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Formula One: Magnussen states his intentions

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Following confirmation that Nico Hulkenberg will be joining the Renault Sport F1 team from 2017, Kevin Magnussesn has taken to social media to confirm his future intentions.

In a series of tweets posted earlier this morning, Magnussen seeks to put to bed rumours of a possible move to Indycar and restates his desire to remain part of the Renault Sport F1 team future. In that this news is coming from Kevin himself with no comment from the team it is possible to conclude there are other drivers in the running for his seat in 2017.

Current team mate Palmer is thought to have an outside chance of retaining his position within the team. Bottas and Ocon are also known to be contenders. The performance of the Renault power unit with Red Bull Racing this season suggests a fully funded works Renault team can expect to be competitive in the near future making this, the only works seat available on the grid, an promising prospect.

 

 

 

Formula One: New chassis but no testing for Palmer in Barcelona

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Jolyon Palmer will have a new chassis made available to him at the Spanish Grand Prix next weekend Renault Sport F1 have confirmed.

After replacing the floor of Jolyon’s R.S.16 at the Russian Grand Prix, Palmer has reported improved balance with the car, it is hoped that switching to the team’s 3rd chassis will yeild further progress

“Jolyon was much happier in his car on Saturday in Sochi and this translated to a stronger performance over the weekend. As part of our assessments to get his car to work better for him we changed the floor, which is a very important aerodynamic aspect of the car. This looks to have delivered what we wanted so a positive step was made. For Spain Jolyon will run with a new chassis – R.S.16-03 which we used at our filming day this week to shake down.”

Confirmed Technical Director Nick Chester. In addition to the new chassis the team will be bringing a series of other updates

“For the race we have an updated rear wing as well as some updates for the front wing”

Finally Nick confirmed the test will be trialling the B-Spec Renault Power unit at the 2 day post race test following the test:

“For the test we have a full raft of things to try; new suspension, further aero updates over various areas of the car, some mods to cooling as well as evaluating the B-spec power unit, so we should have a full two days”

Team Racing Director Fred Vasseur has moved to provide assurances around the team’s racing line up, acknowledging the challenges both the team and drivers are facing in this phase of rebuilding:

“We have a strong line-up and one we’re happy with and committed to. Kevin has performed very well in his return to Formula 1 and Jolyon is approaching his rookie season in a clear and methodical manner. It’s true that Jolyon had a couple of races where he didn’t deliver as he wanted, equally this is natural in a driver’s first season; he’s learning and making strong progress.”

Despite this confidence Vasseur went on to confirm that Esteban Ocon, completing in the opening round of the DTM this weekend with Mercedes will sit in for Palmer in FP1 of the Spanish Grand Prix, and that he will test alongside Magnussen in the post race test:

“We saw Sergey Sirotkin do a very good job in FP1 in Russia and we will see Esteban Ocon take to the wheel in Barcelona, then Kevin and Esteban will drive in the test.”

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Formula One: A new home for the French Grand Prix?

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Situated 120KM North East of Paris CDG Airport is the currently disused Laon-Couvron Air Base.  Rumours has it that the site has recently been purchased by MSV, Motorsports Vision, owners of the Brands Hatch circuit amongst others in the UK. It is understood that group, led by former Formula One Driver Jonathan Palmer, have ambitions to redevelop the site, creating a new circuit in France and ultimately the new home of the French F1 Grand Prix.  Reports suggest redevelopment work will commence in 2016.

The site is situated between two major highways through France, a little over 1.5 hour’s drive from Paris and 40 minutes from Reims. Local infrastructure is relatively limited at this time but no more so than other existing European venues. Former airfield’s serve as logical venues for racing circuits, Silverstone immediately springs to mind. As you can see from these images of the Laon-Couvron Air Base sourced through Google Maps the fundamentals for a racing circuit are already present.

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News of Jonathan Palmer investing in bringing Formula One back to France comes at a time when his son Jolyon Palmer has been confirmed; assuming the sale of the Lotus F1 team is completed, as a future Renault F1 Team driver. It has been stated that the financial backing Jolyon Palmer will be bringing to his seat in Formula One is minimal in comparison to other drivers in the sport. Working on a more expansive project within which an experienced circuit owner in the form of Jonathan Palmer leads or takes ownership of  Renault’s ambition to bring a French Grand Prix back to the F1 calendar, would be sensible approach, and would serve to further underline Renault’s long-term commitment to Motorsport.

Without formal confirmation from; MSV, Jonathan Palmer, or Renault, talk around the venue remains speculation at this time. This story will be updated further information becomes available.