BARCELONA, February 20 -- Williams’ FW42 has finally made its on-track debut in Formula 1 pre-season testing at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
Williams, which finished a distant last in the 2018 Constructors’ Championship, endured delays in readying its FW42. It cancelled a planned shakedown before missing both of Monday and Tuesday’s test days, leaving it on the back foot compared to its rivals. The FW42 arrived in Barcelona early on Wednesday morning and it was fired up during the first four-hour session, but was not yet ready to join the action. Russell brought the car out for an installation lap shortly before 14:30, following a post-lunch red-flag period caused by Haas’ Romain Grosjean stopping on track. Williams has yet to communicate its intended run plan for Thursday.
Current lap time results [3pm] for day three of the first Formula 1 pre-season test at Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain:
1. Kimi Raikkonen FIN Alfa Romeo Racing C38 1m 17.762s 94 laps
2. Sebastian Vettel GER Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow SF90 1m 18.350s 99 laps
3. Nico Hulkenberg GER Renault F1 Team R.S.19 1m 18.800s 63 laps*
4. Daniil Kvyat RUS Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda STR14 1m 18.897s 65 laps
5. Max Verstappen NED Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Honda RB15 1m 18.899s 52 laps
6. Pietro Fittipaldi BRA Rich Energy Haas F1 Team VF-19 1m 19.249s 48 laps*
7. Carlos Sainz Jr. ESP McLaren F1 Team MCL34 1m 19.354s 33 laps
8. Romain Grosjean FRA Rich Energy Haas F1 Team VF-19 1m 19.358s 8 laps**
9. Sergio Perez MEX SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team RP19 1m 20.102s 48 laps
10. Valtteri Bottas FIN Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport W10 1m 20.693s 88 laps*
11. Lewis Hamilton GBR Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport W10 1m 20.818s 11 laps**
12. Daniel Ricciardo AUS Renault F1 Team R.S.19 1m 20.885s 17 laps**
13. George Russell GBR ROKiT Williams Racing FW42 No time set 1 laps
MOSCOW, February 20 -- Russia's President Vladimir Putin warned the United States against deploying new missiles in Europe, threatening to retaliate in kind by targeting Western capitals with his own new weaponry.
Delivering a state of the nation address, Putin said the US abandoned a key arms control pact - the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty - to free its hands to build new missiles and tried to shift the blame for the move on Russia. "I'm saying this clearly and openly - Russia will be forced to create and deploy new types of weapons that could be used not only against the territories where a direct threat to us comes from, but also against the territories where decision-making centres directing the use of missile systems threatening us are located," Putin said. "The capability of such weapons, including the time to reach those centres, will be equivalent to the threats against Russia." He did not say what specific new weapons Moscow could deploy, but he reported quick progress on an array of new systems presented a year ago.
Putin said the first batch of Avangard hypersonic glide vehicles will be deployed this year. He added the tests of the new Sarmat heavy intercontinental ballistic missile, the Burevestnik nuclear-powered cruise missile and the Poseidon nuclear-powered underwater drone have been progressing successfully. The first submarine equipped to carry the Poseidon will be commissioned later this year, Putin reported. He also announced the coming deployment of the new Zircon hypersonic missile for the Russian navy, saying it's capable of flying at nine times the speed of sound and will have a range of 1,000km. He said the Zircon programme will not be too costly as the missile has been designed to equip Russia's existing surface ships and submarines.
While issuing a tough warning to the US, Putin also said Russia still wants friendly relations with Washington and remains open to arms control talks. "We don't want confrontation, particularly with such a global power as the US," he said. The US has accused Russia of breaching the INF treaty by deploying a cruise missile that violates its limits - accusations Moscow rejected. The INF treaty banned production, testing and deployment of land-based cruise and ballistic missiles with a range of 500km to 5,500km. The intermediate-range weapons were seen as particularly destabilising as they take shorter time to reach their targets compared to the intercontinental ballistic missiles. That would leave practically no time for decision-makers, raising the likelihood of a global nuclear conflict over a false launch warning.
CARACAS, February 20 -- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has said that he was confident that countries across the world would support the Bolivarian Republic in the event of a US military invasion.
"If Venezuela is attacked by the US empire, the peoples of the world will rise up and begin fighting it together," he said addressing medical university graduates on Tuesday. Maduro’s speech was broadcast live over his Twitter account. The nation’s leader stressed that Venezuela had found itself in the epicenter of a political standoff between the US, which is taking "aggressive, unilateral and imperial actions" and those who advocate "a multilateral democratic approach based on accord, harmony and dialogue between peoples throughout the world."
On February 18, during his speech at Florida International University in Miami, US President Donald Trump said that Washington was considering all options to resolve the domestic political crisis in Venezuela. Juan Guaido, Venezuelan opposition leader and parliament speaker, whose appointment to that position had been cancelled by the country’s Supreme Court, declared himself interim president at a rally in the country’s capital of Caracas on January 23. Several countries, including the United States, Lima Group members (excluding Mexico), as well as the Organization of American States, recognized him as president. Venezuela's incumbent President Nicolas Maduro blasted these actions as an attempted coup and said he was cutting diplomatic ties with the United States.
In contrast, Russia, Belarus, Bolivia, Iran, China, Cuba, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Syria and Turkey voiced support for Maduro.
BARCELONA, February 20 -- All eyes are on the Williams garage ahead of the third day of testing in Barcelona.
The struggling British team missed the first two days of 2019 running, amid rumours of design flaws and the potential departure of technical boss Paddy Lowe. One Williams mechanic said it would be “a miracle” if the FW42 made its test debut on Wednesday. Rookie driver George Russell, though, said he was “confident” Williams’ predictions of running on Wednesday are accurate. “Everyone is working as hard as possible to get it sorted,” the reigning F2 champion added.
A team spokesman said running before lunch on Wednesday was “unlikely”, amid speculation the car is finally en route from Oxfordshire to Spain. It is an alarming situation for the once-great team’s fans, including those of returning F1 driver Robert Kubica. “As this goes on, surely someone will lose their job,” correspondent Krystian Sobierajski, of the Polish broadcaster Polsat Sport, said. Former F1 driver Marc Surer told Speed Week: “If the new car is again bad, I honestly do not know what will become of Paddy Lowe.
“This is his last chance.”
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BARCELONA, February 19 -- Pirelli believes a more mature track surface and warmer temperatures compared to last year are the main reasons behind the impressive speed of Formula 1's new-spec cars.
Pre-season testing in Barcelona is seeing teams deliver lap times that are better than what most had projected given this year's new aero rules that are theoretically expected to impact performance levels. On Monday, Sebastian Vettel's fastest lap time was more than one second faster than last year's opening day best lap.While many have been surprised by this year's relative performance, Pirelli F1 boss Mario Isola offered two specific reasons for the better-than-expected speed of the 2019 contenders. The Italian engineer points to the Circuit de Catalunya's track surface and to warmer temperatures to justify the quick lap times.
"If I compare the winter test last year, the race [Spanish GP] last year and the winter test this year, there is a big evolution of the tarmac," said Isola. "The tarmac was new at the winter test last year. It was very smooth with a lot of grip coming from the bitumen on top of the tarmac. "For the race it was slightly different with the usual evolution we can see, and now there is another step compared to the race. "I believe the influence of the tarmac is higher, and the temperature [it was warmer this year] is playing a big effect. We know that."
Isola was also queried in Barcelona on the 'glossy' finish applied to Pirelli's range of 2019 compounds, a change of appearance linked to production changes. "We are using new moulds that have a chrome treatment," he explained. "We tested these for the first time last year in F2. "The reason why we introduced this technology is because the hypersoft last year and the C4/C5 [softest 2019 compounds], are very sticky and, when you vulcanise and cook the tyre, it is difficult for the mould sometime. "You see small imperfections on the tread because of this adhesion between the compound and the moulds. With the new moulds, they are a lot better. "They look nicer, in terms of technology it is better but the specification is the same that we used in Abu Dhabi [test] last year."
"Real estate, financial shares drag Philippine market"
BANGKOK, February 19 -- Philippine stocks fell the most on Tuesday dragged by losses in the real estate and financial stocks, as most of the Southeast Asian equity markets ended lower, while Malaysia gained as investors took positions amid the earnings season.
The Philippine index dropped about 1% to its lowest level since Jan 8, dragged by losses in real estate and financial stocks. "The Philippine market right now is in search of a new catalyst and with none in sight, some investors are already choosing to take profit," said Rachelle Cruz, an analyst with AP Securities. BDO Unibank Inc shed 3.2%, while Ayala Land Inc dropped 3.7% to close at its lowest level since Jan 3. "Ayala Corp has $293 million worth of bonds that are exchangeable to shares of ALI and that will mature by that time (in May). Some investors may look to cash in, exerting a downward pressure on ALI's share price," a note from RCBC securities said.
Meanwhile, the Malaysian index gained 0.8% to a three-month closing high on the back of materials and utilities. Petronas Chemicals Group Bhd rose 3.9% ahead of its fourth quarter result announcement. Shares of Kuala Lumpur Kepong Bhd strengthened more than 1%, after posting a jump in quarterly net profit.
Real estate stocks drove the Vietnam index marginally higher, with Vinhomes JSC and Vingroup JSC rising 6.1% and 2%, respectively. Singapore and Indonesia indexes traded relatively lower.
MOSCOW, February 19 -- German concern Siemens is reviewing the possibility of reducing the time required to bring localization level of a 187 MW gas turbine with to 100% by 1-1.5 years from the previously planned 2024.
"As I said we already have 2000E turbine with a 187 MW capacity localized by a little more than 60%. We are ready to localize it by 70% by 2020 and by up to 100% by the end of 2024. Moreover, we are now considering the possibility of reducing this period - perhaps by a year, by 1.5 years. We are currently actively reviewing it," Siemens CEO in Russia Alexander Liberov said.
Thus, localization of a gas turbine with a 187 MW capacity can be increased to 100% in the second half of 2022 or in 2023. At the same time, Siemens tentatively estimated investments in bringing production to Russia of a gas turbine with 187 MW capacity to 100% at tens of millions of euro until 2024. "I’m not ready to give the figures, because now we are in the process of settling and negating with partners. But this includes tens of millions of euro until 2024, Liberov said.
Liberov noted that in order to make a decision on increasing localization, a number of issues need to be addressed. They include ensuring that all power equipment fully localized in Russia falls under the new modernization program of thermal power plants, regardless of the origin of the company that produced it; and that Russian companies that will supply Siemens with gas turbine componentshave relevant competencies.
"We are currently in talks with several Russian companies to speed up the turbine localization process to 100% earlier than announced 2024. Increasing the localization level from 70% to 100% includes localization of the most technologically complex part of the turbine. To do this, Russian supplier companies must have relevant developments, and they must prove their competence at the appropriate level," he added.
BARCELONA, February 18 -- Current lap time results [5pm] for day one of the first Formula 1 pre-season test at Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain.
Current lap time results [5pm] for day one of the first Formula 1 pre-season test at Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain.
Williams missing the first day of pre-season testing.
1. Sebastian Vettel GER Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow SF90 1m18.161s 149 laps
2. Romain Grosjean FRA Rich Energy Haas F1 Team VF-19 1m19.320s 47 laps
3. Kimi Raikkonen FIN Alfa Romeo Racing C38 1m19.462s 95 laps
4. Max Verstappen NED Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Honda RB15 1m19.600s 101 laps
5. Daniil Kvyat RUS Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda STR14 1m19.635s 58 laps
6. Sergio Perez MEX SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team RP19 1m19.944s 30 laps
7. Valtteri Bottas FIN Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport W10 1m20.127s 69 laps*
8. Lewis Hamilton GBR Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport W10 1m20.135s 57 laps**
9. Carlos Sainz Jr. ESP McLaren F1 Team MCL34 1m20.430s 100 laps
10. Nico Hulkenberg GER Renault F1 Team R.S.19 1m20.980s 65 laps*
11. Daniel Ricciardo AUS Renault F1 Team R.S.19 1m20.983s 41 laps**
ANKARA, February 18 -- The US may continue to have a military presence in Syria after the withdrawal of troops, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in an interview with the Turkish Hurriyet Daily News circulated on Monday.
"Where will they pull out to, will someone else replace them, who will they leave the arms, will their presence continue? When they pull out, their presence will most probably not end, it will continue in some way," Peskov said. "All these questions are on the agenda, the presidents are talking about them. The general attitude is the same, there is no reason for optimism, and uncertainty is troubling. And this situation is not helping the crisis in Syria and hope for a solution at all," the spokesman emphasized.
On December 19, 2018, US President Donald Trump said that the United States had defeated ISIS (Islamic State, a terrorist organization banned in Russia) in Syria, which was the only reason for the US troops being there, so all US troops would be pulled out of Syria. According to US officials, the US would withdraw its entire force of 2,000 service members from Syria within 60 to 100 days.