Welcome to The Grid, R&T's quick roundup of the auto industry and motorsports news you should know this morning.
Fiat-Chrysler doesn't currently offer any diesel passenger cars in the US, and now it seems like the company never will. Due to falling demand in Europe, FCA is reportedly planning to drop diesel from .
Notice that it specifically says 'passenger cars' up there. That's because it's not likely that the company will drop diesel from the Ram or new Wrangler in the near future, particularly since the Wrangler diesel is yet to be released.
F1 Test Lineups
This week marks the first test before the 2018 F1 season for all ten teams in Barcelona. Over the course of four days, the teams will be splitting up driving duties among race and reserve drivers, some with one driver per day, others with multiple. Force India will have four different drivers in while Williams will give Robert Kubica seat time as well. Here, , is who will be driving what Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday:
- Mercedes: Bottas/Hamilton, Hamilton/Bottas, Hamilton/Bottas, Bottas/Hamilton
- Ferrari: Raikkonen, Vettel, Raikkonen, Vettel
- Red Bull: Ricciardo, Verstappen, Ricciardo, Verstappen
- Force India: Mazepin, Ocon, Perez, Latifi
- Williams: Stroll/Sirotkin, Sirotkin/Kubica, Stroll/Kubica, Sirotkin/Stroll
- Renault: Hulkenberg/Sainz, Sainz/Hulkenberg, Hulkenberg/Sainz, Sainz/Hulkenberg
- Toro Rosso: Hartley, Gasly, Hartley, Gasly
- Haas: Grosjean, Magnussen, Grosjean, Magnussen
- McLaren: Alonso, Vandoorne, Alonso, Vandoorne
- Sauber: Ericsson, Leclerc, Ericsson, Leclerc
Geely has made a number of smart and strategic investments in the past couple of years by purchasing Volvo, Lotus, the London Taxi Company and making investments in other automakers. Now, the company's founder Li Shufu is spending $9 billion to take a 10 percent stake in Mercedes's parent company, Daimler, to become the company's biggest shareholder. Bloomberg's in-depth report on the subject
Renault's Car Wasn't Real
Photos released of Renault's 2018 F1 car started a stir online when people found that it wasn't any different from the 2017 car. Apparently, that's because it wasn't really the 2018 car, .
This is fairly typical for a car reveal before testing, as teams don't want to show their full hand before the season begins. Expect the cars appearing at the preseason test this week to look a lot different than the cars shown in launch photos.