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The head of Formula-1 chase Carey believes that the League needs to attract a new generation of fans.Chase Carey "the Foundation of the sport is the fans who are already adults. They grew up in this championship. These fans are essential to us.But we want to interest a new audience, and for this we must find solutions that respect the historical element that made this special category, and simultaneously attract new fans.We need to interest a new generation. In order to motivate them, we need to show on the track. Before each race we have put on a good show.We can improve competition, to improve the fight. This will help to capture the public's imagination".
Pilot Mercedes Lewis Hamilton admitted that he has not yet decided when to retire.Lewis Hamilton "I think about what's ahead of me. I spoke with those who had retired, those who retired later, and everyone says to stay until I can.The seasons are becoming longer and longer, and you see what I do outside of Formula 1. It is time consuming and takes a lot of energy.I like what I'm doing now. I like to be with this team, I love racing, and I still feel the best on the track. So, while the car is on a level, until the rules change, I will act.Who knows, maybe in 2021 I'll pass the baton to George Russell".
Pilot Red Bull Daniel Riccardo said that he respects the achievement of Lewis Hamilton last season.Daniel ricciardo "Last season was in the hands of Lewis - I respect this achievement. He had a great car, but I think the car SEB was just as good, and Lewis just kept himself in better shape, not paying attention to provocations on the track and outside it. He showed the best level of consistency and composure. You have to respect that.He was always very quick and I think he had a great season.
The pilot of McLaren Fernando Alonso in the first day of testing in Abu Dhabi showed 6-th result after the morning broke the car.Fernando Alonso "Today we were satisfied with the work, having tested tires for the season 2018. They are very beautiful, fast and efficient, and the degradation we have already found a common language. I'm happy with.Yes, in the morning I'm a little trim barrier, but the mechanics quickly repaired the broken suspension. I returned to the track before lunch. This helped to complete the entire program without delay.Now the season is over and I go home. But very soon I will begin training for next season".
The architect of the racing tracks of the Formula 1 Herman Tilke defended its track in Abu Dhabi after a frankly boring the final stage of the season 2017. Previously, some pilots and team leaders criticized the Yas Marina.Sports consultant to Red Bull Helmut Marko said after Sunday's race "It was one of the most boring races I can remember.Hamilton was probably faster than Bottas, but Max was faster than Raikkonen, but as soon as they came close, there was nothing I could do. We need to think about more interesting tracks for the championship.Lewis Hamilton agreed "I think they should change this track".Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff agrees "the Race was not very impressive. The championship is over and it plays a role, but with the new rules, these cars are incredibly difficult to overtake".Herman Tilke "In this race faster cars were ahead more slow, so overtaking was not, but it's certainly not the fault of the track. But we will discuss this in the future.I already have some ideas about changing a rotation that probably will have a big effect".
The pilot of Renault and Nico Hulkenberg finished in the Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi in sixth position, despite a 5-second penalty received in the beginning of the race.Nico Hulkenberg "the Start was very dense. I immediately joined in the fight with Perez. I don't know how to comment on this situation by leaving the track, since we have different point of view on this issue. But I agree with the penalty. When I went in for a pit stop, I thought it very long, but then remembered that I was waiting for a five second penalty.At the end of the race we have met all our goals. We are satisfied with the result, so in General, all ended well. The sixth result was our maximum."Sixth place in the race allowed the team to bypass the Renault and Toro Rosso to take sixth place in the constructors ' championship.
Niko Hulkenberg showed in the qualification of Grand Prix of Abu-Dhabi 7-th result and became the best representative of Renault.Nico Hulkenberg "We know that this is only the qualification, and that anything can happen in the race, but we are in a good position. I showed one of their best rounds of the year, so very pleased with the result. In the third round I struggled with the track and the car, as the temperatures started to drop. But something like we see every year.The rate on long distance looks promising, I'm happy with the car, so the race is supposed to be good. We can fight for the seventh place".
Pirelli tyres brought to Abu Dhabi three of the most soft composition of the rubber. However, the rubber on this track wears out very slowly, so it is expected that all drivers will race with one pit stop.Mario Isola, Pirelli "As we expected, the track conditions during qualifying did not changed, and tires Ul allows us to set the lap record. As it turned out, the bus Ul I endured two quick circle and alternated fast and slow laps.In the race, obviously, all go with one pit stop first Ul, then the Supersoft. The window to change the tire quite large, since the tire wear is pretty slow".
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".
The pilot of Red Bull Max Verstappen in qualifying for the Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi showed only the sixth result, losing to the leader more than a second.Max Verstappen "It is a failed qualification. I suffered all weekend with finding the best balance of settings. I am unhappy with my car, and this fact should be taken. Today was just such a day. I had to constantly fight with the car and not with your opponents and the track. I tried to make the most, but they were only the sixth result.The team constantly changed something within the limits established by regulations. But the car still didn't listen. I don't know why, but the car lacked grip, especially the rear wheels. Hopefully we'll be able to look more competitive".
The pilot Force India Sergio Perez was pleased with the eighth result shown in the qualification of Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi.Sergio Perez "my Window has shown good results. Yes, we had a real struggle on the track, but it was worth it. I definitely could have done better, but traffic and temperature kept me on a fast lap. I am sure that tomorrow we will show a good race.Tomorrow it will be a tight battle with Renault as our results are very tight".
Pilot Ferrari Kimi Raikkonen in qualifying for the Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi showed the fifth result, losing to the winner of the pole position by almost eight tenths of a second.Kimi Raikkonen "I liked how you configured your machine, but qualifying was difficult because of the rubber. Each circle had to go through in new ways, as changing the track temperature and rubber. Every time I had to change your approach to work. It was very difficult.Yes, I would like to display the time higher, but now will have to fight for a greater tomorrow in the race.
The pilot of Red Bull Max Verstappen on the results practices Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi was only in sixth position.Max Verstappen "Today we tried many different things to understand what is appropriate for these changeable conditions. I was very happy with first practice, but not the second. We know what the cause of my low speed, we know why I couldn't show good result. Now it should be fixed by tomorrow.The team should work with the settings below, the car looked competitive on this slippery track. The sand is a lot of problems, so today we saw so many mistakes on the track. The engine we used today was old, he's definitely not showing 100, so we will change it to tomorrow to give all the power.The Mercedes drivers seem clear favorites, but we will try to get closer".
According to the results of Friday practice in Abu Dhabi pilot Williams Felipe Massa was on the 11-th position.Felipe Massa "I Think it was a normal Friday. I did a good job on the track, quietly worked with the tires and settings. I pretty comfortable in the car.Now I don't feel that it's my last race. Maybe next year when miss a first Friday, I realize that. But now I am totally ready for the last race. And I'm prepared for the fact that it will be my last here.I thank the team for all he has done for me. Let's see what we can show tomorrow and Sunday".
Pilot Williams Felipe Massa, who will leave Formula 1 after the race in Abu Dhabi, admitted that he wants in the future to fight at a high level.Felipe Massa "It's part of my future expectations. I really want to continue to have fun on the track fighting for victories.When I was eight, I got the fun of fighting, get it now. I hope it will in the future. So, yeah, definitely, I really hope can find the category in which you will get pleasure from the struggle, no less than in the Formula-1.I will have enough time to think about it to understand what category is best for me".It is expected that the Mass will be the pilot gaining the popularity of the series Formula-E.
The head of Honda Yusuke Hasegawa said that the gap in power between Japanese power plant and other competitors are gradually reduced.Yusuke Hasegawa "in Monza our engine was at a decent level. It all depends on the track. Our competitors sometimes faster, sometimes faster than we are. I can say that our team is almost equal in speed with Williams, Force India and Renault.We were able to maximize current performance of the engine in Brazil, which is encouraging before the last race in Abu Dhabi.From the point of view of power, we are a little behind other manufacturers engines. But we are reducing the gap.We have not had any problems with reliability, which is also encouraging".
Fernando Alonso did behind the wheel of the Toyota TS050 Hybrid sport prototype on the track in Bahrain in the framework of the tests beginners WEC. The Spaniard drove 113 laps and showed a time of 143.013.Fernando Alonso "It was a great day The job behind the wheel of the car of the LMP1 class are always interesting for any pilot, because this incredible machine.I've always wanted to try a similar technique, and I succeeded. I am very happy".
The canadian season champion-1997 Jacques Villeneuve continues his criticism of the national and pilot lance Williams Stroll, but now does it with great humor.Jacques Villeneuve "Yeah, Stroll, he's super fast, very talented. A couple of times when I saw him on the track during the year, remained impressed by his attitude and his speed.Remember the last race in Brazil, where on the same machines, Stroll in a circle behind your partner. Oh yeah, he has an excuse. Something happened to his tire".
The pilot of Red Bull Max Verstappen said that his team will try to achieve the best result possible in Abu Dhabi.Max Verstappen "We, of course, will try to finish the season with a strong result in Abu Dhabi. Last year the race was difficult because of the pit stops, turn in the first corner, the tyres - but even then, the team achieved fourth place.I would say that my favorite part of the track is between the second and third turns is a quick left and right turns. I like to fly under the hotel in the dark with all these lights.The last sector in Yas Marina is actually quite technical, so you have to be very precise in their movements, but it also needs to be our strongest part of the track. There exists quite a lot of opportunities for overtaking, which will make the race interesting. View, this will be a spectacular show".
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, ahead of schedule has become this year's champion, refused to change his number "44" on the champion's unity.Lewis Hamilton "I don't plan to change his number 44 is my family. This is really weird, and I think every pilot knows your lucky number. Even my dad in his youth had chosen this room, and now he's mine.I have a picture with "43" on my car when I was still a young pilot. But this room was not mine because some kid just stole my. I remember when mark Blundell was on the track and handed out the trophies to the winners. It was the first time I saw the pilot of Formula 1.I think I will only use the number "44". You know, as the defending champion, have the right to use the number "1" instead of "44," but I don't really like this room. This room was different people, but most of all I remember Michael Schumacher. This is his number. I can't take someone else's number."In 2015 and 2016. Hamilton had number "44" that although he had the right to "1".
Pilot Red Bull Daniel Riccardo admitted that he is looking forward to the final race of the season-2017.Daniel ricciardo "Yas Marina circuit is a bit similar to Suzuka. This track, which I always enjoyed where I like everything, except that I never made the podium. At Suzuka this year I was able to achieve a long-awaited podium, I hope that there will correct the situation.This is a fun track for aerobatics, I like twilight, and I think it creates a special atmosphere of the season finale.We train in daylight, but the race at dusk, making our work quite difficult. The work day does not give us anything since the evening and night before the track cools down, and the machine requires completely different settings".On account of Riccardo six races in Abu Dhabi. Best result 4th place in 2014 after starting from 20th position.
The Russian company BR Engineering has introduced a new sportprototip BR1. Track Bahrain International Circuit in the final stage of the FIA WEC season-2017 the global Motorsport community and journalists first saw the car, whose creation was announced a year ago. Car LMP1 was created by Russian company BR Engineering together with the famous Italian automaker Dallara to participate in the new superstone of the world championship FIA WEC.In the presentation BR1 participated Boris Rotenberg, founder and Director of the BR Engineering Pierre Fillon, President of the Association ASO Gerard Neveu, head of the FIA WEC Luca Pignata, chief designer Dallara Dmitry Samorukov, Director of SMP Racing pilots of the program of development of Russian Motorsport SMP Racing Mikhail Alyoshin, Vitaly Petrov and Matevos Isahakyan Ambassador extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation in the Kingdom of Bahrain Qarayev, Vagif DragonSpeed team principal Elton Julian and Russian engineers and students of technical Universities who took part in the development of the prototype. The music for the premiere of BR1 was written by Russian composer and producer Victor Drobysh.The presentation was opened by Boris Rotenberg. According to him, the engineers managed to create a completely new car, which used the most modern technologies and materials"it is Symbolic that on 17 November, during the final stage of the FIA WEC season in 2016, we announced the signing of an agreement between BR and Dallara Engineering to start work on a prototype BR1. Today, exactly a year later, we proudly present you the result. During the work on the car we used the best international experience, achievements one of the best companies Dallara. At various stages in the development of the car was actively attended by Russian specialists, and also worked on the simulator the current pilot program SMP Racing Vitaly Petrov, Sergey Sirotkin, Mikhail Aleshin, Viktor Shaitar and Kirill Ladygin. Their task was to from the point of view of experienced riders to make suggestions in key aspects of the prototype, from the ergonomics to the behavior of the car on the road".Prototype BR1 passed all the necessary tests and homologation of the FIA, a number of tests on race tracks under the control of SMP Racing pilots. Ahead of the Russian car the new season of the world championship on races on endurance 2018-2019, where SMP Racing intends to put the two Russian crew in the highest category of the championship, LMP1, to fight for the highest results in the overall classification.While the company BR Engineering, the first manufacturer of the chassis presenting to the public the car are ready to participate in the FIA WEC next season, already signed a contract for the production of a prototype BR1 for team DragonSpeed, also announced recently its intentions to move into the LMP1 category of the FIA WEC."I must say that the rate BR1 on the track is impressive, - said the pilot program SMP Racing Mikhail Alyoshin. - Impressive and how well made the prototype, and how sensitively it responds to changes in preferences that we do. To work with such a machine is a pleasure. Now our task is to spend as much time behind the wheel, to detect the different nuances, to work with the settings, because even in the ideal technique is always better. I am sure that next season prototype BR1 compete with rivals".One of the main innovations in superstone 2018-2019 world Championship on races on endurance will be the merging of hybrid and non-hybrid prototypes in one of the LMP1 class with defined capacity limitations. This will allow private teams, including the Russian team SMP Racing and DragonSpeed team, to compete for a championship titles FIA WEC.Facts ABOUT the prototype of BR1-CLASS LMP1 the process of creating aerodynamic elements of the new prototype was held 16 sessions in the wind tunnel, the total length of which was 600 hours, during which it has produced 1000 trials.In tests on the simulator and on the finished prototype was attended 5 professional pilots SMP Racing programme, including Vitaly Petrov, first Russian Formula 1 driver- Mikhail Aleshin, the pilot of the American series IndyCar- Sergey Sirotkin, the reserve pilot of the Formula 1 Renault- Kirill Ladygin, a multiple champion of Russia on go-karting and road racing, the bronze prize-winner of the race "24 hours of Le Mans- Victor Shaitar, world champion, winner of the race "24 hours of Le Mans", FIA WEC.On the simulator prototype BR1 pilots had a total of 64 hours, which amounted to 173 session or 870 laps.TECHNICAL characteristics of the PROTOTYPE BR1AER V6 twin turbo 720 HP Possible to install motorsGibson V8 LMP1 Spec 700 HP.Message other proizvodyaschuyu Le Mans Sprint body kit on the back 6-speed robotic transmission Xtrac lock differentialbaselsn TILTON Brembo brake system LMP1 UPRAVLENIE with power production Kayaba.Userrepository pilotado the foot pedal accelerator and timesmachine disciminate, production OZ specifically for Michelin Radial LMP1 18 dumontadriana 930 kg.
The owners of the track of Zandvoort believe that they are ready for the Grand Prix of Holland. This statement emerged from the Dutch News, which says that there are no insurmountable organizational, technical or logistical reasons why the League could not again hold races at this track.In the report of the company Decisio says Zandvoort only need to modify a little bit the track.The representative Decisio "This is a must do if you come more than 100,000 people, but it's doable.The adaptation of the infrastructure can be completed within a year, but we still have to form a consortium and get into the calendar.We are not going to make any assessments".
The former head of Renault Flavio Briatore believes that Lewis Hamilton deserved to win his fourth title.Flavio Briatore "this year, he was more motivated. He worked more on the track than at the disco. That he helped win the title".
The pilot of McLaren Stoffel Vandorn stated that it did not need the help of Fernando Alonso as a guide to the championship.After a slow start, the Belgian newcomer is now regularly competes with his teammate Fernando Alonso, which is probably one of the best pilots of Formula-1.Stoffel Vandorn "he's Probably the best pilot in Formula 1. I have a good relationship with him, even if we did compete on the track, but that's okay.This year we have a strong car, but it was positive for me because I had the chance to get closer to Alonso.But he is not my mentor, as Mass to Stroll. Of course, we work together as one team and moving in the same direction, but he's not standing right next to me, supervising my work.We are very open and talk a lot outside of the track, but he is not my mentor. Perhaps Strolla need it, but not me".
Non-Executive Director of Mercedes Niki Lauda admitted that he is concerned with politics Liberty Media aimed at the future of the championship.Niki Lauda "I'm worried. They need time to figure out what Formula-1, but this time will soon be over, and what they think about the future, worries me.Brown says that we need to increase the speed, but the DNA of Formula 1 in the other. It is wrong to assume that in order to make racing more attractive, every weekend should have a new winner.Of course, I'm sure we'll find a satisfactory compromise. The source of the problem is rising costs and reduced income. But where we want to go We need ideas, but I don't see them.I heard from Sean Bratka what they want to see the children accompany the pilots on the track. But this new idea is simply copied from footballFiscal policy is logical and correct, but we need a three-year plan for its implementation. Want us to send thousands of employees into the streetAt the moment Liberty just announced that it wants to submit, but not how she intends to do it".
In Brazil the staff of Mercedes, Williams and FIA was subjected to an armed assault during movement between the track and the hotel. Felipe Massa believes that this is a big problem for the future of his homeland.Lewis Hamilton "I was terrified when I found out about the incident. The saddest thing is that I'm already in the League for about ten years, and every year at least someone from the paddock becomes the victim of local bandits. The organizers are also responsible, because they must guarantee us security."Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff "Brazil is a great country, but we don't need armored vehicles to safely travel from the hotel to the highway".Felipe Massa "It's very sad not only for those who are experiencing such problems, but also for Brazilians. All of this suggests that the time has come for the country to develop further and not to stand still.We race in Mexico, we were in India, and I don't know, is it dangerous there as it is here.But for the responsible people it is a problem, because they have to ensure safety for everyone who comes onto the stage.I love Brazil, but at the moment I'm not coming back here to live. My son is studying in Monaco, he speaks three languages, which is important for its future. Perhaps in the future I would like to come back here when there are safer and better".
Haas pilot Roman Grosjean finished 15th after the beginning of the race with Esteban Window. During the race the Frenchman received a 10-second penalty after the finish - two more penalty points.Roman Grosjean "the Only thing I can say about the start of the race is the fact that I received a strong blow in the machine frame. I believe that I had a punctured rear left wheel. I had to turn the steering wheel in order not to lose the car. It was made by me due to a puncture. I received a fine for anything, and I'm not very happy with it. I want to see the replay again.A positive result of the race is that lately the speed of the machine was stunning. Despite the fact that we had a serious damage near the bottom, the car went around the track pretty good.Now we need to understand why the speed was so high before the race in Abu Dhabi".
Pilot Red Bull Daniel Riccardo during the launch became a member of the incident and took a step back. But the Australian managed to get to sixth position.Daniel ricciardo "the Start was very difficult. In the first turn I decided to walk on the left side of the track, because that is how I was able to achieve a maximum break, but someone suddenly bumped into me. The car was damaged, and had to go to the pits. Fortunately, the safety car helped to catch up with the peloton and start a breakthrough.It was a difficult breakthrough, I fought as best I could. The last 15 laps were difficult because of the tires. Problem started unexpectedly. Max even had to call in for an additional pit stop. We are always working to the limit, and so will run to the checkered flag in Abu Dhabi. I think that everything should be fine".