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2017-09-20 11:34:04

Jos Verstappen Vettel was not punished because of politics

The ex-pilot of Formula 1 Jos Verstappen thinks Sebastian Vettel was not punished because of political issues.Jos Verstappen "Unless the FIA stewards gave him a real punishment, championship on that could end. SEB still has a chance at the title, the intrigue is still there - the only reason to feel sorry for him. Everyone understands that it was not a racing incident and a collision in which fault Vettel".The situation is commented and mark Webber, former partner Vettel at Red Bull "I think sometimes SEB forgets where his back end. It doesn't feel all dimensions".

2017-09-19 16:44:04

Charlie whiting Argentina can return in 2019

Charlie whiting Argentina can return in 2019

The F1 channel in Latin America reports that race Director FIA's Charlie whiting recently checked out the old route to Buenos Aires. The last Grand Prix was held there in 1998.Charlie whiting "I was there and wrote a report on what needs to be done. Now it depends on promoters. Like any track that did not take Formula 1 for 20 years, it needs refinement.The main thing is to make the route more attractive and faster than in the 1990-ies. If they can do all that in 2019, we can be there for the race.The existing track in Buenos Aires has accepted the Formula-1 in 1995-1998 Two race was won by Damon hill, one Jacques Villeneuve and Michael Schumacher.

2017-09-15 14:54:03

Official Toro Rosso switches to Honda engines

Official Toro Rosso switches to Honda engines

Team Toro Rosso has officially announced the signing of a multi-year contract with Honda.Franz Toast, head of the team Toro Rosso "the Whole team is looking forward to the cooperation with Honda. Racing has always been in the interests of this company since then as its founder, Soichiro Honda started motorcycle racing. I hope that together we will achieve serious progress".James Ki, technical Director Toro Rosso "because Of the new power plant will significantly change the design of the chassis. Together with Honda we will explore all the features of the engine, that affect the operation of the chassis. Look forward to cooperation with Honda engineers".Takahiro Hachigo, CEO of Honda "Toro Rosso is an experienced team that successfully prepares future stars. We welcome future cooperation with Toro Rosso - this opens a new Chapter in our history in Formula 1.I want to thank Liberty Media and FIA for assistance in the conclusion of this contract. Honda and Toro Rosso will work together to achieve success".

2017-09-10 17:24:03

Jean Todt Has an interest to occupy 11th and 12th places

The President of the FIA Jean Todt has confirmed reports that several groups of investors have expressed interest in filling the two spots on pit lane.Jean Todt "If a major manufacturer wants to become a member of the championship, it would be easy to arrange. If it's an independent team, we need to look at its possibilities.Yes, there are questions to comers, but nothing I would call serious. We now have ten teams, but ideally we should have 12 stables, as permitted in the existing agreements.If we get to the moment when you will make a serious request, as it was with Gene Haas, then we will announce a new tender".

2017-09-06 10:54:03

The head of Red Bull Official Formula 1 too conservative

Head Red Bull Christian Horner has criticized officials of Formula 1 for being too conservative behaviour during Saturday's qualifying in Monza.The audience reacted extremely negatively, when time after time the session was delayed for 15 minutes.Christian Horner "to be Honest, I think they acted very conservatively, I would say too conservative. Formula 1 is not a sport that requires exceptionally good weather.From a security point of view it is quite clear that in this case it was necessary to exercise some caution, but we could get back on track much sooner.I think it's an internal matter for the FIA, it should be resolved at the next meeting".

2017-09-06 10:34:04

Jean Todt, the leader of the championship will be a special color Halo

Jean Todt, the leader of the championship will be a special color Halo

The President of the FIA Jean Todt believes that his new idea will help revive the popularity of the innovation in security - Halo.Many drivers and fans are unhappy that the head-protection system will affect the aesthetic and DNA of Formula 1 from next year.The President of the FIA said in Monza that Halo introduced to the pilots were safe.Jean Todt "That's why we need responsible decision makers for the sport.When I announced that we will present Halo for Formula E in 2018, the critics were not. Also with the introduction of Halo for Formula 2 the following year, I did not hear any negative comments. This shows that people have become accustomed to it.I voiced another idea that I like the special colour for the leader of the championship. In addition, I heard that some teams have sold space on Halo sponsors for advertising".

2017-09-05 12:24:09

Jean Todt One gathering can decide the fate of the title

The President of the FIA Jean Todt believes that reliability will be the determining factor in the fight for the title of season 2017.Jean Todt "I really like to watch this fight, the question of the title remains open.I believe that to lose one who will face technical problems. In the remaining races gathering will be such a loss in the fight for the title".

2017-08-31 12:24:04

Toto Wolff plays against Ferrari

Toto Wolff plays against Ferrari

Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff has promised to keep behind closed doors any quarrel with Ferrari concerning the rules on new engines.Over the weekend it was reported that Ferrari is mad at Mercedes for violating the gentleman's agreement. It concerned the ban on the launch of a new spec engine until the FIA will not publish new rules on oil in the fuel. It was expected that the new engines will appear only at Monza, but the German team presented its engine is already in Spa.Toto Wolff "On the track we compete very hard. But if there are problems, we discuss them behind closed doors. It is important to be careful and not to publish anything that can be misconstrued".

2017-08-27 11:54:03

Sergio Perez is unhappy with Magnussen

The pilot Force India Sergio Perez on Friday joined Nico Hulkenberg, condemning the style of piloting of Kevin Magnussen.Hulkenberg and Magnussen is known for his incident in Hungary, after which Kevin still grossly insulted Niko in front of the cameras.Mexican pilot said he believes Magnussen's dirty pilot and raised the question at the briefing pilots of the FIA.Sergio Perez "He just said that nothing did, but we all saw how Kevin is not the first time committing grave acts.At the speeds at which we drive, it all may cause a serious accident. That is why I brought it to Charlie Whiting. I hope he will remember it, because if there is an accident, it will be too late".

2017-08-25 22:44:03

Pilots Sauber will lose five positions at the start

After Friday practice, the FIA has announced that the pilots Sauber Pascal Wehrlein and Marcus Ericsson will lose five positions at the start due to gearbox replacement.However, to start the latest they will not have as earlier 35 penalty positions earned by the representative for McLaren Stoffel Vandorn. Later, the Belgian also changed the gearbox, so the amount he will lose 40 positions.

2017-08-25 11:14:03

Halo rules introduced too late

Engineers of Formula 1 is concerned that the official rules for Halo announced too late, as the machine of the season-2018 are in full swing.Auto Motor und Sport reports that the device protecting the driver's head not only looks unsightly, but will have a big impact on the design of the cars next year from the point of view of aerodynamics and weight.Michael Schmidt "the Exact rules for the Halo will only be available from September".Technical Director of the Force India Andy green "it's Too late. From the point of view of the monocoque the time ends".Technical Director Toro Rosso James Ki "the Center of gravity will rise now, and the weight distribution will move forward.We also need to strengthen the sides of the monocoque test load, and this means that in the appropriate places will be used another structure of carbon".However, FIA, fearing protests from the teams made it possible to form the upper part of the Halo at its discretion.James Key "It will help to minimize the disadvantages of aerodynamics".

2017-08-21 18:04:03

The safety car in Formula 1 can become a drone

The safety car in Formula 1 can become a drone

Automakers have embarked on creating machines that can move without human intervention. It is not excluded that soon the safety car in Formula 1 will become drones.Marcin Budkowski, head of the technical Department of the FIA "we developed these technologies. Maybe the safety car will no longer need a pilot he will do everything computers.At the same time we are against the racing drones. This is a sport of engineers, and the fans won't like it".

2017-08-16 08:14:05

Pilots unhappy with the extra weight of Halo

While most focus on the aesthetics of the machines season 2018, another feature security Halo much more substantial. It is about 10 pounds overweight will have machines with the introduction of head protection.Now the machine weighs 728 kg, but the FIA will allow next year to raise the bar just for 5 kg This means that pilots will have to lose another 5 kg of weight.Lewis Hamilton "You can't ignore Halo if the system will enhance safety by 17. Yes, all looks horrible, and the extra weight will add to the problems".Carlos Sainz "We should not be so slender as cyclists, just because of the requirements for the car".Niki Lauda "Halo will ruin the DNA of Formula 1"Valtteri Bottas "I don't think Halo will hurt Formula 1. This improvement in safety is good for us, pilots. The only drawback is the weight, because the heavier the car, the less exciting the race".

2017-08-15 23:44:03

McLaren proposes to hold the Grand Prix in his hometown of Woking

McLaren proposes to hold the Grand Prix in his hometown of Woking

Guide McLaren has offered to host one of Grand Prix in Woking, where the base of the British team.Jonathan Neale, chief operating officer of McLaren "Why not to hold a Formula 1 race on the streets of Woking It is necessary to create the infrastructure to shift the surface of the roads, build the podium and make a certain amount in FIA. Other obstacles we don't see."In the McLaren have developed a track.the length of 4.85 km.

2017-08-13 01:14:06

Legal issues forced to introduce a Halo

Legal issues forced to introduce a Halo

For a long time the debate raging about whether Halo is good or bad for Formula 1, but the head of the Red Bull's Christian Horner believes that Mercedes has supported FIA in this decision.Christian Horner "Mercedes has come out with this concept, and they put the FIA in a difficult position. If we have an accident, and the car will not be a Halo, and the system would have saved lives, then from a legal point of view it would be difficult to argue why this system was not, since it was available for implementation. That's why we developed Aeroscreen - tried to solve the problem more aesthetically pleasing.FIA was now backed into a corner with this Halo. No other options have passed all the tests, no.I am concerned that each formula series, up to the go-kart will have to have this system. When will it end I think at some point, as a pilot, you have to take certain risks".

2017-08-13 01:04:03

Stefano Domenicali About the appearance of the machines will soon forget

The former head of the Ferrari Stefano said that about the appearance of cars with Halo all soon forget.Stefano Domenicali "FIA has the right to put the security in charge. I recall many of the innovations that were perceived negatively by public opinion, but I don't think anyone can question the usefulness of the system. And aesthetics will soon be forgotten".

2017-08-10 18:24:05

The organizers of the Grand Prix of France did not abandon the Chicane

The organizers of the Grand Prix of France did not abandon the Chicane

Next year the Grand Prix of France will return to the Formula 1 calendar. The organizers of the race in Paul Ricard chose the longest configuration 5.8 km, but refused chicanes which will break the long Mistral straight is Straight.Managing Director of the Grand Prix of France "the FIA has done some research. The cars will accelerate to 343 km/h Chicane, and therefore speeds problem should not be.The Chicane was added to prevent engine operation at full power throughout the straight leading into the mountain. We also wanted to facilitate overtaking by creating an additional zone before the Chicane. According to FIA, the car made 344 km/h before the Chicane and 343 km/h on top of the Signes.We introduced a new configuration of the track during the Austrian Grand Prix a few pilots, including Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso. They loved it. The pilots said that the configuration is 5.8 km away is a good option".

2017-08-09 15:44:03

Porsche does not deny his future in Formula 1

Porsche does not deny his future in Formula 1

Porsche does not deny that has already developed a highly efficient engine can be the basis for a new project in Formula 1.German manufacturer of sports cars shook the world of Motorsport, a statement that leaves the top category of the championship WEC LMP1. However, the entire team of engineers involved in this project remains in the Porsche, reinforcing rumors that the company after the debut in Formula E could be in Formula-1.Porsche head of research and development Michael Steiner "We need all these people for future projects. The great team that we have built for LMP1, very motivated, all these professionals possess a vast amount of knowledge. So nice to have a specific plan for engineers, mechanics and even pilots.Like other manufacturers, we at the invitation of the FIA to take part in discussions about future versions of the engine in Formula 1.This team of engineers is not currently working on the engine of a Formula 1, but working on a highly effective engine-level concepts, without deciding what we will do with this engine".

2017-08-06 23:04:03

Christian Horner We have to make the decision of the FIA

Even the head of Red Bull's Christian Horner agreed that the FIA made the right decision in accepting the implementation of the system head protection Halo next year.Christian Horner "I think the FIA made the right decision, and I understand the reasons why they were forced to do it.But personally, I like the person, don't like Halo. I think that the system assigns to the Formula-1 in the direction from the idea of open cars. This is a huge problem. Yes, it is very heavy. We will be allowed to use an extra five pounds of weight, but it is not those cars.I'm sad that Formula 1 will be ugly. I would be ashamed to look in the eyes of the fans next year".

2017-08-05 23:54:03

Nico was tired of criticism of Halo

The pilot of Renault Nico Hulkenberg said that she is not going to criticize the head-protection system Halo.Recall that the FIA even official videos cut out the negative comments of the pilots on the system of protection of the head.Nico Hulkenberg "I've never been a big supporter of Halo or additional head protection. It would protect us in one crash out of a million others. But with the additional attachment of the wheels I don't think this system we all need. We greatly spoil the appearance of the machines.But I'm already completely relaxed. There is no criticism, just have a different opinion".

2017-08-04 13:34:03

FIA finalizes Halo

The FIA has announced that engineers develop new design for Halo which will be as thin as possible. This is due to the desire to reduce the influence of security structures on the review of the pilots.The technical boss of the FIA Laurent Mekis "At the moment, the Central section of Halo has a thickness of 2 cm, but we believe there are opportunities to improve visibility for pilots.We will test and reduce the thickness up to 16 mm. We'll push the system to its limits".

2017-08-01 18:14:03

Robert Kubica passed the last test of the FIA

Tomorrow on the tests in Hungary in the cockpit of the Renault RS17 sit Robert Kubica. The French team does not hide that wants to evaluate the possibility of the return of the Polish pilot in the championship.The last obstacle to a return to Formula 1 was a test of the FIA for leaving the cockpit. Robert has limited mobility right arm, but he successfully coped with the task, leaving the car in five seconds.

2017-07-31 16:14:06

Formula 1 is protected from criticism Halo

Formula 1 uses all his strength and power to lobby for the security system of Halo, resorting even to the not quite correct action.On Thursday on a press-conferences of the FIA in Hungary drivers, including Nico Hulkenberg and Kevin Magnussen, criticized the security system, which will become mandatory in the season of 2018.But in the official video FOM on a press-conferences were included only pilots with positive feedback about the system.On the question of why it happened, a representative FOM told the newspaper Bild that it was an editorial decision.

2017-07-30 10:14:04

McLaren hopes for a deal the Toro Rosso-Honda

McLaren have my fingers crossed that Honda agreed to a deal for engines for 2018 with the Junior Red Bull team - Toro Rosso.At the same time, McLaren is negotiating with Mercedes and Ferrari, but both manufacturers are reported to be refused.Auto Motor und Sport "next year, McLaren just need a competitive engine. If Honda will solve their problems, the team will stick with them."But at the moment, correspondent Michael Schmidt reports that McLaren, in fact, hopes for a deal the Toro Rosso-Honda. This is because if Toro Rosso will find common ground with Honda, that will be released for the McLaren contract with Renault.The Sauber team was supposed to be a customer of Honda for 2018, but new team principal Frederic Vasseur was put on the cross.Michael Schmidt "the FIA will not agree to the change of engine supplier for McLaren if Honda doesn't get another client".

2017-07-30 09:54:05

Red Bull are confident of the legality of his wing

Red Bull are confident of the legality of his wing

The Red Bull team, said that all charges in its address are groundless, as the front wing meets the requirements of the FIA.Chief engineer Red Bull Paul Manahan "We have removed a modification, but once again returned to her.In our opinion, the wing is fully legal, we fulfilled every requirement of the FIA.Any suggestion that the wing clearly bends, is just an optical illusion. If you had more knowledge about the design of the wing and its shape, I think you would understand that these conversations are not worth a damn".

2017-07-29 09:14:02

Max Verstappen We must respect the decision of the FIA, but.

The pilot of Red Bull Max Verstappen said that the security system looks completely useless thing.Max Verstappen "this I don't like the system, but of course you have to respect the decision of the FIA.I think since then, we have introduced a rule virtual machine security, the risk became less. In addition, raising the wheels the cables, the chance of getting injured flown away wheel was also reduced to a minimum.But when cars will fly off pieces and fly in your direction, Halo is unlikely to help".

2017-07-26 17:34:03

In the next season of Formula-1 will be harder

In the next season of Formula-1 will be harder

Due to the mandatory use of the Halo system next season will increase the minimum weight of cars of Formula 1.Now the minimum weight of cars is 728 kg In the season of 2018 this limit raised to 733 kg. the weight of titanium frame Halo weighs more than 5 kg In the near future, the FIA will choose the manufacturer of Halo.

2017-07-25 14:04:03

Daniel Audetto Halo makes the Formula-1 is too safe

Daniel Audetto Halo makes the Formula-1 is too safe

Daniel Audetto, who had to work as a Manager of many teams of Formula 1, considers the controversial question of the introduction next year of the system Halo.Daniel Audetto "Safety in Motorsport is a major challenge for the FIA, and, despite great strides in many areas, head protection in a single open cars was a concern for many years.But these dangers have always been part of this race. I lost friends, but the reality is that Formula 1 needs to take that risk. So many races now held on tracks with wide security zones, where it is almost impossible to get into an accident. It's like flying in the simulator, when the machine is safely controlled from a specially equipped room.There is now too much technology and security. And with that exaggerated safety and zero risk Formula 1, in my opinion, has lost part of its essence. It is less attractive for the audience. I think sometimes people want to see accidents as they want to see battles on the track".

2017-07-23 14:04:05

Helmut Marko FIA opposed the Formula 1

Sports consultant to Red Bull Helmut Marko believes that the FIA directly opposed the Formula 1, introducing Halo.Helmut Marko "This decision is against the DNA of Formula 1. Technically this solution is still not ready. If the victim is a pilot needs to be rescued or the machine is off, there is still no clear indication whether a cockpit in this case even more dangerous".