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Former McLaren head of aerodynamics Doug MacKinnon joined Williams as chief engineer of the team and will work directly with technical Director Paddy Lowe.Lo and mckernan previously worked together at McLaren, and the latter left the team in 2015, at the beginning of an unsuccessful three-year partnership with Honda.
Williams technical Director Paddy Lowe admitted that he was a big fan of implementing systems of protection of the driver's head.Paddy Lowe "I was a big supporter of improvement in this area, which is the most vulnerable place for pilots. I think after the second race no one will notice the system. All will get used to it.In recent times the pilots have often been in a situation where they were just lucky to avoid the terrible collision with the head. It was just luck, so something had to change in this respect in a better way.I think it will be only a matter of time before we say it's a good project or not".
It is expected that in 2019 in Formula 1 will work a minimum limit for the weight of the pilot 80 kg. the Idea was supported by Paddy Lowe, technical Director of Williams.Paddy Lowe "It's a good idea. For many years pilots are asked to introduce such a limit. This is useful for young pilots, as the struggle with weight can lead to health problems".Mass weight loss of the pilots began in 2009, when in the Formula 1 appeared KERS system. Later I added the turbine modules MGU-H and other hybrid components, causing the weight of the car increased significantly. In 2017, increased the minimum weight of the car, but the pilots still sit on a diet, because the lack of weight of the pilot kompensiruet ballast, which for the sake of the best settings can be placed where it is needed.And in 2019, enter the minimum pilot weight 80 kg. If the pilot proves easier then under the seat install the ballast.
Williams technical Director Paddy Lowe believes that Sergey Sirotkin is able to extract from the car the maximum performance.Paddy Lowe "it is important that pilots could wait out of the car to the last tenth of a second. And I can tell you that Sergey is not only a smart pilot, but also very fast.As for his contract, we don't know how long he will be with us for a year or more - it depends only on him." All the news about the Sirotkin on www.f1-world.ru.
Williams technical Director Paddy Lowe said that the race engineer Sergey Sirotkin will become a specialist, previously involved in the aerodynamics.Paddy Lowe "Race engineer Sirotkin will be a new Paul Williams. Previously, he spent several years in aerodynamics. Chief engineer for the operation of the machine will be Andrew, who previously worked with Felipe Massa".
This year Robert Kubica will work for Williams as a reserve pilot and pilot development.Paddy Lowe, technical Director, Williams "First of all, we admire what made Robert to this point. To recover from serious injuries and to be back behind the wheel of a Formula 1 is a fantastic achievement, especially considering that many thought it was impossible.We expect that Robert will make a valuable contribution to the development of our team in their work on tests and on the simulator. Robert is a pilot, which I always admired, and I am glad that we work together in the season of 2018".Robert Kubica "I am delighted to be a part of Williams as a backup pilot and pilot development. I want to thank the team for the opportunity, for the trust".
Williams technical Director Paddy Lowe said that he will miss the experienced Felipe Massa.Paddy Lowe "the Mass gave incredible feedback. He worked on the development machine. Engineers always important to get good feedback, and he gave it in full.Sometimes you don't get a link from one of the pilots, and then information is provided by other pilot, but Felipe gave information in each race. He was a valuable team player who always sought the maximum from the car.I have not received information from Strolla. Don't know what will happen next year. I don't have enough Mass".Massa has repeatedly said that he is ready to stay in Williams, however, according to rumors, that Lowe insisted on the dismissal of the Brazilian, who played in the British team in 2014.
Williams technical Director Paddy Lowe believes that the Halo system would be a serious challenge for the League teams.Paddy Lowe "Weight is probably the biggest problem that people do not talk so much. Halo is a pretty heavy component that affects the integral structure is tough. This weight has on the car the effect is more than aerodynamics.The limit of weight was raised, but not enough to offset our problems. It will be a big challenge for all teams".
Sergey Sirotkin took part in tyre tests in Abu Dhabi in the Williams. Technical Director of the team Paddy Lowe praised the results of the Russian pilot.Paddy Lowe "Sergey good, we haven't worked with him before, not counting the simulator a few weeks ago. He's a promising pilot, very disciplined and Mature. He did a great job with the tests, providing excellent feedback. We are very happy."For incomplete test-day Sirotin drove 86 circles, and showed 10-th result. However, unlike rivals, Sergei worked on the harder tyre, the Soft.Sergey Sirotkin "Good, busy day. During the races we tried almost all the rubber composition of the following year, with the exception of the mildest. Working with empty and full tanks for short and long sessions. Have noted the difference between sets of this year and preparations for next season. In the near future we together with the team will conduct a detailed analysis collected during tests of information".
Williams technical Director Paddy Lowe is hoping that lance Stroll will be able to progress in the season of 2018.Paddy Lowe "In Abu Dhabi it seemed that he could not get the machine to work normally from the point of view of balance. After the Mass he no longer will help. Of course, he and lance understands that better than anyone.I think that choosing the right pilots is always important, regardless of your circumstances".For many experts, it remains a mystery why Williams refused the services of the experienced Felipe Massa.
Williams technical Director Paddy Lowe said his team is not going to comment on the speed of Robert Kubica and Sergey Sirotkin during the tests in Abu Dhabi.Paddy Lowe "Our team and I personally won't comment on the speed of these pilots. The topic is very complex. Moreover, few people now want to hear what we think. Are you prepared to disclose information.Only the results at the end of the day is information for fans. Actually it's very complicated. We need to analyze the collected data".On the second day of tests in Abu Dhabi Kubica drove his best lap in 139.485, Sirotkin - 139.947. However, Robert worked on the soft tyres Gipersoft, while Sergei Wiesel relatively hard Soft.
On the first day of tests in Abu Dhabi behind the wheel of a Williams W40 sat down Robert Kubica. For almost a full day pole drove a distance of 100 laps.Paddy Lowe, technical Director, Williams "Robert did a great job. We are happy with the result and distance. He provided excellent feedback.Robert is a pilot, which we had admired earlier and admire now. After the accident he is willing to return and now wants to know if he can be competitive in Formula 1".Today Kubica once again sat behind the wheel FW40.
Sergey Sirotkin will take part in the tests, which will be held in Abu Dhabi next week, driving a Williams. The invitation of the Russian commented Paddy Lowe, technical Director of the British team.Paddy Lowe "We have never worked with Sergei, but it's one of the options that we will explore. Let's see how far will our cooperation. Sirotkin is an interesting pilot, we talked with it managers, we like his track record."Earlier Sirotkin as a reserve pilot conducted tests and a couple of Friday's practice in the part of Renault.
Williams technical Director Paddy Lowe, who formerly worked at McLaren and Mercedes, said that the work in the British team will help him to develop.Paddy Lowe "It was a good year with many interesting challenges. I was able to meet with the team and the environment. Some of the difficulties faced by middle management team compared to leading teams that are new to me.For me personally - it's a new experience. Are frankly unrealistic to expect a victory. We have the desire to move forward and become winners, so here I am.I've been lucky enough throughout my career, working in teams, who were able to win in any race. Perhaps it was difficult for me to constantly be under pressure, but this is a good chance for new growth and advancement of the team".
Williams technical Director Paddy Lowe is confident that his team next year will take a step forward.Paddy Lowe "It was a good year with some interesting challenges for the future. Meet the team faced some difficulties, typical for medium sized teams is a new experience for me.Williams is a good team, often setting standards for the work, for example, pit stops, and our style of work often is adopted by other teams.On the other hand, we need a faster car. We have the desire to move forward and to win again. That's why we're here. Next year, a lot can change. You'll see".This year, Williams will likely end the year in fifth position.
Williams technical Director Paddy Lowe has confirmed after many rumors that Robert Kubica could take part in the tests, which will be held in Abu Dhabi after the final race of the season.Paddy Lowe "We are still considering what options would be best for the team and Kubica is definitely a strong option.We are open to suggestions. This also applies to the combat pilots. It is important that next year we will have the best lineup in terms of speed".
Robert Kubica looks set to get another chance to prove themselves behind the wheel of a Formula 1 car. Tyre tests in Abu Dhabi after the final race of the season-2017, and the Polish pilot they will represent Williams.Paddy Lowe, technical Director, Williams "We choose among different pilots. We considered Wehrlein, who also has a chance for a place in the team. Kubica almost certainly you will give another chance to be in the car during the tests in Abu Dhabi.This topic is too interesting for the press and fans, but we want to check it out and decide for yourself without external pressure".
Williams technical Director Paddy Lowe said that the decision on the composition of the pilots will not be accepted in the near future.Paddy Lowe "We are unlikely to make a decision in a short time. We have a few different options and we will notify you of its decision when it is taken.A lot depends on your personal rate of applicants, so we need time to evaluate their love".A place in Williams expect Robert Kubica, Paul di Resta, Pascal Wehrlein and Daniel Quat.
Williams technical Director Paddy Lowe believes that Formula 1 and so many issues, not to mention talk about the new engines for the season-2021.Paddy Lowe "I think that now all the fans of Formula 1 only hear about the problem with the new engines, but it's not the biggest problem of this sport. This is a problem only the three top teams fighting for conditions that will be beneficial to them. But the biggest problem at the moment - the inconsistency of the other teams leaders.If you look at the race in Austin, the team was divided into parts. First went to the leaders, then another five pilots, and behind them in the distance remaining. And the engines have nothing to do with".
Williams technical Director Paddy Lowe said that the issue of the extension of the contract with Felipe Massa reigns some tension.Paddy Lowe "the Relationship between teams and drivers around the extension of the contract always tense. Most of us, when we go to work, do it in private with the boss, but in Formula 1 it is a public matter. It makes the situation uncomfortable for all parties.Felipe is a great guy, and he has a great relationship with the team. I think in any case we will remain in a good relationship, regardless of the outcome of negotiations.
Williams technical Director Paddy Lowe said that the arrangement of the pilots in the standings does not reflect the real picture.Paddy Lowe "I don't think we need to talk too much about justice to Felipe. He really was a bad race not his fault.In Baku, many people said that day, Felipe could win the race. It could really be so, if the car hadn't broken down. According to telemetry, he could win the race with a good margin.In Mexico, Felipe was unlucky on the first lap. And lance just got lucky. We all saw who worked throughout the season, so the points do not reflect accurately the full picture".For two stages before the end of the season on account of newcomer lance Stroll 40 points. From Felipe Massa 36 points.
Head Red Bull Christian Horner advised Daniil Kvyat to try to get a place in Williams, and the British team have really shown interest to the Russian pilot.Paddy Lowe, technical Director, Williams "back in Austin I said that we are considering all options with the pilots, who have no contracts. Kvyat is a good pilot, and he is in our list of candidates".Kvyat himself earlier said that during the Grand Prix of the USA spoke with Paddy Lowe.
Williams technical Director Paddy Lowe has admitted that Pascal Wehrlein is among the candidates for a place in the team in the season of 2018. The main problem of the German pilot his age as the title sponsor of the team, the brand Martini, requires anyone over the age of 25.Paddy Lowe, technical Director, Williams "If we are talking about Pascal, we do not need to check on the tests, because we see how he performs in the race. Yes, we need to consider the wishes of the sponsors, but I am also sure that Martini understands how important for us pilots.We will choose the option that is best suited from the point of view of the results, not the one that is best for sponsors".According to rumors, Lowe does not want to work with Felipe Massa, so now the benchmarks are two other veteran Robert Kubica and Paul di Resta. As for Wehrlein, the Lowe is well acquainted with him in a Mercedes.
Williams technical Director Paddy Lowe would not comment on rumors about the return of Robert Kubica in Formula 1 with the British team.Paddy Lowe "there's nothing I can comment on now. All I can say is that we have several options.We need pilots and experts is strong enough to bring the team back to the top. I already made some changes to the project car of the season in 2018, and at the moment I'm happy with what I see.I love my job. And now I have the opportunity to review the new draft - Williams going to win. For this we need strong engineers, effective team and excellent work. When this happens, you get more investors and a bigger budget".
In Japan, Williams technical Director Paddy Lowe said that Felipe Massa must play in next season, but he was confirmed by the tests of Robert Kubica and Paul di Resta.Felipe Massa "I am concerned that the team may choose a path that will result in stable to serious difficulties. I think that lance has made great progress during the year, so perhaps the team is to maintain the current composition of the pilots.In any case, the team knows best what she needs. I think that if Williams will listen to the professionals, it will leave it as is.In the last three years the car did not fit my style of piloting. It was not a high level of grip, tires did not work so well - it was all sad, and I couldn't compensate for all of these problems with his style.Now, when I feel that I could pass high, motivation increases. I still believe that can do a lot to give the team".
In 2014, after a series of unsuccessful seasons, the Williams team took 3rd place in the Cup of designers. Since then, the results gradually fell, and now the team from grove is fighting with Toro Rosso for the 5th place. Paddy Lowe, who took the post of technical Director of Williams in the beginning of this year, I am sure that next season Williams will be a formidable force.Paddy Lowe "the New machine will be materially different from current. During the development, we use a completely different philosophy. We expect to improve in all areas and has achieved notable successes.The last time Williams came strong engineers from other teams, so ideas we have plenty. We will select the best of these ideas, and next year Williams will be a quick car."Recall that before the transition in Williams, Lowe worked as a technical Director of the Mercedes.
Fernando Alonso, tired of the problems of Honda, the Spa stated that it could go to another team.Fernando Alonso "the Current situation did not arise in one day - it's been three years. I got some in June, July and August. 60 percent of them I have already rejected. The other 40 percent still open."Williams technical Director Paddy Lowe "We haven't announced yet who will be our pilot in the next year. That's what we're working on, so I can't confirm or rule out including Alonso".Deputy head Williams Claire Williams "It would be great if every team was Fernando. But, as I said, we focusareas on this season. Maybe our pilots will have to worry in the end of the year for their jobs.Alonso probably will look good in overalls of our team, right View".
At the beginning of the first practice Felipe Massa crashed the car. The engineers and the engineers at Williams will have to assemble a new chassis around the spare monocoque, and the Brazilian is likely to miss the second practice.Paddy Lowe, technical Director, Williams "Corrupted cell security. The hole is small, but we will have to replace the entire monocoque. Obviously, it will take almost the whole day.First we had a spare car, ready to go on the track, but now, in order to save, the spare machine can be collected to a certain level. Ahead of serious work, because many things have to move with a broken machine to the new one".
Williams technical Director Paddy Lowe believes that the young canadian lance Stroll has managed to achieve a step forward.Paddy Lowe "it was a very difficult time, but really I feel like he's managed to reverse the situation. From this point you can already start building your future.Now, even when he had a really hard day, we know that we can rely on the guy. Especially after the podium in Baku he had the confidence. He thinks that if he did it once, you'll be able.He's very good at piloting, he shows great maturity. Even in difficult weekends he keeps his head held high, keeping a good pace.To achieve this maturity, we need a couple of years, but he is already showing good pace and awareness to the team".