There are rumours coming out of Jerez tonight that Downton F1 team principal Bradley Downton has issued his Virtual Grand Prix team with an ultimatum: '8th or better in the Championship, or I'm pulling the plug.'
While nothing has been officially confirmed by the team it's no secret that Downton was less than pleased with the results last season. The shock signing of World Champion Nathaniel Powers from Constructors Champions Franklin and a reshuffling of the technical department have shown his intent, although it's not been the best of starts.
Stating his outfit must do better this year as the teams arrived for testing he's been left disappointed by the initial showing of the BD02. Downton have so far managed 10th and 8th only in practice, looking set for another season at the back ahead only of the new teams.
When our reporter did question a team member he was promptly punched in the face and told to 'f*** off'. A sure sign that things are not all well behind the scenes.