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Director Haas Gunther Steiner hopes that his team will be to regularly compete for the final qualification of the season.Gunther Steiner "from the beginning We hoped to fight for the finals of qualification, but did not think that we will be able to demonstrate such zeal, the fight for places in the middle of the top ten is very tight.Obviously, we need to continue our work, and we must try again and again to fight for the final. It will be difficult, because everything is very competitive, but we have to do it.Recall that in Australia Roman Grosjean showed the 6th result in the final qualification.
Head Red Bull Christian Horner said that his team's cars are too sensitive to the perturbed air flow - hence the loss in speed.Christian Horner "the Problem is that our cars are very sensitive to the perturbed air flow from the front running cars. We in Australia have been unable to see the true potential of the car in clean air. I saw that we was on the pace of Kimi, but he knew that the machine can be half a second faster.All these two weeks Adrian Newey has worked to improve the efficiency of the machine in the perturbed flow. In China look what came of it".
The head of the Honda F1 Yusuke Hasegawa admitted that the partnership team McLaren will be very hard during the race Grand Prix of China.Yusuke Hasegawa "We expect the Chinese Grand Prix will take place in a more complex environment for our team than to race in Australia. There is always a lot of surprise due to the constantly changing weather conditions that affect the setup and balance of the car. The track itself is also very heavy power unit the slow and medium turns, as well as two very long straight. The key to will preparation and setup.Again we work together with McLaren to ensure that we do everything possible and extract the maximum from our package upgrades. It is important to gather as much information as possible. It's a long season and we are looking for progress in every race".
Williams technical Director Paddy Lowe believes that Felipe Massa is not at all a bad option for the team as a replacement for Valtteri bottas to.Paddy Lowe "I think Felipe is not a bad option. I was not interested in negotiations with Valtteri. Nobody wants to do the work he wants to do, and if he felt it was an opportunity to move forward, it would be wrong if Williams stood in his way. Care Bottas is the right step.As for the Masses, it is a very professional pilot with extensive experience flying car with a high level of clamping force. His race in Australia he showed that he is able to achieve good results. If in his hands will be a quick car, Felipe can fight for the title".
The Sauber team has confirmed that Pascal Wehrlein will take part in Friday practice for the Chinese Grand Prix. If all goes smoothly, the German pilot will spend the entire race weekend.In Australia Wehrlein was forced to cede his place to Antonio Giovinazzi after Friday's practice due to back pain - a consequence of injuries received during the Race of Champions at the end of January.
The Ferrari pilot Sebastian Vettel is still in the excitement after the victory in Australia.Sebastian Vettel "Winning is always great, it's a great cure for me. I think I can fix. A very long time, the team was in the shadow of Mercedes. We had a really difficult period, but to start the season with a win is just very, very cool. Like back ten years ago.It's really a big relief. It's great for the team. I've done my job. I am very happy and proud of it. But this is just the tip of the iceberg that you see. We just laid the Foundation, now the whole team will turn into future victories".
Sports consultant to Red Bull Helmut Marko has responded to the criticism of the head of Mercedes Toto Wolff, who said that Max Verstappen ruined his race in Australia.Helmut Marko "We don't have anyone to miss, even if it was about winning. Verstappen was at that moment fast enough, otherwise Lewis could overtake him. Let Wolff carefully watching their tactics, and tells me who is who and where to pass. In any case, we recognize that the victory Vettel got through to us.Recall that Lewis Hamilton was in the lead early in the race but after the pit stop, got stuck behind Verstappen. Sebastian Vettel after stopping in the pits left right before Red Bull Dutchman.
Jolyon Palmer Before the start of the race in China need to make sure that everything is working correctly
The pilot of Renault Jolyon Palmer said that his team needs to make sure the car is all right.Jolyon Palmer "In Australia, on Friday, I had a big crash, so we had to replace many parts in the car.Now just need to review and make sure everything works as it should. I hope the engineers will do everything right. These are skilled people whom I trust.We just need to check everything before the start of the Chinese Grand Prix, and then in the race we will be competitive.
The pilot of McLaren Fernando Alonso believes that the Mercedes team came to Australia, not expecting a tight fight.Fernando Alonso "I thought last year they came to Australia fully prepared to fight for the victory. That was their goal and plan. Nico Rosberg won in brilliant manner of driving. Now the Mercedes team simply was not ready to fight.Wait a couple of races, but definitely, Ferrari seems to be more competitive. It's good".
Director Haas Gunther Steiner is confident that the new Ferrari engine much better power plant of Mercedes.Gunther Steiner "the New engine is now very competitive. He may be even better than Mercedes. Ferrari won in Australia, but all evolving and trying to become better - it will always be a race for development. We are grateful to the Scuderia for their step forward in its development. Without their help we would not be able to achieve this speed".
The head of McLaren Zach brown said that his team is in its development, as it may seem from the outside.Zach brown "in Australia the level of problems we encountered in Spain was lower. We knew that Honda is going to create a new engine, know that it will be associated with greater risk. We took on these risks, so the tests are faced with such problems.We are working on this issue very hard. If someone believes that we are on the spot, he is mistaken. We are constantly in Sakura, Eric boullier flies there once a week.
Haas pilot Roman Grosjean said that he sees positive changes in the team, which again began with strong performances in Australia, although he completed his double descent from the race.Roman Grosjean "I think the team really looks better in his second season in Formula 1, because we now have valuable experience.Appearing in 2016, the team began preparing for the season 2017. All the work was done in advance, and we are pleased that he oversees all gene Haas. He understands racing and he loves his job. Second year for us is a big challenge and we are ready to it".
New Mercedes technical Director James Allison, commenting on the victory of his previous team in Australia, said that the German team is not panicking.James Allison "We must pay tribute to Ferrari, which has a very fast car. In Australia we failed to catch them. If after qualifying, it was not clear who is the best, then after the race it was understood that this is the season for survival.We are not panicking. It was only the first race in a long season, and we were able to bring both cars on the podium. So we are determined to achieve such a stability advantage in our favor.
Pilot Williams Felipe Massa defended lance Stroll, who was unable to achieve points and dropped out of the race Grand Prix of Australia.Felipe Massa "He's only 18 years old. I remember that when I was 18, I also made mistakes in the race. In the end, you will know that you just need time. Of course, he will cope with their mistakes during the world Cup.He didn't start, largely because of what happened during pratcice. He needs to be patient and give more time. I give him all the info, all I see to help him.I know him since I was eight, so very attached to him and want to help him become a good Formula 1 driver".
Pilot Red Bull Daniel Riccardo said that his team is still figuring out why there were so many problems during the first race.Daniel ricciardo "the First training session ended in Australia, only six-tenths of a second from Hamilton, and our car looked pretty competitive. And that is something we have prepared a reserve. If you put it all together tyres, fuel, etc. - then in the race we just lost speed. During practice, we were much faster.This is not a problem of the evolution of the track surface, which is generally the normal property street circuits. We just lost speed and don't know why it happened."In the race ricciardo went after what started with a lag of two circles. His partner at Red Bull Max Verstappen finished fifth.
The ex-pilot of Formula 1 Jean Alesi believes that Shanghai is at the top of the podium again ascend the pilot of the Scuderia.Jean Alesi "the New rules and the beginning of the season was not very clear. There were thousands of doubts in that can show the Mercedes or Red Bull.But after Australia I'm now waiting for Ferrari to confirm his power in China. The ease with which Vettel followed Hamilton in the race, was amazing, while the Hamilton had no chance to chase Vettel.When the car good from the beginning, its modernization is also easier.Alesi himself played for Ferrari, 1991-1995.
The ex-pilot of Formula 1 mark Webber believes that Valtteri Bottas is very hungry to win, and showed that last race in Australia.Mark Webber "the Race in Australia showed that Valtteri is very hungry to win. He has on Lewis pressure as should. Bottas not very happy with the result, and it was good.Bottas knows that his team partner is really hard now to fight for victory. To further complicate his life".
Head Red Bull Christian Horner believes that the conclusions about overtaking you need to wait until the Bahrain Grand Prix.Christian Horner "I Think we should leave the final opinion up to the end of the race in Bahrain. If you look at Melbourne, historically there has never been a lot of overtaking. China and Bahrain are the two tracks where to overtake is much easier.I liked to observe how the pilots attacked throughout the race. Nobody was saving fuel and tyres as before."During the last race in Australia, the experts counted a total of five traverses.
The President of the FIA Jean Todt, who oversaw the Golden years Michael Schumacher in Maranello, agreed that Sebastian Vettel is beginning to resemble the seven-time champion.Jean Todt "Vettel reminds me of Schumacher. Both have the same thirst for victory that is so great that it can use the whole team to succeed.The victory of Vettel in Australia, it was important for Formula 1. Mercedes finally has a worthy rival".
18-year-old pilot Williams lance Stroll told that the car is hard to maintain when it loses grip.Lance Stroll "When you drive a car, I feel like she has a lot of grip but when grip is lost, it is very difficult to recover.Machines the last few years have been different and you could play with them without losing the car, even when there is no grip with the track wheels".During the tests in Barcelona, Stroll three times and smashed the car. Not without accident Ivo time for Saturday's Grand Prix of Australia.
Non-Executive Director of Mercedes Niki Lauda continues to criticize Nico Rosberg, unexpectedly left the team at the end of last year.Niki Lauda "We are pleased with our choice. We are satisfied with the Bottom. He is an incredible pilot. I'm sure Rosberg wouldn't be able to repeat the result of Bottas in Australia. He wouldn't be able to get ahead of Valtteri. We are glad that Niko is gone, and Bottas has come in his place".
Spare pilot Ferrari Antonio Giovinazzi, replaced at Sauber by Pascal Wehrlein in a race in Australia, now dreaming about the race in China.Antonio Giovinazzi "Why not But Pascal - combat pilot Sauber, and I'm the third pilot of Ferrari. I will arrive in Shanghai with Ferrari, but we'll see how the rest of the circumstances.For me work in Australia was a great opportunity to show themselves, and I am very happy with experience acquired".Recall that Giovinazzi in his debut race finished in 12th place.
The pilot of Red Bull Max Verstappen answered his fans hungry for his title later this season.Max Verstappen "You can not wait to wait that long Then don't wait I can't change anything.The gap to the leaders is very large. So we have a lot of work. The cars are now very fast, and I know that in Australia would be able to make two more pit stop without fear of losing the place. The rest of the positive things we have learned from the last race - good weather".
New Williams technical Director Paddy Lowe apologized to lance Stroller that went the distance of the race Grand Prix of Australia due to brake failure.Paddy Lowe "For us it was a very disappointing result because Stroll held several important overtaking and could compete for points. We apologize for the fact that he came down because of problems with the brakes.We are aware that the main task of the team now - to solve this problem before the race in China".
Before the start of the Grand Prix of Australia there were rumors that the leadership of McLaren, unhappy with the partnership with Honda is considering returning to the power plant of Mercedes. Non-Executive Director of Mercedes Niki Lauda said that he knew nothing about it.Niki Lauda "I don't know anything about the negotiations between McLaren and Mercedes. Accordingly, I have nothing to say."Earlier it was reported that the head of the German team Toto Wolff is ready to support the supply of Mercedes engines for McLaren and Niki Lauda, by contrast, opposes.Team McLaren collaborated with Mercedes 1995-2014. in 2015 the British are obsessed with Japanese minders.
The German edition Auto Motor und Sport found the number of overtaking during the last race of the Grand Prix of Australia.The speed of the new machines has grown significantly. So, the time of the pole of 2017 was faster than pole position in 2016 at 1.7 seconds. Best lap of the race this year faster at 2.4 seconds compared to last. But the number of leads has decreased seven times. If in 2016 they were 37, this time only 5, of which only two can be called a real fight.Overtaking1. 9th circle, lance Stroll ahead of Marcus Ericsson2. 18-th round, Sergio Perez ahead of Carlos Sainz3. The 41st lap, Daniil Kvyat ahead of Carlos Sainz was the order of the boxes to swap positions4. 51st circle, Esteban-UPS ahead of Fernando Alonso the Spaniard was broken5. The 51st lap, Nico Hulkenberg ahead of Fernando Alonso the pilot of McLaren was down due to a broken suspension.
The former head of Ferrari Cesare Florio noted the strong performance of Antonio Giovinazzi, who came on as a replacement for Pascal Wehrlein.Cesare FIORIO "I have been watching the career of Giovinazzi about five years. This is a very talented pilot, and he was ready for Formula 1. It's great that Ferrari has already signed a contract with him. I hope soon he will get his chance.After his return, Raikkonen not had a very good two seasons, although last year markedly increased. At the end of this year, he is already 38 years old, and I think it's time for him to quit Formula-1".Currently, Giovinazzi listed a spare pilot Ferrari. On the tests in Barcelona and at the Grand Prix of Australia he came on as a substitute pilot Sauber Pascal Wehrlein.
Last year the fastest mechanics in the Williams team. In Australia the pit-team from grove was again the fastest.The car of Felipe Massa during the only pit stop mechanics Williams served for 2.34 seconds, the car of lance Stroll left of 2.65 seconds. In second place Pete the Mercedes team with a score of 2.47 seconds.
After a disastrous race in Australia race Director McLaren Eric bulge again was forced to refute rumors of a possible transition of the British team to Mercedes.Eric boullier "It was hearsay. I think our results during test sessions and gave rise to the rumors. But, no, we don't negotiate. Of course, we are considering various options on how to catch up, because we're definitely not in the position where expected to be.Together with Honda we are working on their problems. The pace of development is now quite high, and we see significant changes for the better".