely. It’;s great for [Felipe] Massa, simply because he was finished and for a few years did not even seem like an F1 driver. I think that displays just how excellent his vehicle is. We’;ll have to see if they also have the funds to build.”
Beyond that, even so, the former Williams and Honda driver is not entirely sure what will happen in 2014, as F1 undergoes its technological revolution.
“I never know if it will be a fantastic championship. It could even be humorous,” mentioned Villeneuve. “Because in Australia we could see a Marussia on the podium.”
He thinks Kimi Räikkönen’;s move from Lotus to Ferrari for this year, even though he will be partnered by Fernando Alonso, was a good 1.
“For the 1st time, I see him functioning critically. Perhaps his yr without having pay out was excellent for him,” explained Villeneuve. “Alonso is a fighter from the very first lap and so he might use as well significantly fuel. It also depends on the mindset that he [Alonso] has.
“The Alonso of 2012 could win this 12 months, but not the Alonso of 2013.”
Villeneuve also predicted a hard season for confused spectators, and thinks F1 has missed some obvious opportunities to spice up the action.
“The fuel restrict is a good concept, but it should be the drivers saving fuel and not the electronics,” Villeneuve explained.
Villeneuve says Mercedes is the apparent 2014 preferred. And as opposed to Red Bull, Villeneuve says, Ferrari are not able to be written off but.
“At the minute it really is not the greatest automobile, but it truly is not so far back,” stated Villeneuve. “They can recover. We’;ll know considerably much more right after 5 races.”
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