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Formula One: Williams sign Global Finanz Organisation

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Williams Martini Racing have entered into a new commerical partnership with Global Finanz Organisation. The partnership will Financial.org branding on the mirrors of the Fw38, alongside branding in the team environment from the Spanish Grand Prix onwards. From the Canadian GP branding will be extended to driver and teamwear.

Claire Williams, Deputy Team Principal and Commercial Director of Williams, added: “We are delighted to welcome Global Finanz Organisation as a new addition to our partner community. We will be working together to use the global and high profile nature of Formula One to raise the profile of their financial platform and ultimately help the website to continue its growth.”

Financial.org focuses on providing financial education and knowledge, smart investment, and interactions between its members and financial service providers. Its goal is to build a large global member based financial platform that increases the financial literacy of its users and provides business networking opportunities, allowing them to make smarter decisions with their money.

Click here to visit Financial.org



Formula One: Lewis ” I didn’t enjoy first championship “

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Lewis Hamilton has spoken candidly about his experiences in Formula One during an interview with Emmy Award Winner Graham Bensinger. Reflecting on his first years in Formula One and first championship Lewis opens up about how his lack of media training and tensions around the sport and Mclaren, his team at the time, impacted his enjoyment of his championship winning year.

Lewis went on to explore his initial concerns around racial barriers when coming to the sport and has overcome these feeling and now sees them as an advantage.

Latterly Lewis discusses the impact losing a race has on him

Lewis goes on to openly discuss the relationship with his father , the challenges they faced and his wanting to have a ‘normal’ relationship with him away from F1 life.

Finally, Lewis talks to Graham about his technical approach to racing, showing him around the Mercedes AMG Petronas W07. Lewis identifies one of his key strengths being in braking distances and how his father pushed him to the beyond the limits of his cars in his career.

You can find more clips from the interview on Graham Bensinger’s You Tube channel here

Formula One: Ocon to run for Mercedes in Barcelona

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Mercedes AMG Petronas have confirmed that Esteban Ocon will complete the second day of testing for the team following the Spanish Grand Prix.

The team testing schedule:

Day One – Nico Rosberg

Day Two – Esteban Ocon

This confirms that Esteban Ocon remains very much part of the Mercedes young driver programme, despite his Renault Sport F1 commitments.

Ocon is set for a very busy few days, in addition his Mercedes commitments he will be running in FP1 for the Renault Sport F1 team in place of Jolyon Palmer, and on Day One of the post race test again for Renault Sport.

Mercedes may be able to gain first hand information on the impact of the B-Spec Renault Power Unit through Ocon’s time with Renault.

Lewis Hamilton will not be participating in the post race test at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

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: New chassis but no testing for Palmer in Barcelona

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Jolyon Palmer will have a new chassis made available to him at the Spanish Grand Prix next weekend Renault Sport F1 have confirmed.

After replacing the floor of Jolyon’s R.S.16 at the Russian Grand Prix, Palmer has reported improved balance with the car, it is hoped that switching to the team’s 3rd chassis will yeild further progress

“Jolyon was much happier in his car on Saturday in Sochi and this translated to a stronger performance over the weekend. As part of our assessments to get his car to work better for him we changed the floor, which is a very important aerodynamic aspect of the car. This looks to have delivered what we wanted so a positive step was made. For Spain Jolyon will run with a new chassis – R.S.16-03 which we used at our filming day this week to shake down.”

Confirmed Technical Director Nick Chester. In addition to the new chassis the team will be bringing a series of other updates

“For the race we have an updated rear wing as well as some updates for the front wing”

Finally Nick confirmed the test will be trialling the B-Spec Renault Power unit at the 2 day post race test following the test:

“For the test we have a full raft of things to try; new suspension, further aero updates over various areas of the car, some mods to cooling as well as evaluating the B-spec power unit, so we should have a full two days”

Team Racing Director Fred Vasseur has moved to provide assurances around the team’s racing line up, acknowledging the challenges both the team and drivers are facing in this phase of rebuilding:

“We have a strong line-up and one we’re happy with and committed to. Kevin has performed very well in his return to Formula 1 and Jolyon is approaching his rookie season in a clear and methodical manner. It’s true that Jolyon had a couple of races where he didn’t deliver as he wanted, equally this is natural in a driver’s first season; he’s learning and making strong progress.”

Despite this confidence Vasseur went on to confirm that Esteban Ocon, completing in the opening round of the DTM this weekend with Mercedes will sit in for Palmer in FP1 of the Spanish Grand Prix, and that he will test alongside Magnussen in the post race test:

“We saw Sergey Sirotkin do a very good job in FP1 in Russia and we will see Esteban Ocon take to the wheel in Barcelona, then Kevin and Esteban will drive in the test.”

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Formula One: Drivers make first in-season tyre selections

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Pirelli have released driver tyre selection data for the Spanish Grand Prix. The Spanish Grand Prix is the first time the Hard tyre compound will be used this season, but also represents the first event where drivers have made tyre choices having raced on 2016 compounds.

Owing to the production process of Pirelli Formula One Tyres, teams and drivers are forced to make decisions on tyre usage 12 weeks ahead of schedule for fly away races and 8 weeks ahead of time for European races. This means that drivers had selected tyre compound weighting for the opening races before pre-season testing had begun. As the first European race of the season, the Spanish Grand Prix represents the first time drivers have been able to build actual race experience into their decision making process.

As we have come to expect this has led to drivers focusing on the softest compound available. Intriguingly Spanish Grand Prix tyre selection sees far less disparity between drivers in the same team that in other races.

It can be expected Mercedes will again dominate the Spanish Grand Prix weekend. 100% of their pre-season testing was carried out on the Medium and Soft tyre compound, where as other teams split efforts across a wider range of compounds. This increased knowledge of the Medium and Soft tyre will likely facilitate a smooth optimisation of set up allowing the team to focus on race and reliability performance.


Mercedes AMG Petronas have put together a short film on the impact of introducing a 3rd tyre compound option to race strategy. This offers an interesting perspective on what we might expect to see at the Spanish Grand Prix later this month: