The Williams driver lance Stroll told about the feelings that overcome him before the start of the first season in Formula 1.Lance Stroll "I love Formula 1, I watched her since was a little boy. Unbelievable to me even to think that is part of this world.I'm not yet fully immersed in all the action. I will dive into the world of Formula 1 with the head, but once on the starting grid in Melbourne. When the lights go down, I'll have to cope with them and ultimately focus.It is a huge challenge...
Pilot Sauber Pascal Wehrlein said that every time during training, and during work he laid out as possible.Pascal Wehrlein "It is this approach to any business. I've always worked the same way.I am very ambitious, so always try to achieve more than seems possible. I'm just trying to make the most of. I just don't want to take from someone's words that he could have done a better job, because it was possible to attack stronger or to do more there. I can't agree with itself, if this happens.Want to do everything as clearly as possible, and even if then the goal will not be achieved as it was with the 10th place in the Manor, everyone saw that I tried my best. More to do was simply impossible. So to some extent I'm satisfied".
Head Sauber Moniz, Kaltenborn believes that her team's new rules are just salvation.Moniz, Kaltenborn "it is a new feature, since we really did not have any hindrance in our development plan. The new car was constructed in accordance with the schedule.New people, new experts in the field of aerodynamics has influenced the project. We have taken certain steps that will help us achieve a competitive level. I see that this is a very big opportunity for us, we are really ready to make the step forward.If the rules remain the same, then we would have to do a bigger step forward, because we are so far behind Now that all the rules are cleared, we just have to take a step forward and not two, as if everything had remained the same".
Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff directly told about why his team signed the contract with Valtteri Bottas just one season.Toto Wolff "We would not have chosen Valtteri, if I wasn't confident in it. He is a very good pilot, and so he is with us.But at the end of this year, the market pilots will change dramatically. Many drivers, including young drivers, will be open to suggestions Vettel, Alonso, Bottas and many other pilots. We just need to understand that will show Bottas this year.We can leave Bottas in the team, if we have strong confidence in his abilities and results."It is known that the contract with Bottas signed for one year with possibility of extension for another season.
The new Executive Director of McLaren Zac brown hinted that his team in the new season can return to their heritage. After the era of Ron Dennis and grey McLaren cars can be painted in orange.Zach brown "We showed a variant of boys and girls at McLaren, and all are very happy possible changes. Just recently we approved a few racing liveries of the car, and I think fans will be pleased to find a new car in the new colours".Let's see how it will look like a new car. Whether it's all the same gray wolf, grey with splashes of orange or entirely orange. Just remember that a truly successful team McLaren was when cars were painted in red and white colors.The last time the machine was painted in McLaren orange during the winter tests 2006 pictured. Presentation of a new machine on 24 February.
The ex-pilot of Formula 1 Jenson button PROEL first tests in Rallycross together with a team Olsbergs MSE. Most likely, fans of the British will be able to see him as a participant in the Red Bull Global Rallycross.Jenson button "I could participate in Rallycross in America, could participate in the tests in other countries. There's so much that I could do It's really a wide field of activities. I just need to pick something from the list. Maybe I'll pick a few of the competition may decide just to rest.Today button celebrates 37th birthday.
Finnish ex-Formula 1 driver Heikki Kovalainen, which account for one win in the composition of McLaren, admitted that he offered his services to the Williams team, when it became clear that his compatriot Valtteri Bottas will move to Mercedes.Heikki Kovalainen "Yes, I sent a letter to Claire Williams by e-mail. But they had other plans. I think they had a lot of suggestions from other pilots."Kovalainen sure that Bottas will be able to compete with Lewis Hamilton, with whom he spent two years at McLaren.Heikki Kovalainen "Valtteri is a great driver, able to fight for victory. I think he'd work well with Lewis.I often remember the time when Hamilton were teammates. Lewis - strong pilot. However, we worked great together, no problems. I think there will be problems and Valtteri".Kovalainen competed in Formula 1 in 2007-2013, He managed to drive for Renault, McLaren, Lotus and Caterham. On account of Heikki's victory in the Grand Prix of Hungary of 2008.
At the end of last year, Kevin Magnussen refused to continue cooperation with Renault and signed a contract with Haas.This week the Dane first appeared on the European database of Haas in Banbury. In front of a few days of working very closely with the engineers of the American team.
Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas said that the first step for him will be winning the race. While the best results are second place in the UK and Germany in 2014.Valtteri Bottas "My goals are quite simple, and from the very first race I will try to achieve them. I know what he is capable of that capable machine, and that my results will be very close to the results of Lewis.The team in the new season will be another chance to compete for the title, and the title of champion is my only goal in life.The team won many titles, and I'm still not won. I think that this season my goals will coincide with the command. It's time to turn the page in my career. To begin, I want to win the race, and then fight for the title".
Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff is impressed with the possibility of his protege Valtteri Bottas. But now he has joined Mercedes, and the big question how good he is.There was much talk about Bottae in Canada-2013, when he defeated all the rain in qualifying. Then went debate about his incredible talent.For the past three seasons were also incredibly successful for Valtteri, who each time managed to stay ahead of Felipe Massa.But the fact remains if Ferrari's Fernando Alonso really looked stronger than his partner, Williams, Valtteri bottas the only miracle managed at some point to get ahead of the Brazilian. To judge the speed of the Finn so far, but all questions will be answered by the approaching start of the season.
The pilot Force India Esteban Windows believes that it is already preparing a place in the Mercedes.Esteban Windows "I don't know if I'm to take the vacant place, got to the Bottom, but it's a logical way for me to become a Mercedes driver.At the moment I really want to focus on Force India, and what will happen in the future - nobody knows.This is a very small team, so this year I feel like family. The atmosphere here is incredible, so I was very lucky with the team - do not hide it. On the other hand, they are very motivated, all work with passion and they really want to build the best car in the peloton.I really want to one day win a Grand Prix, but in the upcoming tests, I have much to learn to become in the upcoming races at least once a winner".
Champion of the season in 2016 Nico Rosberg believes that Valtteri Bottas is a great choice for the Mercedes.Nico Rosberg "I think this is good news for the team. I'm glad they found the perfect solution, but still so fast. This is awesome I'm sure Bottas is able to show very good work and he will look well in a team.I'll be watching TV, watching the races, Bottas, and already looking forward to the Finn's struggle against Lewis. It will be a unique part of his career for Valtteri.Hamilton is one of the best pilots in the history of Formula 1, so to combat it will be very hard".
Honda has said it will supply its engines to the second team from the season 2018, and subject to the contracts of other stables logical customer choice falls on the Sauber.European media have reported that Sauber is not going to renew the contract with Ferrari as the most profitable and interesting offer the Swiss did in the Honda. McLaren inside sources report that Honda is indeed in talks with another customer, so now is increasing its base in Milton Keynes.Due to contractual obligations of teams of the official statement to the end of the season should not wait, but nine chances out of ten that the second customer of Honda will be Sauber.
The season champion-1997 Jacques Villeneuve considers, that the debut Mick Schumacher in Formula 1 will be paired with incredible psychological pressure.Jacques Villeneuve "Today another time, it is not so, as when I came in the race. I also faced the pressure because of his last name, but then the level of media and marketing was ten times lower, so I had easier. So the debut of the guy will be challenging, mostly because his father was a world champion many times, and not so long ago.Not much time has passed since the glory days of Michael, and if his son will be able to carry the entire burden, many doors will open in front of him. If he is really in love with his job, you just have to go through this. But Mick needs to understand that you have to go with the obstacles.All the fans and the media will look at him as already a very experienced pilot, and wait for a miracle on the track. Yes, all the teams at once open before him doors, but these doors can close as fast as and open".
In 2016, the best of the pilots McLaren, and it was Fernando Alonso won the championship only 10 place. Newcomer Stoffel Vandorn hopes for more.Stoffel Vandorn "to Finish the season in the top ten is not the main goal for me. I want to win the race It is hard to say whether it will in the new season. Most likely, the victory will not come before 2018, but I'm still going to strive for it.McLaren have a lot of potential. I think I was on the right team at the right time".
Team Mercedes has signed a contract with the Finn Valtteri Bottas for just one season. According to his compatriot Mika Salo is a strange decision.Mika Salo "I think it's a strange decision. Annual contracts are quite rare in our time. Obviously, Mercedes want to assess how Valtteri will do their job.Now Valtteri is the best car, but he will be in a difficult situation, because Mercedes has long advocated Lewis. Bottas spent his entire career with another team and now he will have to learn how to work in a Mercedes.The machine will allow to fight for the title, but first need to defeat Lewis. It will not be easy".Meanwhile, at the end of 2017 will be released from the contract Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso.
The external administration of the Manor reported the appearance of an interested investor, ready to redeem the British team.The unnamed buyer is waiting for a response by 20 January. Otherwise, the team risks not to have time to prepare for the new season.Earlier there was information that the FIA has allowed Manor to use last year's car, modified with the new rules, and skip the first three stages.
Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas said he will try not to quarrel with Lewis Hamilton in the case of the struggle for victory and the title.Valtteri Bottas "Lewis has the advantage because he knows how good he is. Hamilton is really a great pilot. I'm sure we can work well together, also I am sure that we will be able to be good team players.I had absolutely no idea, but looking forward to our further acquaintance. I will be interested to learn more about Lewis.I don't see any problems between us. I am sure that we can work together to push each other towards development, fair fight on the track, to help the team achieve their goals."According to rumors, the contract with Botas was signed only for one season.
The ex-pilot of Formula 1 Gerhard Berger told about his attitude to the solution of Nico Rosberg to leave the championship.Gerhard Berger "at First I thought he was still drunk after the holidays. Now I'm starting to realize even more acutely, but I understand that would not be able to do the same in his situation. He had the best car, he had the best contract in the peloton, he is in excellent health and age to continue. I in such conditions simply could not stopWell we will see, you will regret whether it is about their care or not.
The season champion-1997 Jacques Villeneuve continued his criticism of modern Formula 1.Jacques Villeneuve "my time was more entertainment because the cars were dangerous to overtake was difficult, and the pilots had more respect for each other.You never saw the pilot eject your opponent, you've never seen the pilot, the braking on the inner side of the track, trying to spoil the entrance to the turn to his opponent.The fight was more pure and full of respect. Yes, there were mistakes, there have been accidents and collisions. But now we are watching a video game, where pilots think they are in the game.There's no more respect. What is respect That's not even a word in their vocabulary. Everything is fine - because you can't get injured".
Nico Rosberg after his retirement from racing remained in the family Mercedes. The role of champion of the season-2016 - Ambassador of the German brand.Nico Rosberg is still not going to divulge how it will spend its future, as is likely, the plans of the German special there. But Mercedes is already preparing for Nico, a number of measures which necessarily need to visit as a brand Ambassador. It will be coming to the showrooms in Stuttgart and some other demonstrations of new models.
The owner of Red Bull Dietrich Mateschitz is confident that Mercedes clearly discussed the possibility of the transition of Daniel ricciardo or max Verstappen to their team.Dietrich Mateschitz "It was certainly discussed between Helmut Marko and Niki Laudas. But it wasn't serious, because even then everyone knew that our pilots will not be available. Nobody came to me and did not ask for termination of the contract with one of the pilots.Carlos Sainz is progressing quickly, and to give him up we do not intend, while Kvyat showed himself a pilot. To rely on him and Mercedes.We still have Pierre went Out, but his candidacy was not regarded. He has no experience, and while his role - work in the simulator".
The new machine McLaren will be presented on 24 February, three days before the start of pre-season testing. It is expected that the novelty will receive index of MP4 32.Previously, only four teams have announced the dates of the presentationsFebruary 21 - February Renault22 - Force India23 Feb - Mercedes24 Feb - Ferrari.
After one season at the Manor Pascal Wehrlein will continue his career in the Sauber. A one-year contract was signed with the participation of Mercedes, which supports the career of the German pilot.Moniz, Kaltenborn the head of Sauber "We are pleased to announce that the second pilot of our team was Pascal Wehrlein. He showed his talent in different series, including the DTM. In his debut season he earned a point in Austria. I'm sure he can do better and we are willing to give him the opportunity to grow. Marcus and Pascal will be a great pair of pilots in the season-2017".Pascal Wehrlein "I am delighted to be part of the team Sauber. I will face a new challenge, but I'm ready for this. Our goal is regularly earn points to gain a foothold in the middle of the peloton. I will do everything to help Sauber to succeed".
Mercedes confirmed the contract with Valtteri Bottas. In the German team Finn will replace Nico Rosberg, who at the end of last year, becoming the champion, announced his retirement.Toto Wolff, head of Mercedes "When at the end of last year, Niko announced his retirement, we found ourselves in a difficult situation. But thanks to this we became stronger and took the next step.For us the Finnish nature Valtteri. He has a great track record in the Junior Championships and nine podiums in Formula 1. It is time to take the next step to assess whether he is able to fight for victory and the title. Because of this situation disrupted the schedule for the preparation of Valtteri for the new season, but I'm sure he will cope with the task.I want to thank the Williams team for solving the issue with the contract Bottas and Sauber, who have had to wait for a decision on Pascal Wehrlein".
Felipe Massa, say goodbye to Formula 1 at the end of last year, announced his return to Williams, where he will become a partner of the 18-year-old lance Stroll. This indirectly confirms the transition of Valtteri Bottas in the Mercedes.Felipe Massa "I'm glad I got the opportunity to return to Williams. I knew that I will be racing in 2017, but didn't know where. And I received an offer from Williams - this team is very close to my heart.Of Valtteri had a great chance and I wish him success in the part of Mercedes.When I was offered a place in Williams in the season 2017, I happily agreed. I haven't lost passion for racing, I am full of motivation and ready to get behind the wheel FW40. Look forward to working with lance, I know him for years and seen it developed. Let's see what we will achieve together".
The head of Toro Rosso Franz Toast I'm sure that Daniil Kvyat remained in the Formula 1 only thanks to a good performance in Singapore, where he wrestled with max Verstappen.Franz Toast "I Think it was an opportunity to show that he still has the speed and is in control of the action of the machine. Daniel was able to compete with max and even leave him behind.For his confidence it was very important. A big turn was made in Singapore, where he showed a really good race and the results in qualifying. Then Kvyat started working on the base, ensuring that we have the feedback. Then it became clear to me that he should stay with us".
Deputy head Williams Claire Williams admitted that he was waiting for a call from Toto Wolff after the statement of Nico Rosberg of resignation, and hinted that the decision on transition of Valtteri Bottas in the Mercedes has been taken.Claire Williams "I knew that after the statement of Nico I will personally call Toto Wolff.Never want to stand in the way of the pilot, who potentially has a chance to fight for the title of champion in the best car. But we must make sure that if Bottas we have a pilot who can close this job.A statement of our decision will be ready within the next few days. About to start the tests, and it is important for us to understand who will sit behind the wheel of a new car".
Pilot Red Bull Daniel Riccardo said that in the case of a potential fight for the title he will be ready to accept defeat from a team mate.Daniel ricciardo "I'll assess the situation realistically. Of course, if Max and I will fight for the title this year, then our relationship will become more strained, the level of competition will increase dramatically.Levels of pressure also will grow, but I always respected his opponents and teammates. If he's in a fair fight ahead of me, I will accept it and will say that he deserved this title.I don't see any reason to begin a relentless war between us. In Malaysia we had a great battle wheel to wheel, and it ended fair and square.The only thing that can prevent a fair fight - the intervention team. I just hope no one will deprive us of the pleasure to lead a direct fight with each other. Everyone will be happy".
The founder of the eponymous team Frank Williams has admitted that his team would not prevent such an outstanding technician, as Paddy Lowe.Frank Williams "We really need a good technical Director after the departure of Pat Symonds. We need someone who will implement the ambitions of the Williams winning races and Championships.For us a very attractive candidate Lowe, who is now free on the market. Paddy managed to bring the Mercedes to three titles in a row, and it means something.For us Paddy Lowe at the top of the list. He began his career on my team, and it would be nice to see lo in our ranks".