Formula One: VIDEO – Max Verstappen reflects on a challenging Monaco

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Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen talks through his Monaco Grand Prix, analysing his struggles through the weekend, thanking the team for their support and hard work, and reflecting on his own personal challenge to keep the RB12 out of the walls as mentioned here on JWGP ahead of the GP weekend.

Looking ahead to Canada, Verstappen confirms that he will have access to the upgraded Renault Power Unit for the first time. Having tested the PU in Barcelona, Max is aware the unit will deliver additional power and improved drivability. When considering targets for the Canadian Grand Prix, Max is hoping for  clean weekend and feels a podium could be possible.

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Formula One: Monaco – A weekend for the fans?

Mclaren Honda partner, Johnnie Walker, have put together a tidy film showcasing the Monaco Grand Prix weekend. The film acts a neat conclusion to the race weekend which saw Fernando Alonso bring home his Mclaren Honda in a season best 5th place and Jenson Button securing further points for the team in 9th.  There is a growing sense of confidence around the Mclaren Honda team, as the points tally continues to increase, expectations are also on the rise. The team and drivers appear to be enjoying racing again.

This sense of enjoyment and appreciation for the sport comes across in this film, which sees both drivers wax lyrical about the Monaco experience from both a driver and fan perspective.

It is easy to perceive Monaco as a highly exclusive event, reserved for the rich and famous, in this film it is great to see more of the event from the fan perspective with Jenson reflecting on the number of fans you see watching from the hills surrounding the track alongside shots of how close fans can get to drivers over the weekend.  With the size of the safe haven of the paddock vastly reduced in Monaco, arguably fans have more access to their hero’s in Monaco than at any other race on the F1 Calender.

Of course Monaco remains the jewel in the crown of an F1 season and Johnnie Walker reflect this in the film but do so in a way to make the event feel more accessible than I have seen it in the past.

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Formula One: Airbnb return to Manor Racing with the promise of very exclusive accommodation

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The eagle eyed among you may have noticed a return of Airbnb branding to the Manor Racing team over the Monaco Grand Prix weekend. Situated on the rear wing endplates, the returning partner joins a growing list of innovative partners for the fledgling team, joining the likes of Shazam, Rescale, & Daffy’s Gin.

On the returning partner Simon Pavitt, Marketing director for the team comments

“It’s great to announce the extension of our partnership. We think Airbnb represents all that is good in the sharing economy. It’s a pioneer in its field and is opening up the world. At Manor Racing we like a challenge, we love to travel and see new places, experience new things and meet inspiring people. Airbnb, with its myriad abodes gives fans more than a bed for the night; it gives them a sense of adventure. Much of Airbnb’s premise is about breaking down barriers, making the inaccessible accessible. And at Manor Racing we’re inspired by that.”

The 2016 partnership promises to be more than simply branding on the car, Airbnb is eager to make the Formula 1 experience even more memorable for the sport’s legion of fans. Whether it’s a coveted Monaco studio overlooking Rascasse, a log cabin nestled within the pines around Spa, a houseboat in Montreal or an already-assembled luxury tent at Silverstone, Airbnb gives its community choice. Choice at any price point, from one night to a week to a month, in more than 35,000 cities and nearly 200 countries, all from a simple app. The shared love of adventure, technology and challenging the status quo mean Airbnb and Manor Racing have forged a strong bond.

Aisling Hassell, Head of Customer Experience at Airbnb adds:

“We don’t go for obvious partnerships; we think carefully about the institutions and teams that chime with our own beliefs. Manor Racing isn’t elitist or stuffy; it’s open, honest and works hard to improve. It seeks to challenge – on and off the track. We like that attitude and we love being part of its Formula 1 adventure. The Manor Racing guys also happen to be rather excellent hosts, which, as you’d expect, is very important to Airbnb!”

To further celebrate the Airbnb Manor Racing partnership plans are afoot to turn the  Manor Racing’s motorhome within the Formula 1 Paddock into what could  be the most exclusive Airbnb accommodation for a forthcoming Grand Prix.

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Formula One: UPDATED First laps of the Baku City Circuit

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2016 Euro formula Open driver Gulhuseyn Addullayev took to the wheel of a Baku City Circuit livered GP3 car yesterday to complete the first laps of the Grand Prix of Europe city Circuit.

In GP3 machinery Gulhuseyn remarked on the challenging turns 8 – 9 section of the track. The track looks set to offer a truly unique challenge to F1 drivers.

Further images & video of the demonstration run can be found below. The circuit is looking in great shape ahead of the F1 circus heading to the venue in less than one month from now. Charlie Whiting gave final FIA approval to the circuit earlier this month.

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Formula One: 6th consecutive fastest pit stop award for Williams

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The Williams Martini Racing pit crew secured a 6th DHL fastest pit stop award at the Monaco Grand Prix. The team are so far unbeaten in 2016 when it comes to pit stop times. Official timing suggests the team’s quest to achieve a sub 2 second pitstop, with the team coming within one tenth of the time at the Chinese Grand Prix, and again at the Spanish Grand Prix.

The efficiency of the Williams pit stop process has not gone unnoticed from the world away from Formula One with the team recently working in partnership with University Hospital of Wales to fine-tune the resuscitation of premature newborn babies.

The top 6 fastest pit stops from the Monaco Grand Prix:

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If the DHL fastest pit stop award is new to you, check out this film:

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Formula One: No holding back from Monisha

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Sauber Team Principle Monisha Kaltenborn has made her disappointment with drivers Marcus Ericsson & Felipe Nasr clear for all this evening commenting:

” It was unacceptable behaviour by both drivers. Today the work of the whole team ended in a collusion. Marcus and Felipe both know how much work is put into every race weekend. They have the responsibility to make it to the end of the race. After evaluating the overall situation, it was important to bring the fastest car as far as possible to the front, so that we were able to used any chances. Our decision was based on the data from both cars. After this, we have clarified the situation internally and both drivers are aware of their responsibilities. Such an incident will not happen again.”

Perhaps reflecting on happier times for the Swiss team Monisha went on to congratulate former driver Sergio Perez on his podium finish:

“I also want to say a word to our previous driver Sergio Pérez and Force India: Congratulations on the third place in Monaco.”

Reflecting on the race Ericsson commented:

“A very disappointing end to the race. We had taken a bit of a gamble, so I was first to pit for slicks. It worked out, but it was not ideal as I was caught out by blue flags. I had to go off the line and let other drivers pass, which meant I struggled to get the temperatures up in my tyres. When the tyres started to work, I caught Felipe, but got stuck behind him. I was told that Felipe received a call via the radio. Then I saw a gap and tried to overtake him, but we all saw what then happened. It is a difficult situation for us, and it is even more important to stick together as a team in these times. I apologise, and I am sure that this will not happen again in the future.”

The FIA have awarded Marcus a 3 place grid penalty for the Canadian Grand Prix and 6 penalty points on his license.

Equally disappointed was Brazilian Felipe Nasr:

“It is a shame that neither of us finished the race. It is the worst scenario that can happen for us as a team. Marcus and I were on different strategies, so his second pit stop was earlier than mine. My tyres started to get up to temperature, and I was catching the cars in front. For me it was not the right timing to swap positions. Suddenly, in Rascasse I felt my car being hit. It is surely disappointing for everyone as the whole team works very hard. I apologise for what happened. We need to make sure that this will never happen again.”

The Sauber F1 Team are yet to register a points paying finish in the 2016 Formula One World Championship.

Formula One: VIDEO – Rosberg post race review

Nico Rosberg reflects on a disappointing Monaco Grand Prix via social media. Explaining a possible reason for his struggles were that the team saw some issues in brake temperature and that on intermediates he had no confidence in the car.

Nico discuss’ his decision to let Lewis by in the early stages of the race, explaining it was the right thing to do, and part of an understanding the team have had in place for a number of months now. It would be interesting to see if Lewis would respond to the such an agreement if placed in a similar situation.

We also get an insight into the post race Monaco after parties, and a view of Keke Rosberg’s Monaco apartment!

 

Formula One: Disappointing double retirment for Renault Sport

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Renault Sport Formula One Team suffered a disappointing double retirement from an eventful Monaco Grand Prix. Kevin Magnussen showed promising progress with an early swap to intermediate tyres after a race start on full wet tyres behind the safety car. Kevin’s potential was ultimately undone by an unfathomable onslaught from a one-lap-down Daniil Kvyat. He continued to race but subsequently ended up in the barriers again and retired from the Grand Prix. Jolyon Palmer’s race was far shorter, ending after aquaplaning into the barriers on the main straight, then into the barriers at Sainte Devote on the eighth lap.

Kevin Magnussen, #20, R.S.16-02: Started P16, DNF
“We had a good start to the race and made a really good strategic call to change to the intermediate tyres just after the safety car. We were the only ones to do it so early and it was the right decision. We were in a good position as a lot of people were still to pit and we gained a lot of places. Unfortunately, Kvyat just lost his mind and crashed into me and that was effectively the end of my race. We did continue and made an early change to slicks as we had nothing to lose, but ultimately I hit the wall and damaged the front wing. We were several laps down at that point and the car had been in the wars so it was safer to retire. It’s a shame we didn’t have a good weekend as we were very optimistic for the race. Now we have to shift our focus to Canada and have a better weekend there. Montréal should be a stronger track for us and should play to the strengths of the updates for the car.”

Jolyon Palmer, #30, R.S.16-03: Started P18, DNF
“The traction was appalling after the safety car and I got caught out. I had wheelspin in fifth gear on the white line that crosses the track. There was nothing I could do – I was just a passenger and went straight away into the wall. It’s so difficult as we know that the white lines are slippery but they are everywhere. I’m disappointed as I love this track and it’s been good for me in the past. But I’m now looking forward to Canada and putting this weekend behind me. Monaco hasn’t been good to me this year so we need to move on to the next race and look for a better weekend.”

Fred Vasseur, Racing Director
“It was a tough weekend for both cars. Jolyon’s race ended on the straight as soon as the race got underway. He had a pretty serious shunt, a fast one, and that put an end to his day; there was nothing to be done. For Kevin, he asked to swap to intermediates pretty early in the race which was a good call, despite suffering from being in traffic for a while. His race effectively ended thanks to the incident with Kvyat which is a shame especially as there may have been something to be done from where he was ranked as we had a strategy that was slightly out of step from everyone else’s. In any case, we’ll go lick our wounds and move our focus to Canada.”

Formula One: David Coulthard Vs. Jenson Button – 50 Years Of McLaren


Joining Mclaren’s 50 years of Grand Prix Racing celebrations Mobil 1 The Grid,  David Coulthard quiz’s Jenson Button in  how he knows the team.  How many questions can you answer?

Does Jenson know more about DC’s career then he does? Who has more wins for the team Jenson or David?

Formula One: Toro Rosso return to Renault, RBR extend

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As speculated on JWGP yesterday ,Renault have this morning announced that Scuderia Toro Rosso will return to Renault Power Unit supply for 2017. The agreement will see the team use in year technology for the 2017 & 2018 with the freedom to badge the engine as they see fit. Similar to the TAG Heuer Red Bull Racing Partnership, who have also extended their relationship with the French manufacturer through the 2017 & 2018 seasons.

Speaking on the partnership Jérôme Stoll, President of Renault Sport Racing, commented: ‘We are very pleased to partner with two such strong teams as Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Toro Rosso. Having competitive partners demonstrates the confidence both have in the improved Renault power unit and in our organisation as a whole.’

On the extension of the Renault RBR agreement Christian Horner, Red Bull Racing Team Principal, said: “We are delighted to extend our partnership which has proved very successful over time. After the reconstruction that Renault has undertaken, clear progress has been made which has made it logical to continue with the TAG Heuer badged engine.”

With this deal confirmed, no further changes are expected in team a  Power Unit supply across the remainder of the grid for the foreseeable future.