"As we near the Russian GP, Mithila and I put the lesser spoken about Red Bull racer Daniil Kvyat through the ‘hot or not’ test. We tell you why despite being the ONLY Russian driver on the grid he will still be ONLY second most popular.
Apart from the Russian GP, we talk about how the fight now and in 2016 could be to stay off the back row of the grid and if Grosjean’s signing up with Haas with Ferrari in sight for 2017 makes any sense.
We also tell you how and why Chandon signed up with Mclaren before pointing out how a certain Mr. E has almost ruled out Hulkenberg winning any race next season. And if you’re one of those who believe that Mercedes could struggle in Russia, think again and then tune in to the latest episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast!"
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Cyril Abiteboul: "The bottom line is we will do what's good for Renault. If we are to do something different to what is being anticipated will be done, it has to be good for Renault and serve the purpose of Renault as a player within the sport. But frankly when you see the way we have been treated, it's going to be a very difficult sell to my board and to my executive management to do something else to what is currently planned. What matters is the intention of Red Bull and Renault, and this is what needs to be looked at. I really hope we will be able to find a way forward for everyone to do what they feel like they would like to be doing. But they've made very, very strong comments about the fact they did not want to work with Renault any more. It's difficult for me to judge anything else at the minute. You can always be paid for a contract. We need to make sure what we do strategically in Formula 1 is good for the brand. If we were paid, but we had all the negativity and all the damage we had to that brand, I'm not sure on the face of it it's a good deal for Renault. We know the comments made by [Dietrich] Mateschitz, Christian Horner and Helmut Marko about the fact the contract was terminated as far as they were concerned. I have no statement to make for Renault, so I can only refer to the statements made by Red Bull."
Bernie Ecclestone: "I'm not selling, The three people who are interested in buying have asked me to sign a contract to stay with them. I suppose anyone who follows Formula 1 will know we've been here a million times, There are three people interested in buying. They've been talking a little bit and now they are lot more interested and if the shareholders want to sell, they'll sell."
Sauber chief Monisha Kaltenborn: "Even if you sign something, it doesn't make it fair and it doesn't make it right, You have to see why we signed this and what options we had at that time. For team alike Force India and ourselves, this is our core business. We don't do anything else - we run a Formula 1 team and we might have commercial activities next to it, where we basically commercialize the know how we generate. But this is our core business, so you have effectively no choice but to accept it. You have to have seen what situation our two teams were - you get an offer, you either take it or leave it. So you sign it, knowing that you sign it, or you leave Formula 1, which is no choice. This is why we hope the commission will look at it, why these unfair terms in our deal were put into place. We knew some had preferential terms but the entire the scope or scale of these privileges, actually we only recently became aware of these through the media. We have asked the commission to look into the abuse of dominance which arises from the way privileges are granted to certain teams, may that be in terms of rule-making or in terms of revenue stream, They will ask the other side to comment on what we have written, which takes a couple of weeks I guess - and I'm not sure how much that can be extended - and then they will take a view on what to do. We hope they will start a proper investigation and we hope they will look at the structure and also establish a fairer system which allows teams to compete on an equal basis. This complaint is against the commercial rights holder, not against any team."
Max Verstappen: "I'm not afraid. I know I have a contract for some more years. Even if they pull out - and we have to wait and see what happens - I've no fear I won't be in F1. If they pull out you have to do something, but for me there are no signs they will stop, so I'm very happy with where I am. I'm not looking around. I'm very happy with Red Bull, they've done a lot for me, it's because of them I'm here, so for me there is no reason to look around."
Carlos Sainz Jr: "Obviously it starts to be a bit late and we need to design all the rear part of the car,When you don't have something at the rear at this stage of the year, it's a bit tricky, but I have full trust they will come to a solution, to an agreement. Red Bull has done a lot for this sport, a lot for Formula 1 and they will end up having a decent engine, a decent package for next year."
Daniil Kvyat: "It's not great to hear these rumours, Formula 1 is a rough world, but you have to be patient, everyone has to be patient in the team. I think the right decisions will be taken in the future from our bosses. I'm sure. I rely on them fully."
Arrivabene said: "We are happy with this year but we need to keep our feet on the ground looking at the results. We want to be competitive next year and that means being able to fight hopefully head to head with Mercedes. Sebastian has the enthusiasm, With the results he was able to get together with the team he had even more a kind of commitment. Then in my role I need to make the right balance, not only in between the drivers, but also in between the team because all the components of the team are doing their job. We need to prevent the creation of any kind of silos and we must be focused on what we are doing and on working together. Of course the driver is the main actor of the show but when the driver has a good car and can extrapolate the best then the whole orchestra sounds good. "
Daniel Ricciardo: "Obviously I want to be racing next year, I want a seat, I want to be on the grid. But if someone said we're going to be racing but we're going to be 16th, then maybe I don't want to be racing. So if they [Renault] can prepare something better than we've had this year and it gives us a chance to fight further up the grid, then yeah, it's one of our better options for now. Let's see. We can't rule out anything, but we do want something competitive. Just to run around and make up numbers is not what we're about, and as a driver I'm not really interested in that."
Team-mate Daniil Kvyat: "I believe through hard work and dedication you can achieve everything. It doesn't matter what problems you had in the past or anything, I have no idea about these talks with Renault, Ferrari, Mercedes, Lamborghini or whoever it is. We just have to be patient at this stage. Every day it is different questions and different situations. I don't know much more than you know. Guys like Christian [Horner] and Helmut Marko are highly professional and will do everything they can to put us in a good position for next year."
Red Bull chief engineer Paul Monaghan: "It's getting a little bit late. At the moment it would be a squeeze, but we can do it, We could go to the first test and it be a washout for three or four days, so it is wrong to say anybody that runs at that test would automatically have a benefit on us. Yeah, they might, but we could cope. However the land lies we will deal with it."
Lewis Hamilton: "It seems really odd for me, having witnessed Red Bull's success and then the moment they don't have success, it's like they have been upset about it, I have not seen that with any other team. Growing up, watching Formula 1, when Ferrari lost the championship after having success, I don't remember - but maybe they did - hearing them complaining the next year. You have to keep pushing forward and there is no reason for them to give up. It would be a shame for the fans, They have a great team, great drivers, great pedigree, they have had incredible success, and they still have a pretty awesome car. They can still have success - they just have to work hard at it."
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