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Reserve pilot Force India Nicholas Latifi preparing for the fact that his first Friday practice he will hold during his home Grand Prix of Canada.Nicholas Latifi "I have never played and don't even raced on this track, so this will be my first opportunity to experience the amazing track.I'm very worried that I will be able to pilot the car in front of canadian fans, but I'm sure it will be a highlight of the season. I will try to enjoy the moment, although it is well know that the priority is simply to work on a given program, giving the team the necessary information.
Sports Director of the Formula 1 Ross Brawn believes that now is the championship most in need of the system of reduction of head resistance to the air flow DRS.Liberty Media recently bought the latest model of the aerodynamic tunnel of the Manor and began to work on how you can improve the number of leads in the future.Ross Brawn "In the short term we will continue to work with DRS. I hope that the cars will be developed so efficiently that the system is no longer needed, but so far are we without DRS can't.First of all, we must improve the race, we need to understand what is happening. We can follow our instinct, but that's not good enough when you start to think about how everything is complicated in this championship.Speed plays an important role, and the fans want to see the fastest cars. But if we see ways to improve the quality of the race, then I'm willing to sacrifice some speed".
The pilot of Red Bull Max Verstappen said always obey your father, he will not.Max Verstappen "My fans expect me to decide for itself all questions that I will decide what to do. Few people want to see me all the issues are decided by the father. But I think it is important that such people as he, advised me how to act in difficult situations.Of course, we had different opinions, but in the end he was right nine out of ten times. So I trust his opinion. We both have a strong ego, but it's in our blood, and we both made it to Formula 1. If we didn't have this rod, we would have still raced in karting".
It is reported that the top three teams of Formula 1 did not want to keep up with the plans of Liberty Media for the championship.Still the team to sell their products separately, but Liberty Media now want to apply the approach, first introduced in NASCAR, when all the goods are sold under one roof.Commercial Director of Liberty "We have done extensive research, and all the promoters of the Grand Prix support plan".However, in the Finnish edition they say that Mercedes and Red Bull and Ferrari do not agree with this plan.An anonymous tipster "throughout the history of Ferrari sold more goods than any other team, and they will not be difficult to find buyers due to their red tents.If fans are impatient, they will not go to the great hall where they have a long way to go to find what they want. I believe that we will lose income with this new structure".
Four-time Vice-champion Formula-1, star of the 1950s and 1960s, with Stirling moss has decided to retire from public life after a long struggle with the disease.88-year-old ex-pilot of Formula 1 spent 134 days in the hospital in Singapore at the end of 2016, battling with a chest infection. Back home, moss went on a course of recovery, but now his son Elliot said that he will leave public life.The statement reads "For all his many friends and fans around the world that use his site, my father would like to announce that the site will be closed.After severe infection in the end of 2016 and the subsequent slow and painful recovery, it was decided that at the age of 88 years of tireless people finally retire, so he and my mother Susie now begins a well-deserved rest. They will now be able to spend more time with his family.Our entire family thanks everyone for love and support for many years, and we wish you a happy and prosperous 2018".
The Polish newspaper posted on its pages an overview of the reasons that Robert Kubica did not return to Formula 1, although he was incredibly close to this.Sportowe Fakty "the Team reported that the results on the track was the main reason for the signing of the contract with Sirotkin.It turned out that the tests in Abu Dhabi were crucial. Kubica also said that he had problems with the tires Pirelli. It was difficult to adapt to them after a certain number of circles.Williams decided not to risk it. We probably now will never see Kubica in Formula 1. Moreover, Sirotkin was able to provide the widow a large sum of sponsorship than Robert.But actually money is just a bonus from the pilot. If Kubica was twice as good Sirotkin, he'd be in the car this season. No one seems to remember that Renault has stopped working with Robert for the same reasons as Williams. It sounds harsh, but these are facts.Almost no one in the paddock did not want to see Robert on the grid. He is one of the greatest unfulfilled talent in the history of the sport.It would be great PR for Williams and would have brought the championship a lot of new fans, and FIA also saw a benefit and lobbied for his candidacy.Obviously, it was a hard decision for the team. Now they are criticized all over the world, and some say that the Stroll-Sirotkin - the worst pilots Williams. Are they right Only time will tell.But when making decisions in Formula 1 there is no place for sentimentality".
Gilles Villeneuve - the idol of the fans of Ferrari, one of the few pilots who endeared himself Enzo Ferrari. In 1979 he became Vice-champion in the car under the number "12".Villeneuve debuted in Formula 1 in 1977, after the McLaren the Grand Prix of great Britain. However, the head of the British team decided not to sign a contract with crazy canadian. But it drew the attention of Enzo Ferrari. In 1978, Gilles broke a lot of cars, but nonetheless, remained in Ferrari. At the start of the 1979 season, his partner was an experienced South African jodie.The first two were racing for Ferrari is not very good, but then there is a new 312T4 car with ground effect, and Gilles won in South Africa and long beach, becoming the leader of the championship. Then better things went the Schecter, who won in Belgium and Monaco. In the second half of the season seriously added the Williams team, the pilots who won four races. Against this backdrop Ferrari has decided to bet on one pilot and the "first number" chose the Schecter. Villeneuve dutifully accepted the rules of the game, and in the final Grand Prix of Italy did not attack the partner of Ferrari, though, winning there, Gil could still compete for the title. The canadian won the final race in the United States and became the Vice-champion, losing to South African only 4 points.
The former head of Formula 1 Bernie Ecclestone said that he can no longer attend Grand Prix.Bernie Ecclestone "I Have a feeling that my successors don't want to see me on the track.I am proud of the Formula 1, and I want it was always good. I'm glad the fight Ferrari vs Mercedes mobilized fans.I actually apologized to the promoters because they paid for the old Formula-1. They all work. Now they again get the money".
The pilot of McLaren Fernando Alonso is confident that participation in the marathon 24 hours of Daytona will make it more successful pilot.Fernando Alonso "I am very pleased to return to the US, again to appear before the fans of America. Less than a year I will be competing in two legendary races, which makes me very proud for your achievements.I've always wanted to challenge yourself in other categories of Motorsport. This is exactly what you need to become a successful pilot. Stepping out of my comfort zone in Formula 1, I will take part in this iconic race like the 24 hours of Daytona. It's just amazingI'm looking forward to the race for United Autosports, the more there will be to take part and the current European Champions LMP3.During tests that we conducted in Spain in November, I felt in this environment, like in the family. I'll be glad to spend this time with a new team. I just can't wait to jump in the car and drive on the famous oval.Over the last few months I've reviewed a lot of records with this race. I think participation will allow me to get to know yourself more deeply. It will definitely be fun".
The ex-pilot of Formula 1 Felipe Massa said that he is very proud of its achievements in 2008, when a few seconds he was world champion.Felipe Massa "In 2008, I was very disappointed with the season finale. I won the last race, I couldn't make anything bigger and better. From me already nothing depended. Everything depended on Lewis and the pilot, who was in front of him.I was natural in his emotions on the podium and after the race. I am proud to have fought for the title. I'm happy for being able to share their emotions with the fans".
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton was declared the winner in the category "driver of the year" by fans of the championship.Hamilton won his fourth world title and broke the record of Michael Schumacher for number of pole positions. He won nine of 20 races, including earning a "Grand slam" in China, Canada and the UK.This year Lewis was named the best pilot with 39 of the votes.
The more channels translate the broadcasts of Formula 1 on a paid basis, the less people want to watch these channels. In Italy and France you can see the Formula-1 only on a paid basis.Alain Prost "In France, we had 8 million fans watching TF1, but now on a digital TV channel Canal Plus is not even 750 thousand. But it's a natural process where the stream gradually transferred on a paid basis".
The head of Formula-1 chase Carey believes that the League needs to attract a new generation of fans.Chase Carey "the Foundation of the sport is the fans who are already adults. They grew up in this championship. These fans are essential to us.But we want to interest a new audience, and for this we must find solutions that respect the historical element that made this special category, and simultaneously attract new fans.We need to interest a new generation. In order to motivate them, we need to show on the track. Before each race we have put on a good show.We can improve competition, to improve the fight. This will help to capture the public's imagination".
Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff believes that all team leaders should now be at the same time with the new leadership of the championship.Toto Wolff "12 months ago Bernie was still in Formula 1. But we have to accept the new time, should support the new owners and the management for growth of Formula-1. But I wouldn't want to predict what will happen in 12 months.There are many things that were started from scratch, and some of them are quite interesting. But most importantly, we are all interested in the development of this fantastic sport. I would like to wish that this sport attracts a large audience of fans".
Sports Director of the Formula 1 Ross Brawn said that Liberty thinks over how to equalize the chances of all teams in the fight for victory.Ross Brawn "I Think we have to consider ways to make the League more balanced, without resorting to artificial or improvised means.That's why for several months, working primarily with the FIA and the teams, we will consider ideas that will make the sport more interesting. That's what fans want. We analyzed their suggestions for several months, and that these suggestions will be taken into account".
Williams technical Director Paddy Lowe said his team is not going to comment on the speed of Robert Kubica and Sergey Sirotkin during the tests in Abu Dhabi.Paddy Lowe "Our team and I personally won't comment on the speed of these pilots. The topic is very complex. Moreover, few people now want to hear what we think. Are you prepared to disclose information.Only the results at the end of the day is information for fans. Actually it's very complicated. We need to analyze the collected data".On the second day of tests in Abu Dhabi Kubica drove his best lap in 139.485, Sirotkin - 139.947. However, Robert worked on the soft tyres Gipersoft, while Sergei Wiesel relatively hard Soft.
Next year the Formula 1 cars just because of the Halo system will be heavier than 14 kg, but fans of the championship are more concerned about the appearance of cars, because all pilots, without exception, believe that aesthetics are markedly affected.The FIA has decided to help the teams to solve this problem, allowing to play with an external view of the upper part of Halo. So Haas has already tested the new system with serrated edges. Maybe it wouldn't look so bad.Daniel ricciardo, Red Bull's driver "I don't think the Halo effect will be as dramatic as it is now spoken by most people. Everything should be fine".
The race in Abu Dhabi was the last for the Union McLaren-Honda. Fernando Alonso finished 9-m, Stoffel Vandorn - 12. After the finish of Japanese motorists wished the British team success.Yusuke Hasegawa, Honda "the Last race was very emotional. At the same time, we have achieved relative success both cars got to the finish, and Fernando earned points. In the last races we have not had reliability issues that, given the difficult start to the season, can be considered a success.The last three years have been challenging, but I have to Express my admiration for the pilots and team members of McLaren-Honda. I also want to thank all the fans who have supported us.Honda is now concentrating on the season of 2018. We will do our best to have pre-season tests to solve all the problems. And we wish the team of McLaren's success with a new partner".
The Ferrari pilot Sebastian Vettel in the Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi finished in third place, twenty seconds behind the Mercedes drivers.Sebastian Vettel "I had a good start. But I was blocked in the first corner, where I brake and destroyed their tires. I tried to catch the leaders, but couldn't. We had the speed in the second half of the race, but it was too late.Congratulations to Bottas, he deservedly won the race. Thank you to the fans. Will see you next year".
The leadership of the Force India abandoned plans to rename the team to Force One in 2018.Previously, the team from Silverstone has said it wants to abandon the word India in its name to attract more international sponsors. But the name Force One was rejected by the company Liberty Media, which owns the rights to Formula 1.Sports Director of the Force India Otmar, Szafnauer "the New name must be interesting to all fans around the world. However, the new leadership of the championship, believes that the Force One can easily be reduced to F1".
The mayor of so Paulo joo Doria justified to the fans of Formula 1 for the high level of crime in the city.Joo Doria "what happened cannot be justified, but I've seen worse cases on other race tracks. It was the first time when we had such a serious attack on the workers of the teams of Formula 1.I have heard Felipe. I really like this pilot, but such situations happen not only at our track. And no one ever said that he was ashamed to be a native of this country. It is unfortunate circumstances, but they can happen in any country.We have a contract until 2020, and whoever buys our route, must respect this contract. After that we hope to be able to extend the contract for another ten years. And the situation with the attacks we intend to make the best".
Robert Kubica looks set to get another chance to prove themselves behind the wheel of a Formula 1 car. Tyre tests in Abu Dhabi after the final race of the season-2017, and the Polish pilot they will represent Williams.Paddy Lowe, technical Director, Williams "We choose among different pilots. We considered Wehrlein, who also has a chance for a place in the team. Kubica almost certainly you will give another chance to be in the car during the tests in Abu Dhabi.This topic is too interesting for the press and fans, but we want to check it out and decide for yourself without external pressure".
Pilot Williams Felipe Massa in the home race, finished seventh, then made it to the podium and thanked the fans for their support. As you know, the Brazilian will leave Formula 1 at the end of the season.Felipe Massa "Thank you team, thank you stands. This support was very important to me, she gave me strength. I had a great start, I overtook Alonso, which is very important to me, since its speed in this race was higher than mine. I had to fight for their positions, it was necessary to control the temp, tires, speed.I managed to finish on a good position. I'm very excited. It's the last race here behind the wheel of a Formula 1. Thank you all for your support. It was the best race I could show today. I fought as best I could. Thank you all I love you all".
Pilot Mercedes Lewis Hamilton after starting from the pit lane broke through to fourth place. The winner of the race he lost a little more than five seconds.Lewis Hamilton "it's okay. I feel great. My car was great, very fast. I started from the pit lane and thus avoided the problems the first turn. I must admit that I was helped by the safety car. I did everything I could. It was very difficult, but my break turned out rapid.The team worked hard for this breakthrough. Bus at the end of the race is worn down, so I couldn't achieve the podium. Otherwise, everything went well.Mistakes happen, I repeat it again. It is impossible to go your entire career without error. Yesterday I crashed the car, but today very happy with my race. I am sure that my fans also enjoyed the show".
The pilot Force India Sergio Perez commented on their goals for the upcoming Grand Prix of Brazil.Sergio Perez "I like Interlagos. For me it's always a special race in the championship. The track is difficult, very difficult. Then feel how the kart track. There's a good mix of turns of varying difficulty. All this allows for an interesting race full of surprises.Rain may begin just suddenly changing the course of the battle for the victory. I remember a rain race last year when I almost made it to the podium. I still regret the missed opportunity. I would love to and this time it was raining - this will allow me to fight for a good result.I like to visit Brazil, because it reminds me of Mexico and I'm always here very relaxed. I feel great support from the fans, and the atmosphere in the stands gives me a lot more energy."Last year, Perez finished fourth. Three laps to go, Sergio was not able to keep behind max Verstappen and missed it forward.
The pilot of McLaren Fernando Alonso has said that his plans are so global that few are able to realize their depth.Fernando Alonso "I want to become the best pilot in the world to do so, competing in different series, winning on different machines. Sometimes you need to get out of the small world of Formula 1. The world of racing much more, it is not limited to this championship.My plans in Motorsport is much wider than anyone can imagine. There are things I could do in Le Mans and other series. We will do everything to be interesting for me and the fans and also for Motorsport".In late January, Alonso will take part in the marathon 24 hours of Daytona, where his partner will be Lando Norris, the reserve pilot of McLaren.
Head Red Bull Christian Horner said that his team next year will give all the necessary tools to their pilots so they could fight for the title.Christian Horner "max, Daniel and Vettel has all the data to fight for victory in the championship to the level to fight with Hamilton. I'm sure our pilots in the next year will be to fight for victory shoulder to shoulder with Lewis. This fight will be interesting for fans.I think it is right to congratulate Lewis with his fourth title. He is now the most successful British driver is a phenomenal achievement and we know how difficult it is to succeed in the fight with Sebastian. Obviously, he is on top of his career, and I hope that he will be able to stand there for several years".
Williams technical Director Paddy Lowe believes that Formula 1 and so many issues, not to mention talk about the new engines for the season-2021.Paddy Lowe "I think that now all the fans of Formula 1 only hear about the problem with the new engines, but it's not the biggest problem of this sport. This is a problem only the three top teams fighting for conditions that will be beneficial to them. But the biggest problem at the moment - the inconsistency of the other teams leaders.If you look at the race in Austin, the team was divided into parts. First went to the leaders, then another five pilots, and behind them in the distance remaining. And the engines have nothing to do with".
Pilot Williams Felipe Massa announced he will leave the team and Formula 1 at the end of the current season.Felipe Massa "As you know, after last year's decision to leave Formula 1, I agreed to return at the request of Williams. Four seasons at Williams gave me great pleasure, but this year I decided to retire. Thank you to everyone who supported me my wife, my father, all my family, my Manager, Nicolas Todt, friends and sponsors, and fans.I have to prepare for the last two races in Brazil and Abu Dhabi, which will be very emotional. I want to finish my career on a high note, and then begin a new Chapter in my life".8 Nov Mass will hold a press conference dedicated to the end of a career in Formula 1.Claire Williams, Deputy team principal "I Want to thank Felipe for all he has done for our team. We are particularly grateful that he agreed to return after the transition of Valtteri Bottas in the Mercedes. We really appreciate this decision after an emotional farewell to Formula 1 at the end of last year. We wish Felipe all the best for the future".