In the round-up: Pastor Maldonado’s manager says it would make no sense for him to chase one of the remaining F1 seats at Manor.
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Maldonado hoping for 2017 return to F1, says manager (Reuters)
Nicolas Todt: "Manor are not really an option. After five years at Williams and Lotus...with all due respect to Manor, it makes no sense for Pastor."
Ocon poised for Renault reserve role (F1i)
"Total is keen to promote a French driver, and an agreement is expected to be found with Mercedes to free Ocon from his commitments, knowing that the German manufacturer can only offer the Frenchman a DTM program in 2016 having been struggling to place its own reserve driver Pascal Werhlein in F1."
Haas sets date for 2016 car fire-up (Autosport)
"We're at that stage where the car is continuously being assembled now, with most of the parts built, so it's all about putting it together."
Vettel leads driver delegation in F1 meeting (Motorsport)
"Vettel is also there and has been joined by Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas, while Nico Rosberg may also attend."
McLaren & Me: Pedro de la Rosa (McLaren)
"Alex (Wurz) had a simulator sickness, and that also helped me a lot, because he couldn't do the correlation work, and I could. It was early days for simulators, and it was easy to get sick. I wanted that role and I knew if I got sick like Alex, they wouldn't take me!"
F1 Baku Grand Prix budget much less than $150M (Trend News Agency)
"Twelve million manats (£5.18m) have been spent for upgrading a six-kilometer road."
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On this day in F1
Jules Bianchi speaking about the challenge of driving the new V6 hybrid turbo cars on this day two years:
It was not easy, for sure. But this is why we are here for, you know? We are here for a challenge and we want to be the quickest as possible with what we have.