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Putin is the champion Head Sauber Frederic Vasseur believes that their new Alliance with the Alfa Romeo will make the team more attractive.Frederic Vasseur "Alfa Romeo is not just a question of sponsorship, it's more than a partnership. This means that we will be much more attractive for media, for sponsors. But it's a huge motivation for the team to get such an iconic brand".
Brazilian oil company Petrobras has become a new partner of the team McLaren. Together they will start working on the fuel which will be used in 2019.
Today, two leading Formula 1 team will present the machine in 2018.
New Toro Rosso STR13 engine Honda will be officially presented only on February 26. However, the Italian team decided to conduct a running-in of new items in Misano with Pierre went Out, and spy photos immediately appeared on the network.Noteworthy, is completely redesigned compared STR12 aerodynamics. But the coloring is reminiscent of last year.
February 23, team McLaren will present a new car MCL33 that will be used during the tests. And in the first Grand Prix of Australia will appear completely different version of the car.
First day on the tests in Barcelona team Force India was entrusted with the Russian test-pilot Nikita Mazepin.
Renault team continues to increase the resources of people and money, are increasingly expanding their base in Enstone.Technical Director Bob bell "There are many areas where we have increased its capabilities. We have a new modern supercomputer CFD, and last year our wind tunnel has received a significant update. The new dynamometer will be in operation before the start of the season.These three elements give us a huge opportunity. The whole organization is growing, we have a new staff, which significantly increased the pace of development team. Since joining the team under the wing of Renault's base in Enstone has come a long way, and now the trajectory of the development looks very impressive".
Head Red Bull Christian Horner said that he is determined to complete the fight with McLaren, a team that will use the same Renault engines.
At the presentation of the Renault team leader Cyril abiteboul said that the main goal is to constantly progress in all areas.Cyril abiteboul "last year, we made progress in all areas. We restructured the team and made another step towards our goal.We have two talented pilot. Niko with his experience and took on the role of team leader. At the end of the season we came up with Carlos Sainz. We have been preparing for his arrival, and it all worked perfectly - his presence has allowed us to earn important points in the constructors ' championship. I'm sure without his help we would have lost the position in the championship.Our goal is to achieve significant progress in the results. We intend to improve in all areas engine, machine, work on the road, drivers - everything should be better".
At the presentation of Renault RS18, it was announced that a test pilot of the French team will be Russian Artem Markelov, Vice-champion of Formula 2.Artem Markelov "I am delighted to be part of this team, and as a test pilot is a great honor for me. I'll work on the simulator and will do everything I can to help in the development of RS18.Formula 1 is my goal, and this year I'll try to make another step forward. I know that Renault have helped many pilots to get to the Formula-1" .The examples are not far to seek last year's test-pilot Renault Sergey Sirotkin in this year, will debut in the Williams. As for Markelov, in this season he will once again compete in Formula 2 for the Russian team Russian Time.
Renault team unveiled its car of 2018, which was code RS18. To pilot it will be Nico Hulkenberg and Carlos Sainz. Test-pilot Renault - Artem Markelov.
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".
Former McLaren head of aerodynamics Doug MacKinnon joined Williams as chief engineer of the team and will work directly with technical Director Paddy Lowe.Lo and mckernan previously worked together at McLaren, and the latter left the team in 2015, at the beginning of an unsuccessful three-year partnership with Honda.
The pilot of Renault Nico Hulkenberg believes that the team needs two or three years of preparation to fight for victory.Nico Hulkenberg "it is Very difficult to promote the team to the level of Red Bull and Mercedes. The investments we make now in the construction and modernization of the plant, would only benefit two or three years. While it's not running, nothing will happen.All teams have passed through this formative period. This is a normal process. Look at Mercedes, how many years they went to the titles With Red Bull the same story.Our establishment will only take a couple of years because it is a complicated sport and the rules are constantly changing. You need to constantly adapt, and you need new people with new ideas, we need as many people as possible".Today, the Renault team will introduce a new car RS18.
Head Red Bull Christian Horner said that his team is ready to fight with McLaren, which is expected this year will return to the group leaders by Renault engines.Christian Horner "McLaren is a great team, and we look forward to fighting with them. But we have made significant progress, especially in the second half of last season, and I hope that this momentum will be continued in 2018.Rules are more or less the same, so there are many lessons we can learn from the development of the car in 2017".
This season Fernando Alonso was going to perform in the WEC at the same time with performances in Formula 1. This raised the question of whether other pilots working on similar schedules.Sergio Perez, the pilot of the Force India "Now the schedule of the Formula 1 is extremely intense. I think I need all the attention to focus on training for all 21 races in the season.Some pilots can afford a little more, but we are all different. I don't want to go beyond teamwork. For me the most important fight in Formula 1. There are a lot of work".
In 2014, team Williams have switched to Mercedes engines and gained a title sponsor in the face of the Martini. Behind the wheel of the car under the number "19" villages Felipe Massa.Massa debuted in Formula 1 in 2002 as part Sauber. Since 2006, the Brazilian played for Ferrari, but in recent years, his results began to fall, and politely asked to leave Maranello. Williams gave Felipe a new chance, and he literally got a second wind.
Sports consultant to Red Bull Helmut Marko does not exclude that in 2019, his team will switch to Honda powerplant.This year, with Japanese mechanics working as a Junior team Toro Rosso. From the results of this work depends on the decision by Red Bull to be adopted in mid-summer.Helmut Marko "so far we are very surprised by the capabilities of the Honda, as well as their devotion and enthusiasm.I think they realized their mistakes. So far, based on the test stands, the engine is reliable. I think by mid season the engine will be able to reach the level of Renault.The rules have changed, so you need to declare what engine you want to use next year this summer. We will carefully analyze and then make a decision. Maybe in 2019 we'll use the Honda".
The former head of the Sauber Moniz, Kaltenborn creates a new team to race in Formula 4 in Italy and Germany.The team will be called the KDC Racing after her business partner Emily di Comberti. The team will start with a Swiss licence and will be based near Barcelona.Monisha Kaltenborn "motor racing was and still is my big passion. I occupy a responsible position for nearly 20 years, so for me it is logical to continue to work as a leader.I see Formula-4 as an exciting new racing series in which there is a great potential and future.There were all the organizational, personnel and financial prerequisites. We have already enlisted a well-known sponsors, and soon we will be able to inform you about our pilots.My main responsibility will be to prepare talented young drivers for a future career in Formula 1. My experience in the Royal races here will be useful".
In 2018 the official tyre supplier of Formula 1 added to its range with two new composition, even more delineations of color and level of softness.World champion 2016 Nico Rosberg said "I believe that such a large number of colors of the tyres is the wrong approach. Nobody cares about such details. In each race teams have for soft, medium and hard tire, and their marking must be the same every time. The total number of squads doesn't matter to the audience".
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.
In 1976 the Formula 1 calendar appeared Grand Prix of Japan, and landed the whole landing of the Japanese pilots, the most successful of which was a 25-year-old Noritake Takahara on the car under the number "18".Takahara has played in the Japanese leagues, he won the Japanese Formula 2000 the prototype of the current Superformula. In 1976 he was one of four Japanese pilots who decided to try his hand at the first home Grand Prix.One of their cars that Takahara gave the team Surtees, which according to the results of the championship took place, usually at the end of the first ten. In qualifying Noritake showed 24th result, becoming the third among the Japanese. But in the race he was the best among compatriots, finished ninth with a lag of three circles.
The pilot of McLaren Fernando Alonso has said that recently visited the team's base in Woking and have already met with the new machine MCL33.Fernando Alonso "the other day I visited a base of McLaren's Woking. I went through the entire Technology center and talked with many employees. I thanked the people who are working hard, but never attend races.As for the new car, Yes, I saw her. That is a beautiful car, I think everyone will like it. We have almost everything ready for the tests. I will hold on the basis of one day to work in the simulator".Presentation of the new machine McLaren will be held on February 23.
Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff believes that McLaren and Renault could pose a serious threat to his team in 2018.Toto Wolff "This is the pinnacle of Motorsport in which you have to respect every team and the best pilots.We take Ferrari, we take Red Bull, McLaren we accept, we are serious about Renault. These guys can fight for the championship. And some of the other teams can surprise us".
Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas said that he had worked long enough in the simulator to stop to notice the Halo.Valtteri Bottas "In the simulator, I have already conducted a simulation of the race with Halo and I must say that during the race I almost didn't notice her.I'm sure all the pilots and spectators will quickly get used to Halo. Everything new is always met with apprehension, some even say that it looks ugly. But I think it's only a matter of time - it will get used. And if it helps avoid even one injury is a good device.Their Halo car with the Mercedes team will present on February 22.
Reserve pilot Force India Nicholas Latifi preparing for the fact that his first Friday practice he will hold during his home Grand Prix of Canada.Nicholas Latifi "I have never played and don't even raced on this track, so this will be my first opportunity to experience the amazing track.I'm very worried that I will be able to pilot the car in front of canadian fans, but I'm sure it will be a highlight of the season. I will try to enjoy the moment, although it is well know that the priority is simply to work on a given program, giving the team the necessary information.
One of the heroes of the 2014 season was Jules Bianchi, who played for Russian team Marussia under the number "17".Career Bianchi supported Ferrari, and with the participation of the Scuderia, the Frenchman got a seat at Marussia in 2013. In his debut season earn points failed. In 2014, the Russian stable switched to a turbo Ferrari, but the speed is rarely enough to fight for getting into the top ten. Finally, on the sixth stage in Monaco Jules finished ninth, earning for himself first and team points.
Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas admitted that he could not beat his teammate.Valtteri Bottas "of Course he is one of the best pilots in Formula 1, four-time world champion, who has worked in the team. To beat him I couldn't, but last year I several times proved capable of it.It's up to me, I played well throughout the year without failures and gatherings. I need to be fast in all conditions, regardless of what is a track what temperature and what type of asphalt do I need to be the best everywhere.
In 1988 on the slopes of Formula 1 for the first time started to Shine technique, developed with the participation of Adrian Newey. Behind the wheel March 881 with a starting number "16" sat Ivan Capelli.At the end of the 1980s, March was the third time he decided to conquer the Formula 1. In 1987, a team sponsored by a Japanese company Leyton House earned just one point. But that season came reinforcements in the form of a talented engineer Adrian Newey, who worked on the project in March IndyCar. The season 1988 he prepared the car March 881, which was effective aerodynamics and, despite the naturally aspirated engines Judd, sometimes challenged the leaders with a turbo. The pilots began the Italian Ivan Capelli and Brazilian Mauricio Gugelmin.The first two races for Capelli ended with a gathering. At the fifth stage in Canada, he earned the first points for fifth place. The ninth stage in Germany Ivan again finished fifth, and eleventh Belgium - third On the home track in Italy he came in fifth, and then in Portugal climbed to the second step of the podium after starting from third position.