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GP Week : Issue 214
F1 >>> nEWs The ongoing saga of allowing engine developments within Formula 1’s engine freeze continues, with Mercedes- Benz seemingly getting closer to agreeing to a range of measures. “At the meeting on Saturday Mercedes said it was willing to compromise,” Ferrari team boss Marco Mattiacci said recently. “But I do not feel like saying the matter is closed now, because Mercedes had already declared its willingness before and then changed its mind.” It appears that Mercedes is willing to agree to a limited range of ‘tokens’ that would allow Renault and Ferrari to develop up to 48 percent of their engine components that may allow their Power Units to close the gap to the dominant Benz units. But suggestions in Brazil have put the potential gain that Mercedes-Benz could make from a similar window as high as 60 horsepower. Should that be accurate the expensive process of increased development would be unlikely to see any significant shift in the competitive positions of the three manufacturers. There is also a report that should there be no compromise agreed on for next season that there could be an almost total opening of the regulations for 2016, suggesting that the three makes, and Honda, which joins forces with McLaren next year, could completely alter their PUs. Should that occur, the already onerous financial commitments the sport’s customer teams currently face could increase substantially. A service driven insurance broker for the fast moving world www.ellisclowes.com +4 4 (0)20 7220 0130 Authorised and regulated by the FCA Registered in England and Wales Company no. 07202991 Registered Lloyd’s of London Broker F1 >>> nEWs THE CROwD COUlD GET CATERHAM TO ABU DHABI ENGINE FREEzE NOT MElTING MUCH ... Caterham’s novel crowdfunding initiative may have been panned by a number of people in Formula 1 – including Bernie ecclestone, who likened the project to “begging bowls” – but it may have uncovered a potential saviour for the team. Twelve hours after the completion of the Brazilian GP the effort had raised £1.09m from 2199 backers, with a target of £2.35m needed to get the team to the Gulf. But Finbarr O’Connell, of administrators Smith & Williamson, said there had been a potential saviour uncovered. “It is clear this campaign is becoming international,” he said. “We have been approached by a number of people and organisations who have offered their support in different ways... as they want to see the team back on the grid. “Most importantly, a new financially-sound interested party has entered the arena and is considering acquiring the team. This new interest is wholly due to this campaign.” The deadline for the funding is Friday evening, UK time. Meanwhile there appears to be no way back for F1’s other cellar dwellers, Marussia. The team has ceased trading and shut its factory at Banbury in Oxfordshire. 10 GPWEEK.com // 10 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: