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The President of the FIA Jean Todt said that he forgives Sebastian Vettel for his actions in Baku.In the midst of his battle for the title of 2017, the pilot Ferrari crashed into the car of Lewis Hamilton during the safety car in Azerbaijan.Jean Todt "you Know, I'm very tolerant. I don't like people who judges the behavior, not taking into account the emotions swirling in the cockpit during the race.I'm cool with that because like I happened with Michael Schumacher. Remember that it was in Jerez in 1997 or Monaco 2006, when he made the stupid mistake in qualifyingPeople have weaknesses, but they all understand and say, "I'm not supposed to do that," then you must forgive this pilot. So it was with Sebastian".
Champion of the Formula Renault Jack Aitken hopes that the French manufacturer will organize it for further tests after successful tests in Jerez last week.Jack Aitken "I want again to achieve this I had a great time, but obviously now I need to get back in GP3.I conducted tests in Jerez, and I am still the champion. But I really want to get into Formula 1. However, these thoughts just have to put on the back burner. I trust Renault and I believe that I deserve a place in the Royal races. I deserve it.
Pilots SMP Racing Egor Orudzhev and Nikita Zlobin held a round of Formula Renault 3.5, which was held this weekend on the ring in a French Bugatti Le Mans. In the Saturday race weekend Orujov won a second step of the podium in Sunday's race was the winner. Zlobin, debuting this weekend in the series, showed good progress and finished 17th and 15th respectively.In the Saturday race, Orudzhev has started well, tried in turn to become the leader, but Rowland "closed" and kept the first place. After a few laps Egor caught up with Matthew Vaxivire and overtook, cut the Chicane. The Frenchman was not punished and he began to chase the leader. In one of the turns Matthew made contact with Rowland and damaged the wing. This fight took Egor, caught up with Vassiviere a few laps and attacked the Frenchman, but Matthew, defending, several times again cut the Chicane, which ultimately led to his penalization for 10 seconds. As a result, the Orudzhev finished second.On Sunday, a great start allowed Egor Orudzhev to break from fifth to third position, and the correct strategy team, flawlessly carried out mandatory pit stop in the middle of the race and a good speed then brought the Russians and the leaders of the race. The main rival Orujov, as in Saturday, was the Frenchman Mathieu Vaxivire. Breaking away from the peloton for about eight seconds, the pilots gave the audience a lot of poignant moments Vaxivire and then attacked Orujov, to which the latter answered by tough defence. The advantage of French riders, more recent tires, did not help him to overcome the resistance of the Russians, although fighting continued until the last turn of the final lap."Turned out to be a great weekend, - says Egor Orudzhev. - Honestly, today I didn't expect to win, but a great start and then a good pit stop put me in the lead. Matthew, of course, was very fast and almost immediately caught me, and I already started to "run out" rubber, but it didn't work out until the last turn I repelled all attacks".Pilot SMP Racing Nikita Zlobin, who debuted in the series at this stage demonstrated good progress during the weekend. On Saturday the Russians had a problem with the car. In Sunday's race Nikita managed to win back two positions, and then joined the fight with the most experienced casamena by the Malaysian Jaafar. During the second half of the race Nikita literally "sat on the tail" of the opponent, but difficult to overtake the Bugatti circuit does not allow the Russian pilot to show the best results.I first got behind the wheel of this machine and is fairly well progressed during the weekend - said Nikita Zlobin. In the beginning there were problems with the machine, she's been acting strangely in the corners, even in comparison with a partner, but in the end figured out. In Jerez I will continue and hope that the result will be much better""Great stage for our drivers in this championship, - said sports Director of the youth program SMP Racing Peter Aleshin. - Nikita Zlobin, who debuted as the weekend progressed with each trip to the track. On Sunday, he took part in the qualification almost the same time as his team-mate, losing only 0.02 seconds, but also had a good Sunday race.Egor Orudzhev had a great race both stages. Bright win today and second place yesterday, I want to say that this is a super result for a freshman series. Besides, this is the second victory for Egor in this season".The final stage of this season World Series by Renault is traditionally held in Spain, at the Circuito de Jerez on October 17-18.
Pilot Force India Niko Hulkenberg I remembered the first tests in the season 2007, when budding German went to the track behind the wheel of a Williams.Nico hlkenberg "I remember my first job on the tests in Jerez. It was in 2007 - then the Williams team gave me their support and race car. The speed and power of the car shocked me. The difference in the capabilities of cars between Formula 3 and Formula 1 was incredibleI drove 60 laps, which I was just exhausted. Body loads were so huge that I barely got out of the cockpit. Then I realized that I still have much time to spend in the gym to get used to these loads. But I was happy that the experience has remained in my memory forever."In the 2009 season Hulkenberg became a reserve pilot Williams, and a year later debuted as the prize of the pilot team.
According to several media publications, Malta is preparing to build the circuit that will meet all the requirements of Formula 1.The government has already approved the construction of the racetrack and even allocated a plot of land of 110 hectares. The construction of the highway will begin next year, but who will invest in the project, is still unknown. We only know that the project will be the Bureau Herman Tilke.Moreover, the island-state does not intend to conduct racing championship Formula 1, we are talking only about the tests, because the climate of Malta is much softer than in Jerez or Barcelona, where teams traditionally hold preseason camp.
The pilot SMP Racing Matevos isaakian successfully completed collective tests Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 new course record. The Russians have established the best result on the morning of the second test of the day, showing a time of 154,728 min. Isahakyan surpassed the record set four years ago by the pilot Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Briton will Stevens.Races were held on the track Arag243n in the Spanish city of alcaiz, where in a month will be the first stage of the season. In the tests was attended by 29 pilots out of ten teams."My team focused on the work with the settings. For the new season are trying to find areas in which you can add on that commented races Matevos isaakian. During testing, we encountered several problems. For example, on the first day failed brakes. But in the end, having worked successfully, we added. I want to thank the team for their work. It was not easy, but we managed, and set the course record for cars of this category."Matevos isaakian this year debuted in Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 one of the strongest youth world Championships. The pilot continues to cooperate with the team JD Motorsport, for which he performed last season.In 2014 Matevos isaakian debuted in the championship Formula Renault 2.0 ALPS, where despite skipping the first stage the judge did not allow the pilot to start, since he had not yet turned 16 years, eight times on the podium, won two races and became the bronze medalist of the championship.Calendar Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0April 25-26 - alcaiz, Ispania-may 31 - Spa, Belgia-June 14 - Budapest, Vengrija-6 September - Silverstone, Velikobritaniya-13 September - nrburg, Germany-September 27 - Le Mans, France-October 18 - Jerez, Spain.
Pilot Mercedes Lewis Hamilton said the new Pirelli tires its not very impressed.Lewis Hamilton "Pirelli said that the difference in the old and new tires - two seconds, and it will continue to grow until the difference between hard and soft compounds will not be more than two seconds But I didn't notice anything special. Tires just don't work"In Pirelli tried to explain this situation more cold weather in Barcelona and Jerez, than on most trails in the world, which will host the Grand Prix.
Daniel Riccardo sees progress in the development of the car, but waiting for improvements from the mechanics
Daniel Riccardo admitted that the motors Renault are still not in the condition that you would like to see the team.Riccardo insists on the need for improvement on the part of the mechanics.But Dan believes that the Melbourne situation will improve, and problems, which are, however, expected and they are not global in nature, will be resolved.Progress on tests in Jerez, is obvious.The team will work fine adjustments and improve manageability.As for competitors, Dan most impressed by the success of Ferrari, Mercdes.Today on the track working Riccardo, following 2 days of testing the car Daniel Quat.
The head of the Toro Rosso Franz Toast admitted that his team is pleased to have passed the tests in Jerez and Barcelona, as well as the work of the new pilots.Franz Toast "the Test has ended, and we are working on summarizing the work done. What can I say, we arrived at the tests with two young drivers, novice Formula 1, and leave with Mature professionals, well versed in the races, the machine settings, procedures, important during the Grand Prix.I thank the team for their patience, hard work, and invested in max and Carlos knowledge. It will still play for us during the season.
Pilot Williams Felipe Massa showed the best result for the fifth day test in Barcelona, but commented it fairly restrained.Felipe Massa "a Beautiful day, great team work and first-class car. We checked again the work of all systems, and then the team gave me the opportunity to do some fast laps on the SuperSoft. The result was pleasant. No problems were observed in all parts of the machine. We are moving forward, and since the starts of the tests in Jerez has progressed quite far. Now I have only one day, and I'm ready for the Grand Prix of Australia".
Pilot Toro Rosso Max Verstappen in the third day of testing in Barcelona was able for the first time to cover the distance in a hundred circles. The Dutchman finished second, losing to four-tenths of a second Pastor Maldonado.Max Verstappen "It was an excellent day. My grandmaster line overcome - I dashed off more than a hundred laps The team was able to accomplish all of the goals, and I was rewarded with the opportunity to drive a couple of fast laps. The car showed its best side, but the team continues to improve and Refine.What we see now is simply amazing, because in Jerez we were at a lower level. I became much more comfortable with the machine, the more I understand it, understand the details of the settings. Now waiting for the moment when the track will bring news. I wonder what they will give the result".
The Ferrari pilot Sebastian Vettel admitted that until entertains hopes on a good performance in his team tests in Jerez and Barcelona.Sebastian Vettel "it is too early to judge the results based on test data. We know nothing about the opponents any settings they work with any fuel level - nothing Everything can happen. For example, a year ago was dominated by Mercedes every day, and now there is no single day.But I don't amuse myself with hope, because I have nothing to compare the capabilities of the Ferrari. Last year I had not driven this car, but I and Kimi now everyone is happy. Don't know where we are going for speed on the last day of tests, but Mercedes is clearly holding a pair of aces".In the morning, Sebastian flew on the third minute session.Sebastian Vettel "I just made a mistake. I was driving faster than allowed tires and cold track. In the end, I'm turned and tossed out of the track. It's all cold and high humidity. What I could do Only to help the mechanic to clean the car from the gravel. So I apologized to the team and the mechanics for the extra trouble.
The pilot of McLaren Fernando Alonso admitted he was pleased with the work of the second day of testing in Barcelona. The Spaniard managed to drive 59 laps - record this season for the team from Woking.Fernando Alonso "It was a great day for me. I was able to see the real potential of our new race car, to explore its hidden reserves. Obviously, we continue to work with limiter power, but the car definitely feels better than Jerez.We started at 9am and finished at 1745 PM, which is good news for the whole team. We were able to test many systems of the car, and each circle brought a lot of useful information about his work.After yesterday's failure today, few people believed in success, so for us it was a real reward such work. I feel the potential".
On the first day of the test pilot Mercedes Lewis Hamilton drove a total of 11 laps, then complained of feeling unwell and gave his place to test-pilot to Pascal Verlaine. Today behind the wheel should sit Nico Rosberg, but there is a possibility that on the road again appears Werlein.After the tests in Jerez at Niko had problems with the neck. For two weeks the condition of the pilot has greatly improved, so that the Germans can skip the tests in Barcelona.
Pilot Lotus Pastor Maldonado showed the best time in the first test day. Venezuelan stated that his team was to better understand the capabilities of his new race car.Pastor Maldonado "in the Morning we had some problems with the sensor, but compared to last year, the reliability of the machine has clearly grown. Already in Jerez we were convinced that many of the systems and components works without problems.Day today was really very successful, but we must not rest on our laurels.We don't know what programs worked with other teams who are much used fuel. But I will say exactly what our team did not use empty tanks to participate in the newspaper headlines.We skated a lot of laps, assessed the possibilities of machine with different settings and fuel level check the engine and other systems to overheat. Looks like we better understand your car".
Pilot Ferrari Kimi Raikkonen was satisfied with the work on the first day of testing in Barcelona.Kimi Raikkonen "Our team is fully implemented the entire program on the first day of the tests. Strange, but today almost all used the soft type Soft rubber, and we decided to study Hard and Medium. It turned out that we fast and on such compositions.So far, no surprises. The work is the same as in Jerez. It is hoped that we will be able to do step by step forward. We check all the systems again and again, then on the race was not necessary to do the job that can be done now. It is important to get as many miles in order to identify their strengths and weaknesses".
Technical Director Mercedes Paddy Lowe said that the team decided not to bother Nico Rosberg, firing on the work instead of Lewis Hamilton Pascal Verlaine.Paddy Lowe "Today our program was purely a test. We have checked all systems and settings that are selected in Jerez. Sense to attract Rosberg was not. Such work will cope and test pilot. Niko let it rest".
Pilot Williams, Valtteri Bottas hopes that racing espionage Red Bull won't work.Valtteri Bottas "Team Red Bull stole our idea with the nose fairing, and I hope that they won't work. The idea is that the air that gets under the bottom of the car, with this design nose fairing is directed into the diffuser, creating additional downforce. We are all works in this regard. Hopefully this will help us to get closer to Mercedes".Also Bottas with indignation about the work on the tests in Barcelona, believing that the best option would be to hold them in Bahrain.Valtteri Bottas "the Tests in Jerez passed to us precisely according to plan, without a single surprise. Personally I would really, Yes it would be correct to the second part of the test was not in Barcelona, and in Bahrain. Weather conditions in this region are more favorable and more fully reflect the upcoming stage in Australia.
The head of Ferrari, Maurizio Arrivabene believes that the tests in Barcelona are the most important in the preparatory work for the new season.Maurizio Arrivabene "the Upcoming tests in Barcelona are the most important. Definitely, the most important. The reason is clear as day, because just before the start of the race in Australia, the team will test their cars in full force. All concealed their opportunities in Jerez, so it will be interesting to see who and what we have achieved over the winter break.We will closely track Mercedes and Red Bull, but Honda should not be discounted. They could also achieve significant progress. We will continue to believe in themselves and achieve step by step more and more speed.
Team McLaren before the others began to tests in Barcelona. But only in the framework of the so-called shooting day.Jenson button had the opportunity behind the wheel of the MP4-30 to drive no more than 100 kilometers. Was used in this demonstration Pirelli rubber. The main objective tests - test a new version of the power plant Honda.Previously, the tests in Jerez, due to recurring problems pilots McLaren managed to pass only 349 km on 19 February in Barcelona will gather all the teams. As part of McLaren's first two days will work again Jenson, then it will replace Fernando Alonso.
Copying technology is commonplace in Formula 1. And even the top teams are not afraid to look for something from its competitors. So, Red Bull decided to put on my car nose fairing, the striking resemblance to the design of Williams. The Austrians even passed later crash tests to use this version of the fairing on the tests in Jerez.Head of engineering Department at Red Bull Rob Marshall "we had a lot of options nose fairing, but the one that we used on the tests in Jerez, was the most effective. Not arguing that over time things can change, and in the course of the season, the nose cone will change its shape and appearance, but so far we are happy with everything.Because of the new nose fairing team had a late pass the crash tests, but these difficulties are normal at this stage of operation of the machine".
Sports Red Bull consultant Helmut Marko said that his team only in Barcelona will focus on the study of the speed of the new car RB11.Helmut Marko "In Barcelona we proceed to the study of the speed of the car. If we don't do this now, then never. Only in Melbourne will have the opportunity to see the power of our updated engine. In Jerez we saw how everything works, and in Barcelona will see what it all can do.We did not work with empty tanks and were fast, so confident in his speed. Also waiting for our new aerodynamics, which will test on the last day of tests. Barcelona will show our speed.
The pilot of McLaren's Jenson button said that his team was able after the tests in Jerez to have a good analytical work and to update key components of the power plant, giving failures while working on a Spanish highway.Jenson button "the Team has worked for a large array of telemetry. Specialists Honda managed on the basis of these data to identify gaps and address them. Our engine is not the same that was in Jerez. In Barcelona we will come already more prepared for the fight team. I see that the movement of the stables is going up, it makes me happy and encouraging.In Jerez pilots McLaren drove 79 laps - almost seven times less than the Mercedes. Best lap time of seven seconds worse than the leader of tests Kimi Raikkonen.
Deputy head of the Force India Robert Fearnley said that the team's preparation for the season-2015 prevented bankruptcy Marussia and Caterham.Robert Fearnley "Just imagine what we could not get to work in the wind tunnel, while Toyota has not dealt with their clients from Caterham. We had to wait a whole month And the tube is just idleWe also failed because Marussia to agree with some of our suppliers who began to demand advance payment for the products. All of this has hit our balance of Finance and the timing of the preparation of the machine to the start of the season".Recall that the new machine VJM08 will only appear on the final test in Barcelona. The first test in Jerez Force India just missed, and following a four-day test session is going to take to last year's machine.In late January, the team held a presentation of war paint in 2015.
Head of Motorsport directions Renault Remy Taffin says that, like Mercedes, his company conducted tests in Jerez with a limit speed of the engine.Remy Taffin "Our company did not allow teams to work in Jerez in full force with the updated engine. It was important for us to go the greatest distance, in order to understand how many can withstand certain nodes of the power plant. We need to protect the engines, but Barcelona will allow customers to drive at full speed.In Barcelona will be able to draw some initial conclusions about how fast command. This will be a rough estimate because we do not know how much fuel will work stable. Everyone has their own program, so will definitely answer all questions only Melbourne".According to the results of the tests in Jerez best customer Renault became Max Verstappen, showing the ninth.
The greatest distance in the first test in Jerez drove pilots Mercedes - 2284 km a Year ago, the German team was also a leader, but with the 1368 km this year in the first test session was attended by eight of the nine teams. Less all drove pilots McLaren 349 km - slightly more than the distance of one race.Sherry-2015. The covered distance on the tests, commands, km1. Mercedes - 22842. Sauber - 16913. Toro Rosso - 15634. Ferrari - 15455. Williams - 12306. Lotus - 8417. Red Bull - 7358. McLaren - 3499. Force India - heres-2015. The covered distance on the tests, engines, km1. Mercedes - 43572. Ferrari - 32363. Renault - 22984. Honda - had ago the first tests missed team Lotus. Worst of all was the case of Renault customers, especially in the Red Bull - then defending Champions managed to pass only 92 km Jerez-2014. The covered distance on the tests, commands, km1. Mercedes - 13682. Ferrari - 11113. McLaren - 10844. Williams - 7745. Sauber - 7216. Force India - 6467. Caterham - 3368. Toro Rosso - 2399. Marussia - 13210. Red Bull - 9211. Lotus - heres-2014. The covered distance on the tests, engines, km1. Mercedes - 38742. Ferrari - 19663. Renault - 668.
Team McLaren was one of the first announced schedule pilots on the tests in Barcelona, which will begin on February 19.The first two days behind the wheel of a new car will work Jenson button. The remaining two days - Fernando Alonso.The second test session, the mechanics Honda promised to prepare a new version of its power plant. At the last test in Jerez pilots McLaren-Honda was able to pass only 79 laps.
Test driver Marc Ferrari Wife assures that victories in the season-2015 his team not to see.Mark's Wife "actually, we don't even think about victories this year. We are only dreaming. If you win and get us, only in case of problems, the leaders, and they are rightly considered cars Mercedes, which were only faster compared to the previous year."Meanwhile, the best results at the last test in Jerez showed pilots Ferrari.
Edition of the magazine Autosport has analyzed the telemetry command Formula 1 tests in Jerez. Ahead of the rest in terms of maximum speed turned out to be cars with engines from Mercedes.1 Felipe Massa Williams Mercedes - 307,6 km/B2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes - 307,6 km/CH3 Pastor Maldonado Lotus Mercedes - 306,8 km/CH Max Verstappen Toro Rosso-Renault - 303,3 km/CH Markus Eriksson Sauber Ferrari - 303,3 km/CH Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari- 300,8 km/CH7 Daniel Quat Red Bull Renault - 294,2 km/CH Jenson button McLaren-Honda - 277,6 km/CHK word, representatives of McLaren did not hide, what worked on the tests with the Rev limiter.