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.
In 1976 the Formula 1 calendar appeared Grand Prix of Japan, and landed the whole landing of the Japanese pilots, the most successful of which was a 25-year-old Noritake Takahara on the car under the number "18".Takahara has played in the Japanese leagues, he won the Japanese Formula 2000 the prototype of the current Superformula. In 1976 he was one of four Japanese pilots who decided to try his hand at the first home Grand Prix.One of their cars that Takahara gave the team Surtees, which according to the results of the championship took place, usually at the end of the first ten. In qualifying Noritake showed 24th result, becoming the third among the Japanese. But in the race he was the best among compatriots, finished ninth with a lag of three circles.
The pilot of McLaren Fernando Alonso has said that recently visited the team's base in Woking and have already met with the new machine MCL33.Fernando Alonso "the other day I visited a base of McLaren's Woking. I went through the entire Technology center and talked with many employees. I thanked the people who are working hard, but never attend races.As for the new car, Yes, I saw her. That is a beautiful car, I think everyone will like it. We have almost everything ready for the tests. I will hold on the basis of one day to work in the simulator".Presentation of the new machine McLaren will be held on February 23.
Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff believes that McLaren and Renault could pose a serious threat to his team in 2018.Toto Wolff "This is the pinnacle of Motorsport in which you have to respect every team and the best pilots.We take Ferrari, we take Red Bull, McLaren we accept, we are serious about Renault. These guys can fight for the championship. And some of the other teams can surprise us".
Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas said that he had worked long enough in the simulator to stop to notice the Halo.Valtteri Bottas "In the simulator, I have already conducted a simulation of the race with Halo and I must say that during the race I almost didn't notice her.I'm sure all the pilots and spectators will quickly get used to Halo. Everything new is always met with apprehension, some even say that it looks ugly. But I think it's only a matter of time - it will get used. And if it helps avoid even one injury is a good device.Their Halo car with the Mercedes team will present on February 22.
Mercedes chief strategist James Powles believes that the new structure of Pirelli tyres in 2018 will contribute to a more tight battles on the track.James Powles "These tires are softer, which means more degradation and more pit stops.Last year, when catching up with another pilot, you couldn't overtake because of the tires. In areas where you need to overtake - the zone of inhibition and acceleration - there was not enough efficiency.In 2018 we will have more differences, and this will bring more overtaking. We don't know just how many of them will be.
Reserve pilot Force India Nicholas Latifi preparing for the fact that his first Friday practice he will hold during his home Grand Prix of Canada.Nicholas Latifi "I have never played and don't even raced on this track, so this will be my first opportunity to experience the amazing track.I'm very worried that I will be able to pilot the car in front of canadian fans, but I'm sure it will be a highlight of the season. I will try to enjoy the moment, although it is well know that the priority is simply to work on a given program, giving the team the necessary information.
One of the heroes of the 2014 season was Jules Bianchi, who played for Russian team Marussia under the number "17".Career Bianchi supported Ferrari, and with the participation of the Scuderia, the Frenchman got a seat at Marussia in 2013. In his debut season earn points failed. In 2014, the Russian stable switched to a turbo Ferrari, but the speed is rarely enough to fight for getting into the top ten. Finally, on the sixth stage in Monaco Jules finished ninth, earning for himself first and team points.
Sports Director of the Formula 1 Ross Brawn believes that now is the championship most in need of the system of reduction of head resistance to the air flow DRS.Liberty Media recently bought the latest model of the aerodynamic tunnel of the Manor and began to work on how you can improve the number of leads in the future.Ross Brawn "In the short term we will continue to work with DRS. I hope that the cars will be developed so efficiently that the system is no longer needed, but so far are we without DRS can't.First of all, we must improve the race, we need to understand what is happening. We can follow our instinct, but that's not good enough when you start to think about how everything is complicated in this championship.Speed plays an important role, and the fans want to see the fastest cars. But if we see ways to improve the quality of the race, then I'm willing to sacrifice some speed".
Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas admitted that he could not beat his teammate.Valtteri Bottas "of Course he is one of the best pilots in Formula 1, four-time world champion, who has worked in the team. To beat him I couldn't, but last year I several times proved capable of it.It's up to me, I played well throughout the year without failures and gatherings. I need to be fast in all conditions, regardless of what is a track what temperature and what type of asphalt do I need to be the best everywhere.
The representative of the FIA said that options are being examined to improve the appearance of Halo.FIA "we Have two main goals. One of them is the Central front. We want to see if we can reduce its thickness to increase visibility to the pilot. And, secondly, we want to seamlessly fit the part to the machine, that is, to enhance the appearance. That's what we would like to see the second phase of development of Halo".
The pilot of Red Bull Max Verstappen said that he is constantly motivating myself high goals.Max Verstappen "I always try my best to move forward. I don't need to set a specific goal to motivate yourself. Each race for me - a chance to win. Of course, some tracks suit you more than others, but we will need to find something that will help the car to perform well on the track of any kind".