Following confirmation that Nico Hulkenberg will be joining the Renault Sport F1 team from 2017, Kevin Magnussesn has taken to social media to confirm his future intentions.
In a series of tweets posted earlier this morning, Magnussen seeks to put to bed rumours of a possible move to Indycar and restates his desire to remain part of the Renault Sport F1 team future. In that this news is coming from Kevin himself with no comment from the team it is possible to conclude there are other drivers in the running for his seat in 2017.
Current team mate Palmer is thought to have an outside chance of retaining his position within the team. Bottas and Ocon are also known to be contenders. The performance of the Renault power unit with Red Bull Racing this season suggests a fully funded works Renault team can expect to be competitive in the near future making this, the only works seat available on the grid, an promising prospect.
Nico Hulkenberg will leave Sahara Force India at the end of the season to pursue other opportunities within Formula One. His last race with the team will be in Abu Dhabi next month.
Vijay Mallya, Team Principal and Managing Director: “Everybody at Sahara Force India wishes Nico well as he embarks upon a different path in Formula One. Having spent five years with us, Nico has become a great friend and contributed a huge amount to the team’s success. He’s an outstanding driver, who has scored more points for this team than anybody else. While it’s true we will miss Nico, we respect his decision to explore fresh opportunities and it would be wrong to stand in his way.”
As of writing, Hulkenberg’s 2017 plans and beyond have not been confirmed. It is widely expected he will be announced as a Renault Sport F1 driver in the coming hours.
Mastro, authentic Italian deli meats producer, have joined the Renault Sport F1 team for the Canadian Grand Prix weekend.
Mastro branding can be found on the the rear ring end plate, nose-cone, and cockpit, seen below. At this time the partnership is for the Canadian Grand Prix only.
Commenting on the partnership Bill Slovitt, Trade Marketing Director remarked:
“The Renault Sport team is a great vehicle for awareness of the Mastro brand which we are activating at grocery retail with over 100 stores in the Montreal area, helping to celebrate the race this weekend in Montreal”
The Renault Sport F1 team took to social media to announce the partnership, commenting:
Mastro have incorporated messaging of the partnership into the brands in-store advertising to great effect, as seen here:
More information on Mastro can be found here. You can follow Mastro on twitter here.
Branding of the Mexican confectioner Canel’s has returned to the livery of the Enstone based team Renault Sport F1 for this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix.
Whilst the team are yet to issue a press release on the partnership, it is believed the partnership has been renewed following a successful trial at the Mexican Grand Prix in 2015. It is likely the partnership will also include the 2016 US & Mexican Grand Prix.
Canel’s branding can be found on the lower section of the RS16 engine cover.
To find out more about Canel’s click here
image credit: auto-motor-und-sport.de
Max Verstappen took to the wheel of an 2016 livered RB8 earlier today in a demonstration run around the Dutchman’s home circuit of Zandvoort.
The demonstration forms part of the 2 day #racedagen event at the circuit which also includes runs in modified 2 seater F1 machinary, with which Jos Verstappen took his son out for a spin!
Sell out crowds have been seen at the event, demonstrating the huge level of interest Max Verstappen has reignited in Formula One and more specifically his success.
Check out this video from Max at the event.
Click here to visit the Zandvoort home page for more on #racedagen
The seventh round of the 2016 Formula One World Championship looks set to be most challenging circuit on power units of the season to date. The long straights demand maximum power for just over 60% of the lap. The longest straight on the circuit is the Droit du Casino at 1,064m and top speed will be in excess of 330kph, the highest speed seen this year so far.
There aren’t enough braking points on the circuit to allow the K to recover the full FIA allowable amount. This, along with the high fuel consumption at this track, makes for a
delicate balancing act during the race to stay within the 100kgpermitted fuel load, average fuel usage per lap is 1.48Kg, with the race taking place over 70 laps usage at this rate would exceed the permitted fuel limit by more almost 4KG. Drivers will be hoping for an early safety car period to avoid finishing the race in heavy fuel saving modes.
Renault will complete the roll out of the B-Spec power unit with both Renault Sport’s Jolyon Palmer and Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen having access to the unit in race conditions for the first time.
Speaking on the power unit Renault Sport’s Nick Chester commented:
“It’s a good step forward and we have it in both cars in Montréal. In Monaco we were able to benefit primarily from the improved driveability whereas Montréal is more a power track thanks to its straights following slow corners. This means we should really see the power unit stretch its legs.”
The nature of the circuit will put this upgraded unit under significant pressure, reliability will be a watch out over the weekend.
It is expected Honda and Ferrari will also introduce Power Unit upgrades over the Canadian Grand Prix weekend. With Mercedes coming to end of the cycle of it’s current unit in effect out of sequence to the other teams, expect the power output of teams to be a little close than normal over the weekend. Whilst this is unlikely to threaten the works Mercedes team, customers teams may fall further off the pace than otherwise expected.
Renault Sport F1’s Jolyon Palmer reflects on his challenging Monaco Grand Prix, the aftermath of the weekend, and looks ahead to Montréal.
What went wrong for you in the Monaco Grand Prix?
We went over the data and it looks like it was the lower grip as I crossed the white lines of the zebra crossing which meant my wheels span as I pushed to accelerate. The car was pitched sideways and I collected the barriers. It was just the wrong place
at the wrong time. I had a bit of bruising on my feet so it was just my ego and the car that had to suffer.
I have been in Enstone since Monaco, to get some time in the Sim, but I did also offer to get the spanners out to help build the new chassis… I’m very grateful for all the hard work that goes in at the track and back in Enstone and Viry and I did more than my fair share of damage to the car in Monaco.
Away from the track, Monaco is such a big week and you really feel it afterwards. On Monday night I slept a straight 14 hours to recover; I was exhausted! It’s a really cool weekend, but it’s just so busy! You start a day early then there’s no track running on Friday
but all kinds of exciting media initiatives including showcasing the R.S.16 Clio which was cool
What are your thoughts heading to Montréal?
I was there last year and I realised what a really cool city it is. It’s also one which genuinly embraces Formula 1 coming to town so can’t wait to return. The track itself looks great with good overtaking opportunities. There has been good racing there in the past so it’s exciting to be headed for my first race there.
I will get the B spec power unit for the first time. It looked like it made a good difference in Monaco and Canada is a more power-hungry circuit so if it was a positive step in Monaco it should certainly help our cause in Montréal.
The new engine mapping certainly looks to have been beneficial and you need good traction in out of the lower speed corners in Canada. It’s got more power too so everything is good in that regard!
We should be a good chunk more competitive. We’ll do everything we can to maximise the car around the track and we’ll be pushing all the way as usual!
Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen talks through his Monaco Grand Prix, analysing his struggles through the weekend, thanking the team for their support and hard work, and reflecting on his own personal challenge to keep the RB12 out of the walls as mentioned here on JWGP ahead of the GP weekend.
Looking ahead to Canada, Verstappen confirms that he will have access to the upgraded Renault Power Unit for the first time. Having tested the PU in Barcelona, Max is aware the unit will deliver additional power and improved drivability. When considering targets for the Canadian Grand Prix, Max is hoping for clean weekend and feels a podium could be possible.
Renault Sport Formula One Team suffered a disappointing double retirement from an eventful Monaco Grand Prix. Kevin Magnussen showed promising progress with an early swap to intermediate tyres after a race start on full wet tyres behind the safety car. Kevin’s potential was ultimately undone by an unfathomable onslaught from a one-lap-down Daniil Kvyat. He continued to race but subsequently ended up in the barriers again and retired from the Grand Prix. Jolyon Palmer’s race was far shorter, ending after aquaplaning into the barriers on the main straight, then into the barriers at Sainte Devote on the eighth lap.
Kevin Magnussen, #20, R.S.16-02: Started P16, DNF
“We had a good start to the race and made a really good strategic call to change to the intermediate tyres just after the safety car. We were the only ones to do it so early and it was the right decision. We were in a good position as a lot of people were still to pit and we gained a lot of places. Unfortunately, Kvyat just lost his mind and crashed into me and that was effectively the end of my race. We did continue and made an early change to slicks as we had nothing to lose, but ultimately I hit the wall and damaged the front wing. We were several laps down at that point and the car had been in the wars so it was safer to retire. It’s a shame we didn’t have a good weekend as we were very optimistic for the race. Now we have to shift our focus to Canada and have a better weekend there. Montréal should be a stronger track for us and should play to the strengths of the updates for the car.”
Jolyon Palmer, #30, R.S.16-03: Started P18, DNF
“The traction was appalling after the safety car and I got caught out. I had wheelspin in fifth gear on the white line that crosses the track. There was nothing I could do – I was just a passenger and went straight away into the wall. It’s so difficult as we know that the white lines are slippery but they are everywhere. I’m disappointed as I love this track and it’s been good for me in the past. But I’m now looking forward to Canada and putting this weekend behind me. Monaco hasn’t been good to me this year so we need to move on to the next race and look for a better weekend.”
Fred Vasseur, Racing Director
“It was a tough weekend for both cars. Jolyon’s race ended on the straight as soon as the race got underway. He had a pretty serious shunt, a fast one, and that put an end to his day; there was nothing to be done. For Kevin, he asked to swap to intermediates pretty early in the race which was a good call, despite suffering from being in traffic for a while. His race effectively ended thanks to the incident with Kvyat which is a shame especially as there may have been something to be done from where he was ranked as we had a strategy that was slightly out of step from everyone else’s. In any case, we’ll go lick our wounds and move our focus to Canada.”
As speculated on JWGP yesterday ,Renault have this morning announced that Scuderia Toro Rosso will return to Renault Power Unit supply for 2017. The agreement will see the team use in year technology for the 2017 & 2018 with the freedom to badge the engine as they see fit. Similar to the TAG Heuer Red Bull Racing Partnership, who have also extended their relationship with the French manufacturer through the 2017 & 2018 seasons.
Speaking on the partnership Jérôme Stoll, President of Renault Sport Racing, commented: ‘We are very pleased to partner with two such strong teams as Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Toro Rosso. Having competitive partners demonstrates the confidence both have in the improved Renault power unit and in our organisation as a whole.’
On the extension of the Renault RBR agreement Christian Horner, Red Bull Racing Team Principal, said: “We are delighted to extend our partnership which has proved very successful over time. After the reconstruction that Renault has undertaken, clear progress has been made which has made it logical to continue with the TAG Heuer badged engine.”
With this deal confirmed, no further changes are expected in team a Power Unit supply across the remainder of the grid for the foreseeable future.