Like all other teams HRT is getting ready for the toughest race of the year: the Monaco Grand Prix. HRT has last week completed the move to their new headquarters at the Caja Mágica in Madrid, an ultra-modern facility with brand-new management, administration, operations and engineering areas.
Paul di Resta in the past already made no bones about it, he has dreams of driving for Mercedes in Formula One. “I’d love to drive for them, I’ve got great friends and great support at Mercedes-Benz. I’ve been part of their programme for six years and I’m still very close to them now. I never say never,” the 26-year old Scot said in January in an interview with the UK Mail.
Ferrari this week once more warned Felipe Massa he should raise his game as the Reds need a second driver to score points for the Constructors’ Championship, and Massa has obviously not been very helpful because he only has scored two points during the first five Grands Prix of the season.
Since Kimi Raikkonen’s return to Formula One many have been speculating about how long it will take the Iceman to score his first victory, and thus also scoring Lotus’ maiden victory. So far the Finn is in fourth place of the Drivers’ Championship, just 12 points behind Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso who share the lead with 61 points each.
Pastor Maldonado scored his maiden Formula One victory during the Spanish Grand Prix, also giving Williams their first victory in eight years. A flawless drive by the 27-year old Venezuelan, and certainly not a lucky strike but a solid and convincing win from a man who has always been labeled as the ultimate pay-driver. “I don’t focus on these comments, I prefer to do my talking on the track and do the best job I can for the team,” Maldonado commented in a by Williams conducted interview.
Not a novelty and already seen last year: the tyre-saving tactics during qualifying. Last season a few drivers found out it was actually an advantage to have one extra fresh set of tyres for the race, although not using that set in qualifying meant they had to sacrifice a few places on the start grid. The extra fresh set of Pirellis was an advantage as the difference between used and new tyres can be as much as two to three seconds per lap.
In an unusual move Sauber’s Monisha Kaltenborn has been given a one-third stake in the Swiss-based Formula One team. Team owner Peter Sauber made the decision in ‘the interest of continuity’, but Sauber himself will remain Team Principal and President of the Board of Directors of all Sauber group companies, and he will retain the remaining two-thirds in the company, a Sauber statement today read.
Last year it was McLaren criticizing their star driver Lewis Hamilton, this year it is Hamilton who rightfully could complain about the mistakes of his team that have already cost him dearly. After a tumultuous 2011 season with multiple on and off track incidents, most notably the ones he had with Ferrari’s Felipe Massa and his black joke about being black, Hamilton has now apparently found the inner calm he needs to keep his head cool in the cockpit.
After Pastor Maldonado’s sensational win at the Circuit the Catalunya, his employer, Sir Frank Williams, is convinced he has a winner in his team. Maldonado, the first Venezuelan ever to win a Formula One race, convincingly won the Spanish Grand Prix, leaving the competition far behind him. The 27-year old driver started from first place of the start grid after McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton had been stripped of pole position because he could not bring his car back to the pits under its own power.
Triumph and tragedy on the same day for the Williams team, one and a half hour after they celebrated Williams’ first win in eight years as Pastor Maldonado won the Spanish Grand Prix, their garage caught fire. Seven Formula One personnel were taken to hospital, a total of 31 personnel were injured by the blaze but most of them could be treated by the doctors present at the medical center of the Circuit de Catalunya.