Felipe Nasr

Formula 1


Felipe Nasr

WILLIAMS APPOINTS FELIPE NASR AS TEST AND RESERVE DRIVER—
Williams is pleased to announce the appointment of Brazilian Felipe Nasr to the position of Test and Reserve Driver for the 2014 season.

In this role Felipe will attend all Grands Prix during the 2014 season and take to the wheel of the Williams Mercedes FW36 in three tests and five FP1 sessions. This will be combined with factory based work in the team’s simulator to support the continued development of the team’s cars.

Felipe began karting in Brazil at the age of seven and won several titles before making his open wheel racing debut in 2008 in the final round of the Formula BMW Americas season. For 2009 he moved to Europe and competed in the Formula BMW Championship, claiming the title in his first season with seven wins in 16 starts. In 2010 and 2011 he competed in the British Formula Three Championship, finishing in 5th position in his first year and claiming the title in 2011 after securing seven wins. 2012 saw Felipe move to the GP2 Championship with DAMS where he finished the championship as the second highest placed rookie and in tenth place overall. That year he also competed in the Daytona 24 Hour, finishing third overall with Michael Shanks Racing. For 2013 Felipe joined Carlin Motorsport, finishing in 4th place in the GP2 Championship.

Commenting on his new role Felipe Nasr said: “I’m really happy to be joining the Williams family. They have a great history in the sport and some of the greatest Brazilian drivers of all time have driven for the team, so it’s an honour to join names such as Piquet, Senna and Massa. This is a fantastic opportunity for me to make the next step in my career and I can’t wait to get behind the wheel of a Formula One car for the first time in Bahrain.”

Williams Founder and Team Principal Sir Frank Williams added; “Felipe has a strong track record of success in his career so far and we have been watching him closely for a while. We have a track record at Williams of bringing through new talent and giving them a chance to show what they can do on the world’s biggest stage. By driving in five FP1 sessions this season, Felipe will have the perfect chance to showcase his skills and I’m confident he will be a strong addition to our driver roster.”

Red Bull Bahrain day 3

F1 Testing Bahrain day 3


RB10

RED BULL CONTINUES TO STRUGGLE WHILST MERC GOES TO THE TOP OF THE TIME SHEET—

Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s third day of testing at the Bahrain International Circuitgot off to a positive start this morning as Daniel Ricciardo took over at the wheel of the RB10. However, midway through today’s running the team discovered a mechanical problem and in anticipation of tomorrow’s final day, the decision was taken to suspend running this afternoon.
“It was going OK,” said Daniel of his morning outing. “I did some good laps and those came off the back of the more than 50 laps Seb did yesterday, so we’re getting there. Obviously, I would have liked to do more this afternoon but we still have tomorrow ahead of us and it’s important to be ready for that. The car is definitely making progress though. It’s coming together bit by bit. We’d love a big chunk all at once but obviously that’s not the way these things work, so we have to be a bit patient for now. However, it is coming and we’re heading in the right direction. Tomorrow it would be nice to get more laps in and then roll on next week.”
Race Engineering Co-ordinator Andy Damerum said: “After yesterday’s good work we had another positive period overnight with the car build, which we’re getting quite good at, and it looked good this morning. We were focused on short runs for Daniel, as the car feels very different to the one we had in Jerez and we wanted to build things up gradually for him. We made more changes over lunch and in doing so we came across a mechanical issue that we hadn’t encountered before and because of its nature it means we have to take the car apart. As everyone in the pit lane is finding out this is a long process, so we decided to suspend running in the afternoon so that we can be ready for the final day. These issues are of course frustrating but this was unrelated to the others so it’s just a case of tackling each issue as it appears. A tough night in prospect but we hope to get a good day in tomorrow.”
Pos Driver                Team                     Time       Gap     Laps
 1. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes              1m34.263s           67
 2. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes         1m34.976s  +0.713s  103
 3. Felipe Massa          Williams-Mercedes        1m37.066s  +2.803s  60
 4. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari           1m37.180s  +2.917s  96
 5. Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes     1m37.367s  +3.104s  57
 6. Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari                  1m37.476s  +3.213s  44
 7. Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault       1m38.974s  +4.711s  57
 8. Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault            1m39.642s  +5.379s  26
 9. Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault         1m40.781s  +6.518s  28
10. Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault         1m42.130s  +7.867s  98
11. Max Chilton           Marussia-Ferrari         1m46.672s  +12.409s  4
12. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Mercedes        no time             55
Lotus F1 drivers2014

Formula 1


Lotus F1 drivers2014

LOTUS F1 DRIVERS TALK ABOUT THE E22—

Following the first laps on track of the E22, drivers Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado look to the season ahead.

Romain Grosjean: “I’m ready to lead the way”

Romain heads into his third season as race driver for Lotus F1 Team with the confidence and experience to lead the team to greater things.

New season, new rules and new cars; how much of a challenge do you see the coming months to be?
New season, new car, news rules – everything it pretty new and our challenge is pretty big. It’s very exciting though! We don’t know exactly what’s going on and where people are, it’s the same every year when we start the season, but it’s particularly the case right now with all the changes and new rules. The changing of engines, the changing of aerodynamics, more electrical help in the car, so yes some tough work for the engineers and drivers to understand and get on top of everything as quick as we can and hopefully faster than the others.

You are going into your third season as race driver for the team; will the continuity enable you to continue to learn and grow as a driver?
I think continuity will be important this year with all the rule changes, and it’s my third year at Enstone so it feels like home. I like the team and I think we do a very good job together so I’m happy to keep going, and I’m happy that we’re together for this challenge. We have a common aim for the future and we want to win races and win Championships. We’ll work as hard as we did to achieve even more than last year. I am ready to lead the way with this challenge.

You’ve been on the podium 9 times so far. Is that first win within reach?
I don’t know when it will come, I’ve come close a few times and nine podiums with the team is a good record. We just need to keep doing our best, keep trying to optimise everything we can from the first day we have on a race track to the Sunday and to get a good car. I trust the people here to try to give me all the tools we need to achieve that win – it’s a good car, a good engine, we have good strategy, we have good engineers and mechanics, and a good driver. So I’m looking forward to try and will go for it, and the day it comes, we’ll have a big party!

What do you think of the E22 and the design team which has created it?
I like the colour of the car, it’s nice. I think with the rule change it’s very interesting to see how people have understood it, and the direction people have taken. Our guys have been pretty clever with it; I really like the idea of trying something different, and we’ll just need to see when we get to Melbourne where we are. But I really like the car, and if it’s a winning car then I will love it!

What are your targets and objectives for 2014?
Targets and objectives are always the same when you start a new season – trying to win the title. It sounds optimistic sometimes, but I think we are all here to try and win races; the team in Enstone, the team on the racetrack and myself, so we’ll do everything we can, do our best, and see if it’s good enough!

Why the number 8?
Simply I like this number, plus it has some significance to me. My wife was born the 8th of December, we started dating in 2008 and, to my eyes my son is the 8th wonder of the world. That’s why I picked up number 8.

Pastor Maldonado: “I feel really good here”

After three seasons in Formula 1, Pastor Maldonado comes to Lotus F1 Team with the objective of being one of the best and fighting for wins.

How excited are you about kicking off the new season with Lotus F1 Team?
It’s great to start the season with Lotus F1 Team. For me it’s something very special, and it’s part of the big transition of progressing in Formula 1. After three years in one team, it will now be my fourth season at a higher level, and I’m very happy to part of this fantastic team. Lotus F1 Team have been very successful in the past, been competitive on track and have won a lot of races. We’re working very hard to again be one of the best and fighting for wins.

You have 58 Grands Prix starts under your belt; what experience can you bring to the team?
I’ve been learning a lot, especially in the first two years. I don’t count last year as it was so difficult, but even in the difficult times you can learn a lot and I’ve used all of that as an experience and I feel ready to get back to the top. In the past I’ve been quite good in my last team, and maybe here I will get extra power to be more consistent and I think together we can make a very strong team.

You already know Romain Grosjean, are you looking forward to working together?
I know Romain from some years ago, he’s a good guy. He’s a great driver and we’ve competed in the lower categories together. We’ve both always been at the top so I’m really looking forward to working with him. I think we are both real fighters on track, so I hope we can both do our best for the team.

How different do you expect the racing will be with such big regulation changes?
The difference we see from last year to 2014 is huge, and it will have a huge influence in terms of racing, and racing style. I think the drivers, together with the team, must work a lot to adapt to this new style of racing. We’ve been working in the simulator for a while and I feel optimistic. Let’s go for it!

What do you think of the E22?
The E22 is just amazing, I think it’s the most revolutionary car in the paddock. The car looks great, it’s a combination between the new technology and many other new ideas. It’s pretty special to see the nose like that – I’ve never seen something like that in the past! It’s something completely new for Formula 1, and we’re fully confident with this solution. I can’t wait to be in the car and try it out on track.

What are your targets and objectives for 2014?
The season ahead is really a big question mark. We need to start with great expectations, we need to do our best from the beginning. For sure it will be quite hard, for all the teams and all the drivers, with the new regulations but we’re really looking forward to fight for the best, and to fight for the Championship.

Why the number 13?
The reason I choose the number 13 is just because I like it. In Venezuela it is not an unlucky number and it actually has a long history in Venezuelan sport.

Motor Racing - Formula One Testing - Bahrain Test One - Day 1 - Sakhir, Bahrain

F1 Testing Bahrain day 1


Motor Racing - Formula One Testing - Bahrain Test One - Day 1 - Sakhir, Bahrain

NICO HULKENBERG FASTEST RED BULL STILL IN TROUBLE—

Bahrain Test Report, 19 February 2014
Sahara Force India and Nico Hulkenberg finished at the top of the timesheets after the first day of testing at the Bahrain International Circuit.
Day One Statistics:
Chassis: VJM07-01
Laps: 79 laps
Mileage: 428 km
Fastest lap: 1:36.880
Classification: P1
Nico Hulkenberg: “A very positive and satisfying day. We had a busy programme and we learned a lot. Time in the car is very valuable at the moment and so it feels good to cover so many laps and even complete two long runs at the end of the day. That gave me a chance to see how the car behaves and to start getting a feel for it, which was not something I was able to do in Jerez. It’s great that we’ve already done some set-up work and started to improve the drivability of the car. But it’s still very early stages; we are learning with every lap and we face a very steep learning curve in the coming days. ”
Otmar Szafnauer, Chief Operating Officer:
“Our Bahrain test has got off to a positive start. 79 laps is a good effort and it’s just what we need at this early stage of the VJM07’s development. The aero work this morning ran smoothly with the constant speed runs giving us some aero data we required. In the afternoon we started evaluating the soft and medium tyres, and running through different set-up options – changing ride heights and rebalancing the car. We ended the day with a couple of longer runs on the soft tyres.”  
Test driving schedule
Nico Hulkenberg will be back in the VJM07 tomorrow. Sergio Perez will drive on Friday and Saturday.
RED BULL:
Driver: Sebastian Vettel
Car: RB10
Laps: 14
Best time: 1:40.224
Circuit length: 5.412km
Fastest Lap: N Hulkenberg (1:36.880)
Infiniti Red Bull Racing today continued its pre-season preparations in Bahrain where Sebastian Vettel put in 14 laps. After a long build this morning, the champion made it out on track, but his progress was ended late in the afternoon by a mechanical issue.
“Obviously we’re not happy with where we are now and we have a long way ahead of us. The first gut feeling from the car is OK, but we need more running,” he said. “It’s not easy to find a quick fix, but I think we understand the problems. We sorted out the issues from Jerez and we were able to do some laps today. However, very often you fix one problem and another pops up, which is what happened. That’s testing. We all knew this year was a massive challenge and we knew it would be difficult. We obviously didn’t want this, but it is what it is and we are working flat out to solve the problems.”
Race Engineering Co-ordinator Andy Damerum added: “It’s been a very long two weeks for everyone back at the factory and I have to say that while it might not appear so on the surface there has been a big improvement since Jerez. We are obviously playing catch-up and for us this was very much like a first test, so we were sending the car out to do one lap, then two and trying to build from there. In that regard the laps completed were good. However, we were sidelined by a mechanical gremlin but one unrelated to the issues in Jerez. That’s the way of testing. All these problems have to be ironed out and only reveal themselves as you progress. We’ll look at solving that issue now and we’re itching to get out on track again tomorrow.”
Lap times

1. Nico Hulkenberg (Force India) 1:36.8

2. Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) 1:37.8

3. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 1:37.9

4. Kevin Magnussen (McLaren) 1:38.2

5. Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) 1:40.2

6. Adrian Sutil (Sauber) 1:40.4

7. Robin Frijns (Caterham) 1:42.5

8. Daniil Kvyat (Toro Rosso) 1:44.3

9. Romain Grosjean (Lotus) 1:44.8

10. Felipe Massa (Williams); Jules Bianchi (Marussia) no time

Williams2014

Formula 1


Williams2014

WILLIAMS ANNOUNCES NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH PETROBRAS—

Williams (Ticker: WGF1) is pleased to announce that it has signed a new multi-year partnership agreement with Brazilian multi-national energy company Petrobras.

Williams and Petrobras have had a history of technology collaboration dating back to 1998 when the team started using Petrobras’ fuel for the first time in a partnership which lasted for 11 years. This new agreement will see the Williams and Petrobras technical collaboration continue once more as the two parties work together to develop a new specialist motorsport fuel for use by the team starting in the 2015 season. With new engine regulations coming into effect from 2014 that require teams to use more efficient fuels, Petrobras’ expertise will ensure that the team is well placed to meet the demands of greater energy efficiency within the sport.

Petrobras will use the global platform of Formula One to further brand awareness through the placement of its logo on the side of the Williams Mercedes FW36 chassis and across the team environment and apparel.

Petrobras is a Brazilian company and global leader in energy production through deepwater oil and gas exploration and production. Today they are the pioneers in one of the world’s most promising oil and gas reserves: the pre-salt formation, which will aid the company in doubling its production by 2020. This increase will significantly impact global energy supply and further the development of society.

Petrobras President Maria das Graças Silva Foster celebrated the return of the company to a Formula One team by saying: “We are very happy to be going back to the biggest motorsport competition in the world. During the 11 years that Williams was by our side we made significant advances in product development, such as Podium gasoline. Participating in this competition is a huge challenge, since it requires us to always be ready to meet the highest standards for quality and efficiency demanded by the category. We are very excited to start this new challenge.”

Speaking about the new partnership Sir Frank Williams, Founder and Team Principal of Williams, said: “Petrobras and Williams have had a successful partnership before and we are both looking forward to reuniting for 2014. Technologically they are very strong and that will be important for the team as the new regulations have made fuel efficiency increasingly important. They are also a very ambitious global company and we are looking forward to working together to further their marketing goals.”

UAE Desert Champ'ship

UAE Desert Championship


UAE Desert Champ'ship

FAHIM SECURES DOUBLE TITLE WIN IN UAE DESERT CHAMPIONSHIP —

Shamsi grabs quads crown in new national rally series as Gaugain clinches bikes triumph—

Dubai, UAE 16 February, 2014:  Ahmad Al Fahim is celebrating a double success at the end of the inaugural UAE Desert Championship, while fellow Emirati Mohammed  Shamsi and Dubai-based South African Sean Gaugain are the other big winners in the new national Baja rally series.

Victory in last weekend’s fourth and final round of the 2013-14 championship at the wheel of his Polariz RZR saw Al Fahim squeeze ahead of Ahmad Al Maqoodi, who finished second on the day, to clinch the overall cars and buggies titles.

The battle for the quads crown was just as fiercely contested, with Shamsi taking second  place on the day behind Colin Mercer but still beating him by seven points to emerge as champion, with three out of four rounds counting toward the final standings.

Coming under pressure in the bikes title chase from Sam Sunderland, who won his first stage in the Dakar Rally last month, Gaugain held on to take the championship by three points from the Dubai-based English rider, despite being beating by him into second place on the day.

Organised by the Emirates Motor Sport Federation, with TAG Heuer Middle East as the official timekeeper and founding partner, the UAE Desert Championship was run with the support of the Automobile and Touring Club of the UAE, the national motor sport authority.

The new series provides a natural link into to the Abu Dhabi Desert challenge, the UAE’s round of both the FIA World Cup for Cross Country Rallies for cars, and the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship for bikes, which runs for the 24th time from 3-10 April.

 ATCUAE President Mohammed Ben Sulayem said: “I’m very happy with the quality and quantity of entries we’ve had in the inaugural UAE Desert Championship.”

“We’ve mixed everything together – the cars, buggies, bikes and quads – so it’s a miniature Desert Challenge. We’ve had great support from all the drivers and riders and I want to thank them for that. This is a good start, and we want to grow the Desert Championship next year.”

 Double champion Al Fahim said: “This is a good preparation for the Desert Challenge. We really enjoy these type of rallies. It’s a really good environment and the safety factory is very high.”

Sunderland, who finished the series with successive victories, said: “The championship is awesome. It’s really good to promote the sport in the UAE. It’s been a great first series and I’m really happy to have won the last two rounds.

UAE Desert Championship, Round 4 results:

Cars

Overall & national class: 1. Ahmed Al Fahim; 2.Ahmad Al Maqoodi; 3. Khalid Al Jafla.

T1 class1: 1. Ian Barker; 2. Ben Menzies.

T2 class: 1. Mansoor Al Helei; 2. Michael Ziegler.

Bikes

Overall & 450cc class: 1. Sam Sunderland; 2. Sean Gaugin 3. Mohammed Al Balooshi

Marathon class: 1 Kristian Karcher; 2. Stephen Collie; 3. Alexandre Treffle;

Masters class: 1. Cameron Waugh; 2. Leslie Howard; 3. Mubarak Al Ali

Open class: 1. Steve Blackney; 2. John Emhoff; 3. David McBride

Female class: 1. Victoria Northway; 2. Abi Shephard; 3. Jayne Van Der Merwe

Quads: 1. Colin Mercer; 2. Mohammed Al Shamsi; 3. Humaid Al Mashghouni.

Final championship positions

Cars – Overall

1

Ahmed Al Fahim

Polaris RZR

70pts

2

Ahmad Al Maqoodi

Polaris RZR XP

66

3

Mansoor Al Helei

Nissan Patrol

58

4

Khalid Al Jafla

Polaris 2012 XP

45

5

Michael Ziegler

Toyota Landcruiser

36

6

Ian Barker

Nissan Patrol

34

Buggies

1

Ahmed Al Fahim

Polaris RZR

70

2

Ahmad Al Maqoodi

Polaris RZR XP

69

3

Khalid Al Jafla

Polaris 2012 XP

45

4

Janne Tuohino

Powertec Storm

18

5

Michel Fadel

Polaris XP900

15

Bikes – Overall

1

Sean Gaugain

Kawasaki KXF450

69pts

2

Sam Sunderland

Honda CRF 450

66

3

Mark Grams

Honda CR250R

58

4

Joshua Brodalka

Yamaha YZ

48

5

Rashed Abdullah

Honda CRF450

44

6

Ross Runnalls

Kawasaki KX450F

41

Quads

1

Mohammed Shamsi

Kawasaki 450

72

2

Colin Mercer

Honda TRX700

65

3

Humaid Al Mashghouni

Yamaha Raptor

56

4

Patrick Gersch

Yamaha Raptor

51

5

Sebastian Husseini

Honda TRX700xx

47

6

Colin Wilken

Yamaha Raptor

42

Other class winners

Cars

National – Ahmed Al Fahim

T1 – Ian BarkerT2: Mansoor Al Helei

Bikes

450cc – Sean Gaugain

Open – Sean Linton

Marathon – Krisian Karcher

Masters – Cameron Waugh

Ladies – Victoria Northway.

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