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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.
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.
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.
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.
Team Toro Rosso told about the reasons which allowed her before the other teams begin to test the machine during the shooting days. Shooting day will be held during the four days of the start of the official winter tests.James Ki, technical Director Toro Rosso "We managed to pass all the FIA tests the first time. This significantly accelerated the development and Assembly of the machine in all areas. During the shooting day we'll check all the machine system, which will also help us before start of work in Barcelona".
The Williams team was one of the first will hold a presentation of the new machine FW41. The event will take place on 15 February in London.Earlier there was information that FW41 not passed all crash tests of the FIA, which the team from grove to hold the first tests in Barcelona with last year's car.
The pilot of McLaren Fernando Alonso no longer exclude a possible involvement in NASCAR in the future. Earlier, McLaren have already tried your hand at IndyCar, performing at the legendary race Indy-500, and now wants to try NASCAR.Fernando Alonso "These machines require a unique style of piloting, which can be purchased only through lots of practice and I don't have the right amount of output for tests.I love the sport. It was nice to be in the Indie 500. I felt competitive out there. Now I'm going to be in endurance races. Maybe one day I will try a different series, maybe even NASCAR. Why not".
The pilot Toro Rosso Pierre went Out hopes that the pre-season tests for his team will be successful, despite the fact that the new supplier of the power plant was Honda.Pierre went Out "Since the beginning of February I will be working on the base in Faenza. We already had fit a car seat in 2018, but before the tests in Barcelona we are waiting for a lot of work.The tests will be very intense, because we have a new engine supplier. It will be important to drive as more kilometres to understand the car and the engine. Before the race in Australia we only have eight days, and it's not so much.To be honest, since December, I think about the tests. Looking forward to when the real work starts".In the past the team McLaren, who previously worked with Honda, regularly had problems with the engine during the tests.
The Italian press reports that the new machine Williams FW41 has not passed the mandatory crash tests FIA.According to available information, difficulties arose due to the introduction of the system of Halo and changes in the aerodynamics of the rear of the machine. Before the start of pre-season testing is still one month, and it is likely that the first test day, Williams will hold with the old machine.
Mika Salo, former Formula 1 driver and now a consultant to SMP Racing, believes that Russian rookie Sergey Sirotkin and his partner Williams lance Stroll, who has one full season are about on the same level.Mika Salo "Sergey is a talented guy, he is well versed in the technique, he has the experience obtained on the tests in the Renault.I think Sirotkin and Stroll are on the same level of competition, but only the race will show, like it or not. Of course, they will fight among themselves that will positively affect the development of the team.
Mercedes has refused to support Pascal Wehrlein. This year, the German left without a seat at Sauber, will become a test pilot with Mercedes.Toto Wolff, head of Mercedes team "We are working with Pascal since 2013. He got the opportunity to prove himself in Formula 1 after 2015 became the champion of the DTM. He spent two difficult seasons in Manor and Sauber, but, nevertheless, will stay in the Mercedes family - in the season of 2018 he'll be our test pilot. In 2019 we will try to return it in the race."Wehrlein had taken part in the tests Mercedes. Obviously, this season he will not only be a test pilot, but the reserve pilot of the German team.
The team Toro Rosso will present a new car STR13 25 February in Barcelona. However, the first tests of a novelty will take place on February 21 in Misano.Work at the circuit in Misano will be held in the framework of the shooting day, during which you are allowed to drive no more than 100 kilometers on the demonstration tyres Pirelli.Recall that this year Toro Rosso will work with power plants to Honda.
Presentation of the new machine McLaren MCL33 will take place on 23 February and 24 February, the British team intends to conduct the first tests of new items.For this purpose, McLaren is going to use the right of the so-called shooting days, which are special Pirelli tires, and the mileage is limited to 100 kilometers. Any team during the season may spend two of those days, and in the McLaren decided to use them as preparation for tests Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandorn will work in Barcelona on 24 and 25 February.26 Feb there, in Barcelona, will start full tests.
Team McLaren announced that the new machine McLaren MCL33 passed all the necessary crash tests FIA. The team also posted a photo of the bottom MCL33.In the message, McLaren says "the construction of the machine is in full swing. Crash tests passed. MCL33 in the Assembly process."Presentation McLaren MCL33 will be held February 23. Read more on .
In 2009 Formula 1 has a new team Brawn and the pilot Jenson button, who under the number "22", became the champion.Formally Brawn was a new team, but really for that sign disappeared the team BAR-Honda, which appeared in 1999 on the basis of Tyrrell. In 2008, Honda because of the crisis decided to leave Formula 1, literally for pennies sold its team to Ross brown and left on account has sufficient funds, that is, for the first time. That's just about the engines the Japanese have forgotten. But then came to the aid of Mercedes, which at that time was the exclusive partner of McLaren, and provided client version engines.I must say that the Japanese have invested heavily in the creation of machine 2009. According to eyewitnesses, the design of the Honda RA109, which then became Brawn BGP001 at a cost of 500 million. The work was carried out under the guidance of technical Director of Honda F1 Ross Brawn, who eventually became the owner of the new team.Due to the change of engine supplier of Brawn first tests conducted later than the other teams. But the first results are promising. The high potential of the BGP001 has confirmed the first stage in Australia where Jenson button and Rubens Barrichello brought the team a double victory after starting from first position. High speed was due to the sophisticated aerodynamics, including the so-called dual cone, the controversy surrounding which was conducted at the beginning of the season.
Head Red Bull Christian Horner said that his pilots are happy with the new tires Gipersoft.Christian Horner "When we tested the tyres in Abu Dhabi, Max and Ricardo was pleased with the work of rubber. Although I think they still have a little work to understand their capabilities.I think that the work on the tests will have little effect on the understanding of the behaviour of rubber for different tracks. Only with experience on different types of tracks we will be able to draw the appropriate conclusions.It is too early to talk about the number of pit stops. By mid season everyone will be trying to bring the race to one stop. It would be ideal to spend the race with two or three stops so the Grand Prix would be spectacular".
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.
While race Director McLaren Eric bulge calms the press, talking about the complete indifference of the team to handle the pressure next year, its pilot Stoffel Vandorn decided to add fuel to the fire.Stoffel Vandorn "In 2018, the pressure on the team will be very large, because we have strong rivals to compare progress.I still have work to do to become a pilot. I'll have to quickly understand how this machine works. The speed I have, if it is correct to put all components of the weekend.I don't aim for the season. For me, my point of comparison, Fernando Alonso. The results last year were not such as I expected, but now I am much stronger.I was able to open in a team, to understand my engineers and mechanics, and I also learned from Fernando how to adapt to the car, which are not always effective, how to handle problems during the season.I already had my first day of work in the simulator with the engineers and we were able to discuss a lot about the new car. First impression - the engine of the Renault was a really good fit. All are interested in to begin your tests and see what we can do on the track.View already in Barcelona, as we are right in their calculations".
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.
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.
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".
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".
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".