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In the course of the last two Grand Prix in Spa and Monza, some teams voiced signed with the pilots contracts. Permutations to the top teams is not expected, although technically jobs are still there.Mercedes the contract Lewis Hamilton with Mercedes ends at the end of 2018. Agreement with Valtteri Bottas was signed only for one season. However, Finn has proved himself as a team player, and leadership in the face of Toto Wolff and Niki Lauda spoke in favor of the contract extension.The final word for the Board of Directors. However, other candidates for this place not Sebastian Vettel extended his contract with Ferrari, Fernando Alonso was given to understand that he should not dream about Mercedes after the scandal of 2007, and young drivers Esteban Windows and Pascal Wehrlein lack experience.Ferrari before the start of the home Grand Prix of Italy, the team extended the contracts with current drivers. And if Sebastian Vettel the agreement signed before the end of 2020, with Kimi Raikkonen signed a one-year contract.Red Bull Red Bull satisfied with the work of Daniel ricciardo and max Verstappen. There has repeatedly stated that both pilots connected with the team multi-year contracts. The pilots themselves did not seem very satisfied with the situation in the Red Bull. But they should go nowhere, as vacancies in the Mercedes and Ferrari will only appear at the end of 2018.Force India Esteban a Window signed a multiyear contract, but the agreement with Sergio Perez ends this year. The team is ready to prolong the contract with the Mexican, behind which there are respectable sponsors, but the pilot admitted that he has other offers. If Perez leaves Force India, it is likely to replace Pascal Wehrlein.Williams no doubt, lance Stroll will retain a seat at Williams due to large financial injections from Stroll-Scarecrow. The team needs a second experienced pilot, and Felipe Massa copes with this role. Most likely, the Brazilian will keep his place.A couple of weeks ago there were rumors that the pilot Williams could become Fernando Alonso. But it is unlikely the Spaniard will agree to change sewed on soap in the near future, Williams will not fight for victory.Toro Rosso Carlos Sainz signed a multiyear contract, but there is a small chance that for good compensation, the Spaniard will move to Renault.Place Daniil Kvyat in the team Dolny shaky - his back literally breathes Pierre went Out. In addition, in the Wake of rumors about a possible collaboration with Toro Rosso, Honda has been assumed that one of the places is a Japanese pilot.Renault Nico Hulkenberg signed a one-year contract with the possibility of renewal for the season 2018. Obviously, the team would exercise its right and extend the agreement with the German pilot.But the likelihood of a contract renewal with Jolyon Palmer minimum. As a replacement candidacies of Carlos Sainz, Sergio Perez, Robert Kubica and Russian Sergey Sirotkin.Some time talked about returning to Renault's Fernando Alonso, but the French team gave to understand that is not going to give the Spaniard the championship the car in the next three years.Navlabel team gene Haas stated he was pleased with the results of Roman Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen and intends to leave the pilots for next season without changes. But official statements have not yet been. However, Magnussen has already said that he has a contract for season 2018.McLaren Vandorn has a long-term contract with McLaren. The agreement with Fernando Alonso expires at the end of the year, and the Spaniard said that he would remain only if the team will change the engine supplier.If Alonso will leave McLaren, to Jenson button. In addition, rumors circulated about a possible invitation of Carlos Sainz.Sauber is no doubt that his place will retain Marcus Ericsson, who is affiliated with the sponsors and team owners. Second place is likely to get one from a protg of the Ferrari. It will either be Antonio Giovinazzi or Charles LeClair. Instead, the Swiss team will receive discounts on Italian powerplants.
The summit at Monza may affect the future of max Verstappen in Formula 1.Bild newspaper reported that the father of Red Bull's driver Jos Verstappen, met with the head of Mercedes Toto Wolff.But as a non-Executive Director of Mercedes Niki Lauda denies "All these rumors are nonsense. The fact that Verstappen has a contract with Red Bull until the end of 2019. By 2020 it may not be any changes. It needs to be there for another two years.Until then a lot can happen, so it makes no sense to talk about this topic".
It seems that the series of meetings of the management of McLaren and Renault are aimed at deciding the fate of the British team. In the paddock there were rumors that the transaction has been successfully concluded.Fernando Alonso "I just came from a meeting of engineers, and now tries to learn a little bit about what happened. While the details of the negotiations are unknown to me".The head of McLaren Zach brown "We have to make a decision in September - perhaps in the beginning of the month. I think many teams are under pressure this decision. To take even the situation of Toro Rosso. Next week we will gather together, review the plans Honda and then make the final decision".We also know that in Monza arrived and the entire leadership of the sports division of Honda. Obviously, a lot clearer this week.
The Williams team not so long ago flirted with rumours that negotiations with Fernando Alonso, but now went back on their word.Claire Williams "I read all these articles with amazement. I don't know anything about it, I never talked, never sat at the same table with him.The rumors that the salary of Alonso is going to pay lance's father - fiction. Stroll - a successful businessman, and he's not going to overspend".
The pilot of McLaren Fernando Alonso has denied rumors that he is pressuring the team deciding to switch to another engine supplier.Fernando Alonso "I'm just a pilot, so my goal is to go as fast as I can and not to make such decisions.I like this team. The last three seasons was difficult, but McLaren is one of the best teams in the world.I would be happy to continue to be here, but we'll see what happens in the next few weeks.Regarding the rumours about Williams I have nothing to say, nothing new. The demand for my services is very high and I will appreciate all the proposals received for the last time".
The German edition Auto Motor und Sport says that Fernando Alonso is ready to stay at McLaren, only in the event if the team refuses further cooperation with Honda.The last time Honda mechanics fragmented progress, and at the Spa, they brought an updated version of the power plant, which, according to the initial statements, became more powerful by 30 HP But in the end it turned out that the gain was only 5 HP, and besides, during the weekend it had to be replaced by the old version. Alonso's patience has burst, and, according to rumors, Fernando left the race in Belgium is not due to a technical problem - just tired of fighting driving uncompetitive cars.
In the Spa there are rumors that if McLaren really gets going with Honda, the only option for the British team will remain Renault. But the French are not ready to work with McLaren.The head of Renault, Cyril Abiteboul "I can confirm that we have had a discussion with McLaren in this regard".However, it is necessary for McLaren to Renault refused from one of her clients. Now Renault has its own factory team and two customers Red Bull and Toro Rosso.Alain Prost "Because McLaren had problems with the Honda engine, they asked us about a possible collaboration. But we refused because we do not have availability for the client command".
During the Hungarian Grand Prix rumors about the possible supply of Honda engines to the Toro Rosso team. Later the Italian stable confirmed interest in Japanese power plants.The talks were held, which, according to the publication F1i.com that was not successful. According to available information, the Toro Rosso did not accept the cost for Honda engines.Previously from the contract with Honda refused the Sauber team.
Summer break in Formula 1 pilots need not only to recharge the batteries before the second part of the season, but in order to determine plans for the future. Starts the time of the conclusion of contracts, and the change in the season of 2018 can be serious.Mercedes the contract Lewis Hamilton with Mercedes ends at the end of 2018. But the agreement with Valtteri Bottas was signed only for one season. However, Finn has proved himself as a team player, and the probability of renewal of the contract is estimated at 95.At the end of the year will be released by Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso, but it is unlikely that management of Mercedes wants to invite some of them in a couple of Hamilton. They will have to wait at least one year.Ferrari the end of the year end contracts with the two pilots. The Scuderia has already offered to Sebastian Vettel three-year contract, but the German, according to rumors, is ready to sign an agreement only for one season. Perhaps in 2019, the German plans to move to Mercedes.Rumor has it that Vettel insists that his partner in the next season was Kimi Raikkonen. Meanwhile, talked about the fact that a preliminary agreement with Ferrari have already signed Max Verstappen.Ferrari traditionally calls the pilots during the home Grand Prix of Italy in Monza, so the decision will be known in early September.Red Bull Red Bull satisfied with the work of Daniel ricciardo and max Verstappen. There has repeatedly stated that both pilots connected with the team multi-year contracts. But the pilots themselves do not seem very satisfied with the situation in the Red Bull. However, they should go nowhere.Force India Esteban a Window signed a multiyear contract, but the agreement with Sergio Perez ends this year. The team is ready to prolong the contract with the Mexican, behind which there are respectable sponsors, but the pilot admitted that he has other offers. If Perez leaves Force India, it is likely to replace Pascal Wehrlein.However, recently there were rumors that the owner of the team may be Lawrence Stroll. In this case, one of the places is his son lance Stroll.Williams rumors about the purchase of Strolla senior team Force India will remain rumors, and Stroll Jr. will stay in Williams. The team needs a second experienced pilot, and Felipe Massa copes with this role. Most likely, the Brazilian will keep his place.Toro Rosso Carlos Sainz signed a multiyear contract, but there is a small chance that for good compensation, the Spaniard will move to Renault.Place Daniil Kvyat in the team Dolny shaky - his back literally breathes Pierre went Out. In addition, in the Wake of rumors about a possible collaboration with Toro Rosso, Honda has been assumed that one of the places is a Japanese pilot.Renault Nico Hulkenberg signed a one-year contract with the possibility of renewal for the season 2018. Obviously, the team would exercise its right and extend the agreement with the German pilot.But the likelihood of a contract renewal with Jolyon Palmer minimum. As a replacement candidacies of Carlos Sainz, Sergio Perez and Robert Kubica.Some time talked about returning to Renault's Fernando Alonso, but the French team gave to understand that is not going to give the Spaniard the championship the car in the next three years.Navlabel team gene Haas stated he was pleased with the results of Roman Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen and intends to leave the pilots for next season without changes. But official statements have not yet been. However, Magnussen has already said that he has a contract for season 2018.McLaren Vandorn has a long-term contract with McLaren. The agreement with Fernando Alonso expires at the end of the year, and the Spaniard has said many times that there will be only in case if I get the car, capable to fight for victory. While this is not exactly, but the Honda mechanics recently made significant progress.Alonso promises to make a decision at the end of September. However, other variants it is not too much. If only to take a one year pause or again to try his hand in IndyCar.If Alonso will leave McLaren, to Jenson button. In addition, rumors circulated about a possible invitation of Carlos Sainz.Sauber is no doubt that his place will retain Marcus Ericsson, who is affiliated with the sponsors and team owners. Second place is likely to get one from a protg of the Ferrari. It will either be Antonio Giovinazzi or Charles LeClair. Instead, the Swiss team will receive discounts on Italian powerplants.
The head of Toro Rosso Franz Toast said that in Formula 1 there are plenty of bored people who have nothing to do, so they come up with rumors.Franz Toast "I don't know where the rumor that in Hungary Sainz will go for Renault. This is Formula 1, there are plenty of people who are bored, so they invent some stories or invent some rumors or something.Then these bored people start talking to each other, then spread with amazing speed.The fact that Carlos works for us, he has a contract with Red Bull, and in the future - it all depends on Red Bull, because the contract of Carlos in their hands".
Porsche does not deny that has already developed a highly efficient engine can be the basis for a new project in Formula 1.German manufacturer of sports cars shook the world of Motorsport, a statement that leaves the top category of the championship WEC LMP1. However, the entire team of engineers involved in this project remains in the Porsche, reinforcing rumors that the company after the debut in Formula E could be in Formula-1.Porsche head of research and development Michael Steiner "We need all these people for future projects. The great team that we have built for LMP1, very motivated, all these professionals possess a vast amount of knowledge. So nice to have a specific plan for engineers, mechanics and even pilots.Like other manufacturers, we at the invitation of the FIA to take part in discussions about future versions of the engine in Formula 1.This team of engineers is not currently working on the engine of a Formula 1, but working on a highly effective engine-level concepts, without deciding what we will do with this engine".
McLaren confirmed the rumors that the team intends to keep the pilots on the season-2018 no change.The representative of McLaren "We intend to maintain the current membership for the next year. While no official statements to this effect, but otherwise our program is designed for the continuation of cooperation with Alonso and Vandoren".
The head of McLaren, Zac brown stated that Fernando Alonso will no longer be in IndyCar. At least this year.Previously, we heard rumors that the Spaniard can take part in the final race in SONOMA.Zach brown "This is crazy To us it has not made such a request. Besides, the race in SONOMA intersects with the Grand Prix of Singapore. It's just rumors".
Toro Rosso is the center of attention during the summer break because of rumors that the Italian team might move to Honda engines.Helmut Marko, a sports consultant to Red Bull "as far As I know, Ron Dennis now has 300 million euros, the proceeds for its shares of McLaren. He can buy the Toro Rosso, if you want. We are waiting for his call.As for Honda, we'll see. We also know that Honda is negotiating not only with our team. In any case, you'll find out before September or in September".
The pilot Sauber has denied rumors that can continue his career next year in Formula E. Pascal Wehrlein "I earned all five points for the team. I was ahead of teammate in qualifying account. I got the information that we can lose place. And I agree that the situation is difficult.I like the noise, speed and smell of fuel. I can't even imagine racing in Formula E. in addition, now the market of the pilots is very busy in the next couple of weeks we will hear a lot of interesting messages".
The Italian press Ferrari has supported the rumors that Maranello is going to keep Kimi in the team for 2018.It is expected that the legendary Italian team will announce new contracts of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen at Monza. Therefore, after the Duo finished first and second in Hungary, the Italian press announced that the current pilots Ferrari will definitely work together in the future.La Gazzetta dello Sport "Vettel won with Raikkonen. The truth is, Raikkonen is a real winner, made the servant Vettel, because he could easily overtake him and win the race. He will be with Vettel in the next year".Corriere dello Sport "Ferrari was unbeatable in Budapest thanks to the power of the strategy. Ferrari understand that the winner gets the title only if all team members are moving in the same direction."Tuttosport "Nobody has the right to share that a couple of pilots".
Ferrari President Sergio Marchionne has confirmed speculation that the Italian team will probably retain the composition of its pilots in 2018.Sergio Marchionne "Kimi was brilliant in Hungary, we are one team from Maranello, it all worked together.The situation with the contracts Raikkonen and Vettel decided in their favor by more than 50 percent. They are gorgeous together, so to change the game impossible. View, are we to keep them for 2018. I think they want to stay.We are ready to announce the pilots in Monza. Nothing is yet signed, but we are negotiating with the pilots, and signing of papers very close.As for the rumors about the transition Vettel in the Mercedes, I don't know what to tell you. If he doesn't want to stay, then we will find another solution, and life will go on, because it's a Ferrari. But when I look at Sebastian, then in many ways it is already more Italian than many of usReplacing Vettel for Hamilton The Ferrari is a dream of everyone, and finish my career here is a privilege.But so far we haven't met him, and I don't want to talk about the future, because we already have two excellent pilot".
Head Red Bull Christian Horner surprised that there were rumors about possible cooperation with Honda's Junior team Toro Rosso.Christine Horner "I so often ask questions about this cooperation. I have nothing to say. Where do you get this informationNow everywhere talking about the future of Honda. I prefer to think about what is happening now.".
Team Ferrari traditionally announce the lineup of pilots for next season during the home Grand Prix of Italy. According to rumors, it will be Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen.The situation is commented on Sebastian Vettel "I don't know why Kimi can't stay next year in the team I'm not ready to talk about it now because, as I said, I'm not in a hurry. And I don't think the team is in a hurry.I think that now we have other things to do, but in the summer we will have some free time for negotiations. All our contracts will be signed very quickly".
The pilot Toro Rosso Carlos Sainz decided not to comment on rumors about the change of engine supplier for the team.Rumors suggest that after the split of the Sauber-Honda and continue the conversation on the collapse of the Union McLaren-Honda is the youngest team Toro Rosso will get Japanese engines next year.Carlos Sainz "It's rumors, so I will not comment on them. If that happens, I'll let your comment immediately.I still think the Toro Rosso is not normal. But if I want it, I'll do it with a smile on her face. I think it's a reward, not a punishment".
Pilot Mercedes Lewis Hamilton said that is unlikely to go to another team before retiring from Formula 1.Earlier, the head of Mercedes Toto Wolff admitted that he wants to extend the contract with the British after 2018, thus dispel the rumors about the transition Lewis in a Ferrari.Lewis Hamilton "If I had to jump ship, it would jump off the boat Mercedes. I mean is that I will retire soon from this team.Yes, Ferrari - that would be interesting, but now I really like it here, I love the people I work with".
At the time, how is Porsche going to go out of the world championship of endurance, there are rumors that the company may debut in the Formula-that is, out of the WEC, obviously, will free important resources, some of which will focus on the development of electric technologies.But can the Formula 1 are also of interest to Porsche, when the championship will adopt the new regulation on the engines in the season 2020I would like to think that they can take part in the championship as an engine supplier, Red Bull is the most likely candidate for the role of the client.Designer Sean bull is already painted, will look like the car of Red Bull-Porsche.
Sebastian Vettel has been associated with many rumors about his transfer to the camp Mercedes, but he seems happy to stay in, stressing on Thursday that his delay in signing a new deal was caused by the full concentration on the League.Sebastian Vettel "Why do I delay I think the fact that we are fighting for the title, fight for every point, speaks for itself. About the contract to think.Summer will be a little more time, a couple of weeks, when not racing, but at the moment I believe that the main attention should be paid to work on the car.I'll work in the simulator, I will be a lot of time to spend on communicating with the team. In the summer I enjoy not going.The contract can be signed quite quickly, so it's not a problem.As I said, I'm not in a hurry, I don't think the team is also in a hurry. I have a good relationship with the team, so I think they will be happy to see me and then next to him".
Liberty Media is exploring the possibility of replacing current commercial contracts of Formula 1, the so-called Treaties the Consent to the franchising model.That's according to head of Mercedes Toto Wolff that sounds like thunder from a clear sky on the background of rumors about the future commercial direction of the championship after 2020 when the current Contract agreement will end.The current model of income distribution developed by the now ousted President Bernie Ecclestone, is debatable, as it is aimed at enriching only the rich teams.Toto Wolff "Liberty Media is building a very good approach in the future, any Contract Consent more generally will not.In principle, the teams in the future will have an ongoing franchise that will help to increase its value because they do not have to renegotiate the contract every eight years".
The pilot of Red Bull Max Verstappen recently became the center of rumors about the transition in the Ferrari, but the Dutchman believes that the pressure on the team will help him get a championship technique.Jos Verstappen, the father of the pilot "Max wants to be champion, and he will do anything to win. Now he has no such opportunity, but he uses this year to become stronger.The goal for next season is clear. We want to win, and if this does not happen, the situation only more complicated. At the moment Max can't do anything. He does everything right, and it feels good, but he just wants to win.Frustration overpowers max. He starts with a psychological problem. He never so long did not lose now".
The Renault team has confirmed that Robert Kubica will take part in the tests, which will be held at the Hungaroring after the Hungarian Grand Prix.In a Polish pilot fighting machine will be RS17. Previously Kubica spent two days test driving the car 2012.Cyril abiteboul, head of Renault "the First two tests allowed Robert and we collect a lot of useful information. At the Hungaroring will be test driving RS17 that will more accurately assess its capabilities. After that, we will analyze the data and decide whether Robert to return to the fight in the near future.Kubica will run the tests on 2 August. According to rumors if Robert during the upcoming tests will show good results, he will have this season to replace Jolyon Palmer.
Former Prime Minister of the Netherlands is hoping for the return of the Grand Prix of the Netherlands
Former Prime Minister of the Netherlands Jan Peter Balkenende hopes that Max Verstappen will be able to help the authorities to return the Grand Prix of the Netherlands in the Formula 1 calendar.Recently there were rumors that the Zandvoort or Assen may be candidates for participation in Formula 1.Jan Peter Balkenende "If we say we want to return to Formula 1, we need to make this effort.Verstappen is now in control of all aspects of the business, in the car and beyond. Formula 1 reached a whole new dimension with max.The Grand Prix of Netherlands was held in Zandvoort, from 1952 to 1985.
Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff admitted that he wants Lewis Hamilton left the team.Toto Wolff "we are Now focused on the championship. The struggle is very dense. However, all the talk about the future is very positive.Lewis is closely associated with Mercedes, and we love him as a pilot. I think the same thing he feels towards us. We will try to find agreement for the future.He's in a better team in his hands the best car, we have a good basis for a contract. I do not think that the rumors about the Ferrari matter.The current contract of Hamilton with Mercedes expires at the end of 2018.
Passion about the transfer of Carlos Sainz in the Renault is heating up, but the Spaniard strongly refutes these rumors.Carlos Sainz "I don't think about anything except the Hungarian Grand Prix with Toro Rosso. Yes, many people have been asking me to comment on rumors about the Renault. For me it's just a guess, and I do not comment on those conversations.After Austria we all made it clear that it was misunderstood. At Silverstone I was playing tennis with Christian Horner and Helmut was a judge. We had a great time, and everything between us is fine.I'm the pilot of Red Bull, participate in the youth program and I am sure that next year will remain in the Toro Rosso".