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Pilot Ferrari Kimi Raikkonen shrugged after the question about what to expect from his team in the first race of the season.Kimi Raikkonen "Our team did a great job, and we understand that Barcelona is different from the track in Melbourne. We have done everything possible to prepare the new car to the conditions, which will affect his work in Australia.Everything looks good, but I don't know, have we done enough to fight for victory. Soon it will out."The last time Ferrari won the first race of the season in 2010.
The Ferrari pilot Sebastian Vettel surprised that nwoa machine, the Red Bull is almost no different from last year. Perhaps in Australia we will see a completely different car.Sebastian Vettel "They just put it on the car 2016 new wide tires It seems that all the updates we will see only in Melbourne".I agree with the pilot of Ferrari and head of Mercedes Toto Wolff.Toto Wolff "We will see a real Red Bull only in Melbourne".Added fuel to the fire, and the head Red Bull Christian Horner.Christian Horner "You can count on the fact that our car will be changed externally to the Grand Prix of Australia. What you see can be quite unexpected".
The pilot of McLaren Fernando Alonso has said he believes in the British team to progress to the Grand Prix of Australia.Fernando Alonso "it is Clear that we have a lot of work ahead, we have much to do to prepare for Melbourne. I know that team works hard and we can find more answers in the next two weeks of work.I hope we will be able to take the next step, we need to be ready for Australia".
Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas on the final day of testing in Barcelona showed the 4th result.Valtteri Bottas "I was able to drive enough laps on my last morning to get out of the car confident in themselves and their abilities. I'm ready to race. I feel that the team was able to improve all components of the car, and we have a real thirst for victories.Over the last two weeks it was so nice to see that we work as a team, whether on the track or on the base. Thank you to everyone at Brackley and Brixworth for the development of and updates to it. I hope that we will be able to extract the maximum before Melbourne".
The pilot Toro Rosso Carlos Sainz showed in the final day of testing in Barcelona the 3rd result.Carlos Sainz "What a wonderful feeling it is to finish the pre-season tests so a good day. I am very happy with the lap times and number of completed laps. Pleased with the race simulation.We're going to start the game in Melbourne, and now we are more positive than a year ago. The season is about to begin and we are ready for the first race. Let's wait and let's do it".
The pilot of McLaren Fernando Alonso in the last days of tests in Barcelona showed 11-th result. The Spaniard drove only 43 laps. Car twice evacuated from the road because of electrical malfunction.Fernando Alonso "Today we saw the most disastrous way to end tests, are unable to use to the maximum the last day. The morning began positively, and we worked well in our program, while the car has not lost power in the first turn and I passed out.We managed to start it again without any problems and everything went smoothly for several laps until the problem repeated itself. We had to get to the problem, and after lunch we continued the work.It is clear that we have a lot of work ahead to be ready for Melbourne. I know that team works hard and we can find more answers when you return the car to the factory. I hope we will be able to take the next step. We have to prepare for Australia".
The pilot of Red Bull Max Verstappen at the end of the final day of pre-season tests in Barcelona showed the 2nd result.Max Verstappen "I'm not too worried about speed. I am sure that we did everything right, checked all of our systems. Also I am sure Renault.All the problems of the power plant can be solved to Melbourne. I'm sure there was nothing serious, just small issues.During testing, you never show all its power, all that can actually. All this is done in order to have in Melbourne show all his speed. That is why we showed its qualifying pace.The most important thing is to check the balance, and we have definitely made progress in this direction, I want there is the potential for development.It was a positive day, our speed definitely increased. We want some more to add, but now it looks positively".
The pilot of McLaren Stoffel Vandorn at the end of the seventh day of testing in Barcelona showed the 7th result. Twice his car had to be evacuated from the track.Stoffel Vandorn "We are unable to conduct any simulation racing. This is a big minus. And the distance we have overcome very little.We have a lot of work, but we will try to do to in Melbourne to be ready for the race. Tomorrow Fernando will be another day in the car, and hopefully in a moment we will be able to find a solution to their problems. I hope tomorrow everything will be better".
The pilot Force India Esteban Windows at the end of the seventh day of testing in Barcelona showed the 3rd result.Esteban Windows "For our machine it's a good day and I am very pleased with what we have achieved. We spent a few short races in the morning and after lunch conducted tests over long periods. I'm quite happy with the pace and the behavior of the car on the track.I think that the team achieved very good progress in understanding VJM10. The next time I sit behind the wheel of the car is already in Melbourne and I am very happy to start the season. It's been an interesting winter with lots of hard work behind the scenes, and now I just want to race".
Pilot Red Bull Daniel Riccardo according to the results of the seventh test day in Barcelona showed 6-th result.Daniel ricciardo "We drove almost 130 laps without problems, so this is a positive result. For me, the day actually went very well. The race simulation went very well, and I was good to go through this test to check the physical form. I'm pleased with myself in this respect, as though tired, but did the job perfectly.As for our work, I would say that the first day this week we looked competitive, but today everything looks different. Although I do not think the pace teams are not worthy of fighting for victory. In Melbourne find out who and where is the balance of power. I think we will be competitive".
Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas at the end of the sixth day of testing in Barcelona showed the best result. The Finn set a new record in the preseason tests.Valtteri Bottas "It was another good day for me. We managed to complete our programme as planned. I must say that today I felt much better in the car after all the changes we have made. We are definitely making progress and I feel more and more comfortable every time I come to the track.Today we focused on more short periods. In the morning we had a number of aerodynamic tests to evaluate some of the new items. It seems that everything works fine.The best circles during the tests have no special significance. What matters is where you will be, when will the race in Melbourne. I'm just glad we managed to complete the full program. I have learned so much for this day".
Haas pilot Roman Grosjean in the sixth day of testing in Barcelona showed 10-th result. The Frenchman drove almost a hundred laps.Roman Grosjean "It was a good day for the team, because we have fulfilled a large part of the planned program. We're still assessing what direction to develop the car, how to work with the settings, what are our strengths and weaknesses. I hope that before Melbourne we will have time to make small adjustments to the settings of aerodynamics and mechanics. I already want to go to the track in Australia to take it all out".
Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas was pleased with his 5th result in the fifth day of testing in Barcelona.Valtteri Bottas "We managed to drive more than 80 laps in four hours is a very good result. We still focusareas for long stretches, working with settings, trying to learn something new about the car.I think the Ferrari looks very strong. Also, we should not underestimate Red Bull. We need to continue to work hard to be in the best form in Melbourne".
The pilot of Renault Jolyon Palmer was satisfied, as were the tests in Barcelona. According to the results of the four-day session, the Briton was in sixth position.Jolyon Palmer "It's a pleasant surprise for our team. I think we had a fairly strong week from the performance point of view. But we don't know how worked the other teams. And we don't know that it will bring on the second half of the tests. Followed by updates to the MelbourneObviously, in the second half of the tests we are waiting for the hard work. Meanwhile, we are in a good position.The car is being improved all the time, in terms of feel and pace. Everything looks very positive".
Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas for the fourth day of testing in Barcelona showed the 8th result.Valtteri Bottas "We did a good job on a wet track, having experienced rain and intermediate rubber. It was interesting to test the capabilities of new cars in the rain. In the end the team got a lot of useful information.We ended the day on slicks, trying them out on long series of circles. This will help us ahead of Melbourne.Unfortunately, the last day of testing this week was shorter than we would have liked. However, for all week we have worked a lot".
The pilot of Red Bull Max Verstappen for the fourth day of testing in Barcelona showed the 2nd result.Max Verstappen "From the point of view of the week, the most important thing for us was to pass as many circles as possible. In General, the car behaved very well.I think Mercedes still has the advantage, but we will be able to catch up with them. Our car will change a lot for Melbourne. So nothing is a foregone conclusion".
Sports consultant to Red Bull Helmut Marko is confident that Mercedes are the clear favorites of the season.Helmut Marko "of Course, Mercedes are still the favorites. They have the most powerful engine and highest reliability.Renault is catching up with the Germans, but how quickly - will see when we get to Melbourne. But we are confident that we will be able to catch the leaders by the middle of the season.Last year Sebastian had a failed season for Ferrari, but now they look strong, but you never know how many overweight Italians leave in the car on tests".
Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas has unexpectedly declared that is ready to win in the first qualifying of the season 2017.Valtteri Bottas "I'm ready to win the qualification I would hope that the car will be good enough. Perhaps it will happen in Melbourne.I think the team this year needs to stay on top. This is a strong stable like never before.I'm definitely ready to fight for pole position and victory. After four years of fighting for podiums in the Williams I am clearly ready for the next step".
The head of Ferrari, Maurizio Arrivabene admitted that he was very pleased to see the birth of a new race car presented during the presentation.Maurizio Arrivabene "It's always very emotional to see on the route new Ferrari. Looking for a new car, I feel the effort, dedication, professionalism and passion of all the people at Ferrari, who together have created this miracle.The car is the result of a team effort and I'm very, very proud of it. The next two weeks we will be in Barcelona, where he will work on our test program. And then in Melbourne we'll see where we are relative to rivals".
Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas spoke about what he expects from the new car and season.Valtteri Bottas "I've never driven a car with this level of downforce. It is incredible The stopwatch won't lie in Barcelona and Melbourne. And then see what she is really capable of, what can the other team.If I thought that can't match or be faster than Lewis, I would rather stay home. I believe in your skills and what's possible, but I need to go step by step, day by day, race by race.Until we've spent on a single circle nor a single race, so no point in guessing which of us is faster".
Of the machines just for the Mercedes didn't have the fin on the engine cover. However, it can appear during tests.Toto Wolff "We have seen a lot of pictures and presentations of other cars with shark fins, but we do not deny the fact that our machine might appear something like this. The evolution of the car from the first day of testing before the first races will be conducted continuously.As you have already seen the launch of the first specification, without fin. We will test it in Barcelona, and in different configurations.We will have an even longer tail than other teams, but its effectiveness should be checked in tandem with the rear wing and other elements of aerodynamics. These new items may appear in the Melbourne".
Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff believes that his team's protests and sanctions the FIA should not touch at the beginning of the season. Recall that many teams opposed the suspension design of the Red Bull and Mercedes.Toto Wolff "I completely relaxed in this situation. I know that already held team meeting on questions of legality of the suspension. And the protests will surely be in Melbourne.But if you talk about Mercedes, I'm sure in a situation we have nothing to fear. We know that the rules state that we know what is allowed and what is not.I think this is just the kick in the beginning of the season, and doesn't really bother us".
Technical Director of the Force India Andy green believes that the protests due to some technical solutions to different teams quite possible in Melbourne.Andy green "Yes, I can with some confidence say that the protests in Melbourne possible. However, if it touches us, we ought first to hear, then to respond.We tested different concepts, each of which has its advantages. We really want to see and understand how the tires and some of our system of mechanical impact on downforce.I think the FIA should give us more clarification on tires and suspension, as this area formed a huge gray zone".
The head of Renault's Cyril abiteboul believes that in the upcoming season, all teams try to outdo each other in the upgrades.Cyril abiteboul "I think this season will be a serious arms race, and I really feel that it is very important to stock up on resources.Even the car, which we presented in Barcelona will be completely different. In addition, and in Barcelona the car will be absolutely no way he will appear in Melbourne. And so it will be from race to race all season.The teams that have the money can handle it. But small stables are not very lucky. I know that the history of Caterham".
The pilot Force India Esteban Windows said that they would try to score points in every race of the new season.Esteban Windows "I must strive to score points in every race. This is the level of Force India, and I'd be disappointed if we don't start the season with good results. I know it won't be easy, and all the teams around us are going to fight for points, but we have to set high goals.The first objective is to test and guide the development of the machine in the right direction. Two weeks later in Barcelona we hope to get an idea of how things will fare in Melbourne".Until the account Windows no points. However, last season he played for a weak team Manor, which no longer exists.
Director Haas Gunther Steiner said that the first days of the tests do not show the real speed of the teams.Gunther Steiner "This will be our first tests, so the main thing is not to drive at full speed, but just to make sure everything works as it should. It is now important to prove that everything you did works. Only the second part of the tests will work on the speed. More precisely, you will be chasing a speed faster than the other team.We need to make sure that everything works. On the car is a lot of new systems and components. The first test is very important just because of the reliability factor. You need to know more about the car. You get a basic version of the car, and working on the rest of the season.We have to drive more laps than last year. It is important to make the machine more reliability. A year ago we had a lot of problems, but we hope that, having reached Melbourne, settle all the issues".Tests will start on February 27. The presentation of the Haas will be held on 26 February.
Non-Executive Director of Mercedes Niki Lauda believes that the tests in Barcelona will not say anything about the alignment of forces in the peloton.Niki Lauda "the Tests in Barcelona will be used only in order to work out the new rules in action. So will the first four days.Four days between sessions will be used to develop updates. Then, from March 7 to March 10, we will work on the lapping machine.Nobody will be restrained, but the actual speed still only show in Melbourne. This time we want to know what are on the right track.I saw the car when it was still under development. I was in awe of her from the beginning. A wider car with big tires looks awesome. Fans it must be good".
The owner of the eponymous team gene Haas believes his team is ready to take the next step forward.Gene Haas "I think our debut was incredibly successful. We have achieved all our goals and even exceeded the plan, and, in the first race.I was a bit surprised by the results of the first Grand Prix, because in Melbourne we were six, and we know what's good in Formula 1. I think the new rules have their pros and cons.One of the positive aspects that we are not worried about the problems of logistics, we have everything you need. The downside is that we have much less time than other teams to work on new machine. But we were ready for it.There is another positive aspect, which deals with new vendors, sponsors and business partners. Now we really began to breathe easier.The new season will be little different from the debut on the intensity of the work, but I know that Haas is the platform to make a step forward,".
Sports Director of the Formula 1, Ross brown admitted that he can't wait to see the new cars of the season 2017.Ross Brawn "the First race I will attend. And I am going to be on the first tests, because I really want to see how will look the new cars. We have introduced radical new rules, and we need to find out as soon as possible, the impact they had on the show.I want the tests to be ready for what awaits us in Melbourne".