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2018-01-15 12:04:03

Paul di Resta Soon Williams will make a decision

Paul di Resta Soon Williams will make a decision

Last season, the 31-year-old Paul di Resta worked as a reserve pilot Williams and even spent one race in Hungary. The Scot claimed a place prize pilot, but seem to have lost the fight to Sergey Sirotkin.Paul di Resta "Soon Williams will take a decision on the part of pilots and will make the official announcement. I wanted to go back on the starting grid of Formula 1, but, unfortunately, nothing ever came of it.Maybe my age was the reason for the refusal. In any case, I liked it in Hungary. Given that I was seated in the car at the last moment, the result I showed is quite good".Di Resta played for Force India in 2011-2013 Best result in the championship - 12th place in 2013.

2018-01-15 11:54:07

Liberty Formula-1 can fight for the environment

Director of Liberty Media for sponsorship and marketing Murray Barnett said that the Formula 1 need more to talk about their incredible achievements.Murray Barnett "We have more to talk about such things as compensation for carbon emissions in Formula 1. The modern engine of this championship is incredibly environmentally friendly.We have a 1.6-liter hybrid engine with a capacity of 1000 HP. It uses the fuel with 50 efficiency. Yes, the Formula E has no harmful emissions, but Formula 1 may participate in the struggle for the environment. We often need a story to tell".

2018-01-14 19:14:03

January nomeromania 14 - mark Webber, 2009

January nomeromania 14 - mark Webber, 2009

In 2009, seven years after his debut in Formula 1, Australian mark Webber has finally won the first race. He did it on the car of Red Bull under the number "14".In 2009 Formula 1 has moved to the new technical regulations, which meant a substantial limitation in aerodynamics and the use of KERS. Some teams like Brawn and Toyota, in their own way interpreted the rules and introduced the so-called double diffuser. Adrian Newey, who moved from McLaren to Red Bull at the end of 2006, also found certain loopholes in the regulations when preparing the RB5.The Red Bull team appeared in the championship in 2005 on the basis of the team Jaguar. For four years, the pilots of Red Bull only three times on the podium, but that all changed in 2009.

2018-01-14 13:44:03

Sportowe Fakty Sirotkin was faster than Kubica

The Polish newspaper posted on its pages an overview of the reasons that Robert Kubica did not return to Formula 1, although he was incredibly close to this.Sportowe Fakty "the Team reported that the results on the track was the main reason for the signing of the contract with Sirotkin.It turned out that the tests in Abu Dhabi were crucial. Kubica also said that he had problems with the tires Pirelli. It was difficult to adapt to them after a certain number of circles.Williams decided not to risk it. We probably now will never see Kubica in Formula 1. Moreover, Sirotkin was able to provide the widow a large sum of sponsorship than Robert.But actually money is just a bonus from the pilot. If Kubica was twice as good Sirotkin, he'd be in the car this season. No one seems to remember that Renault has stopped working with Robert for the same reasons as Williams. It sounds harsh, but these are facts.Almost no one in the paddock did not want to see Robert on the grid. He is one of the greatest unfulfilled talent in the history of the sport.It would be great PR for Williams and would have brought the championship a lot of new fans, and FIA also saw a benefit and lobbied for his candidacy.Obviously, it was a hard decision for the team. Now they are criticized all over the world, and some say that the Stroll-Sirotkin - the worst pilots Williams. Are they right Only time will tell.But when making decisions in Formula 1 there is no place for sentimentality".

2018-01-14 13:04:04

Nicolas Todt Money does not solve all the issues for pilots

The Manager of the pilots and the son of the President of the FIA Nicolas Todt believes that the money now are not the key to all doors for rich pilots.Nicolas Todt "Financial support helps, but the system superlicense created FIA, prevents pilots who are not at the desired level. You can spend millions, but you still need to perform well to achieve the required scores for license.Despite the difficult economic reality facing multiple teams, I believe that the level in Formula 1 has never been as good as it sounds.Formula 1 must be careful not to become a fully paid for pilots. Access the Formula-1 should be provided only by personal merit in sport".

2018-01-13 19:34:04

January nomeromania 13 - Pastor Maldonado, 2014

January nomeromania 13 - Pastor Maldonado, 2014

When in 2014 the pilots received the right to choose the start number, Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado made an unusual choice - the number "13".Obviously, the pilots and the leadership of the Formula 1 is quite superstitious, otherwise how to explain that in Formula 1 almost never used the number "13" When the teams were assigned rooms, then after a couple of "11"-"12" once was a pair of "14"-"15". Only in 1976 Divina Galik took a chance to take the number "13" but not even qualify.Obviously, Maldonado decided to challenge fate, and in 2014, moving from Williams to Lotus, took the starting number "13". It is worth remembering that the Pastor in 2012 won the Grand Prix of Spain, that is a pilot, albeit average, but tasted the prize of champagne. However, in the 2014 season, everything was going from bad to worse numerous Renault engine failures, crashes and collisions. Only once in the United States Maldonado started from the top ten and earned the only points for the 9th place.

2018-01-13 15:44:04

Markelov may become a reserve pilot of Renault

Markelov may become a reserve pilot of Renault

Managers Artem Markelov are in talks with Renault team regarding the contract backup pilot.Last season, Marcus played in Formula 2, won 5 races and became the Vice-champion, losing only to Charles LeClair, which this year makes its debut in Formula 1 in the Sauber. If Artem is going to get a contract with Renault, it is not excluded that the Russian will take part in several Friday practice.By the way, the canadian champion 1997 Jacques Villeneuve, who loves to criticize as his compatriot lance Stroll, Daniil Kvyat, saying that Russia has a good pilot Artem Markelov.Last year Renault reserve driver Sergey Sirotkin, who is expected to become a combat pilot Williams.

2018-01-13 14:34:04

Mercedes will continue to support Pascal Wehrlein

Mercedes will continue to support Pascal Wehrlein

The Mercedes team will continue to support Pascal Wehrlein, although in the season of 2018 for it and no place.Toto Wolff, head of Mercedes "Pascal definitely deserves a place in Formula 1. He is one of the fastest pilots.At the moment the situation seems a bit complicated in respect of available places, but he will remain in our team.It is unknown whether he will participate in a category outside of Formula 1, but he'll certainly remain a part of our team".

2018-01-12 15:54:04

January nomeromania 12 - Gilles Villeneuve, 1979

January nomeromania 12 - Gilles Villeneuve, 1979

Gilles Villeneuve - the idol of the fans of Ferrari, one of the few pilots who endeared himself Enzo Ferrari. In 1979 he became Vice-champion in the car under the number "12".Villeneuve debuted in Formula 1 in 1977, after the McLaren the Grand Prix of great Britain. However, the head of the British team decided not to sign a contract with crazy canadian. But it drew the attention of Enzo Ferrari. In 1978, Gilles broke a lot of cars, but nonetheless, remained in Ferrari. At the start of the 1979 season, his partner was an experienced South African jodie.The first two were racing for Ferrari is not very good, but then there is a new 312T4 car with ground effect, and Gilles won in South Africa and long beach, becoming the leader of the championship. Then better things went the Schecter, who won in Belgium and Monaco. In the second half of the season seriously added the Williams team, the pilots who won four races. Against this backdrop Ferrari has decided to bet on one pilot and the "first number" chose the Schecter. Villeneuve dutifully accepted the rules of the game, and in the final Grand Prix of Italy did not attack the partner of Ferrari, though, winning there, Gil could still compete for the title. The canadian won the final race in the United States and became the Vice-champion, losing to South African only 4 points.

2018-01-12 14:24:03

In Formula 1 can change the format of the grid

In Formula 1 can change the format of the grid

In recent years in Formula 1 starting grid is used, where in the same row are two machines, one of which is a little more different. But things can change in a few years.Pat Symonds, in the past technical Director of the Renault and Williams "In recent years, we use the grid with a stepped configuration. Of course, the race become boring due to the fact that in front of everyone is the fastest car.Before it was different. In a boardroom in London there are pictures of the old Monza, where in the first row are four cars. Maybe it should do so nowWe have virtual tools for validation of such ideas. I think we should change the starting grid and to simulate the 20 races. I wonder what will happen not at the end of a 300-kilometer race, and after the first three rounds".

2018-01-12 14:04:03

Mario Isola Kubica takes time to adapt

Sports Director of Pirelli Mario Isola admitted that he still believes Robert Kubica fastest driver.Mario Isola "Robert is a very experienced pilot. Although he had not acted in Formula 1, it still remained necessary skills. When I asked him about the tires, I clearly told about peculiarities of their behavior.But I must admit that one should not expect miracles from the pilot, who was in a serious accident and missed several seasons. Naturally, he lost to the pilot who was driving a modern Formula 1 a lot of tests.Kubica will need time to adapt. I still consider him the fastest driver".Earlier, the expert from BBC's Andrew Benson said that Kubica lost to Sergey Sirotkin in the fight for a place at Williams because of problems with the new tyres Pirelli.Andrew Benson "the Main problem of Robert speed in qualifying mode. In the car with empty tanks he has failed to achieve a significant improvement in time. He complained to his Manager on the problems with the tires".

2018-01-12 12:44:03

Kevin Magnussen is not important for the Grand Prix of Denmark

Racing investor Grand Prix of Denmark, Helge sander announced that Kevin Magnussen is not important to promote the national stage.Helge sander "well, if Formula 1 is the national pilot. But even if the Dane will disappear, interest in Formula 1 in Denmark will remain high.Of course, I would prefer if the championship had at least one Dane, but it's not that important".

2018-01-11 17:44:05

January nomeromania 11, James hunt, 1976

January nomeromania 11, James hunt, 1976

In 1974 Emerson Fittipaldi McLaren brought the first championship title. A year later, the Brazilian lost to Niki Lauda from Ferrari and left the British team. Champion unity went in Maranello and in return McLaren, the new leader of which was James hunt, received the starting number "11".The season of 1976 turned out to be one of the most dramatic in the history of Formula 1. Lauda won four of the first seven races, twice finished second and once came third - an amazing stability and reliability for the time. During this time, the Austrian scored 52 points, while the nearest rival was only 29. On account of the hunt was only 17 points.The reputation of the hunt in the Junior series, and in the first years in Formula 1, was not flawless one race he won, in the other smashed cars. When Fittipaldi left McLaren, experts are not advised to invite the hunt. However, in his first race driving McLaren, James won the pole. Generally, during the season he has rarely been outside the top three on the results of qualifications. But in races regularly had problems two of the accident, engine failure, transmission failure.

2018-01-11 13:44:04

Fernando Alonso hopes his experience of night racing

Fernando Alonso hopes his experience of night racing

The pilot of McLaren Fernando Alonso is hoping that his experience during the night of the Grand Prix will help him during the 24-hour race at Daytona.Fernando Alonso "Night tests has shown that I adapt quickly to new conditions. No difference compared to the daylight tests I felt.In Formula 1 we have a night race in Bahrain, Singapore and Abu Dhabi, and here the route is pretty well lit. It's not like other tracks for endurance races. Therefore, no problems.Same with traffic, which I was a little scared. There's always a risk when you overtake a car here and there, especially if the front of the cars is a struggle. But it's a normal thing. All under the same conditions. I'm ready to fight among the leaders".

2018-01-11 13:44:03

Ross Brawn Ferrari must work within that framework

Sports Director of the Formula 1 Ross Brawn believes that Ferrari is obliged to live within a framework that dictates to her championship.Ross Brawn "I think that Ferrari has a common ground. They are part of the DNA of Formula 1 and we don't want to lose her, but the team needs to work in the right framework. There are boundaries that, in our opinion, must be met in this sport. I hope this command will work within that framework.Formula 1 will always find life in the teams. We've seen this before when some of the world Champions left the sport, and sometimes we had tragedies, but racing still continued to live. This process will continue with or without us".

2018-01-11 13:14:03

Mark Webber Alonso is making a big mistake

The ex-pilot of Formula 1 mark Webber believes Fernando Alonso is making a mistake by agreeing to speak at the same time in different series.Mark Webber "No, this is a mistake. These are two completely different series that is clearly going to absorb a lot of energy. I think that if you act in Formula 1, you can't afford to be distracted. Formula 1 is so specific that it does not allow to do something else."However, a couple of years ago Nico Hulkenberg proved that it can win Le Mans during a full season of Formula 1.But Webber said "It was in the middle of the team of Formula 1. The pressure is different. In addition, he came in already prepared for the Le Mans team that simplified the task.If he wins at Daytona, that would be awesome. He is a talented pilot, seriously surpassing many in this world. It will be fantastic, but it will give him nothing".

2018-01-10 17:54:04

BBC Kubica lost Sirotkin because of the tires

BBC Kubica lost Sirotkin because of the tires

Expert BBC Andrew Benson believes that Robert Kubica lost to Sergey Sirotkin in the fight for a place at Williams because of problems with the new tyres Pirelli.Andrew Benson "the Main problem of Robert speed in qualifying mode. In the car with empty tanks he has failed to achieve a significant improvement in time. He complained to his Manager on the problems with rubber.There is nothing unusual. All pilots have difficulty adapting to the new Pirelli tyres, and the pilot, who for six years have not acted in Formula 1, even more difficult. In the end, Williams decided that Kubica is unlikely to cope with their work and chose Sirotkin".An official statement on Williams Sirotkin is expected in the coming days.

2018-01-10 11:34:04

Mika Salo Schwarzman - the best pilot of Russia

Mika Salo Schwarzman - the best pilot of Russia

Last year a member of the Racing Academy of Ferrari was the Russian Robert Shwartzman. The ex-pilot of Formula 1 Mika Salo told about prospects of the Russian pilot who this year will act Euroseries Formula 3.Mika Salo "It is very fast. We noticed it even in karting. Robert is always ready to learn, he speaks Russian, Italian, English and French. This is the best pilot from Russia in recent years.In the Racing Academy of Ferrari, he will learn a lot. Last season he won a lot of races, but often made stupid mistakes.Let's see what will happen next. A lot will depend on how he'll spend the season in Formula 3".In 2017 Schwartzman played in the European series, Formula Renault 2.0, has won 6 of the 23 races and took third place overall.

2018-01-10 10:34:05

Ross brown We study the necessity of Friday's practice

Sports Director of the Formula 1 Ross Brawn said that the new leadership of the championship is still considering whether to leave Friday's practice in the future or not.Ross Brawn "I think that the question of the necessity of Friday's practice is still open for discussion. Do we need two sessions, regardless of whether it is night or day race Another factor in all this - the number of races in a year. If we increase the number of races, we can change the format of the weekend to reduce the load on the team.

2018-01-10 10:24:04

Derek Warwick Grand Prix of great Britain can take a break

Derek Warwick Grand Prix of great Britain can take a break

Former President of the British club racers BRDC Derek Warwick said that the birthplace of Formula 1 may lose its Royal status.Derek Warwick "the Grand Prix is too expensive, we are losing money, so we are considering the adjournment.United Kingdom - the birthplace of Motorsport. Does this mean that there will always be a Grand Prix of great Britain Absolutely not.Of course, we want the Grand Prix of great Britain remained in the championship, but we wish he was available so we could earn enough money to invest in the track. We can't do that within the existing contract".

2018-01-09 13:34:04

January nomeromania 9 - Olivier Panis, 1996

January nomeromania 9 - Olivier Panis, 1996

Since its appearance in Formula 1 in the mid-1970s, Ligier used the numbers "25" and "26". But in 1996, under the new rules, the French team got "9" and "10". "Nine," was happy for Olivier Panis.In late 1994, Flavio Briatore, then head of Benetton, for a nominal sum bought Ligier, find themselves in a difficult financial situation. However, the Italian was most interested in the contract for the supply of motors Renault, which he immediately copied by Benetton. Instead Ligier got the engine Mugen-Honda and the access to the development of a championship team. Naturally, the new Ligier cars was like two peas similar to Benetton.If in the season 1995 the case Ligier bit went up the hill, the 1996 results has dropped significantly. For the season, the team earned only 15 points, and 10 of them Olivier received an unexpected victory in the prestigious Monaco Grand Prix.

2018-01-09 11:34:09

Mika Hakkinen the Road to Formula 1 is very expensive

Two-time champion of Formula 1 Mika Hakkinen believes that in the journey to the world of Royal races is very expensive.Mika Hakkinen "to break into Formula 1, you definitely need all the elements, including good contacts and big money.It is difficult to give an exact amount of money, but if you get into Formula 1, you probably already spent many millions.The situation with Sirotkina Williams doesn't look strange to me. It is business as usual, where the team simply chose a better option for themselves".

2018-01-09 11:34:03

Fernando Alonso the Third title is the priority

Fernando Alonso the Third title is the priority

The pilot of McLaren Fernando Alonso has said that for him the most important thing is to fight for the third title in Formula 1.Fernando Alonso "of Course, I focus primarily on Formula 1 and his goal to win a third world title.With the power unit Renault, we will be able to participate again in the fight for victory. However, I also have plans to take part in classic races around the world that do not coincide with the Formula 1 calendar. For example, 24 hours of Daytona is the first step in endurance racing, and of course, I hope I'll like it, because Le Mans is another one of my goal.If Le Mans this year I will manage that next year I will return to the Indy 500".

2018-01-08 15:14:06

Brendon Hartley I focused on the Formula-1

Brendon Hartley I focused on the Formula-1

The pilot Toro Rosso Brendon Hartley said that despite the close relationship with Porsche, he will not be distracted by other racing series.Brendon Hartley "I still Have a close relationship with Porsche, but I'm not going to do any other races except Formula 1. This, in my opinion, is a reasonable solution, because I need to fully concentrate on the new League.I'm going to spend all of your energy and time to be sufficiently prepared for the new races. This is a huge opportunity that I don't want to miss. In front of me in front of a large task - I know it".

2018-01-08 15:04:03

Felipe Massa the New machine looks interesting

The ex-pilot of Formula 1 Felipe Massa said that he was pleased with the looks of the new machine Williams for the season-2018.Felipe Massa "I saw a new car in the wind tunnel. Changes a lot, and it looks pretty interesting.But all commands work. Maybe at the first race everyone will have so many changes that the results can be unpredictable.The car looks much more aggressive, he looks a lot bigger, so I think the team can make progress.

2018-01-07 18:24:04

January nomeromania 7 - Michael Andretti, 1993

January nomeromania 7 - Michael Andretti, 1993

In 1993, the head of McLaren, Ron Dennis has called in your team of Michael Andretti, champion overseas IndyCar series and son of 1978 champion Mario Andretti. Formally, the American became the first pilot and got the number "7".At the end of 1992, the minders Honda decided to leave Formula 1. Dennis hoped to get the champion motors Renault, but the deal fell through, so the season-1993 McLaren had to spend with customer Ford engines that lost to the French engines, stood on the machines Williams, about 60 HP On this background, the team leader Ayrton Senna was in no hurry to sign a new McLaren contract and even considered the possibility of transition in the IndyCar, and Gerhard Berger took up the invitation and Ferrari. Not to be left without experienced pilots, Dennis was invited Andretti, who won IndyCar in 1991.Debut Andretti proved to be difficult. In the first phase in South Africa, Michael came down due to a collision with an opponent already on the fifth circle, the two following races ended with crashes on the first lap in the fourth race of the American deployed in the middle distance. Only at the fifth stage in Spain he was able to finish fifth and earn their first points. In that time Senna, who has signed a contract with McLaren at every race, managed to win two victories and polytyrosine in the championship.

2018-01-07 16:44:03

Nelson Piquet Alonso is a bad politician

Three-time Formula 1 world champion Nelson Piquet said that Fernando Alonso is a good pilot, but a poor politician.Nelson Piquet "Fernando Alonso had a chance to win up to five world Championships, but the reality is that he was always making a mess in any team, no matter where he was.He is a fantastic pilot, but he creates a lot of problems, and, in the end, it all ends the fact that he left the team.He's a bad politician. When you come to a new team, you must first be patient and work together and then win. But he always wants the best at once but it's not the best way".In 2008 and 2009 partner Alonso at Renault was the son of triple champion Nelson Piquet, Jr.

2018-01-07 16:34:03

Bernie Ecclestone Ferrari can live without Formula 1

The former head of Formula 1 Bernie Ecclestone said that Ferrari can actually leave the championship.Bernie Ecclestone "If now the head was di Montezemolo, the Scuderia definitely would not have gone. Luka was a fan of racing and sports. It was his whole life.Sergio Marchionne can live without Formula 1. He is only interested in business. The most important thing for him is that he can offer shareholders a good business result.If Marchionne doesn't like the path that goes to Formula 1, he will stop. I'm afraid that Ferrari will be able to live without Formula 1, but not Vice versa".

2018-01-07 16:14:03

The management of Formula 1 will visit Denmark

Plans to host the Grand Prix of Denmark on the streets of Copenhagen continued to develop as the leaders of the Formula 1 are prepared to visit the proposed location for the race next Wednesday.Under the new trends of the Liberty Media executives plan to expand the calendar to include major cities around the world. The decision of Denmark emerged in July last year.According to numerous reports in the Danish press, the management of Formula 1 will meet with the authorities of Copenhagen January 10, and will discuss the nuances of a possible transaction.