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In the rainy Silverstone circuit the Red Bull team spent the run-in RB14. Driving Daniel ricciardo.Daniel ricciardo "it's Always exciting for your first ride in a new car. She sounds and looks unusual. The weather at Silverstone was cool, but I'm still happy to drive the first kilometers.It is difficult to talk about the potential of the car, since I drove only a few laps, but the first impressions are quite positive. Even on a wet track RB14 was stable.As for Halo, it does not interfere with the review. At least on roads with no elevation change it will not cause problems".
This season Fernando Alonso was going to perform in the WEC at the same time with performances in Formula 1. This raised the question of whether other pilots working on similar schedules.Sergio Perez, the pilot of the Force India "Now the schedule of the Formula 1 is extremely intense. I think I need all the attention to focus on training for all 21 races in the season.Some pilots can afford a little more, but we are all different. I don't want to go beyond teamwork. For me the most important fight in Formula 1. There are a lot of work".
The pilot of McLaren Fernando Alonso spoke about the reasons that prompted him to consider entering WEC.Fernando Alonso "the Level required by Formula 1 from the point of view of training, is huge, and after so many years you realize that the time will come when you will no longer be able to meet these criteria.It's a bit like Carlos Sainz, when he decided to leave the world rally championship. This does not mean that he chose Dakar as its future. He just likes the competition, he was a world champion, but you need to practice and travel every day throughout the year. And there is the opportunity to speak in this prestigious event, which is held once a year. This is the right choice for the champion, who loves to perform but is not willing to train hard all year.My situation is a little different. You just love competition and think it is attractive because you like racing, and you have the opportunity to combine two things and make something new that you have not had the opportunity during many years of work in Formula 1.The WEC gives me a sense of freedom. There are some races during the year. You can get a little freedom, but at the same time to continue to speak.In the WEC, Alonso will play for the factory team Toyota. The first race of the season - a stage in Spa 5 may.
The pilot of Renault, Carlos Sainz will take part in a stage of the rally Monte Carlo on January 28. Sainz will pilot the new Renault Megane RS for a length of 13.58 km Carlos Sainz "I really look forward to meeting with Rally Monte Carlo. This will be my first experience.I've heard so much about it from my father how difficult these steps can dramatically change the conditions, from snow to rain or a bright sun to clouds. There really need nerves of steel, because you have to fly inches away from cliffs.It will be very anxious to take part in this legendary event at the wheel of the car Renault Megane RS, which will be equipped with studded tires. I'll try to get a full sense of the WRC this stage".
In 2006, for the first time in the history of Formula 1 was in the team under a Russian license. One of its pilots was the Portuguese Tiago Monteiro, who under the number "18".At the end of 2004, the Midland company, founded by the canadian businessman of Soviet origin Alex Schneider, interested in participating in Formula 1, and in early 2005 she bought Eddie Jordan's team Jordan. In 2006, the team was renamed Midland F1 Racing and claimed under the Russian license, its pilots began to Tiago Monteiro and Narain Karthikeyan, a test pilot with the Russian Roman Rusinov.The car, the Midland M16 is in fact Jordan EJ15 2005. And if in the season of 2005 the results were not very good apart from the catwalk to the USA where it was launched just six cars, in 2006 they were just a failure. Monteiro finished in 11 races out of 18 and the best result was 9th place in Hungary, but then gave points only for getting into the top eight. So the season of the Portuguese finished with a zero point balance, at the 21st position and is. the other team.
Two key specialist left the team Toro Rosso before the start of the new season.The biggest loss is the chief aerodynamicist Brendan Gillham. He worked for Toro Rosso since 2013, and before that couple of years spent in the Mercedes. The reason the engineer is not called, and it is unknown who will replace him.In addition, the team leaves Marco Matassa, who worked as a race engineer Carlos Sainz and Pierre went Out. The Italian goes to Ferrari, where they will conduct training young pilots.
NASCAR legend Jeff Gordon believes that American pilots should be trained in Europe before coming to the start of the Grand Prix.Jeff Gordon "Teams of Formula 1 will never have an American pilot, if he is not trained in Europe at an early age.In America a lot of talent that with proper opportunities and high-quality equipment can be successful, but I'm not sure that in the near future they will appear in the Formula-1".The last time the U.S. went to the start of races Formula-1 in late 2015 - in the Marussia Manor was lit Alexander Rossi.
The pilot of McLaren Fernando Alonso believes that not many pilots will be able to follow in his footsteps, to act in other Championships.Fernando Alonso "I don't think so. Just the pilots has a different culture. Stroll from Canada, he likes different kind of race, so, too, tries to catch everything and everywhere.The rest of the guys aren't going to do anything, because in Europe we usually focusareas one champion. In teams, they became more professional pilots. There are many training camps, many levels, a lot of time is spent on work in the simulator during the winter break, and pilots are hard to get out of this concept. I can afford to take this step because the team changed its attitude towards marketing and development."In late January, Alonso will take part in the marathon 24 hours of Daytona. And in June, the Spaniard may start on the 24 hours of Le Mans.
The pilot of McLaren Fernando Alonso is hoping that his experience during the night of the Grand Prix will help him during the 24-hour race at Daytona.Fernando Alonso "Night tests has shown that I adapt quickly to new conditions. No difference compared to the daylight tests I felt.In Formula 1 we have a night race in Bahrain, Singapore and Abu Dhabi, and here the route is pretty well lit. It's not like other tracks for endurance races. Therefore, no problems.Same with traffic, which I was a little scared. There's always a risk when you overtake a car here and there, especially if the front of the cars is a struggle. But it's a normal thing. All under the same conditions. I'm ready to fight among the leaders".
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".
The SMP Racing programme pilot, Robert Schwartzman will be performing in the Castrol Toyota Racing Series. The first stage of this new Zealand championship will start on 10 January at Ruapuna Park.Season Castrol Toyota Racing Series TRS lasts about a month, from January to February. Five stages will be held on different tracks in New Zealand. At the end of season TRS pilot SMP Racing Robert Schwartzman will start to work in the European Formula 3 championship.Speech of Robert Schwartzman in the season 2018 Castrol Toyota Racing Series and FIA Formula 3 are a part of his training program Ferrari Driver Academy. The agreement on the accession of Robert to the Academy was signed by the founding Director of the program SMP Racing Boris Rotenberg in October 2017.I'm glad that I can participate in this NZ series, noted Robert Schwartzman. - This will give me a chance to get used to the car class Formula 3, then in order to be successful on it in the European championship."Despite the fact that the season Castrol Toyota Racing Series short in comparison with analogues, the championship popular with racers from all over the world for the opportunity to train and play in the offseason, when the Northern hemisphere winter. In the Castrol Toyota Racing pilots perform on standardized cars of the Italian company Tatuus, homologirana by the standards of the FIA F3.Calendar Castrol Toyota Racing Series 201810 - 14 Jan Ruapuna Speedway18 - January 21 Teretonga25 - January 28 Hampton Downs1 - 4 Taupo8 Feb - 11 Feb track manfeild.
Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff warned Liberty Media that they are too aggressive and provoke the President of Ferrari Sergio Marchionne.In recent days, Marchionne has intensified its threats to withdraw Ferrari from Formula 1, accusing Liberty that they don't want to make concessions on new engines beginning in season 2021.Sergio Marchionne "currently, we have a powerplant, which is the most powerful and efficient racing engine.With the new regulations on the engines we have the ability to optimize the powertrain. But to develop a new engine that does not meet the high-tech aspects of electrification, efficiency and power, that is, to develop some sort of archaic engine, we have neither the time nor the desire."Toto Wolff "I'm not afraid of threats Marchionne, but it should be taken seriously. I relaxed because Ferrari is Formula 1 and Formula 1 is Ferrari. But if I was the new promoter of Liberty Media, would not provoke Marchionne unacceptable proposals, requirements, or meaningless changes.I am also opposed to Formula-1 turned into a cheap shopping sport. Formula 1 should remain as it is. We are ready to evolve and become acquainted with new media, but we need the right evolution.I'd like to have three or four years ago, Bernie realized the impending changes and has not lost its power. His experience and enthusiasm, his knowledge of the pilot and businessman helped create Formula 1 a great sport".
If last season the Mercedes team has won 20 of qualifications, this time its the pilots only earned 15 pole positions. A large part of the victories on account of Lewis Hamilton.The pole position of the season-2017 pilots1. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes - 112. Sebastian Vettel, The Ferrari - 43. Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes - 44. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari 1 in his career earned the pole position, Bottas. And his compatriot, who plays for Ferrari, started from pole position for the first time since 2008The pole position in the season 2017, commands1. Mercedes - 152. Ferrari 5 comparison with last year, the Red Bull team was left without poles. But in the Ferrari after last year's lull won five qualifications. And in Monaco both drivers of the Scuderia started with the first line, for the first time since the Grand Prix of France 2008.Quick pole in the truest sense of the word came from Hamilton in Spa. The Briton drove a lap with an average speed of 245.867 km/h. a Year ago, the highest average speed was shown in Monza -257.038 km/h, but this time qualification in Italy took place on a wet track.The slowest lap traditionally happened in Monaco Kimi Raikkonen won the pole with an average speed of 166.438 km/h. the Biggest gap of the owner of the pole from the nearest rival recorded during a rainfall qualification in Italy, where Lewis Hamilton beat max Verstappen 1,148 seconds. Minimum separation happened in Japan, where Lewis Hamilton lost Valtteri bottas the only 23 thousandths of a second.
Director Haas Gunther Steiner admitted that he awaits information from Liberty on what will be Formula 1 in the future.Gunther Steiner "We started the development process of the team and machines in the middle of the season. But now we have to wait for clarification from the Liberty. At the moment we want to stay in the development team because I want to see what offers Liberty to cost constraints and budgets. Why do we need to develop the team for two years, then to disbandWe agree to work with fewer people than you need, rather then to experience the pain and see the pain of people who need to be fired. We must better manage the people you have at the moment. Next year we learn a little more about the new championship 2021".
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 pilot of McLaren Fernando Alonso in the first day of testing in Abu Dhabi showed 6-th result after the morning broke the car.Fernando Alonso "Today we were satisfied with the work, having tested tires for the season 2018. They are very beautiful, fast and efficient, and the degradation we have already found a common language. I'm happy with.Yes, in the morning I'm a little trim barrier, but the mechanics quickly repaired the broken suspension. I returned to the track before lunch. This helped to complete the entire program without delay.Now the season is over and I go home. But very soon I will begin training for next season".
Haas pilot Roman Grosjean in the first test day in Abu Dhabi showed the 4th result.Roman Grosjean "It was a very good day during which we did a lot of good. Team tested all compounds of tires, including Medium and Gipersoft. Gipersoft is a great tire, perfectly suitable for training. Although, they just wear out instantly.All the tyres are much faster but they will wear quicker. Tyres may be used at a certain stage of degradation, but then they abruptly become ineffective.
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.
Fernando Alonso in qualifying for the Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi showed 11-th result. To reach the final of the McLaren did not have a few hundredths of a second.Fernando Alonso "I'm happy with my 11-th result is our maximum. I have the feeling that during training all use the magic button of increase of power, and we retreat.In race mode, we are very competitive, so tomorrow I expect to compete for points. Since we're not fighting for a place in the Cup of designers, we don't have anything pressing. Just try to make a good show".
Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas on the results practices Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi were in fifth position.Valtteri Bottas "We spent the first training session of the testing of new products for next year. We ran some aerodynamic tests. We have a little time dedicated to preparing cars to race, but for next season we're ready.The second session was more simple. However, I always lose time in the last sector, so the team needs to work on that.In the cockpit quite hot, but this year we were in dire circumstances. Overall, it was a pretty good day, we just need to find some more speed".
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".
Fernando Alonso did behind the wheel of the Toyota TS050 Hybrid sport prototype on the track in Bahrain in the framework of the tests beginners WEC. The Spaniard drove 113 laps and showed a time of 143.013.Fernando Alonso "It was a great day The job behind the wheel of the car of the LMP1 class are always interesting for any pilot, because this incredible machine.I've always wanted to try a similar technique, and I succeeded. I am very happy".
In Bahrain, completed the final stage of the youth series Formula is a 3.5 V8. As announced by the organizers, this season was the last for the season. The pilot program SMP Racing Matevos Isaakyan won the silver medal in the season-2017.Matevos Isahakyan managed to win the pole position in qualifying for the first race and had every chance to fight not only for the highest step of the podium of the race, but also for leadership in the championship. But before you start on the warm up lap, the car stalled Matevos. Already in the pits the team found that the reason was failure of the drive. Repair was only about 10 minutes when the peloton overcame the distance in 6 rounds. The remaining time of the Matevos was not enough to qualify at the end of the race.The second race of the Matevos started in the sixth position. But, as in the first race, at the start, the car again stalled, this time due to issues with the clutch and race the Russian finished only ninth.Despite the difficulties at the final stage, at the end of season 2017 Formula V8 3.5 Matevos became the Vice-champion of this series."Was a difficult season, - said the Director of the youth program SMP Racing Peter Aleshin. Especially difficult was for us the final stage. Our pilots, and Egor and Matevos were contenders for the title. But Orujev was forced to miss a stage due to health problems, and Isahakian failed equipment. In spite of that we finished the season with dignity - Matevos Isahakyan was awarded a silver award, and Egor Orudzhev, despite skipping the last stage, finished the season sixth, gleaning only six points to the three leaders of the championship".At the end of season 2017 formula series pilot youth program SMP Racing in five Championships and became the silver medalists, and one bronze, 76 times on the podium, winning in a season a total of 20 gold medals.The final results of the pilot program SMP Racing at the end of season 2017 Formula V8 3,5 Pietro Fittipaldi 259 occupation Isahakyan Surrounding info Salish 215 204 binder 201 Nissan 201 Orujov 198.
Today in Bahrain, will start tests WEC. Part of the factory Toyota team will work Fernando Alonso. Two-time Formula 1 world champion, will sit behind the wheel of a sports prototype Toyota TS050 Hybrid 6 LMP1.Recall that Alonso is going to take part in the legendary marathon 24 hours of Le Mans. It is not excluded that Fernando will start and other WEC races.There, in Bahrain, is the first tests, the Russian car BR01.
Pilot Red Bull Daniel Riccardo admitted that he is looking forward to the final race of the season-2017.Daniel ricciardo "Yas Marina circuit is a bit similar to Suzuka. This track, which I always enjoyed where I like everything, except that I never made the podium. At Suzuka this year I was able to achieve a long-awaited podium, I hope that there will correct the situation.This is a fun track for aerobatics, I like twilight, and I think it creates a special atmosphere of the season finale.We train in daylight, but the race at dusk, making our work quite difficult. The work day does not give us anything since the evening and night before the track cools down, and the machine requires completely different settings".On account of Riccardo six races in Abu Dhabi. Best result 4th place in 2014 after starting from 20th position.
The Russian company BR Engineering has introduced a new sportprototip BR1. Track Bahrain International Circuit in the final stage of the FIA WEC season-2017 the global Motorsport community and journalists first saw the car, whose creation was announced a year ago. Car LMP1 was created by Russian company BR Engineering together with the famous Italian automaker Dallara to participate in the new superstone of the world championship FIA WEC.In the presentation BR1 participated Boris Rotenberg, founder and Director of the BR Engineering Pierre Fillon, President of the Association ASO Gerard Neveu, head of the FIA WEC Luca Pignata, chief designer Dallara Dmitry Samorukov, Director of SMP Racing pilots of the program of development of Russian Motorsport SMP Racing Mikhail Alyoshin, Vitaly Petrov and Matevos Isahakyan Ambassador extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation in the Kingdom of Bahrain Qarayev, Vagif DragonSpeed team principal Elton Julian and Russian engineers and students of technical Universities who took part in the development of the prototype. The music for the premiere of BR1 was written by Russian composer and producer Victor Drobysh.The presentation was opened by Boris Rotenberg. According to him, the engineers managed to create a completely new car, which used the most modern technologies and materials"it is Symbolic that on 17 November, during the final stage of the FIA WEC season in 2016, we announced the signing of an agreement between BR and Dallara Engineering to start work on a prototype BR1. Today, exactly a year later, we proudly present you the result. During the work on the car we used the best international experience, achievements one of the best companies Dallara. At various stages in the development of the car was actively attended by Russian specialists, and also worked on the simulator the current pilot program SMP Racing Vitaly Petrov, Sergey Sirotkin, Mikhail Aleshin, Viktor Shaitar and Kirill Ladygin. Their task was to from the point of view of experienced riders to make suggestions in key aspects of the prototype, from the ergonomics to the behavior of the car on the road".Prototype BR1 passed all the necessary tests and homologation of the FIA, a number of tests on race tracks under the control of SMP Racing pilots. Ahead of the Russian car the new season of the world championship on races on endurance 2018-2019, where SMP Racing intends to put the two Russian crew in the highest category of the championship, LMP1, to fight for the highest results in the overall classification.While the company BR Engineering, the first manufacturer of the chassis presenting to the public the car are ready to participate in the FIA WEC next season, already signed a contract for the production of a prototype BR1 for team DragonSpeed, also announced recently its intentions to move into the LMP1 category of the FIA WEC."I must say that the rate BR1 on the track is impressive, - said the pilot program SMP Racing Mikhail Alyoshin. - Impressive and how well made the prototype, and how sensitively it responds to changes in preferences that we do. To work with such a machine is a pleasure. Now our task is to spend as much time behind the wheel, to detect the different nuances, to work with the settings, because even in the ideal technique is always better. I am sure that next season prototype BR1 compete with rivals".One of the main innovations in superstone 2018-2019 world Championship on races on endurance will be the merging of hybrid and non-hybrid prototypes in one of the LMP1 class with defined capacity limitations. This will allow private teams, including the Russian team SMP Racing and DragonSpeed team, to compete for a championship titles FIA WEC.Facts ABOUT the prototype of BR1-CLASS LMP1 the process of creating aerodynamic elements of the new prototype was held 16 sessions in the wind tunnel, the total length of which was 600 hours, during which it has produced 1000 trials.In tests on the simulator and on the finished prototype was attended 5 professional pilots SMP Racing programme, including Vitaly Petrov, first Russian Formula 1 driver- Mikhail Aleshin, the pilot of the American series IndyCar- Sergey Sirotkin, the reserve pilot of the Formula 1 Renault- Kirill Ladygin, a multiple champion of Russia on go-karting and road racing, the bronze prize-winner of the race "24 hours of Le Mans- Victor Shaitar, world champion, winner of the race "24 hours of Le Mans", FIA WEC.On the simulator prototype BR1 pilots had a total of 64 hours, which amounted to 173 session or 870 laps.TECHNICAL characteristics of the PROTOTYPE BR1AER V6 twin turbo 720 HP Possible to install motorsGibson V8 LMP1 Spec 700 HP.Message other proizvodyaschuyu Le Mans Sprint body kit on the back 6-speed robotic transmission Xtrac lock differentialbaselsn TILTON Brembo brake system LMP1 UPRAVLENIE with power production Kayaba.Userrepository pilotado the foot pedal accelerator and timesmachine disciminate, production OZ specifically for Michelin Radial LMP1 18 dumontadriana 930 kg.
The pilot of McLaren Fernando Alonso in qualifying for the Brazilian Grand Prix showed the seventh result, which after the fine Daniel Riccardo will become the sixth starting position.Fernando Alonso "Today, I'm happy with the 7th position, especially because the fight was difficult. The conditions were very difficult you see the rain drops on the helmet visor, and it's a little comforting. Even when wet asphalt, we need to trust what your machine is doing. Your mind is in this car can't help you.Yesterday we were not happy with its balance and performance, but today the machine is activated and we become more competitive. The sixth position is a fantastic starting position to fight for points. But we know that Hamilton and ricciardo will break up the tail of the peloton. I will try to defend as long as you can. It doesn't rain tomorrow, but if it was, something to fight for points it would be much easier".
Pilot Williams Felipe Massa through to the final qualification of the Grand Prix of Brazil, which showed 10-th result. To achieve the best, according to the Brazilian, he was not allowed Carlos Sainz from Renault.Felipe Massa "I was pleased with the qualification, or rather, the first two rounds. I was not able to show a good lap because of one pilot that is specifically not allowed me to finish the job. It was really disappointing.I think that if you make a mistake, all right then, but it was not a mistake. I'm really disappointed on the last lap it was raining, and I'm not going to give up. And I believe that my result could be much better".
The pilot of Renault Nico Hulkenberg at the end of qualifying for the Brazilian Grand Prix was on the 8th position.Nico Hulkenberg "Today our result and the car was equally good. I can be happy with yourself and your rate. We had great rounds in the final.Of course, I'd like a little more rain to the peloton mixed up, but that didn't happen. Well, the goal for tomorrow is to finish in the points. This is a reasonable goal, but we have to fight with the pilots Force India, McLaren and Williams. Let's see what happens in the race".