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The head of McLaren Zac brown in an interview with Spanish sports newspaper Marca said that now the team knows the last date when Honda still has something to fix in order to remain a partner of the British stables.Marca "the deadline is the circuit de Spa-Francorchamps. If Honda can't get the team back in the fight for reaching the final of qualification and fight with the leaders during the race, McLaren will begin negotiations with Mercedes".
On the background of the problems Honda was talk that McLaren can return to the Mercedes engines. However, Niki Lauda, non-Executive Director of Mercedes, against such cooperation.Niki Lauda in an interview with Auto Motor und Sport "I am opposed to this contract. Two years I played for the supply of engines team Red Bull, but now I am against such cooperation. We should focus on our battle with Ferrari, not to help competitors."Apparently McLaren next season, will remain with the Honda engines. Until the beginning of may all the suppliers of the engines had to inform the FIA about changing the number of clients, but we know only one fact-change motors the Sauber team has signed a contract with Honda.
The pilot of McLaren Fernando Alonso dispelled the rumors that he may leave in the middle of the season.Fernando Alonso "No, definitely not. I heard comments on this matter. I'm really sick of the fact that if one of the pilots of any series I interview, then be sure to ask him about Alonso, and how he bad there. All the talk about how close they are to me are friends and that I have depression. But it's not.In Formula 1, I try my best, and I am more prepared than ever. The team now is not very competitive - and it's true. But in the future things can change very quickly".
In the first qualification of the season Fernando Alonso showed the 13-th result. The Spaniard admitted that this season expected more.Fernando Alonso in a BBC interview "I expect great changes, the reaction of the team on the situation. We don't need a whole season to fight for 13th position. At least I'm not going.Or should we fight for the top five, or is it just a waste of time."Meanwhile there were rumors that this year McLaren may switch to Mercedes engines.
Non-Executive Director of Mercedes Niki Lauda said that the new Ferrari is the leader of its rating.Niki Lauda in an interview with Auto Motor und Sport "the Car is a Ferrari faster than anyone, she's on the first line of my rating. Our car loses a bit in the turns. In addition, Red Bull haven't shown their true speed".
For season 2017 Honda mechanics have prepared a brand new version of the power plant. The head of the Honda F1 Yusuke Hasegawa in an interview with Motorsport said that his company strongly ventured, changing the architecture of the engine.Yusuke Hasegawa "once again, We decided to take a chance by changing the architecture of the engine dramatically. The new engine will be a little similar to last year's powerplant. We understand that this is a huge risk, but also know that the new powerplant will be more powerful.We will try to achieve a full return from the engine, which would entail changes in the exhaust system, ERS and turbines.I will not deny that mistakes are possible, but the tests we will try to identify all your weaknesses and find the right direction".
The former head of the sports division of Volkswagen's Jost Capito in September last year, became Executive Director of the McLaren team, but this position he worked for a few months.After the removal of Ron Dennis from kapito had disagreements with the new leadership. In December he was sent on leave, and now know that it is no longer working in Woking.The representative of McLaren in an interview with Corriere della Sera said "We were not able to agree with Joost on how to develop the team. For this reason, decided that he will leave McLaren".
The Williams driver lance Stroll has admitted that he was very lucky to be teammate Felipe Massa.Lance Stroll "I am ready to repeat it in every interview, because to me it is a great luck to work with such an experienced partner, which has passed through a huge school of Formula 1.I was also lucky to be the best-prepared rookie in Formula 1 thanks to Williams, which helped me during the private program to take a step to the championship".
In the new year 22-year-old pilot Toro Rosso Daniel Quat introduced his girlfriend a 28-year-old Kelly Peak, daughter of three-time Formula 1 world champion Nelson Piquet and sister Nelson Piquet Jr., who eight years ago was a partner Fernando Alonso at Renault.Daniil Kvyat in his interview to Sport-FM "My girlfriend Well, Yes, we're Dating and that's all you need to know. Kelly, I think all have seen on the Internet. She comes from a family Pique, as you know".
It is known that Felipe Massa is ready to return behind the wheel of a Williams, if the British team will leave Valtteri Bottas. However, the Brazilian is nothing to report.Felipe Massa in an interview with Esporte "I'm just enjoying the vacation. Nothing more to say".Obviously, it's all about Battese, for which Williams sought too much compensation from Mercedes. According to the guidelines of the German team, the fate of the Finnish pilot, along with the Mass clear up at the end of January.
Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff told that the contract with Valtteri Bottas not yet signed. Obviously, the stumbling block was the amount of compensation that we can offer the Germans the Williams team.Toto Wolff in an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport "it is too early to talk about Battese. The decision is still pending. It determines not only the fate of the pilot, the situation of the other team.We have respect for opponents and know how important Bottas for Williams. Yeah, Valtteri candidate in our team, but we will try carefully to resolve the situation. But it takes time."Previously a non-Executive Director of Mercedes Niki Lauda said that the issue with the second pilot will be decided at the end of January.
On the background of the selection of the second pilot Mercedes on the second plan moved the conflict between the leadership of the German team and Lewis Hamilton after the race in Abu Dhabi. But the Briton admitted that he is still mad at the team.Lewis Hamilton in an interview with the Daily Mail "Abu Dhabi is one of the unpleasant moments of the past season, especially when you consider what was said by the team management after the race. They disrespect me. I didn't expect this from people who run a huge team.Do you think that the situation is resolved Not at all".
The Williams team is not ready to let go of Valtteri Bottas in a Mercedes, even for substantial compensation. Technical team Director told the reason for the decision.Pat Symonds in an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport "Many people underestimate the importance of continuity in the team. Despite the development of technology, the pilot remains the connecting link between the engineers and the car.In the following year enters into force the new regulations, and we will have lance Stroll, who has no experience. That is why it is important to keep Bottas. His loss will have a negative impact on the development of the team.
In an interview with Autosport Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton told how to be his partner.Lewis Hamilton "If he can't take a punch, to make this team the guy has nothing. If he can prove his inner strength, the family will take it. Mercedes is a great team, this really is a family, I never was so comfortable.If you are for Mercedes, it becomes a part of your life, whatever you do, wherever you go. Look at Stirling moss, for example. It still means a lot for Mercedes.I also want to say that the pilot should not be afraid to be part of Mercedes. It's a great team. I respect the decision of each person who will take up a new challenge, who will be my partner".
Lewis Hamilton in an interview with Sky Sports commented on the tactics he chose to race in Abu Dhabi.Lewis Hamilton "I don't think I did something dangerous. I was the race leader and controlled the tempo. Everything was within the rules.I doubt I could hurt the team. We have already won the constructors ' championship, and had only to play the title between me and Nico. Not going to comment on here.Then we all discuss as a team so we always do".
Race in Brazil was twice interrupted by red flags due to heavy rain. The representative of the FIA's Charlie whiting in an interview with Auto Motor und Sport said that most pilots were against the continuation of the race in such conditions.Charlie whiting "the force of the rain is constantly changing. The pilots, who were ahead, were ready to continue to chase. This is natural, because they have the visibility was much better. However, most pilots considered that the conditions to continue the race too difficult."During the race in Brazil because of aquaplaning off the track Romain Grosjean, Marcus Ericsson, Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa. Almost lost the race Nico Rosberg, Max Verstappen and Fernando Alonso.
The pilot Toro Rosso Daniel Quat believes that the FIA should not conduct briefings of pilots who, at times, be delayed too long.Daniil Kvyat "I Think that it is better to talk with each pilot individually. At the briefing everyone is shouting, everyone has their own opinion, and sometimes someone starts endlessly talking. Because of this, the briefings can drag on indefinitely. It is better to organise this work so that whiting interviewed everyone one at a time and based on the collected opinions made the decision on a specific issue".
The owner of the pole Lewis Hamilton in an interview with Sky Sports said he feared for his engine.Lewis Hamilton "There are problems with my engine, I know it. The team assured me that the problems during the race will not occur, it is just a little lose in power. So my biggest concern is not Niko, but if I can get to the finish line.In the night from Friday to Saturday my mechanics were engaged in solving one of the problems replaced the fuel system - approx.ed. and after qualifying there was another. Don't understand what's going on.Now the team decides in which mode should I use the engine in the race. You could put a power plant, which was used in Japan, but for her it would already be the fifth race".
Still not cleared up the fate of Valtteri Bottas. On the one hand, Williams has the option to extend the contract with his pilot. On the other hand, Finn claims a place in the Renault.Valtteri Bottas in an interview with F1i "it is Necessary to wait a little longer. I and the team have achieved good results, but I feel I could do much more. Let's see what happens."It is known that one of the pilots Williams will be lance Stroll, who on 29 November will celebrate the 18th anniversary. An official statement on his contract is expected immediately after the birth. Perhaps, then, the same is confirmed and Bottas.Meanwhile, it has been reported that Williams wants to extend the contract with Bottas two years. Sam Finn is ready to extend the agreement for only one season, to the end of 2017 to assess how other teams coped with the new rules.
Autosport reports that Ron Dennis will leave the post of the head of the McLaren Group later this year, when will expire the current contract. However, he will remain a shareholder group of companies, which owns the eponymous team in Formula 1.The representative of the McLaren said in an interview with Autosport "Dennis will remain as Executive Director of the McLaren Group and will retain a 25 stake. The same proportion Mansur Ayeha".At the moment, Dennis and Ayeha for 25 of the shares of the McLaren Group. The remaining 50 of Mumtalakat holding company, which belongs to the Royal family of Bahrain. Part of the McLaren Group consists of several companies, including McLaren Automotive, which produces road supercars, and the McLaren Racing team Formula 1.
Daniil Kvyat once again stated that his future depends on the decision of Red Bull. The Russians only hope that it will be accepted soon enough.Daniil Kvyat in an interview with Autosport "the Decision will come when will come. I think it will happen soon enough, but I don't want to talk about it. My future is in the hands of Red Bull.Of course, the pilot who won several races, is somewhat simpler in this situation. But I have no victories. I have a couple of podiums, which simplifies life, but victories no."It is known that Carlos Sainz remains in the Toro Rosso. On the second place in the youth branch of the Red Bull Daniel Quat expect and Pierre went Out.
Lewis Hamilton went into the race Grand Prix of Malaysia, which was headed with an advantage in twenty seconds. Nico Rosberg has admitted that he does understand that he feels his partner for Mercedes.Nico Rosberg in an interview with ESPN "I know very well what now feels like Hamilton. In 2014, when we fought for the title, I got myself into this situation. Then I had two gathering in Singapore and Abu Dhabi, and I remember the terrible feelings are experienced. I feel devastated when, due to equipment failure lose the ability to win the race.If Hamilton won the race, he returned to itself leadership in the championship with an advantage of 5 points. However, Rosberg now leads with a margin of 23 points.
As you know, the Ferrari team has extended the contract with Kimi Raikkonen until the end of next year. Finn does not exclude that may remain in Formula 1 after 2017.Kimi Raikkonen in an interview with La Stampa "We can well finish the current season. Let's see what happens in early 2017. We may be able to fight for the title.Let's see what happens then. I think we will discuss with Ferrari my future."Raikkonen made his debut in Formula 1 in 2001. On account of Finn 245 Grand Prix. In 2007 he became the champion at Ferrari. Since then, the pilots did not win the titles.
Daniil Kvyat in an interview with Auto Motor und Sport has admitted that the summer break has helped him cope with the impact of the move from Red Bull to Toro Rosso.Daniil Kvyat "This Chapter is behind us. It was not as dramatic as many believe. Summer break gave me the opportunity to deal with it. It taught me a lot, I became stronger.The page with the Red Bull behind. Now I stand for Toro Rosso and focus on how to get the most out of the machine that I have.
The Williams team have confirmed that 17-year-old lance Stroll tests behind the wheel of cars of Formula 1 2014.Representative Williams in an interview with Motorsport said "Before lance had to work on our simulator configured with the characteristics of the machine of Formula 3. Now, in the breaks between races of Formula 3, he is testing the machine 2014 year to prepare for the high pressures of modern Formly-1".It is expected that combat pilot Williams next season will be Valtteri Bottas and lance Stroll. Family last, as previously reported, has allocated 20 million to prepare for the debut in Formula 1. But the Finnish newspaper Turun Sanomat said that for a place in Williams Strolli will pay 35 million annually.
Before the summer break, Lewis Hamilton issued a series of several wins and eliminated the backlog from Nico Rosberg. After the break, the three times British lost to the Germans and lost the lead in the championship. Three-time champion Jackie Stewart believes that the reason for the failure of Hamilton lies in his way of life.Jackie Stewart in an interview with the Daily Mail "When you always win, you begin to think that can easily win any race. But at some point everything can go wrong and this can lead a free life. You can rest on your laurels, but always there is someone who thinks more about work, and next time he will come.I was always afraid that someone might get ahead of me, that someone can better cope with their work, that someone might be the best machine. That's why I work and never relax."For the first time, Stewart became champion in 1969, driving a Matra. In 1971 and 1973 he won the championship in the composition of Tyrrell.
Before the first practice in Italy, racing Director of the FIA Charlie whiting held a conversation with the pilot of Red Bull max Verstappen, whose behavior is complained of Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel. The meeting was attended by the team Manager of Red Bull's Jonathan Wheatley.Christian Horner, head of the team Red Bull, in an interview with Sky Sports "They just drank coffee and discussed the weather. In fact, Charlie showed max some of the video and warned that if this happens again, then it will show black-and-white flag. I think Max will take this into account.Some of his actions annoying the more experienced pilots, although there are those who support it. Max is now gaining experience, it will analyse what happened and draw conclusions. Although, to be honest, any criticism is passing him, as in the case with all 18 year old boys".
The pilots of McLaren for the season-2017 will be announced in late September. In an interview with Sky Sports, said the head of the team Ron Dennis.Ron Dennis "We have always made it clear that in Monza will start an internal discussion of the composition of the pilots. The final decision will be taken at the end of September."It is known that Fernando Alonso has a contract for next season. The only question is who will be his partner veteran Jenson button or rookie Stoffel Vandorn.Earlier, the head of the team Mercedes Toto Wolff said that he would be surprised if the talented Vandorn does not get a place at McLaren. If this happens, he is ready to become Manager of Stoffele to find the place in Formula 1.
Head Red Bull Christian Horner in an interview with German magazine Auto Motor und Sport said that he wants to keep Daniel quata in the Junior team. However, much will depend on the Russians.Christian Horner "the Plan "A" - to save Daniel. But if at the end of the season he will not be able to show themselves, it is your chance to get Pierre went Out".Since then, as Kvyat is back in the Toro Rosso, he earned only 2 points, twice finishing tenth. During this same time, the other team driver Carlos Sainz managed to earn 26 points.