Following Nico Rosberg’s shock retirement announcement after sealing the 2016 Formula One World Championship, could the news have been an elaborate joke from the German and his team?
Nico Rosberg posted the below image on twitter earlier today. The seemingly innocent promotional tweet for team partner IWC, sees the date of one of iconic timepieces set to April 1st. i.e. April Fools Day. Whilst this could be nothing more than a coincidence or the IWC marketing team looking for some publicity. Could it also be possible Nico and the entire Mercedes management have been playing the F1 World as fools over the past two weeks?
The speculation continues….
Head to the IWC website to check out their latest range!
Jenson Button’s F1 Racing Career may have come to an end on lap 12 of the 2016 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, but those sponsorship commitments are far from over.
In recent years Santander UK and Jenson Button have developed a reputation for putting out adverts so cringe worthy they are almost good. In what could be Jenson’s final advert for the bank every effort is made to surpass his earlier efforts!
So for the Jenson Button fan struggling to come to terms with his
retirement sabbatical, check out this clip from Santander UK:
While you are there, why not enter the competition too, who knows maybe Jenson will deliver an unexpected Christmas present just for you!
For more from Santander UK head to bank’s website here
Whilst some drivers in the F1 paddock will have spent the week between the United States and Mexico Grand Prix relaxing on a beach, Scuderia Ferrari drivers, Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Räikkönen have been working hard on their very own “Top Gear” style race. Working with team partner UPS, drivers were challenged to deliver goods from Austin to Mexico city. Fastest delivery wins!
Dealing with customs, language barriers, and a distinct lack of humour, who will take the crown in the teams first race of the weekend?
Excellent piece of work from the UPS team!
Follow the debacle of the revised qualifying format yesterday attention now turns to the impact of the FIA clamp down on radio communications between driver and team during on track action. In a bid to restore an emphasis on driver decision making as oppose to drivers simply following instructions, under the new regulations radio communication could be reduced to little more than pit confirmation and safety car period warnings.
In preparation for the change teams used pre-season testing to experiment with multi-colour pit boards, and increased ‘critical’ messaging through the steering wheel.
Having spent seasons optimising pit to car communication teams are now left with what could in essence become nothing more than unnecessary ballast in the car. Formula One broadcasters such as SKY SPORTS F1 and Channel 4 (UK) would do well to explore team partnerships to allow in race driver interviews, as seen in FIA Formula E and WTCC for a number of seasons.
Daniel Ricciardo may elect to use this new found air time to hone his hobby of in car karaoke! With Red Bull Racing known throughout the paddock as the party team, the only team to play dance music through the garage, they may look to further this approach a pipe music directly into Ricciardo’s car for our entertainment. Such a development would certainly add to the ‘show’!
Check out Daniel Ricciardo’s karaoke moment prior to qualifying here and through his Instagram page
If you enjoyed that, check out Daniel’s top 5 moments here.