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First day on the tests in Barcelona team Force India was entrusted with the Russian test-pilot Nikita Mazepin.
This season Fernando Alonso was going to perform in the WEC at the same time with performances in Formula 1. This raised the question of whether other pilots working on similar schedules.Sergio Perez, the pilot of the Force India "Now the schedule of the Formula 1 is extremely intense. I think I need all the attention to focus on training for all 21 races in the season.Some pilots can afford a little more, but we are all different. I don't want to go beyond teamwork. For me the most important fight in Formula 1. There are a lot of work".
Reserve pilot Force India Nicholas Latifi preparing for the fact that his first Friday practice he will hold during his home Grand Prix of Canada.Nicholas Latifi "I have never played and don't even raced on this track, so this will be my first opportunity to experience the amazing track.I'm very worried that I will be able to pilot the car in front of canadian fans, but I'm sure it will be a highlight of the season. I will try to enjoy the moment, although it is well know that the priority is simply to work on a given program, giving the team the necessary information.
The pilot Haas Kevin Magnussen believes that Haas have the potential to be a very competitive team like Force India.Kevin Magnussen "When we are good, we do good, but when we are bad, we look just awful. But the cars in 2018 will not have such qualities.We are young and we grew up. Surprisingly, the team can do, despite our lack of experience. I think that, in General, small teams can do a good job - look at Force India. Have Haas a bright future ahead, the same as the Indian team".
February 25 team Force India will unveil a new car and a new name. COO Force India Otmar, Szafnauer that the new sign of surprise.Meanwhile, the British press found that at the British Silverstone circuit, where the prescribed Force India registered a new company with the name "Force". Earlier, the management team talked about the necessity of avoiding Association with India for the sake of attracting sponsors. The idea was to rename the team to Force One, but this was opposed by the leadership of the Formula 1.
The leadership of the Force India intends to change the team name already this season.Othmar, Szafnauer, COO Force India "We have already said that I want to change the name. We are serious, and during a presentation to announce the new name. But first, it must be approved by the Board of Fomrula-1.What would be the title You will be surprised"Earlier the same Szafnauer said that the team wants to get away from the Association with India to get new sponsors.Last season the full team name sounded like a Sahara Force India F1 Team.
COO Force India Otmar, Szafnauer said that its pilots have the right to fight each other in the season of 2018.Othmar, Szafnauer "It's funny, because we were criticized in the press, when we told the pilots to direct the fight. When we let them fight, we were again criticized for the fact that we allowed it.Looking back, we were able to create a balance in the team. Probably, it is because we have fourth place in the team standings. But there were moments when I thought otherwise, because our pilots are often faced and lost points.
The pilot Force India Sergio Perez said that he wants to achieve in his career more than it has now.Sergio Perez "I showed what I can do in Formula 1, but I want more and I feel I can give a lot more than was shown so far. In 2019 there will be many changes in the teams, it will be important to be fast from the beginning of this season.Team McLaren appeared in my career too early, I wasn't ready for it. I believe in the Formula 1, where everyone sees what you are doing on the track. Over the years in this championship I was able to earn a good reputation the fastest pilot. It should work on me."Perez made his debut in Formula 1 in 2011 in the composition Sauber and after two good results won a seat in a top team McLaren, where he spent only one season. 2014 Sergio stands for Force India.
Head Sauber Frederic Vasseur said that in the end the Swiss team may become a full stable of Alfa Romeo.Frederic Vasseur "the company Executives want to see a full team of Alfa Romeo. We now use Ferrari engines, but our goal is not to become a subsidiary, and the main Alfa Romeo team.However, between these two brands there will be a bridge in the form of pilots, and database testing.Personally, I do not see the options, how private the team can survive in Formula 1. Private teams can have a couple of great seasons. For example, as Force India at the moment. But the slightest hint of the crisis will destroy all the illusions.Thanks to the collaboration with Alfa Romeo, our team is on a steady course".
Last season, the 31-year-old Paul di Resta worked as a reserve pilot Williams and even spent one race in Hungary. The Scot claimed a place prize pilot, but seem to have lost the fight to Sergey Sirotkin.Paul di Resta "Soon Williams will take a decision on the part of pilots and will make the official announcement. I wanted to go back on the starting grid of Formula 1, but, unfortunately, nothing ever came of it.Maybe my age was the reason for the refusal. In any case, I liked it in Hungary. Given that I was seated in the car at the last moment, the result I showed is quite good".Di Resta played for Force India in 2011-2013 Best result in the championship - 12th place in 2013.
COO Force India Otmar, Szafnauer sure that Esteban Windows is clearly better than praise for max Verstappen.Othmar, Szafnauer "it is Difficult to understand who of them is better because they fly different machines. But even in the issue price the max signed for a huge sum of money, and Windows we got for a hundredth part of this amount.I think that Esteban is in order. The first time we have released Esteban on track, we knew he is something special. He understands the car. He has excellent control of the car on the track, and because of this, it can quickly reach the limit of technology. In addition, he gives excellent feedback. He also knows what he wants from the car, which is very Mature for his age.I think its greatest achievement is its constant improvement. Since then, he began his career in 2017, he has improved in many aspects, and I think because of this he has achieved all his success and began to push Perez".
Deputy head of the Force India Otmar, Szafnauer told that some sponsors continue to demand name change of the team.Othmar, Szafnauer "Yes, some potential donors said that if we don't change the name, they will not come to the team.They do not want to sponsor the team, which is tied to one country. We consider different variations of the title. But we haven't decided yet. Hard to say at this time".
Team Force India announced the signing of the contract backup pilot with 22-year-old canadian Nicholas Latifi.Under the contract, Latifi will take part in several Friday practice, including in Canada, and spend a couple of days on the tests.Vijay Malia, head of the team "Nicolas became a member of our youth program after a successful season in Formula 2. In the new season he will work on our simulator, as well as conduct a few Friday's practice. We have extensive experience of work with young pilots - Nicholas will learn a lot and prepare for the debut in Formula 1".In 2017 Latifi played in Formula 2, won one race at Silverstone and took the 5th final place.
The pilot Force India Esteban Windows said that the leadership of Mercedes, which supports his career, rather his achievements in his debut season.Esteban Windows "And in the Force India satisfied with what I'm doing, and Mercedes. And if all happy, I just need to continue to do everything in my power. With Toto Wolff most of the time we talk on the phone, sometimes on the track.They called me for a meeting at 35-40 minutes to see where I stand, what my problem, do I need to improve. They also hold a meeting with Force India, to see how my development goes. They are very close to me, they are closely related to my career. But that's OK, because Mercedes is investing money in me.They are really interested in what I do, and I think it's good for my career."It is possible that in 2019, the Windows will partner Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes.
The former head of the championship Bernie Ecclestone each year ordered sarcastic Christmas cards. This tradition was supported by the new leadership of Formula 1.The new card is a play on some of the events of the last season Fernando Alonso in a lounge chair, Kimi Raikkonen driving, "cute" dialogue hlkenberg and Kevin Magnussen, the intransigence of the partners in the Force India and, of course, the main characters - Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton.
The ex-pilot of the Force India Paul di Resta, now, cassisa reserve pilot Williams, will take part in the race 24 hours of Daytona, which he awaits with great impatience.Paul di RETA "I'm really looking forward to the race in Daytona with United Autosports. I've never played in a 24-hour race and never acted on these smartpromotion, but I'm looking forward to this issue.The level of the marathon 24 hours of Daytona is growing every year, so it's great to be a part of it.I plan to run some tests before the race to get used to the team and get a chance to bring the car to victory.Recall that in the United Autosports driving the other cars will be Fernando Alonso and Lando Norris.
The pilot Force India Esteban Windows told me that she had asked Toto how to behave in conflict with Sergio Perez.Esteban Windows "this was Probably the first thing I did at the time asked for advice Toto. Mercedes already have experience in such situations, when they fought on the periphery Lewis and Nico.It is always good to evaluate a situation from different points of view, but especially from the perspective of Mercedes. They're world Champions, so they know what they are talking about.I can't go into the details of the Council, but it was just a very good help. Good advice you always be happy".Windows, which took eighth place in the standings, said he and Perez left the incident in the past.Esteban Windows "it is Important that we respect each other and the team, it is important that inside there was a good atmosphere. We work together to properly develop a new car. We may not gather together to go on vacation, but get on well with each other".
The pilot Force India Esteban Windows insists that he feels no pressure from his teammate.Esteban Windows "He loves to make such statements in the media. This part of the game. I will continue to do their job, but I don't feel high pressure from Perez.Sergio and I understand that this year we crossed the border of what is permitted. We missed the chance to earn additional points for the team. But from the point of view of the results it was the best season for Force India, and this competition has played a role in this case.I understand that they expect more from me, because I'm not a beginner. But, once in Formula 1, I no longer feel stressed".
COO Force India Otmar, Szafnauer admitted that his team still remembers the events of the race in Baku, which was missed double podium due to a collision of the pilots.Othmar, Szafnauer "Probably, the race in Baku will forever remain in our memory as the strongest and weakest race at the same time. Our car was very strong that weekend, and we missed the opportunity of a double podium. It's hard to accept still. However, I'm proud of how we stepped through difficult times, showing the team spirit. It was a real event of the season."Force India took the season's 4th place, equalling the best result in its history, but for the first time since 2013, the pilots of the team never made it to the podium.
During the past season on the podium managed to visit seven of the pilots. And the record for most finishes in the top three steel Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and Valtteri Bottas for 13 podiums in 20 races.Podiums in the season-2017 pilots1. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes - 13 Sebastian Vettel, The Ferrari - 13 Driver Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes - 134. Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull - 95. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari - 76. Max Verstappen, Red Bull - 47. Lance Stroll, Williams - 1 career on the catwalk has been Stroll. For the third consecutive year in the top three never came Fernando Alonso.As already mentioned, seven pilots during the season were able to reach the podium. And the record over the past decade was 2008, when the top three were able to get 14 pilots.The number of pilots who were on the podium in recent years2017 - 7 2016 - 92015 - 102014 - 102013 - 82012 - 132011 - 72010 - 82009 - 132008 - 14 Mercedes in total have been on the podium 26 times. All the others put together 34.Podiums in the season 2017, commands1. Mercedes - 262. Ferrari - 203. Red Bull - 134. Williams - 1 in 2013 without a podium left the team Force India. As for McLaren this is the third consecutive season with no finishes in the top three.
The pilot Force India Esteban Windows believes that his team is simply obliged to perform well next year, because one of the rivals will become team McLaren.Esteban Windows "We need to be just perfect next year. Should speak at each stage.I hope that we will begin with more high notes than this year. We need to be perfect, because McLaren is back with Renault. It will be difficult to fight for their place".
Last season, eight of the pilots were able to show the best lap time during the race. The most distinguished champion Lewis Hamilton, for which he received the honorary prize of the DHL Fastest Lap. Last season the trophy went to Nico Rosberg.Best circles in the season 2017, the pilots1. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes - 72. Sebastian Vettel, The Ferrari - 53. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari - 2 Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes - 25. Sergio Perez, Force India - 1 Fernando Alonso, McLaren - 1 Daniel ricciardo, Red Bull - 1 Max Verstappen, Red Bull - 1U Raikkonen is now 45 best circles, and for this indicator, the Finn ranks second in the entire history of the championship. First with a large margin is Michael Schumacher with an incredible result in 77 laps. The Hamilton 38 laps, and he takes the 4th place.Best circles in the season of 2017, commands1. Mercedes - 92. Ferrari - 73. Red Bull - 24. Force India - 1 McLaren - McLaren 1V while dreaming of podiums, but every year Alonso celebrated one of the best around. This time it was at the Grand Prix of Hungary.
The head of the Force India Vijay Malia admitted that he is afraid of being killed if they put him in the Indian jail.In the case of corruption, the Indian government wants to extradite Malia from the UK.Times of India "He is afraid for his life. If he was sent to India, it can kill or torture in prison."However, officials of the UK is adamant "the UK Court will take into account the sovereign guarantee of the government of India, according to which Vijay Malia will be contained in a secure prison in Mumbai".
The pilot Force India Esteban Windows in the second day of tests in Abu Dhabi were in fifth position.Esteban Windows "it was useful to work with the tyres for next year. All this is extremely useful when preparing for the season 2018. The team was able to collect a lot of information about tires and let me test failed Gipersoft, none other compositions I wrote quite a lot of laps. Today was very windy, but conditions were tolerable for a test run".
In Abu Dhabi launched the second and final day of testing with the participation of all ten Formula 1 teams.Eight teams will sit behind the wheel combat pilots. Sauber will try their hand bidder to be the combat pilot Charles LeClair and Williams will hold a regular comparative tests Sersea Sirotkin and Robert Kubica. The cockpit of the second car McLaren is a reserve pilot team 18-year-old Lando Norris.The composition of the teams, November 29- Mercedes Valtteri Bottas - Red Bull Max Verstappen - Ferrari Sebastian Vettel, Force India Sergio Perez and Esteban Okon - Williams Sergey Sirotkin and Robert Kubica McLaren two cars Stoffel Vandorn and Lando Norris - Toro Rosso Pierre went Out and Brendon Hartley - Haas Kevin Magnussen - Renault Carlos Sainz Sauber Charles LeClair.
After the final race of the Formula 1 team remained in Abu Dhabi to hold a two-day test session and to get acquainted with new rubber.Today, the first day of testing behind the wheel of a Force India will sit Russian Nikita Mazepin and the Williams will work Robert Kubica. McLaren were allowed to use two cars because the tire tests in Brazil with the participation of the British team had to be cancelled due to security reasons.The composition of the teams, November 28- Mercedes Lewis Hamilton - Red Bull Daniel ricciardo - Ferrari Kimi Raikkonen Force India Nikita Mazepin - Williams Robert Kubica and lance Stroll - McLaren two cars Fernando Alonso and Oliver terve - Toro Rosso Sean Gelael - Haas Romain Grosjean - Renault Nico Hulkenberg - Sauber Marcus Ericsson.
The pilot Force India Sergio Perez in the race Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi finished seventh. At the same position Mexican finished and the championship.Sergio Perez "It was not the most exciting race for me, but I had a very busy first lap, when I was fighting with Nico Hulkenberg. I think he got his penalty is deserved, because I was ahead of him and he just cut off the turn, getting a great advantage. He had plenty of opportunities to avoid the penalty, he could just give me the position, as he did with Grosjean later.I'm happy with the result and it was important for us to end the year on a high note. This is my first year in the Force India without the catwalks, but I think we made a big step forward. I scored one point less than last year, with only 20 races in the season instead of 21. Overall, the result is excellent the seventh in the drivers ' championship and fourth position in the team standings. I don't think we could do something better. I just hope we can continue this path to 2018".
The pilot Force India Esteban Windows and Abu Dhabi finished eighth, behind teammate.Esteban Windows "today, We again showed a good result. Once again, we complied fully with its goals, finishing with two cars in the points. We are pleased with this result. The race was good, although the fight was a little.Our team surprised all throughout his career. I think next year we will surprise everybody".
Mercedes, Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas 13-7Ferrari, Sebastian Vettel - Kimi Raikkonen 15-5Red Bull, Daniel Riccardo - Max Verstappen 7-13Force India, Sergio Perez - Esteban Windows 13-7Williams, Felipe Massa - lance Stroll 17-2McLaren, Fernando Alonso - Stoffel Vandorn 16-3Toro Rosso, Pierre went Out - Brendon Hartley 1-2Renault, Nico - Carlos Sainz 3-1Haas, Roman Grosjean, Kevin Magnussen 12-8Sauber, Marcus Ericsson - Pascal Wehrlein 7-11.