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The pilot of McLaren Fernando Alonso is hoping that his experience during the night of the Grand Prix will help him during the 24-hour race at Daytona.Fernando Alonso "Night tests has shown that I adapt quickly to new conditions. No difference compared to the daylight tests I felt.In Formula 1 we have a night race in Bahrain, Singapore and Abu Dhabi, and here the route is pretty well lit. It's not like other tracks for endurance races. Therefore, no problems.Same with traffic, which I was a little scared. There's always a risk when you overtake a car here and there, especially if the front of the cars is a struggle. But it's a normal thing. All under the same conditions. I'm ready to fight among the leaders".
Fernando Alonso did behind the wheel of the Toyota TS050 Hybrid sport prototype on the track in Bahrain in the framework of the tests beginners WEC. The Spaniard drove 113 laps and showed a time of 143.013.Fernando Alonso "It was a great day The job behind the wheel of the car of the LMP1 class are always interesting for any pilot, because this incredible machine.I've always wanted to try a similar technique, and I succeeded. I am very happy".
In Bahrain, completed the final stage of the youth series Formula is a 3.5 V8. As announced by the organizers, this season was the last for the season. The pilot program SMP Racing Matevos Isaakyan won the silver medal in the season-2017.Matevos Isahakyan managed to win the pole position in qualifying for the first race and had every chance to fight not only for the highest step of the podium of the race, but also for leadership in the championship. But before you start on the warm up lap, the car stalled Matevos. Already in the pits the team found that the reason was failure of the drive. Repair was only about 10 minutes when the peloton overcame the distance in 6 rounds. The remaining time of the Matevos was not enough to qualify at the end of the race.The second race of the Matevos started in the sixth position. But, as in the first race, at the start, the car again stalled, this time due to issues with the clutch and race the Russian finished only ninth.Despite the difficulties at the final stage, at the end of season 2017 Formula V8 3.5 Matevos became the Vice-champion of this series."Was a difficult season, - said the Director of the youth program SMP Racing Peter Aleshin. Especially difficult was for us the final stage. Our pilots, and Egor and Matevos were contenders for the title. But Orujev was forced to miss a stage due to health problems, and Isahakian failed equipment. In spite of that we finished the season with dignity - Matevos Isahakyan was awarded a silver award, and Egor Orudzhev, despite skipping the last stage, finished the season sixth, gleaning only six points to the three leaders of the championship".At the end of season 2017 formula series pilot youth program SMP Racing in five Championships and became the silver medalists, and one bronze, 76 times on the podium, winning in a season a total of 20 gold medals.The final results of the pilot program SMP Racing at the end of season 2017 Formula V8 3,5 Pietro Fittipaldi 259 occupation Isahakyan Surrounding info Salish 215 204 binder 201 Nissan 201 Orujov 198.
Today in Bahrain, will start tests WEC. Part of the factory Toyota team will work Fernando Alonso. Two-time Formula 1 world champion, will sit behind the wheel of a sports prototype Toyota TS050 Hybrid 6 LMP1.Recall that Alonso is going to take part in the legendary marathon 24 hours of Le Mans. It is not excluded that Fernando will start and other WEC races.There, in Bahrain, is the first tests, the Russian car BR01.
The Russian company BR Engineering has introduced a new sportprototip BR1. Track Bahrain International Circuit in the final stage of the FIA WEC season-2017 the global Motorsport community and journalists first saw the car, whose creation was announced a year ago. Car LMP1 was created by Russian company BR Engineering together with the famous Italian automaker Dallara to participate in the new superstone of the world championship FIA WEC.In the presentation BR1 participated Boris Rotenberg, founder and Director of the BR Engineering Pierre Fillon, President of the Association ASO Gerard Neveu, head of the FIA WEC Luca Pignata, chief designer Dallara Dmitry Samorukov, Director of SMP Racing pilots of the program of development of Russian Motorsport SMP Racing Mikhail Alyoshin, Vitaly Petrov and Matevos Isahakyan Ambassador extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation in the Kingdom of Bahrain Qarayev, Vagif DragonSpeed team principal Elton Julian and Russian engineers and students of technical Universities who took part in the development of the prototype. The music for the premiere of BR1 was written by Russian composer and producer Victor Drobysh.The presentation was opened by Boris Rotenberg. According to him, the engineers managed to create a completely new car, which used the most modern technologies and materials"it is Symbolic that on 17 November, during the final stage of the FIA WEC season in 2016, we announced the signing of an agreement between BR and Dallara Engineering to start work on a prototype BR1. Today, exactly a year later, we proudly present you the result. During the work on the car we used the best international experience, achievements one of the best companies Dallara. At various stages in the development of the car was actively attended by Russian specialists, and also worked on the simulator the current pilot program SMP Racing Vitaly Petrov, Sergey Sirotkin, Mikhail Aleshin, Viktor Shaitar and Kirill Ladygin. Their task was to from the point of view of experienced riders to make suggestions in key aspects of the prototype, from the ergonomics to the behavior of the car on the road".Prototype BR1 passed all the necessary tests and homologation of the FIA, a number of tests on race tracks under the control of SMP Racing pilots. Ahead of the Russian car the new season of the world championship on races on endurance 2018-2019, where SMP Racing intends to put the two Russian crew in the highest category of the championship, LMP1, to fight for the highest results in the overall classification.While the company BR Engineering, the first manufacturer of the chassis presenting to the public the car are ready to participate in the FIA WEC next season, already signed a contract for the production of a prototype BR1 for team DragonSpeed, also announced recently its intentions to move into the LMP1 category of the FIA WEC."I must say that the rate BR1 on the track is impressive, - said the pilot program SMP Racing Mikhail Alyoshin. - Impressive and how well made the prototype, and how sensitively it responds to changes in preferences that we do. To work with such a machine is a pleasure. Now our task is to spend as much time behind the wheel, to detect the different nuances, to work with the settings, because even in the ideal technique is always better. I am sure that next season prototype BR1 compete with rivals".One of the main innovations in superstone 2018-2019 world Championship on races on endurance will be the merging of hybrid and non-hybrid prototypes in one of the LMP1 class with defined capacity limitations. This will allow private teams, including the Russian team SMP Racing and DragonSpeed team, to compete for a championship titles FIA WEC.Facts ABOUT the prototype of BR1-CLASS LMP1 the process of creating aerodynamic elements of the new prototype was held 16 sessions in the wind tunnel, the total length of which was 600 hours, during which it has produced 1000 trials.In tests on the simulator and on the finished prototype was attended 5 professional pilots SMP Racing programme, including Vitaly Petrov, first Russian Formula 1 driver- Mikhail Aleshin, the pilot of the American series IndyCar- Sergey Sirotkin, the reserve pilot of the Formula 1 Renault- Kirill Ladygin, a multiple champion of Russia on go-karting and road racing, the bronze prize-winner of the race "24 hours of Le Mans- Victor Shaitar, world champion, winner of the race "24 hours of Le Mans", FIA WEC.On the simulator prototype BR1 pilots had a total of 64 hours, which amounted to 173 session or 870 laps.TECHNICAL characteristics of the PROTOTYPE BR1AER V6 twin turbo 720 HP Possible to install motorsGibson V8 LMP1 Spec 700 HP.Message other proizvodyaschuyu Le Mans Sprint body kit on the back 6-speed robotic transmission Xtrac lock differentialbaselsn TILTON Brembo brake system LMP1 UPRAVLENIE with power production Kayaba.Userrepository pilotado the foot pedal accelerator and timesmachine disciminate, production OZ specifically for Michelin Radial LMP1 18 dumontadriana 930 kg.
Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas has hinted that next season he is going to fight for the title, so not going to play the role of the second pilot when the Lewis Hamilton.Before this season, Bottas moved from Williams to Mercedes. In Bahrain, Valtteri won the first pole, then was a victory in Russia. But after the summer break, the Finn's results fell, while Hamilton's improved and ahead of schedule became the champion.Valtteri Bottas in an interview with Sky Sports "In some races, but not as often as I would like I was faster than Lewis. He's very, very fast, but I still believe in myself. I'm not going to be a co-pilot. Otherwise, I'd rather be home.This year I learned a lot, but next season will be different. I just need to take into account lessons learned".
It is not excluded that next year Fernando Alonso will take part in the legendary marathon 24 hours of Le Mans. Edition of the Daily Sports Car reports that the Spaniard visited the base of Toyota in Cologne, where he passed the adjustment seats.It is expected that Alonso will take part in tests of the Toyota sports prototype, which will be held on 19 November in Bahrain.At the same time, as we already confirmed the participation of Alonso in the marathon 24 hours of Daytona, where his partner will become a reserve pilot of McLaren Lando Norris.
Sergey Sirotkin will spend the first Friday practice of the Malaysian Grand Prix in the Renault lineup. It is unknown which of the combat pilots will give place to Russian.This year, Sirotkin three times participated in Friday practice in Sochi, Spain, and Austria. In addition, he worked one day of testing in Bahrain in mid-April.
Commercial Director of Formula 1 Sean Bratch confirmed that efforts are being made to change the timing of the Grand Prix of China and Bahrain next year to avoid overlapping with national holidays.Use Bratch "We are trying to take into account global events, local events, religious holidays and everything that can provide maximum opportunity for fans to attend the Grand Prix.We are in talks with the organizers about this. We try to reach a mutually agreed solution, which seems to be soon taken.
Formula 2 Sean Gelael will work in the Toro Rosso during Friday practice in the four remaining races of this season.The Indonesian pilot, who has twice tested the car team will participate in practices the Grand Prix of Singapore, Malaysia, USA and Mexico. Toro Rosso has not yet determined which of the pilots will release a cockpit for Gelele.The head of the team Franz Toast "During the tests in Bahrain and Budapest Shawn did a great job, very professional, he helped the team. Gelael Mature approach to all issues by communicating with engineers.Everyone in the team was impressed by his speech, his technical understanding and his commitment. Therefore, we are happy that he will work with us until the end of the year. I'm sure Sean will do great and useful work for the team".
Pilot Torro Rosso Sean Gelael on the tests in Hungary showed the 8th result.Sean Gelael "today I enjoyed fully. I can say with confidence that I now much easier and more comfortable in the car than in Bahrain Perhaps a new adjustment of the seat helped. In the morning we struggled with the problems in the car, but I still managed to go over a hundred rounds, what is considered a good result. The team is pleased with me.Today was very hot, but I'm no stranger to this weather. Nothing will stop me from going to sleep".
Director Haas Gunther Steiner admitted that he was not against the increase of the racing calendar of Formula 1.Gunther Steiner "I don't mind a few extra races. I want to race was more complex and ordered. If races are held in Asia, it is necessary to hold all the races in this region, and not to hold one in Europe, then come back here.Another question is, how will the pilots be able to physically withstand the weekly race. Will they be able to hold the race in Abu Dhabi, and then another one in Bahraini. Heat and humidity adversely affect pilots.But a few races if they are well organized, will not have a negative impact on the work of the teams. In General, I have nothing against having to take part in 25 races".
The ex-pilot of Formula 1 mark believes Surer that Mercedes, not Ferrari, still use team orders.Mark Surer "You can't catch Ferrari in the team orders. In China Vettel was stuck behind Kimi, but the team did not interfere in their fight. Mercedes, on the other hand, clearly used team orders in Bahrain, even openly, on the radio. I like that Ferrari doesn't play such games.I think Kimi realized what happened. At first he was just angry that he lost the race, but Vettel was clearly faster in Monaco, so it's the end of history.
The Ferrari pilot Sebastian Vettel once again acted in defense of Kimi Raikkonen, the question of the continuation of a career that hangs in the air.Sebastian Vettel "it was not the result he truly deserves. In Bahrain, obviously, the first lap cost him a podium. I know exactly what's going on, and at the moment not everything moves forward at 100, but I don't think inside the paddock there is any doubt that he is one of the most talented pilots. I already talked about this, but I can repeat constantly.I don't think anyone else could go in the WRC and to perform at the level that he showed, and then just return to Formula-1 and immediately begin to fight for the podium".
The ex-pilot of Formula 1 mark Webber said that Fernando Alonso was coming to him for advice, to act for him in IndyCar.Mark Webber "It's a very difficult decision, since every step in this direction leads to huge pressure. Alonso came to me for advice in Bahrain. And I definitely took his side.He admitted that the decision to try something based on a terrible situation at McLaren. He would not have done that if I'd won a race in Formula 1. We all know that. Never Alonso never played for a team with such low results.This season, McLaren just suffered a complete collapse. I wish Alonso a successful performance. But we'll see where he's coming".
Director Haas Gunther Steiner is confident that Spain modernize its command will allow you to make a small step forward.Gunther Steiner "I think that many other teams the middle of the peloton brought their updates to Spain. We also deliver and I hope that they will work.Our updates are quite extensive. But how they will work - a question no less. We need to check all the new items for Friday, because we have not tested them in Bahrain, tested only in a wind tunnel. In any case, it will be a small progress.After the four stages of Haas ranked 7th in the constructors ' championship.
The pilot program SMP Racing, reserve driver of the Renault F1 Team Sergey Sirotkin will take part in team quizzes and free practice of Formula 1 in France and Spain.A two-day team test will start on 9 may on the French circuit Paul Ricard. Russians will spend behind the wheel of a car 2012 Renault first test day. The following speech of Sergey Sirotkin will participate in free practice Grand Prix on 12 may."I will be very happy to be back behind the wheel of the car of Renault, - said Sergey Sirotkin. - We have a lot of work during the tests in France, and, of course, you will need to prepare well for the upcoming performance in Spain. Despite the fact that in Sochi failed to pass a full session, my team and I are optimistic and continue with renewed vigor to work on. I want to say thank you to Renault, the program SMP Racing and its founder and Director Boris Romanovich Rotenberg, for the opportunity to work and play in a great team, a great car on the best tracks in the world, in the best Motorsport event in the world".In the season-2017 Sergey Sirotkin conducts a full season in the Renault F1 Team and has twice been driving RS17 on the tracks in Bahrain and Sochi. In parallel, the Russians involved in the work of the Russian prototype BR1 BR Engineering company, involved in work with young pilots SMP Racing, as well as in the Russian educational programs.
Head Red Bull Christian Horner with regret commented on the results of the Grand Prix of Russia.Christian Horner "firstly, congratulations to Valtteri Bottas for his first victory in the Grand Prix, a great victory for him.For us was a real disappointment, the loss of Daniel at the beginning of the race because the right rear brake. And we have yet to understand what is the cause of this failure. It seems that this is reminiscent of the max problem in Bahrain, but we will study the data.Max spent a strong race. He started well and immediately found themselves in the neutral zone with no other opponents.On the track, which we know and love, we are unable to achieve maximum results. I hope that in Barcelona will be able to reverse the course of the struggle for victory".
In qualifying home Grand Prix Daniel Quat showed the 13-th result. But because of the fine teammate in a race he will go 12. Daniil Kvyat "After the results in the morning practice, I am pleased with the results of the qualification. In the course of the weekend I had problems with the control of the machine. However, I managed to drive a good circle, and I now hope to compete for points".Carlos Sainz qualified 11th, but in Bahrain he earned the penalty in the loss of three positions, so the race will start 14th.Carlos Sainz "on Friday we were in the tail of the peloton, but today we managed to make progress. In the end I qualified 11th, which can be called a good result. However, because of the fine I would have to lose three positions.On this track we need more speed, but I'm sure that the race will be interesting. We have the chance to earn points, and I'll do my best".
Pilot Sauber Pascal Wehrlein in the qualification of Grand Prix of Russia showed the 18-th result. The Germans flew in the final attempt.Pascal Wehrlein "I can't be happy with the result. I made a mistake on his last lap, and that definitely cost me a couple positions.I'm having difficulties with the balance of the car. In addition, our maximum speed on the straight is not high enough. Tires behave differently, not like in Bahrain, but it's the same for everyone else. However, we will do everything possible to tomorrow to fight for points".
Pilot Sauber Pascal Wehrlein on the results practices Grand Prix of Russia showed the 18-th result.Pascal Wehrlein "it's Great to be back in the car, although we had difficulties with the balance of the car, especially in relation to the rear wheels and tires. All due to the fact that in Sochi, temperatures are not similar to those with whom we worked on the tests in Bahrain.Now we need to analyze the data collected to move forward for tomorrow. While we are still not where they want to be".
Valtteri Bottas on the results practices Grand Prix of Russia showed the 3rd result, becoming the best representative of the Mercedes team.Valtteri Bottas "It was an interesting day. Here is a great from Bahrain conditions, and the asphalt is completely different, so we learned a lot about the work of the rubber on long and short distances. It seems that on one lap we are not as fast as before, and the team clearly have much work to do in this direction. Today, we paid special attention to the tires Ul.In any case, it's a start. The car feels good and the balance is also quite good. This is clearly a good start, but to win, we just have to work".
The Williams driver lance Stroll told that he did not communicate with Carlos Sainz after an accident in Bahrain, where where the Spaniard was punished with three penalty positions at the start of the race in Russia.Recall, the science is not agreed with such decision of the stewards.Lance Stroll "No, we didn't talk, it was two weeks ago, the stewards had made their decision. I think of Russia. Probably my car this year was strong and we will see what happens this weekend.Now is not the time to get ahead of it, we must remain focused and do your job. Now we have a confidence as never strong, and we are already waiting for the start of the race.I obviously hope for a good weekend, as always, but I don't think it's time to start to focus on the work otherwise. We just need to do what we do, to work and to get closer to the start of the race, as always, gradually".
Williams technical Director Paddy Lowe said that the route of the Grand Prix of Russia is very picky about the settings of the machine.Paddy Lowe "This track is demanding for all areas of the machine because it has a wide range of different high-speed corners and a long straight where the important power.Long video also gives opportunity for the slipstream after the start of the race, so we are waiting for interesting fight from the first meters.We are encouraged by the speed of the car in Bahrain, so optimistic before the start of the race in Sochi.
The pilot of Renault's Nico Hulkenberg admitted that he is looking forward to the opportunity to go to the start of the race in Sochi.Nico Hulkenberg "I with optimism waiting for this opportunity. I think that we have made significant progress with race pace in Bahrain. Now we want to test their development in Sochi. We have something interesting that will help the car go any faster.Of course, the Sochi autodrom is a completely different track, so we can't accurately predict the relative velocity until the start of Friday's practice, but I feel confident.I think we have made good progress, and all this makes me feel happy."During the first Friday practice of Hulkenberg will replace the Russian test-pilot Renault Sergey Sirotkin.
The Renault team have confirmed that reserve driver Sergey Sirotkin will hold the first Friday practice of Grand Prix of Russia. Their place the Russians will be behind Nico Hulkenberg.Earlier Sirotkin behind the wheel of RS17 spent one day of testing in Bahrain.Cyril abiteboul, head of Renault Sport "Sergey spent one day of testing in Bahrain and impressed us with the fact that quite neatly in the car of new generation. This is despite the fact that he was not driving the car of Fomrula-1 from last year.Sergey will participate in the first practice, along with Jolyon. Russia is an important market for Renault, so it made sense to provide a machine local to the pilot".
The head of Toro Rosso Franz Toast I am sure that after the race Grand Prix of Bahrain and penalty in Russia Carlos Sainz has to prove himself.Franz Toast "He fought for position in the top ten, he knew that the car is competitive he can to achieve points. He knew in that moment that can turn. But all ended with the accident, because Carlos just hoped to experience Strolla.I'm sure this season we will see a fantastic race with Carlos".Recall that in Bahrain Sainz faced with Strolla, which will lose three positions at the start of the race in Sochi.
The pilot Force India Sergio Perez admitted that he was happy with his team.Sergio Perez "After Bahrain, I said he was very proud of my team. We never surrendered in the fight for a great result. Last time was special, because for us it is the 13th race in the points.When I qualified 18th, I thought that it would be a hard race, but we did everything right and deserved the result.I think the beginning of the season went very well, and we can be satisfied with the results already achieved".
The pilot Haas Romain Grosjean is hoping that his team this year to try to hold a strong race in Russia.Roman Grosjean "it Was great to get the points in Bahrain. It is clear that we deserved it, we deserved points in the first race of the season. I think the most encouraging fact is that the car is very good on different types of tracks. So we went to Russia, self-confident, although last year this ring was difficult for us.Friday will see whether we have reached progress, and if the machine is working well, the chance to score points. I think we have a good base level, and we will continue to work on it, try to improve the car in Sochi".In the past year, the pilots Haas finished the race Grand Prix of Russia on the 8th and 17th positions.