In the round-up: Red Bull team principal Christian Horner says that the characters of his fellow team principals have changed over his time in the sport.
Wolff and I are two of the last ‘dinosaur’ team principals – Horner
After starting as Red Bull team principal in 2005 during the team’s debut season, Christian Horner says he’s noticed a shift in the kinds of personalities he sees during team principals meetings.
“When I look around the room now, there’s very different personalities,” Horner said on the Unlapped podcast.
“When I first came into the sport, there was Ron Dennis, there was Flavio Briatore, there was Eddie Jordan, there was Jean Todt. There was Bernie Ecclestone running it, there was Max Mosley there, Frank Williams – some really big characters and personalities. Of course now you look around the room – maybe it’s just me getting older – but there’s more managers there and it’s gotten much more technical than the entrepreneurial side.
“So I suppose Toto [Wolff] and myself are perhaps two of the more ‘dinosaur’ type of characters compared to some. Even though I’m still on the younger side of the team principles. But the dynamic and the definition of what a team principal is these days is very different to when I first came into this post.”
Sargeant encouraged by recent form
Williams driver Logan Sargeant says he is ‘trending in the right direction’ performance-wise heading into the second half of the season.
Sargeant is now the only active rookie driver remaining in the field who has yet to score a point in 2023. However, he believes his performances have been improving since Austria.
“I think the last four rounds, from a driving point of view, maybe we don’t have the results to completely show for it, but I think it’s been a really good trend in the right direction,” he said. “So from a personal side, I’m really happy to see that.
“I think I need to clean some things up. I think as a team collectively, we can clean some things up. And that’s what we need to focus on going into the second part of the season. Speaking for myself, if I can take everything I’ve learned, start off on a better foot and just make that next good jump is what I need to do and I’d be happy with that.”
Isola “confident” F1 can improve wet visibility
Pirelli’s motorsport director Mario Isola believes the sport can achieve a target of 50% spray reduction in wet weather conditions.
Following concerns raised after last year’s Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka which ran to only half distance due to heavy wet conditions, the FIA began to pursue work developing mud-guard devices to try and reduce spray from the rear of F1 cars and improve visibility in wet conditions. While initial tests suggested more work is needed, Isola is confident the sport can find a solution to improve visibility.
“Why not?,” Isola said when asked if a 50% spray reduction target was achievable. “A 50% reduction in water spray is quite a lot, but I’m confident that they can find devices able to reduce the spray.
“We were discussing that also in intermediate conditions, you have a problem with visibility. So if they find something that is good for reducing the spray, that could be used also for intermediates or a new tyre or whatever. We need to define it at one direction and go in this direction.”
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