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Mika Salo, former Formula 1 driver and now a consultant to SMP Racing, believes that Russian rookie Sergey Sirotkin and his partner Williams lance Stroll, who has one full season are about on the same level.Mika Salo "Sergey is a talented guy, he is well versed in the technique, he has the experience obtained on the tests in the Renault.I think Sirotkin and Stroll are on the same level of competition, but only the race will show, like it or not. Of course, they will fight among themselves that will positively affect the development of the team.
His first season the Dane Jan Magnussen, father of the pilot Haas Kevin Magnussen, conducted in 1997 for Stewart under the number "23".At the time, Jan Magnussen was considered a very promising pilot. In 1994 he won the British Formula 3, putting a few records and got a contract test-pilot of McLaren. In 1995 he made his debut in Formula 1, replacing the Grand Prix of the Pacific ocean about Mika h kkinen. In 1996, he remained in reserve McLaren, and a year later received an invitation from Jackie Stewart, who gathered to exhibit their own team.In the season 1997 23-year-old Magnussen was the partner of the experienced Rubens Barrichello. The first season for Stewart was very challenging because of the constant technical problems. Ian only managed four times to get to the finish, and the best result - 7th place in Monaco. The Dane flashed in Austria, which showed the 6-th qualifying result, but in the race his engine failed.
Last year a member of the Racing Academy of Ferrari was the Russian Robert Shwartzman. The ex-pilot of Formula 1 Mika Salo told about prospects of the Russian pilot who this year will act Euroseries Formula 3.Mika Salo "It is very fast. We noticed it even in karting. Robert is always ready to learn, he speaks Russian, Italian, English and French. This is the best pilot from Russia in recent years.In the Racing Academy of Ferrari, he will learn a lot. Last season he won a lot of races, but often made stupid mistakes.Let's see what will happen next. A lot will depend on how he'll spend the season in Formula 3".In 2017 Schwartzman played in the European series, Formula Renault 2.0, has won 6 of the 23 races and took third place overall.
Two-time champion of Formula 1 Mika Hakkinen believes that in the journey to the world of Royal races is very expensive.Mika Hakkinen "to break into Formula 1, you definitely need all the elements, including good contacts and big money.It is difficult to give an exact amount of money, but if you get into Formula 1, you probably already spent many millions.The situation with Sirotkina Williams doesn't look strange to me. It is business as usual, where the team simply chose a better option for themselves".
Mika Hakkinen - a vivid example of how the young pilot joined the team was in crisis, survived her difficult times and succeeded.Hakkinen came to McLaren in 1993, even as a test pilot, and at the end of that season, replaced the fired Michael Andretti. After the departure of Ayrton Senna Finn became the de facto leader of the team, experienced two shifts of mechanics, and three failed season. Victory to the McLaren back in 1997, with the advent of the Mercedes engines, new title sponsor and Adrian Newey.In the season of 1998 radically changed the technical regulations, and best of all coped with the task Newey, prepared McLaren MP4/13. Machine was efficient aerodynamics, a powerful Mercedes engine and the Bridgestone tires, which in most of the races had an advantage over Goodyear. In accordance with the position in the constructors ' championship, McLaren has received a start number "7" and "8". As in the previous season best was David Coulthard, he formally received the status of a first pilot and a "seven" on the nose. The Hakkinen went to the "eight".
Two-time champion Mika Hakkinen thinks the sport is important to stay hungry, or to fight for victory do not have the energy and desire.Mika Hakkinen "the Achievement of Lewis's impressive, it's a whopping four title, and he's still hungry to win. This is very important in this sport.When I won my two titles in 1998 and 1999, I was determined to win in 2000. But Schumacher was able to beat me. It was more hunger. I felt devastated after this battle. I couldn't find the strength to fight for victory. So I decided to leave".
Finnish two-time Formula 1 world champion Mika Hakkinen has defended his compatriot Valtteri Bottas, who last season took third place.Mika Hakkinen "this year the Mercedes car was created taking into account the wishes of Lewis Hamilton. For Valtteri, it was the first season in the Mercedes, and this car did not suit his style of piloting. Now he must participate in the development of a new car.Next season will be new rubber, and I hope this will help, Valtteri. His partner is four-time champion is good in terms of education."Last season, Bottas won three races, while Lewis Hamilton stood on the top rung exactly three times more often.
The ex-pilot of Formula 1 David Coulthard called on Valtteri Bottas to work hard to get back in the fight for victory.David Coulthard "I was having such a difficult time when he worked at McLaren with Mika Hakkinen.Valtteri just needs a lot of work to figure out where and what he was behind Lewis, and believe that the gap he is able to overcome.Valtteri is a fast and talented driver. He is quiet and reserved, but he needs to think about racing and believe in yourself. At the same time, we must also understand that he partner one of the fastest pilots of the peloton".
Two-time Formula 1 world champion Mika Hakkinen said that in late 2001 he took a leave of absence but never returned to the sport.Finn tested the McLaren at the end of 2006, but in a recent interview with Unibet said that he was ready to return, but decided not to.Mika Hakkinen "It was close. I retired in 2001, and everything was fine. But after a few years I had a certain feeling. I felt mentally and physically ready to return to Formula 1.I practiced a lot. I flew to England to work in the simulator McLaren. I've spent a lot of days. It was probably 2004 or 2005. I was fully prepared to return to Formula-1. And as two-time champion I knew how to be ready for it, I would have been better than ever. I was negotiating with Williams, but it didn't work. This was largely because the negotiations were up and down. I didn't like it.Finns are very black and white. If you do something, you will do it. You go straight to the point. And while I understand that this is a complex case, but they couldn't get a better pilot than the double world champion.There were other problems. And it was not about a crazy amount of money, which could not be considered. There were other problems that influenced the decision.I tested the McLaren, drove the car all day, dashed in many circles after all these years, and all went well. We all analyzed. I knew about the problem with a computer that constantly blocked the wheels. We couldn't do anything about it. We are unable to fix it because we didn't have new items.This Is Formula 1. This is a permanent solution to the problems, it's constant suffering. I wanted to get back to thisI had a reason. If I return, I will again work with the same issues. Fortunately, the tests went smoothly.I got into Formula 1 in 1991. It took me seven years to win the race. The same thing could happen on the return. I'm not going to waste seven years. After winning two Championships I can be satisfied with their achievements".
Finnish ex-pilot of Formula 1 Mika Salo believes that the opportunity to fight for the title lost to his compatriot Valtteri Bottas after disappointing performances in Belgium.Mika Salo "It was not the best weekend for Valtteri. For the championship it would be really important to win there, but instead, the race became a vivid demonstration of the fact that Vettel and Hamilton is actually ahead of the curve.He can still continue the fight, because the failure adversely affect the self-esteem of the pilot. But the success of Valtteri will mean points taken from the Lewis, while the Ferrari all of the points gives one pilot".
The third steward Grand Prix of Belgium, Mika Salo has defended the decision on punishment Kimi Raikkonen during the race in Spa.The pilot received a 10-second "stop go" for failure to comply with speed limits under yellow flags at the stop of the machine max Verstappen.Mika Salo "It is the rule. There was a double yellow flag. We have received information showing that all raised the foot off the gas, with the exception of Kimi.There were people pushing a car. Anything could happen, and Kimi can't condemn our decision. A rule is a rule. It's very simple".
The ex-pilot of Formula 1 Mika Salo believes that Sebastian Vettel will sign with Ferrari.Mika Salo "It was the expected news - the contract with Kimi. The Ferrari was not the best choice. And Kimi has not renewed it if I hadn't believed that his speed is not enough.For Vettel there is no other team. And I believe that to leave Raikkonen - it was one of the requirements of Vettel. They are a good pair of pilots.I hope Kimi will be able next year to attack at the limit. For some reason the car isn't a Ferrari approached Kimi in the beginning of this year. I would like to see him in action next spring".
The ex-pilot of Formula 1 Mika Salo believes that Ferrari in Hungary to strike back at Mercedes.Mika Salo "I think Ferrari will be strong this weekend. Mercedes may have problems due to the large wheelbase.But of course Mercedes always strong on every type of tracks, plus a lot will depend on qualifications, because to overtake here almost impossible.It is also important to properly configure itself. Correct mental attitude is half the battle".
Best friend and rival Michael Schumacher Mika Hakkinen believes that it is not worth talking about star Mick Schumacher, now acting in Formula 3.Mika Hakkinen "This is not the time to talk about Formula 1. In my opinion, he used to go in this championship. He is still young and needs to prove himself. But the important thing is that he wants to win the race.If you're hungry, if you have a goal, if you want to be a winner, if you're trying to progress, that's exactly what you need. And when I say Mick, I feel that he just wants".
The ex-pilot of Formula 1 Mika Salo is confident that the clash in Baku was an accident Sebastian Vettel was not going to crash into Lewis Hamilton and just let go of the wheel.Mika Salo "it seemed to Me that he inadvertently touched and turned the steering wheel. All because of a gesture".
Kimi Raikkonen has a good chance to stay for the next season in Ferrari. So said the ex-pilot of Formula 1 Mika Salo.Mika Salo "Ferrari will certainly take into account the fact that Kimi and Sebastian Vettel continue to get on well with each other.I don't think there are really good guys who know how to work better than Kimi. Kimi was second in Monaco, but he is close to Vettel all the time.Vettel, of course, has already earned a lot of points, but if Kimi can get a couple of wins, it can completely change the situation.
The ex-pilot of Formula 1 Mika Salo believes that Vettel will win championship season 2017.Mika Salo "Vettel has a good chance to win the world championship. He excels in the fight against Hamilton. Kimi not so much points, so he is the pilot of the number two.Kimi may not believe in it until mathematically possible to win the championship, but the team means Kimi probably just co-pilot.I'm willing to bet that Vettel would take a lot more than Raikkonen. Somewhere Kimi will be faster, but he will have to switch places like in Monaco.
The first phase of the SMP Formula 4 NEZ Championship season 2017 starts on 19 may at the autodrom in Sochi. In the championship participates 21 racer representing eight different countries, including 10 Russian pilots.Among the participants of the third season of the championship North European zone SMP F4 young year from the Netherlands, Spain, Finland, Estonia, Denmark, France, Austria and Russia. In the first stage will involve the Russians Vladimir Tjortjis and Nikita Volegov, already has experience of playing in this championship, debutants Alexander Smolar, Ivan Shvetsov, Mikhail Belov, Ivan Berets, Gulhuseyn Abdullayev, and the first in the history of the championship girl pilot Milen Ponomarenko.Every year our League is becoming more popular, occupying a niche in an environment similar to the competition of the FIA - said the founder and Director of the program of development of Russian Motorsport SMP Racing Boris Rotenberg. - High level of preparation of its graduates for that year is confirmed by the fact that the winners become participants in the Junior program of Red Bull, and many participants in the SMP F4 Championship successfully move into the senior international series. I note that the geography of racers becoming more wide - starting with pilots from four countries in 2015, today we can already see that representatives of eight different countries, not just Nordic area, appreciated our open. I am sure that the increasing level of competition will help including ours, the Russian pilots become more experienced, stronger, and more successful to perform on the international stage.""It is important to see how things are progressing SMP F4 Championship, as the year is growing the skill level of the pilots, the geography of its participants, - considers the sports Director of the SMP F4 NEZ Championship Mika Salo. Is what we seek, what we think is one of the main indicators of the correctness of the chosen direction of work. And today we can say that the SMP F4 has become a truly international competition, which has a serious impact on the entire youth racing".Qualification for first race of the SMP Formula 4 NEZ Championship season 2017 will be held may 19, Friday, at 1530 Moscow time. The race starts at 1815. The beginning of the second qualification, which will determine the starting grid for race 2 and 3, on Saturday at 1100. The second race will start on Saturday at 1350. Also on Saturday at 1650 it will be the third race of the stage.
Football match of the "Champions for charity" will be held on 3 July, the main topic will be the support of Michael Schumacher.His son Mick, Formula 3, will join the group of stars, which will also act as Mika Hakkinen and world Cup winner Miroslav Klose.The event will raise money for two charities the Foundation of Dirk Nowitzki created a basketball superstar, and Keep Fighting Initiative, launched by the family of Schumacher.Mick Schumacher "it goes without saying that I will participate in the match "Champions for charity".Last year's match was so much fun, and it's good that we draw attention to the charity. I'm glad Dirk, all the other players and spectators can see all the same. I look forward to an interesting game".
Finnish ex-pilot of Formula 1 Mika Salo believes that his compatriot Valtteri bottas to necessarily need to win the race this year.Mika Salo "If you look at the statistics, Bottas on average, results closer to Hamilton than Rosberg.But he knows that it is under pressure. Valtteri needs to win a few races, because he signed a contract with Mercedes for only one year".
Finnish ex-pilot of Formula 1 Mika Salo believes that the new car does not fit his compatriot Kimi Raikkonen, because sharpened by the style of piloting Sebastian Vettel.Mika Salo "I talked with Ferrari engineer Jock Klia, and he said that Kimi wants a car that would be sensitive to the first movement of the wheel. At the end of last year, the car was exactly why Kimi constantly ahead of Vettel".But Mattia Binotto, Ferrari's technical Director, do not agree with this opinion.Mattia Binotto "I wouldn't say that. The car Kimi is as good in aerodynamics, and operate the engine, and both our riders are world Champions.I am sure that very soon Kimi will be able to achieve a good result".
Valtteri Bottas won the qualification of Grand Prix of Bahrain and was the fifth in the history of Formula 1 by the representative of Finland, who has the right to start from pole position.In total, the Finns started from pole position 49 times in brackets - active1. Mika Hkkinen 1991-2001 - 262. Kimi Raikkonen 2001-2017 - 163. Keke Rosberg 1978-1986 - 54. Heikki Kovalainen 2007-2013 - 15. Valtteri Bottas 2013-2017 - 1.
The ex-pilot of Formula 1 Mika Salo was invited by the steward Grand Prix of China, and he talked about why Sebastian Vettel was not fined for controversial location of the car on the starting grid.Mika Salo "part of the track was wet and we decided to let Vettel with impunity to shift slightly to the side. And in the rules there is no clear guidance on this matter, so we have to give you a warning. But the truth is that FIA is required to prescribe a more clear rule on the starting grid.With regard to the situation Perez-Stroll, then there ought to punish Strolla. In the previous turn he came out clean, but the following turned in the moment, when Perez was beside him. Think fine for struggle contact have less. And yeah need for overtaking under yellow flags or under the safety car, as well as for other gross violations".
Two-time Formula 1 world champion Mika hkkinen returned to the McLaren, however, already in the rank of assistant Executive Director Zach brown. The duties of Hakkinen will be to work with the marketing staff, working with partners, as well as working with CEO of McLaren Automotive Mike Flitton.Mika Hakkinen "I always thought the McLaren home in Formula 1, and I still have a huge place in my heart for this team.Of course, the last few years, McLaren has not been easy, but I always thought that it was only a matter of time - and McLaren will once again be a leader. I want to play a role in the formation great team.Return to McLaren was an easy decision for me I never lost contact and still know a lot of hardworking people in this stable since the days when they fought for the victory.I also really look forward to working with Zach, who owns one of my McLaren, who won one of the races of 2001. I will work closely with him in the coming years."Hakkinen drove for McLaren in 1993-2001 In 1998 and 1999 Finn became the champion.
Team McLaren reports that for the first time on the new machine MCL32 started the engine.Presentation of the new machine is scheduled for February 24. The first tests will be held on February 27 in Barcelona.And exactly 20 years ago, February 14, 1997, was presented the car McLaren-Mercedes MP4/12, driven by David Coulthard and Mika Hakkinen won three races. The presentation was attended by the group Spice Girls.
The ex-pilot of Formula 1 Mika Salo is confident that Lewis Hamilton will be out of reach for opponents during the season-2017.Mika Salo "Bottas at the moment there is just a strange contract is for one year. It has a very short period of time to meet with the team, its ways of working.Another problem is Lewis which is the absolute number one in the team. He lost the title last year, so will do everything to return him.I don't think Valtteri and Lewis will have the same rights. If there will be new items, they will only go to Hamilton".
Team Mercedes has signed a contract with the Finn Valtteri Bottas for just one season. According to his compatriot Mika Salo is a strange decision.Mika Salo "I think it's a strange decision. Annual contracts are quite rare in our time. Obviously, Mercedes want to assess how Valtteri will do their job.Now Valtteri is the best car, but he will be in a difficult situation, because Mercedes has long advocated Lewis. Bottas spent his entire career with another team and now he will have to learn how to work in a Mercedes.The machine will allow to fight for the title, but first need to defeat Lewis. It will not be easy".Meanwhile, at the end of 2017 will be released from the contract Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso.
Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff admitted that his team will try by all means to catch Mick Schumacher and Ferrari. Interest in Mick is due not only to its racing abilities, but also a huge investor potential, which bears his name.Toto Wolff "We are well acquainted with Mick. He's a great guy and is already showing excellent results in the races. He's a great pilot. If the results of Mika in Formula 1 will be as high as in Formula 4, many teams will want it yourself. We do not intend in this case to stand by".
Non-Executive Director of Mercedes Niki Lauda said that in the case that Valtteri Bottas will be the second pilot of the German team, his Manager Toto Wolff retires.Niki Lauda "I know that the main Manager of Bottas is Wolff. And he can't be his Manager, if we accept Valtteri on the team. But everything is simple and easily solved, because Finn is still the Manager in the person of Mika h kkinen. In any case, we haven't decided anything yet, since the negotiation process was greatly complicated and delayed in the last days. We all decide before the end of January, these are time".