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Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff expects Lewis Hamilton will stay at Mercedes.Toto Wolff "I don't think Lewis will leave the team as suddenly as did Rosberg. But certainly you never know.We never expected anything like this in 2016, but then we got a call Niko.I expect that he will remain in the team next year. We are happy to work with him, and he is pleased with us."The current Mercedes contract with Hamilton expires at the end of this year.
Three of their four League titles, the Frenchman Alain Prost won the start number "2", including in 1993.After a failed 1991 Ferrari Simple chose to skip one season to earn a place in the cockpit Williams in the car, which at that time had no equal on the slopes of Formula 1. Learn about the contract with Allen, left the team Nigel Mansell won the championship in 1992. As the defending champion moved into the IndyCar season-1993 passed without a car with a champion "unity". Instead, the Williams team won the constructors ' championship, got a couple of numbers "0" and "2". Of course, three-time champion chose to come to the car with "two" and "zero" went to newcomer Damon hill.
Pascal Wehrlein has earned the only points for Sauber last season, but he was forced to leave the Swiss team.Frederick Wasser, the head of the Sauber "We could not leave Pascal because it supports career Mercedes. We begin working more closely with Ferrari, so it made sense to sign a contract with their pilot.And during the season Marcus Ericsson is often not inferior Wehrlein".Ericsson has maintained a place in the Sauber, and his partner in the new season will be Ferrari protege Charles Leclerc.
German publication Auto Bild reports that the Williams team's Sergey Sirotkin. The contract was signed for two years.Under the contract, the Russian pilot will pay for each season at 15 million. Financial support Sirotkin has SMP Racing, owned by Boris Rotenberg.The announcement of the contract delayed until January, when the account team needs to do sponsorship Sirotkin.
It is known that the leadership of the McLaren decided to part ways with Honda, the first thing turned to Mercedes, but in the end, a contract was signed for the supply of the power plant of Renault.Non-Executive Director of Mercedes Niki Lauda, for example, opposed the supply of engines to McLaren, unlike Toto. Wolff now claims that the German minders were ready to resume cooperation with the British team.Toto Wolff "We were ready to put their engines to the McLaren team, but negotiations dragged on heavily, and the necessary resources for collaboration in 2018 was not. Perhaps in the future the cooperation will resume."Team McLaren used Mercedes engines from 1995 to 2014.
The contract of Daniel ricciardo with Red Bull expires at the end of next year, and the team is ready to extend it already, but the Australian is in no hurry to put his signature under the papers.Christian Horner, head of Red Bull "Behind a difficult season, and now we don't really want to deal with contracts. But in the beginning of next year, when will understand, what can we expect from our machine, we will try to extend the contract with Riccardo before the end of 2020.If anything, we have replacement options. We have invested heavily in the youth program, and we have talented pilots".We will remind that the contract with max Verstappen extended until the end of 2020.
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".
Non-Executive Director of Mercedes Niki Lauda said that the team did right by signing a contract with Valtteri Bottas.Niki Lauda "the Decision on the signing of Bottas was the right decision. I don't know what caused the departure of Nico, but Hamilton has reached the level where it is virtually impossible to win.This season he made no mistakes and held an incredible race, despite the fact that the car was difficult to handle.Bottas also did well, pushing ahead of Lewis. Valtteri can be a little add, but our car was really difficult to configure".
Expert Formula 1 Gary Anderson, who had to work the chief designer in various teams of the championship, commented on the situation with the choice of the second pilot Williams.Gary Anderson "Williams is facing a difficult choice. They have lance Stroll, who spent just one season in Formula 1 and do not count.Robert Kubica is a risky choice. He was a fast driver, but now have doubts about his abilities. Daniil Kvyat has experience, but last season caused a lot of issues. Sergey Sirotkin has experience in the test and during Friday's practice, although to him also have questions.I think we should choose between Sirotkina and Cuatom - in the future, they both can be good pilots as well and Stroll. Obviously, Williams will select the pilot, which will bring more money."According to available information, the Williams team have signed a preliminary contract with Sirotkin who suggested sponsorship contribution of 15 million.
Ferrari President Sergio Marchionne is continuing its pressure on the issue of possible withdrawal from the championship.Sergio Marchionne "I was most annoyed by the fact that there is such an experienced person like Ross Braun, who is looking for ways to improve the championship at odds of the DNA of Formula 1.Creating car a more simple and cheaper engines, like NASCAR, we are not interested. We need to find a balanced solution for the future that satisfies everyone, and I think we will be able to do it.Otherwise, Ferrari will go. If the skeptics think we're bluffing, then they are playing with fire."The majority of Formula 1 teams have contracts, which expire in 2020, and Marchionne said that Ferrari will be able to leave.Sergio Marchionne "I think Ferrari has the power to drag other participants of Formula 1 in an alternative championship".
The past season was the 25th in the history of the Sauber. However, this round date Swiss team noted no less than round the tenth position in the constructors ' championship.In 2016, the team was in a difficult financial position, resulting in changed owners. Began restructuring Sauber, during which the post of team leader left Kaltenborn, and she was replaced by frdric Vasseur, who retired from Renault because of disagreements with Cyril Abiteboul. First, Vasser has made breach of contract with Honda, designed for the 2018 and signed, Kaltenborn, and announced the continuation of cooperation with Ferrari.Well, in the season-2017 Sauber had to use the power plant Ferrari of the sample 2016. The team decided to save money on engines, focusing on a robust chassis. And if in the beginning of the year the pilots Sauber were still able to compete with McLaren and Toro Rosso in the second half of the season they fought only among themselves.Thanks to sponsorship place in the Sauber has retained Marcus Ericsson. His partner became the protg of Mercedes Pascal Wehrlein. However, because of injuries received during the "Race of Champions", the German missed two steps, and he came on as sub Antonio Giovinazzi, reserve pilot Ferrari.At the fifth stage in Spain to Wehrlein managed to finish eighth, earning four points. Another point, Pascal got the tenth place in Azerbaijan. After that point balance Sauber did not change until the end of the season. Eriksson was in the shadow of Wehrlein, his best results were 11th place in Spain and Azerbaijan. With 5 points Sauber finished the season in tenth and last place.Despite the modest results, that Ericsson has again maintained a place in the Sauber, again, thanks to our sponsors and contacts in the guide. But instead of Wehrlein, who earned all points for the season 2018 took the Ferrari protg of Charles LeClair. Next year the team will get a newest power plant of the Ferrari, and sponsorship and technical assistance to Alfa Romeo, on paper, Sauber needs to significantly improve.
Antonio Giovinazzi admitted that he did not lose hope for a better future, despite the lack of places in Formula 1 in 2018.Antonio Giovinazzi "Obviously, I was close to a contract with Sauber, and it was the best possibility, but there have made a different choice.However, I will not give up. Even last year I started working as a third pilot, and then made his debut, so I will try to work and maintain a Ferrari. Will see what happens.I had a surprise debut with Sauber, but I also worked a lot in the simulator at Maranello, helping the pilots Ferrari, and I tested the machine Sauber, Ferrari and Haas.Now I'm a pilot with lots of experience. Last season was exceptional for a Ferrari, we have reduced the backlog, and we work hard to make another step forward next year.I'd be lying if I said I didn't want to be in Formula 1, I don't want to win the title. It will be difficult, but I'm willing to give my all".
After the recently signed sponsorship deal with Alfa Romeo, Sauber is already increasing the number of specialists.Auto Motor und Sport reports that the Swiss team, who finished the season 2017, up to 20 new technical staff before the start of the tests in February.Frederic Vasseur "the First contracts were signed in November. Others will begin later. Some even help us only in the second half of the season-2018".
Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff denied the rumors that season-2019 his team is considering Esteban's Windows.Toto Wolff "Esteban is one of our pilots, and therefore in the picture it looks like we can take him. But a team of all power forwards on Valtteri.If we start to think about other pilots, the emotional side of Bottas will fail. He could then work at 100.I can assure you that we all want to Valtteri succeeded. Along with Lewis, he's our pilot, and we don't think about others.Of Valtteri has everything he needs. The guy should just pull myself together".Meanwhile, Bottas contract extended only until the end of 2018, and at the end of next season, free will be not only Windows, but Daniel ricciardo.
Non-Executive Director of Mercedes Niki Lauda decided to leave the role of expert TV channel RTL F1, so there were rumors that German television could lose the right to broadcast the events of the championship.But now Bild newspaper reported that negotiations RTL and Liberty Media completed successfully.But a spokesman for RTL insisted "I can not confirm this fact. There is no contract, we're not ready yet".However, it is argued that the former Formula 1 drivers Nico Rosberg and Timo Glock will alternate between a Grand Prix to replace Lauda.
Robert Kubica's life was divided into two parts before and after the unfortunate accident in early 2011. But now he claims a place in Williams, and we decided to recall the development of career Polish pilot.2006 2005 Kubica with a huge advantage won the World series by Renault, for which he received a reward in the form of test driving the French Formula 1 race car. Many of the teams drew attention to Robert, but the first contract test pilot for 21-year-old pole has signed with BMW-Sauber. He trusted the tests and Friday practice, during which he showed good results. All went to the fact that in the season of 2007, Kubica will become a combat pilot of this team.However, the debut took place in 2006 when leader of the BMW-Sauber Jacques Villeneuve fell out with the leadership and left the team. In the first race in Hungary Robert ahead in qualifying experienced partner nick Heidfeld finished seventh, but from-for underweight and was disqualified. But a month later, at the Grand Prix of Italy in Monza, Kubica climbed to the third step of the podium.
The situation around the free space in Williams changed every day. Autosport said partner lance Stroll will be a Russian driver. But whoIt is reported that after the tests in Abu Dhabi guide Williams decided to refuse the services of Robert Kubica. And now the main candidate to free the cockpit is Sergey Sirotkin, who also took part in comparative tests. If for some reason you sign a contract with Sergei will fail, this place will be experienced Daniil Kvyat.The decision can be made before the end of this week.
According to canadian newspaper Journal de Montreal, Williams will sign a contract with Robert Kubica. While a reserve pilot British team will be Sergey Sirotkin.Williams still doubt the ability of Kubica. If at the beginning of the season he will not be able to show the speed that you expect from him, he was immediately replaced by Sirotkin.It is reported that Sirotkin Williams offered a sponsorship package in the amount of 15 million.
At the end of next year contract expires Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, and rumor has it that the British can go to Ferrari. But the four-time champion in this doubt.Lewis Hamilton "I can't imagine will ever go to Ferrari, I don't think my attitude towards this issue will change.I've been involved with Mercedes for 13 years. No one in the League has not cooperated so much with the manufacturer as I am. I am proud to work for them, and hope to be able to finish his career here.The more pressure I am, the more critical the situation, the better it is for my personal growth.Mercedes is in great shape, and I don't see any other options to continue my career".
Non-Executive Director of Mercedes Niki Lauda said that he may leave his post after 2020.Niki Lauda "After leaving the broadcasting company RTL fully dedicated to working with the team. But yeah, I can see that can leave the championship.My contract with Mercedes will last until 2020, which I will do, and then see what to do next. Talking about it too early.The family is not offended me for the frequent departures. I'm missing a total of 21 weekend of the year. The rest of the time I'm home as a normal family man. My family has no problem with that".
Edition of La Gazzetta dello Sport, citing a source inside Ferrari, said that the Scuderia may sign a contract backup pilot with Daniel Cuatom.Last season a reserve pilot Ferrari was Antonio Giovinazzi, but in 2018 he will become the third pilot of the Sauber, where he will occasionally hold Friday practice. As a replacement, consider the candidature Kvyat. According to Italian journalists, will benefit both sides the Ferrari will get an experienced pilot, and Daniel will be able to restart his career.It is known that Kvyat is regarded as a contender for a place in Williams, but there are greatest chances of Robert Kubica and Sergey Sirotkin.
Next season, the Formula 1 world champion 2009 Jenson button will compete in the Japanese Super GT series for one of the teams Honda.Jenson button "I Have a contract with Honda for performances in the Super GT season in 2018. The last two years I've dreamed of this. I like this series, and this year I even had one race, and I liked it very much. Looking forward to the first tests."Last season button was a reserve pilot McLaren, and spent one race in Monaco, replacing Fernando Alonso. But now his place is 18-year-old Lando Norris, the newly made champion of Euroseries Formula 3.
Champion of the season in 2016 Nico Rosberg believes that there are signs that his former teammate Mercedes Lewis Hamilton will soon leave the championship.Nico Rosberg "He has hinted this year that he didn't want to spend so much time on travel. He would not have done this if I didn't think about it at least a little bit."However, it is expected that negotiations about prolongation of the contract with Hamilton in the Mercedes has already started.Toto Wolff "He is an important part of the team. He was a very strong pilot, and it helps him and the team. So I hope that he will be with us in the future.The current contract of Hamilton with Mercedes valid till the end of 2018.
Pilot Red Bull Daniel Riccardo said that he was not going to talk about the contract in the next couple of months.Daniel ricciardo "I very much doubt that in the coming months that will decide. First, I want to know more about who will get the best car in 2019. I'm not going to pretend that I'm smarter than everyone else and have all the opportunities at their disposal, but I just think I have enough time for reflection.The most important thing next year is to remain at a high level to interest in me also remained high.Any contract I sign will not be an annual. Perhaps this will get me at the peak of my career, so I want to make the most of this opportunity. There is no need to hurry".
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.
A graduate of the McLaren Lando Norris in the coming weekend will debut in Formula 2 at the final stage in Abu Dhabi.Recently McLaren announced that the 18-year-old pilot will replace Jenson Button as the official reserve pilot team in the season of 2018. And Norris, it seems, is going to share this role with a full season in Formula 2 or in Japanese Superformula.And while the Briton to make his debut in Formula 2 in Abu Dhabi with a team of ex-Formula 1 driver Adrian Campos.Adrian Campos "McLaren called us when they learned that we don't have a contract with one of our pilots on the last race.They think about how to give Norris a place in Formula 2 and in Superformula in Japan.I don't know if we can leave the guy on 2018. We currently work with Tony Cockerelli as a counselor, and he will be with us for the last race of the season. He analyzes all of our methods, and we are ready for serious change.We want to be strong and have the best pilots for next year".
Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas has admitted that he needs to again prove that he deserves a place in the team which is.Finn had a strong start in 2017 after replacing Nico Rosberg, but in the second half of the season, his pace dropped.Valtteri Bottas "the Season was difficult. I was definitely hoping for more, but I'm glad I proved to myself and the team that we deserve a place for next year. I could not beat Hamilton this year, but I'm working on my weaknesses.Next year everything will start from scratch. I will need to re-prove whether I am worthy of a new contract. I have not had a lot of problems with the pressure because I felt that the whole team was on my side".The contract with Botas was extended through 2018. At the end of next year, Mercedes will have a choice between him, Daniel ricciardo and Esteban the Window.
The return of Robert Kubica in Formula 1 next year - it seems to be almost solved.This is the statement of the RTL GP, echoing other sources, including the French Canal Plus, which claims that the pole has signed a contract with Williams for 2018. RTL GP argues that the contract 32-year-old pole is designed for two seasons.Ex-Formula 1 driver Robert Doornbos, who is the expert team of Ziggo Totaal Sport F1, told the Dutch newspaper Dagblad Algemeen "I'd be happy to see Kubica in Formula 1. It's a great pilot".
Two-time WEC champion Brendon Hartley stated that it learned of the decision to take him to Toro Rosso for season 2018 for a couple of weeks before the official announcement.Brendon Hartley "to be Honest, I learned about the contract in a couple of weeks before the official statement. For me it wasn't a surprise.I doubt I will be able to participate in two series simultaneously, so that the WEC will have to give.I don't know all the details of my contract for next season, but sometimes it's not easy to change from one series to another. Different machines that require different setup and style of flying".