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The Formula 1 world champion 1992 Nigel Mansell believes that it is too much for the pilot makes the car.Nigel Mansell "In past years the car had so many auxiliary computer means. The pilots had to stay alone with the car on the track.Now it is not so. Too many engineers and information presented to the pilot during the race.I hope that the formation of new rules this nuance is taken into account, and the pilots little will be left to themselves. It will then be a really interesting race.
The American company Ford is ready to return to Formula 1 if I'm taken measures to control expenditures.Mark Rushbrook, head of the sports division of Ford "Hybrid engines are the future, including the future of Ford motor company, so it is difficult to refuse to participate in Formula 1. But we are interested in the restriction of budgets. The question is, how will the expenditure control".Ford has achieved considerable success in Formula 1 as an engine supplier. So, the pilots on machines with Ford engines 12 time Champions between 1968 and 1982. Also his first title, driving a Benetton Ford in 1994, was won by Michael Schumacher. In 2000-2004, the Formula 1 team Jaguar, owned by Ford.
Ferrari President Sergio Marchionne said that it would be great if the Haas team will be able to negotiate with the Maserati.Sergio Marchionne "I'm not sure whether this company is to work with Formula E. as for possible cooperation, you should try to organize a joint project with Haas in Formula 1. It will be a good project.We also have much experience in the American races, but we think about Indyar. Why not"Previously, the team Sauber announced the beginning of cooperation with the brand Alfa Romeo, which, like Maserati, owned concern Fiat. And Sauber, and Haas will use Ferrari engines.
Two key specialist left the team Toro Rosso before the start of the new season.The biggest loss is the chief aerodynamicist Brendan Gillham. He worked for Toro Rosso since 2013, and before that couple of years spent in the Mercedes. The reason the engineer is not called, and it is unknown who will replace him.In addition, the team leaves Marco Matassa, who worked as a race engineer Carlos Sainz and Pierre went Out. The Italian goes to Ferrari, where they will conduct training young pilots.
Season 2018 Kimi Raikkonen will have a new race engineer. They became Carlo Santi, who previously worked with telemetry Raikkonen.The past four years, race engineer of the Finnish pilot operated Briton David Greenwood. However, he decided to return to his native England, where he will be engaged in the LMP1 project for Manor.
The team Toro Rosso will present a new car on February 25 in Barcelona, the day before the start of pre-season testing.The novelty will receive index STR13. For the first time in the history of Toro Rosso will work with the exclusive engine supplier - Honda.Earlier, Toro Rosso announced that the new machine has successfully passed all crash tests of the FIA.
The President of Ferrari Sergio Marchionne hopes that his team will prepare for the new season a real monster.Sergio Marchionne in an interview with Autosprint "a Few days ago I was in Maranello, and our engineers were quite relaxed. From what I conclude that the new machine will be either a real monster or garbage.We do our best to prepare the car. But will have to wait until February 22 to see it".
Head Sauber Frederic Vasseur said that in the end the Swiss team may become a full stable of Alfa Romeo.Frederic Vasseur "the company Executives want to see a full team of Alfa Romeo. We now use Ferrari engines, but our goal is not to become a subsidiary, and the main Alfa Romeo team.However, between these two brands there will be a bridge in the form of pilots, and database testing.Personally, I do not see the options, how private the team can survive in Formula 1. Private teams can have a couple of great seasons. For example, as Force India at the moment. But the slightest hint of the crisis will destroy all the illusions.Thanks to the collaboration with Alfa Romeo, our team is on a steady course".
In 2001, the Sauber team for the first time was in the top four. Her best pilot was Nick Heidfeld, who performed on the car under the number "16".Career of nick, received in the Junior series the nickname "quick Nick" "Nick the Quick", supported by Mercedes, while tightly collaborated with McLaren. Thanks to Heidfeld in 1999 he became a test pilot "silver arrows". In 2000, the German with the support of Mercedes debuted as a prize pilot in the composition of Prost. A year later he found a place in the Sauber.In the late 1990s and early 2000s, the Sauber team actively cooperated with Ferrari, the Swiss used transmissions and many other sites from Maranello, and badged Petronas hiding customer Ferrari engines. The chief designer Sergio Rinland in 2001 built a decent chassis C20, using a number of unusual solutions in aerodynamics and mechanics, including dvuhkilevoe mount front suspension.
This year the limit of use of the engines during the season will be shortened from four to three. Andy Cowell, head of Mercedes, responsible for the creation of motors, believes that this will lead to a considerable increase in costs.Andy Cowell "Three engines for the season is insane. We will have to redesign many of the nodes to increase their reliability.Will not be any savings. We have to collect about 80-100 engines, then to stand to take three or four engine with better characteristics. The cost of the mechanics will increase significantly".
Head Red Bull Christian Horner said that his team has several options with respect to the engine supplier in 2019.Christian Horner "we Have options with the engine for the season 2019. Before we never had a choice. We have time to evaluate the options and make a decision.If we talk about the Toro Rosso collaboration with Honda, this is a great option. We will monitor the progress of the team and the Japanese minders".Obviously, the options mentioned by Horner, is Renault and Honda.
In 1979 the factory Renault team achieved the first victory in Formula 1. Brought it to Jean-Pierre Jaboi on the car with start number "15".Renault came into Formula 1 in 1977, with unusual for its time with a turbo engine. Two years machine, Renault was the subject of ridicule -they are nicknamed "the yellow teapot" for the unusual shape and constant engine failures. But in 1979 the turbo showed its potential.Initially, Renault was only the Frenchman Jean-Pierre ABUY. In 1979, his partner was compatriot Rene Arnoux. ABUY as the first pilot got the number "15".Already in the third stage in South Africa ABUY driving RS01 won the qualification. Then came the car RS10, where Jean-Pierre earned the pole position in France, Germany and Italy. But the results of races, or rather, reliability of equipment left much to be desired 12 retirements in 14 races due to various breakdowns. To the finish managed to get only in Brazil and in France, but it is the home Grand Prix for the first time ABUY climbed to the top step of the podium, and it was the first victory in Formula 1 with turbo engine. At the end of the season the Frenchman with 9 points ranked 13th.
Director of Liberty Media for sponsorship and marketing Murray Barnett said that the Formula 1 need more to talk about their incredible achievements.Murray Barnett "We have more to talk about such things as compensation for carbon emissions in Formula 1. The modern engine of this championship is incredibly environmentally friendly.We have a 1.6-liter hybrid engine with a capacity of 1000 HP. It uses the fuel with 50 efficiency. Yes, the Formula E has no harmful emissions, but Formula 1 may participate in the struggle for the environment. We often need a story to tell".
Head Sauber Frederic Vasseur said that his team has made big bets on the young Charles LeClair, replaced by Pascal Wehrlein.Frederic Vasseur "Yes, we can expect great things from Charles, since he is the current champion of Formula-2. I think we made the right choice with this guy.With the Ferrari engine in 2018, we'll be able to assemble the machine, which will enable our pilot to fight for points. It will be a big step forward."Recall that a career LeClair supports Ferrari. Also the reserve pilot Sauber will be Antonio Giovinazzi, another protg of the Scuderia.
When in 2014 the pilots received the right to choose the start number, Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado made an unusual choice - the number "13".Obviously, the pilots and the leadership of the Formula 1 is quite superstitious, otherwise how to explain that in Formula 1 almost never used the number "13" When the teams were assigned rooms, then after a couple of "11"-"12" once was a pair of "14"-"15". Only in 1976 Divina Galik took a chance to take the number "13" but not even qualify.Obviously, Maldonado decided to challenge fate, and in 2014, moving from Williams to Lotus, took the starting number "13". It is worth remembering that the Pastor in 2012 won the Grand Prix of Spain, that is a pilot, albeit average, but tasted the prize of champagne. However, in the 2014 season, everything was going from bad to worse numerous Renault engine failures, crashes and collisions. Only once in the United States Maldonado started from the top ten and earned the only points for the 9th place.
Chapter Sauber Frederic Vasseur said that the work on the car for the season-2018 is on track.Frederic Vasseur "Preparation of the machine of 2017 began with a six-month delay. In addition, we had to use last year's Ferrari engines, which is clearly not benefited.Things are different now, working on a new machine is on schedule. Of course, only the first tests at the end of February will show that we can expect".This year Sauber will use Ferrari engines last modifications. In addition, commercial and technical partner of the Swiss team will be made by the company Alfa Romeo.
The head of McLaren, Zach brown is confident that Renault engines will help his team to return to the group leaders.Zach brown "it's No secret that we seriously lacked power. We hope that the Renault engines will help solve this problem, will help us to return to the group leaders. But it is difficult to say what position we can count on. Last year we had a great chassis. The modernization that we have prepared during the season, worked.Yes, Renault have reliability problems, but they have power. On the one hand, in Mexico there were several failures of Renault engines, on the other hand Max Verstappen dominated the race. Renault powerful engine".
In 1974 Emerson Fittipaldi McLaren brought the first championship title. A year later, the Brazilian lost to Niki Lauda from Ferrari and left the British team. Champion unity went in Maranello and in return McLaren, the new leader of which was James hunt, received the starting number "11".The season of 1976 turned out to be one of the most dramatic in the history of Formula 1. Lauda won four of the first seven races, twice finished second and once came third - an amazing stability and reliability for the time. During this time, the Austrian scored 52 points, while the nearest rival was only 29. On account of the hunt was only 17 points.The reputation of the hunt in the Junior series, and in the first years in Formula 1, was not flawless one race he won, in the other smashed cars. When Fittipaldi left McLaren, experts are not advised to invite the hunt. However, in his first race driving McLaren, James won the pole. Generally, during the season he has rarely been outside the top three on the results of qualifications. But in races regularly had problems two of the accident, engine failure, transmission failure.
In 2010 in the Formula-1 there was a Russian pilot - in-part of Renault debuted Vitaly Petrov. In 2011, the Russian has maintained a place in the French team, having the number "10".In 2010 Petrov scored 27 points and took the 13th place - the results are, admittedly, not very good on the background of Robert Kubica, who finished the season in 8th position with 136 points. However, with Vitali renew the contract for one year. Of course, not without the help of Russian sponsors.To the 2011 season, the Renault engineering headquarters, headed by James Allison has prepared a unique car R31 with forward exhaust. Suddenly, after the first tests, which showed serious potential innovations in a serious accident Kubica, and most of the work in preparation for the new season fell on the shoulders of Petrov. This has borne fruit already in the first Grand Prix of Australia Vitaly climbed to the third step of the podium.
Technical Director of Red Bull Adrian Newey said that Ferrari was three times making him an offer.Adrian Newey "Such a proposal was received to me three times. Initially in my career loomed the idea of working in IndyCar, where Ferrari decided to build his car. I was offered to join the main designer for their project but I did not feel that it is right, therefore, refused.Later, in 1996, the head of the Ferrari Jean Todt has asked me to be the technical Director. At this point, I had offers to stay in Williams to go to McLaren or join Ferrari. I've been thinking about it, but at the time I had a young family, and I decided to stay in the UK.The last time I was offered to go to Ferrari in 2014. But I decided to stay in the Red Bull, although there had been trouble with the engine".
Since its appearance in Formula 1 in the mid-1970s, Ligier used the numbers "25" and "26". But in 1996, under the new rules, the French team got "9" and "10". "Nine," was happy for Olivier Panis.In late 1994, Flavio Briatore, then head of Benetton, for a nominal sum bought Ligier, find themselves in a difficult financial situation. However, the Italian was most interested in the contract for the supply of motors Renault, which he immediately copied by Benetton. Instead Ligier got the engine Mugen-Honda and the access to the development of a championship team. Naturally, the new Ligier cars was like two peas similar to Benetton.If in the season 1995 the case Ligier bit went up the hill, the 1996 results has dropped significantly. For the season, the team earned only 15 points, and 10 of them Olivier received an unexpected victory in the prestigious Monaco Grand Prix.
David Greenwood race engineer of Kimi Raikkonen, before the start of the season of 2018 will leave Ferrari and return to his native Kingdom.Until 2015 Greenwood worked as a chief engineer at Marussia-Manor. The last three seasons, the Briton held in as race engineer of Kimi. Now he decided to return to the Manor, where you will get project cars for endurance racing.
Mika Hakkinen - a vivid example of how the young pilot joined the team was in crisis, survived her difficult times and succeeded.Hakkinen came to McLaren in 1993, even as a test pilot, and at the end of that season, replaced the fired Michael Andretti. After the departure of Ayrton Senna Finn became the de facto leader of the team, experienced two shifts of mechanics, and three failed season. Victory to the McLaren back in 1997, with the advent of the Mercedes engines, new title sponsor and Adrian Newey.In the season of 1998 radically changed the technical regulations, and best of all coped with the task Newey, prepared McLaren MP4/13. Machine was efficient aerodynamics, a powerful Mercedes engine and the Bridgestone tires, which in most of the races had an advantage over Goodyear. In accordance with the position in the constructors ' championship, McLaren has received a start number "7" and "8". As in the previous season best was David Coulthard, he formally received the status of a first pilot and a "seven" on the nose. The Hakkinen went to the "eight".
In 1993, the head of McLaren, Ron Dennis has called in your team of Michael Andretti, champion overseas IndyCar series and son of 1978 champion Mario Andretti. Formally, the American became the first pilot and got the number "7".At the end of 1992, the minders Honda decided to leave Formula 1. Dennis hoped to get the champion motors Renault, but the deal fell through, so the season-1993 McLaren had to spend with customer Ford engines that lost to the French engines, stood on the machines Williams, about 60 HP On this background, the team leader Ayrton Senna was in no hurry to sign a new McLaren contract and even considered the possibility of transition in the IndyCar, and Gerhard Berger took up the invitation and Ferrari. Not to be left without experienced pilots, Dennis was invited Andretti, who won IndyCar in 1991.Debut Andretti proved to be difficult. In the first phase in South Africa, Michael came down due to a collision with an opponent already on the fifth circle, the two following races ended with crashes on the first lap in the fourth race of the American deployed in the middle distance. Only at the fifth stage in Spain he was able to finish fifth and earn their first points. In that time Senna, who has signed a contract with McLaren at every race, managed to win two victories and polytyrosine in the championship.
Mick Schumacher, son of seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher, said that he stays another year in Formula 3.18-year-old pilot in his first season, he played for the Italian team Prema. Now La Gazzetta dello Sport reports that a contract for 2018 with the same team will be agreed in the coming days.One of the former engineers of Michael Schumacher at Ferrari, Luca Cordero Baldisserri, happy to work with Mick today "it Was very emotional to work with his son Michael, and in many ways he reminds me of his father. A couple of times I even call him Michael on the radio.
The season champion-1997 Jacques Villeneuve believes Valtteri Bottas second in the Mercedes.Jacques Villeneuve "the Mercedes Team won, because they still have the best engine, but only Hamilton was able to take advantage of it. The performance Bottas was just awkward.He's a solid number two, not more. I would rather chose the Wehrlein.Ferrari Kimi Raikkonen, too, is the "number two". But this is much better than Finn Bottas".
Pilot Mercedes Lewis Hamilton is hoping that his team will be able to spend the new season absolutely no gatherings.Lewis Hamilton "We plan to complete each circle is our goal. Of course, it will be difficult to do this, but that's what we plan to do in the new season.I have faith in the team. They are able to commit this technological wonder. This is a huge, huge task, but possible. 2017 Golden year for us, but there is no reason not to repeat it again.I think that between us, Ferrari and teams with Renault engines will be a tough fight. Each of us can become a champion.But, as I said, we plan to complete every race. We had the best reliability, we had all time performances. We will try to achieve more, working hard on a new car."Last season, Hamilton drove the race of all races, and only in one case, he lost to the leader of a circle.
The head of Renault's Cyril abiteboul believes his team took a big risk, working with the engine during the season-2017.Cyril abiteboul "We found some problems during the winter tests and some are still in the beginning of the season. It was very late to respond to these issues and to make changes in the design of the engine.During the season we worked a little bit with fire, opening a new operation of the engine, which had some impact on reliability. We also had the problem consists in the fact that some teams could not carry out cooling of the engine. Had to work with each team individually".
Pilot Sauber Marcus Ericsson said that the work with the chassis, done by his team to compensate for the lack of power really impressed him.Marcus Ericsson "Honestly, the team had no choice. They had to speak with the old power plants for various reasons.I think they were hoping that it would not be a big disadvantage, but immediately after hearing the news that Sauber are going to use the old engine, I realized that it would not be very good.Everyone remembered what happened to Toro Rosso, which used the old Ferrari engines in 2016, so we didn't expect a miracle. However, the work on modernization of the chassis was so effective that we could even earn points and compete at a good level early in the season. This is a spectacular result."All points for Sauber earned Pascal Wehrlein. The Ericsson never finished above 11th position.