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Formula One: Debut joins Manor Racing

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The Belgium Grand Prix sees Manor Racing completed the 3rd iteration of it’s “Fast Companies Series”, the ‘Debut’ app has been chosen to partner with the team for this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix at the legendary Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps. They’ll be making their Grand Prix debut alongside the team’s exciting new signing Esteban Ocon, so the Debut brand mark will be right in the thick of the action, and in the full glare of the global media spotlight.

The Debut app offers students and graduates from all around the world the opportunity to directly link with employers. By engaging the most digitally connected generation, Debut offers never-before-seen branding opportunities and a revolutionary talent-spotting tool that enables employers to identify and connect with students based on their hiring criteria. Driven by the same focus and efficiency, Manor Racing will be the first Formula One team to make their debut on the app.

On-car branding at this weekend’s Grand Prix is backed up by practical application of the app within the team’s People strategy. The innovative platform provides the capability to filter the widest talent pool via a plethora of metrics, and enables unprecedented targeting at the touch of a button.

Supported by Debut, the team will be utilising the careers app to find the very best candidates for its intern and graduate recruitment programme – much faster, and more efficiently.

The Debut logo will appear on the rear wing end plates of Manor Racing’s race cars this weekend, next to two fellow trailblazing brands, Shazam and Airbnb.

Charles Taylor, CEO and Founder at Debut

“It’s a real honour to be a Fast Companies Series partner for this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix. Just as a Manor Racing, we focus on harnessing technology and disrupting the status quo. We look forward to an exciting partnership with the team.”

Katie Allen, Head of HR at Manor Racing

“Debut has the ambition to transform the way graduates and students interact with employers and discover career opportunities. Companies like Debut see the gap in the market and go for it. This is why the app is a perfect Fast Companies Series partner and we look forward to growing our partnership beyond this race weekend.”

Formula One: Friday 13th hits Renault Sport!

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Tyre failures, flat batteries, low grip, and pressure loss! Any superstitious members of the Renault F1 Team will be happy to see the back of running on Friday 13th.

Esteban Ocon got his first running in the R.S. 16 during FP1 for the Spanish Grand Prix. Unfortunately the session was cut short without Ocon having the opportunity to set a representative lap time:

Esteban:I was really looking forward to getting behind the wheel of the R.S.16 so it was a shame that Friday the Thirteenth decided to pick on the team and I! I did get a brief amount of time in the car, but I didn’t even get a timed lap so it’s too early for any real thoughts about driving the car as I didn’t have an opportunity to really push. The team could see the tyre was losing pressure so I was brought in. I waited in the garage until I could go back out on the next set of tyres then the battery had an issue so it definitely wasn’t my day!”

Ocon will be back  behind the wheel of the R.S 16 in day two of the post race weekend test next week.

Jolyon Palmer took over from Ocon in FP2, but seemed to carry to Frenchman’s poor luck into the session.

Jolyon “That was pretty unfortunate. We don’t know what caused the puncture and it was frustrating to lose so much track time. We thought we might not be able to get out again after the car was recovered, however my crew was able to do a fantastic job to repair the damage so I’m thankful for those laps at the end of the session. Fortunately, Barcelona’s a track I know well so I’m looking forward to a busy day behind the wheel tomorrow.”

Despite these issue’s Palmer was able to set a time good enough for 17th in FP2 completing 16 laps in total.

Kevin Magnussen certainly had a bit more luck than his team mates finishing 11th and 14th in FP1 and 2 respectively. Despite this progress in performance for the team Kevin was keen to make clear grip remains a critical issue

Kevin “Grip levels felt pretty low in the morning but things improved through the day. It looks like I was definitely on the lucky side of the garage today so I hope the luck holds for the rest of the weekend. We’ve got a good idea of where we want to go after today and I think our pace is around where we expected it to be.”

Formula One: Ocon to run for Mercedes in Barcelona

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Mercedes AMG Petronas have confirmed that Esteban Ocon will complete the second day of testing for the team following the Spanish Grand Prix.

The team testing schedule:

Day One – Nico Rosberg

Day Two – Esteban Ocon

This confirms that Esteban Ocon remains very much part of the Mercedes young driver programme, despite his Renault Sport F1 commitments.

Ocon is set for a very busy few days, in addition his Mercedes commitments he will be running in FP1 for the Renault Sport F1 team in place of Jolyon Palmer, and on Day One of the post race test again for Renault Sport.

Mercedes may be able to gain first hand information on the impact of the B-Spec Renault Power Unit through Ocon’s time with Renault.

Lewis Hamilton will not be participating in the post race test at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

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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