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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.
Despite the disappointment felt by Robert Kubica, losing the ability to speak during the season 2018 Formula 1, it will be very busy this year.This week, the pole will test a prototype LMP1 Manor in Spain.Robert Kubica "I will regularly get behind the wheel of racing cars throughout the year. It may not be what everyone was hoping for, but it returns me to the battle, providing good opportunities to work on the track.I won't have much time to pilot the car of Formula 1, but still have a good chance at this. I think that this opportunity will open other paths to return to the Royal race in the future.I would prefer to participate in the race, but 12 months ago nobody could not have imagined that I will fight for this opportunity. I know better than anyone where to find what I need, what I need to work."It is also known that Kubica will hold in the Williams three Friday practice.
Mercedes chief strategist James Powles believes that the new structure of Pirelli tyres in 2018 will contribute to a more tight battles on the track.James Powles "These tires are softer, which means more degradation and more pit stops.Last year, when catching up with another pilot, you couldn't overtake because of the tires. In areas where you need to overtake - the zone of inhibition and acceleration - there was not enough efficiency.In 2018 we will have more differences, and this will bring more overtaking. We don't know just how many of them will be.
The pilot of Red Bull Max Verstappen said that he is constantly motivating myself high goals.Max Verstappen "I always try my best to move forward. I don't need to set a specific goal to motivate yourself. Each race for me - a chance to win. Of course, some tracks suit you more than others, but we will need to find something that will help the car to perform well on the track of any kind".
Race Director FIA's Charlie whiting was satisfied with the track of Assen, where soon they will be racing Formula 1.In December, computer modeling has shown that TT Circuit Assen meets the safety requirements of class 1 established by the FIA in terms of layout and width of the track.Chairman of the Board Arjan BOS "it's nice to hear that Charlie whiting is also very happy with the track, modern amenities and service.The positive verdict is an important step in the right direction to return to Formula-1 in the Netherlands. While this process is still ongoing.The next step will be a visit to the track by the representatives of the FOM. This is likely to happen in the near future.".
Last weekend, Carlos Sainz Jr drove a few stages of the Rally Monte-Carlo behind the wheel of a Renault Megane RS.Carlos Sainz "I have long dreamed about it, and, finally, the dream became a reality thanks to Renault. I always wanted to take part in a rally race, to work with the Navigator in the legend. WowThe car was just perfect. It has several modes, and I had to try. She has precise steering and rather stiff suspension.In some places the track was very slippery. Father advised me to be very careful. But everything went very well."Carlos Sainz senior won three times in the Rally of Monte-Carlo in 1991 and 1998, driving a Toyota and in 1995 on the Subaru.
The head of Pirelli Mario Isola said he hoped to see more overtaking this year compared to last season.Mario Isola "we Have an interesting lineup of tires for this season. Last year part of the Software was the current Medium that will allow teams to adapt it to the majority of tracks. This year we will not only use only Soft, Supersoft and Ul.In addition, we have Gipersoft. We expect two pit stops per race and more overtaking than last year. Slightly increase the level of degradation that will affect teams on the track".
Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff admitted that he had changed his opinion on the situation when the teammates are rivals.Toto Wolff "I have always believed that a strong rivalry between the partners is good for the team because they will push each other forward.I think that the lesson that I learned after working with Nico and Lewis, was for me very meaningful. I think you need two pilots who are at a high level, who continue to push each other on the track, but the rivalry should not spill over into the debate outside of the machine.The struggle between Valtteri and Lewis helped us to develop the car very efficiently and helped us win both titles last year. So I am very happy with the pilots and the relations that are in the team".
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".
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.
The Formula 1 world champion 1992 Nigel Mansell believes that it is too much for the pilot makes the car.Nigel Mansell "In past years the car had so many auxiliary computer means. The pilots had to stay alone with the car on the track.Now it is not so. Too many engineers and information presented to the pilot during the race.I hope that the formation of new rules this nuance is taken into account, and the pilots little will be left to themselves. It will then be a really interesting race.
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.
Pilot Mercedes Lewis Hamilton believes that championship is more risky sections on the track.Lewis Hamilton "the FIA has done a wonderful job in the part of improving safety on the road. But the work turns and the security zones, it was time to stop.Not to cut the corner and not lose time. Before, if you traveled outside of the track, it definitely was a waste of time. Now you can approach the turn, knowing that if you go to 5 more than possible, you can pass it widely and to get back on track without losing speed. I don't like it.I used to like Oulton Park and Donington. In t old Hairpin was a nightmare - you have to use downforce, abandoning the brakes and using only the gas pedal. There is always the gravel outside the white line. Catching the gravel, you is definitely not able to leave.Pass to the limit in a turn Donington - a feat. There's all the turns harder than in the Formula-1".
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".
Former President of the British club racers BRDC Derek Warwick said that the birthplace of Formula 1 may lose its Royal status.Derek Warwick "the Grand Prix is too expensive, we are losing money, so we are considering the adjournment.United Kingdom - the birthplace of Motorsport. Does this mean that there will always be a Grand Prix of great Britain Absolutely not.Of course, we want the Grand Prix of great Britain remained in the championship, but we wish he was available so we could earn enough money to invest in the track. We can't do that within the existing contract".
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".
The pilot of Red Bull Max Verstappen has admitted that he is very happy to work with Daniel Riccardo.Max Verstappen "We respect each other, and to be honest, in my racing career so far was not so much in common with a teammate.Even if we give all to fight each other on the track, Daniel is a great guy, and we are pleased to have the duel on the track. So I hope that we will remain good mates for a very long time".
The former head of Formula 1 Bernie Ecclestone said that he can no longer attend Grand Prix.Bernie Ecclestone "I Have a feeling that my successors don't want to see me on the track.I am proud of the Formula 1, and I want it was always good. I'm glad the fight Ferrari vs Mercedes mobilized fans.I actually apologized to the promoters because they paid for the old Formula-1. They all work. Now they again get the money".
After the recent criticism of the track Paul Ricard, where this year will take place the Grand Prix of France, Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton dramatically changed his point of view.Lewis Hamilton "the Most important thing for us is that we come back to France. This country is important for the European part of the championship. Even here there are other good tracks, I still think that in Paul Ricard, we can get the best race of the season. Let's see who knows".Recall, the Grand Prix of France returns to Formula 1 after ten years.
The pilot Force India Esteban Windows said that the leadership of Mercedes, which supports his career, rather his achievements in his debut season.Esteban Windows "And in the Force India satisfied with what I'm doing, and Mercedes. And if all happy, I just need to continue to do everything in my power. With Toto Wolff most of the time we talk on the phone, sometimes on the track.They called me for a meeting at 35-40 minutes to see where I stand, what my problem, do I need to improve. They also hold a meeting with Force India, to see how my development goes. They are very close to me, they are closely related to my career. But that's OK, because Mercedes is investing money in me.They are really interested in what I do, and I think it's good for my career."It is possible that in 2019, the Windows will partner Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes.
The pilot of McLaren Fernando Alonso has told us about the days when he competed for victory against Michael Schumacher.Fernando Alonso "He was a tough competitor is the first thing that comes to my mind. He was very quick, intimidating from time to time. And it's not just on the track. Schumacher was, is, and always will be. He's one of those people who are who they seem or even more. When he comes to you, you immediately realize that this is a special person.He has performed better than expected, even during some races in 2006, when the tires on our cars worked differently. There was a time when Michelin was better.On Friday, Ferrari was not competitive, and then in qualifying you saw Michael in second place, for example. It was incredible, superconcurrent, very hard pilot, just the greatest, one of the few who could show good results on a bad car. Almost nobody can do that.At home I have the greatest treasure - helmet that gave me Michael. I appreciate this gift more than anything".
In 2018, the Grand Prix of France will return to the Formula 1 calendar with the track at Paul Ricard. But the pilot Mercedes Lewis Hamilton admitted that he would race in Magny-Cours, where the French stage was conducted in 1991-2008 Lewis Hamilton "to be Honest, I really liked the Magny-Cours circuit. It is to be honest with yourself.Paul Ricard is in a great location, but the track I personally do not like. It's not as good and exciting as in Magny-Cours.I think the most important thing that we have now the Grand Prix of France, because it is an important part of Europe, is an important part of the European tour.In France so many beautiful trails, for example, Le Mans, and for some reason we are still there. It would also be great."Hamilton has participated twice in the Grand Prix of France in 2007 he finished third in 2007- the tenth.
Pilot Red Bull Riccardo Daniel commented on the words of his teammate max Verstappen, who recently returned to the subject of overtaking Kimi Raikkonen during the last lap of the race Grand Prix of the United States.Daniel ricciardo "If there is a part of the track or the ability to obtain a small advantage, you will take advantage of this loophole. So we are organized.Especially on the last lap when the podium is so close. Each pilot will make every effort to get the coveted podium. It is the instinct of the pilot. So we are made.But I think Max got an unfair advantage, for which he received the penalty".
The pilot of McLaren Stoffel Vandorn said that the first race of the season-2017 were not as he would want.Stoffel Vandorn " the First race certainly didn't meet my standards, but this is only my first season in Formula 1, so the relationship with the team, my engineers would develop. As we are faced with many challenges, it was difficult to do something better.When everything started to come back to normal, I had more time on the track, the more I began to spend time in the plant more time to devote to work in the simulator. Now I see that developing in the right direction."In his first full season in Formula 1 Vandorn finished in 16th position, right behind partner McLaren's Fernando Alonso.
Dutch ex-pilot of Formula 1 Guido van der garde believes that his compatriot Max Verstappen can cope with Lewis Hamilton in the fight for the title.Guido van der garde "I think Max has grown strongly this year, because he had to deal with all these disappointments on the track.I think he also grew significantly as a pilot. In qualifying he was able to make much progress.Hamilton, of course, a good pilot, we saw it this year, but I think that Max will cope with him.
Sports Director of the Formula 1 Ross Brawn said that Liberty already operates in the wind tunnel with two cars, in search of solutions that will make it easier to overtake rivals on the track.Ross Brawn "we already Have a model of two machines working together, and we have done all the initial work. The season is over, teams are ready to provide us with their cars in 2017. This will allow us to receive more information about more sophisticated models. By signing a confidentiality agreement, we will be ready to start a new phase of work in the CFD program.We have a large team of people working in this direction. Early next year we will be ready to present some interesting solutions".
Ferrari President Sergio Marchionne said that next year his team will surely fight for the title.Sergio Marchionne "I believe in the season of 2018 we will again fight for the title. This year we had problems with the completion of the power plant, its the latest version and has not appeared on the track, with the result that we had to resort to changes in the technical Department."Previously, the mill Ferrari left Lorenzo Sassi, head of Department of development of engines. It is known that his career, he will continue in the Mercedes.
Pilot Sauber Charles LeClair admitted that he did not know, what results can we expect from him next season, which will become a Monegasque citizen debut in Formula 1.Charles Leclerc "I think it's pretty hard to make predictions. It is necessary to go to the track and see what car. In the Junior series all clear, since there the machines are the same. In Formula 1 it is very difficult to speculate and give predictions. We will see after the first test. As usual, I will try to do everything possible in the car, but it is really hard to say.We have a new engine - it should be a big step forward. I hope we will be able to take a step forward in the work with the machine. But it also depends on how big is a step ahead from the other teams. We still need to see".
Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff admitted that he was ashamed of the fact that Pascal Wehrlein remained without a seat in Formula 1. Young and talented German several seasons have brought points to the command tail of the peloton, but it did not help him to fight with money bags of the rich and the less fast drivers.Toto Wolff "Pascal deserves to be in Formula 1. He's a great pilot. But now there is no place in the championship. It's a shame, because it has the potential to win, and his performances on the track were exceptional.Our goal is to find a new Lewis Hamilton, which is not easy because it is at a very high level.Our strategy is to quick to hire pilots who already have experience. Mercedes is not a place for learning. Those who come here should already be full-fledged pilots."Recently, the Mercedes team was supported by Wehrlein, but now, it seems that all the attention is turned to Esteban aukon and George Russell.