F1 Headlines This Week

There’s plenty happening in the F1 world right now, so here’s our headlines for the week:

McLaren Run their Honda Test at Silverstone

McLaren tested the Honda power unit in a promotional day at Silverstone on Friday using the modified MP4-29H car.  Eric Boullier tweeted that the test had been a success, and the team posted some initial photos of the car – which looks almost identical to the race car – albeit with the addition of some extra cooling (read our post here).

Caterham Will Run in Abu Dhabi

Caterham’s administrators appear to have secured enough funding to ensure that the team can run at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.  The crowd funding program had reached 80% of the target on Friday, and with 9 hours remaining it was extended up to the grand prix itself – presumably to give time for some larger backers to come on board.  Either way, it’s a positive sign for the team and suggests we could well see them manage to make the grid for next year – assuming that they have a car under development…  Read our story about the Caterham attempts to get to the Grand Prix Here.  It’s not entirely clear who their drivers might be, although there have been rumours that one seat could be going to former Marussia driver Max Chilton who would bring a decent amount of funding with himcaterham f1 news

Still No Confirmation about Button or Alonso

Despite the constant swirling of rumours there’s been no confirmation of who will be driving for McLaren in 2015.  Gossip from the pitlane and various journalists close to the teams and drivers suggest that Alonso has signed a 2 year deal with a 1 year option beyond that and the deal will be announced at Abu Dhabi, but this – along with Alonso’s claimed $25million salary – remain unconfirmed.  Similarly, Button hasn’t been signed for next year although he’s widely thought to be talking to Porsche about a drive for them, and Webber’s tweet indicates that there’s been a contract offer:

New Drivers Chat

Alice Powell was rumoured to be joining the Caterham team for the FP1 session in Abu Dhabi – although she poured water on the rumours by noting that she didn’t have a superlicense yet:

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