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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".

2017-12-13 10:44:03

If Sirotkin Williams

If Sirotkin Williams

Suddenly, about Sergey Sirotkin talked about as the main candidate on a place in Williams. But if the Russians to the British team Sky Sports journalist will Buxton thinks fit.Will Buxton "I Think Sirotkin for the team Williams he passed the tests and liked the management team, he has speed both in qualifying and in the race, he is stable, he is able to provide good feedback.And yet he has a 15 million sponsorship. Example Maldonado showed that the Williams know how to spend money. It is worth remembering that the money Pastor team have built an excellent machine on which Bottas and Massa were fighting for podiums and pole positions".

2017-12-12 15:54:03

Robert Kubica Before and after the accident

Robert Kubica Before and after the accident

Robert Kubica's life was divided into two parts before and after the unfortunate accident in early 2011. But now he claims a place in Williams, and we decided to recall the development of career Polish pilot.2006 2005 Kubica with a huge advantage won the World series by Renault, for which he received a reward in the form of test driving the French Formula 1 race car. Many of the teams drew attention to Robert, but the first contract test pilot for 21-year-old pole has signed with BMW-Sauber. He trusted the tests and Friday practice, during which he showed good results. All went to the fact that in the season of 2007, Kubica will become a combat pilot of this team.However, the debut took place in 2006 when leader of the BMW-Sauber Jacques Villeneuve fell out with the leadership and left the team. In the first race in Hungary Robert ahead in qualifying experienced partner nick Heidfeld finished seventh, but from-for underweight and was disqualified. But a month later, at the Grand Prix of Italy in Monza, Kubica climbed to the third step of the podium.

2017-12-12 11:54:02

The Russian pilot will partner Stroll to Williams

The situation around the free space in Williams changed every day. Autosport said partner lance Stroll will be a Russian driver. But whoIt is reported that after the tests in Abu Dhabi guide Williams decided to refuse the services of Robert Kubica. And now the main candidate to free the cockpit is Sergey Sirotkin, who also took part in comparative tests. If for some reason you sign a contract with Sergei will fail, this place will be experienced Daniil Kvyat.The decision can be made before the end of this week.

2017-12-12 10:54:03

Cyril abiteboul Any predictions for next year

Cyril abiteboul Any predictions for next year

The head of Renault's Cyril abiteboul has admitted that it is difficult to make predictions for the next year.Cyril abiteboul "You know, I don't want to make any promises. First, it will depend on the reliability, because in this season we clearly saw that this is an important factor in the fight for points.I think we were in many cases too aggressive, trying too quickly to increase productivity and squeeze more power out of the engine. We put too much pressure customers.So I think we need to go step by step first, to achieve greater reliability, and then accumulate mileage during the winter tests. I think it is important for any work on optimizing the engine and chassis.If we can make progress by following this way, it is very good. So we have a chance to catch up with Mercedes".

2017-12-07 10:04:04

Jean Todt We really miss Schumacher

Jean Todt We really miss Schumacher

The President of the FIA Jean Todt has admitted that he greatly misses his friend Michael Schumacher.Jean Todt "I remember when he played for Ferrari and I want to mention two things about those times.In 2000, after 21 years, Ferrari has become the champion with Michael. I went with him to the podium and said, "Michael, our driving life will never be the same as before."Obviously, that day in Suzuka it was the most powerful moment in my career.One more thing about how Michael finished the season 2000, being the champion. He asked me quite sheepishly, because he's a shy guy. He looks arrogant, but he's shy.He asked me "will You allow me to run some tests in Fiorano, to make sure I can still fly"He has always been in doubt he is a good pilot or not. He conducted tests and he was not so bad.We miss Michael. He's still fighting. I'm happy that there is Sabina, who manages the family business. I wanted Mick was beside me at this moment, but he's on the tests in Spain and Corina in the United States".

2017-12-06 11:04:05

Kvyat discusses the transition to Formula-E

Kvyat discusses the transition to Formula-E

Russian driver Daniil Kvyat sees Formula E as a continuation of his career.Many ex-pilots of Formula 1, including Jean-Eric Vergne, Sebastian Buemi, Kamui Kobayashi, Nelson Piquet Jr., Andre Lotterer, Lucas di Grassi, jrme d'ambrosio and nick Heidfeld, already participate in this championship.It is expected that soon they will be joined by Felipe Massa. The Russian news Agency TASS reported that Kvyat is another potential pilot of Formula E. TASS said that Kvyat had talks with at least two teams and can take part in the January tests.

2017-12-06 10:14:03

Vettel and Hulkenberg doubt the return of Kubica

The Ferrari pilot Sebastian Vettel admitted he was not sure that Robert Kubica will return to Formula 1.Sebastian Vettel "I think that accident was very tragic. He was considered a future champion, but I don't understand why he now seeks to return.Why didn't he do this sooner For him it would be a good story, but, on the other hand, his return would have blocked the way for other young pilots, more decent work in the Formula-1".The pilot of Renault's Nico Hulkenberg agrees that the return of Kubica will be a great story for Formula 1.Nico Hulkenberg "During tests we saw that the speed Robert has. But, we don't know how it will manifest itself on the first lap in Monaco or Singapore.I hope that he will be able to race at the highest level. But we will see only next year. I estimate the chances of him returning as 50 to 50".

2017-12-05 21:34:02

Daniil Kvyat enjoyed the tests of the European NASCAR series

At the Italian track of Franciacorta passed the tests of the European NASCAR series, which was attended by Daniil Kvyat.The timing during the tests was not conducted, so the lap time is unknown. We only know that Daniel behind the wheel of a Chevrolet with the engine power of 400 HP and I drove about 20 laps. Machine Kvyat gave Alex Caffi, a former Formula 1 driver, and now owner of one of the teams EuroNASCAR.Daniil Kvyat "Alex Caffi suggested that I try a new technique and at the same time to have fun. I got the pleasure of flying this machine, I'm happy with the results.According to the head of the series Jerome Alpena, part Kvyat in EuroNASCAR limited only to data tests.Jerome Galpin "Kvyat is friends with Alex Caffi, owner of one of the teams, and it was on his invitation, he took part in the tests. Daniel remains true to the Formula-1. He just got a new experience. We are delighted that he has agreed to take part in the tests".

2017-12-05 11:44:04

Kubica and Sirotkin will visit the Williams database

Kubica and Sirotkin will visit the Williams database

Williams confirmed that Robert Kubica and Sergey Sirotkin, took part in the tests last week, invited to the team base in grove.Press service of Williams "this week Robert will visit the team base in Grou for the evaluation of test results. Sergey is also invited."Obviously, Williams will choose a partner for lance Stroll between these two candidates. Previously, the team said they wanted to determine the composition of the pilots by the end of this year.At the recent tests in Abu Dhabi Kubla showed the best time of 139.485 on the soft tyres Gipersoft. Sirotkina best time 139.947, but it shows on the harder tyre, the Soft.

2017-12-04 14:24:03

Daniil Kvyat will test the car in the European NASCAR series

Daniil Kvyat will test the car in the European NASCAR series

This week at the Italian track Paderno Franciacorta will host the tests of the European NASCAR Whelen Euro series, which will take part Daniil Kvyat.The event is positioned as the novice tests. But Kvyat is likely to take part in them as the guest star.

2017-12-03 12:24:04

Jenson button has signed a contract with Honda

Jenson button has signed a contract with Honda

Next season, the Formula 1 world champion 2009 Jenson button will compete in the Japanese Super GT series for one of the teams Honda.Jenson button "I Have a contract with Honda for performances in the Super GT season in 2018. The last two years I've dreamed of this. I like this series, and this year I even had one race, and I liked it very much. Looking forward to the first tests."Last season button was a reserve pilot McLaren, and spent one race in Monaco, replacing Fernando Alonso. But now his place is 18-year-old Lando Norris, the newly made champion of Euroseries Formula 3.

2017-12-03 11:34:03

The pilots are happy with new Pirelli tyres Gipersoft

The pilots are happy with new Pirelli tyres Gipersoft

The best pilots of Formula-1 expressed approval, testing the new Pirelli tyres for 2018.Pirelli reports that the bus with pink markings about a second faster than the Ul.The Ferrari pilot Sebastian Vettel "the New bus really surprise us. This is a real step forward, but, of course, only Pirelli will decide what tracks to use them.They are really very quick, especially on one lap, but then the degradation becomes incredibly strong, not like on other rosters. Overall, it was a really interesting tests.Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas "I really felt the difference between Pirelli, 2017 and 2018. The difference is huge".

2017-12-02 11:44:04

Sergey Sirotkin wants to stay in Williams

Sergey Sirotkin wants to stay in Williams

Russian driver Sergey Sirotkin has admitted that he hopes for a place in Williams in the season of 2018.Although Robert Kubica - the first candidate for the vacant position, Sergey was also able to spend a good test in Abu Dhabi.Sergey Sirotkin "I want to thank Williams for what they gave me the opportunity to Express themselves, even if I don't know what the future will bring.I was here not to enjoy the sun and the world's best cars. I can't hope to place Renault in the near future. However, for me there's still a chance to get the privilege to work with different teams at the highest level.I first met Robert on these tests. He is very open and kind. He happily talked with me and we could compare our times. Robert calmly assessed the situation, even if it was not on his side. I think he really held an exceptional job in the last tests.Just to place a reserve pilot is not for me. I have a lot to learn, but I want to and the adrenaline of racing".

2017-12-02 10:54:03

Mario Isola New tires will help the car manufacturers

The head of Pirelli Mario Isola believes that softer new tires for 2018 will create new opportunities for the design of the cars.Mario Isola "the Feedback from the pilots after tests were positive, and Gipersoft was one second faster than Ul.The other compounds were slightly closer to each other in speed than we expected, but it's not a problem because we don't have to enter similar compounds in the race, and to miss one of the trains means a more flexible strategy from the teams.We wanted to leave the door open for one pit stop per race. It's right for motorsports.We believe that these tyres will allow the designer to freely explore two directions of development of the car make the car very quick, but merciless to the tires, or more meleney, but effectively working with the tyres".

2017-12-01 13:31:21

Williams adapted the car Robert Kubica

Williams adapted the car Robert Kubica

On tests in Abu Dhabi behind the wheel of a Williams FW40 sat down Robert Kubica. Especially for this occasion, the British team made changes to the control system of the machine.Long after the accident Robert has slightly limited mobility of his right hand. Because of this I had to make an additional notch on the right side of the cockpit indicated by the green arrow. In addition, shifting up and down is done with a single left-hand stalk switch petal. Usually pilots use one, left or right petal to increase gear, and the other to decrease.Below, for comparison, a photograph of the cockpit of lance Stroll.

2017-12-01 13:31:20

Williams Sirotkin coped with the tests

Williams Sirotkin coped with the tests

Sergey Sirotkin took part in tyre tests in Abu Dhabi in the Williams. Technical Director of the team Paddy Lowe praised the results of the Russian pilot.Paddy Lowe "Sergey good, we haven't worked with him before, not counting the simulator a few weeks ago. He's a promising pilot, very disciplined and Mature. He did a great job with the tests, providing excellent feedback. We are very happy."For incomplete test-day Sirotin drove 86 circles, and showed 10-th result. However, unlike rivals, Sergei worked on the harder tyre, the Soft.Sergey Sirotkin "Good, busy day. During the races we tried almost all the rubber composition of the following year, with the exception of the mildest. Working with empty and full tanks for short and long sessions. Have noted the difference between sets of this year and preparations for next season. In the near future we together with the team will conduct a detailed analysis collected during tests of information".

2017-11-30 11:14:03

Paddy Lowe About the speed of Kubica and Sirotkina we keep silent

Paddy Lowe About the speed of Kubica and Sirotkina we keep silent

Williams technical Director Paddy Lowe said his team is not going to comment on the speed of Robert Kubica and Sergey Sirotkin during the tests in Abu Dhabi.Paddy Lowe "Our team and I personally won't comment on the speed of these pilots. The topic is very complex. Moreover, few people now want to hear what we think. Are you prepared to disclose information.Only the results at the end of the day is information for fans. Actually it's very complicated. We need to analyze the collected data".On the second day of tests in Abu Dhabi Kubica drove his best lap in 139.485, Sirotkin - 139.947. However, Robert worked on the soft tyres Gipersoft, while Sergei Wiesel relatively hard Soft.

2017-11-30 11:04:05

Valtteri Bottas the Difference in tire tangible

Valtteri Bottas the Difference in tire tangible

Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas for the second day of testing in Abu Dhabi took second place.Valtteri Bottas "Today I loved my job, and the difference in the tires is quite noticeable. Very good, I had the chance to work with them right now, and not during the winter tests. I learned a lot and have noted some important things. I know how to pilot the car on this rubber.And now on vacation".

2017-11-30 11:04:04

Pierre went Out I worked a lot with the Soft tyres

The pilot Toro Rosso Pierre went Out on the second day of tests in Abu Dhabi showed 14-th result.Pierre went Out "Today I worked a lot with tires Soft. I can't say that satisfied with their work, because the fastest lap is not out for the full tanks and the subsequent problems with the MGU-K. However, we managed to collect a lot of information and to drive many circles. I'd really like to try the tires Gipersoft, but the team finished that yesterday".

2017-11-30 10:24:03

Esteban Windows This information was useful

Esteban Windows This information was useful

The pilot Force India Esteban Windows in the second day of tests in Abu Dhabi were in fifth position.Esteban Windows "it was useful to work with the tyres for next year. All this is extremely useful when preparing for the season 2018. The team was able to collect a lot of information about tires and let me test failed Gipersoft, none other compositions I wrote quite a lot of laps. Today was very windy, but conditions were tolerable for a test run".

2017-11-29 17:24:03

In Williams satisfied with the work of Robert Kubica

In Williams satisfied with the work of Robert Kubica

On the first day of tests in Abu Dhabi behind the wheel of a Williams W40 sat down Robert Kubica. For almost a full day pole drove a distance of 100 laps.Paddy Lowe, technical Director, Williams "Robert did a great job. We are happy with the result and distance. He provided excellent feedback.Robert is a pilot, which we had admired earlier and admire now. After the accident he is willing to return and now wants to know if he can be competitive in Formula 1".Today Kubica once again sat behind the wheel FW40.

2017-11-29 10:24:03

Sergey Sirotkin made his debut behind the wheel of a Williams

Sergey Sirotkin made his debut behind the wheel of a Williams

The Williams team on the second day of tests in Abu Dhabi gave the cockpit your machine to Sergey Sirotkin. The Russians drove the first laps.Sirotkin previously conducted tests and Friday practice in the composition Sauber and Renault.

2017-11-29 10:14:04

The tests in Abu Dhabi continues

In Abu Dhabi launched the second and final day of testing with the participation of all ten Formula 1 teams.Eight teams will sit behind the wheel combat pilots. Sauber will try their hand bidder to be the combat pilot Charles LeClair and Williams will hold a regular comparative tests Sersea Sirotkin and Robert Kubica. The cockpit of the second car McLaren is a reserve pilot team 18-year-old Lando Norris.The composition of the teams, November 29- Mercedes Valtteri Bottas - Red Bull Max Verstappen - Ferrari Sebastian Vettel, Force India Sergio Perez and Esteban Okon - Williams Sergey Sirotkin and Robert Kubica McLaren two cars Stoffel Vandorn and Lando Norris - Toro Rosso Pierre went Out and Brendon Hartley - Haas Kevin Magnussen - Renault Carlos Sainz Sauber Charles LeClair.

2017-11-29 10:04:09

Robert Kubica I am now waiting for Melbourne

Robert Kubica I am now waiting for Melbourne

Test pilot Williams Robert Kubica on the first day of testing in Abu Dhabi showed 9-th result.Robert Kubica "Today I am proud of myself, but I'm happy in Melbourne when will once again sit behind the wheel. If they let me. Today, I had to give the speed just helped the team a lot with the tyres and got the rhythm.My arm still has some limitations, but I'm not piloting a car with one hand, as some say. It is unreal I'm used to the limitations and calmly cope with it. Now I'm even faster than in 2010.Today I re-used for Formula 1 because it has changed a lot. Its previous tests I spent driving other machines. So I was just used to it and enjoyed the speed".

2017-11-29 10:04:07

Kimi Raikkonen Talking about tires too early

Kimi Raikkonen Talking about tires too early

Pilot Ferrari Kimi Raikkonen on the first day of testing in Abu Dhabi was on the first line of the Protocol.Kimi Raikkonen "Our team tested the new composition of the rubber. But to talk about it now because the cars next year will be different. Not much difference between rubber this and the next seasons no, well, maybe that was a bit faster. The full picture will only see at the winter tests.Work with the machine was difficult, since Pirelli is constantly made changes that affect the progress of work. We just had to do what they say.