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Formula One: Massa’s Monaco helmet design

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Williams Martini Racing have released images of Felipe Massa’s special edition Monaco helmet design. Under FIA regulations it is understood Massa will not be permitted to use the helmet during on track sessions, although it is possible the team have agreed a form of  dispensation.

The penatly for electing to run an alternative design is believed to be financial only, it could be that Massa or Williams have elected to pay a fee in order to use the design. The helmet design itself comes from Brazilian Street Artists OSGEMEOS translated as “THETWINS”, Gustavo and Otavio Pandolfo.

More information on OSGEMEOS can be found here

Further design images:

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Formula One: VIDEO – Häkkinen explores Monaco

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Two Time Formula One World Champion Mika Häkkinen, as an ambassador for UBS, took Amanda Davies out for a lap of the Principality to discuss his racing highlights around the circuit and give his take on how the Mercedes AMG Petronas Team will approach the racing weekend.

Winner of the race in 1998, Häkkinen talks about how he thought he had thrown away his only chance of victory, clipping the wall at Rascasse with only 5 laps remaining.

Filmed in gap between the Historic Grand Prix event held in Monaco and the F1 weekend, Häkkinen does not offer opinion on the incident between the two Mercedes drivers at the Spanish Grand Prix. Instead he reflects on how the team will have learnt lessons from the 2015 Monaco Grand Prix in which Hamilton reacted to a late safety car period by electing to pit from the lead under the assumption that those around him, including his team mate, would do the same in so doing handing the victory to his team mate Nico Rosberg.

Häkkinen does very well to avoid answering the question on whether or not he thinks Lewis will take his second Monaco victory this weekend.

 

 

 

Formula One: Monaco Tips + Spot the missing Driver

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If we can take anything from the Spanish Grand Prix it is expect the unexpected, with that in mind, but with a sustained sense of reality, here are my top tips for the Monaco Grand Prix weekend.

Qualifying.

With overtaking around the streets of Monaco almost impossible many see qualifying on Saturday as the real race over the weekend. Drivers will be looking to build momentum towards a performance crescendo in the session, expect drivers to be completing a lot more laps than typical qualifying sessions, and expect to hear a lot of complaints about traffic!

Qualifying pace is likely to come down to the team with the greatest ability to turn up performance over the weekend and the team most comfortable on the new Ultra Soft tyre compound. Mercedes elected not to run the tyre in testing, offering Red Bull and Ferrari hold an advantage. Odds of 10/1 are on offer for either Daniel Ricciardo or Max Verstappen to set pole, 12/1 for Vettel and interestingly 25/1 for Kimi Raikkonen. Kimi is quietly performing very well this year, currently sitting 2nd in the driver’s championship the SF16-H clearly suits his driving style. The 2007 champion and previous Monaco winner is long overdue a return to the front of the grid, with long odds like that he might be worth consideration.

Check out William Hill here for more.

Weather

The 5-day forecast predicts a 60% chance of rain for race day. Whilst this is still a bit far out, a rain affected Monaco Grand Prix often throws up interesting results, who can forget the 1996 race in which Olivier Panis won in a Ligier, and only 4 cars passed the finish line.

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Keep an eye on the weather forecast as the weekend progresses, should rain look likely come Friday I would look towards the drivers who have performed well around Monaco in junior series, such as the Renault duo of Kevin Magnussen and Jolyon Palmer as outsiders for an each way split as race winners (which would mean a payout at 1/3 odds for a podium finish) available at 2000/1

Check out William Hill here for more.

Red Bull Racing

Whilst the Mercedes team and drivers claim to have moved on from the race ending incident in Spain, pressure will be at an all time high heading into Monaco. Hamilton has not won a race since Austin 2015, and for one reason or another hasn’t been able to beat Nico around Monaco since they became teammates. Could the pressure to perform could prove too much and a repeat of the Spanish incident could be possible?

Red Bull Racing showed, as in 2014, when Mercedes slip up they will be there to pick up the pieces. With odds of 9/1 on either RBR driving taking the chequered flag, the Austrian team should be considered an option for the weekend.

Check out William Hill here for more.

 Mclaren

I’ve been talking about Mclaren’s Monaco prospects since before the Spanish Grand Prix (in this article and this one!) the same theory stands. Mclaren have pace on low speed corners, they have a strong chassis and a restored air of confidence. Alonso has commented Monaco should be the teams best race of the year.

With odds still available at 100/1 for Alonso and 150/1 for Button for a win. A punt on the team should be given serious thought. A win would still require retirements from the top teams and as we have seen that already this year this can not be ruled out. Taking an each way split or podium offering could be a winner.

Check out William Hill here for more.

Spot the missing driver

Finally, a quiz for you all to play when checking out bookies odds for the Monaco Grand Prix. Spot the driver missing from all the odds. Check out the Monaco section on this site , and see if you can see which driver is missing.

Answers on a postcard… or in the comments section below. Name the driver and the crazy speculation as to why he is not included!

Enjoy the Monaco Grand Prix!

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Formula One: Mercedes dispel “Hamilton to miss Monaco” rumours

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Mercedes AMG Petronas have dismissed any speculation that Lewis Hamilton is set to miss this weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix commenting on social media:

Rumours have been circulating on social media of additional tension in the team following the Spanish Grand Prix having come to ahead. These rumours appear to be without any merit. Attention should now focus to the racing weekend in prospect.

Formula One: Monaco Target “Stay out of the walls” Verstappen

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After his sensational maiden win at the Spanish Grand Prix, Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen is keeping his feet firmly on the ground. Acknowledging the Red Bull Racing RB12 should be strong around the streets of Monaco, Max’s first target is simply to stay out of the walls. Something Verstappen didn’t quite manage in the 2015 running of the event, when whilst running 11th for Scuderia Toro Rosso miscalculated an overtaking manoeuvre against Romain Grosjean into Turn 1 in the closing stages of the race.

Verstappen goes on to comment that with a competitive car, he expects to be close the front end of the grid and believes a podium result could be possible.

Both Max and Daniel have high expectations for Monaco and the subsequent races in Canada and Baku, believing the nature of the circuits will suit not only the RB12 but their respective driving styles
“I always enjoy racing street circuits like Monaco because you are really pushing the limit and are very close to the walls, it gives you a great feeling that you are on top of your car and getting the most out of it.” Comments Max

 
As the only team to win a race besides Mercedes in 2016, Red Bull Racing are now regarded by pundits and bookies as the team most likely to challenge the Silver Arrows in Monaco. After a successful in season rest in Barcelona, Renault look set to introduce the B-Spec power unit for both the Renault works team and Red Bull Racing (under Tag Heuer branding) Sources within Renault claim the updated Power Unit could be worth as much as 0.5 seconds a lap.
 
Despite this, it is still possible to gets odds of 10/1 on either Verstappen or Ricciardo to win on Sunday with William Hill. With a podium for one of the drivers looking achievable, an each way bet might be worth considering.

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: VIDEO – Mclaren: Life begins at 50

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Sunday May 22nd marks the 50th anniversary of Mclaren’s first Formula One race. Bruce Mclaren took to the wheel of the MB2 around the streets of Monaco. Despite managing only 9 laps before an oil leak bought an early end to his race, the race represents the beginning of one of the most successful teams in Formula One history.

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Having participated in 791 race weekends, Mclaren have a amassed 182 wins, sealing 8 constructors world championships and 12 drivers championships. Only Scuderia Ferrari have a longer history in the sport.

Looking ahead to this weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix, recent performances, specifically pace shown in the final sector of a lap around the Circuit de Barcelona – Catalunya, suggest Mclaren Honda could be an outside contender for a podium finish. With odds of 100/1 for Fernando Alonso and 150/1 for Jenson Button, an each way bet on the duo might be worth thinking about. After a number of challenging seasons the Mclaren Honda package is looking increasingly competitive, with the promise of ultimatly challenging the dominant Mercedes becoming more tangible with every passing race weekend. Perhaps the team’s 50th anniversary will spark the beginning of a new era.

Jenson Button & Mclaren Honda preview the Monaco Grand Prix here:

Mobil One The Grid in collaboration with Mclaren Honda are giving you the chance to win a full size replica Fernando Alonso helmet see below for more information:

 

Formula One: Renault PU update worth 0.5 second a lap

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The Renault Sport F1 team’s Technical Director, Rémi Taffin, has estimated the updated Renault power unit used by both the works Renault Sport team and Red Bull Racing, under Tag Heuer branding, will deliver up to half a second in performance per lap once introduced. 

Speaking on the engine development plans so far in 2016 Rémi commented:

“The power unit we have used since the first race in Australia was really a continuation of the work started in the ‘Spec D’ power unit we introduced at the tail end of 2015. We explored some concepts in that earlier iteration and the 2016 unit took them further, for example in the turbo. This new spec goes even further down the line and also includes significant modifications to the combustion system. It will make the ICE more powerful but also efficient, leading to a gain of around half a second per lap. We’ve used a small proportion of our token allocation for this upgrade.”

When quizzed on timing around the introduction of the upgraded power unit Rémi went on to explain:

“The current power unit used since Australia has had several smaller upgrades and all the drivers were very happy with the standard in Spain. In parallel, we’ve been working on the new spec since the start of the season but needed to sign off all the parts for reliability and mileage before using on track. The tests were very positive and showed it to be more powerful and driveable. We had originally planned to use the new version in Canada when the current units are scheduled to be removed from the cycle, but if we can get the units together and completely validated by Monaco we will use the ones available at this race.”

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Rémi went on to confirm that whilst Renault will continue to develop the 2016 power unit and are set to have a large amount of performance tokens available to do so, the team are fully focused on optimising the 2017 power unit:

“We will continue our development over the rest of the season,using tokens with a view to getting on board any useful items identified from our 2017 work. We are principally focused on 2017 and making that next power unit as optimal as possible.”

This may not be the news Red Bull Racing were hoping to hear, having elevated the RB12 into a race winning contender they may be looking for support from their engine supplier to mount a championship challenge.

Formula One: Mclaren Monaco Form + Win Alonso Helmet

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The opening five races of the 2016 Formula One World Championship have seen Mclaren Honda steadily move back towards the sharp end of the grid, this has been reflected in key milestones such as the Fernando Alonso making an appearance in Q3 of the Spanish Grand Prix qualifying session. Whilst not an achievement one might expect a championship winning team to be celebrating it was the first time Mclaren have competed in the final part of qualifying since the beginning of the Honda partnership.

The Monaco Grand Prix should yield a further step forward for the team. The tight and twisty nature of a lap around the principality minimises any performance deficit a power unit may suffer and instead places an emphasis on chassis performance. A well known indicator of form around Monaco is vehicle performance around the final sector of the Circuit de Barcelona – Catalunya, during qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix Fernando Alonso & Jenson Button set the 5th and 9th fastest times through the sector respectively. Whilst it should be said that without misfortune from other teams it is unlikely the Mclaren duo will be in a position to challenge for the top places on the podium, the team are clearly moving in the right direction.

If you are feeling lucky an each way bet on Alonso at 100/1 or Button at 150/1 with William Hill might be worth some serious consideration.

Mclaren Honda technical partners Mobil One continue to bring motorsport to life through exclusive video and written content on the The Grid. The commitment was recently enhanced through the launch of a brand new website. To celebrate the launch of the site Mobil One The Grid are giving away a full size replica of Fernando Alonso’s 2016 helmet. See below for more details, and best of luck!

 

Formula One: VIDEO – Mercedes explore the aftermath of the Spanish GP

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Mercedes AMG Petronas, through the teams You Tube Channel magazine show the ‘Silver Arrows Show’ have openly explored race attending fans response to the race ending incident between Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton at the Spanish Grand Prix, and provided a detailed explanation as to the impact it had on the factory work schedule.

The film, as you might expect, provides a healthy balance of opinion from Mercedes fans as to which driver was responsible for the incident. Interestingly the fans giving opinion seemed unsure as to where on track the collision occurred and the decision of the FIA following the race, demonstrating how difficult it can be for a fan to follow the narrative of a race while at the circuit.

Returning to the factory, the film explores how the initial assessment of damage is made, and that over 1000 components would have to be checked and possibly replaced across the two cars. Perhaps most telling of why both Lewis and Nico showed such remorse for the collision was the news that one instant response from the team is to cancel any planned holiday including weekends for team personnel responsible for vehicle maintenance to ensure both cars are adequately repaired ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix.

Formula One Memorabilia collectors keen to see the first items of the Memento Exclusives Mercedes AMG Petronas Shop should skip to 6:51 in the film to check out a the damaged side pod of Nico Rosberg’s W07.

Looking ahead to Monaco, the team will be keen to regain their position on the top two steps of the podium, Nico will be looking to secure his fourth consecutive Monaco victory and Lewis will be fighting hard to secure his first win around the principality for the Silver Arrows team.