Leona, who was recently awarded
the country’s Most Inspiring Female Motorsports Athlete, proved once again that
she could stand up to the best on the grid, especially the male counterparts.
Despite an electrical issue
on her Silver Samurai, teddy bear-cladded Evo7, Leona took a podium spot in
race 2 thanks to some slick work by her team mechanics.
All in all, Leona’s starting weekend of racing was a decent
warm-up for the most sought-after female racer in the country. A couple of podium
finishes and an overall third place in the rankings weren’t bad at all for a
Up next, Leona aims to participate in the Malaysian Championship
Series (MCS) for a full season. The MCS features 10 races over a span of five months.
The MCS first round starts in April, with each round featuring two races. :Leona’s
race interests aren’t just for domestic events, but International as well. She
is linked to the China GT series and Lamborghini Super Trofeo. Her next step is
to secure sponsors for her race exploits and bring her sponsors to the wonderful
world of motorsports, The MCS costs RM200,000 for the season, while the China GT
and Lamborghini ST cost RM300,000 for a race weekend.
Leona’s determination and grit shine bright on the racetracks, which
could in turn benefit her sponsors in many ways. Over the years, she has
developed into quite a popular ambassador or spokesperson for renowned brands
such as; Mitsubishi Motors, Petron, GoPro and more. If you’re not part of the Leona bandwagon, then
we suggest you search for her on the social media or youtube, or better yet
Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton captured the season-epener in Melbourne. The Mercedes drivers dominated the race from their usual rivals, the Red Bulls and Ferraris. Best finisher for Red Bull was Max Verstappen, while Ferrari’s top driver was Sebastien Vettel, who was fourth. Vettel’s team mate and Ferrari rookie Charles Le Clerc took fifth spot, ahead of Hass’ Kevvin Magnussen. The top six drivers finished with a lap advantage to the drivers in positions 7th through 10th. The results proved that the top-tiered guys are far faster than the mid-tiered and bottom-rung teams.
For Bottas, it was only his fourth F1 win, and the 1-2 finish meant a 45th time for the Silver Arrows in F1. Mercedes top the Constructors with 44 points from Ferrari (22).
Bottas led the pack from the starting grid,
followed by Hamilton and LeClerc, who overtook the Red Bull of Verstappen.
Verstappen had Vettel all over his rear view mirrors, but managed to hold his
position. Behind them, Daniel Ricciardo lost his car’s front wing as he tried a
move on the grass. He had to pit for a new nose. Verstappen sneaked past
LeClerc on lap 3, who ran wide in a tussle with Vettel.
Up front, Bottas had a 2.0 seconds lead and stretched the lead by another second on lap 10. A couple of laps later, a McLaren was out of the race; when the Carlos Sainz’ car went up in flames on track.
The first round of stops was scheduled on lap 15, with the race leaders stopping a lap later starting with Hamilton. The reigning champion retook the track, ahead of Vettel. They were fourth and fifth.
Bottas was in a clear lead as he worked a fastest lap to extend lead from Verstappen and
LeClerc. Meantime, Vetstappen was trying to extend the gap time from his
chasers, namely Hamilton and Vettel.
Before half-distance of the race, Bottas made his tyre swap; a one and only stop. He rejoined second behind the Red Bull. Who’d to pit again. On lap 26 of 58, Verstappen made his stop and the lead went back to Bottas. At that point, Hamilton was complaining about his depleting tyres, which could force an unnecessary stop. But, it didn’t take a turn for the worse.
After his race-start incident, Ricciardo
would have to retire from his home race from a damaged part on his RS19. Back at the front, the two Mercedes led
Vettel, Verstappen and LeClerc. Verstappen quickly beat Vettel for third on an outside
move at turn 3. He was only 2-sec from Hamilton.
In the ensuing laps, Verstappen tried to chase down the defending champion but
Hamilton held firm.
In the closing laps, Bottas was sailing home for the win at the season-opener. Hamilton had to watch out for the flying Dutchman, who’s just 1.5s behind. Fourth and fifth were the Ferraris, as LeClerc closed tha gap to Vettel from 12s to 4s. Verstappen chased down the Mercedes hard, until he ran on to the grass and basically conceded second to Hamilton,
In the final five laps, LeClerc was within 2s from his team mate. The Ferraris were a full stop away from the Haas of Magnussen. A fastest lap for Bottas on the final lap ensured the win and a bonus point. Hamilton held off a hard charging Verstappen. The Ferraris settled with Vettel’s fourth and LeClerc’s fifth. Aside from Magnussen, the rest of the field were a lap behind.
Bottas commented in post-race, “We could not
have asked for a better start to the season – getting maximum points for the
team is a perfect result and we couldn’t be happier. The key was the start; I
think Lewis may have had a bit of wheel spin, so I was able to take the lead.
My race pace was really strong, I could pull away and build a gap. In the end,
I managed to get the fastest lap as well, which of course means an extra point
this season, so I went for it. It can be a little risky with worn tyres, but I
had it all under control.”
The first race of the new season was an exciting affair as
Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso won a head-to-head battle against Reigning MotoGP
Champion Marc Marquez. Dovizioso was able to repeat the win from last year
after 22 laps of non-stop fight with the Repsol Honda ace. In the end, the
Italian won by just 23 thousandths of a second
from the Spaniard.
LCR’s Cal Crutchlow topped Suzuki’s Alex Rins and the factory Yamaha of Valentino Rossi for third and the final podium spot.
Off the block, Dovizioso shot to the lead, with Marquez hot on his tracks.,along with Rins who trailed the duo. Rossi, due to a poor qualifying position, had to start from 14th on the grid, but it only took a couple of laps for him to climb up to 10th.
Up front. yhere was a frantic melee between the leading seven riders playing out over the next 20 laps. Marquez held a brief lead from Dovizioso within the 20-lap span, but Dovizioso made short work of it. Maverick Vinales was amongst the top seven, before Rossi quickly caught with the pack. Before long, a certain Franco Morbidelli passed the Doctor with 12 laps to go but the Italian didn’t let up. Two laps later, the Doctor returned the favor, using the slipstream to overtake his compatriot going into turn 1.
By three quarters of the race, Dovizioso and Marquez were in their own world and the rest just tagged along. Rossi overtook his team mate after lap 15, then Joan Mir and Danilo Petrucci. In the final laps. Rossi would finish 0.600secs from the top.
Marquez made one last dash for
the lead but Dovizioso covered his lines well to prevent that. Elsewhere, Petrucci
rode a solid race, recovering several positions after suffering a non-optimal
start from third row. After climbing back to third, Petrucci faced a small drop
and finished the race in sixth, only two seconds behind his teammate.
Dovizioso rode remarkably despite the slippery conditions, “I’m super happy about this win, especially because after the tests I wouldn’t have expected to be so fast. We stayed focused and we made progress in each session. Our strategy in the race was simply to preserve the tyre, and this made the difference, but it wasn’t easy because I led for most of the race and I couldn’t really study my opponents. Marquez gave it everything he could, as usual, and pushed me to the limit.”
Vinales would end up seventh, ahead of Suzuki’s Joan Mir, LCR’s Takaaki Nakagami and Aprilla’s Alexi Espargaro. Jorge Lorenzo’s debut with Repsol Honda was heavily restricted by lingering pain in his back and shoulder, after heavy crashes a day before. Focusing on his own rhythm and understanding the Honda over race distance, Lorenzo battled to 13th to earn three points.
The MotoGP will be back in action in three weeks’ time at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit for the Argentine GP, held from 29th – 31st March.
2019 MotoGP Losail Circuit results
DOVIZIOSO ITA Mission Winnow Ducati Ducati 166.6 42’36.902
MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 166.6 +0.023
CRUTCHLOW GBR LCR Honda CASTROL Honda 166.6 +0.320
4 Alex RINS SPA Team
SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 166.6 +0.457
ROSSI ITA Monster
Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 166.6 +0.600
PETRUCCI ITA Mission Winnow Ducati Ducati 166.4 +2.320
Ahead of the 2019 F1 Season, Renault F1 Team has confirmed its full driver line-up. Ex-Red Bull Daniel Ricciardo , Nico Hulkenberg, Jack Aitken (test and reserve), Sergey Sirotkin (Test and reserve) and Guanyu Zhou (Driver development) form the line-up for the team.
Ricciardo is familiar with Renault as he had previously raced with Red Bull, fitted with a Renault engine. The Australian debut in F1 with Red Bull in 2009, testing for Red Bull. He then moved up to a full seat with Toro Rosso in 2011 and performed admirably.He next raced for HRT for a stint before going back to Toro Rosso for two seasons in 2012/13, After a successful stint at STR, he graduated to a full seat at Red Bull in 2014 where he would remain until the 2018 season. Up to this point, Ricciardo has 7 race wins under his belt, with 3 pole positions and 13 fastest laps in nine seasons in F1.
After a successful stint at STR, he graduated to a full seat at Red Bull in 2014m where he would remain until the 2018 season. Up to this point, Ricciardo has 7 race wins under his belt, with 3 pole positions and 13 fastest laps in nine seasons in F1.
Hülkenberg is now a veteran at Renault, after two full seasons with the team, The German started his F1 career with Williams in 2010 where he showed very promising performances. His impressive debut season convinced Force India to sign him up for the 2011 season, where he spent two seasons. He then shifted to Sauber for a season, before returning to Force India for the 2014 season and two more seasons. By 2017, he moved up to Renault and became the team’s lead driver. He will take on his third full season at Renault in the 2019 season. Hulkenberg has a pole position and two fastest laps in his
Renault’s test and reserve drivers Sirotkin and Aitken are two promising rookies to join the team’s program. Sirotkin is well accustomed to modern Formula 1 machinery. After spells as Renault Test Driver in 2016 and Third & Reserve Driver in 2017, the Russian graduated to a full-time F1 race seat in 2018 with Williams. Besides racing with Renault, the Russian will race with SMP Racing in the WEC (World Endurance Championship).
Aitken graduated from the Renault Sport Academy in 2019 after a three-year tenure, during which time he competed in the GP3 Series and Formula 2 Championship. He took one race win last year as a rookie in the Formula 1 support series, to which he will be returning this year with the Campos Racing team as part of his development program.
Sirotkin said, “We are well acquainted with the team, I spenttthe whole of 2017 in their factory and in the garage. It will be interesting to learn how far Renault has advanced in the development of the car over the past year; last season we were rivals and I could not see the work from the inside.”
“It’s a great feeling to continue with Renault F1 Team and I’m grateful for this opportunity. I’ve been part of the team since 2016, so to remain for a fourth season is a privilege and I’m determined to repay Renault’s faith in me. I drove the Formula 1 car a couple of times last year and I can’t wait to sample the Renault R.S.19 this season in the rookie tests and give my best to develop the package in any way I can. Last year was a lot about learning, but I feel ready this season to do the job and get the results I’m aiming for as I continue my development pathway within Renault,” Aitken added.
MotoGP’s final pre-season testing at Losail International
Circuit, Qatar is done and dusted, prior to the start of the new campaign at
the same track, 8 – 10 March.
Repsol Honda’s pair of Reigning Champion Marc Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo are more than satisfied with the outcome of the final testing. Marquez and Lorenzo were fourth and sixth fastest in the combined times, but it was Maverick Vinales who topped the final day’s proceedings, ahead of Yamaha SRT’s Fabio Quartararp and Suzuki’s Alex Rins.
Although slightly delayed by the weather conditions at Losail, Marquez and Lorenzo were able to make up the lost time during their remaining time on track. Marquez led the charge and set a succession of quick laps, settling on a 1:54.613 before the end of his run. Even after a fall, the champion continued to push on and ran 144 laps and set the fourth best time of 1:54.613. Lorenzo also had a fall, but bounced back to secure the sixth best lap time after 115 laps.
Ducati factory squad’s Danilo Petrucci and
Andrea Dovizioso completed 126 and 132 laps respectively in their GP19s. Both
riders tried first and foremost to optimize the setup for the race.
Championship rival Yamaha MotoGP riders both
were persistent in the final day’s program, Vinales claimed the top of the combined
time sheets, while Valentino Rossi was fifth overall. Vinales did it with a scorcher lap of 1:54.208
on lap 25/50. Rossi improved on his lap times an eventually ended up fourth best
in the final day’s time sheet, to go fifth best overall.
With a personal best of 1:54.818, Petrucci
finished the tests in 10th position in the combined rankings, which were
characterized by narrow gaps as the first 15 riders finished within one second.
Dovizioso closed in 15th position, +0.387 behind his teammate, with a personal
best of 1:55.205.
The new season is set to start in Qatar, 8 – 10 March.
The first Formula One pre-season test at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona is done and dusted as teams took the opportunity to perform first runs of their 2019 challengers. Although the first testing usually meant more of a shakedown rather than actual testing, it still offered teams plenty of data to work with to fine-tune the cars before the upcoming test, prior to the start of the season,
After four days of vigorous testing, Renault’s
Nico Hulkenberg topped the time sheets from Toro Rosso’s rookie driver
Alexander Albon. Hulkenberg’s team mate and ex-Red Bull driver Daniel RIcciardo
was third overall, ahead of the Mercedes duo of Valtteri Bottas and Reigning F1 Champion Lewis
The R.S. 19s driven by Ricciardo and Hulkenberg were the fastest cars as Hulkenberg made his mark with a lap of 1:17.393. Renault might be the dark horse this season, challenging the Mercedes and Ferraris for championship bragging rights.
Toro Rosso’s rookie, Albon, completed the session in second, and prior t that he had topped the sheets in the first half. “The team made me feel comfortable after that and we were able to get on with the programme. I think everything is going to plan quite well, we’ve hit our mileage target which is important for the guys back at the factory, and of course at the same time, I’m still learning the car. The grip is so high that it took a while for my head to adjust to it, it’s been a big learning curve! I’m still not fully in the rhythm yet but I think after next week I’ll be there and ready to race.”
Hamilton and Bottas covered 116 laps, with Hamilton’s best lap at 1:17.977 and Bottas at 1:17.857. Hamilton isn’t too concerned about not topping the time sheets. “The reliability has been really solid which is a great showing of all the hard work that everyone in the factory has done. But we have to keep on pushing, the competition looks very strong.”
Charles Leclerc, Lance Norris, Antonio Giovinazzi and the Haas’ of Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen completed the top ten of the first pre-season classification. Alfa Romeo’s rookie driver Giovinazzi built on the progress made over the past three days together with teammate Kimi Räikkönen,
Most teams focused on aerodynamic testing and set-up work for both short- and long-runs throughout the 4-day testing.
Romeo Racing, formerly Sauber Racing, has lifted the covers off their 2019
Challenger, the C38. Prior to the unveiling the new challenger did its first shakedown
in Fiorano with Alfa Romeo Racing’s new driver pairing of ex-Ferrari Kimi
Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi. Together, they completed 33
laps to hit the mandatory 100 km mark
who’s into his seventeenth year in Formula 1, brings a wealth of experience to the
team. For fans of the ‘Iceman, they would know the Finn’ actually began his F1
career with Red Bull Petronas Sauber back in 2001. Raikko will be assisting the
team to push the team to be the best of the midfield teams.
his first impression of the C38, the Finn remarked, “The car felt good and I
was able to get a first impression of the car we will be running this season.
We will work on the last few details and head to Barcelona for two weeks of
testing. I look forward to getting to know the car better there.”
Alfa Romeo C38 challenger is essentially
a brand new challenger with plenty of new elements from new front wings to fresh
rear wing end-plate lights.
car’s front and rear wing is wider, higher and simplified from last season’s
car to aid the car;s aerodynamics. According to the technical personnel, these
new front and rear wings help to ease overtaking as well.
brake ducts have been added due to
current technical regulations. This means the technical guys have less to play
with and it’s up to the drivers to fully exploit braking, especially at high
The rear wing end-plate lights is there to afford better visibility during bad weather and of course, they are meant to improve safety. With current regulations, the required car and driver gross weight is now 740 kilograms; up 7 kg from last season. The driver, seat and equipment have to fit 90 kg to abide by the current rules.
the current era of hybrid Formula One engines, the main power source is
provided by a V6 1600cc engine, mated to a single turbocharger. The energy
harvested during a lap by the Energy Recovery System (ERS) is accumulated into
a battery pack and deployed via a 120kW electric motor. Meanwhile, the gearbox
has 8 forward gears and 1 reverse gear. Alfa Romeo’s C38 uses a Ferrari engine.
wishbone, inboard spring and damper unit actuated by push-rods
inboard spring and damper elements actuated by pull-rods
piston Brembo brake callipers, carbon-composite and discs and pads (Carbon
8-speed quick-shift carbon gearbox, longitudinally mounted, carbon-composite
Dimensions & weight
1,650 mm front
1,550 mm rear
minimum weight including driver at all times
bar – direct
Alfa Romeo Racing and drivers are currently in the Circuit of Catalunya, Barcelona for the first off-season test.
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.
Race promoter Singapore GP Pte Ltd has set the scene for a blockbuster Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix 2019, to be held at the Marina Bay Street Circuit from 20 to 22 September 2019, with the
announcement that Muse, Fatboy Slim, Toots and the Maytals, and Larkin Poe lead the first wave of its stage entertainment line-up. 2018’s Singapore F1 event saw 263,000 attendees at the Marina Bay Street Circuit, registering the second-highest three-day attendance in the race’s 11-year history.
2019’s Singapore F1 event promises more thrilling off-track offerings throughout the Circuit Park with live performances across nine stages. Today’s first phase unveiling, sees stadium rockers Muse, British DJ legend, Fatboy Slim, Jamaican reggae icon, Toots and the Maytals and American roots band, Larkin Poe, as the first wave of the event’s entertainment line-up for 2019. Many more acts for 2019 will be announced soon!
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.
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.
“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
F1 W10 EQ Power+: New regulations means new elements
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.
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.