McLaren-Honda is happy to confirm that Jenson Button will race for the team in 2016.
Ron Dennis (Chairman & Chief Executive Officer) said:
“Jenson and I have been discussing his plans in private for the past few weeks, and the fact that our talks have led to today’s announcement is very pleasing to both of us and will delight and motivate all at McLaren-Honda.
“As I have made clear whenever I have been asked about the subject, Jenson’s current contract is of two years’ duration [2015 and 2016]. There is a ‘terminate after year one’ option that McLaren
Jari-Matti Latvala inched into the lead of the Tour de Corse-Rallye de France after the second day of competition on the Mediterranean island. The Finn slotted into first position on the second stage and holds a two-second advantage over Elfyn Evans. Andreas Mikkelsen has had a great day and the Norwegian moved up the leaderboard from seventh to hold the final provisional podium position.
Today’s route was scheduled to take in three stages, including the longest of the rally at 48.46 competitive kilometres. However, due to the atrocious weather conditions over the last couple of days, the same stage that
Sébastien Ogier, Volkswagen Motorsport
Thierry Neuville, Hyundai Motorsport
Bryan Bouffier, M-Sport World Rally Team
Stéphane Lefebvre, Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team
Seb, it seems like yesterday we were in Australia, where you provisionally won your third FIA World Rally Championship title! What is the feeling with title number three?
Of course, I was very happy and I have had some opportunities to celebrate a little bit but for sure, the big celebration will be for after the end of the season.
We saw you here in 2008 and that was in the
1st – Jari-Matti Latvala, Volkswagen Motorsport
1st – Miikka Anttila, Volkswagen Motorsport
2nd – Elfyn Evans, M-Sport WRT
2nd – Daniel Barritt, M-Sport WRT
3rd – Andreas Mikkelsen, Volkswagen Motorsport II
3rd – Ola Floene, Volkswagen Motorsport II
Jost Capito, Team Principal, Volkswagen Motorsport
Jari-Matti, what does it mean to you to win such an iconic event?
Incroyable! Inimaginable! (in French). I prepared those words for Australia, just in case. French is a difficult language but I try to learn it. It’s really great to win.
You said in Australia that your target was now to
TEAM REPRESENTATIVES – Paul HEMBERY (Pirelli), Graeme LOWDON (Manor), Monisha KALTENBORN (Sauber), Paul MONAGHAN (Red Bull Racing), Rob SMEDLEY (Williams)
Graeme, if we can start with you, obviously the big news as far as you are concerned is Mercedes engines for next year. What does it mean you can do now and where do you expect to be fighting in 2016?
Graeme LOWDON: Well, it’s a big step forward for the team. If you look at the last… from 12 months from this weekend last year, there’s an awful lot happened in the team. We’ve
For the first time in his career, Fiesta RS WRC driver Elfyn Evans has taken the overnight lead in an FIA World Rally Championship event, the Welshman topping the timesheets by nearly 20 seconds in his first outing in Corsica. After the first day of competition in the Tour de Corse-Rallye de France he heads Hyundai’s junior driver Kevin Abbring, who also stormed up the leaderboard in the final stage, while Volkswagen’s highest climber is Jari-Matti Latvala who overnights third.
Corsica returns to the World Rally Championship for the first time since 2008 and the demanding mountainous roads and unpredictable
So… we are now well into the pre-season test programme, which is always one of the most hectic and important periods of the Formula 1 year.
It is still hard work, of course it is, but, in my day, which is to say 1991 to 2001, we did a whole lot more testing than the guys do now.
When I kicked off my Formula 1 career, with Lotus in 1991, testing was already a significant aspect of a team’s workload. But by the end of my career, by which time I had won 20 Grands Prix and
McLaren and Honda enjoyed what can only be called mixed fortunes at the opening test in Jerez, but this is of course just the opening chapter of the story. We all know what the Japanese manufacturer is capable of, and history suggests that things will come together. The two Barcelona tests will give us more idea of the potential of the package, and I have no doubts that as the season progresses the lessons learned in a chilly Spain over the course of February will pay dividends.
Following the progress of the MP4-30 in Jerez from
DateWednesday February 04 2015DriverJenson Button LocationCircuito de Jerez (4.428km)Laps/km35/155kmBest laptime1m27.660s (Jenson on Friday)
The final day of a tricky but promising week of testing in Jerez, Spain.
Despite a number of frustrating issues, the team still managed a number of long runs today, and was able to incorporate a compressed programme of aerodynamic testing into the day.
After the installation lap, Jenson had a small oil-level problem, which sidelined the car for an hour; in the afternoon, the team ended the day early after encountering an issue that was initially attributed to a fuel-pump. We later discovered it to be
DateTuesday February 03 2015DriverFernando AlonsoLocationCircuito de Jerez (4.428km)Laps/km32/142kmBest laptime1m35.553s
After two tricky days, the team turned a corner this morning, managing 32 trouble-free laps around Jerez, which enabled us to put our first serious miles on both the MP4-30 and the RA615H power unit.
Some fantastic work from the night-shift mechanics ensured Fernando was able to take to the track as soon as the session started; and, after a couple of exploratory installation laps and aero checks, we were able to ramp up his programme, extending the length of each run.
Despite only running on a damp track, and