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Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton was declared the winner in the category "driver of the year" by fans of the championship.Hamilton won his fourth world title and broke the record of Michael Schumacher for number of pole positions. He won nine of 20 races, including earning a "Grand slam" in China, Canada and the UK.This year Lewis was named the best pilot with 39 of the votes.
Antonio Giovinazzi admitted that he still hopes to return to Formula 1 with Ferrari. We will remind that this year the Italian has helped Sauber, replacing an injured Pascal Wehrlein.Antonio Giovinazzi "This year has given me more than I expected. I do not deny that after a great year in GP2, I feel ready to participate in a full season in Formula 1. But now I feel even more prepared than last winter.In Australia, I had a great time, but China was the worst Grand Prix for me in the career of a pilot. Error happened to me on the stage when I was under pressure from the press. After this criticism was rife. Maybe in China I set goals that were unattainable. But that disappointment helped me grow.I understand that Formula 1 is not football, where you can play for different teams. Here only 20 seats for all pilots in the world, but I always thought that there may be at the level of Vettel and Hamilton".
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.
The head of McLaren Zac brown believes that the championship needs the second one in China.Zach brown "If you look at the really huge Asian economies of China, it is not difficult to see the usefulness of the second Grand Prix in this country. Moreover, as far as I know, just two groups of investors from China are engaged to make his debut in Formula 1 his team".
The President of the FIA does not deny that a couple of years in the championship may be a new team or even several teams.Brazilian newspaper Globo reports that a company called China F1 Racing Team was registered in the UK.Jean Todt "currently we have ten teams, but the idea is to have twelve.It is likely that one or two teams to join Formula 1 in the near future. A lot of rumors, but some parties are interested in it. When we see that the time is right, will announce the formation of new teams.
Rumors of a potential eleventh team from China are gaining momentum.Head Red Bull Christian Horner confirmed "Some of our people are already asking permission to go to the new team. But, in my opinion, it's too late to work on the team for next season".
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 pilot Haas Romain Grosjean was pleased that the team were able to cope with difficulties in the braking system, with which the stable had struggled all of last season.Roman Grosjean "In China we have received an updated version of the brake system, and since then it worked better. To achieve this incredible progress, we had to wait a year and a half".
The pilot of McLaren Fernando Alonso out of the race very tough for a race in Bahrain for a couple of laps before the end.Fernando Alonso "It was a disappointing race. The deficit in the power and speed we have particularly felt on the straights. Sometimes I looked in the mirror early in the straight and saw the other car at a distance of 300-400 meters behind. I understand that it's a long walk and forget about the opponent, starting to work with the settings on the steering wheel. But when I pressed on the brake at the end of the straight, then was horrified to notice that the lagging car right hereToday we were fighting for points, but our speed for this is simply not enough. Today was not the pace that we had in Australia and China. Then I do the engine failed and had to go the distance. It's frustrating.When the red traffic-lights are fading, you are motivated, you start to fight, but when so far behind on the straights, it becomes incredibly sorry for myself and the team. But we will work hard to prepare upgrading in the near future".
Pilot Williams Felipe Massa, it seems, the only person to fight for the honor of the team during this season. Considers himself Brazilian, his main opponent will be the pilot of Renault Nico Hulkenberg.Felipe Massa "it is likely that Renault will be our main rivals this year in the fight for places in the Cup of designers. In Australia fast was Grosjean, but in China I was fighting with Nico Hulkenberg. Most likely, I will have to fight for all season".
Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff congratulated his driver Valtteri Bottas with a victory in qualifying for the Bahrain Grand Prix.Toto Wolff "This is the first pole position in career Bottas, an incredible achievement for any pilot, but you saw how he was calm.I'm glad we have two such fast pilots who treat each other with respect. Valtteri incredibly calm, it is simply impossible to disrupt. This quality helped him to quickly recover and to rehabilitate after the failure in China. Valtteri is constantly evolving - it is his distinctive quality".
Pilot Ferrari Kimi Raikkonen said the criticism of his own team after the race in China.Kimi Raikkonen "I Confess, I was not very nice to play at this level. I would like to achieve better results. I know this world for a long time and understand that not all of you here and happy. It's my job, and I have to perform at 100. We have a clear plan for this season, and it needs to adhere to.In China, the weekend went wrong since Friday night. But in the future, I'm sure everything will be fine. The season ahead is very long. While I'm disappointed with their fifth place, but already in Bahrain will try to fix this mistake".
The ex-pilot of Formula 1 Mika Salo was invited by the steward Grand Prix of China, and he talked about why Sebastian Vettel was not fined for controversial location of the car on the starting grid.Mika Salo "part of the track was wet and we decided to let Vettel with impunity to shift slightly to the side. And in the rules there is no clear guidance on this matter, so we have to give you a warning. But the truth is that FIA is required to prescribe a more clear rule on the starting grid.With regard to the situation Perez-Stroll, then there ought to punish Strolla. In the previous turn he came out clean, but the following turned in the moment, when Perez was beside him. Think fine for struggle contact have less. And yeah need for overtaking under yellow flags or under the safety car, as well as for other gross violations".
The pilot of McLaren Fernando Alonso believes that in Bahrain the team will help to fight for points only rain, of which there are practically no.Fernando Alonso "I think that in China the fight for points has only been possible thanks to a combination of road conditions and weather. In Bahrain the race pass without rain, and I think it will be a difficult speech. We will try to achieve maximum results, I will try to attack, as it was in China.When the road is dry and hot, we're losing speed in comparison with rivals. Therefore, in Bahrain we will be very difficult".
Head Red Bull Christian Horner requires an explanation why the FIA did nothing regarding the shifting of Sebastian Vettel on the starting position of the race Grand Prix of China.Christian Horner "I can understand what you wanted to do Yourself. He wanted to be on the less wet parts of the track, but unless you can do itWe should know, we need to obtain from the FIA explanations, what is allowed in this case and what is not".For his part, Vettel has declared his innocence.Sebastian Vettel "I didn't want to be on the wet part of the cloth, and in the rules there is no word prohibiting my actions.
The Williams driver lance Stroll and after the race can not calm down, the canadian believes that Sergio Perez knocked him intentionally.Lance Stroll "I was ahead in the 10th turn, and it hit me in the back. I knew that it was my turn and my path. I don't think it was just a racing incident. It was definitely not my mistake, but it cost me the whole race."Stewards Grand Prix of China considered the incident during the race, but left it with no repercussions.
The pilot of McLaren Stoffel Vandorn believes that his car looks great in the turns but on the straights, not enough engine power.Stoffel Vandorn "Bolid behaves quite well. When Williams went for Mass, I even noticed that was faster in every turn. But our maximum speed on the straight is too low to even participate in the race. In the top of the lane you see a car in my mirror, and in the end of the straight he was already ahead of you. We urgently require more power. Even with DRS we are not able to pass anyone".For Vandorn race in China ended with a gathering because of problems with the fuel system.
Pilot Red Bull Daniel Riccardo said that his collision with Sebastian Vettel during the race in China was a deliberate action.Daniel ricciardo "It was part of a plan to give fans the opportunity to see a bit of smoke. I was a bit bored so I just thought, "Let's bump wheels and vzbudorazhen audience"I'd be lying if I said that it wasn't intentional, but I knew that no harm is a collision won't cause. Just a bit of smoke for the fans".
The ex-pilot of Formula 1 and Explorer of the Royal race mark Surer admitted that he was struck by the flying Sebastian Vettel in China.Mark Surer "I have not seen Vettel. On this track it's hard to catch up, but Vettel did everything to win the fight for the victory.I am pleased that now overtaking became more difficult. It was a shame to observe how the pilot simply pushed the button and was ahead of the opponent. It should not be. Now the race was fun, but the struggle is difficult".
Race Director McLaren Eric bulge disappointed commented on the results of the Grand Prix of China.Eric bulge "On the wet and slippery road Fernando perfectly coped with all the problems, again showed his class and skill. He started 13th, but after the round was on the 8th place. On the seventh lap he was 6th. it is a Pity that the race ended so badly. We are still pleased with the duel Fernando with his compatriot Carlos Sainz held at the limit.Stoffel has also made some progress after the start of the race, coming in 15th position, but problems with the fuel system forced us to finish the race prematurely for both drivers.
Director Haas Gunther Steiner congratulated the team on the first points earned by Kevin Magnussen in the race Grand Prix of China.Gunther Steiner "it's Nice to see that we earned the first points of the season. Kevin is also the first points for the new team is fantastic For Grosjean it was a tough weekend. I think we showed that we can fight for points and can challenge some teams. We just have to do your job thoughtfully and consistently.Like what we did today is more overtaking than the other pilots in the peloton. I am very proud of it, because we put on a good show. Certainly, today's weather played a role, but when you apply different strategies today, the overtaking was possible. It's still difficult, but possible. Now we look forward to a trip to Bahrain".
Head Sauber Moniz, Kaltenborn believes that the race in China was a complete failure for her team.Monisha Kaltenborn "Today was not our day, especially for Antonio. We are glad that he's okay. Conditions were difficult, especially without experience of driving in the rain. For Marcus, the race was also difficult, and we just couldn't keep up with other rivals. This race showed a weak side of our car. Now we will focus on the next race in Bahrain".
Pilot Williams Felipe Massa in the race Grand Prix of China finished only 14-m. On the highway did not help powerful Mercedes engine.Felipe Massa "I am disappointed with the result of this race. Everything went not as we would like. I lost a lot of positions early in the race, and then we've been going for the safety car, because of what the tires are very cold. I could not go in full force, as it seemed like the car moves on ice. It was the worst. We lost so much time and so many positionsWe then tried to risk staying in for a pit stop before the rest, but it gave nothing. We need to qualify as high as possible and to continue to develop the car".
Daniel ricciardo and Sergio Perez got a warning from the stewards Grand Prix of China because they were late to the ceremony the national anthem before the start of the race.If the pilot of Red Bull's first warning this season, for a representative of Force India it is the second. After the third warning the pilot will lose ten positions at the start.
In the beginning of the race in China, Nico scored twice, ahead of rivals at a time when it was not. In the end, the Renault pilot earned four penalty points.At first Nico was ahead of Roman Grosjean in virtual machine security. Then the German came ahead of Marcus Ericsson when on the track there is a real safety car. During the race, Hulkenberg received a total of 15 seconds penalty, after the race the stewards gave him the penalty points.Now Hulkenberg 6 penalty points. Will still pick up as much again, will miss the race.
The pilot Toro Rosso Daniel Quat went the distance of the race Grand Prix of China due to hydraulic failure.Daniil Kvyat "I failed machine, more precisely, lost hydraulics. I had to stop the car, otherwise it could end in more serious breakdowns.But I couldn't finish in the top ten. For me it was an unattainable goal. The team has not worked out a strategy 100, the tires are not worked, and we were easily ahead of me. I was able to overtake a few pilots, but then very quickly ended".
Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff congratulated the team on winning the race Grand Prix of China.Toto Wolff "Today was our turn to win. And I think that this season the palm is often go hand in hand. Lewis was the strongest today in those difficult conditions. He was simply the strongest.We struck a blow for Ferrari, but the struggle was very dense. I like to watch this fight, especially after three years of dominance".
Non-Executive Director of Mercedes Niki Lauda said that the struggle for the victory in China was very intense.Niki Lauda "Today was very exciting in the pits, it was a tense race. We really wanted to answer the Scuderia after Australia and did it. We won the race, Lewis showed excellent driving in such extreme conditions. It was great.We managed to win, and this time Vettel had problems that guy had to fight. Maybe he could win, if not for the circumstances. Today we had a faultless race. Everyone is happy".
Pilot Ferrari Kimi Raikkonen in a difficult race of the Grand Prix of China finished only fifth.Kimi Raikkonen "It wasn't the best day for me. The start of the race was quite successful, but then the front tyres started to break down very quickly. I was particularly angered left front tire.After the race the team will deal with the problems as they are very expensive. We lost points due to this high degradation".