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The former head of Pirelli, Paul Hembery believes that the racing calendar of Formula 1 should be more regional.Paul Hembery "If we increase the number of races, we have to divide them by regions. Thus, one unit will be in Europe, one in America the other in Asia. This will reduce the stress of travel and will bring Formula 1 to its region, because within a few months people in one place will be able to enjoy their own season.We could have a race every weekend for two months, and then a month rest. Because now continually heard the questions "is there racing this weekend" People do not understand the principles of the calendar of the season".
The head of Pirelli Mario Isola said that we should expect from the race in Spa.Mario Isola "Pirelli participated in the Spa endurance race last month. And the race showed us all know about this track changeable weather, unpredictable competition and the high requirements for tires.Now that we have implemented ultra-wide tyres in Formula 1, we expect that new developments will take place in the upcoming race. For example, a race with two pit stops, the most probable strategy. But we'll know more after Friday's practice.Develop the optimal strategy for a particularly difficult race in Spa, as it must be flexible the possibility of rain, safety car or even red flag, as we have seen in the past year, can affect the outcome of the race. On this track you can't act on a clear plan".
The head of Pirelli Paul hembery believes that in Formula 1 the main character must be the pilot, not the machine.Paul hembery "Boxing needs exciting races, duels and overtakes, which basically should be available to the pilot. The pilot is supposed to be our superstar, not a machine.We must decide whether there is a Formula-1 for manufacturers or teams If we want manufacturers involved in the championship, they need to be competitive or to pretend that they are such. They should not be afraid of ridicule and damage to their brand.Something similar is now visible with engine manufacturers, Honda and Renault. However, for sports in General is not very good".
Pirelli has published a selection of teams for the race in Spa. McLaren and Red Bull have chosen nine sets of the soft tyres in the Ul.Mercedes took six sets of Ul, as Force India Haas. Ferrari is in the middle selecting seven sets of Ul.Pirelli to race in Belgium decided to choose three of the most soft composition of tyres Soft, Supersoft and Ul.As a result, several teams have adopted aggressive approaches. Daniel ricciardo and Max Verstappen, for example, will only work with one set of Soft throughout the weekend, as Felipe Massa, lance Stroll, Stoffel Vandoorne.Lewis Hamilton there are four sets of Soft, and Valtteri Bottas, the three of them, like Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen.
Test-pilot of Renault Nicholas Latifi on the results of the tests in Hungary was on 7-th position.Nicholas Latifi "it's Cool that I managed to get behind the wheel of cars of Formula 1. Yes, it was very hot, but after testing for Pirelli in Barcelona I really wanted to get back behind the wheel.The car has excellent handling, I was able to give the team good feedback. Sorry for the lost time due to the replacement of the engine, but the mechanics coped with the task, and I returned to the track at the end of the day.Sorry that I missed you so much, but the rest of the day was rich".
After the Hungarian Grand Prix of Formula 1 team remained in Budapest, what to hold a two-day series of tests. Today started the first day, behind the wheel of cars sit mostly young pilots.One additional machine was allocated by the Mercedes team for the tests rubber Pirelli. In her cockpit sits Valtteri Bottas.The teams, August 1Mercedes George Ferrari Charles Williams - lance Red Bull - Max Force India - Nikita Mazepin and Lucas Renault Nicholas Latifiah Rosso - Sean McLaren - Stoffel Sauber - Gustav Malaya - Santino Pirelli - Valtteri Bottas Mercedes.
After the race in Silverstone tyre damage from cars of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen delivered to the research center Pirelli. The Italian tire revealed the reason for the gap tires from Vettel, but if Raikkonen is still being studied.In a statement, Pirelli said "a Careful study of the left front tyre with the car Vettel has shown that initially she had a puncture. The movement in run-flat tire in the pits led to the complete destruction of the rubber.In the case of Raikkonen, on his bus a few signs pointing to the cause of the destruction. Will need a few days to explore this case".
The head of Ferrari, Maurizio Arrivabene said that the tires ruptured during the race at Silverstone on machines Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen are already in Milan to check.The head of Pirelli "We are studying the incident. Tires in Milan, where they will be thoroughly tested. Also we need to see more data on setting up machines."One suggestion was that the specific configuration of the Ferrari combined with the high downforce produced by the cars of season 2017, contributed to the problems with the tires.Maurizio Arrivabene "Although the reasons seem obvious to us, not in the style of Ferrari to complain about losing."Sebastian Vettel "I don't think someone is particularly to blame. Looking back, everything seems and feels very easy".
The head of Pirelli Mario Isola told about what the options strategies have of Lewis Hamilton.Mario Isola "Lewis Hamilton has a number of alternative strategies that may have affected its fine. Start on the Supersoft gives you the ability to go the distance in a pair of Ul or Soft depending on the race conditions. It seems that the universal strategy will be the preferred choice for tomorrow, but of course it depends on weather conditions, which remain uncertain.Also it was nice to see that the time of the pole position today was two seconds faster than last year".
The ex-pilot of Formula 1 Christian Wedge believes that Mercedes was able to accelerate, thanks to better work with rubber.Christian klien "in Canada, Ferrari was the clear favorite, with a huge advantage ahead of the Mercedes, especially in the work with rubber. But since then, time passed, and now Mercedes has better tires, Pirelli, making them faster to enter the working temperature window.If we talk about the title, the world champion will be the team that will be able to develop most effectively the rest of the season".
The participants began to complain that the tyres are too durable.In Montreal the head of Haas Gunther Steiner said "On the Supersoft we could hold three races."The pilot of Renault Nico Hulkenberg "If you look at the Supersoft tyres, after 30 laps, they will be like new".Part of the problem is high tyre pressure required Pirelli, but the Italian company is reluctant to reduce it, especially in more rigid structures.The German edition Auto Motor und Sport reports that one of the solutions is the introduction of the championship of softer rubber. The new team would get called Megasoft may appear in the season of 2018.
The tire does not apply to the problems of the McLaren this year. According to experts, to chassis the McLaren is one of the best in the peloton. One reason for this phenomenon is the McLaren approach to winter work, especially in preparation for the new, wider and more bulky tyres from Pirelli.While Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull have provided test cars for the Italian tyre supplier, it turns out that McLaren also participated actively in the process of developing new formulations.Race Director McLaren Eric bulge "We were the only team who sent an observer to all 24 days of tests, we presented more data requirements that the FIA and Pirelli wanted to give us originally.Thus, from the very beginning we understood well the tires without having to provide a test car".
The Ferrari pilot Sebastian Vettel began negotiations on a new contract with Ferrari. Team President Sergio Marchionne wants German signed a contract with a salary increase to September's Italian Grand Prix.Sebastian Vettel "the Extension of the contract is not a problem at the moment. It may sound a bit strange, but we are fully focused on the season, and so far we did not have time to talk about the future. We are all trying to maintain the current momentum.As for Pirelli, I was just asked if I wanted to test the new samples, and I immediately said Yes.I don't know if it was an advantage because the test car was completely different. We also had problems with the heating of the rubber, but that's not a problem".
Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff continues to believe that Sebastian Vettel has achieved favor from Pirelli for his team.Toto Wolff "Our situation last year was different from Ferrari. We were fully involved in the battle between Nico and Lewis, so none of them were too worried about the development of tires for the future.But I believe that you will very rarely find a silver bullet in Formula 1, which gives a decisive advantage. It has more to do with the preparation of many small details.Perhaps the credibility of Sebastian Vettel from Pirelli is quite high, so his words have strongly influenced the quality and composition of the product. Perhaps in Pirelli listened carefully to the opinions of such famous pilot.But I have no proof of that. For me it's just personal speculation".
There are rumors that the head of Pirelli Mario Isola involved in a conspiracy with Ferrari, as only this Italian team is able to deal with new formulations of tires.Mario Isola "I was talking with Toto Wolff on this topic several times. Talked to him about the conspiracy. Wolff suspects us, he just thinks that Ferrari learned how to use the tyres better than the Mercedes.Ferrari has developed a very balanced car, and the whole secret is that the team is able to get to work tires front and rear.This sport is the best, there is great importance hundredths of a second. Therefore, only the best will be able to fully understand the work of this rubber".
The head of Pirelli Mario Isola congratulated the Scuderia to victory in Monaco, the first since 2001.Mario Isola "Though it was always clear that the strategy with one stop would be optimal, today we saw a wide range of options and possibilities. Pilots choose when to pit stop, which led to unexpected results.As expected, the tire wear was low. Long stretches even at the Ul on the hot asphalt does not become a hindrance to teams.Congratulations to Ferrari since winning the double at the historic track".
The head of Pirelli Mario Isola commented on the results of the qualification in Monaco.Mario Isola "It was a really unpredictable qualifying session, where we learned additional information about tires. Ul were used from the beginning to the end in qualifying that was initially the most likely scenario, especially since the pilots were able to make several qualifying laps on one set without any loss of speed.One pit stop is, of course, the optimal strategy of the race. Perhaps someone wants to start the race on the Supersoft, then to use the safety car to move at a faster rubber, which will remain until the end of the race".
The head of Pirelli Mario Isola commented on the selection of teams for the upcoming Monaco Grand Prix.Mario Isola "Three of the most soft composition - the obvious choice for Monaco, but they still give a lot of opportunities for strategic change, because wear and degradation are extremely low. This will allow teams to choose when and what part of them to make his only pit stop. This is the first Grand Prix, where pilots could choose their own tires, and, as expected, the vast majority chose Ul. These tires will be used in the qualification and in the race".
Tyres Pirelli has published a list available for the race rubber. It is expected that the team will use the bus Soft and Medium. One fresh type of Medium is all the drivers, but fresh Soft tyres were not many.
In Spain you can use the tires Soft, Medium and Hard. According to the engineers Pirelli, teams will choose two of the most soft type, and will race with two pit stops.Mario Isola, Pirelli "the Results in qualifying turned out very dense, the gaps between the machines are minimal.In the race we are waiting for the tactics with two pit stops. The difference between rubber Soft and Medium is large, so the teams will try to pass on the softer tyres to the greater distance. We expect all decide to drive two segments on the Soft and one on Medium.
The head of Pirelli Mario Isola pointed out the problems of the teams in preparation for the Grand Prix of Spain.Mario Isola "Quite strong and changeable winds created difficulties for the teams to work with our tires. It was especially difficult to work in the afternoon. Not helped the teams to gather more information and red flags in the end of the session.However, we saw that the gap between the tire Hard and Medium is about 1.8 seconds. We expect that the gap between the speed of these tyres during the race will be more than 1.5 seconds. We think that teams will choose these compounds for the next race. The level of degradation of the compounds is about the same. Understanding of the tyres will be key to strategy".
The head of Pirelli Mario Isola believes that the degradation of rubber during the race Grand Prix of Spain may be higher than during the winter tests.Mario Isola "It's the last race, where a fixed selection of types of rubber. Since Monaco, the pilots will be able to pick and choose the amount of each of the compositions of the tyres.Barcelona - a famous meeting place of the aerodynamic evolution of the car, a new package of upgrades and tires. We understand that with the increased performance of the cars the tires are obviously going to experience a higher level of degradation compared to the winter tests. In addition, it can be expected that the weather is now much warmer than in February,".
Non-Executive Director of Mercedes Niki Lauda admitted that his team has another issue and not only a controversial issue in the rubber.Niki Lauda "they Say that the biggest problem Mercedes are tires, but that's not the only problem.We have too much weight, we need to improve aerodynamics and, above all, we need to understand why the new Pirelli tires do not work as they work for Ferrari. I'm glad that Bottas can win, but one class of pilots we will not go far".
The head of Pirelli Mario Isola said his company will closely watch how Russia will handle commands after two days of tests in Bahrain.Mario Isola "the Race in Russia will take place after two days of tests in Bahrain, so interested to see what lessons the team learned from this experience as they work with the tyres in Sochi.At first glance, Sochi is the track with the low intensity of destruction of rubber, and more durable tyres this year should lead to the fact that the race will take place with one pit stop. However, the first time we are going there with tires Ul, so it is unknown how wide the new tires will manifest itself. We also believe that the difference in speed between the soft compounds will be negligible".
The head of Pirelli Mario Isola was pleased with how the tested new compounds of tires during the tests in Bahrain. Tests conducted by Sebastian Vettel.Mario Isola "Our company is satisfied with the tests in Bahrain. We, along with Ferrari have fulfilled the planned program. Let with the machine was not all right in the morning, we still met all the points. And all thanks to the mercy of the managers of the track, which allowed us to work an extra three hours.Vettel was able to pass 130 laps, checking different options of rubber compounds for next year. We are satisfied with the cooperation with the Sakhir circuit, since local weather conditions are ideal for our work. We collected a lot of useful information that will be analyzed on the basis of in Milan".
The Formula 1 team remained in Bahrain, to hold two-day tests. Today on the track should appear 13 pilots.Force India and Williams will split the day between the two pilots. Separately on the program Pirelli will run the championship leader Sebastian Vettel.The participants of the first days of tests1. Pirelli - Sebastian 2. Mercedes - Lewis 3. Red Bull - Daniel 4. Ferrari - Antonio 5. Force India - Sergio Perez / Esteban 6. Williams - Lance Stroll / Felipe 7. McLaren - Oliver 8. Toro Rosso - Sean 9. Haas - Roman 10. Renault - Niko 11. Sauber - Marcus Ericsson.
The head of Pirelli Mario Isola believes that the products his company worked fine in combat conditions of the race Grand Prix of Australia.Mario Isola "the New era of Formula 1 began with a fantastic race in Australia. The pilots were able to fight tightly throughout each of the segments. As we expected, the teams chose different strategies for its pilots, so it was possible to observe a variety of schemes. Even the leaders have been working on different schemes.Rubber worked with a low level of degradation, so we saw the pilots put the quick laps at the end of the race on tyres that were more than 30 laps.
Circuit Paul Ricard, which will return to the Formula 1 calendar next year might be to take the test before the start of the season 2018. The circuit has a unique system that allow you to water the canvas with water, which will help in conducting tests of wet tyres.Formula 1 just completed a test before the start of season 2017 in Barcelona, on the road, beloved by all teams for the mild winter temperatures and close proximity to the bases. However, the lack of opportunities to circuit de Catalunya to conduct the tests on the intermediate and rain tyres forced Pirelli to lobby for the transfer tests in France.Already this year, some of your tests can pass in Paul-Ricard, as reported by the head of Pirelli Mario Isola.
The head of Pirelli Mario Isola said that his company fulfilled all the tasks of the pre-season tests in Barcelona.Mario Isola "During the eight-day pre-season tests we have performed most of the tasks that were targeted.Last week only confirmed the results of the tests of the first week, especially against a quick recovery of the tires, if they are overheated, that was the fulfillment of the wishes of the pilots.Compared with the total work, which we saw last week, the last four days were focused more on performance and the simulation in preparation for the upcoming season. Everything went well, and I'm sure all the teams will be happy".