Formula 1's Latest Rumours and Talk: Brazil to Lose Season Finale and More
As we head into the final round of the Formula 1 season in Brazil, it has emerged that it may be the last time for the foreseeable future that Interlagos will host the season finale.
Other rumours doing the rounds today focus on a possible career switch for Sergio Perez, the ongoing mystery of Force India’s driver choices for 2014 and intriguing stories involving Red Bull and Mercedes as we head into the final race of the season.
Abu Dhabi to Host Season Finale
According to Autosport, Abu Dhabi is set to take over from Brazil as the season finale for 2014.
The initial provisional calendar had Brazil pencilled in for the season finale on November 30, but with New Jersey, Mexico and now even Korea set for the axe, Bernie Ecclestone is planning a reshuffle that would leave 19 races.
The advantage of having Abu Dhabi as the season finale would be that teams would have the luxury of staying on for a few days of postseason testing.
The finalised calendar for 2014 is set to be rubber-stamped in Paris on December 6.
Perez Set for IndyCar?
With limited time available to secure a race seat for 2014, recently axed McLaren driver Sergio Perez has admitted that he would be open to the possibility of driving in the USA.
Perez was informed a week before the U.S. Grand Prix that his services would no longer be required for 2014 with McLaren taking on the young Kevin Magnussen.
Although there is an outside chance of a race seat at Lotus and attractive possibilities at Force India and former team Sauber, Perez said he will not stay in F1 just for the sake of it.
With Dario Franchitti’s recent retirement, a top seat in IndyCar with Chip Ganassi is now a possibility.
"I am 23 years old so I have a lot to give F1," Perez said, according to Autosport. "But if I don't find the right seat for my future I might have to look to that option. It might be interesting to me."
I don't know where I am going to end up. I hope I can find a seat that motivates me in F1. If not, I have to look for other options. I love the sport, but there are many things that I do not like in F1 so I will not be in F1 just to be here. I really need to find a competitive seat that can give me the opportunity to keep showing my talent so I can be able to fight for a championship, which is my aim.
No Force India Decision Until Christmas
Sergio Perez may have to wait until Christmas if he entertains hopes of landing a race seat at Force India, according to ESPNF1.
Neither Paul di Resta nor Adrian Sutil have been confirmed for 2014. However, with the likes of Pastor Maldonado and Nico Hulkenberg also searching for a job, Vijay Mallya has plenty of options for next season.
Everybody knows I make the decision at the last minute - well not the last minute - I make the decision after the Force India Christmas party which means in December. I see no reason to change it. Yes, I have received approaches from other drivers but they all know that decision time will be in December.
I would like to think and believe that the Force India race seat is a very desirable seat, it's not just a seat for the sake of having a seat. So I am not surprised that people have come to me.
Brawn Plays Down Hamilton Radio Fallout
Mercedes boss Ross Brawn insists there is no lingering tension between the team and Lewis Hamilton after a tetchy radio exchange during the U.S. Grand Prix.
Hamilton gave his team conflicting messages during the race. He first asked to be left alone when told of his tyre situation, while later demanding, “you need to give me some feedback, man, tyres, temperatures.”
However, Brawn told The Guardian that he had no concerns over the situation and that it was not an issue.
It's not an issue, quite frankly. We are learning to calibrate our input to Lewis and sometimes he jives with us a bit, saying it's too much, and two seconds later saying it's not enough.
From some drivers you won't hear anything, so when you do, you pay a lot of attention. With other drivers, there's a bit more rapport going on. We are just getting used to working with Lewis. I am sure there are different levels of frustration with him. The first level, you just wade through. It's part of building a relationship. It's not problematic.
No Favours for Webber in Brazil
The Brazilian Grand Prix will be Mark Webber’s last race in Formula 1.
While many would love to see the popular Australian finish his grand prix career with a victory, Sebastian Vettel is not one of them as he chases a record-equalling nine consecutive victories in succession.
Vettel and Webber have not always seen eye-to-eye and team boss Christian Horner is quoted on Autosport as saying that there will be no quarter given during the final race.
It would be great to see him win his final race—what a way to sign out—but Sebastian is going to be going for that record as well. As usual, it will be a straight fight between the pair of them. Mark would not want to be gifted a win.