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Putin is the champion Head Sauber Frederic Vasseur believes that their new Alliance with the Alfa Romeo will make the team more attractive.Frederic Vasseur "Alfa Romeo is not just a question of sponsorship, it's more than a partnership. This means that we will be much more attractive for media, for sponsors. But it's a huge motivation for the team to get such an iconic brand".
The Sauber team decided on the date of the presentation of the new machine C37. The event will be held on February 20 at a base in Henville.Previously, the Swiss team presented a title sponsor. They became Italian brand Alfa Romeo.In the new season, Sauber will be Marcus Ericsson and Charles Leclere, a protege of Ferrari. Spare pilot presumed Antonio Giovinazzi.
The President of the FIA Jean Todt said that he will not interfere with the decision of the top teams to leave the League.Jean Todt "for Decades, Ferrari has a veto. When we're going to discuss renewal of the agreement between the teams, the matter would again be discussed. Am I afraid that Mercedes and Ferrari will go It's their choice.Exactly what we don't want anyone to leave. But, of course, Ferrari is one of the iconic brands. Is a company, a team that since its inception, taking part in every Formula 1 championship.So I don't want to see Ferrari out, but I'm not sure that Ferrari will leave Formula 1, because it is a unique brand because it combines between racing and road cars.I think Ferrari will be hard to refuse the Formula-1, but it is not my responsibility".
Ferrari President Sergio Marchionne said that it would be great if the Haas team will be able to negotiate with the Maserati.Sergio Marchionne "I'm not sure whether this company is to work with Formula E. as for possible cooperation, you should try to organize a joint project with Haas in Formula 1. It will be a good project.We also have much experience in the American races, but we think about Indyar. Why not"Previously, the team Sauber announced the beginning of cooperation with the brand Alfa Romeo, which, like Maserati, owned concern Fiat. And Sauber, and Haas will use Ferrari engines.
Head Sauber Frederic Vasseur said that in the end the Swiss team may become a full stable of Alfa Romeo.Frederic Vasseur "the company Executives want to see a full team of Alfa Romeo. We now use Ferrari engines, but our goal is not to become a subsidiary, and the main Alfa Romeo team.However, between these two brands there will be a bridge in the form of pilots, and database testing.Personally, I do not see the options, how private the team can survive in Formula 1. Private teams can have a couple of great seasons. For example, as Force India at the moment. But the slightest hint of the crisis will destroy all the illusions.Thanks to the collaboration with Alfa Romeo, our team is on a steady course".
The pilot of McLaren Fernando Alonso has said that he is very happy to work with Zack brown.Fernando Alonso "It's very unique head, it has a broad vision of Motorsport, he's a commercial genius.He helped McLaren over the past two years, and now he helps McLaren and Motorsport in General. Therefore, I fully share his vision. Not only is he my boss, he's my friend. I think he copes with this sport.We are slightly expanding the brand McLaren in motorsports, and we try to do it together.
The former head of the eponymous team Peter Zauber believes that his team can get along with the Italian brand.Peter Zauber "I like everything. The command does not change the right of ownership, Alfa Romeo - just a title sponsor and part of the team's name.I do not believe that Alfa Romeo will be able to sink Sauber. Perhaps because this company is from Italy, and all will be well, because Alfa Romeo is a name that invokes passion. For the team it is good because everything is organized CEO Sergio Marchionne, and he has a very good reputation in the automotive industry".
Director Haas Gunther Steiner said that his team can go on a rebranding, as the Sauber, so ready to negotiate with different sponsors, for example, with Maserati.Gunther Steiner "Why not We are always open for negotiation. If anyone has ideas, of course, we're interested. But is this our priority Maybe not.I believe that our priority is just to get sponsors. You see the same process in the other teams, big teams - even they are fighting for sponsors.And for us as a small team, it is even more difficult. And then we need to avoid too cheap for sponsors, because then you will never progress. If you sell yourself cheap, you will never get more from a machine".
Head Red Bull Christian Horner believes that Formula 1 needs to think about more highlights of the show to make it more attractive to different funders.Christian Horner "in Order to attract sponsors, you need to have an attractive product. If you do not have an attractive product, the sponsor comes. And so we have quite a lot of naked cars. We were able to attract brands due to the fact that they like our approach.20 years ago, the team received more profit. The machines were placed great brands. Look at pictures of all cars 1997 and the past. You will see that the difference in the quantity and quality involved in the activities of the companies is striking.We need to create a more attractive show to attract sponsors, which represent a huge value for the Formula-1".
In 1974, in the history of McLaren opened a new Chapter, the title sponsor of the team became a tobacco brand Marlboro, and drive a car with the number "5" villages of the youngest at the time Formula 1 world champion Emerson Fittipaldi.Until mid-1973, the start number has varied from race to race, and the season of 1974 was the first in the history of Formula 1, when they were assigned to teams. So, McLaren, runners-up in 1973, third place in the constructors ' championship, got the numbers "5" and "6".First race of the season showed that the fight for the title will lead the pilots Ferrari and McLaren. Clay Regazzoni and Niki Lauda who represented Ferrari and Fittipaldi periodically replace each other in the role of leader of the championship.
Next season the title sponsor of Red Bull will be the Aston Martin brand, and now the full team name will sound like an Aston Martin, Red Bull Racing, and this was reflected in the new logo.Obviously, the coloring of the cars too much will change.
Champion of the season in 2016 Nico Rosberg said that he hasn't signed a new contract with Mercedes.In 2017 Niko was listed as a Ambassador of the German brand. In 2018 he joined German broadcaster RTL to replace Niki Lauda as an expert on Formula 1.Nico Rosberg "My Ambassador Mercedes contract expires at the end of the year, so I'm completely independent.I might be the Ambassador of Daimler the following year, but that won't stop me in front of a neutral and justified criticism of the Mercedes team during the race. Nicky managed to do it as a team member, so I can too".
2014 team McLaren without a title sponsor. Will not be the title sponsor in the coming years.Zac brown, the head of McLaren "I don't think we need a title sponsor, although large partners we need. In Formula 1 now rarely use the brand name in the team name. We - McLaren, McLaren and not ABC. We are not going to sell its name.You know, in NASCAR the pilots are required to, getting out of cars, said something like "I Want to thank my car Ford Chandon". But in Formula 1 that will not happen.We signed an agreement with some major sponsors, which will be announced in 2018. But work in this regard is still going on".During 1972-1974, the title sponsor of the McLaren performed cosmetic company Yardley, 1974-1996 from tobacco brand Marlboro, 1997-2005 - one tobacco brand West, and in 2007-2013 the title sponsor was snaches telecommunications company Vodafone.
The Renault brand Ambassador Alain Prost said that the French team next season will be a great progress in the work with the aerodynamics.Alain Prost "When in the course of the season leaves too many upgrades, reliability problems occur too often. But this only applies to the chassis. As for the aerodynamics, then we are very lucky. We have many excellent professionals in this field, but a big step forward will be made not only next year but in two years. We prepare serious novelties.Next year we need to step forward not only in terms of a rating. You can still finish fourth and be two seconds slower than Mercedes and Ferrari. It is important for us to catch up with the leaders for speed".
Ferrari may announce a new major sponsor for 2018. Recently, Spanish Bank Santander announced that he was leaving Ferrari and Formula 1. In the Spanish newspaper ABC now reports that on the rear wing next year will be the name of the brand of IQOS.IQOS - heating of nicotine that came up in the company of Philip Morris, is an alternative to conventional cigarettes.ABC "Ferrari has signed an agreement with Iqos after leaving Santander".So far, only it's unclear whether IQOS break a strict interdiction of Formula 1 from the tobacco advertising.
Hirotoshi Honda said that he can understand the frustration of Fernando Alonso failed three-year project McLaren-Honda.It is believed that Alonso has insisted that McLaren had gone from the Japanese brand, turned his attention to Renault.Hirotoshi Honda "Alonso is a young, intelligent and fascinating people. I can easily understand why it was a big disappointment.A professional athlete's life is very short, and it's hard to lose three years in such an important moment in his career, but it's not my fault.I am sure of one thing. The Japanese have a culture of struggle in Formula 1. We are probably very polite, but we can fight.My father was a real fighter who hated to be second. Shortly before his death, when Senna could no longer win, dad complained about it from his sick bed".
The Renault brand Ambassador Alain Prost said that his team is in theory not able to beat Red Bull and McLaren next year.Alain Prost "Any pressure on the team, as for me, this is a positive process, even if it is difficult.Factory stables will compete against the two well-established teams, where the whole organization that Renault still adjusts, already exists.And both of these teams also have the best pilots, maybe even the best. On paper we won't be able to beat Red Bull and McLaren".And Red Bull and McLaren next season will use the Renault engines.
The Renault brand Ambassador Alain Prost said that the objectives of the French team of Formula 1 are quite modest.Alain Prost "I think we should be realistic and careful with our goals.Why Because the team competitors grow in their results. We should develop step by step, but we will show that it is progressing.We need to recognize that there is still much to be done to reduce the backlog from Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull. Next year we must not lose 1.5 seconds on the circle, and only 0.8.Here's how we do it we need to build not only the car but also team spirit, pay attention to detail.
The following season, Alfa Romeo will become the title sponsor of Sauber. Head Red Bull Christian Horner believes that the Italian brand will stay long in the championship.Christian Horner "Alfa Romeo falls under the same management as Ferrari. In other words, all led by Sergio Marchionne. So I can't believe he led the company into Formula 1 to go away in a couple of years.I think this shows that Formula 1 is attractive to eminent brands. Otherwise, the Alfa Romeo would not be in the Formula-1".We will remind that the title sponsor Red Bull next season will be another automaker Infiniti.
Commercial Director of the championship Sean Bratch said the new logo, Formula 1 will be a success in Motorsport and business.Sean Patch "This is a difficult change because we have changed the corporate brand. The current logo has been around for several decades, and he copes well with the recognition in the sport.It seemed to me that the logo change will be an important part of the new trend in the League. I completely agree with chase that it had to be the first step.In my opinion, the old logo did not reflect the direction of where to move this sport. People have an opinion, and everyone is different. But, as leaders of the championship, we have to follow all innovations.In the end, we will demonstrate to the market that this brand will flourish. We understand that any change in the logo, be it a small modification or a complete change, people will have different opinions. And it's good for the sport.Everyone has an opinion about Formula-1. I didn't think that we will avoid criticism".
The Sauber team has announced the pilots on the season-2018. In cockpits with logos Alfa Romeo will sit the Swede Marcus Ericsson and Monegasque Charles Leclerc.Eriksson stands for Sauber in 2015, steadily losing teammates, but has a sponsor and to communicate with the owners of the Sauber. LeClair, in contrast, performed well in the youth series and is supported by Ferrari.The Sauber team will continue to use Ferrari engines, but now the last modifications, not last year's model, like last season. In addition, the title sponsor of the Swiss team will be the brand Alfa Romeo, like Ferrari, part of Fiat-Chrysler.At presentation in Henville Sauber presented the pilots and new coloring.
Alfa Romeo returns to Formula 1. The Italian company has announced a commercial and technical cooperation with the Sauber team.Sergio Marchionne, Ferrari President and concurrently the head of Fiat-Chrysler, where as Ferrari, Alfa Romeo part, have long talked about a possible return of the Italian brand in Formula 1. However, everyone expected that Sauber is to Ferrari engines under the brand Alfa Romeo, but it was limited to changing the name of the team Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team.Sergio Marchionne "the Agreement with Sauber is an important step in the renewal of the brand Alfa Romeo, which returns to Formula 1 after 30 years. It is a well known brand in the world of Motorsport, and now Alfa Romeo will join major brands present in the Formula-1.Technology exchange with such an experienced team like Sauber, will help our brand. In turn, our engineers have demonstrated their ability in constructing models Giulia and Stelvio will be able to share my experience with Sauber".Pascal Picchi, President Sauber "Alfa Romeo has a rich track record in motorsports, and we are proud that this company chose our team to return to Formula 1. Close cooperation with the automaker, will help Sauber to be further developed. We look forward to a long and successful cooperation".If this year Sauber uses the engines of a sample of 2016, the next season the team will get the last modification, and Haas. Behind the wheel of one of the cars will likely sit protg of the Ferrari Charles LeClair. Second place Antonio Giovinazzi, another pupil of the Scuderia.Designer Sean bull had already submitted a new version of the coloring machine.
Although a complete rebranding of logo, Formula 1 will not start until the beginning of next season, the whole world saw him on the podium of the final of the season-2017 in Abu Dhabi.Commercial Director of Formula 1 Sean Patch "We wanted to introduce it now to help our partners understand how they can use it in the future. Many simply did not distinguish in the old logo symbols "F" and "1". The new logo became boee clear.Also it was difficult to see the impression of speed in the old logo. In the digital age, big brands like Starbucks and Coca-Cola, have simplified their logos for the sake of clarity, and this applies to us.Every time the brand is changing and especially a brand that evokes such passion, you should expect a similar reaction.It is normal that people don't like change, but I think it's good because it shows that people are interested in the brand."Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari "I like the old logo much more."The winner of the Abu Dhabi Valtteri Bottas added "What happened with the old logo"Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes "I think that the logo that we already have, is a landmark. Just imagine that Ferrari or Mercedes will change their logos".
McLaren, it seems, intends to announce a new sponsor for 2018. Earlier this year we reported that with the departure of Williams from Petrobras, a Brazilian multinational company may move to McLaren in 2018. And now in Abu Dhabi there are new rumors.Brazilian television said in Abu Dhabi that Sette Camara, Petrobras and McLaren already connected transaction for the year 2018.Also in Abu Dhabi Executive Director of McLaren Zac brown hinted that the British team is working on some key deals.Zach brown "Commercially we had a good year. We have signed contracts with two sponsors, which we haven't announced yet, so I think next year we should expect to see more big brands on a race car the McLaren".At the end of 2013, the company Vodafone has left McLaren, and since then the British team is running without a title sponsor. Let's see whether he will appear in 2018.
Next season one of the sponsors of McLaren will be Sam Fernando Alonso, or rather, his company Kimoa.Kimoa - fashion brand, which in March 2017 launched Fernando Alonso and his Manager Luis Abad.Fernando Alonso "I am 16 years competing in Formula 1, and it's hard for me to find new motivation. The situation was corrected the launch of the brand Kimoa. This is an interesting project which I develop together with my friends.Next year Kimoa logos will appear on my machine Formula 1 - I am filled with a sense of pride".
The engines of Formula 1 in 2021 want to make it easier and cheaper to make in the League could involve small private companies. However, Mario Illien, a renowned expert on racing engines and owner of Ilmor, doubts that you can do without solid sponsors or support automakers.Mario Illien "In principle, the correct concept. Yes, the engines should become easier and cheaper. However, private companies creating such an engine still will not do without serious financial assistance.Work with two clients will be difficult. If at least one of them will be in a difficult situation, then the whole thing will come to an end. Need serious help sponsors or manufacturers."In 1993-2001, the company Ilmor built engines Formula 1 under the brand name Mercedes, who used the team Sauber and McLaren. Later a German company bought the business from Illiana. A few years later Illien created a new company under the old name Ilmor.
Every time in Formula 1 are going to change the rules, the management of Ferrari has threatened to leave the championship. This time Ferrari has threatened their care.In 2021 will enter into force the new technical regulations, according to which the engines will be a little easier and cheaper. In addition, owners of the championship plan from 2019 to restrict budgets. Obviously, all these changes don't like Ferrari.Sergio Marchionne, Ferrari President "If there is no conditions that will be useful for the advancement and promotion of the Ferrari brand, we refuse to participate in Formula 1.Formula 1 is in our DNA from birth. If the sandbox in which we play will change beyond recognition, then we will stop to play in it".
The Ambassador of the brand Renault and four-time champion Formula 1 Alain Prost believes the team made the right decision by inviting Carlos Sainz is Jolyon Palmer.Alain Prost "there is Always the risk when you have to change pilots in the middle of the season, but in fact this is exactly what we wanted.We needed the points, but only Nico and Sainz can fix this, close the hole. We never got rough with Jolyon. Our team is committed to the ideal, so we made the decision that is best for the team.I hope we will not have reliability issues, and if possible, we should finish in the glasses in the remaining races".
Williams technical Director Paddy Lowe has admitted that Pascal Wehrlein is among the candidates for a place in the team in the season of 2018. The main problem of the German pilot his age as the title sponsor of the team, the brand Martini, requires anyone over the age of 25.Paddy Lowe, technical Director, Williams "If we are talking about Pascal, we do not need to check on the tests, because we see how he performs in the race. Yes, we need to consider the wishes of the sponsors, but I am also sure that Martini understands how important for us pilots.We will choose the option that is best suited from the point of view of the results, not the one that is best for sponsors".According to rumors, Lowe does not want to work with Felipe Massa, so now the benchmarks are two other veteran Robert Kubica and Paul di Resta. As for Wehrlein, the Lowe is well acquainted with him in a Mercedes.