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Team Toro Rosso has officially announced the signing of a multi-year contract with Honda.Franz Toast, head of the team Toro Rosso "the Whole team is looking forward to the cooperation with Honda. Racing has always been in the interests of this company since then as its founder, Soichiro Honda started motorcycle racing. I hope that together we will achieve serious progress".James Ki, technical Director Toro Rosso "because Of the new power plant will significantly change the design of the chassis. Together with Honda we will explore all the features of the engine, that affect the operation of the chassis. Look forward to cooperation with Honda engineers".Takahiro Hachigo, CEO of Honda "Toro Rosso is an experienced team that successfully prepares future stars. We welcome future cooperation with Toro Rosso - this opens a new Chapter in our history in Formula 1.I want to thank Liberty Media and FIA for assistance in the conclusion of this contract. Honda and Toro Rosso will work together to achieve success".
The former head of Formula 1 Bernie Ecclestone has confirmed that next season McLaren will use motors Renault. However, he believes that such a move will not help the British team to succeed.Bernie Ecclestone "the Contract signed with Renault, and Alonso stays at McLaren is good news. But I don't think McLaren will be more pleased to work with Renault than with Honda.In my opinion, the problems McLaren are the team. They criticized Honda instead to work closely with them. I think it was stupid.
It seems that the question of dissolution of the Union McLaren-Honda decided. In an interview with La Derniere the head of the sports division of Honda Yusuke Hasegawa indirectly admitted it.Yusuke Hasegawa "We would like to stay with McLaren. Our next update the motor should appear on the Grand Prix of Japan. It's too late, not enough to convince McLaren in our progress."It is expected that the statement about the contract with Renault, McLaren will be done next week.
Fernando Alonso has indirectly confirmed that he will remain in the team McLaren, which next season will use the Renault engines.Fernando Alonso "We know the power of the motors Renault. This season the pilots of Red Bull with such engines have earned five or six podiums.I know where to go next season. McLaren is the second team in Formula 1 in number of victories. They want to win, and I want to win - we have the same goals".His two League titles Alonso won by cars with Renault engine.
The pilot of McLaren Stoffel Vandorn claimed the points, but fizzled out of the race Grand Prix of Italy due to engine problems.Stoffel Vandorn "I know only that the engine lost power, so I had to go the distance. It's like yesterday, and it's a shame because my car was brand new engine. This is not the first time we have encountered such problems. It's a shame, because we could fight for points. I hope, in Singapore the situation is more favorable. I put a lot of work this weekend, had the car a good speed, so it's a shame that we have lost two machines.Perhaps in Singapore, I will have another penalty for a replacement motor, although we do not know exactly what was our problem today, despite the fact that it looks like the same problem yesterday. We'll have to wait and see the results of the work with the power plant".
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".
In qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix, Daniil Kvyat showed 17-th result, however, after replacing the power plant will go to the last row of the starting field.Daniil Kvyat "over the course of the weekend I drove a short distance, and it shows. In the morning having problems with the power plant. I should note that the team did a great job preparing the car for qualifying. I did my best, but only showed 17-th result.Hard to say what to expect from the race. Don't forget that I got a penalty for a replacement motor. We will try to make every effort to achieve maximum results".
The race on the home track at Spa McLaren Stoffel Vandorn will start with the last line of the starting field.For stage in Belgium, where important motor power, Honda mechanics have prepared a new version of the power plant. It will only install on the machine Vandorn, because of what he will lose at the start from 35 positions.It is expected that Fernando Alonso new version of the engine will receive the following Grand Prix in Italy.
The head of the sports division of Honda Yusuke Hasegawa said that its engineers decided to change the approach to work on new versions of the engine.Yusuke Hasegawa "We changed the hike. Before motor dynos we have verified the operation of only one cylinder. Now we have a fully built V6 engine.For too long we could not solve problems with MGU-H. in addition, there were many minor breakdowns, which are difficult to detect on a dynamometer stands. It's all over now".Obviously, similar statements are made in hope to establish good relations with partner team McLaren. The next version of the engine should appear on the track at Spa, where a very important power.
The head of Honda Yusuke Hasegawa, said his company is trying to achieve the same result from the engine, which had already made other motorists of Formula 1.Yusuke Hasegawa, "We know the goal to strive for and which already reached the opponents. We know that most teams use the same concept engine that we do, but obviously we don't know the exact solution, the exact design, which will help to achieve higher performance and power. But we know the direction in which to move to achieve their goals. While we think any element should change.We focusareas mainly on the combustion chamber, but there are other areas such as fuel consumption, auxiliary parts. Everywhere we are trying to find more horsepower."Spa Honda will present the fourth specification of the engine.
The head of Lamborghini Stefano Domenicali commented on the information about in what direction will the curve of his Motorsport company.Stefano Domenicali "Our company is not ready for Formula E. We are focused on the development of the technology that we have now. It is a priority. Go to hybrids or electric motors we are not ready.I don't see this step in the short term for any Supersports brand, and, above all, for us. Formula-E of interest to many manufacturers, but I think that this championship does not fit our traditional view of motor racing".
Three-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton admitted that he likes to watch the MotoGP race and would like to try their hand. However, as an opponent, he sees not someone from the helots of the new generation, and 38-year veteran Valentino Rossi.It is known that Russia has its own dirt track Ranch, and it was there that Hamilton would like to race against seven-time MotoGP champion.Lewis Hamilton "I love motorcycles and would like to race with Valentino Rossi at his "Ranch". To be honest, I would like to try your hand at MotoGP, that's just unlikely I'll be able to compete with pilots who are 17-18 years old.
Pascal Wehrlein said that doing everything possible to remain in Formula 1 after 2017. At the same time, the newspaper Bild believes that the 22-year-old pilot will lose his seat at Sauber at the end of the year.This is due to the fact that the owner is closely linked with Sauber Marcus Ericsson, while another place will go Antonio Giovinazzi or Charles LeClair as a result of new deals on motors with Ferrari.Pascal Wehrlein "I earned all five points of the team. In qualifying the score 8 2 in my favor. What else can I do"Bild suggests that Wehrlein will return to the DTM, where in 2015 she won the title of champion, or go into a Formula that looks like the most likely scenario.
The season champion-1997 Jacques Villeneuve has confirmed that he has closed the access to the Williams motorhome.Jacques Villeneuve "I am not paid for praises of young beginners. I just expressed my opinion. But before Baku, they informed me that they no longer want me in the team. I replied that I never insisted on it. More I won't be there".The feud continued after Baku, when Williams tweeted a picture of Villeneuve on the podium, comparing it with a breakthrough 18-year-old Strolla. Villeneuve was asked to take my picture, but Williams refused to do so.Jacques Villeneuve "first, it was an advertising photo for Lucky Strike. Second, why insult me, and then to use my picture"Villeneuve played for Williams in 1996-1998, won 11 races and was the champion in 1997.
The head of Formula-1 chase Carey said that the 25 races in the racing calendar in the coming years will not.Chase Carey "We will never offer to host 25 races. We have only discussed the possibility of more races, including an extra race in the US in new York or Miami.But 25, 23, 22 racing is impossible at the moment and not the point of the discussion. At the moment our focus is on 21 Grand Prix really made an impression on the viewer, made a splash".Previously a sports consultant to Red Bull Helmut Marko said "the 25 races is possible. But then we need two shifts of workers, who succeeded each other during the season. For us, the number of races is not important. We want to pilot, not an engineer, was in the middle of everything in Formula 1. It is important that the dominance of the motor stopped. We want such things as the struggle of Hamilton with Vettel, spread to the whole peloton".
This summer will see the premiere of a new documentary film from Director BAFTA Morgan Matthews, which tells the story of Williams F1.The film is based on the book by Virginia Williams 1991 "a Different kind of life." The movie will reveal to us the secrets of one of the most iconic Formula 1 teams and highlight the people behind its success.Frank Williams, the founder of the team "I hope the fans will enjoy the film as much as I like to do the races. I am glad that the people behind the team and my family look real heroes of history Williams".Deputy team principal Claire Williams "This film is a story about two great passions in life is my father. Everyone knows about the pure love of Frank to motorsports, but not everyone knows the wonderful story of my parents 'marriage and how those two things co-existed together during his racing career".
The promoter of the Brazilian Grand Prix Tamas Rohani recognized that Rio de Janeiro is interested in the race.In the present stage of Brazil held in Sao Paulo, but Bernie Ecclestone, who previously left his post as Director General Formula 1, warned that the future events in this GodMode doubt.Tamas Rohani "There is nothing to say about changes in the contract. After 2020, something may change, but it all depends on the new leadership.But I think the mayor of so Paulo understands that the loss of the ability to take the Formula-1 will be the end for motor sport in the country.The mayor of Rio, on the cases,e all the mayors of Rio in the last 20 years really wanted the return of Formula 1 in their city. But the strict confines of the contract were not even allowed to think about it. If anything changes, we will discuss it."Rio hosted the Formula 1 in 1978 and 1981-1989 gg.
The head of the sports division of Honda Yusuke Hasegawa have promised that next season the Japanese power plant will be much stronger and more reliable.Yusuke Hasegawa "We are definitely moving in the right direction, although, of course, our efforts still not enough to catch the leaders. But gradually we are making progress. In 2018 we will definitely be stronger."In the eighth stage in Baku, the team McLaren, which is a partner of Honda, has earned the first points. The next stage in Austria Japanese motorists will introduce a new version of the power plant, which will be more powerful than 30 liters.
The pilot of Renault Nico Hulkenberg in qualifying for the Grand Prix of Azerbaijan showed 14-th result.Nico Hulkenberg "Today we are faced with a problem in the electrics, which we lost part of the power of the motor. And at the end of the second round we were unable to start the car.Here is a very difficult track, and we saw a lot of different problems on the machines of different teams. Tomorrow we will attack and fight for points. This time it will not be easy, but it's a long race, so try to use any opportunity".
On Friday, the pilot of Red Bull Max Verstappen showed the best time in qualifying and was only fifth.Max Verstappen "I'm not quite satisfied with his fifth result. Today we have had problems, plus Riccardo was out of control. We lost a lot of lap time because of the rubber and motor.We have yet to explore everything. Yes, more horses from the updated Renault engine is good, but we were going to fight for a place in the top three. We will be able to battle tomorrow, because our car looks better in the middle sector.
Honda brought in Baku updated the power plant, which was expected during the Grand Prix of Canada.As reported by Japanese motorists, serious modifications have been internal combustion engines, turbine and module MGU-H. According to estimates by Honda, power plant capacity increased by 12 HP According to experts, the Japanese a few belittle their achievements, and the real increase will be around 30 HP. However, before Fernando Alonso was assessed a deficiency of power to 100 HP New engines will appear on the machines McLaren during Friday practice. However, in this case pilots have to pay start from the last row, because the limit on the installation of new components has been exhausted.
The Williams team could be the basis for the imminent collapse of the relationship of McLaren and Honda.Veteran Blic newspaper correspondent Roger Benoit reports that Williams could abandon the deal with Mercedes in 2018 to become the new partner Honda. This will allow you to clear the way for McLaren in possible cooperation with Mercedes.Roger Benoit "Last question are the Silver arrows want to go back to such a dangerous rival, as McLarenFor Sauber the result doesn't really matter, because in the next year for Honda they will remain the team's number two.In 1983-1987 the Williams team has already collaborated with Honda. But then, after winning the season-1987, Japanese motorists have gone to McLaren. Now the situation is reversed with the only difference that now the Honda is not the best of engines.
Head Sauber Moniz, Kaltenborn said her team we can only trust Honda as a manufacturer of engines.Monisha Kaltenborn "We can only trust Honda. We can build your knowledge about this company only the results of their work in Formula 1. We understand that it is very difficult to succeed when you have a bad motor. But we are ready for this cooperation.We are ready for partnership. We would be interested in working with Honda on a sponsorship basis, but we have nothing to do with it".
The canadian season champion-1997 Jacques Villeneuve believes that only through his father, lance Stroll is in Formula 1.Jacques Villeneuve "In the past we were dealing with guys who were so passionate that you were willing to risk their lives. Dads really want to see their sons in Formula 1 because it's safe here, and the talent is not as important as before. In Formula 1 are safer than in the motorcycle racing and skiing. Lance Stroll is a bright representative of this situation".
The pilot of McLaren Fernando Alonso has admitted that he may not be a new more powerful Honda engine in Montreal.Some media reported that the new specification engine will simply not yet ready.Fernando Alonso "I don't know if we have something new for engine in Canada, but I hope so. I get my news from the Newspapers. Some publish one, others - absolutely another.Until we arrive in Canada, we do not know the truth, but every time we introduce a new motor, we will start last, because all the limits and limits of rules is exhausted.So I think we need to carefully choose races in which we can be strong, and in which - not".
On the background of the problems Honda was talk that McLaren can return to the Mercedes engines. However, Niki Lauda, non-Executive Director of Mercedes, against such cooperation.Niki Lauda in an interview with Auto Motor und Sport "I am opposed to this contract. Two years I played for the supply of engines team Red Bull, but now I am against such cooperation. We should focus on our battle with Ferrari, not to help competitors."Apparently McLaren next season, will remain with the Honda engines. Until the beginning of may all the suppliers of the engines had to inform the FIA about changing the number of clients, but we know only one fact-change motors the Sauber team has signed a contract with Honda.
The pilot of McLaren Stoffel Vandorn said that the penalty for a replacement motor was for him only a matter of time.Stoffel Vandorn "I think it was only a matter of time after the problems we experienced at the winter tests and first races. We've had so many problems and issues with the engines that we are now forced to penalties for replacement of certain nodes. Only the fourth race, and we have already received fines.But the situation is what it is. We need to accept it and go forward.Recall that in Sochi Vandorn received a penalty in the loss of 15 positions for the replacement of elements of the power plant.
The former head of the eponymous team Eddie Jordan during the Grand Prix of Russia said that the team McLaren will break the contract with Honda from next season will use Mercedes power units.Your team Jordan sold back in 2006 by the way, now this team is called Force India, but since then is a frequent guest of the paddock of Formula 1 and is well acquainted with the intrigues. In the past, he not once gave out interesting information, which was then confirmed by official contracts.And here, Jordan said that in 2018, McLaren will get customer Mercedes engines. Of course, McLaren and Mercedes hastened to make a rebuttal. But before may 9, all motorists must report the teams signed contracts, so in the next few days to clarify the fate of the Union McLaren-Honda.
The pilot of McLaren Stoffel Vandorn was not able to go in the second round of qualifying for the Russian Grand Prix. In addition, it is waiting for a penalty for a replacement motor.Stoffel Vandorn "I remember that tomorrow I will be fine. In addition, I start from the tail of the peloton. I remain to be only a good start and hope for the best. Race long - a lot can happen.The team need to work more, we need more innovations to fight for points. While our results are far from perfect".