The ex-pilot of Formula 1 world champion Jackie Stewart expressed his view that Mercedes should do in a situation with Lewis Hamilton.Jackie Stewart "I often see that Hamilton behaves like a little kid or a grumpy lady. Mercedes is a huge company, a Corporation, in which Lewis is a small cog. He must obey the interests of the company. Have to do it because his personal opinion in this case is not interesting.If the personal interests of cog threaten the interests of the whole mechanism, it...
The pilot of McLaren Fernando Alonso has accepted the offer of the factory team Honda, serving the MotoGP and rode on the bike champion Marc Marquez.
At the ceremony of awarding the FIA, the pilot of Red Bull Max Verstappen received prizes for winning in two nominations.First, Max the second consecutive year, became "Person of the year". Secondly, the young Dutchman was voted the best in the nomination "the Best overtaking" is the prize he received for overtaking Nico Rosberg during the rainy Brazilian Grand Prix.
In the Austrian Vienna the ceremony of awarding the FIA. 33rd champion Formula 1 Nico Rosberg from the hands of the President of the FIA Jean Todt received the Cup for winning the championship.Nico Rosberg "I am very proud to stand here on this stage. Thank you FIA for the video review of last season. I even cried, probably for the 15th time in as many days. It was a very stressful period. I'm happy, I fulfilled my childhood dream.Was a very emotional period when I first saw this Cup, because it was my father's name. And now, 34 years later, I repeated his achievement.Since the age of six, when he began to race karts, I wanted to become a Formula 1 world champion. And now my mission is complete. Now I'm waiting for the new case, including my family. Let's see what happens in the future."Rosberg admitted that if it lost the title this year, he would still be in the championship.Nico Rosberg "I never give up If this year was the second, it would have continued the struggle in the next season. The last four races have been very tense for me, because this moment I could not miss the title. Particularly stressful was the race in Abu Dhabi.I should note that Lewis is a very strong opponent, one of the best pilots of Formula-1. But I was able to defeat him".
Pilot Williams, Valtteri Bottas believes that his team in the season 2017 is the strain every nerve to return to the fight with the leaders.Valtteri Bottas "this year we had a couple of good Grand Prix, but if you look at the season as a whole, we gradually began to take their positions. For the last race we looked really weak.It is clear that the team is unhappy with this state of Affairs, so next year we just have to show a good result. My last race ended the gathering. I hope it will be the first race of the new season to achieve their goals".
The Ferrari pilot Sebastian Vettel believes that his team should have achieved more in the last season.Sebastian Vettel "This season ended for us as planned. Was a good race, was bad, but we had to play better. We have made a very small number of points in the beginning of the season, and therefore lost second place in the team standings.Mid-season we were engaged in a close battle with Red Bull. And even if we were stronger than our opponents, the place in the Cup of designers still missed.
The pilot of McLaren's Jenson button admitted that he would like to speak for Ferrari.Jenson button "If it was the right situation, then Yes, I would like to race for Ferrari. When I came into Formula 1, there were three teams that I wanted to race Williams, Ferrari and McLaren, and two of them I have already performed.At some point, had the opportunity to go to Ferrari, but I decided it was better to stay at McLaren".
Pilot Red Bull Daniel Riccardo admitted that he did not leave the League, if one day win the title.Riccardo Daniel "I was not yet a champion, but if you win first title, I think, wants to win and the second. It's like winning one race to success and emotions after the victory quickly, and want more and more. So, if I become a champion to forty years, it just will stay and try to win again.The decisions Niko has its pros and cons. Plus the fact that he goes the champion, and minus the fact that he will miss the awards ceremony next year.
According to the publication Auto Bild, the leadership of the Mercedes after the statement of Nico Rosberg to finish my career, attempted to outbid the contract of Nico with the Renault team.However, the plan to replace Niko Niko failed - Renault Mercedes politely refused. However, if the Germans want to get to your team of German pilots, they should pay attention to his backup pilot Pascal Wehrlein, who is still without a place.
Technical Director of Mercedes Paddy Lowe has said Nico Rosberg to finish his career in Formula 1.Paddy Lowe "We only became aware of the decision Nico, so it's difficult to call any time. Of course, his replacement will not be easy. However, it is important to celebrate his victory in the championship.Nico so many years working to become a champion. This is a huge achievement and now we must enjoy the moment and how to celebrate this event.In the next few weeks we think, to examine candidates. Find strong pilot will not be so simple. In the last three years we have made significant strides, but without Nico and Lewis it would have been impossible - they both acted very cool".
Lewis Hamilton has admitted that he is not going to influence the decision of the team Mercedes as the replacement choice for Nico Rosberg.Lewis Hamilton "Who will be my new partner I never put commands its own terms, although I know that in contracts of Vettel and Alonso have this option. I only asked to have equal opportunity.We have a good guide, I'm sure they'll make the right decision. I'm fully concentrated on the race and hope that the next season will turn out for me more successfully.In ten years in Formula 1 Hamilton lost only two teammates. So, in 2011 he lost to Jenson Button.
The ex-pilot of Formula 1 David Coulthard, last weekend congratulates Nico Rosberg on the podium in Abu Dhabi, admitted that the decision of the German to finish his career reminded him of the situation with Mika Hakkinen in 2001.David Coulthard "an Unexpected decision. It reminds me of the situation with Hakkinen. We were partners at McLaren when he won two titles and has decided to retire. Then he was around the same age as Nico. Mick was devastated psychologically. However, he later regretted his decision.Niko is a little different situation. He achieved his main goal. Wish him all the best in the future"Hakkinen and Coulthard were team-mates at McLaren in 1996-2001 Mika won titles in 1998 and 1999, fought for the victory in the championship in the 2000 season, but lost Michael Schumacher. In early 2001, the Finn said that he will leave the championship at the end of the season.Later Hakkinen tried to return to the championship. It is known that in late 2004 he was negotiating with Williams and BAR, but in the end accepted the offer to become a pilot Mercedes DTM.
Pilot Mercedes Lewis Hamilton admitted that he was not surprised by the decision of teammate Nico Rosberg, who in this year's champion to finish his career in Formula 1.Lewis Hamilton "We, along with chase for 13 years, and all the while dreamed of becoming Champions. When I came in the Mercedes, Nico played for this team, and we began to talk about what you dreamed in childhood. And now his dream has come true.To be honest, I was not surprised by the decision Niko. For the first time in 18 years, he beat me, so I decided to stop. In addition, he has a family, a daughter, and Formula 1 takes a lot of time.Of course, this is a very unexpected decision. Will be very sad without him. I wish him all the best".
The head of the team Mercedes Toto Wolff commented on the decision of Nico Rosberg to finish his career in Formula 1.Toto Wolff "It's a bold decision, and it speaks to the strength of the character Niko. He has decided to retire at the peak of fame, embodied in reality his childhood dream. His thoughts were so clear, that he easily convinced me of the correctness of our decision.It is difficult to describe a person in few words. The combination of natural talent and fighting spirit has enabled Nico to be champion. Many believed that his career had become successful, because he is the son of Formula 1 world champion. But I think it was the opposite - he had to play with a load of expectations.Since 2010, he has inspired our team. We want to thank him for his contribution to our common success, which he made, speaking next to the best pilots Michael and Lewis.The team found itself in an unexpected situation. Ahead of the new era of Formula 1, the new regulations, and we have a vacancy. We will need time to evaluate all the possible options and find the best solution".
On the Mercedes website and blog of Nico Rosberg appeared the statement, in which the German told about when and how the decision was made to finish my career in Formula 1.The statement said "I have 25 years in racing, and my only dream was a title of the champion of Formula 1. I came to this through hard work, pain and sacrifice, and I succeeded. I'm on the top, and I have an incredible feeling. Now I feel grateful to all who supported me.This season was very tense. I worked like crazy, trying to improve in all areas after the disappointment of the last two years. My motivation levels have reached a level that had never before been. Of course, sacrifices had to go and my whole family, which gave me incredible support. I find it hard to find the words to Express my gratitude to my wife Vivian. She understood perfectly how important this year is, how big are my chances to win, and gave me enough freedom so I can fully recover after each race. She watched our daughter, solved all the problems - for her, the struggle in the championship was the priority.After the victory in Suzuka, when the destiny of the title was in my hands, I fell on the enormous pressure. Then I started to think about retirement if I'm Champ. On Sunday morning in Abu Dhabi, I knew that this might be my last race and it helped me clear my head before starting. I decided to enjoy each moment of the race because he knew that all of this could be the last time. And when the lights go out lights, I spent the most tense 55 laps in my life.I made the decision on Monday. A day after the race I was thinking, and the first person to know about my decision became Vivian and George Nolt from my team managers. And then I called Toto Wolff. The only thing that made my decision harder is the fact that my racing family was in a difficult situation. But Toto got me. He immediately recognized that I am confident in my decision. I will always be proud that I won the championship with the team of incredible people, along with the "silver arrows".Now I'm going to enjoy the moment. The next few weeks I will have fun looking back over the past season and open a new Chapter in his life. Let's see what awaits me in the future".
Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg, last weekend became the champion of the world, has announced the completion of a career in Formula 1. The German decided to retire undefeated.Nico Rosberg "I decided to announce the end of his career in Formula 1. When I was six years old and I started racing, I had a dream - to become a champion. And now I have achieved my dreams.I gave twenty-five years of his life to achieve his dream. This season I managed to do it, not without the help of my family, my team, my friends and fans. It was a memorable experience.At the same time I was very heavy as in the previous two seasons I lost to Lewis is to survive it wasn't easy. On the other hand, this has given me motivation. And, honestly, before I would not believe that I can win and become the champion".
The final part of the race Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi. Lewis Hamilton in the lead, but Nico Rosberg takes the second position, and in this situation the winner is German. Not far is Max Verstappen, who is rapidly catching up with Sebastian Vettel.If Rosberg loses to Vettel and Verstappen, the title goes to Hamilton. And Lewis starts to attorneyat Nico.46th crugnola Rosberg "He was going too slow. Maybe we should with Lewis trade places If at the end of the race he will be the second, I'll give him the position. It might be stupid, but it goes very slowly. Lewis especially so coming And on the first sector it is very fast, and I find it hard to overtake".47 th kruggerand "Lewis, we need a rate of 145.1 to win the race."Lewis Hamilton "Let us race".49 th Mercedes "Nico, seven laps before the finish. Verstappen inferior to fifteen seconds. He's on your tail".Nico Rosberg "Well, do something I can go much faster"Mercedes "Accepted"51st circle, the link goes technical Director Paddy Mercedes "Lewis, it's Paddy. You should increase the pace to win the race. That's an order"Lewis Hamilton "Paddy, I now lead the race and feel very comfortable".52-th circle Vettel overtook Verstappen and caught up with Mercedes "Nico, four laps before the finish. Remember that it is enough for us to finish in third position. You cannot damage the machine. Be careful with Vettel".54 th Mercedes "Lewis, if we want to win the race, you need to place rounds in 145".Lewis Hamilton "I'm losing the championship, and I do not care whether I will win the race or lose".55 th Mercedes "Nico, this is the last round. Stay in the zone of the DRS of Hamilton. Remember, all we have third place"Round after Mercedes "Yes Nico, you are a champion"Nico Rosberg "Thanks, guys My childhood dream has come true Thanks for the work Wow We did it".
Ex-Formula 1 driver Allan McNish believes that Lewis Hamilton had to hold Nico Rosberg is more aggressive.Alan McNish "Hamilton did nothing wrong that would be contrary to the rules of Formula 1. He could act even harder against Rosberg. He slowly drove the race, but was able to slow down Rosberg is much more aggressive and not gradually slow down.The only thing he did wrong, so it ignored the order of Mercedes. But this raises the question of whether the internal rules of the team relevant in the current situation Internal rules are intended to ensure that pilots did not jeopardize the interests of the team. But in this situation the interests of the team largely didn't matter. Mercedes has won both titles".
Racing consultant to Red Bull Helmut Marko said that he sees no weaknesses in max Verstappen.Helmut Marko "I see no weaknesses at max. He has only one minus - he can't control his emotions and endure from time to time. He's trying to get everything at once and usually have to pay problems in the race. This begins to erode from his head. He becomes more focused and professional pilot.I first saw max when he was 15 years old, but even then, he talked like a Mature 30-year-old boy. His confidence is fascinating. So he definitely has a great future".
It seems that the conversation with the leadership acted on the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton is a positive, because it is through the social network recognized the victory of his partner.Lewis Hamilton "since childhood we are told that we will be Champions, and now we both have becomeNico, you did everything a champion. You deserve this title".
The pilot of McLaren's Jenson button told about what he considers his best partner in the race and some in qualifying.Jenson button "In racing you constantly compare yourself with your partner. And I think that in qualifying the best for me was Lewis. In the race are more likely to get ahead of Fernando. Even if you spend the race perfectly, he will still have you right behind. And you wonder why he is not far behind. If he's ahead, you can not even dream to beat him".
Four-time champion Formula 1 Alain Prost admitted that he had experienced during the last laps of the race in Abu Dhabi.Alain Prost "Everything was within the rules, because nowhere does it say that the pilot must attack constantly and not to slow down at their discretion. It was not dangerous compared to other races. I was just afraid that in the last laps we will see a lot of dirty action, something rude and despicable. But this did not happen and I am very happy with the race results and championship".
As reported by Sky Sports, Lewis Hamilton after a collision with team-mate Nico Rosberg at the Grand Prix of Spain threatened to leave Mercedes.On the first lap of the race in Spain Hamilton attacked Rosberg, but the maneuver was over double the gathering. Lewis demanded that the team has publicly acknowledged the guilt of Nico. Otherwise, he threatened to boycott the stage in Monaco and leave the Mercedes to the end of the season.But as you know, the team did not recognize the guilt of Rosberg. In contrast, in tests in Spain in a matter of urgency was caused by Pascal Wehrlein, who was to replace three-time champion, if he does decide to leave.
Non-Executive Director of Mercedes Niki Lauda said that in their time did many tricks, such actions of Lewis Hamilton in the race Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi, but always obeyed the command.Niki Lauda "In my day, almost everybody was doing something similar. On the one hand, I even justify the actions of Lewis, understand them. On the other hand, need to obey the command and her orders.You advocate for collective purpose and effort is more important than your. You were given a chance to speak, so need to be mandatory to listen to the orders of the boxes. It is important for us to win the race, and Hamilton has jeopardized this opportunity. He could not omit Nico to fourth place, and he, at the same time, to win the race. So Lewis made me laugh when he refused to obey. But now we all face a very difficult and serious conversation".
20 years ago, Damon hill became champion in the Williams. The Briton admitted that he did not know why he was shown the door after the championship season.Damon hill "I just became the champion of the world, but to renew the contract with me refused. These strange circumstances and the reasons for this decision are still unknown to me. Some say that my Manager asked for a lot of money, but it's not. The second claim that Williams already at the time signed a contract with Heinz-Harald Frentzen. But it didn't last in the team after two seasons he was asked to leave.
The ex-pilot of Formula 1 and season champion-1982 Keke Rosberg believes that max Verstappen need a mentor who would help him to grow as a pilot.Keke Rosberg "In fact Max is a great driver with huge potential, but no one tells him what to do. He often makes mistakes that cost him the incredibly good results. In Abu Dhabi, Max himself knocked off the track, and such examples during the season - a lot. He needs a mentor, a leader who would take care of all of that, taught him, showed where to put my energies. The results are very important in this championship, only know the names Malo".
The pilot of Renault Kevin Magnussen next year will play for Haas that he did not believe a step backwards in his career.Kevin Magnussen "No, it's not a regression. This is a step forward, and confident. At Haas, interesting and uncomplicated structure of the power vertical, where all control gene Haas and Gunther Steiner. Direct managers who are accustomed to solve everything immediately and honestly. I have had many conversations with management and employees, but until I can get to work.I am content at Haas since this command will be at the level of Williams and Force India. There the pilots show the results, build a career and moving into the top teams. This way you want to go and I".
Pilot Mercedes Lewis Hamilton said that his connection with the famous tennis player Serena Williams.Lewis Hamilton "Serena came at the Grand Prix of Mexico last month. I was honored to receive support from a person who has achieved so much. Now she is interested in cars and asks me many questions about various technical aspects of Formula 1. We have so much fun with each other. We constantly joke, laugh and enjoy life outside sport. We grew up in similar conditions, we had a similar relationship with his parents, who played a leading role in our lives.I have followed the career of Serena and was completely inspired by her achievements. She is an outstanding athlete of our generation. I am impressed by the achievements of Serena in the sport and its human qualities, so try to learn from it".
After the finish of the race in Abu Dhabi the head of the team Mercedes Toto Wolff expressed his dissatisfaction with the fact that Lewis Hamilton refused to obey orders from the boxes, and has mentioned the possibility of imposing sanctions on the pilot.Two days later, Wolff admitted that he had not yet decided the fate of Hamilton.Toto Wolff "We haven't decided what to do with it. Of course, I understand Lewis, he acted in their interests. However, there are the interests of the team, and our approach has enabled us to win a lot of races and allowed to dominate the championship.Later we will discuss what did Lewis".
Tuesday ended with the test program Pirelli, created for season 2017. On the track in Abu Dhabi worked in three teams and five drivers.For the Ferrari tests held Kimi Raikkonen in Mercedes - Lewis Hamilton and Pascal Wehrlein, Red Bull - Daniel ricciardo and Max Verstappen. In total, there were used 96 sets of rubber, which passed the distance of 1839 km.Paul Hembery, Pirelli "During the last test five of the pilots were able to test tires in 2017. And for the first time we worked with three teams. Now we have to analyze the data collected for all 24 days of tests to determine the compounds that we will use in the season of 2017. In total the new tires passed the distance of 12 thousand kilometers".