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Renault team unveiled its car of 2018, which was code RS18. To pilot it will be Nico Hulkenberg and Carlos Sainz. Test-pilot Renault - Artem Markelov.
The pilot of Renault Nico Hulkenberg believes that the team needs two or three years of preparation to fight for victory.Nico Hulkenberg "it is Very difficult to promote the team to the level of Red Bull and Mercedes. The investments we make now in the construction and modernization of the plant, would only benefit two or three years. While it's not running, nothing will happen.All teams have passed through this formative period. This is a normal process. Look at Mercedes, how many years they went to the titles With Red Bull the same story.Our establishment will only take a couple of years because it is a complicated sport and the rules are constantly changing. You need to constantly adapt, and you need new people with new ideas, we need as many people as possible".Today, the Renault team will introduce a new car RS18.
In 2018 the official tyre supplier of Formula 1 added to its range with two new composition, even more delineations of color and level of softness.World champion 2016 Nico Rosberg said "I believe that such a large number of colors of the tyres is the wrong approach. Nobody cares about such details. In each race teams have for soft, medium and hard tire, and their marking must be the same every time. The total number of squads doesn't matter to the audience".
Champion of the season in 2016 Nico Rosberg believes that this year will once again win for Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton. And this in spite of the promising rumors that came from Maranello.Nico Rosberg "My prediction matches what happened in the past year. Thus, at this time wins again Lewis Hamilton, one step ahead of Sebastian Vettel. Behind them, Valtteri Bottas and both pilots of Red Bull, and this time Verstappen will be faster Riccardo".
Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff admitted that he had changed his opinion on the situation when the teammates are rivals.Toto Wolff "I have always believed that a strong rivalry between the partners is good for the team because they will push each other forward.I think that the lesson that I learned after working with Nico and Lewis, was for me very meaningful. I think you need two pilots who are at a high level, who continue to push each other on the track, but the rivalry should not spill over into the debate outside of the machine.The struggle between Valtteri and Lewis helped us to develop the car very efficiently and helped us win both titles last year. So I am very happy with the pilots and the relations that are in the team".
Champion of the season in 2016 and the Manager of Robert Kubica, Nico Rosberg said pole still not lost hope to compete in Formula 1.Nico Rosberg "it is great that Robert was able to get the job to Williams. He can roll a lot of miles. For him this is a great contract, and certainly a step in the right direction."Let's remind, that Kubica has collected 8 million sponsorship to Williams, which only lasted for the position of reserve pilot British team.
Champion of the season in 2016 Nico Rosberg hopes that one day he will be able to build relationship with Lewis Hamilton.Nico Rosberg "I retired in the highest point. I fought for the title with the best pilot of our time on the same machines. We fought until the last race. I came out the winner, so you can be happy with yourself.Does it irritate me Lewis We were really good friends, and I still have great respect for him.In fact, he is a good guy. Of course, on the camera we managed to pose and behaved aggressively, but in Formula 1 with its values can not be otherwise. I really hope that one day we re gonna be friends".
Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas expects the new car season, the 2018 must be suitable to his driving style more than last year.Valtteri Bottas "the Car was very fast but did not fit my style of piloting, as designed by Nico and Lewis.But the new car will be more suited to me. What I have seen, I was pleasantly surprised. I believe that everything he learned last season will help me in the future".
In SkySports have examined the accounts of the pilots of Formula-1 in popular social networks and calculated the number of subscribers. The leader of the rating was Lewis Hamilton.Number of subscribers1. Lewis Hamilton - 14,98 2. Fernando Alonso - 6,15 3. Daniel ricciardo - 3,49 4. Sergio Perez - 2,78 5. Max Verstappen of 2.72 6. Roman Grosjean - 1,41 7. Nico - 1,29 8. Valtteri Bottas - 1,16 9. Carlos Sainz - 0,94 10. Kevin Magnussen to 0.67 million
The ex-pilot of Formula 1 mark Webber believes Fernando Alonso is making a mistake by agreeing to speak at the same time in different series.Mark Webber "No, this is a mistake. These are two completely different series that is clearly going to absorb a lot of energy. I think that if you act in Formula 1, you can't afford to be distracted. Formula 1 is so specific that it does not allow to do something else."However, a couple of years ago Nico Hulkenberg proved that it can win Le Mans during a full season of Formula 1.But Webber said "It was in the middle of the team of Formula 1. The pressure is different. In addition, he came in already prepared for the Le Mans team that simplified the task.If he wins at Daytona, that would be awesome. He is a talented pilot, seriously surpassing many in this world. It will be fantastic, but it will give him nothing".
Flavio Briatore, former head of the commands Benetton Renault, indirectly confirmed that the free space in Williams is Sergey Sirotkin, but not Robert Kubica, whose work leads the 2016 champion Nico Rosberg.Flavio Briatore "I'm sorry that Kubica was able to negotiate with Williams. I spoke with Rosberg, and he said that he tried various options, but the pilot from Russia, a big budget, about 20 million, but Kubica was able to collect approximately 7-10 million.Sorry. And I don't even know the name of this Russian. Very strange that the leaders of the championship did not help Robert to return to Formula 1 - that would be great".
The pilot of Renault Carlos Sainz'm sure disagreements with team-mate Nico Hulkenberg this year is just inevitable.Carlos Sainz "It will be an interesting experience. But if we fight for victory, the differences with Nico are inevitable.I confronted a guy who's already seven or eight years in Formula 1, and he's really well settled in such a luxurious team.I can learn a lot in this situation as a pilot. And the team will be able to use our potential.I'm sure we can push each other, and this will push the team forward. I also think that Nico glad to call and fight with me. This will help us all in every way".
Champion 2016 Nico Rosberg said that his style of flying he was able to embody the soft character of his mother.Nico Rosberg "My father was also a pilot, but my personality is closer to my mother. My racing style a little expressed it, because my father was a crazy guy in the car, he always exceeded the limit, whereas I was much more controlled and smoother.I also like to meditate every day. It helps me grow as a person and learn something about ourselves why we feel jealous, why we get angry, why we all have difficulties with parents and partners. Meditation helps to understand these feelings and act more appropriately".
Champion of the season in 2016 Nico Rosberg said that he hasn't signed a new contract with Mercedes.In 2017 Niko was listed as a Ambassador of the German brand. In 2018 he joined German broadcaster RTL to replace Niki Lauda as an expert on Formula 1.Nico Rosberg "My Ambassador Mercedes contract expires at the end of the year, so I'm completely independent.I might be the Ambassador of Daimler the following year, but that won't stop me in front of a neutral and justified criticism of the Mercedes team during the race. Nicky managed to do it as a team member, so I can too".
Champion 2016 Nico Rosberg has officially replaced Niki Lauda as an expert on Formula 1 for German TV channel RTL.It was also announced that RTL has retained the rights to broadcast the championship for the next three years.The head of RTL Frank Hoffmann "This is really good news for RTL and especially for our viewers".Nico Rosberg "I agreed. My father was a precursor to Nicki on RTL, so I continue the family tradition".
The pilot of Red Bull Max Verstappen believes that the girls at the start of the race will remain part of the championship in the future. Previously the sports Director of a Formula 1 Ross Brawn said that the issue of denial of the presence of girls on the starting grid.Max Verstappen "Girls must stay"The pilot of Renault's Nico Hulkenberg added "It would be a shame if they stole this ornament of the grid. What will happen next year".
Pilot Mercedes Lewis Hamilton said that he is not going to re-start a friendship with Nico Rosberg.In the days of the performances in karting, Lewis and Nico were friends, but after the fight for the title as a part of Mercedes in 2014-2016 they turned into stiff rivals.Niki Lauda "Their relationship was so bad that in the morning they didn't even say Hello".Rosberg after winning the championship and retiring from Formula 1 has admitted that he is ready to regain the friendship.Nico Rosberg "We were very good friends in the past but this could be repeated in the future. We are no longer rivals, I completely crossed this point, so I don't understand why we can't again good".However, Hamilton is configured differently.Lewis Hamilton "I last spoke with Nico in Japan, but I don't put any energy to change in our relationship. I don't want to be friends with him".
Last season in Formula 1 was represented by 16 countries. The largest representation from the United Kingdom, but the pilots of this country have scored a total of 371 points and took only the second place in the standings of the Nations. As leaders of the standings are the Finns.Last year in the standings of the Nations the Germans won, thanks largely to Nico Rosberg. This season was not representative of Indonesia, but there were pilots from Canada, Italy and New Zealand. Russia has fallen from the 10th position to 13th.1. Finland - 510Valtteri Bottas, Kimi Raikkonen2. UK - 371Lewis Hamilton, Jolyon Palmer, Jenson button, Paul di Resta3. Germany - 365Sebastian Vettel, Nico Hulkenberg, Pascal Wehrlein4. Australia - 200Daniel Ricciardo5. Netherlands - 168Max Verstappen6. France - 115Esteban Windows, Roman Grosjean, Pierre Went Out7. Mexico - 100Sergio Perez8. Spain - 71Carlos Sainz, Fernando Alonso9. 43 In BrazilFelipe Massa10. Canada - 40Lance Stroll11. Denmark - 19Kevin Magnussen12. Belgium - 13Stoffel Vandorn13. Russia - 5Daniil Kvyat14. Sweden - 0Marcus Ericsson15. Italy - 0Antonio Giovinazzi16. New Zealand - 0Brandon Hartley.
Non-Executive Director of Mercedes Niki Lauda decided to leave the role of expert TV channel RTL F1, so there were rumors that German television could lose the right to broadcast the events of the championship.But now Bild newspaper reported that negotiations RTL and Liberty Media completed successfully.But a spokesman for RTL insisted "I can not confirm this fact. There is no contract, we're not ready yet".However, it is argued that the former Formula 1 drivers Nico Rosberg and Timo Glock will alternate between a Grand Prix to replace Lauda.
The pilot of Renault Nico Hulkenberg said that he is ready to fight with Carlos Sainz, a new partner for the team.Nico "From the point of view of aerobatics, it was my best season. I have never played better. The faster the machine, the more they suit me. I can fly to the limit, and it's fun. The tires are much better, development went in the right direction.It was very clear that Carlos will be closer. Sainz talented and fast. We are only at the beginning of our relationship in the team, but Carlos is very important for the development of stables and a car. I hope one day we will be together with him to fight for the title".
During the past season by the leaders of the race had time to visit only six pilots. Most of all the leader of the race passed champion Lewis Hamilton 2871 km 47.4 per cent of the total distance of 20 races. Last year, the achievement became champion Nico Rosberg was a little worse 42.8 percent.Of the six pilots in the lead in the race, only Kimi Raikkonen has never won.Leading in the race in the season 2017, the pilots, km1. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes - 28712. Sebastian Vettel, The Ferrari - 13123. Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes - 9624. Max Verstappen, Red Bull - 6395. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari - 1436. Daniel ricciardo, Red Bull - 137 already mentioned, six pilots have been at the head of the race this year. For comparison in 2016, the leader managed to visit also 6 pilots, in 2015 - 7 pilots, in 2014-m - 10 pilots in 2012 and 2013 - 13 pilots. And the record maximum of 15 pilots belongs to season 2008. Record-minimum of 4 of the pilot - behind the season 1988.Passed distance record remains Vettel, who in the 2011 season stayed on the first position 3794 km 65.5 of the race of all races.Leading in the race in the season 2017, teams, km1. Mercedes - 3833 63.2 per cent2. Ferrari - 14553. Red Bull - 775 consecutive year in this ranking no McLaren. Meanwhile, this team holds the record for leading in the race. In 1988 Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost drove in the first position 4622 km, but then the season consisted of 16 races, so in percentage terms 97,4 achievement of the British team remains out of reach.Maximum number of teams, pilots who managed to get in the head of the race, remains the leader of season-1975 - 10 teams. Only three teams could boast of leadership in 1953, 1988, 1992, 2000 and 2002 gg.
Champion of the season in 2016 Nico Rosberg admitted that he was not surprised by the loss of Ferrari last season.Nico Rosberg "Today I'm a family man, advertising agent, Manager. And I'm looking for investments, especially for start-up companies in the field of mobility.I think it was a great season. Ferrari showed a good fight, but I'm not surprised that they failed because Mercedes has again raised the bar.I expect that next year Ferrari will be quick, Mercedes will be even stronger. I know very well what they can do".
Last season, eight of the pilots were able to show the best lap time during the race. The most distinguished champion Lewis Hamilton, for which he received the honorary prize of the DHL Fastest Lap. Last season the trophy went to Nico Rosberg.Best circles in the season 2017, the pilots1. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes - 72. Sebastian Vettel, The Ferrari - 53. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari - 2 Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes - 25. Sergio Perez, Force India - 1 Fernando Alonso, McLaren - 1 Daniel ricciardo, Red Bull - 1 Max Verstappen, Red Bull - 1U Raikkonen is now 45 best circles, and for this indicator, the Finn ranks second in the entire history of the championship. First with a large margin is Michael Schumacher with an incredible result in 77 laps. The Hamilton 38 laps, and he takes the 4th place.Best circles in the season of 2017, commands1. Mercedes - 92. Ferrari - 73. Red Bull - 24. Force India - 1 McLaren - McLaren 1V while dreaming of podiums, but every year Alonso celebrated one of the best around. This time it was at the Grand Prix of Hungary.
The Ferrari pilot Sebastian Vettel admitted he was not sure that Robert Kubica will return to Formula 1.Sebastian Vettel "I think that accident was very tragic. He was considered a future champion, but I don't understand why he now seeks to return.Why didn't he do this sooner For him it would be a good story, but, on the other hand, his return would have blocked the way for other young pilots, more decent work in the Formula-1".The pilot of Renault's Nico Hulkenberg agrees that the return of Kubica will be a great story for Formula 1.Nico Hulkenberg "During tests we saw that the speed Robert has. But, we don't know how it will manifest itself on the first lap in Monaco or Singapore.I hope that he will be able to race at the highest level. But we will see only next year. I estimate the chances of him returning as 50 to 50".
Champion of the season in 2016 Nico Rosberg does not preclude the replacement of Niki Lauda as a full television pundit on German television.During the broadcast of the final in 2017 in Abu Dhabi last Sunday Lauda shocked the audience by saying that it was his last race as an expert on free channel RTL.Since then, the Bild newspaper conducts poll on who should replace him, and Rosberg, who worked during the weekend in Abu Dhabi for RTL, topped the charts.Nico Rosberg "It's great. I think people liked what I did, but it was also fun for me. I still don't know what I'll do next year, but I'm open to anything.At the moment this is theoretical discussion, because the RTL has no rights on TV broadcasts of Formula 1 next year".
Champion of the season in 2016 Nico Rosberg believes that there are signs that his former teammate Mercedes Lewis Hamilton will soon leave the championship.Nico Rosberg "He has hinted this year that he didn't want to spend so much time on travel. He would not have done this if I didn't think about it at least a little bit."However, it is expected that negotiations about prolongation of the contract with Hamilton in the Mercedes has already started.Toto Wolff "He is an important part of the team. He was a very strong pilot, and it helps him and the team. So I hope that he will be with us in the future.The current contract of Hamilton with Mercedes valid till the end of 2018.
After the final race of the Formula 1 team remained in Abu Dhabi to hold a two-day test session and to get acquainted with new rubber.Today, the first day of testing behind the wheel of a Force India will sit Russian Nikita Mazepin and the Williams will work Robert Kubica. McLaren were allowed to use two cars because the tire tests in Brazil with the participation of the British team had to be cancelled due to security reasons.The composition of the teams, November 28- Mercedes Lewis Hamilton - Red Bull Daniel ricciardo - Ferrari Kimi Raikkonen Force India Nikita Mazepin - Williams Robert Kubica and lance Stroll - McLaren two cars Fernando Alonso and Oliver terve - Toro Rosso Sean Gelael - Haas Romain Grosjean - Renault Nico Hulkenberg - Sauber Marcus Ericsson.
Champion of the season in 2016, Nico Rosberg believes Lewis Hamilton drove this year at half strength.Nico Rosberg "I know where he went last year, and I'm probably the best judge. I'd say this season he's flying at half strength. He clearly could be better.During the season he had his strong and weak points, and like last season, Sebastian Vettel attempted to exploit those weaknesses. But the difference this year was the fact that, unlike in 2016, that Lewis has won almost everything for the Mercedes.Last year we had flown at such a high level that Valtteri bottas was the very hard to repeat that.In addition, I was genuinely surprised at how Mercedes have managed to adapt to the new rules. Very rarely it happens that after the transition to the new rules, the dominance of one of the teams goes on".
The pilot Force India Sergio Perez in the race Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi finished seventh. At the same position Mexican finished and the championship.Sergio Perez "It was not the most exciting race for me, but I had a very busy first lap, when I was fighting with Nico Hulkenberg. I think he got his penalty is deserved, because I was ahead of him and he just cut off the turn, getting a great advantage. He had plenty of opportunities to avoid the penalty, he could just give me the position, as he did with Grosjean later.I'm happy with the result and it was important for us to end the year on a high note. This is my first year in the Force India without the catwalks, but I think we made a big step forward. I scored one point less than last year, with only 20 races in the season instead of 21. Overall, the result is excellent the seventh in the drivers ' championship and fourth position in the team standings. I don't think we could do something better. I just hope we can continue this path to 2018".