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Technical Director Williams Pat Symonds believes that Toro Rosso is faster than his team, although during the winter tests it was not visible.Pat Symonds "During the winter tests it was unclear how fast the team Toro Rosso. We were sure that this team slower than us, but it turned out that our projections were wrong. We are surprised by the possibilities of this stables, she's very quick.If to speak about alignment of forces in the peloton, the first is Toro Rosso, and then we, and our Force India. But it was only one race, and we hope for more in the near future".
The American team of Formula 1 Haas , debuting in the world championship in 2016, has officially unveiled its first car.The car has received the name Haas VF16 image the machine the team has published in its official "Twitter". The livery of the car is made in combination of dominant silver and black with elements of red.On Monday, the first Roman Grosjean will be driving in the winter tests, and on Tuesday new test Esteban Gutierrez.
New car Mercedes W07 debuted on the track in the framework of the shooting day, which is organized by the team today at Silverstone.Behind the wheel of the car in the morning sat Nico Rosberg.It is expected that Lewis Hamilton will test the car in the afternoon.The official presentation of the Mercedes W07 will be held on 22 February in Barcelona, before the first day of the winter tests.
As a rule, Ferrari held a Grand presentation of the new machines before the start of the winter tests, but now it's been reported that the team is going to make a presentation of the new car online on 19 or 20 February. All of which will only publish a couple of photos and interviews with the pilots.As have informed in a press-service of the Scuderia, this information is not yet reliable, since the guide team has not yet decided.
The Ferrari pilot Sebastian Vettel said that as a child, climbed through a fence to see his idol Michael Schumacher in action.Sebastian Vettel "I Remember in 1997, when we started the winter tests, my parents came on the kart racing competition in Italy. We turned in Maranello which have passed the tests of Schumacher. I heard the roar of the engine of his car and hurried to climb over the fence. The tests were closed, but like me, was very much".
On the eve of the Grand Prix of Canada, it became known that the minders Honda spent two available in stock nine tokens on completion of the turbine. A new version of the engine will be at the disposal of the McLaren team during the Grand Prix of Austria.Yasuhisa Arai, Honda "During the winter tests we experience any unexpected problems, because of which we lost a lot of time. Now we have significantly modified the engine. You can even talk about is actually a new power plant. We're sure that will regularly fight for points and even try to climb the podium.Obviously, many people are expecting McLaren-Honda season results-1988, when the team won fifteen of the sixteen races. In some MENA this expectation exerts pressure on us. While we aim to take the fight to Ferrari and Williams teams. The next target will be fighting with Mercedes".
The head of Honda's Yasuhisa Arai says that this year the team McLaren will be able to achieve podiums in Formula 1.Yasuhisa Arai "undoubtedly, our Union McLaren-Honda has all the makings for success during the current season. We feel responsible for the result and responsibility for their words. In the months separating the race in Spain from the winter tests, it took not so much time but the progress is obvious. We have a clear plan for the modernization of the car, which will allow you to fight for podiums this year.In Monaco and Canada, we will fight for points, and then focused on the podiums".
Sebastian Vettel in qualifying showed the third result, losing to the owner of the pole position by almost eight tenths of a second. However, the pilot Ferrari pleased with the results of the day.Sebastian Vettel "We are close to the leaders, and it's great. Tomorrow I hope to have a great race.The Mercedes drivers have been strong at this track during the winter tests, and today they confirmed his speed. Hopefully tomorrow we can give them a fight. Let's see what happens".
The pilot of McLaren's Fernando Alonso was pleased with the progress of the team and his 11th result for the practice of the Spanish Grand Prix.Fernando Alonso "It's a good start working in Spain, I liked how the team worked on this day. We ended the day without any technical problems, and completed all elements of the programme. My score could have been higher if not for the pirouette in the 12th turn hot laps. It was fun, but I did not add.The track was a little slower than it was during the winter tests, and we had to adapt the car to suit new conditions, but hopefully tomorrow will be able to be a little closer to the leaders than it is today. The team has made some positive steps forward, but the work is still there and tomorrow we'll all be responsible qualification.
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton spoke about the track in Barcelona, which the Briton believes one of the best in the League.Lewis Hamilton "I love Barcelona is a beautiful European city with incredible architecture. People and life here is bright and good-natured. There is always good weather, and I gladly come here even just.The track is familiar to all the teams, because we spend the first part of the winter tests. For me the most difficult moment in the ring first, second and third turns. In the first it is important to find the right braking point, so, cut the apex, quickly enter the second and then into third. On this site you need to accelerate the car, because it is here that pilots are losing in qualifying. But if you are able to pass this section of the gas to the floor, then rest assured, your skill will be rewarded".On account of Hamilton's eight races in Spain. But to win Lewis managed just last year.
McLaren drivers are unable to reach the finish line of the race in Malaysia, but was pleased with the results of the race, those that were able to participate in the fight against average teams the group.Jenson button "the Start of the race was not very successful. Because of the hitch at the pit stop I was behind Roberto merhi, and for some reason he did not catch up with the peloton as the track was the safety car. In the end, after the restart I had to first fight with him, and then actively to catch up with the others, which negatively affected my rubber. But the race I liked it, because we were fighting with other teams, including Red Bull. Such a struggle is a positive thing. It is a pity that we with Fernando did not get to the finish line".Fernando Alonso "the Race went better than I could have imagined. Most importantly, we were able to fight with other teams. The pace in the race was high, and before his pit stop, I even managed to catch up with Red Bull pilots. Now we have to understand the reason for my retirement. The team was asked to slow down and to get back to the pits. Usually reliability issues are resolved during the winter tests, but we can say that there was not, so you have to work on it during the race. Hopefully, in China we will make another step forward."Alonso came down because of problems with the cooling ERS, button - due to the failure of the turbine.
The qualification in Malaysia pilots Williams Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas showed the seventh and ninth results, respectively.Felipe Massa "It was a tough day, a tough qualification, where I was able to show only the 7th result. If the session was held on a dry track, I Bottas would have been easily in the top five. We still have a number of questions to work on the car, hope it will be resolved before the start of the race. If the predictions come true, and the race will be dry, the team has a chance of success".Valtteri Bottas "I'm a little disappointed with how this day passed. I'm a little surprised that I was going to start the ninth. Looks like affected by the lack of practice work in the rain during the winter tests. We need more data on the work car on a wet track, the only way we can become faster. In any case, the start of the race from 9th place does not Bode well".
For the first time after the accident, Fernando Alonso got behind the wheel of a McLaren MP4-30. After Friday's practice, the Spaniard noted the progress made by the team over the past two weeks.Fernando Alonso "Now the situation is much better. During the winter tests were some problems after four or five laps had to drive the car into the pits and change.Today I drove 45 laps without any problems. In Australia our cars were lost to the leaders of the four and a half seconds, and now the gap is approximately three seconds. Turns out two weeks McLaren has reduced its backlog of half a second This is a big step forward.The output of the second part of the qualification I don't know yet. We need to make progress in the work of the braking system and power plant. We don't have specific goals, but I am pleased with the progress made by the team in recent days".
Race Director Eric McLaren Buje said that the last race in Australia for his team was a continuation of the winter tests. The tests were relatively well - Jenson button overcame the distance of the race and finished on the threshold points.Eric Buje "During those tests we were not able to conduct the simulation of the race, so glad that today was able to get to the finish line. To be honest, for us last race was a continuation of the tests. We spent the weekend, significantly limiting the power of the engine. This allowed us to travel a long distance to collect a lot of useful information".
The last time the Sauber team earned points for the Brazilian Grand Prix 2013. This time the pilots of the Swiss team brought to the Treasury of 14 points Felipe Nasr finished fifth, Markus Eriksson - eighth.Felipe Nasr "I'm happy to finish fifth in his debut race in Formula 1. The race was difficult. At the start, someone hit my car, and I even thought that it was damaged. But all went well. Then everything went according to plan. This race was very emotional."Marcus Eriksson "the Team did a great job during the winter tests, and this result was a great reward. Today I earned my first points in Formula 1 is a great achievement. I hope to achieve similar success in the next Grand Prix.
The results of the qualification in Australia best representative of Red Bull was Daniel Riccardo, showing the seventh result. According to the Australian, this is the maximum for the team.Daniel Riccardo "I am satisfied, although I have shown only the seventh result. Taking into account the situation in which we find ourselves, it is a good achievement. In the first session I for the first time this weekend could work on the rubber Soft. It's nice that we managed to add throughout qualifying.I only seventh, but look at the teams that went ahead of us. They were ahead of us all the time during the winter tests. So, the seventh result is our maximum".
Technical Director of Lotus Nick Chester said that his team used during the winter tests just one engine. Earlier, the head of Mercedes said that they were able to use only one engine during the tests.Nick Chester "We used only one engine for all tests, showing all its efficiency and reliability. But not the engine has become our major achievement, and work with balance and aerodynamics. We found that aerodynamics plays a key role in the behavior of the car in high-speed turns. Therefore, the main attention was paid to this sphere.Also Chester said that his team is preparing a lot of updates to the Chinese Grand Prix.Nick Chester "In the course of the previous tests, we have tested a lot of new products, but these are only minor changes. These new items will appear only to the Chinese Grand Prix, only a few of them we try out in Melbourne. So we are ready to sacrifice the results of the first race to achieve more during the season.
On the first day of the test pilot Mercedes Nico Rosberg at the wheel of a new car W06 Hybrid drove the distance in 157 laps. For comparison the pilots of the other six teams in total drove 293 circle. The Vice champion showed the third result.Nico Rosberg "a Great start of the winter tests It was necessary to ensure the reliability of equipment, and on the first day we were able to drive a decent distance. The team has built a brand new machine, and, as we have seen, it works fine.Of course, very pleased with the fact that the first day I managed to go so many circles. As a pilot, I want to quickly see how our machine faster technology competitors, but will have to wait until Melbourne".On Monday behind the wheel W06 Hybrid will sit reigning champion Lewis Hamilton.
According to information posted on the pages of El Mundo Deportivo, McLaren-Honda busy that select the colors for your new car.Silver color now associated with Mercedes, why Honda wants to move away from this livery. Now on the agenda in two versions white and orange. White is preferable because Honda cars and McLaren classical variants were white, but now all depends only from the title sponsor, which is still not announced.In years past cooperation cars McLaren-Honda were white and red, but it's thanks to title sponsor Marlboro. Traditional McLaren color is orange. That's what they were in the period from 1968 to 1973, In recent years, the machine sometimes McLaren received a temporary orange color at the time of the winter tests.
Team McLaren reported that the new car McLaren MP4-30 successfully passed the mandatory crash tests of the FIA.It seems that the team from Woking first passed this test. Usually, the teams try later to go through this procedure, giving more time to the study of aerodynamics. If this machine does not have the right to appear on the track, even during the winter tests, if it does not receive approval of the FIA.By the way, a year ago McLaren passed crash tests are far from the first attempt. The machine received homologation in a couple of days before the start of the winter tests.
The first day of the tests McLaren with engines Honda was not very successful. Stoffel Vandorn drove all three circles. But the head of the team of Ron Dennis says that everything is going according to plan.Ron Dennis "this year the contestants will begin tests of new cars in February. We started with Honda engines before the start of the winter tests. We, as a team, and Honda are well aware of what the test is waiting for us. But I can confidently say that we will be strong".Last season, McLaren have not won any race. According to Dennis, the last time the team was invited 20 new engineers, among whom the chief aerodynamicist red Bull Peter Prodromou.Ron Dennis "Car 2015 develops a completely different group of engineers. We are confident that we asked the right direction, which will allow you to start the new season to get in shape".
The McLaren team has conducted the first tests of the machine with the power plant Honda. However, in the morning having some electrical problems, but after the break had to deal with the fuel system. As a result, Stoffel Vandorn drove all three circles.But the Japanese mechanics don't get upset. As admitted Yasuhisa Arai, head of the sports division of Honda, a year ago everyone had such problems.Yasuhisa Arai, Honda "this week we will check the operation of all systems. This test work will begin in February next year.Last year I attended the tests in Jerez and noted that many problems arise from teams in the first time with the new turbo. And now we want to conduct all necessary checks and adjustment before the start of the winter tests.The power plant, which is used on the tests in Abu Dhabi, only an intermediate version. Before the first race in Australia, the Japanese will make a lot of changes in the design of its engine.Yasuhisa Arai "Engine, which we now use, is still in the stage of completion. He is not ready to race. We work according to plan, and before the Australian Grand Prix will do a few steps. We are pleased with the progress made with McLaren.
In Sochi team representatives approved the schedule of the winter tests. The head of Pirelli Motorsport Floor Chambre disappointed that the team did not listen to the wishes of the tire, and didn't hold one session in Bahrain.
In Pirelli afraid that winter test in Barcelona can prevent rain, but the team refused to test outside in Europe for reasons of economy.
Paul Hembry "We are disappointed with the decision. We would have helped tests in Bahrain, in conditions as close as possible to those under which will be the first race of the season. Rubber will change very slightly. Some teams did not want to change anything".
Today in Sochi team representatives will discuss possible amendments to the regulations for next season. A key issue is the extension of period of completion of the power plant. On this occasion, the decision is still pending, but the team has agreed upon a schedule of the winter tests.
Compared to the preliminary version, announced in late August, the schedule has not changed. Winter tests in 2015 will consist of three series in four days they will be in Spain. First - in Jerez with 1 to 4 February, the second and third in Barcelona from 19 to 22 February and 26 February and 1 March. The new season will begin on March 15 race in the Australian city of Melbourne.
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According to the German Auto Motor und Sport, the first pre-season test in Jerez in winter 2015 McLaren plan to work with an interim version of the chassis - MP4-29H with Honda motor, and the premiere of the new MP4-30 will occur later.
In Suzuka Chapter McLaren Group Ron Dennis confirmed plans to work with the intermediate chassis - the first new power plant Honda will install on the car this year to find solutions to achieve optimal integration.
The contract with Mercedes ends immediately after the finish of the last race of the season, theoretically, the team can try MP4-29H already on the tests in Abu Dhabi, which will be held on 25 and 26 November, but after that the existing obligations of the commands do not work on the tracks until the beginning of the winter tests. However, McLaren and Mercedes have different views on this agreement.
Eric Bulle, race Director, McLaren "There is a gentleman's agreement among manufacturers of motors, prohibiting tests outside the formal sessions, but if desired, we could spend as long as Honda doesn't participate in the world championship".
Toto Wolff, head of Mercedes Motorsport "the Tests of the power plant on any machine that is clearly contrary to existing arrangements. McLaren - working team subject to these restrictions, whatever motor they are not used. If they have a supplier that they can't turn a blind eye to his actions - in this case, the rules completely transparent.
It is very possible that the result of the first tests of the power plant Honda McLaren MP4-29H will be held in the winter of next year in Jerez, and the new machine, constructed according to the detected issues will be presented later.
During race weekend in Singapore the team leaders met with Bernie Ecclestone to discuss the issue of easing regulations on motors. In Ferrari proposed to revise the propulsion unit during the whole season. However, among customers of Mercedes appeared opponents of this idea, considering that unfreeze engines at the end of February will lead to increased costs. The head of Ferrari Marco Mattiacci not agree with this argument.
Marco Mattiacci "This will not lead to higher costs, because the amount of permitted modifications will not change. If you have to spend the whole season with a motor, which has not changed since February, the client commands will not be able to progress. It may cost them points, and eventually they will lose more money.
Due to the freezing of the regulations on motors engineers and suppliers of motors will be able to fully interact only at the winter tests. It would be better to evenly distribute this work for the whole season. Formula 1 is constant innovation.
There's nothing I can say to the fans of Ferrari before the start of the season - this is the state of things, and until next winter we will have to put up with the disadvantages that we have now. but Formula 1 is still shows. If the frosting revision, it has a lot to lose.
We insist on the easing of regulations on motors, because it is good for sports. But Ferrari is both a chance and a risk. In Mercedes will also be able to enhance the power unit, so the advantage will not only get us."
In Singapore Sebastian Vettel has achieved the best result in the season, finishing second. According to the German racer, Red Bull Racing gradually approaching the potential of the machine after numerous problems in the beginning of the year.
Sebastian Vettel "we managed to put everything together. In the first half of the season I could hardly fight on the track at the beginning there were many problems at the winter tests that needed to be solved, then there was a lot of damage. This prevented the feel of the car, to build all the way it should be.
Now weekends are more stable, have more time for analysis. The machine has great potential, gradually we begin to realize, but more needs to be done to the following races to use it as much as possible.
The chance to climb on the podium is always there. Now actively discussing the weather this weekend. Kamui Kobayashi was just talking about the Typhoon. The odds are 50 50, but the opportunity to succeed is always there. Usually the track suits our car, I'm competitive in Suzuka, so we have not much to give to the leaders this weekend. It is difficult to say whether we will be as strong as in Singapore, but I like the track in Suzuka, I enjoy the atmosphere. Would love to climb on the podium.
I am one of those who threaten fines for a replacement motor. These are the rules. Of course, at some point I'll have to get a penalty, but it is unclear how it will be. The replacement motor will result in a loss of ten positions at the start, but if you have to change several components of the power plant some more. This is a consequence of failure of the first half of the season because of problems with reliability, but we knew it even then. And now you need to choose the best plan of action to understand what route to cope with the fine will be easier".
Free races in Japan driving a Toro Rosso debut Max Verstappen, who has just turned 17 years.
"The main difference between us is that I was able to get from the hotel to the track, and max still don't have a license, " he said, a German rider in response to a request for comment. Formula 1 has changed, especially this year the cars are slower, they should otherwise to fly. Perhaps they have become more technical, but decreased load in the turns, especially on a similar track.
I with no less interest want to see max at the wheel. He spent only three quarters of the season in the Formula 3, but he has excellent results in karting. Max has potential, but have to give him time. I was 19 when I debuted in Formula 1. Of course, you at any age you think is ready for Formula 1, nobody rejects such proposals, but need time to get used to everything not only the car, but also to work with the team.
Talk about the transition in a Ferrari Rumors have always existed. Perhaps they are more concerned with Jenson Button among its potential partners in the next year for 17 people laughs a Few weeks ago I was one of them. Maybe next week I will again. I don't pay attention to it".
Chief engineer at Williams F1 Rob Smedley commented on the results of the qualification and shared thoughts about the work of tyres for the race tomorrow.
Question yesterday it seemed unlikely that you will achieve such progress. Last night something changed
Rob Smedley I would say that the second session on the Soft tyres we looked relatively normal, but when put softer, they did not work. I.e. Soft everything was as we expected, but with SuperSoft experiencing difficulties. First, we discussed the situation on the pit wall, tried to find the reasons for this, then they looked at the telemetry, and determined the direction in which we must act in preparation for qualification.
It worked, so yesterday we correctly identified the problem with a softer tire, and today decided.
Question You can further explain what changes were made
Rob Smedley in fact, we had to ensure that the temperature of the tire was in the desired range, but probably we couldn't. Was there a rubber too cold or too hot - that's another question. But we've identified that have to do with the machine, how to prepare a bus - and it worked.
Question do you Have to compromise in order to show good speed on the SuperSoft tyres and qualifications, and on a long series of circles
Rob Smedley I don't think. The fact that the degradation of short and long series of circles is different. Long series main degradation factor - no mechanical wear and deformation, and more wear and tear associated with heat. So here, in Singapore route, it is important during the race to control the temperature degradation of the rubber. The question is how to best to deal with this problem. If we will be able to take into account and properly configured machine, tomorrow we should be in good shape.
Question How difficult of tasks to be solved tomorrow, working with tires, because the rain again will wash away the layer of waste rubber Can we expect some unusual tactic
Rob Smedley I don't think. I guess degradation is quite high, and we will see different tactical schemes, depending on how many circles you're going to drive on SuperSoft and how much to Soft. Everything will depend on the number of pit-stops, and this affects the level of degradation. On Friday all had to deal with high degradation. So, you can expect an increase in the number of pit-stops, and we must bear in mind that the pit lane here very long. In addition, this circuit is very difficult to overtake here you need to act very cautiously. Let's see how the rest of the race, but I don't think it's worth waiting for some special surprises.
Question this week a lot of talk about the limitations of the radio. And although the full extent, this rule will be effective next year, can you tell me, have you changed something in your work on the pit wall or not
Rob Smedley not really. While absolutely no difference. Fortunately, the FIA is very reasonably come to the restrictions, but the main idea, why this rule is entered, was clearly defined in the first technical Directive, which appeared last week fans who watch the races on TV, not like that racers is such an active coaching assistance. The document that emerged later, was too rigid, but after that, working together with the teams, the Federation came to a compromise. We can't for four days to prepare for this change - it needs four or five months.
Question What you have to do in the offseason to prepare for the introduction of these restrictions Set of machines, displays a larger size
Rob Smedley Yes. First of all you will need to install another display that can display more information. May have to work with the FIA to decide what parameters you can display what you can't. I think to get used to, the racers will have to practice a lot, and not only working on the simulator, but on the highway during the winter tests. Those on the pit-wall, too, will have to adapt to the changes.
Question One of the things forbidden to touch in the course of negotiations with the racer is brake balance. But Valtteri Bottas a couple of days ago said that in Monza he had overheated the rear brakes, and if the team advised him to shift the balance forward, it is possible that he would not be able to get to the finish line.
Rob Smedley we must Not confuse the things that affect the speed, and issues related to reliability. If the race tomorrow, a situation will arise that affect the safety and reliability of course, we will be able to inform riders. But we can't talk on the radio "Felipe brakes on 10 meters later you turn Parabolica, because in his car, brake balance shifted back. If we are talking about the overheating of the brakes, then of course we will inform the driver, and then, if necessary, submit the FIA evidence. So there will be no problems.
Question Your main goal in tomorrow's race to beat Ferrari
Rob Smedley Yes
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Career Luca Furbetta in the Formula 1 began in 1998 he worked in Tyrell, BAR, McLaren, in November 2011 signed a contract with Toro Rosso, but this year has left the Italian team.
In 2014 many were surprised by the successful performance of Daniel Riccardo Red Bull Racing, in an interview with Autosprint Furbetta talked about their experiences working with the Australian.
Luca Formatto "I met Daniel in the Toro Rosso at the end of 2011-he was a typical teenager with braces on teeth, but after a few weeks I was amazed by the level of feedback from him on the winter tests. It's incredible, but even after a few hours he could remember exactly how he behaved machine. At a speed of 300 km/h it was lack of time and knowledge to evaluate different parameters are distinguished by riders of the highest class.
I worked with Vilnia, Hakkinen, Coulthard, Raikkonen, Alonso, Hamilton, Button - some of them Kimi, Mika and Jacques told me just a few words, and Daniel was even more Coulthard - we really talked a lot. However, comments from Jean-Eric Verne were very limited, so I relied on Ricardo. For some time I was not sure of his speed, but on training in Bahrain, he showed what he is capable of.
He had weaknesses, including actions at the beginning of the race. Often he started poorly, braked too early before the first turn, lost positions on the first lap. In the same Bahrain'12 he lost seven or eight places in the beginning of the race. Another drawback was the poor positioning of the machine at the pit stop he often missed the service area forty centimeters in one direction or another.
However, already at the winter tests in 2013, he acted much more confident. Perhaps something told mark Webber, but progress Daniel was obvious, he focused on what he lacked true priorities".