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The ex-pilot of Formula 1 Timo Glock said that he was glad to develop the system Aeroscreen, which is being tested in the IndyCar series. According to German, it can be an alternative to Halo implemented this year in all formula series.Timo Glock "Halo really affect the aesthetics of the machine, and I'm sorry that happened. For security it the right way, but the appearance is awful. And all the cars will look like".However, Indycar is moving in another direction, testing the system with the windscreen Aeroscreen, which, according to most, looks better than Halo.Timo Glock "I think the danger is part of the sport, so I would be happy if the FIA found another solution. Aeroscreen can be an option. One thing is certain with Halo will be very hard to love Formula 1".
The representative of the FIA said that options are being examined to improve the appearance of Halo.FIA "we Have two main goals. One of them is the Central front. We want to see if we can reduce its thickness to increase visibility to the pilot. And, secondly, we want to seamlessly fit the part to the machine, that is, to enhance the appearance. That's what we would like to see the second phase of development of Halo".
Race Director FIA's Charlie whiting was satisfied with the track of Assen, where soon they will be racing Formula 1.In December, computer modeling has shown that TT Circuit Assen meets the safety requirements of class 1 established by the FIA in terms of layout and width of the track.Chairman of the Board Arjan BOS "it's nice to hear that Charlie whiting is also very happy with the track, modern amenities and service.The positive verdict is an important step in the right direction to return to Formula-1 in the Netherlands. While this process is still ongoing.The next step will be a visit to the track by the representatives of the FOM. This is likely to happen in the near future.".
Team Toro Rosso told about the reasons which allowed her before the other teams begin to test the machine during the shooting days. Shooting day will be held during the four days of the start of the official winter tests.James Ki, technical Director Toro Rosso "We managed to pass all the FIA tests the first time. This significantly accelerated the development and Assembly of the machine in all areas. During the shooting day we'll check all the machine system, which will also help us before start of work in Barcelona".
The Williams team was one of the first will hold a presentation of the new machine FW41. The event will take place on 15 February in London.Earlier there was information that FW41 not passed all crash tests of the FIA, which the team from grove to hold the first tests in Barcelona with last year's car.
The Italian press reports that the new machine Williams FW41 has not passed the mandatory crash tests FIA.According to available information, difficulties arose due to the introduction of the system of Halo and changes in the aerodynamics of the rear of the machine. Before the start of pre-season testing is still one month, and it is likely that the first test day, Williams will hold with the old machine.
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.
Team McLaren announced that the new machine McLaren MCL33 passed all the necessary crash tests FIA. The team also posted a photo of the bottom MCL33.In the message, McLaren says "the construction of the machine is in full swing. Crash tests passed. MCL33 in the Assembly process."Presentation McLaren MCL33 will be held February 23. Read more on .
Graham Loudon, one of the leaders of the company Manor previously presented in Formula 1, said that the possibility of returning to the championship will be considered only if it is a limit of budgets.Graham Loudon "If there is no change, if there is no limit on budgets, we will not be back, because you can not deal with the rich teams.Recently, however, the FIA and the new leadership of the Formula 1 says a lot about reducing costs. If this happens, we will consider the possibility of returning to the championship - we are in Formula 1 remains unfinished business".Company Manor came into Formula 1 in 2010 under the guise of Virgin Racing. In 2012, the team played under the name of Marussia, as his last season in 2016, has held under its name to the Manor. Now in Manor are actively engaged in the project LMP1.
The head of Renault's Cyril abiteboul said that his team has hired former technical delegate FIA Marcin Budkowski not because of the knowledge of the secrets of their rivals.Cyril abiteboul "I can understand the skepticism of the teams, but we don't recruit someone of the caliber of Marcin for the position of Executive Director just because he knows a bit about the other teams. We hired him for his experience, capabilities, skills. He's got incredible ideas that will help us to take the next step in the development of the stables.We are not interested in the secrets of other teams, and I think a good demonstration of this fact is the complete isolation Budkowski from the development of the chassis until April.The situation is that Marcin is going to get paid since January, but will not participate in the work on the car until April. He will be so much work. I need to reorganize Renault".
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 President of the FIA Jean Todt said that he will not interfere with the decision of the top teams to leave the League.Jean Todt "for Decades, Ferrari has a veto. When we're going to discuss renewal of the agreement between the teams, the matter would again be discussed. Am I afraid that Mercedes and Ferrari will go It's their choice.Exactly what we don't want anyone to leave. But, of course, Ferrari is one of the iconic brands. Is a company, a team that since its inception, taking part in every Formula 1 championship.So I don't want to see Ferrari out, but I'm not sure that Ferrari will leave Formula 1, because it is a unique brand because it combines between racing and road cars.I think Ferrari will be hard to refuse the Formula-1, but it is not my responsibility".
In 2019 in Formula 1 will act a restriction on the minimum weight of the pilot. The FIA proposed to introduce a ban this year, but the team voted against it.Mass weight loss of the pilots began in 2009, when in the Formula 1 appeared KERS system. Later I added the turbine modules MGU-H and other hybrid components, causing the weight of the car increased significantly. In 2017, increased the minimum weight of the car, but the pilots still sit on a diet, because the lack of weight of the pilot kompensiruet ballast, which for the sake of the best settings can be placed where it is needed.And in 2019, enter the minimum pilot weight 80 kg. If the pilot proves easier then under the seat will be installed, the ballast.
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.
Martin Whitmarsh, head of McLaren, became a consultant to the FIA and Liberty Media in the preparation of rules relating to the limitation of budgets and the distribution of income in Formula 1.Whitmarsh led McLaren in 2009-2013 2010-2013 he chaired the Association of Formula 1 teams FOTA.
Soon is expected to meet the participants of the Formula 1, which will obsuzhdatsya questions of income distribution. In this regard, Roger Benoit, the veteran correspondent for Swiss newspaper Blick, expects the number of high-profile scandals.Benoit told me that he would discuss the new format of the grid in three cars in a row or even four, as well as setting the digital display on the Halo.Meanwhile, Benoit, who for decades attended and covered the Grand Prix, also expressed concern about the future management of the media. FIA wants to create a working group for the media, which should "improve" the coverage of the race. In his opinion, it will only lead to monopolies in the media.
In FIA have decided on a provider, head protection Halo, which became mandatory this year in Formula 1 and Formula 2. They became a German company CP Tech.CP Tech is ready to offer their own versions of Halo for the price of 12,700 euros. System weight - about ten pounds.
The head of Pirelli Mario Isola said that his company wants to remain in Formula 1 in the future.Mario Isola "I think this year we will have a tender because usually the FIA has announced a tender procedure for the year before the transaction. We are interested in continuing cooperation, and we will talk about this with the FIA and with the Commission of Formula-1.I believe that the intention of the FIA and the leadership of the Formula 1 consists in the continuation of the cooperation. We are interested in Formula 1 because it is a good platform for marketing, and it is constantly evolving. We are happy to be a part of this family, we are happy to be a good technical partner for the Formula-1".Recall that Pirelli is the exclusive tyre supplier for Formula 1 from 2011. This year's lineup of rubber is supplemented by two types Gipersoft and Superhard.
Pilot Mercedes Lewis Hamilton believes that championship is more risky sections on the track.Lewis Hamilton "the FIA has done a wonderful job in the part of improving safety on the road. But the work turns and the security zones, it was time to stop.Not to cut the corner and not lose time. Before, if you traveled outside of the track, it definitely was a waste of time. Now you can approach the turn, knowing that if you go to 5 more than possible, you can pass it widely and to get back on track without losing speed. I don't like it.I used to like Oulton Park and Donington. In t old Hairpin was a nightmare - you have to use downforce, abandoning the brakes and using only the gas pedal. There is always the gravel outside the white line. Catching the gravel, you is definitely not able to leave.Pass to the limit in a turn Donington - a feat. There's all the turns harder than in the Formula-1".
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".
The Manager of the pilots and the son of the President of the FIA Nicolas Todt believes that the money now are not the key to all doors for rich pilots.Nicolas Todt "Financial support helps, but the system superlicense created FIA, prevents pilots who are not at the desired level. You can spend millions, but you still need to perform well to achieve the required scores for license.Despite the difficult economic reality facing multiple teams, I believe that the level in Formula 1 has never been as good as it sounds.Formula 1 must be careful not to become a fully paid for pilots. Access the Formula-1 should be provided only by personal merit in sport".
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".
The Ferrari for the season-2018 successfully passed their mandatory crash tests FIA.The car with the factory index 669, tested in a certified facility, the FIA CSI in Bollate, near Milan, under the supervision of the technical Director Mattia Binotto last Friday. Previously, the monocoque of the car passed the corresponding static tests.
The SMP Racing programme pilot, Robert Schwartzman will be performing in the Castrol Toyota Racing Series. The first stage of this new Zealand championship will start on 10 January at Ruapuna Park.Season Castrol Toyota Racing Series TRS lasts about a month, from January to February. Five stages will be held on different tracks in New Zealand. At the end of season TRS pilot SMP Racing Robert Schwartzman will start to work in the European Formula 3 championship.Speech of Robert Schwartzman in the season 2018 Castrol Toyota Racing Series and FIA Formula 3 are a part of his training program Ferrari Driver Academy. The agreement on the accession of Robert to the Academy was signed by the founding Director of the program SMP Racing Boris Rotenberg in October 2017.I'm glad that I can participate in this NZ series, noted Robert Schwartzman. - This will give me a chance to get used to the car class Formula 3, then in order to be successful on it in the European championship."Despite the fact that the season Castrol Toyota Racing Series short in comparison with analogues, the championship popular with racers from all over the world for the opportunity to train and play in the offseason, when the Northern hemisphere winter. In the Castrol Toyota Racing pilots perform on standardized cars of the Italian company Tatuus, homologirana by the standards of the FIA F3.Calendar Castrol Toyota Racing Series 201810 - 14 Jan Ruapuna Speedway18 - January 21 Teretonga25 - January 28 Hampton Downs1 - 4 Taupo8 Feb - 11 Feb track manfeild.
The track in Assen has become a viable alternative for the future return of the Dutch Grand Prix.With the popularity of max Verstappen and the growing assumption that the Netherlands will soon return to the Formula 1 calendar. Zandvoort was named as a potential route for a race, but now it became known that the FIA has published a report on the suitability of Assen to take the race of the Formula 1 level.Director of road in Assen Arya BOS "We are almost 100 ready for Formula 1. Of course, I wish the Park every success, and I think it's wonderful, as the owner of Zandvoort Bernhard van Oranje pulls his neck in pride, but far superior to Assen Zandvoort".
The President of the FIA Jean Todt, the recently reelected for a third term, believes that the level of reliability Formula 1 has become too high.He noted that cars often can go a full season without mechanical problems, that shows how much money on development and parts have been spent.Referring to Lewis Hamilton, the FIA President told Auto Bild "He didn't commit any mistakes, but he was also extremely reliable and efficient car. Even if Mercedes wasn't always the fastest, Lewis scored points in 20 of the 20 Grand Prix. The cars are too reliable.Ferrari also impressed me. Ferrari and Mercedes were very reliable, and it cost a lot of money. Tests, simulation is too much. We don't need all this for interesting racing.The current engines are too expensive, too complicated and too quiet. But we have to work with them. We are currently talking with the producers about the evolution of existing engines".
Jean Todt believes that the third consecutive term in office as President of the FIA said that much to him trust.Jean Todt "the FIA Community quite my job, everyone wanted me to continue working. At first everyone knew me from my work in Formula 1, now the trust continues to grow.For many years we got to know each other, worked together, talked and talked. Today we have a community that is United by one idea".
The ex-pilot of Formula 1 Felipe Massa has accepted the proposal of President FIA Jean Todt and became head of the Karting Commission of the FIA.Felipe Massa "We are already discussing new ideas with some people from the FIA. I really want to bring this sport something useful.I have experience with racing. And if I can help, we'll do it."It should be noted that the Masses organized a go-kart tournaments.
The President of the FIA Jean Todt, the recently reelected for a third term, said it's time to change the management structure of the Federation.Jean Todt "I want new team of workers consisted of a mixture of experience and new. Experience will enable us to respect our heritage, to uphold our values and avoid pitfalls of the past.New faces bring new, innovative thinking in our Federation. I am particularly pleased that many talented women were appointed to important positions in our clubs. This is the beginning, which I hope will lead to the fact that the FIA will cover more talents around the world, regardless of sponsors and money, which this man can bring".