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The pilot of Red Bull Max Verstappen has admitted that he is very happy to work with Daniel Riccardo.Max Verstappen "We respect each other, and to be honest, in my racing career so far was not so much in common with a teammate.Even if we give all to fight each other on the track, Daniel is a great guy, and we are pleased to have the duel on the track. So I hope that we will remain good mates for a very long time".
Pilot Mercedes Lewis Hamilton said that he hoped to fight for the title from Fernando Alonso.Lewis Hamilton "I'm going to prepare to fight more than ever. I will do everything to try and earn his fifth title next year.It will be a four-sided confrontation we, Red Bull, Ferrari and possibly McLaren. We can't afford to be complacent after the victory, we need to continue to work and improve in all areas.McLaren got the Renault engines. This year we were having a good duel with Alonso, and I'd like to be more of them in the future. Fernando deserves to fight in the leading group, so I hope he will be able to join the battle".
The pilot Haas Romain Grosjean in Singapore finished ninth after starting from 15th position.Roman Grosjean "I'm very happy for all of us, especially after a difficult weekend. We were sure that we just did not Shine. We decided to start with intermediate tyres, which was a very difficult choice. But it turned out that it was the right choice in those conditions.Then I had a lot of duels with teammate and Stroller. Lance even hit the wall, but his injuries were minor. He never made mistakes, so to overtake him was impossible.To be honest, the race was terrible. At the start I didn't see because of the spray. But I'm incredibly happy that we earned points".
Sports Director of the Formula 1, Ross brown believes that the whole world is in awe of the epic battle for the title of season 2017.Ross Brawn "Formula 1 will once again have legendary duel. Previously, these pilots were Schumacher and Hakkinen, but now we see the struggles of Vettel and Hamilton. It is very good for the sport. Everyone is happy".The pilot of Renault Nico Hulkenberg believes that the equality in speed between Ferrari and Mercedes will continue until the end of the season "I can imagine that the speed of Vettel and Lewis are about equal until the very last race. It will be interesting".
The head of Pirelli Paul hembery believes that in Formula 1 the main character must be the pilot, not the machine.Paul hembery "Boxing needs exciting races, duels and overtakes, which basically should be available to the pilot. The pilot is supposed to be our superstar, not a machine.We must decide whether there is a Formula-1 for manufacturers or teams If we want manufacturers involved in the championship, they need to be competitive or to pretend that they are such. They should not be afraid of ridicule and damage to their brand.Something similar is now visible with engine manufacturers, Honda and Renault. However, for sports in General is not very good".
Haas pilot Roman Grosjean was unhappy with the fact that Lewis Hamilton was not fined for blocking during qualifying of the British Grand Prix.Roman Grosjean "I understand that being a champion duel. But the rules must be respected. Stewards are required to give a balanced and unbiased decisions. What happened to me is a violation. In this case, there should not be leniency to applicants for a title".
The pilot Force India Sergio Perez went the distance of the race Grand Prix of Azerbaijan after a failed attack by a teammate.Sergio Perez "it's a Pity to quit the race, especially after we realized that we could win this race. The team did a great job during this weekend, and we deserved much more than just points. I had nothing to do to avoid the accident. It's a shame that it all happened with my teammate. Other contenders scored good points.We will need to discuss the situation in the team and to make sure this doesn't happen again. We are responsible for the results of the team. It was important just to reach the finish in a high position, not a duel. Even after the accident, the team was able to get me back in the race. We are not broken and continued to fight. It describes us best".
The pilot Force India Sergio Perez in the canadian race, finished fifth. Mexican is not able to overtake Daniel ricciardo in the fight for the podium and gave no chance to his teammate.Sergio Perez "I am happy to finish in fifth place, because it was a very difficult and eventful day. Almost the whole race I was driving behind ricciardo in the DRS window and waited, when I will have the opportunity to overtake. I saw that he struggles in certain turns. I thought that I have the opportunity to overtake him, I deserve it.The same situation was and with the Window behind me. He followed me half the distance and could overtake in the last laps. We asked the team not to interfere, therefore, gave the audience a beautiful duel. I think the team respected our opinion. The team always comes first, and we attacked for her the whole distance. I always do everything in my power and I am very pleased that we were able to fly from Canada with the same number of points".
Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff said that the departure of technical Director Paddy Lowe has affected the competitiveness of the German team.Toto Wolff "Paddy Lowe is a great engineer, which I respect. But success in our sport not for individual personalities. It is important to having a balanced structure with the right people in the right places. And, in my opinion, this is what we have in the Mercedes. In such moments you realize how strong team. I am proud of our team and happy with the situation within the team.We firmly stand on my feet, all focused on solving our problems, and we are enjoying the duel with Ferrari. This is the Motorsport - to compete with the best".
Race Director McLaren Eric bulge disappointed commented on the results of the Grand Prix of China.Eric bulge "On the wet and slippery road Fernando perfectly coped with all the problems, again showed his class and skill. He started 13th, but after the round was on the 8th place. On the seventh lap he was 6th. it is a Pity that the race ended so badly. We are still pleased with the duel Fernando with his compatriot Carlos Sainz held at the limit.Stoffel has also made some progress after the start of the race, coming in 15th position, but problems with the fuel system forced us to finish the race prematurely for both drivers.
The pilot Force India Esteban Windows said that once again wants to participate in the duel for the title with max Verstappen. Before they had a chance to compete in the Junior series.Esteban Windows "I want to become world champion. I don't know where you will be in the future, so I can only say that there is at the moment. Force India is a good team, and I was lucky to get in there. But my true wish is to have the same machine as max has to deal with it That would be great.I knew it will perfectly prove themselves in Formula 1, but no one ever really believed in it, except me. Now I would like to fight him for the title".
Pilot Red Bull Daniel Riccardo admitted that he would not mind to become a partner Lewis Hamilton at the team.Daniel ricciardo "Many have asked me whom I wanted to see his partner. And Lewis obviously on my list in the first place. I think we staged a great duel, and I'm even sure that I would be able to beat him during their confrontation.Hamilton never said anything bad about me, he was always kind to me. We communicate together, but that doesn't mean we're friends. I'm in the sport for other reasons, and certainly not for friendship with other pilots. If we were once in the same team, we like everything and everywhere to pull the blanket over himself. There is nothing new".
The pilot of McLaren Fernando Alonso believes that only reliability will play a role in the fight for the title this season.Fernando Alonso "unlike last year, when Lewis dominated, and this year those two are very competitive and close to each other. In the first duel in the 2014 season, the title was decided in the last race, and now again from race to race, the situation is changing in one direction and then the other.Nico showed that he is a very stable pilot, and, in General, both pilots Mercedes acted as equals. But I was in a similar position and didn't win. I know that anything can happen, and the determining factor will be the reliability".
The pilot of McLaren Fernando Alonso in the race Grand Prix of Malaysia finished seventh after starting from last place.Fernando Alonso "It was a great race, filled with duels and battles on the track. I started from the last row and stroke played a lot of positions. I was very lucky not to have an accident in the first turn, but after a couple of laps I was already in the top ten, which was very much astonished.During the race we talked a lot with the team, solving, cocoa strategy to elect risky or aggressive. We decided to choose the first option and attack the whole race. We were very lucky with the safety car, luck to use all the saved sets of tires Soft. Luck was on our side".
The pilot of McLaren's Jenson button showed on the results of the race in Italy 12-th result. At the end of the race the Briton overtook teammate.Jenson button "I am delighted that you had such a fighting race. But we were hoping for more after practices and qualifying, showing good pace in our car. Today attacked us, attacked us, and it was funI finished outside the points zone is a bad thing, I overtook is good. But it was not enough to fight for points. The race was good for me personally but for the team, the result was not the most pleasant. Also I am pleased with the overtaking Fernando Alonso - it was a nice duel with a strong partner. Next will be the race that suited us, so the fight for points real".
Pilot Mercedes Nico Rosberg believes that the departure of Felipe Massa Formula 1 is a big loss.Nico Rosberg "I am very sorry that it has taken such a decision. Felipe has always been a colourful character in Formula 1, so his departure is perceived hard. I gladly fought him on the slopes of the world, it was an exciting duel.But career is nearing completion, as if an incredible you are. We can only wish Felipe all the best free from racing life.
Haas pilot Roman Grosjean showed in the race Grand Prix Austria 7th result.Roman Grosjean "It was a very good race. The first round was not very successful, because I was pushed outside the track, and I lost many positions. After that, I increased the pace, despite the fact that the Supersoft was quickly granulirovaniya.The departure of the safety car came just the way. We only planned to go for new tires, as it announced the departure of the safety car. Then I had a duel with Button, who I still passed. In my head constantly heard the idea of a five-second penalty, so I drove it to create the desired separation. Each round I give 100 and it was incredible".
Pilot Mercedes Nico Rosberg admitted that eagerly awaits the start of the race in Bahrain.Nico Rosberg "It will be a fun race, but how else In Bahrain I have always had an intense race, especially with Lewis. In recent years, there have been a thrilling duel. I think the battle will repeat it now.I came out the winner of the first race, and my goal is to win the Grand Prix of Bahrain".In 2014 Rosberg at the finish of the race in Bahrain lost to Hamilton just one second. Last year the German finished third, losing not only the partner in Mercedes and Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari.
The race in Australia will remember the hard struggle of the pilots Toro Rosso Carlos Sainz and max Verstappen. In the end, the winner in this duel went the Spaniard, but his teammate was unhappy and allowed himself unflattering remarks.However, science believes that this fight will not hurt Toro Rosso.Carlos Sainz "After the race we held a meeting within the team. Here only there was nothing to discuss, because we were fighting for position in the race.I have no problems with max. I just had a better race. I think we both Mature enough to deal with these situations. I'm sure our fight will not harm Toro Rosso".
Pilot Toro Rosso Carlos Sainz admitted that he is not very happy with last year. The Spaniard believes that could be significantly stronger.Carlos Sainz "speaking on the eve of the new season about the past, I can say that things have been well, although he could pass more efficiently for me. I was able to show himself, to show in the duels, the battles for position and points. I often let technique and that affected the final result. But if I finished in the race, always in the points zone. I could do more with greater reliability of equipment".
The Ferrari pilot Sebastian Vettel made it to the finals Racing champion, where he won a duel with Tom Christensen. For German this is the first victory in the individual competition. Previously, he five times won the Cup of Nations paired with Michael Schumacher.Sebastian Vettel "I many times participated in the Race of Champions and was finally able to win it. I am very pleased. In the final, had to wait long for the second race, and in this situation it is very difficult to maintain concentration. But all ended well. Thank you to all the fans who came to the podium, despite the cold weather.In past years I have successfully performed in tandem with Michael Schumacher. But individual competitions are markedly different from the command. A few times I lost, but now won. My opponents were the best pilots in the world, and now my name appears on the championship Cup".
Technical Director of Mercedes Paddy Lowe admitted that he is pleased to see the team struggle two incredibly strong pilots, namely Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton.Paddy Lowe "I'm happy, and for us it is very important that the team are such a strong and motivated pilots, as Lewis and Nico. They both believe in their abilities, they really want to win. Both want to be the best and both are committed to the championship. They remind me of Simple and Senna.In the future there will be many duels between them. We are the dominant force in the championship, so we just have to provide the audience with the struggle between their pilots, while other teams are catching up to us. So we show great show on the screens. The audience should be happy with this fight".
Pilot Toro Rosso Max Verstappen pleased with many beautiful struggle on the road in Brazil, where the young Dutchman had a beautiful overtaking in the turn Senna name.Max Verstappen "a Couple of years ago, I admiringly watched the fight Raikkonen and Schumacher in the same turn, they held a beautiful duel that ended with the exit ahead of Kimi. Now I was in a similar situation and immediately tried to repeat this trick. We both behave honestly in a difficult corner, so no one from the track lol.Sergio, defending, tried to get me to go wider, but I managed to finish everything properly and clean".
Red Bull's driver Daniil Kvyat finished in Brazil 7. His partner Daniel ricciardo finished the race 12th 11th after the disqualification of Felipe Massa, starting from the last row.Daniil Kvyat "Today we have learned the most of what could be done. Unfortunately, we are having problems with Force India at the first pit stop, which compromised our race. After that, I was Hulkenberg a very long time, it was quite difficult to find a place for overtaking. We were stuck behind him, tried to attack, but he controlled me on the straights. In any case, we should be happy with the points earned at this track. Otherwise, the route is not very suitable for us, so it ended pretty positively."Daniel ricciardo "in a few first laps I fell swoop played a number of positions, and then we switched to an aggressive strategy of pit stops, almost immediately going for fresh tyres. We thought it would be the best solution for me.The race overall was boring for me, even though I had a good duel with Perez. I had to work around him for two attempts, so was incredibly excited by this battle. In any case, my penalty should help now to have a great race in Abu Dhabi. I believe in a good end of season".
Pilot Force India Niko Hulkenberg showed the qualification of the Grand Prix of Brazil gorgeous 6-th result, which, after a penalty of Valtteri Bottas was fifth.Nico hlkenberg "I have to believe that I can hold on to his starting position before finishing the race. Ahead of me, only Ferrari and Mercedes, but ahead of them will be very difficult, even impossible. We have done everything in our power, so I am happy with myself and my result. Behind me in the fast car of Bottas, and it obviously smells like a good duel.Well, I'm ready for anything, especially that by changing the settings of the machine in the morning, we have made progress, so much on our side."The second pilot Force India Sergio Perez showed on the results of the qualification of the 13-th result.Sergio Perez "we had a clear plan to reach the final of qualification in two cars, so I'm disappointed with today's result. I made a mistake on the last fast lap in the second round he braked too late. It did cost me getting into the finals.This is a very short range, and when you make a mistake, it is hard to fix it. I chose another direction in the development of the car, not the same as Nico. In the end, I outside the top ten. The situation is far from perfect, but things can happen. I'm probably coming in with the glasses".
Williams driver Valtteri Bottas achieved the 3rd result on the basis of race in Mexico.Valtteri Bottas "a Great race, hot and eventful. I love these weekends. I've been involved in more duels, but fighting Kviat went though and quick, but interesting.What happened to Kimi I don't think it's worth the usual racing incident. It is his fault that didn't leave me space in the corner.The rest we worked wonderfully, and special thanks to the team for a great strategy. Without such risky decisions I would not be able to achieve the podium.
Sebastian Buemi sensationally started the second season of the FIA Formula E, earning maximum points - in the Bank of a pilot of the team Renault e.dams 30 reward points. After winning the pole position in the new procedure the super-pole position the Swiss did not leave opponents no chance in the race SWUSP Beijing ePrix, setting also the best time for a circle. Thus, Buemi gained a unique hat-trick during the weekend."It was a good race, nice to win with such a margin - I'm happy The team did a great job and Renault have a good powerplant. We are looking forward to the next races. We also managed to set the fastest lap, what had problems in the past year",- says the winner of today's race.Buemi admitted that started not the best way, but he managed to repel the attacks of the Mahindra Racing rider nick Heidfeld in the first turn, thus preserving the lead. From the moment the race was led by the Swiss. However, his efforts to break away from the peloton twice failed because of the appearance on the track Full Course Yellow. This system was first used in Formula E and has earned high recognition from riders.Di Grassi said "It is very good from the point of view of a sports component, as it allows you to quickly clean the track. In addition, we follow the same procedure in the other categories, where are the racers of Formula E".However, Buemi was in the lead not the entire race. He was the first pilot who changed the car during the race, which enabled Loic Duval, driver of the team Dragon Racing, a circle to be the leader before the visit to the pits.Pit stop was a little unsettled by Heidfeld his team did not immediately coped with the fastening of seat belts in the car the driver, from-for what the German fell back two places ago, leaving the track behind di Grassi and Nico Simple. Bold maneuver allowed Heidfeld Simple to get around, and two pilots are remembered in the first season of spectacular duels and a spectacular collision, again pleased the audience with a dense struggle on the track in the Olympic Park of Beijing.Just got out in the first place, but this time the Frenchman did not get to the podium. For unknown reasons, until a broken element in the protection of the right rear wheel of the car of the Frenchman damaged the prop and rear wing. Despite the fact that Simple can continue to go to race pace, the car acknowledged dangerous for other drivers. Simply the command came to return to the pits, which meant the completion of the race for the racer.The incident returned to Heidfeld third place, where he eventually finished, having won thereby the first ever podium for team Mahindra Racing"I am delighted for the whole team. We really worked hard in the summer, and it was a very tense race. The guys who followed me, ran a circle more on the first interval, they had more charge, and so I had to defend. It was very interesting, especially on the last lap. At least this time I managed not to break the car for a circle to finish"On the last laps the spectators were able to enjoy a fantastic battle between Heidfeld and racers team Dragon Racing - Duval and D'ambrosio. At the finish line they were separated for more than two secondsSixth place went to Oliver tervi team NEXTEV TCR. The Briton, along with Sam Byrd and Nelson Piquet Jr., received a bonus from the fans FanBoost, which allowed him to break from 15th place on the starting grid to the best finish of his career in Formula E. For the Peak, everything went worse last season champion finished outside the points zone due to mechanical problems with the car that has set him from ninth to fifteenth place.The race was intense and Sam Byrd who managed to break through to the seventh line. Nathaniel Burton, driver of team Aguri, in his debut in the championship was able to take eighth place. Stefan Sarrazin of Venturi took the ninth position after the penalty of Daniel ABT for unsafe leaving after a pit stop. New to the championship Robin frijns was able to earn one point, despite the fact that by the finish of the race he spent all the energy to the motor.The new era of Formula E is already here. The race was exciting and was the first in a new season of Formula E. Buemi, the Opponents hope to reverse the outcome of the struggle at the next stage of the championship, which will take place on 7 November in Putrajaya, Malaysia. The ninth stage of FIA Formula E will again be held in Moscow on 4 June 2016 at the Kremlin walls.Team standings1. Renault e.dams - 302. Dragon Racing - 223. Schaeffler Audi Sport ABT - 184. Mahindra Racing - 155. NEXTEV TCR - 86. Virgin Racing DS - 67. Team Aguri - 48. Venturi - 29. Amlin Andretti - 110. Trulli - lichnyy standings1. Sebastian Buemi, 302. Lucas di Grassi, 183. Nick Heidfeld, 154. Loic Duval, 125. Jerome d'ambrosio, 106. Oliver Tervi, 87. Sam Bird, 68. Nathaniel Burton, 49. Stefan Sarrazin, 210. Robin Frijns, 1.
Pilot Toro Rosso Max Verstappen finished the race Grand Prix of Russia at 11-th position, but after the penalty Fernando Alonso took the Protocol, 10-th line.Max Verstappen "I'm disappointed. This, of course, was not the best of starts in a year, because I had an accident in the first corner, a puncture, and I simply had to burst forth from the tail of the peloton. It was a very difficult race for me. The car was badly damaged, especially in the rear, so the car was not behaving as it should. We tried, as could, to go back to the points zone, but in fact the finish line to achieve this failed.The second pilot Toro Rosso Carlos Sainz drove an excellent race, but withdrew from the race because of problems with the brakes.Carlos Sainz "For me that is a real disappointment to finish the race that way. Before the derailment, and problems with the brakes everything was fine and I was able to achieve points. I must say that felt happy during the race, because I had so many battles, so many interesting duels. Starting the race from 20th place, I was able to break on the 7th We could even finish the race on 6th position, but closer to the finish I was warned about growing the temperature of the brakes. Slow pace, I tried to normalize the situation. However, in the 13th turn, where on Saturday morning broke the car, I again went off the road and went the distance.I should be grateful to the whole team that they did a great job for me, because I had the opportunity to participate in the race after a severe accident. The car was excellent, so sorry that happened. Now I, of course, a little rest for a couple of days and then back to work".
Famous Russian Formula 1 commentator Alexey Popov in an exclusive interview with the official site of the Sochi Autodrom told about his vision of the struggle in the race and the battle for the title.What do You expect from the Russian Grand Prix this yearFirst of all, I would like to note that this time the teams have real experience. Simulation is one thing, but now teams have actual data from last year's Grand Prix. Sometimes these data do not converge with a calculation, for example, tire manufacturers last year that it safe and brought the tire too hard. Probably, they thought that the consumption of rubber is very large, but once we got here, learned here how smooth the pavement that he almost never uses a rubber and almost the entire distance of the race you can go without a pit stop. So, of course, needed softer tires, and now Pirelli has brought "soft" and "Supersoft".Plus, given that the pavement for a year, he gives the oil some, and it is hoped that the surface is less slippery, less smooth, clutch - or as said by the pilots, "the hook" - will become even stronger. From this point of view in the race there will be larger room for tactics, there are conditions in which the tires will wear out faster, the battle will become more diverse.Anyway, all the riders are big guys. Every weekend they go out at the start, and every time there are new conditions. Good racer and a good engineer know how to respond and adapt to these conditions. That's what makes great drivers and great teams.The favorites of Grand Prix of Russia, as in other races this season, remain the two Mercedes drivers, it's their track. However, the intrigue is always there, and if you look, Mercedes won, not all the stages this year.How would You rate the prospects for Ferrari to intervene in the battle by tactics and can Williams take the fight to our leadersWilliams this year has made some inexplicable mistakes on the pit stops, but the human factor can never be ruled out. However, last year Williams was here very strong - Valtteri Bottas earned the podium, and fastest lap in the end. I think that the struggle Ferrari and Williams will be very good, and we, the fans of Daniil Kvyat, of course, would like to see Red Bull Racing intervened in this battle.How do You assess the chances of Red Bull Racing at this trackThere are a lot of long straights, and speed on such stretches is not the strongest side of the Renault this year. On the other hand, Red Bull Racing has now a very good chassis, with mid-season in Silverstone, when he debuted the updated machine, the team churns out good results. Not always with Red Bull Racing things are going, but the trend is there. So the vision is this Mercedes is ahead, and then, the struggle between Ferrari, Williams and hopefully Red Bull Racing for second place.What in Your opinion should Nico Rosberg to give Lewis Hamilton fighting for the titleThe first turn has not been canceled - last year Nico Rosberg is already missed in this place. I think what happened at the start of the Grand Prix of Japan, he also did not like. Someone said that he was already psychologically broken and unable to respond to Hamilton, but can meet - why notHow would You rate the prospects of Sebastian Vettel Will he be able to interfere in the duel of the two Mercedes driversI don't think. This requires that Hamilton, with Rosberg collided with each other - and not just once. Even if they come in all remaining races, I don't think Vettel will win them all. I don't think Sebastian is fighting for the title, but in some of the Grand Prix - he's always among the contenders, and this year he's already achieved it.Please rate the performances of Daniil Kvyat this year. First season at Red Bull Racing, and in the podium in Hungary.I think he played well in the first half of the season. It seems to me that to compete with the man who for several years in Formula 1 and last year defeated four-time world champion, forcing him to leave the team, which is quite an achievement.Now actively discussing changes to the format of the race weekend of the Formula 1, and one of the ideas is to conduct several races in one Grand Prix. What do You think about it and what in Your opinion should be the format of the weekendThis idea I support. I have for many years advocated the position that Friday is an extra day. Friday should be a day for the press, for carrying out commercial activities, and races for two days. A small session of the free races, qualification one short, one short race on Saturday and then Sunday day. Personally, I think that two races in one weekend do not stop the Formula 1.Also often voiced the idea of third cars.I for third cars, fourth. If the team wants to put five cars, let puts. I would also allow small teams to set and one car used in Formula 1 and was.The material provided by the press service of the Sochi Autodrom.