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Pilot Red Bull Daniel ricciardo in the race Grand Prix of China finished fourth, right behind teammate.Daniel ricciardo "It was a very difficult race. Today we were very close to the leaders and be able to compete with them. However, rubber is very quickly degraded, especially the first set, and DRS did not work.Let me down rubber, especially bad with stress coping front left tyre. I wanted to climb the podium, but did not. I'm happy for the team, we've made good points, but third place should have been available to me.
Pilot Mercedes Lewis Hamilton after victory in qualifying and won the race Grand Prix of China. The British pound is the fifth victory in Shanghai.Lewis Hamilton "First of all, I want to say thanks to all the fans who came today to the stands. Thank you also to all our team, especially those working in the UK at the factory. They deserved this victory.It was a special and very difficult race. The start was complicated because the track was still wet and slippery, to fly in the turns was difficult. All around did a good job, especially Vettel. and this young pilot.Thank you team, thank you all. The fight with Ferrari continues,".
The pilot of Red Bull Max Verstappen to race the Grand Prix of China finished third after starting from 16th position. At the end of the race he had to repel the attacks of team-mate.Max Verstappen "It was a great battle. I'm very glad I was able to break into such a difficult race on the podium. Third place brought the team good points, we are satisfied with this result.In qualifying we were much slower than today, but it's all because of the settings on the wet track. Today it worked, and we brought the team good points.
084807 - the Weather in Shanghai has changed again. Friday was rain and fog, yesterday was Sunny, today overcast again.084816 - the Track is wet.084834 - From pole position for the sixth time in China, will start Lewis Hamilton.084915 - Lewis has Won here only four times, including once not from pole position.084930 - And in 2007 he was stuck in the gravel at the entrance to the pits.084951 - Near Hamilton will start Sebastian Vettel from Ferrari.085032 - Sebastian won here only once, in 2009-m. 085050 - Second row Valtteri Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen.085110 - In qualifying, Bottas Vettel lost only one one-thousandth of a second - about 5.9 cm085131 - Third row Daniel ricciardo and Felipe Massa.085202 - Completing the top ten Nico Hulkenberg, Sergio Perez, Daniil Kvyat and lance Stroll.085221 - Next Sainz, Magnussen, Alonso, Ericsson, Vandorn, Verstappen, Windows, Giovinazzi, Grosjean and Palmer.085305 - the Last three were the starting penalty Giovinazzi for changing the gearbox after the crash, Grosjean and Palmer for not slowing down at the scene of the accident, Giovinazzi.085334 -.
The pilot Haas Romain Grosjean and Renault pilot Jolyon Palmer will lose five positions at the start of the race Grand Prix of China.At the end of the first part of qualifying in the last corner flew Antonio Giovinazzi. Actively marshals waved yellow flags, but it didn't force Grosjean and Palmer to reset the speed on a dangerous site. In the end both fined loss of five positions at the start of the race and three penalty points.Grosjean and Palmer qualified for the 17th and 18th positions, respectively. In the race, given the penalty, they will start from last row.
Pilot Red Bull Daniel Ricardo believes that his 5th result in qualification of the Grand Prix of China-is not high for his team.Daniel ricciardo "I don't think we showed a maximum we could achieve and more. The car behaved not the best way. Today we had to choose what to customize your machine. We have relied on rain race, so today the speed was not very high.I know max had a problem with the engine. I hope tomorrow it will not happen".
Pilot Williams Felipe Massa in the qualification of Grand Prix of China showed 6-th result.Felipe Massa "Today we are in good shape. I squeezed the maximum out of the car, the more we would not be able to achieve. But my result is a good starting point to fight for good points. We have been in the final, and thus succeeded in meeting its objectives.Tomorrow we will fight with Red Bull and nobody knows what will happen with the weather. It is here crazy. But we are ready to fight until everything looks good".
Pilot Ferrari Kimi Raikkonen won the second part of the qualification of the Grand Prix of China, but in the end showed only the 4-th result.Kimi Raikkonen "honestly, I'm disappointed in my result. I was never able to find the optimal settings for your machine. I tried to attack, but the tires really didn't work. Throughout the training I have had minor problems, which resulted in a loss of time.Well, tomorrow is the race and what she will bring us, it is very difficult to predict".
The pilot Force India Sergio Perez managed to break into the final qualification of the Grand Prix of China, where he showed the 8th result.Sergio Perez "I am very happy for the team, I'm happy for her. We are now engaged in challenging game, because the machine is not ready to fight in the middle of the peloton. But every time I try to fight at the limit, which gives the result.It will rain tomorrow, and for us this is a good opportunity to compete for points. It will be a great race, and a complete ignorance of the new wet tyres will only season race extreme. Let's see what happens.
The Williams driver lance Stroll showed 10-th result in qualification of the Grand Prix of China.Lance Stroll "I'm glad I was able to pass the final qualification. I'm pleased with myself, because in the morning I was not so good. The first round was very good as was the second, but on my final attempt I made a mistake, but the time shown was enough to make the finals. I also made a mistake, but still we have two machines in the final qualification is a good result.Tomorrow may be my first rain race in the career of pilot Formula-1. This can be a good test for me. Now I am happy for myself and the team result, but I understand that tomorrow the work on the road can be very heavy. Let's see how everything goes. But already now it is clear that I will fight with Force India, Toro Rosso and Renault".
The Ferrari pilot Sebastian Vettel on the results of the qualification Grand Prix of China showed the 2nd result.Sebastian Vettel "that's a good qualification We were fast until the last round. In the last corner I lost a little time due to early braking, which resulted in the result. I was very close to the time of Bottas, but ahead of him just in a matter of seconds. I'm glad I was ahead of him, because I start from the first row.I did everything to fight today for victory. Tomorrow will be a difficult race, maybe in the rain. I'm ready for this test, tells all about the interesting fight".
The pilot Force India Esteban Windows showed in the qualification of Grand Prix of China of the 20-th result.Esteban Windows "I know I could be faster, so I am very sorry for your result. But we hope for rain during the race, which will help to compete for points. We will not even against mixed conditions.For me it was a experience that I got the opportunity to learn the track. I think I can in the rain to fight even more than fast cars. Sure in the rain it will be an interesting race".
The pilot of McLaren Stoffel Vandorn showed the 16-th result in the qualification of Grand Prix of China.Stoffel Vandorn "I am very upset with his result, after morning practice showed that the car is quite fast, and I had to get to the second round. I was confident in the car, I attacked as he could, did everything right, but your only chance is ruined. Sorry.Today Alonso is a great man, he was able to get further. For tomorrow we have a good strategy, so we'll see what the outcome of the race. Now I'm very upset with my result.
Pilot Sauber Antonio Giovinazzi, replacing the team of Pascal Wehrlein, said that it's always bad when you do little work on the track. The Italian showed 14th result practices Grand Prix of China.Antonio Giovinazzi "it is unfortunate that today I almost went to the track. Our team regrets that it was not able to implement the planned program for this day. However, all teams are faced with the difficulties of the day. I'd like to believe that tomorrow and during the race the weather would be more favorable to us. Yes, and tomorrow morning will have to work very hard preparing the car for qualifying and the race at the same time".
Head Red Bull Christian Horner said that his team's cars are too sensitive to the perturbed air flow - hence the loss in speed.Christian Horner "the Problem is that our cars are very sensitive to the perturbed air flow from the front running cars. We in Australia have been unable to see the true potential of the car in clean air. I saw that we was on the pace of Kimi, but he knew that the machine can be half a second faster.All these two weeks Adrian Newey has worked to improve the efficiency of the machine in the perturbed flow. In China look what came of it".
The head of the Honda F1 Yusuke Hasegawa admitted that the partnership team McLaren will be very hard during the race Grand Prix of China.Yusuke Hasegawa "We expect the Chinese Grand Prix will take place in a more complex environment for our team than to race in Australia. There is always a lot of surprise due to the constantly changing weather conditions that affect the setup and balance of the car. The track itself is also very heavy power unit the slow and medium turns, as well as two very long straight. The key to will preparation and setup.Again we work together with McLaren to ensure that we do everything possible and extract the maximum from our package upgrades. It is important to gather as much information as possible. It's a long season and we are looking for progress in every race".
The pilot Haas Kevin Magnussen believes that his team have a lot of work to prepare the car for the upcoming Grand Prix of China.Kevin Magnussen "This is really good news that the car with the first Grand Prix is pretty competitive. But, obviously, there is no guarantee that we will be competitive in China. We need to work hard to extract the maximum out of the car and make it competitive at this track.The first turn is very funny. It's a unique twist, in which you fly at very high speed, but gradually slow down. This is an incredibly long turning, very difficult to pass. The rest of the track is pretty simple".
Haas pilot Roman Grosjean told that the key to a high score in Shanghai - the front tyres.Roman Grosjean "Shanghai is a difficult track because it differs from all traces of the start of the season with an intricate profile. On this route the car should work well with the front tires. If not, then any command and any pilot becomes difficult to achieve your goals.To overtake in Shanghai, and it is not difficult. There is a long straight, where DRS you can overtake an opponent, especially without effort. In General, if the car is good in qualifying and in the race everything should be fine. If not, then in the race you will have to fight. If at the end of qualifying you were in the top ten, there is, most likely, and finish, if not the fight will be tense".Last year Grosjean was launched in China 14th and finished only 19th.
The pilot of McLaren Fernando Alonso has admitted that it will be interesting to watch the work of the rubber in the Chinese track.Fernando Alonso "last year in Shanghai every pilot closely followed the tire, since the wear was typically high, and we are often faced with the graininess. But now we have a new rubber composition, and it will be interesting to see how they will work on this type of track. The weather is often unpredictable at this time of the year in China, and temperatures can change dramatically within three days of the weekend. And all this directly will affect the balance. Teams will have to break your head in search of the optimal settings.Shanghai - a truly bizarre track. The first turn - this is my favorite twist in the whole racing calendar, because it helps to test pilot the level of professionalism. I look forward to work to see what your new machine. I also want to see the chequered flag and score points, not to finish the race ahead of schedule".
Team Sauber has officially confirmed that Pascal Wehrlein will miss the Grand Prix of China. His place will again take a spare pilot Ferrari Antonio Giovinazzi.In Sauber hope that Wehrlein will be back either in Bahrain or in Russia.Pascal Wehrlein "For me the most important is that I am unable to train intensively. The training will provide the highest result in my first race. I'm well prepared for my first full weekend with Sauber.I hope that this will happen in Bahrain, but if not, I will continue training to be ready for the Grand Prix of Russia".
The pilot of McLaren Stoffel Vandorn believes that the Chinese Grand Prix for his team will be easy.Stoffel Vandorn "the Last race is over for us, not as we would like, but we also know that in China the team will be very hard. Yes, we have some new details for this weekend, and as usual, we will be working to get the maximum from our package upgrades, but I don't think it will solve all our problems.This track is new to me, so I look forward to work on Friday to see this track, feel it. I studied the ring only in the simulator.The track in Shanghai is different from Melbourne and the following race in Bahrain, a variety of characteristics. The combination of low and medium-speed corners, and then long and fast straight makes hard to think about a choice of settings. Well, let's see on Friday what we can achieve on this track".
Pilot Sauber Marcus Ericsson believes that due to the long straight in Shanghai it is important to configure the machine at the highest speed.Marcus Ericsson "the Grand Prix of China - for the second stage of the world championship of season 2017. The Shanghai circuit has one characteristic very long straight, where a good top speed. Also, there is an interesting mix of slow and high-speed turns of varying difficulty.I really like the technical section is filled with unique twists. All this track demands on the car good balance, but from the pilot the exact pilot".On account of Ericsson's three races in Shanghai, and in all three cases, the Swede made it to the finish. Best result - 10th place in 2015.
The pilot of Red Bull Max Verstappen admitted that he loves the Grand Prix of China.Max Verstappen "I love to come to this country. I like Chinese track and local culture. I even in the Netherlands often used in Chinese cuisine, but just coming here, I realized what it is These dishes prepared by local chefs - a masterpieceI only wish that this time will come a lot to eat, because you have to keep yourself in shape. However, for the good of the race I'm ready to hold myself."On account of Verstappen two races in China. In 2015, it went down because of engine failure a year ago and finished eighth.
Pilot Red Bull Daniel Riccardo told about his attitude to the Grand Prix of China.Daniel ricciardo "Shanghai is a track which eventually became I really like. When I first visited there, I did not like. Usually I was not competitive, but since then, he became the pilot of Red Bull, had good results. Now I really enjoy the track and return to Shanghai with pleasure.The city is located quite far from the road, but I try to make time to visit local attractions. It is an international city with good nightlife and excellent restaurants. Do you can find here anything".On account of Riccardo five races in Shanghai. Twice Daniel started with the first line, but each time he finished in the fourth position.
The ex-pilot of Formula 1 Jean Alesi believes that Shanghai is at the top of the podium again ascend the pilot of the Scuderia.Jean Alesi "the New rules and the beginning of the season was not very clear. There were thousands of doubts in that can show the Mercedes or Red Bull.But after Australia I'm now waiting for Ferrari to confirm his power in China. The ease with which Vettel followed Hamilton in the race, was amazing, while the Hamilton had no chance to chase Vettel.When the car good from the beginning, its modernization is also easier.Alesi himself played for Ferrari, 1991-1995.
Head Red Bull Christian Horner believes that the conclusions about overtaking you need to wait until the Bahrain Grand Prix.Christian Horner "I Think we should leave the final opinion up to the end of the race in Bahrain. If you look at Melbourne, historically there has never been a lot of overtaking. China and Bahrain are the two tracks where to overtake is much easier.I liked to observe how the pilots attacked throughout the race. Nobody was saving fuel and tyres as before."During the last race in Australia, the experts counted a total of five traverses.
Spare pilot Ferrari Antonio Giovinazzi, replaced at Sauber by Pascal Wehrlein in a race in Australia, now dreaming about the race in China.Antonio Giovinazzi "Why not But Pascal - combat pilot Sauber, and I'm the third pilot of Ferrari. I will arrive in Shanghai with Ferrari, but we'll see how the rest of the circumstances.For me work in Australia was a great opportunity to show themselves, and I am very happy with experience acquired".Recall that Giovinazzi in his debut race finished in 12th place.
Head Red Bull Christian Horner said that his team wants to achieve greater progress.Christian Horner "We want to progress. Our car is clearly the third, but in the next two races we intend to reduce the backlog.In Melbourne, Ferrari produced the most powerful impression, and they have probably the strongest car at the moment.But honestly, I don't think Mercedes are too far ahead of us. In my opinion, we should find half a second in China".
New Williams technical Director Paddy Lowe apologized to lance Stroller that went the distance of the race Grand Prix of Australia due to brake failure.Paddy Lowe "For us it was a very disappointing result because Stroll held several important overtaking and could compete for points. We apologize for the fact that he came down because of problems with the brakes.We are aware that the main task of the team now - to solve this problem before the race in China".