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Renault technical Director Nick Chester and chief engineer Renault Remy Taffin told about the preparations for the new season.Nick Chester "RS18 we have significantly modified the suspension, so the machine is more stable and predictable. During the season we plan to seriously work on the aerodynamics, and this applies not only increase downforce. We need to make the machine more easy to control, so the pilots could fully use all its potential."Remy "this season each competitor will receive three power plants, and the number of modules MGU-K and is reduced to two, so the main attention was paid to reliability. A new version of the power plant we began to develop more in 2016, when already knew about tightening the limit the use of motors, so that the amount of work being done on the stands was much higher than before".
The former head of the Sauber Moniz, Kaltenborn creates a new team to race in Formula 4 in Italy and Germany.The team will be called the KDC Racing after her business partner Emily di Comberti. The team will start with a Swiss licence and will be based near Barcelona.Monisha Kaltenborn "motor racing was and still is my big passion. I occupy a responsible position for nearly 20 years, so for me it is logical to continue to work as a leader.I see Formula-4 as an exciting new racing series in which there is a great potential and future.There were all the organizational, personnel and financial prerequisites. We have already enlisted a well-known sponsors, and soon we will be able to inform you about our pilots.My main responsibility will be to prepare talented young drivers for a future career in Formula 1. My experience in the Royal races here will be useful".
In 2012, the British team Virgin has become Marussia in Russian, and her first pilot was German Timo Glock, who under the number "24".Before the 2010 season, the FIA has announced a tender for participation in Formula 1, the results of which were selected three new teams, including Manor. Before the start of the first season she turned into a Virgin, and under this name lasted only two years. At the end of 2011 the team was bought by Russian company Marussia, which was ruled by Andrey Cheglakov and Nikolai Fomenko. Marussia was going to sell supercars and the team of Formula 1 was very well suited for commercial high-speed machines.Inherited inherited Marussia motors and Cosworth Timo Glock, who has had two full seasons in the Toyota and two of the season in the Virgin. Alas, weak engines and unexamined chassis design allowed to fight only with HRT. In qualifying Glock never rose above 18th place. In the race Timo experienced consistently getting to the finish, leaving the race only once, but the best result was a 12th place in Singapore, nearly in the points zone.
Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson said about his attitude to Fernando Alonso, who recently met in the conference center Charlotte.Jimmie Johnson "I Wonder what's he doing here He did a great job, and I think he has done a lot for Motorsport. Alonso in the United States has attracted the attention of the motorsports people from all over the world. We are grateful for the increasing interest in our race".Fernando Alonso "the first time I heard his name, it was probably in 2003 in a video game NASCAR. I chose it, not knowing it, just because of the car. I remember playing with my friend, and he likes chocolate company, which I am not going to call. And he chose that car, and I chose Jimmy's car".
On the days of racing Director of McLaren Eric boullier said that his team is not afraid of the pressure after the transition to the motors Renault. Now he again has to confirm his words.Eric boullier "We do not feel additional pressure. On the contrary, the team is motivated by the fact that we are such strong drivers, and to fight against us will be Red Bull and Renault.In 2018, the pressure on the team will be really high, because now we will be actively compared to named my teams on the same engines.Red Bull won a couple of races last season, and Renault were able to make progress, so the pressure will be. We're happy with this, as progress is now very important for the team".
The head of SMP Racing Boris Rotenberg, in press-konferentsiyu Moscow said that Sergei Sirotkin came to Williams only because of its results.Boris Rotenberg "Money is an important component. But Sirotkin was in a Williams not for money, but sporty. I think that's why the team chose the Russian rider. We are investing money in technology.It is great and it is a measure for the young pilots of our program that you can achieve success. Throughout Russia, more than 1,500 young for karting, and they see that I can get into Formula 1.It is important that we signed a contract with Williams. The team which has made to the development of motor sport very much and can compete with the leaders with McLaren and Accfx".According to available information, sponsors Sirotkin will pay Williams approximately 15 million euros per year.
The American company Ford is ready to return to Formula 1 if I'm taken measures to control expenditures.Mark Rushbrook, head of the sports division of Ford "Hybrid engines are the future, including the future of Ford motor company, so it is difficult to refuse to participate in Formula 1. But we are interested in the restriction of budgets. The question is, how will the expenditure control".Ford has achieved considerable success in Formula 1 as an engine supplier. So, the pilots on machines with Ford engines 12 time Champions between 1968 and 1982. Also his first title, driving a Benetton Ford in 1994, was won by Michael Schumacher. In 2000-2004, the Formula 1 team Jaguar, owned by Ford.
In 1997, in Formula 1, the team came Stewart, created by three-time champion Jackie Stewart. In 1999, johnny Herbert earned her first win behind the wheel of a car with the number "17".The team was created with financial and technical support of Ford motor company. Initially, Stewart was represented by Rubens Barrichello and Jan Magnussen, but in the season of 1999 the latter was replaced by johnny Herbert.Major points during the season earned Barrichello. The Brazilian led his native Brazil, but has gone. In San Marino he finished third, and then this result was repeated in France, where even won the pole position. Herbert for 13 races, only one came in the glasses, finishing fifth in Canada. But then there was the European Grand Prix at the Nurburgring.
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 pilot of McLaren Fernando Alonso has said that he is very happy to work with Zack brown.Fernando Alonso "It's very unique head, it has a broad vision of Motorsport, he's a commercial genius.He helped McLaren over the past two years, and now he helps McLaren and Motorsport in General. Therefore, I fully share his vision. Not only is he my boss, he's my friend. I think he copes with this sport.We are slightly expanding the brand McLaren in motorsports, and we try to do it together.
Since its appearance in Formula 1 in the mid-1970s, Ligier used the numbers "25" and "26". But in 1996, under the new rules, the French team got "9" and "10". "Nine," was happy for Olivier Panis.In late 1994, Flavio Briatore, then head of Benetton, for a nominal sum bought Ligier, find themselves in a difficult financial situation. However, the Italian was most interested in the contract for the supply of motors Renault, which he immediately copied by Benetton. Instead Ligier got the engine Mugen-Honda and the access to the development of a championship team. Naturally, the new Ligier cars was like two peas similar to Benetton.If in the season 1995 the case Ligier bit went up the hill, the 1996 results has dropped significantly. For the season, the team earned only 15 points, and 10 of them Olivier received an unexpected victory in the prestigious Monaco Grand Prix.
In 1993, the head of McLaren, Ron Dennis has called in your team of Michael Andretti, champion overseas IndyCar series and son of 1978 champion Mario Andretti. Formally, the American became the first pilot and got the number "7".At the end of 1992, the minders Honda decided to leave Formula 1. Dennis hoped to get the champion motors Renault, but the deal fell through, so the season-1993 McLaren had to spend with customer Ford engines that lost to the French engines, stood on the machines Williams, about 60 HP On this background, the team leader Ayrton Senna was in no hurry to sign a new McLaren contract and even considered the possibility of transition in the IndyCar, and Gerhard Berger took up the invitation and Ferrari. Not to be left without experienced pilots, Dennis was invited Andretti, who won IndyCar in 1991.Debut Andretti proved to be difficult. In the first phase in South Africa, Michael came down due to a collision with an opponent already on the fifth circle, the two following races ended with crashes on the first lap in the fourth race of the American deployed in the middle distance. Only at the fifth stage in Spain he was able to finish fifth and earn their first points. In that time Senna, who has signed a contract with McLaren at every race, managed to win two victories and polytyrosine in the championship.
In 1990 Ayrton Senna won the second title in the 1991 season as defending champion earned the right to play with a champion "single".The 1991 season was the fourth for the Union McLaren-Honda. Japanese motorists for the first time to prepare itself aspirated engine configuration V12. However, during the winter tests have problems, and the second team pilot Gerhard Berger even advised to go back to last year's V10 engine. However, the new season, McLaren started with a new engine. But the debut of the semi-automatic gearbox, which is already used by rivals Ferrari and Williams, had to be postponed.Senna won the first four races, earned 40 out of 40 points and brought their lead to 29 points. But then the McLaren started, and in five races Ayrton only twice climbed to the third step of the podium. In Williams, by contrast, dealt with the reliability of the Renault engines, and Nigel Mansell have won three of five races, reducing the gap from the leader of the championship to 8 points.
The head of Renault, Cyril abiteboul told that the improvements of the power plant, made in the course of the last season allowed his team to play a second of lag.Cyril abiteboul "It was a goal we set for ourselves, but actually during the season we have enabled various methods of motor control and were able to extract additional performance.The engine itself, if you evaluate the end of last season and the end of it improved the second. This is great progress, but we need to use all the engine power that we just could not afford it.
The Ferrari pilot Sebastian Vettel admitted that he is not interested in Formula-E Electric series is growing in popularity huge jumps, and now it has the many manufacturers and sponsors, who left Formula 1 for a new future of Motorsport.But four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel insists "For me it's not the future. Electric theme is currently very popular in the world, but anyone who is honest and identificeret myself to motor racing, he thinks little about Formula E. Those cars are not very fast, and many of the pilots who are there, telling me that flying was not very exciting.
The President of the FIA Jean Todt believes that Formula 1 and the world championship on races on endurance WEC have to use similar engines in 2021.Jean Todt "At the moment we have a separate motor requirements for each series.The requirements for Formula 1 and endurance similar. The engine of a Formula 1 needs to undergo about 5,000 kilometers, which meets the requirements of Le Mans.The concept of a single engine will be attractive to new producers. In addition, the Formula 1 team will be able to go to Le Mans with its own team, or Vice versa.
The head of Pirelli Mario Isola believes that softer new tires for 2018 will create new opportunities for the design of the cars.Mario Isola "the Feedback from the pilots after tests were positive, and Gipersoft was one second faster than Ul.The other compounds were slightly closer to each other in speed than we expected, but it's not a problem because we don't have to enter similar compounds in the race, and to miss one of the trains means a more flexible strategy from the teams.We wanted to leave the door open for one pit stop per race. It's right for motorsports.We believe that these tyres will allow the designer to freely explore two directions of development of the car make the car very quick, but merciless to the tires, or more meleney, but effectively working with the tyres".
Aston Martin began development of the concept of the engine of the Formula 1 according to the rules of 2021. The project is led by a former motorists of Ferrari Luca Marmorini and jrg Ross.Andy Palmer, CEO of Aston Martin "We hired Luke for a full working day, to help us in the development of the concept of the engine of Formula 1. In addition, we already have Joerg who previously worked at Ferrari. These two specialists will work on our project Formula-1".Earlier, the Aston Martin has said it is ready to come into Formula 1 in 2021, when will come into force a new regulation on the engines. In the meantime, the company will be represented in the championship as a title sponsor of Red Bull.
Alfa Romeo returns to Formula 1. The Italian company has announced a commercial and technical cooperation with the Sauber team.Sergio Marchionne, Ferrari President and concurrently the head of Fiat-Chrysler, where as Ferrari, Alfa Romeo part, have long talked about a possible return of the Italian brand in Formula 1. However, everyone expected that Sauber is to Ferrari engines under the brand Alfa Romeo, but it was limited to changing the name of the team Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team.Sergio Marchionne "the Agreement with Sauber is an important step in the renewal of the brand Alfa Romeo, which returns to Formula 1 after 30 years. It is a well known brand in the world of Motorsport, and now Alfa Romeo will join major brands present in the Formula-1.Technology exchange with such an experienced team like Sauber, will help our brand. In turn, our engineers have demonstrated their ability in constructing models Giulia and Stelvio will be able to share my experience with Sauber".Pascal Picchi, President Sauber "Alfa Romeo has a rich track record in motorsports, and we are proud that this company chose our team to return to Formula 1. Close cooperation with the automaker, will help Sauber to be further developed. We look forward to a long and successful cooperation".If this year Sauber uses the engines of a sample of 2016, the next season the team will get the last modification, and Haas. Behind the wheel of one of the cars will likely sit protg of the Ferrari Charles LeClair. Second place Antonio Giovinazzi, another pupil of the Scuderia.Designer Sean bull had already submitted a new version of the coloring machine.
The race in Abu Dhabi was the last for the Union McLaren-Honda. Fernando Alonso finished 9-m, Stoffel Vandorn - 12. After the finish of Japanese motorists wished the British team success.Yusuke Hasegawa, Honda "the Last race was very emotional. At the same time, we have achieved relative success both cars got to the finish, and Fernando earned points. In the last races we have not had reliability issues that, given the difficult start to the season, can be considered a success.The last three years have been challenging, but I have to Express my admiration for the pilots and team members of McLaren-Honda. I also want to thank all the fans who have supported us.Honda is now concentrating on the season of 2018. We will do our best to have pre-season tests to solve all the problems. And we wish the team of McLaren's success with a new partner".
The following season, Honda will be working with the team Toro Rosso. Japanese motorists are configured during the season to stay ahead of colleagues from Renault.Yusuke Hasegawa Honda F1 "Gradually we are reducing the gap. During the winter break, we are going to make serious progress to during the season-2018 to catch up and overtake Renault".Recall that in the Renault camp switched the team McLaren, which last three years I suffered with Honda engines.
The Russian company BR Engineering has introduced a new sportprototip BR1. Track Bahrain International Circuit in the final stage of the FIA WEC season-2017 the global Motorsport community and journalists first saw the car, whose creation was announced a year ago. Car LMP1 was created by Russian company BR Engineering together with the famous Italian automaker Dallara to participate in the new superstone of the world championship FIA WEC.In the presentation BR1 participated Boris Rotenberg, founder and Director of the BR Engineering Pierre Fillon, President of the Association ASO Gerard Neveu, head of the FIA WEC Luca Pignata, chief designer Dallara Dmitry Samorukov, Director of SMP Racing pilots of the program of development of Russian Motorsport SMP Racing Mikhail Alyoshin, Vitaly Petrov and Matevos Isahakyan Ambassador extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation in the Kingdom of Bahrain Qarayev, Vagif DragonSpeed team principal Elton Julian and Russian engineers and students of technical Universities who took part in the development of the prototype. The music for the premiere of BR1 was written by Russian composer and producer Victor Drobysh.The presentation was opened by Boris Rotenberg. According to him, the engineers managed to create a completely new car, which used the most modern technologies and materials"it is Symbolic that on 17 November, during the final stage of the FIA WEC season in 2016, we announced the signing of an agreement between BR and Dallara Engineering to start work on a prototype BR1. Today, exactly a year later, we proudly present you the result. During the work on the car we used the best international experience, achievements one of the best companies Dallara. At various stages in the development of the car was actively attended by Russian specialists, and also worked on the simulator the current pilot program SMP Racing Vitaly Petrov, Sergey Sirotkin, Mikhail Aleshin, Viktor Shaitar and Kirill Ladygin. Their task was to from the point of view of experienced riders to make suggestions in key aspects of the prototype, from the ergonomics to the behavior of the car on the road".Prototype BR1 passed all the necessary tests and homologation of the FIA, a number of tests on race tracks under the control of SMP Racing pilots. Ahead of the Russian car the new season of the world championship on races on endurance 2018-2019, where SMP Racing intends to put the two Russian crew in the highest category of the championship, LMP1, to fight for the highest results in the overall classification.While the company BR Engineering, the first manufacturer of the chassis presenting to the public the car are ready to participate in the FIA WEC next season, already signed a contract for the production of a prototype BR1 for team DragonSpeed, also announced recently its intentions to move into the LMP1 category of the FIA WEC."I must say that the rate BR1 on the track is impressive, - said the pilot program SMP Racing Mikhail Alyoshin. - Impressive and how well made the prototype, and how sensitively it responds to changes in preferences that we do. To work with such a machine is a pleasure. Now our task is to spend as much time behind the wheel, to detect the different nuances, to work with the settings, because even in the ideal technique is always better. I am sure that next season prototype BR1 compete with rivals".One of the main innovations in superstone 2018-2019 world Championship on races on endurance will be the merging of hybrid and non-hybrid prototypes in one of the LMP1 class with defined capacity limitations. This will allow private teams, including the Russian team SMP Racing and DragonSpeed team, to compete for a championship titles FIA WEC.Facts ABOUT the prototype of BR1-CLASS LMP1 the process of creating aerodynamic elements of the new prototype was held 16 sessions in the wind tunnel, the total length of which was 600 hours, during which it has produced 1000 trials.In tests on the simulator and on the finished prototype was attended 5 professional pilots SMP Racing programme, including Vitaly Petrov, first Russian Formula 1 driver- Mikhail Aleshin, the pilot of the American series IndyCar- Sergey Sirotkin, the reserve pilot of the Formula 1 Renault- Kirill Ladygin, a multiple champion of Russia on go-karting and road racing, the bronze prize-winner of the race "24 hours of Le Mans- Victor Shaitar, world champion, winner of the race "24 hours of Le Mans", FIA WEC.On the simulator prototype BR1 pilots had a total of 64 hours, which amounted to 173 session or 870 laps.TECHNICAL characteristics of the PROTOTYPE BR1AER V6 twin turbo 720 HP Possible to install motorsGibson V8 LMP1 Spec 700 HP.Message other proizvodyaschuyu Le Mans Sprint body kit on the back 6-speed robotic transmission Xtrac lock differentialbaselsn TILTON Brembo brake system LMP1 UPRAVLENIE with power production Kayaba.Userrepository pilotado the foot pedal accelerator and timesmachine disciminate, production OZ specifically for Michelin Radial LMP1 18 dumontadriana 930 kg.
Renault Ambassador Alain Prost said that his company before the end of the season to fully work out the contract with Toro Rosso.Alain Prost "of Course, despite the rumors, Toro Rosso will be our engines in Abu Dhabi.Renault involved in Formula 1 for so many years, and we always provide everyone the same opportunities. We will never play dirty to win a few seats in the world Cup."Earlier, Toro Rosso has accused Renault that the French motorists deliberately put poor quality power plant.
The head of McLaren Zac brown once said that Fernando Alonso left the British team because of non-cooperation with Honda and transfer over to the power plant of Renault.Zac brown "the Owners of the championship, a Liberty Media company in the face of chase Carey and Ross brown helped us go to the motors Renault. If not for their active participation, I don't think we could agree. But if we don't have Renault engines, then we wouldn't have Alonso".
Boris Rotenberg, founder and Director of the program of development of Russian Motorsport SMP Racing, announced the inclusion of the pilot SMP Racing Robert Schwartzman part of the Racing Academy of Ferrari FDA, in which Robert will be trained and participate in competitions under the program of Ferrari.Schwartzman became the first Russian to be invited to the Academy. He will be trained under the special program of training of the pilots, will take part in trainings and events to the FDA. The ultimate goal of participation in the Racing Academy Ferrari the development of Robert, his preparation for the performance in Formula 1. The Russian driver will compete in the world racing Championships as part of a joint program of the FDA and SMP Racing.Robert Schwartzman is one of the most promising riders of the youth program SMP Racing. Since 2014 he serves in the youth formulas, on account of his a number of victories won in the fight with the strongest opponents from around the world. In the season-2017 Russia stands in the prestigious Junior series, Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0. In nine stages, Robert has won five pole positions and four times he rose to the highest step of the award podium.Racing Academy of Ferrari was founded in 2009 and is preparing pilots of the youth series for their subsequent performances in the Formula 1. Purpose the FDA is giving young riders opportunities for learning and improving their motor skills, developing their physical and mental preparation. Also, the FDA young drivers are introduced to economic aspects of Motorsport as well as teach working with the media. Graduates of the Academy of Ferrari in different times, were Jules Bianchi, Sergio Perez, Daniel Zampieri, Rafael, Marcello and others. To date, under the auspices of the FDA are 7 pilots from different countries not counting Robert Schwartzman Giuliano Alesi, Marcus Armstrong, Enzo Fittipaldi, Anthony Fuoco, Charles LeClair, Guan Yu Zhou, Callum Illot. The racers compete in Formula 2, GP3 and Formula 4.The program SMP Racing is a longtime partner of Ferrari. On these cars the Russians began performances in international racing series in 2012, the pilots SMP Racing Ferrari first won the famous race "24 hours Le Mana" in 2015 and racing series GT3 Le Mans Cup in 2016. In seasons 2015-2017, in partnership with the SMP Racing Ferrari factory team acts in the world Championship on races on endurance FIA WEC. On account of the racing team whose Ferrari are on the sides of the logo SMP Racing, 4 wins on the stages of the championship 2017, including at a recent race in Japan, and 4 conquered the podium. The pilots occupy the 1 and 3 positions of the GTE Pro standings.
Promoter of motor racing in Russia Boris Shulmeyster admitted that they are worried about the future of Daniil Kvyat. It is rumored that after Austin went Out when get back from Japan, Brendon Hartley may remain in the Toro Rosso.Boris Shulmeyster "I do not understand very well the political game of Formula 1. But, judging from what we know, I'm worried about Daniel.Very sorry that such a talented pilot first transferred from the older to the younger team, and now just survive".
Before Saturday's practice on the machines Fernando Alonso and Jolyon Palmer has replaced elements of the power plant, which both pilots will receive penalties in loss of starting positions.In the McLaren decided to put a new version of the Honda powerplant that Japanese motorists prepared for home runs. For the Spaniard the eighth time this season the internal combustion engine, the eighth module MGU-K, tenth and tenth turbine module MGU-H. In total, Fernando will lose 35 positions.Fine Palmer will be "only" 20 positions. The pilot put Renault fifth this season, the internal combustion engine, a turbine and a sixth module the sixth MGU-H. Previously 5 position penalty for changing the gearbox got Valtteri Bottas and 20 penalty positions for the replacement of the power plant Carlos Sainz.
Honda pilot in a series of MotoGP Marc Marquez hopes that McLaren will regret about your decision to withdraw from the Japanese power plants.Marc Marquez "I think from the beginning they knew that this long-term project.The McLaren decision was made hastily. I hope going forth that the decision McLaren will be incorrect, and that Honda will supply the best engines of motorcycles and cars".
After three years of suffering with minders Honda team, McLaren goes on motors Renault. The contract is signed until the end of 2020.Zak brown, head of the team McLaren "This agreement guarantees the team's stability and gives the opportunity to start working on the car, 2018.We always strive for long-term partnerships. We are confident that we can help the mechanics Renault to make big improvements to their engines began to win races on a regular basis."Jerome Stoll, President of Renault Sport "This is a strategic decision for Renault. We will work with McLaren, and we're pleased to work with a team that has such a rich history in Formula 1.We will cooperate not only in the technical and athletic areas, our partnership will affect the marketing component. We are confident that McLaren will push us forward, and will benefit both sides."Cyril abiteboul, managing Director of Renault Sport "We look forward to the moment when the McLaren cars will appear the logos of Renault. This team has two talented pilot that will help in refining the engine and will become a landmark in the work on the chassis. We are starting to work with a champion team, who is determined to get back on top".