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Toyota said that they have no problem with the fact that Fernando Alonso passes the tests WEC, which will be held concurrently with the tests of Formula 1.The Spaniard will miss the opportunity to try out the Toyota TS050 Hybrid on the track before the season opening of the WEC in Spa, but the head of Toyota Motorsport Pascal Vasselon said that Alonso will be able to catch up.
Despite the disappointment felt by Robert Kubica, losing the ability to speak during the season 2018 Formula 1, it will be very busy this year.This week, the pole will test a prototype LMP1 Manor in Spain.Robert Kubica "I will regularly get behind the wheel of racing cars throughout the year. It may not be what everyone was hoping for, but it returns me to the battle, providing good opportunities to work on the track.I won't have much time to pilot the car of Formula 1, but still have a good chance at this. I think that this opportunity will open other paths to return to the Royal race in the future.I would prefer to participate in the race, but 12 months ago nobody could not have imagined that I will fight for this opportunity. I know better than anyone where to find what I need, what I need to work."It is also known that Kubica will hold in the Williams three Friday practice.
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 Sauber team decided on the date of the presentation of the new machine C37. The event will be held on February 20 at a base in Henville.Previously, the Swiss team presented a title sponsor. They became Italian brand Alfa Romeo.In the new season, Sauber will be Marcus Ericsson and Charles Leclere, a protege of Ferrari. Spare pilot presumed Antonio Giovinazzi.
The crew of Fernando Alonso claimed a podium in the 24 hours of Daytona, but had problems with the brakes, and shortly before the finish the Spaniard was gone. The second crew of team United Autosports finished fourth.Fernando Alonso "Everything happened in the first turn. I got to him at the speed of 300 km/h and realized that the brakes just yet. Honestly, I was scared. There was plenty of space, I was able to roll to the side, but almost no visible barriers.Last year this car finished fourth at Le Mans, it is quite reliable, but today there were a few problems. At some point we were ahead of the second crew of the team for the whole round, so that could fight for the podium.There are positive aspects. First of all, I enjoyed it seven hours of wrestling is great. In addition, I learned a lot. Now I know what to expect from a car with a closed cockpit, as to overtake the circular, as to pilot the car at night. I'm sure I can achieve success behind the wheel of a car.About Le Mans I don't think, because it focuses on Formula 1. Let's see what will happen next.".
The crew Fernando Alonso will start 13th in the marathon 24 hours of Daytona. Time pole position the Spaniard, representing the team of Zak brown's United Autosports, lost a little less than a second.Fernando Alonso "the race of Formula 1 is 60-70 laps to win, and here we are waiting for the 24 hour race. I hope the qualification will not affect the final result."Another pilot, lance Stroll, who plays for the team Jackie Chan, will start sixth.
This weekend Fernando Alonso will start on the 24-hour marathon at Daytona. The Spaniard will play on the same crew with Lando Norris team United Autosports, owned by Zach brown, the head of McLaren.Fernando Alonso "I do it because I love racing and I love to compete. If these races are held in iconic locations such as Daytona Speedway, it is even more attractive for me.I'm 10 minutes agreed with Zach about the race in Daytona. It is completely on my side. For me this will be good practice before the season of Formula 1.Winning at Daytona is something I would like to achieve. I would like to compete in the best races in the world, and Le Mans is one of the best races. One day I would like to win there. Don't know will be it this year or not".
Season 2001 is notable, then, that Formula 1 made its debut a few talented drivers, including Fernando Alonso. The first car of the Spaniard was a Minardi starting number "21".In 1999, Alonso won the World series by Renault. The next step, Formula 3000, where a Spaniard, with one win in fourth place. Results Fernando has attracted the attention of Flavio Briatore, the team principal of Benetton and in the end of 2000, the young pilot had conducted the first tests behind the wheel of a Formula 1.In 2001 19-year-old Alonso was the official test pilot with Benetton. In parallel, Briatore was able to negotiate with a small team Minardi regarding internships Fernando. The debut of Spanish took place at the Grand Prix of Australia, where he started 19th and finished 12th.
On the track of Barcelona, which traditionally takes pre-season tests and the Grand Prix of Spain, began reconstruction.Soon to be replaced with asphalt on the entire route. In addition, a 13-m turn will change the position of the stands, and this will increase the safety zone.This year Barcelona will take two four-day test session from 26th February to 1st March and from the 6th to the 9th of March.
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.
When in 2014 the pilots received the right to choose the start number, Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado made an unusual choice - the number "13".Obviously, the pilots and the leadership of the Formula 1 is quite superstitious, otherwise how to explain that in Formula 1 almost never used the number "13" When the teams were assigned rooms, then after a couple of "11"-"12" once was a pair of "14"-"15". Only in 1976 Divina Galik took a chance to take the number "13" but not even qualify.Obviously, Maldonado decided to challenge fate, and in 2014, moving from Williams to Lotus, took the starting number "13". It is worth remembering that the Pastor in 2012 won the Grand Prix of Spain, that is a pilot, albeit average, but tasted the prize of champagne. However, in the 2014 season, everything was going from bad to worse numerous Renault engine failures, crashes and collisions. Only once in the United States Maldonado started from the top ten and earned the only points for the 9th place.
McLaren reserve driver Lando Norris was told that the race at Daytona is a great opportunity to learn from Fernando Alonso.Spanish newspaper AS claims that Alonso and Norris was just three tenths apart during the recent tests at Daytona.Lando Norris "To me, this is a good opportunity to learn from Fernando. I'd like to see what I can learn from him when I get the chance.Daytona is a team event, but of course there will be competition. Who will be the best during practices and races is not clear. I would like to get ahead of Fernando".
In 1993, the head of McLaren, Ron Dennis has called in your team of Michael Andretti, champion overseas IndyCar series and son of 1978 champion Mario Andretti. Formally, the American became the first pilot and got the number "7".At the end of 1992, the minders Honda decided to leave Formula 1. Dennis hoped to get the champion motors Renault, but the deal fell through, so the season-1993 McLaren had to spend with customer Ford engines that lost to the French engines, stood on the machines Williams, about 60 HP On this background, the team leader Ayrton Senna was in no hurry to sign a new McLaren contract and even considered the possibility of transition in the IndyCar, and Gerhard Berger took up the invitation and Ferrari. Not to be left without experienced pilots, Dennis was invited Andretti, who won IndyCar in 1991.Debut Andretti proved to be difficult. In the first phase in South Africa, Michael came down due to a collision with an opponent already on the fifth circle, the two following races ended with crashes on the first lap in the fourth race of the American deployed in the middle distance. Only at the fifth stage in Spain he was able to finish fifth and earn their first points. In that time Senna, who has signed a contract with McLaren at every race, managed to win two victories and polytyrosine in the championship.
The pilot of McLaren Fernando Alonso is confident that participation in the marathon 24 hours of Daytona will make it more successful pilot.Fernando Alonso "I am very pleased to return to the US, again to appear before the fans of America. Less than a year I will be competing in two legendary races, which makes me very proud for your achievements.I've always wanted to challenge yourself in other categories of Motorsport. This is exactly what you need to become a successful pilot. Stepping out of my comfort zone in Formula 1, I will take part in this iconic race like the 24 hours of Daytona. It's just amazingI'm looking forward to the race for United Autosports, the more there will be to take part and the current European Champions LMP3.During tests that we conducted in Spain in November, I felt in this environment, like in the family. I'll be glad to spend this time with a new team. I just can't wait to jump in the car and drive on the famous oval.Over the last few months I've reviewed a lot of records with this race. I think participation will allow me to get to know yourself more deeply. It will definitely be fun".
Former Sauber pilot Pascal Wehrlein said that in Barcelona he had the best race of the year.Pascal Wehrlein "From the point of view of result, Barcelona was the best race of the year, but probably in the second half of the season I also had a good race, but it was almost not seen on TV.Even if we had a good race in the second half of the season, you wouldn't be able to see it because the gap from the fastest teams was too big. For example, at Suzuka I was pretty fast but lagged far behind the others.I'm very happy to finish the season with five points. Not every race was as good as I wanted, but I think overall we did everything we could".In Spain Wehrlein finished eighth - it is the best result for Sauber in the season 2017.
Fernando Alonso intends to take part in the legendary marathon 24 hours of Le Mans in the composition of the factory team Toyota and have already conducted the first tests. However, the management of McLaren has not yet decided whether to release the Spaniard.Zac brown, the head of McLaren "We were talking with Renault on this topic, and they don't mind, because they can't perform at Le Mans. Fernando wants to play for Toyota, because he believes that there he's got a good chance.But we're going to discuss this issue. We want to make sure that Le Mans will not distract him from Formula 1. The decision regarding Le Mans will be made very soon".
The past season was the 25th in the history of the Sauber. However, this round date Swiss team noted no less than round the tenth position in the constructors ' championship.In 2016, the team was in a difficult financial position, resulting in changed owners. Began restructuring Sauber, during which the post of team leader left Kaltenborn, and she was replaced by frdric Vasseur, who retired from Renault because of disagreements with Cyril Abiteboul. First, Vasser has made breach of contract with Honda, designed for the 2018 and signed, Kaltenborn, and announced the continuation of cooperation with Ferrari.Well, in the season-2017 Sauber had to use the power plant Ferrari of the sample 2016. The team decided to save money on engines, focusing on a robust chassis. And if in the beginning of the year the pilots Sauber were still able to compete with McLaren and Toro Rosso in the second half of the season they fought only among themselves.Thanks to sponsorship place in the Sauber has retained Marcus Ericsson. His partner became the protg of Mercedes Pascal Wehrlein. However, because of injuries received during the "Race of Champions", the German missed two steps, and he came on as sub Antonio Giovinazzi, reserve pilot Ferrari.At the fifth stage in Spain to Wehrlein managed to finish eighth, earning four points. Another point, Pascal got the tenth place in Azerbaijan. After that point balance Sauber did not change until the end of the season. Eriksson was in the shadow of Wehrlein, his best results were 11th place in Spain and Azerbaijan. With 5 points Sauber finished the season in tenth and last place.Despite the modest results, that Ericsson has again maintained a place in the Sauber, again, thanks to our sponsors and contacts in the guide. But instead of Wehrlein, who earned all points for the season 2018 took the Ferrari protg of Charles LeClair. Next year the team will get a newest power plant of the Ferrari, and sponsorship and technical assistance to Alfa Romeo, on paper, Sauber needs to significantly improve.
Sports consultant to Red Bull Helmut Marko said that Daniil Kvyat has great potential, but because of the problems the Russians just burned out mentally.Helmut Marko "Daniel is a talented pilot. Unfortunately, in Formula 1 he showed his capabilities in the first years in the Toro Rosso and Red Bull, and then he began to take. He had problems with tires and brakes that was not Riccardo.He has lost his speed, he's just burned out mentally. We much change to return it to its former form, but he would often get into a crash and began to react negatively to criticism. Daniel closed in himself, he wanted nothing to discuss.I remember how Daniel performed in GP3, his incredible race in Spa and Monza. In 2014, Toro Rosso with failing brakes he was fighting with Kimi Raikkonen in a Ferrari. But not enough to spend a few good races".
Lewis Hamilton admitted that he wants to emulate Fernando Alonso in the fight for the triple crown of Motorsport. The Spaniard already has a victory in the Monaco Grand Prix, and now he wants to earn a victory in the Indy 500 and the 24 hours of Le Mans. The only winner of the triple crown is compatriot Hamilton and Graham hill.Lewis Hamilton "Today is very difficult to do something unique in Motorsport. In the past, there were pilots who were in several different categories, but I have no desire to do it.I admire what Alonso wants to do, but for me Formula 1 is the maximum experience which can get the pilot.I have other qualities and projects in which I am interested and which I am satisfied. In the coming years you will see what it is, but it's more than race. Once I hang the helmet on a nail. But my contribution will definitely be appreciated by the audience".
Last season in Formula 1 was represented by 16 countries. The largest representation from the United Kingdom, but the pilots of this country have scored a total of 371 points and took only the second place in the standings of the Nations. As leaders of the standings are the Finns.Last year in the standings of the Nations the Germans won, thanks largely to Nico Rosberg. This season was not representative of Indonesia, but there were pilots from Canada, Italy and New Zealand. Russia has fallen from the 10th position to 13th.1. Finland - 510Valtteri Bottas, Kimi Raikkonen2. UK - 371Lewis Hamilton, Jolyon Palmer, Jenson button, Paul di Resta3. Germany - 365Sebastian Vettel, Nico Hulkenberg, Pascal Wehrlein4. Australia - 200Daniel Ricciardo5. Netherlands - 168Max Verstappen6. France - 115Esteban Windows, Roman Grosjean, Pierre Went Out7. Mexico - 100Sergio Perez8. Spain - 71Carlos Sainz, Fernando Alonso9. 43 In BrazilFelipe Massa10. Canada - 40Lance Stroll11. Denmark - 19Kevin Magnussen12. Belgium - 13Stoffel Vandorn13. Russia - 5Daniil Kvyat14. Sweden - 0Marcus Ericsson15. Italy - 0Antonio Giovinazzi16. New Zealand - 0Brandon Hartley.
The former head of Department of development of engines Ferrari Lorenzo Sassi goes to Mercedes.In July, the President of Ferrari Sergio Marchionne has confirmed rumors that Mr engineer has been sent to the Department responsible for road cars. And now Spanish Newspapers AS and Marca report that the Sassi goes to Mercedes, in the Department of development of engines of Formula 1.Today in the Mercedes already are former heads of different divisions of Ferrari Aldo Costa and James Ellison.
Ferrari may announce a new major sponsor for 2018. Recently, Spanish Bank Santander announced that he was leaving Ferrari and Formula 1. In the Spanish newspaper ABC now reports that on the rear wing next year will be the name of the brand of IQOS.IQOS - heating of nicotine that came up in the company of Philip Morris, is an alternative to conventional cigarettes.ABC "Ferrari has signed an agreement with Iqos after leaving Santander".So far, only it's unclear whether IQOS break a strict interdiction of Formula 1 from the tobacco advertising.
The President of the FIA Jean Todt has admitted that he greatly misses his friend Michael Schumacher.Jean Todt "I remember when he played for Ferrari and I want to mention two things about those times.In 2000, after 21 years, Ferrari has become the champion with Michael. I went with him to the podium and said, "Michael, our driving life will never be the same as before."Obviously, that day in Suzuka it was the most powerful moment in my career.One more thing about how Michael finished the season 2000, being the champion. He asked me quite sheepishly, because he's a shy guy. He looks arrogant, but he's shy.He asked me "will You allow me to run some tests in Fiorano, to make sure I can still fly"He has always been in doubt he is a good pilot or not. He conducted tests and he was not so bad.We miss Michael. He's still fighting. I'm happy that there is Sabina, who manages the family business. I wanted Mick was beside me at this moment, but he's on the tests in Spain and Corina in the United States".
Next season line of tires for Formula 1 will be expanded added the softest type Gipersoft and the hard Superhard. True, not the fact that the latest type of rubber we will see during the Grand Prix.All types of rubber became softer, and the same Superhard is still Hard. Last year it was only used during the Grand Prix of Spain.Mario Isola, the head of the sports division Pirelli "We decided to err. Most times, we won't use Superhard in the race. Just know how rapid will be a new car, how much will increase the load on the tire in turns. We are counting on the tires Hard, but if we get another more rigid type of rubber".
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.
McLaren and Fernando Alonso continue talks on whether the Spaniard to spend a full season in the WEC.The head of McLaren Zach brown said in Abu Dhabi that the British team are open to Alonso within the race at Le Mans, as McLaren and Toyota are not competitors. But, it seems that Alonso wants to spend in the WEC full season. Interestingly, calendars virtually no overlap, except for one race.Fernando Alonso "We need to examine carefully the calendars. It would be nice to make this work. I probably would have loved it".Race Director McLaren Eric bulge against such a venture "First of all, calendars are still intersect, so he will not be able to spend the entire season. Of course, we all know that Fernando loves to participate in races. I think he definitely will not be 52 weekends in a year. But it will stand it".
Spanish Bank Santander, which has been sponsoring Ferrari since 2010, announced the termination of cooperation with the Italian team. Next year he will work with football Champions League.Santander appeared in Formula 1 in 2007 becoming a sponsor of the McLaren, where at that time moved the Spaniard Fernando Alonso. In 2010 started parallel work with Ferrari. Much later came the two-time champion. In addition, Santander was the title sponsor of some of the Grand Prix.
Fernando Alonso next year will be different races in addition to Formula 1, but the Spaniard denies that it will spray his attention.Fernando Alonso "No. The key is concentration, when you lower the visor. In the car you always come back to their environment and can focus on what is happening without problems."In late January, Alonso will take part in the marathon 24 hours of Daytona, and in June he will start on the 24 hours of Le Mans.
Spanish ex-pilot of Formula 1 mark's Wife believes that his compatriot Fernando Alonso can win in Le Mans next year.Although the deal is not yet completed, the tests Alonso for Toyota indicate that the place in 2018, likely will be for a two-time champion of Fomrula-1.Mark Wife, "of Course he will. Especially if next year the manufacturers will be only Toyota, because it is very difficult to win Le Mans as a private team.I think that now Fernando could easily win this race. Alonso is very good, and he really enjoys racing in all forms.No, I don't think Alonso wants to leave the championship. Good thing he can act anywhere without compromising the Formula-1".