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The summit at Monza may affect the future of max Verstappen in Formula 1.Bild newspaper reported that the father of Red Bull's driver Jos Verstappen, met with the head of Mercedes Toto Wolff.But as a non-Executive Director of Mercedes Niki Lauda denies "All these rumors are nonsense. The fact that Verstappen has a contract with Red Bull until the end of 2019. By 2020 it may not be any changes. It needs to be there for another two years.Until then a lot can happen, so it makes no sense to talk about this topic".
It seems that the series of meetings of the management of McLaren and Renault are aimed at deciding the fate of the British team. In the paddock there were rumors that the transaction has been successfully concluded.Fernando Alonso "I just came from a meeting of engineers, and now tries to learn a little bit about what happened. While the details of the negotiations are unknown to me".The head of McLaren Zach brown "We have to make a decision in September - perhaps in the beginning of the month. I think many teams are under pressure this decision. To take even the situation of Toro Rosso. Next week we will gather together, review the plans Honda and then make the final decision".We also know that in Monza arrived and the entire leadership of the sports division of Honda. Obviously, a lot clearer this week.
The pilot Toro Rosso Carlos Sainz in the race Grand Prix of Italy finished only 14-m. Carlos Sainz "the Race ended not where we wanted to finish it, but today we are faced with difficulties just because we have a good package of upgrades for Monza. It's not just the lack of power - it was important to achieve the correct clamping force.We just didn't have the pace to score points. It's a shame, because I broke the statistics every time I finished the race, I finished in the points.We now go to Singapore, where we need to be more competitive, and I look forward to fighting for points".
The head of Ferrari, Maurizio Arrivabene admitted that the Grand Prix of Italy was held for his team very hard.Maurizio Arrivabene "It was a difficult weekend on a track that definitely did not meet the technical specifications SF70H. A large crowd of our fans here at Monza, supported us all these days, and the whole team are grateful for that.After a disastrous qualifying, Sebastian managed to get on the podium. As for Kimi, he had serious difficulties with the balance of the car. Despite the fact that everyone in the team did everything possible, we can't be satisfied with the result. We will fight to the race in Singapore was marked by the dominance of the Scuderia".
Kimi Raikkonen in the Ferrari home race the Grand Prix of Italy finished fifth.Kimi Raikkonen "throughout the race I struggled with the balance of the car. I have a round not spent in the normal mode. In some circles, the situation is slightly improved, but most of the time I missed the clutch.It was a tough weekend, we struggled in all conditions on dry land or in the rain. I'm disappointed, because the result is not the one we had hoped for at their home track. It is very difficult to accept this result in Monza. I'll be very surprised if this story will repeat itself in Singapore as the track should fit our cars perfectly. Now we have to go there and do your best".
Former Ferrari Chairman Luca di Montezemolo said that Ferrari didn't invite him to Monza for the Italian Grand Prix. The whole point is that this is not the usual Grand Prix is the 70th anniversary for the team from Maranello.Luca di Montezemolo "I was not invited to Monza. But it's not a big deal. The important thing is that Ferrari wins again.I really miss Ferrari, and racing, but even more at the factory and the guys from Maranello".
The first part of qualifying at Monza was interrupted in the fifth minute when he went off the track Romain Grosjean. The pilot Haas believes that it should not have to hold qualifications in such conditions.Roman Grosjean "the Conditions were unsuitable for conducting training. More on the circle of departure from boxes I on the radio announced that the track has too many puddles, and the visibility just no. On the one hand, on a direct you can't take your foot off the gas pedal, because behind that might be heading the other machine, and its pilot just does not see you. On the other hand, at maximum speed it is easy to lose the car. First time there, and then I suddenly lost control of the car at speeds of 300 km/h. the Shot was not very strong. I was lucky that the car crashed on a tangent and bounced to the other side of the road. The turn was a straight line - this should not be.The car damaged the front and rear spoiler. Everything else is not so critical".
At Monza the rain. The first part of qualifying lasted only four minutes, until hydroplaning has not lost its Haas Roman Grosjean.Qualification stopped red flags. The car Grosjean was removed, but race Director Charlie whiting is in no hurry to give the green light. Periodically appears on the track the safety car.
In the McLaren do not lose hope to find a replacement for the Honda engines. In Monza, the leadership of the British team held talks with the representatives of Renault.As reported by Sky Sports, the negotiations were held in the McLaren motorhome. Renault was represented by the President of the sports division, Jerome Stoll, head of French team, Cyril abiteboul and sports consultant Alain Prost. Also present at the meeting were Ross brown, sports Director of the Formula 1.Earlier, Renault said it was willing to supply engines to McLaren, if cooperation with the French minders will refuse a customer, for example, the team Toro Rosso. It is known that in the Toro Rosso considered the possibility of switching to Honda engines, but the negotiations with the Japanese have stalled.The situation is commented by Zac brown, the head of the team McLaren "the Situation is difficult. In this puzzle of many parts, which are beyond the control of McLaren. We may have to make one of the most difficult in the history of the team decisions.Time was running short to mid-September, we need to determine the supplier of engines".
According to the results of Friday practice in Monza, Daniil Kvyat was on a distant 18th position.Daniil Kvyat "the Day was not very productive. I don't feel comfortable in the car, everything worked as it should. During the night we need to understand what is happening and to solve problems.I hope by the start of Saturday practice we will find a solution".Meanwhile, the partner Kvyat Toro Rosso Carlos Sainz finished the day in 11th position. Daniel lost him more than one second.
The pilot of Renault Nico Hulkenberg in the practice of the Italian Grand Prix showed a 12-th result.Nico Hulkenberg "It was the usual Friday. We almost immediately got into the settings, picked a good balance. We worked well on problematic aspects Monza.We have no speed on the straight, so we are thinking of how to compensate this problem".
Pilot Williams Felipe Massa was pleased with the results practices Grand Prix of Italy, which was in the top ten.Felipe Massa "It was a good Friday, it went much better than Friday the last races, so I'm optimistic. I see that our machine can be more competitive here at Monza, compared to how it manifested itself in the last race.We tried several options for the aerodynamics, the front spoiler, plus we managed to get a lot of laps on different tires, so I really hope that, gathering all together we will be able to show a good result".
During Friday practice at the Italian Grand Prix Fernando Alonso will get a new engine. After practices, it will be removed and will leave before the Grand Prix of Singapore. The rest of the weekend in Monza, the Spaniard will hold with the engine that was used in Belgium.Because of the new engine, Alonso will get a penalty in the form of loss of positions on the starting grid. Obviously, it will start last.As for the second pilot of McLaren Stoffele of Vandorn, Cho it will use the engine installed in Belgium. So far, no fines.
Non-Executive Director of Mercedes Niki Lauda believes that Valtteri Bottas will run on Lewis Hamilton.Niki Lauda "there are still eight races, there is still a lot of points. Lewis and Sebastian had no gatherings, and I don't want to, it's just a fact. But something can always happen."Valtteri Bottas "it is Clear that from a certain point of the season the team have clearly put everything on one pilot, but it seems to me that while it used to do."Toto Wolff "We want to keep ourselves open to all scenarios, but we know that there is no solution to the current problem, there is no single tool.Ferrari already have the division into rooms, and we were allowed to compete. Let's see what will happen after Monza. The situation is on our side, but in Spa we saw that Ferrari had made progress".Niki Lauda "it's Time to stop squandering points. I know how important every point, especially when you consider them at the end of the season.I know exactly what we need to do. The Bottom was not strong performances at Spa so Lewis is more likely to win the championship. If Lewis did not give the three points in Budapest, he would now lagged behind all on four points from Vettel".
The pilot Toro Rosso Carlos Sainz said that he did not like to come to Italy during race weekend.Carlos Sainz "Weekend in Italy is always disappointing. I want to hang out here at full speed, tried pasta, pizza, and not only to take part in the race I still really like the passion with which the local audience suitable for viewing the races. This support is surprisingly strong.Monza is a track which I really like. I would not say that this is my absolute favorite among all the tracks, but she's in the top five of my favorites. This is the temple of speed I have not been able here to achieve a good result in Formula 1, but one day I'll win here.Grand Prix of Italy has always coincides with my birthday - this time it will be on Friday. Together with the family we have a good time here".
Haas pilot Roman Grosjean said that in Italy his team will not be able to perform much better than in Belgium.Roman Grosjean "Monza could be one of those tracks where we will not be able to improve the lap times compared to last year. It will be fun, although the long straights and low downforce always been our problem. But turns Lesmo and the Ascari Chicane must succumb.One of the positive aspects Monza - the ability to overtake. Turns 1, 3, 8, and Parabolic - the best place for overtaking in the braking.I think that qualification is the key to success at this track. Let's see what we will be able to achieve. In Monza the atmosphere is crazy. Tifosi, the fans - they are just gorgeous. The track is surrounded by a Park. There is constantly a lot of people coming to watch the race".
The pilot of McLaren Fernando Alonso has said that the track in Italy is one of the most legendary.Fernando Alonso "Like Spa, Monza is one of those legendary tracks that love everything. This year with new faster machines we will definitely see a new speed record and lap record. On the straights the car will look incredible.This is the fastest track on the calendar from the point of view of the maximum speed. For the pilot it is always a landmark moment - eminent race on the straight and turns. We always said that this track is not suited to our car, and we don't expect an easy solution of the question".
Pilot Red Bull Daniel Riccardo believes the track in Monza is very funny.Daniel ricciardo "the Atmosphere in Italy is quite amazing. I usually like the more technical tracks, but Monza's a funny one. This is the track that I always liked, and it is completely unique.The parade of pilots at Monza is always special. All shout "Ferrari", and it's impressive every year".
Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff has promised to keep behind closed doors any quarrel with Ferrari concerning the rules on new engines.Over the weekend it was reported that Ferrari is mad at Mercedes for violating the gentleman's agreement. It concerned the ban on the launch of a new spec engine until the FIA will not publish new rules on oil in the fuel. It was expected that the new engines will appear only at Monza, but the German team presented its engine is already in Spa.Toto Wolff "On the track we compete very hard. But if there are problems, we discuss them behind closed doors. It is important to be careful and not to publish anything that can be misconstrued".
Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas set to stay in the team for next year.Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff "it goes without saying that Valtteri remains. We are talking only about the contract details. In my opinion, the chances that he will stay in the team, very high."Sources report that the contract Bottas in 2018 will be announced on the eve of the Italian Grand Prix in Monza.
Marcus Ericsson the only one of the pilots Sauber got to finish the race in Belgium, although the most recent.Marcus Ericsson "We knew that this race will not be competitive. We had a good time, especially during battles in the second sector. However, the lack of a good maximum speed on the first and third sectors made the race very difficult.Although the track in Monza will be equally complex from the perspective of the demands on the engine, we will do everything possible to fight for the best result.
In the race for the Belgian Grand Prix, Daniil Kvyat started 19th and finished 12th, ten seconds from the points zone. This time there were no clashes and penalties.Daniil Kvyat "a Good result considering I started from the last row. The race was very difficult, I had to sit in the car, which in the course of the weekend, passed a very small distance.But I was able to participate in the struggle and win back a few positions. When no one was up front, I managed to show good pace, but at the most inopportune moments I was stuck behind slower cars, as, for example, after the first pit stop. In the end, it's good to finish the race after such a difficult weekend.Now we will prepare for the race in Monza. This route is not very suitable for our machine, but you never know what can happen. We will try to do a clean weekend and to get a good result".
Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas in the race Grand Prix of Belgium finished only fifth. During the restart a few laps before the finish he made a mistake and lost a place on the podium.Valtteri Bottas "it was a difficult weekend. From the positive I can take only the presence of tempo in the first part of the race, until I replaced the rubber on Soft.After the safety car was difficult restart. The software didn't work as effectively as Ul and Supersoft. I was overtaken quite easily, so I could only defend. Attack and effectively to overtake, I could not, I found it difficult to defend against faster drivers.I now think of Monza. We should be there faster".
The pilot of McLaren Fernando Alonso out of the race the race Grand Prix of Belgium due to engine problems.Fernando Alonso "the Race was interesting, especially the first part when I was fighting in the top ten. But I forgave. Suddenly lost power so I had to stop the car in the pits.It was a very disappointing result, because I really could finish in the points zone. Let us now try to compete for points next week in Monza.As for the contract next year, then it is necessary to wait. View, time to think is still there. But now I can say I'm happy with my team".
Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas believes that racing on high-speed tracks in Belgium and Italy in the theory are the crown for the German team.Valtteri Bottas "I really think the next two races should be more successful for us than for Ferrari.I think we've made good progress. We definitely didn't waste any time, the team worked a lot. Ferrari very fast in the turns, therefore, on this aspect still need to work on. The downforce we still have not enough, but on the straights equal to us just yet.There will be tracks where high downforce, e.g. Singapore, but in Spa and Monza we have to look competitive. We do a lot of work, but it's obvious that this season is tough for us".
Summer break in Formula 1 pilots need not only to recharge the batteries before the second part of the season, but in order to determine plans for the future. Starts the time of the conclusion of contracts, and the change in the season of 2018 can be serious.Mercedes the contract Lewis Hamilton with Mercedes ends at the end of 2018. But the agreement with Valtteri Bottas was signed only for one season. However, Finn has proved himself as a team player, and the probability of renewal of the contract is estimated at 95.At the end of the year will be released by Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso, but it is unlikely that management of Mercedes wants to invite some of them in a couple of Hamilton. They will have to wait at least one year.Ferrari the end of the year end contracts with the two pilots. The Scuderia has already offered to Sebastian Vettel three-year contract, but the German, according to rumors, is ready to sign an agreement only for one season. Perhaps in 2019, the German plans to move to Mercedes.Rumor has it that Vettel insists that his partner in the next season was Kimi Raikkonen. Meanwhile, talked about the fact that a preliminary agreement with Ferrari have already signed Max Verstappen.Ferrari traditionally calls the pilots during the home Grand Prix of Italy in Monza, so the decision will be known in early September.Red Bull Red Bull satisfied with the work of Daniel ricciardo and max Verstappen. There has repeatedly stated that both pilots connected with the team multi-year contracts. But the pilots themselves do not seem very satisfied with the situation in the Red Bull. However, they should go nowhere.Force India Esteban a Window signed a multiyear contract, but the agreement with Sergio Perez ends this year. The team is ready to prolong the contract with the Mexican, behind which there are respectable sponsors, but the pilot admitted that he has other offers. If Perez leaves Force India, it is likely to replace Pascal Wehrlein.However, recently there were rumors that the owner of the team may be Lawrence Stroll. In this case, one of the places is his son lance Stroll.Williams rumors about the purchase of Strolla senior team Force India will remain rumors, and Stroll Jr. will stay in Williams. The team needs a second experienced pilot, and Felipe Massa copes with this role. Most likely, the Brazilian will keep his place.Toro Rosso Carlos Sainz signed a multiyear contract, but there is a small chance that for good compensation, the Spaniard will move to Renault.Place Daniil Kvyat in the team Dolny shaky - his back literally breathes Pierre went Out. In addition, in the Wake of rumors about a possible collaboration with Toro Rosso, Honda has been assumed that one of the places is a Japanese pilot.Renault Nico Hulkenberg signed a one-year contract with the possibility of renewal for the season 2018. Obviously, the team would exercise its right and extend the agreement with the German pilot.But the likelihood of a contract renewal with Jolyon Palmer minimum. As a replacement candidacies of Carlos Sainz, Sergio Perez and Robert Kubica.Some time talked about returning to Renault's Fernando Alonso, but the French team gave to understand that is not going to give the Spaniard the championship the car in the next three years.Navlabel team gene Haas stated he was pleased with the results of Roman Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen and intends to leave the pilots for next season without changes. But official statements have not yet been. However, Magnussen has already said that he has a contract for season 2018.McLaren Vandorn has a long-term contract with McLaren. The agreement with Fernando Alonso expires at the end of the year, and the Spaniard has said many times that there will be only in case if I get the car, capable to fight for victory. While this is not exactly, but the Honda mechanics recently made significant progress.Alonso promises to make a decision at the end of September. However, other variants it is not too much. If only to take a one year pause or again to try his hand in IndyCar.If Alonso will leave McLaren, to Jenson button. In addition, rumors circulated about a possible invitation of Carlos Sainz.Sauber is no doubt that his place will retain Marcus Ericsson, who is affiliated with the sponsors and team owners. Second place is likely to get one from a protg of the Ferrari. It will either be Antonio Giovinazzi or Charles LeClair. Instead, the Swiss team will receive discounts on Italian powerplants.
Russian pilot Toro Rosso Daniel Quat admitted that hopes for success on the highway in the Spa, which will open the second part of the season.Daniil Kvyat "I Think in Spa we will have a good chance to succeed. In Monza it is unlikely to succeed, because we lack speed on the straights. Then will be the route in Singapore, Japan and Malaysia - where we need to look more competitive.Our machine suitable route, where a lot of braking and there are a couple of high-speed turns. But we are gradually making progress, so that the chances to succeed are everywhere.In this season's championship twice and finished ninth and earned only 4 points. On account of his team-mate Carlos Sainz for 35 points.
The race in Monza tickets are redeemed at an unprecedented speed, which was a direct result of the high level performance of the team Ferrari this year.The ex-pilot of Formula 1 and the organizer of the Grand Prix of Italy Ivan Capelli "We have already sold 35 percent more tickets than last year at this time. We expect a full house.You never hear in Italy, as people talk only about football. Formula 1 is the main discussion during the breaks.I really believe that Vettel can become world champion".
Williams technical Director Paddy Lowe said that Hungary showed all the mistakes of the team.Paddy Lowe "I told the guys that Hungary is a good weekend, which showed all of our weaknesses. Based on these results, we should try to build a faster car. I think it was the best way to summarize. We have a lot of work, and we need to be better. And we can be better, so that's what we will do in the time allowed by the regulations of the time in August.We will not give up the fourth position. I think this year we can be very strong on some other tracks, hope some of them will suit us more than opponents. We will be back in the second half of the season prepared."Machine Williams traditionally fast on highways, and after the summer break will be stages in Spa and Monza.