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The Williams team had submitted photographs of the car in 2017, after seeing that many might have the question "where is the promised revolution"This year enters into force the new regulations. In recent months, representatives of the teams, race engineers, to executives, promised a revolution, promised that the machines will become more attractive and aggressive. But Williams submitted pictures FW40.We posted photos last year and new machines, so that the reader had the opportunity to compare. Of the major differences evident only more elegant side pontoons and a slightly larger rear wing. You can also note the S-shaped duct into the nose cone, which all the other teams have long implemented. It turns out that FW40 - it's just evolution of last year's FW38View that will show other team.
New regulations have forced all teams to develop machines from scratch, and, it seems, the new car of Ferrari is not very good.According to the Judge 13, the Italian team is unhappy with the data obtained in the wind tunnel. Obviously, they were able to compare with test results of other teams. In the publication it is reported that new car probably it will receive the index F17-JB generates very little downforce. To help engineers called 72-year-old Rory Byrne, author of championship cars of Michael Schumacher.We will remind that in the middle of last year has left Ferrari James Ellison, technical Director of the team. The results of the Scuderia went down.
Race Director McLaren Eric bulge said that his team will fight with espionage to keep secret the latest developments.Eric bulge "Behind the scenes now there is a lively job, but it should be under the new regulations. Machine Formula 1 is never exactly the same from race to race, the development is all the time, but now it is important to keep the design that other teams just can't know.We will have some secret development, or rather, they already have. Most importantly, no one found out until the 24th of February.
Race engineer Williams Rob Smedley believes that modern Formula 1 is becoming less loopholes to bypass the rules.Rob Smedley "Every time in the championship there were new rules, everyone was trying to find a workaround. But today, the loopholes are becoming less. The reason for this is that technical regulations are largely written by senior technical engineers within the teams.They are very smart, they understand that everyone is looking for loopholes, so try to nip this in the Bud. So they write it together to watch each other still only at the stage of writing new regulations.
Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff believes that the tests will not show the true strength of teams.Toto Wolff "the New regulations forced to start with a clean slate. We can only hope that Mercedes remain in the lead after such serious rule changes.The team is waiting for the start of the season with high hopes, since we have allocated to this project quite a lot of money. Who knows whether we will be able to be ahead of Red Bull and Ferrari You won't tell us even tests. The first answers will receive only in Australia".Pre-season tests will begin on February 27. The start of the first race - March 26.
The management of McLaren believes that the new regulations will allow the British team to achieve a breakthrough in the top three.Jonathan Neale, chief operating officer of McLaren "we must Always aim high, but I won't be upset if we end up in the top four.Of course we want to win. We have a great team, we have excellent pilots left only to withdraw the chassis and a Honda engine on a more competitive level. The new regulations change the balance of power, and I wish he played in our interests.
The head of Formula 1 Bernie Ecclestone is confident that the only chance to beat Mercedes to change the rules on the engines.Bernie Ecclestone "Red Bull believe they can beat Mercedes with better aerodynamics. However, I'm not so sure. Mercedes have a huge advantage due to the engine.To fix this, we need to introduce new regulations on the engines, and as soon as possible. No matter what the rules, as long as they were not a hybrid. Jean Todt believes that they are the spirit of our time, and this may be true for ordinary road cars. But in Formula 1 people want to see something special. Everyone wants to see a noisy, powerful engines that can be operated by only the best pilots in the world.You do not offer orthopedic shoes for your professional players, isn't it, because this kind of shoes popular in everyday life".
The Williams team is not ready to let go of Valtteri Bottas in a Mercedes, even for substantial compensation. Technical team Director told the reason for the decision.Pat Symonds in an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport "Many people underestimate the importance of continuity in the team. Despite the development of technology, the pilot remains the connecting link between the engineers and the car.In the following year enters into force the new regulations, and we will have lance Stroll, who has no experience. That is why it is important to keep Bottas. His loss will have a negative impact on the development of the team.
According to BBC, the Mercedes team is set up to entice to itself of Valtteri Bottas. True, Williams didn't really want to let go of the Finnish pilot, otherwise they will remain with the debutant lance Stroller, and this season, when will come into force the new technical regulations.Mercedes has made a generous offer Williams a 50 percent discount on their power plant which is about 10 million euros and Pascal Wehrlein in the bargain. The negotiations are going.Interestingly, the career of Bottas, the company which co-owner is Toto Wolff, head of Mercedes team.
In the opinion of the pilot Williams, Valtteri Bottas, the car of 2017 will be faster technology 2016 for approximately five seconds.Valtteri Bottas "Everything will depend on the track, the difference will be within two to five seconds. So, in Monza there will be two seconds, not more. On tracks that require high downforce, the difference will be more noticeable.The new cars will be faster in the turns but will lose on the straights where maximum speed. I think the style of piloting the new regulations will not affect".
Sports consultant to Red Bull Helmut Marko said again that Daniel ricciardo and Max Verstappen linked with its team of reliable contracts and lure them fail.Helmut Marko "we Have contracts with both pilots. The more unlikely someone will want to go to a team where you were called crazy".In addition, Marco has expressed doubt that in 2017, when it will come into force new rules, the Mercedes team will remain on top.Helmut Marko "why do you think Mercedes will be strong in the season of 2017 All that will change. After the change of regulations our team is usually very strong. Besides, I'm not very confident that Mercedes will be able to find a replacement for Rosberg.The machine will become harder to manage, will become real pilots, and we already have a couple of these".
The head of the team Mercedes Toto Wolff commented on the decision of Nico Rosberg to finish his career in Formula 1.Toto Wolff "It's a bold decision, and it speaks to the strength of the character Niko. He has decided to retire at the peak of fame, embodied in reality his childhood dream. His thoughts were so clear, that he easily convinced me of the correctness of our decision.It is difficult to describe a person in few words. The combination of natural talent and fighting spirit has enabled Nico to be champion. Many believed that his career had become successful, because he is the son of Formula 1 world champion. But I think it was the opposite - he had to play with a load of expectations.Since 2010, he has inspired our team. We want to thank him for his contribution to our common success, which he made, speaking next to the best pilots Michael and Lewis.The team found itself in an unexpected situation. Ahead of the new era of Formula 1, the new regulations, and we have a vacancy. We will need time to evaluate all the possible options and find the best solution".
Head Red Bull Christian Horner believes that the season-2017 may be surprising for many teams.Christian Horner "While we can't say anything with confidence, because changes in the regulations will be the most serious after a season-2008. A lot can change, so many teams can get ahead.We don't know the data of other stables. I can only say for myself, that Red Bull is a lot of work, and we use every second time for fine-tuning their technique. It is important that the car was ready for tests".
On the eve of the Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi tyres Pirelli introduced a line of rubber of the Formula 1 developed in accordance with the regulations in 2017.Width of rubber in the season of 2017 will be 25 larger. So, the front tires will increase from 245 mm to 305 mm, back - from 325 mm to 405 mm. due To the increased load of the tire manufacturers had to radically revise the design of the tyres. For 2016, Red Bull, Ferrari and Mercedes conducted for Pirelli nine test sessions. Another tire tests after the Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi.Types of rubber remains the same Ul, Supersoft, Soft, Medium, Hard, intermediate and rain.
Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff in anticipation of the final battle in the season for the title.Toto Wolff "the Decisive battle for the title between the two pilots in the last race of the season for the second time in three years shows just how well matched we have the pilots. It also tells about how achieved a lot of our team. We can be proud of. But as a team we set ourselves another goal to give Nico and Lewis needed to fight for the championship. They both had an exceptional season, and each of them will be a worthy champion.It was a grueling year for all of us, with a record number of races in the calendar and the upcoming transition to the new regulations in 2017. After such a struggle of endurance, the winner may certainly be said that he deserved the title. We all can't wait to see who will be the winner. May the best man win".
Technical Director Williams Pat Symonds is confident that the season-2017 the difference between engines from different manufacturers will be minimal.Pat Symonds "I am confident in the fact that in early 2017 the difference between the engines will be either small, or very minimal. The difference would be minimal, but the new regulations increase the gaps due to new technologies that will implement the command. Rules can dramatically change the balance of power, and their task is to equalize the chances of all the stables. Over time, the chances of leveled progress".
The head of the Honda F1 Yusuke Hasegawa said that the first samples of the power plant for season 2017 already assembled and tested bench tests.Yusuke Hasegawa "the Main work on the design of a new power plant is complete, first samples already tested on the bench.The progress we have made in the course of 2016, will be very useful, because the regulations on the engines virtually unchanged. And the more we will gather information in the remaining races of the current season, the better we can prepare for 2017.This season the team McLaren-Honda, most likely, will finish in sixth place in the constructors ' championship. In 2015, we will remind, the Anglo-Japanese team took only the ninth place.
Williams has officially announced the composition of the pilots for the season 2017. As expected, the experienced Finn Valtteri Bottas remained in the British team, and a couple will be 18-year-old canadian lance Stroll.Claire Williams, Deputy team principal "We had to postpone the announcement of the pilots. The fact that lance continued to act in Formula 1, Valtteri took part in overseas Grand Prix. Other reasons were not, as the decision was made a long time ago.Our team is famous for the discovery of young pilots. It was the turn of lance, his results in the Junior series proved he deserves a place in Formula-1. Last season he defeated all his rivals for Fomrula-3. And I'm now wondering what he will achieve in the next year".Bottas claimed a seat in the factory team Renault. However, Williams chose to stay in Williams, where is with 2013.Valtteri Bottas "I remain at Williams in the season in 2017, but my partner will be lance Stroll. The regulations of Formula 1 seriously changed, so we are expecting a very interesting year. Looking forward to the start of the fifth season in the Williams".Just last week Strollo under the age of 18. According to the age at which lance will debut in Formula 1, he is second only to max Verstappen.Lance Stroll "I am happy that I will be in Williams in season 2017 My dream came true, and I want to thank everyone who has supported me. Looking forward to the debut of the season".
Formula-1 is markedly increased in length in 2010 when I changed the technical regulations. Next season they can be even longer.Thus, the length of the championship cars in 2008 McLaren MP4-23 was only 4775 mm. In 2010 when they banned refueling, engineers had to fit into the design of the cars gas tanks with increased volume, and many took the path of increasing the wheelbase. Then came the modern power plant c energy storage and electric motors. In the end, of the machine of Formula 1 over the last few years stretched out to 20-30 centimeters. For example, the length of the best cars of the current championship Mercedes W07 is 5005 m. the German edition Auto Motor und Sport reports that next year the cars will be added to the length even of 20 cm At least, Red Bull and Mercedes are going to increase the wheelbase, to optimize aerodynamics and weight machines.Meanwhile, the new regulation provides for the increase in the width of machine from 1800mm to 2000 mm, i.e. a return to the dimensions that were in effect until 1998.
In connection with the transition Nico of Force India in the team Renault in the middle group the position became quite attractive for pilots with good sponsorship, which include Felipe Nasr, speaking for the Sauber.According to available information, sponsors Brazilian driver willing to pay 18 million dollars. Such a contribution to the budget will be very useful for Force India in terms of the new technical regulations. Besides, with the speed at Nasr's not all that bad.Also to place in Force India claims to be a protege of Mercedes Pascal Wehrlein. In return the German company is ready to offer its engines at the rate of 4 milliondollars.I wonder which option you will choose in the Force India.
McLaren racing Director Eric boullier is confident that next year the engines from all manufacturers are equal in their characteristics.Eric boullier "Our engine is the youngest in the championship. We started working on a new project three years later than the others. But the situation will gradually improve as the regulations restricts the amount of fuel and therefore the maximum amount of energy that can be obtained. The progress of the power plant will not be able to continue indefinitely, and soon we will all emerge on the same level.Next year restrictions on the revision of the engine will be removed, which further untie our hands. We quickly catch up with the others. Season 2017 will mark our next step".
After the Malaysian Grand Prix team, Force India has officially announced the contract extension of Sergio Perez.Sergio Perez "I am pleased to confirm that in 2017 will remain in Force India. The team and my sponsors were able to agree. I feel very comfortable in this team and optimistic about the future. In the last two years the team has made notable progress, and together we can achieve more. The team knows my abilities, and her stability is important, given the entry into force of the new regulations.I want to thank my sponsors, particularly Telmex and Telcel, which support me from a young age. Sponsors continue to play an important role in my career."It is expected that in the near future and will be announced about prolongation of the contract with Nico Hulkenberg.
Sports consultant to Red Bull Helmut Marko is confident that in the next season, when will come into force the new regulations, his team will be able to compete with Mercedes.Helmut Marko Red Bull to fight Mercedes in the next season. First, our team is always a good idea to react to changes in the regulations. Second, next season we will have a more powerful engine, and we will play the leaders only 15 HP, and it's easy to play.I'm sure we will fight for the title next year".
The pilot of McLaren Fernando Alonso has said that he may retire from racing next year, if the Formula 1 will again remain at the same level.Fernando Alonso "I don't like the modern Formula-1 - this is not the race that fascinated me and the fans. If the new regulations will change the race, will again make them interesting, exciting, if the pilot will once again become cool, as ten years ago, then I left. I don't want to save fuel and tires. Need race, fight, sprint - here I wait.
Technical Director Williams Pat Symonds said that the team must maintain the current composition of the pilots for the season 2017.Pat Symonds "For our team, and to any other, in the transition to the new regulations, it is important to keep the pilots unchanged. For we are the pilots, well versed in the art, and I hope that at least one of them will remain with us. Personally, I would love to keep both, although some in the team think we work too long with the same composition.I have experience in Formula 1, and I have seen many trains. We are now working with Massa and Bottas, who got along fine with each other and show the result. I haven't had such a great two pilots over forty years of career".
Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff sure that next year will give everyone an equal opportunity to show good results, but he hopes that his team will be able to go again at the top level.Toto Wolff "All upcoming changes in the rules give teams the same opportunity to come forward. Anything can happen, anyone can better understand the new nuances and use them to your advantage.Many say that there is no money in Formula 1, time to get ahead of all the new regulations, but the team Brawn at the time proved the opposite. Now we need to operate carefully in order not to miss a single detail and opportunities".
Despite all the changes, the regulations on the season 2017 Formula 1 is ambiguous. In particular, we are talking about clamping force, which will increase by 35, and the maximum speed will drop to 20 km/h up to 330 km/h. the engineer of the Force India Andy green added that turns the cars will pass much more rapidly. This will allow the circle to 3 seconds.
Head Red Bull Christian Horner said that Adrian Newey went back to their drawing Board, preparing the car for next year.Christian Horner "In recent years, Newey distanced himself from our team, his share of the work amounted to no more than 20, that only speaks well for our design staff. But as soon as the championship decided to switch to the new regulations, Newey has taken an interest in all of these changes. He is back in business and already took up drawing Board. His share of the work now will again be around 50.
The Ferrari pilot Sebastian Vettel proposed sweeping changes in regulations designed to return Formula 1 to its former style.Sebastian Vettel "If something changes, then only the machine. Let's get away from it all and go back to the V12 engines, manual transmissions, and just two buttons on the steering wheel the simulator speed and radio. Let's get away from all electronics, and then there is no need to negotiate with the team, because we don't have to memorize a lot of information about all the modes and hundreds of buttons.