Ida Iannone, Pro-Tech Automotive manager, pairs a fast-paced lifestyle with a finger on the pulse of all things Automotive and Motorsport.
In what’s been a busy week for Motorsport, the FIA came to an agreement on the supply and price of power units in Formula One through the years 2017-2020.
The new rules, that are now only awaiting formal approval, will come into effect ready for the 2018 season. Given all the murmurs of an F1 arms race and god knows what else, I was pleased to see all of that put to bed with all teams guaranteed a power unit until 2020.
In other news, I was keeping a keen eye on Redbull testing their aeroscreen cockpit protector on Daniel Ricciardo’s car today. Although Ricciardo only completed one installation lap with the new cockpit installed, I’m interested to see how this develops in the coming weeks and months.
In matters closer to my Scuderia Tifosi heart, I was delighted to see Sebastian Vettel making gains on the Mercedes team at the Chinese Grand Prix. With eyes now firmly on this weekend's Grand Prix, a strong second place finish in China was the perfect remedy for all Ferrari fans after Vettel’s poor performance in Bahrain. Now, with Nico Roseberg enjoying a sizeable lead and Lewis Hamilton having formidable form in recent years, it’s important for Sebastian to continue his chase for podium finishes if Ferrari are to make a challenge this season. Forza Scuderia Tifosi!
In what was undoubtedly the biggest news of the week, Jorge Lorenzo confirmed his move from Yamaha to Ducati for the 2017 season.
With no MotoGP title since 2010, the combination of Rossi and Lorenzo at Ducati - as fiery as it may well be - could prove to be a winning one come the end of 2017. Here, the question more comes as to whether Valentino, who is the ultimate poster boy (especially for an Italian!), will receive the same treatment as Lorenzo, who now, has more than justified his place amongst the very best. One thing’s for sure, if it’s based off talent alone, Ducati have done themselves no harm getting Lorenzo in.
It’s always fascinating to see how a rider fares when they move manufacturers and you have to say, Lorenzo moving is great for all MotoGP fans. The uncertainty as to how Lorenzo will do next year really adds an extra element to next season’s proceedings and I’m already excited to watch Ducati go...Of course, I have to also admit that the maverick in me can’t wait for potential inter-team quarrels between Lorenzo and Rossi!
Last but certainly not least, I couldn’t take my eyes off the WTCC at Hungaroing last weekend in a race where Jose Maria Lopez recorded his third win of the season. It’s always great to see a race in the wet and special credit has to go to Lopez for such a tenacious performance in difficult circumstances. It’ll be interesting to see if Lopez can hold his own until the end of the season, but if I had to put my money anywhere, it would have to be with Lopez.
Wishing you all a great Bank Holiday weekend and happy viewing of the Russian Grand Prix.
As they say in Russian, до свидания! (Goodbye!)