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Putin is the champion Head Sauber Frederic Vasseur believes that their new Alliance with the Alfa Romeo will make the team more attractive.Frederic Vasseur "Alfa Romeo is not just a question of sponsorship, it's more than a partnership. This means that we will be much more attractive for media, for sponsors. But it's a huge motivation for the team to get such an iconic brand".
Brazilian oil company Petrobras has become a new partner of the team McLaren. Together they will start working on the fuel which will be used in 2019.
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.
The former head of the Sauber Moniz, Kaltenborn creates a new team to race in Formula 4 in Italy and Germany.The team will be called the KDC Racing after her business partner Emily di Comberti. The team will start with a Swiss licence and will be based near Barcelona.Monisha Kaltenborn "motor racing was and still is my big passion. I occupy a responsible position for nearly 20 years, so for me it is logical to continue to work as a leader.I see Formula-4 as an exciting new racing series in which there is a great potential and future.There were all the organizational, personnel and financial prerequisites. We have already enlisted a well-known sponsors, and soon we will be able to inform you about our pilots.My main responsibility will be to prepare talented young drivers for a future career in Formula 1. My experience in the Royal races here will be useful".
In 1993, Mercedes decided to return to Formula 1 after nearly 40-year hiatus and as a partner chose the Sauber team, which has already achieved success at Le Mans. The first pilot was Carl Wendlinger, received the starting number "29".At the time, Wendlinger was a member of the youth team along with Mercedes and Michael Schumacher were on the prototypes Sauber. In Formula 1 the Austrian fell at the end of 1991, becoming a pilot Leyton House/March. By the time the Sauber on account of 24-year-old Charles already had 16 starts.
First win for the Williams team in 1979 brought Clay Regazzoni. Were the Swiss in the season by car with the number "28".At the end of 1976, Frank Williams after a dispute with partner Walter wolf sold to his old team and together with Patrick head founded new under the name of Williams Grand Prix Engineering, which still exists today. In 1977, the team used a customer March 761 chassis, and a year later appeared a head designed FW06 chassis. The only pilot team was then Alan Jones, but in 1979 his partner was a 39-year veteran of Formula 1 Clay Regazzoni, Vice-champion in 1974.The beginning of the season-1979 team played with FW06. Only at the fifth stage there is a new machine with newfangled FW07 ground effect. A couple of races left for the development of new technology. At the seventh stage in Monaco Regazzoni finished second. And then it was home to the Williams Grand Prix of great Britain. Pole position on the British track was won by Jones. He was leading most of the race, but lost due to the failure of the water pump. Second in that time it was Regazzoni, who eventually won.
Head of Renault Sport's Cyril abiteboul said that his company is pleased to supply engines to McLaren.Cyril abiteboul "the relationship is more positive than negative sides. If we are able to provide partners with good service, then this season will be interesting for Renault in terms of management.This is interesting because it is a difficult task, but at the same time, it gives us all motivation. There is a certain pride in the fact that we will continue to supply engines to other top teams and better pilots.In addition, McLaren has a wealth of experience and can show us other ways to work with our engine. Honestly, I'm looking forward to the start of the season. This year can bring us a lot of positive moments.".
The company Aston Martin has stated that it is open for cooperation with Cosworth to supply engines for Formula 1.The British automaker is now the title sponsor of the Red Bull, but his interest is more simple and more affordable versions of the engines after 2020.And CEO of Aston Martin Andy Palmer is interested in the relationship with Cosworth, a former independent supplier of engines for Formula 1.Andy Palmer "Cosworth is one of our key partners in the project road cars Valkyrie, and we work closely with them to create a new V12 engine.The extension of this cooperation to the project in Formula 1 will make sense, and this proposal, which we would like to explore."The last time the Cosworth engines were presented in 2013 on the machines Marussia. With the advent of turbo engines in 2014 the company left the Formula-1.
Mika Salo, former Formula 1 driver and now a consultant to SMP Racing, believes that Russian rookie Sergey Sirotkin and his partner Williams lance Stroll, who has one full season are about on the same level.Mika Salo "Sergey is a talented guy, he is well versed in the technique, he has the experience obtained on the tests in the Renault.I think Sirotkin and Stroll are on the same level of competition, but only the race will show, like it or not. Of course, they will fight among themselves that will positively affect the development of the team.
New partner of the team McLaren became the American channel CNBC, one of the leaders in coverage of the events business. The contract is signed for a few years.Earlier, the head of McLaren Zach brown said that after switching to Renault engines, many potential sponsors interested in working with the team and will be soon made several statements. Obviously, the statement about the contract with CNBC is one of them.
His first season the Dane Jan Magnussen, father of the pilot Haas Kevin Magnussen, conducted in 1997 for Stewart under the number "23".At the time, Jan Magnussen was considered a very promising pilot. In 1994 he won the British Formula 3, putting a few records and got a contract test-pilot of McLaren. In 1995 he made his debut in Formula 1, replacing the Grand Prix of the Pacific ocean about Mika h kkinen. In 1996, he remained in reserve McLaren, and a year later received an invitation from Jackie Stewart, who gathered to exhibit their own team.In the season 1997 23-year-old Magnussen was the partner of the experienced Rubens Barrichello. The first season for Stewart was very challenging because of the constant technical problems. Ian only managed four times to get to the finish, and the best result - 7th place in Monaco. The Dane flashed in Austria, which showed the 6-th qualifying result, but in the race his engine failed.
In 2009 Formula 1 has a new team Brawn and the pilot Jenson button, who under the number "22", became the champion.Formally Brawn was a new team, but really for that sign disappeared the team BAR-Honda, which appeared in 1999 on the basis of Tyrrell. In 2008, Honda because of the crisis decided to leave Formula 1, literally for pennies sold its team to Ross brown and left on account has sufficient funds, that is, for the first time. That's just about the engines the Japanese have forgotten. But then came to the aid of Mercedes, which at that time was the exclusive partner of McLaren, and provided client version engines.I must say that the Japanese have invested heavily in the creation of machine 2009. According to eyewitnesses, the design of the Honda RA109, which then became Brawn BGP001 at a cost of 500 million. The work was carried out under the guidance of technical Director of Honda F1 Ross Brawn, who eventually became the owner of the new team.Due to the change of engine supplier of Brawn first tests conducted later than the other teams. But the first results are promising. The high potential of the BGP001 has confirmed the first stage in Australia where Jenson button and Rubens Barrichello brought the team a double victory after starting from first position. High speed was due to the sophisticated aerodynamics, including the so-called dual cone, the controversy surrounding which was conducted at the beginning of the season.
A graduate of the McLaren Lando Norris hopes that one day he will become a pilot of Formula 1 as Lewis Hamilton, with whom he is constantly compared.Lando Norris "the Comparison with Lewis gives me motivation but I don't pay attention to those comments. It is good to think about what you're going by the footsteps of world champion. Once he got to Formula 1, so I can.At the same time I'm not just going to think about what he was able. I will try to make progress in his career. I know that fast and can win. I like doing what I'm doing, so just get on with my work.This year Norris will run a reserve pilot McLaren and parallel to compete in Formula 2. In addition, in late January, Lando will partner Fernando Alonso in the race 24 hours of Daytona.
Pilot Sauber Marcus Ericsson has stated that he is waiting for his chance, which may appear with Alfa Romeo.Marcus Ericsson "2017 was difficult but we worked hard and made good progress at the end of the season. I'm happy with how we improved at the end of the season, although the first half was quite difficult.I was able to develop as a pilot, has reached a new level of aerobatics. It will be useful for the team.The partnership with Alfa Romeo is a great opportunity for me and the team. To me it looks a big chance after years of work. This will be my fourth season with the team, and I look forward to the opportunity to prove himself."Over the last two years Ericsson has not earned any points.
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".
In 1977 in Formula 1 there was a command Wolf, and the debut race ended in victory for her only pilot Jody, who under the number "20".In the mid-1970s, a canadian oilman Walter wolf decided to do Formula 1, and in 1976 he became a sponsor of the team Frank Williams. However, one season, the relationship between the partners deteriorated, and Williams left the band, which was created a few years ago. On the basis of Frank Williams Racing Cars, Walter founded the Walter Wolf Racing team, was lured from Lotus designer Harvey Postlethwaite, and Tyrrell driver Jody, who was twice bronze medalist of the championship.In the opening race in the hot Argentine Schecter driving the WR1 was launched only 11-m, but crossed the finish line first. To win the race - it managed a few teams, and after the Wolf - only to Brawn in 2009.
In Toro Rosso expect to avoid some of the mistakes made during the ill-fated partnership of McLaren-Honda. The head of the Italian team Franz Toast said that his staff acquainted with the Japanese culture of communication.Franz Toast "For a better understanding of Japanese culture our staff attend interesting seminars.We all know that Japan has its own culture, and it's one of the really challenging task is to synchronize it with our own culture. If we were not sure that this can be achieved, we would never have gone to this agreement.The number of employees is a sound basis for a successful future. Therefore, the additional jobs will help us to move forward. A realistic goal for us for the season is a place in the centre of the peloton.Actually, I don't expect big changes. I still think that Mercedes will be unbeatable, but of course I hope that Red Bull and Ferrari will interpose in this fight for the title. And to be honest, I hope more on Red Bull than a Ferrari".
The head of Pirelli Mario Isola said that his company wants to remain in Formula 1 in the future.Mario Isola "I think this year we will have a tender because usually the FIA has announced a tender procedure for the year before the transaction. We are interested in continuing cooperation, and we will talk about this with the FIA and with the Commission of Formula-1.I believe that the intention of the FIA and the leadership of the Formula 1 consists in the continuation of the cooperation. We are interested in Formula 1 because it is a good platform for marketing, and it is constantly evolving. We are happy to be a part of this family, we are happy to be a good technical partner for the Formula-1".Recall that Pirelli is the exclusive tyre supplier for Formula 1 from 2011. This year's lineup of rubber is supplemented by two types Gipersoft and Superhard.
In 1979 the factory Renault team achieved the first victory in Formula 1. Brought it to Jean-Pierre Jaboi on the car with start number "15".Renault came into Formula 1 in 1977, with unusual for its time with a turbo engine. Two years machine, Renault was the subject of ridicule -they are nicknamed "the yellow teapot" for the unusual shape and constant engine failures. But in 1979 the turbo showed its potential.Initially, Renault was only the Frenchman Jean-Pierre ABUY. In 1979, his partner was compatriot Rene Arnoux. ABUY as the first pilot got the number "15".Already in the third stage in South Africa ABUY driving RS01 won the qualification. Then came the car RS10, where Jean-Pierre earned the pole position in France, Germany and Italy. But the results of races, or rather, reliability of equipment left much to be desired 12 retirements in 14 races due to various breakdowns. To the finish managed to get only in Brazil and in France, but it is the home Grand Prix for the first time ABUY climbed to the top step of the podium, and it was the first victory in Formula 1 with turbo engine. At the end of the season the Frenchman with 9 points ranked 13th.
The head of Formula-1 chase Carey has given the green light to Copenhagen as a potential location of the Grand Prix.The Danish capital aspires to occupy a place in the championship in 2020, with the urban track.Chase Carey "We are very excited to explore the possibility of holding a race here in Denmark. We talked a lot about the importance of our races in iconic locations, which should be located around the world, and I think that Copenhagen is a great choice.However, there are some obstacles. Private investors still collecting money and trying to ensure full support of the government and the community. And they prefer banal three-year contract.Our goal is to have a long - term partnership that will benefit both parties".
Gilles Villeneuve - the idol of the fans of Ferrari, one of the few pilots who endeared himself Enzo Ferrari. In 1979 he became Vice-champion in the car under the number "12".Villeneuve debuted in Formula 1 in 1977, after the McLaren the Grand Prix of great Britain. However, the head of the British team decided not to sign a contract with crazy canadian. But it drew the attention of Enzo Ferrari. In 1978, Gilles broke a lot of cars, but nonetheless, remained in Ferrari. At the start of the 1979 season, his partner was an experienced South African jodie.The first two were racing for Ferrari is not very good, but then there is a new 312T4 car with ground effect, and Gilles won in South Africa and long beach, becoming the leader of the championship. Then better things went the Schecter, who won in Belgium and Monaco. In the second half of the season seriously added the Williams team, the pilots who won four races. Against this backdrop Ferrari has decided to bet on one pilot and the "first number" chose the Schecter. Villeneuve dutifully accepted the rules of the game, and in the final Grand Prix of Italy did not attack the partner of Ferrari, though, winning there, Gil could still compete for the title. The canadian won the final race in the United States and became the Vice-champion, losing to South African only 4 points.
Chapter Sauber Frederic Vasseur said that the work on the car for the season-2018 is on track.Frederic Vasseur "Preparation of the machine of 2017 began with a six-month delay. In addition, we had to use last year's Ferrari engines, which is clearly not benefited.Things are different now, working on a new machine is on schedule. Of course, only the first tests at the end of February will show that we can expect".This year Sauber will use Ferrari engines last modifications. In addition, commercial and technical partner of the Swiss team will be made by the company Alfa Romeo.
Three-time Formula 1 world champion Nelson Piquet said that Fernando Alonso is a good pilot, but a poor politician.Nelson Piquet "Fernando Alonso had a chance to win up to five world Championships, but the reality is that he was always making a mess in any team, no matter where he was.He is a fantastic pilot, but he creates a lot of problems, and, in the end, it all ends the fact that he left the team.He's a bad politician. When you come to a new team, you must first be patient and work together and then win. But he always wants the best at once but it's not the best way".In 2008 and 2009 partner Alonso at Renault was the son of triple champion Nelson Piquet, Jr.
Head Red Bull Christian Horner believes that working with Aston Martin will strengthen his team.Christian Horner "Our innovative partnership with Aston Martin was a pioneering project from day one. Conceived and created a remarkably successful Aston Martin Valkyrie in 2016, we have expanded our relationship this year and now looking forward to further strengthening the partnership. We are proud to represent the Aston Martin team Red Bull Racing in 2018.In addition, more than 100 employees Aston Martin will serve the new Center to increase efficiency at our base in Milton Keynes, and this will allow us to operate with Aston Martin on new projects.
The pilot Force India Esteban Windows said that the leadership of Mercedes, which supports his career, rather his achievements in his debut season.Esteban Windows "And in the Force India satisfied with what I'm doing, and Mercedes. And if all happy, I just need to continue to do everything in my power. With Toto Wolff most of the time we talk on the phone, sometimes on the track.They called me for a meeting at 35-40 minutes to see where I stand, what my problem, do I need to improve. They also hold a meeting with Force India, to see how my development goes. They are very close to me, they are closely related to my career. But that's OK, because Mercedes is investing money in me.They are really interested in what I do, and I think it's good for my career."It is possible that in 2019, the Windows will partner Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes.
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".
Pascal Wehrlein has earned the only points for Sauber last season, but he was forced to leave the Swiss team.Frederick Wasser, the head of the Sauber "We could not leave Pascal because it supports career Mercedes. We begin working more closely with Ferrari, so it made sense to sign a contract with their pilot.And during the season Marcus Ericsson is often not inferior Wehrlein".Ericsson has maintained a place in the Sauber, and his partner in the new season will be Ferrari protege Charles Leclerc.
Head Red Bull Christian Horner said that it was probably the worst season for his team.Christian Horner "for reliability, reliability of the engine, it was probably the worst year that we had the season in 2006, when we worked with Ferrari engines.Our partner for the supply of engines working hard to solve all problems this winter. They need it for their own team.Hopefully we can organize together to truly challenge Ferrari and Mercedes, who just will not stand for next year.
The former head of the championship Bernie Ecclestone each year ordered sarcastic Christmas cards. This tradition was supported by the new leadership of Formula 1.The new card is a play on some of the events of the last season Fernando Alonso in a lounge chair, Kimi Raikkonen driving, "cute" dialogue hlkenberg and Kevin Magnussen, the intransigence of the partners in the Force India and, of course, the main characters - Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton.