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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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“Past vs Future racing”

95th anniversary of one of the World’s oldest race tracks

Tesla GT race car piloted by Agustin Paya of Spain zips past a Bugatti Type 59 from the year 1934 — which is actually a painting by Italian artist and Body Painting world champion Johannes Stoetter.

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Pictures showing a Tesla GT race car piloted by Agustin Paya of Spain zips past a Bugatti Type 59 from the year 1934 — which is actually a painting by Italian artist and Body Painting world champion Johannes Stoetter. He painted the classic car on a banked curve at the long-since abandoned race circuit at Terramar in San Pere de Ribes, south of Barcelona, Spain. The demonstration under the slogan of “racing’s past meets racing’s future” was designed to back the application of the Electric GT founders to FIA to launch a new all-electric World Championship in 2018 and celebrate the opening of the historic Terramar race track 95 years ago on 28-October-1923. Stoetter was assisted by Swedish artist Vilja Vitkute.


 www.johannesstoetterart.com (Johannes Stoetter)

www.vilijaart.com (Vilja Vitkute)

www.electricgt.co (Electric GT)


 




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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.


 

 

From LinkedIn

 


 

“One team, one mission: to win”

Link to your new job: McLaren Racing job

 


 

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Ogier closes on fifth crown

Ogier has been unbeatable in the muddy forests of Dayinsure Wales Rally GB for the past four seasons.

 

M-Sport chase two titles in British forests at penultimate 2017 WRC race.

 

 

Sébastien Ogier stands on the verge of a fifth consecutive FIA World Rally Championship title in Britain this weekend.

Ogier has been unbeatable in the muddy forests of Dayinsure Wales Rally GB for the past four seasons.

A record fifth victory would secure another drivers’ title and complete a dream double on home soil for M-Sport World Rally Team.

It would also clinch a first manufacturers’ crown since 2007 for the privately-run British squad over the might of three of the world’s biggest car firms.

“This could be a very special event for the team but we can’t think too much about that. We just need to focus on enjoying the rally and delivering the best performance we can,” said the Ford Fiesta driver.

Ogier holds a 37-point lead over team-mate Ott Tänak with the British fixture and next month’s final round at Kennards Hire Rally Australia (16 – 19 November) remaining. Thierry Neuville is a further point behind.

The permutations are complex but to keep the championship alive until Australia, Estonian Tänak must score at least seven points more than Ogier this weekend while Hyundai Motorsport’s Neuville must take eight more.

It’s a tough task against a driver who has been so dominant in Wales for the last four years.

Ogier also has the advantage of starting first in Friday’s opening leg, a position which secures the best grip on the muddy tracks.

He added, “It’s one of the most challenging rallies of the year and there is a real art to judging the grip levels through the forests. It’s an event that takes a while to get to grips with, quite literally, but I have to say that I now feel at home on the Welsh stages.”

A fifth drivers’ title would promote Ogier to second in the all-time rankings. However, he would still be some distance behind Sébastien Loeb, who won nine in a row between 2004 and 2012 and will be in Britain to follow the fortunes of his fellow countryman.

The battle for the manufacturers’ title is simpler. If one of M-Sport’s three nominated drivers – Ogier, Tänak or Elfyn Evans – finishes in Britain, irrespective of the overall position, it will secure the four points that are required.

“It’s hard to find the words to describe just what a momentous achievement we are on the verge of securing this week,” said team principal Malcolm Wilson.

“But it’s not done yet and we cannot forget just what a challenging event Wales Rally GB can be. The changeable weather, unpredictable grip and long days make it one of the most demanding events of the year.”

The Deeside-based rally starts on Thursday evening and finishes on Sunday afternoon after 21 speed tests covering 304.36km.


 

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Pirelli – MEXICAN GRAND PRIX PREVIEW

#MexicanGP

MEXICAN GRAND PRIX PREVIEW

Round 18 of 20

Mexico City, 27-29 October 2017


 

Milan, October 23, 2017 – Like the United States Grand Prix that has just taken place, the tyres brought to Mexico will be the P Zero Yellow soft, P Zero Red supersoft and P Zero Purple ultrasoft (which reverts to its usual colour after turning pink in Austin!).

The Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, named after Mexico’s famous racing brothers, is one of the quickest tracks of the year, and – as has been the case on a few occasions already this season – it’s the first time that the ultrasoft has been nominated there. With the race only returning to the calendar two years ago, expect to see more lap records broken this weekend.

 

THE THREE NOMINATED COMPOUNDS

 

 

THE CIRCUIT FROM A TYRE POINT OF VIEW

  • Surface is quite smooth and slippery, reducing tyre wear and degradation despite the high speeds (372kph was seen in 2016).
  • Weather can be a question mark in Mexico City at this time of year: anything is possible.
  • As well as the fast corners, there is also a well-known slow and technical stadium section: an interesting mix of old and
  • Most drivers went for one stop last year, including the winner, Lewis
  • Pit lane is the longest of the year, increasing the stop time and so influencing strategy.

 

 

MARIO ISOLA – HEAD OF CAR RACING

“In Mexico, we again maintain our principle of bringing softer compounds than last year whenever possible, in the pursuit of increased performance and more exciting races. This is actually the second consecutive year that we are bringing a new tyre to Mexico, as last year the supersoft was nominated there for the first time. Only two races have been run on the current version of the track before, so it’s not one of the venues that the teams are most familiar with. This means that there will be some learning to do with the ultrasoft in particular during free practice”.

 

 

 

WHAT’S NEW?

  • The ultrasoft tyre comes to Mexico City for the very first time and has proved very popular: many drivers have selected the maximum number of 10
  • Following the support for Susan G.Komen® foundation in the United States, the charitable focus this weekend will be the victims of the Mexico City earthquake earlier this
  • Italy’s Paolo Andreucci recently clinched a remarkable 10th Italian Rally Championship title, using Pirelli tyres on his Peugeot Italia 208

 

AUTÓDROMO HERMANOS RODRÍGUEZ MINIMUM STARTING PRESSURES (SLICKS)

 

 

21.0 psi (front) – 19.5 psi (rear)

 

EOS  CAMBER LIMIT

 

 

-3.50° (front) | -2.00° (rear)

 

 

 

By Courtesy of PIRELLI

 

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2017 Malaysian Grand Prix – Sets available for the race

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 By Courtesy of PIRELLI  

 

 


Wet or dry?



 

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Sepang International Circuit, Sepang, Malaysia.
Saturday 30 September 2017.
Romain Grosjean, Haas VF-17.
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Singapore GP – Race Result

Congratulations to Lewis Hamilton on the victory in the race today, well done in a “strange” race.

The result can be found below.


 

Starting tires:

 

What a mess at the start.

Kimi, Max, Vettel’s fault or just a race incident?

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Standings after lap 2:

Alonso manages to continue the race after the hard hit he took from Max, just after the start crash Vettel spins around and destroy the car on what seems to be cooling liquid or gear oil leaking from the damaged Ferrari.

 

 

Lap 8, Alonso has to retire the car due to the damage from the incident in the start.
Too bad, Alonso meant that the McLaren Honda was good enough for a podium today.

Lap 11, Dani Kvyat is doing exactly what we expect him to do, crash out of the race …

Lap 14/15 – Safety car in after Kvyats car has been removed from the tire barriers.

Lap 26, the track is starting dry up, and the weather-forecast is no more rain.

Lap 37, Marcus Ericsson spin on the “bridge”. This brings out the safety car again, and Lewis Hamilton loses his 9-second gap to Daniel Ricciardo.

Then the lap count down was changed to timing, two hours rule. 28 minutes to go 😉

 

And the winner is Lewis Hamilton!

 

Result:

Position Driver Nationality Team Point
1 Lewis Hamilton England Mercedes 25
2 Daniel Ricciardo Australia Red Bull Racing 18
3 Valtteri Bottas Finland Mercedes 15
4 Carloz Sainz Jr Spain Toro Rosso 12
5 Sergio Perez Mexico Force India 10
6 Jolyon Palmer England Renault Sport F1 Team 8
7 Stoffel Vandoorne Belgium McLaren Honda 6
8 Lance Stroll Canada Williams 4
9 Romain Grosjean France Haas F1 Team 2
10 Esteban Ocon France Force India 1
Full result:
POS NO DRIVER CAR LAPS
1 44 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES 58
2 3 Daniel Ricciardo RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER 58
3 77 Valtteri Bottas MERCEDES 58
4 55 Carlos Sainz TORO ROSSO 58
5 11 Sergio Perez FORCE INDIA MERCEDES 58
6 30 Jolyon Palmer RENAULT 58
7 2 Stoffel Vandoorne MCLAREN HONDA 58
8 18 Lance Stroll WILLIAMS MERCEDES 58
9 8 Romain Grosjean HAAS FERRARI 58
10 31 Esteban Ocon FORCE INDIA MERCEDES 58
11 19 Felipe Massa WILLIAMS MERCEDES 58
12 94 Pascal Wehrlein SAUBER FERRARI 56
NC 20 Kevin Magnussen HAAS FERRARI 50
NC 27 Nico Hulkenberg RENAULT 48
NC 9 Marcus Ericsson SAUBER FERRARI 35
NC 26 Daniil Kvyat TORO ROSSO 10
NC 14 Fernando Alonso MCLAREN HONDA 8
NC 5 Sebastian Vettel FERRARI 0
NC 33 Max Verstappen RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER 0
NC 7 Kimi Räikkönen FERRARI 0

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Marina Bay Circuit, Marina Bay, Singapore.
Saturday 16 September 2017.
Photo: Steven Tee/McLaren
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Courtesy of McLaren-Honda Formula 1 Team
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MINI at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show

MINI John Cooper Works GP Concept

Courtesy of BMW Group 

 

Double world premiere: MINI John Cooper Works GP Concept with a clear focus on extreme dynamic performance, MINI Electric Concept as a look ahead to locally emission-free driving fun – British premium brand presents the diversity of its model program and customisation options as well as the range of accessory and lifestyle products in Hall 11 of the Frankfurt trade fair centre.

 

MINI is shaping the future of urban mobility by providing driving fun in increasing diversity. At the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, the British premium brand gives visitors an impression of how the unmistakable MINI feeling will develop in future to cover a broader range beyond the current model program. Innovative concepts and technologies provide additional room for individual flair and highly emotional experiences, while continuing to enhance the thrilling agility and exemplary efficiency that are typical of MINI.

The world premiere of the MINI John Cooper Works GP Concept turns the brand’s stand at the Frankfurt Motor Show into a pit lane. The concept study conveys spontaneous readiness, offering a genuine foretaste of an extremely dynamic serial production model that is constantly able to demonstrate its race track suitability while at the same time reaching a new level of excellence in terms of driving fun in day-to-day traffic due to the fact that is approved for road use. Powerful proportions, expressive colours and exterior components that can be clearly seen to optimise both weight and aerodynamic properties – all this is already suggestive of outstanding performance properties.

The MINI Electric Concept showcased in Frankfurt for the first time embodies a whole new dimension of the brand’s characteristic go-kart feeling, now combining it with locally emission-free mobility. The concept vehicle conveys a message of sustainable urban transportation in MINI style while at the same time previewing a volume production model that will follow soon. The first purely electrically powered MINI to be manufactured in large-scale production will go on the road in 2019 – precisely 60 years after the classic Mini was first launched. It will make electromobility a highly emotional experience that combines driving fun, style and individual flair – as is characteristic of the MINI brand.

Success in racing and driving fun on the road: from the classic Mini’s triumph at the Monte Carlo rally 50 years ago and the MINI ACV 30 through to the present day.

Lots of driving fun on a small surface area – this traditional principle will remain an integral part of MINI in the future, too. It is a fundamental element of its character that is derived from spectacular motor racing success. 50 years ago the classic Mini achieved its third outright victory at the Monte Carlo Rally. Once again the British small car left the larger and more powerful competition behind it, finally cementing its status as an all-time legend. As long ago as 20 years there was a clear indication of how much the model’s racing career influenced not only the history of the classic Mini but also the development of the modern MINI. The MINI ACV 30 concept car was presented at the Monte Carlo Rally in January 1997.

The Anniversary Concept Vehicle came out right on time to mark the 30th anniversary of its third win at the “Monte” – and its powerful proportions caused a sensation on the streets of the Principality of Monaco. At the same time, the two-seater powered by a mid-mounted engine demonstrated how the classic Mini’s characteristic design features – such as the hexagon radiator grille and the large circular headlamps – could be transferred to a modern vehicle concept. As such, the MINI ACV 30 was not merely reminiscent of the brand’s origins: it was also a consistent recasting of the brand’s traditional values to meet the requirements of urban mobility in the 21st century. The foundation stone was laid for a new era full of driving fun and individual style in a variety of forms.

Diversity and individual character are also embodied by the other elements of the MINI trade fair showcase in Frankfurt. From 14 to 24 September, the British premium manufacturer presents a broad cross-section of its range, containing elements drawn from the current model program, its rich selection of optional equipment and the latest additions in the area of accessory and lifestyle products. The setting for this display of both current and future items is Hall 11 at the main entrance to the Frankfurt trade fair centre, a site that will be shared by the BMW, MINI and BMW Motorrad brands.

 

 

 

Racing feeling with a tradition: MINI John Cooper Works GP Concept.

The MINI John Cooper Works GP Concept showcased at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show radiates pure power and uncompromising sporty flair. With a design inspired unmistakably by motor racing, it arouses the expectation of authentic, unadulterated and highly intense race feeling. Together with a spirited turbo engine and suspension technology designed for use on the race track, the exterior and interior of the concept study form a precisely harmonised overall package for a thrilling performance.

Compact dimensions, short overhangs, large tracks, optimised weight, a low centre of gravity and a balanced axle load distribution are design principles that helped the classic Mini three achieve overall victories at the Monte Carlo Rally along with other legendary motor racing triumphs five decades ago. The MINI John Cooper Works GP Concept combines these principles with large front and rear aprons, aerodynamically optimised side sills and a striking roof spoiler. The extremely sporty style of the exterior design is underscored with a body finish in Black Jack Anthracite enhanced by accentuations in Curbside Red metallic and Highspeed Orange. The use of carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) and other lightweight materials is clearly visible, too. The authentic character of the MINI John Cooper Works GP Concept is defined by perfect unity of form and function, with a design that promotes both performance qualities and a highly emotional look.

In the MINI John Cooper Works GP Concept, traditional racing expertise and progressive technology form the basis for passionate driving fun – on both race track and road. In the interior, the roll-over cage, bucket seats, a puristically designed cockpit and the lack of a rear seat clearly indicate the sporty ambitions of the concept study. But this reduction to the absolute essentials is combined with state-of-the-art digitalisation, too: the MINI Head-Up Display facilitates concentration on what is happening on the road or race track, while the suspension settings can be adjusted by means of a touchscreen in the central instrument.

 

 

More driving fun, more style, no emissions: MINI Electric Concept.

The MINI Electric Concept is modern, purist and efficiently dynamic, providing a look ahead to a new form of urban mobility free of local emissions that still guarantees unmistakable driving fun. The spontaneous response of the electric motor to every movement of the accelerator adds a whole new dimension to hallmark brand agility. The powerful drive of the MINI Electric Concept draws its energy from a lithium-ion battery, ensuring maximum range and typical MINI agility combined with emission-free mobility.

The MINI Electric Concept not only stands for increased driving fun, it also adds a touch more style in local emission-free city traffic. Its design combines hallmark brand proportions and design features with specific details reflecting the fact that is purely electrically powered. The radiator grille is closed for superior aerodynamics. There is also fibre glass attachment parts that reduce aerodynamic drag. The paint finish in Reflection Silver and Interchange Yellow is reminiscent of the MINI E presented in 2008. Produced in a small series of some 600, the latter was subjected to field tests in everyday driving conditions, thereby providing key insights for the development of the purely electrically powered BMW i3.

The MINI Electric Concept is the next step along the way to sustainable urban mobility. The BMW Group announced in July 2017 that the expansion of its model range to include electrically powered vehicles was to be a central pillar of its corporate strategy. In this connection, start of production of the first purely electric MINI was announced for 2019. Based on the MINI 3 door, the electric vehicle will be manufactured at the MINI plant in Oxford. Its drivetrain will be produced at the Dingolfing and Landshut sites – the competence centres for e-mobility within the BMW Group production network.

 

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2017 Hungarian Grand Prix – Sets available for the race

#HungarianGP 2017

 


 

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Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary.
Saturday 29 July 2017.
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Pirelli race review – Azerbaijan GP 2017

LAST YEAR’S RACE LAP RECORD BROKEN BY MORE THAN THREE SECONDS,
ON SUPERSOFT TYRES

 

 

AZERBAIJAN GRAND PRIX RACE
LAST YEAR’S RACE LAP RECORD BROKEN BY MORE THAN THREE SECONDS,
ON SUPERSOFT TYRES
DANIEL RICCIARDO WINS A CHAOTIC RACE WITH STRATEGY
DICTATED BY INCIDENTS AND STOPPAGES

 


 

BakuJune 25, 2017 – A dramatic Azerbaijan Grand Prix was characterised by multiple safety cars and an extended red flag period in the middle of the race to sweep up debris from earlier incidents. This meant that the one-stop strategy that would have been adopted by all the leading runners went out of the window, and instead, teams had to react to changing circumstances. Nearly every driver made what they thought would probably be their sole pit stop under the safety car on lap 13. But under red flag conditions on lap 22 teams were allowed to change tyres, which meant that the race concluded with a 29-lap sprint to the flag, with all the drivers then using supersoft tyres. Through all these incidents Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo emerged as the winner, while another stand-out performance was from Valtteri Bottas, who went from last to second, also using supersoft for most of the race.

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MARIO ISOLA – HEAD OF CAR RACING
“It was an eventful and dramatic race, during which the best strategy consisted of reacting to events rather than following a pre-determined plan. The supersoft demonstrated both durability and performance, as shown by a race lap record that was more than three seconds faster than last year.”

 

 

TRUTHOMETER
The one-stop strategy was discarded as soon as the red flag came out; otherwise, most drivers looked set to implement it by stopping under the safety car from lap 13. With a free choice of tyres for the second half of the race, they all ran on the supersoft to the flag, making it effectively a two-stopper. Ricciardo followed a slightly different pattern to most: he started on supersoft, switched to soft on lap six while dealing with a technical issue, emerging 16th, then went back to supersoft after the red flag.


 




 

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Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan.
Sunday 25 June 2017.
World Copyright: Zak Mauger/LAT Images
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Race result – Canadian GP 2017

Esteban Ocon, the driver of the day!

RACE 7

FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX DU CANADA

Position Driver Nationality Team Point
1 Lewis Hamilton England Mercedes 25
2 Valtteri Bottas Finland Mercedes 18
3 Daniel Ricciardo Australia Red Bull Racing 15
4 Sebastian Vettel Germany Ferrari 12
5 Sergio Perez Mexico Force India 10
6 Esteban Ocon France Force India 8
7 Kimi Raikkonen Finland Ferrari 6
8 Niko Hulkenberg Germany Renault Sport F1 Team 4
9 Lance Stroll Canada Williams 2
10 Romain Grosjean France Haas F1 Team 1


Results from Forlmula1.com

1 44 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES 70 1:33:05.154 0
2 77 Valtteri Bottas MERCEDES 70 +19.783s 0
3 3 Daniel Ricciardo RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER 70 +35.297s 0
4 5 Sebastian Vettel FERRARI 70 +35.907s 0
5 11 Sergio Perez FORCE INDIA MERCEDES 70 +40.476s 0
6 31 Esteban Ocon FORCE INDIA MERCEDES 70 +40.716s 0
7 7 Kimi Räikkönen FERRARI 70 +58.632s 0
8 27 Nico Hulkenberg RENAULT 70 +60.374s 0
9 18 Lance Stroll WILLIAMS MERCEDES 69 +1 lap 0
10 8 Romain Grosjean HAAS FERRARI 69 +1 lap 0
11 30 Jolyon Palmer RENAULT 69 +1 lap 0
12 20 Kevin Magnussen HAAS FERRARI 69 +1 lap 0
13 9 Marcus Ericsson SAUBER FERRARI 69 +1 lap 0
14 2 Stoffel Vandoorne MCLAREN HONDA 69 +1 lap 0
15 94 Pascal Wehrlein SAUBER FERRARI 68 +2 laps 0
16 14 Fernando Alonso MCLAREN HONDA 66 DNF 0
NC 26 Daniil Kvyat TORO ROSSO 54 DNF 0
NC 33 Max Verstappen RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER 10 DNF 0
NC 19 Felipe Massa WILLIAMS MERCEDES 0 DNF 0
NC 55 Carlos Sainz TORO ROSSO 0 DNF 0

 


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Courtesy of Sauber F1 Team

Sauber F1 Team atmosphere. Circuit Ile Notre Dame.

Sauber F1 Team atmosphere.
Circuit Ile Notre Dame.

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