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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.
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.
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.
Sports consultant to Red Bull Helmut Marko commented on the Ferrari contract with Daniel Cuatom and once again reminded that to expect to return to Red Bull Russian is not necessary.Helmut Marko "I'm happy for Kvyat. As far as I know, in a Ferrari it will work on the simulator and help Vettel and Raikkonen in preparation for the new season.But the doors in the Red Bull closed to him - this is what we made it pretty clear. Of course, never say never, but right now it's just no".
Sports Director of the Formula 1 Ross Brawn believes that Ferrari is obliged to live within a framework that dictates to her championship.Ross Brawn "I think that Ferrari has a common ground. They are part of the DNA of Formula 1 and we don't want to lose her, but the team needs to work in the right framework. There are boundaries that, in our opinion, must be met in this sport. I hope this command will work within that framework.Formula 1 will always find life in the teams. We've seen this before when some of the world Champions left the sport, and sometimes we had tragedies, but racing still continued to live. This process will continue with or without us".
Pilot Ferrari Kimi Raikkonen said that he really wants to improve their results this year.Kimi Raikkonen "Obviously, I want to fight for the title this year. I think we started the year 2017 is quite bad - we were not very happy with the setup and work on these problems took a lot of time. Gradually things were getting better, but then we had too many retirements due to different problems.But I think we have all the tools to fight for victory. We just need to make fewer mistakes, and consistently work within the team. Obviously, we're starting from scratch, so I hope we will fight at the highest level".
The Ferrari team has announced the signing of a contract test-pilot with Daniel Cuatom, who previously played for Red Bull and Toro Rosso.The main objective of quata - work in the simulator. Perhaps the Russians will participate in the tests. In addition, Daniel will be travelling to every Grand Prix as a reserve pilot.At the time the same way went to Jean-Eric Vergne, who was also dismissed from the Toro Rosso. But after a couple years of work test-pilot Ferrari, the Frenchman switched to Formula-E.
Last year a member of the Racing Academy of Ferrari was the Russian Robert Shwartzman. The ex-pilot of Formula 1 Mika Salo told about prospects of the Russian pilot who this year will act Euroseries Formula 3.Mika Salo "It is very fast. We noticed it even in karting. Robert is always ready to learn, he speaks Russian, Italian, English and French. This is the best pilot from Russia in recent years.In the Racing Academy of Ferrari, he will learn a lot. Last season he won a lot of races, but often made stupid mistakes.Let's see what will happen next. A lot will depend on how he'll spend the season in Formula 3".In 2017 Schwartzman played in the European series, Formula Renault 2.0, has won 6 of the 23 races and took third place overall.
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".
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.
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.
The former head of Formula 1 Bernie Ecclestone said that Ferrari can actually leave the championship.Bernie Ecclestone "If now the head was di Montezemolo, the Scuderia definitely would not have gone. Luka was a fan of racing and sports. It was his whole life.Sergio Marchionne can live without Formula 1. He is only interested in business. The most important thing for him is that he can offer shareholders a good business result.If Marchionne doesn't like the path that goes to Formula 1, he will stop. I'm afraid that Ferrari will be able to live without Formula 1, but not Vice versa".
The Ferrari pilot Sebastian Vettel told about what is happening in Maranello these days.Sebastian Vettel "There work just boils for the last two months. We are trying to make the car faster, more powerful and reliable. Let's see where we are.It is obvious that the rules remain roughly unchanged. I think we have a good platform that will be developed in the beginning of the year, so we hope that we can continue to fight for the title.In the end, like a pilot who wants to win, I don't know yet whether we have enough speed to fight for victory.
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".
In 1974, in the history of McLaren opened a new Chapter, the title sponsor of the team became a tobacco brand Marlboro, and drive a car with the number "5" villages of the youngest at the time Formula 1 world champion Emerson Fittipaldi.Until mid-1973, the start number has varied from race to race, and the season of 1974 was the first in the history of Formula 1, when they were assigned to teams. So, McLaren, runners-up in 1973, third place in the constructors ' championship, got the numbers "5" and "6".First race of the season showed that the fight for the title will lead the pilots Ferrari and McLaren. Clay Regazzoni and Niki Lauda who represented Ferrari and Fittipaldi periodically replace each other in the role of leader of 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".
In 2008 Sauber owned by BMW, and thanks to the cooperation with the Bavarian minders were able to challenge Ferrari and McLaren. As part of the Swiss team under the number "4" was made by Robert Kubica.Early in the season the pilots Ferrari and McLaren often made errors, allowing Kubica several times on the podium. And on the seventh stage in Canada Robert does win, then suddenly became the leader of the championship. But then problems and mistakes of rivals became less, and the results Sauber has fallen markedly in the remaining races pole only three times finished in the top three. In the end, Kubica finished the season in fourth position, behind Lewis Hamilton, Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen.
Finnish newspaper Ilta Sanomat reports that Ferrari expects to receive an additional 40 HP in 2018, although the main mechanic Lorenzo Sassi goes to Mercedes.The President of Ferrari Sergio Marchionne "I don't know who said that Sassi is our trump card. I don't recall saying that.It is true that our problems were not only with him. Our intention was to keep him in GT, but unfortunately, he decided to leave and continue his career elsewhere.It is a normal phenomenon, and now we have Corrado Iotti, and he's all right.
Race Director FIA's Charlie whiting believes that Formula 1 has one main problem - the top three fastest teams.Charlie whiting "the biggest problem we faced this year is that the top three teams - Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull much quicker than everyone else.In an ideal world you would want all the teams were very close to each other. In the middle of the peloton, the speed difference is minimal. But the truth is that these three teams are just doing their job better than others. This is not new to Formula 1".
Five years it took Michael Schumacher to win the first title at Ferrari. And did the German driver on the machine with the number "3".Probably the best car in the 2000 season once again came from Adrian Newey worked at McLaren, but in the first races of the "silver arrows" were regularly having problems, and this advantage to Ferrari. Schumacher won the first three races, then a couple more, and after the eighth stage, the Germans had 56 points, ahead of closest competitor from McLaren 22 points.
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.
Three of their four League titles, the Frenchman Alain Prost won the start number "2", including in 1993.After a failed 1991 Ferrari Simple chose to skip one season to earn a place in the cockpit Williams in the car, which at that time had no equal on the slopes of Formula 1. Learn about the contract with Allen, left the team Nigel Mansell won the championship in 1992. As the defending champion moved into the IndyCar season-1993 passed without a car with a champion "unity". Instead, the Williams team won the constructors ' championship, got a couple of numbers "0" and "2". Of course, three-time champion chose to come to the car with "two" and "zero" went to newcomer Damon hill.
The pilot of McLaren Fernando Alonso has told us about the days when he competed for victory against Michael Schumacher.Fernando Alonso "He was a tough competitor is the first thing that comes to my mind. He was very quick, intimidating from time to time. And it's not just on the track. Schumacher was, is, and always will be. He's one of those people who are who they seem or even more. When he comes to you, you immediately realize that this is a special person.He has performed better than expected, even during some races in 2006, when the tires on our cars worked differently. There was a time when Michelin was better.On Friday, Ferrari was not competitive, and then in qualifying you saw Michael in second place, for example. It was incredible, superconcurrent, very hard pilot, just the greatest, one of the few who could show good results on a bad car. Almost nobody can do that.At home I have the greatest treasure - helmet that gave me Michael. I appreciate this gift more than anything".
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.
In 1990 Ayrton Senna won the second title in the 1991 season as defending champion earned the right to play with a champion "single".The 1991 season was the fourth for the Union McLaren-Honda. Japanese motorists for the first time to prepare itself aspirated engine configuration V12. However, during the winter tests have problems, and the second team pilot Gerhard Berger even advised to go back to last year's V10 engine. However, the new season, McLaren started with a new engine. But the debut of the semi-automatic gearbox, which is already used by rivals Ferrari and Williams, had to be postponed.Senna won the first four races, earned 40 out of 40 points and brought their lead to 29 points. But then the McLaren started, and in five races Ayrton only twice climbed to the third step of the podium. In Williams, by contrast, dealt with the reliability of the Renault engines, and Nigel Mansell have won three of five races, reducing the gap from the leader of the championship to 8 points.
The German edition Auto Motor und Sport has published data on engine power, Formula 1.Experts Auto Motor und Sport used the insider information and also made calculations with the help of GPS. In the end, the most powerful is recognized as the powerplant of the Mercedes - 949 HP followed by Ferrari 934 HP and Renault 907 HP As expected, at the end of the rating Honda with 881 HP.
Pascal Wehrlein has earned the only points for Sauber last season, but he was forced to leave the Swiss team.Frederick Wasser, the head of the Sauber "We could not leave Pascal because it supports career Mercedes. We begin working more closely with Ferrari, so it made sense to sign a contract with their pilot.And during the season Marcus Ericsson is often not inferior Wehrlein".Ericsson has maintained a place in the Sauber, and his partner in the new season will be Ferrari protege Charles Leclerc.
The now ex-pilot of Formula 1 Felipe Massa has said that Michael Schumacher was his mentor in a Ferrari.Felipe Massa "Schumacher was my teacher, he was very sweet and very kind to me. When he decided to end his career, it gave me a great opportunity to realize myself. In 2006, I won for the first time, and it happened at my house in Brazil.In Brazil there were always pilots who won, who were Champions. Senna was the king, so for me the win meant a lot".Massa and Schumacher were team-mates at Ferrari in 2006.