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As reported by Sky Sports, Lewis Hamilton after a collision with team-mate Nico Rosberg at the Grand Prix of Spain threatened to leave Mercedes.On the first lap of the race in Spain Hamilton attacked Rosberg, but the maneuver was over double the gathering. Lewis demanded that the team has publicly acknowledged the guilt of Nico. Otherwise, he threatened to boycott the stage in Monaco and leave the Mercedes to the end of the season.But as you know, the team did not recognize the guilt of Rosberg. In contrast, in tests in Spain in a matter of urgency was caused by Pascal Wehrlein, who was to replace three-time champion, if he does decide to leave.
Over the last ten years six times the championship was decided in the final race. And in four cases the winner was the leader of the championship.2006 goddessthe person Fernando Alonso Renault and Michael Summerparade Alonso in the status of the defending champion started strongly the season in 2006, winning six of the first nine races and finishing second in three others. The middle of the season, the Spaniard broke away from rival Michael Schumacher to 25 points and then had to win only 10 points. But then seriously added in Ferrari, and Schumacher has won five of seven races. Alonso only three times managed to reach the podium. For two stages before the end of the season, the Spaniard and the German had equal number of points, while the Scuderia had a serious superiority in equipment.In the penultimate race in Japan, Schumacher was in the lead with a noticeable gap, but went down because of engine failure, and the victory went to Alonso. The fate of the title was decided in Brazil. Michael, who has already announced his retirement, needed a victory, and Fernando was enough to finish eighth.The race for Michael was fighting. After the failure in qualifying, he started only the tenth, but quickly broke into the top five. However, in the fight with Giancarlo Fisichella, partner Alonso at Renault, the Ferrari of Schumacher had a puncture rear wheels. The Germans fell back to the tail of the peloton, but did not give up to the finish line climbed to fourth place. Michael fought to the end, talking about the set on the last lap the best time. Fernando calmly finished second and became a double champion.
On Sunday 23 November in Portugal in a resounding victory for G-Drive Racing ended the season of the ELMS championship, the European series of Le Mans. The crew of car 38, who competes in endurance racing with the support of premium fuel G-Drive "Gazprom Neft", won the last race of ELMS and won the title.After a brilliant victory in the Japanese race of the FIA WEC "6 hours of Fuji", where Roman Rusinov, Alex Brundle and will Stevens has rose to the top step of the podium, the race weekend brought the Russian team second victory, this time in the European series, as well as the title in the championship.Portuguese stage ELMS was decisive for the riders, conceding to competitors a few points even before the race, when it seemed that the championship is already a foregone conclusion. Demonstrating high rate, the crew 38 - Guido van der garde, Simon Dolan, Harry Tincknell - runner in the free practices. However, to win the pole position athletes failed. However, Guido, started Sunday's race from the third position in the race, regained the lead in the first seconds. This time fortune favored the orange prototype, and the Dutchman managed to avoid damage to the car even after contact with another car.However, the surprises did not end there. Eternal rival G-Drive Racing in the ELMS this season, the crew of TDS, has faced technical problems and was forced to spend a lot of time in the pits trying to fix them. So, leadership, captured Guido van der garde at the start, withheld Simon Dolan during his double shifts and fixed Harry Tincknell, led the team not just to win the race "4 hours of Estoril", but also brought gold at the end of the season."G-Drive Racing won the championship. It was not easy. We climbed to the top step of the podium in the first race, but after things went not so well. Before the last stage of winning chances almost was not, but we were all out in force and won the first place. We believe in the success, professionalism of the staff and our character. And won. This victory confirms that we have the fastest drivers, the most professional management and the most powerful fuel. G-Drive is the fuel of Champions", - said Alexander Krylov, Director of regional sales "Gazprom oil", project Manager G-Drive Racing.
McLaren racing Director Eric boullier was pleased with double finish in the points zone in race United States Grand Prix.Eric boullier "it's Always very nice when a team finishes in the glasses in such an important Grand Prix, such a big country in every sense of the word. There are many new fans of Formula 1, including new business partners. Today's race was really important to us.We saw an exciting battle wheel to wheel for the entire length of the peloton. Fernando drove the race, breaking from the 12th to 5th place. A button and is made from 19-th to 9-th position.I am proud that both of these pilot stand for McLaren".
22 Oct 2006 Fernando Alonso, finishing second in the race Grand Prix of Brazil, he became a double champion at the time, the youngest in the history of Formula 1.Before the final stage, the Spaniard, speaking for Renault, ahead of Michael Schumacher of Ferrari by 10 points - the cost of one victory under the old rules. Schumacher needed to win the race, while Alonso only had to finish eighth to win the championship. In the end, the race in Brazil was won by local pilot Felipe Massa and Fernando climbed to the second step of the podium.At 24, Alonso became the youngest winner of the championship in 25 years - the youngest double champion. There is little doubt that Fernando will dominate Formula 1 in the next decade and will break many records as Schumacher.It has been 10 years. Alonso is still the two-time champion.
Head Red Bull Christian Horner praised his drivers after a victorious double in Malaysia.Christian Horner "ricciardo is now just gorgeous, he is in great shape and perfectly cope with their work. We are very fortunate to gather a team of such good pilots. Verstappen has also looked good in the race, played after problems at the start. It is well-amused audience, ahead of Raikkonen and Perez. We are pleased with our pilots".
Director Haas Gunther Steiner stood up for his pilot, who, according to the head of Mercedes, not very quickly passed on the circle leading Nico Rosberg in the race Grand Prix of Singapore.Gunther Steiner "I tired that Esteban Gutierrez constantly blame all the problems on the track. It perfectly holds the race, and in Singapore, fought for position with the Mass. He didn't have at that moment, instantly concede. When there is a good opportunity, he did it. Yes, it is great that Mercedes have such a fast car, but it is necessary to respect other teams who have their own struggles.In Singapore, no one gave double orders to clear the area. If Wolff has problems and issues, let refers to the FIA.
The pilot Force India Sergio Perez made it to the final qualification of the Grand Prix of Singapore, which showed the tenth result. However, to start the Mexican will be only 18. At the end of the second part of qualifying yellow flags came out because of the accident of Roman Grogan and embarked on the track of the car of Jenson Button. Perez did not reduce speed in the zone of double yellow flags shown in the 9th and 10th turns, for which eventually received a penalty of five positions and three penalty points. In addition, Sergio overtook Esteban Gutierrez - he lost three more positions.
Pilot Williams Felipe Massa said that to reach the final qualification of the Singapore Grand Prix and show a higher result prevented the yellow flags. The Brazilian showed a 12-th result.Felipe Massa "I was very fast on the final lap. He was the best for me for the entire day. But double yellow flags forced me to stop trying. It's not the best track for us, so the race tomorrow will be difficult. I promise tomorrow to do everything possible to break into the points zone at the start.Some cars today are not slowed in the zone of double yellow flags and it can play a role. It's not my business, let the FIA understands. It was double yellow flags - so I was told on the radio. If someone is fined, then I can start on one or two positions above".
In the next season to partner Fernando Alonso at MLaren will be debutant Stoffel Vandorn. The young Belgian said he was ready to fight with two-time champion.Stoffel Vandorn "I have the honour to debut in Formula 1 as a partner Alonso, because he is a double champion and is considered one of the best pilots of the championship. If I can get ahead of him and it will positively affect my career.Yes, the debut in a top team puts certain pressure. But if you want to become a champion, you have to cope with like that.
Before the start of the race at Monza ten pilots had chances for the title this season. After the finish of the race, which ended with the double victory of the Mercedes, the number of applicants was reduced to six.There were seven races, and any driver in theory can earn 175 points. Given that championship leader Lewis Hamilton already 250 points, then argue with him for the title only those who already have at least 75 points. This includes the pilots of Red Bull and Ferrari and Nico Rosberg.In the constructors ' championship, the Mercedes team, far away from rivals. However, Red Bull and Ferrari still retain a chance to go ahead, but for this they need at least in each race to take to the catwalk in two steps.
Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff congratulated the team on winning the double at the end of the race the Italian Grand Prix, the fourth this season.Toto Wolff "double Victory - it's incredible But we have made it to Monza, that's fantastic This is one of the most prestigious tracks, where you fill a Ferrari. Yes, the race was required watching, because no one overtake he could not, but we in the pits was very interesting. It was a very important race for us because we had to achieve a victorious double, leaving their rivals behind. So I'm so gladLewis made a slip at the start, and therefore retreated so far into the peloton. That was his problem".
Pilot Mercedes Lewis Hamilton showed the second result in the race, the Italian Grand Prix after starting from pole position.Lewis Hamilton "Looking at all this army of fans, feel the incredible power, it's just crazy This is the best podium in the racing calendarI started not the best way, so skipped ahead of many rivals. Then together with the team we made our way forward. The team achieved a double podium and it's perfect for her. You can also say that the fight with Ferrari today was pretty tight. I'm glad we beat them in this match".
Triple world champion Jackie Stewart believes that Jules Bianchi to blame for his fatal crash.Jackie Stewart "For me, in that situation it's obvious. Bianchi's own fault that died. On the road were double yellow flags, he had to get ready at any moment to stop the car, but instead decided to exploit the situation and to catch up with the peloton. His speed was too high for this track".
After a dispute in Hungary when Nico Rosberg won the pole, showed the best lap time when double yellow flags, the FIA has adjusted the rules.From now on any time shown in the presence of double yellow flags during qualifying, will be revoked, even if the pilot slowed down in the danger zone and other sectors has significantly improved its previous results. In particularly dangerous situations will be shown the red flags and stay a while.
The head of Formula 1 Bernie Ecclestone believes that Mercedes is much more profitable to push their pilots than to come to the podium to winning doubles.Bernie Ecclestone "it's Interesting, but it was a mutual collision in a Mercedes gives the team more popular than a double victory. After Austria the team was an explosion of interest, they became more positive to take even criticism. And the subsequent decision to allow pilots to continue the fight It was a great move. The team consists of excellent marketing, as the popularity of the brand from the actions of the team only growing.
Haas Director Gunther Steiner told about that during the race the team had a very strange case.Gunther Steiner "Again, that race was terrible for the team, the worst in the season. Suddenly, after a double pit stop we passed out all all electrical, all appliances.Five long laps we could not communicate with pilots and see the telemetry data. Not working even GPS sensors, and we didn't know where the drivers It was scary. When the devices turn on, then Grosjean refused gearbox. I say that the race was the worst of the year".
After the end of training three pilots were lost at the three positions on the starting grid and earned two penalty points.At the end of the first session on the sidelines stood the car of Carlos Sainz, which caused the appearance of yellow flags. A few pilots did not reduce speed on a dangerous site and earned a double penalty starting penalty and penalty points. It's Jolyon Palmer qualified 18th, Rio Haryanto 19th and Felipe Nasr 22nd. It is clear that the latter have nothing to lose but the fines Palmer and Haryanto won Daniil Kvyat, who will now start 18th.
For each stage the engineers Pirelli set the minimum value of the tire pressure being checked before the race start. The German edition Auto Motor und Sport reports that the Mercedes team uses a special device that allows to circumvent this limitation.Before the start of the race with the help of this device heated the axle and brakes, with the result that the tire pressure rises to the required minimum. As soon as the car starts, axles and brakes cool down, and the tire pressure will drop slightly.Previously, the Mercedes team were accused rivals from Red Bull is that to reduce the pressure they use discs with double walls.
The head of Toro Rosso Franz Toast admitted that he really liked the track in Baku.Franz Toast "I congratulate the organizers of the race in this beautiful city. The track is really impressive and looks fantastic. Baku is a beautiful city inhabited by friendly and welcoming people. I am grateful to all the organizers for this wonderful Grand Prix.Yes, in this race our pilots have gone the distance, both because of problems with the suspension, but the team has yet to analyze the reasons that led to this strange double immediately. There is a version, because of a jammed shock absorber".
Australian ex-pilot of Formula 1 mark Webber believes that his countryman Daniel ricciardo is the best driver of the past Monaco Grand Prix.Mark Webber "I call Riccardo the best pilot of the last Grand Prix. He shone throughout the weekend. It is a pity that this is the track where you can't lose ground. Because of the mistakes of the team he was behind Lewis and was not able to overtake him. There's even DRS doesn't help. On any other track he would be able to overtake him without problems.I think that the team had to focus on Daniele, and do not spray it on and Verstappen. It was not worth spending double pit-stop on the same lap. This also was a team error.
The Ferrari pilot Sebastian Vettel in the race Grand Prix of Spain finished third.Sebastian Vettel "It was the day max, I congratulate him on this amazing win. This is a great achievement for such a young pilot. Our team the whole weekend worked to be first at the end of the race, but we were unable to properly react to the situation on the track. Will also honest, because if Mercedes is not out of the race, then we would not be able to fight for victory. Us and Red Bull was lucky that the leaders gone.In any case, our team was counting on a different result, we wanted to win, but I had teeth to gnaw third place in the fight with Riccardo. It was a difficult race, but the double finish on the podium is not so bad".
Team McLaren approached the FIA with the requirement to explain the use by some commands of rims with double walls.This season the FIA and Pirelli tire manufacturers notably raised the limit for the minimum tire pressure. Pressure is measured before the start of the race, and some teams, according to Auto Motor und Sport, figured out a way to circumvent this limitation during the race. According to available information, we are talking about Red Bull and Toro Rosso. These teams use discs with double walls, which allow during the race to figure out the pressure in the tavern about 2 PSI.McLaren require to clarify the situation with the use of such wheels. In case of positive response, the British were ready to develop a similar system.
The pilot Mercedes of Nico Rosberg achieved victory in the race Grand Prix of Russia, and also earned the "Grand slam" winning in qualifying, fastest lap and lead from start to finish.Nico Rosberg "It was an amazing weekend I congratulate my team with victory and the double This result shows that our hard work on the track, in the pits and at the base.Today it all came together successfully, and I'm pleased with myself, the machine and the audience, which today is just a huge numberI'm sure Lewis will give battle, he motivated and fighting hard. As for my last laps, I just didn't want to lose concentration, afraid to make mistakes, that's why I kept the high temp.
The ex-pilot of Formula 1 Mika Hakkinen am sure that Nico Rosberg will be world champion this year.Mika Hakkinen "Rosberg I know from childhood. He's still a five year old little boy running around me and offered to fight on the map. He's in great physical shape, knows what to do. Before him purpose, he sees it very clearly. Nico has already stated that he wants to be world champion, and it's not just words. It's a task, a goal to which he goes in this year. I'm sure he will become a champion".Hakkinen knows Rosberg. At the time, Rosberg Sr. was Manager of the Finnish double champion.
Ex-pilot of Formula 1 johnny Herbert, who works as a commentator of the Royal race, recently declared that Fernando Alonso is better not to get back in the race because he has no more desire to fight for victories, titles and lost motivation.Herbert also believes that the double world champion has ceased to be a after leaving Ferrari, and there he shone only four years ago. But Fernando Alonso found the answer. Before qualifying, he found Herbert in the crowd of commentators.Fernando Alonso "you Know, Herbert, you're not a world champion. That's why you've ended up as a commentator. You're not a world champion, my friend".At these words Herbert could only say "Thank you."Herbert competed in Formula 1 from 1989 and 2000 and won three races. In 1995 he was a partner Michael Schumacher for Benetton.
Pilot SMP Racing Mikhail Alyoshin has completed the next stage of the IndyCar series at the 17th position. The second race of the season this North American racing series was held on the oval track at Phoenix International Raceway in Arizona.By results of qualification the Russian driver showed the 13th time, which can be considered a good result, as Aleshin was the only rider of the entire peloton who have not been on this track any day.From the start of the race Michael had lost one position, but then methodically, round and round, began to play, eventually climbing to seventh place. To the equator rider SMP Racing had all the chances to win, but the case has disposed differently at first the Russian was forced to make an unscheduled visit to mechanic due to faulty tires on one of the wheels, and later at the wrong time appeared a yellow flag, confused all the cards and otkatilsya Michael to 15-th line. To catch up, it was almost impossible as due to the nature of the route, unsuitable for overtaking, and due to the many yellow flags, and then appearing in the course of arrival."Start of the race was good, - said Mikhail Aleshin. But because of double bad luck, first with the wheel, and then with the wrong time appeared yellow flags, we were out its strategy. But this is a racing game in which you play the role of a variety of factors, including such as "luck-luck". There was another moment when I made a mistake at the entrance to the pitlane, but at that time it already had no effect.But of course there are some positive things. The main thing is that despite all the features of the engine of Honda, we had good speed and fought on equal terms. It can not inspire optimism. We will fight on"It should be noted that for Mikhail Aleshin it was the first race on an oval track after the accident in Fontana in 2014.The next stage of the IndyCar series will be held on April 17 at the city track of Long Beach in California.
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton finished second, along with partner giving the team double victory. Obviously, the owner of the pole had hoped for a different result.Lewis Hamilton "the race was a failure, so I fell back into the peloton. Then I had heavy fighting to burst forth, especially through the pilots Toro Rosso. It was a tough fight that we were able to solve only tactically.The red flag appeared for me also in time, so lost some positions. My next race evolved into a new breakthrough that eventually led to the second place.I congratulate the team with a double, and partner with a victory. This is a great race, awesome team result and the first sign that Ferrari is very close to us on speed".
Ex-pilot of Formula 1, the double champion Mika Hakkinen believes that the fight for the title Nico Rosberg is not over yet.Mika Hakkinen "the Fight for the title - a lot of work for the pilot, because the winner can be only one, and nothing else. Now the champion becomes only Hamilton, but that does not mean that Niko road to the top is closed. The most important thing now for Nico not to give up and disagree with the second position. He should be the champion, but it needs to get up every morning with that thought and work for this result.Not to say Lewis about his relaxation at the end of the season, losses always has a negative impact on the psychological mood before next season".