MercedesMercedes GP - widely known among fans of racing, the German team in Formula 1. Moreover, it is the factory team of German automotive giant company Mercedes-Benz. The renowned company has exhibited his team to participate in the Grand Prix and World Championships twice. The first - in the middle of the twentieth century, the second - from the 2010 year. At the 1954th and the 1955th's Mercedes GP riders managed to win the title, promising for the fans and the team is 2010. Returning to the track after the break, the team gives great hope to win more and more awards. The way the team in Formula 1 from the beginning could not have been more successful. In the first year of participation in competitions Mercedes GP won the World Cup. The situation was repeated in the next, the 1955th year. However, in the same year, a successful team titled dramatically left the championship. The reason for this decision was the leadership of the accident the pilot Pierre Levega, which killed more than eighty people, including most drivers. Which had a chance to win the race "24 Hours of Le Mans" Mercedes GP team immediately withdrew from the competition. This situation has significantly undermined the reputation of Mercedes, and she was not involved in motorsports for nearly thirty years - to 1987-year. The tragic accident forced to radically revise relevant to the safety of racing, since the security rules have been significantly altered. Gradually, the holding of races had been postponed from public roads closed for special-purpose tracks on which to this day all of auto racing performed on stages in all parts of the globe. Concern Mercedes returned to the sport only when Formula 1 was to gain momentum at the expense of television broadcasts. The track has become a powerful new platform for advertising campaigns famous automobile brands. Since then, the group members supplied the Formula 1 world-class engine of its own production. Prior to 2008 the right to act on the engine had only Mercedes McLaren team. But in the year 2009 engines also received the team Brown and Force India. And finally, after a hiatus of more than half a century, Mercedes Grand Prix team triumphant return to Formula 1.
The pilot of Renault Nico Hulkenberg believes that the team needs two or three years of preparation to fight for victory.Nico Hulkenberg "it is Very difficult to promote the team to the level of Red Bull and Mercedes. The investments we make now in the construction and modernization of the plant, would only benefit two or three years. While it's not running, nothing will happen.All teams have passed through this formative period. This is a normal process. Look at Mercedes, how many years they went to the titles With Red Bull the same story.Our establishment will only take a couple of years because it is a complicated sport and the rules are constantly changing. You need to constantly adapt, and you need new people with new ideas, we need as many people as possible".Today, the Renault team will introduce a new car RS18.
In 2014, team Williams have switched to Mercedes engines and gained a title sponsor in the face of the Martini. Behind the wheel of the car under the number "19" villages Felipe Massa.Massa debuted in Formula 1 in 2002 as part Sauber. Since 2006, the Brazilian played for Ferrari, but in recent years, his results began to fall, and politely asked to leave Maranello. Williams gave Felipe a new chance, and he literally got a second wind.
Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff believes that McLaren and Renault could pose a serious threat to his team in 2018.Toto Wolff "This is the pinnacle of Motorsport in which you have to respect every team and the best pilots.We take Ferrari, we take Red Bull, McLaren we accept, we are serious about Renault. These guys can fight for the championship. And some of the other teams can surprise us".
Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas said that he had worked long enough in the simulator to stop to notice the Halo.Valtteri Bottas "In the simulator, I have already conducted a simulation of the race with Halo and I must say that during the race I almost didn't notice her.I'm sure all the pilots and spectators will quickly get used to Halo. Everything new is always met with apprehension, some even say that it looks ugly. But I think it's only a matter of time - it will get used. And if it helps avoid even one injury is a good device.Their Halo car with the Mercedes team will present on February 22.
Mercedes chief strategist James Powles believes that the new structure of Pirelli tyres in 2018 will contribute to a more tight battles on the track.James Powles "These tires are softer, which means more degradation and more pit stops.Last year, when catching up with another pilot, you couldn't overtake because of the tires. In areas where you need to overtake - the zone of inhibition and acceleration - there was not enough efficiency.In 2018 we will have more differences, and this will bring more overtaking. We don't know just how many of them will be.
Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas admitted that he could not beat his teammate.Valtteri Bottas "of Course he is one of the best pilots in Formula 1, four-time world champion, who has worked in the team. To beat him I couldn't, but last year I several times proved capable of it.It's up to me, I played well throughout the year without failures and gatherings. I need to be fast in all conditions, regardless of what is a track what temperature and what type of asphalt do I need to be the best everywhere.
Champion of the season in 2016 Nico Rosberg believes that this year will once again win for Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton. And this in spite of the promising rumors that came from Maranello.Nico Rosberg "My prediction matches what happened in the past year. Thus, at this time wins again Lewis Hamilton, one step ahead of Sebastian Vettel. Behind them, Valtteri Bottas and both pilots of Red Bull, and this time Verstappen will be faster Riccardo".
Non-Executive Director of Mercedes Niki Lauda said that he is not going to withdraw from the championship after the purchase of the airline Niki.Niki Lauda "Who said that I will be less in Formula 1 Nothing changes. As always, I will attend every Grand Prix and will take part in the work of the team in Brackley and as often as necessary."Toto Wolff, head of Mercedes team "the Work of Niki in our Supervisory Board have never been questioned, no problems at all there.".
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.
Technical Director of Mercedes Andy Cowell said that his team is ready to restriction of three engines for the season.Andy Cowell "the move to three engines means that you need to pass the seven races of each power unit.This is a reasonable step forward, but over the past 10 years, our engineers have achieved a serious breakthrough. Every detail can now go much longer distance than in previous years. This is not new science, it's just a different number of engines".
It is reported that the top three teams of Formula 1 did not want to keep up with the plans of Liberty Media for the championship.Still the team to sell their products separately, but Liberty Media now want to apply the approach, first introduced in NASCAR, when all the goods are sold under one roof.Commercial Director of Liberty "We have done extensive research, and all the promoters of the Grand Prix support plan".However, in the Finnish edition they say that Mercedes and Red Bull and Ferrari do not agree with this plan.An anonymous tipster "throughout the history of Ferrari sold more goods than any other team, and they will not be difficult to find buyers due to their red tents.If fans are impatient, they will not go to the great hall where they have a long way to go to find what they want. I believe that we will lose income with this new structure".
Mercedes has refused to support Pascal Wehrlein. This year, the German left without a seat at Sauber, will become a test pilot with Mercedes.Toto Wolff, head of Mercedes team "We are working with Pascal since 2013. He got the opportunity to prove himself in Formula 1 after 2015 became the champion of the DTM. He spent two difficult seasons in Manor and Sauber, but, nevertheless, will stay in the Mercedes family - in the season of 2018 he'll be our test pilot. In 2019 we will try to return it in the race."Wehrlein had taken part in the tests Mercedes. Obviously, this season he will not only be a test pilot, but the reserve pilot of the German team.
Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff was seen on the Austrian ski slopes in company with Sebastian Vettel, so the German is already waiting for loud headlines in the press.Toto Wolff "Now you write all that Sebastian goes to Mercedes But we are just neighbours in Switzerland and friends, we just have fun times together".
Italian journalist Leo Turrini reported that the Ferrari mechanics managed to increase the power capacity up to 1000 HP before this turn was overcome by the Mercedes engineers.Leo Turrini "Ferrari have worked very hard to reduce the weight of the power plant, and they succeeded. But on the stand the engine produces 1000 HP Is great, although Mercedes has already done this".
The head of Renault's Cyril abiteboul said that his team and Ferrari with Mercedes, will offer the client the stables of its pilots.Cyril abiteboul "It works in the Mercedes with Esteban Windows, it works in Ferrari with Charles LeClair. We know that it works once and with us.We already have the pilots, but until we've established strong relationships with its customers in Formula 1. The next cycle of our development strategy will include pilots in the client teams. Already in 2020, we would like to see in Formula 1 his pupil". F1-world.ru.
In 2009 Formula 1 has a new team Brawn and the pilot Jenson button, who under the number "22", became the champion.Formally Brawn was a new team, but really for that sign disappeared the team BAR-Honda, which appeared in 1999 on the basis of Tyrrell. In 2008, Honda because of the crisis decided to leave Formula 1, literally for pennies sold its team to Ross brown and left on account has sufficient funds, that is, for the first time. That's just about the engines the Japanese have forgotten. But then came to the aid of Mercedes, which at that time was the exclusive partner of McLaren, and provided client version engines.I must say that the Japanese have invested heavily in the creation of machine 2009. According to eyewitnesses, the design of the Honda RA109, which then became Brawn BGP001 at a cost of 500 million. The work was carried out under the guidance of technical Director of Honda F1 Ross Brawn, who eventually became the owner of the new team.Due to the change of engine supplier of Brawn first tests conducted later than the other teams. But the first results are promising. The high potential of the BGP001 has confirmed the first stage in Australia where Jenson button and Rubens Barrichello brought the team a double victory after starting from first position. High speed was due to the sophisticated aerodynamics, including the so-called dual cone, the controversy surrounding which was conducted at the beginning of the season.
As informs German edition Auto Motor und Sport, Renault team will present its new car on February 20.Previously, only four teams have announced the dates of presentation 22 February - Mercedes and Ferrari, 23 Feb., 25 Feb - Toro Rosso.Pre-season test starts in Barcelona on February 25.
Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff admitted that he had changed his opinion on the situation when the teammates are rivals.Toto Wolff "I have always believed that a strong rivalry between the partners is good for the team because they will push each other forward.I think that the lesson that I learned after working with Nico and Lewis, was for me very meaningful. I think you need two pilots who are at a high level, who continue to push each other on the track, but the rivalry should not spill over into the debate outside of the machine.The struggle between Valtteri and Lewis helped us to develop the car very efficiently and helped us win both titles last year. So I am very happy with the pilots and the relations that are in the team".
The President of the FIA Jean Todt said that he will not interfere with the decision of the top teams to leave the League.Jean Todt "for Decades, Ferrari has a veto. When we're going to discuss renewal of the agreement between the teams, the matter would again be discussed. Am I afraid that Mercedes and Ferrari will go It's their choice.Exactly what we don't want anyone to leave. But, of course, Ferrari is one of the iconic brands. Is a company, a team that since its inception, taking part in every Formula 1 championship.So I don't want to see Ferrari out, but I'm not sure that Ferrari will leave Formula 1, because it is a unique brand because it combines between racing and road cars.I think Ferrari will be hard to refuse the Formula-1, but it is not my responsibility".
The President of Mercedes Dieter Zetsche said that his team and Ferrari should remain in the Formula 1 championship.Dieter Zetsche "We are as good and bad cops. We fight each other like crazy on the highway, and try to get every tenth of benefits, but at the same time, we are 100 percent unified together in their thoughts about Formula 1. We have a common vision of the strategic development of the championship.We are good friends with Ferrari. We must stay in Formula 1, but, of course, the platform itself must remain relevant and develop positively for all teams.
In Toro Rosso expect to avoid some of the mistakes made during the ill-fated partnership of McLaren-Honda. The head of the Italian team Franz Toast said that his staff acquainted with the Japanese culture of communication.Franz Toast "For a better understanding of Japanese culture our staff attend interesting seminars.We all know that Japan has its own culture, and it's one of the really challenging task is to synchronize it with our own culture. If we were not sure that this can be achieved, we would never have gone to this agreement.The number of employees is a sound basis for a successful future. Therefore, the additional jobs will help us to move forward. A realistic goal for us for the season is a place in the centre of the peloton.Actually, I don't expect big changes. I still think that Mercedes will be unbeatable, but of course I hope that Red Bull and Ferrari will interpose in this fight for the title. And to be honest, I hope more on Red Bull than a Ferrari".
Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff continues to advertise to the press of Valtteri Bottas, which has already dubbed the second room of the German team.Toto Wolff "Valtteri is a very strong pilot, and we saw it last year. But Lewis was able to gain a good shape after the summer holidays. The only reason he looked stronger. No team tactics was not.Valtteri managed at the end of the season to regain the advantage. Moreover, he continues to progress and after the end of the season. I think he wants to be first and best. He's got what it takes".
Late January - team one after another called the launch date. And that's and Mercedes hastened to report.New car W09 will be presented on 22 February during an online presentation.Earlier the launch date was announced at Ferrari February 22, McLaren 23 February and Toro Rosso 25 February.
Two key specialist left the team Toro Rosso before the start of the new season.The biggest loss is the chief aerodynamicist Brendan Gillham. He worked for Toro Rosso since 2013, and before that couple of years spent in the Mercedes. The reason the engineer is not called, and it is unknown who will replace him.In addition, the team leaves Marco Matassa, who worked as a race engineer Carlos Sainz and Pierre went Out. The Italian goes to Ferrari, where they will conduct training young pilots.
Ferrari President Sergio Marchionne said that the Scuderia was no longer a place for the former champion.Sergio Marchionne "Niki Lauda is fundamental for Mercedes. He always understood what was going on in the mind of the pilot, which is very valuable, and he is rarely wrong in assessing what makes the pilot.However in our team there is no place for such a prophet as he. Maurizio Arrivabene does an excellent job with the pilots Ferrari".Lauda played for Ferrari in 1974-1977 and won two titles. In the early 1990s, the Austrian worked in a consultant.
Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas expects the new car season, the 2018 must be suitable to his driving style more than last year.Valtteri Bottas "the Car was very fast but did not fit my style of piloting, as designed by Nico and Lewis.But the new car will be more suited to me. What I have seen, I was pleasantly surprised. I believe that everything he learned last season will help me in the future".
In 2001, the Sauber team for the first time was in the top four. Her best pilot was Nick Heidfeld, who performed on the car under the number "16".Career of nick, received in the Junior series the nickname "quick Nick" "Nick the Quick", supported by Mercedes, while tightly collaborated with McLaren. Thanks to Heidfeld in 1999 he became a test pilot "silver arrows". In 2000, the German with the support of Mercedes debuted as a prize pilot in the composition of Prost. A year later he found a place in the Sauber.In the late 1990s and early 2000s, the Sauber team actively cooperated with Ferrari, the Swiss used transmissions and many other sites from Maranello, and badged Petronas hiding customer Ferrari engines. The chief designer Sergio Rinland in 2001 built a decent chassis C20, using a number of unusual solutions in aerodynamics and mechanics, including dvuhkilevoe mount front suspension.
This year the limit of use of the engines during the season will be shortened from four to three. Andy Cowell, head of Mercedes, responsible for the creation of motors, believes that this will lead to a considerable increase in costs.Andy Cowell "Three engines for the season is insane. We will have to redesign many of the nodes to increase their reliability.Will not be any savings. We have to collect about 80-100 engines, then to stand to take three or four engine with better characteristics. The cost of the mechanics will increase significantly".
The former head of the eponymous Formula 1 team Giancarlo Minardi believes that Kimi Raikkonen is the weak link in Ferrari, and it can change during the season-2018.Giancarlo Minardi "We expect an interesting season. Many pilots at the end of the year over the contracts, and they need to go all out to prove yourself to potential employers.The extension of the contract with Kimi Raikkonen, I think, was due to the wishes of Sebastian Vettel. But in the second half of the season, Raikkonen has shown inconsistent results.To win the Mercedes, Ferrari should have two strong pilots, and I think that during the season changes may occur".Raikkonen came to Ferrari in 2007 and immediately became a champion. After two not very successful seasons Finn was asked to leave the team. In 2014 Kimi back, but since then has never won the race.