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Formula 1 has frozen in suspense in front of possible future changes to the engines. Recall that next year is beginning to act a limitation authorizing the use of only three engines and its components for one pilot for the entire season. Many team leaders are against such restrictions, which leads to incomprehensible for audiences of fines during the season.Christian Horner, head of the team Red Bull "I tried to negotiate this point at an earlier meeting, but support was not.But now, at the last meeting of the Council of Motorsport, was ratified by the original plan of transition from 4 to 3 engines in 2018.Moreover, La Gazzetta dello Sport reports that in 2018, for single pilot can only be used two power the MGU-K and two batteries. And the number of races will increase to 21.
Last week Robert Kubica were to hold a private test in Japan driving a Williams 2014. However, according to Motorsport Magazine, interposed the family of lance Stroll.Obviously, Stroll senior has no influence on the choice of the pilots, but he can specify who can participate in private tests, which he partially paid. The Williams team had planned to assess the shape of Kubica, but in the end driving, Stroll younger.I must say that in the course of this season, lance has spent a lot of private tests. Trained young canadian and to the Singapore Grand Prix, and after. Perhaps Williams private tests cost even more than the race itself. But part of the cost covers Lawrence Stroll.Now Williams plans to have tests for Kubica somewhere in Europe. It is possible that this Robert will have to find sponsors.
The FIA has confirmed all requirements of the crash-tested system for the protection of the head Halo for the season in 2018 after the updates of the technical rules for next year.Strategic working group approved the introduction of Halo in 2018, back in July of this year, and the world Council of Motorsport finally approved the decision at its last meeting in Paris last week.The FIA statement was read to the team in accordance with the technical regulations managed to complete work on their chassis for next year.
Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff said that his team in Singapore was not going to win.Toto Wolff "We woke up on race day with a clear mindset is to minimize our losses. And left Singapore victorious. It was one of those days that reminds you how unpredictable and incredible can be the Motorsport. It is clear that we were just lucky, but lucky not only to win, and two cars to avoid the accident at the start of the race. After that, we just made the most of their opportunities.We celebrated this victory. And you know, this race showed that in the remaining six Grand Prix to happen anything".
Founder of the eponymous team of Frank Williams, the daughter can no longer travel with the stables because of his quadriplegia.Williams recently experienced a hospitalization due to illness, but according to Claire, now he's fine with them.Claire Williams "He is obsessed with Motorsport. His whole life has always been and remains the Formula 1. It is a pity that he won't be able to travel, but he still loves these races are the same as in the first day in the championship."It is noteworthy that before the end of the season will not be a single representative of the family of Williams on any race, as the 41-year-old Claire is going to have a boy.Claire Williams "When I see how different my family, I miss the days when my parents attended the race. I grew up here and remember what mom and dad have always been here, and now they're gone. Here I just.For us, the season was disappointing, really disappointing. Obviously, there are teams that have done their job much better than us.In the last two years we have greatly passed. Ferrari, Mercedes and Red Bull with all their money, without cost controls, no new rules on the engine, no new producers have made a tremendous leap forward.But I never let go of his dream of victory in the Williams championship. Because as soon as you let that flame go out, you can go home and not to return. I'm not here for this".
Team McLaren has signed a contract with Renault to supply engines. The agreement is designed till the end of 2020.As informs Motorsport, McLaren will get engines of the same specification as the Red Bull team. Obviously, a slight advantage on getting the models will have a factory team Renault.The official announcement is expected soon.The McLaren contract with Renault means that the Toro Rosso team switches to Honda engines. Most likely, in her part of the Japanese pilot, possibly as a Friday tester.
According to the publication Motorsport-Total, the team Toro Rosso and Honda mechanics all agreed. However, under the deal, one of the places that should be occupied by Japanese Nobuharu Matsushita, which this season is in Formula 2 and in parallel works as a pilot for the development of the McLaren-Honda.If Carlos Sainz will remain in the Toro Rosso, Matsushita will take the place Daniel quata. If Sainz will go to Renault, then it is likely that it will replace Pierre went Out.Kvyat's chances to keep a place in the Toro Rosso is minimal. Looks like it's time to look for sponsors to compete for a place in, say, Sauber. Or issue a series of incredible results to convince the team management that he went Out.
Former Deputy Director of the Formula 1 Herbie Blache noted that the new management team has made significant progress in the work on the championship, but don't tell that Bernie Ecclestone just quietly left.Herbie Blache "it is too early to say that Bernie just left and will not return. Yes, the Liberty did a great job with what he found opportunities to work with social networks. It was not Ecclestone. Open world is better for Motorsport.Bernie said himself that his role was to earn money, and he was a key figure related to the CVC. He perfectly coped with its task, since the sport was sold for as much as he was worth. It is worth to stay in front of Bernie's hat.But Bernie was not working for the fans, he worked for the company CVC. The current owners have come up with a different way of thinking. Everything happens in the right direction. But do not forget about Bernie. He may come back".
The Russian pilot program SMP Racing Mikhail Aleshin will miss performances in the final stages of the North American racing series IndyCar, focusing on the work of the Russian sport prototype BR1. The decision was taken by the team Schmidt Peterson Motorsport and the Russian program SMP Racing.Mikhail Aleshin will continue to work on a new prototype BR1, which will be released on its first tests in the near future. The car is a Russian company BR Engineering will be created together with the Italian company Dallara and preparing for their debut performance in the world championship on races on endurance in 2018. Mikhail Aleshin is a key pilot SMP Racing, working on this car.
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".
Porsche does not deny that has already developed a highly efficient engine can be the basis for a new project in Formula 1.German manufacturer of sports cars shook the world of Motorsport, a statement that leaves the top category of the championship WEC LMP1. However, the entire team of engineers involved in this project remains in the Porsche, reinforcing rumors that the company after the debut in Formula E could be in Formula-1.Porsche head of research and development Michael Steiner "We need all these people for future projects. The great team that we have built for LMP1, very motivated, all these professionals possess a vast amount of knowledge. So nice to have a specific plan for engineers, mechanics and even pilots.Like other manufacturers, we at the invitation of the FIA to take part in discussions about future versions of the engine in Formula 1.This team of engineers is not currently working on the engine of a Formula 1, but working on a highly effective engine-level concepts, without deciding what we will do with this engine".
Daniel Audetto, who had to work as a Manager of many teams of Formula 1, considers the controversial question of the introduction next year of the system Halo.Daniel Audetto "Safety in Motorsport is a major challenge for the FIA, and, despite great strides in many areas, head protection in a single open cars was a concern for many years.But these dangers have always been part of this race. I lost friends, but the reality is that Formula 1 needs to take that risk. So many races now held on tracks with wide security zones, where it is almost impossible to get into an accident. It's like flying in the simulator, when the machine is safely controlled from a specially equipped room.There is now too much technology and security. And with that exaggerated safety and zero risk Formula 1, in my opinion, has lost part of its essence. It is less attractive for the audience. I think sometimes people want to see accidents as they want to see battles on the track".
British pilot Mercedes Lewis Hamilton is confident that his fans are ready to support the race in London.Lewis Hamilton "I feel that the UK is home to Motorsport. Here are the base of almost all teams. Every racing weekend here just crowds of people in the stands. It would be a real shame for Motorsport to lose the British Grand Prix. Moreover, a lot of people here spend a lot of money during the racing days.I don't believe we will lose the British Grand Prix, because the sports world will probably erupt. I will do everything in my power to convince Liberty that it is impossible to abandon the race.We have in the UK a lot of great trails, and we can use Silverstone and other tracks. We used to have two Grand Prix in Spain. It would be cool to have one, the race was held on the stationary track and the second street ring."It is known that currently the company has plans Liberty of the race in London.
In the next two weeks, Porsche will decide to come her to Formula-1 or not.The German brand is currently the leader in Le Mans, but Auto Motor und Sport said that Porsche management Board intends to reconsider the strategy of development for the Motorsport direction for the coming years in July.Auto Motor und Sport "There are several options participation in WEC, Formula E and Formula 1. In Formula 1 the Porsche is going to act as engine suppliers. There are other possible combinations".Recall that Porsche has participated in recent talks with the leadership of Formula 1 of the future shape of the rules for the engines in 2020.
Sauber have officially confirmed that frdric Vasseur, who previously worked at Renault, will be the new team leader, replacing the previously dismissed Monica, Kaltenborn.Pascal Picchi, Chairman of the Board Sauber "Frederick Wasser worked long enough in Motorsport and has proved itself from the best side. We are happy to see him in the ranks of Sauber".Frederic Vasseur "I am delighted to be a member of the team Sauber and thank you for the trust. I was impressed with the capabilities of each team's base in Hinwil, and also the ambitions of all employees. I am confident that together we will achieve great success. Look forward to the opportunity to start working at a new place."At the head of Renault F1 Vasser worked for a year. He left the French team in February of this year from-for disagreements with Cyril Abiteboul. Prior to that, Vasser led teams in the Junior series and has worked with Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and Valtteri Bottas.To work in Sauber Wasser will start from July 17, after the Grand Prix of great Britain.
The new leadership of the Formula 1 are proud that next year the championship will return to the two traditional European race.After a meeting of the world Council of Motorsport in Geneva, the FIA has announced that France and Germany will return to the racing calendar of Formula 1 in the season of 2018.Chase Carey "We are proud to confirm the return of the German and French Grand Prix in the championship. Waiting for them next season."The last time the Grand Prix of Germany was held in the year 2016, France in 2008.
The management of the company Audi, which is part of the Volkswagen no longer rule out their future in Formula 1.In recent years, VW was constantly saying he wasn't going to come to the Royal race, but recently the head of Lamborghini Stefano has represented Volkswagen Audi in the meetings of the working group of Formula 1, which discussed the configuration of the engines after 2020.However, the head of Audi Motorsport Dieter Gass told the newspaper Kolner Express that the diesel VW scandal, complicates the situation.Dieter Gass "it's Probably not the best time. All current and prospective producers were invited to the FIA and it's good that we were there.Of course, Stefano is very well versed in this matter and inform me about all events".
Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff said that the departure of technical Director Paddy Lowe has affected the competitiveness of the German team.Toto Wolff "Paddy Lowe is a great engineer, which I respect. But success in our sport not for individual personalities. It is important to having a balanced structure with the right people in the right places. And, in my opinion, this is what we have in the Mercedes. In such moments you realize how strong team. I am proud of our team and happy with the situation within the team.We firmly stand on my feet, all focused on solving our problems, and we are enjoying the duel with Ferrari. This is the Motorsport - to compete with the best".
The first phase of the SMP Formula 4 NEZ Championship season 2017 starts on 19 may at the autodrom in Sochi. In the championship participates 21 racer representing eight different countries, including 10 Russian pilots.Among the participants of the third season of the championship North European zone SMP F4 young year from the Netherlands, Spain, Finland, Estonia, Denmark, France, Austria and Russia. In the first stage will involve the Russians Vladimir Tjortjis and Nikita Volegov, already has experience of playing in this championship, debutants Alexander Smolar, Ivan Shvetsov, Mikhail Belov, Ivan Berets, Gulhuseyn Abdullayev, and the first in the history of the championship girl pilot Milen Ponomarenko.Every year our League is becoming more popular, occupying a niche in an environment similar to the competition of the FIA - said the founder and Director of the program of development of Russian Motorsport SMP Racing Boris Rotenberg. - High level of preparation of its graduates for that year is confirmed by the fact that the winners become participants in the Junior program of Red Bull, and many participants in the SMP F4 Championship successfully move into the senior international series. I note that the geography of racers becoming more wide - starting with pilots from four countries in 2015, today we can already see that representatives of eight different countries, not just Nordic area, appreciated our open. I am sure that the increasing level of competition will help including ours, the Russian pilots become more experienced, stronger, and more successful to perform on the international stage.""It is important to see how things are progressing SMP F4 Championship, as the year is growing the skill level of the pilots, the geography of its participants, - considers the sports Director of the SMP F4 NEZ Championship Mika Salo. Is what we seek, what we think is one of the main indicators of the correctness of the chosen direction of work. And today we can say that the SMP F4 has become a truly international competition, which has a serious impact on the entire youth racing".Qualification for first race of the SMP Formula 4 NEZ Championship season 2017 will be held may 19, Friday, at 1530 Moscow time. The race starts at 1815. The beginning of the second qualification, which will determine the starting grid for race 2 and 3, on Saturday at 1100. The second race will start on Saturday at 1350. Also on Saturday at 1650 it will be the third race of the stage.
On Tuesday Fernando Alonso spent the second day of testing at Indianapolis. The Spaniard drove 117 laps and showed 24th result.In the tests took part 33 of the pilot, and the best time on account of will Power, IndyCar Champ 2014. Alonso lost Power 0.6574 seconds gap by the standards of Indianapolis.Fernando Alonso "the Feeling I have a positive, everything as I expected. It is very important to go close behind rival, to gain an advantage in speed on the straight. Our team has six cars and we practiced in this component".In tests participated Mikhail Aleshin, representing the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. The Russians showed the 7-th result, losing to the leader of the day 0.2123 seconds.
The pilot program SMP Racing, reserve driver of the Renault F1 Team Sergey Sirotkin will take part in team quizzes and free practice of Formula 1 in France and Spain.A two-day team test will start on 9 may on the French circuit Paul Ricard. Russians will spend behind the wheel of a car 2012 Renault first test day. The following speech of Sergey Sirotkin will participate in free practice Grand Prix on 12 may."I will be very happy to be back behind the wheel of the car of Renault, - said Sergey Sirotkin. - We have a lot of work during the tests in France, and, of course, you will need to prepare well for the upcoming performance in Spain. Despite the fact that in Sochi failed to pass a full session, my team and I are optimistic and continue with renewed vigor to work on. I want to say thank you to Renault, the program SMP Racing and its founder and Director Boris Romanovich Rotenberg, for the opportunity to work and play in a great team, a great car on the best tracks in the world, in the best Motorsport event in the world".In the season-2017 Sergey Sirotkin conducts a full season in the Renault F1 Team and has twice been driving RS17 on the tracks in Bahrain and Sochi. In parallel, the Russians involved in the work of the Russian prototype BR1 BR Engineering company, involved in work with young pilots SMP Racing, as well as in the Russian educational programs.
Team Andretti Motorsport introduced the car, driven by Fernando Alonso to win Indianapolis.The car is painted in the colors in which the McLaren team took part in the Indy 500 in the mid-1970s. Alonso received a starting number "29". He wanted to speak in a room "14" but he was busy with another team.The first tests will be held today.
Fernando Alonso visited the base team, Andretti Motorsport, where he passed the fit seat car Dallara DW12, at the wheel which he will perform at the Indy 500.After the race in Sochi, Alonso will be going back to America, where, on 3 may will hold the first tests of the machine IndyCar.
The ex-pilot of Formula 1 Juan-Pablo Montoya believes that the decision of Fernando Alonso to perform in Indy 500 - a great precedent.Juan Pablo Montoya "I think that the solution to Fernando will be a really good day for Motorsport, and not just for IndyCar. I think that attention to Alonso and this race will be huge.In this race involved a lot of pilots, I'm sure it will confuse him. It's not what he was used to in Formula 1. There are a lot of pilots, a lot of sponsors, a lot of fans. All I want to draw attention to themselves, so the fight will be very dense.Montoya, Alonso, appeared in Formula 1 in 2001. However, after the season in 2006 Juan Pablo has moved overseas.
The pilot program SMP Racing's Sergey Sirotkin will hold a test session behind the wheel of the Renault F1 Team in Bahrain. In the team test on 18-19 April, the Russian will spend on the road the second test day."Looking forward to the moment when again, you can get behind the wheel of the car, - said Sergey Sirotkin. The first day of tests I will be working in the pits, and on Wednesday, spend all day in the cockpit on the track.This season I spent in the Renault F1 Team for three stages. And I want to say that being in the pits during race weekends, you get a huge amount of important information, which I'm sure will be very useful to me next year".The pilot program of development of Russian Motorsport SMP Racing's Sergey Sirotkin became a reserve pilot of the team Renault F1 in the season 2017. Under the terms of the contract, the Russian is involved in all the racing week-ends of the team, and a few of them will be in the free practices.
For the first time since 1979 at the start of the legendary race, "Indy 500" will be the car of McLaren. Will sit behind the wheel of Fernando Alonso, the double champion of Formula-1.Partner of the McLaren team Andretti Motorsport, which will provide one of their cars Dallara DW12 with the engine Honda.Fernando Alonso "I am excited about the opportunity to take part in the race "500 miles of Indianapolis" with the support of McLaren, Honda and Andretti. This is one of the most famous races in the world alongside the 24 hours of Le Mans and the Monaco Grand Prix".The time of the Indy 500 is overlaid with the Monaco Grand Prix, so the Spaniard will miss the race in the Principality. Most likely, it will replace Jenson button.Fernando Alonso "I wish that this year will not be able to take part in the Monaco Grand Prix. But after "Indy 500" I will definitely be back behind the wheel of a McLaren-Honda.I've never been on the cars IndyCar, never raced on the ovals, but I'm sure that will be able to quickly adapt to new technology. After the Grand Prix of Spain, I will travel to Indianapolis, where the preparation will try to drive maximum distance".As already said Alonso, "Indy 500" stands in one row with the Monaco Grand Prix and 24 hours of Le Mans. Only Graham hill managed to earn the "Triple crown" by winning all three races.Fernando Alonso "I won in Monaco and is now dreaming of the Triple crown, winning at Le Mans and Indianapolis. The task is difficult, but doable. Don't know when I will be able to speak in Le Mans, but I am only 35 years old - I have a lot of time".
The President of the FIA Jean Todt intends to open several halls of fame of the Federation of Motorsport.Jean Todt "in December we will open the Hall of fame FIA. A large team of people working on this project for several years. One Hall of fame will be located in Paris, the second in Geneva.It will be a stunning exhibition, there will be things and people's cars, which, unfortunately, is no longer with us. But all of this exhibition will amaze".
The Williams driver lance Stroll has stated that he is completely relaxed about the criticism that is beginning to put pressure on him early in the season.Lance Stroll "I don't care about criticism. It's not my business. We are all professionals. Anything can happen in Motorsport, and you just have to recover from this. All of this is the same for all pilots.Yes, I had a difficult first week of tests. But we overcame the problems and did a good job. We can conduct a simulation of qualification and race. We managed to collect a lot of useful information that has helped prepare well for the start of the season. Personally, I do not recall his turn in Barcelona".
Such statement was made by Nico Rosberg, who said he knows how it feels to debut in the highest echelons of world Motorsport as a son of a famous father.Nico Rosberg "as soon As you start asking about 100 times, then immediately start to get nervous. Expectations from the speeches of Micah is very high.I read somewhere that Mick is the favorite title in Formula 3, but this will be only his first season in the championshipLewis Hamilton was fifth in his first year in Formula 3. In my opinion, for success in this series takes two years. But if it says that Mick is the favorite, he could either disappoint wrote it, or make incredible.I have a lot of sympathy for the guy, because I know what it's like. I can only hope that he will not pay attention to it".