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Oleg Sirotin commented on the signing of a contract with the Williams team with his son.Oleg Sirotkin in an interview with TASS "Sergey was stronger than Kubica on the tests, both in qualifying and in the race. Plus, Sergei tested on the simulator, where it also showed very good knowledge. He gives such feedback, which the young pilots of his age was never given.Williams is one of the founder of a new stage of development of Formula 1 is a team with great history and strong fundamental base. The problem is that the team keep the fifth position. I think she has good potential for growth Yes, it is now the young pilots, but after a year or two they will dominate".
The President of Ferrari Sergio Marchionne hopes that his team will prepare for the new season a real monster.Sergio Marchionne in an interview with Autosprint "a Few days ago I was in Maranello, and our engineers were quite relaxed. From what I conclude that the new machine will be either a real monster or garbage.We do our best to prepare the car. But will have to wait until February 22 to see it".
Robert Kubica and Sergey Sirotkin are applying for a place in Williams. However, the head of Mercedes Toto Wolff advises the British team to look at the young pilots who won last season of the Junior series.Toto Wolff in an interview with BBC5 "If I were the head of Williams, would risk and would invite George Russell Lando Norris or Charles LeClair is the talented guys that have experience winning Championships. Tomorrow they will be superstars".Russell, a career supported by Mercedes, this year became the champion GP3, Norris, under the tutelage of McLaren, won the European Formula-3, Leclere, a protege of Ferrari - Formula-2.
Daniel ricciardo, remembering the past season, admitted that after leaving Hungary due to clashes with partner Red Bull wanted to throw your helmet in max Verstappen.Daniel Riccardo in an interview with ESPN "the Most embarrassing moment of the season is Hungary. I was very angry, because he was not to blame for the collision. The marshals wanted to divert me from the road, but I told him not to touch me. I was wondering when Max will come along to show him an obscene gesture and throw his helmet.But, obviously, I would never do that because I am a good athlete".
Russian Egor Orudzhev, who plays several years in Formula Renault 3.5, says that lance Stroll doesn't deserve a place in Formula-1.Egor Orudzhev in an interview with Sport FM "the Level of lance Stroll not yet at the level of Formula 1. About all the pilots of Formula-1, we can say that they are in Formula 1 that they are on the level. But lance Stroll somehow drops out of the list. When the Stroll doesn't pass even the first segment of qualifying, and Massa manages to pass in the third - that says a lot. Fighting for points is always Mass, and lance behind. Perfect composition for Williams Kubica and Sirotkin. Kvyat and Sirotkin Well, or Sirotkin and OrujovOf course, it's a question of money. Without money Stroll they would probably not have made a competitive machine".
In an interview with Stuttgarter Zeitung, Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has said that Fernando Alonso will never be his team-mate.Lewis Hamilton "Alonso will never be my partner Mercedes are well aware of the work of the team, comparing it with magnets. When there are two North poles, then the team just falls apart. So it was in 2007. So there must be one North pole and one South".Hamilton and Alonso were team-mates at McLaren-Mercedes in 2007. The season passed with scandals and ended with a lost title and a multimillion-dollar fine.
Fernando Alonso was happy to comment on the fact that left to play only one race with Honda engines.Fernando Alonso in an interview with Nextgen-Auto "I can't wait, when will the cooperation with Honda. Ahead of Abu Dhabi, and I hope the last time we will hold the race in such conditions.For three years we constantly need more power. Surprisingly, while in Brazil we were able to deal with the Weight, which Mercedes engine".
Only 38 thousandths of a second, Sebastian Vettel lost Valtteri bottas in the fight for pole position for the Brazilian Grand Prix.Sebastian Vettel in an interview with Sky Sports "All is well, although I would like to be ahead. Am I too late started to slow down in the first turn, causing lost time. The rest of the circle I drove well, but it was not enough to win.I lost only three hundredths of a second, and in such cases I think that could easily beat the opponent. But I know that we're faster than Bottas on the long series of circles. Let's see what happens in the race".
In the absence of Lewis Hamilton defended the honour Mercedes Valtteri Bottas, who won the pole in Brazil.Valtteri Bottas in an interview with Sky Sports "In the course of the qualification Sebastian was very close, but in the end I managed a very good lap. Of course, it is a pity that Hamilton took off at the start of qualifying, but I'm glad I was able to defend the honor of the team.We have a great machine, but the fight against Ferrari will be very tight. Looking forward to the start of the race".
Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas has hinted that next season he is going to fight for the title, so not going to play the role of the second pilot when the Lewis Hamilton.Before this season, Bottas moved from Williams to Mercedes. In Bahrain, Valtteri won the first pole, then was a victory in Russia. But after the summer break, the Finn's results fell, while Hamilton's improved and ahead of schedule became the champion.Valtteri Bottas in an interview with Sky Sports "In some races, but not as often as I would like I was faster than Lewis. He's very, very fast, but I still believe in myself. I'm not going to be a co-pilot. Otherwise, I'd rather be home.This year I learned a lot, but next season will be different. I just need to take into account lessons learned".
In the Toro Rosso refused the services of Daniil Kvyat. According to Igor Ermilina, former adviser to the President of the Russian automobile Federation, is it still possible to get a seat in the Williams team. However, there is a title sponsor takes a pilot over the age of 25.Igor Ermilin in an interview with Sport-Express "the Formula-1 world is very hard. There quite willingly allow themselves to terminate contracts in the interests of business. If they are well written, with relevant otstupny. It is important that Daniel now had a free hand. He now has time to try to negotiate with Williams, other jobs anymore. However, he's not the only candidate for this place.For sponsor age Kvyat will not be a serious limitation, and they can negotiate. He's old enough. The timing is good that it happened now when there is still a chance. Quite in the manner of Marco would make such a statement at the end of the season, then it would be too late.Sure Kvyat will race in next year, he is a fast driver and proved it. And your ability to handle stress he checked in the hassle, which he last year and a half satisfied with Dr. Marco. And continues to consistently perform, and proved at the Grand Prix of the United States. He's a valuable frame, I'm sure that Daniel is able to verify, for example, in endurance races. Perhaps he will be interested in the program SMP Racing, was created to support Russian racers. And Kvyat is now definitely need support".
In 2012, Daniil Kvyat and Esteban Windows were partners in the team Koiranen Motorsport, acting in the Formula Renault 2.0. Recently Windows in an interview with Sky Sports expressed hope that Kvyat will be back in Formula-1.Esteban Windows "Daniel is a great guy, we been friends a long time. It is unfortunate that it will not be on the grid in Mexico.I'd like to have Daniel back is a very fast driver. I know him because we were teammates. He deserves a place in Formula 1".Then, in 2012, Kvyat won the Alpine series Formula Renault 2.0 and became the Vice-champion of Euroseries Formula Renault 2.0, and Stoffel vandorn losing the 10 points. The Windows in these series became the 7th and 14th, respectively.
Conceding two stages, Daniil Kvyat was back behind the wheel of a Toro Rosso at the United States Grand Prix and earned one point. However, among the participants of the next Grand Prix of Mexico Russian pilot does not appear.Toro Rosso has named the squad for the Mexican stage Pierre went Out and Brendon Hartley. The decision on races in Brazil and Abu Dhabi will be made later.Meanwhile, an unnamed representative of the Toro Rosso in an interview with BBC said that the team is not interested in further cooperation with Cuatom.
Sports consultant to Red Bull Helmut Marko said that the pilots Toro Rosso for the upcoming United States Grand Prix will be named on Tuesday.Helmut Marko in an interview with Auto Motor und Sport "it is Not necessary to wrestle. Tuesday will make a decision as to who will sit behind the wheel of the second car Toro Rosso".Behind the wheel of the first car will be back Daniil Kvyat.
Williams confirmed that Robert Kubica is competing for a spot in the team next season.An unnamed representative Williams in an interview with GPupdate "we are Now considering several candidates for a place in the team in the season of 2018. Robert Kubica is included in this group of pilots".Previously Kubica, who never played in Formula 1 in 2011, conducted tests in the part of Renault. But in the end the French chose Carlos Sainz.
Chapter Sauber Frederic Vasseur said pilot Marcus Ericsson is not guaranteed a place, despite the fact that he is associated with team owners.Frederic Vasseur in an interview with Auto Motor und Sport "I Think it is worth building a team around one pilot just because he has good communication with the owners. Obviously, we need to talk to the owners about what's good for Marcus, and what suits the team."And here is Pascal Wehrlein, a career supported by Mercedes, can keep his place in the team.Frederic Vasseur "Pascal knows our situation, and I knew him in the DTM. We need pilots who will be fast on the track and can push the team forward."At the same time, Vasser confirmed that the place in Sauber expect Antonio Giovinazzi and Charles Leclere, graduates of the Racing Academy of Ferrari.Frederic Vasseur "This issue we will discuss with Ferrari in the near future. Initially, we wanted to determine the engine supplier, and then to solve the issue with the pilots".
Race Director McLaren Eric bulge said that Fernando Alonso is ready to stay in the British team.Eric boullier "Fernando wants to stay. You can tell by the interview, in how he speaks about the team. There are parts of marketing that need to be addressed, and Zac brown is on it.He needs a competitive car, than Alonso said months. It's important to him. For us, in a McLaren, it is important that the shareholders have made their choice, replacing an engine supplier.DNA McLaren is highly competitive. Our team has always been in the top three, and we'll be back there.Today, we know that we have a decent chassis that would allow us to be back in the top three with an engine of equal level, so for us as a business company, it is important to be competitive, no matter what is the role of Fernando. We had to make that decision for us.But if you want to be competitive, you need not only the engine but also a good pilot. So Fernando is part of the overall picture.First we built the Foundation for the team, and only then entered in the Foundation of a decent pilot.
Two-time Formula 1 world champion Mika Hakkinen said that in late 2001 he took a leave of absence but never returned to the sport.Finn tested the McLaren at the end of 2006, but in a recent interview with Unibet said that he was ready to return, but decided not to.Mika Hakkinen "It was close. I retired in 2001, and everything was fine. But after a few years I had a certain feeling. I felt mentally and physically ready to return to Formula 1.I practiced a lot. I flew to England to work in the simulator McLaren. I've spent a lot of days. It was probably 2004 or 2005. I was fully prepared to return to Formula-1. And as two-time champion I knew how to be ready for it, I would have been better than ever. I was negotiating with Williams, but it didn't work. This was largely because the negotiations were up and down. I didn't like it.Finns are very black and white. If you do something, you will do it. You go straight to the point. And while I understand that this is a complex case, but they couldn't get a better pilot than the double world champion.There were other problems. And it was not about a crazy amount of money, which could not be considered. There were other problems that influenced the decision.I tested the McLaren, drove the car all day, dashed in many circles after all these years, and all went well. We all analyzed. I knew about the problem with a computer that constantly blocked the wheels. We couldn't do anything about it. We are unable to fix it because we didn't have new items.This Is Formula 1. This is a permanent solution to the problems, it's constant suffering. I wanted to get back to thisI had a reason. If I return, I will again work with the same issues. Fortunately, the tests went smoothly.I got into Formula 1 in 1991. It took me seven years to win the race. The same thing could happen on the return. I'm not going to waste seven years. After winning two Championships I can be satisfied with their achievements".
It seems that the question of dissolution of the Union McLaren-Honda decided. In an interview with La Derniere the head of the sports division of Honda Yusuke Hasegawa indirectly admitted it.Yusuke Hasegawa "We would like to stay with McLaren. Our next update the motor should appear on the Grand Prix of Japan. It's too late, not enough to convince McLaren in our progress."It is expected that the statement about the contract with Renault, McLaren will be done next week.
The season champion-1997 Jacques Villeneuve said that he is not going to interview on the podium after the race.Jacques Villeneuve "When you receive such an invitation, it means that you have nothing better to do, you are not a pilot. But I'm not retired, I'm still chasing.This work I will leave to others. It's just not for me".
Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff said that his team is not in talks with Sebastian Vettel.Toto Wolff in an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport "We don't negotiate with Vettel. Our team decided to first discuss the situation with their pilots to decide to leave them or not.A contract with Lewis Hamilton is designed for 2018, and we hope that he will stay with us beyond this date".It is known that Ferrari Vettel is a three-year contract, but the German is ready to sign only a one-year deal. It is not excluded that Sebastian is considering a move to Mercedes, if there will be a vacant place.
The pilot of McLaren Fernando Alonso has said that at the end of the season he might leave the British team, and Formula 1.Fernando Alonso in an interview with CNN "Formula 1 is still a priority for me, and I still hope to win the championship. But if I can't find a command that will allow me to fight for victory, then look for options outside of Formula 1. I think in November or December."Earlier Alonso had said that by October, would take a decision on continuation of cooperation with McLaren.Meanwhile, McLaren are considering placing their team in the American IndyCar series. Perhaps one of the pilots will be Alonso, who this year have already tried your hand at the Indy 500.
While Lewis Hamilton is a superstar, but Sebastian Vettel did not even have accounts in social networks, the new CEO of the Formula 1 chase Carey said in an interview with Auto Bild that he likes the confrontation for the title of so many different personalities.Chase Carey "No one material from which make heroes. We need different personalities, and Vettel is one of the greatest heroes of our sport, even if it differs from Lewis.I am constantly asked who I'm rooting for a German on an Italian car or a Brit on a German car But I only give a good race. I want the championship remained open until Abu Dhabi".
Daniil Kvyat's race effectively ended on the first lap when he crashed into the car of Fernando Alonso.Daniil Kvyat in an interview with Syria "First, locked the rear wheels then the front. After that, you're just a passenger of his car. Very disappointing. It was impossible to pass a car ahead of me, so we collided, and then just happened a chain reaction. This happens sometimes with everyone. You need to understand, take action and move on."During the race Kvyat worked a penalty in the form of travel in the pit lane. In the end, Daniel finished last with a lag of three circles.
Pilot Mercedes Lewis Hamilton in qualifying for the Austrian Grand Prix showed the 3rd result. Because the penalty of deprivation of five places on the starting grid he will start 8th. Not long ago, Lewis and Sebastian laughed, laughed in a friendly way, clapping each other on the shoulder, trying to show their respect, but now everything has changed. The British even refused to shake hands with a German during the interview after the end of the qualification.Lewis Hamilton "Thanks to the team, thanks to the stands for support. You really helped me this weekend. Sorry that I messed up my second fastest attempt in the first turn, but yellow flags still not allowed to finish the circle.Bottas did really good tonight with what it and congratulations. Tomorrow he will fight for his second win. Vettel is also very fast. I think the race will be very interesting. I have no tricks up my sleeve, a special strategy is also then don't play. Will look at the circumstances".
The pilot Toro Rosso Carlos Sainz spoke about his thoughts before the start of the Austrian Grand Prix.Carlos Sainz "When racing course in Europe, I have nothing against this state of things, because you can always go home to rest. When a dual race held on the road, it is very difficult to be out of the house.The track red bull Ring is practically our home, so there will be more events with our team, more interviews, more communication with guests. But I don't mind to drive there is a lot of fun.Last year they put new asphalt. It is very smooth, but work in the simulator helped to prepare for these tests. Last year I was really hoping for rain, but it never started. Let's see what awaits us this time."Sainz twice started in Austria, best result - 8th place in last year.
Disturbing to look care of max Verstappen with the Baku route after the next gathering. He gave an interview to the media, he is ready to pay a fine of 25,000 euros. Fuel to the fire add fuel to the rumors that Ferrari have not renewed the contract with any of its pilots for next season.Jos Verstappen, the father of a Dutch pilot, very critical about Red Bull, "Horner says that the team is doing everything for my son. But trust me, everything.
It is reported that team leaders are dissatisfied with the decision to change the schedule of carrying out of Grand Prix in Austin.The decision to change the schedule adopted in accordance with the desire to provide fans of Justin Timberlake to attend his concert.An unnamed team principal of Formula 1 in an interview with Osterreich "Some teams strongly dissatisfied".The press Secretary of the Formula 1 "the Intention is to provide fans of all-embracing ability of this weekend".
Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff in an interview with the newspaper Le Journal de Montreal told me that she had been shocked when Nico Rosberg announced his retirement shortly after winning the championship in 2016.Toto Wolff "I knew his plan as soon as he reported it. Nico no longer wanted to sacrifice themselves, family, and through another heavy fight with the best pilot in the world. Instead, he decided to devote himself to his family. You can't blame him for that."Non-Executive Director Head of Mercedes Niki Lauda agreed "of Course it surprised me. Nico told us later that he would have continued if it had not won his title. He could tell us about this before. But I think Valtteri has proved a worthy replacement".Lauda believes that Nico Rosberg will not return, but Wolff had a different opinion.Toto Wolff "I know something, and I wouldn't be surprised if once again will see Niko in Formula 1 driving a Ferrari or a car of another team.He's only 31, he is still young. Maybe he'll change his mind, I don't know. And no, Nico would not act in the Indy 500".