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2017-02-09 10:24:02

Peter Windsor I really like Vandorn

The famous Explorer, Formula 1 Peter Windsor believes that the battle between max Verstappen and Stoffel Vendorno will be similar to the opposition of Crotona Senna and Alain Prost.Peter Windsor "I'm a big fan of Vandorn, he is very quick and smart. I also like Verstappen. And I predict that in a couple of years between them breaks out the real battle, as in the time between hay and Simple. It will be interesting to watch."Last year Vandorn had only one race in the composition of McLaren. In 2017 he will spend a full season to partner Fernando Alonso.

2016-12-11 10:54:02

McLaren don't need Paddy Lowe

There was information that the technical Director of Mercedes Paddy Lowe next year will leave the German team and will return to McLaren, where he worked for twenty years. However, McLaren were quick to deny the rumors.The representative of the McLaren said "We are not going to return Paddy Lowe. We are satisfied with the current technical manual".The technical Department is headed by McLaren Peter Prodromou Tim Goss.

2016-09-08 14:04:03

Liberty Media will become the new owner of Formula 1

Liberty Media will become the new owner of Formula 1

Company Liberty Media intends to become the new owner of Formula 1. Officially announced that at the first stage it will redeem for 18.7 of the shares of the championship Fund CVC Capitals.In the first phase the company will spend 746 million dollars. In the future, Liberty Media is going to become the main shareholder, and the transaction amount is estimated at 4 billion. From the former owner, the Fund CVC Capitals, remain of 24.7 stake in the championship.The new Chairman of the Board of Directors of the championship will be chase Carey. Before holding this post, Peter Brabeck-Letmathe will become a non-Executive Director. The Executive Director will retain Bernie Ecclestone.Representatives of Liberty Media have already said that Formula 1 teams will be given the opportunity to become co-owners of the championship. It is known that the leading teams interested in this proposal.

2016-07-20 16:34:03

Longbow Finance bought 100 stake in the Sauber

Longbow Finance bought 100 stake in the Sauber

Swiss investment company Longbow Finance bought 100 stake in the Sauber and became the sole owner of the Swiss team. While monisha Kaltenborn was left to head the team.Founder and co-owner of the team Peter Zauber has sold all his shares and left all posts in the organization. Moniz, Kaltenborn also sold their shares, but remained a member of the Board of Directors. Moreover, it remains the leader of the team. The team name will not change. At least in the near future.Pascal Picchi, head of Longbow Finance "As a Swiss company we are pleased to maintain Switzerland's presence in a unique technologically advanced sport".Moniz, Kaltenborn, team principal "We are pleased that the deal with Longbow Finance will help Sauber to stay in F1 and will make the team more competitive. In addition, the new structure will help broaden the scope of applications of our technology."Peter Zauber, the founder of the team "Moniz, Kaltenborn I signed an agreement that will ensure the future of Sauber. I'm glad my risky investment made six years ago, he saved the team and jobs".

2016-07-16 14:14:02

Tetra Pak is the Savior of the Sauber

The head of the team Sauber Moniz, Kaltenborn said that the way out of a difficult financial situation was found, but did not name who is the Savior of the Swiss team. Edition Motorsport believes that the case of the Swedish company Tetra Pak.Tetra Pak - famous manufacturer of packaging for food products. Its products are known throughout the world, including Russia. As informs Motorsport, a Swedish company bought part of the shares of the team, which formerly belonged to its founder Peter Sauber.The emergence of the Swedish partner says that Swede Marcus Ericsson is likely to retain his place in the Sauber in the season 2017.

2016-06-06 15:44:03

The story in the coloring Sauber

The story in the coloring Sauber

In 1993 in Formula 1 made its debut Swiss team Sauber. It was a dark horse, both literally and figuratively.In the 1980s, Sauber has actually become the factory Mercedes team in the race sport prototypes. When the German company decided to conquer the Formula 1, in as a partner again was chosen the team of Peter Sauber.The debut took place in 1993. At the start of the Grand Prix of South Africa took two cars in a black livery. In Stuttgart was very afraid for his reputation, so the cooperation with Mercedes reminded only a small inscription "Concept by Mercedes-Benz". The calculation was simple if the debut fails - the image of Mercedes will not suffer. However, already in the first race Sauber earned their first points, and by the end of the season, a new team took seventh place in the constructors ' championship.

2015-12-17 12:54:02

Hamilton didn't want to be on the podium in Monaco

Hamilton didn't want to be on the podium in Monaco

Became known some details of what happened in Monaco, when Lewis Hamilton missed the victory.For a few laps before the finish the team was called the leader in the race Hamilton in the pits, after which Lewis was the third. The Briton didn't want to be on the podium and stopped the car immediately after the finish line. At that time the pilot was contacted by his race engineer Peter Bonnington. It is quite a long time tried to persuade Lewis to get to the boxes and climb the podium.Edition F1 Fanatic quotes Bonnington "I know you don't want to do it. But try to get to the boxes is a normal procedure".

2015-10-08 10:44:06

Jenson button Prodromou has created a great car

Jenson button Prodromou has created a great car

The pilot of McLaren's Jenson button believes that the McLaren MP4-30, developed under the guidance of new technical Director of the team Peter Prodromou, formerly of Red Bull, is an excellent dishwasher.Jenson button "He affected the look of the car in its approach to work. This can be seen, if you look at the ground clearance. Prodromou was not afraid of difficulties in the team and works tirelessly for the second year.I like his ideas and approach to work. He listens to the wishes of the pilots, he always pays attention to detail. It's nice when take into account your opinion. I'm sorry that the team now in that position, but we have the right people, to get out of it and rise to the top".

2015-09-28 10:24:04

Pilot SMP Racing Egor Orudzhev twice rose to the podium in Le Mans

Pilot SMP Racing Egor Orudzhev twice rose to the podium in Le Mans

Pilots SMP Racing Egor Orudzhev and Nikita Zlobin held a round of Formula Renault 3.5, which was held this weekend on the ring in a French Bugatti Le Mans. In the Saturday race weekend Orujov won a second step of the podium in Sunday's race was the winner. Zlobin, debuting this weekend in the series, showed good progress and finished 17th and 15th respectively.In the Saturday race, Orudzhev has started well, tried in turn to become the leader, but Rowland "closed" and kept the first place. After a few laps Egor caught up with Matthew Vaxivire and overtook, cut the Chicane. The Frenchman was not punished and he began to chase the leader. In one of the turns Matthew made contact with Rowland and damaged the wing. This fight took Egor, caught up with Vassiviere a few laps and attacked the Frenchman, but Matthew, defending, several times again cut the Chicane, which ultimately led to his penalization for 10 seconds. As a result, the Orudzhev finished second.On Sunday, a great start allowed Egor Orudzhev to break from fifth to third position, and the correct strategy team, flawlessly carried out mandatory pit stop in the middle of the race and a good speed then brought the Russians and the leaders of the race. The main rival Orujov, as in Saturday, was the Frenchman Mathieu Vaxivire. Breaking away from the peloton for about eight seconds, the pilots gave the audience a lot of poignant moments Vaxivire and then attacked Orujov, to which the latter answered by tough defence. The advantage of French riders, more recent tires, did not help him to overcome the resistance of the Russians, although fighting continued until the last turn of the final lap."Turned out to be a great weekend, - says Egor Orudzhev. - Honestly, today I didn't expect to win, but a great start and then a good pit stop put me in the lead. Matthew, of course, was very fast and almost immediately caught me, and I already started to "run out" rubber, but it didn't work out until the last turn I repelled all attacks".Pilot SMP Racing Nikita Zlobin, who debuted in the series at this stage demonstrated good progress during the weekend. On Saturday the Russians had a problem with the car. In Sunday's race Nikita managed to win back two positions, and then joined the fight with the most experienced casamena by the Malaysian Jaafar. During the second half of the race Nikita literally "sat on the tail" of the opponent, but difficult to overtake the Bugatti circuit does not allow the Russian pilot to show the best results.I first got behind the wheel of this machine and is fairly well progressed during the weekend - said Nikita Zlobin. In the beginning there were problems with the machine, she's been acting strangely in the corners, even in comparison with a partner, but in the end figured out. In Jerez I will continue and hope that the result will be much better""Great stage for our drivers in this championship, - said sports Director of the youth program SMP Racing Peter Aleshin. - Nikita Zlobin, who debuted as the weekend progressed with each trip to the track. On Sunday, he took part in the qualification almost the same time as his team-mate, losing only 0.02 seconds, but also had a good Sunday race.Egor Orudzhev had a great race both stages. Bright win today and second place yesterday, I want to say that this is a super result for a freshman series. Besides, this is the second victory for Egor in this season".The final stage of this season World Series by Renault is traditionally held in Spain, at the Circuito de Jerez on October 17-18.

2015-08-27 17:24:03

Technical innovations the bottom of the McLaren MP4-30

Technical innovations the bottom of the McLaren MP4-30

McLaren felt the work of Peter Prodromou, his attention to detail. In every race there is something new in aerodynamics. This time attention was drawn to the front part of the bottom of the MP4-30.The area under the nose fairing plays an important role in the distribution of air flow directed to the rear of the machine. In Belgium in front of the bottom has vertical slots blue arrows. Usually teams use only one, but McLaren has significantly complicated the design to optimize flow.In addition, to race in the Spa, the team prepared a new lower side supports, new engine cover, and also changed the location of the radiator ERS.That's just the increase in the speed of the MP4-30 has remained invisible.

2015-06-09 15:34:03

Mercedes the Tip of engineer Lewis has not affected his advantage

No matter what race, new tensions within the Mercedes team. Nico Rosberg has blamed his team that she helped Lewis Hamilton to defend against his attacks. Similar opinion is shared by a former pilot of Formula 1 Christian Danner, now a commentator for German television.Donner in an interview with Bild said the moment in the closing stages of the race Grand Prix of Canada Peter Bonnington, race engineer Hamilton, said his client that Rosberg has no problems with fuel consumption, but he has to protect the brakes. A little later Nico asked his engineer Tony Ross about the car team, and received the answer that to provide such information is not permitted.The behavior of the racing engineers commented head of Mercedes Toto Wolff "We've already taken care of within the team. I'm sure the hint of a racing engineer Lewis has not affected his advantage. I will say again that we have absolutely the same attitude to both pilots. As for Ross, he acted correctly according to the rules".

2015-05-19 17:14:02

A new record McLaren

In the first five races of this season, the McLaren team didn't earn any points and thereby set a new record. Prior to this most unfortunate was the start of the 1981 season, when to get into the points failed only with the fourth attempt.Something the 1981 season coincides with the season of 2015. Then Ron Dennis with the support of Marlboro gained control of the McLaren team and invited the brilliant engineer John Barnard, who has built a unique car MP4/1 with full carbon-fiber monocoque. This year Dennis after the break once again stood at the head of the team and was lured away from Red Bull engineer Peter Prodromou, who has built quite good, according to many experts, the chassis of the MP4-30. However, the weak link is the power plant Honda.34 years ago, only in the fourth race of the season Andrea de Cesaris managed to bring the team their first point. Then followed two unsuccessful races. And then John Watson gave a series of three podiums, which ended with the victory at the home of the British Grand Prix. Later the same year Watson behind the wheel of the MP4/1B fought for the title.How will this year If Fernando Alonso or Jenson button to be on the podium Can McLaren-Honda to intervene in the fight for the title next season.

2015-05-08 13:54:08

Peter Windsor Daniil Kvyat was in a difficult situation

British Explorer Formula 1 Peter Windsor believes Daniil Kvyat was in a difficult situation for yourself by going to Red Bull.Peter Windsor "Toro Rosso's Daniil was more successful pilot, there for it was successful. But now, going to Red Bull, he was faced with serious difficulties. Kvyat had difficulties on virtually all fronts, and the reliability of the engines and the whole car wants to be better. I'll even give Kvyat free advice - call more often Adrian Newey".

2015-03-30 10:54:06

The pilot SMP Racing Vartanyan Alexander won the Trofeo Andrea Margutti

The pilot SMP Racing Vartanyan Alexander won the Trofeo Andrea Margutti

The pilot SMP Racing Vartanyan Alexander won the prestigious karting tournament Trofeo Andrea Margutti in the category KF. The competition was held at the Italian track in Lonato. Another kart driver of the Russian team, Ivan Shevtsov involved in the KF Junior class, rounded out the top five in the Junior competition.Vartanian had the best time in qualifying and then won two preliminary and pre-final races. In the final race pilot SMP Racing finished with a lead of three seconds from his nearest competitor, won a landslide victory.In Trofeo Andrea Margutti also participated Ivan Shvetsov. He showed the third time in qualifying KF Junior and also won two third place in the qualifying rounds. In the pre-final race Shvetsov finished second, but because the penalty was forced to start in the final, with only 21-th position. However, during the race Ivan managed to break through a gauntlet of opponents and finished the race in fifth.Karting competitions Trofeo Andrea Margutti are the oldest in Europe and are held in Italy since 1990. At different times in this tournament was attended by Robert Kubica, Fernando Alonso and Giancarlo Fisichella.Finally our guys began to realize his potential, - said the head of the youth program SMP Racing, honored coach of Russia, Peter Aleshin. - They both freshmen in their classes and they lack experience. We are some of the competition was close, but in the finals that never got around to it. Such results in such a prestigious tournament - record the correct direction in the development of the pilot. There is still a whole season and we intend to use every effort to fight for the highest places".In 2015 Vartanyan Alexander and Ivan Shevtsov will continue to compete in the European championship in karting. Vartanian will continue his career in the KF category, while Shvetsov debut in KF Junior.

2015-03-18 12:54:03

Van der garde is ready to receive compensation from Sauber

Van der garde is ready to receive compensation from Sauber

Dutch pilot Guido van der garde, achieved through the court of law to sit in the cockpit Sauber confirmed that he is ready to receive compensation. However, he intends to disclose the details of the agreement.Guido van der garde "the Management Sauber lost conscience. They have twice sold seats in cars and pretended that nothing happened. Sure, the credibility of the team, Monisha Kaltenborn and Peter Zauber from the pilots and their sponsors markedly diminished. I agreed to compensation because you don't want to cause the team has closed, but the Formula 1 and the other pilots to know the details, so this doesn't happen again".According to rumors, Sauber suggested that van der garde compensation in the amount of 15 million euros.

2015-03-18 11:44:02

Van der garde is preparing to tell the details about compensation Sauber

Van der garde is preparing to tell the details about compensation Sauber

Guido van der garde is going to make public detailed information on the compensation proposal Sauber.Guido van der garde "the guide Sauber lost conscience. You cannot sell two seats in cars and pretend that nothing happened. This team will have a difficult future - trust Kaltenborn and Peter Zauber gone, including by Nasr, Erickson and their sponsors.We agreed to compensation just because I didn't want to have on your conscience the closure of the team, but I think that Formula 1 needs to know the details, to avoid similar problems in the future.On Wednesday or Thursday we will release information.Recall that before SE Australia Dutch pilot and Sauber managed to reach a pre-trial agreement on claims previously filed by the pilot.Later, the parties finally settled the conflict. The team will pay Guido van der garde compensation in the amount of 15 million, the Press Secretary Sauber in an interview with Swiss media said We are pleased that this issue has been resolved. As to the details, we can't comment on that for confidentiality reasons, we will not engage in speculation.

2015-03-17 07:24:02

The Sauber team 3rd in the constructors ' championship

The Sauber team 3rd in the constructors ' championship

In Australia Felipe Nasr finished 5th, and Marcus Ericsson - 8-m QC team now ranks thirdA wonderful start to the season, but problems there is still a lot, and it litigation and technical, tactical and psychological challenges.Founder Peter Sauber Zauber stressed that his fantastic performance teams Melbourne you should not be overestimated, as suits the team played breakdowns and accidents competitors.

2015-03-03 10:24:07

Pilots SMP Racing took part in the tournament WSK karting Golden Cup

Pilots SMP Racing took part in the tournament WSK karting Golden Cup

In the Italian Adria hosted the prestigious international karting tournament WSK Golden Cup, which was attended by pilots SMP Racing Vartanyan Alexander - rookie Junior class KF and Ivan Shvetsov, conducting his first season in the European KF Junior.In qualifying Shvetsov showed great time and took second place in the General Protocol. According to the results of the qualifying races and the final race in their group was the sixth that allowed him to start from the 12th position in the decisive final race.During the final race Ivan Shvetsov literally broke through the ranks of opponents and reached the third position, but could not cope with anxiety and on the penultimate lap he made a mistake, finishing ahead of time and drove to the technical area. At the same time, Ivan was able to show the best lap time in the race.14-year-old pilot SMP Racing Vartanyan Alexander the results of the qualification and elimination rounds won third place on the starting grid of the prefinal in the category KF.Finishing second in the final race behind the leader only 0.3 seconds, Vartanyan was unable to avoid a collision with an opponent in the final - Vardanyan literally "made" with the track in the first turn. Return to the race at the end of the peloton did not break the spirit of the Russians he managed to win back 10 positions and finished the race on the 13th line of the final Protocol."Both of our pilot showed excellent speed and a real will to win, said the Director of the youth program SMP Racing, honored coach of Russia Peter Aleshin. Of course, while both lack experience these events - what is premature finish Shvetsova with third place But the main thing that should show debut, is a high speed potential. It certainly is, and the results will come.

2015-02-17 18:24:05

The restoration of Michael Schumacher is painfully long

The restoration of Michael Schumacher is painfully long

Some European media have published their journalistic investigation regarding the injury Michael Schumacher, took place in December 2013. Prospects while not the most joyful.Peter Hamlin, a specialist in traumatic brain injury in sports "the Progress of the recovery is very long, painfully long, virtually no progress. Miracle on the horizon is no longer waiting for. Given that in the first months after injury we are talking about survival, then the restore process takes many years, and not the fact that until the end of life may be glimmers of hope. It's like riding a roller coaster - like appeared a glimmer, but it can fade away after a day. I hope that the family Schumacher will be able to endure all trials and to find happiness".

2015-01-24 10:44:03

The results of the tests SMP F4 Championship on the track Alcarras

The results of the tests SMP F4 Championship on the track Alcarras

Pilots SMP Racing Alexey Korneev, Nerses Isahakyan, Vladimir Atoev, Nikita and Artem Troitsky Kabakov has completed a four-day test at the Spanish track Alcarras, held in the framework of the championship SMP Formula 4.The first two days of training were conducted only four Russians. Wednesday and Thursday were joined by Vladimir Atoev and two Finnish racer Aleksanteri Huovinen and Niko Kari.If in the first test days, the times of the Russian pilots go beyond 132 minutes, by the end of the tests, this rate was significantly improved. According to the results of training the best lap time showed riders from Finland Brown 129,8, Huovinen 130,2. Atoev yielded nearest rival only 0.1 seconds. Other Russians drove the circle for a time slightly greater than 131 minutes."Our pilots showed good results considering the fact that almost all this is the first serious experience flying car including in the simulation mode of the qualifying heats, - said the Director of the youth program SMP Racing, honored coach of Russia Peter Aleshin. - These tests were very important. During the sessions we were able to catch the error and, as a result, constantly progressed".

2015-01-08 11:34:03

Rubens Barrichello will take part in the race 24 hours of Daytona

Rubens Barrichello will take part in the race 24 hours of Daytona

The ex-pilot of Formula 1 Rubens Barrichello will take part in the race 24 hours of Daytona, that was confirmed by the head of the team Starworks Motorsport Peter Baron.Peter Baron "We have long wanted Rubens, but in 2012 he competed in IndyCar, and he didn't manage to find time for us. We quickly found a common language with Rubens, because it is already very long wanted to try my hand in this race in a team of such a high level. I am confident that we will succeed".Recall that Barrichello is the champion of Formula 1 by the number of starts in the races - 322. Closest pursuers of active pilots Jenson button 266 and Fernando Alonso 234.

2014-12-19 14:04:02

Bernie Ecclestone remains the head of Formula 1

The Fund CVC, which owns a controlling stake in Formula 1, has reshuffled the Board of Directors of the championship. The Executive Director remains Bernie Ecclestone.The Board of Directors as non-Executive Directors entered Luca di Montezemolo, the former President of Ferrari, and Paul Walsh. Chairman of the Board of Directors remains Peter Brabeck-Letmathe.

2014-12-18 13:54:03

The new McLaren will be a copy of Red Bull

The new McLaren will be a copy of Red Bull

The new McLaren MP4-30, apparently, will inherit many aerodynamic solutions with Red Bull cars. Not necessary to wonder, after all, one of the leaders of the technical Department was the former chief aerodynamicist "red bull" Peter Prodromou.So, on the Friday tests during the Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi McLaren tested front spoiler, designed for machines 2015. On your profile it looks like the solution that is used in the Red Bull.It is also known that the exhaust system new power plant Honda, which the British team will use in the season of 2015, is very low - this will create a very low side pontoons in style again, Red Bull RB10.

2014-12-11 13:14:02

The head of Red Bull Many wanted to entice our experts

The head of Red Bull's Christian Horner said that many teams wanted to win him over workers.Christian Horner "a lot of teams would like to receive our specialists from different fields, but we all kept, including Newey. We all work as one team, as one family and all contributed in the car for the season-2015.We now have two young and fast pilot, who will fight for the title next year. We are all as strong as it was before."However, one of the key figures of the technical staff of the Red Bull chief aerodynamicist Peter Prodromou already working within the walls of the McLaren.

2014-11-26 14:44:14

Chapter McLaren Everything goes according to plan

Chapter McLaren Everything goes according to plan

The first day of the tests McLaren with engines Honda was not very successful. Stoffel Vandorn drove all three circles. But the head of the team of Ron Dennis says that everything is going according to plan.Ron Dennis "this year the contestants will begin tests of new cars in February. We started with Honda engines before the start of the winter tests. We, as a team, and Honda are well aware of what the test is waiting for us. But I can confidently say that we will be strong".Last season, McLaren have not won any race. According to Dennis, the last time the team was invited 20 new engineers, among whom the chief aerodynamicist red Bull Peter Prodromou.Ron Dennis "Car 2015 develops a completely different group of engineers. We are confident that we asked the right direction, which will allow you to start the new season to get in shape".

2014-11-21 23:34:14

In McLaren tested a new front spoiler

In McLaren tested a new front spoiler

On the eve of the weekend in Abu Dhabi race Director Eric McLaren Buje talked about that on Friday, the team will test a new concept of aerodynamics. Indeed, during the first practice on the machine Kevin Magnussen has a lot of aerodynamic innovations, hung sensors. The most notable innovation is the front spoiler.Quite complex wing designed in the style of Red Bull. It is easy to guess that hand to the new concept of aerodynamics made Peter Prodromou, not so long ago fallen into the McLaren from Red Bull.It is still unknown whether the new product be used in qualifying and the race.Kevin Magnussen "This brand new philosophy. This is the future of the team".With the new wing Dane showed the third result.I wonder why McLaren to test new products chose Magnussen This indirectly proves that Jenson button command at the end of the year will still leave.

2014-11-10 16:44:02

McLaren will bring in Abu Dhabi a new version of the machine

For the final Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi, which will be awarded double points, team McLaren is preparing a new version of the machine. Part of the news is intended for season 2015 and will be verified during the practice, the other pack will be used during the race.Eric Buje, race Director, McLaren "we are just going to check something during Friday practice. Prepared a completely new machine concept, which according to the results of the tests in the wind tunnel is superior to the current version of the machine".Obviously, the new concept is the result of the work of Peter Prodromou, former chief aerodynamics Red Bull, who joined McLaren this season.After the race in Abu Dhabi there will be a two-day tests. It is possible that McLaren them for the first time will test the operation of the power plant Honda.

2014-10-28 16:34:02

Niko Hulkenberg I Have not many options

Niko Hulkenberg I Have not many options

Last week Niko Hulkenberg extended his contract with Force India for 2015. In an interview with Peter Windsor German rider spoke about his decision and tasks for the next season.

Q Nico, in 2015 you will continue to advocate for Force India. How difficult was this decision

Niko Hulkenberg to be honest, not very complicated. I don't have many options and I'm glad I don't have to change the team and start from the beginning. From this point of view, the decision was easy.

Question Many people are surprised that you are not in one of the leading teams. How do you estimate this stage in your career That gives motivation

Niko Hulkenberg I often ask similar questions, but I've always said how important it is for me stability and understanding of how things will develop career. Of course, everyone wants to win, but we need a better machine. Speaking about the results, I don't think I've reached the maximum for themselves level, and yet the time will come when I will play in leading the team. Now I try to do my job and get pleasure from racing.

Question you need to actively engage in self-promotion that leaders pay attention to you

Niko Hulkenberg I agree that in some moments need can speak out, but primarily for the racer must say his results on the track. We are always learning and moving forward. Look, but to be honest, I don't think this year for me, something could be otherwise.

Q Force India consistently earns points, but the second half of the championship is for the team is not as successful as the first. You can you comment

Niko Hulkenberg We strongly started the season, we have a very fast machine. Of course, in many ways helped the power plant of Mercedes, but then, as happens every season, much was to depend on the speed of modernization of the machine. Opponents have done better and faster modernized their equipment. Unfortunately, some teams managed to be ahead of us. However, in view of the above, if on the day of the race we are able to put together all the components, we can fight for a good result and earn points that can be considered a positive result.

Question what are the results of the Force India can claim in Austin and Brazil

Niko Hulkenberg the Team will put a few new parts - we'll see how effective they will be. Of course, we want them to be allowed to make progress. Overall, Austin is a great track, I like there to fly. Race in Brazil - special. I think no need to explain much that binds me to this track. If the fight will take place in conditions of changeable weather, it can give us an extra chance.

Question How do you assess the prospects of the team next season

Niko Hulkenberg I'm positive about our chances. While we retreated slightly backward from the beginning of the season, in a team of different specialists, we have a fantastic team spirit, so I'm pretty sure we will be able to recoup. I'm not saying that we will start to win, but, I think, will be able to return to the positions that he held at the beginning of the year, will vie with leading teams and will attract attention to themselves.

Question Double points at the season finale can make significant adjustments in your fight with McLaren for fifth place in the Cup of designers. Force India is preparing a special version of the machine to the Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi

Niko Hulkenberg No, I think not. smiles Not so easy to create a machine for one particular race. Now we are lagging behind, so double points rather play into the hands of Force India than McLaren, because when you are playing catch-up, in any case, you almost have nothing to lose. To the stage in Abu Dhabi will spend two races that can have a big impact on this fight, but double points will only add interest.

Question Some believe that the head of Mercedes Motorsport Toto Wolff is a huge fan of your talent.

Niko Hulkenberg I don't know, you better ask him laughs

Q Nico, tell us about your plans for the next few days

Niko Hulkenberg in the Morning I will fly to Austin. We have planned an extensive media activity, meetings with sponsors and partners, so I will have something to do. For Sergio upcoming Grand Prix can be considered domesticated, so it will be a lot of Mexican sponsors. A lot of work, but, as I said, I love Austin, and look forward to this weekend.

Question changing the time zone does not cause problems

Niko Hulkenberg Usually I have no problem with this when we head West. I can sleep on the plane and arriving feel relatively normal. In the evening you feel more tired than usual, but it helps to fall asleep.

Question you Have to understand, you fly first class

Niko Hulkenberg Seriously I don't think laughs

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2014-10-23 22:24:02

Race weekend with the team World Series by Renault

Race weekend with the team World Series by Renault

At the end of September correspondent upon the invitation Zeta Corse, went on stage Formula Renault 3.5 on the track Paul Ricard and spent a full weekend with the Russian team, which at that time led the battle for the title in the individual competition.

Step on the track Paul Ricard was for Zeta Corse unusual is the second pilot of the team, Roman Mavlanov missed the weekend, as performed in the GT Open race, where he fought for the title. As a result, all of the team's efforts were focused on a single pilot, Roberto Mary, who fought for the victory in the championship with Carlos Sainz Jr. However, despite the fact that the pilot this time was the only one on the track came the entire technical team of 11 people, not counting the guide and the driver.

Five work directly with the machine Roberto Mary. Chief among them is the race engineer Spaniard, Humphrey Corbett is one of the most respected professionals in the paddock for the World series. He has experience of working in Formula 1 with Olivier Panicum in Toyota, as well as in GP2 and GP3. Right hand Humphrey - telemetry Miguel Jose Clara, he receives and processes data from the machine, providing Humphrey necessary information. Directly with the machine work mechanics Sebastian Sandina, Salva Navarro and Peter Hayes Peter Hungarian, but the whole team calls him Pedro.

In General this structure is typical for most teams in the series, but there is Zeta Corse and differences. For example, the team is racing coach Felix Porteiro. Felix not so long ago was a racer himself, played in the World series by Renault, GP2 and WTCC, and now helps Mary and Mavlanov. In addition, he played a major role in the formation of the team in the past season.

Another five people typically worked with Roman Mavlanov, but this time helped the engineers and mechanics Mary. Among them race engineer, Australian Marcus Koch. For Koch this is not the first season of cooperation with Russian pilots Marcus was an engineer Mikhail Aleshin in 2010, when he became the first Russian champion of the Formula Renault 3.5. Also in the team Mavlanov - telemetry Jaume Jimenez and mechanics Miguel angel Aragon, Home Check and Marco Lozano. In both cases, the third mechanics Peter Hayes and Marco Lozano - and even truck drivers team.

Trucks at Zeta Corse two in one motorhome, together with kitchen and rest room pilots, the second - machines, parts and everything you need for equipment boxes. In Le Castellet trucks came directly from Budapest - so it was easier from a logistical point of view, than to return to Spain, and thence again to go to France. Most of the mechanics and team Manager Marco Rodriguez and logistics specialist Jose Luis Sinister arrived at the track on Thursday morning at the vans - they are the team also two. Roberto Mary and the team leader Roman Novikov - the evening of the same day from Valencia.


Unlike Formula 1, not only the operation of the machine, but even the procedure of Assembly boxes in the World series strictly regulated. On all routes to start these activities can be no earlier than eight o'clock Thursday. "To be honest, at one point we flew great from the organizers for what we have collected the boxes and motorhome too early - before the rest started assembling, laughs Roman Novikov. "Now try not to break.

Motorhom Zeta Corse - the largest in the paddock for the World series however, half of the teams tent-motorhome not at all. He is joined directly to the truck with kitchen and lounge, and is separated from the rest of transparent panes of acrylic glass, not plastic like some other teams. Going plastic floor, equipped with tables, chairs, sofas and a large TV - here will be to watch the races guests of the team.

The arrangement of the boxes is not only unload all tools and equipment. Before beginning work boxes - it's just an empty concrete box. To turn them into the area where the work will be done with machines, it is necessary to build a special frame supporting structure frame principle allows to make the design foldable and very compact, to bring electricity to hang monitors. On the floor of the orange paint are applied with special tags for the wheels, then to accurately adjust the ground clearance, suspension settings and stabilizer.

Finally, the boxes appear on the machine. The first thing after installation on a label to them is connected electricity - own battery with the engine off Formula Renault 3.5 only enough for 2-3 minutes offline. Then comes a series of checks.

"First of all we check the machine settings and the engine try to start the engine, test the operability of the transmission, radio communication, " explains Miguel Jose Clara. Then the car inspected by representatives of Renault Sport. In the future, we Refine the angles of attack spoiler and so forth." To check the settings, Miguel connects his laptop to the car - wireless data transmission, except for the telemetry is prohibited.

On Thursday held the first training pit-stops - in the future, the team performs them regularly, two to three times a day. Pilots, meanwhile, go for a walk on the highway. In Zeta Corse to the racers always attached and Felix Porteiro. The main objects of attention - bumps, the height of the curbs, the adhesion to the asphalt. All this information can significantly affect the trajectory chosen by the pilot, and the braking points. Then walk turns into a fitness workout - Mary ran along the four circles in a very decent pace.


If Thursday can be considered a relatively calm day, then Friday is one of the most stressful. All employees Zeta Corse, regardless of their status, he lived in the same hotel, a few tens of kilometers from the road. On the track the entire technical staff and management went quite early, at 7 am. An hour later he left and Roberto Mary before him on the track to do nothing. Together with Mary in the location of the team arrives and another member of the team chef Zeta Corse Elena Ramsden. She is from Russia, but have many years of living in Spain, Nerja, where she and her husband own a restaurant. Not so long ago, Elena became a member of the first season of the Russian version of the TV program Gordon Ramsay MasterShef.

Meanwhile mechanics started up the motor and checked the gearbox. 1050 begins the first session of the free races. In a team everyone is pumped to the traditional excitement that is present at any event, added concerns about this particular track. Zeta Corse is in fact a new team, and therefore largely forced to rely on the expertise of its engineers. However, Paul Ricard - not the most popular place for racing, although the tests are held here often. As later admitted engineer Humphrey Corbett, the last time he worked on the race here. 1972.

In the first session of the pilots don't get new tires. During the first exit on the machine are tires that have already passed in a previous step from 40 to 100 km 10-20 circles. These tires engineers classified as "used". During the session, they are usually brought to the stage of the "old" tires, past 100-160 km Many youth series tires with the same resource can still put on the car, but in the Formula Renault 3.5 speed is too high, so they are sent for recycling.

In the second half of the session on the machine is equipped with the so-called "fresh" tires - break of not more than 40 km less than 10 laps. On these tyres pilots start in the second free practice. And only at the end of the evening session, they finally get new tires in order to evaluate the maximum speed and prepare for qualification.

After the first session begins working with telemetry. Miguel takes the data and discusses the change settings with Humphrey. Recommendations and gives Marcus Koch - the final decision, however, still Humphrey. Mechanics meanwhile, remove the fairing and carefully study the status of each node of the machine. Making sure everything is in order, collect the car and refuel. For the filling use a special mobile refueling machine. E, the mechanics have the ability internally to measure not only the quantity flowing into the tank, but also its temperature.

Roberto Mary, meanwhile working with Felix Porteiro. Felix compares telemetry best lap Meri data machines William Buller and Carlos Sainz. This might seem surprising, but the solution is simple - in fact it is last year's data, because a year ago at this track for Zeta Corse in Paul-Ricard spoke exactly the Buller and science, and Porteiro worked with them. The machine since then has not changed climatic conditions close, so that the results are quite comparable.

Roberto had already acted on this route, but the last time was a few years ago, in the Formula 3. It is much more powerful machines of the Formula Renault 3.5 this experience is hardly applicable, so that he will actually have to learn the track again. When comparing the graphs, Felix found several weaknesses in aerobatics Mary relatively Sainz and especially Buller. In the second session Roberto tried to make adjustments in their technique, and the results gradually grew.

Between sessions of all members of the team were waiting for lunch in motorhome. Thanks chef Elena Ramsden, the menu is very refined that "mobile kitchen" racing team rare. However, as admitted by Elena, after the previous stage in the selection of food they had to make adjustments and found that the Spanish mechanics unaccustomed to spicy foods, although she really liked engineers, Markus Koch and Humphrey to Corbett. Roberto Mary eats with the rest, a special diet. Of course, it monitors the amount of calories, but not as hard as some of the other pilots. However, compensates for this very serious exercise - trained Roberto is also more than other riders.

After the second session of the engineers for a long time discussing the matter, trying to find the optimal settings for the next day. Mechanics again check all the elements of the machine, and then restoring order in the boxes. Gradually darkens, after completion of all works on the track team in an organized manner is sent to the hotel, where ten minutes after arrival all gather again for dinner. In the same hotel and mechanics of some other teams, but sitting at different tables, little talking among themselves. In Zeta Corse not all tables are combined and dinner turns into a noisy gatherings, with an endless stream of jokes in English and Spanish.


The first race day also begins at seven in the morning. Qualification starts at 940, but until then we have to make adjustments to the settings. Like most other tracks, the qualification data is different from racing. Paul-Ricard requires medium or high clamping force, and in the qualification of the angle of attack spoiler increase. This allows for greater speed on the same lap, but the race will lead to increased tire wear. Therefore, the aerodynamic configuration is closer to the average values.

In addition spoiler, changing the value of the ground clearance and adjustment of the stabilizer bar. As the product in the Formula Renault 3.5 Smoking, and to warm up the tires, it takes time, usually in the qualification of pilots passing two long series of circles. In both pilots use the new rubber. The first attempt is rarely perfect - pilots, as a rule, are very cautious, trying to show160 basic result. The fight for pole position takes place in the second series, when all racers receive a set of new rubber and attack at the limit.

Changes in settings are bearing fruit if on, check Mary showed fairly average results for the circle, the qualification has risen to fourth place. However, his main rival, Carlos Sainz, was on the pole. In the boxes Roberto returned on foot machine at the entrance to the pit lane took the inspectors WSR for thorough review. As Mary contender for the title, his car check with enviable regularity.

At this point in the team have mixed feelings - on the one hand, the progress from session to session obvious, the other for title Challenger fourth place at the start can hardly be considered a good result, and the advantage of science is large enough. Roberto studied with Felix Porteiro telemetry his circle, goes into the rest room to focus before the race. Then, like many other pilots, going to the workout. Here the riders approach is different - some, like Carlos Sainz or will Stevens, are right near motorhome and talk ball with the coach. Mary prefers together with the coach to get as far away from the eyes, and generally performs stretching exercises and warm-up of muscles.

For half an hour before the race pilots are starting to travel on the track, trying the car and back in the boxes. Then they go on the starting grid. In Zeta Corse traditionally release their pilots were one of the last, though much work with the machine no leads - to make changes to the settings already too late. In order to be in direct start-finish line, you need to make a circle. During this time, mechanics and engineers are moving there from the boxes through a special gate in the pit wall, which will be closed before the start of the race. When Mary reaches its starting position, the telemetry Miguel Jose Clara connects to the car to spend the last check. Roberto discusses with him and Humphrey Corbett last detail, making sure that all systems are functioning properly.

A few minutes before the start of the race everyone is being asked to leave the starting grid. Humphrey Corbett and team Manager Marco Rodriguez is sent to the command post on the pit wall. Here is the same mechanic that shows the pilot information displays during the race. The command post is equipped with monitors timing and technical information. The same monitors are in boxes, so the engineers do not need to be present on the pit-wall information mechanics can be transferred and on the radio. But sometimes you need to act quickly, and direct contact is more reliable. The other members of the team returned to the pit in order to keep track of what is happening there.

In the race pilots will start on one of the sets of tyres used in qualifying. The second "fresh" set postponed for tomorrow - it will be placed in the first qualifying series. The racing itself, oddly enough, one of the most peaceful moments of the weekend for the team. Internal tension, of course, great, but at this point it all depends on Mary or mechanics or engineers may not affect the result. However, emotions enough - due to an overheated clutch Roberto started poorly, conceding Sergey Sirotkin. He was a little lost in the pace of the leaders, losing at the finish of the Sines 17 seconds.

Immediately after the race begins "debriefing". Although no particular problems with the machine not in the team decide to replace the clutch and go through the gearbox to 100 guarantee the performance on Sunday. Roberto frankly upset - not so much the victory of science and the increased gap in the championship, but about the lack of pace. It is a long time telemetry studies with Felix Porteiro, Miguel Jose and Clara Humphrey Corbett. Those, in turn, are looking for a solution, hoping to win tomorrow. Eventually coming to the conclusion that it is necessary to soften the settings.


At first glance, the schedule for the race weekend on Sunday is almost identical to the Sabbath. Some differences, however, are still there. They begin already in qualification during the first series of circles riders use the bus, which has already worked one attempt a day ago. This means that you can show them a really good time is almost impossible, and the whole struggle unfolds in the second attempt. Here, however, Roberto little unlucky - he was gradually added with each circle, but the session was completed ahead of time, because of the departure of Coele Amberg. In the result, Mary was the fifth and science second.

In the boxes Roberto returned without a car inspectors WSR made another test. The Spaniard admitted that changing the settings did not like Saturday's version was closer to him. However, the pole was Fading leaves Roberto chance to compete with Sainz - usually Carlos is not too great holds races in which he is forced to fight for position. Before the start of the race mechanics wear helmets during the race Sunday there is a mandatory pit stop. It also gives the team some hope - there is a possibility something to play when using the strategies.

Depending on the flow of rubber and other circumstances, the scheme of the pit stop may vary significantly. Most often, the car changing either the rear wheels or all four. In these cases, mechanics occupy different positions - all the options are processed, and as schematically represented in the figures displayed on the stand. By the way, these schemes are applied regardless of the pilots who spends a pit-stop. The most complex circuit - replacing all four wheels and nose fairing. In this pit stop participating at least eight people - all mechanics and both telemetry.

Before the race, already at the start line, the settings have changed - they have become a little softer. The launch was held for Mary good - he was ahead of Sirotkina Sergey faced the same problem with the clutch that Roberto - Saturday, and after a couple of laps and Jazz Jafar. To try to win, the team decided to change only the rear tyres - as, however, did most of the rest. Pit stop went rather well, but the comparison has shown that only on this was lost second. A couple of seconds lost due to the fact that Roberto called for one or two laps later than necessary. As a result, he lost two positions.

Command to change anything already could not, but could Mary. Roberto has done everything that is possible - he was again ahead of Jafar very bold maneuver in a long arc. To achieve more was hardly possible. Sainz again won easily, beating Faded even at the start. Chance at the title is not lost yet, but very much reduced. And Roberto, and engineers, and mechanics are upset by the results of the weekend, but not suppressed. After the mandatory analysis telemetry, we talked with Humphrey Corbett about how passed this weekend. "Honestly, if I had the opportunity to go back to the beginning of the weekend, I would have gone the other way, " said Humphrey. I would choose other, more rigid configuration. And, of course, prevented what we worked here with only one machine. If we had a second pilot, the progress would be much faster."

However, sad team once. Almost immediately after the finish begins assembling equipment and boxes, and in this work involved everything - including engineers and telemetries. Team leader Roman Novikov, meanwhile, helps to collect motorhome. All work quickly and smoothly, increasingly heard jokes, and laughter. The mood rises.

To load the machine, they have to manually roll through the pit lane to gate out to the highway - in boxes passage is too narrow. Then through the paddock - up trucks. Here the car rolled onto the platform-lift and raise to the top tier. After one machine and there goes the second. Meanwhile, Miguel Jose Clara is a list replacement parts - give it to the World series by Renault. In another list describes the work that will be held at the base.

The sun is on the wane, trucks collected, the teams are starting to disperse. Employees Zeta Corse, including Roman Novikov, immediately go to Valencia, others go back to the hotel. In the evening, with the remaining members of the team we're going to the restaurant. Despite not the best weekend, everyone's mood is quite positive.

The telemetry Miguel comes in a little dispute with engineers, Humphrey and Marcus. Humphrey argues that the decision to bring Marcus to help him was wrong. "Possible ways of selecting settings always a lot, and the information that gave Marcus was already too much, it only complicated choice," said Humphrey. The same opinion is Marcus. "Not in vain in Motorsport there is a rule one rider - one engineer, " he said. Miguel a different opinion on his opinion, the benefit of that decision was. However, the dispute is difficult to call hot - rather, it is a friendly discussion.

Soon the conversation flows smoothly on abstract themes. Marcus talks about his homeland Australia Adelaide, where once was the Grand Prix of Formula 1, as well as his passion for surfing. Humphrey no end of jokes and parades knowledge of the French language in the French provinces, where Paul Ricard, this is a great advantage, even the waiters here don't know English.

We, meanwhile, talk with Miguel - he is one of only three people including Marcus Koch and Felix Porteiro in the team, who worked at Zeta Corse year ago, when she belonged to other people and was registered in Italy. According to him, the change is very serious. "The difference is very great, " says Miguel. - Now we really are a team. I don't want anything bad to say about those people that worked in Zeta year ago - this is a great assistants. But they just came, did his job and went. This year it is exactly the opposite - we are together all the time, all help each other, the relationship is very good. This is a single United team.

text Elmir Valeev