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New Toro Rosso STR13 engine Honda will be officially presented only on February 26. However, the Italian team decided to conduct a running-in of new items in Misano with Pierre went Out, and spy photos immediately appeared on the network.Noteworthy, is completely redesigned compared STR12 aerodynamics. But the coloring is reminiscent of last year.
Head Red Bull Christian Horner said that he is determined to complete the fight with McLaren, a team that will use the same Renault engines.
Sessionals carbon fiber and composite materials produced by Renault Sport, designed for maximum load with minimum weight, the engine performs the function of the power element.
Renault technical Director Nick Chester and chief engineer Renault Remy Taffin told about the preparations for the new season.Nick Chester "RS18 we have significantly modified the suspension, so the machine is more stable and predictable. During the season we plan to seriously work on the aerodynamics, and this applies not only increase downforce. We need to make the machine more easy to control, so the pilots could fully use all its potential."Remy "this season each competitor will receive three power plants, and the number of modules MGU-K and is reduced to two, so the main attention was paid to reliability. A new version of the power plant we began to develop more in 2016, when already knew about tightening the limit the use of motors, so that the amount of work being done on the stands was much higher than before".
At the presentation of the Renault team leader Cyril abiteboul said that the main goal is to constantly progress in all areas.Cyril abiteboul "last year, we made progress in all areas. We restructured the team and made another step towards our goal.We have two talented pilot. Niko with his experience and took on the role of team leader. At the end of the season we came up with Carlos Sainz. We have been preparing for his arrival, and it all worked perfectly - his presence has allowed us to earn important points in the constructors ' championship. I'm sure without his help we would have lost the position in the championship.Our goal is to achieve significant progress in the results. We intend to improve in all areas engine, machine, work on the road, drivers - everything should be better".
Former McLaren head of aerodynamics Doug MacKinnon joined Williams as chief engineer of the team and will work directly with technical Director Paddy Lowe.Lo and mckernan previously worked together at McLaren, and the latter left the team in 2015, at the beginning of an unsuccessful three-year partnership with Honda.
Head Red Bull Christian Horner said that his team is ready to fight with McLaren, which is expected this year will return to the group leaders by Renault engines.Christian Horner "McLaren is a great team, and we look forward to fighting with them. But we have made significant progress, especially in the second half of last season, and I hope that this momentum will be continued in 2018.Rules are more or less the same, so there are many lessons we can learn from the development of the car in 2017".
In 2014, team Williams have switched to Mercedes engines and gained a title sponsor in the face of the Martini. Behind the wheel of the car under the number "19" villages Felipe Massa.Massa debuted in Formula 1 in 2002 as part Sauber. Since 2006, the Brazilian played for Ferrari, but in recent years, his results began to fall, and politely asked to leave Maranello. Williams gave Felipe a new chance, and he literally got a second wind.
Sports consultant to Red Bull Helmut Marko does not exclude that in 2019, his team will switch to Honda powerplant.This year, with Japanese mechanics working as a Junior team Toro Rosso. From the results of this work depends on the decision by Red Bull to be adopted in mid-summer.Helmut Marko "so far we are very surprised by the capabilities of the Honda, as well as their devotion and enthusiasm.I think they realized their mistakes. So far, based on the test stands, the engine is reliable. I think by mid season the engine will be able to reach the level of Renault.The rules have changed, so you need to declare what engine you want to use next year this summer. We will carefully analyze and then make a decision. Maybe in 2019 we'll use the Honda".
In 1988 on the slopes of Formula 1 for the first time started to Shine technique, developed with the participation of Adrian Newey. Behind the wheel March 881 with a starting number "16" sat Ivan Capelli.At the end of the 1980s, March was the third time he decided to conquer the Formula 1. In 1987, a team sponsored by a Japanese company Leyton House earned just one point. But that season came reinforcements in the form of a talented engineer Adrian Newey, who worked on the project in March IndyCar. The season 1988 he prepared the car March 881, which was effective aerodynamics and, despite the naturally aspirated engines Judd, sometimes challenged the leaders with a turbo. The pilots began the Italian Ivan Capelli and Brazilian Mauricio Gugelmin.The first two races for Capelli ended with a gathering. At the fifth stage in Canada, he earned the first points for fifth place. The ninth stage in Germany Ivan again finished fifth, and eleventh Belgium - third On the home track in Italy he came in fifth, and then in Portugal climbed to the second step of the podium after starting from third position.
Head of Renault Sport's Cyril abiteboul said that his company is pleased to supply engines to McLaren.Cyril abiteboul "the relationship is more positive than negative sides. If we are able to provide partners with good service, then this season will be interesting for Renault in terms of management.This is interesting because it is a difficult task, but at the same time, it gives us all motivation. There is a certain pride in the fact that we will continue to supply engines to other top teams and better pilots.In addition, McLaren has a wealth of experience and can show us other ways to work with our engine. Honestly, I'm looking forward to the start of the season. This year can bring us a lot of positive moments.".
Technical Director of Mercedes Andy Cowell said that his team is ready to restriction of three engines for the season.Andy Cowell "the move to three engines means that you need to pass the seven races of each power unit.This is a reasonable step forward, but over the past 10 years, our engineers have achieved a serious breakthrough. Every detail can now go much longer distance than in previous years. This is not new science, it's just a different number of engines".
His best season in Formula 1 Daniil Kvyat held in 2015. Then the Russians were on the car of Red Bull with the number "26".Kvyat made his debut in the championship in 2014 in the Toro Rosso. His progress during the season so impressed the leadership of the Red Bull that Sebastian Vettel went to Ferrari, in his place was invited Daniel.The start of the 2015 season turned out to be difficult for Red Bull because of the constant failures of the engine Renault. For example, in Australia, Daniel never even made it to the starting grid. Reliability gradually came to normal, and began to appear the results. In Monaco Kvyat started fifth and finished fourth. Then there was sixth place in the UK. Finally, in Hungary, Quat climbed to the second step of the podium - the best result for the citizens of Russia.
The company Aston Martin has stated that it is open for cooperation with Cosworth to supply engines for Formula 1.The British automaker is now the title sponsor of the Red Bull, but his interest is more simple and more affordable versions of the engines after 2020.And CEO of Aston Martin Andy Palmer is interested in the relationship with Cosworth, a former independent supplier of engines for Formula 1.Andy Palmer "Cosworth is one of our key partners in the project road cars Valkyrie, and we work closely with them to create a new V12 engine.The extension of this cooperation to the project in Formula 1 will make sense, and this proposal, which we would like to explore."The last time the Cosworth engines were presented in 2013 on the machines Marussia. With the advent of turbo engines in 2014 the company left the Formula-1.
The pilot Toro Rosso Pierre went Out hopes that the pre-season tests for his team will be successful, despite the fact that the new supplier of the power plant was Honda.Pierre went Out "Since the beginning of February I will be working on the base in Faenza. We already had fit a car seat in 2018, but before the tests in Barcelona we are waiting for a lot of work.The tests will be very intense, because we have a new engine supplier. It will be important to drive as more kilometres to understand the car and the engine. Before the race in Australia we only have eight days, and it's not so much.To be honest, since December, I think about the tests. Looking forward to when the real work starts".In the past the team McLaren, who previously worked with Honda, regularly had problems with the engine during the tests.
In 1980, the pilot of the French team Ligier, one of the leaders of the Formula 1 at that time, was Didier pironi. The Frenchman played under the number "25".Pironi made his debut in Formula 1 in 1978 in the composition of Tyrrell. After two seasons Didier called to him, guy Ligier the French required the pilot to replace Patrick Depailler who broke his leg after falling glider.In the first race of the season-1980 pironi went down because of engine failure, the following three he scored points. Finally, at the fifth stage in Belgium, the Frenchman scored his first victory, providerweb from start to finish. At the sixth stage in Monaco Didier for the first time started from pole position, was leading for most of the race, but lost several laps before the finish, when, due to failure of the gearbox, the car caught the fence. The victory in Monaco would have made the pilot Ligier leader of the championship, but.
Head Sauber Frederic Vasseur said that he deliberately refused to cooperate with Honda.Frederic Vasseur "I joined the team on July 17 at 9 a.m., and the meeting with Honda was at 10 am. It was important to me. It is difficult to change the supplier of engines, but Honda at the time was not in very good shape.Plus, and probably the most important thing for me was that we were linked with McLaren contract for the supply of gearboxes. I was convinced because I had some contacts in McLaren that they will do everything possible to leave. Therefore, I could not risk the contract with Honda. Imagine if I had to request the gearbox from McLaren Honda. It would be an absolute nightmare."As you know, after the meeting with Honda Vasser decided to terminate the contract with the Japanese minders. This year Sauber will use Ferrari power plant.
In 2012, the British team Virgin has become Marussia in Russian, and her first pilot was German Timo Glock, who under the number "24".Before the 2010 season, the FIA has announced a tender for participation in Formula 1, the results of which were selected three new teams, including Manor. Before the start of the first season she turned into a Virgin, and under this name lasted only two years. At the end of 2011 the team was bought by Russian company Marussia, which was ruled by Andrey Cheglakov and Nikolai Fomenko. Marussia was going to sell supercars and the team of Formula 1 was very well suited for commercial high-speed machines.Inherited inherited Marussia motors and Cosworth Timo Glock, who has had two full seasons in the Toyota and two of the season in the Virgin. Alas, weak engines and unexamined chassis design allowed to fight only with HRT. In qualifying Glock never rose above 18th place. In the race Timo experienced consistently getting to the finish, leaving the race only once, but the best result was a 12th place in Singapore, nearly in the points zone.
Italian journalist Leo Turrini reported that the Ferrari mechanics managed to increase the power capacity up to 1000 HP before this turn was overcome by the Mercedes engineers.Leo Turrini "Ferrari have worked very hard to reduce the weight of the power plant, and they succeeded. But on the stand the engine produces 1000 HP Is great, although Mercedes has already done this".
New partner of the team McLaren became the American channel CNBC, one of the leaders in coverage of the events business. The contract is signed for a few years.Earlier, the head of McLaren Zach brown said that after switching to Renault engines, many potential sponsors interested in working with the team and will be soon made several statements. Obviously, the statement about the contract with CNBC is one of them.
His first season the Dane Jan Magnussen, father of the pilot Haas Kevin Magnussen, conducted in 1997 for Stewart under the number "23".At the time, Jan Magnussen was considered a very promising pilot. In 1994 he won the British Formula 3, putting a few records and got a contract test-pilot of McLaren. In 1995 he made his debut in Formula 1, replacing the Grand Prix of the Pacific ocean about Mika h kkinen. In 1996, he remained in reserve McLaren, and a year later received an invitation from Jackie Stewart, who gathered to exhibit their own team.In the season 1997 23-year-old Magnussen was the partner of the experienced Rubens Barrichello. The first season for Stewart was very challenging because of the constant technical problems. Ian only managed four times to get to the finish, and the best result - 7th place in Monaco. The Dane flashed in Austria, which showed the 6-th qualifying result, but in the race his engine failed.
In 2009 Formula 1 has a new team Brawn and the pilot Jenson button, who under the number "22", became the champion.Formally Brawn was a new team, but really for that sign disappeared the team BAR-Honda, which appeared in 1999 on the basis of Tyrrell. In 2008, Honda because of the crisis decided to leave Formula 1, literally for pennies sold its team to Ross brown and left on account has sufficient funds, that is, for the first time. That's just about the engines the Japanese have forgotten. But then came to the aid of Mercedes, which at that time was the exclusive partner of McLaren, and provided client version engines.I must say that the Japanese have invested heavily in the creation of machine 2009. According to eyewitnesses, the design of the Honda RA109, which then became Brawn BGP001 at a cost of 500 million. The work was carried out under the guidance of technical Director of Honda F1 Ross Brawn, who eventually became the owner of the new team.Due to the change of engine supplier of Brawn first tests conducted later than the other teams. But the first results are promising. The high potential of the BGP001 has confirmed the first stage in Australia where Jenson button and Rubens Barrichello brought the team a double victory after starting from first position. High speed was due to the sophisticated aerodynamics, including the so-called dual cone, the controversy surrounding which was conducted at the beginning of the season.
Williams technical Director Paddy Lowe said that the race engineer Sergey Sirotkin will become a specialist, previously involved in the aerodynamics.Paddy Lowe "Race engineer Sirotkin will be a new Paul Williams. Previously, he spent several years in aerodynamics. Chief engineer for the operation of the machine will be Andrew, who previously worked with Felipe Massa".
The President of the FIA Jean Todt has previously covered the topic of creating a universal engine for different leagues, and now he returned to this issue.Jean Todt "This is an interesting question. Can we use the engine of Formula 1 in other racing series At the moment every category of Motorsport has its own rules, so perhaps we should try to figure out whether we can get them to merge.For example, we have the championship WEC with LMP1 category. We have an idea to give this championship the same engine as in Formula 1. According to the results of races these engines to overcome the same distance".
The head of Renault's Cyril abiteboul said that his team is thinking about creating a racing Academy for young pilots.Cyril abiteboul "While no clear plan, but if you look at the experience of other commands that can bring up your pilot with the Junior series, the use becomes apparent.We can only observe how the pilots work in other teams using our engines. Perhaps this cooperation will also help us to select good pilots. While we are working with Red Bull and McLaren. But we have ambitious plans for the supply of engines.
While race Director McLaren Eric bulge calms the press, talking about the complete indifference of the team to handle the pressure next year, its pilot Stoffel Vandorn decided to add fuel to the fire.Stoffel Vandorn "In 2018, the pressure on the team will be very large, because we have strong rivals to compare progress.I still have work to do to become a pilot. I'll have to quickly understand how this machine works. The speed I have, if it is correct to put all components of the weekend.I don't aim for the season. For me, my point of comparison, Fernando Alonso. The results last year were not such as I expected, but now I am much stronger.I was able to open in a team, to understand my engineers and mechanics, and I also learned from Fernando how to adapt to the car, which are not always effective, how to handle problems during the season.I already had my first day of work in the simulator with the engineers and we were able to discuss a lot about the new car. First impression - the engine of the Renault was a really good fit. All are interested in to begin your tests and see what we can do on the track.View already in Barcelona, as we are right in their calculations".
The head of Renault's Cyril abiteboul said that Formula 1 is not required another change in the rules on the engines after 2021.Cyril abiteboul "No, nothing new. Discussions are ongoing and opinions are still divided. We need to improve the current engine, which has several problematic issues. We need more noise and more performance.Let's not limit its potential fuel consumption, mileage components and penalties for changing engine. But first of all, let's leave the current engine as the basis for the future. No need for a revolution of 2021, and nobody wants".
On the days of racing Director of McLaren Eric boullier said that his team is not afraid of the pressure after the transition to the motors Renault. Now he again has to confirm his words.Eric boullier "We do not feel additional pressure. On the contrary, the team is motivated by the fact that we are such strong drivers, and to fight against us will be Red Bull and Renault.In 2018, the pressure on the team will be really high, because now we will be actively compared to named my teams on the same engines.Red Bull won a couple of races last season, and Renault were able to make progress, so the pressure will be. We're happy with this, as progress is now very important for the team".
Pilot Red Bull Daniel Riccardo said that not hold a grudge against the team and Christian Horner, who in the last races of the season-2017 provided the new engine only max Verstappen.Daniel ricciardo "I understand that my statements then were sharp. Horner came to me and said that no such comments he would like to see from their pilots. We talked with him and cleared the air. Moreover, the press got it all wrong, pulling words out of context.Horner said that the team equally applies to me and max. This is the most important thing I took away from that conversation. Max received an updated engine in the last few races, and it was the only thing that has gone beyond this relationship.But I'm not worried about it. If I was concerned, it would have voted on this issue".