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The head of Pirelli Mario Isola said he hoped to see more overtaking this year compared to last season.Mario Isola "we Have an interesting lineup of tires for this season. Last year part of the Software was the current Medium that will allow teams to adapt it to the majority of tracks. This year we will not only use only Soft, Supersoft and Ul.In addition, we have Gipersoft. We expect two pit stops per race and more overtaking than last year. Slightly increase the level of degradation that will affect teams on the track".
The Formula 1 world champion Nigel Mansell believes that working with the strongest pilots is the best option for progress.Nigel Mansell "the Competition at a high level is one thing, but win at a high level - is quite another.I have always been interested to work in a team with the best pilots, world Champions, because guys like you will quickly learn and become better. I was always interested in the experience of others. This is the best teacher for the pilot." F1-world.Giza his career, Mansell had to work with four Champions Mario Andretti in the Lotus, Keke Rosberg and Nelson Piquet at Williams, Alain Prost at Ferrari.
The head of Pirelli Mario Isola said that his company wants to remain in Formula 1 in the future.Mario Isola "I think this year we will have a tender because usually the FIA has announced a tender procedure for the year before the transaction. We are interested in continuing cooperation, and we will talk about this with the FIA and with the Commission of Formula-1.I believe that the intention of the FIA and the leadership of the Formula 1 consists in the continuation of the cooperation. We are interested in Formula 1 because it is a good platform for marketing, and it is constantly evolving. We are happy to be a part of this family, we are happy to be a good technical partner for the Formula-1".Recall that Pirelli is the exclusive tyre supplier for Formula 1 from 2011. This year's lineup of rubber is supplemented by two types Gipersoft and Superhard.
Sports Director of Pirelli Mario Isola admitted that he still believes Robert Kubica fastest driver.Mario Isola "Robert is a very experienced pilot. Although he had not acted in Formula 1, it still remained necessary skills. When I asked him about the tires, I clearly told about peculiarities of their behavior.But I must admit that one should not expect miracles from the pilot, who was in a serious accident and missed several seasons. Naturally, he lost to the pilot who was driving a modern Formula 1 a lot of tests.Kubica will need time to adapt. I still consider him the fastest driver".Earlier, the expert from BBC's Andrew Benson said that Kubica lost to Sergey Sirotkin in the fight for a place at Williams because of problems with the new tyres Pirelli.Andrew Benson "the Main problem of Robert speed in qualifying mode. In the car with empty tanks he has failed to achieve a significant improvement in time. He complained to his Manager on the problems with the tires".
In 1993, the head of McLaren, Ron Dennis has called in your team of Michael Andretti, champion overseas IndyCar series and son of 1978 champion Mario Andretti. Formally, the American became the first pilot and got the number "7".At the end of 1992, the minders Honda decided to leave Formula 1. Dennis hoped to get the champion motors Renault, but the deal fell through, so the season-1993 McLaren had to spend with customer Ford engines that lost to the French engines, stood on the machines Williams, about 60 HP On this background, the team leader Ayrton Senna was in no hurry to sign a new McLaren contract and even considered the possibility of transition in the IndyCar, and Gerhard Berger took up the invitation and Ferrari. Not to be left without experienced pilots, Dennis was invited Andretti, who won IndyCar in 1991.Debut Andretti proved to be difficult. In the first phase in South Africa, Michael came down due to a collision with an opponent already on the fifth circle, the two following races ended with crashes on the first lap in the fourth race of the American deployed in the middle distance. Only at the fifth stage in Spain he was able to finish fifth and earn their first points. In that time Senna, who has signed a contract with McLaren at every race, managed to win two victories and polytyrosine in the championship.
Next season line of tires for Formula 1 will be expanded added the softest type Gipersoft and the hard Superhard. True, not the fact that the latest type of rubber we will see during the Grand Prix.All types of rubber became softer, and the same Superhard is still Hard. Last year it was only used during the Grand Prix of Spain.Mario Isola, the head of the sports division Pirelli "We decided to err. Most times, we won't use Superhard in the race. Just know how rapid will be a new car, how much will increase the load on the tire in turns. We are counting on the tires Hard, but if we get another more rigid type of rubber".
The head of Pirelli Mario Isola believes that softer new tires for 2018 will create new opportunities for the design of the cars.Mario Isola "the Feedback from the pilots after tests were positive, and Gipersoft was one second faster than Ul.The other compounds were slightly closer to each other in speed than we expected, but it's not a problem because we don't have to enter similar compounds in the race, and to miss one of the trains means a more flexible strategy from the teams.We wanted to leave the door open for one pit stop per race. It's right for motorsports.We believe that these tyres will allow the designer to freely explore two directions of development of the car make the car very quick, but merciless to the tires, or more meleney, but effectively working with the tyres".
Pirelli tyres brought to Abu Dhabi three of the most soft composition of the rubber. However, the rubber on this track wears out very slowly, so it is expected that all drivers will race with one pit stop.Mario Isola, Pirelli "As we expected, the track conditions during qualifying did not changed, and tires Ul allows us to set the lap record. As it turned out, the bus Ul I endured two quick circle and alternated fast and slow laps.In the race, obviously, all go with one pit stop first Ul, then the Supersoft. The window to change the tire quite large, since the tire wear is pretty slow".
The engines of Formula 1 in 2021 want to make it easier and cheaper to make in the League could involve small private companies. However, Mario Illien, a renowned expert on racing engines and owner of Ilmor, doubts that you can do without solid sponsors or support automakers.Mario Illien "In principle, the correct concept. Yes, the engines should become easier and cheaper. However, private companies creating such an engine still will not do without serious financial assistance.Work with two clients will be difficult. If at least one of them will be in a difficult situation, then the whole thing will come to an end. Need serious help sponsors or manufacturers."In 1993-2001, the company Ilmor built engines Formula 1 under the brand name Mercedes, who used the team Sauber and McLaren. Later a German company bought the business from Illiana. A few years later Illien created a new company under the old name Ilmor.
The head of Pirelli Mario Isola confirmed that his company is busy developing a new tire for rain races.Mario Isola "We are developing new rain tires. This year, we ran some tests, but before you change your current formulations, we still need to run some tests.So, we have some ideas we are testing. If we can develop more high-quality composition for rain, ask FIA and Charlie Whiting to homologate them for the next season outside".
The head of Pirelli Mario Isola believes that the soft tyre will be the best choice for the race in Brazil.Mario Isola "As we have seen during a race in Mexico, soft tyres are the best choice for a track of this type, therefore, in Brazil we have brought softer compounds of tyre compared to last year, when the choice fell on hard types. All this will set new records during the race weekend.What strategy is optimal We don't know, because race in Brazil is always held in extreme conditions of dense struggle. Here is short round, there's changeable weather, there is always traffic. The team will decide what is best for them. We are sure that all the drivers will work with the soft compounds of the tyres".
Pirelli has agreed to supply softer tyres to the teams and pilots of Formula 1 in 2018.Despite the fact that this year's tyres have become wider from the pilots is criticism of the most solid compositions.Technical Director of the Force India Andy green "Hard compound so misplaced for this generation of racing cars that I don't know a single pilot who wants to see them on the car."The head of Pirelli Mario Isola responded to the criticism by promising to opt out of hard compounds of tyres, scheduled for the upcoming races, including Sepang, Suzuka and Brazil. And he also promised that the tires of 2018 will be more soft.Mario Isola "All change to some degree. What was the Ul next year will be the Supersoft, Supersoft will become Soft, and Soft will become Psychic. All it means is that we, of course, developing all new tires Ul.We will have a bus ready for commands that can be checked during the tests in Abu Dhabi".
Pirelli left the Belgian Grand Prix, insisting that the tires of 2017 safe. During the weekend in Spa, it was possible to observe alarming time-lapse footage showing the strong vibration of the rear tires while driving at high speeds.Technical Director of Pirelli Mario Isola "This happened only in two places when accelerating in turns 1 and 19. Of course, we saw the television footage, but we've also seen some of these teams, demonstrating vibration, which we haven't seen before.But after inspecting the tires we can say that everything is in order, there is no danger. The tires don't spin on the rim - we can see this on the labeling and regulation valves".
The head of Pirelli Mario Isola said that we should expect from the race in Spa.Mario Isola "Pirelli participated in the Spa endurance race last month. And the race showed us all know about this track changeable weather, unpredictable competition and the high requirements for tires.Now that we have implemented ultra-wide tyres in Formula 1, we expect that new developments will take place in the upcoming race. For example, a race with two pit stops, the most probable strategy. But we'll know more after Friday's practice.Develop the optimal strategy for a particularly difficult race in Spa, as it must be flexible the possibility of rain, safety car or even red flag, as we have seen in the past year, can affect the outcome of the race. On this track you can't act on a clear plan".
The head of Pirelli Mario Isola told about what the options strategies have of Lewis Hamilton.Mario Isola "Lewis Hamilton has a number of alternative strategies that may have affected its fine. Start on the Supersoft gives you the ability to go the distance in a pair of Ul or Soft depending on the race conditions. It seems that the universal strategy will be the preferred choice for tomorrow, but of course it depends on weather conditions, which remain uncertain.Also it was nice to see that the time of the pole position today was two seconds faster than last year".
There are rumors that the head of Pirelli Mario Isola involved in a conspiracy with Ferrari, as only this Italian team is able to deal with new formulations of tires.Mario Isola "I was talking with Toto Wolff on this topic several times. Talked to him about the conspiracy. Wolff suspects us, he just thinks that Ferrari learned how to use the tyres better than the Mercedes.Ferrari has developed a very balanced car, and the whole secret is that the team is able to get to work tires front and rear.This sport is the best, there is great importance hundredths of a second. Therefore, only the best will be able to fully understand the work of this rubber".
The Formula 1 world champion of 1978, Mario Andretti admitted that he was very disappointed that Fernando Alonso can't fight for the title.Mario Andretti "the Only thing that makes the pilot happy - competitiveness. Everything else is a complete disappointment. Alonso is in the best phase of his career and spends his time in vain. McLaren clearly feels the same pain, because this is a team that knows how to be the best.I think this will improve the team. Looks like they have a great chassis, and the engine situation is clearly improving. I am sure that he will achieve points before the season ends.I am sure that after the Indy 500, its value rose. He deserves the respect that it receives. There were no losers except the engine".
The head of Pirelli Mario Isola congratulated the Scuderia to victory in Monaco, the first since 2001.Mario Isola "Though it was always clear that the strategy with one stop would be optimal, today we saw a wide range of options and possibilities. Pilots choose when to pit stop, which led to unexpected results.As expected, the tire wear was low. Long stretches even at the Ul on the hot asphalt does not become a hindrance to teams.Congratulations to Ferrari since winning the double at the historic track".
The head of Pirelli Mario Isola commented on the results of the qualification in Monaco.Mario Isola "It was a really unpredictable qualifying session, where we learned additional information about tires. Ul were used from the beginning to the end in qualifying that was initially the most likely scenario, especially since the pilots were able to make several qualifying laps on one set without any loss of speed.One pit stop is, of course, the optimal strategy of the race. Perhaps someone wants to start the race on the Supersoft, then to use the safety car to move at a faster rubber, which will remain until the end of the race".
The head of Pirelli Mario Isola commented on the selection of teams for the upcoming Monaco Grand Prix.Mario Isola "Three of the most soft composition - the obvious choice for Monaco, but they still give a lot of opportunities for strategic change, because wear and degradation are extremely low. This will allow teams to choose when and what part of them to make his only pit stop. This is the first Grand Prix, where pilots could choose their own tires, and, as expected, the vast majority chose Ul. These tires will be used in the qualification and in the race".
Head Red Bull Christian Horner is confident that the Mercedes mechanics won't make a move to meet colleagues from Honda.Christian Horner "Not that I know, but I'll be very surprised if Mercedes will start to share the development with Honda. Honda works with Mario Illiano, a very capable man who, I think, be able to understand the problem".
In Spain you can use the tires Soft, Medium and Hard. According to the engineers Pirelli, teams will choose two of the most soft type, and will race with two pit stops.Mario Isola, Pirelli "the Results in qualifying turned out very dense, the gaps between the machines are minimal.In the race we are waiting for the tactics with two pit stops. The difference between rubber Soft and Medium is large, so the teams will try to pass on the softer tyres to the greater distance. We expect all decide to drive two segments on the Soft and one on Medium.
The head of Pirelli Mario Isola pointed out the problems of the teams in preparation for the Grand Prix of Spain.Mario Isola "Quite strong and changeable winds created difficulties for the teams to work with our tires. It was especially difficult to work in the afternoon. Not helped the teams to gather more information and red flags in the end of the session.However, we saw that the gap between the tire Hard and Medium is about 1.8 seconds. We expect that the gap between the speed of these tyres during the race will be more than 1.5 seconds. We think that teams will choose these compounds for the next race. The level of degradation of the compounds is about the same. Understanding of the tyres will be key to strategy".
The head of Pirelli Mario Isola believes that the degradation of rubber during the race Grand Prix of Spain may be higher than during the winter tests.Mario Isola "It's the last race, where a fixed selection of types of rubber. Since Monaco, the pilots will be able to pick and choose the amount of each of the compositions of the tyres.Barcelona - a famous meeting place of the aerodynamic evolution of the car, a new package of upgrades and tires. We understand that with the increased performance of the cars the tires are obviously going to experience a higher level of degradation compared to the winter tests. In addition, it can be expected that the weather is now much warmer than in February,".
The head of Pirelli Mario Isola said his company will closely watch how Russia will handle commands after two days of tests in Bahrain.Mario Isola "the Race in Russia will take place after two days of tests in Bahrain, so interested to see what lessons the team learned from this experience as they work with the tyres in Sochi.At first glance, Sochi is the track with the low intensity of destruction of rubber, and more durable tyres this year should lead to the fact that the race will take place with one pit stop. However, the first time we are going there with tires Ul, so it is unknown how wide the new tires will manifest itself. We also believe that the difference in speed between the soft compounds will be negligible".
The Formula 1 world champion in 1978 and winner of the Indy 500 Mario Andretti believes that Fernando Alonso chose the right time to participate in the legendary race.Mario Andretti "the right time is a great opportunity for Fernando, because in Formula 1 now nothing is happening. McLaren is not a rival top teams, but he's still in his Prime.Despite the fact that Monaco is probably best suited McLaren this year, in Indianapolis, Fernando is going to achieve a result higher than if he played in Monaco.I think that's what he hopes and what he expects".
The head of Pirelli Mario Isola was pleased with how the tested new compounds of tires during the tests in Bahrain. Tests conducted by Sebastian Vettel.Mario Isola "Our company is satisfied with the tests in Bahrain. We, along with Ferrari have fulfilled the planned program. Let with the machine was not all right in the morning, we still met all the points. And all thanks to the mercy of the managers of the track, which allowed us to work an extra three hours.Vettel was able to pass 130 laps, checking different options of rubber compounds for next year. We are satisfied with the cooperation with the Sakhir circuit, since local weather conditions are ideal for our work. We collected a lot of useful information that will be analyzed on the basis of in Milan".
Honda is working hard to prepare a new specification of your engine and test it in Bahrain.According to Spanish publication Marca, the head of Honda Yusuke Hasegawa recognized that the problem at the moment is connected with the internal combustion engine.Yusuke Hasegawa said, "We don't want to set a date for the debut of the new engine, but we are pleased that this year there are no restrictions on completion of the power plant. This untied our hands. Once it is ready, we will use".If the tests in Bahrain will be successful, the team McLaren will get new engines at the Grand Prix of Russia.Earlier it was reported that the consultant for Honda is Mario Illien, an expert in the development of racing engines. By the way, in his time, he created a company that is now making engines for Mercedes.
The head of Pirelli Mario Isola believes that the products his company worked fine in combat conditions of the race Grand Prix of Australia.Mario Isola "the New era of Formula 1 began with a fantastic race in Australia. The pilots were able to fight tightly throughout each of the segments. As we expected, the teams chose different strategies for its pilots, so it was possible to observe a variety of schemes. Even the leaders have been working on different schemes.Rubber worked with a low level of degradation, so we saw the pilots put the quick laps at the end of the race on tyres that were more than 30 laps.