Pilot GP2 Jordan king believes that it was his time to drive in Formula 1.Jordan king "Literally from birth, I raved about the Formula 1 was my goal, it such remains. I really want to debut in this championship. Now is the right time for this step. I put together my experience and knowledge of racing wisdom. I feel that I can compete with the world's best pilots.Maybe I'll be able to take part in the practices this year, but not the fact. I'm happy to test on all the remaining practices of...
Pilot Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel in last year won the prestigious Race of Champions and now he wants to get the coveted first place among the best pilots in the world. This time the race will take place on 21-22 January in Miami.Sebastian Vettel "a Year ago I first won the Race of Champions in individual competition, but this time I was determined to defend the championship in Miami. I will have a difficult fight with the best pilots, among whom are Indycar Champions and NASCAR. This will be the first Race of Champions in the USA, so the competition will be incredibly high.By the way, the competition will be held at the baseball stadium, so the configuration will be different. It is determined by the skill of the pilots, everything will be a fraction of a second. I gladly accepted the invitation to participate in these races".
Pilot Ferrari Kimi Raikkonen told about his attitude to Spa-Francorchamps, where he won four times.Kimi Raikkonen "This track is old school, which is right in the middle of a forest, which creates a fantastic atmosphere for the whole Grand Prix. Here you can often smell in the middle of the race, the smell of kebabs and sausages, roasting over a fire in the forest The weather is often changeable, but the race in any case are interesting. I always enjoy played on this track.It is a pity that TV doesn't give all of the route profile, all these UPS and downs. Sensations simply inexpressible. You know, I once walked around the track on foot, but most did not. It was too long".
Pilot Mercedes Nico Rosberg was pleased with his summer vacation, which he spent with his family.Nico Rosberg "it was Fun to spend a couple weeks with family, to relax, to renounce all. Every minute of rest was for me.However, we have now returned to work. For me, everything starts from zero. All that was now in the past. The race starts with a clean slate, and I'm waiting to get behind the wheel.I know that I can achieve great things, because at my disposal a great car, and I am full of energy. See how it goes for me, the Grand Prix of Belgium".
The ex-pilot of Formula 1 Mika Salo is the Director of one of the Championships of Formula 4, said that Max Verstappen his example became a role model for young people.Mika Salo "of Course, Max showed what hard work it is possible to get to the top, even without extensive experience. He has worked hard and has become an example for all the Dutch. It would be great that each country has its own Verstappen.I am closely monitoring the situation in the race youth series and see that a new generation of fast pilots. He is 13 years old, but they can be very fast and serious enemy of modern pilots of Formula 1.
Renault technical Director Bob bell said that his team on the victory in the championship will need five years.Bob bell "the History of Formula 1 inevitably suggests that to win the League you need five years of hard work. So it was with Ferrari after the arrival of Schumacher, so it was with Renault after buying Benetton, with Mercedes after buying Brawn, Red Bull. The same amount of time to us now.Five years was enough, so we can fight for the title in the Cup of designers. This is a real term and the real goal".
The head of Pirelli, Paul Hembery said that Formula 1 next year will be quite different from the modern one.Paul Hembery "It will be like the transition from GP2 to Formula 1. The difference is so vast that pilots have to get used to it. The machines will be faster for five or six seconds per lap. The grip will be so high that it would seem from that the car rides on rails. The pilots will not feel the limit, and until they find him, it will take a long time.Next year will be very interesting to follow the struggle on the track. It will be a completely new world championship."Recall that the next season will change dramatically, the aerodynamics of the cars, and the wheels are noticeably wider.
Pilot Sauber Felipe Nasr said that the track in Belgium is the favorite in the championship.Felipe Nasr "We are waiting for the second half of the season, and it starts my favorite track in Belgium. This is a unique high-speed track with lots of turns. All pilots like to hunt here, because the trail is constantly going up and down.To fight for high positions in this ring, you should tune the car so it had low levels of downforce and good traction wheels with asphalt. This is important when exiting turns.I focused on points in this race. It's time for our team to return to the top ten.Last year, Nasr's race in Spa was finished at the 11th position.
Pilot GP2 Pierre went Out was one of the few who's been assigned to check out the new head-protection system Halo. His comments became the basis in order to postpone the debut of the system for another year.Pierre went Out "Let the Halo frame and located not where the pilot usually looks, because all his attention is absorbed by the apexes and braking points, all of the same system greatly interfere with the review in some important areas. You can feel her, see with her peripheral vision. There are turns where it will become a real problem as to Eau Rogue. Moreover, some pilots on the starting grid will be poorly visible traffic signals. So I was against implementing the system next year. It need to be updated".
In the beginning of the year due to problems with finances Sauber left many experts. After the appearance of new owners and investment in the Swiss team pulled experienced personnel. So, the new chief race engineer Sauber became heavy Pujolar.Spanish engineer has worked in Jaguar, HRT, Williams and Toro Rosso. Last place of work, he left this spring due to a conflict with the head of the Italian team Franz Toast. In the Toro Rosso Pujolar worked as race engineer max Verstappen.
The head of the Honda F1 Yusuke Hasegawa once again confirmed that his company will spend all the remaining ten points conditional on the completion of the power plant. New items will be implemented in two phases, and the first set of updates will appear on the upcoming Grand Prix of Belgium.Yusuke Hasegawa "Work with the power plant on the basis of going to Sakura without stopping. Of the remaining nine races, and we have only two possibilities for the introduction of new products. The first possibility is a race in Spa.Later we will decide when to use the second option. We intend to spend all conditional points".
The pilot of Renault Kevin Magnussen told that to work in the rain at Spa is always exciting.Kevin Magnussen "the rain in the Spa - it's not rain on other tracks. There is one part of the track can warm up by the sun, and on the other side can be a downpour. Therefore, the work on slicks or rain tyres is not standard.Here it is necessary to calculate, to understand what type you will play more and some less. Every turn matters, so in the event of rain the team worked hard with the telemetry, trying to make the right choice. It is very risky, because in case of failure you can just fly off the track. This Spa, and its such a character".
Head Red Bull Christian Horner is confident that in case of aggravation of relations between max Verstappen and Daniel Riccardo team knows what to do.Christian Horner "I know that now Max and Daniel get along well with each other, but this is only the beginning of their relationship. In the next three years they will fight for win and this will exacerbate their relationship. Between them there is friction, they can no longer be friends. But the team is ready for such a development. We act as openly as possible for both pilots, and all problems will be solved together".
The pilot of Renault Jolyon Palmer said that in the Junior series have always performed well at Spa, and therefore now relies on a scoring race.Jolyon Palmer "I remember my first race at Spa was won. It was driving Formula Palmer Audi. Then there was rain, there was an interesting battle for the win. I've also made the podium in GP2, but victory in this series, each time slipping from my hands. A year ago I started this race from the first row.In General, memories of the track are very positive. All this gives me confidence for another good result. About the victory, no question, but I will try to earn points".Meantime, on account of the Palmer no points.
The pilot of McLaren Fernando Alonso has said that he is well rested during the summer break and now ready to get back in the race.Fernando Alonso "I am well rested, had a great time with family in Asturias, drove in the go-cart track, then flew to California. When he returned, indulged in training. I liked it very much.This break allowed me to really evaluate the past six months, to analyze our progress and to understand that the team became stronger. I think that in the future this process will gain rapid momentum, so the fight is just beginning".
The head of Renault Frederic Vasseur said that now on the agenda the question of the composition of pilots on the season-2017 is not necessary.Frederic Vasseur "We're not even considering this issue. We throw all the forces on the development of the car, trying to achieve maximum impact from it. Our pilots work hard, try their best to achieve points. I hope that the second half of the season will be more successful for us and our boys.Until September we won't think about the pilots. While this question hasn't come.
Manor pilot Pascal Wehrlein said that for his team it is extremely important to stay in the top ten at the end of this season.Pascal Wehrlein "Now I am in the standings are in good position, ahead of Renault and representatives of Haas, as well as both pilots Sauber. The most important thing for the team now - not my position in the standings, but to stay ahead of Sauber. We will get more prize money, will be able to involve a team of more experienced professionals can build a fast car. I hope we will remain on your 10th place.We will remind, on account of the Manor there is one point, while Sauber is the last entirely without glasses.
Pilot SMP Racing Mikhail Aleshin had a great race 13th stage of the North American IndyCar series on the track Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania. Earning pole position in qualifying, the Russians successfully fought with the strongest contenders, having won in a difficult struggle "silver step of the podium.After a series of setbacks and outright bad luck in the previous stages, fortune finally turned to face the Russian pilot. In Saturday free practice on the so-called "tricky triangle" - Pocono road - Aleshin was fastest among 22 drivers. The subsequent qualification is confirmed - Michael once again wrote his name in Motorsport history, becoming the first Russian pilot to win the pole position of the IndyCar.Unlike many other formula Championships, starting with the first places of the peloton in IndyCar does not mean that the pilot automatically becomes the favorite of the race. It happened this time the same Sebastian Bourdais, launched the "tail" to the end of the 500-mile check-in was already a contender for the podium.As for Mikhail Aleshin, for all 200 laps Russians and then fought off the attack and counterattacked, continually becoming a target for television cameras. On the first lap Aleshin skipped forward Joseph Newgarden, but just as quickly managed to regain the position. Closer to the middle of the race, Michael successfully attacked the winner of the Indy 500 2014 Ryan hunter-Reay, but after a good pit stop Michael was again returned to the leadership. The struggle with hunter-Ray lasted until the next replacement rubber, when the decision was made to change the settings of the car. As it turned out, it was not a good idea, and the Russian rider at the first opportunity returned to the pitlane for adjustments of the aerodynamic elements. Returning to the track fifth, the pilot of SMP Racing began to catch up. Having won two positions and entering the top three for 17 laps before the chequered flag, Mikhail Aleshin was able to make another leap and win back another line. Unfortunately, against headed at that time the race will Power's time was gone, and the Russian pilot met the chequered flag in second."First of all, I want to thank the team, - said Mikhail Aleshin. - I'm really proud of my team The guys progressed, very much tried and done everything possible for today's result. I know I've done a huge work out the route, taking into account the previous errors. As for today's race, then we had to go to the limit every time on the margin at a speed of about 350 kilometers per hour, I was losing and again caught the car, almost soprikasalis with the wall. It was a great race Yes, on the final pit stop we had a little setback, I still managed to neutralize in the course of arrival. In the second part of the race we decided to try other settings on aerodynamics, a little lost, but quickly realized it and was able to solve the problem. Progress is evident we now have a cohesive team, a great car, good speed and a huge desire to win. And even if today we were in the verge of victory, but sooner or later and this step will be done. I thank the program SMP Racing, and of course all the fans - your optimistic attitude, your support I feel, and it is very important to me."The result at Pocono Raceway Mikhail Aleshin't just duplicated his best result in IndyCar in 2014, where he climbed to the second step of the podium on the road in Toronto, but also demonstrated that he is ready to conquer the most difficult oval tracks in the series.The next stage of the IndyCar series will be delayed race in Texas. Its launch is scheduled for August 27.
This year one of the test pilots Force India was a 17-year-old Nikita Mazepin. The Russians had already served two days of tests at Silverstone, and next season he can go on the track during Friday's practice.Bob Fearnley, Deputy head of the Force India "Nikita had its first tests of Formula 1 in Silverstone. Next season, its workload will increase significantly.We believe that in the near future one of our pilots leave the team, so we need to think about the future. To this end, we train young pilots.It is too early to judge the capabilities of Mazepin, but he showed signs of talent and high speed. Let's see what he will show next year. Maybe we will give him the opportunity to work on some Friday practice the Grand Prix".Obviously, much will depend on funding from sponsors Mazepin. Recall that Nikita's father is the principal owner and Chairman of the Board of Directors of United chemical company URALCHEM.
Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff said that his team is constantly teetering on the brink of risk, battling for the victory.Toto Wolff "there is no Other way. Should we risk fighting for the victory. We have four seasons fight, but the other team can not boast of such consistency. Even two years in a row to fight for the title, that's rare. Therefore, we are all proud of their achievements.To lead such a complex fight with the best teams, sometimes you have to just balance on the edge. We allow pilots to compete, driving each other, but sometimes this practice is hurting us. It's all very complicated, but this our way".
The pilot Toro Rosso Carlos Sainz once again bragged about his contract with Red Bull.Carlos Sainz "in this situation does not depend. I did not affect the decision of the management. Red Bull just took advantage of the option to extend the contract.I'm just glad it happened so early, because in the history of the team like this has not happened. This proves that I am a young and talented pilot who cherish. Also it motivates for good results."The second seat at Toro Rosso left vacant. It claimed, Daniil Kvyat and Pierre went Out.
The head of the Honda F1 Yusuke Hasegawa sure that the affiliate team McLaren with the latest updates of the power plant will fight for points even on high-speed tracks.Yusuke Hasegawa "the Tracks of Spa and Monza are not particularly suited to our cars, we clearly will be difficult. This highway, but they are not very similar to each other. In Belgium, the ring is more technical, while in Italy the whole circle traversed almost the gas to the floor.We slightly modified the powertrain, so I hope to fight for points even on these tracks. Our goal is to fight for points in every race".
Head Sauber Moniz, Kaltenborn said her team is considering different options for the composition of the pilots for the season 2017.Monisha Kaltenborn "Our team has become very interesting to many pilots, so we are even considering the different versions of the composition the following year. We made a lot of financial stability that attracted us fast pilots. We are already negotiating with a number of them, but let's see how events will develop in the remaining races. From these results, and will depend on the contracts and a time when we will announce his decision".Now imagine Sauber's Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson. Manager last a couple of weeks ago said that his ward is looking for other employment.
Haas pilot Roman Grosjean told that for the first time to pass the rotation the legendary Spa Francorchamps circuit very sensitive.Roman Grosjean "I remember that pass for the first time this turn the gas to the floor, very scary. Understandable, because there the trail sharply goes down and then shoots up. You're instinctively afraid that will fly over the track. Then think of how to perform this maneuver every lap in the race But after a couple of attempts to get used to it and already enjoying the overload. Just need a little time to get used to.Grosjean started five times in Belgium. Best result - 3 place in 2015. And in 2012 he staged a crash at the first corner, for which he was suspended for one race.
Deputy head of the Force India Robert Fearnley said that his team is ready to fight with the top teams, because the work in the middle of the peloton it bored.Robert Fearnley "We have been fighting in the middle of the peloton, and while our goal is to fight for the title of best among the others. To begin to fight with the leaders, we need only a small additional investment of 200 million.Next year everything can go according to our scenario, so the year promises to be really interesting.
Autosport Pirelli Director Paul hembery believes that it is best for Formula 1 teams conduct pre-season tire tests in warm countries.Paul hembery "the teams even the tail of the peloton are the first races to show good results, pre-season tire tests should be conducted in countries where air temperature and tracks close to those that will be during the Grand Prix. Conduct tests in Barcelona, where in the morning is ice on the puddles is a wrong decision. It is best to conduct tests in Bahrain or Abu Dhabi.Teams complain that it entails additional costs, but the problem is not lack of money but they are spent. Previously, we carried out tests for months, and the budgets were much less than now".
Pilot Red Bull Daniel Riccardo said that Max Verstappen helped the team regain confidence.Daniel ricciardo "I remember what a shock for everyone was the arrival of max to the team. But the truth is, his coming caused a lot of positive changes in the stable.When he came in, we began to achieve podiums. Me and Max always driven each other in the work and the results. I am very glad that Verstappen was replaced by Kvyat. It was useful castling".
The pilot Toro Rosso Carlos Sainz said that his team next year could be anywhere in the peloton, as the new rules give equal chances to all to leap forward.Carlos Sainz "Now I only hear the conversations, about 5-th line in the Cup of designers. But it's all pointless, because next year we can become like the third and eighth. You just need to wait for the next season and hope that our development will be more successful than rivals.I also hope that the Renault mechanics will be able to make a new step forward, and we get a good powerplant. Now we can not boast of significant progress, but next year a lot can change".
Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff said that Lewis Hamilton can get a new engine already in Italy on the track where you can overtake.Toto Wolff "We can replace the engine for Monza, because at this track Lewis will be able to minimize losses. There you can overtake and fight throughout the race. All we want for our drivers race took place as smoothly as possible, and it would be wonderful if Lewis was able to complete the entire season with the latest engine.Still need to take into account the moment that we are waiting for engine upgrade, and it would be silly to change now the engine Lewis to later change it to updated. Need to adjust a single step".
Technical Director Williams Pat Symonds said that the team must maintain the current composition of the pilots for the season 2017.Pat Symonds "For our team, and to any other, in the transition to the new regulations, it is important to keep the pilots unchanged. For we are the pilots, well versed in the art, and I hope that at least one of them will remain with us. Personally, I would love to keep both, although some in the team think we work too long with the same composition.I have experience in Formula 1, and I have seen many trains. We are now working with Massa and Bottas, who got along fine with each other and show the result. I haven't had such a great two pilots over forty years of career".