Formula One: Pirelli Ultrasoft to debut in Montreal


Pirelli will bring the following three compounds to the seventh* round of the 2016 Formula One season in Canada (June 10 – 12):

P Zero Yellow soft; P Zero Red supersoft; P Zero Purple ultrasoft

These are the MANDATORY tyres to be available for the race:
2 two sets of P Zero Yellow soft

Each driver must have both these sets available for the race, and must use at least one of them.

These are the tyres assigned for Q3 in qualifying:
One set of P Zero Purple ultrasoft

Following on from the 2016 regulations, each driver must save for Q3 one set of the softest of the three nominated compounds. This set will be given back to Pirelli after Q3 for those who qualify in the top 10, but the remaining drivers will keep it for the race – as is the case currently.

The teams are free to choose the remaining sets; making up 13 sets in total for the weekend.

See the video below to understand more about the Ultra Soft compound

Formula One: Watchmaker Edox joins Sauber

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The Sauber F1 Team have announced Edox as a Premium Partner ahead of the 2016 FIA Formula One Championship. The swiss watch manufacturer Edox embodies more than 130 years of innovation and Swiss watchmaking tradition.

Edox is one of Switzerland’s fastest growing watch manufacturers for luxurious timepieces dedicated to the worlds of motorsport and watersports, but it also offers a stylish range for sophisticated watch aficionados.

Since its beginnings, Edox has had a very clear vision of its growth and development thanks to its innovative ideas and ceaseless design research, while simultaneously maintaining the classic traditions of watchmaking know-how. Edox has thus become a benchmark brand in timekeeping for sports competitions. In Ancient Greek, Edox means measuring time. As the official watch partner of the Sauber F1 Team, Edox underlines the sporting values of the quest for performance, precision and pushing oneself to the limit.

Monisha Kaltenborn, Team Principal of the Sauber F1 Team:
“We are very pleased to be able to announce a new partnership with such a prestigious brand. Edox and the Sauber F1 Team are a perfect match and it is great to have Edox on board as one of our Premium Partners in what is a long-term partnership. Not only are crafts and timing two shared attributes that define both companies, there are also strong foundations between our companies. Both companies have a tradition as family businesses in Switzerland and stand for efficiency, accuracy, high-tech, design, further development and continuing optimisation.”

Alexandre Strambini, CEO of Montres Edox & Vista SA:
“Formula One is an ideal platform for our brand. Formula One, and the Sauber F1 Team in particular, stands for Swiss precision, cutting-edge technology, innovation and history. These are all values which have similarly strengthened the Edox brand philosophy from the beginning, and which define our affinity with motorsport’s crowning discipline. Furthermore, Formula One enjoys above-average popularity in Europe, America and Asia, where Edox has a growing distribution. For us, as a Swiss watch company with a watchmaking history dating back more than 130 years, it is very important to work together with the appropriate team. With its Swiss roots, high performance aspirations and a huge popularity rating, the Sauber F1 Team is the ideal partner for us. We will soon launch the first amazing timepiece carefully engineered for the fastest drivers on our planet.”

Edox replace long-standing partner Certina as the Sauber F1 Team’s watch partner.

Formula One: Scuderia Ferrari thrill in Livigno


There are those who like to head for the mountains for a week’s skiing at this time of year, but they probably do not expect to be able to watch a Formula 1 car in full flight on the snow. Today, at Livigno, in the Italian Alps, a large crowd of fans and enthusiasts watched former Formula 1 driver Giancarlo Fisichella put on a show and they certainly weren’t disappointed. The Italian preceded his run in the car with a visit to the Hublot shop, as along with Kaspersky, the watchmaker promoted today’s event. He then met up with guests and journalists before taking on the challenge of driving a Formula 1 car on snow. Giancarlo tackled a short run specially dug out for the event and also drove down the town’s main street, waving to the crowds. “It was an incredible experience,” he said, “because the whole area shut down to be able to watch the show.”

To find out more about the Livigno Ski resort and see more of the Scuderia Ferrari event click here

Formula One: Force India secure 5 year Smirnoff agreeement


The Sahara Force India Formula One team have secured a 5 year agreement with Diageo brand Smirnoff (Vodka) to the value of $15 million per season.

The agreement forms part of a settlement between Diageo and team co-owner Dr Vijay Mallya over the sale of United Spirits Limited. Full details of the settlement can be found on the Diageo website through this link.

During negotiations surrounding this settlement the team have been keen to highlight that proceedings have no impact on the day to day management of  the team.  It is positive that within the conclusion it has been possible to ensure a level of financial security.

Team management can now turn their attentions to the proposed sale the Sahara Group’s stake in the team.  During the launch of the VJM09 many observers made reference to the ‘temporary’ nature of some of the branding on driver’s race suits.


Formula One: Lewis ” I’ve never seen anything like it”

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Mercedes AMG Petronas concluded the opening pre-season test of the 2016 season today at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, with Lewis Hamilton at the wheel of the Mercedes-Benz F1 W07 Hybrid in the morning and Nico Rosberg in the cockpit during the afternoon.

  • Lewis emerged for his first run at 09:05, completing 99 laps before the hour-long lunch break at 13:00. Nico completed a further 86 laps in the afternoon – finishing for the day at 17:50
  • Today’s programme focused on aero evaluation and race simulation work – including practice starts and pit stops
  • Mercedes-Benz Power Units today completed a total of 1,699 km
  • The team will now prepare the F1 W07 Hybrid for the second pre-season test of 2016 in Barcelona next week

Lewis Hamilton
After Monday I was a bit sore – but I didn’t break too much of a sweat today, so that’s good. The reliability of the car this week has been just incredible. It feels strong, it feels solid, it just keeps going and going… I’ve never seen anything like it. The guys and girls at Brackley and Brixworth have done an unbelievable job. After two titles in a row, it would be so easy to lose focus. But it’s clear that everyone is even more focused than before and have done an even better job of delivering an overall package with this car. In terms of today, the new front wing seems to be a step forward. It’s small increments here and there – but that’s what we’re looking for. There’s not much of a cliff with the tyres. They behave very similarly to last year’s in that respect. It’s been a gruelling week for the whole team – running between 150 and 190 laps every day. But I’d say it’s probably been the best test we’ve ever had. Certainly the best I’ve ever seen.

Nico Rosberg
It’s been a great start. Reliability is looking very, very good and the car feels quick. It’s great even to look at. You take a walk around it and there’s some real innovation there. You can really see how far we’ve come as a team these past few years – it’s very impressive. I can’t wait to see what it can do when we get to qualifying in Melbourne. Pounding round on mediums all day isn’t always so fun! Physically it’s actually been ok. I knew it would be an intense couple of weeks so I prepared for it. Of course, there’s a few bits that are sore – mostly from the seat as it’s solid carbon. But overall I’m really pleased with how it’s been. It’s useful to have done so much mileage, as we found a few small problems that maybe we wouldn’t have discovered with less track time. Nothing race ending – just small things – which could be very useful for Melbourne and beyond.

Formula One: Red Bull Racing strengthens AT&T connection

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Red Bull Racing is very pleased to announce the extension and expansion of its relationship with innovation partner AT&T, the global integrated communications and entertainment company. Within the new multi-year agreement, AT&T will continue to provide Red Bull Racing with global network and connectivity services. The new AT&T logo will be prominently displayed on the rear wing of the RB12 and on the drivers’ racing overalls.
“Our relationship with Red Bull Racing as innovation partner demonstrates the diverse services we provide,” says Frank Jules, President, Global Business at AT&T.  “Innovation is the key in delivering greater speed for the car and in our communications. We’re both inspiring each other as we help take our organisations to another level.”
Over the last few seasons, AT&T’s technology and experience has been integrated into many areas of Red Bull Racing’s operations, most notably the advanced network services that provide the high-speed, high-bandwidth link connecting our cars and our trackside engineers with the Ops Room at our headquarters in Milton Keynes. Throughout winter testing and during the 21 grands prix in 2016, AT&T technology ensures the Team, wherever the individuals are located, can make decisions based on the latest near real-time information.
“Our innovation partnership with AT&T provides an integral part of our race weekend set-up,” says Team Principal, Christian Horner, “Being able to connect to the factory from wherever we’re racing has become essential to our operation. We’re delighted to take our long-standing relationship with AT&T forward in a multi-year agreement and look forward to growing our innovation partnership together.”
In 2016 Formula One will engage in its longest, most geographically challenging season ever. Connectivity provided by AT&T helps the Team’s engineers and critical partners collaborate effectively, regardless of their geographical location. Over the course of a race weekend, AT&T’s network transmits up to 400GB of data from the racetrack to the factory, from the hundreds of channels taking real-time telemetry off the RB12 to the video links that allow engineers to have a face-to-face discussion while separated by half the globe. This enables crucial data-driven decisions to be made swiftly and with confidence – a prerequisite for success in the modern era of Formula One racing.

Formula One: F1 Commission confirm new bodywork and sporting regulations


Meetings of the F1 Strategy Group and the F1 Commission were held yesterday in Geneva, with a number of constructive proposals being agreed. Upon the recommendation of the Strategy Group, the F1 Commission passed a series of new measures designed to deliver a faster, more spectacular FIA Formula One World Championship.

Qualifying format

A new qualification format was unanimously accepted by the F1 Commission. The new system is being evaluated for introduction, potentially as soon as the beginning of the 2016 season.

The basis of the new elimination format is as follows:

–        Q1

  • 16 minutes
  • After 7 minutes, slowest driver eliminated
  • Slowest driver eliminated every 1 minute 30 seconds thereafter until the chequered flag
  • 7 drivers eliminated, 15 progress to Q2

–        Q2

  • 15 minutes
  • After 6 minutes, slowest driver eliminated
  • Slowest driver eliminated every 1 minute 30 seconds thereafter until the chequered flag
  • 7 drivers eliminated, 8 progress to Q3

–        Q3

  • 14 minutes
  • After 5 minutes, slowest driver eliminated
  • Slowest driver eliminated every 1 minute 30 seconds thereafter until the chequered flag
  • 2 drivers left in final 1 minute 30 seconds


The final elimination in each session occurs at the chequered flag – not when time is up.

Driver of the Day

The F1 Commission agreed to the introduction of a Driver of the Day award, to be implemented by the Commercial Rights Holder in conjunction with Formula One broadcasters, with the intention of driving greater fan engagement.

Viewers will be encouraged to vote online for their “Driver of the Day” throughout a Grand Prix, with the winner to be announced as part of the race broadcast immediately following the conclusion of the race, when the driver will be presented with their prize.

2017 Sporting and Technical Regulations

Following the recommendation of the Strategy Group, the F1 Commission agreed to postpone the deadline for the finalisation of 2017 Sporting and Technical Regulations until 30 April, 2016 – to allow all stakeholders the best opportunity to complete all relevant work.

2017 bodywork

New bodywork regulations have been adopted to create more exciting cars, delivering additional downforce to increase speeds and lower lap times.

The FIA, teams and official tyre supplier will continue discussions on the best solution for testing of the new tyres required as part of the regulations.

Power unit supply

Significant further progress was made on the four major topics regarding Power Unit supply:

–        Supply cost

–        Obligation to supply

–        Performance convergence

–        Further improvement of noise


A working group consisting representatives of the FIA, Commercial Rights Holder, Power Unit suppliers and customer teams will undertake further work with the aim of reaching agreement on a plan to meet the above requirements by 30 April, 2016.

Cockpit protection

The F1 Commission confirmed the intention of introducing some form of cockpit protection from the 2017 season. All stakeholders are working together to make this a reality, with the “Halo” concept currently the preferred option. Other options, such as transparent cockpit protection, will continue to be evaluated.

Full analysis of this FIA statement to follow.

Formula One: Away from the circuit

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As testing resumes this morning at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, we take a look at what Mercedes AMG Petronas driver Lewis Hamilton was busy with whilst his team mate Nico Rosberg was testing the W07 yesterday.

In addition to Formula One pre season testing, Barcelona is currently hosting the 2016 Mobile World Congress. Mercedes AMG Petronas sponsor Qualcomm, world leaders in mobile technology development, yesterday hosted the keynote panel discussion for the event with Lewis Hamilton and Paddy Lowe joining group President Derek Aberle and host by Nicki Shields to discuss the future of the connect automotive industry.

Highlights from the event can be seen here:

In a relaxed session the panel discussion included conversation around:

  • Preseason testing component code names
  • Mercedes performance since the introduction of the current technical regulations
  • Autonomous Cars – Driverless car technology
  • Real Time vehicle data sharing

Alongside Lewis and Paddy speaking frankly about their 2016 title aspirations, and Lewis c

For followers of Lewis Hamilton’s fashion trends, the film also includes a preview of Lewis sporting his 2016 cap design.

Lewis Hamilton returns to the driving seat today for the 3rd day of  testing.


Formula One: VIDEO – Rossi discusses his future with Andretti

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During a seat fitting for his newly announced seat with the Andretti Autosport Indycar team,  Former Manor Grand Prix Team driver Alex Rossi took time out to share details on how the deal came together, what it feels like to be heading back to the United States and the excitement around participating in the 100th running of the Indy 500.

For full details on Rossi’s racing future with the #98 Andretti Autosport Indycar team click here

Formula One: Perrinn F1 – Open Source design launched


The Perrinn F1 Project, spearheaded by Nicolas Perrin, have taken the next step in design development with the launch of the team’s design though open access cloud based racecar devlopment through OnShape.

The purpose of the project is to share designs with fans around the world, inviting them to follow the team’s progress as it happens, make suggestions or perhaps even create their own designs.

  • Using browser-based Onshape allows Perrinn to instantly share its open-access designs with non-CAD users worldwide without requiring them to purchase expensive licenses or download or install any software.
  • Perrinn uses Onshape’s Branching & Merging feature to quickly experiment with design changes without impacting the original model.
  • With a core engineering team split between England and France, Perrinn relies on Onshape’s collaboration feature that allows multiple people to simultaneously work on the same design in the cloud.


WE ARE A TEAM – Perrinn Limited chose Onshape for designing its open-access Formula 1 racecar. Running in a web or mobile browser, Onshape requires no downloads, installations or expensive license fees.

Although racecar drivers certainly get an adrenaline rush, auto racing remains a relatively passive experience for its millions of worldwide fans. Spectators may catch the blur of their favorite car or inhale a steady stream of exhaust fumes. But they ultimately have zero impact on who crosses the finish line first.

That may soon change. If engineer Nicolas Perrin has his way, fans could potentially have some influence over a race’s outcome.

Perrin, the founder of Perrinn Limited (the extra “N” was added to make the brand stand out), is attempting to turn the racecar design world upside down. In an environment where virtually every gear is a closely guarded secret, Perrinn is making his designs available to his opponents and the public alike. While the unprecedented move might look like sacrificing his competitive edge, the engineer hopes that opening the project to the public will help source new design talent to develop the cars.

“Sports is very powerful for bringing people together, so we can go a step further and effectively make this team, our design team, something a bit more special,” he says. “Building a car is a team experience. The Internet provides services to connect with friends, or search, or do things like that but we want to use it to create a better team of designers working from any location in the world while allowing the public to access our design to learn or simply follow our progress.”

“If you’re a football fan, you can follow the game easier if you’ve ever played it yourself. You can just take the ball and go do it. The difference with motorsports is that technology is a big barrier for people to truly feel like they can get involved and actually play themselves,” Perrin adds.

Perrinn Limited currently has a core design team of five professionals split between England and France. To facilitate internal collaboration and with outside partners and the public, the company chose Onshape, the first full-cloud professional 3D CAD system that enables multiple people to simultaneously work on the same design from any location.

To view the Perrinn F1 Project through Onshape click here

To follow the Perrinn project follow this link.