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Mercedes has refused to support Pascal Wehrlein. This year, the German left without a seat at Sauber, will become a test pilot with Mercedes.Toto Wolff, head of Mercedes team "We are working with Pascal since 2013. He got the opportunity to prove himself in Formula 1 after 2015 became the champion of the DTM. He spent two difficult seasons in Manor and Sauber, but, nevertheless, will stay in the Mercedes family - in the season of 2018 he'll be our test pilot. In 2019 we will try to return it in the race."Wehrlein had taken part in the tests Mercedes. Obviously, this season he will not only be a test pilot, but the reserve pilot of the German team.
Champion of the season in 2016 Nico Rosberg said that does not exclude the possibility of working as a team leader, but only in the distant future.Nico Rosberg "No, I don't want to be associated with his father's championship team in the DTM. But to visit a party in honor of the title was great. I've seen a lot of people who played a huge role in my own career when I went to Team Rosberg in the Formula 3 and Formula BMW.It was a wonderful time, we did a lot of thinking. Now I'm not looking for a post of the head. But of course, I consider all options. Racing is my passion, especially Formula 1. That's why I commented on the Grand Prix in Japan, as well as in the career of Kubica. I support it in return in any way possible".
Chapter Sauber Frederic Vasseur said pilot Marcus Ericsson is not guaranteed a place, despite the fact that he is associated with team owners.Frederic Vasseur in an interview with Auto Motor und Sport "I Think it is worth building a team around one pilot just because he has good communication with the owners. Obviously, we need to talk to the owners about what's good for Marcus, and what suits the team."And here is Pascal Wehrlein, a career supported by Mercedes, can keep his place in the team.Frederic Vasseur "Pascal knows our situation, and I knew him in the DTM. We need pilots who will be fast on the track and can push the team forward."At the same time, Vasser confirmed that the place in Sauber expect Antonio Giovinazzi and Charles Leclere, graduates of the Racing Academy of Ferrari.Frederic Vasseur "This issue we will discuss with Ferrari in the near future. Initially, we wanted to determine the engine supplier, and then to solve the issue with the pilots".
Lucas Auer stated that the team Force India decided to keep pilots in 2018, will not affect his future in racing.Earlier, the Austrian, whose uncle was a pilot of Formula 1 Gerhard Berger has been testing at Silverstone with its pink sponsor BWT.There were rumors that due to problems between the pilots Force India changes may occur in the composition, but this did not happen.Lucas Auer "For me, nothing has changed. The test was a measure of great confidence in me, and I still keep contact with the team, but focused on DTM".Gerhard Berger "Lucas still has a chance. Force India looks at it.You can already see the results of this monitoring, because he was invited to the tests, and even without my help. He really handled it myself.He has a very good chance to win the title in the DTM. And his tests showed that he is ready for Formula 1".
The President of Mercedes Dieter Zetsche said that his company will not leave the Championships until 2021. Hearing about leaving the championship came after a statement of the company on retiring from the DTM in order to appear in Formula E. Dieter Zetsche "Formula 1 is connected with our history and our brand. Is a component that has helped us to develop the brand and make it younger, so far I see no change in strategy until 2021. The agreement will last until this date, and I don't even think about it.We decided to leave the DTM and starting a project in Formula E. At the moment, this series is a social PR platform, we want to help to increase competition between the teams in this championship.
The ex-pilot of Formula 1 Gerhard Berger said that it is not necessary to seriously consider the results of the tests, especially to look at the final times.Gerhard Berger "the Teams use different strategies. For example, in the McLaren every time I sent Lando Norris with empty tanks on the track. This explains its excellent time.I think my nephew Lucas was able to show that he is capable of good results. However, his career is complicated by the fact that Mercedes decided left DTM. Don't think that Lucas should go to Formula. Personally I don't like that there is need to change from machine to machine. And I personally will do everything to DTM left and after 2019".
Pascal Wehrlein said that doing everything possible to remain in Formula 1 after 2017. At the same time, the newspaper Bild believes that the 22-year-old pilot will lose his seat at Sauber at the end of the year.This is due to the fact that the owner is closely linked with Sauber Marcus Ericsson, while another place will go Antonio Giovinazzi or Charles LeClair as a result of new deals on motors with Ferrari.Pascal Wehrlein "I earned all five points of the team. In qualifying the score 8 2 in my favor. What else can I do"Bild suggests that Wehrlein will return to the DTM, where in 2015 she won the title of champion, or go into a Formula that looks like the most likely scenario.
Non-Executive Director of Mercedes Niki Lauda said that there is no risk that his company was going to do the races of the Formula E. To work in Formula 1 is not affected.Niki Lauda "Formula 1 is our sport, so to go we will not. Formula E is the future of the automotive industry. We were supposed to take part in these competitions, to keep up with progress.At the same time, we should try to make Formula E more attractive, because at the moment racing with the change machine looks unusual".The head of the team Mercedes Toto Wolff "Formula E is still in its infancy, but the electrification is in full swing.I would not be surprised if in three, four, five years, Formula E is completely different, and we will discuss each race".Earlier it became known that Mercedes at the end of 2018, will leave the series for DTM, Formula E.
Williams reserve driver Paul di Resta next year may be a spare pilot Mercedes. In Hungary, the Scot spent qualification and race instead of the sick Felipe Massa.Toto Wolff "If something happens to one of our pilots, we'll put in the car of Niki LaudaBut seriously, we would be glad to use Paul di Resta. He has done an incredible job, as the guy never piloted this car until qualifying. And while it was slower by only seven-tenths of a second than Stroll.Perhaps today he revived his career in Formula-1".At the time di Resta became the champion of the DTM in the Mercedes lineup. Then three seasons he played for Force India Mercedes.
Williams reserve driver Paul di Resta, replacing Felipe Massa in Hungary, out of the race.Paul di Resta "I did my best, but I understood that to achieve points will be almost impossible. The start was terrible. I acknowledge that the start system of modern cars I was given. On the first lap I did my best to avoid collisions and to win back the lost.Flying has become really difficult. Just to sit without training very hard. I tried to fly like in the DTM, but these methods here are not working. I tried struggling, but to achieve something serious happens.Recall that the last time di Resta took to the start of the race Formula-1 in 2013. And behind the wheel of the car in which the race was held, he first sat only an hour before the start of the qualification.
Williams reserve driver Paul di Resta, who replaced the sick in Hungary, Felipe Massa, showed on the basis of qualifications 19-th result.It is worth noting that the Scot was not a single minute of training, because all three practices held the Ground.Paul di Resta "I was worried, worried - all at once The work was a complete surprise to me It was a nervous qualification, as I am waiting for the result. I tried to be quick, but I have not worked in such conditions. I tried to do everything I could, worked with the settings of the Mass, but I can't say that they suit me. The team built a good car, but I couldn't realize its potential. I did not top speed, a little bit dumped in the corners, just not used to work on this machine.I work on the car DTM, and then moved to the Formula 1 race car is a different level. Just not used to these speeds, and overall, I enjoyed it".
It seems that the champion of the season-2016 Nico Rosberg is preparing to become the head of the factory Mercedes team in Formula E, which will appear in 2019.This week the German automaker shocked the racing world by announcing that after 2018 he will be leaving DTM for electric series.Now Auto Bild reports that Rosberg, the recently retired reigning world champion, is first in line to head the new team.Auto Bild "the President has already met with the head of Formula E, Alejandro Agawam in Monaco. If that happens, Rosberg will become the second world champion of Formula 1, was appointed to lead the team in Formula E. the First is a four-time world champion and head of the factory Renault team Alain Prost".
The legend of Formula 1 Gerhard Berger instructed to save the German DTM series after a not very encouraging news about the closing of this championship.Mercedes said coming out of DTM to debut at the electric series Formula E in 2019.Gerhard Berger "it is Clear that the solution to Mercedes directly affects the other members of this series. However, Mercedes has made their announcement long before the end of 2018. This leaves time to maneuver, to develop a viable concept of the future.DTM is one of the most important racing series in the world. We are to keep".
Lucas Auer, the nephew of the legend of Formula 1 Gerhard Berger will make his test debut in the car of the Royal race in Budapest next month thanks to the support of the BWT and its relations with Mercedes. But the pilot DTM does not think about the transition.Lucas Auer "At the moment I don't think Formula 1 is my goal because fully focused on DTM.In the DTM you need to spend three years in preparation for the fight for the title, so I am happy to stay with Mercedes next season. Let's see, what are my options".
Force India is still not confirmed officially part of the pilot of the DTM Lucas Auer in the tests in August of this year.Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff, whose team is supplying engines to Force India, partly involved in the tests, the nephew of Gerhard Berger in Formula 1.Toto Wolff "If it will work in Hungary, behind the wheel of a Force India car, it is not for us to tell."Sports Director of Force India "When we're ready something to announce, I'm sure we will immediately inform you.We are impressed by the work and the results of Lucas - he did a great job in the DTM".While Force India denied that the tests Auer just associated with BWT, the main sponsor of the team.
According to the official newsletter, the pilot of the DTM Lucas, Auer will pilot the Force India during a test after the Hungarian Grand Prix.Gerhard Berger "As it turns out, he will be entitled to participate in the tests of young pilots in Hungary. Force India has kindly agreed to accept it.I think that two years ago he would have been destroyed a championship, but now deserves his chance. Whether he uses it is another matter."This season, Auer acts in the DTM. After eight races he has two wins and is in second place.
Nephew of ex-Formula 1 driver Gerhard Berger is not ready to confirm that he actually debuts during the tests in Hungary.This week, we reported that Lucas, Auer, whose mother is the sister Berger, you may receive behind the wheel of a Formula 1 during practices the Grand Prix of Hungary.Lucas, Auer "Formula-3 and DTM - it's series, which recently released the best pilots of Formula-1. I won't hide that I want to get a chance in the same direction.Rumors about Force India go, but nothing is confirmed 100. We just do hope".
Nephew of the ex-pilot of Formula 1 Gerhard Berger intends to make a big step forward in its ambitions to serve in the Royal races.22-year-old Lucas, Auer, the son of Berger's sister, is a contender for the title in the German DTM championship. This year he was in favour of Mercedes.Mercedes boss Toto Wolff said that Auer has all the qualities necessary for a Formula 1 driver. And now the German edition of Auto Bild reported that Auer will conduct tests in Formula 1 at the wheel of the car of Mercedes or Force India.
The ex-pilot of Formula 1 Timo Glock stunned the Internet with his photo in the cockpit of the car racing series. This photo German as if hinting at its return to the Royal race. However, it turned out that it was a picture from the simulator.Timo Glock "It was a joke, which is picked up by the media. I did and never replaced. The news spread across the world like a rocket I wasn't expecting it Be calm. I will remain in the DTM, where will fly over the BMW with such a great partner like Deutsche Post, so don't worry.Glock competed in Formula 1 in 2004, 2008-2012, On account of the German three podium in the team Toyota.
The new head of the racing series DTM Gerhard Berger, himself a former pilot of Formula 1, said that it would be nice if the other pilots followed the example of Fernando Alonso.Gerhard Berger "I am confident that Vettel would like to do the DTM races. Today's pilots have much more free time than we used to, because it is unlikely that they conducted secret tests on closed tracks. It would be great if the pilots of Formula 1 have followed the example of Fernando Alonso".
Never in the history of Formula 1 cars were not pink, but everything can change after conclusion of the contract between Force India and the company's BWT, a manufacturer of beverages.Auto Bild "the Condition of the sponsorship agreements with BWT was always the pink livery of racing cars. DTM machine of Lucas Auer in 2015 were also painted in pink color, and now everything is coming to what the new livery of the Force India will be pink.Pink is a gentle color, which is sweet, pleasant, playful, cute, romantic, charming, feminine, and delicate. All this is associated with a slightly aggressive mood of a Formula 1 car, but all when something happens for the first time".
The ex-pilot of the Force India Paul di Resta in the season 2017, the same as last year, will play the role of a reserve pilot Williams.Paul di Resta competed in Formula 1 for Force India in 2011-2013 Last years he spent in DTM, where in 2010 he won the title as part of the factory team Mercedes.Paul di Resta "I am very pleased to extend the contract with Williams, I am glad that the whole year will be a spare pilot, I will help the team. I look forward to the opportunity to start working with a new car FW40, waiting for the opportunity to deal with the new rules. I thank the team and Claire for the opportunity. Thank you all for your support and understanding."Deputy head Williams Claire Williams "It's great for us to get a pilot with experience on such an important position. His extensive knowledge in Formula 1 will be invaluable for us, especially with the new rules".
Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff believes that the Scuderia will simply not be able to leave behind the Formula 1 such a talented guy like Antonio Giovinazzi.Toto Wolff "I am confident that Ferrari will be able to find the best option for him. The Ferrari situation is far from that when we are just a month needed to solve the problem of his two young pilots. Wehrlein and Windows had to find a place in the teams, and we also couldn't lose. This DTM Champions and GP3. If they are gone, for us it would be a great loss.Giovinazzi, has not yet reached such heights they have it all in front, and the Scuderia have time to find him a place."Last season, Giovinazzi became the Vice-champion of GP2. In the last race he lost to Red Bull protege Pierre went Out.
Pilot Sauber Marcus Ericsson believes that his team are extremely lucky to have Pascal Wehrlein.Marcus Ericsson "I think it's a good news for me and Sauber. Pascal is a very fast and respected pilot. I think that we can push each other and the team forward, so I look forward to the start of the new season.I appreciate it. He won the DTM championship and was part of the family Mercedes for a long time, so he passed a good school.Of course, my goal is to win it, but expect it to be a tough fight. Although this is exactly what I need to test your own strength".
After one season at the Manor Pascal Wehrlein will continue his career in the Sauber. A one-year contract was signed with the participation of Mercedes, which supports the career of the German pilot.Moniz, Kaltenborn the head of Sauber "We are pleased to announce that the second pilot of our team was Pascal Wehrlein. He showed his talent in different series, including the DTM. In his debut season he earned a point in Austria. I'm sure he can do better and we are willing to give him the opportunity to grow. Marcus and Pascal will be a great pair of pilots in the season-2017".Pascal Wehrlein "I am delighted to be part of the team Sauber. I will face a new challenge, but I'm ready for this. Our goal is regularly earn points to gain a foothold in the middle of the peloton. I will do everything to help Sauber to succeed".
The ex-pilot of Formula 1 Gerhard Berger was one step away from signing with the DTM championship, where he was to take a leading role, but refused the offer due to their current business obligations.Gerhard Berger "I was close to a contract, but could not do anything because it is bound to his commitments with other sponsors and partners. At the moment my job in the DTM impossible.But that doesn't mean it's over. I'll have a chance to catch up in the future. The opportunity to revisit this issue".
The new champion Nico Rosberg believes that his compatriot Pascal Wehrlein worthy to take his place in the Mercedes team.Nico Rosberg "Pascal Wehrlein - the future of Germany. He deserves a place in the Mercedes team".Wehrlein has partnered with Mercedes since 2013. In 2015 he brought a German company the title in the DTM. Last season, Pascal made his debut in Formula 1 as a pilot of the Manor, simultaneously participated in the tests Mercedes.
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 leader of the championship GP2 Antonio Giovinazzi received an offer from Mercedes. However, for several weeks, the German company is unable to contact the pilot.Toto Wolff, Mercedes "We invited him to be part of our program next season, he needs to act in the DTM. But for three weeks he did not return calls".It is known that through passed the DTM, Pascal Wehrlein and Esteban Windows, who this year made his debut in Formula-1. Career supports both Mercedes.As for Giovinazzi, it is only in this year GP2. For two stages before the end of the season, the 22-year-old Italian is leading with an advantage of 7 points.