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Pirelli would like two stop strategies in 2018


After the test in Abu Dhabi Pirelli’s head of car racing Mario Isola said:

“Considering all the range is one step softer, plus we have the hypersoft, we now have the option to go soft enough to target two stops.

“I believe that three stops are a bit too much, we will try to make the selection of having two stops one of the fastest strategies.


By courtesy of PIRELLI

By courtesy of PIRELLI


Hamilton praises the new pink hypersoft:




The Abu Dhabi tyre test was two intense days of work, during which the teams sampled the 2018 tyres for the first time. 

Each team had 20 sets for the test: 12 sets chosen by Pirelli (with a selection of 2018 tyres plus some 2017 tyres for comparison) and the other eight selected by the teams themselves. In total, 23 different top drivers did some long runs as well, so not in qualifying conditions. The characteristics of the Yas Marina circuit meant the test concentrated on the compounds from White medium to the Pink hypersoft. The whole test and all the drivers gave us very positive feedback. The new Pink hypersoft meets our initial expectations, with times that are about a second per lap faster than the Purple ultrasoft, but this obviously needs to be confirmed on other types of track as well. All the 2018 tyres are a step softer than this year’s equivalents, in line with what the teams asked for, with the Pink hypersoft (just added to the range) so being two steps softer than the 2017 ultrasoft. We now look forward to getting back on track for the first official pre-season test of 2018 at Barcelona from February 26 to March 1”.



Pirelli is on schedule to decide the tyre compounds it will take to the Australian Grand Prix by December 7.




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The Sauber F1 Team enters a multi-year partnership agreement with Alfa Romeo

Alfa Romeo is returning to Formula One after more than 30 years of absence from the sport.

Sauber F1 Team are delighted to announce that we have reached a multi-year technical and commercial partnership agreement with Alfa Romeo. The Italian car manufacturer, which is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), will be joining the Sauber F1 Team as Title Sponsor from 2018 onwards. By doing so, Alfa Romeo is returning to Formula One after more than 30 years of absence from the sport.

The partnership, which includes a strategic, commercial and technological cooperation between Alfa Romeo and the Sauber F1 Team, will enable the exchange of engineering and technical know-how, and provide new opportunities for the two organizations within Formula One and beyond. From 2018, the team will be known as the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team. The 2018 F1 car will bear the Alfa Romeo logo, and will be equipped with the 2018 Ferrari power units.


Sergio Marchionne, CEO, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles:
“This agreement with the Sauber F1 Team is a significant step in the reshaping of the Alfa Romeo brand, which will return to Formula 1 after an absence of more than 30 years. A storied marque that has helped make the history of this sport, Alfa Romeo will join other major automakers that participate in Formula 1. The brand itself will also benefit from the sharing of technology and strategic know-how with a partner of the Sauber F1 Team’s undisputed experience. The Alfa Romeo engineers and technicians, who have already demonstrated their capabilities with the newly-launched models, Giulia and Stelvio, will have the opportunity to make that experience available to the Sauber F1 Team. At the same time, Alfa Romeo fans will once again have the opportunity to support an automaker that is determined to begin writing an exciting new chapter in its unique, legendary sporting history.”


Pascal Picci, Chairman, Sauber Holding AG:
“We are very pleased to welcome Alfa Romeo to the Sauber F1 Team. Alfa Romeo has a long history of success in Grand Prix racing, and we are very proud that this internationally renowned company has chosen to work with us for its return to the pinnacle of motorsport. Working closely with a car manufacturer is a great opportunity for the Sauber Group to further develop its technology and engineering projects. We are confident that together we can bring the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team great success, and look forward to a long and successful partnership.”


About Alfa Romeo and Formula One
Alfa Romeo took part in Formula One from 1950 until 1988, as both a constructor and engine supplier. Already in its debut years in 1950 and in 1951, Alfa Romeo won the inaugural World Championship of Drivers with Nino Farina and Juan Manuel Fangio. From 1961 until 1979, Alfa Romeo participated as engine supplier for several F1 teams. After returning in 1979 as constructor, Alfa Romeo ranked 6th as best result in the constructors’ championship in 1983. The company withdrew from Formula One in 1985, returning as Title Sponsor of the Sauber F1 Team after a 30-year absence.


About Alfa Romeo and FCA
Alfa Romeo is a historic brand of FCA Group. Since its founding in Milan, Italy, in 1910, Alfa Romeo has designed and crafted some of the most stylish and exclusive cars in automotive history. That tradition lives on today as Alfa Romeo continues to take a unique and innovative approach to designing automobiles. In every Alfa Romeo, technology and passion converge to produce a true work of art. Fully reviving Alfa Romeo’s spirit and maximising its global appeal has been one of FCA’s priorities. Following a clear and well-defined strategy, Alfa Romeo is writing a new chapter in its more than century-long history that represents an extraordinary opportunity to realise the brand’s full potential. Today, Alfa Romeo is a true showcase of the Group’s best resources, talent and technological know-how. Alfa Romeo is winning the hearts of a new generation and retaking its rightful position as one of the world’s most desired premium brands. It is, once again, one of the leading symbols of Italian engineering and style, an icon of Italy’s technological excellence and creative spirit.

FCA designs, engineers, manufactures and sells vehicles and related parts and services, components and production systems worldwide through 162 manufacturing facilities, 87 R&D centers, and dealers and distributors in more than 150 countries. In addition to Alfa Romeo, its stable of brands include Abarth, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Fiat Professional, Jeep, Lancia, Ram, Maserati and Mopar, the parts and service brand. The Group’s businesses also include Comau (production systems), Magneti Marelli (components) and Teksid (iron and castings). FCA is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “FCAU” and on the Mercato Telematico Azionario under the symbol “FCA”.


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Pascal Wehrlein (D), Sauber F1 Team. Yas Marina Circuit.


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Race result from the last race in the 2017 season, Abu Dhabi GP

Next race in 118 days, 2018 Australian GP

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Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Saturday 25 November 2017.
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Pirelli – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Qualifying

One stop will be the optimal strategy for tomorrows race.

By Courtesy of PIRELLI



Yas Marina, November 25, 2017

Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas claimed the final pole position of the 2017 season, around 2.5 seconds faster than last year’s pole time, using the same P Zero Purple ultrasoft compound choice as one year ago. The ultrasoft was the tyre used by all the drivers from start to finish of the session, which began in daylight and then ended under the lights as the sunset. As usual here, track temperatures fell progressively during the session. A one-stop strategy will be the quickest way to run tomorrow’s race, especially with Yas Marina not being the easiest circuit to overtake on.




“Qualifying went exactly as we expected it to: there wasn’t a huge degree of track evolution and the lap record dropped further, with ultrasofts used from start to finish. The ultrasofts were, in fact, capable of more than one flying lap, which is why we saw some drivers alternating push laps with cool-down laps. We should see a one-stop ultrasoftsupersoft strategy for most drivers, but the low degradation also means that the pit stop window is pretty wide, so drivers should be able to make their stop more or less when they want to.”

By Courtesy of PIRELLI


Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Saturday 25 November 2017.
Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes F1 W08 EQ Power+.
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Ben Payne joins McLaren as inaugural director of esports

McLaren has underlined its commitment to the esports platform with the appointment of Ben Payne as the company’s new director of esports.

McLaren has underlined its commitment to the esports platform with the appointment of Ben Payne as the company’s new director of esports.

Ben joins the company from Microsoft, where he held roles in third party marketing, partnerships and events for Xbox EMEA, as well as working on global campaigns for Windows. Prior to Microsoft, Ben held positions at SEGA, 2K Games and Future.

Ben joins McLaren on Monday 13 November, arriving just as the company’s prestigious esports racing contest, World’s Fastest Gamer, enters its final week of competition. After months of qualifying rounds, 12 finalists will converge on McLaren’s Woking headquarters to battle for the opportunity to become one of the team’s 2018 simulator drivers.

McLaren was the first Formula 1 team to announce its own esports property, in April this year. Ben’s appointment means that McLaren also becomes the first team in the sport to create a dedicated position for an eSports director.

In this new role, Ben will oversee the growth and development of McLaren’s esports strategy, including all aspects of the World’s Fastest Gamer programme. Additionally, he will lead the development of the WFG partner community, activating gaming partnerships across retail, media partnerships and key industry events.

Ben Payne said: 

“I’m delighted to be joining McLaren as director of esports during the climax of this year’s prestigious World’s Fastest Gamer contest. It’s undoubtedly an exciting time to be joining the organisation, and I’m looking forward to helping the McLaren brand grow and develop through its esports and gaming proposition.”

Zak Brown, Executive Director, McLaren Technology Group said: 

“Gaming and esports are two huge and exciting markets, and we believe that they’re essential elements of McLaren’s new marketing platform. The growth and appeal of gaming, and its close relationship to motorsport and Formula 1, makes this a natural area of expansion for us.”

John Allert, Chief Marketing Officer, McLaren Technology Group, commented: 

“We want to position McLaren as a market leader in this category. With World’s Fastest Gamer, we were the first Formula 1 team to create an esports property and now Ben’s appointment will accelerate the ambitious plans we have to grow this area of the business. We have already forged successful esports partnerships with Logitech G and Sparco, and we’re looking to develop a partner community around our gaming properties.”

For all the latest news from World’s Fastest Gamer visit:

 www.mclaren.com/WFG and follow @TheWFGamer.

 Courtesy of McLaren

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Brazil GP Starting grid:

Qual result and starting grid for the Brazil GP

From Formula1.com :

Starting grid:

1 77 Valtteri Bottas MERCEDES 1:08.322
2 5 Sebastian Vettel FERRARI 1:08.360
3 7 Kimi Räikkönen FERRARI 1:08.538
4 33 Max Verstappen RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER 1:08.925
5 11 Sergio Perez FORCE INDIA MERCEDES 1:09.598
6 14 Fernando Alonso MCLAREN HONDA 1:09.617
7 27 Nico Hulkenberg RENAULT 1:09.703
8 55 Carlos Sainz RENAULT 1:09.805
9 19 Felipe Massa WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:09.841
10 31 Esteban Ocon FORCE INDIA MERCEDES 1:09.830
11 8 Romain Grosjean HAAS FERRARI 1:09.879
12 2 Stoffel Vandoorne MCLAREN HONDA 1:10.116
13 20 Kevin Magnussen HAAS FERRARI 1:10.154
14 3 Daniel Ricciardo RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER 1:09.330
15 94 Pascal Wehrlein SAUBER FERRARI 1:10.678
16 9 Marcus Ericsson SAUBER FERRARI 1:10.875
17 18 Lance Stroll WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:10.776
18 28 Brendon Hartley TORO ROSSO
19 10 Pierre Gasly TORO ROSSO 1:10.686
20 44 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES


Note – penalised for use of additional power unit elements: Ricciardo 10 places, Hartley 10 places, Gasly 25 places. Stroll & Ericsson penalised 5 places for use of an additional gearbox. Hamilton required to start from pit lane due to gearbox change and switch to new-spec power unit elements while under parc ferme conditions.




Qualifying result:


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Marcus Ericsson (SWE), Sauber F1 Team.
Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace.

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2017 Brazilian Grand Prix – Sets available for the race




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Interlagos, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Saturday 11 November 2017.
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Fernando Alonso to race Le Mans 2018

Alonso will drive the Toyota WEC car in a test in Bahrain on 19 November, the day after 2017 season’s final F1 race.

BBC and others reports:


The two-time Formula One World Championship will not be returning to Indy in 2018. Alonso might be making a run at winning the biggest race of them all, the Le Mans 24 Hours.

The BBC is reporting that Alonso has agreed to a deal with Toyota to race in the 24 Hours of Le Mans next June, which falls between F1’s races in Canada and France.


Read the full article at http://m.bbc.com/sport/formula1/41947568

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New job at McLaren Racing?

McLaren Racing:
With preparation for the 2018 F1 season underway, we’re recruiting for both trackside and factory-based roles.

To design, build and operate a Formula One car at race-winning levels requires focus, ambition, imagination, dedication and attention to detail.



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“One team, one mission: to win”

Link to your new job: McLaren Racing job



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