The Formula One news cycle is generally quiet this time of the year, the teams are busy preparing their new cars and lots of working is being done at the factories but they won’t want to share much of that of course so they don’t give other teams an advantage, fair enough.
This year though, with the many driver changes, a new team, a newish calendar (covid enforced), there are plenty of stories to sink our teeth into (or eyes even).
One of the ongoing stories is that Lewis Hamilton still hasn’t put pen to paper on a new contract with Mercedes. Negotiations are ongoing between Toto Wolff and the British driver and they say they hope to have pen to paper before the season opener in Bahrain (you’d hope).
So today I’m going to take you through some of the stories of the week.
Carlos Sainz drives the Ferrari for the first time
Carlos Sainz got his first laps in the red of Ferrari this week and said it was a “special moment” as the Spaniard tested the 2018 Ferrari SF71H at Fiorano.
Sainz drove the car on Wednesday and Thursday morning completing more than 100 laps on Tuesday before a seat fit at the factory on Wednesday.
Charles Leclerc also tested the car at alternate hours during the five day test.
On Friday last, Williams announced that Jenson Button was rejoining the team as a senior advisor.
The 2009 World Champion will work with the legendary British team to try and bring them forward from the back of the grid.
Speaking about the move to Sky Sports F1, Jenson said: “I’ve really enjoyed getting back into F1 and seeing it change over the last few years. So this felt like the perfect moment to rejoin Williams – a team that gave me so many opportunities when I started my career in F1 – they gave me the drive, they nurtured me through that year, and it really was a very special year for me,” Button told Sky Sports F1.
“So this feels the right time to rejoin the team, and I’m excited about working with them to help this team back to the front. I think there’s a new sense of optimism, there’s a lot of changes, I think a lot of positive changes for the future.”
Jenson made his debut with Williams in 2000 becoming the youngest British F1 driver.
McLaren are the second team to set the launch date for their 2021 F1 car.
The Woking based team will unveil their MCL35M on February 15th at 7pm GMT.
It’s a big year for the team, they finished up third in the constructors championship last season and they have switched engine suppliers now too moving from Renault back to their old friends Mercedes.
They’ve a new driver this year too with Daniel Ricciardo joining Lando Norris after Carlos Sainz signed for Ferrari.
They fired up the car on January 27th and shared a teaser on social media.