Heikki Kovalainen

Heikki Kovalainen was born October 19, 1981 in Finland. His racing career started in karting. Already in 1999 and 2000, Heikki made a confession, twice finishing second in the Finnish Formula A at the same time, he won the championship in Scandinavia. His success has not gone unnoticed, and he in 2001 moved to the British Formula Renault. And once achieved good results (two wins, two pole positions, three fastest laps), received fourth place. In the same year racer debuted in Formula 3 and finished eighth in the Macau Grand Prix. In 2002 Heikki moved to British Formula 3 and won it five wins, three pole positions and got third place. In 2003 Finn moved to the World Series by Nissan in Japan and immediately said out loud to himself, becoming vice-champion. At the same time, Heikki came in Formula 1. He held a series of tests at the wheel of Renault and Minardi Cosworth. In 2004 he received the title of champion in Formula Nissan. In the same year he won his most spectacular success in the race for Champions Stade de France. Heikki represented Finland's team, which is due to his efforts was the second in the Cup of Nations. In 2005, the Finn took part in the new GP2 series, where he took second place, despite the fact that most of the championship was the leader. After that, Heikki again went to the Stade de France. But this time everything went not so well. In the Cup of Nations brought him two consecutive reversal, and the race of champions in the semi-final race the Finn lost just a little Tom Christensen. The following year rider came to Renault F1 Team as test pilot and as soon as his name began to lead the test protocols. Thanks to the team announced that in 2007 Heikki will hold a full season. Finn spoke not a bad thing, and took seventh place overall. But despite this he dismissed the Renault F1. But did not stay unemployed Heikki and in 2008 signed a contract with Vodafone McLaren Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton, along with a promising alliance formed, which, as we hope, as a result of long-term cooperation will bring glory and victory as a team and its new generation of riders.
08:48 30:01:2012

Formula 1

2017-07-12 10:14:03

Roman Grosjean I Have the best teammate

Roman Grosjean I Have the best teammate

Haas pilot Roman Grosjean believes that Kevin Magnussen is the best teammate.Roman Grosjean "Honestly, Magnussen is very fast. People misunderstood him, and he surprised me. He's the best teammate that was in my second career in Formula 1".Partner Grosjean in a first short career in Formula 1 was Fernando Alonso. After the Frenchman after three years back in the championship, his teammates managed to get Kimi Raikkonen, Heikki Kovalainen, Pastor Maldonado and Esteban Gutierrez.

2017-04-17 11:44:03

Statistics Fifth Finn on the pole

Statistics Fifth Finn on the pole

Valtteri Bottas won the qualification of Grand Prix of Bahrain and was the fifth in the history of Formula 1 by the representative of Finland, who has the right to start from pole position.In total, the Finns started from pole position 49 times in brackets - active1. Mika Hkkinen 1991-2001 - 262. Kimi Raikkonen 2001-2017 - 163. Keke Rosberg 1978-1986 - 54. Heikki Kovalainen 2007-2013 - 15. Valtteri Bottas 2013-2017 - 1.

2017-01-18 12:44:05

Heikki Kovalainen was ready to play for Williams

Heikki Kovalainen was ready to play for Williams

Finnish ex-Formula 1 driver Heikki Kovalainen, which account for one win in the composition of McLaren, admitted that he offered his services to the Williams team, when it became clear that his compatriot Valtteri Bottas will move to Mercedes.Heikki Kovalainen "Yes, I sent a letter to Claire Williams by e-mail. But they had other plans. I think they had a lot of suggestions from other pilots."Kovalainen sure that Bottas will be able to compete with Lewis Hamilton, with whom he spent two years at McLaren.Heikki Kovalainen "Valtteri is a great driver, able to fight for victory. I think he'd work well with Lewis.I often remember the time when Hamilton were teammates. Lewis - strong pilot. However, we worked great together, no problems. I think there will be problems and Valtteri".Kovalainen competed in Formula 1 in 2007-2013, He managed to drive for Renault, McLaren, Lotus and Caterham. On account of Heikki's victory in the Grand Prix of Hungary of 2008.

2014-10-10 23:34:02

Briefing FIA in Sochi on the incident with Bianchi

Briefing FIA in Sochi on the incident with Bianchi

On Friday evening the representatives of FIA President Jean Todt, race Director Charlie whiting, senior medical officer Jean-Charles Drinks and coordinator of a team of rescuers Jan Roberts - held a press conference dedicated to the accident Jules Bianchi in Suzuka.

The press conference lasted for almost an hour and a half. The journalists were shown the footage of the cameras in the seventh rotation, which shows that Sutil and Bianchi flew off the track in one place, but Jules was not deployed, he tried to catch the car - in the end it made straight with locked wheels directly to the tractor. Filming in the hall is strictly prohibited, and those who still tried to shoot lost their cameras and phones.

Representatives of the FIA commented on the actions of the administration of the race and marshals on the track, but the first to press asked Jean Todt.

Jean Todt of Course, all still overwhelmed with emotion. We wanted to hold this meeting with you, to comment on the tragedy that occurred this past weekend in Suzuka. You know its consequences Jules Bianchi at the moment continues to battle for his life in hospital near Suzuka, mie province. We feel that it would be appropriate to share information with you, to answer your questions.

To start with I would like to give some explanation, then my people will be able to answer your questions. I asked Charlie Whiting, the race Director of the FIA, to make a detailed report about what happened last weekend. I got it this morning. He will comment on it for you. I also asked the Chairman of the security Commission to establish an expert group to comment on the report and make suggestions to similar to what happened last Sunday, is never repeated.

We know that motor sport is dangerous. Thanks to the huge efforts in recent years, there were no serious incidents, except for what happened with Felipe Massa in Budapest in 2009. What happened with Jules last Sunday, perhaps the most difficult in recent years the incident.

To the left of me sat Professor Jean-Charles Drinking and Dr. Jan Roberts. As you know, they were involved in the decision making process before the race. Ian Roberts, when the accident occurred, was with Jules in the car on the way to the hospital. They both remained in the hospital until Tuesday. Tuesday Gerard Sayan, President of the FIA Institute, arrived in Suzuka and worked closely with Japanese doctors, along with another Italian Professor, who helped to coordinate efforts with the family Jules. This is the situation today.

Now I would like to give the floor to Charlie Whiting that will acquaint you with various aspects of what happened.

Charlie whiting showing members of the press on the screen shots from fixed cameras on the track in Suzuka we have a couple of videos that we would like to show. We ask you to postpone mobile phones, not to shoot. We want to show you the record from stationary cameras.

The first camera 11, this is the first part of the seventh rotation, which can be seen as went off the track Adrian Sutil. You can see that the trajectory drier than the rest of the painting, but due to the increased rain water begins to flow and trajectory. When the cars drove a little wider in this place. You see that Adrian came to this part of the canvas and lost control of the machine. It hurt a little more wet part of the track. At this moment he is behind Jules - he loses control on machine and it expands.

If we flash a picture on a lap later, we will see that Jules happened something very similar.

You can see that Jules loses control of the machine. He arrives on the same wet area, but it does not expand as Adrian. It begins to slide, but it adjusts the machine, and then the car moves along a slightly different trajectory.

This video shows the beginning of two incidents. You see how the machine Jules starts to go sideways, and then he corrects.

With this camera we will show both the incident. You saw the beginning of the departure of Adrian, you will now see an accident. We scroll through the video, you will see the tractor. Let's see all the videos. In the background you can see fluttering flag and yellow. At the moment we haven't replaced him on a double yellow.

When the tractor starts to move, we changed the light on "double yellow" on the scoreboard. Now you can see and actually double yellow flags. As the tractor and the machine Sauber is on this side of the post 12, the yellow flags. Because the incident occurred after it. But, as you can see, as soon as they lift the car, move back, and he passes the post, the signal changes from yellow to green.

Now you see the green flags, because the post is already after the incident site. Now you will see a machine Jules.

This is the video that was available to us. I thought it would be constructive if you will see him. Now I can answer your questions, but first I wanted you to see it.

Question Charlie, can you explain what is the difference between the conditions when you decide that enough double yellow flags, and those in which you release the car security Because much has been said about the fact that it could appear on the track.

Charlie whiting We put double yellow flags, because they thought that with the consequences of an incident could cope without the use of machine safety. The next step is, of course, the issue onto the machine security, but because the machine Adrian Sutil was away from the road, this was a natural decision on our part in similar circumstances. We did not see the need to release the track car security at the moment.

Question have you ever Seen a telemetry with this machine Dropped if he speed under double yellow flags on this sector, in the area of the double yellow flags What was his speed, when he flew off the track

Charlie whiting I know what speed he flew off the track. We have seen data from all machines.

A lot of cars drove through the sector with double yellow flags, but not all slowed down so. Some slowed down quite a bit, some slowed down much. I don't think we will go into detail how much slowed Jules compared with others. We have these data. He slowed down. There is a matter of degree.

Question do we Know how fast he crashed into a tractor

Charlie whiting it is Impossible to get accurate data when the machine is flying through the gravel. You can only use the GPS data, but to count on them really hard. This is not a good idea to analyze such datauntil until a full investigation into the incident, a detailed analysis of the video as well as GPS data. So far we are not able to speak with confidence about what was the speed at the moment of collision with a tractor. It would be too early for us to tell you the exact figures.

Question it is Clear that retroactively make decisions much easier, but in retrospect, do you feel you could have done something differently And knowing what you know now, what lessons you can learn

Charlie whiting Yes, I think there are some conclusions that we need to do. We want to involve all teams and all pilots to ensure that it will be a good, well-designed and realized during many years of ideas. I think one of the most important aspects is that it might be better to pick up the pilots the right to determine how much they need to slow down in the event of such incidents.

It is better to create a system that is understandable for all, which would determine the extent to which the machine is set to slow in such conditions. On this we are now working. Tomorrow morning will be a meeting with all teams to discuss this possibility and method of use a kind of speed limit. Most likely, it will not be a specific limit, but, as I see it, a way of controlling the speed of pilots with clear rules and boundaries.

Question Charlie, if you manage to develop a system that could control the speed of vehicles, does it mean that the safety car will leave the track much less

Charlie whiting Yes, I think it's possible. But it would have the same effect. If you force all drivers to slow down to a certain temp, they will retain their positions relative to each other - so that would be about the same as the first two rounds at the check-out safety car. If Directorate of race requires "a short intervention, then perhaps in such cases, you can get by without car security.

However, in some situations, the safety car will be necessary. Sometimes it is necessary to control the speed of vehicles in certain areas of the track.

Question In a situation like in Suzuka, when the rain is getting stronger, how difficult is it to determine whether pilots react to signals in a changing environment

Charlie whiting This is harder, but not impossible. The system that we have, uses data from previous circles, comparing them. She "knows"how the tempo slows down or speeds up. We try to analyze the last few laps, the system can detect and show us pilots who, perhaps not enough has slowed in the current circumstances. We can then explore the situation in more detail. If the race is dry, you can trust this data with greater confidence. But because the conditions Suzuka has changed, we would have to analyze the data after the race in any case.

Question Who decided to send a tractor on the highway, and who decided to post a green flag

Charlie whiting the Tractor was sent to the scene by the race direction. If the machine is stuck in the gravel, obviously it should be taken therefrom. This was done immediately. The marshals were instructed to enter the ring and begin to evacuate the car.

The solution for the green flag was made by the Marshal on duty. As soon as the tractor with the machine Sauber was behind this point, the correct signal is green. He was yellow until, as the tractor was still ahead of the post, and changed to green when he was behind. These decisions are always taken by the flag marshals.

Question Charlie, two questions. The first is why it was decided to hold the race, if you knew about the approaching Typhoon Second - Felipe Massa said that was screaming on the radio that the race was stopped. Did you hear that

Charlie whiting For a start. The start time of the race is not a matter of discussion by the FIA. I suggested to the organizers to consider moving the start to an earlier time in order still to hold her, because the forecast was worse than the weather turned out to be actually. They didn't want to do that. I warned them that we will not hold the race if the conditions are unsafe, and that the probability that they will not race. They said, "No, we want to leave the start time at three o'clock". For me, the start time of the race in no way connected with the incident we are discussing.

The second question was about Felipe Massa. No, we have not heard that he was screaming on the radio. We now have pereslushala all that Felipe said. I think what he said to you, not entirely true. I have not heard that he was screaming on the radio. He mentioned only that "conditions on the road worse." It was the only thing he said on the radio. I don't think it means "to shout on the radio". He said that conditions were deteriorating, but we usually.

We don't listen to all the messages on the radio that the pilots pass - it's just impossible, so we rely on team who are informed if their pilots have something important to tell us. I'm sure they give us isn't all that said pilots For example some pilots have any concerns about visibility, after he had left the safety car and before the race was stopped, but only two teams told us that the visibility of their pilots have serious problems.

Question One Williams

Charlie whiting Yes, one of them is Williams. But, as far as I know, Felipe said that conditions deteriorate even before the appearance on the track machine security, and treated his comments rather to the fact that increased rain. The message about the poor visibility was later.

Question On various roads you use the tow truck of different manufacturers, some of them large balances that are just at the level of the head of the racer. You are not going now to change the approach For example, to only use cranes

Charlie whiting this is not so simple. As you know, the wrecker - in this case, the tractor must be heavy enough to lift the machine, it should be high enough ground clearance. He has opposed or not depends on the design. Such tractors we have successfully used for over 20 years, or even longer, and I don't think they should be changed urgently.

We had an hour discussion with riders, but we've discussed this issue, and one option that was suggested - this equipment evacuators kind of protective skirts. This option is worth considering, and we will do it.

As for the cranes, their range is limited. For example, in the 7th rotation Suzuki we'd need four or five taps are guaranteed to cover the entire area. If you remember Montreal, there is a crane in the area of exit of the 4th turn. But he can act only 50 metres from the wall, so sometimes you have to manually push in the area of his reach. For example, on the track in Monaco a lot of taps, but there and marshals a lot, and there is a danger that someone could be hit by a car. So the complexity is, therefore, we believe that all these issues require detailed discussion.

Question do You think that show a green flag was a mistake

Charlie whiting No, it was absolutely the right signal, since this flag was found after the accident. You must understand it does not mean that as soon as you see the green signal, you should start to attack in full force. You can do that at the moment when at head with a green flag. The same applies to yellow flags if on the first turn yellow flags, it does not mean that you should drop the speed, while with them, not at head. So you can prabhavati speed and begin to overtake only when it reaches the green flags.

Question please Explain the situation with the delivery of Jules medical center. We saw the helicopter rose into the air, but the driver was taken by ambulance.

Jean-Charles Drinks Usually on the road should be two helicopters. In the first two days of the week-end problems with the helicopters was not, but on Saturday night we were informed that the helicopter could not stay on the track at night in connection with a potential risk of damage due to the approaching Typhoon. The helicopter flew to Nagoya.

Early Sunday morning we received news that he was unable to return due to bad weather conditions. In accordance with our rules, we held a meeting and decided to make a major medical center hospital mie Prefecture, which is located 15 km from the road. Under normal conditions this way can be done in 25 minutes. This decision was taken on Sunday before 10am.

Closer to 11.30 helicopter was able to get back on track. But it was the decision to hold the race, even if the helicopter is not. All this is fully in line with our policies.

Such cases have already been earlier, for example, in 2009 and 2010 When the accident happened with Bianca, it was found that the helicopter can fly up from the road, but to land near the hospital does not allow the weather conditions. Therefore, we used the original plan, which was adopted early in the morning, and the driver was taken to medical center by ambulance. In those specific circumstances, it took 32 minutes.

Question I'd Like to hear your expert opinion did this delay on the state of Jules Bianchi

Ian Roberts the Total time spent on transportation racer, was 37 minutes, during this period was carried out detailed monitoring of his condition, and he was taken to hospital in absolutely the same physiological condition as it was at the time of shipment from the highway.

Question When FIA was last discussed the revision of safety standards, and how often you return to this theme

Charlie whiting I don't remember when the last time it was discussed protective skirts for tractors, but it was a long time ago. Subject head protection rider, the use of closed cockpits has recently been discussed and this discussion continues. As you know, it was after the incident with Felipe Massa and Henry Certicom. We spent quite in-depth study of this topic, a lot of experimenting, and the study is not completed.

It is very difficult to find a solution that would provide sufficient strength, but at the same time not interfere with the driver to work in the cockpit that the presence of such a system is not reflected. It is not easy. Meeting on security issues will be held next Thursday, and the solver will continue.

Question it was Not possible to postpone the start of the race at an earlier time, primarily to ensure that it is finished when it was still relatively light

Charlie whiting From my point of view, it would be useful. The organizers of the race was able to move it to an earlier time, but I don't think we are faced with a situation more complex than it could be. I do not think that the visibility was in serious trouble. I have already said that the race was conducted in strict accordance with the schedule, which we usually adhere to. This does not affect security. If it is too wet, we would simply not have it to spend.

Q You presented to the President of the FIA preliminary or final report, and whether it is in the public domain

Charlie whiting I would say that this version is close to the final. Need to add some information, but we are not yet fully decided who will be available this document. When reporting, we wanted to gather as much information, and must first submit it to the Commission on security, and it will select the group of experts who will examine all the issues raised. But I can't yet say who will have access to this report.

Question Tomorrow you will be meeting with teams on security issues. Is there any chance that in this weekend will be introduced some adjustments in the mode yellow flags and speed limits

Charlie Whiting It Is Unlikely. I have no doubt that we will be able to negotiate, but the machine consists of a huge number of different systems, it is very difficult to quickly achieve operability of such decision. Moreover, it is extremely important that the new system worked exactly the same on all machines. I think we should not rush to implement any changes as early as this weekend.

Question You talked about testing some solutions aimed at protecting the head of the racer. You know the results of these experiments. If to speak about the incident at Suzuka how you think, whether in the foreseeable future to appear a solution that can withstand such a blow

Charlie whiting I Think a clear answer to this question to give yet. But as I said, we had a solution to protect the rider from impact without wheels. There are preliminary signs that the forces acting on the car when hitting the fence route, or as was the case with the machine Jules, much larger than those with which we dealt in the course of the tests. We try to accurately estimate the impact energy, but I suspect that in this case, under these particular circumstances, it would be extremely difficult to find a solution that would protect the head of the racer.

Question Given the consequences of the accident, you are not going to make any special crash tests, which simulated the collision of the machine with an obstacle, like the tow truck

Charlie whiting This depends on the results of the analysis of injuries machine Jules, I do not exclude that it is necessary to consider the possibility of giving additional strength to the existing security structures. Again, I think it would be inappropriate to attempt to consider the circumstances of this particular accident. We try, whenever possible, to take into account the experience of all incidents, for example, a few years ago in Suzuka accident in which Timo Glock has hurt her leg, and then we had to deal with injuries of the chassis, which did not work. On the experience of similar accidents we learn. So shall it be in this case.

Question Charlie, could you tell me when will the changes made to the rules governing the appearance on the track tractors This will happen at the beginning of the next season

Charlie whiting Actually, if we are talking about such changes, at the beginning of next season, Yes.

Question According to Adrian Sutil, he was not asked about what happened, about what he saw from his point. You spoke with him

Charlie whiting No, not yet.

Question But will it

Charlie whiting Yes, we definitely will discuss what he saw. But I guess he had little to add, because we have the video of the evacuation of the entire incident. He was there, saw that, probably, would not like to see. No, we haven't discussed yet. Perhaps, while it is not the best time.

Question Charlie, I would also like to know how fast you received information about the incident

Charlie whiting With a little delay. Because the car hadn't been seen. My first thought when we looked at the screen with a tractor, was "the Evacuation took longer than I expected." It didn't look normal, it is usually the marshals in Suzuka work very quickly. Then they said "the Car crashed into a tractor." This is what they gave with the post, but I haven't seen her for a tractor. It took us some time to consider another camera that there really is a machine.

But it was impossible to understand wounded anyone, and the condition of the pilot. When we know, we sent the track the safety car and medical car. You couldn't see, it was not shown live, and on the camera, the image with which we looked, this was nowhere to be seen. With the camera 11 we could not be seen, and the camera 12 has been rotated in the wrong direction. As soon as we launched, we could see the car. But it took some time. Probably not more than 20 seconds, but for some time we remained in ignorance.

Question Jean, you talked about the expert Council, which will review the circumstances of the accident, which will include Charlie. Who else will it contain You said that to attract the best experts.

Jean Todt I know that you are familiar with the organization of the FIA. Of course, you know that security Commission headed by Peter Wright we have medical Commission there is Charlie in the technical Committee and several high-ranking people. That's why I asked Peter Wright to gather expert advice from qualified professionals. Everyone knows Peter and his strengths, I expect that he will help in this question.

Question How long will it take expert advice in order to come to conclusions. Do you have a deadline to which you are waiting for them

Jean Todt the Chairman of the expert Council Peter Wright today received my request, after this morning I received a report Charlie. I have to meet with Wright on Wednesday in Geneva. There will be a meeting, which is always done after serious accidents.

Question How to work a helmet and HANS Did you manage to get some information after this incident

Charlie whiting it is still too early to draw any conclusions. You can look at the helmet and to assess the damage.

We have several experts, in particular Andy Mellor. This is a very detailed and brilliant engineer. He was responsible for the design of the helmet, the so-called specifications 8860 - it is now used for the racers. The investigation began after the death of Ayrton Senna, and his creation took a long time.

Now we must be very careful to analyze. Andy is well able to restore the circumstances of Avaria, we will provide all data and photos. Then we need to understand how received damage and what needs to be done to prevent such things.

To put it all together is quite a complex process. But it will be done, and all that we can learn will be useful in improving the design of the helmet. The processes are the same as in the days when we worked with Mizoram after the accident Felipe Mass in Hungary in 2009 the result is a Kevlar band, which is now all use.

Question is there Enough of the expert or you do not have any specialists

Charlie whiting No, at the moment I don't think so.

Question Charlie, you have the opportunity to tell drivers that they are traveling at too high a temp

Charlie whiting No, it goes through the team. We cannot communicate directly with racers, but we often ask the team to send a message to the driver. And then can verify that they did.

Question Given that not all riders slowed double yellow flags, how strong was the impact

Charlie whiting If you look at the first data on the speed of the car. There was a barrier of three layers of tires, the accident would have been comparable with the incident of Heikki Kovalainen in Barcelona in 2007 But this is a very approximate information, I can't say for sure. But given that the barrier of the three layers of the tires and it was already the machine, at such a speed that the accident was of the same order.

Question Charlie, do not feel that their role could be played by coating the security zone If there was asphalt, it would be stronger to slow down

Charlie whiting This is the fact that on all routes, we played asphalt security zone in any condition better the gravel traps. That is why all new routes are mainly used asphalt security zone.

On older tracks don't, but this does not mean that they are unsafe, we performed tests on all routes, not just the new. But it is a fact that in most cases the asphalt better. However, in this particular case, we cannot say that everything would be different if there was asphalt, because we don't know for sure. But in most cases the asphalt better.

Question According to the received information can you talk about any mechanical problems with the car before the incident, which could cause a crash

Charlie whiting At the moment there are no signs of any mechanical problems.

Question Jean, how was this week for you personally emotionally

Jean Todt I am familiar with Jules since then, when he was 15 years old. While racing, I sometimes talked with his great-grandfather Lucien Bianchi. In addition, I remember that together with Mauro Bianchi went to the French hospital, specializing in burns, because he got a very serious injury. It so happened that he is familiar with my son. Nicolas works with Jules from 15 years of age and strongly believe in it.

Of course, on the one hand, my priority is to lead the FIA, which has two main areas of work - road and sport. But like any human, I have emotions, and I had a hard time. But I must say that every accident is deeply touches me. I had to leave Japan, but I five times per day to check how the situation is developing. That is why now our main responsibility is to analyze what happened and make sure that this will not happen again. But, as I said, racing is dangerous and can not absolutely guarantee that accidents won't happen. However, we will never be satisfied, for we will always be important to achieve greater security.

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2014-08-29 13:24:02

Heikki Kovalainen has conducted the first tests in DTM

Heikki Kovalainen has conducted the first tests in DTM

nonf1.ru already told you that former Formula 1 driver Heikki Kovalainen was invited by BMW to participate in the tests at the wheel of the machine M4 DTM, which this week took place on German highway Lausitzring.

On Thursday Heikki first sat behind the wheel of a DTM car, familiar with the controls and went for a few runs on the tires of two types, both hard and softer.

"It was really fun - Finn wrote on his Twitter page after the completion of the tests. "I had fun. However, it is not the motor and it is not the brakes, but the grip is how I had nothing to do for many years A huge thank you to BMW for the invitation to test car BMW M4 DTM on Lausitzring, have a nice day"

All riders BMW four days of tests dashed off more than 3 thousand kilometers, in preparation for the eighth round of the championship which will be held on this route 14 September.

According to the German press, Kovalainen took full advantage of the opportunity to make the team a favorable impression. In General, tests the BMW engineers were thoroughly tested with various settings, because usually during the race weekend to work in just no time.

"To be honest, I didn't know what to expect, because I never went to this car, but driving a BMW M4 DTM immediately felt comfortable, " said Heikki German Motorsport-Total. - Impressive machine. Of course, it is heavier than a car of Formula 1, and not as powerful, but it has excellent aerodynamics, and turns very quickly. The team was very helpful to me, so I adapted, and I should mention its a very high professional level."


2014-08-26 10:14:06

Heikki Kovalainen will conduct tests in DTM

Heikki Kovalainen will conduct tests in DTM

BMW just recently spend in Lausitzring tests cars championship DTM. The purpose of the tests is to find the ideal settings for the upcoming stage in Germany, which will take place 14 cantabrians, but the tests will be held with the participation of the ex-pilot of Formula 1 of Heikki Kovalainen. However, Finn refuses to comment mean if these tests that he in the future will be flying machine BMW M4 in the championship DTM. competed in Formula 1 from 2007-2013, for Renault, McLaren, Lotus and Caterham. In 2008, as a partner of Lewis Hamilton, won the only victory at the Grand Prix of Hungary.

2014-08-25 16:44:03

Heikki Kovalainen will take part in the DTM tests

Heikki Kovalainen will take part in the DTM tests

Team BMW serving in the DTM championship, this week on Lausitzring will hold a four-day test session. The focus will be on the search machine settings for the upcoming stage, which will be held on this German highway 14 September.

It is noteworthy that in the tests planned participation of former F1 driver of Heikki Kovalainen. Finn will sit behind the wheel of the BMW M4 in one day. About the future plans Heikki, or its possible participation in the championship, nothing is known.


2014-07-07 19:44:02

The British Grand Prix Curious statistics

The British Grand Prix Curious statistics

After the stage at Silverstone renowned expert Michele Merlino has published some interesting statistical collections.


Nico Rosberg won the eighth pole position of his career. It took him 152 Grand Prix to win the first five, and four more on the last three. This 25-th pole position in the history of Mercedes.

The interval between the first and second result, 1.620 second - largest in the qualification with the Grand Prix of Australia 1997, when Jacques Villeneuve ahead Heinz-Harald Frentzen on 1.754 seconds.

For the first time in the history of Formula 1 two German drivers took the first row on the starting field of the British Grand Prix.

For the second time in the history of cars with motors Mercedes won the pole in nine races in a row, before this happened in 1998, with the team McLaren.

Sebastian Vettel has interrupted the longest in his career for Red Bull Racing series of races without starting from the first row. At Silverstone he is a 66-th time in his career started the race from the first row. The record for this indicator belongs to Michael Schumacher - 116 starts with the first or second place.

Rating drivers Starts with the first row

1. Mschumacher


2. Asenna


3. Apost


4. Spectel


5. Hamilton


6. Nmental


7. Hwanhee, Dclark


9. Damon Hill


10. Nelson Piquet


The third place at the start was the best result for Jenson Button with the Grand Prix of Brazil 2012. This season to the British Grand Prix Jenson not started higher than sixth.

For the team McLaren this qualification button - 3, Magnussen - 5 is the best on the home track with 2008, when Heikki Kovalainen has won the pole position, and Lewis Hamilton showed the fourth time.

For the first time in his career in Formula 1 Lewis Hamilton lost in qualifying team partner in the four Grand Prix in a row.

12-th place Jules Bianchi was the best result in his career and in the history of the team Marussia.

For the first time since Singapore Grand Prix 2009 in the top ten was not a single car with the engine in the world.


Lewis Hamilton won the 27th career victory, up to the level of Jackie Stewart.

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Hamilton won at Silverstone after starting with the sixth position. Before him with the worst starting position of the British Grand Prix was won Emerson, Fittipaldi - in 1975, after starting with the 7th place.

Finishing second, Valtteri Bottas have achieved the best results in his career. For the first time since 2005 racer Williams in two races in a row made it to the podium.

Jenson button 15 times participated in the British Grand Prix, but never to the podium. Three times he finished fourth in 2004, 2010 and 2014 In this case, for a career Jenson went on the podium at twenty different routes.

Sebastian Vettel has repeated the longest in the career of a series of races without a win in nine Grands Prix in a row. The same series was he in 2012, but that season he became the world champion.

Series without victories Fernando Alonso has been going on for 23 Grand Prix - it is the longest of his career since then, as he won the first race. The last time he defeated in 2013, won the Grand Prix of Spain.

Because of a gearbox failure Nico Rosberg interrupted successful series - this year in all races to the British Grand Prix, he finished first or second, eight times in a row up to the podium.

Cars Mercedes 16 times started in the British Grand Prix from 1954 to 2014, but never before had the race - gathering Rosberg was the first.

The first was a meeting in the British Grand Prix and Felipe Mass - 12 times he participated in this race before getting to the finish.

For the first time in the history of McLaren racers this command four years in a row was not raised on a podium in the British Grand Prix.

text Dmitry Bukharov


2014-06-23 20:24:02

Bottas strengthened Finns statistics in Formula 1

Bottas strengthened Finns statistics in Formula 1

Grand Prix Austria, Valtteri Bottas finished third, and thereby strengthened the position of the Finns in the statistics of the Formula 1 percentage pilots, at least once exerted on the podium. According to this indicator, Finland occupies the second place in the history of the world Cup.

Bottas became the seventh Finn, who managed to reach the podium Grand Prix. To him it did Keke Rosberg 17 times, Jyrki lavish praise Lehto 1, Mika Hakkinen 51, Mika Salo 2, Kimi Raikkonen 77 and Heikki Kovalainen 4. This is a very good result for the country, with a population of 5.5 million people. Even more impressive that fact, that for all history of Formula 1 at the start of the championship were only eight of the Finns.

The only Finn, who participated in the races of Formula 1, but not up to the podium, was Leo Kinnunen, the first representative of the country in this sport. He arrived at the start only once, at the Grand Prix Sweden in 1974, and was out of the race after eight rounds. Another Finnish driver Mikko Kozarovichi, tried twice to qualify, but each time unsuccessfully, therefore not counted in the statistics.

So now 87.5 of the Finnish riders at least once stood on the podium. This indicator is better only in Poland - 100. Their only in the history of the pilot, Robert Kubica, was on the podium 12 times, including once won Grand Prix of Canada, 2008.

Third place is shared by four countries with a value of 50. This is Sweden 5 of 10 riders, Colombia, Russia and Monaco one each. However, the Russian pilot Daniel Quat currently serves in the championship, and thus has the opportunity once to increase this ratio to 100.

The lowest percentage among the countries whose representatives at least once stood on the podium, Netherlands - 7,14. From 14 pilots of this country only one, Jos Verstappen, finished in the top three. It was twice, at the Hungarian Grand Prix and Grand Prix of Belgium 1994.

Britain this indicator has been in the middle of the pack, but the leader by the total number of the drivers on the podium for all history - 39. The second place, thanks to the race Indy-500, are the USA 36, followed by Italy 28, France 21, Germany 13, Brazil 9, Finland 7 and Belgium 6.

Of the 39 countries, drivers which were in Formula 1, representatives of 28 of them at least once to the podium. Never it was not possible for pilots Ireland, East Germany, Uruguay, Czech Republic, India, Malaysia, Chile, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Morocco and Thailand.

Among the pilots absolute record for the number of podiums continues to hold Michael Schumacher - he finished in the top three 155 times. The second place is Alain Prost, on account of which 106, followed by Fernando Alonso 96, Ayrton Senna 80 and Kimi Raikkonen 77. All in the history of the championship of peace on the podium Grand Prix rose 205 drivers.


2014-06-10 16:54:02

Riccardo repeated the example of Raikkonen

Riccardo repeated the example of Raikkonen

Daniel Ricardo, winning the Grand Prix of Canada, was the first modern racer of the Formula 1 after Kimi Raikkonen, who won his first victory before first won the qualification of this curious statistical fact leads to the Finnish newspaper Turun Sanomat.

Raikkonen opened the scoring numerous victories in 2003 year in Malaysia, while the first pole won seven stages later, at the Nurburgring.

Among those who spoke in Formula 1 at the same time with Raikkonen was 11 pilots, who first won the qualification, and then the race Giancarlo Fisichella and Fernando Alonso, Jenson button, Felipe Massa, Lewis Hamilton, Robert Kubica, Heikki Kovalainen, Sebastian Vettel, mark Webber, Nico Rosberg and Pastor Maldonado.


2014-05-18 12:34:04

Heikki Kovalainen became Ambassador to Abu Dhabi

Heikki Kovalainen became Ambassador to Abu Dhabi

The ex-pilot of Formula 1 Heikki Kovalainen was given the honorary title of the Ambassador of the campaign for increase of safety on the roads in Abu Dhabi."I encourage all drivers, especially the young, in whose veins flows adrenaline, " said Heikki. - Please, follow the rules of the road and always follow the orders of the police".

2014-05-15 14:04:02

Kovalainen Ambassador program of road safety

Kovalainen Ambassador program of road safety

Former Formula 1 driver Heikki Kovalainen became Ambassador program to improve road safety in Abu Dhabi, giving the prize to follow the rules.

Heikki Kovalainen "I want to address this short message to all the people of Abu Dhabi, especially young drivers. Guys, I urge you to follow the rules of the road and meet the requirements of the traffic police".

Last season Heikki Kovalainen was a test pilot with Caterham, and in the final two races replaced as part Lotus injured Kimi Raikkonen. Recently the Finnish press wrote that Heikki will be a test pilot with Mercedes, but this information has not been confirmed.


2014-04-29 02:44:03

Heikki Kovalainen is returned to Formula-1

Heikki Kovalainen is returned to Formula-1

The ex-pilot of Formula 1 Heikki Kovalainen ready for his return to the Royal race. This time, according to the Ilta Sanomat, Heikki's about to sign a contract with Mercedes on the role of test-pilot konusnoj Finn from Formula 1 came out not the most successful, because Kovalainen was unable best to replace an injured Kimi Raikkonen in Lotus, never gave the team a single point. Prior to that, Heikki spent three years in Caterham.

2014-04-28 13:54:03

Kovalainen can become a test pilot with Mercedes

Kovalainen can become a test pilot with Mercedes

Heikki Kovalainen can return to Formula 1. According to information from the Finnish Ilta Sanomat Heikki close to signing a contract test driver with a Mercedes AMG.

In 2013 Heikki Kovalainen was a test pilot with Caterham and several times participated in Friday's free practice. On the final two stages of the season in the United States and Brazil Heikki was replaced as part Lotus F1-Kimi Raikkonen, who because of back problems had to be operated on.


2014-02-26 00:04:02

The Evolution Of The Ferrari F2008, 2008

The Evolution Of The Ferrari F2008, 2008


History of Ferrari is inseparably linked with the history of Formula1601 is the only team, who participated in all seasons of the world championship, and the first single in Maranello racing machine was built for Formula1601.

In the traditional winter historical project, together with the authoritative Italian expert, author of books about the history of Ferrari Paolo D'alessio, we decided to tell to the readers nonf1.ru about the peculiarities of all the machines , showing them the example of the evolution of the Formula 1.

In 2008 the rules have not changed almost. Increased height of the protective side of the pilot, transmission needed to keep a distance of four Grand Prix, under got some exotic materials. All this has led to some increase in the mass of cars, but in General, engineers could use last year's achievements. New Ferrari F2008 became a logical continuation of vehicles of the previous season.

Changed the shape of the , side pontoons and the engine casing, which required revision design of the front and rear suspension. To adapt the machine for changes in regulations, the wheelbase has been reduced, developed a new gearbox. Braking system obtained new calipers and innovative cooling system.

Another change was the emergence of all the machines Formula 1 standard electronic control units ECU. Traction control, control of starting and other electronic helpers» riders are under the ban.

After the end of the 2007 season, Jean Todt left the post of the head of the , focusing on the leadership of the company. His place was taken by Stefano . Taking into account that earlier the team is left, Ross brown and Rory Byrne, the kind of structure that, together with Schumacher, brought Ferrari numerous titles in the beginning of the decade, was completely renovated.

Ferrari F2008

After the revolution last year, in 2008 in Maranello have taken a small step back while working on the F2008. Structurally, the new machine, in General, reminiscent of the F2007, although the distance between the axes was slightly reduced to pilots feel more comfortable on slow tracks.

The most distinctive element of the whole project, at least in terms of aerodynamics, became the bow section. The upper surface of the wing was attached to a nasal that together with a complex configuration the basic plane contributed to a better organization of air flows in the front part, increase the amount of air entering the machine and, as a consequence, the clamping force.

Not satisfied with the excellent results shown in the tunnel and in the first races of the season in Spain Scuderia introduced a new nose cone with a «hole», and in Hungary on the air vent of the engine had a large fin-style Red Bull.

About the engine, on the contrary, you can tell not so much. Freezing the development of engines, imposed by the FIA, has shifted the attention of designers to electronic system of ECU Electronic Control Unit, which produced the McLaren Electronic Systems. ECU has not established a Ferrari big problems, but errors on the command bridge in Singapore and not rock-solid reliability at the Hungaroring prevented Felipe Mass win the title. The team for the second year in a row, won the Cup of designers.

The results of performances of the Ferrari F2008 in Formula 1 races

Pilots in Ferrari remained the same, but the «leader» changed now the title claimed Felipe Massa, while Kimi Raikkonen, winning two races of the first four, in the future a single win win failed. Often the reason for this is the loss of motivation by Finn, but do not forget that in this season, Raikkonen in 18 races 10 times showed the best lap time in the race. The main problems Kimi arose in the qualification if the Mass started from pole position six times, Raikkonen - only twice. One of these races he won another missed mate due to technical problems.

The main competitor Ferrari again became the team McLaren, where now completely dominated by Lewis Hamilton - his partner instead of Fernando Alonso became Heikki Kovalainen. In addition, strong were the pilots of the BMW Sauber's Robert Kubica and Nick Heidfeld. During the championship, the two unexpected victories won and lost in the Alonso Renault - however, as it turned out later, one of them was a result of intentional gathering his running mate Nelson Piquet Jr. Another surprise was a very convincing victory at Monza young Sebastian Vettel at Toro Rosso.

In General, the performance of all the contenders for the title of stability differ. For the final Grand Prix, held in Brazil, Hamilton and Massa came up with five victories in the asset, but Lewis was seven points ahead. To be a champion, Felipe was supposed to win, and hope that Lewis finished not higher than sixth. With his part of this task Brazilian coped, confidently won the first race, despite changeable weather conditions. By the time it crossed the finish line, Hamilton was the sixth, but at the last turn Briton ahead of Timo Glock, speaking for Toyota, and became the world champion.


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2014-02-09 18:04:03

Results in Lotus influenced the choice of the Caterham

Results  in Lotus influenced the choice of the Caterham

Last season Heikki Kovalainen was redundant racer Caterham and was considered one of the main contenders for a place in the team in 2014. However, at the end of the season Finn took the Lotus replace Kimi in the final two Grand Prix.

The results of his performances were not too convincing. And in January it became known that the command Caterham has signed a contract with another experienced pilot, Kamui Kobayashi. The owner of Caterham, Tony Fernandez, admitted that one of the reasons for this choice was the weak form of in the Lotus.

Tony Fernandez «of Course, I would be lying if I said it did not play any role. The final choice influenced by many different factors, but in any decision has its pros and cons. I am a supporter of equal rights, and listened to the different members of the team were those who supported Heikki, there were those who advocated Kamui, and I had to make a choice».

The Fernandez affirmed that the parties parted't the warmest. As stated by Malaysian, «We should be sufficiently cold-blooded, if we want to succeed.»


2014-02-07 17:24:04

Paddy Lowe confident in the safety nose cones

Paddy Lowe confident in the safety nose cones

Bright characteristic feature of the new machines began to nose cones. In addition to their appearance chassis some of the team concerned about the safety of such a decision. However, the technical Director of Mercedes Paddy Lowe sure that in the regulation would never have strict limits on the nose fairing, if in doubt, have the security of such a decision.

Paddy Lowe «Technical working group several years studying this question under the leadership of the FIA Institute, which conducts research in this area. They decided that the lower nose fairing is the best option because it compensates for the consequences of accidents of various types.

Perfect common solutions for each type of effects does not exist. In addition you need to take into account the influence of the mechanical effects of different directions, especially contacts with the back wheel, as in the incident between mark Webber does and Heikki Kovalainen in Valencia, where the Aussie seriously risked when the car flew into the air. In such a case, especially helps low nose fairing.

Having analyzed and considered various options, the Technical working group came to the conclusion that this is the best solution. I respect that choice.»



2014-02-03 15:41:10

Grosjean I learned from Kimi and Fernando never give up

Grosjean I learned from Kimi and Fernando never give up

In an interview with the Brazilian TotalRace Roman Grozhan spoke about what he learned from working in a team with two world Champions - Fernando Alonso and Kimi , which this year became companions for Ferrari.

Roman Grozhan «I wish them good luck These are two very strong racer, two strong personalities - watch them will be very interesting. In some respects Kimi like Fernando, they both want to be the first number, so we'll see.

They taught me how to never give up. Fast car or not, a dry track or wet - they always give their 100. I gained in working with telemetry, but you can always learn something - even last year, when Heikki Kovalainen replaced , I saw that in some corners it's faster, and adjust your style of piloting».


2014-01-28 14:44:03

Presentation of new machines Red Bull Racing RB10

Presentation of new machines Red Bull Racing RB10

team presented a new car modestly. If last year, the presentation was based, in 2014 team gathered journalists at a brief ceremony before the first day test at 840 a.m. local time with Sebastian Vettel and Riccardo Daniel pulled the veil from RB10.

New RB10 preserved traditional coloring, was focused on the nose of the car - many teams this item was characterized by originality. Red Bull Racing in General looks much more traditional than most competitors, including «younger» Toro Rosso - nose fairing RB10 made triangular, with his true form hides a well-chosen color.

Christian Horner, team leader «this year, everything starts from scratch - and it is a great challenge for the constructors. The main difficulties were associated with the new engine, but we rely completely upon our supplier of motors - company Renault, and I am sure that the motors on our machine will concede nothing to rivals.

This year the character race change will be very important to save fuel, increase the significance of race strategy that will become a new challenge for the teams and riders. Need a few races, to all came back to normal, and the team found the optimal strategy. Probably four or five phases formed a specific template.

In a team with a great atmosphere. In the last few years we have regularly achieved success and configured continue in the same spirit. The off season has turned out the most intense in team history. We developed and built the car for the short term than ever. The main task is to prepare each race separately and to achieve maximum results. There is a long season, it is important to optimally use the opportunities in each particular race. We have already worked in this style before and will not change our approach».

Adrian Newey, head of the technical Department «the Transition to the new engines is certainly a serious challenge. Integrate the power plant in the machine proved extremely difficult. Without a doubt, this is the biggest change of regulations for engines since the disappearance of the turbines in the late 1980 H. a Key role in Renault, and we had to integrate the motor in an efficient way.

A new regulation dictates a different configuration bow. This was done ostensibly for security reasons. It is implied that if one car crashes into the other, there will be less chance that it will fly up in the air, as, for example, mark Webber after contact with Heikki Kovalainen few years ago. Work is in reality or not is debatable, but the FIA decided that it was safer, so we had to accept.

The rules require a maximum height of the side profile, but in the bow height should be only 50 mm, and two of these areas must meet. Eventually you will get two of the nose the main part and sticking up "light"to meet the requirements of the rules. I think it's terrible. For me is important aesthetics of cars of Formula 1, but few owners of these Nosov can really love».

Sebastian Vettel «the Transition to the new engines is serious changes for all the teams, including us. In the past, we always know what to expect, but now the situation is different, so it is difficult to predict something. The most important thing for us is to understand the machine understand what she needed, and build on it. Until we know what to expect, but once we understand that we have a good machine, I hope to be able to perform as strongly as in the past four years.»

Riccardo Daniel «Think ahead interesting, but very difficult season, and this is exactly what I was looking forward to for months. For me, this is another big step in your career, but considering all these changes of the rules, the team will also have to learn something new. All of us are faced with a challenge, but we are ready and excited about what awaits us».


2014-01-21 23:14:03

Jonathan Neale In the history of McLaren came interesting period

Jonathan Neale In the history of McLaren came interesting period

McLaren first to present a new machine - in this Friday in Woking Jenson button and Kevin Magnussen unveiled MP4-29. A few days before the presentation of the managing Director of McLaren Jonathan Neale in an interview Pitpass told about preparation to the new season and on recent changes in the leadership of the group of companies.

«In accordance with the technical regulations for 2014 configuration of the power plants will be changed dramatically, so , and the teams had to spend an extensive amount of research, " said Neil in response to a question about the course of preparations for the new season. - Before the beginning of the presentations, not to mention tests or work on the track, the words of anyone who is almost certain to say how competitive is it machine, can be considered a very bold statement. That is why my answer is likely to be expected we work hard, promptly solve all the complex issues and are progressing at a good pace.

"Progress" is the key word, because the title will depend not only on the speed of the machine, but the pace of its further development during the season and team capabilities to respond to what they learn while working on the track and testing. In this regard, our primary task is to build strong foundations, creating MP4-29. This year is most important to start the season with the basic version of the chassis, which can be used to upgrade during the season.

Before you ask me about the crash tests, I want to say that in this period the teams try to make full use of all available opportunities to achieve maximum efficiency - this is the normal approach, including crash tests. In any case, we have received».

Last year contract expired McLaren with title sponsor, British Telecom giant Vodafone, but it seems that the team does not plan to call for new partners at the presentation of the machine on 24 January.

«For seven years of successful work as the title sponsor McLaren, during which the team won 34 Grand Prix and the title in 2008, Vodafone has achieved all of its goals, and its marketers decided to shift its focus to other areas, not related to Formula 1, " said Neil. - By the way, we are proud of our cooperation and are grateful to the Vodafone because they also think so.

We are not going to announce our new title sponsor at the presentation of the MP4-29, which will be held on 24 January, but our list of sponsors remains the envy of other Formula 1 teams. For example, we already 33 years cooperate with Hugo Boss, with Tag Heuer - 29 years with Mobil 1 - 20, an SAP company remains among our partners 16 years. Not so long ago, we signed contracts with a number of leading companies, in particular with Santander, GSK, Johnnie Walker and Hilton.

In addition, it is important that the McLaren Group is a private company, not a joint stock company. Although in the past we have from time to time received solid income reaches 10 million pounds, unlike the open joint stock company, we have no shareholders who are asking us for such income each year. Of course, our shareholders do not receive dividends - motivates them a desire to make the McLaren Group and even more successful and large company specializing technical innovations. This is proven by the recent success and the potential of such units, as McLaren Automotive and McLaren Technologies. So, taking into account all these points, I am pleased to announce that in 2014 McLaren Racing gets larger working budget than ever in the history of the team. We are in good shape».

Jonathan Neale refused to comment on the recent appointment of Ron Dennis chief Executive officer CEO McLaren Group and the subsequent rumors about possible resignation of Martin from the post of the head of the team.

The team for the first time signed a contract with the debutant of the championship, having invited as a companion security Button Kevin .

«Kevin perfectly adapts explained Jonathan Neale. - He lives in Woking, he is well known and loved by all who work in the McLaren Technology Centre, not only in the McLaren Racing, but McLaren Marketing. Apparently, Kevin like working here. Magnussen actively cooperates with our engineers and technicians, as well as specialists of PR-Department, marketing Department and so on. He is very sociable, but an ambitious guy. However, he really looks at things and he knows he must gain experience. Magnussen understands that his companion held in Formula 1 for 14 years, but believe me, we have great expectations from Kevin».

Last Monday, there was the news about the death of John the Button, the father of security. As the whole team, Jonathan Neale grieves for his death «John was a great man, in his McLaren fond of him, he will miss the team.

As you know, father's death was a serious blow for security, but he is a courageous man and deal with it. Actually, I think he will be more active. Jenson meant a lot to her father, and he knows it. It will be a source of energy, and it seems to me that he was stronger will seek to high results in memory of John and for himself».

The upcoming season will be a transitional period for McLaren, as of 2015, the command will use the new power units of Honda.

«This season will be the 20th and the last year of cooperation with Mercedes-Benz, and our co-operation was very successful, - continued Jonathan Neale. - We have won the Grand Prix together with amazing racers - David , Mika , Kimi , Juan Pablo , Fernando Alonso, Lewis , Heikki Kovalainen and, of course, Jenson Button. In addition, do not forget that Mika won titles in 1998 and 1999, and Lewis, in 2008-m

We would like to achieve success with Mercedes-Benz this year, however, impossible to predict how this season will the situation.

Partnership McLaren and Honda, which will resume in 2015 is a topic for a separate discussion. Now we are fully focused on the preparation of a final year of cooperation with Mercedes-Benz. All I can say is that in the history of McLaren comes a very interesting period».


2013-08-04 00:34:02

Vitaly Petrov has answered supporters ' questions

Vitaly Petrov has answered supporters ' questions

Russian driver Vitaly Petrov answered questions from Russian and foreign fans on his Twitter page. Due to the large number of people wishing to communicate few and instead of one hour it took a couple of.

Question Vitaly, you do not regret, that have not started his career in karting Maybe then debut in Formula 1 has more smoothly.

Vitaly Petrov I think you have to start with him. But in my time karting was not.

Question do you Have any offers from potential Russian160 sponsors

Vitaly Petrov today, unfortunately, there are no offers. But would love to

Question You will visit some of the stages of the Formula 1 this year

Vitaly Petrov Yes, I plan to be in Monza. And on September 4 should play in a football match with racers of Formula 1.

Question Your opinion about the upcoming Grand Prix Russia and configuration course in Sochi

Vitaly Petrov Live track haven't seen yet, but the picture looks great Let's wait for the first test drive on the highway

Question What can you say about the problems with the filing of the In Russia in the calendar of the championship of Formula 1

Vitaly Petrov I hope this is temporary differences parties, and soon they will be solved.

Question What do you think about the transition Alonso in the Red Bull next year

Vitaly Petrov In this life everything is possible, but this is only a rumor.

Question Vitaly, whether you want to return again in the mountains

Vitaly Petrov In the first few days after returning from Everest said that NEVER before, but now I think that you can think about this

Question When will you launch your site

Vitaly Petrov We are working to its launch in August.

Question Who was your best companion in Formula 1

Vitaly Petrov Kubica and Kovalainen

Question do you have experience of managing a truck

Vitaly Petrov I was once offered to speak in the "Dakar", but for now my priority - Formula 1. In the future we have to try.

Question What was the most memorable moment in Formula 1

Vitaly Petrov of Course, the runway in 2011

Question Vitaly, tell me honestly, what are your chances of getting back in the peloton in 2014

Vitaly Petrov the Chances are always there. The main thing - I have several offers from teams, it remains for support.

Question Why are you during training are using water skis It gives the racer of the Formula 1

Vitaly Petrov Water skiing develop the muscles of the legs, arms and back, that is important.

Question In Formula 1 are friends Or is it just business

Vitaly Petrov This sport

Question Can ensure Formula 1 great entertainment for the viewers

Vitaly Petrov First you need to try out these motors, and then they can be judged.

Question At what tracks do you most like to play

Vitaly Petrov I like Turkey, Monaco, Hungaroring.

Question What is the episode of your career in Formula 1 is causing your greatest regret

Vitaly Petrov an Accident in Monaco in 2011.

Question the Most difficult race in career

Vitaly Petrov Physically - Singapore 2010.

Question the Arrival of the MCR on e-mobile is somehow associated with the cooperation with Mikhail Prokhorov

Vitaly Petrov I would like to continue contacts with this company.

Question Your opinion about the situation with tires Tyres really so important in Formula 1

Vitaly Petrov the Bus is the most important thing in the Formula 1. Only tires determine how much you can attack turns.

Question do you have offers from foreign sponsors

Vitaly Petrov There are contacts with a foreign company.

Question what is Your favorite movie

Vitaly Petrov I have many Of them, I'm generally a fan of.

Question what was your favorite actor

Vitaly Petrov I like will Smith, Gerard Butler.

Question you say that You love cinema. While the books What you liked lately

Vitaly Petrov I've Recently read "", the author Gregory David Roberts.

Question What can you say about the agreement between the Russian Time and Williams You could be a Russian driver of which they speak Or is it just rumors

Vitaly Petrov I would be interested to discuss this project.

Question Vitaliy that the hardest during the race

Vitaly Petrov many Difficult moments, the main thing is to stay calm and focus on the set target.

Question Moving from team to team, riders of the issue of the technical secrets of the teams

Vitaly Petrov don't tell

Question What is the Grand Prix, with your participation, you have watched the greatest amount of time

Vitaly Petrov I review all the Grand Prix with me several times.

Question Vitaly how you consider, whether Hamilton and Mercedes impose struggle Vettel and Red Bull in this season

Vitaly Petrov there are Chances each team. Mercedes can take a big step forward after the summer break.

Question You since childhood wanted to become a racer, or have any other profession in mind

Vitaly Petrov In the childhood I was engaged in martial arts, but I am grateful to the Pope, that he sent me to the race.

Question Racer can change the strategy during the race

Vitaly Petrov Can, but it's hard because he does not see the whole situation on the track.

Question What is the motto with which you go through life

Vitaly Petrov Correctly stated goal is a 50 success. Was taught to me by a friend.

Question You said that over time can go into politics. Are you serious

Vitaly Petrov Everything is possible, but for now I have other plans.

Question are Worried whether you are at the start of the race

Vitaly Petrov - until the moment when the lights dim light, but it is very important to stay focused.

Question What race is awakened in you spark of love to Formula 1

Vitaly Petrov as soon As I see a car with Formula 1, my blood boils

Question On the video Vettel quietly driving the ideal line. Others make more moves. This advantage machine or style of piloting

Vitaly Petrov He is a good racer, but for now, the machine gives very much.

Question Jumping you ever been with a parachute

Vitaly Petrov Whole life dreaming about it, but I don't like when something is out of control.

Question Why in the Formula 1 you always so well given starts

Vitaly Petrov We worked out nicely with engineers, who I helped.

Question would You like to race on the Austrian highway 1

Vitaly Petrov I performed there in the Formula Renault 2.0. There are interesting turns.

Question What football team do you sympathize

Vitaly Petrov I like playing Barcelona.

Question Vitaly, the struggle in the past year over the last position or motivated on the best results

Vitaly Petrov I am grateful to this year, he taught me a lot, and I learned to squeeze out of the machine, on which she was capable.

Question How do you feel about Sergio Perez, from a professional point of view What are his chances to gain a foothold in the McLaren

Vitaly Petrov It is well acted in GP2, we were buddies, I know him well. But Formula 1 is a hard sport. I hope he will succeed.

Question You choose the command just to go back, or to gain points and podiums

Vitaly Petrov I choose to win a champion title, my goal was always win in the League

Question have You ever watched Top Gear It would be interesting to look at you in category "Formula 1 driver on budget auto".

Vitaly Petrov Yes, gladly participated.

Question what kind of machine would choose old VAZ-2108

Vitaly Petrov I love VAZ-2108.

Question What was your biggest dream

Vitaly Petrov I really was into cars on the radio, but eventually I got VAZ-2108.

Question what car do you drive in everyday life

Vitaly Petrov In Moscow by metro

Question tell me where to begin to become a racer "formula"

Vitaly Petrov Karting is the best start.

Question Who is the author of the design of your helmet

Vitaly Petrov I personally.

Question I remember your speech at the Lada Revolution and the Formula 1600. In which of these Championships you get more pleasure

Vitaly Petrov In both, I won two titles of the champion of Russia

Question do you think you can compete with Vettel and Alonso, Kimi


Question speaking about this season, which car you would better suit the style

Vitaly Petrov That they can win.

Question do You feel the difference in the support of the fans now and when racing in Formula 1 When support was more

Vitaly Petrov When I stop playing, support became even more for what many thanks to everyone who supports me

Question what's the name of your dog

Vitaly Petrov Ali and Antey

Question What is the progress of the gas and the brake pedals in cars of Formula 1 Could it really be the order of centimeters

Vitaly Petrov Every driver can adjust the pedal from 1 mm to 1 see

Question What do you think about a tire change during the season. It was the right decision

Vitaly Petrov It was necessary.

Question Vitaly, missed the season will be of value to you in 2014, or everyone will begin on new machines from scratch

Vitaly Petrov I thank God that I miss 2013 season, I learned many things. Don't see any problems to return in 2014.

Question are You ready to replace Mark in the Red Bull

Vitaly Petrov I wouldn discussed.

Question who are The pilots of Formula 1 you have the most friends

Vitaly Petrov With Heikki Kovalainen.

Question Why excessive is bad Is it not easier to manage a machine

Vitaly Petrov The excess you have no chance of winning, and the lack of tyres can live longer.

Question did you personally with Oksana in the last six months You called up

Vitaly Petrov No.

Question do you Like American ovals Is there a desire to try in the future to play there

Vitaly Petrov I love Formula 1.

Question Vitaly, and would you like to do after racing to become the Manager in Formula 1 or coach

Vitaly Petrov Everything is possible.

text Elmir Valeev


2013-07-25 00:24:06

Grand Prix of Hungary Preview stage

Grand Prix of Hungary Preview stage

After a three-week break will be the tenth stage of the world championship 2013. Grand Prix of Hungary takes place in the middle of the calendar, after the race in Budapest, and we are in for a great summer break, and then nine stages of the second half of the season.

Configuration Hungaroring, located close to Budapest for more than a quarter of a century has not practically changed. In 2002-2003 there has passed the most ambitious reconstruction - has changed a bunch turns after the start line. Overtake it became a bit easier, but Hungaroring stable in the number of tracks where overtaking is an exception.

The record for number of wins in the Grand Prix of Hungary belongs to Michael Schumacher, who won here four times. Of the pilots at the Hungaroring won Lewis Hamilton 2007, 2009, 2012, mark Webber 2010, Kimi Raikkonen 2005, Jenson button 2006, 2011, Heikki Kovalainen 2008 and Fernando Alonso 2003. Moreover, for the last three victories at the Hungaroring became the debut of her career.

No one win in Hungary race is not on your account Sebastian Vettel. The German leader in the world championship with the advantage of 34 points over Alonso. 7 Spaniard inferior Kimi Raikkonen. Just these three managed to Grand Prix of Hungary to overcome the barrier of 100 points.

Facts and figures

Grand Prix Of Hungary

Hungary - Capital Budapest is the Main language Hungarian

Population about 9,939 million Area 93 030 sq km - 100 HUF 14, 48mm ruble

Budapest - Founded in 1873 - Territory 525,16 sq. km

The pilots of the race in Budapest

Jean-Eric "Hungaroring bit like Monaco, a chance to beat them a little bit here. The configuration is quite difficult, the weather is hot and no air movement - this feeling that you are in a valley surrounded by mountains. Because of the intense heat race becomes an incredibly complex. In addition, you have no time for a break, because the main straight and very short. For pilots is one of the toughest races during the season".

Felipe Massa "Hungaroring - shortest route without long straight with a large number of turns, passing from one to another. It is difficult to overtake, because they are constantly changing the direction of movement, but it has a certain charm. Due to lack of opportunities for overtaking race get complicated. This route will be old school but I love coming back such a line.

Felipe Massa "I stand at the Hungaroring for several years, and the racer has spread, since it is often hot and opportunities for overtaking limited. This weekend we will use the new Pirelli tires that combine last year's design and compositions of the current year, therefore, to understand how they work is to become one of the main tasks in preparation for the race."

A business trip to the Grand Prix of Hungary.

.hospitality Manager Marussia F1 Team Flynn

I answer in the team for the work of hospitality - and guest zone. Our main task is formulated quite simply we should provide the team with food on a race track. This and the riders and staff, and the mechanics and engineers and management should be full.

As in the majority of European stages, my race weekend began on Tuesday. From the airport, I immediately went to the track. This is my fifth visit to Hungary Grand Prix, but I've never been in Budapest - the city I know almost nothing, like many other employees of the teams.

Otherwise - if you talk about me personally, there is nothing special in the Hungarian weekend for me. Yes, the building pit building quite old, but we often attention to other things how easy road access, access to the track, Parking and so on. From this point of view, in Budapest, all excellent - we have no problems.

On Tuesday the team continues preparing for the week-end. already almost assembled, at least frame. My main task on the first day of the trip - to arrange the guest and working areas kitchen, arrange the desks, tables, chairs, put on the Cutlery, dotting refrigerators for food and drinks. Everything must find its place. Of course, everything should be in order, cleaned and ready to take command, and guests. Just 70 tableware plates, spoons, forks and knives - for guests and staff of the team.

Team members directly on the highway not so much. On Tuesday a team installation of a garage and is only 12 people, for them we have prepared a light lunch. Wednesday will be already 30 people, come with extra staff for completion of works on arrangement of the garage. On Wednesday we, usually, for the first time prepare for the weekend hot dinner. But much depends on the progress, far brigade moved. If they still have a lot of time in the evening, they prefer to go in the city.

We have a big team. In addition to me, it still two chefs who work in the kitchen during the entire week-end, two waitresses and two more persons, who are responsible for shopping in the city. Much of the track we bring with us from the UK. This and frozen foods and drinks at every Grand Prix, a different set.

There are many factors for example, a weather forecast. If the weekend is going to be hot, we bring more soft drinks, if cold, the team will no more drink of tea and coffee. For transportation we have a special refrigerated trailer. If something is not enough, this weekend our staff will purchase all in Budapest, say fresh vegetables or fruits, mineral water and so on.

Starting Thursday, my daily schedule is approximately the same. On route we come before all, to prepare a team Breakfast. He usually starts at 8 or 830 in the morning. This is a standard English Breakfast bacon, scrambled eggs, mushrooms, tomatoes, fresh fruit and vegetables, bread and coffee.

We then prepare lunch and dinner - schedule depends on the course of the race weekend. Lunch we try to squeeze in a period between sessions of the 12 or 1230, dinner after the engineering briefings - about 18 or 19 PM. Menu every day are our chef is always different dishes to choose from.

When the weekend's over, we must collect , pack tables, chairs and other items into the trailer and send them to the next Grand Prix. Back in the UK I'll fly away on Monday.

text Oleg Karpov


2013-07-23 13:24:58

Heikki Kovalainen Chances to return a

Test pilot Caterham Heikki Kovalainen admitted that this year it is more rest than working."you Can to say that this year is for me to stay, because of small number of tests, I hardly spend time on the track, " said Heikki. - I would even say that I had to roll back in my career, but I see everything from the outside and many things I became more clear. I had a good rest this year and is now ready to battle again, if only one team wants to use my . return to this world, and I wasn't bad enough to me quickly forgotten. Chance to return to exist and they are rather big".

2013-07-22 09:44:07

Heikki Kovalainen the Team made a serious step forward

Test pilot Caterham Heikki Kovalainen believes that his team for three years managed to achieve significant progress.Progress the team assessed not only according to the results " said Heikki. - Let Caterham outwardly makes no headway but its forward movement is obvious. When we started the base of the team scattered all around the world now everything is in the same room on the car all the year round works great team of first-class professionals. The team also managed to achieve stability and reliability in financial terms so stables has a great future.

2013-07-21 18:54:03

Moscow City Racing show ended

Moscow City Racing show ended

Cool and rainy weather is almost not prevented the participants and spectators of the racing Moscow City Racing show which this year was held in the capital of Russia for the sixth time. Busy program featuring five Formula 1 teams and racers other series ended with the concert of the legendary Eddie Jordan.

The first compulsory programme Jenson button and Heikki Kovalainen. Continue the Moscow City Racing show should have been David o Kamui Kobayashi and Max Chilton. If David had to pass three rounds before the rain by the time of departure Kobayashi above the center of Moscow has a downpour.

Bad weather has played havoc with the Japanese racer - the Kremlin embankment Kamui tried to put a Ferrari in a controlled skid but on a wet road lost control and crashed into the right side of the machine in a fence.

Organizers promptly evacuated car show went on but during the final stint max his Marussia petered out after the turn. The mechanics team had about a kilometer to push the car into the pits. Suddenly the pause allowed Ferrari prepare a spare machine so Kamui Kobayashi rode on the Moscow route yet one final round.

Holiday completed and the following year as today reaffirmed the construction of the race track in Sochi will come to us all participants of the championship to spend the first in the history of Grand Prix of Russia.


2013-07-21 14:34:02

MCR In the center of Moscow started demonstration races

MCR In the center of Moscow started demonstration races

At an impromptu road in the center of Moscow started the main program of the Moscow City Racing show. Despite the weather - it rained all night on the highway there is a small pools of water but a day through dense clouds became peep the sun in the stands of Moscow City Racing practically no vacant.

The first track will go pilots of Formula 1 - Jenson button Kamui Kobayashi David Max Chilton and Heikki Kovalainen after160a short pause, they will replicate the program.

Fans will be able to see and pilots DTM Andy and Mike . The car the German auto body series will sit down and Vitaly Petrov. Will demonstrate their skills Dani Sordo in a rally Citroen and Eduard Nikolayev of the KAMAZ-Master team.


2013-07-21 12:44:02

MCR there had been a Sunday press conference participants

MCR there had been a Sunday press conference participants

Sunday morning at the hotel «Baltschug» took place the press conference of the members of the Moscow City Racing show. The questions were answered by the main stars of the demonstration heats - Jenson button Kamui Kobayashi Max Chilton Heikki Kovalainen and David . For security and Heikki this was not the first visit to Moscow.

Jenson button «it is Great to return to Moscow City Racing for the third time. This special event and the stands, always comes a lot of fans. Of course it's not a race and the show however I will try to show the fans of motor racing his car.

Heikki Kovalainen I am delighted to return to Moscow. Already yesterday the spectators were many I hope the fans will be even more. It seems Russia is ready to hold the Grand Prix. Today I will do my best to please the fans.

Max Chilton I am very glad that I am the pilot of the Russian team. We have a small team so while it is impossible to fight for the top places but we all look forward to the upcoming Grand Prix in Sochi. Regarding today's events I will try to please our fans in Russia.

David my first time in Moscow fell in love with the Russian fans Today I will do everything possible to please them. Yesterday I watched the track she looks gorgeous here there are places where the machine is able to develop high speed. Come for the show, it'll be fun»

Kamui Kobayashi «I am very happy to arrive in Moscow for me is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate the capabilities of Formula 1. I'm looking forward to go on the track to please the fans. I already got behind the wheel of this car on the tests in Fiorano but today was the first time I have to fly it in public.

After the completion of the demonstration runs of the Vasilievsky Spusk will be a concert of Eddie amp The Robers, the founder of which is Eddie Jordan said. The Irishman invited everyone to the concert «I had never been to Moscow City Racing, but now I'm here This show provides Russia the opportunity to Express themselves, to attract the attention of sponsors, which is important in light of the preparation to the stage in Sochi next year.

If to speak about my group, for me it's a hobby. Playing on the stage I shoot a work-related stress in the Formula 1. I invite all fans at the concert.


2013-07-20 21:54:03

Heikki Kovalainen "of Course, I miss my country"

Heikki Kovalainen

In an interview with nonf1.ru Heikki Kovalainen story of his return in Caterham after two races of the season stressing that the break was good for him and confirmed that still misses his countr.

Q the Team arrived in Moscow the machine on which you performed in 2010. Drivers tend to a certain sense of nostalgia Do you have any special emotions looking at this 127 number 20 on the nose fairing

Heikki Kovalainen Actually no. In any case I is not typical. It's just my job. No special feelings - to the car I have neutral attitude.

Question Then, in 2010, the team was known as the Team Lotus, and now after three and a half years you have the opportunity to pilot Caterham CT03. What can you say about the progress of the team during this time

Heikki Kovalainen tremendous Progress, although that's not too is reflected in the results - they're still not good enough. But the team is more organized has a more employees it is much more efficient. Now we are able to virtually all components of the machines produce on the basis of the entire year to upgrade it. So improvements are evident, and the progress is really very serious.

Question what is The main problem this season Why car Caterham obviously still have a need for speed Case in limited budgeth the shortcomings of the technical Department or something else

Heikki Kovalainen the Main problem is that it is last year's machine. In the basis of her she is good enough and the team insufficiently engaged its modernization. We understand that this chassis is impossible to remake it so we wanted to at least slightly improve it. But now focuses on the car next year and I hope that it will be much better.

Question do You take any part in the process of developing chassis 2014

Heikki Kovalainen Certainly. I spend a lot of time with designers and engineers a lot of work on the simulator at the team. We have a completely new and very good simulator and the development process goes successfully we are moving forward and all of the team's efforts are targeted for 2014. A machine of this year will undergo only minor changes.

Question Therefore ahead of the Marussia in this season will not be easy

Heikki Kovalainen obviously the situation will be complicated nobody can give no guarantees but we have seen what happened in the end of last season Vitaly Petrov took 11th place in the Grand Prix of Brazil providing Caterham 10 place in the Cup of designers1. Something similar could happen again, and, at the last moment.

Of course, we still intend to get ahead of Marussia, although we understand that it will be hard. But succeed or not - for commands uncritically. Yes in case of success it will bring some money - but Caterham has the necessary budget the shareholders of the team for the long haul so that the world does not turn around if this year we will not be able to take the 10th place.

Question You are returned to the paddock after the season started. How did it happen that after a few months you again become a racer Caterham although the reserve

Heikki Kovalainen All happened suddenly. You see, in the end of last year I never dreamed that I'd lose my place in the team. I planned to stay in Caterham, but the situation has changed. I take a definite position, not brought the money. But other riders had financial support, and I was without a contract. But during the winter tests and during the first two stages of the season continued contact with the team, Tony Fernandez, with .

Caterham unsuccessful start to the year, results were miserable, and Tony called me and said «would you like to help the team» I had no special plans, although from other racing series-treated, but that doesn't interest me. And I accepted the offer to Tony. After that, I was back behind the wheel, spent a couple of Friday's training, and, in my opinion, since then, the team has made significant progress. Perhaps in the beginning of the year, she chose the wrong direction, so the results were weak, but in the last race we consistently ahead of Marussia.

So it happened, though, of course, I'm not going to leave from the Formula 1 and parted with the team on the will of circumstances. But I had no choice. Many racers, unlike me, have budgets.

Question do you work satisfaction backup pilot, or you still do not have enough participation in races

Heikki Kovalainen of Course, I miss the rush, and the problem is that now in Formula 1 are not carried out the tests. On the other hand, I've had the time and opportunity to take a step back and look at everything from the outside. This year for me is much less stressful than the previous. In some sense, feel relaxed, as if I recharge the batteries laughs.

We have seen some racers returned to Formula 1, letting in a year or two, but then achieved great success. Ultimately, in my case, things can get quite well. So, it is not excluded, that it was a good idea.

Question it is Quite possible, but in that case, do you have more or less specific plans for the future

Heikki Kovalainen of Course, my goal is to get back in the race, but at the moment I have arrangements with either team. So far my plan is to continue to work with Caterham and help the team, doing all in my power. I have nothing to add.

Question At Silverstone in the paddock, a rumor that you can in the middle of the season to take place in the first team. Of course, Guido van der garde, the insists that hold all the rest of the races. Can you comment on this situation

Heikki Kovalainen I Think it's quite a common thing in the Formula 1, when someone unsuccessfully acts races. Race in Montreal was to Caterham unsuccessful and after that, rumors. But I had no negotiations with the team, I have no plans to take someone else's place, so I don't know where it come from. I calmly refer to such things, but if someone need me - of course, I'm ready

text Andrey Elk


2013-07-20 17:04:02

MCR the first day of the show

MCR the first day of the show

The first day of the Moscow City Racing show the program was intense and interesting. First, at the Moskva bridge was held the presentation of the DTM series Ralf Schumacher Andy and Mike Rockenfeller left on the improvised urban highway. After a brief photo session pilots talked with the fans and gave autographs.

Then came in the centre of Moscow Motorsport fans had to make a difficult choice to go on Bolotnaya square or stay on Vasilyevsky Spusk. Those who chose the Marsh take autographs and with the pilots of Formula 1 max Heikki Kovalainen and David . However, most fans gathered on Vasilyevsky Spusk, where an hour autographs Vitaly Petrov, which formed a huge crowd of fans.

In parallel, at the Moskva bridge their skills by driving Citroen rally WRC demonstrated Dani Sordo. On completion of the program on the city route again went pilots of the DTM series. They played donutsburned tires and made the streets of the city roaring engines.

First day of Moscow City Racing show is finished, but the main events of the fans are waiting for Sunday, when the streets of Moscow will pass machines five teams Formula 1 McLaren Ferrari Lotuss Caterham and Marussia. Come, it will be interesting