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According to information published in the newspaper The Sun, the main presenter of Top Gear, Chris Evans will return to the channel in the spring of 2016. To help him in entertaining the viewers will be ex-Formula 1 driver David Coulthard and German racer Sabine Schmitz.However, as is evident by the negative reviews in the press and the Internet, a huge number of fans of the popular TV program against this composition.
Aston Martin considered the possibility of his return to Formula 1, becoming a partner of the team Force India. But this idea was eventually abandoned.Andy Palmer, CEO of Aston Martin "We came to the conclusion that it makes no sense to invest in Formula 1. The only true way for our brand - this is a demonstration of the technology in racing road cars. I don't understand how the participation in the Formula-1 can increase the number of sales of our machines".In 1959 and 1960 in Formula 1 races were attended by the team of David brown, then owner of Aston Martin company. Brand this machine took part in six races. Best result - 6th place Roy Salvadori in the British Grand Prix 1959 after starting from second place.
Double champion Mika Hakkinen has urged his former team McLaren not to despair and to remember, how in due time started the cooperation with Mercedes.Mika Hakkinen "Early to bury McLaren. They started working with Honda is a new Chapter in team history, a new relationship and a new engine. Everything will depend on how they cope with problems. When you start working with something new, we inevitably make mistakes but gain experience.At the time we had to spend several years to learn how to win with Mercedes engines. When succeeded, you gained confidence. Advise them to remember those times to regain form".Cooperation McLaren and Mercedes began in 1995 and that season became one of the worst in the history of the British team. Next season, the team drivers Mika Hakkinen and David Coulthard, were regularly fighting for podiums. In 1997, they won three races, and in 1998-m Hakkinen earned the first championship title, followed by the second and.
In Abu Dhabi team Mercedes has set yet another record winning the double "silver arrow" became the 12th in a row in this season.Before the 2014 season-a record for the number of winning doubles in a single season belonged to the McLaren team in 1988 Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost together 10 times finished ahead of rivals. Last season Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg broke the record, earning 11 shots. However, in the late 1980s, the championship consisted of 16 stages, while now carried out 19 races.So last weekend, Rosberg and Hamilton have surpassed last year's achievement.The number of winning shots in one season1. Mercedes, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, 2015 - 122. Mercedes, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, 2015 - 113. McLaren Honda, Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost, 1988 - 104. Ferrari, Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello, 2002 - 95. Ferrari, Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello, 2004 - 86. Ferrari, Alberto Ascari, Nico Farina, Piero Taruffi and Rudi Fischer 1952 - 6 Williams Renault Nigel Mansell and Riccardo Patrese, 1992 - 6 Williams Renault, Damon hill and Jacques Villeneuve, 1996 - 69. McLaren Mercedes Mika Hakkinen and David Coulthard, 1998 - 5.
17-year-old lance Stroll, son of canadian billionaire Lawrence Stroll, next season will be the test driver for team Williams. In parallel, he will act in the European championship Formula 3.Claire Williams, Deputy head of Williams "We use various technologies to help young pilots in developing their talent. We have rich experience in this direction, and it is enough to remember of Valtteri Bottas, which is now one of the strongest pilots of Formula 1.We believed that lance has the talent, and are willing to support. We look forward to fruitful cooperation in 2016".Lance has only recently turned 17, and under the new rules the FIA, before the end of October next year he will not be able to take part in Friday practices. All this time, the Stroll will run on the simulator Williams to communicate with engineers at the base.Lance Stroll "It is a privilege to become part of great team. Looking forward to starting cooperation, which will allow me to make serious progress in the coming years. Since then, as the father on the fifth birthday, gave me cards, I dreamed of Formula 1.Career Williams started many famous drivers David Coulthard, Jenson button, Nico Rosberg, Nico Hulkenberg and Valtteri Bottas. This fact had big influence on my decision to sign a contract with Williams".
Ex-pilot of Formula 1 mark Webber, recently became the champion of the WEC, told, what's the difference between four-time champion Sebastian Vettel from triple champion Lewis Hamilton.Mark Webber "It's a completely different pilots. Lewis is just a fast lap. Vettel, like Schumacher, he's well versed in tactics, knows how to work with the machine, is able to find her face.Hamilton just a very quick lap in any conditions. This is its only advantage, while Vettel can use your head to fight for the win not the fastest car".While Webber believes that Hamilton ably sells his name as an established brand.Mark Webber "We're all different pilots, but Lewis was able from his achievements to make the brand. He achieves popularity in the U.S., and rightly so. Such has passed by David Beckham.Hamilton chose his path, he reconsidered much during the years of his career. He acts as if race is only a part of his life. This is unacceptable for many pilots, but not for him".
The crew of the Russian team SMP Racing has won the World championship endurance racing FIA WEC. Viktor Shaitar, Andrea Bertolini and Aleksey Basov, leaning on the Ferrari F458 Italia 72, won the titles of world Champions in the LMGTE Am class at the final race in Bahrain.Throughout the season the crew the Russians were the leaders in their category. Three wins in America, Germany and, for the first time in history "24 hours of Le Mans", demonstrated the attitude of the Russian crew. Of the eight stages of the machine is 72 seven times came to the podium.However, until the last race of the season in the championship the intrigue was there the title of best in class LMGTE Am also challenged the team AF Corse at number 83. But with the advantage of 19 points in Bahrain Russians was just enough to finish successfully, which they did, finishing the race in fifth position."In this category we have the fastest platinum, silver and bronze drivers, - said the sport Director of SMP Racing's Sergey Zlobin. - Today the guys didn't win the race only because it was setting just to finish, no risk. Let us forgive, but the title of Champions today was more important than the podium in the race. Although if you look at the time, and Bass and Shaitar were the fastest on the circle, when it was possible. Thank you all for our entire team, Boris Romanovich Rotenberg, we met the expectations".Note, the Russian team SMP Racing for the second year in a row won the title of champion in the FIA WEC. In 2014, the car team with 27 became the world champion in the LMP2 class, and the pilot and sport Director of SMP Racing's Sergey Zlobin won the world championship in personal offset. And now in 2015 another win for SMP Racing, now in LMGTE Am.In another class, LMGTE Pro, the silver medal went to the crew of 51 Ferrari, acting in partnership with SMP Racing. The factory team car was piloted by Gianmaria Bruni and Toni the following sports clubs are located. When he came to the finish second in the race, the drivers also earned second place in the final table championship in its category.Also in the final race of the FIA WEC in Bahrain took part prototype BR01 running pilots SMP Racing Mikhail Alyoshin, Nicolas Minassian and David Markozov. On these cars the LMP2 class of the Russian company "BR Engineering" team SMP Racing will perform in the FIA WEC in 2016. This season the car has held four races in the European series of Le Mans, where three times he finished in the top three, also participated in the marathon "24 hours of Le Mans", showing excellent speed, handling and reliability.Our prototypes in many respects not inferior to anyone - continued Sergey Zlobin. But the fact that teams have had preseason tests with the same tyres on which they were driving and then all season. We have pre-season tests, and we came out on the Dunlop tires only the second race so that the settings were not the optimum. But the potential of the prototype BR01 huge. Note that the car was not a technical assemblies not once in the entire season. And this is the first of what we have achieved reliability. The second is the speed. And now we need to achieve stability and to start winning.Season calendar 2016 World championship endurance races16.04.2016 - 6 Hours of Silverstone06.05.2016 - 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps18.06.2015 - 24 Hours Le Mans23.07.2016 - 6 Hours of Nurburgring03.09.2015 - 6 Hours of Mexico City15.10.2016 - 6 Hours of Fuji05.11.2016 - 6 Hours of Shanghai18.11.2016 - 6 Hours of Bahrain.
Double victory pilots Mercedes in Brazil was already the 11th in a row in this season. Thus the German team repeated their last year's record.Before the 2014 season-a record for the number of winning doubles in a single season belonged to the McLaren team in 1988 Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost together 10 times finished ahead of rivals. Last season Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg broke the record, earning 11 shots. However, in the late 1980s, the championship consisted of 16 stages, while now carried out 19 races.So last weekend, Rosberg and Hamilton has repeated last year's achievement. And now Mercedes is the Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi to set a new record.The number of winning shots in one season1. Mercedes, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, 2014 - 11 Mercedes, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, 2015 - 113. McLaren Honda, Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost, 1988 - 104. Ferrari, Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello, 2002 - 95. Ferrari, Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello, 2004 - 86. Ferrari, Alberto Ascari, Nico Farina, Piero Taruffi and Rudi Fischer 1952 - 6 Williams Renault Nigel Mansell and Riccardo Patrese, 1992 - 6 Williams Renault, Damon hill and Jacques Villeneuve, 1996 - 69. McLaren Mercedes Mika Hakkinen and David Coulthard, 1998 - 5.
Ex-pilot of Formula 1 David Coulthard said that already not sure is whether he was really happy with his team's victory Nico Rosberg's how it looked from the outside.Davd Coulthard I remember during the recording of the interview with Nico in the team all shouted his name. I've never seen after the victories of Lewis. Then thought it was mechanics from the team Rosberg but after Hamilton that Nico, the team had a circus, I don't know.I don't believe that all these guys can be such artists and cynics, but Lewis never said anything empty. I don't know now who to believe".
Ex-pilot of Formula 1 David Coulthard believes that Mercedes copes with the situation when they need to follow two ambitious pilots.David Coulthard "I'm surprised at the professionalism of the management of Mercedes, which is perfectly able to control the actions of their pilots. While the team remains a visible transparency.Lewis is a big star of Formula 1, a popular person, and Niko is a first - class pilot who could become a double champion with any other partner".
Ex-pilot of Formula 1 David Coulthard said that he understand how he feels now Nico Rosberg.David Coulthard "I know how Nico feels. I was in a similar situation, speaking with Mika Hakkinen. I remember how hard it was to overtake him in the race, and his car was really good.In this situation you just need to wait and keep fighting. Lewis after last year was faster, now it needs to be done and Rosberg".
Ex-pilot of Formula 1 David Coulthard said that it was always the pilots in Formula 1 has paid for their seats.David Coulthard "do Not blame the pilots that come here for the money. All pay and all pay. Even Senna had to pay for his place when he started his career, and was paying Alonso. Someone has to pay for it all It will not exist".
Pilot SMP Racing Mikhail Aleshin and Kirill Ladygin and Viktor Shaitar won the third step of the podium on the final stage of the European Series of Le Mans.The crew at number 21 in the structure of the pilot SMP Racing Mikhail Alyoshin, Cyril Ladygina and Viktor Shaitar, won the third step of the podium in the final, fifth stage of the European series of Le Mans, which took place at the Portuguese track of Estoril. Another Russian crew, who were playing under 20, finished fourth.By results of qualification the Russian BR01 sports teams "BR Engineering" 21 and 20 started the race from the fourth and ninth positions, respectively, in the LMP2 category. Given the changeable weather, which, during the four-hour race changed five times, the Russians a few times then went out in leaders, the newly lost position. However, the crew managed to avoid serious errors, and reliability and flawless work of the team allowed us to show good results the pilots of the prototype under number 21 Mikhail Aleshin and Kirill Ladygin and Viktor Shaitar climbed to the third step of the podium, and the crew 20 composed of Nicolas Minassian, David Markozov and Maurizio Mediani completed the check-in step of the podium, in fourth place.We came in third place, and I am not satisfied, - said Mikhail Aleshin. - I know our potential, the potential of this car and the whole team. But in such long races there are many nuances, including the weather. It was the "main newsmaker" a really dry, then rain then again dry track However, it is worth noting that of the five races, where we participated in the BR01 prototypes, in three we made it to the podium. And this, mind you, only the first season of this car. I am sure that this Russian machine has a great future. And I'm glad to be a part of this ambitious project, SMP Racing, which this year I have been putting our strength and experience. Hope this has helped and will help further".
Ex-pilot of Formula 1 David Coulthard believes that this year the destiny of the title already decided.David Coulthard "I feel really sorry for Rosberg, because he did the right thing, his weekend was just perfect, but a small detail decided the outcome of the battle, which would be phenomenal. One win hasn't solved anything for Nico, because Lewis is already very close to its title.But, again, the victory of Nico only to a race or two would have postponed the victory of Lewis in the championship. This year Hamilton is too strong for Rosberg".
Test pilot Williams Suzie Wolff will participate in the Race of Champions and, most likely, again will make the company David Coulthard in the Nations Cup.Susie Wolff "last year I already played in this competition, so this time I will do everything in my power to get as high as possible. Believe me, for us pilots, this is a very difficult competition, the real test. During the race you must find the limit of the track, yourself and technology as quickly as possible. Error is also invalid.I would very much like to speak again with David Coulthard to try and reach the final of the Nations Cup. Rather, was to sit behind the wheel".
Ex-pilot of Formula 1 David Brabham, son of triple champion Jack Brabham, believes that the only problem Nico Rosberg - his character.David Brabham "I Think, Nico, if he wants to win, needs to work more and be ready to work hard and confrontation with Lewis. If Lewis is in a difficult situation, he explodes, he is very emotional, which is good.Nico is more balanced, he is calm in any situation, but for Formula 1, for pictures, to the press, he should show his anger. And it turns out that he looks like a rag, the second number of the team who says Yes to everything. The world champion needs to show teeth. Niko must work on ourselves".
Ex-pilot of Formula 1 David Coulthard believes that Lewis Hamilton can do anything, because he is still the fastest in the peloton.David Coulthard "Now many begrudge rests Lewis that he does tattoos, smokes and drinks, what color hair and is engaged in other things. But he's fast He's incredibly quick. And while he shows such a result, he can do whatever he wants.He's on top form, he has a nice car, so let her have her time".
Ex-pilot of Formula 1 David Coulthard believes that Pirelli should give a clear explanation of an exploding tire and do everything to avoid this in the future.David Coulthard "At the moment, despite numerous comments Pirelli, the causes of the explosions of tyres is still not installed. If the problem is there and in the company know about it, it must be solved, already famous as the pilots begin to openly speak out against this rubber. It speaks for itself. It is clear that in Pirelli only carried out the order of the FIA on the rubber of a certain quality, but that is no excuse for exploding tires.The team will not boycott Pirelli, because they are a monopoly, and to blame the Italian company. Just if the problem cannot be resolved, it could have ended very badly".
Ex-pilot of Formula 1 David Coulthard believes that the similarity in Hungary has benefited Kimi Raikkonen.David Coulthard "you Can trust me, can not believe it, but DNF in Hungary is a big plus for my future career Kimi. I'll try to explain. You see, in Formula 1 many decisions are made on emotion and not on a detailed analysis of all races and data.If Raikkonen finished behind Vettel in ten seconds or more - this would have played against Finn's, and he received recognition of his speed and condolences from the team. It's a lot better than if he was again humiliated".
Ex-pilot of Formula 1 David Coulthard believes that the incident with Jules Bianchi will never affect the desire of pilots to fight in difficult terrain, where the risk to break higher than on safe tracks.David Coulthard "the Pilots will never abandon the struggle on the slopes where the risk of accident is higher. This is the main contradiction of Formula 1. Winning is valued more if it produced more complex and unpredictable. That's why old school tracks so dearly loved by all pilots.Bianchi had an accident, collided with the tractor, which evacuated the car of Adrian Sutil. It was already late at night, in heavy rain and in a blind turn. At the present track, where a huge security zone, such consequences would not be, but the whole point is that pilots love dangerous tracks to the taste of victory was sweeter".
The pilot Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel confirmed his application to participate in the Race of Champions, to be held on 20 and 21 November at the Olympic stadium in London. The German became the second pilot confirmed their participation after David Coulthard.Sebastian Vettel "I love the Race of Champions is an incredible event in which I participate since 2007. I will greatly miss Michael Schumacher, with whom we ruled unchallenged in the team standings. I will do everything Michael to win this Cup for our countryAlso I will try to achieve and the first in his collection Cup standings. While I didn't win in this discipline".
Ex-pilot of Formula 1 David Coulthard believes that Kimi Raikkonen is not the pilot, who must act in the Scuderia.David Coulthard "I think it is time for change. I have nothing against Kimi, but in my experience that there comes a point in your career, when you stop progressing. This happened to me at the time. I've never been the best pilot, but sooner or later there comes a period when you're losing the qualities that made you successful in the past.If Kimi will win in the next race, we all will be happy, because we need it. But Vettel came and immediately established himself. When Kimi was a team-mate Alonso, Fernando was better. The facts are that regardless of whether this is a consequence of the failure or something else, he last few years is not at that level, which acted in the past."Recall that in 2002-2004 Coulthard and Raikkonen were team-mates at McLaren. And if in the first year of the joint work of the experienced David was stronger than the young Kimi in the next two seasons, the Scot was in the shadow of Finn.
Ex-pilot of Formula 1 David Coulthard is confident that Nico Rosberg will be able to fight for the title until the last race.David Coulthard "I'm sure Nico will never give up the fight. He is a very strong driver and all the time stands approximately equal with Lewis. It is clear that Hamilton is the favorite, but it did not diminish the opportunities Rosberg to be world champion.The Germans need a little more stability, and everything will go smoothly. Personally, I believe that the outcome of the championship will be decided in the last race.
In recent times criticism for the McLaren team, which this season has started cooperation with the Japanese company Honda and for the first half of the season managed to earn only five points. Eddie Jordan, former owner of the team, walked on to the team of Ron Dennis, for which the latter replied very sharply.Eddie Jordan "They have become a shadow of themselves when arrogantly stated that Hamilton will regret his move to Mercedes. Now they lose absolutely everything, and it's not just a weak engine. The engine is only part of the problem, and there are many other weaknesses.When they started to do with road machines, we seriously digress from the Formula 1. I'd be surprised if they ever again will compete for championship titles.A year ago Ron Dennis has dismissed Martin Whitmarsh. But Dennis manages a team much worse than Whitmarsh".Ron Dennis, head of McLaren, commented on the words of his former colleagues "For me, Formula 1 is one big family living together in the village. But in every village there is always the local fool. Jordan is the perfect fit for this role".After the statements of both were quick to comment on the ex-pilot of McLaren's David Coulthard "the Situation at McLaren is very complicated, and it looks like someone nervous. Yes, Eddie is the original man, but he's clearly not stupid. I didn't expect this from Ron, he is clearly playing with fire by going to insult".
Ended one of the most prestigious races in the world of Motorsport - the 24 hours of Le Mans, which took place on the French Sarthe track in the championship of the FIA WEC. For the first time in the history of the crew of the Russian team SMP Racing has won the prestigious daily marathon in the GTEAm class. Two new prototype BR01 competing in the LMP2 category, finished in sixth and thirteenth positions.The crew Ferrari 458 Italia at number 72 in the composition of the European Champions series Le Mans Viktor Shaitar and Andrea Bertolini and Alexey Basov started from the third position. From the very first laps SMP Racing pilots have indicated that they intend to fight only for victory and throughout the day remained in the top three, occasionally changing places with the leader. 40 minutes before the end of the racing SMP Racing crew moved in the first place. Thus, for the first time in the history of the Russian SMP Racing team has won the most prestigious race of the planet is in the category of GTEAm.Also for the first time in the history of world motorsports in the 24 hours of Le Mans has attended two prototypes BR01 LMP2 category, created by a Russian team BR Engineering. The crew 27 amounted Maurizio Mediani, David Markosov and Nicolas Minassian. The second machine is at number 37 was ruled by Mikhail Alyoshin, Cyril Ladygin and Anton Ladygin.After starting with 12 and 14 positions in class for race 27 and 37 crews showed great speed, but they regularly had problems with the tyres."I congratulate the 72nd crew, congratulations to all of our team for yet another historic victory", - said the President of SMP Racing Boris Rotenberg. - I am proud that for the first time in history in the most prestigious race of the planet anthem was played in honor of our victory, the victory of the Russian team SMP Racing. Our entire team did a great job and this success is the success of our team.As for our prototypes, the sheer speed they were one of the best. But we had a problem with tires. However, both machines successfully finished and drove the entire distance without any major technical problems.At each of our racing cars have the logo of the football club "Dynamo". And we and our fans are proud of the victories of each other, and together experiencing failures. What unites us is what we always strive to be the best. Working with full dedication, will to win, in different sports disciplines, we are always ready to defend the colors of the Russian flag, their club and their team. And we know that our aspirations, our efforts and experience of rivalry and struggle invariably lead to a well-deserved and honest victory."The next stage of the FIA WEC, where the crew will perform SMP Racing 72, will be held August 29-30 at the German Nurburgring track. Prototypes BR01 will continue to serve in the main championship ELMS, next phase which will be held on July 11-12 at the Austrian Red Bull Ring.
Ex-pilot of Formula 1 David Coulthard believes that Lewis Hamilton did not trust his team after the incident in Monaco.David Coulthard "Now, if the team will again entice him into the pits for a pit stop, he would himself to think, to make this maneuver or not. His confidence has been shattered, and now it will automatically be doubt in any order of the boxes, to question any message.If so would be the case, then Lewis holds its own, and the team is unhappy with his behavior. It's a complicated situation, and to recover his morale Lewis will need more time than two weeks.
Ex-pilot of Formula 1 David Coulthard has admitted that the level aerobatics max Verstappen in Monaco was a surprise to him.David Coulthard "I'm amazed at the level aerobatics max, because he is only 17 years old came for the first time in Monaco and showed the second result for the practitionerI remember his debut at this track in 1995. Then the cars were wider, and it took me more time to get used to this ring, but I still finished a practice far outside the top ten. That's why I was surprised by the level aerobatics Verstappen".
Last Friday, in the Church of St. Mary, in the British town of Woburn, passed the marriage ceremony the head of Red Bull's Christian Horner and singer Jerry Halliwell.The wedding went without much pomp, but with a twist. Why are only the machine on which young came and went from the wedding Horner rolled up to the ceremony Aston Martin DB5, and left young on the Rolls Royce. Guests were also distinguished, as one celebrity Jackie Stewart, Niki Lauda, David Coulthard, Adrian Newey, Daniel ricciardo, Eddie Jordan and others. As for Sebastian Vettel, nobody saw it.
Ex-pilot of Formula 1 David Coulthard surprised refers to the negative attitude of the bosses of the Royal race to tire of the war.David Coulthard "Why in Formula 1 all tire against the war I don't understand. Different manufacturers does not affect the amount of expenses. All would have remained at the same level, and competition between manufacturers would only increase the quality of rubber.There is also competition between the chassis and engines. Why is she not tire"Tyre war ended in Formula 1 after the season in 2006, when Bridgestone became the exclusive supplier of the championship. In 2011, it was replaced with Pirelli.