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In 1993, Mercedes decided to return to Formula 1 after nearly 40-year hiatus and as a partner chose the Sauber team, which has already achieved success at Le Mans. The first pilot was Carl Wendlinger, received the starting number "29".At the time, Wendlinger was a member of the youth team along with Mercedes and Michael Schumacher were on the prototypes Sauber. In Formula 1 the Austrian fell at the end of 1991, becoming a pilot Leyton House/March. By the time the Sauber on account of 24-year-old Charles already had 16 starts.
The crew of Fernando Alonso claimed a podium in the 24 hours of Daytona, but had problems with the brakes, and shortly before the finish the Spaniard was gone. The second crew of team United Autosports finished fourth.Fernando Alonso "Everything happened in the first turn. I got to him at the speed of 300 km/h and realized that the brakes just yet. Honestly, I was scared. There was plenty of space, I was able to roll to the side, but almost no visible barriers.Last year this car finished fourth at Le Mans, it is quite reliable, but today there were a few problems. At some point we were ahead of the second crew of the team for the whole round, so that could fight for the podium.There are positive aspects. First of all, I enjoyed it seven hours of wrestling is great. In addition, I learned a lot. Now I know what to expect from a car with a closed cockpit, as to overtake the circular, as to pilot the car at night. I'm sure I can achieve success behind the wheel of a car.About Le Mans I don't think, because it focuses on Formula 1. Let's see what will happen next.".
This weekend Fernando Alonso will start on the 24-hour marathon at Daytona. The Spaniard will play on the same crew with Lando Norris team United Autosports, owned by Zach brown, the head of McLaren.Fernando Alonso "I do it because I love racing and I love to compete. If these races are held in iconic locations such as Daytona Speedway, it is even more attractive for me.I'm 10 minutes agreed with Zach about the race in Daytona. It is completely on my side. For me this will be good practice before the season of Formula 1.Winning at Daytona is something I would like to achieve. I would like to compete in the best races in the world, and Le Mans is one of the best races. One day I would like to win there. Don't know will be it this year or not".
Former Formula 1 driver Juan Pablo Montoya said that he would like to take part in the legendary marathon 24 hours of Le Mans, to compete with Fernando Alonso for the title of winner of the "Triple crown" which implies a victory at Le Mans, the Monaco Grand Prix and Indy 500.Juan Pablo Montoya "Alonso is able to win the "Triple crown". Yes, it will be difficult. Besides, I'm closer to this achievement than it.As for Le Mans, let's see how will continue to change the rules, and whether the team Penske to participate in it. Until I was invited to participate in Le Mans. But I would have competed for the Triple crown with Alonso".Montoya competed in Formula 1 for Williams and McLaren in 2001-2006 In 2003 he won the Monaco Grand Prix. Twice, in 2000 and 2015, Juan Pablo won the Indy 500. Three times the Colombian won the marathon 24 hours of Daytona, but Le Mans has never been a part of.The sole owner of the "Triple crown" is Graham hill, who five times won the Grand Prix of Monaco, in 1966 he won the Indy 500, and in 1972 in Le Mans.
Russian driver Daniil Kvyat can add another important option in the list of completed achievements in 2018.After the departure of Kvyat from the program of Red Bull, Ferrari signed him to a contract test pilot. And now the Russian team SMP Racing offers Kvyat to take part in the race 24 hours of Le Mans. Moreover, SMP Racing is building a prototype in the LMP2 category.The head of SMP Racing Boris Rotenberg "I don't know how he will do at Ferrari, but I would be glad to see him in our team". The news of Kvyat on www.f1-world.ru.
The pilot of McLaren Fernando Alonso believes that not many pilots will be able to follow in his footsteps, to act in other Championships.Fernando Alonso "I don't think so. Just the pilots has a different culture. Stroll from Canada, he likes different kind of race, so, too, tries to catch everything and everywhere.The rest of the guys aren't going to do anything, because in Europe we usually focusareas one champion. In teams, they became more professional pilots. There are many training camps, many levels, a lot of time is spent on work in the simulator during the winter break, and pilots are hard to get out of this concept. I can afford to take this step because the team changed its attitude towards marketing and development."In late January, Alonso will take part in the marathon 24 hours of Daytona. And in June, the Spaniard may start on the 24 hours of Le Mans.
The ex-pilot of Formula 1 mark Webber believes Fernando Alonso is making a mistake by agreeing to speak at the same time in different series.Mark Webber "No, this is a mistake. These are two completely different series that is clearly going to absorb a lot of energy. I think that if you act in Formula 1, you can't afford to be distracted. Formula 1 is so specific that it does not allow to do something else."However, a couple of years ago Nico Hulkenberg proved that it can win Le Mans during a full season of Formula 1.But Webber said "It was in the middle of the team of Formula 1. The pressure is different. In addition, he came in already prepared for the Le Mans team that simplified the task.If he wins at Daytona, that would be awesome. He is a talented pilot, seriously surpassing many in this world. It will be fantastic, but it will give him nothing".
The pilot of McLaren Fernando Alonso has said that for him the most important thing is to fight for the third title in Formula 1.Fernando Alonso "of Course, I focus primarily on Formula 1 and his goal to win a third world title.With the power unit Renault, we will be able to participate again in the fight for victory. However, I also have plans to take part in classic races around the world that do not coincide with the Formula 1 calendar. For example, 24 hours of Daytona is the first step in endurance racing, and of course, I hope I'll like it, because Le Mans is another one of my goal.If Le Mans this year I will manage that next year I will return to the Indy 500".
In 2018, the Grand Prix of France will return to the Formula 1 calendar with the track at Paul Ricard. But the pilot Mercedes Lewis Hamilton admitted that he would race in Magny-Cours, where the French stage was conducted in 1991-2008 Lewis Hamilton "to be Honest, I really liked the Magny-Cours circuit. It is to be honest with yourself.Paul Ricard is in a great location, but the track I personally do not like. It's not as good and exciting as in Magny-Cours.I think the most important thing that we have now the Grand Prix of France, because it is an important part of Europe, is an important part of the European tour.In France so many beautiful trails, for example, Le Mans, and for some reason we are still there. It would also be great."Hamilton has participated twice in the Grand Prix of France in 2007 he finished third in 2007- the tenth.
Next year Kevin Magnussen will not take part in endurance races at Daytona or Le Mans.Earlier it was reported that the pilot Haas led the negotiations that in January to take part in the 24-hour race in Daytona along with Fernando Alonso and lance Strolla.Kevin Magnussen "there were talks with the team, but for a number of reasons the deal never took place. So I have to reschedule.This year also there is no chance that I will compete in Le Mans".
Fernando Alonso intends to take part in the legendary marathon 24 hours of Le Mans in the composition of the factory team Toyota and have already conducted the first tests. However, the management of McLaren has not yet decided whether to release the Spaniard.Zac brown, the head of McLaren "We were talking with Renault on this topic, and they don't mind, because they can't perform at Le Mans. Fernando wants to play for Toyota, because he believes that there he's got a good chance.But we're going to discuss this issue. We want to make sure that Le Mans will not distract him from Formula 1. The decision regarding Le Mans will be made very soon".
The Michelin company does not seem interested in returning to Formula 1 even after 2020.The French company makes tires for Le Mans, Formula E and MotoGP, but the Director of Michelin Pascal Canon says that Formula 1 is not suitable for return.Pascal Canon "Until the rules change, we are not going to think about returning. For us it does not make sense to release a 13-inch tires, if they can not be seen on road cars. If it was the 18-inch wheels, then yeah, but I think that changes 2021 focused on the engine and budget.The most important thing for us is to make progress in their work, in other areas it makes no sense to invest".
Lewis Hamilton admitted that he wants to emulate Fernando Alonso in the fight for the triple crown of Motorsport. The Spaniard already has a victory in the Monaco Grand Prix, and now he wants to earn a victory in the Indy 500 and the 24 hours of Le Mans. The only winner of the triple crown is compatriot Hamilton and Graham hill.Lewis Hamilton "Today is very difficult to do something unique in Motorsport. In the past, there were pilots who were in several different categories, but I have no desire to do it.I admire what Alonso wants to do, but for me Formula 1 is the maximum experience which can get the pilot.I have other qualities and projects in which I am interested and which I am satisfied. In the coming years you will see what it is, but it's more than race. Once I hang the helmet on a nail. But my contribution will definitely be appreciated by the audience".
The President of the FIA Jean Todt believes that Formula 1 and the world championship on races on endurance WEC have to use similar engines in 2021.Jean Todt "At the moment we have a separate motor requirements for each series.The requirements for Formula 1 and endurance similar. The engine of a Formula 1 needs to undergo about 5,000 kilometers, which meets the requirements of Le Mans.The concept of a single engine will be attractive to new producers. In addition, the Formula 1 team will be able to go to Le Mans with its own team, or Vice versa.
McLaren and Fernando Alonso continue talks on whether the Spaniard to spend a full season in the WEC.The head of McLaren Zach brown said in Abu Dhabi that the British team are open to Alonso within the race at Le Mans, as McLaren and Toyota are not competitors. But, it seems that Alonso wants to spend in the WEC full season. Interestingly, calendars virtually no overlap, except for one race.Fernando Alonso "We need to examine carefully the calendars. It would be nice to make this work. I probably would have loved it".Race Director McLaren Eric bulge against such a venture "First of all, calendars are still intersect, so he will not be able to spend the entire season. Of course, we all know that Fernando loves to participate in races. I think he definitely will not be 52 weekends in a year. But it will stand it".
Fernando Alonso next year will be different races in addition to Formula 1, but the Spaniard denies that it will spray his attention.Fernando Alonso "No. The key is concentration, when you lower the visor. In the car you always come back to their environment and can focus on what is happening without problems."In late January, Alonso will take part in the marathon 24 hours of Daytona, and in June he will start on the 24 hours of Le Mans.
The next Race of Champions to be held in the capital of Saudi Arabia from 2 to 3 February.The organizers of the Race of Champions called by some the participants of the show. David Coulthard former Formula 1 driver, Lando Norris champion Euroseries Formula 3 and reserve the pilot of McLaren, Josef newgarden's IndyCar champion, Tom Kristensen winner of the 24 hours of Le Mans, Juan Pablo Montoya the ex-Formula 1 driver and winner of Indy 500, Petter Solberg WRC champion, Ryan hunter-ray IndyCar champion and Elio Castroneves the winner of the Indy 500.Last year the Race of Champions in the individual competition was won by Montoya. In the Nations Cup and then won by Germany, which alone was represented by Sebastian Vettel. But this time the German refused to participate in the show.
Spanish ex-pilot of Formula 1 mark's Wife believes that his compatriot Fernando Alonso can win in Le Mans next year.Although the deal is not yet completed, the tests Alonso for Toyota indicate that the place in 2018, likely will be for a two-time champion of Fomrula-1.Mark Wife, "of Course he will. Especially if next year the manufacturers will be only Toyota, because it is very difficult to win Le Mans as a private team.I think that now Fernando could easily win this race. Alonso is very good, and he really enjoys racing in all forms.No, I don't think Alonso wants to leave the championship. Good thing he can act anywhere without compromising the Formula-1".
Today in Bahrain, will start tests WEC. Part of the factory Toyota team will work Fernando Alonso. Two-time Formula 1 world champion, will sit behind the wheel of a sports prototype Toyota TS050 Hybrid 6 LMP1.Recall that Alonso is going to take part in the legendary marathon 24 hours of Le Mans. It is not excluded that Fernando will start and other WEC races.There, in Bahrain, is the first tests, the Russian car BR01.
The Russian company BR Engineering has introduced a new sportprototip BR1. Track Bahrain International Circuit in the final stage of the FIA WEC season-2017 the global Motorsport community and journalists first saw the car, whose creation was announced a year ago. Car LMP1 was created by Russian company BR Engineering together with the famous Italian automaker Dallara to participate in the new superstone of the world championship FIA WEC.In the presentation BR1 participated Boris Rotenberg, founder and Director of the BR Engineering Pierre Fillon, President of the Association ASO Gerard Neveu, head of the FIA WEC Luca Pignata, chief designer Dallara Dmitry Samorukov, Director of SMP Racing pilots of the program of development of Russian Motorsport SMP Racing Mikhail Alyoshin, Vitaly Petrov and Matevos Isahakyan Ambassador extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation in the Kingdom of Bahrain Qarayev, Vagif DragonSpeed team principal Elton Julian and Russian engineers and students of technical Universities who took part in the development of the prototype. The music for the premiere of BR1 was written by Russian composer and producer Victor Drobysh.The presentation was opened by Boris Rotenberg. According to him, the engineers managed to create a completely new car, which used the most modern technologies and materials"it is Symbolic that on 17 November, during the final stage of the FIA WEC season in 2016, we announced the signing of an agreement between BR and Dallara Engineering to start work on a prototype BR1. Today, exactly a year later, we proudly present you the result. During the work on the car we used the best international experience, achievements one of the best companies Dallara. At various stages in the development of the car was actively attended by Russian specialists, and also worked on the simulator the current pilot program SMP Racing Vitaly Petrov, Sergey Sirotkin, Mikhail Aleshin, Viktor Shaitar and Kirill Ladygin. Their task was to from the point of view of experienced riders to make suggestions in key aspects of the prototype, from the ergonomics to the behavior of the car on the road".Prototype BR1 passed all the necessary tests and homologation of the FIA, a number of tests on race tracks under the control of SMP Racing pilots. Ahead of the Russian car the new season of the world championship on races on endurance 2018-2019, where SMP Racing intends to put the two Russian crew in the highest category of the championship, LMP1, to fight for the highest results in the overall classification.While the company BR Engineering, the first manufacturer of the chassis presenting to the public the car are ready to participate in the FIA WEC next season, already signed a contract for the production of a prototype BR1 for team DragonSpeed, also announced recently its intentions to move into the LMP1 category of the FIA WEC."I must say that the rate BR1 on the track is impressive, - said the pilot program SMP Racing Mikhail Alyoshin. - Impressive and how well made the prototype, and how sensitively it responds to changes in preferences that we do. To work with such a machine is a pleasure. Now our task is to spend as much time behind the wheel, to detect the different nuances, to work with the settings, because even in the ideal technique is always better. I am sure that next season prototype BR1 compete with rivals".One of the main innovations in superstone 2018-2019 world Championship on races on endurance will be the merging of hybrid and non-hybrid prototypes in one of the LMP1 class with defined capacity limitations. This will allow private teams, including the Russian team SMP Racing and DragonSpeed team, to compete for a championship titles FIA WEC.Facts ABOUT the prototype of BR1-CLASS LMP1 the process of creating aerodynamic elements of the new prototype was held 16 sessions in the wind tunnel, the total length of which was 600 hours, during which it has produced 1000 trials.In tests on the simulator and on the finished prototype was attended 5 professional pilots SMP Racing programme, including Vitaly Petrov, first Russian Formula 1 driver- Mikhail Aleshin, the pilot of the American series IndyCar- Sergey Sirotkin, the reserve pilot of the Formula 1 Renault- Kirill Ladygin, a multiple champion of Russia on go-karting and road racing, the bronze prize-winner of the race "24 hours of Le Mans- Victor Shaitar, world champion, winner of the race "24 hours of Le Mans", FIA WEC.On the simulator prototype BR1 pilots had a total of 64 hours, which amounted to 173 session or 870 laps.TECHNICAL characteristics of the PROTOTYPE BR1AER V6 twin turbo 720 HP Possible to install motorsGibson V8 LMP1 Spec 700 HP.Message other proizvodyaschuyu Le Mans Sprint body kit on the back 6-speed robotic transmission Xtrac lock differentialbaselsn TILTON Brembo brake system LMP1 UPRAVLENIE with power production Kayaba.Userrepository pilotado the foot pedal accelerator and timesmachine disciminate, production OZ specifically for Michelin Radial LMP1 18 dumontadriana 930 kg.
A source within the team Toyota serving the WEC, said that Fernando Alonso has agreed on a set of performances in the 24 hours of Le Mans.An unnamed source told the BBC "the Participation in Le Mans consistent. Now there are negotiations about participation in other races".
It is not excluded that next year Fernando Alonso will take part in the legendary marathon 24 hours of Le Mans. Edition of the Daily Sports Car reports that the Spaniard visited the base of Toyota in Cologne, where he passed the adjustment seats.It is expected that Alonso will take part in tests of the Toyota sports prototype, which will be held on 19 November in Bahrain.At the same time, as we already confirmed the participation of Alonso in the marathon 24 hours of Daytona, where his partner will become a reserve pilot of McLaren Lando Norris.
The pilot of McLaren Fernando Alonso has said that his plans are so global that few are able to realize their depth.Fernando Alonso "I want to become the best pilot in the world to do so, competing in different series, winning on different machines. Sometimes you need to get out of the small world of Formula 1. The world of racing much more, it is not limited to this championship.My plans in Motorsport is much wider than anyone can imagine. There are things I could do in Le Mans and other series. We will do everything to be interesting for me and the fans and also for Motorsport".In late January, Alonso will take part in the marathon 24 hours of Daytona, where his partner will be Lando Norris, the reserve pilot of McLaren.
Brendon Hartley made his debut in Formula 1 a few years later after was expelled from the youth program of Red Bull. This is according to Christian Horner, should inspire Daniil Kvyat.Christian Horner, head of the team Red Bull "Brandon showed a lot of character after he was expelled from morojenoe program of Red Bull. He competed in different series and, in the end, won Le Mans in the Porsche factory team. However, we did not lose contact with him.Hartley never complained that he threw up, and continued to work and go forward. He should be an example for Kvyat. Daniel just 23 years old, and he never revealed his potential in Formula 1".
Boris Rotenberg, founder and Director of the program of development of Russian Motorsport SMP Racing, announced the inclusion of the pilot SMP Racing Robert Schwartzman part of the Racing Academy of Ferrari FDA, in which Robert will be trained and participate in competitions under the program of Ferrari.Schwartzman became the first Russian to be invited to the Academy. He will be trained under the special program of training of the pilots, will take part in trainings and events to the FDA. The ultimate goal of participation in the Racing Academy Ferrari the development of Robert, his preparation for the performance in Formula 1. The Russian driver will compete in the world racing Championships as part of a joint program of the FDA and SMP Racing.Robert Schwartzman is one of the most promising riders of the youth program SMP Racing. Since 2014 he serves in the youth formulas, on account of his a number of victories won in the fight with the strongest opponents from around the world. In the season-2017 Russia stands in the prestigious Junior series, Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0. In nine stages, Robert has won five pole positions and four times he rose to the highest step of the award podium.Racing Academy of Ferrari was founded in 2009 and is preparing pilots of the youth series for their subsequent performances in the Formula 1. Purpose the FDA is giving young riders opportunities for learning and improving their motor skills, developing their physical and mental preparation. Also, the FDA young drivers are introduced to economic aspects of Motorsport as well as teach working with the media. Graduates of the Academy of Ferrari in different times, were Jules Bianchi, Sergio Perez, Daniel Zampieri, Rafael, Marcello and others. To date, under the auspices of the FDA are 7 pilots from different countries not counting Robert Schwartzman Giuliano Alesi, Marcus Armstrong, Enzo Fittipaldi, Anthony Fuoco, Charles LeClair, Guan Yu Zhou, Callum Illot. The racers compete in Formula 2, GP3 and Formula 4.The program SMP Racing is a longtime partner of Ferrari. On these cars the Russians began performances in international racing series in 2012, the pilots SMP Racing Ferrari first won the famous race "24 hours Le Mana" in 2015 and racing series GT3 Le Mans Cup in 2016. In seasons 2015-2017, in partnership with the SMP Racing Ferrari factory team acts in the world Championship on races on endurance FIA WEC. On account of the racing team whose Ferrari are on the sides of the logo SMP Racing, 4 wins on the stages of the championship 2017, including at a recent race in Japan, and 4 conquered the podium. The pilots occupy the 1 and 3 positions of the GTE Pro standings.
Brendon Hartley, winner of Le Mans in 2017, told about how the preparation for a debut in Formula 1 in the Toro Rosso.Brendon Hartley "the Preparation for a debut in Formula 1 began with the work in the simulator. In Austin I pass the procedure of adjustment of the seat, and while I was given the instructions to the machine on 50 pages, you have to learn all operations and buttons on the steering wheel. Prior to qualification I have four hour practices to get used to the car.In fact, the difference with the LMP1 car small only seven or eight seconds per lap. In addition, the WEC cars use hybrid technology, and that they look like Formula 1 car".
McLaren may already be in a matter of hours from the announcement of a new contract with Fernando Alonso at the season-2018.Zach brown "We were close to agreement for some time. We wanted to decided the issue with the power plant. I expect that very soon we shall settle the issue with Alonso.Today Alonso will be at a press conference FIA. Perhaps he will have news for fans. But first we need to make a deal.Yes, the new option contract will include the resolution to act in other series, but not in Le Mans - there is no our machines. Le Mans is something that we still look. As the manufacturer, we just participate in meetings.Le Mans is very interesting to us, we also like the rules of this championship".
Brian Hartley hopes his son Brendon Hartley, which debuts at the Grand Prix of the USA in the Toro Rosso, will stay in Formula 1.Brian Hartley "I'm proud son A father passionate about racing, would like to be in my place. The talks went on behind closed doors, and everything was solved within a couple days.I hope that Brandon will stay in Formula 1 for five years. While he needs just to finish in the USA. Any result except the last, will be good, considering the absence of any tests.In 2009 and 2010 Hartley worked reserve pilot Toro Rosso and Red Bull. The last time behind the wheel of a Formula 1 new Zealander sat in 2012, then during youth tests, he represented Mercedes. Since then Brandon speaks mostly in endurance races, and this year he became the winner of the marathon 24 hours of Le Mans.
Toro Rosso have confirmed that one race in the United States as a partner Daniil Kvyat will conduct a 27-year-old new Zealander Brendon Hartley, winner of the 24 hours of Le Mans in 2017.Franz Toast, head of the Toro Rosso "We are pleased to announce that Brendon Hartley, a former member of the youth program of Red Bull, as well as test-pilot of Red Bull and Toro Rosso, will play for our team.This year, Brandon won the 24 hours of Le Mans. In addition, he is the leader of the championship WEC, which has already won in 2015. We are glad that he returns to our team. Since that time, he became an experienced pilot, and we are confident that he will cope with this task".Brendon Hartley "it is Difficult to convey the feelings that I have. For me it was a surprise, although I never abandoned a childhood dream of becoming a Formula 1 driver. Since then, as I was a reserve pilot Red Bull and Toro Rosso, I managed to achieve serious progress. I want to thank Red Bull for the opportunity and the Porsche that allowed me to combine participation in Fomrula-1 and WEC.I like the track in Austin, especially since I not so long ago it was made. I'm ready to debut in Formula 1".At the time Hartley was a participant of the program of support of young pilots of Red Bull, conducted tests in the Red Bull and Toro Rosso. In 2009 and 2010, Brandon was officially listed as a spare pilot of Red Bull. Then the way Hartley and Red Bull parted, and in 2012 he conducted tests as a part of Mercedes.2012 Hartley takes part in the various races of sport prototypes in Europe and overseas, regularly goes to the start of the 24 hours of Le Mans, and this year became the winner of this marathon behind the wheel of a Porsche.