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Mercedes chief strategist James Powles believes that the new structure of Pirelli tyres in 2018 will contribute to a more tight battles on the track.James Powles "These tires are softer, which means more degradation and more pit stops.Last year, when catching up with another pilot, you couldn't overtake because of the tires. In areas where you need to overtake - the zone of inhibition and acceleration - there was not enough efficiency.In 2018 we will have more differences, and this will bring more overtaking. We don't know just how many of them will be.
The head of Pirelli Mario Isola said he hoped to see more overtaking this year compared to last season.Mario Isola "we Have an interesting lineup of tires for this season. Last year part of the Software was the current Medium that will allow teams to adapt it to the majority of tracks. This year we will not only use only Soft, Supersoft and Ul.In addition, we have Gipersoft. We expect two pit stops per race and more overtaking than last year. Slightly increase the level of degradation that will affect teams on the track".
The team Toro Rosso will present a new car STR13 25 February in Barcelona. However, the first tests of a novelty will take place on February 21 in Misano.Work at the circuit in Misano will be held in the framework of the shooting day, during which you are allowed to drive no more than 100 kilometers on the demonstration tyres Pirelli.Recall that this year Toro Rosso will work with power plants to Honda.
Presentation of the new machine McLaren MCL33 will take place on 23 February and 24 February, the British team intends to conduct the first tests of new items.For this purpose, McLaren is going to use the right of the so-called shooting days, which are special Pirelli tires, and the mileage is limited to 100 kilometers. Any team during the season may spend two of those days, and in the McLaren decided to use them as preparation for tests Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandorn will work in Barcelona on 24 and 25 February.26 Feb there, in Barcelona, will start full tests.
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.
The Polish newspaper posted on its pages an overview of the reasons that Robert Kubica did not return to Formula 1, although he was incredibly close to this.Sportowe Fakty "the Team reported that the results on the track was the main reason for the signing of the contract with Sirotkin.It turned out that the tests in Abu Dhabi were crucial. Kubica also said that he had problems with the tires Pirelli. It was difficult to adapt to them after a certain number of circles.Williams decided not to risk it. We probably now will never see Kubica in Formula 1. Moreover, Sirotkin was able to provide the widow a large sum of sponsorship than Robert.But actually money is just a bonus from the pilot. If Kubica was twice as good Sirotkin, he'd be in the car this season. No one seems to remember that Renault has stopped working with Robert for the same reasons as Williams. It sounds harsh, but these are facts.Almost no one in the paddock did not want to see Robert on the grid. He is one of the greatest unfulfilled talent in the history of the sport.It would be great PR for Williams and would have brought the championship a lot of new fans, and FIA also saw a benefit and lobbied for his candidacy.Obviously, it was a hard decision for the team. Now they are criticized all over the world, and some say that the Stroll-Sirotkin - the worst pilots Williams. Are they right Only time will tell.But when making decisions in Formula 1 there is no place for sentimentality".
Sports Director of Pirelli Mario Isola admitted that he still believes Robert Kubica fastest driver.Mario Isola "Robert is a very experienced pilot. Although he had not acted in Formula 1, it still remained necessary skills. When I asked him about the tires, I clearly told about peculiarities of their behavior.But I must admit that one should not expect miracles from the pilot, who was in a serious accident and missed several seasons. Naturally, he lost to the pilot who was driving a modern Formula 1 a lot of tests.Kubica will need time to adapt. I still consider him the fastest driver".Earlier, the expert from BBC's Andrew Benson said that Kubica lost to Sergey Sirotkin in the fight for a place at Williams because of problems with the new tyres Pirelli.Andrew Benson "the Main problem of Robert speed in qualifying mode. In the car with empty tanks he has failed to achieve a significant improvement in time. He complained to his Manager on the problems with the tires".
Expert BBC Andrew Benson believes that Robert Kubica lost to Sergey Sirotkin in the fight for a place at Williams because of problems with the new tyres Pirelli.Andrew Benson "the Main problem of Robert speed in qualifying mode. In the car with empty tanks he has failed to achieve a significant improvement in time. He complained to his Manager on the problems with rubber.There is nothing unusual. All pilots have difficulty adapting to the new Pirelli tyres, and the pilot, who for six years have not acted in Formula 1, even more difficult. In the end, Williams decided that Kubica is unlikely to cope with their work and chose Sirotkin".An official statement on Williams Sirotkin is expected in the coming days.
Next season line of tires for Formula 1 will be expanded added the softest type Gipersoft and the hard Superhard. True, not the fact that the latest type of rubber we will see during the Grand Prix.All types of rubber became softer, and the same Superhard is still Hard. Last year it was only used during the Grand Prix of Spain.Mario Isola, the head of the sports division Pirelli "We decided to err. Most times, we won't use Superhard in the race. Just know how rapid will be a new car, how much will increase the load on the tire in turns. We are counting on the tires Hard, but if we get another more rigid type of rubber".
The best pilots of Formula-1 expressed approval, testing the new Pirelli tyres for 2018.Pirelli reports that the bus with pink markings about a second faster than the Ul.The Ferrari pilot Sebastian Vettel "the New bus really surprise us. This is a real step forward, but, of course, only Pirelli will decide what tracks to use them.They are really very quick, especially on one lap, but then the degradation becomes incredibly strong, not like on other rosters. Overall, it was a really interesting tests.Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas "I really felt the difference between Pirelli, 2017 and 2018. The difference is huge".
The head of Pirelli Mario Isola believes that softer new tires for 2018 will create new opportunities for the design of the cars.Mario Isola "the Feedback from the pilots after tests were positive, and Gipersoft was one second faster than Ul.The other compounds were slightly closer to each other in speed than we expected, but it's not a problem because we don't have to enter similar compounds in the race, and to miss one of the trains means a more flexible strategy from the teams.We wanted to leave the door open for one pit stop per race. It's right for motorsports.We believe that these tyres will allow the designer to freely explore two directions of development of the car make the car very quick, but merciless to the tires, or more meleney, but effectively working with the tyres".
The head of Pirelli Marco provera Tronchetti hoped that the first three top teams will be closer to each other in 2018.Marco Tronchetti provera "I have to praise their employees because they worked a lot, and I think the pilots this year was fun. Tyres played an important role in the fight, and it is a source of pride. Next year will be a new very soft tire, but other tires tend to be softer.Nevertheless, I hope that Formula 1 will find opportunities to create a healthy competition between Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull. Category remains the pinnacle of Motorsport, and the audience still love her, but some races this year were not particularly interesting".
The pilot of McLaren Stoffel Vandorn for the second day of testing in Abu Dhabi was on the 8th position. In the morning the Belgian damaged the car exactly where the day before took off Fernando Alonso.Stoffel Vandorn "it was a good Day, but I wonder I had an accident in the same place as Alonso. But otherwise the day was very productive. The team collected a lot of information about the Pirelli tyres for next year. We were able to go a great distance in these days. Information should be sufficient to prepare for next year.
Pilot Ferrari Kimi Raikkonen on the first day of testing in Abu Dhabi was on the first line of the Protocol.Kimi Raikkonen "Our team tested the new composition of the rubber. But to talk about it now because the cars next year will be different. Not much difference between rubber this and the next seasons no, well, maybe that was a bit faster. The full picture will only see at the winter tests.Work with the machine was difficult, since Pirelli is constantly made changes that affect the progress of work. We just had to do what they say.
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton on the first day of tests in Abu Dhabi showed the 3rd result.Lewis Hamilton "I don't like to do tests, but I'm glad that first day went so well. I was able to collect a lot of useful information, driving a lot of laps. Looks like we were able to crack the secret of this rubber.To be honest, the composition Gipersoft is the best of what we over the years have given Pirelli. All the teams still hardish, but everything else was good.Well, after a day of work in the car I am ready to relax".
Pirelli tyres brought to Abu Dhabi three of the most soft composition of the rubber. However, the rubber on this track wears out very slowly, so it is expected that all drivers will race with one pit stop.Mario Isola, Pirelli "As we expected, the track conditions during qualifying did not changed, and tires Ul allows us to set the lap record. As it turned out, the bus Ul I endured two quick circle and alternated fast and slow laps.In the race, obviously, all go with one pit stop first Ul, then the Supersoft. The window to change the tire quite large, since the tire wear is pretty slow".
On tests in Abu Dhabi team McLaren will exhibit two cars, while the rest of the championship will only work with one car.As you know, the McLaren team had to carry out tyre tests after the Grand Prix of Brazil, however, it was canceled for safety reasons. At the request of Pirelli, the FIA allowed the British command to use a second machine in Abu Dhabi as a compensation for the missed tests in Interlagos.It is expected that both days behind the wheel of the second car McLaren is going to work Lando Norris.
Pirelli unveils tire of the Formula 1 season to the 2018. To the existing five types added with a soft Gipersoft and the hard Superhard.Full set of Pirelli slicks for the season-2018Superhard - orangelight - golubayev - baysoft - rallysprint - cranialtech - followingmicrosoft pink.
The head of Pirelli Mario Isola confirmed that his company is busy developing a new tire for rain races.Mario Isola "We are developing new rain tires. This year, we ran some tests, but before you change your current formulations, we still need to run some tests.So, we have some ideas we are testing. If we can develop more high-quality composition for rain, ask FIA and Charlie Whiting to homologate them for the next season outside".
This week in Brazil had to go through the tyre tests Pirelli with the participation of the team McLaren and its backup pilot Lando Norris. But the event was canceled after the attempted robbery Pirelli engineers.In a statement, Pirelli said "After the attempted robbery and a series of similar incidents that took place during the Brazilian Grand Prix, it was decided to cancel the joint with McLaren tests, scheduled for 14 and 15 November.This decision agreed with McLaren and the FIA, it is made in the interests of safety of employees of McLaren and Pirelli".
The head of Pirelli Mario Isola believes that the soft tyre will be the best choice for the race in Brazil.Mario Isola "As we have seen during a race in Mexico, soft tyres are the best choice for a track of this type, therefore, in Brazil we have brought softer compounds of tyre compared to last year, when the choice fell on hard types. All this will set new records during the race weekend.What strategy is optimal We don't know, because race in Brazil is always held in extreme conditions of dense struggle. Here is short round, there's changeable weather, there is always traffic. The team will decide what is best for them. We are sure that all the drivers will work with the soft compounds of the tyres".
Pirelli is counting on the purchase of the Brazilian Interlagos track. This statement of the Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport after a visit to Milan, the mayor of so Paulo joo Doria.Doria reportedly met with Marco Tronchetti provera, President of the official supplier of tires for Formula 1 Pirelli.Joo Doria "Pirelli is very popular in Brazil as the Formula 1, so I would like to meet with the President to discuss the privatization route. Tronchetti, provera told me that he would raise this issue with Chinese investors".In Pirelli have confirmed these words in the newspaper O Estado de S.Paulo "Pirelli supports the initiative of the mayor and his efforts to find investors. But Pirelli is not currently involved in this business".
During the United States Grand Prix tyres are the softest part of Ul will receive a pink marking.So Pirelli is going to support the campaign, which is held in the United States Oct there announced a "month of awareness about breast cancer". Pink ribbon is the symbol of the breast cancer Foundation, founded by Susan Carmen.
Pirelli has agreed to supply softer tyres to the teams and pilots of Formula 1 in 2018.Despite the fact that this year's tyres have become wider from the pilots is criticism of the most solid compositions.Technical Director of the Force India Andy green "Hard compound so misplaced for this generation of racing cars that I don't know a single pilot who wants to see them on the car."The head of Pirelli Mario Isola responded to the criticism by promising to opt out of hard compounds of tyres, scheduled for the upcoming races, including Sepang, Suzuka and Brazil. And he also promised that the tires of 2018 will be more soft.Mario Isola "All change to some degree. What was the Ul next year will be the Supersoft, Supersoft will become Soft, and Soft will become Psychic. All it means is that we, of course, developing all new tires Ul.We will have a bus ready for commands that can be checked during the tests in Abu Dhabi".
Sebastian Vettel can regain the lead in the world championship this weekend in Singapore. This is the opinion of Marco provera, who is the Director General of the official tire supplier Pirelli.The Italian admits that he is happy that Ferrari this year has caught up with Mercedes, although Pirelli stays on the neutral side.Marco provera "the Scuderia has not only closed the gap, but were able to defeat Mercedes. Ferrari faster on urban roads where the maximum speed is lower and the Mercedes has a slight advantage when speed is higher.So I think Ferrari will be able to show a good race in Singapore".
The pilot of Renault Nico Hulkenberg said that the situation in Monza last Saturday, was extremely annoying. After constant delays of 15 minutes were taken out of equilibrium not only the viewer, but pilots.Nico Hulkenberg "We put on and take off our helmets so often Had to start the car, everything is set up and again to turn off.When it became clear that the delay will take a long time, I thought I should do something better than just waiting. For example, to go to sleep.The rain was not so strong, standing water was not at all on the track. The problem was that the tires made only in order to displace a certain number of liters of water. Otherwise, aquaplaning, and, of course, the pilots don't want to.Charlie Whiting was limited. In the future, I think we should continue to work with Pirelli to improve the situation. Because in the past with other tire manufacturers, we would easily have been able to fly in such conditions.Only, this year very few tests for the tyres, so Pirelli is indeed very difficult to improve our products.
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton agreed to help Pirelli with tyre testing this week. The British have always been famous for his dislike of tests, and continually refusing them, citing injury or illness.But this time Hamilton did not refuse to test the capabilities of the car and tyres on the French Paul Ricard track.Lewis Hamilton "I Have tests this week, which is a rare opportunity for me, because I'm not a test pilot.I announced my candidacy, so looking forward to this event.
Pirelli left the Belgian Grand Prix, insisting that the tires of 2017 safe. During the weekend in Spa, it was possible to observe alarming time-lapse footage showing the strong vibration of the rear tires while driving at high speeds.Technical Director of Pirelli Mario Isola "This happened only in two places when accelerating in turns 1 and 19. Of course, we saw the television footage, but we've also seen some of these teams, demonstrating vibration, which we haven't seen before.But after inspecting the tires we can say that everything is in order, there is no danger. The tires don't spin on the rim - we can see this on the labeling and regulation valves".
144501 - Behind a one-month break, and the race in Spa opens the second part of the championship.144553 - Today from pole position will start Lewis Hamilton. The British pound is the 68-th pole, and this figure he overtook Michael Schumacher.144635 - By the way, it is here in Spa, 25 years ago, his first victory went to Schumacher, and in honor of that date, his son Mick prior to the start of the race drove one lap in my father's car in 1994.144850 - Near Hamilton will start the championship leader Sebastian Vettel. In the championship Vettel ahead of Mercedes driver on 14 points.144906 - the Second row is traditionally the Finnish Valtteri Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen.144931 Raikkonen four times won at Spa, but the last time it was in the distant 2009.144959 - the Third row completely for pilots Red Bull, while Max Verstappen again ahead of Daniel ricciardo.145221 - Fourth row Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez.145235 - Fifth row Esteban Windows and Fernando Alonso.145259 - Actually, the tenth qualified Jolyon Palmer, but due to the replacement gearbox he went on the 14-th position.145342 - Thanks to the tenth position went Alonso, who did not have one tenth of a second to go to the finals of qualification.145405 - Next Grosjean, Magnussen, Sainz, Palmer, Stroll, Massa, Ericsson, Wehrlein, Kvyat, Vandorn.145436 - the Last five pilots earned various penalties. So, Kvyat got 20 positions for the replacement of elements of the power plant.145455 - Vandorn twice changed the engine, and the Belgian is in total scored 65 penalty positions.145620 - the Temperature is +22C, the track warmed up to +34C145629 - Rain during the race is not 145720 - Length 7004 m is the longest track in the championship. The distance of the race 44 145747 - the pilots of two independent zones DRS145856 - 14 First pilots will start on the soft tyres Ul.145927 - the Stroll, Massa, Ericsson, Kvyat and Vandorn chose 145940 - And only Wehrlein chose the hard type 150017 - Pilots go on warm-up 150148 - Pirelli offer two options strategies the Ul-Soft with one pit stop and the Ul-Soft-Ul with two stops.150216 - In the stands a lot of fans Verstappen, tens of thousands.150249 - Machine return to the starting 150328 - Everything's ready to 150344 - START150436 - Hamilton, Vettel, Bottas, Raikkonen, Verstappen, ricciardo, Alonso.150444 - Quat 16-150548 Hulkenberg in the final Chicane went 150655 - 1 lap Hamilton, Vettel, Bottas, Raikkonen, Verstappen, ricciardo, Hulkenberg, Alonso, Windows, Magnussen, Perez, Grosjean, Palmer, Massa, Sainz, Stroll, Kvyat, Vandorn, Eriksson, 150722, Alonso at the exit of the red Water attacks. And both of them tries to go through Windows. Three cars in a row150731 - In the end Alonso went 150744 - Start.