Author: Ernest C.

McLaren rely on All-new Driver line-up in recovery season

McLaren has announced its 2019 Challenger, the MCL34, and a new driver line-up for the new season. The drivers representing McLaren Racing in the 2019 campaign are ex-Renault F1 driver Carlos Sainz and the rookie Lando Norris. It is the first time in 12 years that McLaren had a brand new driver pairing.

MCL34 catapults a Recovery season for McLaren

The concept and design process of the 2019 McLaren MCL34, powered by the Renault E-Tech 19 engine, focuses on laying the foundations for development of the car throughout the season.
In looks, the MCL34 livery continues to sport the McLaren papaya orange, echoing the color chosen by Bruce McLaren for the team’s first Formula 1 Grand Prix entry in 1966. This year’s scheme is a progression from 2018, featuring a complementary blue that nods to the team’s broader racing heritage.

The MCL34 will make its on-track debut during pre-season testing at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain, from 18-21 February & 26 February – 1 March. Sainz and Norris will share the driving duties across both tests.

Sainz will start his fifth season in F1. “I’ve been especially focused on my preparations this winter. We know the big task ahead of us and we first need to evaluate where we are after the tests. From there onwards, I can’t wait to start racing and keep pushing forward together,” said Sainz.

On embarking his rookie season in F1, Norris is evidently pumped to start his debut campaign. “It’s been my dream to get to Formula 1 since I was a kid. I gained useful experience behind the wheel during practice sessions in 2018, and now I’m really looking forward to making my race debut with McLaren.”

Catch the McLaren drivers in action at the upcoming pre-season trials in Barcelona.

Mercedes-AMG F1 aim for Sixth Title with 2019 Challenger

Reigning Formula 1 Champions Mercedes-AMG F1 Team has introduced their 2019 Challenger at the Silverstone Circuit. The 2019 F1 W10 EQ Power+ in a new livery, signifying the brand’s tenth year in F1, took its first laps at the famous British track.

Four weeks until the start of the season, Lewish Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas shared driving duties to experience the new challenger for the firs time. The duo will hit the Circuit of Catalunya for the formal pre-season test to gauge a better understanding of the 2019 challenger.  Hamilton and the team have garnered five titles working together, and in the new season they are going for a sixth.  Hamilton will start his seventh year with the team in the new season. He has four titles, 52 race wins and 57 pole positions since 2013.

Hamilton said, “I’m really looking forward to the next step of our journey together with Mercedes. This is my seventh year with the team and the energy and the determination within the team are really inspiring. The buzz really starts at the beginning of the year when you see the car coming together. Driving the new car is like meeting someone new for the first time – you want to get to know them the best way as quick as possible as you embark on a journey together.”

Mercedes-AMG F1 W10 EQ Power+: New regulations means new elements

Compared to its predecessor, the Mercedes-AMG F1 W10 EQ Power+ has been changed substantially. The majority of those modifications were driven by the significant changes to the Technical Regulations for the 2019 F1 season. The car follows the regulations’ minimum weight limit, which has been lifted by by 10kg for 2019.  The team have removed ‘some’ to shave more weight. Obviously, focus were given to improve on aerodynamics, suspension and the Power Unit.  Other than that, the F1 W10 shares plenty of similarities to the F1 W09.

Mercedes’ EQ Power+

Aside from F1, Mercedes is partaking in the Formula E Championship, which hit its sixth season, as a newcomer.

The engine of the new challenger has changes made to the cooling architecture, along with bettering combustion efficiency and incorporating a more efficient ERS system. In a nutshell, the marriage between the turbocharger assembly with the MGU-H, the inverter, the cells and the MGU-K: that whole system is now capable of operating more efficiently and helping with energy deployment through a race.

DTM at the Norisring: Pure racing in Short Circuit

This weekend at the Norisring, the motor-racing enthusiasts once again will be provided thrilling motor sport. DTM has been a regular visitor in the ‘Franconian Monaco’ since 1987 and the atmosphere at Germany’s only still existing street circuit, is unique.

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New Aston Martin Vantage GT3 makes racing debut at Le Mans

Aston Martin Racing has revealed its new Vantage GT3 and GT4 customer racing cars to the public at the 86th 24 Hours of Le Mans, with the Vantage GT3 making its Racing debut in the Aston Martin Racing Le Mans Festival this weekend.

The new Vantage GT3 and GT4, the former taking the track for the first time on Thursday (14 June) in the hands of AM Racing driver Ross Gunn, is derived from the new Vantage GTE; two of which are entered into the GTE Pro category of this weekend’s showpiece endurance event. All three modern Vantage race cars are based on the critically-acclaimed Vantage road car and powered by the same 4.0-liter turbocharged V8 engine, optimized by AM Racing.

Weighing in dry at 1245kg, the #Vantage GT3 produces a boost-variable 535bhp and 700 Nm of torque. Built from a lightweight aluminium chassis, again based on the road car, it features a steel roll-cage, an Xtrac six-speed sequential gearbox, an Alcon motorsport multi-plate clutch, Öhlins four-way adjustable dampers and Alcon brakes and Bosch Motorsport ABS.

The Vantage GT3 remains in development until homologated on 1 March, 2019 and replaces Aston Martin’s most successful customer car, the V12 #vantagegt3, which is still winning races seven years after it was first introduced to the market, most recently in the Blancpain GT Series #endurance Cup and British GT series.

While not competing this weekend, the new  Aston Martin Vantage GT4 makes race debut at Le Mans will remain on display throughout in the AM Festival Race paddock, offering potential customers and race fans a first glimpse of the marque’s new challenger. Along with the Aston Martin Vantage GT3, the GT4 makes its race debut at Le Mans but remain in development throughout 2018 and is set to be homologated for competition from 1 March, 2019.

Vice President and Chief Special Operations Officer David King said, “The new Aston Martin Vantage GT3 makes debut at Le Mans is a worthy successor to the V12 Vantage GT3 and represents the core future of our customer racing program.”

“With the continued growth of GT racing in general and the GT3 category in particular, this new car and its vantage GT4 brother will lead our expansion in the GT markets around the globe and particular target areas of the US and Asia. We’ve already seen a high level of interest from potential customers and we only expect that to grow as the car evolves closer to its homologation date,” he concluded.

Lorenzo powers to second straight win at Catalan MotoGP

Jorge Lorenzo followed up last weekend’s win with another dominating win at the Catalan GP on Sunday. Lorenzo won the race ahead of Reigning Champion Marc Marquez and Valentino Rossi.

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Lorenzo edges Marquez for pole at Catalan MotoGP Round 7

Jorge Lorenzo topped the qualifiers at the Circuit de Catalunya, Round 7 of the Championship. Lorenzo sprinted to pole, just six hundredth of a second ahead of Marc Marquez, who topped the first qualifying.

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MotoGP riders face a newly-resurfaced Catalan track

The Circuit de Catalunya hosts Round 7 of MotoGP this weekend. Following the 1-2 victory at Mugello last Sunday, Ducati riders are now gearing up for another win or podium spots. However, Championship rivals Repsol Honda and Yamaha MotoGP are right along to prevent that from happening.

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Montoya ready to tackle first ever Le Mans

The 2018 Le Mans has began on Wednesday with practice followed by the exciting qualifying on Thursday. The race is scheduled for this Sunday at 3 p.m. local time.

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Neuville takes back-to-back win at Rally Sardinia to extend lead

The WRC Rally Sardinia, last Sunday, was won by Hyundai WRT’s Thierry Neuville, who beat five-time Champion Sebastien Ogier by the narrowest margin. Neuville trailed Ogier by 0.8sec ahead of the final day’s 6.96km test, but delivered a daredevil drive in his Hyundai i20 to overhaul the Frenchman and claim his third win of the season by 0.7sec.

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F1 Canadian GP: Vettel jumps right back into Championship lead with fantastic win

Sebastien Vettel has won th 2018 Formula One Canadian Grand Prix with a royal flush from rivals Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen. Vettel’s win ended a 14-year drought for Ferrari at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

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