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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.
Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas said that working hard to become the best pilot in 2018.Valtteri Bottas "I Think last year I played good times, bad times. There were many good moments, but there were many disappointments. Lewis won the title as my teammate, so we had a car capable to fight for victory in every race. I learned a lot, and that's why I really look forward with optimism.I think hard racing was those lessons where I learned the most. I feel that last season I worked a lot on becoming a pilot. I still continue my work on myself, so look forward to the start of the new season".
Gilles Villeneuve - the idol of the fans of Ferrari, one of the few pilots who endeared himself Enzo Ferrari. In 1979 he became Vice-champion in the car under the number "12".Villeneuve debuted in Formula 1 in 1977, after the McLaren the Grand Prix of great Britain. However, the head of the British team decided not to sign a contract with crazy canadian. But it drew the attention of Enzo Ferrari. In 1978, Gilles broke a lot of cars, but nonetheless, remained in Ferrari. At the start of the 1979 season, his partner was an experienced South African jodie.The first two were racing for Ferrari is not very good, but then there is a new 312T4 car with ground effect, and Gilles won in South Africa and long beach, becoming the leader of the championship. Then better things went the Schecter, who won in Belgium and Monaco. In the second half of the season seriously added the Williams team, the pilots who won four races. Against this backdrop Ferrari has decided to bet on one pilot and the "first number" chose the Schecter. Villeneuve dutifully accepted the rules of the game, and in the final Grand Prix of Italy did not attack the partner of Ferrari, though, winning there, Gil could still compete for the title. The canadian won the final race in the United States and became the Vice-champion, losing to South African only 4 points.
In recent years in Formula 1 starting grid is used, where in the same row are two machines, one of which is a little more different. But things can change in a few years.Pat Symonds, in the past technical Director of the Renault and Williams "In recent years, we use the grid with a stepped configuration. Of course, the race become boring due to the fact that in front of everyone is the fastest car.Before it was different. In a boardroom in London there are pictures of the old Monza, where in the first row are four cars. Maybe it should do so nowWe have virtual tools for validation of such ideas. I think we should change the starting grid and to simulate the 20 races. I wonder what will happen not at the end of a 300-kilometer race, and after the first three rounds".
Indonesian pilot Sean Gelael confirmed that in the season of 2018 he will continue to work in the Toro Rosso.Career 21-year-old pilot supports the Indonesian unit of KFC. Last season Sean occasionally took part in Friday practice, while showed quite average results.Sean Hell "Working with Toro Rosso has completely changed my life. This year, I'll be back to work with them. Our goal is to continue what we started during the tests in Abu Dhabi.I also hope that the season in Formula 2 will be successful for me, and I will be able to earn points for obtaining Superlicense. I also have the chance to take part in several Friday practice".
In 1974 Emerson Fittipaldi McLaren brought the first championship title. A year later, the Brazilian lost to Niki Lauda from Ferrari and left the British team. Champion unity went in Maranello and in return McLaren, the new leader of which was James hunt, received the starting number "11".The season of 1976 turned out to be one of the most dramatic in the history of Formula 1. Lauda won four of the first seven races, twice finished second and once came third - an amazing stability and reliability for the time. During this time, the Austrian scored 52 points, while the nearest rival was only 29. On account of the hunt was only 17 points.The reputation of the hunt in the Junior series, and in the first years in Formula 1, was not flawless one race he won, in the other smashed cars. When Fittipaldi left McLaren, experts are not advised to invite the hunt. However, in his first race driving McLaren, James won the pole. Generally, during the season he has rarely been outside the top three on the results of qualifications. But in races regularly had problems two of the accident, engine failure, transmission failure.
Pilot Ferrari Kimi Raikkonen said that he really wants to improve their results this year.Kimi Raikkonen "Obviously, I want to fight for the title this year. I think we started the year 2017 is quite bad - we were not very happy with the setup and work on these problems took a lot of time. Gradually things were getting better, but then we had too many retirements due to different problems.But I think we have all the tools to fight for victory. We just need to make fewer mistakes, and consistently work within the team. Obviously, we're starting from scratch, so I hope we will fight at the highest level".
David Greenwood race engineer of Kimi Raikkonen, before the start of the season of 2018 will leave Ferrari and return to his native Kingdom.Until 2015 Greenwood worked as a chief engineer at Marussia-Manor. The last three seasons, the Briton held in as race engineer of Kimi. Now he decided to return to the Manor, where you will get project cars for endurance racing.
Mika Hakkinen - a vivid example of how the young pilot joined the team was in crisis, survived her difficult times and succeeded.Hakkinen came to McLaren in 1993, even as a test pilot, and at the end of that season, replaced the fired Michael Andretti. After the departure of Ayrton Senna Finn became the de facto leader of the team, experienced two shifts of mechanics, and three failed season. Victory to the McLaren back in 1997, with the advent of the Mercedes engines, new title sponsor and Adrian Newey.In the season of 1998 radically changed the technical regulations, and best of all coped with the task Newey, prepared McLaren MP4/13. Machine was efficient aerodynamics, a powerful Mercedes engine and the Bridgestone tires, which in most of the races had an advantage over Goodyear. In accordance with the position in the constructors ' championship, McLaren has received a start number "7" and "8". As in the previous season best was David Coulthard, he formally received the status of a first pilot and a "seven" on the nose. The Hakkinen went to the "eight".
In 1974, in the history of McLaren opened a new Chapter, the title sponsor of the team became a tobacco brand Marlboro, and drive a car with the number "5" villages of the youngest at the time Formula 1 world champion Emerson Fittipaldi.Until mid-1973, the start number has varied from race to race, and the season of 1974 was the first in the history of Formula 1, when they were assigned to teams. So, McLaren, runners-up in 1973, third place in the constructors ' championship, got the numbers "5" and "6".First race of the season showed that the fight for the title will lead the pilots Ferrari and McLaren. Clay Regazzoni and Niki Lauda who represented Ferrari and Fittipaldi periodically replace each other in the role of leader of the championship.
Three of their four League titles, the Frenchman Alain Prost won the start number "2", including in 1993.After a failed 1991 Ferrari Simple chose to skip one season to earn a place in the cockpit Williams in the car, which at that time had no equal on the slopes of Formula 1. Learn about the contract with Allen, left the team Nigel Mansell won the championship in 1992. As the defending champion moved into the IndyCar season-1993 passed without a car with a champion "unity". Instead, the Williams team won the constructors ' championship, got a couple of numbers "0" and "2". Of course, three-time champion chose to come to the car with "two" and "zero" went to newcomer Damon hill.
Pilot Mercedes Lewis Hamilton said that Frank conversation with Toto Wolff before the season 2017 it really helped.Lewis Hamilton "If you are in the office and your boss doesn't want you was there, then it's not a very good atmosphere, doesn't it You want to work there, but you don't. This is just a negative, distracting from what you're capable of.This meeting was really important to restart things, so when I joined the team after the meeting, everyone knew that I will do everything possible to win.If there are any negative or question without an answer, it is only holding you back, so it was almost a cleansing of the relationship and re-launch of the joint work. We re-started the business, the Foundation of which was laid many years ago".
In 1990 Ayrton Senna won the second title in the 1991 season as defending champion earned the right to play with a champion "single".The 1991 season was the fourth for the Union McLaren-Honda. Japanese motorists for the first time to prepare itself aspirated engine configuration V12. However, during the winter tests have problems, and the second team pilot Gerhard Berger even advised to go back to last year's V10 engine. However, the new season, McLaren started with a new engine. But the debut of the semi-automatic gearbox, which is already used by rivals Ferrari and Williams, had to be postponed.Senna won the first four races, earned 40 out of 40 points and brought their lead to 29 points. But then the McLaren started, and in five races Ayrton only twice climbed to the third step of the podium. In Williams, by contrast, dealt with the reliability of the Renault engines, and Nigel Mansell have won three of five races, reducing the gap from the leader of the championship to 8 points.
Director Haas Gunther Steiner said that his team last season are unable to implement their plans 100.Gunther Steiner "Drops and rises was less during the season, when compared with 2016. But slides were, especially in the second half of the season.With the development of events, I think we expected more, but then again we had to abandon early upgrades and to start working on the car for next year.I don't know what will be in 2018 as we work. I would like to achieve something average, and not re-start early to work with the new machine. But there is no clear answer.We had to focus on the car next year, because the last thing we want is a significant reduction in speed in the new season. So I'm sure the car will be better, otherwise we wouldn't have done that".
The head of Honda Yusuke Hasegawa said that the upcoming season his company has a backup plan.Yusuke Hasegawa "We will stick to the same concept as last year. We need more power and reliability.We have not determined the full specification for the upcoming season, but at least we have a backup plan, which is the current version of the engine. So I am sure that we will be able to start the new season.We changed the engine from 2016 to 2017. It was certainly a necessary update for us. We think that this is the right direction.The biggest problem is that we don't have time to finish the work with the engine during winter testing.We just need a little more time to finish it".
Sports consultant to Red Bull Helmut Marko believes that his team managed to achieve second place in the team standings of season 2017.Helmut Marko "It's the circumstances, or luck. We had more than ten gatherings Imagine that This outstanding achievement speaks for itself. Without this fact we would be able to achieve second place in the team standings.The beginning of the season was unsuccessful. We had problems with the correlation data, which forced us to start the season with an uncompetitive chassis. We could change it to the European part of the championship. In Barcelona and in Budapest we had a competitive chassis. I'm even willing to go further, saying that sometimes we had an outstanding chassis".
Director Haas Gunther Steiner said that he is proud of his team and its achievements this past season.Gunther Steiner "Before we just started to compete in Formula 1, we are constantly told that we have nothing. When did the second season, we were told the same thing.I never answered those words in a condescending style. I knew that it will be very hard. We just tried to do my job. I think we did pretty good. The second season we started with a new car developed by its designers.Now who's embarrassed We can only be proud of your work".
Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff said that Valtteri Bottas is confident before the season started-2018.Toto Wolff "His confidence is back after the last race in Abu Dhabi, and we saw a really good qualification in Brazil and in Abu Dhabi in his performance. We never doubted the speed of Valtteri.In the past year, difficulties in interaction with the tires and chassis gave problems Valtteri. Lewis coped with them much better. Maybe next year everything will be easier".
Race Director McLaren Eric bulge said that Fernando Alonso has already started the preparation for the season-2018.Eric boullier "Alonso has already started preparation for the season-2018. He prepares mentally for the upcoming fight.He has painted in his mind a plan of action. He is incredibly motivated for their own purposes. Last season was a mixture of sadness, humiliation and frustration. It's bad for the team. Next year everything must change".
The pilot of McLaren Stoffel Vandorn said that the first race of the season-2017 were not as he would want.Stoffel Vandorn " the First race certainly didn't meet my standards, but this is only my first season in Formula 1, so the relationship with the team, my engineers would develop. As we are faced with many challenges, it was difficult to do something better.When everything started to come back to normal, I had more time on the track, the more I began to spend time in the plant more time to devote to work in the simulator. Now I see that developing in the right direction."In his first full season in Formula 1 Vandorn finished in 16th position, right behind partner McLaren's Fernando Alonso.
Sports consultant to Red Bull Helmut Marko said about his attitude to a subsidiary of the Toro Rosso team.Helmut Marko "Toro Rosso started the season quite strongly. Then they are faced with incredible problems of reliability - it was really incredible Also from the point of view of development of the machine they went the wrong way. They are now focused on next season and collaboration with Honda. Since the announcement of the all their efforts were directed to work with the Japanese.The pilots All the pilots with whom the team began the season left. Sainz went to Renault. Kvyat left, so the Toro Rosso had to restart in the middle of the season with two new pilots. I think, given the circumstances, Pierre went Out and Brendon Hartley really good job. And the good news is that Brandon no longer need to switch attention between Porsche and Formula 1, so I'm sure that next season from Toro Rosso are very good pilots".
The leaders of the Formula 1 teams came to the defense of the girls working on the grid in the days of racing weekends.The President of Ferrari Sergio Marchionne "Girls on the grid has always been an integral part of Formula 1. So it has been for many years. I think Ross Brawn is a more complex and important things that need to be taken care of."Non-Executive Director of Mercedes Niki Lauda "I agree that women's rights need to be protected. We are already thinking to give them the opportunity to compete in Formula 1. But why would they ban to stand on the starting grid"Sports consultant to Red Bull Helmut Marko "I just can't imagine the starting grid with no girls.In America, the girls appear before, during and after each race, game, half, so I don't see why it can't be in Formula 1. I think we have other problems. And not girls".
The SMP Racing programme pilot, Robert Schwartzman will be performing in the Castrol Toyota Racing Series. The first stage of this new Zealand championship will start on 10 January at Ruapuna Park.Season Castrol Toyota Racing Series TRS lasts about a month, from January to February. Five stages will be held on different tracks in New Zealand. At the end of season TRS pilot SMP Racing Robert Schwartzman will start to work in the European Formula 3 championship.Speech of Robert Schwartzman in the season 2018 Castrol Toyota Racing Series and FIA Formula 3 are a part of his training program Ferrari Driver Academy. The agreement on the accession of Robert to the Academy was signed by the founding Director of the program SMP Racing Boris Rotenberg in October 2017.I'm glad that I can participate in this NZ series, noted Robert Schwartzman. - This will give me a chance to get used to the car class Formula 3, then in order to be successful on it in the European championship."Despite the fact that the season Castrol Toyota Racing Series short in comparison with analogues, the championship popular with racers from all over the world for the opportunity to train and play in the offseason, when the Northern hemisphere winter. In the Castrol Toyota Racing pilots perform on standardized cars of the Italian company Tatuus, homologirana by the standards of the FIA F3.Calendar Castrol Toyota Racing Series 201810 - 14 Jan Ruapuna Speedway18 - January 21 Teretonga25 - January 28 Hampton Downs1 - 4 Taupo8 Feb - 11 Feb track manfeild.
For the third pilot of Formula 1 bet for victory in the legendary race 24 hours of Daytona next month.Earlier it became known that Fernando Alonso and lance Stroll will perform in this marathon, and now the newspaper Ekstra Bladet reports that the pilot Haas Kevin Magnussen may also be a member of the race. The report States that the transaction involved the company Magnussen Dallara, the General partner of the team and Haas Daytona Action Express Racing.Jan Magnussen, Kevin's father, is also going to start at Daytona in sports cars class behind the wheel of a Chevrolet Corvette.
Sports Director of the Formula 1 Ross Brawn said that Liberty already operates in the wind tunnel with two cars, in search of solutions that will make it easier to overtake rivals on the track.Ross Brawn "we already Have a model of two machines working together, and we have done all the initial work. The season is over, teams are ready to provide us with their cars in 2017. This will allow us to receive more information about more sophisticated models. By signing a confidentiality agreement, we will be ready to start a new phase of work in the CFD program.We have a large team of people working in this direction. Early next year we will be ready to present some interesting solutions".
Director Haas Gunther Steiner said his team hopes the Department of aerodynamics, which have for the next year to prepare a good package.Gunther Steiner "In aerodynamic development, we should make a good leap forward. I hope we have the potential for growth in the next year, because we started working on the car, and the next generation pretty early. But we still do not know.I think that the development of the aerodynamics of this year was discontinued very early, but this is a big plus for the next batch. As I said earlier, if we can get to work on the aerodynamics, and tires will work best".
Ferrari President Sergio Marchionne said that the presentation of the new machine is scheduled for February 22. Traditionally it will take place in Maranello.The first kilometer of a novelty will pass in Barcelona on 25 February, during the so-called shooting day. And 26 February, will start full tests.
Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff believes that it is impossible to estimate the speed of the team next year at the last race of last season.Toto Wolff "You have to be careful with interpretations of tempo. We can't talk about the speed of the cars next season, based on the speed of cars in the last race of last season. In addition, we saw a small part of the novelties during the tests, which will be at the start of the first race stone-2018.So far, I just don't feel that we can give ourselves a Pat on the shoulder, noting with pleasure their high speed in Abu Dhabi. I would prefer to remain a skeptic, not leaving stone upon stone in the subject of optimization of the machine".