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Pirelli left the Belgian Grand Prix, insisting that the tires of 2017 safe. During the weekend in Spa, it was possible to observe alarming time-lapse footage showing the strong vibration of the rear tires while driving at high speeds.Technical Director of Pirelli Mario Isola "This happened only in two places when accelerating in turns 1 and 19. Of course, we saw the television footage, but we've also seen some of these teams, demonstrating vibration, which we haven't seen before.But after inspecting the tires we can say that everything is in order, there is no danger. The tires don't spin on the rim - we can see this on the labeling and regulation valves".
If, prior to the Belgian Grand Prix, all the drivers kept a mathematical chance for the title, after the finish of the race the number of applicants was reduced to twelve.Until the end of the season there were eight races, and this means that any pilot can theoretically earn 200 points. As the leader of the championship Sebastian Vettel is already 220 points, to compete with him for the title only those who managed to earn 20 points or more. This group includes the second pilot of Ferrari Kimi Raikkonen, the Mercedes, Red Bull and Force India, as well as Carlos Sainz of Toro Rosso, Nico Hulkenberg of Renault, Felipe Massa of Williams and Romain Grosjean from Haas.In the constructors ' championship round contenders already noticeable. The chance to take the title from Mercedes there is only Ferrari, Red Bull and Force India. But this is only theoretically.
In the race for the Belgian Grand Prix, Daniil Kvyat started 19th and finished 12th, ten seconds from the points zone. This time there were no clashes and penalties.Daniil Kvyat "a Good result considering I started from the last row. The race was very difficult, I had to sit in the car, which in the course of the weekend, passed a very small distance.But I was able to participate in the struggle and win back a few positions. When no one was up front, I managed to show good pace, but at the most inopportune moments I was stuck behind slower cars, as, for example, after the first pit stop. In the end, it's good to finish the race after such a difficult weekend.Now we will prepare for the race in Monza. This route is not very suitable for our machine, but you never know what can happen. We will try to do a clean weekend and to get a good result".
After the finish of the race stewards of the Belgian Grand Prix wrote a penalty points Kimi Raikkonen and Sergio Perez.Raikkonen has received three penalty points for not slowing the evacuation zone machine max Verstappen. During the race, the Finn worked a 10-second penalty stop-and-go.Perez the only penalty was for the fact that cut the Chicane when overtaking Roman Grosjean.
The pilot of Red Bull Max Verstappen out of the race the race the Belgian Grand Prix, after engine problems.Max Verstappen "I am unhappy with the Assembly, I am upset already the sixth gathering this year. I don't know how many gatherings more endurance, my patience is running out. I'm working Friday, so laid out on Saturday during qualifying, and the race getting such a slap. It is unsettling".
In qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix, Daniil Kvyat showed 17-th result, however, after replacing the power plant will go to the last row of the starting field.Daniil Kvyat "over the course of the weekend I drove a short distance, and it shows. In the morning having problems with the power plant. I should note that the team did a great job preparing the car for qualifying. I did my best, but only showed 17-th result.Hard to say what to expect from the race. Don't forget that I got a penalty for a replacement motor. We will try to make every effort to achieve maximum results".
The pilot of Renault Nico Hulkenberg at the end of qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix was on the 7th position.Nico Hulkenberg "I am very happy with the qualification. I was not able to achieve the perfect balance and settings, but still my result was magnificent - 7-m. It has a great importance.Today, we're still working on the settings, but to find a middle ground failed. I'm still not sure we found the best solution for the race, but tomorrow will judge all. I will try to squeeze all of the 7-th place. The team did a great job, so I have to answer to them for this good result.
Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas in qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix showed the 3rd result. Finn lost to team-mate Lewis Hamilton and championship leader Sebastian Vettel.Valtteri Bottas "First of all, congratulations to Lewis with his 68th pole position is a very important achievement. Unfortunately, I didn't have the speed to fight for the first place on the starting grid. I don't know why, and a bit confused as to why I was not able to come close to Lewis. We will need to find answers to questions by analyzing data.The balance was good, but I didn't have enough grip, so fast cornering me constantly wore. With plenty of fuel, I feel much more confident, and it's good for the race.I must say that flying at the Spa on these modern machines are so fast that I've never experienced anything like it. Tomorrow our goal 1st and 2nd place at the finish".
Pilot Ferrari Kimi Raikkonen in qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix showed the 4th result.Kimi Raikkonen "This is not an ideal result, I'm upset with how everything ended. But to do nothing is impossible.What will happen in the race View. I will try to show good result. Much will depend on the level of tyre wear Ul. We'll see, maybe I will be able to battle with surrounding enemies. If not for today's problems with vibration, my result could be better".
The pilot Toro Rosso Carlos Sainz in qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix showed 14-th result.Carlos Sainz "I'm a little disappointed that in today's qualifying showed only 14-th result. This is discouraging after a successful weekend. During practices, I was in the top ten, all rounds were very smooth, but not today.We started the qualifications with the hope to enter the finals. But to achieve 14-th result is very disappointing. I showed our maximum. I hope that tomorrow the situation will change again in a positive way".
Pilot Williams Felipe Massa in the qualification of the Belgian Grand Prix was on the 16th position.Felipe Massa "I am very disappointed with the result. We are not competitive. I thought maybe the accident was the cause of problems, but no, I immediately understood the balance and settings. Just our machine is not able to be fast on this track.I'm very upset. Plus, I got a penalty in the form of loss of five places on the starting grid. But I'm going to drive forward. Will try all possibilities to get points".
McLaren-Honda Fernando Alonso in qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix showed 11-th result. The final lacked a tenth of a second.Fernando Alonso "This day can be called positive. Every lap we lost half a second just because of the engine. If we had a more powerful engine, then we could easily fight for the first position.At the end of the circle denied the battery, which I lost six tenths of a second, while I have improved its score by two tenths of a second. So the finals was possible.On the other hand, starting from the 11th position will allow you to select a fresh set of tires, so that has its advantages".
The pilot of Red Bull Max Verstappen in qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix showed the fifth result. Behind only pilots Mercedes and Ferrari.Max Verstappen "I enjoyed qualifying, as a year ago. However, then I qualified second, but today I also went all out, driving perfect circle.It will be difficult to stay ahead of Ferrari and Mercedes, it will need luck. But in the Spa can happen anywhere. I hope tomorrow the weather will change".
In qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix, Sebastian Vettel showed the second result, losing to the owner of the pole a quarter of a second.Sebastian Vettel "I had a great first part of qualifying, and then lost confidence. Not enough downforce in the front, the steering wheel was padded. The machine came to life only at the end of the finale. At the end of the round I was lucky that Kimi stopped attacking - I used his air bag and was ahead of Valtteri Bottas.This is a good position to start, and I look forward to the start of the race. Mercedes is concerned about our racing pace Yes, long distance running, we look good".
The pilot Force India Esteban Windows in the practice of the Belgian Grand Prix showed the 8th result.Esteban Windows "the Day was quite clean and tidy, I even managed to pass a lot of circles. And this despite the red flag and heavy rain during the second practice.The car behaves just fine. Today, all looks promising, the team gave a good performance.The track is pretty impressive behind the wheel of a Formula 1 car, but I managed to go through Eau Rouge on the first lap without any problems".
At the beginning of the first practice of the Belgian Grand Prix, Felipe Massa flew off the track and crashed into a protective barrier. The pilot was taken to a medical center, but the survey did not reveal any problems.Felipe Massa "I'm all right. It has nothing to do with my poor health in Hungary.The car has received serious damages. Don't know, will the team fix it before the second practice".
During practice for the Belgian Grand Prix, Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg had the opportunity to test the system head protection Halo. The German said that the problems with visibility arose.Nico Rosberg "I Have no problems. All is seen perfectly and does not interfere. The upper part of the Halo, I did not notice, and it does not interfere with the review of traffic lights at the starting line. In other series, for example, in the WEC, LMP1 cars line glasses is lower, and there is no problem. I think that we will not have in case of introduction of system of obligatory".
If, prior to the Belgian Grand Prix, all the drivers kept a mathematical chance for the title, after the finish of the race the number of applicants was reduced to twelve.Until the end of the season there were eight races, and this means that any pilot can theoretically earn 200 points. As the leader of the championship Lewis Hamilton is already 232 points, to compete with him for the title only those who managed to earn 32 points or more. This group includes representatives of Ferrari, Red Bull, Williams and Force India and Nico Rosberg.In the constructors ' championship round contenders already noticeable. The chance to take the title from Mercedes is only Red Bull and Ferrari. But this is only theoretically.
Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg won the race, the Belgian Grand Prix, reducing the gap from Lewis Hamilton in the standings to nine points.Nico Rosberg "Thanks to the team for a great race car, thanks to the stands for support. I understand that the fans wanted to see the winner Verstappen - it really would be cool, but that's racing, and then all aspire to the first place. I'm still grateful to the stands for a great atmosphere that was created all weekend.Also I congratulate Lewis with this incredible breakthrough. He spent a great race, worthy of praise. This is a legendary track, the race was incredibly hot. I did everything I could to win, and Lewis has done everything to minimize losses. Now I need to win at Monza to further reduce the lag from it.
Haas pilot Roman Grosjean showed in the qualification of the Belgian Grand Prix 16th result.Roman Grosjean "the Team made a good step forward before the summer break, so now I'm more happy with the car than previously. There are still a few things we can improve, but as a rule, the result achieved in the qualification can be considered as successful.I don't think this race is a challenge for us like other teams. We have developed a good, aggressive strategy and now try to make it work".
The pilot of McLaren's Jenson button showed on the results of the qualification of the Belgian Grand Prix of the 9th result.Jenson button "I'm glad I made it to the finals, glad to stand again on this track, which I always liked. I drove good laps, happy with the results, so everything is just fine. We hope to achieve such a result, we don't have the speed to fight for this kind of tracks. We were lucky that the situation in our favor. We don't have enough downforce to fight for points, but let's see how will be start. If it's clear, the help in glasses will be easier than to break from the middle of the peloton".
Non-Executive Director of Mercedes Niki Lauda admitted that he was very worried for Nico Rosberg, who fought for pole position in qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix.Niki Lauda "I was very nervous, because so many teams were fighting for the pole position I didn't know whether we will be able to succeed, because Red Bull had us literally on the tail.Lewis has a good car, so I think he'll definitely break points, he's got a great chance. Niko will also be quick throughout the race. We have to win".
Pilot Williams Felipe Massa showed in the qualification of the Belgian Grand Prix 10th result.Felipe Massa "I am terribly upset, it just ruined my today's struggle. I showed the best time in the first round, the team managed to solve the engine problems that have arisen directly during the races. I passed the second round without a problem, then it was the turn of the third. On his only attempt I made a mistake in the first turn. I parathormone, lost the front slid and that sealed your starting position. Of course, I attacked until the very end, but did not get.Tomorrow will be a difficult race for everyone, because rubber is much spoiled our nerves on Friday".
The pilot of McLaren Fernando Alonso in qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix, managed to pass only one warm up lap, denied the new power plant.Fernando Alonso "We are still studying the cause, or rather, looking for its source. Why again happened to me is equipment failure I don't know. I drove a few meters and the car failed. Yesterday I was not able to go three full laps during the morning practice - this is not encouraged. It's not what you want to see after the summer break. Tomorrow I will fight with Lewis at the start of the race, and it will be a great battleOtherwise, we are moving in the right direction, but you need to understand what the cause of these equipment failures".
The pilot Toro Rosso Daniel Quat showed the following practice for the Belgian Grand Prix, 14-th result.Daniil Kvyat "We were able to work our program fully. The team tried to work today with everything possible, to collect a maximum of data until tomorrow to study our problems and try to solve them in the third practice. We still have some areas where we need to progress. We will try our best to make progress. Tomorrow in qualifying it is important to start closer to the head of the peloton".
Pilot Mercedes Lewis Hamilton showed the following practice for the Belgian Grand Prix 13-th result.Lewis Hamilton "It was a simple day for me, but difficult for the guys in the pits, because they had to Tinker with the engine replacement. I am grateful for the hard work, hard and laborious. Today is really hard to work with rubber because the tire pressure is unusually high. But these problems are the same for all. The team successfully performed all the work, and now we focus on the rest of the weekend".
Pilot Ferrari Kimi Raikkonen showed the following practice for the Belgian Grand Prix 7-th result.Kimi Raikkonen "this Morning the car behaved pretty well, but then, in the second half of the day, when I set a Supersoft, machine seemed to have changed. I had to deal with excessive understeer and slide the rear axle. In the long term, we've made a little progress, but I'm still not happy with the achieved result.It was one of those days when you start well and then manifest problems that are difficult to solve and they have to do it tomorrow. We spent so much time on rubber, I didn't really tested the other parts. Well, a lot now to make tomorrow morning".
Pilot Red Bull Daniel Ricardo showed the following practice for the Belgian Grand Prix 2nd rezultatele ricciardo "It was a very good day, just perfect I think the results today should pay attention, because we were able to beat the Mercedes Furthermore, we can be even faster because the team hasn't made the adjustments after analyzing the information collected.We were in settings, we are moving in the right direction, and our boxes provides a nice recovery. Each of us is ready to go I think we can improve the car until tomorrow, so back to work happy at 100".
Pilot Williams Felipe Massa showed the following practice for the Belgian Grand Prix, 17-th result.Felipe Massa "It's okay, Friday we have failed. It was a difficult day, because to make the machine impact never came. With rubber could do nothing, with whatever team we were not working. Tomorrow the team have a lot of work to figure out how to increase the effectiveness. If during this long night, we do not make progress, to fight for points just can't do it".