Formula One: Williams Development Driver Lance Stroll set for Daytona 24hrs Win!

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With 7 hours remaining Martini Williams Racing development driver Lance Stroll and his team mates Brendon Hartley and Andy Priaulx are running on the leap lap in the top class of the event and currently placed 4th overall.

Driving for the Ford EcoBoost Riley DP Team, Lance Stroll performed admirably through the night of the gruelling event, which saw the Deltawing driven by Katherine Legge running in contention for the win in the early stages of the race.

IMSA are streaming the ROLEX24 hours for free online in select territories. Follow this link to catch the final hours of this thrilling event!

You can follow live twitter updates for the race here.

 

 

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Formula One: Live like an F1 driver with Airbnb

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Breaking News Ireland is reporting that former Scuderia Ferrari Formula One driver Eddie Irvine has listed his Dublin residence on the short term letting site and Manor Racing partner Airbnb.

Whilst a stay at the property won’t come cheap at €1200 per night with a minimum three night stay, the property sleeps 10 in absolute luxury ,with sauna, jacuzzi and plunge pool, alongside a huge games room.

Listing the property on Airbnb, reflects an effective utilisation of assets, with Eddie Irvine calling the US home the property would otherwise remain vacant.

With current F1 drivers racing a gruelling 21 race season in 2016 perhaps they too could start advertising those apartments in Monaco on Airbnb!

  • Details on the property can be found here
  • Details on the Manor Racing Airbnb partnership can be found on the home page of the team.

Formula One: Pirelli to host a meeting of F1’s key stakeholders to discuss the joint development of tyres for 2017

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A meeting will be held at Pirelli’s Milan headquarters next week in which key Formula One stakeholders will take part. The meeting will be to discuss target tyre performance guidelines in the light of the 2017 regulations.

Pirelli sees this meeting as being of vital importance in order to further consolidate the close collaboration that got underway last year with the FIA, FOM, and the drivers. Of the more than 250 championships in which Pirelli takes part worldwide, Formula One is the biggest challenge.

In 2017 the technical aspects will become even more complex, so Pirelli is even more convinced of the need to carry out more on-track testing.

This is a factor that has been extremely limited in recent years, despite the important evolution of the cars and subsequent increase in performance. All these are vital steps towards tyre development that takes into account the future evolution of the cars and added performance, which will be particularly notable in 2017. This will allow an even more effective use of the advanced technology that makes Pirelli the world leader in performance tyres.

Formula One: 6 Million Litres of water used for wet weather test

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With the Pirelli wet weather simulation test at the Paul Ricard Circuit in the South of France having reached its conclusion yesterday. JWGP spoke to the circuit management around the environmental impact of this form of simulation.

In order to simulate the wet weather conditions required for Pirelli to trial revised compounds and construction of the wet and Intermediate tyre the circuit utilises 400 sprinklers installed around the circuit. These sprinklers dispense 20 cubic metres of water per minute across the circuit amounting to a total of 3 million litres of water per day.

In total 6 million litres of water hit the track over the 2-day test session, which would be the same as filling  4 Olympic sized swimming pools.  Whilst water scarcity is not an issue in the area surrounding the circuit, some may question if this is an effective use of resources. However, the Paul Ricard circuit has installed an entirely closed loop waste free solution to facilitate wet weather simulations.

The water used through such tests is recovered rain water, no water from the local water grid is used by the circuit for wet weather testing.  The drainage system in place throughout the circuit channels all water back towards a lake situated near the circuit (pictured)

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Through this system the circuit is able to offer wet weather simulation capabilities with zero impact to the local water grid. This closed loop solution not only minimises the cost of such a test (water is not free!) but also ensures minimal negative impact on the local environment. Should FOM ever seriously seek to investigate the use of such systems in race situations, a closed loop solution as achieved at the Paul Ricard circuit would have to be incorporated into any proposal.

Formula One: Final Laps of the Wet Weather Simulation

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Pirelli’s two-day wet tyre test, held at the state-of-the-art Paul Ricard circuit in the south of France, concluded today at 4pm – with the specific aim of developing the latest generation of full wet tyres.

Ferrari, McLaren and Red Bull were present at the test, having accepted Pirelli’s invitation to all the teams to take part.

The Paul Ricard circuit’s sophisticated variable sprinkler system allowed Pirelli to test with different amounts of water on the track, in order to simulate a wide range of wet conditions. This meant that the drivers could try a number of full wet tyre prototypes, with different compounds and constructions compared to the existing 2015 Cinturato Blue.

As this was a ‘blind test’ the prototypes did not carry any colour markings on the sidewalls, and the teams and drivers did not know which specification of tyres they were testing. All the cars ran in unaltered 2015 specification.

The test and development programme was completed within two full days at Paul Ricard, with 659 laps of a short circuit configuration run by the five drivers involved, totalling 2326 kilometres.

Temperatures remained consistently low throughout both days of the test, peaking at 11 degrees centigrade. Although these were not ideally representative conditions, a wide range of data was collected that will subsequently be analysed at Pirelli’s headquarters in Milan.

McLaren’s Stoffel Vandoorne was the only driver to drive during both days, while Ferrari ran Kimi Raikkonen on Monday and Sebastian Vettel on Tuesday. Red Bull tested with Daniel Ricciardo on day one and Daniil Kvyat on day two.

These were the quickest times set over the course of the two days:

 Vettel  (Ferrari)  1.06″750  (134 laps)
 Kvyat  (Red Bull)  1.06″833  (113)
 Vandoorne  (McLaren)  1.07″758  (87 + 127)
 Ricciardo  (Red Bull)  1.08″713  (99)
 Raikkonen  (Ferrari)  1.09″637  (99)

The development programme will now continue back at base, when Pirelli will compare each team’s telemetry with its own data, in order to obtain a full picture of every prototype’s performance.

Formula One: Pirelli clarify ‘secret’ tyre compound change reports

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Ahead of the wet weather simulation test taking place at the Paul Ricard Circuit in France this week, Pirelli have offered a clarification on recent media reports surrounding ‘secret’ changes to tyre construction for the 2016 Formula One World Championship.

Pirelli have stated that with the exception of the Ultra Soft compound, new for the 2016 season, all compounds used in 2016 are identical to those raced throughout the 2015 season. Pirelli further confirmed that changes have been made in the construction of the tyre which may have an impact of the rate of degradation, but all teams are fully aware of these changes.  Teams attending the 2015 post season test in Abu Dhabi, all with the exception of the Haas F1 Team, have been able to complete simulations using compounds under the new construction.

Any changes made to tyre construction or compound have been implemented with complete team, FIA, and FOM awareness.

Formula One: Manor Racing confirm launch plans

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The team, formally known as Manor Grand Prix, confirmed the full team launch along with updated livery will be revleaved on February 22nd on the 1st day of pre season testing.

 

This news follows a quiet winter for the team on social media with only news of the 2016 challenger having passed mandatory crash tests and the appointment of Nikolas Tombazis to the role of Chief Aerodynamicist being published.

Formula One: Haas F1 Team yet to receive Ferrari Power Unit

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The Haas F1 Team will not take delivery of the 2016 Ferrari power unit until the 2nd week of February, the team have confirmed.

The team are on schedule in the build phase of preparations for the 2016 season with the chassis under construction in the Dallara facility in Varano de’ Melegari, Italy , then shipped to Banbury, UK, for final assembly and power unit installation ahead of the team launch and first pre-season test in Barcelona.

When discussing the 2016 Ferrari power unit Günther Steiner was reluctant to make any predictions around performance, commenting only that the same team who made significant leaps from the 2014 to 2015 power unit designed (estimated to be in the region of 100hp) are lead the 2016 development. The hope and expectation is that a similar gain will be found.

The Haas F1 team are not concerned over the delivery time line for the power unit, this was always the plan. That being said should there be any installation issues there will not be a great deal of time prior to the first test.

The focus of the 1st pre-season test for The Haas F1 Team more than any other team on the grid will be around bedding in systems and procedures, focusing on familiarisation for the team and drivers. The team will seek to focus on performance in the 2nd and final pre-season test.

Formula One: Channel 4 UK confirm FTA live races

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Channel 4 has confirmed the ten Formula 1® Grands Prix it will broadcast live in 2016, which will include the 2016 Formula 1 British Grand Prix on July 10th.

As part of a new three-year deal from 2016-2018 with Formula One World Championship Limited, announced last month, Channel 4 will broadcast live coverage of ten Grands Prix, including practice sessions and qualifying over each season. Channel 4 will broadcast comprehensive highlights of all 21 races, including those broadcast by Sky Sports.

Channel 4 coverage will begin over the weekend of March 18th-20th with build up to, and comprehensive highlights coverage of the 2016 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix weekend. Channel 4’s first live race will be the 2016 Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix, broadcast over the weekend of 1st-3rd April.

Following a picks process with Sky Sports, the full list of races broadcast live by Channel 4 is:

Bahrain– 1st-3rdApril (4.00pm)

Spain– 13th-15th May (1.00pm)

Europe (Azerbaijan) – 17th-19th June (TBC)

Britain– 8th-10th July (1.00pm)

Hungary– 22nd-24th July (1.00pm)

Belgium– 26th-28th August (1.00pm)

Italy– 2nd-4th September (1.00pm)

Malaysia– 30th September-2nd October (8.00am)

Mexico – 28th-30th October (7.00pm)

Abu Dhabi– 25th-27th November (1.00pm)

All of the live coverage and highlights will be broadcast free-to-air and in high definition.

Stephen Lyle, Channel 4 Head of F1® said: “We are delighted to announce the full line up of races we will be showing live across 2016. The British Grand Prix is a huge highlight of the sporting calendar and we’re looking forward to covering all the action live from Silverstone this summer. ”

This follows the news announced earlier in the month that Whisper Films will produce coverage of the FIA Formula One World Championship™ and that 13 times Grand Prix winner David Coulthard will be bringing his extensive knowledge in Formula 1®, as well as his considerable contacts in the sport, to Channel 4’s coverage.

The full presenting and commentary team will be announced in due course.

Channel 4 have reiterated their commitment to broadcast all races advert free.

Formula One: Sauber C35 set for March 1st debut

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The Sauber F1 Team have confirmed the 2015 C34 will be taken to the first test of the 2016 test in Barcelona. The C34 will be adorned with the 2016 race livery.

The team will bring the 2016 C35 to the second and final pre-season test of the 2016 Formula One calender also in Barcelona 1 week later on March 1st, leaving the team only 4 days of running in the new car and a little over 3 weeks until the season opener in Melbourne Australia.

The team have previously stated that the C35 will be more evolution than revolution of the C34. The team have not commented on the rationale not taking the C35 to the first pre-season test.