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Race Director FIA's Charlie whiting was satisfied with the track of Assen, where soon they will be racing Formula 1.In December, computer modeling has shown that TT Circuit Assen meets the safety requirements of class 1 established by the FIA in terms of layout and width of the track.Chairman of the Board Arjan BOS "it's nice to hear that Charlie whiting is also very happy with the track, modern amenities and service.The positive verdict is an important step in the right direction to return to Formula-1 in the Netherlands. While this process is still ongoing.The next step will be a visit to the track by the representatives of the FOM. This is likely to happen in the near future.".
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".
Race Director FIA's Charlie whiting believes that Formula 1 has one main problem - the top three fastest teams.Charlie whiting "the biggest problem we faced this year is that the top three teams - Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull much quicker than everyone else.In an ideal world you would want all the teams were very close to each other. In the middle of the peloton, the speed difference is minimal. But the truth is that these three teams are just doing their job better than others. This is not new to Formula 1".
Race engineer Williams Rob Smedley believes that Felipe Massa ended his career at the peak of the sports form.Rob Smedley "Look at how he ended his career - he completed it at the highest level.He's 16 years spent in Formula 1, and all these years he was at the level of the fight for the title. In a fast car he always fought for victory in a slow - achieved its maximum.To be on top, to give the team information for development to achieve points constantly to reach the final of qualification on average is a measure of the level of the Mass. He is a very good pilot".
Race Director McLaren Eric bulge said that Fernando Alonso has already started the preparation for the season-2018.Eric boullier "Alonso has already started preparation for the season-2018. He prepares mentally for the upcoming fight.He has painted in his mind a plan of action. He is incredibly motivated for their own purposes. Last season was a mixture of sadness, humiliation and frustration. It's bad for the team. Next year everything must change".
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.
Race Director McLaren Eric Buje told that his team managed to catch up with a schedule for the operation of the machine, which has been delayed due to the transition to the new Renault engine.Eric boullier "we May have decided to change the provider of the engine two weeks later than was required by our schedule, but these two weeks we are almost caught up.We must adapt to the new engine, but the architecture of the car remains the same.We have an interesting concept, so the transition will not be a big drama. Sometimes we can be smart".
McLaren and Fernando Alonso continue talks on whether the Spaniard to spend a full season in the WEC.The head of McLaren Zach brown said in Abu Dhabi that the British team are open to Alonso within the race at Le Mans, as McLaren and Toyota are not competitors. But, it seems that Alonso wants to spend in the WEC full season. Interestingly, calendars virtually no overlap, except for one race.Fernando Alonso "We need to examine carefully the calendars. It would be nice to make this work. I probably would have loved it".Race Director McLaren Eric bulge against such a venture "First of all, calendars are still intersect, so he will not be able to spend the entire season. Of course, we all know that Fernando loves to participate in races. I think he definitely will not be 52 weekends in a year. But it will stand it".
The architect of the racing tracks of the Formula 1 Herman Tilke defended its track in Abu Dhabi after a frankly boring the final stage of the season 2017. Previously, some pilots and team leaders criticized the Yas Marina.Sports consultant to Red Bull Helmut Marko said after Sunday's race "It was one of the most boring races I can remember.Hamilton was probably faster than Bottas, but Max was faster than Raikkonen, but as soon as they came close, there was nothing I could do. We need to think about more interesting tracks for the championship.Lewis Hamilton agreed "I think they should change this track".Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff agrees "the Race was not very impressive. The championship is over and it plays a role, but with the new rules, these cars are incredibly difficult to overtake".Herman Tilke "In this race faster cars were ahead more slow, so overtaking was not, but it's certainly not the fault of the track. But we will discuss this in the future.I already have some ideas about changing a rotation that probably will have a big effect".
Earlier it was reported that the recording Studio who worked on the movies Race and fast and the furious, collaborating with Formula 1, developing special audio amplifier for modern and quiet engines. Now work is in full swing.The report's Hollywood studios says "the engine Noise sounded more authentic and deeply during the tests at Austin, Mexico and Brazil.The new version of the amplifier is not yet complete. We found that the wind deflector improves the sound even more".
The Ferrari pilot Sebastian Vettel admitted that he was ashamed of the results of the last season.Sebastian Vettel "We finished second there where I was supposed to be the first. These races this year were too many, so I am ashamed of the final results of the season. I'm going to train. Any holidays, I will work on myself and prepare for the next year."Earlier, Vettel said he will skip the traditional Race of Champions for the next season.
The next Race of Champions to be held in the capital of Saudi Arabia from 2 to 3 February.The organizers of the Race of Champions called by some the participants of the show. David Coulthard former Formula 1 driver, Lando Norris champion Euroseries Formula 3 and reserve the pilot of McLaren, Josef newgarden's IndyCar champion, Tom Kristensen winner of the 24 hours of Le Mans, Juan Pablo Montoya the ex-Formula 1 driver and winner of Indy 500, Petter Solberg WRC champion, Ryan hunter-ray IndyCar champion and Elio Castroneves the winner of the Indy 500.Last year the Race of Champions in the individual competition was won by Montoya. In the Nations Cup and then won by Germany, which alone was represented by Sebastian Vettel. But this time the German refused to participate in the show.
Pilot Mercedes Lewis Hamilton said that next season will have to fly carefully as possible because of the season 2018 begin to act rules restricting the number of engines to three.Lewis Hamilton "the Race will be worse, that's for sure. We will have to fly as pilots WEC.And if you include Halo, the maneuvers will be similar to driving a bus.The cars will be as heavy as a NASCAR, the braking distance will be longer, of course, is not what we want to get from these races. We would like to use the full potential of the machine, and not to return to austerity.
The pilot Force India Sergio Perez in Brazil finished devletim. At the end of the race he caught up with a few Weight-Alonso, but to overtake any of them failed.Sergio Perez "the Race was very difficult from start to finish. We have fought with Alonso in the first turn, which cost me several positions. We had enough pace to today in perfect conditions to finish in seventh position. But my inability to move was very difficult because of the temperature, because only I started to attack, as the degradation of the rubber made me abandon the idea. We even changed our strategy, but it was not enough to achieve their goals.The last few laps I spent in a close fight with Alonso and Massa. Massa was very fast in the final sector, while Alonso had the advantage in the second and in the DRS zones. Perhaps if the race lasted just a lap longer I would be able to overtake them both. Considering how the entire race went, I'm happy with the results".
Race Director FIA's Charlie whiting believes that a permanent team of stewards will only hurt the championship.Charlie whiting "We are always discussing this issue, but we believe that the appointment of four permanent stewards for the whole season will only lead to more questions.I don't want to go into details, but at the moment we believe our management more reasonable."Earlier, the head of Haas and Gunther Steiner has offered to organize a group of permanent stewards.Gunther Steiner "Every time decisions are made differently, and sometimes it harms small teams like ours. In my opinion, the output of this simple - to appoint permanent stewards who really know their stuff".
The Ferrari pilot Sebastian Vettel said that he will not take part in the traditional Race of Champions, which this time will take place in Saudi Arabia.According to the German, he wants to focus on preparing for the season-2018. In particular, he plans to spend a lot of time in the Ferrari simulator.Over the past few years Vettel has consistently participated in the Race of Champions. Paired with Michael Schumacher, he has won several Nations Cups. In the individual competition Sebastian won in 2015.
The head of Honda Yusuke Hasegawa said that his company did not expect such speed from McLaren in Mexico.Yusuke Hasegawa "the Race went much better than we thought. Before we came here, we thought that the performance of our engine is worse than other teams, and the effect of altitude was only to widen the gap from the leaders.But we worked hard to find a good setup to a great height, so the shortage of engine power was much less than we thought.But only the gap is less. The relative performance is still far behind the leaders, but we think we can catch up".In the race Fernando Alonso finished 10th, Stoffel Vandorn - 12-m.
The pilot of Red Bull Max Verstappen in practice for the Mexican Grand Prix showed the 3rd result. However, there were problems with the engine.Max Verstappen "the Pace of the car seems good, we tried several new products that should debut next year. Can't say that I enjoyed it. The car has not passed as many laps as we had planned. We also failed at 100 with his settings. This afternoon we worked a lot with the balance, but did not manage to fulfill all targets. They were still a third.I think we have the potential for progress. Race support has to increase the level of adhesion with the track due to the rolling of the rubber - it will help us on Sunday. Pace Daniel looked good and we were quicker all afternoon, which looks very positive. I think that on Sunday we have every chance to compete for the top position in the finish of the race".
Saudi Arabia has yet to take the Race of Champions early next year. As a rule, sports events with the participation of women in this Arab country are not held, but the government confirmed that both sexes are free to speak in the upcoming races.The head of the Race of Champions Fredrik Johnsson "We are delighted that the performances of women in these races starts its history in Saudi Arabia. This is the best place for such an event".
For the first time the traditional Race of Champions, which brings together the best drivers in the world, will be held in the middle East.This time the venue of the Race champion will be Saudi Arabia. The track will be padded at the King Fahd stadium in Riyadh.The exact date of the event and the participants, the organizers of the Champions Race will be announced later.This year the winner of the Race of Champions in personal offset became Juan Pablo Montoya, who defeated in the finals by Tom Kristensen. In the Cup of Nations defeated Germany, which alone was represented by Sebastian Vettel.
Race Director McLaren Eric bulge believes that his team will not be able to deal with the Austrian team on equal terms.Eric boullier "If you have a ten-year relationship with a partner, then you are obviously more likely to succeed. We have just started to build a relationship with Renault. It will take some time, but we are interested in how to do everything.We - McLaren, we exist to win, we're going to do everything to achieve this goal.Good package for the team good engine, best car, best employees and the best pilots we have to put it all together and work for victory.If the other team has the same engine and you can't get ahead, then look for the problem elsewhere. Next year we'll have a good landmark is the Red Bull".
Despite the popularity of max Verstappen in Holland and the desire of Liberty to hold the race through the streets of the old city of Amsterdam, official authorities against it.The press Secretary of the city of Amsterdam "the Race should take place on the road, and not in the old center of the city."Official review upheld Eric van der Burg, who is engaged in the Affairs of sports in the municipal Executive of Amsterdam "the Race in Amsterdam is fine, but better in Zandvoort, where there is a great track. The old centre of Amsterdam is not a place for racing".
Race Director McLaren Eric bulge confirmed indirectly that the contract with Fernando Alonso will be signed in the near future.Eric boullier "to be Honest, I don't think there are any particular difficulties. We are discussing the contract details, and as both parties intend to continue, I think we can agree.As for Vandorn, Stoffel is not ready to compete at the highest level. Although he says this. While he has only 15 races this season and another last year is a little experience. Yes, over the last three races he managed to make a step forward, and his work helps the team, but the struggle for the victory he is not shining".
Grand Prix of Malaysia in the future, I might go back to the Formula 1 calendar. It is the opinion of the Prime Minister of Malaysia Najib Razak, who said that the championship is very much a fan of his country, so sad to part with the race, which for nearly twenty years took place at Sepang.For reasons of economy, the Malaysian government withdrew from the Formula 1 calendar your track, so next year Sepang will host the Royal race.Najib Razak "the Race has become unprofitable for us. Therefore, the economic feasibility of the Grand Prix has become less attractive. We decided to break the contract, but this does not mean that we will not review the situation in the future, provided that the economic benefits will be more favorable for us.I think that 19 years of Formula 1 - it's a good story, but now we turned the page and are ready to focus on other races in Sepang".
Race Director McLaren Eric bulge said that his team is confident that Fernando Alonso will remain for the season 2018.Eric boullier "Alonso wygral September deadline for the announcement of its decision, but, according to our sources, the official announcement will be in late October, although he hopes that all can happen before.Alonso wants to stay. You can see it in body language and in his comments. We know that the machine is capable of a lot with the proper engine, so we decided to contract with Renault. We need a top-pilot, so it is important to keep Alonso".
Pilot Mercedes Lewis Hamilton said that he is ready to discuss a new contract with the German team.Lewis Hamilton "the Race really bring me more pleasure than ever. But you have to look forward. So I think about the decisions I will make in the future.The longer I stand in the sport, the later, as if to say more correctly, the next life. So I'm just trying to weigh everything, although a career in Formula 1 continues.At some point in the near future it will be time to discuss a new contract. I'm ready for this process. Actually, I think now is the best time for negotiations, because I'm in great shape. You always want to negotiate a deal, when you win and lead the championship"The current contract of Hamilton with Mercedes expires at the end of 2018.
Race Director McLaren Eric bulge believes that his team will be able to quickly return to the top step of the podium.Eric bulge "I rather vaguely talked about our goals, but now I do declare that in 2018 our goal is to fight for third place in the constructors' championship.But I hope we can do more than just fight for the podium. We need to win after so many years of inactivity.I'm not going to create false expectations or to play on the feelings of our fans, which we can't fail, but I believe that we, at least, will be able to win one race next year.We were always in the top three, but in the last three years were far from this position. We entered into an agreement with Renault to get a good engine and return to the top position".
Race Director McLaren Eric bulge said that his team is going next year to fight for position on the podium.Eric boullier "We want to be competitive and fighting for places on the podium. Next year we should appear there regularly.This year should be adopted final amendments to the rules next year, especially Halo. We will be working on my car hard, but only tests and the race in Australia will show the real speed of future cars".The last time McLaren was on the podium at the beginning of 2014, when debutant Kevin Magnussen finished second.
Race Director McLaren Eric bulge said that Fernando Alonso is ready to stay in the British team.Eric boullier "Fernando wants to stay. You can tell by the interview, in how he speaks about the team. There are parts of marketing that need to be addressed, and Zac brown is on it.He needs a competitive car, than Alonso said months. It's important to him. For us, in a McLaren, it is important that the shareholders have made their choice, replacing an engine supplier.DNA McLaren is highly competitive. Our team has always been in the top three, and we'll be back there.Today, we know that we have a decent chassis that would allow us to be back in the top three with an engine of equal level, so for us as a business company, it is important to be competitive, no matter what is the role of Fernando. We had to make that decision for us.But if you want to be competitive, you need not only the engine but also a good pilot. So Fernando is part of the overall picture.First we built the Foundation for the team, and only then entered in the Foundation of a decent pilot.