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Toyota said that they have no problem with the fact that Fernando Alonso passes the tests WEC, which will be held concurrently with the tests of Formula 1.The Spaniard will miss the opportunity to try out the Toyota TS050 Hybrid on the track before the season opening of the WEC in Spa, but the head of Toyota Motorsport Pascal Vasselon said that Alonso will be able to catch up.
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".
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".
The President of the FIA Jean Todt has previously covered the topic of creating a universal engine for different leagues, and now he returned to this issue.Jean Todt "This is an interesting question. Can we use the engine of Formula 1 in other racing series At the moment every category of Motorsport has its own rules, so perhaps we should try to figure out whether we can get them to merge.For example, we have the championship WEC with LMP1 category. We have an idea to give this championship the same engine as in Formula 1. According to the results of races these engines to overcome the same distance".
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.
Former President of the British club racers BRDC Derek Warwick said that the birthplace of Formula 1 may lose its Royal status.Derek Warwick "the Grand Prix is too expensive, we are losing money, so we are considering the adjournment.United Kingdom - the birthplace of Motorsport. Does this mean that there will always be a Grand Prix of great Britain Absolutely not.Of course, we want the Grand Prix of great Britain remained in the championship, but we wish he was available so we could earn enough money to invest in the track. We can't do that within the existing contract".
The pilot of McLaren Fernando Alonso is confident that participation in the marathon 24 hours of Daytona will make it more successful pilot.Fernando Alonso "I am very pleased to return to the US, again to appear before the fans of America. Less than a year I will be competing in two legendary races, which makes me very proud for your achievements.I've always wanted to challenge yourself in other categories of Motorsport. This is exactly what you need to become a successful pilot. Stepping out of my comfort zone in Formula 1, I will take part in this iconic race like the 24 hours of Daytona. It's just amazingI'm looking forward to the race for United Autosports, the more there will be to take part and the current European Champions LMP3.During tests that we conducted in Spain in November, I felt in this environment, like in the family. I'll be glad to spend this time with a new team. I just can't wait to jump in the car and drive on the famous oval.Over the last few months I've reviewed a lot of records with this race. I think participation will allow me to get to know yourself more deeply. It will definitely be fun".
Lewis Hamilton admitted that he wants to emulate Fernando Alonso in the fight for the triple crown of Motorsport. The Spaniard already has a victory in the Monaco Grand Prix, and now he wants to earn a victory in the Indy 500 and the 24 hours of Le Mans. The only winner of the triple crown is compatriot Hamilton and Graham hill.Lewis Hamilton "Today is very difficult to do something unique in Motorsport. In the past, there were pilots who were in several different categories, but I have no desire to do it.I admire what Alonso wants to do, but for me Formula 1 is the maximum experience which can get the pilot.I have other qualities and projects in which I am interested and which I am satisfied. In the coming years you will see what it is, but it's more than race. Once I hang the helmet on a nail. But my contribution will definitely be appreciated by the audience".
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.
In the past some pilots, in particular, of McLaren-Honda, had a penalty of 30-50 positions for the replacement of elements of the power plant. Now any pilot can not lose more than 15 positions - a new rule has been approved by the world Motorsport Council of the FIA.In the new season every driver can use three sets of elements of the power plant. As before, for each subsequent item will be charged penalty 10 penalty position for the first element of the new set and 5 positions for the rest of the same set of elements. If the pilot during the race weekend will receive more than 15 penalty position, it will start last. If such pilots will be a few, the order will be determined by a time penalty.
Commercial Director of the championship Sean Bratch said the new logo, Formula 1 will be a success in Motorsport and business.Sean Patch "This is a difficult change because we have changed the corporate brand. The current logo has been around for several decades, and he copes well with the recognition in the sport.It seemed to me that the logo change will be an important part of the new trend in the League. I completely agree with chase that it had to be the first step.In my opinion, the old logo did not reflect the direction of where to move this sport. People have an opinion, and everyone is different. But, as leaders of the championship, we have to follow all innovations.In the end, we will demonstrate to the market that this brand will flourish. We understand that any change in the logo, be it a small modification or a complete change, people will have different opinions. And it's good for the sport.Everyone has an opinion about Formula-1. I didn't think that we will avoid criticism".
The head of Honda said that his company just wasn't ready to work with top team McLaren.Yusuke Hasegawa "the worst year was undoubtedly the first, but the third year was difficult.But I think we were able to recover slightly faster than in previous years. Motorsport is everything to Honda, is part of our DNA. We know that the race is sometimes difficult, it is a difficult task from the point of view of productivity and technology, that motivates us. So it makes no sense to throw all half way, it does not correspond to our mentality.Toro Rosso is more flexible for us. Exchange opinions with them easier. McLaren - the best team, but Honda was not ready for the best team. It is a fact.The new rules technically difficult, and it gets even harder. But we already work very closely with Toro Rosso.Very important for us to stay in Formula 1. We must continue to dream of becoming world Champions. This is our motivation and what keeps us".
The head of Pirelli Marco provera Tronchetti hoped that the first three top teams will be closer to each other in 2018.Marco Tronchetti provera "I have to praise their employees because they worked a lot, and I think the pilots this year was fun. Tyres played an important role in the fight, and it is a source of pride. Next year will be a new very soft tire, but other tires tend to be softer.Nevertheless, I hope that Formula 1 will find opportunities to create a healthy competition between Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull. Category remains the pinnacle of Motorsport, and the audience still love her, but some races this year were not particularly interesting".
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 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.
At the end of this year, Brazilian Felipe Massa will leave the Formula 1. In the Brazilian automobile Federation is ready to offer him the position.Walder Bernadino, head of the Brazilian automobile Federation "Usually the head of the Federation becomes a member of the world Motorsport Council of the FIA. But I understand that Felipe would benefit more from working in FIA. We have already discussed the issue with him".
The head of the Formula 1 championship chase Carey was able to reduce the degree of tension between his company and Ferrari, threatening to leave the championship at the end of 2020, unless their condition on engines.Chase Carey "there are No real differences between the views of Ferrari and ours. Formula 1 is unique and the team should be able to build the original machines, engines and chassis.We want all teams fought for the victory, and success depended on how they spend money, and no matter how much money they spend.The uncertainty as to the outcome of the race is fundamental to the attractiveness of any category of Motorsport for spectators.
The Motorsport edition, citing sources inside the Toro Rosso, said that the Italian team extended the contract with Pierre went Out before the end of 2018.Most of the season, Faded held in the Japanese Superformula, where he became the Vice-champion. At the Malaysian Grand Prix, the Frenchman made his debut in the Toro Rosso. Behind the three races, best result - 13th place.As for the second place, it claims to Brendon Hartley. On account of the new Zealander so far, only two races, but the best result is the same - 13.
Former Formula 1 driver Michael Andretti has admitted that he would like to be back in the championship, but as a team owner.And now, amid talks about a budget limit, Andretti confirmed his interest in the pinnacle of Motorsport.Michael Andretti "Obviously, it boils down to what will be the budget. In the meantime, I can't afford it.We are considering options Formula E, Rally cross, Formula 1. But we must carefully examine".Andretti drove for McLaren in 1993, as a partner of Ayrton Senna. And if Senna won five races and became the Vice-champion, Andretti only once on the podium and ahead of schedule left the team, losing his place Mika.Now the team Andretti Autosport is represented in many American series, including IndyCar.
The pilot of McLaren Fernando Alonso has said that his plans are so global that few are able to realize their depth.Fernando Alonso "I want to become the best pilot in the world to do so, competing in different series, winning on different machines. Sometimes you need to get out of the small world of Formula 1. The world of racing much more, it is not limited to this championship.My plans in Motorsport is much wider than anyone can imagine. There are things I could do in Le Mans and other series. We will do everything to be interesting for me and the fans and also for Motorsport".In late January, Alonso will take part in the marathon 24 hours of Daytona, where his partner will be Lando Norris, the reserve pilot of McLaren.
Edition Motorsport reports that on 8 November, the eve of the home Grand Prix of Brazil, Felipe Massa will collect a press-conference where will announce the completion of a career in Formula 1.A year ago, Felipe has already said goodbye to Formula 1, but later Williams approached him with a request to return to replace Valtteri Bottas, who joined in the Mercedes. This time, it seems, Felipe finally say goodbye to the championship.According to rumors, Williams technical Director paddy Lowe doesn't want to work the dough. In its place expect Robert Kubica, Paul di Resta and Pascal Wehrlein.
Daniil Kvyat will no longer be in the Toro Rosso. As it became known, this decision the Russians found out right after the finish of the race in Austin.Edition Motorsport reports that Kvyat was literally turned out of doors immediately after racing - Helmut Marko asked Daniel as soon as possible to leave the circuit. He didn't even have time to say goodbye to the team where he spent several years. This suggests that the decision on the composition of teams for the remainder of the race was made even before the United States Grand Prix.
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.
In 2012, Daniil Kvyat and Esteban Windows were partners in the team Koiranen Motorsport, acting in the Formula Renault 2.0. Recently Windows in an interview with Sky Sports expressed hope that Kvyat will be back in Formula-1.Esteban Windows "Daniel is a great guy, we been friends a long time. It is unfortunate that it will not be on the grid in Mexico.I'd like to have Daniel back is a very fast driver. I know him because we were teammates. He deserves a place in Formula 1".Then, in 2012, Kvyat won the Alpine series Formula Renault 2.0 and became the Vice-champion of Euroseries Formula Renault 2.0, and Stoffel vandorn losing the 10 points. The Windows in these series became the 7th and 14th, respectively.
Fernando Alonso stays at McLaren. However, to extend the contract with the British team two-time champion has agreed to only one season.Fernando Alonso "it's Great that we continue to cooperate. My heart always told me to stay, because in this team I feel at home. I'm glad to advocate for McLaren.The McLaren has all the necessary resources to fight for victories and titles in Formula 1. Last years was hard, but we have not forgotten how to win. I'm sure very soon we will again fight for victory.Zac brown, the head of McLaren "I am pleased to announce that Fernando stays at McLaren. Alonso is an incredible pilot, one of the most experienced and talented in modern Motorsport.Next year we are going to make a major step forward, and Fernando fully shares our optimism. We want to fight for wins, and Alonso will help us to achieve this goal".
Champion of the season in 2016, Nico Rosberg believes Lewis Hamilton needs to pull himself together if he wants to get the title this year.Nico Rosberg "Now it's incredibly fast, and lucky. At the same time everything went wrong for Sebastian Vettel. Lewis demonstrates incredible consistency, and it's hard to do from race to race.If you look at the Lewis and Vettel, my ex-partner faster per lap on pure speed. But Sebastian more strong emotionally. At such a high level of competition, even small things play a big role.If something is bothering you, or you put energy into something else, then you might throw back. It happened to Lewis last year when, after a skirmish with the journalist, he continued to fight with the press.It's wasted energy, especially in the decisive phase of the world Cup. Anything can throw your concentration.Now I'm neutral, but, as a fan, what happened in Japan, I did not like. Everyone wanted to see fight for the title until the last race.I'm sure even Lewis likes to fight until the last minute, but that's Motorsport. In any case, Mercedes and Lewis can't sit idly by even in this situation".
Daniil Kvyat get back behind the wheel of the Toro Rosso in the Grand Prix of the United States. However, this race could be the last for the season.As informs Motorsport, citing sources inside the Toro Rosso, the rest of the season is Kvyat can hold Brendon Hartley, who this weekend will debut in Formula 1 as a replacement for Pierre went Out. The new Zealander can become a combat pilot of the Toro Rosso in the season of 2018. Kvyat in the list of candidates only in third place after Fading and Hartley.Obviously, Daniel in the United States have to show something incredible to save the place in the Toro Rosso.
Jolyon Palmer has lost his place in the Renault team after the Grand Prix of Japan. However, France is ready to help his former pilot with the further employment.Cyril abiteboul, head of Renault Sport "We are part of a large group, we are represented in many areas of Motorsport, and we have the opportunity to help Jolyon. Let's see how we can help him. I think, and he himself has ideas."It is possible, Renault will offer Palmer a spot in the team Formula-E.
Director Haas Gunther Steiner said that everything in the League complain about the novelty in the sphere of protection of the pilot, but she had nowhere to go.Gunther Steiner "All complain, but in the end, the situation is the same for all. Everything is done on time.Formula 1 - the highest category of Motorsport, and if you can't cope with such difficulties, then, in my opinion, it is better not to speak in this championship.Of course, if you have two or three additional months to develop the machine, it is necessary to use them until the last minute. Most importantly, information about Halo has been given to all teams at the same time. The only way to achieve honesty in work. In any case, we can not change anything".