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Pilot Red Bull Daniel Riccardo in the qualification of Grand Prix of Mexico showed only 7-th result.Daniel ricciardo "We were strong during the first days of the weekend but in qualifying I just didn't have enough grip. It was not We were great during practices, after which not even touched the machine, but every time I left the pits in qualifying for a fast lap, the car was like the other.We have tried to experiment in the third round, making an extra warm up lap, but it didn't work. Sometimes it happens that some sets of tires just don't work. I got just that.This morning the track was really cold, but we could still show the speed. In the afternoon, when there was a qualification, the temperature increased significantly, but nothing worked. If I can work at the level of practices during racing, then I will definitely fight for the podium. But all this is confusing, and we really need to understand what happened in qualifying".
The Ferrari pilot Sebastian Vettel said that neither he nor the team is not panicking after failing in the home race in Italy.The Italian press said that it was a cold shower for the Scuderia on home track and the team President Sergio Marchionne called this Grand Prix embarrassing.Sebastian Vettel "we Have a very strong car, very strong. We will have a great season finale, I'm sure.The beginning of the race I didn't feel the car, and the last 20 laps I struggled a lot with balance. It was just a bad race, I'm not worried about the future and optimistic. Despite the numbers and odds, the championship is still very long, and we will not disappoint people who want us to have the victory."However, of the remaining seven tracks, four on paper suitable Mercedes Sepang, Suzuka, Austin and Abu Dhabi- there is an important power of the engine.Sebastian Vettel "Things on paper don't interest me. On paper you can't see the extra element of competition that matters. In short, the more complex the merrier. In sports if everything is easy, it is boring".After the race in Italy, Vettel lost the lead in the championship. Now Sebastian three points loses Lewis Hamilton.
Champion of the season in 2016 Nico Rosberg believes that competitors are doing more right steps to victories than Lewis Hamilton.Nico Rosberg "I respect Ferrari, which last year was just catching up. What they are doing is very impressive. But I still believe that Mercedes will win because they have the best car.Everybody's talking about Lewis, but please don't forget about Valtteri Battese. He does have a chance because he's fast, and he may be a bit more consistent than Lewis. Lewis is good only in good days but when he is in difficulty, his speed is not a trace remains.Sometimes we see Vettel wrong, but his problem is pride. His explosive temper often failed in the struggle for victory.Lewis is a bit colder, say, 5. But this is an advantage over SEB".
Pilot Red Bull Daniel ricciardo has expressed hope that during the upcoming canadian Grand Prix weather have mercy on the Formula-1.Daniel ricciardo "In Canada, a very challenging track, even though it seems simple on the diagram. Then a few turns, but the trajectory needs to be very precise, every movement at such speeds must be accurate.I remember last year it was very cold. The car and tyres were able to warm up only after two or three laps. I hope that this year will be warmer".Last year ricciardo finished in Canada 7th.
Pilot Red Bull Riccardo Daniel in the race of the Monaco Grand Prix finished third, behind the Ferrari pair.Riccardo Daniel "I am very glad today's race and its result. Yesterday I was not feeling very well, I was not sure in the car, but today seriously expect to have fun, put on a good show. The team today made the most of the potential of the machine. It was just greatI'm happy with my results. Today was the circles when I enjoyed the car, but they were circles when I was very much afraid of the track. For example, after the restart, the tires were cold, and pilot was simply impossible. I hooked the wall, but the car survived. I was very fortunate to achieve the podium, slipped to third place".
Pilot Red Bull Daniel Riccardo believes that the hard tyres, which will be presented for the first time this year in Spain is not the best option.Daniel ricciardo "this year we want to go to the track on the hard tyre in Barcelona. I'm not sure if it helped us or not, but I don't think this choice looks the best for this route.The tire is already quite solid, so the more rigid structures will simply be too hard.I hope that in Barcelona will be hot, or in cold weather we all will have a very hard".
The pilot of Red Bull Max Verstappen, like many other pilots, failed to pass purely in a final attempt the third sector that resulted in only the seventh result.Max Verstappen "too bad that I 7th. I'm really upset. I could not pass cleanly, the third sector, especially the last turn. I was losing time because of the cold rubber, the car was slow. Actually, while I'm not very happy with our speed, it's not like Red Bull.Tomorrow we will have an entertaining fight with a Lot, I'm going to enjoy this".
Pilot Ferrari Kimi Raikkonen in qualifying for the Grand Prix of Russia showed the 2nd result. His team-mate, he lost 59 thousandths of a second.Kimi Raikkonen "I'm a little prevented traffic in the last sector, and the tire was cold, I couldn't because of constant braking to warm it. I also lost time in the last corner during my last attempt.I'm happy with the final time, the team is satisfied with my work and the result".
The pilot of Renault Nico hlkenberg started the seventh but finished 12th, outside the points zone.Nico hlkenberg "Our team decided to take a chance, rather before going to slicks. Before is on the first lap. But I was not lucky with the safety car, where the tires are not warmed up to operating temperature.If I went ice - so cold was the track. I started to turn on the track. Everything went against me, because the strategy was destroyed, and the race is lost. Today we can get a good result, but it didn't work".
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".
Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas in the race of Chinese Grand Prix started third and finished only sixth.Valtteri Bottas "It was very difficult to start in cold weather. I lost a number of positions, and to play them was difficult. I attacked aggressively, but in the end made a stupid error and lost a few positions. To work with the tires was very difficult, because to bring it to a working level was incredibly difficult.I was losing positions and played them again. The speed was good, but I couldn't do more. I skipped ahead of Kvyat, which was just faster. Left front tire was the biggest problem today, and any mistakes were very expensive".
Spare pilot Ferrari Antonio Giovinazzi said that to put the new car into a skid is pretty easy.Antonio Giovinazzi "Expand the car easier. The car a lot of power, and the downforce starts working a hundred miles an hour. If the track is wet, and the tires are cold, you can turn a very simple.I myself suffered from this, although I tried to stay away from too wet".
Race engineer Williams Rob Smedley said that lance Stroll should not blame yourself for the fact that the team conceded because of his mistakes all day tests.Rob Smedley "He's not supposed to feel guilty, he should not feel blame for what happened. We don't want in the team was such a heavy mood. It wasn't even a mistake on the part Stroll.He was on cold tires, he was going to switch to a higher gear. Felipe also made similar errors, and this pilot with 15 years of experience. Such errors and problems help us understand how better to balance a car, how to work with rubber and other moments.No one in the team accuses. It is not. We will gather more details and will be ready for all the surprises during last weeks tests."During the two days of tests Stroll three times and smashed the car. Because of this, the team actually missed a day and a half test.
Spare pilot Ferrari Antonio giovenali of the second day of testing in Barcelona replaced the main pilot Sauber Pascal Wehrlein. The Italian showed 9-th result.Antonio Giovinazzi "It was a really special day for me. This is my first participation in the test race of the Formula 1. For me this is huge progress, because last year I was piloting the machine GP2, and now able to test their new Formula 1 car.I just need to work, and of course I need to thank Ferrari and Sauber. For any beginner pilot it is very important to one day be in my place. Of course, it is very important for me, because this experience will be useful in the future.The first official tests are always very difficult, and I remember how last year we tested a GP2 car. In the cold winter it was really difficult. Now I have worked with a faster machine, more demanding pilot skills, and his physical form. But I did a great job".
Pilot Mercedes Nico Rosberg said that he is sure to win the race Grand Prix of Brazil.Nico Rosberg "the Race in Mexico was unique, because the tires remain cold throughout the weekend, which led to a rather unstable behavior of the car on the track. So it was absolutely unique.In Mexico, the pilots were just trying to best manage the tires. I knew that the line was very long. I had to stay on the road longer and in the end I showed a pretty good time. So it has nothing to do with net speed.Of course, great to be in such a position before the Grand Prix of Brazil. However, I do not change their approach, considering every race of the championship separately. I'm going to Brazil for the victory".Recall that in the previous two Grand Prix of Brazil Nico Rosberg won after starting from pole position.
In the first Friday practice Daniel Quat showed 10th result. In the second session, the Russians dropped to the 11th position.Daniil Kvyat "Friday was a good idea. We worked most of the program, so I am pleased with how were both practice.It is now necessary to analyse the data collected to prepare for qualifying and the race. I feel comfortable in the car, although due to cold weather conditions on the road quite complex. But all things being equal, and you just have to find the right approach".
Pilot Mercedes Nico Rosberg showed the best result in practices the Grand Prix of the United States.Nico Rosberg "the behavior of the car differed between the first and second practices because of the temperature. It was very cold when we worked in the morning, and another was that the weather also affects the balance of the car.Weather, temperature and wind should be completely different tomorrow, as often happens in Austin, so the results can be contradictory. However, what we learned today will help us tomorrow".
The pilot of McLaren's Jenson button in the race Grand Prix of Germany finished eighth after starting from 12th position.Jenson button "I spent a hell of a start. The race was fighting, I struggled a lot with the pilots. The first part of the race I watched rubber, but at the end of the race I was told that the fuel may not be enough, so you need to save money and fuel. For fuel economy I have cold brakes. It was a shame to see ahead more slow the enemy without the possibility to overtake him.Vacation Don't know, I will not. I will help the team prepare for the second half of the season. While here, drink beer, and then to the base".
Pilot Red Bull Daniel Ricardo showed the following practice the Grand Prix Baku on 10-th result. In the first session, the Aussie broke the car.Daniel ricciardo "I think the track today was too cold, so the results do not strongly reflect all of the valid picture of the balance of forces. The track is definitely different from any other in the calendar. There are a few interesting direct near the castle, which looks amazing It's quite a unique track, and as I showed this morning, some of the turns are quite challenging. I did not brake too late, I actually braked quite early, just speed in that place were too high. It is a pity that the car received in the accident a lot of damage.Today we worked a lot, and the team collected a lot of useful information. Think we need to find the limit of permissible risk that tomorrow in qualifying the attack as close to the walls. On this new route to get to work the tyres very hard, but by Sunday the reel will increase, and everything should fall into place".
Renault sporting Director Frederic Vasseur said that his team is looking forward to the start of the Grand Prix in Baku.Frederic Vasseur "In Canada it was so cold and cloudy that we are eagerly waiting for the start of the race in Baku. We want to see the sun The heat will enable us to fix the state of mind after the race in Montreal, and will also help the car work better with the tires.It work correctly with the tires should be a key factor in the fight for points in the upcoming race. I hope we don't get in an accident again this weekend. We better earn points, not to repair the car".
Jacques Villeneuve, son of legendary driver Gilles Villeneuve, and he became the least popular pilot in different racing series, told me that his father was an ardent racing fan.Jacques Villeneuve "When father died I was still a child and little understood in the races. But as we grew older, more delved into how my dad has penetrated into the hearts of viewers, fans.I was surprised by the fact that my father was not keen on technique, racing, race cars, he was fascinated by the passion that give the race. He loved to take risks, to feel the limit, find it. Every time, he gladly went on the road and thought "And if I can break this technique or not, I will find another tenth of a second" Each risk has been the subject of cold calculation. It every time and throughout his life searched for the limit of the possible".
Pilot Sauber Felipe Nasr said that Marcus Ericsson's own fault that he missed in Monaco.Felipe Nasr "Let's judge by deeds. Here Marcus himself is to blame for what happened in Monaco. Let's even close our eyes to what my drop rate was due to cold tires. All would be decided in two rounds. But Marcus twice in the past year had to pass me on the order of the boxes, but didn't. What he wanted now in MonacoWe must obey the command, need to trust her, after all we are pilots. If the pilots do not obey orders of the team, then it is wrong. Let the team talk to Marcus".
The pilot of McLaren's Jenson Button was only a tenth of a second to make the finals of qualification. In the race, the Briton will start 12th. Jenson button "we didn't have one tenth, but nothing helped. We had a cracking weekend. In the course of qualification prevented understeer. Perhaps this occurred due to a cold snap. But if we changed the front wing settings, it is immediately apparent oversteer, so had to act cautiously.It is a pity that we lost only one-tenth, but we are making progress, and it's great. This track does not fit our machine, but I'm hoping for a good race.There are a lot of long straights, and during the race will have to save fuel. You need to stay in the group of leaders - then we will help DRS. If we fall behind, then the race will be difficult".
Pilot Toro Rosso Max Verstappen believes that the Sakhir track has one drawback - the long straight.Max Verstappen "I last year thought that the lines in the Sahir too long. It's hard for us to develop a high speed, so for me there was often ahead of faster drivers.After sunset it is hard to take some turns, because it changes the point of braking due to the cold asphalt. However, this is an interesting track with lots of turns where I have the pleasure of flying. We still do not have points in the Bank for this route, so I will try to correct this omission".Last year both pilots Toro Rosso went down due to technical problems.
Pilot Red Bull Daniel Riccardo showed the results of the sixth test day in Barcelona 6-th result.Daniel ricciardo "today Our team was able to travel quite a lot of laps. During this time we conducted a simulation of the race, and I'm glad that everything worked without problems from the side of the car. For me it is very important for the team. The team saw what they are capable of a race car, and I saw what they are capable of by himself.Today's result is very encouraging, because the car has shown its stability on the road even when the wind picked up and a little colder".
The Ferrari pilot Sebastian Vettel made it to the finals Racing champion, where he won a duel with Tom Christensen. For German this is the first victory in the individual competition. Previously, he five times won the Cup of Nations paired with Michael Schumacher.Sebastian Vettel "I many times participated in the Race of Champions and was finally able to win it. I am very pleased. In the final, had to wait long for the second race, and in this situation it is very difficult to maintain concentration. But all ended well. Thank you to all the fans who came to the podium, despite the cold weather.In past years I have successfully performed in tandem with Michael Schumacher. But individual competitions are markedly different from the command. A few times I lost, but now won. My opponents were the best pilots in the world, and now my name appears on the championship Cup".
Pilot Toro Rosso Max Verstappen, the leader of the first practice, said he just wasn't ready for the second session of free practice, therefore, and broke the car.Max Verstappen "it Was very slippery and my tyres were completely cold. Yes and I have not gathered my thoughts, was not prepared, therefore, and broke the car. I raced around the track too fast and suddenly lost traction.I wish I was able to drive long series of circles, which don't know how to change the behavior of the machine by a long stretch. But I'm calm, because the team will have time to rebuild the car and prepare to race. I think that all will be well".
The Ferrari pilot Sebastian Vettel admitted that he is grateful to Fernando Alonso for the work carried out in the team a year ago.Sebastian Vettel "we Have a good team. Kimi Raikkonen calm in many ways. Perhaps the Spaniard would be hot, but a cold-blooded Finn. German cross between them. But, in the end, I think all of it individually. We Kimi happy with the team, and Vice versa. This is what leads to success.I wasn't part of the team, when Fernando was here. In addition, many changes were made at all levels. Ferrari has a new President, the new head of the team, there were quite a few changes. And I thank Alonso for this work.Now we have a great atmosphere in the team. As there was last year, I have no idea, I wasn't here".
The pilot Force India Nico Hulkenberg couldn't even lap in the race Grand Prix of Russia, so in the pits watched as his partner finish on the podium.Nico Hulkenberg "It was not the best start in my career, but there was nothing I could do in that situation. As often happens when two pilots try to squeeze one perfect trajectory. Unfortunately, Eriksson stuck with me, and I couldn't get away. If not that, then the race could be and continue. The first round is always a unique situation on cold tires difficult to understand where the braking point. Once the tires were locked, I could not do anything to save the situation.It's a shame to finish the race meeting, because we had the pace to fight for points. I'm happy for Perez, who has made the podium is a great result for the team".