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2018-01-04 11:54:04

Charlie whiting Our problem - three fastest teams

Race Director FIA's Charlie whiting believes that Formula 1 has one main problem - the top three fastest teams.Charlie whiting "the biggest problem we faced this year is that the top three teams - Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull much quicker than everyone else.In an ideal world you would want all the teams were very close to each other. In the middle of the peloton, the speed difference is minimal. But the truth is that these three teams are just doing their job better than others. This is not new to Formula 1".

2018-01-03 11:34:05

Fernando Alonso the Race in Daytona will make me a stronger pilot

Fernando Alonso the Race in Daytona will make me a stronger pilot

The pilot of McLaren Fernando Alonso is confident that participation in the marathon 24 hours of Daytona will make it more successful pilot.Fernando Alonso "I am very pleased to return to the US, again to appear before the fans of America. Less than a year I will be competing in two legendary races, which makes me very proud for your achievements.I've always wanted to challenge yourself in other categories of Motorsport. This is exactly what you need to become a successful pilot. Stepping out of my comfort zone in Formula 1, I will take part in this iconic race like the 24 hours of Daytona. It's just amazingI'm looking forward to the race for United Autosports, the more there will be to take part and the current European Champions LMP3.During tests that we conducted in Spain in November, I felt in this environment, like in the family. I'll be glad to spend this time with a new team. I just can't wait to jump in the car and drive on the famous oval.Over the last few months I've reviewed a lot of records with this race. I think participation will allow me to get to know yourself more deeply. It will definitely be fun".

2018-01-03 11:34:04

Cyril abiteboul We played with fire last year

Cyril abiteboul We played with fire last year

The head of Renault's Cyril abiteboul believes his team took a big risk, working with the engine during the season-2017.Cyril abiteboul "We found some problems during the winter tests and some are still in the beginning of the season. It was very late to respond to these issues and to make changes in the design of the engine.During the season we worked a little bit with fire, opening a new operation of the engine, which had some impact on reliability. We also had the problem consists in the fact that some teams could not carry out cooling of the engine. Had to work with each team individually".

2018-01-02 11:04:03

Fernando Alonso My treasure, the helmet Schumacher

Fernando Alonso My treasure, the helmet Schumacher

The pilot of McLaren Fernando Alonso has told us about the days when he competed for victory against Michael Schumacher.Fernando Alonso "He was a tough competitor is the first thing that comes to my mind. He was very quick, intimidating from time to time. And it's not just on the track. Schumacher was, is, and always will be. He's one of those people who are who they seem or even more. When he comes to you, you immediately realize that this is a special person.He has performed better than expected, even during some races in 2006, when the tires on our cars worked differently. There was a time when Michelin was better.On Friday, Ferrari was not competitive, and then in qualifying you saw Michael in second place, for example. It was incredible, superconcurrent, very hard pilot, just the greatest, one of the few who could show good results on a bad car. Almost nobody can do that.At home I have the greatest treasure - helmet that gave me Michael. I appreciate this gift more than anything".

2018-01-02 10:44:04

Jenson button we had an interesting relationship with Hamilton

Jenson button we had an interesting relationship with Hamilton

Champion of the 2009 season Jenson button talked about the relationship with Lewis Hamilton during joint work in the McLaren.Jenson button "Our relationship was interesting, because I have moved from Brawn, where he won the world championship in 2009, and he won the previous world championship in 2008 with McLaren. I moved to another team to accept the challenge and fight with Lewis Hamilton.We're both British, played for the British team, both world Champions, fresh world Champions, so the pressure on us was incredible. But I like this challenge very much.He is extremely fast on one lap, he is the fastest guy, I think, ever seen in Formula 1. We do have our moments during the fight, but otherwise I got very good experience working with Lewis".Button and Hamilton were team-mates at McLaren in 2010-2012.

2018-01-01 19:44:03

January nomeromania 1 - Ayrton Senna, 1991

January nomeromania 1 - Ayrton Senna, 1991

In 1990 Ayrton Senna won the second title in the 1991 season as defending champion earned the right to play with a champion "single".The 1991 season was the fourth for the Union McLaren-Honda. Japanese motorists for the first time to prepare itself aspirated engine configuration V12. However, during the winter tests have problems, and the second team pilot Gerhard Berger even advised to go back to last year's V10 engine. However, the new season, McLaren started with a new engine. But the debut of the semi-automatic gearbox, which is already used by rivals Ferrari and Williams, had to be postponed.Senna won the first four races, earned 40 out of 40 points and brought their lead to 29 points. But then the McLaren started, and in five races Ayrton only twice climbed to the third step of the podium. In Williams, by contrast, dealt with the reliability of the Renault engines, and Nigel Mansell have won three of five races, reducing the gap from the leader of the championship to 8 points.

2018-01-01 14:24:03

Honda we Have a backup plan

The head of Honda Yusuke Hasegawa said that the upcoming season his company has a backup plan.Yusuke Hasegawa "We will stick to the same concept as last year. We need more power and reliability.We have not determined the full specification for the upcoming season, but at least we have a backup plan, which is the current version of the engine. So I am sure that we will be able to start the new season.We changed the engine from 2016 to 2017. It was certainly a necessary update for us. We think that this is the right direction.The biggest problem is that we don't have time to finish the work with the engine during winter testing.We just need a little more time to finish it".

2017-12-31 14:54:03

Nobuharu Matsushita intends to gain a foothold in Formula 1

Nobuharu Matsushita intends to gain a foothold in Formula 1

Nobuharu Matsushita, supported by Honda, last season played in Formula 2 and in parallel worked at least were a test pilot with McLaren. Japanese hopes with Honda to move to Toro Rosso.Nobuharu Matsushita "I'm going to go back to Japan, where Honda will compete in Superformula. It's a great championship, and if I can succeed, I will have the opportunity to return to Europe.Maybe Honda will make me work with the team Toro Rosso. Maybe I will become a pilot for the development.I really want to become a Formula 1 driver. If I succeed next year, my dream can become a reality".

2017-12-30 12:14:04

Pascal Wehrlein In Barcelona, I spent the best race

Pascal Wehrlein In Barcelona, I spent the best race

Former Sauber pilot Pascal Wehrlein said that in Barcelona he had the best race of the year.Pascal Wehrlein "From the point of view of result, Barcelona was the best race of the year, but probably in the second half of the season I also had a good race, but it was almost not seen on TV.Even if we had a good race in the second half of the season, you wouldn't be able to see it because the gap from the fastest teams was too big. For example, at Suzuka I was pretty fast but lagged far behind the others.I'm very happy to finish the season with five points. Not every race was as good as I wanted, but I think overall we did everything we could".In Spain Wehrlein finished eighth - it is the best result for Sauber in the season 2017.

2017-12-26 12:54:04

Paul di Resta is waiting for the race at Daytona

Paul di Resta is waiting for the race at Daytona

The ex-pilot of the Force India Paul di Resta, now, cassisa reserve pilot Williams, will take part in the race 24 hours of Daytona, which he awaits with great impatience.Paul di RETA "I'm really looking forward to the race in Daytona with United Autosports. I've never played in a 24-hour race and never acted on these smartpromotion, but I'm looking forward to this issue.The level of the marathon 24 hours of Daytona is growing every year, so it's great to be a part of it.I plan to run some tests before the race to get used to the team and get a chance to bring the car to victory.Recall that in the United Autosports driving the other cars will be Fernando Alonso and Lando Norris.

2017-12-25 11:54:03

Helmut Marko No separation of rooms

Helmut Marko No separation of rooms

Sports consultant to Red Bull Helmut Marko said that his team will not be split by numbers in the following season.Helmut Marko "I don't make max a favorite, but it is worth noting that in qualifying he was faster partner.He had seven retirements in the season the guy had a difficult time. His morale was dropping, which was a real test for him and serious training. Now he has become a stronger pilot, and his two victories are proof of that.But we will not have the separation of the pilots by the numbers. Both will have the status of the first pilot. They should solve, who from them faster, and I will always love more than the fast ones".

2017-12-25 11:04:03

New car Ferrari has passed all crash tests

The Ferrari for the season-2018 successfully passed their mandatory crash tests FIA.The car with the factory index 669, tested in a certified facility, the FIA CSI in Bollate, near Milan, under the supervision of the technical Director Mattia Binotto last Friday. Previously, the monocoque of the car passed the corresponding static tests.

2017-12-22 15:24:04

The head of Renault Sergey Sirotkin has earned a place in Formula 1

The head of Renault Sergey Sirotkin has earned a place in Formula 1

Sergey Sirotkin is one of the contenders for a place in the team Williams. It was supported by Cyril abiteboul, head of the team Renault, where the Russians the last two years worked as a test pilot.Cyril abiteboul "Sergey has impressed us with their work. In two or three practices, there are technical problems that didn't depend on him, but when there were no problems, he was able to show high speed and provide good feedback. He has a little experience in Formula 1, but the results are impressive.Some of the new 2017 appeared thanks to the work of Sergei testhi in the simulator. I believe that he deserves a place in Formula-1".

2017-12-22 13:34:06

Cyril abiteboul pit stops is our problem

Cyril abiteboul pit stops is our problem

The head of Renault's Cyril abiteboul said that one of the main problems of his team last season - pit-stops.Cyril abiteboul "the pit stops were one of the two big problems of the team this year. The second problem is reliability. So, this is one of the main tasks of winter, and we are going to reorganize the structure a bit to focus on this.We designed a new wheel nut for the next year, we don't want problems with the wheels."The Renault team finished the season in ninth place in the ranking of the DHL Fastest Pit Stop, ahead only of Sauber. The evaluation system of rewards is modeled by the same system of points and the championship for example 1st place - 25 points 2 - 18 points, etc., Renault scored just 8 points all season. For comparison, pit the Mercedes team has earned 472 points.

2017-12-21 13:24:03

Gary Anderson Williams choose Sirotkin

Expert Formula 1 Gary Anderson, who had to work the chief designer in various teams of the championship, commented on the situation with the choice of the second pilot Williams.Gary Anderson "Williams is facing a difficult choice. They have lance Stroll, who spent just one season in Formula 1 and do not count.Robert Kubica is a risky choice. He was a fast driver, but now have doubts about his abilities. Daniil Kvyat has experience, but last season caused a lot of issues. Sergey Sirotkin has experience in the test and during Friday's practice, although to him also have questions.I think we should choose between Sirotkina and Cuatom - in the future, they both can be good pilots as well and Stroll. Obviously, Williams will select the pilot, which will bring more money."According to available information, the Williams team have signed a preliminary contract with Sirotkin who suggested sponsorship contribution of 15 million.

2017-12-21 11:44:03

The FIA has tightened requirements for participants in Friday's practice

2018 more stringent requirements for pilots who intend to take part in the Friday practice the Grand Prix of Formula 1.To participate in the practices now be allowed to pilots, who for the last three years have spent at least six races in Formula 2, or scored 25 points in other racing series. In addition, the candidate must drive at least 300 km on the tests over the last six months.

2017-12-20 12:04:03

Boris Rotenberg is lobbying the interests of Sergey Sirotkin

Boris Rotenberg is lobbying the interests of Sergey Sirotkin

Russian businessman Boris Rotenberg stated that he is set to give Sergey Sirotkin place in Formula 1 in 2018.Boris Rotenberg "I never like to talk business in advance. It's like football, when you just say that you want to win the next game. We all hope and try to do everything we can, but the situation does not depend only on us. The important thing is that in Williams understand our commitment. In any case, Sergei deserves to become a Formula 1 driver.He won the test, being faster than Kubica at the level Stroll, and now we have the opportunity to put him in the car".

2017-12-19 17:44:03

Sergio Marchionne Ferrari will fight for the title in the season-2018

Ferrari President Sergio Marchionne said that next year his team will surely fight for the title.Sergio Marchionne "I believe in the season of 2018 we will again fight for the title. This year we had problems with the completion of the power plant, its the latest version and has not appeared on the track, with the result that we had to resort to changes in the technical Department."Previously, the mill Ferrari left Lorenzo Sassi, head of Department of development of engines. It is known that his career, he will continue in the Mercedes.

2017-12-19 17:34:04

The decision on the participation of Alonso in the 24 hours of Le Mans is still pending

The decision on the participation of Alonso in the 24 hours of Le Mans is still pending

Fernando Alonso intends to take part in the legendary marathon 24 hours of Le Mans in the composition of the factory team Toyota and have already conducted the first tests. However, the management of McLaren has not yet decided whether to release the Spaniard.Zac brown, the head of McLaren "We were talking with Renault on this topic, and they don't mind, because they can't perform at Le Mans. Fernando wants to play for Toyota, because he believes that there he's got a good chance.But we're going to discuss this issue. We want to make sure that Le Mans will not distract him from Formula 1. The decision regarding Le Mans will be made very soon".

2017-12-19 11:24:03

McLaren We have been giving Honda six months

The head of McLaren Zach brown said that after the winter tests his team gave the Honda mechanics six months for a solution to their problems.Zach brown "We knew that we have problems, even on the tests in Barcelona, and we have worked very hard for six months to try to find solutions that will make us much more competitive in 2018. Eventually, after trying many different things and many different ways, we felt that we will not be able to fight with Honda for the victory.Three years in Formula 1 for a long time, so we needed to change direction, to return our team to the top. Honda is a great company with excellent staff. The relationship between us was always strong and remains strong, so do not rule out new cooperation. We wish them the best, but we had to make some decision in our interests.The relationship was much stronger than was expected by the people. We worked hard, we were disappointed together, but we never yelled at each other".Next season McLaren will use the power plant of Renault.

2017-12-18 20:44:05

Ferrari has named the date of the presentation

Ferrari has named the date of the presentation

Ferrari President Sergio Marchionne said that the presentation of the new machine is scheduled for February 22. Traditionally it will take place in Maranello.The first kilometer of a novelty will pass in Barcelona on 25 February, during the so-called shooting day. And 26 February, will start full tests.

2017-12-18 13:04:04

Charles LeClair it's Hard to say what I expect

Charles LeClair it's Hard to say what I expect

Pilot Sauber Charles LeClair admitted that he did not know, what results can we expect from him next season, which will become a Monegasque citizen debut in Formula 1.Charles Leclerc "I think it's pretty hard to make predictions. It is necessary to go to the track and see what car. In the Junior series all clear, since there the machines are the same. In Formula 1 it is very difficult to speculate and give predictions. We will see after the first test. As usual, I will try to do everything possible in the car, but it is really hard to say.We have a new engine - it should be a big step forward. I hope we will be able to take a step forward in the work with the machine. But it also depends on how big is a step ahead from the other teams. We still need to see".

2017-12-18 11:54:06

Toto Wolff Speed in the last race means nothing

Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff believes that it is impossible to estimate the speed of the team next year at the last race of last season.Toto Wolff "You have to be careful with interpretations of tempo. We can't talk about the speed of the cars next season, based on the speed of cars in the last race of last season. In addition, we saw a small part of the novelties during the tests, which will be at the start of the first race stone-2018.So far, I just don't feel that we can give ourselves a Pat on the shoulder, noting with pleasure their high speed in Abu Dhabi. I would prefer to remain a skeptic, not leaving stone upon stone in the subject of optimization of the machine".

2017-12-17 12:34:03

Jean Todt Formula-1 too reliable

The President of the FIA Jean Todt, the recently reelected for a third term, believes that the level of reliability Formula 1 has become too high.He noted that cars often can go a full season without mechanical problems, that shows how much money on development and parts have been spent.Referring to Lewis Hamilton, the FIA President told Auto Bild "He didn't commit any mistakes, but he was also extremely reliable and efficient car. Even if Mercedes wasn't always the fastest, Lewis scored points in 20 of the 20 Grand Prix. The cars are too reliable.Ferrari also impressed me. Ferrari and Mercedes were very reliable, and it cost a lot of money. Tests, simulation is too much. We don't need all this for interesting racing.The current engines are too expensive, too complicated and too quiet. But we have to work with them. We are currently talking with the producers about the evolution of existing engines".

2017-12-17 12:24:03

Antonio Giovinazzi not giving up after failure Sauber

Antonio Giovinazzi not giving up after failure Sauber

Antonio Giovinazzi admitted that he did not lose hope for a better future, despite the lack of places in Formula 1 in 2018.Antonio Giovinazzi "Obviously, I was close to a contract with Sauber, and it was the best possibility, but there have made a different choice.However, I will not give up. Even last year I started working as a third pilot, and then made his debut, so I will try to work and maintain a Ferrari. Will see what happens.I had a surprise debut with Sauber, but I also worked a lot in the simulator at Maranello, helping the pilots Ferrari, and I tested the machine Sauber, Ferrari and Haas.Now I'm a pilot with lots of experience. Last season was exceptional for a Ferrari, we have reduced the backlog, and we work hard to make another step forward next year.I'd be lying if I said I didn't want to be in Formula 1, I don't want to win the title. It will be difficult, but I'm willing to give my all".

2017-12-17 10:34:03

20 new employees will join Sauber in 2018

After the recently signed sponsorship deal with Alfa Romeo, Sauber is already increasing the number of specialists.Auto Motor und Sport reports that the Swiss team, who finished the season 2017, up to 20 new technical staff before the start of the tests in February.Frederic Vasseur "the First contracts were signed in November. Others will begin later. Some even help us only in the second half of the season-2018".

2017-12-14 14:44:03

Helmut Marko Sirotkin faster Kubica

Sports consultant to Red Bull Helmut Marko, commenting on the situation with the candidates for a place in Williams, said that Sergey Sirotkin on the tests in Abu Dhabi was faster than Robert Kubica.Helmut Marko "Sirotkin was faster. In addition, he has 15 million dollars, and Kubica this sponsorship package can not boast.However, Williams will not be an experienced pilot. They don't seem to want to move forward".

2017-12-14 10:24:04

Pierre went Out hoping for opportunities Honda

Pierre went Out hoping for opportunities Honda

The French pilot of the Toro Rosso Pierre went Out hoping the Honda engine in 2018 will help him to fight for points in every race.Pierre went Out "I Hope we will have the potential to fight for points almost every weekend. But with the arrival of Honda is changing a lot, so today it is difficult to understand the potential that we will have during the season. We have to wait for the February tests.I was able to talk to Alain Prost and Jean Alesi, and they told me that the home Grand Prix will be a special moment that will need to savor, because this race is held only once a year.With the Renault engine went Out and has not earned any points.

2017-12-13 10:54:04

McLaren Lando Norris will be a very tight schedule

McLaren Lando Norris will be a very tight schedule

In the season of 2018 reserve the pilot of McLaren will be Lando Norris, the champion of Euroseries Formula 3. In parallel, 18-year-old Briton will compete in Formula 2.Eric bulge, racing Director at McLaren "I Hope that someday Lando will be fighting with McLaren - that is why we took him in. But his main task next year is to win the Formula 2.Next year he will spend a lot of time in our simulator, it is another opportunity to work on the tests. He wanted to take part in Friday practice, but I am against this approach. In any case, it will be a very busy schedule".