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The pilot of McLaren Stoffel Vandorn said that the first race of the season-2017 were not as he would want.Stoffel Vandorn " the First race certainly didn't meet my standards, but this is only my first season in Formula 1, so the relationship with the team, my engineers would develop. As we are faced with many challenges, it was difficult to do something better.When everything started to come back to normal, I had more time on the track, the more I began to spend time in the plant more time to devote to work in the simulator. Now I see that developing in the right direction."In his first full season in Formula 1 Vandorn finished in 16th position, right behind partner McLaren's Fernando Alonso.
Sports consultant to Red Bull Helmut Marko said that his team will not be split by numbers in the following season.Helmut Marko "I don't make max a favorite, but it is worth noting that in qualifying he was faster partner.He had seven retirements in the season the guy had a difficult time. His morale was dropping, which was a real test for him and serious training. Now he has become a stronger pilot, and his two victories are proof of that.But we will not have the separation of the pilots by the numbers. Both will have the status of the first pilot. They should solve, who from them faster, and I will always love more than the fast ones".
For the third pilot of Formula 1 bet for victory in the legendary race 24 hours of Daytona next month.Earlier it became known that Fernando Alonso and lance Stroll will perform in this marathon, and now the newspaper Ekstra Bladet reports that the pilot Haas Kevin Magnussen may also be a member of the race. The report States that the transaction involved the company Magnussen Dallara, the General partner of the team and Haas Daytona Action Express Racing.Jan Magnussen, Kevin's father, is also going to start at Daytona in sports cars class behind the wheel of a Chevrolet Corvette.
2014 team McLaren without a title sponsor. Will not be the title sponsor in the coming years.Zac brown, the head of McLaren "I don't think we need a title sponsor, although large partners we need. In Formula 1 now rarely use the brand name in the team name. We - McLaren, McLaren and not ABC. We are not going to sell its name.You know, in NASCAR the pilots are required to, getting out of cars, said something like "I Want to thank my car Ford Chandon". But in Formula 1 that will not happen.We signed an agreement with some major sponsors, which will be announced in 2018. But work in this regard is still going on".During 1972-1974, the title sponsor of the McLaren performed cosmetic company Yardley, 1974-1996 from tobacco brand Marlboro, 1997-2005 - one tobacco brand West, and in 2007-2013 the title sponsor was snaches telecommunications company Vodafone.
The past season was the 25th in the history of the Sauber. However, this round date Swiss team noted no less than round the tenth position in the constructors ' championship.In 2016, the team was in a difficult financial position, resulting in changed owners. Began restructuring Sauber, during which the post of team leader left Kaltenborn, and she was replaced by frdric Vasseur, who retired from Renault because of disagreements with Cyril Abiteboul. First, Vasser has made breach of contract with Honda, designed for the 2018 and signed, Kaltenborn, and announced the continuation of cooperation with Ferrari.Well, in the season-2017 Sauber had to use the power plant Ferrari of the sample 2016. The team decided to save money on engines, focusing on a robust chassis. And if in the beginning of the year the pilots Sauber were still able to compete with McLaren and Toro Rosso in the second half of the season they fought only among themselves.Thanks to sponsorship place in the Sauber has retained Marcus Ericsson. His partner became the protg of Mercedes Pascal Wehrlein. However, because of injuries received during the "Race of Champions", the German missed two steps, and he came on as sub Antonio Giovinazzi, reserve pilot Ferrari.At the fifth stage in Spain to Wehrlein managed to finish eighth, earning four points. Another point, Pascal got the tenth place in Azerbaijan. After that point balance Sauber did not change until the end of the season. Eriksson was in the shadow of Wehrlein, his best results were 11th place in Spain and Azerbaijan. With 5 points Sauber finished the season in tenth and last place.Despite the modest results, that Ericsson has again maintained a place in the Sauber, again, thanks to our sponsors and contacts in the guide. But instead of Wehrlein, who earned all points for the season 2018 took the Ferrari protg of Charles LeClair. Next year the team will get a newest power plant of the Ferrari, and sponsorship and technical assistance to Alfa Romeo, on paper, Sauber needs to significantly improve.
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".
Robert Kubica's life was divided into two parts before and after the unfortunate accident in early 2011. But now he claims a place in Williams, and we decided to recall the development of career Polish pilot.2006 2005 Kubica with a huge advantage won the World series by Renault, for which he received a reward in the form of test driving the French Formula 1 race car. Many of the teams drew attention to Robert, but the first contract test pilot for 21-year-old pole has signed with BMW-Sauber. He trusted the tests and Friday practice, during which he showed good results. All went to the fact that in the season of 2007, Kubica will become a combat pilot of this team.However, the debut took place in 2006 when leader of the BMW-Sauber Jacques Villeneuve fell out with the leadership and left the team. In the first race in Hungary Robert ahead in qualifying experienced partner nick Heidfeld finished seventh, but from-for underweight and was disqualified. But a month later, at the Grand Prix of Italy in Monza, Kubica climbed to the third step of the podium.
The situation around the free space in Williams changed every day. Autosport said partner lance Stroll will be a Russian driver. But whoIt is reported that after the tests in Abu Dhabi guide Williams decided to refuse the services of Robert Kubica. And now the main candidate to free the cockpit is Sergey Sirotkin, who also took part in comparative tests. If for some reason you sign a contract with Sergei will fail, this place will be experienced Daniil Kvyat.The decision can be made before the end of this week.
During the three-year partnership with team McLaren Honda has lost many major sponsors is one of the reasons which forced the British to change the supplier of engines.Zac brown, the head of McLaren "I Have experience in finding sponsors, but I knew that we will not be able to find new partners, while we will have such problems. We could not tell potential sponsors about the history that will soon be much better. So it's one of the reasons that pushed us to change the supplier of engines.But people continue to believe in McLaren, Renault they believe in, they believe in Alonso and Vandorn. I can honestly say that now negotiations with potential sponsors are much easier".
Daniel ricciardo, remembering the past season, admitted that after leaving Hungary due to clashes with partner Red Bull wanted to throw your helmet in max Verstappen.Daniel Riccardo in an interview with ESPN "the Most embarrassing moment of the season is Hungary. I was very angry, because he was not to blame for the collision. The marshals wanted to divert me from the road, but I told him not to touch me. I was wondering when Max will come along to show him an obscene gesture and throw his helmet.But, obviously, I would never do that because I am a good athlete".
Williams confirmed that Robert Kubica and Sergey Sirotkin, took part in the tests last week, invited to the team base in grove.Press service of Williams "this week Robert will visit the team base in Grou for the evaluation of test results. Sergey is also invited."Obviously, Williams will choose a partner for lance Stroll between these two candidates. Previously, the team said they wanted to determine the composition of the pilots by the end of this year.At the recent tests in Abu Dhabi Kubla showed the best time of 139.485 on the soft tyres Gipersoft. Sirotkina best time 139.947, but it shows on the harder tyre, the Soft.
In an interview with Stuttgarter Zeitung, Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has said that Fernando Alonso will never be his team-mate.Lewis Hamilton "Alonso will never be my partner Mercedes are well aware of the work of the team, comparing it with magnets. When there are two North poles, then the team just falls apart. So it was in 2007. So there must be one North pole and one South".Hamilton and Alonso were team-mates at McLaren-Mercedes in 2007. The season passed with scandals and ended with a lost title and a multimillion-dollar fine.
Finnish two-time Formula 1 world champion Mika Hakkinen has defended his compatriot Valtteri Bottas, who last season took third place.Mika Hakkinen "this year the Mercedes car was created taking into account the wishes of Lewis Hamilton. For Valtteri, it was the first season in the Mercedes, and this car did not suit his style of piloting. Now he must participate in the development of a new car.Next season will be new rubber, and I hope this will help, Valtteri. His partner is four-time champion is good in terms of education."Last season, Bottas won three races, while Lewis Hamilton stood on the top rung exactly three times more often.
The Williams driver lance Stroll has stated that next year he needs a partner who would work for the team.Lance Stroll "I just need a team player. You still work for yourself, in their boxes, with their engineers, but, of course, always good to have a good relationship with a partner.You never want to fight each other so much that the team was split into two parts. You want someone to push you forward all the time, so the partner was competitive, played at a high level so you can become the best pilot.But it all comes down to the fact that only Williams decides what to do. I'll agree with any decision".A place in Williams expect Robert Kubica, Sergey Sirotkin, Daniel and Paul di Resta.
The head of Honda Yusuke Hasegawa believes that the new partnership with Toro Rosso will be more fruitful for his company.Yusuke Hasegawa "Until now our partnership was more equal for us and the team. C McLaren was always some friction.It is obvious that Honda is a huge company, but we have little experience with modern Formula-1, so the McLaren is constantly chased us and demanded what we could not give. With Toro Rosso this will not happen. The command will use the current version of the concept of the power plant, so it will be a good starting point.We need to give Brendan and Pierre are good engines that they deserve to fight for points. Of course, they are very good pilots, but they are also newcomers to Formula 1, therefore, it is too early to say what results we can expect".
The head of Formula-1 chase Carey and the President of the FIA Jean Todt work with Ferrari, to not lose it.Recall that Ferrari has threatened to leave the championship because of the decision of Liberty Media to enter the year 2021 a new simpler and cheaper engines.Chase Carey "there's no such thing as a free lunch, especially if you are trying to develop and grow. Mark Ferrari - an incredibly important and valuable partner, and we intend to keep it in the Formula-1".Jean Todt soglashatsya "I think it would be too painful, if Ferrari left Formula-1".
The pilot of McLaren Stoffel Vandorn said that the past season-2017 tested it for strength.Stoffel Vandorn "This season taught me to never doubt myself. I learned to be confident, no matter what. There were times when I doubted myself, but I knew that to lose his talent over the winter impossible.Work has made me stronger. I now know that throughout his career will be strong. When I get the car to fight for victory, you can fight for the best results.First full season in Formula 1 Vandorn finished in 16th position, right behind partner McLaren's Fernando Alonso.
Although a complete rebranding of logo, Formula 1 will not start until the beginning of next season, the whole world saw him on the podium of the final of the season-2017 in Abu Dhabi.Commercial Director of Formula 1 Sean Patch "We wanted to introduce it now to help our partners understand how they can use it in the future. Many simply did not distinguish in the old logo symbols "F" and "1". The new logo became boee clear.Also it was difficult to see the impression of speed in the old logo. In the digital age, big brands like Starbucks and Coca-Cola, have simplified their logos for the sake of clarity, and this applies to us.Every time the brand is changing and especially a brand that evokes such passion, you should expect a similar reaction.It is normal that people don't like change, but I think it's good because it shows that people are interested in the brand."Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari "I like the old logo much more."The winner of the Abu Dhabi Valtteri Bottas added "What happened with the old logo"Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes "I think that the logo that we already have, is a landmark. Just imagine that Ferrari or Mercedes will change their logos".
Roman Grosjean said that he is cooperating with his teammate Haas Kevin Magnussen.Roman Grosjean "I think the team did a great job this year with their work. I also want to mention that I have a great relationship with Kevin.To be honest, this is the best teammate that I ever had in my career. It's worth it when the team is trying to reach the top".Informed partners of Grogan was Fernando Alonso, Kimi Raikkonen, Pastor Maldonado and Esteban Gutierrez.
The race in Abu Dhabi was the last for the Union McLaren-Honda. Fernando Alonso finished 9-m, Stoffel Vandorn - 12. After the finish of Japanese motorists wished the British team success.Yusuke Hasegawa, Honda "the Last race was very emotional. At the same time, we have achieved relative success both cars got to the finish, and Fernando earned points. In the last races we have not had reliability issues that, given the difficult start to the season, can be considered a success.The last three years have been challenging, but I have to Express my admiration for the pilots and team members of McLaren-Honda. I also want to thank all the fans who have supported us.Honda is now concentrating on the season of 2018. We will do our best to have pre-season tests to solve all the problems. And we wish the team of McLaren's success with a new partner".
Valtteri Bottas won the race in Abu Dhabi after starting from pole position. Finn led from start to finish and gave the first position to his partner Mercedes only during the only pit stop.Valtteri Bottas "This is an important victory for me. I started well, had a good race, which was controlled from start to finish. I was able to beat in qualifying, was able to win today - it's a nice feeling. In the second half of the season I worked a lot to improve your level of flying.Congratulations to Lewis and Vettel with a good race and their results at the end of personal credit. I now was overwhelmed with pleasant feelings. In the last laps I began to drive faster. It was a good race. I was really overwhelmed with emotion. I'm happy. Thanks for the support my family and a crowd pleaser - it was important to me".
Lewis Hamilton the race was chasing his partner for Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas, but eventually finished only second, with a lag of four seconds.Lewis Hamilton "today I really did everything I could. Congratulations to Bottas, he did a great job. Each lap I attacked, especially in the last sector. I gave myself completely to this struggle, thanks to the team and all team members.Thanks for the support. I'll be back next year even stronger and fight for the new title".
Lewis Hamilton in qualifying for the Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi showed the second result, losing his partner in the Mercedes almost two tenths of a second.Lewis Hamilton "the Lap Valtteri was great Around it was just unreal It was his day Be assured that I had given his all and more, because this is the last qualifying session of the season. I was not able to gather a good fast lap, because I made a lot of mistakes, but Bottas was a circle without a single mistake.Special thanks for the support in the stands today were so many British flags - I appreciate it very much".
Former teammate Fernando Alonso at Ferrari Felipe Massa does not believe that the Spaniard can win the title in the season of 2018.The Brazilian retires at the end of the year, but admits that his next step will probably be the transition to Formula-E. Felipe Massa "I think it's the most interesting championship to compete and to win again. This is the future of the automotive industry. On these machines we're all going to go.Again to win the championship, Williams have a lot more money, but I think that if the team is already able to slightly improve in some areas, podiums will be guaranteed.As for Strolla, he is now much better shows itself compared with the beginning of the year, but I think to judge his talent can only be a couple of years.I would say that the best my partner was with Schumacher. He played at the same level, maybe even slightly higher than Lewis.Among the other pilots, I would pick Vettel, and then Verstappen. In this order only because max is not enough experience.As for Alonso, then next year it will be easier, but he will not fight for a title".
The canadian season champion-1997 Jacques Villeneuve continues his criticism of the national and pilot lance Williams Stroll, but now does it with great humor.Jacques Villeneuve "Yeah, Stroll, he's super fast, very talented. A couple of times when I saw him on the track during the year, remained impressed by his attitude and his speed.Remember the last race in Brazil, where on the same machines, Stroll in a circle behind your partner. Oh yeah, he has an excuse. Something happened to his tire".
Red Bull ready to extend the contract with Daniel Riccardo until the end of 2020, but the Australian is in no hurry to put his signature.Daniel ricciardo "It's very nice that the team wants to keep me in the team. I have great respect for Red Bull, but I still have time to perform all the options.About Ferrari, I heard that, but I can't say anything about this, because to me, no one spoke. My dream is to win the world championship in the best car, so I don't know what else to say. I'm not sure Vettel would want to see me with his partner.Recall that Vettel and ricciardo were team-mates at Red Bull in 2014, and then Daniel won three races, while Sebastian, with the rank of the current champion has never stood on the top step of the podium.
A big scandal broke out in the paddock after Toro Rosso and Renault exchanged mutual accusations. According to the Italian team, Renault specifically sabotaging the work of the stables, as from next year, Toro Rosso goes into the mill Honda.The Toro Rosso statement "do Not forget that the team is fighting with Renault for the constructors' championship. As he said himself Cyril abiteboul, our problems may not be just coincidence."In defense of the Renault acted as a sports consultant to senior team Red Bull Helmut Marko "As usual, at the end of a long season seething emotions in full force. But it is important for us to work with Renault without conflict is a valuable relationship and they will remain. We believe that the engine supplier is fair in its work in relation to all its partners".
Not so long ago in the Red Bull said that they are ready to build the team around max Verstappen. But the Dutch opposed the separation of the first and second pilots.Max Verstappen "we Have both sides of the boxes receive the same equipment and it works the same way. I don't want to be the first pilot, I want to beat his teammate on the same machine - the only thing that will bring me satisfaction."This year, Verstappen has won two races, Daniel ricciardo - the only one. However, on points, the Australian is ahead of his young partner Red Bull.
Lando Norris, the champion of Euroseries Formula 3 and the new reserve pilot McLaren, at the end of November to debut in Formula 2 at the final stage in Abu Dhabi.Lando Norris "I won the Formula 3 on the first attempt and next season will be either Formula 2 or in Japanese Superformula. Of course, my goal is to one day become a Formula 1 driver.Two races in Formula 2 - a nice bonus for me which I chose. The first time I will participate in the race, which will be a mandatory pit-stop".Recall that in late January, Norris will participate in the marathon 24 hours of Daytona, where his partner will be Fernando Alonso.