Category: F1

Renault F1 confirms Driver line-up

               
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.

Hulkenberg leads Renault charge in last day of First Formula 1 Pre-season Test

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 Hamilton.

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.

2019 Formula One Pre-season test

1. Nico Hulkenberg Renault F1 Team 1:17.393
2. Alexander Albon Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda 1:17.637
3. Daniel Ricciardo Renault F1 Team 1:17.785
4. Valtteri Bottas Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport 1:17.857
5. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport 1:17.977
6. Charles Leclerc Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow 1:18.046
7. Lando Norris McLaren F1 Team 1:18.431
8. Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing 1:18.511
9. Romain Grosjean Rich Energy Haas F1 Team 1:18.563
10. Kevin Magnussen Rich Energy Haas F1 Team 1:18.720

Alfa Romeo unveils 2019 Challenger and new driver line-up

Alfa 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

Raikkonen, 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.

Following 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.”

The  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.  

The 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.

Simplified 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 speeds.

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.

In 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.

Technical data

Chassis Carbon-composite monocoque
Front
Suspen
Double wishbone, inboard spring and damper unit actuated by push-rods
Rear Multilink, inboard spring and damper elements actuated by pull-rods
Brake 6 piston Brembo brake callipers, carbon-composite and discs and pads (Carbon Industries)
Gear Ferrari 8-speed quick-shift carbon gearbox, longitudinally mounted, carbon-composite clutch
Elec. MES
ERS Ferrari
Steer wheel Alfa Romeo Racing
Tyres/wheels Pirelli OZ

Dimensions & weight

Length 5,500 mm
Width 2,000 mm
Height 950 mm
Track 1,650 mm front
Track 1,550 mm rear
Weight 743kg minimum weight including driver at all times

Ferrari engine

Feature Description
Configuration V6 90°
Displacement 1,600 cc
Bore 80 mm
Stroke 53 mm
Valves 4 per cylinder
Maximum rev 15,000 rpm
Turbo charging Single Turbo
Maximum fuel flow 100 kg/h
Maximum fuel capacity 110 kg
Injection 500 bar – direct
Units per driver 3

Alfa Romeo Racing and drivers are currently in the Circuit of Catalunya, Barcelona for the first off-season test.

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.

Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix 2019 promises to be a blockbuster with the first wave of its off-track stage entertainment line-up

Marina Bay Circuit, Singapore.

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!

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.

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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Vettel pounds the Gilles Villeneuve track for pole

The Formula One Canadian Grand Prix qualifiers saw four-time Sebastien Vettel snatch pole from rival Valtteri Bottas. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen slotted in third place, ahead of title contender Lewis Hamilton.

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F1 Monaco GP: Ricciardo nails it

Pole-sitter and Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo had successfully converted a pole position into a win at the Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday. Although the Australian took the win at F1’s slowest track, it was still a historic win. Ricciardo topped Championship contenders Sebastien Vettel and Lewis Hamilton. Ricciardo later admitted that had it been other tracks, he wouldn’t have won.

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F1 Monaco GP: Ricciardo gets pole and smashes lap record

Qualifiers for the 2018 Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix saw Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo snatch pole from the Ferrari of Sebastien Vettel. Ricciardo broke the lap record at the Principality, twice. Meanwhile, Reigning Champion Lewis Hamilton took third fastest to lead the second row, alongside the second Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen. Raikkonen finished ahead of Valtteri Bottas and Force India’s Esteban Ocon.

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