Brazilian oil company Petrobras has become a new partner of the team McLaren. Together they will start working on the fuel which will be used in 2019.
The pilot of McLaren Fernando Alonso has presented a helmet, which he'll spend the season in 2018. It is worth noting that the design has changed dramatically.
Today, two leading Formula 1 team will present the machine in 2018.
New Toro Rosso STR13 engine Honda will be officially presented only on February 26. However, the Italian team decided to conduct a running-in of new items in Misano with Pierre went Out, and spy photos immediately appeared on the network.Noteworthy, is completely redesigned compared STR12 aerodynamics. But the coloring is reminiscent of last year.
February 23, team McLaren will present a new car MCL33 that will be used during the tests. And in the first Grand Prix of Australia will appear completely different version of the car.
First day on the tests in Barcelona team Force India was entrusted with the Russian test-pilot Nikita Mazepin.
The cars Ferrari 2018 will be painted in a deeper shade of red than usual. This statement Giorgio Terruzzi, which is well connected with Scuderia and writes for Corriere della Sera.
Renault team continues to increase the resources of people and money, are increasingly expanding their base in Enstone.Technical Director Bob bell "There are many areas where we have increased its capabilities. We have a new modern supercomputer CFD, and last year our wind tunnel has received a significant update. The new dynamometer will be in operation before the start of the season.These three elements give us a huge opportunity. The whole organization is growing, we have a new staff, which significantly increased the pace of development team. Since joining the team under the wing of Renault's base in Enstone has come a long way, and now the trajectory of the development looks very impressive".
Head Red Bull Christian Horner said that he is determined to complete the fight with McLaren, a team that will use the same Renault engines.
The pilot of Renault Carlos Sainz said that getting used to the new system head protection Halo need no more than 20 laps.Carlos Sainz "I think it can be an effective device. Pilots will need 20 rounds to get used to the system, no more.
Toyota said that they have no problem with the fact that Fernando Alonso passes the tests WEC, which will be held concurrently with the tests of Formula 1.The Spaniard will miss the opportunity to try out the Toyota TS050 Hybrid on the track before the season opening of the WEC in Spa, but the head of Toyota Motorsport Pascal Vasselon said that Alonso will be able to catch up.
Sessionals carbon fiber and composite materials produced by Renault Sport, designed for maximum load with minimum weight, the engine performs the function of the power element.
Renault technical Director Nick Chester and chief engineer Renault Remy Taffin told about the preparations for the new season.Nick Chester "RS18 we have significantly modified the suspension, so the machine is more stable and predictable. During the season we plan to seriously work on the aerodynamics, and this applies not only increase downforce. We need to make the machine more easy to control, so the pilots could fully use all its potential."Remy "this season each competitor will receive three power plants, and the number of modules MGU-K and is reduced to two, so the main attention was paid to reliability. A new version of the power plant we began to develop more in 2016, when already knew about tightening the limit the use of motors, so that the amount of work being done on the stands was much higher than before".
At the presentation of the Renault team leader Cyril abiteboul said that the main goal is to constantly progress in all areas.Cyril abiteboul "last year, we made progress in all areas. We restructured the team and made another step towards our goal.We have two talented pilot. Niko with his experience and took on the role of team leader. At the end of the season we came up with Carlos Sainz. We have been preparing for his arrival, and it all worked perfectly - his presence has allowed us to earn important points in the constructors ' championship. I'm sure without his help we would have lost the position in the championship.Our goal is to achieve significant progress in the results. We intend to improve in all areas engine, machine, work on the road, drivers - everything should be better".
At the presentation of Renault RS18, it was announced that a test pilot of the French team will be Russian Artem Markelov, Vice-champion of Formula 2.Artem Markelov "I am delighted to be part of this team, and as a test pilot is a great honor for me. I'll work on the simulator and will do everything I can to help in the development of RS18.Formula 1 is my goal, and this year I'll try to make another step forward. I know that Renault have helped many pilots to get to the Formula-1" .The examples are not far to seek last year's test-pilot Renault Sergey Sirotkin in this year, will debut in the Williams. As for Markelov, in this season he will once again compete in Formula 2 for the Russian team Russian Time.
Renault team unveiled its car of 2018, which was code RS18. To pilot it will be Nico Hulkenberg and Carlos Sainz. Test-pilot Renault - Artem Markelov.
In the rainy Silverstone circuit the Red Bull team spent the run-in RB14. Driving Daniel ricciardo.Daniel ricciardo "it's Always exciting for your first ride in a new car. She sounds and looks unusual. The weather at Silverstone was cool, but I'm still happy to drive the first kilometers.It is difficult to talk about the potential of the car, since I drove only a few laps, but the first impressions are quite positive. Even on a wet track RB14 was stable.As for Halo, it does not interfere with the review. At least on roads with no elevation change it will not cause problems".
Team Sauber fourth car introduced in 2018. The novelty according to the tradition received index C37.
Former McLaren head of aerodynamics Doug MacKinnon joined Williams as chief engineer of the team and will work directly with technical Director Paddy Lowe.Lo and mckernan previously worked together at McLaren, and the latter left the team in 2015, at the beginning of an unsuccessful three-year partnership with Honda.
The pilot of Renault Nico Hulkenberg believes that the team needs two or three years of preparation to fight for victory.Nico Hulkenberg "it is Very difficult to promote the team to the level of Red Bull and Mercedes. The investments we make now in the construction and modernization of the plant, would only benefit two or three years. While it's not running, nothing will happen.All teams have passed through this formative period. This is a normal process. Look at Mercedes, how many years they went to the titles With Red Bull the same story.Our establishment will only take a couple of years because it is a complicated sport and the rules are constantly changing. You need to constantly adapt, and you need new people with new ideas, we need as many people as possible".Today, the Renault team will introduce a new car RS18.
Head Red Bull Christian Horner said that his team is ready to fight with McLaren, which is expected this year will return to the group leaders by Renault engines.Christian Horner "McLaren is a great team, and we look forward to fighting with them. But we have made significant progress, especially in the second half of last season, and I hope that this momentum will be continued in 2018.Rules are more or less the same, so there are many lessons we can learn from the development of the car in 2017".
This season Fernando Alonso was going to perform in the WEC at the same time with performances in Formula 1. This raised the question of whether other pilots working on similar schedules.Sergio Perez, the pilot of the Force India "Now the schedule of the Formula 1 is extremely intense. I think I need all the attention to focus on training for all 21 races in the season.Some pilots can afford a little more, but we are all different. I don't want to go beyond teamwork. For me the most important fight in Formula 1. There are a lot of work".
In 2014, team Williams have switched to Mercedes engines and gained a title sponsor in the face of the Martini. Behind the wheel of the car under the number "19" villages Felipe Massa.Massa debuted in Formula 1 in 2002 as part Sauber. Since 2006, the Brazilian played for Ferrari, but in recent years, his results began to fall, and politely asked to leave Maranello. Williams gave Felipe a new chance, and he literally got a second wind.
Sports consultant to Red Bull Helmut Marko does not exclude that in 2019, his team will switch to Honda powerplant.This year, with Japanese mechanics working as a Junior team Toro Rosso. From the results of this work depends on the decision by Red Bull to be adopted in mid-summer.Helmut Marko "so far we are very surprised by the capabilities of the Honda, as well as their devotion and enthusiasm.I think they realized their mistakes. So far, based on the test stands, the engine is reliable. I think by mid season the engine will be able to reach the level of Renault.The rules have changed, so you need to declare what engine you want to use next year this summer. We will carefully analyze and then make a decision. Maybe in 2019 we'll use the Honda".
Despite the disappointment felt by Robert Kubica, losing the ability to speak during the season 2018 Formula 1, it will be very busy this year.This week, the pole will test a prototype LMP1 Manor in Spain.Robert Kubica "I will regularly get behind the wheel of racing cars throughout the year. It may not be what everyone was hoping for, but it returns me to the battle, providing good opportunities to work on the track.I won't have much time to pilot the car of Formula 1, but still have a good chance at this. I think that this opportunity will open other paths to return to the Royal race in the future.I would prefer to participate in the race, but 12 months ago nobody could not have imagined that I will fight for this opportunity. I know better than anyone where to find what I need, what I need to work."It is also known that Kubica will hold in the Williams three Friday practice.
The former head of the Sauber Moniz, Kaltenborn creates a new team to race in Formula 4 in Italy and Germany.The team will be called the KDC Racing after her business partner Emily di Comberti. The team will start with a Swiss licence and will be based near Barcelona.Monisha Kaltenborn "motor racing was and still is my big passion. I occupy a responsible position for nearly 20 years, so for me it is logical to continue to work as a leader.I see Formula-4 as an exciting new racing series in which there is a great potential and future.There were all the organizational, personnel and financial prerequisites. We have already enlisted a well-known sponsors, and soon we will be able to inform you about our pilots.My main responsibility will be to prepare talented young drivers for a future career in Formula 1. My experience in the Royal races here will be useful".
In 2018 the official tyre supplier of Formula 1 added to its range with two new composition, even more delineations of color and level of softness.World champion 2016 Nico Rosberg said "I believe that such a large number of colors of the tyres is the wrong approach. Nobody cares about such details. In each race teams have for soft, medium and hard tire, and their marking must be the same every time. The total number of squads doesn't matter to the audience".
The ex-pilot of Formula 1 Timo Glock said that he was glad to develop the system Aeroscreen, which is being tested in the IndyCar series. According to German, it can be an alternative to Halo implemented this year in all formula series.Timo Glock "Halo really affect the aesthetics of the machine, and I'm sorry that happened. For security it the right way, but the appearance is awful. And all the cars will look like".However, Indycar is moving in another direction, testing the system with the windscreen Aeroscreen, which, according to most, looks better than Halo.Timo Glock "I think the danger is part of the sport, so I would be happy if the FIA found another solution. Aeroscreen can be an option. One thing is certain with Halo will be very hard to love Formula 1".
The Red Bull team modestly unveiled a new machine RB14, limiting the publication of photos of her.The car has received an unusual coloring. But, as stated in the Red Bull racing will all change.The tests in Barcelona start on February 26. But Red Bull is planning to break RB14 during the so-called shooting day on track at Silverstone. The first behind the wheel sits Daniel ricciardo.