For the pilot of McLaren Stoffele of Vandorn qualification in Australia ended with an 18-m result. However, there were problems with the machine.Stoffel Vandorn "I had to abort the first attempt because of problems with the fuel system dropped the engine power. Too bad, because in Saturday practice all worked just fine.I had only one attempt, and in such conditions it is not worth the risk - they have to confidently make a circle. I hope tomorrow in the race we will achieve more".
Before the start of the Grand Prix of Australia there were rumors that the leadership of McLaren, unhappy with the partnership with Honda is considering returning to the power plant of Mercedes. Non-Executive Director of Mercedes Niki Lauda said that he knew nothing about it.Niki Lauda "I don't know anything about the negotiations between McLaren and Mercedes. Accordingly, I have nothing to say."Earlier it was reported that the head of the German team Toto Wolff is ready to support the supply of Mercedes engines for McLaren and Niki Lauda, by contrast, opposes.Team McLaren collaborated with Mercedes 1995-2014. in 2015 the British are obsessed with Japanese minders.
The German edition Auto Motor und Sport found the number of overtaking during the last race of the Grand Prix of Australia.The speed of the new machines has grown significantly. So, the time of the pole of 2017 was faster than pole position in 2016 at 1.7 seconds. Best lap of the race this year faster at 2.4 seconds compared to last. But the number of leads has decreased seven times. If in 2016 they were 37, this time only 5, of which only two can be called a real fight.Overtaking1. 9th circle, lance Stroll ahead of Marcus Ericsson2. 18-th round, Sergio Perez ahead of Carlos Sainz3. The 41st lap, Daniil Kvyat ahead of Carlos Sainz was the order of the boxes to swap positions4. 51st circle, Esteban-UPS ahead of Fernando Alonso the Spaniard was broken5. The 51st lap, Nico Hulkenberg ahead of Fernando Alonso the pilot of McLaren was down due to a broken suspension.
The former head of Ferrari Cesare Florio noted the strong performance of Antonio Giovinazzi, who came on as a replacement for Pascal Wehrlein.Cesare FIORIO "I have been watching the career of Giovinazzi about five years. This is a very talented pilot, and he was ready for Formula 1. It's great that Ferrari has already signed a contract with him. I hope soon he will get his chance.After his return, Raikkonen not had a very good two seasons, although last year markedly increased. At the end of this year, he is already 38 years old, and I think it's time for him to quit Formula-1".Currently, Giovinazzi listed a spare pilot Ferrari. On the tests in Barcelona and at the Grand Prix of Australia he came on as a substitute pilot Sauber Pascal Wehrlein.
Last year the fastest mechanics in the Williams team. In Australia the pit-team from grove was again the fastest.The car of Felipe Massa during the only pit stop mechanics Williams served for 2.34 seconds, the car of lance Stroll left of 2.65 seconds. In second place Pete the Mercedes team with a score of 2.47 seconds.
Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff said that his team recognizes his loss of the Scuderia.Toto Wolff "well, we'll come back and come back stronger. We did not smooth the tests, we are unable to work clean the first weekend. But we will leave no stone unturned in future races.We are very fortunate that over the last three years we won the most races. We recognize that now Ferrari beat us".
Race Director FIA's Charlie whiting confirmed that the FIA revise the rules of use of the DRS in accordance with the new technical regulations, after the Chinese Grand Prix.Now all the cars fitted with DRS a system of reduction of head resistance to the air flow that allows pilots to increase the speed of the cars on the line.With the adoption of the new rules of technical regulations of the DRS partially lost its effectiveness, so after the Chinese Grand Prix, the FIA intends to reconsider the rule of using the system.Charlie Whiting "During the tests it was difficult for us to assess the effectiveness of DRS. We certainly have some information. And at the moment we do not see significant differences.That is why we believe that you need to wait until the end of the Grand Prix of China, to understand how the system works on the tracks.While the system worked well enough, but we still can't make a final decision until we see the work of DRS during the race".
After a disastrous race in Australia race Director McLaren Eric bulge again was forced to refute rumors of a possible transition of the British team to Mercedes.Eric boullier "It was hearsay. I think our results during test sessions and gave rise to the rumors. But, no, we don't negotiate. Of course, we are considering various options on how to catch up, because we're definitely not in the position where expected to be.Together with Honda we are working on their problems. The pace of development is now quite high, and we see significant changes for the better".
The Ferrari pilot Sebastian Vettel hopes that his fight with Lewis Hamilton will continue until the last race of the season.Sebastian Vettel "Lewis is one of the fastest pilots in the peloton, and I hope that we will have a tight fight for the title until the end of the season.It seems that now we have equal chances to achieve this goal. I hope it will remain, and then we'll see which of us is the best. To fight against the best is always interesting, so we are expecting an exciting season.
Pilot Mercedes Lewis Hamilton admitted that he was not able to overtake Sebastian Vettel in the race Grand Prix of Australia.Lewis Hamilton "I didn't Have high speed at the second period, I didn't know how long I can withstand the new tires. I didn't want to attack in order to reduce the distance from Vettel, because it is not able to overtake him. I could even lose their bus and the second result. So I decided to keep her second place and not try to outrun a faster car".
Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff believes that the overtaking in modern Formula 1 became a big problem.Toto Wolff "After the first Grand Prix held in Australia, we see that Formula 1 has changed. Overall, I like the new world of Formula-1.However, it is obvious that the leads are a big problem. Perhaps this was due to the track in Melbourne. As I said, Bottas, to follow the actions of other cars around was very difficult, so to make overtaking more dangerous".
The pilot of McLaren Stoffel Vandorn said that his team is the winner of the slowest machines.Stoffel Vandorn "the Only positive thing in the last race - I got to the finish line. However, we have no way to fight for anything.We are seriously lacking power, we are in a different category. We have the slowest car".According to experts, the Honda engines used by the McLaren team is inferior to Mercedes power plant of 100-120 HP.
All winners of the race in Australia used about the same strategy start on a used set of Ul and the transition to the Software during the only pit stop. In total, the pilots spent 20 pit stops.Kevin Magnussen is the only driver who in the course of the race used all three available types of tires.
Before the race in Australia pilots had to run two warm up lap start after the first round was canceled. Race Director FIA's Charlie whiting explained why it happened.Charlie whiting "I postponed the start because there is uncertainty. In such cases, I prefer not to press "Start".First Sergio Perez took the wrong position. Then the Marshal responsible for the position of Daniil Kvyat, lit yellow light. In the end, I decided to send pilots on another warm up lap".
Mercedes technical Director James Allison believes that the season will take place in a very close contest between his team and Ferrari.James Allison "If after qualifying, it wasn't that obvious, it is now clear that the season will be held in a tight fight with Ferrari. We were able to achieve a good time on one lap, we have prepared the car for the race, but today the Ferrari was just faster, and we were not good enough to catch them.But we won't panic. Race - one moment in a series of similar events over a long season. Today we scored good points in two cars, so China will try to regain the lead themselves."For the first time since Australia's 2014 team Mercedes leads in the constructors ' championship.
Head Red Bull Christian Horner admitted that he was not expecting such a start to the season in Australia, where Max Verstappen finished fifth, Daniel ricciardo come down.Christian Horner "a Really disappointing start to the season with the gathering of Riccardo, who was having problems with the sensor on the transmission. He stopped in sixth gear and couldn't switch to other. The team worked hard, repairing his car after the accident on Saturday. During the race, he never gave up, tried to return to the fight, hoping for a safety car, which are not uncommon. However, we were not lucky.Max had a great start, he was able to pass Kimi, but, unfortunately, he had no path in the third turn to exit forward. Strategically, we did everything right, the team put a lot of effort, but today's result looks disappointing.Congratulations Sebastian, I think he owes us a beer He actually spent a strong race".
Deputy head of the Force India Robert Fearnley said that his team can be proud of its achievements in the first race of the season 2017.Robert Fearnley "to Finish the first race of the season with seven points and is a fantastic reward for all the hard work done in the winter and over this weekend. Race Sergio was fighting, as it in its inimitable style, led the defence from the attacks of the pilots Toro Rosso. We used a great strategy, decided on an early pit stops, proving that it was the right way.Esteban also showed a fantastic performance and everyone in the team happy that he managed to earn his first point in Formula 1. His fight with Fernando Alonso was one of the most colorful Esteban caught up with the Spaniard in the final laps of the race and after a struggle beat him.To start the season with a good result is always nice. Now we will prepare for Shanghai, where they also intend to earn some points".
McLaren drivers failed to finish the race in Australia in the end zone, and the head of Honda Yusuke Hasegawa insists that he is happy with the progress.Yusuke Hasegawa "We knew that the upcoming weekend will be difficult. But despite a number of issues, I am satisfied with the progress made in recent weeks.Stoffel went resolutely strong race, despite all its problems, and Fernando showed brilliant fighting and flying car. It is a pity that he was not able to finish the race, having descended from the race five laps before the finish.However, both of our riders coped well with a difficult start of the season. Now we look forward to the next race in China and, together with McLaren will prepare for the further struggle".
New Williams technical Director Paddy Lowe said that Felipe Massa showed a strong race as he waited in the team.Paddy Lowe "the First race is always very important, and it's great that Massa did not disappoint us, having shown the sixth result. He had this race, keeping everything under control. He held a clean start, managed to pass in the first turn Grosjean. Also Felipe did a great job with the tyres, so we were able to make only one stop, which originally planned. Perhaps even more important was to see smooth and good pace that has managed to develop Mass.For lance, the race was very unfortunate. Very sorry that he had to go the distance because of problems with the brakes. We will consider this question on the basis of, and in the meantime will analyze collected information and prepare for the race in Shanghai".
The head of Toro Rosso Franz Toast believes that his team can fight for points in every race.Franz Toast "We started the race in Australia with eighth and ninth positions after successful performance in qualifying. Both cars were in the finals, that shows the level of competitiveness. It is definitely encouraging.In the race both pilots started well and good defending your position. Perez drove a pretty solid race, ahead of Carlos and Daniel, so she finished ahead of us. I think that under different circumstances, we could bypass it, but unfortunately lost about ten seconds with strategy Daniel.At the end of the race Carlos was in seventh place next to the pilot Force India, but because of the blue flags was unable to beat the Mexican. In any case, we showed great race".
The head of Pirelli Mario Isola believes that the products his company worked fine in combat conditions of the race Grand Prix of Australia.Mario Isola "the New era of Formula 1 began with a fantastic race in Australia. The pilots were able to fight tightly throughout each of the segments. As we expected, the teams chose different strategies for its pilots, so it was possible to observe a variety of schemes. Even the leaders have been working on different schemes.Rubber worked with a low level of degradation, so we saw the pilots put the quick laps at the end of the race on tyres that were more than 30 laps.
Director Haas Gunther Steiner said that he was devastated after double gathering in the first race of the season.Gunther Steiner "It was not the race we wanted to see early in the season. Roman is on the car has leaked water. We still don't understand how this could happen. Obviously, Kevin's race ended already in the third turn after contact with Eriksson. The Magnussen was structural damage to the suspension, and we have yet to understand why it happened. The only positive is that the car seems quick. We might be back in the fight in two weeks in Shanghai".
The head of Renault, Cyril abiteboul told that the start of season 2017 helped his team to learn a few important points.Cyril abiteboul "the first Grand Prix of the season gave us a few lessons, showing how to operate the new rules in combat. Our result shows that we were not as well prepared. Even now qualification does not reflect the actual strength and level of the team. Because of his arrogance we suffered.We learned that in the new era of Formula 1 it should work without error, and the only way to achieve points. We need to work more on balance and settings on the strategy and speed of the pit stops".In the race Jolyon Palmer went down because of equipment failure, and Nico Hulkenberg finished 11th, on the threshold of a spectacle zone.
Technical Director of Ferrari's Mattia Binotto was pleased with the victory in the first race, but not in a hurry to relax.Mattia Binotto "am I Happy Yes, of course. In the race we saw the fruits of their hard work. But we still have 19 stages, and today's race shows how even the smallest details can create a huge difference between who is ahead and who is behind. We must therefore continue to make every effort for the development of his car. As for this weekend in Melbourne, we are now clear that the gaps between the leaders is minimal, and so it will be in future Grand Prix.SEB did a great job with their work, while Kimi was definitely a more difficult race, in part because he started the race a little further from the first line than Vettel. However, he managed to hold this position to the finish, and the result showed what he can do".
Head Sauber Moniz, Kaltenborn admitted that Antonio Giovinazzi impressed her with his strong performance in the race Grand Prix of Australia.Monisha Kaltenborn "Very impressive performance from Antonio. It was his first performance in Formula 1, and from such a result. He showed his potential and what I was capable our car. The lap time was quite satisfactory.As for Marcus, his race was ruined after the start of the incident and in the 3rd turn. The situation there was obvious, so it is not clear why the stewards did not react to the incident.
Stoffel Vandorn the only one of the McLaren drivers got to the finish of the race in Australia. However, the Belgian ended up 13th, with a lag of two circles.Stoffel Vandorn "a Very difficult race. During the pit stop I had to restart control system of the power plant, due to which we lost a lot of time and positions. Some time the display in the cockpit did not work. Honestly, after the tests in Barcelona we actually did not expect to reach the finish line, so today's result can be considered successful.We still do not have enough speed to fight with rivals. To the stage in China a little time, but we have to work to make another step forward.During the race weekend, we traveled quite a large distance. Fernando performed well in qualifying, and I got to the finish - still, this stage has left a positive impression. I suppose my birthday, I deserve a piece of birthday cake".
The pilot Toro Rosso Carlos Sainz in the race Grand Prix of Australia finished eighth.Carlos Sainz "I didn't want to do this, but I was asked to skip ahead of quata by the team leaders. I was told that if he fails to pass Perez, the position will return. And so it was on the basis of race. But I had to obey orders, because we work for the good of the team.The end of the race I could fight with Sergio, but didn't have enough time. Another would be ten laps and I was able to beat the Mexican. I had the speed, the team finished in the points in two cars, so the weekend went well for us positively.
Ferrari President Sergio Marchionne said that his team achieved victory in the wanted and important.Sergio Marchionne "We needed this victory, she came to us like manna from heaven. I congratulate all the team on this result and also fans who waited on us this year and a half. We have always met the expectations of fans, even they had to wait long for the anthem of Italy. It is important that we continue to believe in the future we will bring many more victories.Vettel made just fine, and I'm sure that soon, and Kimi will fight for victory on equal terms with the partner.
Antonio Giovinazzi temporarily replaced by Pascal Wehrlein in the Sauber in the race Grand Prix of Australia finished 12th. Antonio Giovinazzi "It was just an incredibly successful race for me, so I am happy with myself and my result. I should have just to minimize losses and to help the team to collect useful information. But I was able to attackThanks to the leadership of the Sauber and Ferrari for the opportunity and the experience".
The first race of the season the pilot Toro Rosso Daniel Quat finished in ninth position. At the end of the course, the Russians were fighting for seventh, with Sergio Perez, but had to make an additional pit stop because of problems with the machine.Daniil Kvyat "it was a Great race Just very sad that at the end of the race we had to make an unscheduled pit stop. If not for that, I could finish seventh.The team has done a fantastic job during the whole weekend, and I'm very happy with the result. Congratulations to the whole team Now we are able to fight for good points, and showed that today's race.From a physical point of view the race was not easy. But I trained all winter and are well prepared - then I have to thank my coach.In the end, it's a good start to the season. We showed good speed and two machines earn points. Now we will prepare for the Grand Prix of China".