WilliamsWilliams is a British Formula 1 team. This command was nine-Cup Formula 1 Constructors. Williams was founded in 1977 by Frank Williams and Patrick Hedom together, after the unsuccessful completion of the previous two projects, Frank - Walter Wolf Racing and Frank Williams Racing Cars. During the British Grand Prix held in 1997, Jacques Villeneuve was a victory for the hundredth time in the Williams. This allowed the team to become the third in history after the Italian team Ferrari, McLaren and the British team, which won more than one hundred victories in Grand Prix. All of the chassis in the team have the prefix FW, signifying the initials of its founder, Frank Williams. Season 2002 turned out to be quite difficult for Williams. On the one hand, they took second place in the Constructors' Championship, and the other - FW24 chassis failure led to a significant reduction in engine power BMW. If at some stage in the qualification of the team could compete with Ferrari, then during the race pilot Frank might have hoped for a maximum of third place. Approximately the same scheme and the season was held in 2003. By BMW was once again provided a powerful engine, and the Head of the team with his landing gear lowered its power. But in the middle of the season the team all managed to get close to the leaders. Before the season began in 2004, came from the Grove claims that the team expects to win the world championship. But the FW26 chassis was bad - a revolutionary two-keel design and aerodynamics could not bring anything other than Williams problems. In 2005 the situation worsened for the team even more. The designers did not manage to develop a competitive chassis, which minimized the success of all the developers of the company BMW. But all the same on the Monaco Grand Prix riders, Mark Webber and Nick Heidfeld managed to finish in third and second places respectively. 2007 Williams started with the new engines of Toyota, which gave hope for a successful performance. Season team was completed in fourth place. In 2010, Formula 1 will be held from fireballs Williams FW32-equipped engines Cosworth, which will manage the pilot Nico Hulkenberg and Rubens Barrichello.
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".
When in 2014 the pilots received the right to choose the start number, Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado made an unusual choice - the number "13".Obviously, the pilots and the leadership of the Formula 1 is quite superstitious, otherwise how to explain that in Formula 1 almost never used the number "13" When the teams were assigned rooms, then after a couple of "11"-"12" once was a pair of "14"-"15". Only in 1976 Divina Galik took a chance to take the number "13" but not even qualify.Obviously, Maldonado decided to challenge fate, and in 2014, moving from Williams to Lotus, took the starting number "13". It is worth remembering that the Pastor in 2012 won the Grand Prix of Spain, that is a pilot, albeit average, but tasted the prize of champagne. However, in the 2014 season, everything was going from bad to worse numerous Renault engine failures, crashes and collisions. Only once in the United States Maldonado started from the top ten and earned the only points for the 9th place.
Managers Artem Markelov are in talks with Renault team regarding the contract backup pilot.Last season, Marcus played in Formula 2, won 5 races and became the Vice-champion, losing only to Charles LeClair, which this year makes its debut in Formula 1 in the Sauber. If Artem is going to get a contract with Renault, it is not excluded that the Russian will take part in several Friday practice.By the way, the canadian champion 1997 Jacques Villeneuve, who loves to criticize as his compatriot lance Stroll, Daniil Kvyat, saying that Russia has a good pilot Artem Markelov.Last year Renault reserve driver Sergey Sirotkin, who is expected to become a combat pilot Williams.
French newspaper L'equipe said that the Williams team has offered Robert a place backup pilot.Everything goes to the fact that the second pilot Williams will be Russian Sergey Sirotkin. At the same time Kubica could become a reserve pilot that will give him the opportunity to take part in the tests and maybe in Friday practice.An official statement on the part of pilots Williams is expected in the coming days.
Gilles Villeneuve - the idol of the fans of Ferrari, one of the few pilots who endeared himself Enzo Ferrari. In 1979 he became Vice-champion in the car under the number "12".Villeneuve debuted in Formula 1 in 1977, after the McLaren the Grand Prix of great Britain. However, the head of the British team decided not to sign a contract with crazy canadian. But it drew the attention of Enzo Ferrari. In 1978, Gilles broke a lot of cars, but nonetheless, remained in Ferrari. At the start of the 1979 season, his partner was an experienced South African jodie.The first two were racing for Ferrari is not very good, but then there is a new 312T4 car with ground effect, and Gilles won in South Africa and long beach, becoming the leader of the championship. Then better things went the Schecter, who won in Belgium and Monaco. In the second half of the season seriously added the Williams team, the pilots who won four races. Against this backdrop Ferrari has decided to bet on one pilot and the "first number" chose the Schecter. Villeneuve dutifully accepted the rules of the game, and in the final Grand Prix of Italy did not attack the partner of Ferrari, though, winning there, Gil could still compete for the title. The canadian won the final race in the United States and became the Vice-champion, losing to South African only 4 points.
In recent years in Formula 1 starting grid is used, where in the same row are two machines, one of which is a little more different. But things can change in a few years.Pat Symonds, in the past technical Director of the Renault and Williams "In recent years, we use the grid with a stepped configuration. Of course, the race become boring due to the fact that in front of everyone is the fastest car.Before it was different. In a boardroom in London there are pictures of the old Monza, where in the first row are four cars. Maybe it should do so nowWe have virtual tools for validation of such ideas. I think we should change the starting grid and to simulate the 20 races. I wonder what will happen not at the end of a 300-kilometer race, and after the first three rounds".
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".
Expert BBC Andrew Benson believes that Robert 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 rubber.There is nothing unusual. All pilots have difficulty adapting to the new Pirelli tyres, and the pilot, who for six years have not acted in Formula 1, even more difficult. In the end, Williams decided that Kubica is unlikely to cope with their work and chose Sirotkin".An official statement on Williams Sirotkin is expected in the coming days.
Technical Director of Red Bull Adrian Newey said that Ferrari was three times making him an offer.Adrian Newey "Such a proposal was received to me three times. Initially in my career loomed the idea of working in IndyCar, where Ferrari decided to build his car. I was offered to join the main designer for their project but I did not feel that it is right, therefore, refused.Later, in 1996, the head of the Ferrari Jean Todt has asked me to be the technical Director. At this point, I had offers to stay in Williams to go to McLaren or join Ferrari. I've been thinking about it, but at the time I had a young family, and I decided to stay in the UK.The last time I was offered to go to Ferrari in 2014. But I decided to stay in the Red Bull, although there had been trouble with the engine".
Two-time champion of Formula 1 Mika Hakkinen believes that in the journey to the world of Royal races is very expensive.Mika Hakkinen "to break into Formula 1, you definitely need all the elements, including good contacts and big money.It is difficult to give an exact amount of money, but if you get into Formula 1, you probably already spent many millions.The situation with Sirotkina Williams doesn't look strange to me. It is business as usual, where the team simply chose a better option for themselves".
Pilot Williams, the canadian lance Stroll has stated that his compatriot Jacques Villeneuve are always unhappy in their comments.Lance Stroll "In any case, his comments are always negative. He never supported me in every sense of the word. He sees only the negative. Even a podium in Baku was not a positive in his eyes".
The ex-pilot of Formula 1 Felipe Massa said that he was pleased with the looks of the new machine Williams for the season-2018.Felipe Massa "I saw a new car in the wind tunnel. Changes a lot, and it looks pretty interesting.But all commands work. Maybe at the first race everyone will have so many changes that the results can be unpredictable.The car looks much more aggressive, he looks a lot bigger, so I think the team can make progress.
In 1993, the head of McLaren, Ron Dennis has called in your team of Michael Andretti, champion overseas IndyCar series and son of 1978 champion Mario Andretti. Formally, the American became the first pilot and got the number "7".At the end of 1992, the minders Honda decided to leave Formula 1. Dennis hoped to get the champion motors Renault, but the deal fell through, so the season-1993 McLaren had to spend with customer Ford engines that lost to the French engines, stood on the machines Williams, about 60 HP On this background, the team leader Ayrton Senna was in no hurry to sign a new McLaren contract and even considered the possibility of transition in the IndyCar, and Gerhard Berger took up the invitation and Ferrari. Not to be left without experienced pilots, Dennis was invited Andretti, who won IndyCar in 1991.Debut Andretti proved to be difficult. In the first phase in South Africa, Michael came down due to a collision with an opponent already on the fifth circle, the two following races ended with crashes on the first lap in the fourth race of the American deployed in the middle distance. Only at the fifth stage in Spain he was able to finish fifth and earn their first points. In that time Senna, who has signed a contract with McLaren at every race, managed to win two victories and polytyrosine in the championship.
Finn Keke Rosberg made his debut in Formula 1 in 1978. Four season he played in weak teams, while in 1982 has not received a proposal to replace Williams in champion 1980 Alan Jones.Rosberg nominally was the second pilot and were on the car with the number "6". But suddenly after two stages Williams left Carlos Reutemann, and Rosberg was the leader of the team.The 1982 season was accompanied with scandals, suspensions, deadly accidents, and it is quite a tight fight. Suffice it to say that in the 16 races won 11 pilots Quite a long time the winners could not get and Rosberg, although occasionally he finished on the podium third in Holland and Germany, the second in long beach, Belgium and Austria - in the latter case, he lost to the winner Elio de Angelis just 50 thousandths of a second Finally, Keke managed to win the Grand Prix of Switzerland, and this victory allowed us to become one of the leaders of the championship, for two stages before the end of the season.
Flavio Briatore, former head of the commands Benetton Renault, indirectly confirmed that the free space in Williams is Sergey Sirotkin, but not Robert Kubica, whose work leads the 2016 champion Nico Rosberg.Flavio Briatore "I'm sorry that Kubica was able to negotiate with Williams. I spoke with Rosberg, and he said that he tried various options, but the pilot from Russia, a big budget, about 20 million, but Kubica was able to collect approximately 7-10 million.Sorry. And I don't even know the name of this Russian. Very strange that the leaders of the championship did not help Robert to return to Formula 1 - that would be great".
Three of their four League titles, the Frenchman Alain Prost won the start number "2", including in 1993.After a failed 1991 Ferrari Simple chose to skip one season to earn a place in the cockpit Williams in the car, which at that time had no equal on the slopes of Formula 1. Learn about the contract with Allen, left the team Nigel Mansell won the championship in 1992. As the defending champion moved into the IndyCar season-1993 passed without a car with a champion "unity". Instead, the Williams team won the constructors ' championship, got a couple of numbers "0" and "2". Of course, three-time champion chose to come to the car with "two" and "zero" went to newcomer Damon hill.
Race engineer Williams Rob Smedley believes that Felipe Massa ended his career at the peak of the sports form.Rob Smedley "Look at how he ended his career - he completed it at the highest level.He's 16 years spent in Formula 1, and all these years he was at the level of the fight for the title. In a fast car he always fought for victory in a slow - achieved its maximum.To be on top, to give the team information for development to achieve points constantly to reach the final of qualification on average is a measure of the level of the Mass. He is a very good pilot".
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.
Williams technical Director Paddy Lowe said that he will miss the experienced Felipe Massa.Paddy Lowe "the Mass gave incredible feedback. He worked on the development machine. Engineers always important to get good feedback, and he gave it in full.Sometimes you don't get a link from one of the pilots, and then information is provided by other pilot, but Felipe gave information in each race. He was a valuable team player who always sought the maximum from the car.I have not received information from Strolla. Don't know what will happen next year. I don't have enough Mass".Massa has repeatedly said that he is ready to stay in Williams, however, according to rumors, that Lowe insisted on the dismissal of the Brazilian, who played in the British team in 2014.
German publication Auto Bild reports that the Williams team's Sergey Sirotkin. The contract was signed for two years.Under the contract, the Russian pilot will pay for each season at 15 million. Financial support Sirotkin has SMP Racing, owned by Boris Rotenberg.The announcement of the contract delayed until January, when the account team needs to do sponsorship Sirotkin.
The Williams driver lance Stroll believes that he is able to cope with their problems, which manifested themselves regularly during the season-2017.Lance Stroll "I think I know what was my problem. If people don't want to see their mistakes, then that's their problem. I see my mistakes. I never said that in my mistakes, blame someone else.I have to prove to themselves that they are able to be the best, and I'm working on it tirelessly.As a man, I'm still the same guy that was 8 months ago. I was going through hard times, but look what's waiting for me".
Robert Kubica and Sergey Sirotkin are applying for a place in Williams. However, the head of Mercedes Toto Wolff advises the British team to look at the young pilots who won last season of the Junior series.Toto Wolff in an interview with BBC5 "If I were the head of Williams, would risk and would invite George Russell Lando Norris or Charles LeClair is the talented guys that have experience winning Championships. Tomorrow they will be superstars".Russell, a career supported by Mercedes, this year became the champion GP3, Norris, under the tutelage of McLaren, won the European Formula-3, Leclere, a protege of Ferrari - Formula-2.
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.
In the history of Formula 1 only thirty-two pilots managed at least once to win the title. Sixteen of them won the championship more than once, ten more than two times. This year Lewis Hamilton became the fifth pilot, who managed to win the championship four times.The first championship title in Formula 1 was played in 1950. In 1953 appeared the first two-time champion Alberto Ascari. Two years later, the championship became the first three-time champion - Juan Manuel Fangio. He in 1956 became the first four-time.Nine years it took Hamilton to after the first title was obtained in 2008 to earn the next three. This is the longest period for four-time Champions. In this regard, the record belongs to Sebastian Vettel, who became a four-time champion just three years after the first victory in the championship.The youngest four-time champion is Sebastian Vettel. In 2013, when he won the third title, the German was 26 years 3 months 24 days. The age four-time champion Juan-Manuel Fangio. The Argentine has turned 45 years 1 month 12 days ahead of schedule when he won the championship in 1956. For comparison, the Hamilton is in a good race in Mexico turned 32 years 9 months 22 days.Only one pilot managed to win all four League titles in a team - Sebastian Vettel Red Bull. Three won four titles, speaking in two teams Alain Prost McLaren and Williams, Michael Schumacher Benetton and Ferrari and Lewis Hamilton McLaren and Mercedes. Juan-Manuel Fangio four Championships won in three different teams Alfa Romeo, Mercedes and Ferrari.Only two of them managed to win more than four titles. Will add to this list is Lewis Hamilton Maybe Sebastian VettelA list of the pilots who won four or more titles1. Michael Schumacher - 7 titles 1994, 1995, 2000-20042. Juan Manuel Fangio - 5 1951, 1954-19573. Alain Prost - 4 1985, 1986, 1989 and 1993 Sebastian Vettel - 4 2010-2013 Lewis Hamilton - 4 2008, 2014, 2015 and 2017.
Sergey Sirotkin is one of the contenders for a place in the team Williams. It was supported by Cyril abiteboul, head of the team Renault, where the Russians the last two years worked as a test pilot.Cyril abiteboul "Sergey has impressed us with their work. In two or three practices, there are technical problems that didn't depend on him, but when there were no problems, he was able to show high speed and provide good feedback. He has a little experience in Formula 1, but the results are impressive.Some of the new 2017 appeared thanks to the work of Sergei testhi in the simulator. I believe that he deserves a place in Formula-1".
Expert Formula 1 Gary Anderson, who had to work the chief designer in various teams of the championship, commented on the situation with the choice of the second pilot Williams.Gary Anderson "Williams is facing a difficult choice. They have lance Stroll, who spent just one season in Formula 1 and do not count.Robert Kubica is a risky choice. He was a fast driver, but now have doubts about his abilities. Daniil Kvyat has experience, but last season caused a lot of issues. Sergey Sirotkin has experience in the test and during Friday's practice, although to him also have questions.I think we should choose between Sirotkina and Cuatom - in the future, they both can be good pilots as well and Stroll. Obviously, Williams will select the pilot, which will bring more money."According to available information, the Williams team have signed a preliminary contract with Sirotkin who suggested sponsorship contribution of 15 million.
Russian businessman Boris Rotenberg stated that he is set to give Sergey Sirotkin place in Formula 1 in 2018.Boris Rotenberg "I never like to talk business in advance. It's like football, when you just say that you want to win the next game. We all hope and try to do everything we can, but the situation does not depend only on us. The important thing is that in Williams understand our commitment. In any case, Sergei deserves to become a Formula 1 driver.He won the test, being faster than Kubica at the level Stroll, and now we have the opportunity to put him in the car".
Williams technical Director Paddy Lowe believes that the Halo system would be a serious challenge for the League teams.Paddy Lowe "Weight is probably the biggest problem that people do not talk so much. Halo is a pretty heavy component that affects the integral structure is tough. This weight has on the car the effect is more than aerodynamics.The limit of weight was raised, but not enough to offset our problems. It will be a big challenge for all teams".
The only opening for the season in 2018 remains to Williams. But the team from grove will announce the driver line-up until December.Press service of Williams "We are not planning to make a statement until January, so enjoy the new year festivities. Thanks for the support See you in 2018"A place in Williams claims pole Robert Kubica, and also two Russians Sergey Sirotkin and Daniil Kvyat.