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Putin is the champion Former Manager of Michael Schumacher is concerned that Liberty Media runs the risk to transform the Formula-1 in a series about Mickey mouse.Earlier this week, the Internet has spread the rumor that Willie Weber, who was the Manager of Schumacher, died at the age of 75 years. Newspaper'ner-Express found that the rumor was false.Willi Weber "fortunately, I'm healthy, even though I'm still recovering from surgery.As for Michael, I didn't hear anything about him from Corinna. Drop Michael was four years ago, and we all know that it was not a broken leg.Weber said he hopes to attend the opening of the collection cars Schumacher in Cologne in April, and "Maybe then we'll know if he felt better."As for the future of the formula, Weber admits that he is worried.Willi Weber "This ugly system of Halo is just disgusting. Safety is important, but it was a mistake, Jean Todt.The fact that there are no more grid girls, also does not add pluses to the championship. They provide the necessary glamour races.New owners should be careful not to turn Formula 1 in series Mickey mouse club".
British Formula 1 world champion 1992 Nigel Mansell believes that his compatriot Lewis Hamilton this year is sure to be a fight for the title.
Today, two leading Formula 1 team will present the machine in 2018.
Toyota said that they have no problem with the fact that Fernando Alonso passes the tests WEC, which will be held concurrently with the tests of Formula 1.The Spaniard will miss the opportunity to try out the Toyota TS050 Hybrid on the track before the season opening of the WEC in Spa, but the head of Toyota Motorsport Pascal Vasselon said that Alonso will be able to catch up.
At the presentation of Renault RS18, it was announced that a test pilot of the French team will be Russian Artem Markelov, Vice-champion of Formula 2.Artem Markelov "I am delighted to be part of this team, and as a test pilot is a great honor for me. I'll work on the simulator and will do everything I can to help in the development of RS18.Formula 1 is my goal, and this year I'll try to make another step forward. I know that Renault have helped many pilots to get to the Formula-1" .The examples are not far to seek last year's test-pilot Renault Sergey Sirotkin in this year, will debut in the Williams. As for Markelov, in this season he will once again compete in Formula 2 for the Russian team Russian Time.
This season Fernando Alonso was going to perform in the WEC at the same time with performances in Formula 1. This raised the question of whether other pilots working on similar schedules.Sergio Perez, the pilot of the Force India "Now the schedule of the Formula 1 is extremely intense. I think I need all the attention to focus on training for all 21 races in the season.Some pilots can afford a little more, but we are all different. I don't want to go beyond teamwork. For me the most important fight in Formula 1. There are a lot of work".
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.
Despite the disappointment felt by Robert Kubica, losing the ability to speak during the season 2018 Formula 1, it will be very busy this year.This week, the pole will test a prototype LMP1 Manor in Spain.Robert Kubica "I will regularly get behind the wheel of racing cars throughout the year. It may not be what everyone was hoping for, but it returns me to the battle, providing good opportunities to work on the track.I won't have much time to pilot the car of Formula 1, but still have a good chance at this. I think that this opportunity will open other paths to return to the Royal race in the future.I would prefer to participate in the race, but 12 months ago nobody could not have imagined that I will fight for this opportunity. I know better than anyone where to find what I need, what I need to work."It is also known that Kubica will hold in the Williams three Friday practice.
The former head of the Sauber Moniz, Kaltenborn creates a new team to race in Formula 4 in Italy and Germany.The team will be called the KDC Racing after her business partner Emily di Comberti. The team will start with a Swiss licence and will be based near Barcelona.Monisha Kaltenborn "motor racing was and still is my big passion. I occupy a responsible position for nearly 20 years, so for me it is logical to continue to work as a leader.I see Formula-4 as an exciting new racing series in which there is a great potential and future.There were all the organizational, personnel and financial prerequisites. We have already enlisted a well-known sponsors, and soon we will be able to inform you about our pilots.My main responsibility will be to prepare talented young drivers for a future career in Formula 1. My experience in the Royal races here will be useful".
In 2018 the official tyre supplier of Formula 1 added to its range with two new composition, even more delineations of color and level of softness.World champion 2016 Nico Rosberg said "I believe that such a large number of colors of the tyres is the wrong approach. Nobody cares about such details. In each race teams have for soft, medium and hard tire, and their marking must be the same every time. The total number of squads doesn't matter to the audience".
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".
In 1976 the Formula 1 calendar appeared Grand Prix of Japan, and landed the whole landing of the Japanese pilots, the most successful of which was a 25-year-old Noritake Takahara on the car under the number "18".Takahara has played in the Japanese leagues, he won the Japanese Formula 2000 the prototype of the current Superformula. In 1976 he was one of four Japanese pilots who decided to try his hand at the first home Grand Prix.One of their cars that Takahara gave the team Surtees, which according to the results of the championship took place, usually at the end of the first ten. In qualifying Noritake showed 24th result, becoming the third among the Japanese. But in the race he was the best among compatriots, finished ninth with a lag of three circles.
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".
Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas admitted that he could not beat his teammate.Valtteri Bottas "of Course he is one of the best pilots in Formula 1, four-time world champion, who has worked in the team. To beat him I couldn't, but last year I several times proved capable of it.It's up to me, I played well throughout the year without failures and gatherings. I need to be fast in all conditions, regardless of what is a track what temperature and what type of asphalt do I need to be the best everywhere.
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.
Sports Director of the Formula 1 Ross Brawn is chasing to improve the quality of the events in the championship.Ross Brawn "the Most important quality of the race. There's no value to simply increase the number of races.But if we can organize a great race in the big cities around the world, then we must consider the possibility of increasing the number of Grand Prix.I would like to see a table in which are recorded anyone wishing to host the race at our level. This will help to abandon races that are held without interest by the audience, and replace them with the following candidates.
The pilot of McLaren Fernando Alonso spoke about the reasons that prompted him to consider entering WEC.Fernando Alonso "the Level required by Formula 1 from the point of view of training, is huge, and after so many years you realize that the time will come when you will no longer be able to meet these criteria.It's a bit like Carlos Sainz, when he decided to leave the world rally championship. This does not mean that he chose Dakar as its future. He just likes the competition, he was a world champion, but you need to practice and travel every day throughout the year. And there is the opportunity to speak in this prestigious event, which is held once a year. This is the right choice for the champion, who loves to perform but is not willing to train hard all year.My situation is a little different. You just love competition and think it is attractive because you like racing, and you have the opportunity to combine two things and make something new that you have not had the opportunity during many years of work in Formula 1.The WEC gives me a sense of freedom. There are some races during the year. You can get a little freedom, but at the same time to continue to speak.In the WEC, Alonso will play for the factory team Toyota. The first race of the season - a stage in Spa 5 may.
Non-Executive Director of Mercedes Niki Lauda said that he is not going to withdraw from the championship after the purchase of the airline Niki.Niki Lauda "Who said that I will be less in Formula 1 Nothing changes. As always, I will attend every Grand Prix and will take part in the work of the team in Brackley and as often as necessary."Toto Wolff, head of Mercedes team "the Work of Niki in our Supervisory Board have never been questioned, no problems at all there.".
In 1993, Mercedes decided to return to Formula 1 after nearly 40-year hiatus and as a partner chose the Sauber team, which has already achieved success at Le Mans. The first pilot was Carl Wendlinger, received the starting number "29".At the time, Wendlinger was a member of the youth team along with Mercedes and Michael Schumacher were on the prototypes Sauber. In Formula 1 the Austrian fell at the end of 1991, becoming a pilot Leyton House/March. By the time the Sauber on account of 24-year-old Charles already had 16 starts.
The Williams driver lance Stroll told about their feelings after the race in Daytona.Lance Stroll "It's a completely different mindset. It's great even just to be. Each warmer deep down hope to win.In Formula 1, we see that teams spend ridiculous money. It is a sport. Some of the cars two seconds faster than the other, but here all the teams are much closer to each other. Here is a very close balance of performance, which is very good for equal conditions of the struggle.So between Formula 1 and the race sport prototypes there are big differences, and it would be great to change everything. But while in Formula 1 pursued different goals - that's the whole point of the question."In Daytona lance Stroll played for the team of Jackie Chan and finished 15th.
The head of McLaren Zac brown admitted that he loves to run in the champion's stables.Zach brown "This is a huge privilege to work in the McLaren, it's a dream. There is no team that I would like to work more than the McLaren. I want now to get on the podium during one of the races of the Formula 1 - it'll get me excited. This year we are pursuing this goal."Recall that brown took the post of team leader in early 2017 after the Board of Directors McLaren retired Ron Dennis.
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".
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.".
The crew of Fernando Alonso claimed a podium in the 24 hours of Daytona, but had problems with the brakes, and shortly before the finish the Spaniard was gone. The second crew of team United Autosports finished fourth.Fernando Alonso "Everything happened in the first turn. I got to him at the speed of 300 km/h and realized that the brakes just yet. Honestly, I was scared. There was plenty of space, I was able to roll to the side, but almost no visible barriers.Last year this car finished fourth at Le Mans, it is quite reliable, but today there were a few problems. At some point we were ahead of the second crew of the team for the whole round, so that could fight for the podium.There are positive aspects. First of all, I enjoyed it seven hours of wrestling is great. In addition, I learned a lot. Now I know what to expect from a car with a closed cockpit, as to overtake the circular, as to pilot the car at night. I'm sure I can achieve success behind the wheel of a car.About Le Mans I don't think, because it focuses on Formula 1. Let's see what will happen next.".
First win for the Williams team in 1979 brought Clay Regazzoni. Were the Swiss in the season by car with the number "28".At the end of 1976, Frank Williams after a dispute with partner Walter wolf sold to his old team and together with Patrick head founded new under the name of Williams Grand Prix Engineering, which still exists today. In 1977, the team used a customer March 761 chassis, and a year later appeared a head designed FW06 chassis. The only pilot team was then Alan Jones, but in 1979 his partner was a 39-year veteran of Formula 1 Clay Regazzoni, Vice-champion in 1974.The beginning of the season-1979 team played with FW06. Only at the fifth stage there is a new machine with newfangled FW07 ground effect. A couple of races left for the development of new technology. At the seventh stage in Monaco Regazzoni finished second. And then it was home to the Williams Grand Prix of great Britain. Pole position on the British track was won by Jones. He was leading most of the race, but lost due to the failure of the water pump. Second in that time it was Regazzoni, who eventually won.
In the season 1995 the only victory Ferrari brought the Frenchman Jean Alesi, who under the number "27".Alesi debuted in Formula 1 in 1989 and proved himself a fighter, despite the fact that in his possession had weak car Tyrrell. Before the 1991 season, Jean has received offers from Williams and Ferrari, and the Frenchman chose the Scuderia. However, the team from Maranello in that period was not in the best shape. The situation began to change for the better when at the helm of Ferrari in 1993 got up by Jean Todt. But until 1995, Alesi never managed to win the race. Several times he was close to success, but every time there were technical problems.Season 1995 was the best for Alesi at Ferrari. In the beginning of the year he finished second in Argentina and San Marino, and then finally won in Canada, thanks to which came in third place in the championship. In the remaining races was consistently denied equipment, and to the finish managed to get only five times. Eventually Jean fell to fifth place in the championship.
He sat down on a tree stump.Haas pilot Roman Grosjean told that he can leave the championship in 40 years.Recall that in the last year from Formula 1 it took two veteran Grand Prix Jenson button, aged 37 years and Felipe Massa at the age of 36 years.Roman Grosjean "I still have a long way to go. I came into Formula 1 when I was 27 years old, so I feel I can go a long way, maybe I will finish in 40 years. Look.I still believe that I have eight or nine seasons ahead, so I'm in the mood for a good fight.
The start of the Formula 1 race this year can move on 70 minutes. The new owners Liberty Media are planning to start the race at 1510 local time.Currently the main part of the race in the calendar starts at 1400 local time, but Liberty believes that new starts can increase the audience of television broadcasts.This change will also help to watch European races in the United States in a more favorable time. Currently, they start at 0800 on the East coast and at 0500 on the West coast. The new time will help shift starts at 0910 and 0610 respectively.
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.