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GP Week : Issue 166
BRIEFLY » After parting ways with Anthony Hamilton earlier this season in an acrimonious split that is currently the subject of a court case, Paul di Resta this week confirmed that he had appointed Jenson Button’s management team to look after his professional interests. “It's no secret that I have been looking for new representation and I am delighted to have found this with The Sports Partnership,” di Resta said in a statement. “They have been assisting me in a purely advisory capacity whilst I've been making my decision. Based on how that's gone, and having seen what they've achieved with other clients in and out of the sport of F1, it became clear that it was the right way to go. Having the right team behind me will allow me to focus on what's important, which is to continue to develop as a driver, further my career in F1 and ultimately fight it out for race wins and a world championship.” » Another race, another milestone. With Michael Schumacher’s 300th race weekend marked in Spa, it was the turn of HRT driver Pedro de la Rosa to celebrate his centenary in Monza. “Making it to 100 grands prix is something very special,” de la Rosa said. And his colleagues agreed, turning up to celebrate the occasion with the popular Spanish driver at a party in the paddock on Saturday evening. Over the course of his F1 career de la Rosa has driven for Arrows, Jaguar, Sauber, and current team HRT. The bulk of his time in the paddock has been spent with McLaren, where he served as test driver from 2003 to 2009, with nine race outings for the team in 2005 and 2006. F1 >>> NEWS While the bulk of attention on the 2014 engine regulations has concentrated on the specification change, there is also the not-so-small matter of reliability to consider. In 2014, drivers will be restricted to five engines per season, nearly half of their current allocation. And in an era of new equipment and no track testing, there are concerns in the paddock that the 2014 championships could be determined by engine reliability, rather than driver skill. “The concern is when you have a big change in the regulations is that you don't want an engine reliability issue, especially when you are limited to five engines per driver,” Boullier acknowledged. “You don't want to have an engine powertrain dominating compared with the others, so there's a lot of question marks which I think have been raised by the Technical Working Group and even different groups working with the FIA. “We have to rely if possible on the regulator in the governing body to make sure that everything will be in place, to make sure that reliability of such issues are fixed for the beginning of the season, even if it's not going to be easy to challenge for the engine manufacturers, but we have to believe everything has been planned at least,” he concluded. Another man to admit to possible reliability concerns was Ferrari’s Pat Fry. “Dealing with reliability is certainly not an insignificant problem,” he said. “There were certain teams which want to run an engine in an old Formula One car. That has been discussed at the TWG – I was keen to do that because I think it will help improve the reliability, running it in a proper car with all proper G-loading and everything. “That was vetoed or voted out, whatever the right term is, so we're left trying to answer the questions on the dyno. We will answer some of the questions but we certainly won't answer all of them. There will be an element of risk when you go into the February testing, when you're going to have three tests to sort it out. If you've got a major problem, you're in a bit of trouble. Best we get our design right to start with, I suppose.” According to Toro Rosso team principal Franz Tost, the change in technology is likely to bring an end to the tightly- packed field we’ve come accustomed to this season. “The 2014 powertrain package will become a great great challenge from the technical side, because there are so many new factors which have to be taken into consideration,” Tost said. “It's not only the engine, it's the air system, the batteries and it's not only the reliability, it's also the cooling. “I personally fear that the field will not be as close as it is currently. I think that maybe one engine manufacturer will come up with a special solution and those cars will be far in front, as we saw in the turbo years. I just hope that the three manufacturers will come up with similar solutions and that the output of the powertrain will be at a similar level, that we also will see in 2014 a nice and interesting Formula One season as is currently the case.” 2014 CHAMPIONSHIP TO GO WITH A BANG? 7 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: