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Head Sauber Frederic Vasseur said that he deliberately refused to cooperate with Honda.Frederic Vasseur "I joined the team on July 17 at 9 a.m., and the meeting with Honda was at 10 am. It was important to me. It is difficult to change the supplier of engines, but Honda at the time was not in very good shape.Plus, and probably the most important thing for me was that we were linked with McLaren contract for the supply of gearboxes. I was convinced because I had some contacts in McLaren that they will do everything possible to leave. Therefore, I could not risk the contract with Honda. Imagine if I had to request the gearbox from McLaren Honda. It would be an absolute nightmare."As you know, after the meeting with Honda Vasser decided to terminate the contract with the Japanese minders. This year Sauber will use Ferrari power plant.
Daniil Kvyat temporarily suspended from participation in Formula 1, but now we have Sergey Sirotkin, who signed a contract with Williams. It's time to remember who the Russians managed to at least touch the Formula 1.Sergei Zlobin the middle of 2002, the company Gazprom has suddenly become the sponsor of the weak Minardi team now Toro Rosso. The load in the role of test driver has appeared 32-the summer Sergey Zlobin, frankly, did not Shine in other racing series. In the autumn of the same year, Zlobin spent four of the test session in Fiorano, Mugello and Valencia, squeezer on last year's Minardi PS01 car a total of 400 kilometers.In mid-2003, Gazprom also suddenly refused to cooperate with Minardi, but he remained in the team, although behind the wheel never sat down.
New partner of the team McLaren became the American channel CNBC, one of the leaders in coverage of the events business. The contract is signed for a few years.Earlier, the head of McLaren Zach brown said that after switching to Renault engines, many potential sponsors interested in working with the team and will be soon made several statements. Obviously, the statement about the contract with CNBC is one of them.
His first season the Dane Jan Magnussen, father of the pilot Haas Kevin Magnussen, conducted in 1997 for Stewart under the number "23".At the time, Jan Magnussen was considered a very promising pilot. In 1994 he won the British Formula 3, putting a few records and got a contract test-pilot of McLaren. In 1995 he made his debut in Formula 1, replacing the Grand Prix of the Pacific ocean about Mika h kkinen. In 1996, he remained in reserve McLaren, and a year later received an invitation from Jackie Stewart, who gathered to exhibit their own team.In the season 1997 23-year-old Magnussen was the partner of the experienced Rubens Barrichello. The first season for Stewart was very challenging because of the constant technical problems. Ian only managed four times to get to the finish, and the best result - 7th place in Monaco. The Dane flashed in Austria, which showed the 6-th qualifying result, but in the race his engine failed.
Russian driver Daniil Kvyat can add another important option in the list of completed achievements in 2018.After the departure of Kvyat from the program of Red Bull, Ferrari signed him to a contract test pilot. And now the Russian team SMP Racing offers Kvyat to take part in the race 24 hours of Le Mans. Moreover, SMP Racing is building a prototype in the LMP2 category.The head of SMP Racing Boris Rotenberg "I don't know how he will do at Ferrari, but I would be glad to see him in our team". The news of Kvyat on www.f1-world.ru.
Williams technical Director Paddy Lowe believes that Sergey Sirotkin is able to extract from the car the maximum performance.Paddy Lowe "it is important that pilots could wait out of the car to the last tenth of a second. And I can tell you that Sergey is not only a smart pilot, but also very fast.As for his contract, we don't know how long he will be with us for a year or more - it depends only on him." All the news about the Sirotkin on www.f1-world.ru.
Champion of the season in 2016 and the Manager of Robert Kubica, Nico Rosberg said pole still not lost hope to compete in Formula 1.Nico Rosberg "it is great that Robert was able to get the job to Williams. He can roll a lot of miles. For him this is a great contract, and certainly a step in the right direction."Let's remind, that Kubica has collected 8 million sponsorship to Williams, which only lasted for the position of reserve pilot British team.
The head of SMP Racing Boris Rotenberg, in press-konferentsiyu Moscow said that Sergei Sirotkin came to Williams only because of its results.Boris Rotenberg "Money is an important component. But Sirotkin was in a Williams not for money, but sporty. I think that's why the team chose the Russian rider. We are investing money in technology.It is great and it is a measure for the young pilots of our program that you can achieve success. Throughout Russia, more than 1,500 young for karting, and they see that I can get into Formula 1.It is important that we signed a contract with Williams. The team which has made to the development of motor sport very much and can compete with the leaders with McLaren and Accfx".According to available information, sponsors Sirotkin will pay Williams approximately 15 million euros per year.
At a press conference in Moscow Executive Director of Williams, Mike O'driscoll said that the contract with Sergey Sirotkin for several years.Mike O'driscoll "We are delighted that Sergey became a part of our team, we are delighted with its results shown on the tests. SMP Racing have a lot of young pilots, and the achievements of Sergei certainly motivate them.We want to win the championship and I want Sergey became a part of that success. The multi-year contract, but we will not disclose its details - it is normal for Formula 1".
The first Russian Formula 1 driver Vitaly Petrov congratulated Sergey Sirotkin with the signing of a contract with the Williams team.Vitaly Petrov tweeted "Congratulations to Sergey Sirotkin with the signing of a military pilot with Williams. Show them all there"Petrov competed in F1 from 2010 to 2012 for Renault and Caterham. At the Grand Prix of Australia, 2011 Vitaly climbed to the third step of the podium.
Oleg Sirotin commented on the signing of a contract with the Williams team with his son.Oleg Sirotkin in an interview with TASS "Sergey was stronger than Kubica on the tests, both in qualifying and in the race. Plus, Sergei tested on the simulator, where it also showed very good knowledge. He gives such feedback, which the young pilots of his age was never given.Williams is one of the founder of a new stage of development of Formula 1 is a team with great history and strong fundamental base. The problem is that the team keep the fifth position. I think she has good potential for growth Yes, it is now the young pilots, but after a year or two they will dominate".
The former head of the eponymous Formula 1 team Giancarlo Minardi believes that Kimi Raikkonen is the weak link in Ferrari, and it can change during the season-2018.Giancarlo Minardi "We expect an interesting season. Many pilots at the end of the year over the contracts, and they need to go all out to prove yourself to potential employers.The extension of the contract with Kimi Raikkonen, I think, was due to the wishes of Sebastian Vettel. But in the second half of the season, Raikkonen has shown inconsistent results.To win the Mercedes, Ferrari should have two strong pilots, and I think that during the season changes may occur".Raikkonen came to Ferrari in 2007 and immediately became a champion. After two not very successful seasons Finn was asked to leave the team. In 2014 Kimi back, but since then has never won the race.
The Polish newspaper posted on its pages an overview of the reasons that Robert Kubica did not return to Formula 1, although he was incredibly close to this.Sportowe Fakty "the Team reported that the results on the track was the main reason for the signing of the contract with Sirotkin.It turned out that the tests in Abu Dhabi were crucial. Kubica also said that he had problems with the tires Pirelli. It was difficult to adapt to them after a certain number of circles.Williams decided not to risk it. We probably now will never see Kubica in Formula 1. Moreover, Sirotkin was able to provide the widow a large sum of sponsorship than Robert.But actually money is just a bonus from the pilot. If Kubica was twice as good Sirotkin, he'd be in the car this season. No one seems to remember that Renault has stopped working with Robert for the same reasons as Williams. It sounds harsh, but these are facts.Almost no one in the paddock did not want to see Robert on the grid. He is one of the greatest unfulfilled talent in the history of the sport.It would be great PR for Williams and would have brought the championship a lot of new fans, and FIA also saw a benefit and lobbied for his candidacy.Obviously, it was a hard decision for the team. Now they are criticized all over the world, and some say that the Stroll-Sirotkin - the worst pilots Williams. Are they right Only time will tell.But when making decisions in Formula 1 there is no place for sentimentality".
The head of Formula-1 chase Carey has given the green light to Copenhagen as a potential location of the Grand Prix.The Danish capital aspires to occupy a place in the championship in 2020, with the urban track.Chase Carey "We are very excited to explore the possibility of holding a race here in Denmark. We talked a lot about the importance of our races in iconic locations, which should be located around the world, and I think that Copenhagen is a great choice.However, there are some obstacles. Private investors still collecting money and trying to ensure full support of the government and the community. And they prefer banal three-year contract.Our goal is to have a long - term partnership that will benefit both parties".
Managers Artem Markelov are in talks with Renault team regarding the contract backup pilot.Last season, Marcus played in Formula 2, won 5 races and became the Vice-champion, losing only to Charles LeClair, which this year makes its debut in Formula 1 in the Sauber. If Artem is going to get a contract with Renault, it is not excluded that the Russian will take part in several Friday practice.By the way, the canadian champion 1997 Jacques Villeneuve, who loves to criticize as his compatriot lance Stroll, Daniil Kvyat, saying that Russia has a good pilot Artem Markelov.Last year Renault reserve driver Sergey Sirotkin, who is expected to become a combat pilot Williams.
Ferrari told what to do Daniil Kvyat, who signed a contract with the team from Maranello.The representative of Ferrari "the Role of the pilot development is usually associated with the work in the simulator. The main activities covered in our other pilots. Kvyat was a good pilot, his experience will definitely come in handy for our team.In any case, we understand that the tests for the pilot will not be able to go on forever. The most important thing for any pilot - race".
Gilles Villeneuve - the idol of the fans of Ferrari, one of the few pilots who endeared himself Enzo Ferrari. In 1979 he became Vice-champion in the car under the number "12".Villeneuve debuted in Formula 1 in 1977, after the McLaren the Grand Prix of great Britain. However, the head of the British team decided not to sign a contract with crazy canadian. But it drew the attention of Enzo Ferrari. In 1978, Gilles broke a lot of cars, but nonetheless, remained in Ferrari. At the start of the 1979 season, his partner was an experienced South African jodie.The first two were racing for Ferrari is not very good, but then there is a new 312T4 car with ground effect, and Gilles won in South Africa and long beach, becoming the leader of the championship. Then better things went the Schecter, who won in Belgium and Monaco. In the second half of the season seriously added the Williams team, the pilots who won four races. Against this backdrop Ferrari has decided to bet on one pilot and the "first number" chose the Schecter. Villeneuve dutifully accepted the rules of the game, and in the final Grand Prix of Italy did not attack the partner of Ferrari, though, winning there, Gil could still compete for the title. The canadian won the final race in the United States and became the Vice-champion, losing to South African only 4 points.
Sports consultant to Red Bull Helmut Marko commented on the Ferrari contract with Daniel Cuatom and once again reminded that to expect to return to Red Bull Russian is not necessary.Helmut Marko "I'm happy for Kvyat. As far as I know, in a Ferrari it will work on the simulator and help Vettel and Raikkonen in preparation for the new season.But the doors in the Red Bull closed to him - this is what we made it pretty clear. Of course, never say never, but right now it's just no".
The Ferrari team has announced the signing of a contract test-pilot with Daniel Cuatom, who previously played for Red Bull and Toro Rosso.The main objective of quata - work in the simulator. Perhaps the Russians will participate in the tests. In addition, Daniel will be travelling to every Grand Prix as a reserve pilot.At the time the same way went to Jean-Eric Vergne, who was also dismissed from the Toro Rosso. But after a couple years of work test-pilot Ferrari, the Frenchman switched to Formula-E.
In 2010 in the Formula-1 there was a Russian pilot - in-part of Renault debuted Vitaly Petrov. In 2011, the Russian has maintained a place in the French team, having the number "10".In 2010 Petrov scored 27 points and took the 13th place - the results are, admittedly, not very good on the background of Robert Kubica, who finished the season in 8th position with 136 points. However, with Vitali renew the contract for one year. Of course, not without the help of Russian sponsors.To the 2011 season, the Renault engineering headquarters, headed by James Allison has prepared a unique car R31 with forward exhaust. Suddenly, after the first tests, which showed serious potential innovations in a serious accident Kubica, and most of the work in preparation for the new season fell on the shoulders of Petrov. This has borne fruit already in the first Grand Prix of Australia Vitaly climbed to the third step of the podium.
The season champion-1997 Jacques Villeneuve believes that the Mercedes team must change pilots.Recall that Valtteri Bottas is only a one-year contract with Mercedes in 2018.Jacques Villeneuve "Mercedes winning just because they have the best technique, but it can only be used by Lewis. Bottas is not able to achieve the most in every race. I said that Bottas is the second number. Now I will repeat that this is his maximum. The team needs new blood. They have Wehrlein. I would place Mercedes took this guy. He is fast, young and hungry.
Former President of the British club racers BRDC Derek Warwick said that the birthplace of Formula 1 may lose its Royal status.Derek Warwick "the Grand Prix is too expensive, we are losing money, so we are considering the adjournment.United Kingdom - the birthplace of Motorsport. Does this mean that there will always be a Grand Prix of great Britain Absolutely not.Of course, we want the Grand Prix of great Britain remained in the championship, but we wish he was available so we could earn enough money to invest in the track. We can't do that within the existing contract".
Since its appearance in Formula 1 in the mid-1970s, Ligier used the numbers "25" and "26". But in 1996, under the new rules, the French team got "9" and "10". "Nine," was happy for Olivier Panis.In late 1994, Flavio Briatore, then head of Benetton, for a nominal sum bought Ligier, find themselves in a difficult financial situation. However, the Italian was most interested in the contract for the supply of motors Renault, which he immediately copied by Benetton. Instead Ligier got the engine Mugen-Honda and the access to the development of a championship team. Naturally, the new Ligier cars was like two peas similar to Benetton.If in the season 1995 the case Ligier bit went up the hill, the 1996 results has dropped significantly. For the season, the team earned only 15 points, and 10 of them Olivier received an unexpected victory in the prestigious Monaco Grand Prix.
Pierre went Out asserts that failure to reach a contract with Toro Rosso absolutely no money.Pierre went Out "I didn't Have a Manager, I was alone fighting with all the big sharks in the paddock and trying to get his seat. And I am very happy that I was able to do this with no Manager and no money.In today's world it is quite difficult to do. Therefore, for young drivers, it is useful to see that it's still possible that you can do it. It is not just about money. Without them, all is possible.
In 1993, the head of McLaren, Ron Dennis has called in your team of Michael Andretti, champion overseas IndyCar series and son of 1978 champion Mario Andretti. Formally, the American became the first pilot and got the number "7".At the end of 1992, the minders Honda decided to leave Formula 1. Dennis hoped to get the champion motors Renault, but the deal fell through, so the season-1993 McLaren had to spend with customer Ford engines that lost to the French engines, stood on the machines Williams, about 60 HP On this background, the team leader Ayrton Senna was in no hurry to sign a new McLaren contract and even considered the possibility of transition in the IndyCar, and Gerhard Berger took up the invitation and Ferrari. Not to be left without experienced pilots, Dennis was invited Andretti, who won IndyCar in 1991.Debut Andretti proved to be difficult. In the first phase in South Africa, Michael came down due to a collision with an opponent already on the fifth circle, the two following races ended with crashes on the first lap in the fourth race of the American deployed in the middle distance. Only at the fifth stage in Spain he was able to finish fifth and earn their first points. In that time Senna, who has signed a contract with McLaren at every race, managed to win two victories and polytyrosine in the championship.
Pilot Red Bull Daniel Riccardo said that he can bring the situation with the expectation of the contract to negative consequences.Daniel ricciardo "Yeah, I know that there is always a risk. The longer you postpone the signing of the contract, the greater the chances that you will lose all chances to perform in one of the teams.My approach to racing gives me confidence, I will definitely be a coveted player in one of the top teams.I just don't want to be the champion, when my head will be only the gray hair.
According to BBC, a statement on the composition of the pilots for the season-2018 postponed until mid-January.While the BBC noted that the decision on Sergey Sirotkin has already been made - we just need to finalize some contract details and wait for first payment.
Team Force India announced the signing of the contract backup pilot with 22-year-old canadian Nicholas Latifi.Under the contract, Latifi will take part in several Friday practice, including in Canada, and spend a couple of days on the tests.Vijay Malia, head of the team "Nicolas became a member of our youth program after a successful season in Formula 2. In the new season he will work on our simulator, as well as conduct a few Friday's practice. We have extensive experience of work with young pilots - Nicholas will learn a lot and prepare for the debut in Formula 1".In 2017 Latifi played in Formula 2, won one race at Silverstone and took the 5th final place.
Mick Schumacher, son of seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher, said that he stays another year in Formula 3.18-year-old pilot in his first season, he played for the Italian team Prema. Now La Gazzetta dello Sport reports that a contract for 2018 with the same team will be agreed in the coming days.One of the former engineers of Michael Schumacher at Ferrari, Luca Cordero Baldisserri, happy to work with Mick today "it Was very emotional to work with his son Michael, and in many ways he reminds me of his father. A couple of times I even call him Michael on the radio.