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2018-01-16 15:04:05

Official Sergey Sirotkin - pilot Williams

Official Sergey Sirotkin - pilot Williams

The Williams team has officially announced the pilots on the season-2018 canadian lance Stroll and Russian Sergey Sirotkin. A reserve pilot will be Robert Kubica.Claire Williams, Deputy team principal "the evaluation Process of the pilots behind us, and I'm glad we made the decision on the composition of the pilots for 2018. Now I wonder what the results will bring a new season.I'm sure lance and Sergey will be able to achieve good results. Williams always worked with young talents, he fits this definition. For lance's debut season was very successful, and now he has experience. We have talented pilots, thanks to which we can make progress".

2018-01-16 15:04:04

January nomeromania 16 - Nick Heidfeld, 2001

January nomeromania 16 - Nick Heidfeld, 2001

In 2001, the Sauber team for the first time was in the top four. Her best pilot was Nick Heidfeld, who performed on the car under the number "16".Career of nick, received in the Junior series the nickname "quick Nick" "Nick the Quick", supported by Mercedes, while tightly collaborated with McLaren. Thanks to Heidfeld in 1999 he became a test pilot "silver arrows". In 2000, the German with the support of Mercedes debuted as a prize pilot in the composition of Prost. A year later he found a place in the Sauber.In the late 1990s and early 2000s, the Sauber team actively cooperated with Ferrari, the Swiss used transmissions and many other sites from Maranello, and badged Petronas hiding customer Ferrari engines. The chief designer Sergio Rinland in 2001 built a decent chassis C20, using a number of unusual solutions in aerodynamics and mechanics, including dvuhkilevoe mount front suspension.

2018-01-16 12:44:05

Giancarlo Minardi Ferrari can replace Raikkonen during the season

Giancarlo Minardi Ferrari can replace Raikkonen during the season

The former head of the eponymous Formula 1 team Giancarlo Minardi believes that Kimi Raikkonen is the weak link in Ferrari, and it can change during the season-2018.Giancarlo Minardi "We expect an interesting season. Many pilots at the end of the year over the contracts, and they need to go all out to prove yourself to potential employers.The extension of the contract with Kimi Raikkonen, I think, was due to the wishes of Sebastian Vettel. But in the second half of the season, Raikkonen has shown inconsistent results.To win the Mercedes, Ferrari should have two strong pilots, and I think that during the season changes may occur".Raikkonen came to Ferrari in 2007 and immediately became a champion. After two not very successful seasons Finn was asked to leave the team. In 2014 Kimi back, but since then has never won the race.

2018-01-15 16:14:07

Red Bull is the engine for the season-2019

Head Red Bull Christian Horner said that his team has several options with respect to the engine supplier in 2019.Christian Horner "we Have options with the engine for the season 2019. Before we never had a choice. We have time to evaluate the options and make a decision.If we talk about the Toro Rosso collaboration with Honda, this is a great option. We will monitor the progress of the team and the Japanese minders".Obviously, the options mentioned by Horner, is Renault and Honda.

2018-01-15 13:54:04

January nomeromania 15 - Jean-Pierre Gaboy, 1979

January nomeromania 15 - Jean-Pierre Gaboy, 1979

In 1979 the factory Renault team achieved the first victory in Formula 1. Brought it to Jean-Pierre Jaboi on the car with start number "15".Renault came into Formula 1 in 1977, with unusual for its time with a turbo engine. Two years machine, Renault was the subject of ridicule -they are nicknamed "the yellow teapot" for the unusual shape and constant engine failures. But in 1979 the turbo showed its potential.Initially, Renault was only the Frenchman Jean-Pierre ABUY. In 1979, his partner was compatriot Rene Arnoux. ABUY as the first pilot got the number "15".Already in the third stage in South Africa ABUY driving RS01 won the qualification. Then came the car RS10, where Jean-Pierre earned the pole position in France, Germany and Italy. But the results of races, or rather, reliability of equipment left much to be desired 12 retirements in 14 races due to various breakdowns. To the finish managed to get only in Brazil and in France, but it is the home Grand Prix for the first time ABUY climbed to the top step of the podium, and it was the first victory in Formula 1 with turbo engine. At the end of the season the Frenchman with 9 points ranked 13th.

2018-01-15 11:54:06

Riccardo Daniel this year we will be able to get closer to the leaders

Pilot Red Bull Daniel Riccardo believes that this year his team will be able to stop the Mercedes to hold in their hands the title.Daniel ricciardo "I think this year we will reduce the backlog. Is it enough to fight for the title I think we can get closer, but we'll see.Max got better in recent times. I will not say that he has come a long way, because he's in the race so long, but he's definitely improved, and I think next year Verstappen is an even more dangerous enemy.

2018-01-15 11:54:04

Fernando Alonso I don't think many will follow my example

Fernando Alonso I don't think many will follow my example

The pilot of McLaren Fernando Alonso believes that not many pilots will be able to follow in his footsteps, to act in other Championships.Fernando Alonso "I don't think so. Just the pilots has a different culture. Stroll from Canada, he likes different kind of race, so, too, tries to catch everything and everywhere.The rest of the guys aren't going to do anything, because in Europe we usually focusareas one champion. In teams, they became more professional pilots. There are many training camps, many levels, a lot of time is spent on work in the simulator during the winter break, and pilots are hard to get out of this concept. I can afford to take this step because the team changed its attitude towards marketing and development."In late January, Alonso will take part in the marathon 24 hours of Daytona. And in June, the Spaniard may start on the 24 hours of Le Mans.

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 13:34:04

Frederic Vasseur We expect a lot from Charles LeClair

Frederic Vasseur We expect a lot from Charles LeClair

Head Sauber Frederic Vasseur said that his team has made big bets on the young Charles LeClair, replaced by Pascal Wehrlein.Frederic Vasseur "Yes, we can expect great things from Charles, since he is the current champion of Formula-2. I think we made the right choice with this guy.With the Ferrari engine in 2018, we'll be able to assemble the machine, which will enable our pilot to fight for points. It will be a big step forward."Recall that a career LeClair supports Ferrari. Also the reserve pilot Sauber will be Antonio Giovinazzi, another protg of the Scuderia.

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 15:24:03

Kubica was offered a backup pilot

French newspaper L'equipe said that the Williams team has offered Robert a place backup pilot.Everything goes to the fact that the second pilot Williams will be Russian Sergey Sirotkin. At the same time Kubica could become a reserve pilot that will give him the opportunity to take part in the tests and maybe in Friday practice.An official statement on the part of pilots Williams is expected in the coming days.

2018-01-13 14:54:03

Daniil Kvyat works in the Ferrari simulator

Daniil Kvyat works in the Ferrari simulator

Ferrari told what to do Daniil Kvyat, who signed a contract with the team from Maranello.The representative of Ferrari "the Role of the pilot development is usually associated with the work in the simulator. The main activities covered in our other pilots. Kvyat was a good pilot, his experience will definitely come in handy for our team.In any case, we understand that the tests for the pilot will not be able to go on forever. The most important thing for any pilot - race".

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".

2018-01-13 14:24:04

Valtteri Bottas trains unsparingly

Valtteri Bottas trains unsparingly

Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas said that working hard to become the best pilot in 2018.Valtteri Bottas "I Think last year I played good times, bad times. There were many good moments, but there were many disappointments. Lewis won the title as my teammate, so we had a car capable to fight for victory in every race. I learned a lot, and that's why I really look forward with optimism.I think hard racing was those lessons where I learned the most. I feel that last season I worked a lot on becoming a pilot. I still continue my work on myself, so look forward to the start of the new season".

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 14:04:05

Sauber Everything goes according to plan

Sauber Everything goes according to plan

Chapter Sauber Frederic Vasseur said that the work on the car for the season-2018 is on track.Frederic Vasseur "Preparation of the machine of 2017 began with a six-month delay. In addition, we had to use last year's Ferrari engines, which is clearly not benefited.Things are different now, working on a new machine is on schedule. Of course, only the first tests at the end of February will show that we can expect".This year Sauber will use Ferrari engines last modifications. In addition, commercial and technical partner of the Swiss team will be made by the company Alfa Romeo.

2018-01-12 13:34:04

McLaren Renault powerful engine

The head of McLaren, Zach brown is confident that Renault engines will help his team to return to the group leaders.Zach brown "it's No secret that we seriously lacked power. We hope that the Renault engines will help solve this problem, will help us to return to the group leaders. But it is difficult to say what position we can count on. Last year we had a great chassis. The modernization that we have prepared during the season, worked.Yes, Renault have reliability problems, but they have power. On the one hand, in Mexico there were several failures of Renault engines, on the other hand Max Verstappen dominated the race. Renault powerful engine".

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 13:44:03

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".

2018-01-11 11:14:05

Kimi Raikkonen I want to fight for the title

Kimi Raikkonen I want to fight for the title

Pilot Ferrari Kimi Raikkonen said that he really wants to improve their results this year.Kimi Raikkonen "Obviously, I want to fight for the title this year. I think we started the year 2017 is quite bad - we were not very happy with the setup and work on these problems took a lot of time. Gradually things were getting better, but then we had too many retirements due to different problems.But I think we have all the tools to fight for victory. We just need to make fewer mistakes, and consistently work within the team. Obviously, we're starting from scratch, so I hope we will fight at the highest level".

2018-01-11 11:14:04

Lando Norris wants to get ahead of Fernando Alonso in Daytona

Lando Norris wants to get ahead of Fernando Alonso in Daytona

McLaren reserve driver Lando Norris was told that the race at Daytona is a great opportunity to learn from Fernando Alonso.Spanish newspaper AS claims that Alonso and Norris was just three tenths apart during the recent tests at Daytona.Lando Norris "To me, this is a good opportunity to learn from Fernando. I'd like to see what I can learn from him when I get the chance.Daytona is a team event, but of course there will be competition. Who will be the best during practices and races is not clear. I would like to get ahead of Fernando".

2018-01-10 17:34:03

Daniil Kvyat - test-pilot Ferrari

Daniil Kvyat - test-pilot Ferrari

The Ferrari team has announced the signing of a contract test-pilot with Daniel Cuatom, who previously played for Red Bull and Toro Rosso.The main objective of quata - work in the simulator. Perhaps the Russians will participate in the tests. In addition, Daniel will be travelling to every Grand Prix as a reserve pilot.At the time the same way went to Jean-Eric Vergne, who was also dismissed from the Toro Rosso. But after a couple years of work test-pilot Ferrari, the Frenchman switched to Formula-E.

2018-01-10 14:34:03

January nomeromania 10 - Vitaly Petrov, 2011

January nomeromania 10 - Vitaly Petrov, 2011

In 2010 in the Formula-1 there was a Russian pilot - in-part of Renault debuted Vitaly Petrov. In 2011, the Russian has maintained a place in the French team, having the number "10".In 2010 Petrov scored 27 points and took the 13th place - the results are, admittedly, not very good on the background of Robert Kubica, who finished the season in 8th position with 136 points. However, with Vitali renew the contract for one year. Of course, not without the help of Russian sponsors.To the 2011 season, the Renault engineering headquarters, headed by James Allison has prepared a unique car R31 with forward exhaust. Suddenly, after the first tests, which showed serious potential innovations in a serious accident Kubica, and most of the work in preparation for the new season fell on the shoulders of Petrov. This has borne fruit already in the first Grand Prix of Australia Vitaly climbed to the third step of the podium.

2018-01-10 10:44:02

Jacques Villeneuve continues to give advice to Mercedes

The season champion-1997 Jacques Villeneuve believes that the Mercedes team must change pilots.Recall that Valtteri Bottas is only a one-year contract with Mercedes in 2018.Jacques Villeneuve "Mercedes winning just because they have the best technique, but it can only be used by Lewis. Bottas is not able to achieve the most in every race. I said that Bottas is the second number. Now I will repeat that this is his maximum. The team needs new blood. They have Wehrlein. I would place Mercedes took this guy. He is fast, young and hungry.

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.