‘It looks like Viñales is very good with the new tyre. It looks like Marquez, with the race rhythm, is the man to beat’ – Valentino Rossi.
Valentino Rossi’s new Movistar Yamaha team-mate Maverick Viñales has been hugely impressive during pre-season testing so far, but The Doctor believes Marc Marquez is still the man to beat.
Vinales bumped Repsol Honda rider Marquez back to second place as the young Spaniard shot to the head of the times on day two of the Phillip Island MotoGP test by more than four tenths from Marquez, setting his best lap in 1m 28.847s.
The 22-year-old also impressed after leading the way at Sepang, but nine-time world champion Rossi, who was eighth fastest on Thursday – eight tenths behind Viñales – believes reigning champion Marquez has the overall edge.
“In all these tests Marquez and Viñales are the faster, but Marquez more, especially in the pace. It looks like Viñales is very good with the new tyre. It looks like Marquez, with the race rhythm, is the man to beat,” Rossi said.
“About the atmosphere [in garage with Viñales] sincerely it’s not a big difference. It’s the same – different character. The important thing is Read the rest of this entry »
Kimi awarded as a “Sports’ Ambassador” at 2017’s Finnish Sport Gala. Another great achievement for the finnish Champion as he represents Finland in Formula 1 for more than 15 years now!
Raikonnen: “I want to congratulate all who got awarded today and all who didn’t.
This is a great honor to get awarded. For whole my career I’ve had the pleasure of working with good people and good teams.
Right now I’m working in one of the world’s best companies (Ferrari) and teams. The biggest thing for me (in my life) has been the ability to do all the thing my way.
Sometimes there have been some mishaps. But all and all I’ve believed in my own thing and did just that. You don’t always have to do things like your neighbour does them.
Sometimes doing things your own way gets you success.”
Ross Brawn believes his former Mercedes Formula One team will have prepared well for 2017’s radical regulation changes and expects the triple world champions to remain at the sharpest end of the grid.
Next year will see the introduction of wider and faster F1 cars, with series bosses keen to shake up the pecking order from the last three years.
Since the last overhaul in 2014, with the introduction of 1.6-litre V6 turbocharged power units, Mercedes has steamrolled the field, securing a trio of championship doubles, 51 race wins and 56 pole positions out of 59 grands prix.
Brawn, who was at the helm of the German manufacturer’s works outfit from 2010 to 2013, believes the scope of the team’s dominance has enabled it to switch their focus to next season “very early”.
“Mercedes will have been pulling resource off this year’s programme onto next year very early, once they saw where they Read the rest of this entry »