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The pilot Force India Sergio Perez said that he wants to achieve in his career more than it has now.Sergio Perez "I showed what I can do in Formula 1, but I want more and I feel I can give a lot more than was shown so far. In 2019 there will be many changes in the teams, it will be important to be fast from the beginning of this season.Team McLaren appeared in my career too early, I wasn't ready for it. I believe in the Formula 1, where everyone sees what you are doing on the track. Over the years in this championship I was able to earn a good reputation the fastest pilot. It should work on me."Perez made his debut in Formula 1 in 2011 in the composition Sauber and after two good results won a seat in a top team McLaren, where he spent only one season. 2014 Sergio stands for Force India.
At a press conference in Moscow Executive Director of Williams, Mike O'driscoll said that the contract with Sergey Sirotkin for several years.Mike O'driscoll "We are delighted that Sergey became a part of our team, we are delighted with its results shown on the tests. SMP Racing have a lot of young pilots, and the achievements of Sergei certainly motivate them.We want to win the championship and I want Sergey became a part of that success. The multi-year contract, but we will not disclose its details - it is normal for Formula 1".
The following season Williams will be Sergey Sirotkin. For a debut season, the Russian has chosen starting number "35".Earlier tests Sergei worked under the numbers "46" Renault and "41" Williams.The last time the pilot with the number "35" appears at the start of the Formula 1 race in 1991 Grand Prix of San Marino Eric van de Pula, you will find yourself started on the 21st and went down because of lack of fuel.
A former test pilot of the Minardi Sergey Zlobin told that Daniil Kvyat was able to arrange his career after a disappointing season in the Toro Rosso.Sergey Zlobin "In fact, Kvyat got a good paying job. Yes, it will be less to show on TV, but he will become a member of this elite team, and if one of the pilots Ferrari have a problem, he will get the chance to race.I would say that half of the paddock dreaming of this kind of work".
In 2006, for the first time in the history of Formula 1 was in the team under a Russian license. One of its pilots was the Portuguese Tiago Monteiro, who under the number "18".At the end of 2004, the Midland company, founded by the canadian businessman of Soviet origin Alex Schneider, interested in participating in Formula 1, and in early 2005 she bought Eddie Jordan's team Jordan. In 2006, the team was renamed Midland F1 Racing and claimed under the Russian license, its pilots began to Tiago Monteiro and Narain Karthikeyan, a test pilot with the Russian Roman Rusinov.The car, the Midland M16 is in fact Jordan EJ15 2005. And if in the season of 2005 the results were not very good apart from the catwalk to the USA where it was launched just six cars, in 2006 they were just a failure. Monteiro finished in 11 races out of 18 and the best result was 9th place in Hungary, but then gave points only for getting into the top eight. So the season of the Portuguese finished with a zero point balance, at the 21st position and is. the other team.
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 team Toro Rosso will present a new car on February 25 in Barcelona, the day before the start of pre-season testing.The novelty will receive index STR13. For the first time in the history of Toro Rosso will work with the exclusive engine supplier - Honda.Earlier, Toro Rosso announced that the new machine has successfully passed all crash tests of the FIA.
The ex-pilot of Formula 1 Karun Chandhok admitted that he was sad that Robert Kubica was left without a place in the championship.Karun Chandhok "it's a Shame that he has not found a place, but I think the team gave him a lot of opportunities to really prove he deserves to stay in the world of Formula 1.I don't know of other pilots who would be able in two teams to test their quality and to prove its speed. I don't think someone will be able to say that he had no real chance to compete this year."He Chandhok competed for HRT in 2010 and spent one race for Lotus in 2011.
Last year on the tests at the wheel Renault has worked both Robert Kubica and Sergey Sirotkin. Now both pilots will run in the Williams.Cyril abiteboul, head of Renault Sport "last year we worked with Robert, and with Sergei, and I'm glad they found a place in another team.As for Sergei, I am very happy that he got to Formula 1. He amazed us with his ability to understand the machine and give feedback that is needed during tests. He's a very talented pilot".
Oleg Sirotin commented on the signing of a contract with the Williams team with his son.Oleg Sirotkin in an interview with TASS "Sergey was stronger than Kubica on the tests, both in qualifying and in the race. Plus, Sergei tested on the simulator, where it also showed very good knowledge. He gives such feedback, which the young pilots of his age was never given.Williams is one of the founder of a new stage of development of Formula 1 is a team with great history and strong fundamental base. The problem is that the team keep the fifth position. I think she has good potential for growth Yes, it is now the young pilots, but after a year or two they will dominate".
Head Sauber Frederic Vasseur said that in the end the Swiss team may become a full stable of Alfa Romeo.Frederic Vasseur "the company Executives want to see a full team of Alfa Romeo. We now use Ferrari engines, but our goal is not to become a subsidiary, and the main Alfa Romeo team.However, between these two brands there will be a bridge in the form of pilots, and database testing.Personally, I do not see the options, how private the team can survive in Formula 1. Private teams can have a couple of great seasons. For example, as Force India at the moment. But the slightest hint of the crisis will destroy all the illusions.Thanks to the collaboration with Alfa Romeo, our team is on a steady course".
This year Robert Kubica will work for Williams as a reserve pilot and pilot development.Paddy Lowe, technical Director, Williams "First of all, we admire what made Robert to this point. To recover from serious injuries and to be back behind the wheel of a Formula 1 is a fantastic achievement, especially considering that many thought it was impossible.We expect that Robert will make a valuable contribution to the development of our team in their work on tests and on the simulator. Robert is a pilot, which I always admired, and I am glad that we work together in the season of 2018".Robert Kubica "I am delighted to be a part of Williams as a backup pilot and pilot development. I want to thank the team for the opportunity, for the trust".
In 2001, the Sauber team for the first time was in the top four. Her best pilot was Nick Heidfeld, who performed on the car under the number "16".Career of nick, received in the Junior series the nickname "quick Nick" "Nick the Quick", supported by Mercedes, while tightly collaborated with McLaren. Thanks to Heidfeld in 1999 he became a test pilot "silver arrows". In 2000, the German with the support of Mercedes debuted as a prize pilot in the composition of Prost. A year later he found a place in the Sauber.In the late 1990s and early 2000s, the Sauber team actively cooperated with Ferrari, the Swiss used transmissions and many other sites from Maranello, and badged Petronas hiding customer Ferrari engines. The chief designer Sergio Rinland in 2001 built a decent chassis C20, using a number of unusual solutions in aerodynamics and mechanics, including dvuhkilevoe mount front suspension.
The Polish newspaper posted on its pages an overview of the reasons that Robert Kubica did not return to Formula 1, although he was incredibly close to this.Sportowe Fakty "the Team reported that the results on the track was the main reason for the signing of the contract with Sirotkin.It turned out that the tests in Abu Dhabi were crucial. Kubica also said that he had problems with the tires Pirelli. It was difficult to adapt to them after a certain number of circles.Williams decided not to risk it. We probably now will never see Kubica in Formula 1. Moreover, Sirotkin was able to provide the widow a large sum of sponsorship than Robert.But actually money is just a bonus from the pilot. If Kubica was twice as good Sirotkin, he'd be in the car this season. No one seems to remember that Renault has stopped working with Robert for the same reasons as Williams. It sounds harsh, but these are facts.Almost no one in the paddock did not want to see Robert on the grid. He is one of the greatest unfulfilled talent in the history of the sport.It would be great PR for Williams and would have brought the championship a lot of new fans, and FIA also saw a benefit and lobbied for his candidacy.Obviously, it was a hard decision for the team. Now they are criticized all over the world, and some say that the Stroll-Sirotkin - the worst pilots Williams. Are they right Only time will tell.But when making decisions in Formula 1 there is no place for sentimentality".
French newspaper L'equipe said that the Williams team has offered Robert a place backup pilot.Everything goes to the fact that the second pilot Williams will be Russian Sergey Sirotkin. At the same time Kubica could become a reserve pilot that will give him the opportunity to take part in the tests and maybe in Friday practice.An official statement on the part of pilots Williams is expected in the coming days.
Ferrari told what to do Daniil Kvyat, who signed a contract with the team from Maranello.The representative of Ferrari "the Role of the pilot development is usually associated with the work in the simulator. The main activities covered in our other pilots. Kvyat was a good pilot, his experience will definitely come in handy for our team.In any case, we understand that the tests for the pilot will not be able to go on forever. The most important thing for any pilot - race".
The Mercedes team will continue to support Pascal Wehrlein, although in the season of 2018 for it and no place.Toto Wolff, head of Mercedes "Pascal definitely deserves a place in Formula 1. He is one of the fastest pilots.At the moment the situation seems a bit complicated in respect of available places, but he will remain in our team.It is unknown whether he will participate in a category outside of Formula 1, but he'll certainly remain a part of our team".
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".
Chapter Sauber Frederic Vasseur said that the work on the car for the season-2018 is on track.Frederic Vasseur "Preparation of the machine of 2017 began with a six-month delay. In addition, we had to use last year's Ferrari engines, which is clearly not benefited.Things are different now, working on a new machine is on schedule. Of course, only the first tests at the end of February will show that we can expect".This year Sauber will use Ferrari engines last modifications. In addition, commercial and technical partner of the Swiss team will be made by the company Alfa Romeo.
Sports Director of Pirelli Mario Isola admitted that he still believes Robert Kubica fastest driver.Mario Isola "Robert is a very experienced pilot. Although he had not acted in Formula 1, it still remained necessary skills. When I asked him about the tires, I clearly told about peculiarities of their behavior.But I must admit that one should not expect miracles from the pilot, who was in a serious accident and missed several seasons. Naturally, he lost to the pilot who was driving a modern Formula 1 a lot of tests.Kubica will need time to adapt. I still consider him the fastest driver".Earlier, the expert from BBC's Andrew Benson said that Kubica lost to Sergey Sirotkin in the fight for a place at Williams because of problems with the new tyres Pirelli.Andrew Benson "the Main problem of Robert speed in qualifying mode. In the car with empty tanks he has failed to achieve a significant improvement in time. He complained to his Manager on the problems with the tires".
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".
The pilot of McLaren Fernando Alonso is hoping that his experience during the night of the Grand Prix will help him during the 24-hour race at Daytona.Fernando Alonso "Night tests has shown that I adapt quickly to new conditions. No difference compared to the daylight tests I felt.In Formula 1 we have a night race in Bahrain, Singapore and Abu Dhabi, and here the route is pretty well lit. It's not like other tracks for endurance races. Therefore, no problems.Same with traffic, which I was a little scared. There's always a risk when you overtake a car here and there, especially if the front of the cars is a struggle. But it's a normal thing. All under the same conditions. I'm ready to fight among the leaders".
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".
The Ferrari team has announced the signing of a contract test-pilot with Daniel Cuatom, who previously played for Red Bull and Toro Rosso.The main objective of quata - work in the simulator. Perhaps the Russians will participate in the tests. In addition, Daniel will be travelling to every Grand Prix as a reserve pilot.At the time the same way went to Jean-Eric Vergne, who was also dismissed from the Toro Rosso. But after a couple years of work test-pilot Ferrari, the Frenchman switched to Formula-E.
In 2010 in the Formula-1 there was a Russian pilot - in-part of Renault debuted Vitaly Petrov. In 2011, the Russian has maintained a place in the French team, having the number "10".In 2010 Petrov scored 27 points and took the 13th place - the results are, admittedly, not very good on the background of Robert Kubica, who finished the season in 8th position with 136 points. However, with Vitali renew the contract for one year. Of course, not without the help of Russian sponsors.To the 2011 season, the Renault engineering headquarters, headed by James Allison has prepared a unique car R31 with forward exhaust. Suddenly, after the first tests, which showed serious potential innovations in a serious accident Kubica, and most of the work in preparation for the new season fell on the shoulders of Petrov. This has borne fruit already in the first Grand Prix of Australia Vitaly climbed to the third step of the podium.
COO Force India Otmar, Szafnauer sure that Esteban Windows is clearly better than praise for max Verstappen.Othmar, Szafnauer "it is Difficult to understand who of them is better because they fly different machines. But even in the issue price the max signed for a huge sum of money, and Windows we got for a hundredth part of this amount.I think that Esteban is in order. The first time we have released Esteban on track, we knew he is something special. He understands the car. He has excellent control of the car on the track, and because of this, it can quickly reach the limit of technology. In addition, he gives excellent feedback. He also knows what he wants from the car, which is very Mature for his age.I think its greatest achievement is its constant improvement. Since then, he began his career in 2017, he has improved in many aspects, and I think because of this he has achieved all his success and began to push Perez".
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".
On the oval at Daytona began preparations for a 24-hour marathon, which will take place in late January. In the tests involved the pilot of McLaren Fernando Alonso and reserve pilot British team Lando Norris.And Alonso, and Norris will play for the United Autosports crew. Fernando uses the coloring of the helmet, go with the one that he had during the Indy 500.
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.