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Test pilot Williams Robert Kubica on the first day of testing in Abu Dhabi showed 9-th result.Robert Kubica "Today I am proud of myself, but I'm happy in Melbourne when will once again sit behind the wheel. If they let me. Today, I had to give the speed just helped the team a lot with the tyres and got the rhythm.My arm still has some limitations, but I'm not piloting a car with one hand, as some say. It is unreal I'm used to the limitations and calmly cope with it. Now I'm even faster than in 2010.Today I re-used for Formula 1 because it has changed a lot. Its previous tests I spent driving other machines. So I was just used to it and enjoyed the speed".
Pilot Red Bull Daniel Riccardo said that his team began work on the car for the next season pretty early.Daniel ricciardo "it was nice that at the end of the season we were able to stabilise the situation, but we must make sure that at the beginning the following will not again far behind. I feel that our starts are always a bit damp, and always has been, when I played for Red Bull.But now things will change. We always thought that started to build the car early enough, but maybe it wasn't enough. That is why we started even earlier this year. I hope we will be able to fight for the title immediately, from the first race in Melbourne. Mercedes too many wins, and we want to change it".
The head of Ferrari, Maurizio Arrivabene said that his team in Bahrain were able to prove their speed and ability to fight for the victory.Maurizio Arrivabene "it's Great to be back at the top of the podium with SEB. More importantly, we are now fully confident that our victory in Melbourne was not just a one-time chance that we will be at the vanguard of this world Cup to the last.We finally have a competitive car, you can count on, and it is important to recognize - we have the speed, as well as upgrades to almost every race. All is the fruit of excellent work on the track and in Maranello, so I not only praised SEB for his achievements in Bahrain, but the whole team".
The pilot of Renault was not able to go in the second round of qualifying of the Chinese Grand Prix due to the yellow flags displayed on the last sector after the accident, Antonio Giovinazzi.Jolyon Palmer "I could advance to the second round, I was on a quick lap and went to the improvement, but yellow flags ruined it. I'm sorry I had to leave her again. I lost second in the last sector, so that the investigation is not concerned.Today was just not my day. Our team after Melbourne took a step forward, so all are optimistic. The speed is there, the mood is good, so tomorrow we will try to get into the points".
The ex-pilot of Formula 1 Gerhard Berger sure that to understand the pattern of the balance of forces in the championship either have to wait three Grand Prix.Gerhard Berger "After one race on urban routes, for example, in Melbourne, it is always difficult to correctly assess the strength of all teams. I say we need to wait three races to get a clearer picture.But it is clear to me that Ferrari has made a big leap forward, and it surprised me. I see that Mercedes are ahead in qualifying or in the races. I believe that Mercedes has maintained the lead.But, of course, as a fan, I hope that the three best teams will fight together, and then we get a great world Cup".
The pilot of McLaren Fernando Alonso in Melbourne are not wearing sunglasses his former sponsor Oakly. Instead, he used glasses brand Kimoa.Spanish edition of Moda reports that Kimoa is actually a fashion brand created by Alonso and his Manager Luis Garcia Abad.Luis Garcia Abad "the First step in brand promotion is a pure online job, since this platform has a global reach.In 2018, we may consider placing their logos on Formula 1 cars".
The pilot of McLaren Stoffel Vandorn believes that the Chinese Grand Prix for his team will be easy.Stoffel Vandorn "the Last race is over for us, not as we would like, but we also know that in China the team will be very hard. Yes, we have some new details for this weekend, and as usual, we will be working to get the maximum from our package upgrades, but I don't think it will solve all our problems.This track is new to me, so I look forward to work on Friday to see this track, feel it. I studied the ring only in the simulator.The track in Shanghai is different from Melbourne and the following race in Bahrain, a variety of characteristics. The combination of low and medium-speed corners, and then long and fast straight makes hard to think about a choice of settings. Well, let's see on Friday what we can achieve on this track".
Head Red Bull Christian Horner believes that the conclusions about overtaking you need to wait until the Bahrain Grand Prix.Christian Horner "I Think we should leave the final opinion up to the end of the race in Bahrain. If you look at Melbourne, historically there has never been a lot of overtaking. China and Bahrain are the two tracks where to overtake is much easier.I liked to observe how the pilots attacked throughout the race. Nobody was saving fuel and tyres as before."During the last race in Australia, the experts counted a total of five traverses.
Head Red Bull Christian Horner said that his team wants to achieve greater progress.Christian Horner "We want to progress. Our car is clearly the third, but in the next two races we intend to reduce the backlog.In Melbourne, Ferrari produced the most powerful impression, and they have probably the strongest car at the moment.But honestly, I don't think Mercedes are too far ahead of us. In my opinion, we should find half a second in China".
Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff believes that the overtaking in modern Formula 1 became a big problem.Toto Wolff "After the first Grand Prix held in Australia, we see that Formula 1 has changed. Overall, I like the new world of Formula-1.However, it is obvious that the leads are a big problem. Perhaps this was due to the track in Melbourne. As I said, Bottas, to follow the actions of other cars around was very difficult, so to make overtaking more dangerous".
Technical Director of Ferrari's Mattia Binotto was pleased with the victory in the first race, but not in a hurry to relax.Mattia Binotto "am I Happy Yes, of course. In the race we saw the fruits of their hard work. But we still have 19 stages, and today's race shows how even the smallest details can create a huge difference between who is ahead and who is behind. We must therefore continue to make every effort for the development of his car. As for this weekend in Melbourne, we are now clear that the gaps between the leaders is minimal, and so it will be in future Grand Prix.SEB did a great job with their work, while Kimi was definitely a more difficult race, in part because he started the race a little further from the first line than Vettel. However, he managed to hold this position to the finish, and the result showed what he can do".
Pilot Mercedes Lewis Hamilton showed the best time in the qualification of Grand Prix of Australia. For the British this is the sixth pole position in Melbourne.Lewis Hamilton "It's a fantastic weekend. Literally from Friday we all went perfectly. Ten years ago I first worked on this track, and now managed to take his sixth pole position. The team did a great job on the tests, during the break before the start of the first Grand Prix. On Friday we also did a lot of work to today this result became a reality.We really worked very hard. Now we have to achieve victory in the race."Five times Hamilton started from pole position in Australia, but only two times he managed to win the race.
The pilot Toro Rosso Carlos Sainz on the results practices Grand Prix of Australia showed the 7th result.Carlos Sainz "This is a positive start the first weekend of the season. Great to achieve such speed in Australia on a difficult track. We were able to work our entire programme with no problems, and that was our goal today. We were able to gradually improve throughout the day. Now I have an hour to relax and then start working with the team, because Saturday always got hard. We still need to understand how to be faster on the same lap.It really is a new and superfast cars. Today I drove the fastest lap of my life in Melbourne, and it's only the second training session".
The pilot Force India Sergio Perez and Esteban Windows on the results practices Grand Prix of Australia showed 11-th and 13-th results, respectively.Sergio Perez "it is Always important to start the year with an accident-free day and walk a lot-a lot of laps. As usual in Melbourne, the track was very dirty during first session, and much has changed in the second half of the day. We tried almost all the compositions of the tires, and we have the data we need to progress to Saturday. I think there are a few areas where we can improve. Good thing the team agree with my opinion, and the work is now in full swing."Esteban Windows "I was not able to work well during the morning practice because of a problem with the brakes. After dinner we all went back to normal and I was able to show good pace. Gradually I found my rhythm. Today's priority is routine work to the study of those spaces that remained after the tests in Barcelona. We need to understand where we can succeed and progress. I hope we will be able to take a step forward during the final practice to prepare for the qualification".
The pilot of McLaren Fernando Alonso has said that will do his team in the first Grand Prix of the season 2017.Fernando Alonso "the First step is to work on reliability, and only then will we be able to make any assumptions or predictions about the speed. And yet, we will try as much as possible to enjoy the first Grand Prix. After a hard two weeks of tests, we are well prepared for a difficult weekend in Melbourne.We will do everything in our power. Rest assured that the team will be a lot of hard work but lack of time means that we have very little room for upgrades".On account Alonso 14 races in Australia. And once Fernando was not able to get to the finish line - last year, after a collision with Esteban Gutierrez. Five times the Spaniard was raised on the Australian podium, and only in 2006 he was able to win the race.
Pilot Williams Felipe Massa told about his attitude to the track in Melbourne.Felipe Massa "Australia is a fantastic place, the best to start the season. But not only because it is very beautiful, but also because there are incredibly kind and nice people. So it's always very nice to come to Australia. It is really an ideal place to start the racing season.The tracks here are quite complex. He is half of the racing surface, half of the city's roads, so to choose the right settings is very difficult.I look forward to the first race This is always a very important race, because for the first time all teams will compete really."On account of the mass of 14 races in Australia. But only in seven races, the Brazilian managed to reach the finish line. Best result - 3 place in 2010.
Renault technical Director Bob bell believes that the problems with ERS, often occurring during the tests in Barcelona, should not manifest itself during the race in Melbourne.Bob bell "Tests of new upgrades allowed us to draw the appropriate conclusions. We know the reasons for any failures in the operation system ERS. We are all modernized and strengthened. I am sure that the problems in Melbourne will be able to avoid".
The pilot Force India Esteban Windows told about his attitude to the first race of the season 2017.Esteban Windows "I feel great after a long winter and very glad to come to Melbourne. I will first come to the track in albert Park. I don't know her very well, but last year was able to meet her, as a spare pilot Manor.It's a good track and all the turns, the whole track I really like. Of course, it is always difficult when you need to work on the new track, you quickly have a lot to learn. but I will do my best to achieve the correct feedback and to help engineers tune the car for the race".
Pilot Red Bull Daniel ricciardo is confident that a victory in the first race of the season-2017 will fight only two teams.Riccardo Daniel "Tests and analysis of the information shows that Ferrari and Mercedes very fast. They were fast during all the tests, and they showed it during the simulation race distance. I don't think we are as quick as these two teams.It seems to me that for victory in Melbourne will fight only these two stables. We are only approaching their level. I feel that very soon and we bind them fight.
The pilot of McLaren Fernando Alonso has said that his team is preparing for a difficult weekend in Australia.Fernando Alonso "After a difficult two-week test, we are ready to meet with difficulties in Melbourne.We will do our best to overcome difficulties and shortcomings. We have a few options to fix something. We have little time to work on the bugs.The first step is to work on reliability. Then we will work on speed".
The pilot Force India Sergio Perez believes that in Australia many things can happen, so you need to be ready to take advantage of any opportunity.Sergio Perez "You never know what opportunities may appear in racing, so you should always be ready to accept them.The first race of the year is always fun. We had a long winter, an opportunity to recharge the batteries, but now I just want to race.Australia is the best place to start the season this is a wonderful country and I love to come here. In Melbourne there is plenty to do outside the track, and it is the most unique weekend in the season.Now it is important not to be distracted we want to start the season well, find your rhythm and continue working".On account of Perez six races in Australia. Sergio three times finished in the points. Best result - 8th place in 2012.
Pilot Sauber Pascal Wehrlein said that not experiencing health problems before the start of the Grand Prix of Australia.Recall that the German missed the first week of pre-season tests in Barcelona because of the consequences of the accident during the Race of Champions in Miami.Pascal Wehrlein "the Tests showed that I was in good shape. The doctors managed to restore my back in no time. The consequences could be much more horrible, I really was lucky.After intensive physical training in the last few weeks I am very glad I came to Melbourne. I feel well prepared for the start of the first race. No pains don't bother me. I am motivated to fight for points".
Pilot Sauber Marcus Ericsson has admitted that eagerly awaits the start of the first race of the season.Marcus Ericsson "I like Melbourne because it is a fantastic place. The fans and the atmosphere there is just great. I enjoy visiting the city, and I love that albert Park is located right in the center of town.I can't wait to finally start the season 2017 in Australia. After a difficult pre-season testing with a large amount of data collection I was still optimistic before the start of the first race. It will be interesting to see what our new car".On account of Ericsson's three races in Australia. Best result - 8th place in 2015.
The pilot of Red Bull Max Verstappen spoke about his attitude to Melbourne, where the following weekend will host the Grand Prix of Australia.Max Verstappen "We always come to Australia a bit earlier because of the time difference, so we have the opportunity to acclimatize. The first two or three days, you fight with drowsiness, but soon this feeling passes. In addition, we are all very nervous before the start of the first race.I like Melbourne because it's a nice city here, nice decor and always good weather. This is a great place to stay. I found some great restaurants by the Yarra river, so when we have time, I'll go there for dinner."On account of Verstappen two races in Australia. Best result - 10th place in last year.
The head of the sports division of Honda Yusuke Hasegawa believes that his company will have time to prepare an updated engine for the Grand Prix of Australia.Yusuke Hasegawa "it is Obvious that the problems we encountered in Barcelona had limited time on the track and this put additional pressure on our pre-season preparation. However, we still managed to collect a huge amount of useful data.In fact, we had not so many problems as it looked from the outside. While still in Barcelona we were able to take some countermeasures and they have proved their effectiveness during the second part of the tests.From the performance point of view, we have opportunities for improvement. We can change the settings of cartography, and it will help us update the engine to the Melbourne".
Pilot Sauber Pascal Wehrlein admitted that he very much expects from the race in Melbourne.Pascal Wehrlein "Australia Grand Prix will be special for me and for the team Sauber. This is the beginning of my new career in the Swiss team. I am sure that when the five lights go out, I can get a unique race.During the second week of pre-season tests I was able to achieve high productivity, examining the work of the car and giving the team feedback. After hard physical training in the last few days I am very glad that I went to Melbourne, thanks to what was able to breathe a bit.I feel well prepared for the difficult start of the season. Now everything looks promising for me, but we'll never know the final result until you finish this race".
Pilot Red Bull Daniel Riccardo said that he was pleased to start the season with a home Grand Prix.Daniel ricciardo "it's Always nice to return to the native land and to enjoy the sun after the winter tests. My home race is a terrific show, but for me it's primarily hard work, which will begin on Monday.I'm going to talk to the press, a lot of work with sponsors. I have to attend a lot of events and at the same time to prepare for the race. It's hard work, but pleasant.See you in Melbourne"The best result of ricciardo in Australia 4th place in 2016.
Pilot Red Bull Daniel ricciardo expressed hope that Ferrari will be able during the season to deal with Mercedes.Daniel ricciardo "the first day of testing Ferrari made a very good impression. I hope they continue in the same spirit, because it would be nice if someone was able to fight with Mercedes.The Scuderia managed to take a step forward and they do just fine with the new tires. I also know that if SEB a good car, to overtake him was impossible.In the same conditions we are about on the same level as the best machines, we are falling behind quite a bit. I think sooner or later we will start to fight for higher positions, I hope Melbourne".
Non-Executive Director of Mercedes Niki Lauda believes that his team will now have to seriously.Niki Lauda "All say that we are the favourites, only because for three consecutive years Mercedes was a champion. But it is our past. Only naive people may think about our superiority. I think we have a difficult year.At the moment nobody can say who will be ahead in Melbourne. I am sure that many teams are equal in speed".