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Antonio Giovinazzi admitted that he still hopes to return to Formula 1 with Ferrari. We will remind that this year the Italian has helped Sauber, replacing an injured Pascal Wehrlein.Antonio Giovinazzi "This year has given me more than I expected. I do not deny that after a great year in GP2, I feel ready to participate in a full season in Formula 1. But now I feel even more prepared than last winter.In Australia, I had a great time, but China was the worst Grand Prix for me in the career of a pilot. Error happened to me on the stage when I was under pressure from the press. After this criticism was rife. Maybe in China I set goals that were unattainable. But that disappointment helped me grow.I understand that Formula 1 is not football, where you can play for different teams. Here only 20 seats for all pilots in the world, but I always thought that there may be at the level of Vettel and Hamilton".
At the Grand Prix of Malaysia will debut a 21-year-old Pierre went Out, which is to temporarily replace in the Toro Rosso of Daniil Kvyat. We traced the career of the French pilot.His career Pierre began with karting. Much success in the French series is not achieved, but in 2010 became the Vice-champion of the European championship of karting.In 2011, Faded debuted in formulas, starting with the French Formula 4. He won four of 14 races, three more podiums and eventually became the bronze medalist.The next step - evrostroy Formula Renault 2.0. In the 2012 season, Pierre has only twice been on the podium and eventually finished 10th. In 2013 with three victories, he became the champion thanks to what became a participant of the youth program of Red Bull.In 2014, went Out with the support of Red Bull got a place in the team Arden, acting in the Formula Renault 3.5. Never managed to win, but eight podiums allowed to take second place in the series. At the end of the season, Pierre has played in six races for the GP2 team Caterham, but above the 11-th place was never finished.In 2015, went Out spent a full season in the GP2 for the DAMS. 3 pole positions, 4 podiums and 8 place. In may, Pierre first sat behind the wheel of a Formula 1 test with Toro Rosso. Then spent two test days in the Red Bull.In 2016, the second attempt went Out all the same became the champion of the GP2, winning four races. At the final stage, he managed to get ahead of Antonio Giovinazzi, which in the season of 2017 made its debut in Formula 1 in the Sauber. In parallel, Pierre was listed as a reserve pilot of Red Bull and took part in the tests, Red Bull and Toro Rosso.Before the beginning of season 2017, the leadership of Toro Rosso chose between the Quatum and died Out, but in the end I relied on more experienced Daniel. But Pierre was sent to the Japanese Superformula, because the rules GP2 champion can't stay in the series. In Japan, Faded settled, won two races and now two stages to the end of the championship, inferior to the leader just a half point.Went out spend in the Toro Rosso race in Malaysia and Japan, and then miss the United States Grand Prix, as the stage in Austin is superimposed on the final race in Superformula. Obviously, after that, he will be back behind the wheel of a Toro Rosso.In the Toro Rosso want to check went Out in combat conditions before you sign a contract with him for the season 2018. It is very likely that the contract with Pierre would be signed, but his partner will be either Daniel, or protege, Honda Nobuharu Matsushita.
The pilot Toro Rosso Pierre went Out admitted that he is not worried about his debut in Sepang.Pierre went Out "I'm not worried, I'm very happy to debut in Sepang this weekend. I worked hard to prepare for this to get into Formula 1. I am very excited about this opportunity.I know it will be different from anything I have done before, but I will have the opportunity to learn and to get used to the League. It's a new challenge, and I can't wait to start racing weekend.I spoke earlier in Sepang. It was last year, when I took pole position in the race GP2, so I consider this track one of his favorites. It is difficult to work because of the high level of humidity, but I'm well prepared physically".
Team Toro Rosso has officially confirmed that during the Malaysian Grand Prix Russian Daniil Kvyat will take the Frenchman Pierre went Out.In a statement, the team noted that Toro Rosso is not saying goodbye to Daniel - he remains part of the family of Red Bull.Franz Toast, head of the Toro Rosso "Team Toro Rosso was created in order to run pilots of the youth program of Red Bull. For this reason, we let Pierre went Out. He is next in line of young pilots, and he has earned this opportunity due to the title GP2 in 2016, and excellent results in the Japanese Superformula this season. Pierre has a good chance to win the Japanese series, the leader, he loses only half a point. Replacement of the pilot will allow us to evaluate the possibility of go Out and make a decision concerning the driver line-up for 2018.For many reasons Daniel couldn't prove himself this year. Here business and technical problems and your mistakes. For this reason, we decided to suspend him from racing. In turn, this move has allowed us to give a chance Pierre".
The pilot Toro Rosso Carlos Sainz said that he would be happy if Pierre went Out will be his teammate next year.Carlos Sainz "of Course, I sympathize with his career and I don't mind if he becomes my teammate. But it is the responsibility of Helmut Marko, not mine, so I have no idea he will choose stability or you get a new talented pilots.Unfortunately, Formula 1 is not enough to show excellent results - a number of circumstances must come together to chose you.Pierre went Out last year won the GP2, and this season is the Japanese SuperFormula series. The Frenchman regularly involved in the tests, Red Bull and Toro Rosso.
Pilot GP2 Charles LeClair said that he was only pleased that in the press, his name is associated with Ferrari.Charles Leclerc "it is Very nice to see my name in the media associated with the Ferrari name and Formula 1 championship. Nice, but it doesn't give me any extra pressure.I'm focused on what we have to do in Formula 2. I did not think about his future. Yes, I have a goal in your career, I really want to get into a Royal race and are doing everything to make it happen.To drive for the Scuderia - it would be the epitome of my dreams, but I need to focus exclusively on the wins in Formula 2. If I fail, the targets will clearly have to reconsider".
Pilot GP2 Charles LeClair admitted that he had a lot of work ahead to attract the attention of the right people.LeClair has a chance to work on the tests of Formula 1 driving for Haas and Ferrari.Charles Leclerc "Obviously, like I said, I need to impress the greatest possible number of people. And I will do this plan every effort.If I have the opportunity at the end of the year, I would jump at this chance with two hands, but at the moment I just focus on the Formula-2".
Pilot GP2 Pierre went Out confirmed that waiting for a response from Toro Rosso regarding the season 2018.Pierre went Out "At the moment I have a good relationship with Toro Rosso and Red Bull. Negotiations are now underway between all the teams and drivers. It's hard for me to hook into this process, it is too early to draw conclusions. I think that in the end of this month or early next we will find the answers to all the questions".
Oliver Rowland believes that he is candidate number two for a place in immediately after the Renault of Robert Kubica.Oliver Rowland "Robert has a huge financial support, and that's all I really want to see him in Formula 1. I find it very difficult to fight him for a place in the team.As for the other contenders, Nicolas my teammate in Formula 2, therefore, all evident from the results of this series. If he gets ahead of me in the championship, will take my place on the way to Formula-1. Everything is simple.Sirotkin has performed in GP2 last year and finished third, but I'd like to think I make their job a little better. We were also teammates in the 2014 World series by Renault, and then I was ahead of him.I do not consider myself the best, and the second candidate after Robert. I respect him for the accomplishments he has achieved previously. I would like to see him again in Formula 1. If not me, then Robert is the best option".
The head of the sports division of Honda Yusuke Hasegawa admitted that counting on the success of the partner team McLaren on the track of the Grand Prix of Hungary, where it is not so important the engine power.Yusuke Hasegawa "We're pleased with the progress and we're going to Hungary in a good mood. In Hungary, the engine power does not play an important role, it is difficult to overtake, so we have a good opportunity to earn points.Our goal is to reach the final of qualification and fight for good points. Fernando Alonso won here his first victory in Formula 1, and Stoffel Vandorn won at this track in the GP2 race, so our cars are in good hands.Last year, Alonso in Hungary, finished seventh.
Director Haas Gunther Steiner admitted that he liked young Antonio Giovinazzi.Gunther Steiner "He did a great job. Antonio has participated in the race, he had a lot of tests. He's a good guy and very professional, very Mature. We saw it last year in GP2.We was not expecting nothing incredible because he's a rookie, but he's not a rookie. I don't know how many days he worked with Sauber before the season, but he just took it and went. It's a good advertising guy and Ferrari".In the course of this season, Giovinazzi will hold a few Friday's practice in the composition of Haas.
The head of Renault's Cyril abiteboul said that it was not Jolyon Palmer in a strict framework.Cyril abiteboul "it is True that we can't afford this situation. Jolyon needs to be able to contribute in the fight for points, but I don't doubt he can do it. So I did not include any ultimatum to him. We know that he can take this car and bring it in glasses. It's the only thing he needs to do.This is definitely a question of confidence. Jolyon has not lost its qualities as a pilot, which we all saw last year in GP2.We had reliability problems at the start of the season, he got a very fast teammate, so Palmer has fallen into a downward spiral. Now I want to protect him and his family. I'm not going to replace him in the middle of the season. This is a difficult time for him and for us, but we go through this together".
GP2 champion David Walski believes that Daniil Kvyat could return to Red Bull already in the season of 2018.David Walski "I feel that next season Red Bull will receive one free place.I don't think Daniel ricciardo will remain - there's a chance he can go for Ferrari or anywhere else. So maybe Kvyat will have the opportunity to return to Red Bull.Of course, we can't know for sure how to predict the decisions of Red Bull at times almost impossible. But I like Kvyat - he's a good guy and a good pilot".
GP2 champion and reserve driver of Red Bull Pierre went Out said that it is the media that is to blame for his problems with the Formula-1.Pierre went Out "After the situation with Red Bull, I realized that with the press it is necessary to behave very carefully. I had a big problem, because around have already started to say that I will replace Daniil Kvyat. But it's not my fault that journalists have inflated my words the whole story. I was just hoping to replace Kvyat, I'm not saying that they will replace it. Only Helmut Marko can make such direct statements and to take appropriate decisions. I didn't mean anything bad, just expressed, like any other pilot that would like to get into the world of Formula 1".
The pilot of McLaren Fernando Alonso has said that the new race cars during races does not give you time to rest.Fernando Alonso "When the back of the car a little skid, it's hard to catch. Now you have less than one-tenth of a second to react to a skid. Last year you had four seconds It was possible to have time to drink coffeeDefinitely, we now like in a different category, more akin to Formula 1. I am glad that Formula 1 is faster in the turns than GP2 or Japanese SuperFormula. Many other categories were faster than the Formula 1 in the corners".
Exactly ten years ago, March 18, 2007, at the start of the Grand Prix of Australia came Lewis Hamilton. In his first race, the future three-time Formula 1 world champion, finished third.In the season of 2007 the first pilot of McLaren was the defending champion Fernando Alonso. In a couple of his invited 22-year-old Hamilton only won the championship GP2. Very rarely the top teams give a chance to newcomers.In qualifying Hamilton showed the fourth result, having lost a partner in the McLaren three tenths of a second. However, in the race Lewis immediately overtook Alonso for a long time and came second. Only after the second pit stop, the Briton skipped ahead of Fernando and eventually finished third.
The GP2 championship was officially renamed FIA to Formula 2, and the official tests of the new series will start on Monday at the circuit de Catalunya, where a few days ago ended the tests of the Formula 1.Teams and pilots will have three days to prepare for the new season, which kicks off on April 14 at Bahrain.Russia in the championship is team Russian Time.
19-year-old Monegasque Charles Leclerc may become a reserve pilot of the team Sauber. Last year he became the champion GP3 and has a chance to work on the tests Ferrari and Haas.Career LeClair supports Ferrari. In the framework of cooperation Sauber with Ferrari Charles could become the third pilot of the Swiss team. In parallel, he is going to speak in GP2.
Spare pilot Ferrari Antonio giovenali of the second day of testing in Barcelona replaced the main pilot Sauber Pascal Wehrlein. The Italian showed 9-th result.Antonio Giovinazzi "It was a really special day for me. This is my first participation in the test race of the Formula 1. For me this is huge progress, because last year I was piloting the machine GP2, and now able to test their new Formula 1 car.I just need to work, and of course I need to thank Ferrari and Sauber. For any beginner pilot it is very important to one day be in my place. Of course, it is very important for me, because this experience will be useful in the future.The first official tests are always very difficult, and I remember how last year we tested a GP2 car. In the cold winter it was really difficult. Now I have worked with a faster machine, more demanding pilot skills, and his physical form. But I did a great job".
Pilot GP2 Jordan king is forced to play another season in the Junior championship, because it was not able to negotiate about participation in Formula 1.Jordan king "I Originally planned to become a pilot of the Manor, but then something happened, what happened. Funding problems and lost the prize has got me thinking about alternatives for the season 2017. I just had to stay in GP2 for another year.I was sure that I will be in Formula-1, but when the Manor announced its closure, I had to abandon the idea of transition in the Royal race. As negotiations drew to the signing of the contract".
The Sauber team has announced that it is still negotiating with Ferrari against Antonio Giovinazzi. The essence of the negotiations is the spare pilot in the Swiss team.The Swiss team is determined to negotiate a contract for a third pilot, especially after Pascal Wehrlein was under the supervision of doctors after the accident during the Race of Champions.In the case that Wehrlein will not be able to start tests or even at the start of the Grand Prix, Sauber eager to get a worthy replacement.Earlier, the Ferrari team announced Antonio Giovinazzi, Vice-champion of the GP2, his backup pilot.
The organizer of the Grand Prix in Baku Arif Rahimov insists that the Formula 1 drivers deliberately gently held the race last year because of the huge number of accidents in the GP2 race prior to the start of the Formula 1.Arif Rahimov "Take Sochi as an example. The first year was boring, there was not a single incident. I'm not saying that the track was boring - it's a great track, but the first race was too smooth. Then everything changed when the pilots began to trust her. Here we are waiting for more exciting battles this season on the road.This is due to the confidence of the pilots. After the reconnaissance a year ago, they will be much more interesting. Our route does not forgive mistakes, but I think this year there will be a show".This season the race in Baku received the status of Grand Prix of Azerbaijan.
The pilot of McLaren Stoffel Vandorn believes that those who aspire to Formula 1, is very useful to take part in the Japanese Superformula.Stoffel Vandorn "When I was waiting for his seat in Formula 1, it was necessary to do something, not sit idle. And in Superformula I was able to constantly communicate with the Honda engineers, to build good relations with them.Albeit difficult to get used to the time zone, but to drive in Japan is incredibly nice. Here is full of traces of the old school, I love these tracks with a minimum number of security zones. It's impossible to be on each circle to make a mistake and do what you like. Then you need to think and calculate every action. It really helped me to gain experience before the Formula-1".We will remind, Vandorn in 2015 became the champion of the GP2, then went to Japan. In parallel, he spent one race in Formula 1, replacing Fernando Alonso. Now this way will become the new GP2 champion Pierre went Out.
Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff believes that the Scuderia will simply not be able to leave behind the Formula 1 such a talented guy like Antonio Giovinazzi.Toto Wolff "I am confident that Ferrari will be able to find the best option for him. The Ferrari situation is far from that when we are just a month needed to solve the problem of his two young pilots. Wehrlein and Windows had to find a place in the teams, and we also couldn't lose. This DTM Champions and GP3. If they are gone, for us it would be a great loss.Giovinazzi, has not yet reached such heights they have it all in front, and the Scuderia have time to find him a place."Last season, Giovinazzi became the Vice-champion of GP2. In the last race he lost to Red Bull protege Pierre went Out.
The pilot of McLaren Fernando Alonso is confident that he and his new partner Stoffel Vandorn will hardly be able to compete for the title.Fernando Alonso "Vandorn is no pilot, who will fight against me for the title this year. Therefore, we are pursuing other goals.We have to fight each other, but work together to help the team through this difficult period as quickly as possible. Stoffel is a very good pilot, he brings fresh air into the team, he is very talented, as demonstrated in GP2 and the Japanese Superformula.I had different partners, including the Peak, Mass, Raikkonen. But they were not faster than me. I am sure that now I will be faster. I'm not worried and I am not afraid".
Kevin Magnussen brought the Renault major points in 2016. However, the managing team Director Cyril abiteboul made unflattering comments about the Dane, who this year will play for Haas.It is known that Renault offered a one-year contract Magnussen, but Kevin chose long-term cooperation with an American team. In the end, the site offered Jolyon Palmer.Cyril abiteboul "We wanted to keep Magnussen. But to be honest, it disappointed me, as the results there. This talented pilot, but very undisciplined.At many stages in Palmer noticeably lost to Magnussen on Friday, but was gradually added. Kevin, on the contrary, during the race weekend, was blown away.Palmer is growing up, as was the case in GP2 where it took him several seasons to become a champion. This year it will be better on all counts".
The head of GP2, Bruno Michel believes that Stoffel Vandorn hardly listened to anything new in the Japanese Superformula, where he performed in 2016.Bruno Michel "I Honestly don't think that Stoffel learned a lot being in Japan. But the extra experience can't hurt, certainly it was better to drive in Superformula than just sitting in the boxes McLaren.I can precisely tell only one thing Vandorn was ready for Formula 1 a year ago, but the program is McLaren useless. She does not teach anything new pilots. Stoffel is forced to wait another whole year.Vandorn became the champion of the GP2 in 2015. According to the rules the winner has to leave the series, so Stoffel had to move to Superformula. It seems that the same path will go and new GP2 champion Pierre went Out.
GP2 champion Pierre went Out once again noted with disappointment the fact that Red Bull refused him a seat at Toro Rosso.Pierre went Out "When you put a lot of effort and time, you are disappointed to miss the opportunity. I think that Red Bull saw me doing everything possible to secure a place in Formula 1. That's what they like.Helmut was pleased with the way I on people reacted to the failure. He's still pushing me and supports me. Relations have gotten better in the last two or three months, I gradually thawed out after the decision of the team.Red Bull supports me, pushes and motivates you to continue working and do everything as soon as possible to be in Formula-1".
Head Red Bull Christian Horner said that Pierre went Out for his team is a contender number one.Christian Horner "went Out did a great job this year. It was great to watch as he won the championship in GP2. He has done important work for us this year.It is a pity that there is no place for a guy in Formula 1, but he is the most senior member of the Junior national team, and currently we hold Extinguished, because it is very appreciate it.It is likely that in the near future, Formula 1 will become for him not just a dream.Obviously, this is a hint that if Daniel does not show good results in the beginning of season 2017, it will be replaced by the Frenchman.