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Team Red Bull has confirmed that Daniel ricciardo during the first test at Silverstone smashed new car RB14.
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".
The Red Bull team modestly unveiled a new machine RB14, limiting the publication of photos of her.The car has received an unusual coloring. But, as stated in the Red Bull racing will all change.The tests in Barcelona start on February 26. But Red Bull is planning to break RB14 during the so-called shooting day on track at Silverstone. The first behind the wheel sits Daniel ricciardo.
February 25 team Force India will unveil a new car and a new name. COO Force India Otmar, Szafnauer that the new sign of surprise.Meanwhile, the British press found that at the British Silverstone circuit, where the prescribed Force India registered a new company with the name "Force". Earlier, the management team talked about the necessity of avoiding Association with India for the sake of attracting sponsors. The idea was to rename the team to Force One, but this was opposed by the leadership of the Formula 1.
Team Force India announced the signing of the contract backup pilot with 22-year-old canadian Nicholas Latifi.Under the contract, Latifi will take part in several Friday practice, including in Canada, and spend a couple of days on the tests.Vijay Malia, head of the team "Nicolas became a member of our youth program after a successful season in Formula 2. In the new season he will work on our simulator, as well as conduct a few Friday's practice. We have extensive experience of work with young pilots - Nicholas will learn a lot and prepare for the debut in Formula 1".In 2017 Latifi played in Formula 2, won one race at Silverstone and took the 5th final place.
The leadership of the Force India abandoned plans to rename the team to Force One in 2018.Previously, the team from Silverstone has said it wants to abandon the word India in its name to attract more international sponsors. But the name Force One was rejected by the company Liberty Media, which owns the rights to Formula 1.Sports Director of the Force India Otmar, Szafnauer "the New name must be interesting to all fans around the world. However, the new leadership of the championship, believes that the Force One can easily be reduced to F1".
On Wednesday, Robert Kubica conducted tests in Silverstone behind the wheel of a Williams 2014. The British team evaluates the test results as successful.Representative Williams "Robert held a successful test day at Silverstone behind the wheel of the FW36. More we can not comment".Another test day Kubica will hold in Hungary. In parallel, the tests Williams will conduct another contender for a place in the team - Paul di Resta.
Robert Kubica claims a place in Williams, the British team staged a Polish private pilot tests today, he sat behind the wheel of the car of 2014 at Silverstone.Next week Kubica will hold a second series of tests at Budapest's Hungaroring. With him behind the wheel of a Williams 2014 will run a test-pilot Paul di Resta, also claiming the role of the partner lance Stroll next season.Previously Kubica ran some tests in-part of Renault.
The Williams team is considering two candidates for a possible replacement for Felipe Massa. It's Robert Kubica and Paul di Resta.Both candidates for a place in Williams in October will carry out a comparative test driving cars 2014. The first tests will be held at the British Silverstone, and then both pilots will go on the Hungarian Hungaroring.Kubica competed in Formula 1 in 2006-2010 for BMW-Sauber and Renault. His career in the championship was interrupted after a serious accident in a rally in early 2011. Di Resta played for Force India in 2011-2013 this year, he spent one race, replacing Williams Executive Felipe Massa.
According to the results of Friday practice in Malaysia pilots Mercedes were sixth and seventh positions behind Ferrari in fifteen seconds.Toto Wolff, head of Mercedes "not the best Friday. We have from the beginning had problems with the tires. We look for the cause. The balance of the car leaves much to be desired, it slides in all the corners. Perhaps it is due to overheating of the front and rear tires.On different tracks, our car looks different. In Monza and Silverstone, we were ahead for a second, and there were problems. We can't understand why this is happening".
Lucas Auer stated that the team Force India decided to keep pilots in 2018, will not affect his future in racing.Earlier, the Austrian, whose uncle was a pilot of Formula 1 Gerhard Berger has been testing at Silverstone with its pink sponsor BWT.There were rumors that due to problems between the pilots Force India changes may occur in the composition, but this did not happen.Lucas Auer "For me, nothing has changed. The test was a measure of great confidence in me, and I still keep contact with the team, but focused on DTM".Gerhard Berger "Lucas still has a chance. Force India looks at it.You can already see the results of this monitoring, because he was invited to the tests, and even without my help. He really handled it myself.He has a very good chance to win the title in the DTM. And his tests showed that he is ready for Formula 1".
Force India said that they want to keep both of the current drivers for the season 2018.Recently Sergio Perez and Esteban Windows treated each other not very friendly on the track and beyond, but the Deputy leader Bob Fearnley said that the team from Silverstone still needs in these pilots.Bob Fearnley "We will do everything in our power to keep both pilots. We are in an enviable position, as our Duo of pilots are as good as the top three teams. We need them if we want to keep fourth place in the championship in 2018.Yes, our pilots are clearly in demand, and with good reason - they are not average pilots. Fortunately, Esteban with us for three years. And I didn't get the impression that he also wants to go to another place. He forgets that we gave him a chance.For Perez there's always the alternative, but I think Sergio is very happy with us. He knows we can offer him a very competitive car in the centre of the peloton".
Pilot Mercedes Lewis Hamilton won the race, the Italian Grand Prix and ahead of the championship of Sebastian Vettel.Lewis Hamilton "I love Italy, I love to drive here. I like the local audience, like her energy. The fans here are the same hot as in Silverstone. Today the team did a great job, having achieved a victorious double. Valtteri did a very good job in this race, making his way to second place. Vettel also did well, finishing in an important podium.I had a good start and absolutely not worried about Strolla. Lock it was easy. Our engine today showed itself in all its glory. It was a great day for us".
Sports consultant to Red Bull Helmut Marko believes that the season-2017 win Sebastian Vettel.Helmut Marko "I believe in Vettel, because I know his moral force, and Ferrari have raised their game to a new level.Silverstone, I would say, was an exception. The Ferrari was clearly the stronger race in the first half of the season, and only thanks to various circumstances they were unable to sell all their chances".
Champion of the season in 2016 Nico Rosberg is not confident that Ferrari can beat Mercedes in 2017.Nico Rosberg "Ferrari did a great job in the winter. But now it is a race of development, and I find it hard to believe that Ferrari will be able to keep up with the Germans. After Silverstone I thought "this is it", but was surprised to see how Ferrari again fighting in Hungary. But Spa will again be a real track for Mercedes, and Ferrari are unlikely to get the chance.We know that Vettel is sometimes not in control of his emotions. In the past year, we've seen it in Mexico. But this emotion is the force of Sebastian. In the short term it may seem like a weakness, but throughout the season, this feature can actually change the situation.He is always ready to win, and it can't hurt the fight for the title of champion".
In the composition of the Force India half of the first day of testing in Hungary held Nikita Mazepin. The Russians drove 52 laps and took the final Protocol of the sixth.Nikita Mazepin "a year has Passed since I last tested the car Formula 1 at Silverstone. I liked the work with the team, I gained invaluable experience.I first tested the car of new generation and now look forward to tomorrow. In the evening I will analyze the information to understand where you can add tomorrow".
Head Red Bull Christian Horner admitted that the team must give max Verstappen the best car in 2018.Christian Horner "When Verstappen finished the race in Silverstone, I breathed a sigh of relief. Of course, he showed some emotions, especially when journalists have set up the microphone under his chin after the retirements of the race, but the guy is under control.This stage in his career still involved with training and development. I am sure that Max will be faster and stronger.We need to give max a machine which he can win. Only then we will talk about the future. If we do, I'm sure that there will be no other team for which Max wants to play".
British pilot Mercedes Lewis Hamilton is confident that his fans are ready to support the race in London.Lewis Hamilton "I feel that the UK is home to Motorsport. Here are the base of almost all teams. Every racing weekend here just crowds of people in the stands. It would be a real shame for Motorsport to lose the British Grand Prix. Moreover, a lot of people here spend a lot of money during the racing days.I don't believe we will lose the British Grand Prix, because the sports world will probably erupt. I will do everything in my power to convince Liberty that it is impossible to abandon the race.We have in the UK a lot of great trails, and we can use Silverstone and other tracks. We used to have two Grand Prix in Spain. It would be cool to have one, the race was held on the stationary track and the second street ring."It is known that currently the company has plans Liberty of the race in London.
The head of Renault's Cyril abiteboul is hoping that his team will be able to earn points in Hungary two machines.Cyril abiteboul "We showed at Silverstone that we continue to progress. The development of the chassis, in particular, a new bottoms have been positive, and proved by eight points Nico. In addition, both cars demonstrated strong qualifying pace.It is essential to maintain this process of development, so that both cars finished the race in Hungary in the top ten. We want to complete the first half of the season on a positive note.To achieve this goal, we must solve the problems of security. We know our situation and areas requiring more attention. Our goals remain unchanged by the end of the season we want to be the sixth in the team standings".During the season Niko Hulkenberg several times finished in the points, but on account of Jolyon Palmer still no points.
The pilot of McLaren Stoffel Vandorn believes that the race in Budapest can be successful for his team in terms of fighting for points.Stoffel Vandorn "Budapest should be another good chance for us to earn points. Can you describe this track is like Monaco without the walls. There are so many twists, just a bunch of turns. You need a good chassis and good downforce on the ring, and I hope we can be more competitive than earlier this year.Getting into the top ten on the starting grid there were, maybe, a surprise for Silverstone. But then again, it must mean that our chassis is working well at high speeds, once we were able to achieve this result. We were able to work close to Force India and Williams on this track is a positive. After Silverstone we were disappointed that you did not miss points, but simply are unable to fight for them".
After the race in Silverstone tyre damage from cars of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen delivered to the research center Pirelli. The Italian tire revealed the reason for the gap tires from Vettel, but if Raikkonen is still being studied.In a statement, Pirelli said "a Careful study of the left front tyre with the car Vettel has shown that initially she had a puncture. The movement in run-flat tire in the pits led to the complete destruction of the rubber.In the case of Raikkonen, on his bus a few signs pointing to the cause of the destruction. Will need a few days to explore this case".
The potential introduction of head protection Shield will be discussed at the next meeting of the working group of Formula 1.In Silverstone Sebastian Vettel has said that he felt dizzy after the first tests the device on Board his Ferrari.FIA "Now we need to think about how we can solve all the problems".Shield, apparently, will be discussed by the group in Geneva, but until Monza no one team will not test this solution.Head Red Bull Christian Horner "There is a serious problem. We really need to know two months ago on the Shield because it's too late to implement the system in the new car of the season-2018. If we have problems, I can only imagine what it's like for small teams".The final decision will be taken only in Geneva, and the FIA insisting on obligatory introduction of protection if not Shield, then Halo.
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".
The Italian publication claims that Ferrari after the failure at Silverstone should fear for the fate of the title.La Gazzetta dello Sport "the Race for Ferrari at Silverstone was the worst this season. The Scuderia returned home worried that the British Grand Prix may have been a turning point in favor of Mercedes. The last three races were tough, but now it's much worse."After the Grand Prix of great Britain Sebastian Vettel ahead of Lewis Hamilton by just one point.
Immediately after the race at Silverstone, there were rumors that Carlos Sainz is already in Hungary will replace Jolyon Palmer behind the wheel of a Renault, but the Spaniard commented otherwise.Carlos Sainz "It would be very strange if they hadn't told me about it, if it were true. The last thing I heard was that I am a pilot Toro Rosso".The head of Renault Cyril Abiteboul "Sainz will not replace Palmer in Hungary"Sports consultant to Red Bull Helmut Marko "In the media much is written, but Carlos will be with Toro Rosso in Hungary. And I'm currently assuming he will be flying for us until the end of the season."Head Red Bull Christian Horner "Carlos has a contract, which expires in two years. If some other team wants to get and wants to make us a serious offer, we are ready to consider. But I doubt that it will happen in Hungary".
Non-Executive Director of Mercedes Niki Lauda believes Ferrari should not have to risk a tire during the race at Silverstone.Niki Lauda "They paid for that decided to take a chance with tires. One would assume that it won't work".The distance of the race at Silverstone - lap 51. Vettel switched from the Supersoft to the Soft after lap 18, Raikkonen - after 24 lap Hamilton - after 25 circle. Two laps to go could not stand the front tyre from Raikkonen and Vettel.
The head of Ferrari, Maurizio Arrivabene said that the tires ruptured during the race at Silverstone on machines Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen are already in Milan to check.The head of Pirelli "We are studying the incident. Tires in Milan, where they will be thoroughly tested. Also we need to see more data on setting up machines."One suggestion was that the specific configuration of the Ferrari combined with the high downforce produced by the cars of season 2017, contributed to the problems with the tires.Maurizio Arrivabene "Although the reasons seem obvious to us, not in the style of Ferrari to complain about losing."Sebastian Vettel "I don't think someone is particularly to blame. Looking back, everything seems and feels very easy".
The management of the Grand Prix of Canada does not intervene in the dispute Silverstone and Liberty
The head of the Grand Prix of Canada Francois Dumonte said he did not want to intervene in the dispute between the owner of Formula-1 Liberty Media and the management of Silverstone.Francois Dumontier "I can understand their problem. In Formula 1, of course, the wind of change. The new leadership wants each individual Grand Prix was like a championship. We are ready to accept all these conditions."The head of Formula-1 chase Carey "I know we do not belong to the Silverstone unfair. We treat them the same as others.Our preference is now given to Silverstone and the British Grand Prix should be held not only there. We had offers from other places across the UK".Meanwhile, the owners of Silverstone have announced the termination of the contract, calculated up to 2025, after the season in 2019.
Silverstone in the paddock there were rumors associated with McLaren and Honda. For example, top managers of the McLaren was spotted in talks with Renault. And it is believed that the same leaders McLaren have assured Fernando Alonso at dinner that if he will stay on in 2018, then the car will be installed the top engine.Zach brown "we had a good dinner, and Fernando even finished paying for it. He feels comfortable with us, and we understand each other. He made it clear what he wants from the team next year.On a personal level relationship with Honda is good, but I think everyone understands that we need a much better engine and this is why all this is happening".