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Since its appearance in Formula 1 in the mid-1970s, Ligier used the numbers "25" and "26". But in 1996, under the new rules, the French team got "9" and "10". "Nine," was happy for Olivier Panis.In late 1994, Flavio Briatore, then head of Benetton, for a nominal sum bought Ligier, find themselves in a difficult financial situation. However, the Italian was most interested in the contract for the supply of motors Renault, which he immediately copied by Benetton. Instead Ligier got the engine Mugen-Honda and the access to the development of a championship team. Naturally, the new Ligier cars was like two peas similar to Benetton.If in the season 1995 the case Ligier bit went up the hill, the 1996 results has dropped significantly. For the season, the team earned only 15 points, and 10 of them Olivier received an unexpected victory in the prestigious Monaco Grand Prix.
Plans to host the Grand Prix of Denmark on the streets of Copenhagen continued to develop as the leaders of the Formula 1 are prepared to visit the proposed location for the race next Wednesday.Under the new trends of the Liberty Media executives plan to expand the calendar to include major cities around the world. The decision of Denmark emerged in July last year.According to numerous reports in the Danish press, the management of Formula 1 will meet with the authorities of Copenhagen January 10, and will discuss the nuances of a possible transaction.
Finn Keke Rosberg made his debut in Formula 1 in 1978. Four season he played in weak teams, while in 1982 has not received a proposal to replace Williams in champion 1980 Alan Jones.Rosberg nominally was the second pilot and were on the car with the number "6". But suddenly after two stages Williams left Carlos Reutemann, and Rosberg was the leader of the team.The 1982 season was accompanied with scandals, suspensions, deadly accidents, and it is quite a tight fight. Suffice it to say that in the 16 races won 11 pilots Quite a long time the winners could not get and Rosberg, although occasionally he finished on the podium third in Holland and Germany, the second in long beach, Belgium and Austria - in the latter case, he lost to the winner Elio de Angelis just 50 thousandths of a second Finally, Keke managed to win the Grand Prix of Switzerland, and this victory allowed us to become one of the leaders of the championship, for two stages before the end of the season.
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".
After the recent criticism of the track Paul Ricard, where this year will take place the Grand Prix of France, Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton dramatically changed his point of view.Lewis Hamilton "the Most important thing for us is that we come back to France. This country is important for the European part of the championship. Even here there are other good tracks, I still think that in Paul Ricard, we can get the best race of the season. Let's see who knows".Recall, the Grand Prix of France returns to Formula 1 after ten years.
Champion of the 2009 season Jenson button said that gladly fought for the victory against Lewis Hamilton.Jenson button "In the race I could challenge him, and we often raced for the victory. During these three years we have won many Grand Prix, and some of the races that I won, were the best races in my career, because I had to beat Lewis. It really helped me grow as a pilot."Button and Hamilton drove for McLaren in 2010-2012 During this time Jenson won 8 races, Lewis - 10.
In 2018, the Grand Prix of France will return to the Formula 1 calendar with the track at Paul Ricard. But the pilot Mercedes Lewis Hamilton admitted that he would race in Magny-Cours, where the French stage was conducted in 1991-2008 Lewis Hamilton "to be Honest, I really liked the Magny-Cours circuit. It is to be honest with yourself.Paul Ricard is in a great location, but the track I personally do not like. It's not as good and exciting as in Magny-Cours.I think the most important thing that we have now the Grand Prix of France, because it is an important part of Europe, is an important part of the European tour.In France so many beautiful trails, for example, Le Mans, and for some reason we are still there. It would also be great."Hamilton has participated twice in the Grand Prix of France in 2007 he finished third in 2007- the tenth.
Pilot Red Bull Riccardo Daniel commented on the words of his teammate max Verstappen, who recently returned to the subject of overtaking Kimi Raikkonen during the last lap of the race Grand Prix of the United States.Daniel ricciardo "If there is a part of the track or the ability to obtain a small advantage, you will take advantage of this loophole. So we are organized.Especially on the last lap when the podium is so close. Each pilot will make every effort to get the coveted podium. It is the instinct of the pilot. So we are made.But I think Max got an unfair advantage, for which he received the penalty".
The final race of the season-2017 received second place in the ranking of the most boring races since the first Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi in 2008.The Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi earned an average score of 3,743 10. At the same time, the stage in Baku, which last year was given the lowest rating is the highest rating for an incredibly chaotic and martial race, which was won by Daniel ricciardo. This is the only race last season, which was included in the top ten of the Grand Prix over the last ten years.
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".
2018 more stringent requirements for pilots who intend to take part in the Friday practice the Grand Prix of Formula 1.To participate in the practices now be allowed to pilots, who for the last three years have spent at least six races in Formula 2, or scored 25 points in other racing series. In addition, the candidate must drive at least 300 km on the tests over the last six months.
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".
Sports Director of the championship Ross brown said that considering the question of whether the presence of girls on the starting grid of Formula 1.Ross Brawn "We are studying this topic. We want to take into account the views of all parties, because there are people who like this tradition, and there are those who oppose".Formula 1 has already conducted the experiment on replacement of girls to guys during the Monaco Grand Prix 2015. The Formula 1 drivers didn't like it.Then Sebastian Vettel commented "Where are the girls It's just disgusting I'm going to start looking for a girl to my room and here are the boys Before everything was fine. I don't understand why it was necessary to break such a fine tradition of Formula 1".
Lewis Hamilton admitted that he wants to emulate Fernando Alonso in the fight for the triple crown of Motorsport. The Spaniard already has a victory in the Monaco Grand Prix, and now he wants to earn a victory in the Indy 500 and the 24 hours of Le Mans. The only winner of the triple crown is compatriot Hamilton and Graham hill.Lewis Hamilton "Today is very difficult to do something unique in Motorsport. In the past, there were pilots who were in several different categories, but I have no desire to do it.I admire what Alonso wants to do, but for me Formula 1 is the maximum experience which can get the pilot.I have other qualities and projects in which I am interested and which I am satisfied. In the coming years you will see what it is, but it's more than race. Once I hang the helmet on a nail. But my contribution will definitely be appreciated by the audience".
The French pilot of the Toro Rosso Pierre went Out hoping the Honda engine in 2018 will help him to fight for points in every race.Pierre went Out "I Hope we will have the potential to fight for points almost every weekend. But with the arrival of Honda is changing a lot, so today it is difficult to understand the potential that we will have during the season. We have to wait for the February tests.I was able to talk to Alain Prost and Jean Alesi, and they told me that the home Grand Prix will be a special moment that will need to savor, because this race is held only once a year.With the Renault engine went Out and has not earned any points.
Non-Executive Director of Mercedes Niki Lauda decided to leave the role of expert TV channel RTL F1, so there were rumors that German television could lose the right to broadcast the events of the championship.But now Bild newspaper reported that negotiations RTL and Liberty Media completed successfully.But a spokesman for RTL insisted "I can not confirm this fact. There is no contract, we're not ready yet".However, it is argued that the former Formula 1 drivers Nico Rosberg and Timo Glock will alternate between a Grand Prix to replace Lauda.
Robert Kubica's life was divided into two parts before and after the unfortunate accident in early 2011. But now he claims a place in Williams, and we decided to recall the development of career Polish pilot.2006 2005 Kubica with a huge advantage won the World series by Renault, for which he received a reward in the form of test driving the French Formula 1 race car. Many of the teams drew attention to Robert, but the first contract test pilot for 21-year-old pole has signed with BMW-Sauber. He trusted the tests and Friday practice, during which he showed good results. All went to the fact that in the season of 2007, Kubica will become a combat pilot of this team.However, the debut took place in 2006 when leader of the BMW-Sauber Jacques Villeneuve fell out with the leadership and left the team. In the first race in Hungary Robert ahead in qualifying experienced partner nick Heidfeld finished seventh, but from-for underweight and was disqualified. But a month later, at the Grand Prix of Italy in Monza, Kubica climbed to the third step of the podium.
Next season line of tires for Formula 1 will be expanded added the softest type Gipersoft and the hard Superhard. True, not the fact that the latest type of rubber we will see during the Grand Prix.All types of rubber became softer, and the same Superhard is still Hard. Last year it was only used during the Grand Prix of Spain.Mario Isola, the head of the sports division Pirelli "We decided to err. Most times, we won't use Superhard in the race. Just know how rapid will be a new car, how much will increase the load on the tire in turns. We are counting on the tires Hard, but if we get another more rigid type of rubber".
Last season, eight of the pilots were able to show the best lap time during the race. The most distinguished champion Lewis Hamilton, for which he received the honorary prize of the DHL Fastest Lap. Last season the trophy went to Nico Rosberg.Best circles in the season 2017, the pilots1. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes - 72. Sebastian Vettel, The Ferrari - 53. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari - 2 Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes - 25. Sergio Perez, Force India - 1 Fernando Alonso, McLaren - 1 Daniel ricciardo, Red Bull - 1 Max Verstappen, Red Bull - 1U Raikkonen is now 45 best circles, and for this indicator, the Finn ranks second in the entire history of the championship. First with a large margin is Michael Schumacher with an incredible result in 77 laps. The Hamilton 38 laps, and he takes the 4th place.Best circles in the season of 2017, commands1. Mercedes - 92. Ferrari - 73. Red Bull - 24. Force India - 1 McLaren - McLaren 1V while dreaming of podiums, but every year Alonso celebrated one of the best around. This time it was at the Grand Prix of Hungary.
If last season the Mercedes team has won 20 of qualifications, this time its the pilots only earned 15 pole positions. A large part of the victories on account of Lewis Hamilton.The pole position of the season-2017 pilots1. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes - 112. Sebastian Vettel, The Ferrari - 43. Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes - 44. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari 1 in his career earned the pole position, Bottas. And his compatriot, who plays for Ferrari, started from pole position for the first time since 2008The pole position in the season 2017, commands1. Mercedes - 152. Ferrari 5 comparison with last year, the Red Bull team was left without poles. But in the Ferrari after last year's lull won five qualifications. And in Monaco both drivers of the Scuderia started with the first line, for the first time since the Grand Prix of France 2008.Quick pole in the truest sense of the word came from Hamilton in Spa. The Briton drove a lap with an average speed of 245.867 km/h. a Year ago, the highest average speed was shown in Monza -257.038 km/h, but this time qualification in Italy took place on a wet track.The slowest lap traditionally happened in Monaco Kimi Raikkonen won the pole with an average speed of 166.438 km/h. the Biggest gap of the owner of the pole from the nearest rival recorded during a rainfall qualification in Italy, where Lewis Hamilton beat max Verstappen 1,148 seconds. Minimum separation happened in Japan, where Lewis Hamilton lost Valtteri bottas the only 23 thousandths of a second.
Spanish Bank Santander, which has been sponsoring Ferrari since 2010, announced the termination of cooperation with the Italian team. Next year he will work with football Champions League.Santander appeared in Formula 1 in 2007 becoming a sponsor of the McLaren, where at that time moved the Spaniard Fernando Alonso. In 2010 started parallel work with Ferrari. Much later came the two-time champion. In addition, Santander was the title sponsor of some of the Grand Prix.
The pilot of McLaren Fernando Alonso in the race Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi finished ninth. It was the last race for the Union McLaren-Honda.Fernando Alonso "It was an important race for us. It was the last stage of the joint project McLaren-Honda. The race was uninteresting, except for the interesting struggle with Felipe Massa and Carlos Sainz. We decided to fight with Felipe, and it worked, but then for most of the race we were just driving along. It was exactly the race the start was great, the strategy is successful - so I'm happy earned two points.For us it was a tough season, it's been a hard three years, but I'm still very proud of this project. From the point of view of the results, we really played below his expectations, but nevertheless, everyone worked very hard forces. Now, we wish all the best to Honda and waiting for the start of the project McLaren-Renault. Now this is a new Chapter in our history".
The pilot Force India Sergio Perez in the race Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi finished seventh. At the same position Mexican finished and the championship.Sergio Perez "It was not the most exciting race for me, but I had a very busy first lap, when I was fighting with Nico Hulkenberg. I think he got his penalty is deserved, because I was ahead of him and he just cut off the turn, getting a great advantage. He had plenty of opportunities to avoid the penalty, he could just give me the position, as he did with Grosjean later.I'm happy with the result and it was important for us to end the year on a high note. This is my first year in the Force India without the catwalks, but I think we made a big step forward. I scored one point less than last year, with only 20 races in the season instead of 21. Overall, the result is excellent the seventh in the drivers ' championship and fourth position in the team standings. I don't think we could do something better. I just hope we can continue this path to 2018".
The pilot of Red Bull Max Verstappen to race the Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi finished fifth, right behind Kimi Raikkonen.Max Verstappen "I just couldn't overtake, I have not had any opportunity to do so. Very sorry, but my race was virtually alone without a single action. Even the pit stops did not help to overtake Kimi, I could only get closer to him.I will be in the winter to work a lot, I will help the team to achieve more, but we need more horsepower".
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 pilot of Renault and Nico Hulkenberg finished in the Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi in sixth position, despite a 5-second penalty received in the beginning of the race.Nico Hulkenberg "the Start was very dense. I immediately joined in the fight with Perez. I don't know how to comment on this situation by leaving the track, since we have different point of view on this issue. But I agree with the penalty. When I went in for a pit stop, I thought it very long, but then remembered that I was waiting for a five second penalty.At the end of the race we have met all our goals. We are satisfied with the result, so in General, all ended well. The sixth result was our maximum."Sixth place in the race allowed the team to bypass the Renault and Toro Rosso to take sixth place in the constructors ' championship.
Niko Hulkenberg showed in the qualification of Grand Prix of Abu-Dhabi 7-th result and became the best representative of Renault.Nico Hulkenberg "We know that this is only the qualification, and that anything can happen in the race, but we are in a good position. I showed one of their best rounds of the year, so very pleased with the result. In the third round I struggled with the track and the car, as the temperatures started to drop. But something like we see every year.The rate on long distance looks promising, I'm happy with the car, so the race is supposed to be good. We can fight for the seventh place".
Pilot Sauber Pascal Wehrlein in the qualification of Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi showed the 18-th result.Pascal Wehrlein "Qualification was OK, but I was not satisfied with the final result. We knew that we have problems with the tires. It is difficult for us to work in a narrow window, temperatures on this track.The race will be difficult, but I will give everything to achieve the best position at the finish".The race in Abu Dhabi for Wehrlein will be the last in the composition Sauber, and perhaps in Formula 1.
Fernando Alonso in qualifying for the Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi showed 11-th result. To reach the final of the McLaren did not have a few hundredths of a second.Fernando Alonso "I'm happy with my 11-th result is our maximum. I have the feeling that during training all use the magic button of increase of power, and we retreat.In race mode, we are very competitive, so tomorrow I expect to compete for points. Since we're not fighting for a place in the Cup of designers, we don't have anything pressing. Just try to make a good show".