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Formula One: The Final Seats

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As the  F1 world rapidly heads towards the winter break. The sport finds its self in a highly unusual position of having for seats still to be confirmed on the 2017 grid.

Whilst it is not out of the ordinary for seats at the lower end of the field to still be open at this point on in the year, for a seat to be open with the championship winning team is almost unimaginable. Nico Rosberg’s shock retirement from the sport has effectively stalled the driver market with no driver or team wanting to make a commitment before Mercedes conclude a deal with whoever their new driver will be.

At the time of writing favourites for the drive alongside Lewis Hamilton with the Silver Arrows in 2017 are; Valtteri Bottas, Pascal Wehrlein, and my own favourite Sergio Perez. Which ever driver is awarded the drive will have a knock on effect for the teams they are currently or likely to be driving for.

Should Mercedes manage to agree terms with Williams and they release Bottas, the team will be left with serious lack of experience in their driver line up as they head towards one of the most technically challenging regulation changes in two decades., As such working with Pascal Wehrlein who has only taken part in 21 races in unlikely to be their first choice.  More likely would be development driver Paul Di Resta taking the role or recently retired Felipe Massa or Jenson Button making an unexpected return.

In the scenario in which Mercedes take the brave move of putting Pascal Wehrlein in the second seat of the W08, Manor Racing will be left with two seats to fill. The team are likely to be secure drivers with funding, which could lead to a return of a funded Rio Haryanto to the grid. Anther option could be Felipe Nasr should, a driver Bernie Ecclestone has commented he is keen to keep on the grid to assure Brazilian interest in the Championship. Manor Racing development driver Jordan King is likely to find a role within the team. Dependant on the budget he brings this could be in the role of reserve or second driver.

Moving to Sauber, with Marcus Ericsson confirmed the rejuvenated Swiss team have one seat still to fill. 2017 will be a season of rebuilding for the team, as such their focus will be on ensuring consistency and strong feedback. In an ideal world I can imagine the team would like to work with a driver already familiar with the world of F1. Critics may dismiss this option but I would not rule out Pastor Maldonado finding a new home in Hinwil. Should the team head down the rookie route GP2 vice champion Antonio Giovinazzi would be a bold move and one demonstrating the team’s commitment to the future.

Sergio Perez moving to Mercedes would cause Sahara Force India a great deal of pain. Of course Mercedes would compensate the team, but over the past 3 seasons Force India have focused the majority of their business development efforts around building a profile in Mexico. To loose Perez would be a major blow. As such I can see them looking to replace one Mexican for another and signing Esteban Gutiérrez to the team.

One thing is for sure, the F1 silly season is far from over and it still has a few surprises in store!

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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: Indycar vs. F1. The Drivers Championship

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As a Driver, if you compare the gravitas of succeeding in Formula One to Indycar, on the face of it, Formula One is the ultimate accolade. Exploring the physicality of each series tells a slightly different story.

Current era F1 cars are both lighter and more powerful than an Indycar. They produce more downforce and utilise higher performing brake performance. However, they also feature power steering. An Indycar is heavier, less powerful, produces less downforce and critically has no power steering.

In recent interview for JWGP Felix Rosenqvist following his test for the Chip Ganassi team at Mid Ohio commented, “it doesn’t matter how fit you are, the first few laps in an Indycar destroy you. I’ve not driven in F1, but compared to my time in DTM, GT’s and F3, the physical strength required to drive those cars is much greater”

You see it in an Indycar driver’s physique, they train to build physical upper body strength much more than cardio work. Completing an Indycar race is far more physically demanding than an F1 race under current regulations. Current leading F1 drivers such as Daniel Ricciardo have acknowledged this and called for the 2017 regulations to place more emphasis back towards the driver.

The variety in circuits is another unique component to the challenge of Indycar. Over a single season driver’s will visit; street circuits, road courses, long ovals, and short ovals. Each configuration requires a very different style of driving ranging from man handling a car around St Pete, to driving like you re holding a cup of tea you can’t spill around Indianapolis. Drivers can’t afford to specialise in one style of racing. To win in Indycar you have to be strong in all circuits. As Will Power explains in the film below from Mobil One’s The Grid:

Ultimately Formula One elevates a driver’s profile to global super stardom, but is Indycar the real human test of raw skill? With former F1 driver, now Indycar winner Alex Rossi opting to complete his season in Indycar rather than return to F1 with Manor Racing this season perhaps the tide is turning. Indycar has created an environment in which driver skill and strength is key, the economics of the series enable drivers to earn a living with reduced pressure around finding a budget to race.  Has Indycar quietly become the new home of the real racing driver?

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

Formula One: Dojo App joins Manor Racing

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City guide tool Dojo App has joined the Manor Racing team under the Fast Companies Series, a programme developed by the team with the objective of shining the spotlight on some of the most entrepreneurial challenger brands that are shaping the future by putting them on the global stage of a Formula 1 race.

The Dojo brand will be on the rear wing of both Manor Racing cars alongside other visionary team partners Shazam and Airbnb. Dojo is the number one City Discovery App, currently expanding from London and Paris to other global cities. Robin Shimmin, Dojo CEO, quit his well-paid job as a designer at Lotus F1 Team to join friends Nicholas Dart (CTO) and Devran Karaca (COO) in starting the company.

The Manor Racing Series format invites Fast Companies to be part of the team for a Grand Prix weekend, providing brand exposure, a platform to showcase their product and service, along with challenger mindset workshops and events. Manor Racing employees are able to put forward the companies they would like to work with as part of the Series.

Simon Pavitt, Marketing Director at Manor Racing

“Dojo specialises in finding off-the-grid places to visit in cool cities, so it’s ironic that this weekend we are putting them firmly on the grid at the British Grand Prix. Dojo is the perfect fast company to launch our Series.

“Companies like Dojo see the gap in the market and go for it. There are so many learnings we can trade with these companies from the upstart mentality and strong internal cultures, access to owners with entrepreneurial mindsets and harnessing technology to disrupt the status quo. Throughout the year, as we travel, we can connect these companies around the world, sharing learnings, especially around digital marketing and customer engagement. 

“The partnerships we grow through our Fast Companies Series will be for more than just a race weekend.  Dojo for example are scaling into more dynamic cities around the world, so this won’t be the last time the team uses the Dojo App to find out the more underground places to enjoy on a Grand Prix weekend. The fact that one of the founders of Dojo, Robin, started out in Formula One and has since gone on to create a truly Fast Company inspires those at Manor Racing.” 

Robin Shimmin, Dojo CEO

“It’s awesome to see Dojo on the track with Manor Racing. Coming from an F1 background, it’s a real honour to be involved in their new initiative.  Manor Racing are the smart underdogs and are bringing a fresh feel to Formula One. Being able to access Manor Racing Senior Management, for example Stephen Fitzpatrick and Justin King, who have already succeeded in business, enables us to learn about leadership and maintaining rapid growth in a new way outside of our usual circles.”

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: Daffy’s is dressing up for Monaco with Manor

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Manor Racing Team partner Daffy’s Gin are celebrating  the start of summer  at the Monaco Grand Prix next weekend with the announcement of  a limited edition premium Daffy’s Manor Racing.

The Daffy’s Manor Racing Edition nods to the small batch premium gin’s partnership with the British-based F1 team with a total of just 1,000 bottles being exclusively available to from mid-May.

A Daffy’s Manor Racing Edition Cocktail will be the drink to be seen with around the Principality next weekend.

Newly appointed Simon Pavitt, Manor Racing Marketing Director said:

“Since launching the partnership at the start of the 2016 F1 season, Daffy’s has had quite an impact at Manor Racing. The iconic logo looks great on the turning vanes of our race cars and we’ve had so much fun contributing to the limited edition bottle and cocktails. We’ve given the Goddess of Gin a F1 Garagista twist. Thanks to Daffy’s, our motorhome in the F1 Paddock is already THE ultimate place to enjoy the World’s Best Gin. We can’t wait to serve Daffy’s at our co-hosted events across the 2016 FIA Formula One World Championship™ calendar, kicking off in Monaco this month”.

The new bottling offers a contrasting, but complementary flavour profile to Daffy’s original, using a new recipe based on Daffy’s flagship world-class botanicals. Alongside the finest quality ingredients such as Lebanese mint leaves, Balkan juniper berries and Moroccan orris root, the Daffy’s Manor Racing Edition introduces a new ingredient, fresh lime from Southern Spain.

Distilled using Daffy’s trademark ‘slow-cook’ process, the new bottles marry zesty lime and spice with warming flavours of burnt caramel, creamy shortbread. The result is a balanced and complex gin, so smooth it can be enjoyed over ice, like an aged quality rum or Single Malt Whisky.

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The limited edition features beautiful artwork, created by famed New York artist, Robert McGinnis, representing Daffy, the Goddess of Gin in classic seventies racing whites, framed by a winner’s laurel wreath and gold cup. Each bottle also incorporates the Manor Racing branding and a personal racing number, while a cocktail recipe neck-tag suggests innovative serves that showcase the gin’s character to its full potential.

Chris Molyneaux, Master Distiller and co-founder of Daffy’s said:

“This is Daffy’s first ever limited edition and I’m incredibly proud of the result. We’re thrilled to be working with Manor Racing this year and wanted to create an exciting, fresh gin that captured the spirit, energy and derring-do of Manor Racing and F1.

“My personal goal was to push the boundaries of what people perceive as the traditional character of a London Dry Gin.  It’s incredibly complex on the palette, but so balanced. I’ve had it described back to me as bit of game-changer. I can’t wait to get it out there and hear what other professionals in the trade think”.

Daffy’s Manor Racing Edition is available exclusively to on-trade venues in UK and Ireland from mid-May, accompanied by a small online release via the website. For more information and sales details visit Daffysgin.com

Follow Daffy’s Gin on Twitter here & Instagram here

Keep up to date with the Manor Racing team here

Formula One: Five Top Tips for the Spanish Grand Prix

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Formula One heads to Spain this weekend for the first European round of the 2016 Formula One World Championship. The layout of the circuit does not typically lend itself to the most dynamic racing, but with changes in the Red Bull driver line up, an under pressure Lewis Hamilton and the prospect of rain influencing the weekend, the 2016 Spanish Grand Prix looks set to be a thriller!

Here are my top tips to look out for ahead of the weekend:

Red Bull four way fight

With the dramatic change in driver line up at the Red Bull camp following the Russian Grand Prix in Daniil Kvyat returning to Scuderia Toro Rosso and Max Verstappen stepping up to the Red Bull Racing Team, the pressure and expectation to perform will be greater than ever. Daniel Ricciardo will be keen to assert his position as team lead with Red Bull Racing and Carlos Sainz will be fighting to ensure he does not become the forgotten man of the Red Bull driver line up.

The technical nature of the Circuit de Barcelona – Catalunya should suit the aerodynamically efficient RB12. Red Bull Racing should expect to challenge Scuderia Ferrari over the weekend. Both Daniel and Max should be targeting a podium finish.

In pre-season testing around the Circuit de Barcelona – Catalunya, Scuderia Toro Rosso looked to be the only team close to challenging Mercedes. Whilst this pace has not carried into the season the team should be targeting a healthy points haul for the weekend. Both drivers should be considered for a points finish.

That being said, the pressures of the Red Bull driver programme have proved telling for Daniil Kvyat so far in 2016. Management believe they have released this pressure in placing him back in the junior team, but this may serve to heighten the pressure. With this in mind It may be worth looking to Kvyat for first retirement of the race. Currently offered at 20/1

Lewis vs Nico – Triple Accolade

The Russian Grand Prix saw Nico Rosberg secure his first ever triple crown over a race weekend, setting pole, fastest lap, and securing the win. Lewis Hamilton will be seeking to not only beat Nico this weekend but also look to gain a physiological advantage in taking the triple crown. Realistically the performance advantage of the Mercedes AMG Petronas team is such that only Nico & Lewis can look duke it out for this accolade. Odds of 10/3 and 7/2 respectively are on offer.

Manor Racing to score points?

The Circuit de Barcelona – Catalunya played host to all 8 days of pre-season testing for the 2016 Formula One World Championship. The Manor Racing team were a surprise of testing posting consistent lap times capable of challenging the top teams. Whilst it should be noted budget restrictions limit the pace of development for Manor Racing when compared to other teams, this could be the weekend in which the team finally get points on the board. Rio Haryanto is making good progress in settling into the car and is starting to challenge his team mate Pascal Wehrlein for pace, currently at 50/1 and 20/1 respectively for a points finish both drivers deserve some consideration.

Weather watch out

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Long range forecasting predict that rain may be seen over the Spanish Grand Prix weekend on both Friday and Sunday. Whilst it might be a little early in the week to place a great deal of faith in weather forecasts for the weekend, should teams see rain interruptions over free practice (Friday) they may struggle to optimise set up for the weekend which will lead to a closer midfield. Rain on race day could have a much greater impact on performance, mitigating certain shortcomings in a car, acting as an equaliser on the field where driver key plays a greater role than the capability of the car. In these conditions points position finishes become much more of a lottery. I would look consider a look at points finish odds with teams such as Force India with their experienced driver line up and if you are feeling brave possibly a podium

Monaco momentum

In the build up to the Spanish Grand Prix Paddy Lowe Technical Director at Mercedes AMG Petronas referenced the common saying in Formula One that

“if you’re quick around Barcelona, you’ll be quick everywhere”

The blend of high and low speed corners, coupled with a number of sizable straights give indications of what teams can expect at circuits through the season. Performances at the Spanish Grand Prix, if dry, should be a measure of expectations for the season. That is with the exception of Monaco.

The tight and twisty low speed nature of the streets of Monaco have very little in common with other circuits on the F1 calendar.  That being said, if you are looking for an early tip of teams or drivers to look out for around the streets of the principality check out sector times in final sector of a lap around the Circuit de Barcelona – Catalunya. The high number of low speed corners in close succession is similar to what teams can expect in Monaco. I expect to see Mclaren Honda perform well in this sector and may be worth considering as a long shot podium finish at the principality.

Formula One: Rio Haryanto “It was an interesting session for us”

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Temperatures tumble for Qualy creating slip-slidey conditions at the Sochi Autodrom

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Pascal  Q1  P20  10 laps  1:39.399

Rio  Q1  P21  10 laps  1:39.463  

Rio Haryanto:

“It was an interesting session for us; it feels like we’ve made a step up and we’re closer to those around us versus previous races. My last lap could have been better. I suffered a bit with traffic and lost about two tenths in the last sector, so it was frustrating not to get a clean lap. As for tomorrow, I can’t wait. The aim is to get a good clean start, especially with such a long run down to the first corner, then get the maximum from the car. Our long runs on Friday looked positive so with good tyre management I’m looking forward to a strong race tomorrow!”

Pascal Wehrlein:

“Qualifying was a bit frustrating today. This morning the track temperature was much hotter and the sun was out, so it was easier to bring the tyres to temperature. This afternoon it was harder to get them into the working window. We were hoping for more to be honest, because in FP3 we looked good. I think the race will be a different story; you can see from today that my lap times have improved so I think after 5 to 10 laps we’ll be okay. In qualifying you only have one or two laps and when you are just sliding; it’s hard. So, I’m focusing on tomorrow and hopeful that we can have a good battle with Sauber and Renault.”

Dave Ryan, Racing Director:

“After final practice this morning it seemed that the hard work last night had paid off for us but we struggled slightly more in qualifying when the cooler ambient temperature made it more difficult to get the tyres into the right operating window. The tyres were improving with every lap so that bodes well for the race tomorrow and hopefully we can enjoy a good battle with the cars around us.”

Formula One: Rossi returns to Manor Racing for Sochi

Alex Rossi has confirmed through social media that he will be attending the Russian Grand Prix this weekend with Manor Racing.

The team are expected to confirm his role over the race weekend on Friday morning ahead of Free Practice 1.

 

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