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Team Toro Rosso told about the reasons which allowed her before the other teams begin to test the machine during the shooting days. Shooting day will be held during the four days of the start of the official winter tests.James Ki, technical Director Toro Rosso "We managed to pass all the FIA tests the first time. This significantly accelerated the development and Assembly of the machine in all areas. During the shooting day we'll check all the machine system, which will also help us before start of work in Barcelona".
The head of Renault's Cyril abiteboul believes his team took a big risk, working with the engine during the season-2017.Cyril abiteboul "We found some problems during the winter tests and some are still in the beginning of the season. It was very late to respond to these issues and to make changes in the design of the engine.During the season we worked a little bit with fire, opening a new operation of the engine, which had some impact on reliability. We also had the problem consists in the fact that some teams could not carry out cooling of the engine. Had to work with each team individually".
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.
The head of McLaren Zach brown said that after the winter tests his team gave the Honda mechanics six months for a solution to their problems.Zach brown "We knew that we have problems, even on the tests in Barcelona, and we have worked very hard for six months to try to find solutions that will make us much more competitive in 2018. Eventually, after trying many different things and many different ways, we felt that we will not be able to fight with Honda for the victory.Three years in Formula 1 for a long time, so we needed to change direction, to return our team to the top. Honda is a great company with excellent staff. The relationship between us was always strong and remains strong, so do not rule out new cooperation. We wish them the best, but we had to make some decision in our interests.The relationship was much stronger than was expected by the people. We worked hard, we were disappointed together, but we never yelled at each other".Next season McLaren will use the power plant of Renault.
The head of Renault's Cyril abiteboul has admitted that it is difficult to make predictions for the next year.Cyril abiteboul "You know, I don't want to make any promises. First, it will depend on the reliability, because in this season we clearly saw that this is an important factor in the fight for points.I think we were in many cases too aggressive, trying too quickly to increase productivity and squeeze more power out of the engine. We put too much pressure customers.So I think we need to go step by step first, to achieve greater reliability, and then accumulate mileage during the winter tests. I think it is important for any work on optimizing the engine and chassis.If we can make progress by following this way, it is very good. So we have a chance to catch up with Mercedes".
Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas for the second day of testing in Abu Dhabi took second place.Valtteri Bottas "Today I loved my job, and the difference in the tires is quite noticeable. Very good, I had the chance to work with them right now, and not during the winter tests. I learned a lot and have noted some important things. I know how to pilot the car on this rubber.And now on vacation".
Pilot Ferrari Kimi Raikkonen on the first day of testing in Abu Dhabi was on the first line of the Protocol.Kimi Raikkonen "Our team tested the new composition of the rubber. But to talk about it now because the cars next year will be different. Not much difference between rubber this and the next seasons no, well, maybe that was a bit faster. The full picture will only see at the winter tests.Work with the machine was difficult, since Pirelli is constantly made changes that affect the progress of work. We just had to do what they say.
Head Red Bull Christian Horner said that the updated Renault engine compared to the winter tests allow you to become faster by two tenths of a second per lap.Christian Horner "I would say, two-tenths. By his own estimates Renault are lagging behind their goals, but are trying hard to catch up. Talking about the oil in the fuel has not affected us. We just solve our own problems.As for the suspension, we tested the system, but it does not promise a major progress. Her extra weight didn't meet our expectations, so I don't think that her refusal hurt us".
Pilot Ferrari Kimi Raikkonen at the end of Friday's practice was in third position with a gap of three-tenths of a second.Kimi Raikkonen "Today was a strong wind, which the machine was constantly slipping. But the conditions were the same for everyone. The first day was spent getting used to the track and test the product, so the results mean nothing.The conditions in Barcelona compared to the winter tests has significantly changed it became warmer, the track surface became cleaner. Now let's analyze the data and see what happens on Saturday.
The head of Pirelli Mario Isola believes that the degradation of rubber during the race Grand Prix of Spain may be higher than during the winter tests.Mario Isola "It's the last race, where a fixed selection of types of rubber. Since Monaco, the pilots will be able to pick and choose the amount of each of the compositions of the tyres.Barcelona - a famous meeting place of the aerodynamic evolution of the car, a new package of upgrades and tires. We understand that with the increased performance of the cars the tires are obviously going to experience a higher level of degradation compared to the winter tests. In addition, it can be expected that the weather is now much warmer than in February,".
Pilot Williams Felipe Massa said that all pilots are perfectly familiar with the track in Barcelona, which will host the Grand Prix of Spain, at the winter tests.Felipe Massa "Barcelona is a track that most drivers know very well. It's a bit like a home Grand Prix, because in the winter we are always testing their machines.It's the downforce on the high speed sections, also requires a very good grip on the last sector.This year we had a good preseason tests, but now the championship starts from scratch. I very much hope that we will be able to spend a nice weekend without any unfortunate incidents, like what happened in Sochi".
The pilot of McLaren Stoffel Vandorn said that the penalty for a replacement motor was for him only a matter of time.Stoffel Vandorn "I think it was only a matter of time after the problems we experienced at the winter tests and first races. We've had so many problems and issues with the engines that we are now forced to penalties for replacement of certain nodes. Only the fourth race, and we have already received fines.But the situation is what it is. We need to accept it and go forward.Recall that in Sochi Vandorn received a penalty in the loss of 15 positions for the replacement of elements of the power plant.
The head of Honda Yusuke Hasegawa said that his company has enough materials to work on the progress of the engine.Yusuke Hasegawa "of Course, we all try, we've tried lots of different programs, and many go at the same time. We will see some updates in the next few races. We expect that they will help to raise the level of performance.To be honest, we didn't have much of a problem. It is clear that we are unable to cope well with our program, but we did not actually participate in the winter tests, so couldn't find all the problems on the track.It is obvious that in all this time we were able to go a greater distance on the track and in the simulator, but the problem is that even the data of bench tests differ from the operation of the engine on the track. Because of this difference we have problems".
The pilot of Red Bull Max Verstappen topped the Protocol of the first Friday practice, which, however, lasted just over twenty minutes.Max Verstappen "I had to work only with intermediate tyres. All right, they showed themselves better than during the winter tests. Don't know whether they have changed since then. Maybe I just know very well this track".
The pilot of McLaren Fernando Alonso on the results practices Grand Prix of Australia showed a 12-th result.Fernando Alonso "Today we had less of a problem than during the winter tests in Barcelona. We could increase the engine power, but while working in the former regime. However, despite improvements, we still have a lot of work, because the leaders are far ahead.Every time out to the track, we learned something new. We were also able to test some new components, and they seem to work fine, what is already positive. We still have a lot to do, but the potential for development is".
Haas pilot Roman Grosjean on the results practices Grand Prix of Australia showed the 8th result. However, the Frenchman again had problems with the brakes.Roman Grosjean "my side boxes the day went well. The car behaved much better than during the winter tests, and it's great.It was nice to immediately get into the settings and get from car to a good speed. We more or less completed the program, so the race must undergo a productive".
There is no doubt that Ferrari is on the threshold of a much better season in Formula 1 than a year ago. The winter tests showed that Ferrari could be ready to fight with Mercedes. However, the former technical Director of Scuderia Tony Cucarella thinks the real picture begins to emerge only after the Grand Prix of Australia.Tony Cucarella "it is Clear that they have made a significant step in the field of reliability and performance. Is it enough to compete with Mercedes or not, I still don't know. But I know that they are not as far as last year.This breakthrough was made possible thanks to the investment of hundreds of millions of euros. The money was spent on tests of separate parts of machine, like they do in Mercedes.The results of the winter tests was quite strong. But I don't know what is the real speed of Ferrari. They equally can be as four-tenths seconds behind the Mercedes and two tenths ahead".
Pilot Red Bull Daniel Riccardo said that he was pleased to start the season with a home Grand Prix.Daniel ricciardo "it's Always nice to return to the native land and to enjoy the sun after the winter tests. My home race is a terrific show, but for me it's primarily hard work, which will begin on Monday.I'm going to talk to the press, a lot of work with sponsors. I have to attend a lot of events and at the same time to prepare for the race. It's hard work, but pleasant.See you in Melbourne"The best result of ricciardo in Australia 4th place in 2016.
The pilot Haas Kevin Magnussen showed the 4th result for the second test day in Barcelona.Kevin Magnussen "a Good day. I drove a lot of laps, more than anyone today. And this is a great end of the day. This is exactly what we wanted from the winter tests. We need to pass as many rounds to detect all the problems on the car and get the full picture, assembled from fragments of useful information.I am very pleased with how the car behaves. I'm glad to be back in the car, it was a great job.
After the resignation of Ron Dennis, a new management team of McLaren has changed the system of numbering machines. So, the novelty will receive index MCL32. Changes and coloring machines.Eric bulge, racing Director at McLaren "Coloring change significantly. It remains to wait a few days."The presentation of McLaren-Honda MCL32 scheduled for February 24. The first tests will be held in Barcelona on 27 February.It is expected that the car of 2017 will get the orange coloring in the style of the times of Bruce McLaren. The last time these colors were used during the winter tests 2006 pictured.
January 20 was the deadline set by the external administration of the Manor. However, the negotiations with interested parties are continuing.The representative of the company FRP Advisory, which granted the right of external control, said "Yes, negotiations with interested investors continue. We do everything we can to make the team out at the start of the season-2017".It is known that the team asked the FIA for permission to use last year's car. Besides, earlier there was information that the FIA has allowed the British command to skip the first three stages.The new machine developed by engineers of the Manor, but the funds for its production, since FRP Advisory has blocked account for the benefit of creditors. Meanwhile, at the winter tests, even with last year's car, the team needs about 500 thousand euros.
The new Executive Director of McLaren Zac brown hinted that his team in the new season can return to their heritage. After the era of Ron Dennis and grey McLaren cars can be painted in orange.Zach brown "We showed a variant of boys and girls at McLaren, and all are very happy possible changes. Just recently we approved a few racing liveries of the car, and I think fans will be pleased to find a new car in the new colours".Let's see how it will look like a new car. Whether it's all the same gray wolf, grey with splashes of orange or entirely orange. Just remember that a truly successful team McLaren was when cars were painted in red and white colors.The last time the machine was painted in McLaren orange during the winter tests 2006 pictured. Presentation of a new machine on 24 February.
The Mercedes team will introduce new car February 23, four days before the start of the winter tests. It is expected that the novelty will receive index W08 Hybrid.While only two commands called date presentations of cars in 2017. Ferrari will present their new product on February 24, factory Fiorano circuit.
As reported by Sky Italia, the Ferrari team will present its new car on February 24, three days before the start of the winter tests in Barcelona.The presentation will be held in Fiorano, in the factory the circuit of the Scuderia. On the same day, the novelty will be tested in the framework of the shooting day.
Strange, but one of the richest stables of the championship was to save money, said race Director McLaren Eric Buje.Eric Buje "you Always have to take a cautious approach to the issue of waste of resources. Us in Pirelli made an offer to take part in tests of new rubber, but we chose not to divert their funds for this event. Anyway, all the results will get all the commands. Of course, the use of such tests is, but it's better we focus their efforts on working with the new machine.The same applies to the winter tests. It's great that many want to spend them in warm countries, but more profitable for us to stay in Europe and not to waste resources on patrols in the world.
During Friday practice for the Austrian Grand Prix the Ferrari team will test the second version of the system head protection Halo.The first version of Halo was made of steel. The second version of the more durable titanium. In addition, her mount shifted forward to avoid hitting the driver's head during a tail collision.The first version of Halo was tested during the winter tests. Everything goes to the fact that the system will become mandatory in season 2017.
Haas pilot Roman Grosjean showed the 13th result practices Grand Prix of Spain.Roman Grosjean "Not too easy day. I was struggling with the tire temperature to achieve a working range. We helped the data obtained from the winter tests, they were given the opportunity to compare the results, take a look at work from another angle. But while I'm not very happy with the machine's behavior, even despite our best analytical efforts.I hope we will be able to tomorrow to solve their problems, to get a more competitive car".
The pilot of McLaren Fernando Alonso believes that his team in Barcelona should help the information gathered during the winter tests.Fernando Alonso "At every track we receive new information about the operation of your car, and in Spain we will have the information gathered during the winter tests. It can be used for the preparation of the car for the race. However, all the teams in this respect on an equal footing.Goal for the next race - to reach the final qualification. The team continuously works on improving the speed of the machine, but we realize that in Barcelona to achieve their goals will be difficult.Last year Alonso started in a home Grand Prix 13-m and the finish line is not reached due to the failure of the braking system. In General, on account of the Spaniard's seven podiums in Barcelona, including two victories.
Haas pilot Roman Grosjean still can't move away from the happiness that gives him the speech on the American team, because in two races he has already earned 18 points.Roman Grosjean "In Australia I have made points on a happy occasion, and in Bahrain could become the fifth in open combat. Still on winter tests I was talking about how they expect to 10-14 points for the entire season. But I already beat overcame this strap We did something that they didn't expect. If we work in the same way, then one day go up to the podium".