Finnish ex-pilot of Formula 1 Mika Salo believes that his compatriot Valtteri bottas to necessarily need to win the race this year.Mika Salo "If you look at the statistics, Bottas on average, results closer to Hamilton than Rosberg.But he knows that it is under pressure. Valtteri needs to win a few races, because he signed a contract with Mercedes for only one year".
The pilot Toro Rosso Daniel Quat changed the coloring of the helmet before the home Grand Prix of Russia, adding the picture of the torpedo.Recall that a year ago during the race in Sochi, Kvyat crashed into the car of Sebastian Vettel. Then four-time champion said that he had attacked the "Russian torpedo".
At the meeting of the Strategic working group of Formula 1, it was decided to increase the size of the start numbers on race cars. During the Russian Grand Prix, the FIA has announced new requirements for writing numbers and names of the pilots.The starting number should be located on the nose cone of the car. Font height - 230 mm, thickness - 40 mm. in addition, the room should be duplicated on the pilot's helmet.The height of the font for writing the name of the pilot - 150 mm, thickness - not less than 30 mm. the pilot's Name should be placed on the end plates of the rear wing, or side pontoons, or on the casing of the engine behind the upper intake. Abbreviated names as used in the TV coverage HAM Hamilton, VET Vettel.Changes take effect the next Grand Prix of Spain.
Preparation of Fernando Alonso to his long-awaited debut at Indianapolis began after the first session in the simulator, where the Spaniard for the first time got a glimpse of the car in which he will sit next month.Fernando Alonso at the weekend visited in Alabama, where he saw firsthand the IndyCar Series race, and then worked in the simulator.It also became known that the car of McLaren in the race Indy-500 will be the color papaya - such a coloring was used by the team in the 1970s.
Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff believes that the struggle between Ferrari and his team relished by fans of the championship.Toto Wolff "it's nice to see that so many people are talking about Formula 1. It's obvious that the close fight between Ferrari and Mercedes - that's what the fans like. It's interesting for us teams. We race because we are all pilots here. And we thrive and grow tougher in a fight".
The head of Honda Yusuke Hasegawa stated that the objective for the Grand Prix of Russia - a repeat of last year's result, when the pilots McLaren-Honda finished in 6th and 10th positions.Yusuke Hasegawa "the Race of the Grand Prix 2016 team McLaren-Honda finished two cars in the points zone, so of course we will do everything possible to repeat this result again. However, I expect that Sochi will be another difficult race weekend.The nature of the track with its long straight combined with 90-degree turns require vehicles of good balance. The key factor is proper management of fuel consumption.We will, of course, a lot of work with McLaren during training sessions in order to find the best settings. We hope to show a good speed".
Williams technical Director Paddy Lowe said that the route of the Grand Prix of Russia is very picky about the settings of the machine.Paddy Lowe "This track is demanding for all areas of the machine because it has a wide range of different high-speed corners and a long straight where the important power.Long video also gives opportunity for the slipstream after the start of the race, so we are waiting for interesting fight from the first meters.We are encouraged by the speed of the car in Bahrain, so optimistic before the start of the race in Sochi.
The pilot of Renault's Nico Hulkenberg admitted that he is looking forward to the opportunity to go to the start of the race in Sochi.Nico Hulkenberg "I with optimism waiting for this opportunity. I think that we have made significant progress with race pace in Bahrain. Now we want to test their development in Sochi. We have something interesting that will help the car go any faster.Of course, the Sochi autodrom is a completely different track, so we can't accurately predict the relative velocity until the start of Friday's practice, but I feel confident.I think we have made good progress, and all this makes me feel happy."During the first Friday practice of Hulkenberg will replace the Russian test-pilot Renault Sergey Sirotkin.
Sources within the team McLaren reported that the Honda mechanics have requested assistance from colleagues from Mercedes in working with turbo engines.McLaren "We have information that Honda started talks with Mercedes about the potential provision of consulting assistance to speed with the engine. The Japanese want to get rid of the low reliability and small power".
The head of McLaren, Zac brown stated that there is no chance that Formula 1 will return to the legendary track in long beach.Zach brown "the Fact is that each race of Formula 1, including the United States, receive government subsidies, while they are still experiencing financial difficulties. So I don't see any economic model that would be able to return to Formula 1 in long beach.This negatively towards long beach. The organizers of this potential race all the forces trying to prove that all is well, but it looks like they are trying to adapt a square pin to round hole".The Grand Prix of long beach took place from 1976 to 1983.
The pilot Haas Romain Grosjean was pleased that the team were able to cope with difficulties in the braking system, with which the stable had struggled all of last season.Roman Grosjean "In China we have received an updated version of the brake system, and since then it worked better. To achieve this incredible progress, we had to wait a year and a half".
The Renault team have confirmed that reserve driver Sergey Sirotkin will hold the first Friday practice of Grand Prix of Russia. Their place the Russians will be behind Nico Hulkenberg.Earlier Sirotkin behind the wheel of RS17 spent one day of testing in Bahrain.Cyril abiteboul, head of Renault Sport "Sergey spent one day of testing in Bahrain and impressed us with the fact that quite neatly in the car of new generation. This is despite the fact that he was not driving the car of Fomrula-1 from last year.Sergey will participate in the first practice, along with Jolyon. Russia is an important market for Renault, so it made sense to provide a machine local to the pilot".
The Ferrari pilot Sebastian Vettel refuses to use racing boot in favor of racing socks.Company Puma, a longtime partner of Ferrari, has developed an ultra-light racing shoes. Seamless boot, which is more like the socks, weighs only 135 grams. The novelty is already approved by the FIA, so that in Sochi four-time champion will start in socks.
FIA and Strategic group of Formula 1 came to the conclusion that the starting numbers on the machines are difficult to see. So next Grand Prix which will be held in Spain, teams are required to increase the size of the rooms. In addition, it should increase the font in the spelling of the names.As for 2018, then Formula 1 should get rid of the shark fin. Along with the fins disappear and the controversial T-wings.
Presented as the best compromise between security and aesthetics, as an alternative of Halo or offer Red Bull aerocrine, shield still received mixed reviews from pilots.Daniil Kvyat, Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean were among the skeptical shield, while Felipe Massa has urged critics to prioritize security over aesthetics.FAI "Federation with the aim of conducting tests of this system during the current season to make it mandatory in 2018".
Fernando Alonso visited the base team, Andretti Motorsport, where he passed the fit seat car Dallara DW12, at the wheel which he will perform at the Indy 500.After the race in Sochi, Alonso will be going back to America, where, on 3 may will hold the first tests of the machine IndyCar.
Before Grand Prix of Russia in Sochi test driver Renault Sergey Sirotkin looked to Moscow, where he visited the local factory of the French company.Recall that Sirotkin will take part in Friday practice for the Russian Grand Prix.
Jenson button will replace Fernando Alonso at the Monaco Grand Prix. For his return behind the wheel of the Briton is preparing in the simulator.Eric bulge, racing Director at McLaren "Given the technology of the car, we decided that the tests would not be useful for Jenson.The simulator is very realistic, so it makes sense to test their strength there. After 10 laps he'll be fine. Jenson missed only a few Grand Prix, and it will be ready at 100. He always played well in Monaco, so we will do a good job, I'm sure.Jenson button "because of its shape I'm not worried. Recently I've been practicing a lot, preparing for a triathlon, so everything is under control".
The head of Toro Rosso Franz Toast I am sure that after the race Grand Prix of Bahrain and penalty in Russia Carlos Sainz has to prove himself.Franz Toast "He fought for position in the top ten, he knew that the car is competitive he can to achieve points. He knew in that moment that can turn. But all ended with the accident, because Carlos just hoped to experience Strolla.I'm sure this season we will see a fantastic race with Carlos".Recall that in Bahrain Sainz faced with Strolla, which will lose three positions at the start of the race in Sochi.
The pilot Force India Sergio Perez admitted that he was happy with his team.Sergio Perez "After Bahrain, I said he was very proud of my team. We never surrendered in the fight for a great result. Last time was special, because for us it is the 13th race in the points.When I qualified 18th, I thought that it would be a hard race, but we did everything right and deserved the result.I think the beginning of the season went very well, and we can be satisfied with the results already achieved".
Race Director McLaren Eric bulge believes that Fernando Alonso is harder to tolerate the failure of the team than Stoffel Vandorn.Eric bulge "I would say that Fernando takes the current situation worse Stoffel. Vandorn in this sport a rookie, and he needs to learn a lot, and he has a long-term commitment, support for McLaren - he can wait.We see that the machine is gradually building momentum and is good for a young driver, but the veteran wants it all now".
Deputy head Williams Claire Williams said that the new technical Director Paddy Lowe, who joined in the beginning of the year of Mercedes, has added motivation to her team.Claire Williams "His joining the team was the motivating moment. It is obvious that he will need a little time to find his place in the team and identify its shortcomings that need to be corrected. To have someone of the caliber of Paddy is a measure of our ambition.All Williams is very important to know that we have invited that person not to advertise, but because I really want to get back in the fight at the top of the championship.The last time the Williams team struggled for the title in 2003.
The pilot Force India Esteban Windows said that he and Sergio Perez have developed a great relationship that positively affects the work.Esteban Windows "I Have a good relationship. No problem, we talk together and laugh together. In the team a great atmosphere, and I think it's really important for Force India, and also in order to achieve good results two machines. It is our goal and I think we can handle it.Perez for six years in these races, he knows the business, knows how it works. He knows this team. He's a great pilot, he's very good in the race and in qualifying, so it's a great guideline for me".
The pilot of McLaren Fernando Alonso believes that in preparation for Grand Prix of Sochi, it is important to consider the balance of the car.Fernando Alonso "Sochi is an interesting track, and here we will see the whole mixture of problems that have plagued our team over the last several years on different routes. I think that the new rules will add spice to the overall picture, but in General, everything will remain as before. For example, to cover the third turn, before you had to have good balance, and now, nothing will change. The output of the third turn will be more stable downforce will not allow you to go into a skid, but otherwise the balance will be of paramount importance for the work on this track".A year ago, Alonso finished sixth in Sochi.
The pilot Haas Romain Grosjean is hoping that his team this year to try to hold a strong race in Russia.Roman Grosjean "it Was great to get the points in Bahrain. It is clear that we deserved it, we deserved points in the first race of the season. I think the most encouraging fact is that the car is very good on different types of tracks. So we went to Russia, self-confident, although last year this ring was difficult for us.Friday will see whether we have reached progress, and if the machine is working well, the chance to score points. I think we have a good base level, and we will continue to work on it, try to improve the car in Sochi".In the past year, the pilots Haas finished the race Grand Prix of Russia on the 8th and 17th positions.
The German press reports that the Sauber team next season, will be replaced by the engine supplier. In the coming days it is expected the statement about signing a contract with Honda.Team McLaren is likely to remain the main partner Honda. But Sauber plays the role of the client team. Until may 6, all engine manufacturers are obliged to inform the FIA about the signed contracts, so an official statement about the beginning of cooperation between Sauber and Honda should follow in the next week.In 2010 Sauber uses customer Ferrari engines. And this season, the Swiss team is working with engines of last year's modifications.
On the eve of the Russian Grand Prix, Daniil Kvyat became the guest of the program "Evening Urgant", where he admitted that he was afraid to operate the machine of Formula 1.Daniil Kvyat "always Afraid, it's part of our profession, but need to overcome it. I still find myself asking myself "How". But still need to sit down and just drive. It's a job. A job that pays".
The pilot of McLaren Fernando Alonso has said that he sees no problems with the race 24 hours of Le Mans.Fernando Alonso "I always had the idea to make a 24-hour marathon in Le Mans. I think it's a series that won't require much time to adapt because the cars are very similar in behavior to the Formula-1.Some of the pilots of Formula-1, which was transplanted into a sports prototype, had not experienced difficulties from the point of view of adaptation. Therefore, the biggest challenge is certainly to get used to the Indy 500.This year it will be the first opportunity, the first attempt, and I know that for me it will be a great adventure. I think this is due to the personal ambitions and my own thoughts."May 3, Alonso will hold their first training session while driving IndyCar.
The head of Pirelli Mario Isola said his company will closely watch how Russia will handle commands after two days of tests in Bahrain.Mario Isola "the Race in Russia will take place after two days of tests in Bahrain, so interested to see what lessons the team learned from this experience as they work with the tyres in Sochi.At first glance, Sochi is the track with the low intensity of destruction of rubber, and more durable tyres this year should lead to the fact that the race will take place with one pit stop. However, the first time we are going there with tires Ul, so it is unknown how wide the new tires will manifest itself. We also believe that the difference in speed between the soft compounds will be negligible".
Race Director McLaren Eric bulge said that his team took a big step back with the new Honda engine.Eric boullier "Now the tokens do not limit the development of the engine. There are no restrictions, so if you want to the race tomorrow to completely redo the engine, then go ahead and do it. Previously, limitations were not given this opportunity. But, nevertheless, we can say that this year took a step back.We know that with the new layout engine will be able to achieve greater capacity, but it's a long and difficult path where we're going".