Kvyat denied special helmet livery for home race!

Local hero Dany Kvyat was informed by the FIA ahead of this weekend’s Russian Grand Prix that he would not be allowed to use a special helmet livery dedicated to his home event.

The Toro Rosso charger had a specific blue, red and white design created for Sochi, but when he sent the livery to FIA race director Michael Masi, Kvyat was told that his use of a different helmet design at Monza earlier this month precluded him from changing his lid’s motif again.

Several years ago, following complaints from fans who insisted that drivers incessantly changing designs made them hard to recognize, F1’s governing body imposed a rule whereby each driver is allowed a single design change over the course of season.

Article 9.1 of F1’s Sporting Regulations states the following:

“In order for drivers to be easily distinguished from one another whilst they are on the track, the crash helmet of each driver must, with the exception of one Event of the driver’s choice, be presented in substantially the same livery at every Event during a Championship season.

“A change to helmet livery will also be permitted if a driver changes team during a Championship season.”

©ToroRosso

Needless to say, Kvyat – who says he wasn’t aware of the specific rule – was unimpressed with the FIA’s call, labeling the sporting article “a joke”.

“It’s a good helmet. Hope you saw it. I don’t know… I put it there in the garage, just to show it to everyone,” Kvyat said.

“It is a joke – but anyway, the rule is a rule.

“We just worked with my designer [Jens Munser], [on] something unusual. Russian flag theme, I guess. Just something a bit different, but simple at the same time, so yeah. Very happy with design.

“Maybe I will use it tomorrow. Let’s see. I still don’t know what could be the consequences. But to be honest, there are bigger problems [for F1] to focus [on] than a helmet design of a driver, I guess.”

Gallery: The beautiful wives and girlfriends of F1 drivers

Keep up to date with all the F1 news via Facebook and Twitter

The post Kvyat denied special helmet livery for home race! appeared first on F1i.com.


Source: http://www.f1i.com/category/news/feed/

McLaren has clear target for Sochi, and a balancing act

McLaren F1 boss Andreas Seidl says his team heads to Sochi with clear objectives but also with the need to maintain its focus on its 2020 prospects.

McLaren left Singapore with more points than its mid-field rivals, courtesy of Lando Norris’ P7 finish and the performance added by the MCL34’s latest updates.

“Following an exciting race in Singapore, we head to Sochi looking to take the positives from the weekend into the Russian Grand Prix,” said Seidl in McLaren’s preview.

“We showed good race and quali pace in Singapore, proving that the upgrades we’ve brought throughout the season have done their job.

“It’s now up to us to ensure we carry that performance into the final races of the season.”

The Woking-based outfit enjoys a 22-point lead over Renault in the Constructors’ standings, but that cushion doesn’t allow for any let up.

However, with McLaren devoting more and more resources to 2020, the papaya squad now faces a difficult balancing act as it manages its short-term goals with its longer-term ambitions.

“We are committed to pushing as hard as we can to maintain our position in the midfield, however our long-term goal is to keep pushing forward into 2020.

“So now our task is to balance these two objectives and maintain perspective of the bigger picture.”

“Heading straight to Russia from Singapore poses a significant operational challenge, however the whole team is focused on the task at hand and performing to the best of our ability this weekend. We head to Russia with our objectives clear.”

©McLaren

At Sochi, Carlos Sainz will be seeking an upturn in his fortunes after three successive pointless races in which circumstances beyond his control undermined his efforts.

“The three first races after the summer break have not gone our way but I’m fully confident we can turn this around,” said the Spaniard.

“The car is performing well and the whole team is focused. There is no reason why we shouldn’t keep pushing forward and luckily the next grand prix is just around the corner.”

Gallery: The beautiful wives and girlfriends of F1 drivers

Keep up to date with all the F1 news via Facebook and Twitter

The post McLaren has clear target for Sochi, and a balancing act appeared first on F1i.com.


Source: http://www.f1i.com/category/news/feed/