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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.
The pilot of McLaren Fernando Alonso spoke about the reasons that prompted him to consider entering WEC.Fernando Alonso "the Level required by Formula 1 from the point of view of training, is huge, and after so many years you realize that the time will come when you will no longer be able to meet these criteria.It's a bit like Carlos Sainz, when he decided to leave the world rally championship. This does not mean that he chose Dakar as its future. He just likes the competition, he was a world champion, but you need to practice and travel every day throughout the year. And there is the opportunity to speak in this prestigious event, which is held once a year. This is the right choice for the champion, who loves to perform but is not willing to train hard all year.My situation is a little different. You just love competition and think it is attractive because you like racing, and you have the opportunity to combine two things and make something new that you have not had the opportunity during many years of work in Formula 1.The WEC gives me a sense of freedom. There are some races during the year. You can get a little freedom, but at the same time to continue to speak.In the WEC, Alonso will play for the factory team Toyota. The first race of the season - a stage in Spa 5 may.
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.
In 2012, the British team Virgin has become Marussia in Russian, and her first pilot was German Timo Glock, who under the number "24".Before the 2010 season, the FIA has announced a tender for participation in Formula 1, the results of which were selected three new teams, including Manor. Before the start of the first season she turned into a Virgin, and under this name lasted only two years. At the end of 2011 the team was bought by Russian company Marussia, which was ruled by Andrey Cheglakov and Nikolai Fomenko. Marussia was going to sell supercars and the team of Formula 1 was very well suited for commercial high-speed machines.Inherited inherited Marussia motors and Cosworth Timo Glock, who has had two full seasons in the Toyota and two of the season in the Virgin. Alas, weak engines and unexamined chassis design allowed to fight only with HRT. In qualifying Glock never rose above 18th place. In the race Timo experienced consistently getting to the finish, leaving the race only once, but the best result was a 12th place in Singapore, nearly in the points zone.
In 2009, seven years after his debut in Formula 1, Australian mark Webber has finally won the first race. He did it on the car of Red Bull under the number "14".In 2009 Formula 1 has moved to the new technical regulations, which meant a substantial limitation in aerodynamics and the use of KERS. Some teams like Brawn and Toyota, in their own way interpreted the rules and introduced the so-called double diffuser. Adrian Newey, who moved from McLaren to Red Bull at the end of 2006, also found certain loopholes in the regulations when preparing the RB5.The Red Bull team appeared in the championship in 2005 on the basis of the team Jaguar. For four years, the pilots of Red Bull only three times on the podium, but that all changed in 2009.
The SMP Racing programme pilot, Robert Schwartzman will be performing in the Castrol Toyota Racing Series. The first stage of this new Zealand championship will start on 10 January at Ruapuna Park.Season Castrol Toyota Racing Series TRS lasts about a month, from January to February. Five stages will be held on different tracks in New Zealand. At the end of season TRS pilot SMP Racing Robert Schwartzman will start to work in the European Formula 3 championship.Speech of Robert Schwartzman in the season 2018 Castrol Toyota Racing Series and FIA Formula 3 are a part of his training program Ferrari Driver Academy. The agreement on the accession of Robert to the Academy was signed by the founding Director of the program SMP Racing Boris Rotenberg in October 2017.I'm glad that I can participate in this NZ series, noted Robert Schwartzman. - This will give me a chance to get used to the car class Formula 3, then in order to be successful on it in the European championship."Despite the fact that the season Castrol Toyota Racing Series short in comparison with analogues, the championship popular with racers from all over the world for the opportunity to train and play in the offseason, when the Northern hemisphere winter. In the Castrol Toyota Racing pilots perform on standardized cars of the Italian company Tatuus, homologirana by the standards of the FIA F3.Calendar Castrol Toyota Racing Series 201810 - 14 Jan Ruapuna Speedway18 - January 21 Teretonga25 - January 28 Hampton Downs1 - 4 Taupo8 Feb - 11 Feb track manfeild.
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".
McLaren and Fernando Alonso continue talks on whether the Spaniard to spend a full season in the WEC.The head of McLaren Zach brown said in Abu Dhabi that the British team are open to Alonso within the race at Le Mans, as McLaren and Toyota are not competitors. But, it seems that Alonso wants to spend in the WEC full season. Interestingly, calendars virtually no overlap, except for one race.Fernando Alonso "We need to examine carefully the calendars. It would be nice to make this work. I probably would have loved it".Race Director McLaren Eric bulge against such a venture "First of all, calendars are still intersect, so he will not be able to spend the entire season. Of course, we all know that Fernando loves to participate in races. I think he definitely will not be 52 weekends in a year. But it will stand it".
Spanish ex-pilot of Formula 1 mark's Wife believes that his compatriot Fernando Alonso can win in Le Mans next year.Although the deal is not yet completed, the tests Alonso for Toyota indicate that the place in 2018, likely will be for a two-time champion of Fomrula-1.Mark Wife, "of Course he will. Especially if next year the manufacturers will be only Toyota, because it is very difficult to win Le Mans as a private team.I think that now Fernando could easily win this race. Alonso is very good, and he really enjoys racing in all forms.No, I don't think Alonso wants to leave the championship. Good thing he can act anywhere without compromising the Formula-1".
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".
Today in Bahrain, will start tests WEC. Part of the factory Toyota team will work Fernando Alonso. Two-time Formula 1 world champion, will sit behind the wheel of a sports prototype Toyota TS050 Hybrid 6 LMP1.Recall that Alonso is going to take part in the legendary marathon 24 hours of Le Mans. It is not excluded that Fernando will start and other WEC races.There, in Bahrain, is the first tests, the Russian car BR01.
A source within the team Toyota serving the WEC, said that Fernando Alonso has agreed on a set of performances in the 24 hours of Le Mans.An unnamed source told the BBC "the Participation in Le Mans consistent. Now there are negotiations about participation in other races".
It is not excluded that next year Fernando Alonso will take part in the legendary marathon 24 hours of Le Mans. Edition of the Daily Sports Car reports that the Spaniard visited the base of Toyota in Cologne, where he passed the adjustment seats.It is expected that Alonso will take part in tests of the Toyota sports prototype, which will be held on 19 November in Bahrain.At the same time, as we already confirmed the participation of Alonso in the marathon 24 hours of Daytona, where his partner will become a reserve pilot of McLaren Lando Norris.
It seems that the company Aston Martin has taken another step to Formula 1. A month ago, the British automaker announced the expansion of its deal with Red Bull becoming the sponsor of the team for 2018.Christian Horner "to Become the providers now they can't. Only in 2021".Now, Italian magazine Autosprint reports that the famous figure of Formula 1 Luca Marmorini, former Ferrari mechanic and Toyota, joined Aston Martin. While it is known only that Marmorini is a consultant. But this is a great contribution to the promotion of the brand in the world of Formula 1.
Sports consultant to Red Bull Helmut Marko said that the ex-pilot Toro Rosso Sebastian Buemi will not be able to return to the team next season, replacing there Carlos Sainz, because it stands in the championship of the sport prototypes WEC for Toyota.Helmut Marko "Buemi raced for the team Toyota. Don't think the Honda will be too happy about this".Meanwhile, Buemi may hold one race this season, substituting for the United States Grand Prix Pierre went Out.The last time Buemi took part in the Formula 1 race in 2011. Since then, he's listed as a spare pilot of Red Bull. In 2014, Sebastian became the champion of WEC in 2015- Formula E.
Executive Director of McLaren Zac brown believes that Lando Norris is the future champion of Formula-1.Norris claimed the titles in the Toyota Racing Series, Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 and Formula Renault 2.0 NEC in 2016, and this year he joined the youth program of the McLaren.17-year-old Norris this year won three races in Formula 3 and currently third in the standings.Zach brown "He looks so talented, like no other pilot I have ever seen. I think that this view is shared by most people who saw him in the race.He's very focused on racing, he's very thorough, I definitely think that he is the future champion of Formula 1.We are very pleased that Lando in our program, as the guy performs well in Formula 3 where he took pole and won his first race".
The ex-pilot of Formula 1 Timo Glock stunned the Internet with his photo in the cockpit of the car racing series. This photo German as if hinting at its return to the Royal race. However, it turned out that it was a picture from the simulator.Timo Glock "It was a joke, which is picked up by the media. I did and never replaced. The news spread across the world like a rocket I wasn't expecting it Be calm. I will remain in the DTM, where will fly over the BMW with such a great partner like Deutsche Post, so don't worry.Glock competed in Formula 1 in 2004, 2008-2012, On account of the German three podium in the team Toyota.
McLaren has announced the continuation of its youth program, taking tuition of the winner of the McLaren Autosport BRDC Award 2016 Lando Norris.Norris, who will play in the season-2017 in the European Formula 3 team Carlin, has already won four titles in different racing series, British Formula 3, Toyota Racing Series New Zealand and Formula Renault 2.0 categories Eurocup and NEC.The head of McLaren Zach brown "I believe that Lando fabulous prospects. He was able to break all of his opponents, and not in one series, and three competitive. He was a clear winner, and it deserves a place in the McLaren.He was impressively Mature for the past year. I think that he will one day be a major player in the world of Formula-1".
The post of technical Director of the team Sauber, which had remained vacant after the departure of Mark Smith in March of this year, next season is Jorg Zander.Currently, Zander is the technical Director of the Audi team represented in the championship WEC. However, the German company decided to leave endurance racing, and 52-year-old engineer got the opportunity to return to Formula 1, which has already worked with Toyota, BAR, Williams, Honda and Brawn. Had Zander to work in Sauber in 2006 and 2007 he was the chief designer of the team, which at that time belonged to BMW.Moniz, Kaltenborn, head of the team "We are delighted that Jorg Zander will become technical Director at Sauber. We are proud that we have managed to convince so an experienced engineer to become a part of our team. This is a very important step in the history of Sauber, and he will succeed.Zander knows the world of Motorsport and Formula 1. He will oversee all technical processes and be responsible for all technical departments. Sure, together we will succeed".Jorg Zander "I'm glad to be back in the Sauber and in Switzerland, a country that became for me almost native. After many years of experience in endurance racing, I am pleased to return to Formula 1. Enters into force the new regulation which provides an excellent opportunity to demonstrate technical capability.My goal is to create efficient technical organization that will be able to design a competitive machine of Fomrula-1. But first we need to gain a foothold in the middle of the peloton. This is a very interesting challenge and I look forward to the new season".
Technical Director Williams Pat Symonds believes that there is no chance of any one team to pull ahead in the next season.Pat Symonds "the Main feature of cars of Formula 1 aerodynamics. It is to this aspect we all focus when designing the chassis. Previously, we could work endlessly in the wind tunnels, and were such as Toyota, who used two wind tunnels, but the work went around the clock the whole yearThe season of 2014, the number of sessions in the pipe was reduced to 80, and now the figure is only 65. For the allotted time you need a lot to get done, and can not be mistaken. This is all done in order to equalize the strength of teams in the League. Therefore, no one will benefit in the following year.
Former technical Director of the teams of Toyota and Renault's Mike Gascoyne believes that McLaren still have a lot to do to regain the leading positions.Mike Gascoyne "McLaren has made progress, but much remains to be done to return to the position of leaders or just to get closer to him. I know Alonso still in Renault. I watched him on the tests in Barcelona, and there he was not very confident in his car - that he impressed me.A year ago, McLaren was in a very poor position, but now everything is much better. The progress is obvious, there is no doubt on this score. But to talk about the fight for victories and podiums too early".
Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff said that the departure of Red Bull from Formula 1 will not affect the future of Formula 1.Toto Wolff "of Course, it is important to keep all the commands. Lately a lot of teams came and went. So, a few years ago within a few months of the championship left Toyota, BMW and Honda are the three major car manufacturers, but Formula 1 has survived.Red Bull is a famous brand, and we should try to save it. But if it does not work that Formula 1 will survive without them".Similar opinion is shared by the Deputy head of the Force India Robert Fearnley.Robert Fearnley "it Will be sad if Red Bull will go away, because they did a lot of good for the championship. But Formula 1 will exist without them. Six months and nobody will remember about Red Bull".
The head of the Toro Rosso Franz tost showed the results of the pilots with whom he's worked. Second place went to Dannil Kvyat behind Sebastian Vettel.Franz tost "Kvyat very good car control. He is focused and energetic, as Vettel. Daniil from Russia, where it is not highly developed racing. He is still a child he moved to Italy, where he lived without parents, and it makes his achievements more valuable".Third place in the ranking of Toast took debutant this season's Max Verstappen. Followed by Carlos Sainz, Daniel Riccardo and Ralf Schumacher. Last, I'm sure the head of the Toro Rosso, could well be the champion.Franz tost "Ralph had everything we needed to become a champion. On pure speed, he surpassed many of the pilots and on a good day could beat everyone to the circle. Here are the only team Toyota, for which he acted, did not come to fight for the title".
The debut of the upgraded machines Force India has been postponed. VJM08B will not appear on the track before the Grand Prix of great Britain, in early July.Sergio Perez "we had problems with the preparation of the new machine. We wanted to conduct the first tests in Barcelona, but it seems that will be able to test it only at Silverstone".At the end of last year, the Force India engineers began to use Toyota wind tunnel in Cologne. With the transition to the new site, due to problems with financing the preparation of an updated machine was delayed. Original debut VJM08B was scheduled for the Monaco Grand Prix, then it was postponed for the Austrian stage.
The third steward during the Grand Prix of Bahrain will be the Finn Mika Salo, a former pilot of Formula 1.Salo competed in Formula 1 from 1994 to 2002 for teams such as Lotus, Tyrrell, Arrows, BAR, Ferrari, Sauber and Toyota. The best result in the championship - 10th place in the season 1999, when Mika was replaced in the Scuderia injured Michael Schumacher.
Deputy head of the Force India Robert Fearnley said that the updated car will appear only to the Grand Prix of Austria, not before.Robert Fernley "Working on a new version of the chassis in full swing on all fronts. We are confident, therefore I declare officially that the new chassis hitting the track in Austria.It will not be superficial modernization, and major updates. We hope that this will allow us to significantly increase speed. I don't think we'll jump ahead of the peloton, but a breakthrough will be. The reason for such long delays - late start of work in the wind tunnel Toyota".Previously, the pilot Force India Nico Hulkenberg said that the current car VJM08 has no potential for further development.
A former pilot Super Aguri and test driver for Renault Franck Montagny received a two-year suspension after doping-test for cocaine showed a positive result.Recently, the Frenchman played in Formula E. After the Malaysian stage was taken doping test, which showed a positive result. Montagny was deprived of the 15-th place in the race and was suspended from racing until 23 December 2016.In Formula 1 Montagnes played nine years ago, spent seven races in the composition of the Super Aguri. Best result - 16 place. Also Frank worked as a test driver for Renault, Jordan and Toyota.
To the European part of the season, the Monaco Grand Prix, Force India will prepare a new version of the chassis, which is now undergoing final preparations and modernization.Deputy head of the Force India Robert Fernley "This is not just a package of upgrades, it will be a new chassis. We are doing our best to prepare fast new chassis for the second half of the season. We do so because we want to catch up over the winter. Only with this chassis, we will be able to appreciate the advantage of working in a new wind tunnel Toyota. It will be a cool car".
Manager Chikara Funada leading case of ex-pilot Caterham, Sauber and Toyota Kamui Kobayashi was present in the paddock during the Grand Prix of Australia, sparking rumors of a possible return of the Japanese pilot in Formula 1.Chikara Fund "the talk about the return Kamui in Formula 1 is just a rumor. He is not the pilot of the Manor, and I do not deal with issues of his return at the Royal race".