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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.
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.
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".
The head of Renault's Cyril abiteboul believes his team took a big risk, working with the engine during the season-2017.Cyril abiteboul "We found some problems during the winter tests and some are still in the beginning of the season. It was very late to respond to these issues and to make changes in the design of the engine.During the season we worked a little bit with fire, opening a new operation of the engine, which had some impact on reliability. We also had the problem consists in the fact that some teams could not carry out cooling of the engine. Had to work with each team individually".
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.
The ex-pilot of the Force India Paul di Resta, now, cassisa reserve pilot Williams, will take part in the race 24 hours of Daytona, which he awaits with great impatience.Paul di RETA "I'm really looking forward to the race in Daytona with United Autosports. I've never played in a 24-hour race and never acted on these smartpromotion, but I'm looking forward to this issue.The level of the marathon 24 hours of Daytona is growing every year, so it's great to be a part of it.I plan to run some tests before the race to get used to the team and get a chance to bring the car to victory.Recall that in the United Autosports driving the other cars will be Fernando Alonso and Lando Norris.
The Ferrari for the season-2018 successfully passed their mandatory crash tests FIA.The car with the factory index 669, tested in a certified facility, the FIA CSI in Bollate, near Milan, under the supervision of the technical Director Mattia Binotto last Friday. Previously, the monocoque of the car passed the corresponding static tests.
2018 more stringent requirements for pilots who intend to take part in the Friday practice the Grand Prix of Formula 1.To participate in the practices now be allowed to pilots, who for the last three years have spent at least six races in Formula 2, or scored 25 points in other racing series. In addition, the candidate must drive at least 300 km on the tests over the last six months.
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 head of McLaren Zach brown said that after the winter tests his team gave the Honda mechanics six months for a solution to their problems.Zach brown "We knew that we have problems, even on the tests in Barcelona, and we have worked very hard for six months to try to find solutions that will make us much more competitive in 2018. Eventually, after trying many different things and many different ways, we felt that we will not be able to fight with Honda for the victory.Three years in Formula 1 for a long time, so we needed to change direction, to return our team to the top. Honda is a great company with excellent staff. The relationship between us was always strong and remains strong, so do not rule out new cooperation. We wish them the best, but we had to make some decision in our interests.The relationship was much stronger than was expected by the people. We worked hard, we were disappointed together, but we never yelled at each other".Next season McLaren will use the power plant of Renault.
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".
After the recently signed sponsorship deal with Alfa Romeo, Sauber is already increasing the number of specialists.Auto Motor und Sport reports that the Swiss team, who finished the season 2017, up to 20 new technical staff before the start of the tests in February.Frederic Vasseur "the First contracts were signed in November. Others will begin later. Some even help us only in the second half of the season-2018".
Sports consultant to Red Bull Helmut Marko, commenting on the situation with the candidates for a place in Williams, said that Sergey Sirotkin on the tests in Abu Dhabi was faster than Robert Kubica.Helmut Marko "Sirotkin was faster. In addition, he has 15 million dollars, and Kubica this sponsorship package can not boast.However, Williams will not be an experienced pilot. They don't seem to want to move forward".
The French pilot of the Toro Rosso Pierre went Out hoping the Honda engine in 2018 will help him to fight for points in every race.Pierre went Out "I Hope we will have the potential to fight for points almost every weekend. But with the arrival of Honda is changing a lot, so today it is difficult to understand the potential that we will have during the season. We have to wait for the February tests.I was able to talk to Alain Prost and Jean Alesi, and they told me that the home Grand Prix will be a special moment that will need to savor, because this race is held only once a year.With the Renault engine went Out and has not earned any points.
In the season of 2018 reserve the pilot of McLaren will be Lando Norris, the champion of Euroseries Formula 3. In parallel, 18-year-old Briton will compete in Formula 2.Eric bulge, racing Director at McLaren "I Hope that someday Lando will be fighting with McLaren - that is why we took him in. But his main task next year is to win the Formula 2.Next year he will spend a lot of time in our simulator, it is another opportunity to work on the tests. He wanted to take part in Friday practice, but I am against this approach. In any case, it will be a very busy schedule".
Suddenly, about Sergey Sirotkin talked about as the main candidate on a place in Williams. But if the Russians to the British team Sky Sports journalist will Buxton thinks fit.Will Buxton "I Think Sirotkin for the team Williams he passed the tests and liked the management team, he has speed both in qualifying and in the race, he is stable, he is able to provide good feedback.And yet he has a 15 million sponsorship. Example Maldonado showed that the Williams know how to spend money. It is worth remembering that the money Pastor team have built an excellent machine on which Bottas and Massa were fighting for podiums and pole positions".
Robert Kubica's life was divided into two parts before and after the unfortunate accident in early 2011. But now he claims a place in Williams, and we decided to recall the development of career Polish pilot.2006 2005 Kubica with a huge advantage won the World series by Renault, for which he received a reward in the form of test driving the French Formula 1 race car. Many of the teams drew attention to Robert, but the first contract test pilot for 21-year-old pole has signed with BMW-Sauber. He trusted the tests and Friday practice, during which he showed good results. All went to the fact that in the season of 2007, Kubica will become a combat pilot of this team.However, the debut took place in 2006 when leader of the BMW-Sauber Jacques Villeneuve fell out with the leadership and left the team. In the first race in Hungary Robert ahead in qualifying experienced partner nick Heidfeld finished seventh, but from-for underweight and was disqualified. But a month later, at the Grand Prix of Italy in Monza, Kubica climbed to the third step of the podium.
The situation around the free space in Williams changed every day. Autosport said partner lance Stroll will be a Russian driver. But whoIt is reported that after the tests in Abu Dhabi guide Williams decided to refuse the services of Robert Kubica. And now the main candidate to free the cockpit is Sergey Sirotkin, who also took part in comparative tests. If for some reason you sign a contract with Sergei will fail, this place will be experienced Daniil Kvyat.The decision can be made before the end of this week.
The head of Renault's Cyril abiteboul has admitted that it is difficult to make predictions for the next year.Cyril abiteboul "You know, I don't want to make any promises. First, it will depend on the reliability, because in this season we clearly saw that this is an important factor in the fight for points.I think we were in many cases too aggressive, trying too quickly to increase productivity and squeeze more power out of the engine. We put too much pressure customers.So I think we need to go step by step first, to achieve greater reliability, and then accumulate mileage during the winter tests. I think it is important for any work on optimizing the engine and chassis.If we can make progress by following this way, it is very good. So we have a chance to catch up with Mercedes".
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".
Russian driver Daniil Kvyat sees Formula E as a continuation of his career.Many ex-pilots of Formula 1, including Jean-Eric Vergne, Sebastian Buemi, Kamui Kobayashi, Nelson Piquet Jr., Andre Lotterer, Lucas di Grassi, jrme d'ambrosio and nick Heidfeld, already participate in this championship.It is expected that soon they will be joined by Felipe Massa. The Russian news Agency TASS reported that Kvyat is another potential pilot of Formula E. TASS said that Kvyat had talks with at least two teams and can take part in the January tests.