Formula One: VOYZ joins Manor Racing

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VOYZ joins the Manor Boy(z)

In the second of the “Fast Companies Series” partnerships for Manor Racing, the German Grand Prix see German voice communication start-up, VOYZ join the team.

VOYZ is a new way of communication. It allows users to send voice messages that, once heard, are deleted from the recipient’s device and cannot be forwarded to third parties.

Just like in Formula 1, VOYZ is all about efficiency and speed. It only needs two taps from the home display to send a voice message. Messaging has never been so simple.

Once a voice message has been sent, the app also gives you the option to delete sent messages before the recipient receives them.

Manor Racing is the Formula 1 team with a start-up mentality and upstart ambition. Characterised as nimble, fast operators with an obsession for incredible technology but also having a soft spot for the romance of racing, it’s all about capturing and living the original spirit of the sport.

Manor Racing’s Fast Companies Series was launched to partner with like-minded and innovative start-ups, which like to challenge the status quo and have the ambition to shape the future.

VOYZ branding can be found on the rear wing endplates of the MRT 05

To receive EXCLUSIVE messages from Pascal Wehrlein Rio Haryanto over the German GP weekend, download VOYZ here

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Formula One: Likely strategy and tyres remaining for the German GP

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Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg has claimed pole position for the German Grand Prix. Conditions remained warm and dry throughout the session, with track temperatures of 38 degrees centigrade at the mid-point of qualifying. Rosberg’s pole time of 1m14.363s was more than two seconds faster than the 2014 pole (1m16.540s).

The Mercedes drivers were the only ones to get through Q1 using the soft tyre only, while all the others fitted the supersoft – reckoned to be around 1.5 seconds faster on the German track. From Q2 onwards, all the drivers utilised just the supersoft tyres in qualifying and this is the compound that the top 10 will start on tomorrow. Although yesterday 1.5 seconds separated the soft and supersoft compounds, the gap today seemed to be reduced at around 1 second.

Paul Hembery, Pirelli motorsport director: “It looks like we might be seeing a mixture of two and three stop strategies tomorrow, with the running up to now showing that there could be a few quite different approaches to the race. A lot will obviously depend on the weather, which still appears to be changeable. Mercedes handed themselves a potential advantage by saving themselves an additional set of supersofts, so it will be interesting to see if they can capitalise upon that tomorrow.”

How the tyres behaved today:
Medium: Not used during qualifying but might be used in the race as tactics will vary.
Soft: Used by the Mercedes drivers only to get through Q1: could be key to the race.
Supersoft: Around 1.5s faster than the soft on Friday; around 1 sec. gap seen in quali.

Possible race strategies and maximum laps*:
Pirelli recommends that the following numbers of laps are not exceeded on each compound:
Soft = 29 laps
Supersoft = 22 laps

On this basis, the optimal pit-stop strategies predicted by Pirelli are as follows:

QUICKEST
Three-stopper: three stints on supersoft + one stint on soft
SECOND-QUICKEST
Two-stopper: two stints on supersoft + one stint on soft (maximizing the stints on supersoft)
THIRD QUICKEST
Two-stopper: two stints on supersoft + one stint on soft (maximizing the single stint on soft)
SLOWEST
Two-stopper: one stint on supersoft + two stints on soft

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Formula One: Major new partner for Toro Rosso

 

 

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Scuderia Toro Rosso and Acronis, a global leader in hybrid cloud data protection which partnered with the team on the occasion of last week’s Hungarian GP, have announced the extension of the agreement to a new long-term partnership, designed to reach new heights in racing and technological product development.

The new partnership will lead to rapid innovation, increased safety and enhanced performance during races and off the track.

The Acronis logo, which was already visible on our STR11 cars in Budapest, will continue to be on the team’s cars and its drivers’ race suits, signifying Acronis’ commitment to the team through providing the latest technology to protect Toro Rosso’s IT infrastructure.

Acronis’ team appreciates the complexity of racing in the pinnacle of motorsport, where every millisecond counts. Toro Rosso will use Acronis hybrid cloud data protection solutions to guarantee data availability when it’s most needed — during races and preparing for new events.

Scuderia Toro Rosso produces up to 700 GB of data every race weekend. Hundreds of sensors with multiple data points monitor the cars, providing real-time information, which is immediately analysed and used through the race to improve performance. The data is also transferred to Toro Rosso’s base in Faenza, Italy, where a support group of engineers and data analysts use it for car improvements and new race strategies.

The sport is a data-driven business — the data collected on the racetrack fuels rapid innovation and enables the team to make educated decisions more efficiently.

“In our competitive environment it is becoming increasingly more important to protect all our technical information with a very high standard of software and Acronis can offer exactly what we need. Now that we have a long-term project together, we can’t wait to start working with Acronis, not only on a sponsorship level, but also in terms of adopting their data protection products within our factory and race team. I am sure we will both benefit from this technical cooperation and it will help our team to continue moving forward,” commented Team Principal Franz Tost.

Scuderia Toro Rosso is an R&D powerhouse, which analyses massive amounts of data and fine- tunes cars for each new race, depending on previous history and the current track condition. Acronis places great importance and invests large amounts of resources into R&D activities as well. The two teams will join forces to deliver the best results in racing and in the field of data protection by focusing on precision engineering, performance, design, innovation, and teamwork. The new partnership will lead to increased safety and enhanced performance on and off the track.

 

Acronis is a cutting edge and forward looking company, growing rapidly in the field of data protection, which links in very well with the sport. This cooperation will see them and us work well and progress together,” said Scuderia Toro Rosso driver, Daniil Kvyat.

“It’s great news that Acronis has decided to support our team with a long term partnership”, commented Scuderia Toro Rosso driver, Carlos Sainz. “Formula 1 is a technologically intensive sport and Toro Rosso is looking forward to working together with Acronis”.

“Racing teams are very efficient in using the collected data for rapid innovation and developing new technology. Acronis will race alongside Scuderia Toro Rosso on and off the track, perfecting our own technology and delivering the best products to our partners and customers in the same efficient way,” said Serguei Beloussov, Acronis’ Founder and CEO. “This is a first class sport and Acronis subscribes to its philosophy of success – focusing on a combination of personal ingenuity, team unity and cutting-edge technologies and engineering. We really value the Red Bull brand and we’ve chosen Scuderia Toro Rosso, having great respect for its Team Principal, Franz Tost, and its drivers, Daniil Kvyat and Carlos Sainz. Their vision for the team coincides with our corporate culture of being alert, responsive, vigilant, decisive and relentless, knowing firsthand how often things can work out just at the very last moment when the temptation to quit is greatest. This is relevant to dynamic sport and business”

JWGP  attended the launch of this new partnership in Hockenheim, further insights from the event will follow in the coming days.

Formula One: Rio vs. Woking

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Representing your country in the Olympics for many is a thing of dreams, in 2008 Tom Stallard did just that. Taking Silver in the Men’s Eight Rowing for Team GB. After achieving one dream you might wonder what did he do next?

In what might seem like a strange career move he joined Mclaren, ultimately becoming Jenson Button’s race engineer. Mobil One’s the grid spent time with Tom to hear more about his story and what drives him forward.

Formula One: James Allison stands down from Scuderia Ferrari

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Scuderia Ferrari and James Allison  have jointly decided to part ways after 3 years of working together.

Maurizio Arrivabene, Team Principal of Scuderia Ferrari, commented as follows:
“The Team would like to thank James for his commitment and sacrifice during the time spent together, and wishes him success and serenity for his future endeavors.”

James Allison stated:
“During the years I spent at Ferrari, at two different stages and covering different roles, I could get to know and appreciate the value of the team and of the people, women and men, which are part of it. I want to thank them all for the great professional and human experience we shared. I wish everybody a happy future with lots of success.”

Mattia Binotto will take on the role of Chief Technical Officer at Scuderia Ferrari.

Formula One: Catch an Uber with Mika Häkkinen TODAY

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Two time Formula 1 World Drivers’ Champion Mika Häkkinen, will today be offering Uber users the chance of a ride with him to promote Join the Pact, Johnnie Walker’s global responsible drinking campaign.

Ahead of the Hockenheim Grand Prix, Mika Häkkinen will be available as a driver on the
Uber app. On 26 July he will drive the streets of Berlin and personally urge all Berliners to
Join the Pact to never drink and drive. Thanks to the partnership with Johnnie Walker, the
world’s leading Scotch Whisky brand, and Uber, everyone on the app will have the chance
to have Mika Häkkinen pick them up as their very own driver. Additionally, all new customers signing up to Uber in Germany will be offered a €20 credit when they use the

As well as the opportunity of a lifetime to win a ride with F1 legend Mika Häkkinen, Johnnie Walker is pledging to deliver 1km of free rides home for every pledge received to Join the Pact. This is part of its global commitment to deliver 5,000,000 kms of safe rides home

“I am delighted to be in Berlin with Johnnie Walker to promote the importance of never
drinking and driving ahead of the Hockenheim grand prix this weekend. I’m hoping we’ll get a great response from Berliners and deliver tens of thousands of pledges to Join the Pact to never drink and drive. I’ll be playing my part as an Uber driver – making sure Berliners get a safe rides home.”

Karin Campos, Corporate Relations Director Germany said:

“Since 2006 Johnnie Walker is committed to creating a safe environment for everyone to enjoy themselves responsibly and getting home safely is part of this. With our Join the Pact activation in Berlin together with Mika Häkkinen, our global responsible drinking ambassador, and the additional Uber partnership we follow on from our global goal to get 5
million commitments to Join the pact and never drink and drive by 2018.”

Mika Häkkinen has visited more than 40 countries with this programme and has secured
over 1 million signatures to Join the Pact.

You can follow Mika’s Uber Experience through these links:

Dressed like machines live stream with Mika in Uber 13.15 – 13.35

https://www.facebook.com/DressedLikeMachines/?fref=ts

Johnnie Walker Facebook Germany live stream with Mika in Uber 13.45 – 14.15

https://www.facebook.com/JohnnieWalkerDeutschland/

JWGP Comment: ” Getting Uber into F1 is the ambition of any self respecting sports agency working around the sport, this light touch approach through Diageo will be a neat experiment for Uber. hopefully it will lead to a much broader involvement in 2017″

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Formula One: Tyres available for the Hungarian Grand Prix

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After an enthralling, if stop start qualifying session in which both wet and dry compound tyres were used. With clear skies and dry weather set to return for the race tomorrow, drivers making appearances in only the opening segment of the session will have plenty of tyres to choose from.

Commenting on the qualifying session and likely strategy for the race tomorrow, Paul Hembery, Pirelli motorsport director: “In a sport that’s thrown up some crazy situations in the past, this was one of the most mixed-up days that we’ve witnessed – but the end result was still a Mercedes one-two. The teams certainly got to try a wide range of our tyres today, and the mixed conditions means that they have a good allocation of unused slicks to choose from tomorrow, which will probably be a two-stop race.”

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How the tyres behaved today:
Medium: Used minimally in practice but not in qualifying, unlikely to be seen in the race.
Soft: Not seen at all in qualifying but will figure prominently in the race strategy.
Supersoft: The teams switched straight to this tyre once the track dried up.
Intermediate: Used from Q2 onwards, despite the standing water.
Full wet: With the circuit waterlogged during Q1, the automatic choice for this session.

Possible race strategies and maximum laps*:

Pirelli recommends that the following numbers of laps are not exceeded on each compound:
Soft = 29 laps
Supersoft = 14 laps

On this basis, the optimal pit-stop strategies predicted by Pirelli are as follows:

QUICKEST
Two-stopper: two stints on soft of 29 laps each + one 12-lap stint on supersoft
SECOND-QUICKEST
Three-stopper: three stints on supersoft of 14 laps each + one 28-lap stint on soft
SLOWEST
Three-stopper: two stints on soft of 24 laps each + two 11-lap stints on supersoft

Formula One: 2 Year extension for Rosberg at Mercedes

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Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula 1 Team has signed a two-year contract extension with Nico Rosberg for the 2017 and 2018 Formula One seasons.

Nico has been a core member of the Silver Arrows since the team returned to the sport in 2010 and has played a crucial role in the team’s success in that time.

He has scored 19 Grand Prix wins and 25 pole positions so far with Mercedes-Benz and is currently leading the Drivers’ World Championship.

Formula One: Sponsors will decide my future – Perez

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Speaking in the drivers press conference ahead of the 2016 Hungarian Grand Prix, Sergio Perez gave comment on recent remarks from Force India Team Principle Vijay Mallya that both he and team mate Nico Hulkenberg would remain with the team for the 2017 season;

“I’m very lucky to have many sponsors behind me, so I’m not alone. I don’t decide my future on my own. I need to speak with my group of sponsors to see what is best for our future, and then we will decide. We have some time in the summer break, and then we will decided what is best for my career”

When pushed on the Mallya’s comments around his 2017 agreement with the team Sergio confirmed;

“What Vijay says is correct, but as I said, it depends on my sponsors as well. We will decide together what to do”

With opportunities at Ferrari, Red Bull Racing closed down for 2017 and Mercedes likely to retain it’s current line up, opportunities for Sergio Perez to move to a front running team appear limited. However, neither driver at Williams is confirmed for 2017, whilst this on paper in terms of 2016 standings would appear at best to be a lateral move. A team with the resources of Williams tend to perform strongly in a period of regulation change. The team could be an attractive proposition for the Mexican and is sponsors in 2017.

Formula One: Alonso shunt set Mclaren Honda back 2 months

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Mclaren Honda have revealed the full extent to which Fernando Alonso’s shunt during the opening race of the 2016 Formula One World Championship set the team back. In this film from Mobil One’s the grid, Simon Roberts – Operational Director for the team, explains the complexities of component manufacturing & supply planning

Simon explains that in the immediate aftermath of the crash the team sought to access which components could be recovered and from there overlaid the manufacturing planning for new replacement components over and above any other plans. With an F1 car being made up of over 7000 handmade components, manufacturing replacements is not a 3 day job, the impact on production planning following an early season shunt at a point when spare parts are limited has far reaching effects. Simon estimates that changes to production planning impacted the overall plans for the team by as much as 2 months.

Another intriguing element to this film is around the evolution of component design. Revealing that Mclaren Honda are already on their 5th iteration of wheel nut design for the 2016 season, this before the mid point of the season.

Check out the film in full here: