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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.
His best season in Formula 1 Daniil Kvyat held in 2015. Then the Russians were on the car of Red Bull with the number "26".Kvyat made his debut in the championship in 2014 in the Toro Rosso. His progress during the season so impressed the leadership of the Red Bull that Sebastian Vettel went to Ferrari, in his place was invited Daniel.The start of the 2015 season turned out to be difficult for Red Bull because of the constant failures of the engine Renault. For example, in Australia, Daniel never even made it to the starting grid. Reliability gradually came to normal, and began to appear the results. In Monaco Kvyat started fifth and finished fourth. Then there was sixth place in the UK. Finally, in Hungary, Quat climbed to the second step of the podium - the best result for the citizens of Russia.
The pilot Toro Rosso Pierre went Out hopes that the pre-season tests for his team will be successful, despite the fact that the new supplier of the power plant was Honda.Pierre went Out "Since the beginning of February I will be working on the base in Faenza. We already had fit a car seat in 2018, but before the tests in Barcelona we are waiting for a lot of work.The tests will be very intense, because we have a new engine supplier. It will be important to drive as more kilometres to understand the car and the engine. Before the race in Australia we only have eight days, and it's not so much.To be honest, since December, I think about the tests. Looking forward to when the real work starts".In the past the team McLaren, who previously worked with Honda, regularly had problems with the engine during the tests.
The head of McLaren Zach brown believes his team has gone through the worst times in its history.Zach brown "last year we experienced the worst time in history. The last three years have been very painful.It's an expensive sport - we can't compete financially with the two best teams. We are still definitely one of the top four teams. We need to continue to improve, to invest huge funds in a racing team.If we can get more money, then immediately start to move the grid up.I think you will see how we will fight in the leading group already in Australia".
In 2009 Formula 1 has a new team Brawn and the pilot Jenson button, who under the number "22", became the champion.Formally Brawn was a new team, but really for that sign disappeared the team BAR-Honda, which appeared in 1999 on the basis of Tyrrell. In 2008, Honda because of the crisis decided to leave Formula 1, literally for pennies sold its team to Ross brown and left on account has sufficient funds, that is, for the first time. That's just about the engines the Japanese have forgotten. But then came to the aid of Mercedes, which at that time was the exclusive partner of McLaren, and provided client version engines.I must say that the Japanese have invested heavily in the creation of machine 2009. According to eyewitnesses, the design of the Honda RA109, which then became Brawn BGP001 at a cost of 500 million. The work was carried out under the guidance of technical Director of Honda F1 Ross Brawn, who eventually became the owner of the new team.Due to the change of engine supplier of Brawn first tests conducted later than the other teams. But the first results are promising. The high potential of the BGP001 has confirmed the first stage in Australia where Jenson button and Rubens Barrichello brought the team a double victory after starting from first position. High speed was due to the sophisticated aerodynamics, including the so-called dual cone, the controversy surrounding which was conducted at the beginning of the season.
Season 2001 is notable, then, that Formula 1 made its debut a few talented drivers, including Fernando Alonso. The first car of the Spaniard was a Minardi starting number "21".In 1999, Alonso won the World series by Renault. The next step, Formula 3000, where a Spaniard, with one win in fourth place. Results Fernando has attracted the attention of Flavio Briatore, the team principal of Benetton and in the end of 2000, the young pilot had conducted the first tests behind the wheel of a Formula 1.In 2001 19-year-old Alonso was the official test pilot with Benetton. In parallel, Briatore was able to negotiate with a small team Minardi regarding internships Fernando. The debut of Spanish took place at the Grand Prix of Australia, where he started 19th and finished 12th.
The first Russian Formula 1 driver Vitaly Petrov congratulated Sergey Sirotkin with the signing of a contract with the Williams team.Vitaly Petrov tweeted "Congratulations to Sergey Sirotkin with the signing of a military pilot with Williams. Show them all there"Petrov competed in F1 from 2010 to 2012 for Renault and Caterham. At the Grand Prix of Australia, 2011 Vitaly climbed to the third step of the podium.
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.
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.
The contract of Daniel ricciardo with Red Bull expires at the end of next year, and the team is ready to extend it already, but the Australian is in no hurry to put his signature under the papers.Christian Horner, head of Red Bull "Behind a difficult season, and now we don't really want to deal with contracts. But in the beginning of next year, when will understand, what can we expect from our machine, we will try to extend the contract with Riccardo before the end of 2020.If anything, we have replacement options. We have invested heavily in the youth program, and we have talented pilots".We will remind that the contract with max Verstappen extended until the end of 2020.
Last season in Formula 1 was represented by 16 countries. The largest representation from the United Kingdom, but the pilots of this country have scored a total of 371 points and took only the second place in the standings of the Nations. As leaders of the standings are the Finns.Last year in the standings of the Nations the Germans won, thanks largely to Nico Rosberg. This season was not representative of Indonesia, but there were pilots from Canada, Italy and New Zealand. Russia has fallen from the 10th position to 13th.1. Finland - 510Valtteri Bottas, Kimi Raikkonen2. UK - 371Lewis Hamilton, Jolyon Palmer, Jenson button, Paul di Resta3. Germany - 365Sebastian Vettel, Nico Hulkenberg, Pascal Wehrlein4. Australia - 200Daniel Ricciardo5. Netherlands - 168Max Verstappen6. France - 115Esteban Windows, Roman Grosjean, Pierre Went Out7. Mexico - 100Sergio Perez8. Spain - 71Carlos Sainz, Fernando Alonso9. 43 In BrazilFelipe Massa10. Canada - 40Lance Stroll11. Denmark - 19Kevin Magnussen12. Belgium - 13Stoffel Vandorn13. Russia - 5Daniil Kvyat14. Sweden - 0Marcus Ericsson15. Italy - 0Antonio Giovinazzi16. New Zealand - 0Brandon Hartley.
Red Bull ready to extend the contract with Daniel Riccardo until the end of 2020, but the Australian is in no hurry to put his signature.Daniel ricciardo "It's very nice that the team wants to keep me in the team. I have great respect for Red Bull, but I still have time to perform all the options.About Ferrari, I heard that, but I can't say anything about this, because to me, no one spoke. My dream is to win the world championship in the best car, so I don't know what else to say. I'm not sure Vettel would want to see me with his partner.Recall that Vettel and ricciardo were team-mates at Red Bull in 2014, and then Daniel won three races, while Sebastian, with the rank of the current champion has never stood on the top step of the podium.
Antonio Giovinazzi admitted that he still hopes to return to Formula 1 with Ferrari. We will remind that this year the Italian has helped Sauber, replacing an injured Pascal Wehrlein.Antonio Giovinazzi "This year has given me more than I expected. I do not deny that after a great year in GP2, I feel ready to participate in a full season in Formula 1. But now I feel even more prepared than last winter.In Australia, I had a great time, but China was the worst Grand Prix for me in the career of a pilot. Error happened to me on the stage when I was under pressure from the press. After this criticism was rife. Maybe in China I set goals that were unattainable. But that disappointment helped me grow.I understand that Formula 1 is not football, where you can play for different teams. Here only 20 seats for all pilots in the world, but I always thought that there may be at the level of Vettel and Hamilton".
Not so long ago in the Red Bull said that they are ready to build the team around max Verstappen. But the Dutch opposed the separation of the first and second pilots.Max Verstappen "we Have both sides of the boxes receive the same equipment and it works the same way. I don't want to be the first pilot, I want to beat his teammate on the same machine - the only thing that will bring me satisfaction."This year, Verstappen has won two races, Daniel ricciardo - the only one. However, on points, the Australian is ahead of his young partner Red Bull.
Pilot Red Bull Daniel Riccardo during the launch became a member of the incident and took a step back. But the Australian managed to get to sixth position.Daniel ricciardo "the Start was very difficult. In the first turn I decided to walk on the left side of the track, because that is how I was able to achieve a maximum break, but someone suddenly bumped into me. The car was damaged, and had to go to the pits. Fortunately, the safety car helped to catch up with the peloton and start a breakthrough.It was a difficult breakthrough, I fought as best I could. The last 15 laps were difficult because of the tires. Problem started unexpectedly. Max even had to call in for an additional pit stop. We are always working to the limit, and so will run to the checkered flag in Abu Dhabi. I think that everything should be fine".
The head of the team Sauber Frederic Vasseur said that the pilots on the season-2018 may be called during the final Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi. It is expected that his place will retain Marcus Ericsson and his partner will be one of the protg Ferrari or Charles LeClair, or, less likely, Antonio Giovinazzi.Frederic Vasseur "I hope that we will be able to call the pilots in Abu Dhabi. Of course, we have time before the Grand Prix of Australia, but we do not want to delay the matter.Leclere copes with his work. In Friday practice to work difficult, but he showed stable and high speed".
Pilot Red Bull Daniel Riccardo finished third for the Australian's first podium in Japan.Riccardo Daniel "This is my first podium in Suzuka. I wanted it yesterday, and today I was able to achieve his goal. A huge thank you to the team and the fans.This track, which I enjoy. Each circle here is a pleasure. In the stands there is always a lot of fans. It was a great race. I was under pressure the entire race, but I managed to survive. It's great that I made the podium".
Race Director McLaren Eric bulge said that his team is going next year to fight for position on the podium.Eric boullier "We want to be competitive and fighting for places on the podium. Next year we should appear there regularly.This year should be adopted final amendments to the rules next year, especially Halo. We will be working on my car hard, but only tests and the race in Australia will show the real speed of future cars".The last time McLaren was on the podium at the beginning of 2014, when debutant Kevin Magnussen finished second.
Four pilots received penalties in the form of loss of positions at the start due to the replacement of elements of the power plant.The pilot Toro Rosso Carlos Sainz will lose 10 positions for the installation of a fifth module of the MGU-H. 15 positions will have to lose max Verstappen of Red Bull for the replacement of the internal combustion engine and MGU-H. His teammate Daniel ricciardo will receive 20 penalty positions - the Australian, replaced the internal combustion engine, MGU-H and turbine. And the record of stage is Fernando Alonso, which will lose 35 positions for the replacement of all elements of the power plant.
The Williams driver lance Stroll to race Grand Prix of Hungary finished 14th. only a couple Behind Sauber.Lance Stroll "It was a pretty boring race, I was flying alone, so seen in the distance not so much. What can I say, we didn't have the pace this weekend to fight for points. I tried everything I could to catch up with or overtake the opponent. Nothing worked, because the speed was not. We finished the race where she started.Honestly, nothing else we did not expect. In General, it was a difficult weekend but now we will wait for the other tracks Spa, Monza - where our cars will flyWe passed half of the season, and I feel that I have become more experienced. I'm not the one that was in Australia earlier in the year. With each race I get more experience. But now it's time to relax, to return full of energy".
Behind six races, and on account of the McLaren no points. This history of the British team was not.In the first six races, the McLaren drivers never made it to the top ten. The best result Fernando Alonso - 12th place in Spain and the best achievement of Stoffele of Vandorn - 13 in Australia. McLaren is the only team not to score points this season.The previous record McLaren's first five races without points was set in 2015. But then in Monaco, the team scored just 4 points.
A year ago, the pilot of Red Bull Daniel Riccardo won the Monaco pole. This time the Australian will start fifth.Riccardo Daniel "Rear rubber worked not the best way. Had to do two warm up lap to get into the working range. I was not able to pass the net circle. Constantly interfered with traffic, having a negative effect on the tire temperature.I think that is a suboptimal outcome for us. We missed something in the settings, but the race is tomorrow. Yes, the qualification here counts for a lot, but we hope to achieve in the race of good points. I'm annoyed at myself, but this is the result".
One of the shareholders of McLaren Mansur Oleh said that after three unsuccessful seasons with the British team willing to part with the Japanese minders. He confirmed that there are several options for further work in Formula 1.Mansur Oleh "When we started working with Honda, it is expected other results. The situation now, not like any of us, no Honda. Our team is accustomed to victories and not to fight for an exit in the top ten".Even in Australia there were rumors that the leadership of the McLaren held talks with Mercedes in terms of delivery German power plants in the season of 2018. Later it became known that in these negotiations he participated Mansur Oleh.Mansur Oleh "At the moment we are working on several scenarios, but I can't say anything specific".
The pilot of McLaren Fernando Alonso out of the race very tough for a race in Bahrain for a couple of laps before the end.Fernando Alonso "It was a disappointing race. The deficit in the power and speed we have particularly felt on the straights. Sometimes I looked in the mirror early in the straight and saw the other car at a distance of 300-400 meters behind. I understand that it's a long walk and forget about the opponent, starting to work with the settings on the steering wheel. But when I pressed on the brake at the end of the straight, then was horrified to notice that the lagging car right hereToday we were fighting for points, but our speed for this is simply not enough. Today was not the pace that we had in Australia and China. Then I do the engine failed and had to go the distance. It's frustrating.When the red traffic-lights are fading, you are motivated, you start to fight, but when so far behind on the straights, it becomes incredibly sorry for myself and the team. But we will work hard to prepare upgrading in the near future".
Pilot Williams Felipe Massa, it seems, the only person to fight for the honor of the team during this season. Considers himself Brazilian, his main opponent will be the pilot of Renault Nico Hulkenberg.Felipe Massa "it is likely that Renault will be our main rivals this year in the fight for places in the Cup of designers. In Australia fast was Grosjean, but in China I was fighting with Nico Hulkenberg. Most likely, I will have to fight for all season".
Pilot Mercedes Lewis Hamilton believes that Ferrari was faster in Shanghai, just his team managed to do everything right.Lewis Hamilton "Our car was no different Shanghai from the one that was presented in Australia. We have not made any changes in it, but we were ready for the rush over the highway. We applied knowledge of the first race and won.I think that Ferrari was faster this weekend, and we needed to reduce the gap. It will be interesting to see how will change the situation in the next race, where the track temperature will be different.At medium to low speed tracks of our machine with greater length, must have the advantage, unless we qualify above rivals. For example, in Monaco we will be impossible to overtake. Ahead of us are really waiting for interesting race".
Fernando Alonso started 13th but quickly made his way into the points zone. The Spaniard was seventh when refused machine.Fernando Alonso "a Good race. Honestly, I thought that we cannot repeat what happened in Australia. But we looked even stronger.In the beginning of the race they were going, and we played many positions. Then we managed to maintain a high pace that was just incredible. Especially unbelievable that me a few laps couldn't overtake Bottas. It took him two or three laps to get ahead and do it, he could only in a straight line.I think we could compete for points with Perez and Magnussen. One or two points was very real".
Non-Executive Director of Mercedes Niki Lauda said that the struggle for the victory in China was very intense.Niki Lauda "Today was very exciting in the pits, it was a tense race. We really wanted to answer the Scuderia after Australia and did it. We won the race, Lewis showed excellent driving in such extreme conditions. It was great.We managed to win, and this time Vettel had problems that guy had to fight. Maybe he could win, if not for the circumstances. Today we had a faultless race. Everyone is happy".
The pilot of Renault Nico Hulkenberg at the end of qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix showed the 7th result.Nico Hulkenberg "Today we are happy with his speed. It's obvious that the team has made progress after the Grand Prix of Australia. In the morning the car was quick as in qualifying. What awaits us during the race is still a big question.Rain is a source of opportunity and great risk at the same time, but I will try to achieve the maximum in the race".