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Season 2018 Kimi Raikkonen will have a new race engineer. They became Carlo Santi, who previously worked with telemetry Raikkonen.The past four years, race engineer of the Finnish pilot operated Briton David Greenwood. However, he decided to return to his native England, where he will be engaged in the LMP1 project for Manor.
David Greenwood race engineer of Kimi Raikkonen, before the start of the season of 2018 will leave Ferrari and return to his native Kingdom.Until 2015 Greenwood worked as a chief engineer at Marussia-Manor. The last three seasons, the Briton held in as race engineer of Kimi. Now he decided to return to the Manor, where you will get project cars for endurance racing.
Mika Hakkinen - a vivid example of how the young pilot joined the team was in crisis, survived her difficult times and succeeded.Hakkinen came to McLaren in 1993, even as a test pilot, and at the end of that season, replaced the fired Michael Andretti. After the departure of Ayrton Senna Finn became the de facto leader of the team, experienced two shifts of mechanics, and three failed season. Victory to the McLaren back in 1997, with the advent of the Mercedes engines, new title sponsor and Adrian Newey.In the season of 1998 radically changed the technical regulations, and best of all coped with the task Newey, prepared McLaren MP4/13. Machine was efficient aerodynamics, a powerful Mercedes engine and the Bridgestone tires, which in most of the races had an advantage over Goodyear. In accordance with the position in the constructors ' championship, McLaren has received a start number "7" and "8". As in the previous season best was David Coulthard, he formally received the status of a first pilot and a "seven" on the nose. The Hakkinen went to the "eight".
The next Race of Champions to be held in the capital of Saudi Arabia from 2 to 3 February.The organizers of the Race of Champions called by some the participants of the show. David Coulthard former Formula 1 driver, Lando Norris champion Euroseries Formula 3 and reserve the pilot of McLaren, Josef newgarden's IndyCar champion, Tom Kristensen winner of the 24 hours of Le Mans, Juan Pablo Montoya the ex-Formula 1 driver and winner of Indy 500, Petter Solberg WRC champion, Ryan hunter-ray IndyCar champion and Elio Castroneves the winner of the Indy 500.Last year the Race of Champions in the individual competition was won by Montoya. In the Nations Cup and then won by Germany, which alone was represented by Sebastian Vettel. But this time the German refused to participate in the show.
The ex-pilot of Formula 1 David Coulthard called on Valtteri Bottas to work hard to get back in the fight for victory.David Coulthard "I was having such a difficult time when he worked at McLaren with Mika Hakkinen.Valtteri just needs a lot of work to figure out where and what he was behind Lewis, and believe that the gap he is able to overcome.Valtteri is a fast and talented driver. He is quiet and reserved, but he needs to think about racing and believe in yourself. At the same time, we must also understand that he partner one of the fastest pilots of the peloton".
GP2 champion David Walski believes that Daniil Kvyat could return to Red Bull already in the season of 2018.David Walski "I feel that next season Red Bull will receive one free place.I don't think Daniel ricciardo will remain - there's a chance he can go for Ferrari or anywhere else. So maybe Kvyat will have the opportunity to return to Red Bull.Of course, we can't know for sure how to predict the decisions of Red Bull at times almost impossible. But I like Kvyat - he's a good guy and a good pilot".
The ex-pilot of Formula 1 David Coulthard believes that the Union McLaren-Honda are in big trouble.David Coulthard "There is a real problem. This is the third year of collaboration, although Honda had a lot less time to build an engine, than other manufacturers. But that is no excuse for Formula 1. You either work or go away and do something else.Failure in the tests had a detrimental effect on the team spirit of McLaren, sponsors and partners. The team, obviously, confusion reigns, and all unhappy that such a great team is going through such difficulties.It is clear that the team had problems with communication with Honda, and this is the main question that needs to be solved."Coulthard drove for McLaren in 1996-2004 In 2001 and the Scot became the Vice-champion.
Observers of Formula 1 David Croft and mark Hughes has speculated about the cause of this Honda.David Croft "Powerplant Honda creates so much vibration that it affects all electronics. Many of the details just fall away inside the car from shaking".Mark Hughes "as far As I know, the problems of the team associated with over-temperature valve. Overheating is very strong, so the team is forced to use the engine in a sparing mode".The start of the season is not far off, there are only two weeks.
The ex-pilot of Formula 1 David Coulthard is confident that Daniel ricciardo and Max Verstappen will not fight among themselves.David Coulthard "I don't think we will see a struggle between these partners. Of course, they very much will be competing, but I don't think Max is clearly better than Daniel, or Daniel is obviously better than Max.I think they're both exceptional, because all the drivers in F1 are good, but between them there are no distinguishing features to show the radical difference.You need to take exceptional action. And I think Daniel provides exclusivity in the qualifications and makes a cool overtaking. Max is notable that all makes for a consistently great shows itself in the rain and gets into a silly accident".
Team McLaren reports that for the first time on the new machine MCL32 started the engine.Presentation of the new machine is scheduled for February 24. The first tests will be held on February 27 in Barcelona.And exactly 20 years ago, February 14, 1997, was presented the car McLaren-Mercedes MP4/12, driven by David Coulthard and Mika Hakkinen won three races. The presentation was attended by the group Spice Girls.
Team McLaren has announced that its team Manager David Redding will continue his career at Williams.In a statement the team said "We confirm that David Redding is leaving McLaren. His place will be Paul James. Some powers, as well as cooperation with the FIA will take Andrea Stella. Chief race engineer is Paul James brown will be Lammenranta".Earlier, McLaren said that team left, Executive Director Jost Capito.
The ex-pilot of Formula 1 David Coulthard said about the early cars in his life.David Coulthard "When I had just turned 17, I got behind the wheel of the van, and it was a Mercedes 508D. On this van I was transported in the country your card to participate in competitions.After a year in my hands was a great car - Renault 5 Turbo. It was a fast car, and get her in 18 years was just incredible I even once flew on it from the road, but it is good that nearby there were people who helped me get her out".
The ex-pilot of Formula 1 David Coulthard, last weekend congratulates Nico Rosberg on the podium in Abu Dhabi, admitted that the decision of the German to finish his career reminded him of the situation with Mika Hakkinen in 2001.David Coulthard "an Unexpected decision. It reminds me of the situation with Hakkinen. We were partners at McLaren when he won two titles and has decided to retire. Then he was around the same age as Nico. Mick was devastated psychologically. However, he later regretted his decision.Niko is a little different situation. He achieved his main goal. Wish him all the best in the future"Hakkinen and Coulthard were team-mates at McLaren in 1996-2001 Mika won titles in 1998 and 1999, fought for the victory in the championship in the 2000 season, but lost Michael Schumacher. In early 2001, the Finn said that he will leave the championship at the end of the season.Later Hakkinen tried to return to the championship. It is known that in late 2004 he was negotiating with Williams and BAR, but in the end accepted the offer to become a pilot Mercedes DTM.
The ex-pilot of Formula 1 David Coulthard believes that Nico Rosberg this year, there are wonderful chances to achieve the title of champion.David Coulthard "the previous Two years, Lewis played well in the team, he could become a champion. But this year the destiny of the title is decided again in a tight battle, and Niko is a lot more convincing. He counts nine victories, and the few who dares to hint that he doesn't deserve the title.I am also happy that everything will be decided in the last race in Abu Dhabi. For the championship, and viewers is great news.
September 1, right on the starting line of the Monza will host a charity soccer match between Formula 1 drivers and veterans of football. The game was organized and supervised by Heineken.The game will be held according to the rules of five-a-side, reminiscent of the rules of mini-football. The beginning of the game is scheduled on 19.00 GMT, and will last the match in just 40 minutes.For the team of pilots of Formula 1 will be on the field Fernando Alonso, Daniel ricciardo, Sergio Perez, Max Verstappen and Jolyon Palmer. Against them will be such famous stars football veterans like Dida, Robert Pires, Christian Karembeu, David Trezeguet and Salgado.
The Ferrari team after the departure of James Ellison became hard to look for the best minds in the paddock and other racing series. And here is presented one of the leading engineers responsible for the aerodynamic performance.It was the Frenchman David Sanchez, who four years ago moved from McLaren to Ferrari.Previously this position was held Dirk de beer, who moved to Ferrari along with James Ellison.
Fourth place in Hungary allowed Sebastian Vettel to overcome the barrier of 2000 points. Earlier, after winning in Austria, did Lewis Hamilton.In the next couple of years is unlikely anyone else will enter the "Club-2000". If only McLaren-Honda next season will go very well, and Fernando Alonso will start to win races.The number of points earned in career1. Lewis Hamilton - 20592. Sebastian Vettel - 20063. Fernando Alonso - 18024. Michael Schumacher - 15665. Nico Rosberg - 1395,56. Kimi Raikkonen - 12887. Jenson Button - 12278. Felipe Massa - 11099. Mark Webber - 1047,510. Alain Prost - 798,511. Rubens Barrichello - 65812. Ayrton Senna - 61413. David Coulthard - 53514. Nelson Piquet - 485,515. Nigel Mansell - 48216. Daniel Ricciardo - 47517. Niki Lauda - 420,518. Mika Hakkinen - 42019. Gerhard Berger - 38520. Valtteri Bottas - 382 - active pilotincommand that since 2010, winning equals 25 points. Prior to this victory were valued much less until 1961 the winner was given only 8 points, to 1991 9 points to 2010 - 10 points. That is why the Champions of previous years are much lower than pilots of our time.
The ex-pilot of Formula 1 David Coulthard believes that Nico Rosberg has every chance to dominate in the championship, if only he will overcome the onslaught of Lewis Hamilton.David Coulthard "we Can say that in the UK Nico was just unlucky. Rosberg is very fast, it does its job, its clean aerobatics, but its just one problem - the Lewis Hamilton. Lewis is also good, sometimes a little better, and if not that, Nico clearly would dominate in the championship, collecting title after title.I'm not saying that Nico can't win the title - I'll be the first one to congratulate him, he just needs to prove his desire to win, to prove its commitment in the fight".After the stage in the UK advantage Rosberg over Hamilton was reduced to 1 point.
Winning the race in Austria, Lewis Hamilton scored 25 points and the first in the history of Formula 1, overcame the barrier of 2000 points.Sebastian Vettel could pass the bar, but failed rear tire.The number of points earned in career1. Lewis Hamilton - 20092. Sebastian Vettel - 19923. Fernando Alonso - 17964. Michael Schumacher - 15665. Nico Rosberg - 1362,56. Kimi Raikkonen - 12707. Jenson Button - 12278. Felipe Massa - 11099. Mark Webber - 1047,510. Alain Prost - 798,511. Rubens Barrichello - 65812. Ayrton Senna - 61413. David Coulthard - 53514. Nelson Piquet - 485,515. Nigel Mansell - 48216. Daniel Ricciardo - 44817. Niki Lauda - 420,518. Mika Hakkinen - 42019. Gerhard Berger - 38520. Valtteri Bottas - 380 - active pilotincommand that since 2010, winning equals 25 points. Prior to this victory were valued much less until 1961 the winner was given only 8 points, to 1991 9 points to 2010 - 10 points. That is why the Champions of previous years are much lower than pilots of our time.
Sports Manager McLaren David Redding commented third-place Jenson Baton, shown in the first days of tests in Barcelona.David Redding "the First day of the tests passed without any problems. Button and the team did really good, we longitudinally collected information and executed tasks. Also we are glad that the day ended without any problems.Now waiting for the results from Vandorn, who will work on the same program, that button. In addition, Stoffel will prepare a car for the Grand Prix of Monaco".
The ex-pilot of Formula 1 David Coulthard is confident that Carlos Sainz will also get a chance to perform in the Red Bull.David Coulthard "It adds some intrigue in the championship, because everyone is talking about it. This is good news. Max is ready to take that chance. He's got speed and intelligence. I think that Carlos Sainz is also ready, but you can't put two pilots in one car.For max this is a great opportunity, but this does not mean that Carlos won't get a chance this year or that Kvyat will not be able to return. Things can change quickly".
Two of the crew of the Russian team SMP Racing finished the next stage of the World championship endurance racing, held on the Belgian track of Spa-Francorchamps. The crew at number 37 in the composition of Vitaly Petrov, and Kirill Ladygina, Viktor Shaitar completed the race in ninth place, and the machine at number 27, under the direction of David Markozov, Nicolas Minassian and Maurizio Mediani finished 11th in their category LMP2."It was one of the most interesting and unpredictable races in the last time, - said Vitaly Petrov. - There was a lot of overtaking, accidents, retirements and reshuffles of power. I'm sure the audience had incredible fun and plenty of emotions.As for our team, alas, we were not lucky from the start. At the exit of the first turn one of the contestants kicked me in the rear right wheel, causing it damaged the exhaust system and the underbody. Over 10 laps the car had to spend in the pits. After the release of the track Viktor Shaitar another blow this time the rival was trying to overtake him, but not calculated. Again the pits, again a waste of time. In spite of that we continued to stay on track, working on the machine on its settings.We see problems, we see the main reasons that do not allow us to rise to the podium is the lack of speed and degradation of tyres. We make every effort to resolve them. Before the race at Le Mans we will have two days of tests, which we also use to deal with the situation. Also in the European series our rides the same machine on which we also plan to make some changes and see them on stage at Imola.I want to reiterate the prototype of the new BR01. Yes, now in this championship, he plays for speed rivals, but we will deal with this problem, and until the end of the study the work of Dunlop rubber, which this year was changed.The most important thing that our machine is reliable. In the upcoming race at Le Mans it can play a crucial role. Maybe by that time we will be able to fix all the issues and we show the result that we expect from all Russian fans."The next stage of the world Championship on races on endurance will become the famous daily marathon "24 hours of Le Mans, which starts on June 18 in the French Sarthe ring.
The former pilot of Formula 1 David Coulthard constantly sets records, however, this time on the roads for public use.According to the information of Channel 4, David Coulthard was stopped by the French police in the heart of Alsace for speeding. According to the publication, the speed was 177 km/h when the limit is 130 km/h For such a violation Coulthard got a ticket for 135 Euro.
The ex-pilot of Formula 1 David Coulthard believes that the engines this year has reached its approximate equality, so again change the rules makes no sense.David Coulthard "When the rules change, only one or two teams doing everything right. Others are trying to catch up for many years leaders, and so on, until the balance and the approximate equality. In the third year of operation with the turbocharged equality has come, therefore, reason to change the rules in this direction, I do not see. It is necessary to continue working in this way, which will enable pilots to busy fighting. Pilots and spectators need a sharp struggle on the track, and the new rules it will be removed and will delay for a couple of years".
German publication Auto Bild reports that in the near future Niki Lauda can take the place of the head of Formula 1, surpassing Bernie Ecclestone. However, for this he will have to leave the office a non-Executive Director of Mercedes.As other candidates for the post Auto Bild calls the ex-pilot of Formula 1 Alex Burca and David Coulthard.
Ex-pilot of Formula 1 David Coulthard believes that Fernando Alonso should be back in the fight among the leaders.David Coulthard "I don't care whether he is fighting for victory or not. For me, Alonso has always been and always will be the best driver of modern Formula 1. Whenever he goes to the track during qualifying, waiting for incredible range, he's fast, even on slow machine.It is a pity that Alonso came to McLaren when the team is at the stage of its formation. Fernando is fighting for his third title. It can do this, but the car is not able to provide it speed".
Ex-pilot of Formula 1 David Coulthard believes that Formula 1 needs to work on simplifying the rules, not complicate them.David Coulthard "This is a problem for Formula 1 - complex rules. Every year they become more and more difficult, so turn away from racing spectators. In sports if something is unclear, people just don't want them to be interested.Why do we need to know how energy accumulates in the car We want to see the fight on the track, to see a lot of overtaking, and not to listen to complicated explanations of the rules. They change in the Formula-1 from year to year, keep an eye on them difficult. I have to work on simplifying rules to make it easier for everyone".
Ex-pilot of Formula 1 David Coulthard believes the Russian driver Daniil Kvyat capable of great accomplishments.David Coulthard "I just recently together with Kviat was sitting at home and drinking coffee. He is now my neighbor in Monaco, and I even helped him pick out furniture.Daniel, in my opinion, is a very strong pilot, and his character helps the guy to overcome the difficulties. Remember how he battled back last year, as he was able to get up off his knees and to answer the more experienced partner It's worth it".
Alexander Wurz is the President of the Association of pilots of Formula 1 - GPDA, does the work without much publicity, but it is very effective. This approach did not remain without attention of the ex-pilot of Formula 1 David Coulthard.David Coulthard "Alexander Wurz does a fantastic job on the post of the President. And last year clearly showed that the work of the Association today is incredibly important, as in the classical era of Formula 1. The tragedy with Jules Bianchi and Justin Wilson again made everyone turn to the issue of security. Wurz helps pilots to be together, protects their interests and works without unnecessary publicity".