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2017-05-22 17:24:03

Niki Lauda is against the supply of engines Mercedes team McLaren

On the background of the problems Honda was talk that McLaren can return to the Mercedes engines. However, Niki Lauda, non-Executive Director of Mercedes, against such cooperation.Niki Lauda in an interview with Auto Motor und Sport "I am opposed to this contract. Two years I played for the supply of engines team Red Bull, but now I am against such cooperation. We should focus on our battle with Ferrari, not to help competitors."Apparently McLaren next season, will remain with the Honda engines. Until the beginning of may all the suppliers of the engines had to inform the FIA about changing the number of clients, but we know only one fact-change motors the Sauber team has signed a contract with Honda.

2017-05-22 10:44:05

The President of the FIA Bianchi Points struck me

The President of the FIA Bianchi Points struck me

The President of the FIA Jean Todt said that he was impressed by the points Jules Bianchi, speaking in the slowest team of the peloton Marussia.Jean Todt "I knew that the guy has a chance to succeed in Monaco. I was confident in him, in his talent. On paper the chances of the Bianchi were, but because it's Monaco, then you can never be sure something is 100.Obviously, it was surprising that he succeeded. His courage and confidence energized the entire team for success. It was his weekend.I remember how he overtook Kobayashi. It was risky with the touch pass. But he did it. He brought the team points, which in the future saved it from bankruptcy".In Monaco 2014 Bianchi finished 9th and earned only in the history of Marussia glasses. In the same year at the Japanese Grand Prix the Frenchman was involved in a serious accident.

2017-05-20 10:14:04

In Haas changed the coloring of the machines

In Haas changed the coloring of the machines

The Haas team has demonstrated the design of its new racing livery, which will debut on the track during the Monaco Grand Prix.Now the red color in the livery will be replaced by gray. So it will be until the end of season 2017. During the last race in Spain Haas has already made slight changes to its livery to match the updated regulation on identification numbers and the names of the pilots on the machines. Now the design work will be completed.The head of Haas and Gunther Steiner "Gray replaced the red, except for the angular labels on the back of the car, which is a trademark of Haas F1 Team. This red lettering is and always will be just that. A new coloring book characterizes our way of life. This is a new image that fits within the requirements of the FIA".

2017-05-19 11:34:02

SMP F4 NEZ 2017 Champonship kicks off in Sochi

The first phase of the SMP Formula 4 NEZ Championship season 2017 starts on 19 may at the autodrom in Sochi. In the championship participates 21 racer representing eight different countries, including 10 Russian pilots.Among the participants of the third season of the championship North European zone SMP F4 young year from the Netherlands, Spain, Finland, Estonia, Denmark, France, Austria and Russia. In the first stage will involve the Russians Vladimir Tjortjis and Nikita Volegov, already has experience of playing in this championship, debutants Alexander Smolar, Ivan Shvetsov, Mikhail Belov, Ivan Berets, Gulhuseyn Abdullayev, and the first in the history of the championship girl pilot Milen Ponomarenko.Every year our League is becoming more popular, occupying a niche in an environment similar to the competition of the FIA - said the founder and Director of the program of development of Russian Motorsport SMP Racing Boris Rotenberg. - High level of preparation of its graduates for that year is confirmed by the fact that the winners become participants in the Junior program of Red Bull, and many participants in the SMP F4 Championship successfully move into the senior international series. I note that the geography of racers becoming more wide - starting with pilots from four countries in 2015, today we can already see that representatives of eight different countries, not just Nordic area, appreciated our open. I am sure that the increasing level of competition will help including ours, the Russian pilots become more experienced, stronger, and more successful to perform on the international stage.""It is important to see how things are progressing SMP F4 Championship, as the year is growing the skill level of the pilots, the geography of its participants, - considers the sports Director of the SMP F4 NEZ Championship Mika Salo. Is what we seek, what we think is one of the main indicators of the correctness of the chosen direction of work. And today we can say that the SMP F4 has become a truly international competition, which has a serious impact on the entire youth racing".Qualification for first race of the SMP Formula 4 NEZ Championship season 2017 will be held may 19, Friday, at 1530 Moscow time. The race starts at 1815. The beginning of the second qualification, which will determine the starting grid for race 2 and 3, on Saturday at 1100. The second race will start on Saturday at 1350. Also on Saturday at 1650 it will be the third race of the stage.

2017-05-07 11:54:04

Fernando Alonso will All be happy to obtain extra protection

Fernando Alonso will All be happy to obtain extra protection

The pilot of McLaren Fernando Alonso has supported the initiative of the FIA to introduce next season additional head protection in Formula 1.Fernando Alonso "For all drivers it is very important to obtain additional protection. I am sure that everyone will welcome the innovation. Thus, it all depends on the FIA and teams.We have little information about the new security system. We've only seen pictures of the protective screen, and we need to be sure that this version is no less effective than Halo.Not for us to choose the protection option, but we must be sure that the head will really be protected.Recall that in 2018, the FIA wants to make the obligatory "Shield", tests which will be held in Monza.

2017-05-05 11:04:07

Eric bulge We are preparing to test a "shield" in Monza

Race Director McLaren Eric bulge confirmed that his team is preparing for the test head protection in Monza. Tests of a device called "shield" will be held under the auspices of the FIA.Eric boullier "We have just received the drawings from the FIA. We insist on the fact that in Monza really got the opportunity to test the machine with the new system head protection. We will be ready".

2017-04-28 13:04:04

Magnussen and Stroll fined

Immediately the two pilots received summonses for speeding at the end of the first practice in Sochi.In the allowed 60 km/h, Kevin Magnussen drove through the pit lane at a speed 61,0 km/h, for which the pilot Haas will pay 100 euros. But lance Stroll of Williams will have to pay in cash FIA 400 euros, as it clocked up to 63.5 km/h.

2017-04-27 19:44:03

FIA to announce it to the starting room

At the meeting of the Strategic working group of Formula 1, it was decided to increase the size of the start numbers on race cars. During the Russian Grand Prix, the FIA has announced new requirements for writing numbers and names of the pilots.The starting number should be located on the nose cone of the car. Font height - 230 mm, thickness - 40 mm. in addition, the room should be duplicated on the pilot's helmet.The height of the font for writing the name of the pilot - 150 mm, thickness - not less than 30 mm. the pilot's Name should be placed on the end plates of the rear wing, or side pontoons, or on the casing of the engine behind the upper intake. Abbreviated names as used in the TV coverage HAM Hamilton, VET Vettel.Changes take effect the next Grand Prix of Spain.

2017-04-26 16:04:03

Sebastian Vettel will race in the racing socks

Sebastian Vettel will race in the racing socks

The Ferrari pilot Sebastian Vettel refuses to use racing boot in favor of racing socks.Company Puma, a longtime partner of Ferrari, has developed an ultra-light racing shoes. Seamless boot, which is more like the socks, weighs only 135 grams. The novelty is already approved by the FIA, so that in Sochi four-time champion will start in socks.

2017-04-26 11:04:03

Rooms on the car will be greater, and the fins will disappear

Rooms on the car will be greater, and the fins will disappear

FIA and Strategic group of Formula 1 came to the conclusion that the starting numbers on the machines are difficult to see. So next Grand Prix which will be held in Spain, teams are required to increase the size of the rooms. In addition, it should increase the font in the spelling of the names.As for 2018, then Formula 1 should get rid of the shark fin. Along with the fins disappear and the controversial T-wings.

2017-04-25 16:44:03

Sauber goes to the Honda engines

The German press reports that the Sauber team next season, will be replaced by the engine supplier. In the coming days it is expected the statement about signing a contract with Honda.Team McLaren is likely to remain the main partner Honda. But Sauber plays the role of the client team. Until may 6, all engine manufacturers are obliged to inform the FIA about the signed contracts, so an official statement about the beginning of cooperation between Sauber and Honda should follow in the next week.In 2010 Sauber uses customer Ferrari engines. And this season, the Swiss team is working with engines of last year's modifications.

2017-04-21 10:14:03

Helmut Marko We are waiting for new engines for the season-2021

Sports consultant to Red Bull Helmut Marko said that he expects the championship of major changes for the season-2021.Helmut Marko "the deadline is 2021, when in Formula 1 just had to come an independent engine supplier. It's more than necessary, and the engine should be simple, loud and cost less than 10 million.We're talking about a much less complicated engine than they do now, on a simple racing engine.Therefore, we ask the new owners together with the FIA to find a solution no later than the end of this season. If this does not happen, our stay in Formula 1 will not be guaranteed".

2017-04-19 13:24:03

Friday will decide the fate of T-wings

Friday will decide the fate of T-wings

On Friday, the Formula 1 team will discuss with the FIA the possibility of a ban T-shaped wings, which appeared in this season.If opinions regarding the appearance of T-wings, mounted on shark fins, was divided, in terms of safety, all teams are confident that they are dangerous. In each of the last three Grand Prix, there were incidents, when the T-wings flew away and fell to the track. So, during practice in Bahrain from the car of Valtteri Bottas flew T-wing, which eventually fell under the bottom of Red Bull max Verstappen. In the end, the Dutchman missed a significant part of the session, and the repair of damaged bottom team is estimated at 50 thousand euros.The team are set up to prohibit the use of such structures. However, the ban can come into force only in 2018.

2017-04-12 10:14:03

Mika Salo Need a more specific rule on the starting grid

Mika Salo Need a more specific rule on the starting grid

The ex-pilot of Formula 1 Mika Salo was invited by the steward Grand Prix of China, and he talked about why Sebastian Vettel was not fined for controversial location of the car on the starting grid.Mika Salo "part of the track was wet and we decided to let Vettel with impunity to shift slightly to the side. And in the rules there is no clear guidance on this matter, so we have to give you a warning. But the truth is that FIA is required to prescribe a more clear rule on the starting grid.With regard to the situation Perez-Stroll, then there ought to punish Strolla. In the previous turn he came out clean, but the following turned in the moment, when Perez was beside him. Think fine for struggle contact have less. And yeah need for overtaking under yellow flags or under the safety car, as well as for other gross violations".

2017-04-11 11:24:10

Christian Horner Let me explain the trick of Vettel at the start

Christian Horner Let me explain the trick of Vettel at the start

Head Red Bull Christian Horner requires an explanation why the FIA did nothing regarding the shifting of Sebastian Vettel on the starting position of the race Grand Prix of China.Christian Horner "I can understand what you wanted to do Yourself. He wanted to be on the less wet parts of the track, but unless you can do itWe should know, we need to obtain from the FIA explanations, what is allowed in this case and what is not".For his part, Vettel has declared his innocence.Sebastian Vettel "I didn't want to be on the wet part of the cloth, and in the rules there is no word prohibiting my actions.

2017-04-10 13:24:04

FIA will impose the test load for T-wings

FIA will impose the test load for T-wings

The flexibility of the T-shaped wings, which the team is attached to a shark fins cause concern to the FIA. There have been several cases where such structures were broken and came off the machine. As informs German edition Auto Motor und Sport, preparing amendments to the regulations relating to the T-wings.In particular, we will introduce a test similar to that applied to the front and rear spoiler under a certain load T-wing should not SAG or fall to one side. Changes in the rules should enter into force at the Grand Prix of Spain, that is next month.

2017-04-07 14:04:05

The race will carry on Saturday

Sunday is expected to cloudy weather, but the race will not be postponed on Saturday. The representatives of the FIA said at the briefing pilots.On Friday the teams has prevented the fog in the airport area, where to sit in a medical helicopter. Forecast for Sunday, the fog promises. If it rains, the race start may be postponed for one to two hours.

2017-04-07 12:04:02

Race want to move on Saturday

Meteorologists are predicting a serious deterioration in the weather on Sunday. The team proposed to move the race to Saturday.Due to adverse conditions actually broke the hold the first Friday practice and the second practice was abolished altogether. Now the team propose to spend a Saturday practice, qualify and race.In FIA is against this initiative.

2017-04-03 12:14:02

FIA opens hall of fame

The President of the FIA Jean Todt intends to open several halls of fame of the Federation of Motorsport.Jean Todt "in December we will open the Hall of fame FIA. A large team of people working on this project for several years. One Hall of fame will be located in Paris, the second in Geneva.It will be a stunning exhibition, there will be things and people's cars, which, unfortunately, is no longer with us. But all of this exhibition will amaze".

2017-04-02 08:44:05

In 2021, Formula 1 will switch to the new engines

March 31 was held in Paris meeting of the FIA and the Formula 1 championship with the representatives of manufacturers to discuss the regulations on the engines after 2020.The meeting was attended by delegates of all the companies represented in Formula 1. Was also observed by representatives of Alfa Romeo, Lamborghini, Audi, Cosworth, Ilmor and other companies that only look to the championship. It was about the configuration of the engines, which can appear in the Formula-1 in 2021. There were proposals to abandon the expensive hybrid power systems in favor of more simple and cheap, but no less efficient engines. All agreed that the championship should remain a testing ground for new technologies that will be used in the production of road cars.Jean Todt, head of FIA "I am delighted that so many stakeholders were able to agree on the further development of Formula 1. We will now embark on a detailed study of what will be the engines in 2021. Our goal is to find the best solution for the future".

2017-03-30 16:44:07

The President of the FIA Vettel reminds me of Michael

The President of the FIA Vettel reminds me of Michael

The President of the FIA Jean Todt, who oversaw the Golden years Michael Schumacher in Maranello, agreed that Sebastian Vettel is beginning to resemble the seven-time champion.Jean Todt "Vettel reminds me of Schumacher. Both have the same thirst for victory that is so great that it can use the whole team to succeed.The victory of Vettel in Australia, it was important for Formula 1. Mercedes finally has a worthy rival".

2017-03-29 14:44:04

FIA We did not get what expected

The President of the FIA Jean Todt believes that Formula 1 has not reached the amendments to the terms of the objectives sought.Jean Todt "we were counting on the fact that the margin between the teams is greatly reduced, but this did not happen. Leaders far ahead, and the average of the team far behind.We wanted the first ten cars were among themselves within eight-tenths of a second, but this did not happen. We dreamed that the discrepancy between the budgets will be reduced, and as a result, we will have a more dense peloton, but no.The new machines look great, but the leads do not become so complicated as we thought. All wanted the machines were harder in the past. But is it really".

2017-03-29 09:34:06

Jean Todt Other engines we don't need

The President of the FIA Jean Todt said that the new type of engine that you want to see the fans, impossible to implement in the championship. So expect a sonorous V8, V10 or V12 we should not.Jean Todt "At the moment we have an engine that, apparently, you need to manufacturers, and Formula 1, as can be seen, agree that we need to work with technology, which is developing the automotive industry.I think that in the future it can come back I don't think the producers will want to develop a powerful voracious loud engines.Formula 1 will not go to the latest motors, or power-plant on hydrogen fuel. For this we will create a new racing series. But it also does not mean that we are going to revisit what we worked ten years ago. This will never happen".

2017-03-28 11:44:06

FIA will review the rules of the DRS after the Grand Prix of China

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".

2017-03-27 12:54:03

First race start failed due to Perez and Kvyat

First race start failed due to Perez and Kvyat

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".

2017-03-25 07:24:09

Antonio Giovinazzi will be replaced by Pascal Wehrlein

The Sauber team has been replaced Saturday practice, qualify and race instead of Pascal Wehrlein will hold a spare pilot Ferrari Antonio Giovinazzi.Because of injuries received during the Race of Champions, Wehrlein missed the first series of tests. Pascal worked a second series of tests and before the start of the Grand Prix of Australia was approved by FIA doctors, but after Friday's practice he decided that his physical form will not allow to hold the race.Pascal Wehrlein "because Of the small amount of training, my physical form will not allow you to drive the whole distance of the race. On Friday evening I explained the situation to the team and they decided not to risk it".Moniz, Kaltenborn, head of the team "We respect the openness of Pascal. I think it was hard for him to make such a decision, but it only shows him as a great team player".Giovinazzi already familiar with the technique Sauber - he was standing in for Wehrlein during the first series of tests in Barcelona.

2017-03-24 12:24:11

Perez and Hulkenberg fined

Perez and Hulkenberg fined

First penalty during the Grand Prix of Australia got the pilot Force India Sergio Perez and Renault representative Nico. In both cases, the penalty was speeding in the pitlane.In the pit lane limit in 60 km/h During the first session, Perez drove with a speed of 61.6 km/h In the second practice, Hulkenberg clocked up 61.3 km/h And a Mexican, and a German will pay in cash the FIA for 200 euros.

2017-03-23 16:54:07

Charlie whiting Rules Verstappen is no more

Charlie whiting Rules Verstappen is no more

Race Director FIA's Charlie whiting said that now the incident between the pilots will be treated differently, not as strictly as in previous years.Charlie whiting "Some of the incidents that we have witnessed in the past year, can be considered differently now, differently, simply because disappeared so-called rule of Verstappen. We used to say that any slippage on braking will be considered.Now we have a simple rule. If a driver is moving erratically, going too slowly, or behaving in a way that his actions could threaten another pilot, only in this case, we will begin investigating the incident.Thus, now there is a lot of scope for action in defense and attack position".

2017-03-23 13:54:04

FIA will check the engine Mercedes

FIA will check the engine Mercedes

At the request of the FIA, the Mercedes team changed the suspension design of your car. The next topic is the use of oil as fuel additives.During the past season there was speculation that during the qualification of pilots Mercedes are using the magic button, which when pressed in the fuel is the portion of the oil - this gives a short-term increase in capacity. Indirectly, this confirms the significant drop of the pace in the race.During the tests in Barcelona, the Renault team asked FIA to test the unit the power plant of Mercedes for the use of oil as fuel, which is categorically prohibited by the rules.Charlie whiting, the technical delegate of the FIA "We are carefully studying this question. Much has been done in Barcelona. We will check all the engines for the device lubrication system, to ensure that the oil gets into the fuel".