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Charles LeClair admitted that he begins to consider the possibility of switching to Formula 1 in 2018.19-year-old pilot currently dominates the series Formula-2. Through connections with Ferrari, he expects to get into Formula 1 next year.Charles Leclerc "In my career I always did everything step by step so now we are trying to win the title of Formula 2, and then I would go to Formula 1. I'd like there to fight for the title, because I feel ready for this.I'd like to wait another year I would prefer not to wait, because after the victory in Formula 1 I have nowhere to go. My big dream is to wear red color, and I hope that someday it will become reality. But it's all in boddam".The following season, the Sauber team will use Ferrari engines. There is already expressed willingness to run in the graduates of the Racing Academy of Ferrari, including Charles LeClair and Antonio Giovinazzi.Previously, LeClair conducted the tests as part of the Haas-Ferrari.
The governing body of Formula 1 said that there are no problems with the possible return of Robert Kubica in the championship.Amid intense speculation about the potential return of the pilot of Formula 1 Renault has confirmed that 32-year-old Kubica will pilot the car of the season-2017 on the tests after the Grand Prix of Hungary.Bild says that Kubica might replace Jolyon Palmer during the race in Spa after the summer break, but first head of Renault's Cyril abiteboul wants to make sure, can Robert fight for the best seats in the near future.Racing Director of Formula 1 Charlie whiting said that the way for the return of Robert Kubica free.Charlie whiting "just Like any other pilot, Robert has its license from the national Association. Licensing also includes a medical examination."The only thing to do, Robert, is to get out of the car for five seconds. In this plan, any concessions, including adaptive steering for left-hand.
Executive Director of McLaren Zac brown believes that Lando Norris is the future champion of Formula-1.Norris claimed the titles in the Toyota Racing Series, Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 and Formula Renault 2.0 NEC in 2016, and this year he joined the youth program of the McLaren.17-year-old Norris this year won three races in Formula 3 and currently third in the standings.Zach brown "He looks so talented, like no other pilot I have ever seen. I think that this view is shared by most people who saw him in the race.He's very focused on racing, he's very thorough, I definitely think that he is the future champion of Formula 1.We are very pleased that Lando in our program, as the guy performs well in Formula 3 where he took pole and won his first race".
Force India presented a short list of potential new team names for the season 2018 and on.In an effort to attract more international sponsors, but also because of problems with lawyers, the owner of the team Vijay Malia intends to abandon the word "India" in the name of his team at the end of this year.Vijay Mallya "the Changes should be rare, so the new name must remain in the course, at least for the next ten years.We discussed the situation within the team and suggested to call it Force One. We checked whether the name used by anyone, so immediately filed a patent on the name.But the decision is still pending, as there is a new proposal Force Racing.We are negotiating with partners, sponsors, so carefully think through every step".
Racing weekend in the UK has not yet started, as Fernando Alonso has already received a penalty for replacement of elements of the power plant.During the Grand Prix of great Britain the pilot of McLaren will use Honda for the third specification, which was tested during Friday practice in Austria, at the same place the old version of the module MGU-H. in Addition, the Spaniard will put the fifth unit of energy, and that is what he will get fined in the form of loss of five positions.It is not excluded that in the course of the weekend, the penalty will increase.
The President of the FIA does not deny that a couple of years in the championship may be a new team or even several teams.Brazilian newspaper Globo reports that a company called China F1 Racing Team was registered in the UK.Jean Todt "currently we have ten teams, but the idea is to have twelve.It is likely that one or two teams to join Formula 1 in the near future. A lot of rumors, but some parties are interested in it. When we see that the time is right, will announce the formation of new teams.
Pilot Williams Felipe Massa said that he is ready to continue to serve next year.Felipe Massa "When there comes the middle of the championship, inevitably begin negotiations on next season, and I started to face questions from the media about my plans for the future, especially about what I will do next year.I feel good, I feel happy and satisfied what you do. I have a great relationship with the entire organization Williams Martini Racing. Plus, first of all, I know that it is still competitive, and that's the main thing.
Jost Capito was appointed managing Director of Volkswagen R GmbH and Volkswagen Zubehor GmbH after his short tenure as General Director of McLaren Racing.58-year-old was presented as the new Director General of the McLaren in January of 2016, but could not start their activities until September due to his commitments with Volkswagen in the WRC.But only five months spent kapito in a McLaren. After coming to the stables Zac brown n left the team.
The first phase of the SMP Formula 4 NEZ Championship season 2017 starts on 19 may at the autodrom in Sochi. In the championship participates 21 racer representing eight different countries, including 10 Russian pilots.Among the participants of the third season of the championship North European zone SMP F4 young year from the Netherlands, Spain, Finland, Estonia, Denmark, France, Austria and Russia. In the first stage will involve the Russians Vladimir Tjortjis and Nikita Volegov, already has experience of playing in this championship, debutants Alexander Smolar, Ivan Shvetsov, Mikhail Belov, Ivan Berets, Gulhuseyn Abdullayev, and the first in the history of the championship girl pilot Milen Ponomarenko.Every year our League is becoming more popular, occupying a niche in an environment similar to the competition of the FIA - said the founder and Director of the program of development of Russian Motorsport SMP Racing Boris Rotenberg. - High level of preparation of its graduates for that year is confirmed by the fact that the winners become participants in the Junior program of Red Bull, and many participants in the SMP F4 Championship successfully move into the senior international series. I note that the geography of racers becoming more wide - starting with pilots from four countries in 2015, today we can already see that representatives of eight different countries, not just Nordic area, appreciated our open. I am sure that the increasing level of competition will help including ours, the Russian pilots become more experienced, stronger, and more successful to perform on the international stage.""It is important to see how things are progressing SMP F4 Championship, as the year is growing the skill level of the pilots, the geography of its participants, - considers the sports Director of the SMP F4 NEZ Championship Mika Salo. Is what we seek, what we think is one of the main indicators of the correctness of the chosen direction of work. And today we can say that the SMP F4 has become a truly international competition, which has a serious impact on the entire youth racing".Qualification for first race of the SMP Formula 4 NEZ Championship season 2017 will be held may 19, Friday, at 1530 Moscow time. The race starts at 1815. The beginning of the second qualification, which will determine the starting grid for race 2 and 3, on Saturday at 1100. The second race will start on Saturday at 1350. Also on Saturday at 1650 it will be the third race of the stage.
The pilot program SMP Racing, reserve driver of the Renault F1 Team Sergey Sirotkin will take part in team quizzes and free practice of Formula 1 in France and Spain.A two-day team test will start on 9 may on the French circuit Paul Ricard. Russians will spend behind the wheel of a car 2012 Renault first test day. The following speech of Sergey Sirotkin will participate in free practice Grand Prix on 12 may."I will be very happy to be back behind the wheel of the car of Renault, - said Sergey Sirotkin. - We have a lot of work during the tests in France, and, of course, you will need to prepare well for the upcoming performance in Spain. Despite the fact that in Sochi failed to pass a full session, my team and I are optimistic and continue with renewed vigor to work on. I want to say thank you to Renault, the program SMP Racing and its founder and Director Boris Romanovich Rotenberg, for the opportunity to work and play in a great team, a great car on the best tracks in the world, in the best Motorsport event in the world".In the season-2017 Sergey Sirotkin conducts a full season in the Renault F1 Team and has twice been driving RS17 on the tracks in Bahrain and Sochi. In parallel, the Russians involved in the work of the Russian prototype BR1 BR Engineering company, involved in work with young pilots SMP Racing, as well as in the Russian educational programs.
The pilot of McLaren Fernando Alonso has reiterated that he calmly refers to the risk to drive on the ovals.Fernando Alonso "No, I'm not worried. Obviously, Indianapolis is a fast track, so perhaps the rate is higher than usual, but I believe that over the past few months track and race cars have become safer.Racing is dangerous in any case and you can get injured at any time. Of course, we must protect the interests of pilots, but to take decisions we need based on their preferences, not fear.In any case, if I receive an injury, the team has Jenson button under contract who will replace me".
The pilot program SMP Racing's Sergey Sirotkin will hold a test session behind the wheel of the Renault F1 Team in Bahrain. In the team test on 18-19 April, the Russian will spend on the road the second test day."Looking forward to the moment when again, you can get behind the wheel of the car, - said Sergey Sirotkin. The first day of tests I will be working in the pits, and on Wednesday, spend all day in the cockpit on the track.This season I spent in the Renault F1 Team for three stages. And I want to say that being in the pits during race weekends, you get a huge amount of important information, which I'm sure will be very useful to me next year".The pilot program of development of Russian Motorsport SMP Racing's Sergey Sirotkin became a reserve pilot of the team Renault F1 in the season 2017. Under the terms of the contract, the Russian is involved in all the racing week-ends of the team, and a few of them will be in the free practices.
McLaren has announced the continuation of its youth program, taking tuition of the winner of the McLaren Autosport BRDC Award 2016 Lando Norris.Norris, who will play in the season-2017 in the European Formula 3 team Carlin, has already won four titles in different racing series, British Formula 3, Toyota Racing Series New Zealand and Formula Renault 2.0 categories Eurocup and NEC.The head of McLaren Zach brown "I believe that Lando fabulous prospects. He was able to break all of his opponents, and not in one series, and three competitive. He was a clear winner, and it deserves a place in the McLaren.He was impressively Mature for the past year. I think that he will one day be a major player in the world of Formula-1".
Sessionals carbon fiber and composite materials produced by Renault Sport, designed for maximum load with minimum weight, the engine performs the function of power elementparent suspension upper and lower triangular wishbones made of carbon, torsion bars and dampers, actuated by pushrods, aluminum racks and drives from magnesium alloy production OZ suspension upper and lower triangular wishbones made of carbon, torsion bars and dampers, actuated by pushrods, aluminum racks and drives from magnesium alloy production OZ 8-speed gearbox made of titanium, with stepless pereklokayutsia carbon discs and pads, Brembo calipers, master cylinders AP Racing tank ATL production, reinforced kalaraphulia electronics McLaren Electronic Systems extract the pilot seat anatomically shaped carbon fibre restituzione seat belts, steering wheel with shift paddles and control the angle of attack of the rear anticellulite width 2000 mm, height without camera - 950 mm, front track is 1600 mm and the rear track is 1550 weight 722 kg together with the pilot with tank emptyDvigateli Renault RE17, turbocharged, V6, camber angle cylinder 90 degrees 4 valves per cylindracea volume 1600 cubicfindings and stroke 80 x 53 maksimalnye rpm 15000 rpm/enmaxonline fuel consumption 100 kg/maximalny fuel capacity 105 khavlina fuel injection 500 barcoleta engines pilot 4 ENERGY RECOVERY ERSManufacturer Renault energy range 4 Mglowest MGU-K 120 cutmanmike engine rpm MGU-K about 50000/enmaxonline engine rpm MGU-H more than 100,000 rpm.
Renault Sport Formula 1 Team and the program of development of Russian Motorsport SMP Racing signed a contract on the part of the pilot program of Sergey Sirotkin in the composition of the Renault F1 in 2017. Sirotkin will have a good season as a backup to the pilot of this team."As we announced earlier, Sergei will spend a full season in 2017 in the team Renault as a reserve pilot - said the founder and Director of the program SMP Racing Boris Rotenberg. - This is another very important step for Sergei, and for all our SMP Racing programme. We talked about wanting to see riders of our program a combat pilot of Formula 1, and we consistently go to this. It is very important for us, for our young people participating in the youth formulas, to see their perspectives and to have such a huge incentive to work for further victories"."We are pleased to see Sergey Sirotkin, who has joined us this season, said managing Director of Renault Sport's Cyril Abitboul. - We also have a number of key partners, including the largest Motorsport SMP Racing program. We have the fastest growing team in Formula 1, and now we have to demonstrate its capabilities on the track. Our goal was to score points at every stage of the championship".The status of the backup pilot and the terms of the contract imply the involvement of Sirotkin in the team work, participation in Friday practice at some stage and, if necessary, possible to replace the main pilot of the team."I never hid the fact that my goal is to become the main pilot of Renault, - said Sergey Sirotkin. And today we almost came close to this goal. Of course, I still have a lot to learn in order to represent their country in the highest Motorsport division, and that it will be devoted to the upcoming season. All who know me, also know that no one want to fight and win, working and practicing to achieve a goal. Thanks to the team Renault, thanks to the program SMP Racing and Boris Romanovich Rotenberg, thank you to everyone who believed in me - I will do everything possible and impossible in order to meet the expectations".
A graduate of the Racing Academy of Ferrari Antonio Giovinazzi admitted that he could not yet say with certainty whether it will work on Fridays during the season 2017.Antonio Giovinazzi "At the moment, after the tests Pirelli in Fiorano, I spend a lot of time in the simulator, preparing for the role of the reserve pilot Ferrari.But I still can't say anything about the possibility to go to the track on Fridays. Now I'm just enjoying it for what it is."Most likely, Giovinazzi will operate on Fridays, replacing one of the pilots Sauber, whose Ferrari will supply their engines.
Racing consultant to Red Bull Helmut Marko said that he observes positive changes in the development team.Helmut Marko "We see encouraging signs that the gap between us and leaders is gradually declining.Before the European part of the season we should be in good shape. From the point of view of speed, our engine needs to be at Ferrari unless they make a big jump, even though we have not yet reached the level of Mercedes.However, the gap is not so large, and we can't afford to say that there is no chance. In Spain we have an updated version of the new engine. On him we have high hopes".
In the framework of the tests of the Formula E pilot Williams Felipe Massa has conducted tests at the wheel of a race car team Jaguar. If the Brazilian did not return to Formula 1, already this season he would be on the British team.Felipe Massa "I would like to thank Panasonic Jaguar Racing for giving me the opportunity. It was great, because to pilot the car of Formula E is a brand new experience for me. I've never flown anything like it.There is another power, other brakes, tires, downforce, and therefore requires a different style of driving. I'm happy with the experience and what I have learned. Overall, it was a really fun day".
SMP Racing announces the signing of a pilot programme for the development of Russian Motorsport Michael Aleshin on the third season of the North American IndyCar series. The Russians once again be the team Schmidt Peterson Motorsport car under the traditional number 7.Aleshin became the first Russian pilots of this popular American racing series. Debuting in 2014, the year the team Schmidt Peterson Motorsport, the Russians successfully performed on the complex, including the oval tracks this season and won his first podium in 2016 the first ever pole position, and then the silver podium on the track at Pocono.Partner of the Russian pilot, as in 2016, will become the canadian James Hinchcliff. The first tests of the team slated for Sonoma Raceway on 7 February 2017"Michael is one of the most experienced riders in our program - said founder and Director of the program SMP Racing Boris Rotenberg. And we believe that Michael is worthy of our country, and the Russian flag in the American IndyCar series. He repeatedly demonstrated their talents in various world Championships, and that's Mikhail Aleshin the strength to fight in America for the highest results.""I am very glad to speak in this, in my opinion the most interesting formula championship, said Mikhail Aleshin. And doubly glad to be back in the team you know well, Schmidt Peterson Motorsport, where the partner again will be my friend James Hinchcliff. My experience in this series allows us to compete with all opponents and, believe me, I will do everything possible and impossible to replenish the Treasury of SMP Racing new victories and podiums".The pilot program SMP Racing Mikhail Aleshin is one of the most decorated athletes in the Russian Motorsport. Throughout his career, Michael has won various Russian and international competitions - from karting to formula Championships, including becoming the first Russian driver to win the World series Formula Renault 3.5. In the asset Aleshin performances including in endurance racing in 2015, the Russian pilot took part in the European series of Le Mans and the world Championship on races on endurance, which made the crew team SMP Racing for the first Russian prototype BR01 LMP2 class of the Russian company BR Engineering. Mikhail Aleshin is also involved in the development of a new company car LMP1 - BR1.Season 2017 IndyCar series opens March 12 race at St Petersburg Florida.
Teams Mercedes the new season decided to open a new contract with a manufacturer of seat belts - OMP Racing.New belts are designed not only to ensure the safety of the pilot, but also to increase the speed of the machine This is achieved by the fact that the straps are lighter by 45. Every gram of weight in the Formula-1 on the weight of the gold, so the upgrade will play a role in the upcoming races.Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff "Our team is excited about the new contract with OMP Racing. From now on, we will supply the best belts. And the lightest in the championship".
The head of the Racing Academy of Ferrari Massimo of rivola said that he will do everything to Mick Schumacher continued his career at the Scuderia.Massimo of rivola "We are watching the Mick. This year we will be able to get close to him even closer, as he will be performing along with our students Zhou.I don't know that I would choose Schumacher in the future, but if he decides to become a member of our Racing Academy, we will vystelim the red carpet.Mick seems to be very polite and collected guy. Our congratulations to his parents, brought up Mick's a good man. He is very young and has to cope with the huge pressure from the media. We have to give him credit - c pressure from Mick cope".
The ex-Formula 1 driver Esteban Gutierrez has announced that goes into the Formula. After the Mexican pointed to the door at Haas, Gutierrez decided to grab the opportunity to race in Formula E. Esteban says that it will drive in electric only series until then, until there is something worthwhile in Formula 1. According to rumors, Gutierrez will join Dragon Racing, becoming a partner with Jay Penske.
Pilot-debutant Williams lance Stroll has confirmed that those wishing to get into Formula 1 needs a lot of money to implement his plan.Lance Stroll "In Formula 1 you can go different ways, but the most effective is that family will support you and eight years up to the point when you find yourself in the Royal race. Without family support I would not be able to move to Europe and do the races.In addition to money, even big, you have to show good results, because money can not buy points in the Junior series required to obtain superlicense. Racing is a very expensive sport, and many fast drivers can't afford to move towards Formula 1. So unfortunately, money is very important to get into the Formula-1".According to rumors, the father Strolla laid out for the debut of his son in Formula 1 about 80 million euros.
Racing consultant to Red Bull Helmut Marko said that he sees no weaknesses in max Verstappen.Helmut Marko "I see no weaknesses at max. He has only one minus - he can't control his emotions and endure from time to time. He's trying to get everything at once and usually have to pay problems in the race. This begins to erode from his head. He becomes more focused and professional pilot.I first saw max when he was 15 years old, but even then, he talked like a Mature 30-year-old boy. His confidence is fascinating. So he definitely has a great future".
Pilot SMP Racing's Sergey Sirotkin won the third step of the podium in the final race of GP2, which was held in Abu Dhabi, and earned bronze at the end of the season.Sunday's race was crucial for the Russians in the fight for the bronze series Sergei had to score at least 12 points, while his rival, the Italian Raffaele Marcello, finishing outside the points zone.At first everything worked out for the Russians from the start, Sergey escaped to the second position, and, Marcello was outside the points. Until the final round this balance of power persisted, it seemed that the second step of the podium, 12 points and reward in the hands of Sirotkin. But suddenly, literally in the last seconds of the race chasing Sergei pilot from Brazil johnny Cecotto took the lead and took position at the Russians.But the strategy of the team ART GP provided for this outcome one of the objectives that were set for the race, were "stamping" the fastest laps for which are given extra points. And soon, the judge announced that in the course of a race it showed the best lap time and "awarded" him the two points. Thus, Sirotkin and Marcello they turned out for 159, but the number of wins Sergei was larger which enabled him to literally snatch the bronze Cup from the hands of the opponent."Now the last thing I want to talk about this difficult race, said the pilot SMP Racing's Sergey Sirotkin. - I want to thank everyone who believed in me and supported me the program SMP Racing, personally Boris Romanovich Rotenberg, and the whole team ART Grand Prix and, of course, all the fans. We were together during this difficult season, and this award is our General, we all have earned it. Thank you".
On Sunday 23 November in Portugal in a resounding victory for G-Drive Racing ended the season of the ELMS championship, the European series of Le Mans. The crew of car 38, who competes in endurance racing with the support of premium fuel G-Drive "Gazprom Neft", won the last race of ELMS and won the title.After a brilliant victory in the Japanese race of the FIA WEC "6 hours of Fuji", where Roman Rusinov, Alex Brundle and will Stevens has rose to the top step of the podium, the race weekend brought the Russian team second victory, this time in the European series, as well as the title in the championship.Portuguese stage ELMS was decisive for the riders, conceding to competitors a few points even before the race, when it seemed that the championship is already a foregone conclusion. Demonstrating high rate, the crew 38 - Guido van der garde, Simon Dolan, Harry Tincknell - runner in the free practices. However, to win the pole position athletes failed. However, Guido, started Sunday's race from the third position in the race, regained the lead in the first seconds. This time fortune favored the orange prototype, and the Dutchman managed to avoid damage to the car even after contact with another car.However, the surprises did not end there. Eternal rival G-Drive Racing in the ELMS this season, the crew of TDS, has faced technical problems and was forced to spend a lot of time in the pits trying to fix them. So, leadership, captured Guido van der garde at the start, withheld Simon Dolan during his double shifts and fixed Harry Tincknell, led the team not just to win the race "4 hours of Estoril", but also brought gold at the end of the season."G-Drive Racing won the championship. It was not easy. We climbed to the top step of the podium in the first race, but after things went not so well. Before the last stage of winning chances almost was not, but we were all out in force and won the first place. We believe in the success, professionalism of the staff and our character. And won. This victory confirms that we have the fastest drivers, the most professional management and the most powerful fuel. G-Drive is the fuel of Champions", - said Alexander Krylov, Director of regional sales "Gazprom oil", project Manager G-Drive Racing.
Autosport reports that Ron Dennis will leave the post of the head of the McLaren Group later this year, when will expire the current contract. However, he will remain a shareholder group of companies, which owns the eponymous team in Formula 1.The representative of the McLaren said in an interview with Autosport "Dennis will remain as Executive Director of the McLaren Group and will retain a 25 stake. The same proportion Mansur Ayeha".At the moment, Dennis and Ayeha for 25 of the shares of the McLaren Group. The remaining 50 of Mumtalakat holding company, which belongs to the Royal family of Bahrain. Part of the McLaren Group consists of several companies, including McLaren Automotive, which produces road supercars, and the McLaren Racing team Formula 1.
Racing consultant to Red Bull Helmut Marko said that his team does not build a false illusion about their chances to win in the remaining races of the season in 2016.Helmut Marko "We are not going to soar in the clouds after winning in Malaysia, we are not going to build a false illusion. Any predictions for the remainder of the race. These trails are not much suited to our machines. Yes, when we are determined to win, the team behaves very boldly, especially in the strategy. But we, again, are not going to build payments, but what if We are fighting for second place in the constructors ' championship, and while that's our maximum.The Red Bull team this season has won two races in Spain was won by Max Verstappen in Malaysia Daniel ricciardo. For five stages before the end of the season, the Austrians are ahead of Ferrari with 46 points.
September is coming to an end, and the Haas team is in no hurry to declare the pilots for the next season. However, there is no doubt that his place will retain Romain Grosjean.Gunther Steiner, team principal "We are not in a hurry with this issue and make a decision then when we're ready. We have become an attractive team, the interest we showed a few pilots about a year ago we could only dream of.With the departure of the Masses of Button and a chance to get young drivers. It's good for the championship, which will get fresh blood."Soon Friday's practice in the composition of the Haas will hold a graduate of the Racing Academy of Ferrari Charles LeClair. However, the young Frenchman claims to be a combat pilot of the American team.Gunther Steiner "I Think he's still young. He's good, but he should spend another season in GP2 or GP3. But it's up to his Manager Nicolas Todt".