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Formula One: Giovinazzi impresses on his F1 debut

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Antonio Giovinazzi became the first Italian since Jarno Trulli to compete in a Formula Once race this weekend, standing in for Pascal Wehrlein for the Sauber F1 Team in Melbourne. The Scuderia Ferrari development and reserve driver was called up to the team with less than 12 hours notice following concerns being raised around Wehrlein’s ability to complete a race distance due to an injury sustained in the off season impacting his training schedule.

Having completed 2 days of pre-season testing for the team, Antonio Giovinazzi, found himself able to push team mate Marcus Ericsson throughout the race weekend, qualifying just on place behind him on the grid. In the race Giovinazzi bought his Sauber C36 home to finish 12th overall, whilst out of the points, team members and those outside the team were keen to praise his performance:

“A very impressive performance from Antonio during his first Formula One race. He showed his potential as well as what the car is capable of. The lap times were quite satisfying”

Monisha Kaltenborn, Team Principal

Ferrari President Sergio Marchionne, in his celebration of his Scuderia’s return to the top step added a note of recognition to Giovinazzi:

“Congratulations to Antonio for his debut in Formula One”

Commenting on his own performance Giovinazzi added:

“It was a good race, and I am happy with my performance today. My objective was to gain more experience and collect mileage in the car. I will sit together with my engineers to analyze areas where I can improve. I want to thank the Sauber F1 Team and Scuderia Ferrari again for this opportunity. It was an amazing race weekend for me.”

See below to hear from the driver himself in this video uploaded by the team following the race:

New Italian team partner Errea Sport were delighted to see an Italian driver behind the wheel of the Sauber C36- Ferrari, to see a preview of the 2017 team merchandise see below:

The Sauber F1 team expect Pascal Wehrlein to be fully prepared to return to full race duties for the Chinese Grand Prix in 2 weeks time.

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Formula One: Giovinazzi replaces Wehrlein at Sauber in Melbourne

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Italian Antonio Giovinazzi will replace Pascal Wehrlien for the Australian Grand Prix this weekend with the Sauber F1 Team. The Scuderia Ferrari development and reserve will make his Formula One debut sitting in for the German due to niggling fitness concerns following a incident during the pre-season Race of Champions Event.

My fitness level is not as it should be for a full race distance because of my training deficit. I explained the situation to the team yesterday evening. Therefore, the Sauber F1 Team has decided not to take any risks. It is a pity, but the best decision for the team.” Comments Wehrlien.

At this time both team and driver remain confident Pascal will return to the cockpit for the second round of the 2017 season in China.

“We have great respect of Pascal’s openness and professionalism. This decision was definitely not an easy one for him, it underlines his qualities as a team player. The focus is now on his fitness level, and in such a situation we do not take any unnecessary risks. Pascal will be in China as planned.” Remarked Team Principal Monisha Kaltenborn.

Giovinazzo completed Fp3 in P20 as he aclimitises to the track and continues team integration.

Formula One: Erreà Sport joins Sauber

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Italian Clothing brand Erreà Sport continue to expand their position in Motorsport in announcing a new partnership in Formula One with the Sauber F1 Team. This multi-year partnership will see Erreà Sport supply the team with all race and travel wear alongside developing a unique range of merchandise for fans of the Swiss team.

Erreà branding will be present on all teamwear clothing as well as the car covers for the Sauber C36-Ferrari set to be revealed later this month. Erreà branding will also feature on the drivers headrest of the 2017 contender and within the team environment.

Speaking on the new partnership Monisha Kaltenborn, Team Principal commented:
“We are very pleased to welcome Erreà on board as an Official Partner to the Sauber F1 Team. A successful family business, Erreà maintains its position as an important player in the competitive sporting goods industry. State-of-the-art manufacturing techniques are the key for success – not only in the sporting goods industry, but also in Formula One. Erreà and Sauber have valuable attributes in common: the ambition to strive for innovation, quality and perfection combine the values that both brands live by every day. We are looking forward to a successful partnership in the future.”

Angelo Gandolfi, President, Erreà Sport Added:
“In Sauber F1 Team, we see a like-minded, ambitious team. We look forward to bringing our experience in the development of unique merchandise and original teamwear design from other sports such as football, volleyball, basketball and rugby to the team. We are tremendously excited to be working with the team as they set out to return to former successes. We are proud to have been selected as a partner to join them on this journey. 2017 will see Formula One race cars look radically different to anything seen in recent years. We look forward to the launch of the Sauber C36-Ferrari and the Erreà brand taking position on what promises to be a dynamic new livery for our Swiss partners. The Sauber F1 Team represents a level of professionalism we have experienced only at the very pinnacle of other sports in which we work. We look forward to launching our first range of merchandise to fans of the team and fans of the sport in the coming weeks.”

For more information on Erreà Sport follow this link

Formula One: Bem-vindo a casa Felipe!

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In what may be one of the shortest retirements in recent Formula One history, Williams Martini Racing have confirmed the Felipe Massa will return to the Grove based team for the 2017 season.

Following earlier confirmation that Pascal Wehrlien will join the Sauber F1 Team for 2017, Valterri Bottas’ path to join Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes AMG Petronas is now clear freeing up the seat alongside Lance Stroll at Williams for Felipe Massa in 2017.

Speaking about the announcement Felipe Massa said; “Firstly, I am very happy to have an opportunity to return to Williams. I always intended to race somewhere in 2017, but Williams is a team close to my heart and I have respect for everything it is trying to achieve. Valtteri has a great opportunity, given the turn of events over the winter, and I wish him all the best at Mercedes.

“In turn, when I was offered the chance to help Williams with their 2017 Formula One campaign, it felt like the right thing to do. I certainly have not lost any of my enthusiasm for racing and I’m extremely motivated to be coming back to drive the FW40. The support from my fans over the last few weeks has been a huge boost and I’m grateful for that. I also look forward to working with Lance; I’ve known him for many years and seen his talent develop during that time, so I look forward to seeing what we can achieve together.”

Claire Williams, Deputy Team Principal, said; “I’m delighted that Felipe has agreed to come out of retirement to be a part of our 2017 campaign. With Valtteri having a unique opportunity to join the current Constructors’ Champions, we have been working hard to ensure that an agreement could be made with Mercedes to give Valtteri this fantastic opportunity.

“Valtteri has been part of the Williams family since 2010 and in that time has proved a huge talent, securing nine podium finishes. I would like to take this opportunity to thank him on behalf of the whole team, and wish him a successful season as he joins Mercedes.

“Felipe has always been a much-loved member of the Williams family, and having the opportunity to work with him again is something we all look forward to. He was always going to race somewhere in 2017, as he has not lost that competitive spirit, and it was important that we had a strong replacement in order for us to let Valtteri go. Felipe re-joining us provides stability, experience and talent to help lead us forward. He is a great asset for us.”

With the 2017 F1 regulations changes set to be the most significant in decades, Williams have been keen to ensure an experienced driver lines up alongside F1 Rookie Lance Stroll.

It is understood Felipe walked away from opportunities within Formula E in order to return to Formula One. Felipe has returned to the team with a single season agreement.

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!

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: 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: Mighty Qualifying for Manor Racing

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A much-improved performance under the new qualifying format saw Manor Racing’s Pascal Wehrlein storm to 16th place in Bahrain today. He banked an impressive early lap on the SuperSoft to earn a second run, his time just a couple of tenths shy of a place in Q2. Teammate Rio Haryanto had to settle for a single shot at Q1 and will line up for his second Grand Prix in 20th place for tomorrow’s 2016 Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix.

Pascal Wehrlein:

“I’m so happy! Such a difference from Melbourne! It was a shame to miss out on Q2 but I’m so pleased to be as close as we are and it’s a really good position to build from. I need to thank the team for their hard work in giving me a car I felt comfortable in. We’re in a good place for tomorrow, although we’re still experiencing some degradation issues on the long runs. It’s a long race, so we need to manage that. It would be great to get the same kind of start as the last race and I hope we can stay competitive with the cars around us.”

Rio Haryanto:

“After a really good FP3 this morning I’m quite disappointed with my qualifying session. I only had time for one shot at it again and I didn’t get enough out of my push lap. Clearly there is more to come from the car and from me so we’ll have to see what happens with this format and work to optimise whatever solution we have in China. It’s a harder job for tomorrow now but I’m still looking forward to it as I was much happier with our race pace yesterday.”

Dave Ryan, Racing Director:

“A truly fantastic performance from Pascal today. We’ve made a pretty good step here but he definitely had the bit between his teeth after FP3 and knew a good result was within his grasp. We spent a lot of time looking at what we needed to do here after the disappointment of Melbourne and it’s good to see that translating into real progress. We were just a couple of tenths away from Q2 as well, so although there’s plenty of room for improvement, we’re heading in the right direction. Rio has had a better weekend here also and was looking good in FP3. He didn’t quite get his lap together, which he’ll be disappointed with, but it’s coming good for him too.”