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First day on the tests in Barcelona team Force India was entrusted with the Russian test-pilot Nikita Mazepin.
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".
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.
Team Toro Rosso told about the reasons which allowed her before the other teams begin to test the machine during the shooting days. Shooting day will be held during the four days of the start of the official winter tests.James Ki, technical Director Toro Rosso "We managed to pass all the FIA tests the first time. This significantly accelerated the development and Assembly of the machine in all areas. During the shooting day we'll check all the machine system, which will also help us before start of work in Barcelona".
The Williams team was one of the first will hold a presentation of the new machine FW41. The event will take place on 15 February in London.Earlier there was information that FW41 not passed all crash tests of the FIA, which the team from grove to hold the first tests in Barcelona with last year's car.
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 team Toro Rosso will present a new car STR13 25 February in Barcelona. However, the first tests of a novelty will take place on February 21 in Misano.Work at the circuit in Misano will be held in the framework of the shooting day, during which you are allowed to drive no more than 100 kilometers on the demonstration tyres Pirelli.Recall that this year Toro Rosso will work with power plants to Honda.
Presentation of the new machine McLaren MCL33 will take place on 23 February and 24 February, the British team intends to conduct the first tests of new items.For this purpose, McLaren is going to use the right of the so-called shooting days, which are special Pirelli tires, and the mileage is limited to 100 kilometers. Any team during the season may spend two of those days, and in the McLaren decided to use them as preparation for tests Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandorn will work in Barcelona on 24 and 25 February.26 Feb there, in Barcelona, will start full tests.
As informs German edition Auto Motor und Sport, Renault team will present its new car on February 20.Previously, only four teams have announced the dates of presentation 22 February - Mercedes and Ferrari, 23 Feb., 25 Feb - Toro Rosso.Pre-season test starts in Barcelona on February 25.
While race Director McLaren Eric bulge calms the press, talking about the complete indifference of the team to handle the pressure next year, its pilot Stoffel Vandorn decided to add fuel to the fire.Stoffel Vandorn "In 2018, the pressure on the team will be very large, because we have strong rivals to compare progress.I still have work to do to become a pilot. I'll have to quickly understand how this machine works. The speed I have, if it is correct to put all components of the weekend.I don't aim for the season. For me, my point of comparison, Fernando Alonso. The results last year were not such as I expected, but now I am much stronger.I was able to open in a team, to understand my engineers and mechanics, and I also learned from Fernando how to adapt to the car, which are not always effective, how to handle problems during the season.I already had my first day of work in the simulator with the engineers and we were able to discuss a lot about the new car. First impression - the engine of the Renault was a really good fit. All are interested in to begin your tests and see what we can do on the track.View already in Barcelona, as we are right in their calculations".
On the track of Barcelona, which traditionally takes pre-season tests and the Grand Prix of Spain, began reconstruction.Soon to be replaced with asphalt on the entire route. In addition, a 13-m turn will change the position of the stands, and this will increase the safety zone.This year Barcelona will take two four-day test session from 26th February to 1st March and from the 6th to the 9th of March.
The team Toro Rosso will present a new car on February 25 in Barcelona, the day before the start of pre-season testing.The novelty will receive index STR13. For the first time in the history of Toro Rosso will work with the exclusive engine supplier - Honda.Earlier, Toro Rosso announced that the new machine has successfully passed all crash tests of the FIA.
Sports consultant to Red Bull Helmut Marko believes that his team managed to achieve second place in the team standings of season 2017.Helmut Marko "It's the circumstances, or luck. We had more than ten gatherings Imagine that This outstanding achievement speaks for itself. Without this fact we would be able to achieve second place in the team standings.The beginning of the season was unsuccessful. We had problems with the correlation data, which forced us to start the season with an uncompetitive chassis. We could change it to the European part of the championship. In Barcelona and in Budapest we had a competitive chassis. I'm even willing to go further, saying that sometimes we had an outstanding chassis".
Former Sauber pilot Pascal Wehrlein said that in Barcelona he had the best race of the year.Pascal Wehrlein "From the point of view of result, Barcelona was the best race of the year, but probably in the second half of the season I also had a good race, but it was almost not seen on TV.Even if we had a good race in the second half of the season, you wouldn't be able to see it because the gap from the fastest teams was too big. For example, at Suzuka I was pretty fast but lagged far behind the others.I'm very happy to finish the season with five points. Not every race was as good as I wanted, but I think overall we did everything we could".In Spain Wehrlein finished eighth - it is the best result for Sauber in the season 2017.
The head of McLaren Zach brown said that after the winter tests his team gave the Honda mechanics six months for a solution to their problems.Zach brown "We knew that we have problems, even on the tests in Barcelona, and we have worked very hard for six months to try to find solutions that will make us much more competitive in 2018. Eventually, after trying many different things and many different ways, we felt that we will not be able to fight with Honda for the victory.Three years in Formula 1 for a long time, so we needed to change direction, to return our team to the top. Honda is a great company with excellent staff. The relationship between us was always strong and remains strong, so do not rule out new cooperation. We wish them the best, but we had to make some decision in our interests.The relationship was much stronger than was expected by the people. We worked hard, we were disappointed together, but we never yelled at each other".Next season McLaren will use the power plant of Renault.
Ferrari President Sergio Marchionne said that the presentation of the new machine is scheduled for February 22. Traditionally it will take place in Maranello.The first kilometer of a novelty will pass in Barcelona on 25 February, during the so-called shooting day. And 26 February, will start full tests.
Non-Executive Director of Mercedes Niki Lauda said that last year the team acted some rules between the pilots.Niki Lauda "we had a huge competition on a team that sometimes was too big, but we have introduced some rules. We said to Lewis and Nico, especially after Barcelona, when they defeated both machines that it is unacceptable for Mercedes that we have to win, that they can't destroy each other.We have some rules were adopted. They realized that they are not allowed to do certain things, otherwise you'll have to pay a penalty if something like that again, or we will consider to release them from their contracts.We are all here as a team, the team can not destroy itself".
Test-pilot of Renault Nicholas Latifi on the results of the tests in Hungary was on 7-th position.Nicholas Latifi "it's Cool that I managed to get behind the wheel of cars of Formula 1. Yes, it was very hot, but after testing for Pirelli in Barcelona I really wanted to get back behind the wheel.The car has excellent handling, I was able to give the team good feedback. Sorry for the lost time due to the replacement of the engine, but the mechanics coped with the task, and I returned to the track at the end of the day.Sorry that I missed you so much, but the rest of the day was rich".
In the framework of the Austrian Grand Prix, the Russian driver Sergey Sirotkin will hold Friday practice behind the wheel of a Renault RS17, temporarily replacing Nico Hulkenberg.Sergey Sirotkin "I am delighted to be back behind the wheel of a Renault. After previous tests I performed in the Le Mans and Formula 2, and also held a demonstration race at Goodwood. However, to take part in the racing weekend Formula 1 is something special.I like Spielberg. I love the old tracks and the red bull Ring is one of them. I hope this time we will work out the program and collect a lot of useful information about the truck".Before Sirotkin participated twice in the practices of Formula 1 Barcelona and Sochi. But due to technical problems managed to pass only 12 laps.
The French circuit Paul Ricard may become a new stage of the official tests of Formula 1 before the season 2018.The track in Le Castellet returns to the calendar next year to revive the historic Grand Prix of France.The Paul Ricard Director Stephane Clair "We will take the test with great pleasure. This makes sense, because we were preparing for this. Teams know the quality of our services and know that with the Magneti Marelli telemetry data tests are the most accurate. Discussions are continuing".Yet it is worth noting that the track at Paul Ricard is equipped with irrigation system that is useful for testing dozhdevaya rubber.This year all pre-season tests held in Barcelona.
Pilot Red Bull Daniel Riccardo said the progress of his team in important areas of work of the machine.Daniel ricciardo "we had more consistency in feedback. I Max give more useful information, especially during races. We get more return from the team compared to the beginning of the year.It seems that the correlation is much better in the last races, and now we are more sure of what direction we need to move. In Barcelona, where we had a lot of firsts, we are faced with the fact that some parts worked and some not. Now we can clearly see, what to do and how to do it right".
The pilot Toro Rosso Carlos Sainz marked the main rival of his team in this season.Carlos Sainz "Force India has earned a lot of points, especially in Barcelona. They have a very strong car, and with the Mercedes engine they are simply unattainable for many competitors.I don't want to become arrogant. I think fifth place is really possible for us. I'm happy for the team, if we succeed. I will be celebrating this event together with the team."Now the Toro Rosso ranks 5th in the constructors ' championship. The Italian team 29 points, Force India - 71.
Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff told that the problems his team are rooted in a complete misunderstanding of the tires.Toto Wolff "I don't like that we are playing at this level. I don't like that we are not able to achieve victory.Actually, I think our problem lies in the lack of understanding of the tyres. From the beginning of the season we were faced with this problem. No race has not passed so that both pilots could operate in a given temperature window.We saw an exceptional job of Bottas in Sochi, we are unable to repeat on the car of Lewis, we saw the exceptional work of Lewis in Barcelona, and this inconsistency continues throughout the season.On the other hand, Ferrari already on the tests showed a fast car. We recognize that lost from the very beginning, so now are busy trying to catch up".
Red Bull Renault is waiting for the updates that was postponed indefinitely for reasons of reliability.In Barcelona, the former Champions thanks to the updated car took a small step forward, lifting myself to the leaders of the championship, Mercedes and Ferrari, but the gap is still large.Sports consultant to Red Bull Helmut Marko "We were able to eliminate about 60 of the gap from the leaders. Of course, we hope fully will catch up with Mercedes and Ferrari before the Grand Prix of Austria".
One of the heroes of the broadcast of the Grand Prix of Spain became a six-year-old Frenchman Thomas Daniel, trapped in the boxes Ferrari.Tom, along with his parents came to Barcelona from French Amiens to cheer for Ferrari. However, already in the first round of fighting has left Kimi Raikkonen, what six-year-old cheerleader was very upset. A frustrated fan called into the pits to Ferrari, where he received a baseball cap Finnish pilot.
Pilot Mercedes Lewis Hamilton won the race Grand Prix of Spain. His main rival, he was ahead a few laps before the finish.Lewis Hamilton "Thank you the stands for the support of all these fans was just incredible today. Every time in Barcelona, I get pleasure from the stands.The race was very difficult, fighting with Vettel turned out to be incredibly dense. I failed the start, but the team has developed an excellent strategy that helped us to overtake Vettel. Today was a difficult struggle, but that is what I love about racing.Physically it was very hard. Neck all right, but I'm completely worn out".
Pilot Ferrari Kimi Raikkonen at the end of Friday's practice was in third position with a gap of three-tenths of a second.Kimi Raikkonen "Today was a strong wind, which the machine was constantly slipping. But the conditions were the same for everyone. The first day was spent getting used to the track and test the product, so the results mean nothing.The conditions in Barcelona compared to the winter tests has significantly changed it became warmer, the track surface became cleaner. Now let's analyze the data and see what happens on Saturday.
In Barcelona team Toro Rosso brought the updated aerodynamics. Among the notable novelties - T-wing on the fin.T-wing trend of the new season. However, in the Toro Rosso is quite simple element of aerodynamics prepared only for the fifth race of the season.
The first practice home Spanish Grand Prix for Fernando Alonso ended on the first lap. According to McLaren, again the engine failed.Fernando Alonso "What happened Ask the Honda. The engine just blew up after the first turn. I miss the first practice, and I feel sorry for the fans.The team brought in Barcelona a few novelties, but I have no possibilities to test them. I hope to be able to work in the second practice".