F1 Team News
“Today has given us a positive direction for the future” Yas Marina Circuit, Friday November 21 KEVIN MAGNUSSEN, MP4-29-01 FP1 1m46.049s (+2.573s) 23 laps 11th FP2 1m42.895s (+0.782s) 37 laps 3rd “It hasn’t been a bad day, all in all. I tried out our new front wing during both today’s sessions, and it felt different, which is good. Fortunately, we managed to get a lot of testing of it done, and w…
The Silver Arrows Dazzle in the Abu Dhabi Spotlight!
Key practice points: Teams find their feet during opening practice before showing more representative pace as darkness falls over Yas Marina ahead of this weekend’s Abu Dhabi season finale. Positive signs for Infiniti Red Bull Racing whose drivers Sebastian Vettel – making his final appearance for the team – and Daniel Ricciardo end both sessions inside the top-six. Scuderia Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat breaks the top-10 in both sessions, while team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne ends FP1 sixth.
French motor sport magazine Echappement has singled out the Mégane R.S. 275 Trophy-R as the winner of its much-coveted Sportive de l’Année (Sports Model of the Year) award for 2014. With seven vehicles picking up the accolade to date, Renault is the carmaker which has won the highest number of ‘Sports Model of the Year’ trophies since Echappement introduced the award in 1982
McLaren Group and KPMG have announced today a strategic alliance which will apply McLaren Applied Technologies’ (‘MAT’) predictive analytics and technology to KPMG’s audit and advisory services. Under the terms of the 10 year agreement, KPMG becomes the ‘Pioneer’ Innovation Partner of the McLaren Group, bringing together McLaren’s highly tuned expertise in predictive analytics and KPMG’s extensive…
Rémi Taffin, Renault Sport F1 Head of Track Operations After a long and tough season we’ve finally reached the concluding race of 2014. Abu Dhabi is a fantastic place to end the year, with state-of-the-art facilities, a warm welcome, and a challenging circuit. It’s somewhat similar to Melbourne in terms of track characteristics, which will give us a representative comparison and show how far we’ve come over the course of the year.
The new Renault Captur has been unveiled yesterday in Dubai ahead of its introduction throughout the Gulf region in the presence of Renault-powered Formula One drivers Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado. The new urban crossover vehicle was presented by Arabian Automobiles, the French manufacturer’s official distributor in Dubai and Northern Emirates.
“Either man would make a truly worthy World Champion”
If you’re a news journalist, Formula 1 has the refreshing ability to throw the kitchen sink at you. In F1, a budding newshound can happily take his pick of the stories: right now, if you’re attuned to the sport’s political side, you’ll be writing reams about the prospect of three-car teams and the potential demise of the F1 minnow.
Toto: “I for one cannot wait to watch the race in Abu Dhabi. May the best man win!”
Nico: “I go into this race with no fear and with every belief that this can be my title”
Lewis: “I’m feeling relaxed, I’m feeling confident and I’m ready to win”
Lewis: “I was pushing right to the flag, which is what racing is all about. I really enjoyed it”
Nico: “It’s been a great battle and it’s fantastic that the team lets us race equally”
Lewis: “If I have a shot into Turn One I’ll take it”
Nico: “I have learned from Austin and I know what I need to do better”
Nico & Lewis Separated by Just 33 Thousandths in Brazil Front Row Lockout!
Both Infiniti Red Bull Racing drivers will line-up inside the top-10 for the start of Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix after a late flying effort from Sebastian Vettel helped him secure sixth, while Daniel Ricciardo maintained his 100% record of reaching Q3 this season by claiming ninth. With a seven-place penalty still hanging over him from Austin, Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat opted not to set a Q2 time and lines-up 14th, while team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne was unable to hook up a lap good enough to (…) – News
“With some hard work tonight, we should be able to make significant improvements” Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace, Friday November 7 Kevin spent the first half of the morning session conducting detailed aerodynamic studies, his car running with a large measuring rake behind each front wheel. He continued his progress into FP2, but never felt fully happy with the overall pace and feel of the car. Jenson…
Key practice points: Rain-threatened Brazilian Grand Prix weekend begins under warm and clear skies at Interlagos, where tyre degradation looks set to play a fundamental role in Sunday’s race Solid start for Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo, who finishes fourth in FP2 after taking 10th in the morning. Sebastian Vettel bounces back from slow start to set the afternoon’s ninth fastest time Another standout practice performance from Daniil Kvyat who sets the morning’s third (…) – Press Releases
On 11th February 1973 the first Brazilian Grand Prix to be part of the Formula 1 World Championship was held at Interlagos. From then on it was made a permanent fixture in the racing calendar. Little did we know that one year later, the very same track would house not only McLaren’s first win from pole position, but also one of four wins to secure our first World Championship title in a season tha…
Rémi Taffin, Renault Sport F1 head of track operations The main factors of Interlagos are the altitude and heat, both of which are potentially destructive characteristics for the new Power Units. Whereas the altitude once gave the cars and engines and easier ride as less power was produced, it now works against us. A turbocharged engine pressurises the ambient air to the same level inside the turbocharger and compressor, ensuring there is always the same amount of oxygen content in the air (…) – News
Toto: “It is hugely satisfying to know that now only a Mercedes driver can win the Championship”
Nico: “I really enjoy this circuit as it’s usually a really action-packed race”
Lewis: “In 2008, I honestly thought I’d lost it until quite a while after the flag!”
Following a two-year apprenticeship, Nyck de Vries (Koiranen GP) has fulfilled high expectations by winning the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 title. The Dutchman, who is on the McLaren Young Driver Development Programme, enjoyed a superb year, also winning the Formula Renault 2.0 ALPS championship. Dennis Olsen (Prema Powerteam) and Alexander Albon (KTR) completed the top three in the FR 2.0 standings in a season in which eight drivers won races, among them Aurélien Panis – the son of former (…) – News
For the first of three days of collective tests at the Motorland Aragón, Alexander Albon (Lotus) was the quickest. The Anglo-Thai member of the Lotus F1 Junior Team was among the drivers invited by Renault Sport Technologies to test drive the Formula Renault 3.5. He dominated the morning session and posted best time of the day in 1:41.629 ahead of Gustav Malja (Zeta Corse) and Nicholas Latifi (Arden Motorsport), who were fastest in the afternoon