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Vettel Seals Title with Sixth Place

Written by Lee McKenzie McKinnon on . Posted in Motor Sport, News

Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel has claimed his third consecutive world title – making him the youngest-ever triple world champion – after a dramatic Brazilian Grand Prix, while McLaren’s Jenson Button took his third win of the season. Vettel stopped four times en route to a sixth place finish, having lost time with a spin and sustained damage following contact with another competitor on the opening lap. The P Zero Silver hard tyres and P Zero White medium were nominated for the race, while the Cinturato Green intermediates and Cinturato Blue full wets were also used. All the drivers started on the medium tyre apart from Michael Schumacher (Mercedes), Kamui Kobayashi (Sauber) and Romain Grosjean (Lotus), who began on the hard tyre. The race started in ambient temperatures of 19 degrees with light drizzle, but the rain intensified during the first 10 laps. Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen was the first to pit for Cinturato Green intermediates, on lap five, followed progressively by many other drivers all the way down the field. Button, who claimed an early lead from second on the grid, stayed out on the medium tyres while the rain fell. The different strategies shook up the established order: the Caterham of Heikki Kovalainen running as high as sixth overall, ahead of the Marussia of Timo Glock in seventh – who also both remained on the slicks until laps 15 and 14 respectively. When the safety car came out for 10 laps, Button pitted on lap 23 for hard tyres while the track still remained damp as the rain eased off. In the closing stages of the race, the rain returned with a vengeance, meaning that it was no longer possible to stay out on the slicks. On lap 50 Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg went onto the intermediates, while Vettel stopped for medium tyres on lap 52 and then two laps later for intermediates as the rain fell harder. On lap 57 Button made his second and final stop onto intermediate tyres without losing the lead. Toro Rosso’s Daniel Ricciardo and Kovalainen ended the race on the Cinturato Blue full wet tyre. Vettel’s tyre strategy consisted of starting on the medium tyre, switching to the intermediate, then to the hard, then to the medium, and finally to the intermediate again. His title rival Fernando Alonso, who needed to finish at least third with Vettel 10th or lower to claim the championship, made one less stop: starting on the medium, then to the intermediate, then to the medium, then to the intermediate again. The regulations state that drivers have to use both slick compounds during the race unless they have used either the intermediate or wet tyre. Button was the only finisher to stop just twice: all the others made at least one more stop. Pirelli’s motorsport director Paul Hembery concluded: “On this day 11 years ago we won the World Rally Championship with Richard Burns, so it is quite fitting that today we have seen another truly dramatic title-decider, here in Interlagos.” “The weather played a huge part in proceedings, forcing the teams to alter their strategy and react to the changing conditions. The teams faced a particularly hard task because conditions in free practice and qualifying were a lot warmer and much drier, so the race was a step into the unknown. “With the weather so unpredictable, some teams used strategy by putting one driver on slicks and the other on intermediates, in order to have real-time data about the relative performance of the tyres. “Congratulations to Red Bull and Sebastian Vettel, who adapted their strategy calls brilliantly to changing circumstances, as well as to Fernando Alonso and Ferrari, who pushed them every inch of the way. We’d also like to congratulate Jenson Button, who got the very best out of both the slick and the intermediate tyres, and take this opportunity to pay tribute to Michael Schumacher: a great champion and fantastic ambassador for the sport, who ended his final grand prix in the points.”  

The Molly Raffle

Written by Lee McKenzie McKinnon on . Posted in Motor Sport, News

Rallying is an expensive sport. Most of us would love to be at the panicle level but can never quite get there. This is either because our expectations outweigh our ability or simply the lack of money. Molly Taylor, daughter of super experienced navigator Coral Taylor, is in Europe working at becoming a professional rally driver. Working in the industry and picking up drives over the past few years, Molly, like the rest of us, is finding funds hard to come by. Now, Molly is giving everyone a chance to win a great prize while getting some of the much needed funds to support her in the sport. Just about all motoring enthusiast dream of driving high powered super cars like an Audi R8 or McLaren MP4-12C on a scenic road in Europe. Many also dream about watching the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix on the harbour from a Super Yacht. A $100 is all it will take to get you in the draw to win this motoring enthusiasts dream holiday and support a talented up and coming Australian rally driver. In addition, every raffle ticket entitles you to access generous bonuses offered by the Molly Taylor Supporters listed on the site. Just quote your raffle ticket number to take advantage of these deals. The Australian Motorsport Foundation launched The Ultimate Supercar & F1 Tour raffle and the prize is worth $25,000. The prize includes:
  • ·         Return business class travel to Europe
  • ·         4 Days driving supercars along spectacular scenic routes
  • ·         7 Nights accommodation
  • ·         Welcome dinner and drinks in Geneva, Switzerland
  • ·         Luxury transfers to/from Monte Carlo for the F1 Grand Prix
  • ·         Detailed route instruction/navigation with experienced guides
  • ·         F1 Grand Prix of Monaco aboard a Super Yacht in the Monte Carlo Harbour including full catering/bar
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Formula One Calendar Shapes Up

Written by Lee McKenzie McKinnon on . Posted in Motor Sport, News

The FIA have confirmed the Formula 1 calendar for 2013 at a meeting last month at the World Motor Sport Council in Paris. The 20-strong list is almost a direct match of the version that was spread during the Singapore Grand Prix weekend, with some slight changes, and was verified and signed off by officials The dates of the Japanese and Korean Grand Prix’s have been swapped for next year and both the German and Belgian GPs have been brought forward by a week. Despite the calendar being confirmed, there is still one race that is yet to be confirmed, the New Jersey Grand Prix, but has been penciled in for June 16. Australia (March 17) and Malaysia (March 24) remain in place as back-to-back races at the start of the year, with Brazil bringing the season to a close on November 11. Speaking not long after the calendar was released, F1′s commercial rights controller Bernie Ecclestone said that organisers of the race no longer had a valid contract. A statement on the FIA’s website said: “The FIA President confirmed that positive and constructive discussions continue with regard to the new Concorde Agreement and it is anticipated a contract will be signed by the end of October.” The 2013 season will span across eight months, with the customary one month summer break once again taking place after the Hungarian Grand Prix in late July. 2013 F1 calendar: 17/03 Australian Grand Prix 24/03 Malaysian Grand Prix 14/04 Chinese Grand Prix 21/04 Bahrain Grand Prix 12/05 Spanish Grand Prix 26/05 Monaco Grand Prix 09/06 Canadian Grand Prix 16/06 New Jersey Grand Prix * 30/06 British Grand Prix 14/07 German Grand Prix 28/07 Hungarian Grand Prix 25/08 Belgian Grand Prix 08/09 Italian Grand Prix 22/09 Singapore Grand Prix 06/10 Korean Grand Prix 13/10 Japanese Grand Prix 27/10 Indian Grand Prix 03/11 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 17/11 United States Grand Prix (Austin) 24/11 Brazilian Grand Prix * TBC Sunday Race Day Dates Shown  

Vettel Takes to the Track Early in Japan

Written by Lee McKenzie McKinnon on . Posted in News

Formula One Double World Champion Sebastian Vettel’s Japanese Grand Prix weekend started much sooner than his rivals, as he took to the track to drive his Infiniti FX Vettel Edition production car for the very first time. Fresh from his victory in Singapore, The Red Bull Racing star and Infiniti Brand Ambassador spent the day at Infiniti’s global manufacturing plant in Tochigi to approve the first production models of the car he co-designed rolling off the production line. After a tour of the manufacturing process and a chance to meet the engineers and factory staff behind the car’s development, it was then over to the Tochigi test track to put the special edition through its paces. He also test drove a number of future Infiniti products currently being developed, giving valuable performance feedback to engineers and fellow test drivers. A unique collaboration between Vettel and Infiniti’s SVP and Chief Creative Officer, Shiro Nakamura, the Infiniti FX Vettel Edition features a 5.0 litre V8 309 kW engine and F1-inspired technology including advanced aerodynamic devices and carbon fibre components. Vettel drove the prototype concept at the Goodwood Festival of Speed earlier this year before its release in a few countries. “It was great to get a look behind the scenes at Infiniti, meet some of the people involved and of course drive the car,” said Sebastian Vettel. “In F1, the first few laps testing a new car are when you find out if it’s quick or not. It was the same today and I’m pleased to say the Infiniti team have done an outstanding job. “It really delivers on the vision I had – it’s very fast, and a car that driving enthusiasts are going to enjoy. It was also good to be involved in the testing of some future products and to work with the Infiniti engineers to develop the performance further.” Since the 2011 season Infiniti has been a major partner of the Red Bull Racing team and in 2012 the relationship has been deepened with Infiniti featuring even more prominently on the Red Bull Racing RB8 and the overalls of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber. Last year Sebastian Vettel was appointed Infiniti’s first ever Global Brand Ambassador.  

The Best Just Got Better

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At the end of last week the highly-anticipated Mégane R.S. 265 was launched to the Australian market. The R.S. 265 offers extra features over the R.S. 250 and was inspired by a tender to the Gendarmerir Nationale (the Frence Police) for their rapid intervention vehicle. The Mégane R.S. 265 delivers 15 extra horsepower and 20Nm additional torque over the Mégane R.S. 250.  By selecting the Sport Mode, the driver can benefit from peak power of 195kW and torque of 360Nm for an even crisper acceleration response.  “I am so excited to be launching the Mégane R.S. 265 in Australia,” said Justin Hocevar, Managing Director of Renault Australia. “We have been blown away by the overwhelming customer response to the Mégane R.S. 250 and are actually, currently the third largest market globally for this car.” All Mégane R.S. 265 come standard with Renault Sport’s legendary Cup chassis combined with a limited slip differential.  The Mégane R.S. 265 retains the 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission. To deliver the ultimate exhaust note at all revs, the Mégane R.S. 265 benefits from a more open exhaust design and enhanced engine acoustics.  Through a series of subtle exterior changes, the Mégane R.S. 265 delivers a stronger personality and more exclusive feel.  The front end has been designed to be more expressive with the F1-style front blade, characteristic of Renault Sport models, now featuring two rows of six LEDs and chrome highlights.  In addition, the front headlight masks are now sporty black. New 18-inch matt black wheels rims are available along with an optional R.S. Red Design Pack, which comprises red pin-striping for the F1 blade, side protective mouldings and rear diffuser. New interior trims showcase the quality and comfort of the cabin. Depending on the specification level, visible red or yellow stitching on the upholstery, steering wheel and gear lever knob compliments a striking dashboard trim strip and the flamboyant seatbelts, a hallmark of Renault Sport design. A new, distinctive, two-tone light grey and charcoal leather upholstery can be specified as an option on the range-topping Trophy+. Other sporty appointments include a black lacquer finish for the centre console and air vent surrounds, plus a carbon-effect finish for the door panel inserts. For the first time, when the optional satellite navigation is specified, the Mégane R.S. 265 comes with a rear-view camera with park-assist system. To further enhance driver comfort, indicators with highway mode are now standard across the range along with an Air Quality Senor, which monitors the quality of the outside air entering the cabin and automatically activates the air recycling mode when necessary. The new Mégane R.S. 265 is the first vehicle to feature a new user-friendly radio interface, designed in response to customer feedback. In response to customer demand, the Mégane R.S. 265 will now be available in three specification levels from launch; the entry-level Cup, the sport orientated Trophy and for the first time, the range-topping, luxury Trophy+.  The Mégane R.S. 265 remains competitively priced with a host of standard features across the range and a manufacturer’s list price starting at just $42,640, excluding dealer delivery and statutory charges. “The Mégane R.S. 265 represents the best of Renault and Renault Sport. Through subtle changes to the exterior and interior, we have achieved a striking result and a noticeable difference from the Mégane R.S. 250. “We have already seen a strong demand for the new Mégane R.S. 265 and anticipate we will sell out of our 2012 allocation quickly. I would encourage customers to place their orders as soon as possible to avoid disappointment,” said Hocevar. The Mégane R.S. 265 will go on sale nationally on August 28th, 2012.

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