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A week ago, it seemed that McLaren and Honda back from the precipice of an impending split, but at Silverstone Director of McLaren Jonathan Neale said that the current situation with the Honda mechanics, who are fighting for the performance and reliability unstable.Jonathan Neale "I think we've reached an inflection point with Honda, where we ask ourselves, "Where are we going What must we do differently to recover its competitiveness"So the latest rumors from the pit lane of Silverstone say that McLaren really wants to break his contract with Honda.It seems that the preferred alternative McLaren to 2018 is the engine of the Mercedes, but there are also rumors about the talks with Renault and Ferrari.Jonathan Neale "In Formula 1 when someone says they don't talk to anybody, the answer is really simple - all say all".
The pilot of McLaren Stoffel Vandorn believes that his team lately makes right steps in its development.Stoffel Vandorn "I Think that in the last races we were moving in the right direction. I think that in Baku, Austria and the UK I made a real step forward - I was able to be as close to Alonso.In fact, I never in himself no doubt. But the beginning of the season was difficult because of all these problems. Also, it was necessary to change the relationship with the team from the point of view of the settings of the machine. Gradually, the team began to listen to my wishes.Lately I feel more and more comfortable and confident."At Silverstone Vandorn started the eighth - best career result. In the race he finished 11th is the best result of this season.
Pilot Williams Felipe Massa finished in Silverstone 10th and earned one point.Felipe Massa "I'm definitely satisfied with the race after starting from 14th position. I had a good start and already after the first round was 10. Probably the most difficult part of the race was at the end when I had to Tinker with the pilots Force India. I was faster but maybe not fast enough to be able to overtake.I'm still unhappy with the results of qualification. When you start from such a low position, the situation is much more complicated. If the start was from higher places, and points could be much more. Unfortunately, starting from 14th place did not allow us to do this, but I'm still happy with my race. We just need to make sure that our starting position will be better in the next race".
On the first lap of the race at Silverstone Daniil Kvyat faced with a partner with Toro Rosso. During the race the Russian has worked for the penalty travel on the pit lane, and after the finish the stewards awarded him two penalty points.Now, on account quata 9 penalty points. Three more points - and Daniel will miss one race.
145041 - Today from pole position for his home race will start Lewis Hamilton. For he is the fifth pole position at Silverstone.145209 - the Briton won at Silverstone four times, including the last three races.145259 - Next to it will start Kimi Raikkonen, winner of the British stage in 2007.145325 - Second row, championship leader Sebastian Vettel and Max Verstappen.145523 - Starting position of Hamilton.
After the final qualifying sessions at Silverstone, Romain Grosjean complained that he prevented Lewis Hamilton, who slowly returned to the pits. Stewards Grand Prix of great Britain studied the situation, but not to punish the owner of the pole position.The stewards have watched the video, analyzed the telemetry from the cars of Hamilton and came to the conclusion that the Mercedes driver did not stop the pilot Haas.
At the end of qualifying at Silverstone, the pilot Toro Rosso Daniel Quat was right to start from the 12th position.Daniil Kvyat "During the morning practice, I felt insecure in the car, but in qualifying everything changed for the better. Given the current difficult conditions, the 12-th place - it is for us the most. Maybe I could play a couple of tenths of a second, but on a drying track should be more careful, because they do not know what the asphalt under your wheels.If tomorrow the weather will be like this, then I hope we can win and earn some points.
At the end of qualifying at Silverstone pilots Renault Nico Hulkenberg and Jolyon Palmer were on the 6th and 11th positions, respectively.Nico Hulkenberg "Today we had a very successful qualification and the race tomorrow, we start just behind the top teams. I had a good pace, and the team can now boast of good results. The team took the right decisions in difficult weather conditions. I felt calm and confident in the car, so was able to show a good circle. The updates we brought here have also played a role in our step forward.However, tomorrow's race is a real test. We will try to do a clean race. Will be hard to attack to finish the race in the points zone".Jolyon Palmer "Today I'm 11th, but tomorrow I don't wanna be 11-m. I am satisfied with the car, but I understand that could show a better result. The car is very good, and my starting place gives an opportunity to choose the strategy. I am sure that I will be able to fight for points in the race".
The pilot of McLaren Fernando Alonso won the first part of qualifying at Silverstone, and the second showed the 13-th result. In any case, the Spaniard will start last due to a penalty for changing elements of the power plant.Fernando Alonso "the Traffic didn't bother me, I really showed a clean lap but the car is still not capable of reaching the final. I've flown on the old rubber, so the exit in the third round was impossible.I am pleased that fans were overjoyed when they saw me in the first place in the first round of qualifying. They needed it. We continue to work to fight for the first places not only in individual sessions. If there are mixed conditions tomorrow, for us it will be very good news, as well as pure rain race - glasses in this case will be possible".
The Ferrari pilot Sebastian Vettel admitted that his team can and must make progress in the qualification.Sebastian Vettel "the track in the qualifying plan must be suitable us more than Mercedes. Silverstone is full of fast turns.I think we can continue to achieve more in the qualifications. Let Mercedes and more power, but we can take some other things".
The pilot of Red Bull Max Verstappen showed the following practice the Grand Prix of Silverstone was on 5th position.Max Verstappen "it Was great working at Silverstone. There was a strong wind, but the conditions were the same for all. The new machine was struck by his speed on that track - passing speed turns became much more interesting.Ferrari in the second practice has accelerated dramatically, so we need more work to get closer to him. But we can do it. We can effect positive change in the balance of the car, because between practices, the team went the wrong way. With regard to rubber, the wear is low, so the race with one pit stop possible".
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton on the results practices Grand Prix of great Britain was in second place, behind teammate.Lewis Hamilton "Today we started on a high note. Great to be back at Silverstone. The track is absolutely incredible on the new machines. This is already the best track in the world, but on new cars we get the thrill of aerobatics.We worked all session, fine-tuning the balance, and I think we are in good competitive positions. This is a good basis for further work in the remaining days of the weekend.Every time I left the pits, I was waving to the fans in the stands. I want them to know how much I appreciate their support".
The pilot of Red Bull Max Verstappen believes that at Silverstone he will finally be able to finish the race.Max Verstappen "we have a race in Silverstone, and I hope she will be to me productive. With new cars and rules, I think it will be a really tough race physically, so I look forward to the opportunity to test myself. I always enjoy the aerobatics at Silverstone, but now flying in Becketts and Maggotts will vary significantly. These twists and turns as the Kops will make your heart beat a lot more often than usual.Recall that in the last seven races Verstappen finished only two times. As for the experience at Silverstone, last year, Max finished second.
The pilot Force India Sergio Perez admitted that he was overcome positive emotions before the start of the race Grand Prix of great Britain.Sergio Perez "I am full of optimism after the race in Austria and the upcoming fight at Silverstone. We coped well with the difficulties in Austria and now know the important aspects of your car. I think we will be able to fight for points on Sunday.I like this track, and I think our car is well on this ring. We have a small update of aerodynamics, and the overall feel in the car comfortable. I can't wait to experience the twists and turns of Silverstone in combat"Perez six times participated in the Grand Prix of great Britain, best result - 6th place in last season.
The pilot Toro Rosso Carlos Sainz called the Silverstone track, one of his favourite in the racing calendar.Carlos Sainz "Silverstone is one of my favorite tracks, because I think this track is very fast, perfect for Formula 1. The part that I like most is number 2, because this is the fastest part of the track. Go through it clean and fast, very difficult, but if you can, get the most incredible feeling. I assure you, I always have a smile on my face when I pass these legendary curves.I think I always started the race eighth and finished her eighth This is a good position, and every year we team worked to achieve a finish in the top ten. I hope this year luck will again accompany us. Or even better. Why not"Sainz spent the two races at Silverstone, best result - 8th place in last year.
The head of Honda Yusuke Hasegawa said that Silverstone is a turning point for McLaren in many ways.Yusuke Hasegawa "the British Grand Prix is important to us. It's the middle of the season, that's our home Grand Prix, it is one of the oldest and most revered stages in Formula 1.The track has long straights and high speed turns it will be a big test for cars, propulsion and aerodynamics. For us the race will be challenging. But the weather here is always unpredictable, so we have chances of success".
The pilot Haas Kevin Magnussen believes that the struggle for position in the race Grand Prix of great Britain will turn out bland because of the difficulties with overtaking.Kevin Magnussen "Silverstone is definitely one of the best tracks of the year. This is a very fast track, where many high-speed turns with the constant change of direction.I just look forward to the opportunity to go to the track to fight for points. The cars will be through these corners very fast, feeling like that.But overtake here is quite difficult, perhaps more difficult than in previous years. Probably in the area of the DRS will be the only opportunity for overtaking, so that the qualification will be extremely important to fight for the result."Magnussen started twice in Silverstone in 2014, he finished 7th, and last year went.
The pilot of McLaren Fernando Alonso has said that to work in the UK he really likes.Fernando Alonso "Silverstone is a track that I love coming back year after year. Everyone knows that this is a real track with an incredible history and tremendous support of fans, so each pilot is a special weekend. For McLaren it's even more special event because it is home for the team race.I really like the challenge of this track, and a good result here for us to feel like honored. The race here is always very complicated. I hope we will have chances to show good result in his home event. We persistently struggle to gatherings became smaller".Alonso won at Silverstone in 2006, in the part of Renault in 2011 at Ferrari.
It seems that the rumors about the severance of relations between Silverstone and Formula 1 can become a reality, because in a matter of days before the start of the race Grand Prix of great Britain, the organisers of the British stage, announced the early termination of the contract to 2019.Liberty "This week should be one of the greatest celebrations for Formula 1 and Silverstone. We deeply regret that the leadership of the Silverstone decided instead of participating in the holiday posturing.We proposed to extend the current contract. Unfortunately, the route guide is not willing to cooperate on the proposed contracts. They want to benefit only for themselves".
The head of McLaren Zac brown believes that Liberty, the new owner of the championship, is simply obliged to buy Silverstone, in order to get the best F1 circuit in your own hands.Zach brown "I have heard the arguments of Horner, that Liberty is not specifically extend the contract with the Silverstone out of a desire to hold the Grand Prix of great Britain in London. But I believe that they are in talks with the owners of Silverstone on the purchase. They need Silverstone.I love that when they say your idea of Liberty, they are accepted and implemented, if is worth it.
Pascal Wehrlein in race of the Grand Prix of Austria was the best of the pilots Sauber, but finished only 14-M. Pascal Wehrlein "I started the race from the pit lane due to an engine swap. On the first lap I was faced with the wreckage of the other machines. I'm a little worried about the condition of the car, but fortunately, everything turned out fine. I stubbornly moved forward, attacking all his rivals, but 14th was the maximum result today. I hope we will be more competitive at Silverstone".
Sports consultant to Red Bull Helmut Marko believes that after the unexpected success in Baku and his team are ready to fight for victory in every race.Helmut Marko "we don't Have a temp, it's growing quite slowly. We have also problems in qualifying, because we can't achieve the same power as Mercedes and Ferrari, but the development direction is correct.We expect a lot of new products to racing at Silverstone and Budapest. We made a big step forward in the development of the chassis and is now preparing for the development of the power plant.Today, Hamilton and Vettel faster than us by three tenths of a second, but with the power increase we will be able to get close to the leaders as close as possible".
A new concept of a "Shield" to debut on the track sooner than expected. Earlier it was reported that the FIA will conduct tests new head protection during Friday's practice at Monza and in Singapore. But we now know that the new safety device will be tested for the first time in July at Silverstone.Most likely, the first "Shield" will test in a Ferrari.Force India "the timing for the implementation of the new system is very short, it's obvious that the work ahead very much."Red Bull "there is a lot of time to dedicate to this system. You should try to do everything for the season-2018".
Deputy head Williams Claire Williams said that the championship would be most useful to access the stands, so fans were able to touch their idols.Claire Williams "I know that Sean Patch and Ross brown are studying this issue. They were at Silverstone, where last year the practice of open stands had a success after the victory of Hamilton. Honoring the winner at the hands of the fans was spectacular moment. We need more such moments.You also need to spend more time with children, you need to attract them to our events. I noticed that many children coming for the race, but we did not involve them in events.Open more stands, take them to the pilots is a great key to success".
New partner of the team Force India company became the BWT, which manufactures equipment for water purification. In the car from Silverstone will become a bright pink color.Vijay Malia, co-owner and team principal "In this case we are talking about one of the biggest partnerships in the history of Formula 1. Now our cars will be different bright coloring and change of colors indicates the seriousness of the intentions of the company BWT, which is beginning to settle into our Championships.
Before the presentation of the Mercedes team held a trial run of the new machine W08 at Silverstone. Driving Lewis Hamilton.
On Wednesday, the team Force India introduced their version of the machine created by the new rules. Bedspread with VJM10 took Sergio Perez and Esteban Windows.The novelty is characterized by the original nose fairing and rough fin on the engine cover. As before, the team from Silverstone will use Mercedes power units.
Force India has officially announced that it will open the doors of its base at Silverstone for everyone. For three months the team will lead special tours of the various departments and production facilities of the car.Force India "Feel the enthusiasm, the fire and power of the fastest races in the world With us you will plunge into the true world of Formula-1".The first tour is scheduled for February 24.
Sounds strange, but this year tests during the season at Silverstone will not. Two series of tests in Bahrain and Hungary.In accordance with the rules of Formula 1, teams can participate in two two-day tests during the season. This time contracts have been signed with traces of sahir and the Hungaroring.The first tests will be held in Bahrain on April 18-19, while the second series of test runs will be conducted in early August, after the Hungarian Grand Prix.Sorry, but this time Silverstone was unable to compete with the Hungarian track, not very suitable for testing cars.It is also known that in the course of the season will be two-day tests in Abu Dhabi, but it will work solely over the tyres for the season-2018.