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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.
Sergey Sirotkin took part in tyre tests in Abu Dhabi in the Williams. Technical Director of the team Paddy Lowe praised the results of the Russian pilot.Paddy Lowe "Sergey good, we haven't worked with him before, not counting the simulator a few weeks ago. He's a promising pilot, very disciplined and Mature. He did a great job with the tests, providing excellent feedback. We are very happy."For incomplete test-day Sirotin drove 86 circles, and showed 10-th result. However, unlike rivals, Sergei worked on the harder tyre, the Soft.Sergey Sirotkin "Good, busy day. During the races we tried almost all the rubber composition of the following year, with the exception of the mildest. Working with empty and full tanks for short and long sessions. Have noted the difference between sets of this year and preparations for next season. In the near future we together with the team will conduct a detailed analysis collected during tests of information".
The Ferrari pilot Sebastian Vettel admitted that he was ashamed of the results of the last season.Sebastian Vettel "We finished second there where I was supposed to be the first. These races this year were too many, so I am ashamed of the final results of the season. I'm going to train. Any holidays, I will work on myself and prepare for the next year."Earlier, Vettel said he will skip the traditional Race of Champions for the next season.
Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas is not very happy with the fact that won the qualification in Abu Dhabi.Valtteri Bottas "I am thankful for my family who came with me on this Grand Prix. This support means a lot to me. I was able to add to that last fast circle, completely controlling what is happening on the track. I showed a good time, but not the maximum. But it was enough for victory.However, in Brazil, I was also able to win in qualifying, but lost on Sunday. So I'm not too happy about this result. So tomorrow after the race and will look at the results of the Grand Prix. In the meantime, I'm going to focus on the race".
His debut race in the Renault Carlos Sainz finished in seventh position - a good result.Carlos Sainz "the debut of the Renault was great With each new round I felt more confident in the car and attacked at the limit of its capabilities. I was able to fight with the pilots Force India, although previously they were inaccessible to the Renault. One car I even surpassed.This weekend went smoothly. I helped the team, so I quickly adapted to the new machine. I am pleased with the results of the weekend and I want to thank every employee of Renault".
The Ferrari pilot Sebastian Vettel in the practice of the United States Grand Prix showed the third time, but the German is unhappy with the results of the day.Sebastian Vettel "It was a difficult day, not easy session, but the machine is fast, so we don't need to worry too much about it. The only fastest lap, which I drove, was on the Ul.Before that I made a mistake, too risky and too early turning. The track was quite slippery and I lost the rear under braking part. So we lost a set of tires, and then, by the end of the session, I felt that the machine something is wrong. We checked it a couple of times, and now we are in the car and Troubleshooting. I need to find a rhythm and make sure everything is in order".
Lewis Hamilton was pleased with the results of the first day of the Grand Prix of Japan. In the first practice Mercedes driver showed the second result, the second - first.Lewis Hamilton "Good day. The machine here works better than in Malaysia. I am glad that in the first practice, got to work on a dry track. The day was raining, but we checked the operation of the machine, as in Malaysia, on a wet track it was not effective enough.Here patient fans. They waited the whole session when we get out on the track. Even and for that reason I left the boxes - we had to give them a show.
The head of McLaren Zac brown admits that the team management will look foolish if Honda will make a huge step forward in 2018.After three years of unsuccessful work with a Japanese company McLaren refused to cooperate with Honda by signing a new contract with Renault.Zach brown "Obviously, if Honda start winning in 2018, but we don't, then we'll look stupid. But I think the one who makes the big decisions, should be able to take the results of these decisions.I think that in the moment when you take any decision, always there is an element of "what if I'm wrong". But I think that everyone has contributed to this decision, it was a group. Have given it difficult.It's like Indianapolis. Some of them said, "What if the race in Monaco will be our good opportunity" But, fortunately, Alonso drove well in the United States, and Jenson button started the race from the pit lane. We must look forward, not backward".
The Ferrari pilot Sebastian Vettel due to problems with the power plant had passed no one fast lap in qualifying and not formally qualified.However, the stewards Grand Prix of Malaysia took into account the results of the German shows on Friday and Saturday practices, and made it to the start in the race. To start four-time champion will be either the last or from the pit lane.Most likely, Ferrari will take advantage of the situation and will replace Vettel all the elements of the power plant.
The pilot of McLaren Stoffel Vandorn claimed the points, but fizzled out of the race Grand Prix of Italy due to engine problems.Stoffel Vandorn "I know only that the engine lost power, so I had to go the distance. It's like yesterday, and it's a shame because my car was brand new engine. This is not the first time we have encountered such problems. It's a shame, because we could fight for points. I hope, in Singapore the situation is more favorable. I put a lot of work this weekend, had the car a good speed, so it's a shame that we have lost two machines.Perhaps in Singapore, I will have another penalty for a replacement motor, although we do not know exactly what was our problem today, despite the fact that it looks like the same problem yesterday. We'll have to wait and see the results of the work with the power plant".
The pilot of McLaren Fernando Alonso has said that his team cannot be satisfied with the results of the season.Fernando Alonso "As a team, we can't be satisfied with the season. We often took place in the third round of qualifying last year, and the ninth and tenth place were our average results.Personally for me it was a very good season. The cars of season 2017 helped me back to my style of piloting, I feel a lot more competitive than in previous years, I feel competitive on any track.I had the unique experience in the Indy 500, it was fantastic. I'm happy with the first half of the season".
The ex-pilot of Formula 1 Gerhard Berger said that it is not necessary to seriously consider the results of the tests, especially to look at the final times.Gerhard Berger "the Teams use different strategies. For example, in the McLaren every time I sent Lando Norris with empty tanks on the track. This explains its excellent time.I think my nephew Lucas was able to show that he is capable of good results. However, his career is complicated by the fact that Mercedes decided left DTM. Don't think that Lucas should go to Formula. Personally I don't like that there is need to change from machine to machine. And I personally will do everything to DTM left and after 2019".
Test driver at Williams Luca Giotto on the results of the tests in Hungary was on the 11-th position.Luca Giotto "I am sincerely grateful to the Williams team for this wonderful day. I was dreaming about Formula 1 since the day he first arrived at the start of the race. I had no idea that the reality would be many times better than my dreams.I saw that the team was happy with my results, and it means that my work was not in vain. Everything we now have experienced, worked. When performing the direct task, I tried to get used to this technique".
Test-pilot of Renault Nicholas Latifi on the results of the tests in Hungary was on 7-th position.Nicholas Latifi "it's Cool that I managed to get behind the wheel of cars of Formula 1. Yes, it was very hot, but after testing for Pirelli in Barcelona I really wanted to get back behind the wheel.The car has excellent handling, I was able to give the team good feedback. Sorry for the lost time due to the replacement of the engine, but the mechanics coped with the task, and I returned to the track at the end of the day.Sorry that I missed you so much, but the rest of the day was rich".
The pilot Toro Rosso Daniel Quat commented on the results of the qualification, where he showed the 13-th result, and the penalty for locking lance Stroll.Daniil Kvyat "sorry, I was fined three positions on the starting grid of tomorrow's race, and I have to start with 16-th position. There was some misunderstanding, and I didn't know that someone was approaching from behind, and now we got a penalty for blocking another car.It's a shame, because today was good our speed in General and my feeling from the machine was OK, even despite the fact that in the course of qualification has changed little balance. Before getting into the third segment I was just a few tenths, but overall we were roughly where expected to be.The thrill of the machine I have is good enough, and now all that remains for me to hope for is unusual, eventful race, because otherwise then it will be difficult to overtake. Of course, we will do everything in our power try to preserve the rubber, and then see where we are at the finish".
Pilot Red Bull Daniel Riccardo in the practice of the Hungarian Grand Prix showed the best result.Riccardo Daniel "I can't complain about this day, after two sessions spent at altitude. We obviously were able to get their updates, full commitment, all works very well. We know that this track is normally good for us, so it was important to come here, to extract everything possible from the car and make sure the updates did their job. All this will allow us to fight for a possible victory. To be a leader on the results of the tests are nice, but this does not mean that further we will not be able to fight for the same results. On the contrary, long races showed that we have good pace.I'm sure other teams tomorrow will succeed, but we will be able to add. Qualification will be difficult, but that result depends on the result of the struggle for victory. I will go to the finals as fast as I can".
The Ferrari pilot Sebastian Vettel on the results of the qualification Grand Prix of great Britain was in third position.Sebastian Vettel "It's incredible. The car feels the road just fine. I enjoyed it. Tomorrow I will try to achieve victory.Yesterday, we were satisfied with the work machine, today we were happy with their speed, and tomorrow we hope that everything will go just incredibly well. Like that we celebrated the victory. If I was not blocked in the course of the last fast lap, I could climb a little higher, but the pole position is hardly challenged.
According to the BBC, the leadership of the team Renault was satisfied with the results of the tests of Robert Kubica and willing to provide the Polish pilot another chance.As told the representatives of the French team, in the simulator Kubica showed results comparable to the results of the combat pilot Nico Hulkenberg. However, on a real track you have difficulty with a damaged hand.It is not excluded that Kubica will take part in the youth tests after the Grand Prix of Hungary.
The pilot Force India Sergio Perez went the distance of the race Grand Prix of Azerbaijan after a failed attack by a teammate.Sergio Perez "it's a Pity to quit the race, especially after we realized that we could win this race. The team did a great job during this weekend, and we deserved much more than just points. I had nothing to do to avoid the accident. It's a shame that it all happened with my teammate. Other contenders scored good points.We will need to discuss the situation in the team and to make sure this doesn't happen again. We are responsible for the results of the team. It was important just to reach the finish in a high position, not a duel. Even after the accident, the team was able to get me back in the race. We are not broken and continued to fight. It describes us best".
Mercedes technical Director James Allison commented on the results of the race in Baku.James Ellison "It was a bitter race. Yes, the overall result is not so bad, but everything could be completed more successfully. Because of the small things we lost the battle, we lost her due to the usual headrest.Looking at the picture of the race overall, we can conclude that the car was fast. In the end, we were able to bring home important points. But now we can't wait to get back on track in two weeks and again to fight for the victory".
Head Sauber Moniz, Kaltenborn said her team we can only trust Honda as a manufacturer of engines.Monisha Kaltenborn "We can only trust Honda. We can build your knowledge about this company only the results of their work in Formula 1. We understand that it is very difficult to succeed when you have a bad motor. But we are ready for this cooperation.We are ready for partnership. We would be interested in working with Honda on a sponsorship basis, but we have nothing to do with it".
Head Sauber Moniz, Kaltenborn admitted that Sauber next season, take in a pilot, a career which is supported by Honda.While Sauber do not have a deal with Honda, the injured Pascal Wehrlein replaced Antonio Giovinazzi of Ferrari, but he now works with Haas, the team, working closely with Scuderia. So, in the season of 2018, it seems that Sauber will be the pilot associated with Honda.Moniz, Kaltenborn "In the end, it is the decision of the team. We are responsible for the team and its pilots.We always take pilots from the engine supplier. In our case it was the right decision. Now, nothing has changed. We are open for negotiations. Let's see what will happen in the future. As for sponsorship deals, it is too early to speculate about it. Still need to wait for the results of the current season".
Deputy head of the Force India Robert Fearnley with regret commented on the results of the race. For the first time this season none of the pilots of the Indian team could not earn points.Robert Fearnley "the Day of unmet expectations. Contact with Sergio Sainz was forced to hold an early pit stop, to change the course of the entire race. For Esteban race was held smoothly, until he got a puncture. It cost Esteban a handful of points. A disappointing result for a guy.So it was one of those days when things were not as usual. But in Monaco this happens very often. We will take ourselves in hand and start preparing for the Grand Prix of Canada".
The head of Pirelli Mario Isola commented on the results of the qualification in Monaco.Mario Isola "It was a really unpredictable qualifying session, where we learned additional information about tires. Ul were used from the beginning to the end in qualifying that was initially the most likely scenario, especially since the pilots were able to make several qualifying laps on one set without any loss of speed.One pit stop is, of course, the optimal strategy of the race. Perhaps someone wants to start the race on the Supersoft, then to use the safety car to move at a faster rubber, which will remain until the end of the race".
Qualifications Indy 500 takes place a week before the race and consists of two parts.On Saturday in qualifying for the participation of all interested persons. Each pilot must pass a series of four fastest laps in a row. If the pilot decides to make a second or third attempt, the previous attempts will be forfeited. The second qualification is open to the top 33 of the pilot.On Sunday all the Saturday results are set to zero. Nine best pilots on the results of the first session get the right to compete for the spots from 1st to 9th. All the other play places from 10 to 33. and Saturday, every pilot must pass a series of four rounds.
The head of Honda Yusuke Hasegawa admitted that his team was upset by the results of the Grand Prix of Spain.Yusuke Hasegawa "After a good result in qualifying, after a magnificent speech Fernando at his home Grand Prix, today's result was disappointing for the whole team. Fernando was good, despite the unfortunate incident on the first lap. He didn't give up throughout the race, showed encouraging pace car. I am disappointed as, in my opinion, today we were competitive enough to get points.We will see Monaco, and there will be a good opportunity to achieve your goals".
Head Red Bull Christian Horner commented on the results of the race in Spain for their team.Christian Horner "Daniel had a great race, almost alone. Sorry, we didn't have enough speed to fight with the leaders. We obviously benefited from the gathering of Bottas, so Riccardo owes its first year, the podium exactly Valtteri. Max started well, but became a victim of unfortunate circumstances in the first turn. Bottas crashed into Kimi, which, in turn, demolished our pilot.We understand that a lot of work ahead. Our package of upgrades is not ideal. Now we look to the future, the most prestigious race in the calendar, the Monaco Grand Prix. I hope that we can show there is a good show".
Head Red Bull Christian Horner with regret commented on the results of the Grand Prix of Russia.Christian Horner "firstly, congratulations to Valtteri Bottas for his first victory in the Grand Prix, a great victory for him.For us was a real disappointment, the loss of Daniel at the beginning of the race because the right rear brake. And we have yet to understand what is the cause of this failure. It seems that this is reminiscent of the max problem in Bahrain, but we will study the data.Max spent a strong race. He started well and immediately found themselves in the neutral zone with no other opponents.On the track, which we know and love, we are unable to achieve maximum results. I hope that in Barcelona will be able to reverse the course of the struggle for victory".
In qualifying home Grand Prix Daniel Quat showed the 13-th result. But because of the fine teammate in a race he will go 12. Daniil Kvyat "After the results in the morning practice, I am pleased with the results of the qualification. In the course of the weekend I had problems with the control of the machine. However, I managed to drive a good circle, and I now hope to compete for points".Carlos Sainz qualified 11th, but in Bahrain he earned the penalty in the loss of three positions, so the race will start 14th.Carlos Sainz "on Friday we were in the tail of the peloton, but today we managed to make progress. In the end I qualified 11th, which can be called a good result. However, because of the fine I would have to lose three positions.On this track we need more speed, but I'm sure that the race will be interesting. We have the chance to earn points, and I'll do my best".