It has been a busy week for
Villeneuve has had to have his engine changed, despite not even driving the car on Spanish soil yet. It is rumoured that the plant was dropped whilst the team were packing everything up in Germany last Sunday. Mario Thiessen of BMW Sauber won’t give an exact reason, but has said that the engine has been changed as a precaution. This means the improving Vileneuve will drop 10 places on the grid no matter where he qualifies on Saturday.
Other teams are threatening to adopt a Ferrari-esque flexi-wing after it was realised that the
Yuji Ide has had his superlicense revoked by the FIA. After the governing body advised Super Aguri not to run the Japanese rookie, team boss Suzuki said that Ide would continue testing and hopefully with more mileage and a better understanding of the car, he may return to Grand Prix racing in the future. But now Ide cannot even test a Formula One car.
I find the FIA’s decision to stop Ide from even driving the car at a test session utterly rediculous. I agree with the advice of asking SA not to race Yuji, but to prevent him from learning and improving away from the races is simply wrong.
It now looks as though Frank Montagny will drive for Super Aguri at least until the Monaco Grand Prix and Suzuki is apparently weighing up his options.
Oh yes, and what do teams do when everything goes wrong and performance is poor? They shake up the management, that’s what! Both Toyota and Honda have done a little re-structuring, with Toyota not replacing Mike Gascoynes’ position but instead promoting two other employees (Pascal Vasselon and Luca Marmorini) who share the title Senior General Manager. And Honda have promoted Mariano Alperin-Bruvera as Chief Aerodynamicist.