Formula One: Pirelli Predict a 2 stop race


Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg has clinched pole position for the fourth consecutive time, using the P Zero Yellow soft tyre to set a lap of 1m19.480s. It was the 13th Mercedes one-two of the season in qualifying. The high-altitude and thin air characteristics of Mexico City, together with its long pit straight, meant that the highest top speeds were seen in Formula One this year.

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton was the only driver to get through Q1 using the medium tyre only, before all the drivers started Q2 on the soft tyre: worth about an extra 1.5 seconds per lap around the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez. The only exception was Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen, who did just one lap on the medium before taking no further part in the session.

With track temperatures falling in the final part of Q3, the first runs on the soft tyre were faster, sealing pole position for Rosberg from Hamilton, with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel in third. All the drivers in the top 10 utilised their allocation of soft tyres for qualifying and the race, meaning that they will all have used tyres tomorrow.

The strategy calculations are complex here for a variety of reasons: firstly because of the unfamiliarity with the track, and secondly because every session held so far has been run in disparate conditions, with a high degree of track evolution. This means that it has been difficult to get an accurate picture of the way that the tyres behave.

Despite some predictions of rain – which is the case tomorrow as well – conditions remained dry all day, with just a few spots of rain at the end of Q2, while track temperatures remained in excess of 30 degrees during qualifying.

The final free practice session this morning was held in warm conditions, with Rosberg finishing ahead of his team mate by just 0.014s, and 12 drivers covered by just one second.

Paul Hembery, Pirelli motorsport director: “It was another variable day in Mexico, featuring warm weather as well as some spots of rain – so this range of conditions made it quite difficult for the teams to work out the best tactical choices. We’ve seen that tyre wear is low on account of the slippery and new surface, but track evolution is still on-going, which has closed the performance gap between the two compounds slightly as more rubber is laid down. There are a few strategy options open: while a one-stopper is entirely possible, a two-stopper might turn out to be quicker, depending on degradation rates, the individual pace of each car and the situation with traffic.”

The Pirelli strategy predictor:
The strategy is a complex one for the Mexican Grand Prix, with weather conditions expected to be at the forefront of calculations for the 71-lap race. As wear rates are low, one stop is possible, but two stops could well be quicker. The fastest two-stop strategy is: start on soft, change to soft again on lap 23, then medium on lap 46. For a one-stop strategy, it makes no difference to the overall time whether you start on soft or medium. Those starting on soft should change to medium on lap 30, while those starting on medium should change to soft on lap 40.

KIO Networks & Canel’s join the Lotus F1 Team for the Mexican GP

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Canel’s, popular Mexican confectioner  have entered into a synergy partnership agreement with the Lotus F1 Team for the Mexican Grand Prix weekend.

Familiar with motorsport sponsorship through Mexico, Canel’s highlight the partnership as one of the most important developments in the company and plan to use the event as an opportunity to showcase brands and development plans.

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Formula One: Unifin join the Lotus F1 team + Qualifying Report

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Mexican Financial Services provider Unifin have joined the Lotus F1 team as Formula One returns to Mexico this weekend. Not unfamiliar to the F1 grid Unifin backed the Sauber F1 team during the 2012 season.

Follow this link to discover more about the services Unifin have to offer.

Lotus F1 Team Qualifying Report:

Romain Grosjean has qualified twelfth and Pastor Maldonado thirteenth for tomorrow’s Mexican Grand Prix. Both drivers missed out on the top ten decider with close lap times separating the field for a dry but cloud-bordered session.

Romain Grosjean, E23-04. Q: P12, 1:21.038. FP3: P13, 1:22.184
“We’re at a very high altitude, at a track with very low grip, requiring good downforce – which we know are not our strongest points – so we weren’t massively confident of our performance heading into qualifying. We did better than expected, even though we struggled to get the tyres to work. We still have a good opportunity tomorrow; it’s a long race where everyone’s brakes and engines are likely to struggle. The start will be very important; we’ll try to use all our experience and make a decent result happen.”

Pastor Maldonado, E23-03. Q: P13, 1:21.261. FP3: P12, 1:22.042        
“I was hoping for a little bit better from qualifying but we were struggling for front grip and the rear stability wasn’t fantastic. We expected more of a benefit from running with the new tyres but we weren’t able to unlock it. It’s a long race, we usually have good race pace so let’s go for some more points.”

Alan Permane, Trackside Operations Director:
“There’s potential for exciting battles. We’re certainly targeting points.”

How was qualifying for the team?
It was a tricky session for us. The grip levels were changing with the temperature and the circuit seemed to get slower at the end of Q2. The trick was to be on a fast lap in the fast-slow-fast lap cycle when the track surface and temperature were at their best. We’re not a million miles away from where we expected to be in qualifying so we’re looking to maximise everything for the race.

What are the considerations for tomorrow’s race?
There’s a greater chance of rain than today which we’re very aware of as this can make for a very dynamic race. If it is dry then we can expect very low tyre degradation and close monitoring of the brakes. We should learn a lot tomorrow as the race unfolds and there’s potential for exciting battles through the field. We’re certainly targeting points.

Formula One: TORO ROSSO announce partnership with INTERPROTECCION

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Scuderia Toro Rosso have announced a new partnership with Mexican insurance broker INTERPROTECCION. At the Mexican GP, the company logo will appear prominently on the headrest of both cars.
Franz Tost, Team Principal commented: “Even before the first Mexican Grand Prix in 23 years has taken place, it’s clear that this event is a great success and a tribute to the efforts of so many people from this country with a great Formula 1 tradition and heritage. Therefore it is particularly pleasing to have reached this agreement with Interproteccion. We welcome them to our team for this their home race and we hope to convert this into a long term relationship getting underway in 2016.”
Juan Ignacio Casanueva Perez, Inter’s chief executive, said: “We are really happy to be a partner of Scuderia Toro Rosso, as we share their unique philosophy of supporting young and highly-talented drivers like Carlos and Max. We are looking forward to enjoying this weekend with the team. Maybe this one-off arrangement for our home race here in Mexico can lead to more next year.”
Interproteccion has been established for over 35 years and is the market leader in insurance brokerage in Latin America. It has more than 4,000 corporate customers in over 150 countries.

Formula One: Pirelli Review Mexican GP Practice Sessions


Mexico City, October 30, 2015 – A new track always creates unique challenges, with fresh asphalt frequently offering little grip due to oil in the tarmac rising to the surface, and no rubber previously laid down to enhance adhesion.

These factors meant that it was difficult for the drivers to find grip today: a situation that was complicated by the variable track and air temperatures, which culminated in light rain during FP2. Over the course of the afternoon session, the track temperature dropped by eight degrees, making it very hard for the teams to get an accurate read on tyre behaviour.

The weather in Mexico seems to be equally uncertain for the rest of the weekend, with a possibility of rain for qualifying and the race. All four compounds were run today, although only Williams driver Valtteri Bottas used the Cinturato Blue full wet for an installation lap in FP1. The intermediate, medium and soft tyres were used extensively, with the soft tyre proving to be more than two seconds per lap faster than the medium. This was due to the high degree of track evolution seen today, combined with the effect of rain in the FP2 session. The asphalt in Mexico has a very closed surface, limiting the permeability of the surface.

As usual, the drivers completed longer runs during FP2 on both slick tyre compounds: although it remains to be seen how useful this information will turn out to be. Establishing tyre temperature was one of the biggest challenges, but as the circuit rubbers in and evolves, this will become easier. Toro Rosso’s Max Verstappen was fastest in FP1 on the medium tyre: with nearly seven seconds separating the fastest from the slowest car. In FP2, Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg was quickest on the soft tyre: more than four seconds faster than Verstappen in the morning.

Paul Hembery, Pirelli Motorsport Director: “Today was all about grip and track evolution. As usual on a new surface, there’s a very shiny new top layer of oil and grease that makes it very hard to find traction. As time goes on, the top of the surface eventually gets grated away and more rubber is laid down: but this doesn’t happen instantly. The weather today didn’t help either with very variable temperatures and then rain at the end of FP2. So this has made what’s already a very hard job for the teams in preparing for a new track even more difficult, because there isn’t enough consistent information to get an accurate picture of what conditions will be like for the rest of the weekend. However, these challenging circumstances bring out the best in Formula One, with the teams having to make the most of limited information to extract the best possible performance. Even though today was just free practice, the atmosphere was absolutely incredible: the stadium section in particular is set to be a highlight of the lap on race day.”

Fact of the day:
Lewis Hamilton registered a speed of 362.3kph on the speed trap in FP1. This is fractionally faster than Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo managed at Monza last year, when he set a benchmark of 362.1kph. Even though the cars run high wing angles in Mexico, the reduced air density at 2200 metres above sea level means that drag is minimised – enabling record top speeds.

Tyre statistics of the day:

Soft Medium Intermediate Wet
kms driven * 1342 2727 558 4
sets used overall ** 19 55 22 1
highest number of laps ** 30 27 11 1

* The above number gives the total amount of kilometres driven in FP1 and FP2 today, all drivers combined.
** Per compound, all drivers combined.

Formula One: Mercedes Benz promote Guggienheim UBS Map at the Mexican GP


The Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative opens on November 19 at the Jumex Museum; The Mercedes AMG Petronas W06 will carry the logo of project, which was unveiled at the Jumex Museum, before the weekend of the race.

The Mexico Grand Prix Formula 1 ™ returns this weekend after 23 years absence, and on November 19 the exhibition Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art will open Initiative: “Under the Same Sun: Latin American art today” in the Jumex Museum.

At a press conference to present both events, Damian Fraser, Representative UBS Mexico; Toto Wolff, CEO of Mercedes Benz in Formula 1 ™; and Nico Rosberg, They unveiled the car that will compete in theMexico Grand Prix, bearing the logo of Guggenheim UBS MAP project.

“UBS Mexico celebrates the return of Formula 1 to Mexico and the national debut of the project Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative, “Under the Same Sun: Latin American art today,”

Damian Fraser, who noted that “our partnership with the Foundation Solomon R,  Mercedes AMG Petronas,  and Guggenheim is just one example of our commitment to Mexico. ”

The Guggenheim UBS MAP initiative is a project that promotes contemporary art different regions are not as well known internationally. It covers cultural residences, tours international exhibitions, educational programs and interactive learning tools online content and regions of South and Southeast Asia, Latin America, Middle East and North of Africa. The three collections form part of the permanent collection of the Guggenheim. Specifically, “Under the Same Sun: Latin American Art Today” is the exhibition of this project

Nico Rosberg, said he was delighted to have the opportunity to show off the fantastic collaboration between UBS and the Guggenheim in Sunday’s race with a visibly prominent in their car identity weekend. And in the part of the race, he added, “I look forward to the next race, especially considering history of Mexico City and the undeniable passion of the fans. “

Formula One: Williams F1 Team suport the release of SPECTRE at the Mexican GP

Jaguar’s C-X75 supercar featured in the new Bond adventure, SPECTRE, made its Americas debut in Mexico City today with Williams Martini Racing driver Felipe Massa at the wheel. This activity celebrates the Americas movie premiere and the Formula One™ Gran Premio de Mexico.

SPECTRE, the 24th James Bond film, from Albert R. Broccoli’s EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn Mayer Studios and Sony Pictures Entertainment, sees the Jaguar C-X75 driven by latest Bond nemesis Hinx in one of the movie’s most iconic high speed car chases.

Driven by actor Dave Bautista, who plays Hinx in the movie, the C-X75 supercar, named the most advanced Jaguar ever created, was provided by Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) in collaboration with development partner Williams Advanced Engineering.

Williams Advanced Engineering, the technology and engineering services business of the Williams Group, collaborated with Jaguar Land Rover to design and build the original Jaguar C-X75 prototype, variations of which appear in the film in a spectacular car chase sequence through Rome alongside the Aston Martin DB10.

Seven new C-X75s were built at the Williams facility in collaboration with Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Operations division. This included two “hero” cars that retained the interior and hybrid powertrain of the original, and five stunt cars built with a level of robustness that could withstand complex and demanding stunt sequences, using a modified Jaguar supercharged V8 and a bespoke space-frame chassis.

Williams Martini Racing driver Felipe Massa, said: “It was a thrill to take the wheel of a real stunt car used in a Bond movie.  Jaguar partnered with Williams Advanced Engineering on the production of these stunning supercars, so it was great to experience some of what my colleagues have developed outside of F1.  It was so much fun, and very exciting to be driving the Jaguar on an actual SPECTRE location here in Mexico City.”

Williams will also display a 007 SPECTRE logo on the top of the chassis and 007 logos on the wing mirrors of both FW37s at this weekend’s race.

Speaking about the updated livery Claire Williams, Deputy Team Principal and Commercial Director of Williams, said: “As a quintessentially British team, we were more than happy to work with two other iconic British brands, in Jaguar Land Rover and the Bond franchise, to show our support this week for the much anticipated launch of SPECTRE.”

Formula One: Interlagos Upgrades

Interlagos Media centre

Later today Formula One will complete it’s return to Mexico at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez. The substantially upgraded circuit looks set host a thrilling race with a healthy mix of high speed corners and, hopefully, overtaking generating complexes.

Not looking to wish away the race weekend, but my thoughts have already begun to turn towards Brazil and the incredible Interlagos ( or Autódromo José Carlos Pace as the circuit is officially named). Last season the circuit agreed a contract extension with Formula One Management securing their place on the calendar until 2020. This extension was agreed under the proviso of the circuit owners undertaking substantial upgrades requiring investment upwards of $74 million.

In 2014 the entire circuit was resurfaced, the 2015 upgrades have been equally substantial, with a new media centre and paddock buildings having been developed. This has required the circuit to be closed for much of the year, the following images reveal the extent of the work completed and the progress made by the circuit:

Interlargos Paddock complex Interlargos Paddock April Interlargos Pit Entry - Apil

Images taken following the demolition of the existing infrastructure in April 2015

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Images of the new media centre positioned on pit lane entry and new team buildings in the paddock. Images published October 23rd.

From these images it looks like there is still some work to be done to complete the buildings prior to F1’s arrival in a just two weeks time, but on the face of it the circuit owners appear to have successfully developed new facilities at the circuit without destroying the soul of this historic venue.

Images sourced through: Autódromo de Interlagos

Opinion: Formula One – WIN on Sunday, TEST on Monday


Horrendous weather conditions plagued the build-up to the 2015 United States Grand Prix with teams achieving minimal track time on Friday or Saturday. This led to a heavily condensed race schedule with qualifying taking place on the Sunday morning, and the only dry running over the entire weekend taking place in the race itself, and what a race it was!

With very little time to refine car set up for the race, teams and drivers went in to the race having to rely on pre-work ahead of the race weekend and instinct. The result was one of the best races of the season.

Wouldn’t it be great it all races could reach the levels of excitement achieved in Austin? Are there any elements of that weekend the sport replicate?

Let’s rule out the obvious, random sprinkler systems are not the way forward! As much as every commentator likes to refer back to Bernie Ecclestone’s flippant comment from a few seasons ago it’s not really a feasible option. Any claims of purest racing would be lost once and for all. So if controlling the weather conditions isn’t an option, what else can we look at?

Should Formula One consider a shorter race weekend? Condense the event from three days to two perhaps even one? The one day format seems to work in Formula E. On the face of it reducing the time a driver and team have to refine set up based on performances in Austin seems to bring raw talent to the fore. Drivers no longer able to rely on highly analysed data to define the best possible approach to a lap and the race. Driver and teams have adapt to what they have and respond to the circuit on the day. This lack of data seems to be what created great racing.

On the negative side, a one or two day schedule significantly devalues the product; circuits, promoters, and broadcasters are have to offer to the paying public and sponsors. If you remove Friday from the schedule ticket prices should be adjusted accordingly and as a consequence revenues will be reduced. So how do you reduce team’s ability to perfect set up and not devalue the overall product?

Why not move the Friday sessions to Monday? The amount of time spent at a circuit by teams will not be impacted rather shifted by a day. Teams will have chance to try out upgrades for future races, but do so with no immediate impact on the race weekend. Pirelli would get their wish for increased testing. Everyone wins!

By moving the Friday sessions to Monday teams may be more inclined to run junior or development drivers safe in the knowledge the race car would not be damaged ahead of a race weekend. Both Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Räikkönen have recently called for a revamp of the format of a race weekend, could this be the way forward?

Of course in time team would adapt and invest in new technologies, Mclaren performances in Austin served to highlight that despite everything going on with the team they have a truly first class simulator, confidence in the data from the simulator had a huge impact on the teams performances and very nearly resulted in their best result of the year. If the race weekend format changed team investment plans would follow suit, but in the short term fans would be in for some thrilling races and F1 action on a Monday morning!

Formula One: Lewis Hamilton Shows off his Wrestling Skills


Lewis Hamilton took on a rival of a different kind yesterday, swapping the tarmac for the canvas of a wrestling ring. The newly crowned Formula One World Champion appeared at the Arena Mexico to face an opponent laced in grease and leather at the spiritual home of Lucha Libre. Lewis showed his talents that extend beyond the steering wheel as he took on the wrestling star at a PUMA event in the Mexican capital.

With Formula One returning to Mexico after a 23-year absence, PUMA gave Lewis  a cultural insight into the passions of Mexico – embracing the four values of Brave, Confident, Determined and Joyful. A rousing rendition of Mariachi music fronted by the lovely Latina actress Zuria Vega got things underway, with a fussball fiesta following against the Mexican star striker Oribe Peralta. The event concluded with a spectacular finale, headlined by a wrestling extravaganza against the might of Mistico.

Speaking about his Mexican experience, Lewis said: “I never saw myself in the wrestling ring but after taking on Mistico last night I think I’ve found a new talent! I always enjoy getting an insight into the culture of race countries and last night was a brilliant experience. Seeing the spirit of the Mexican people and how they embrace their values of joy, confidence, bravery and determination was very inspiring. The enthusiasm, passion and excitement for the return of Formula One to Mexico was clear and it was an honour to share the stage with some of the country’s stars to celebrate this.

Check out the full PUMA film from the event here: