Following the recent unexpected change to the 2013 Formula 1 calendar, it was necessary to change the dates of the Goodwood Festival of Speed to avoid a clash with the revised German Grand Prix – and to ensure that the Festival can continue to host current F1 teams and drivers in 2013.
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Mercedes-AMG is set to feature prominently in the 2012 Formula 1 season: the opening race in Melbourne, Australia (16 – 18 March 2012) will not only witness the debut of the newly christened MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula 1 team, but also the return of the Official F1™ Safety Car and the Official F1™ Medical Car from Mercedes-AMG. The SLS AMG and C 63 AMG Estate ensure maximum safety in extreme conditions.
The gullwing model, with its characteristic roof lights and distinctive FIA and F1 logos on its aluminium body, has been deployed in the role of official Safety Car for Formula 1 since 2010. As soon as Race Control considers that the safe progress of the race may be impeded, it sends the SLS AMG out onto the track. “Poor weather conditions or accidents are the main reasons for deploying the Safety Car,” according to Bernd Mayländer, driver of the Official F1™ Safety Car. “We remain on standby in the pits and receive the order to go out onto the track via radio.
Then it’s a case of leading the field safely around the circuit until the dangerous situation has been dealt with.”
AMG has provided the Safety Cars and Medical Cars for 16 years – read on for the full Mercedes Press release and a special photo history of some of the past Safety and Medical cars.
For my parents generation they say they always remember where they were when Man landed on the Moon and JFK was killed.
For my generation it is where were you when 9/11 occurred and where were you when Princess Diana died ?
For Motorsport fans across multiple generation it is the loss of a legend, one of our idol, that stops us in our tracks and its a day you never forget
I still remember that infamous day in May 1994, it is a day that will live in my memory forever…..
Monday the 3rd of May 1994, I rose as always preparing for a week of school, but that week was not going to turn out normal as I turned on the morning news to hear that a legend, one of my hero’s Ayrton Senna was dead. He had been killed in an accident during the San Marino Grand Prix during the night.
It was a sad week from there on in, with newspapers carrying the stories and the tragic headlines for weeks to come
Here is a couple I recently found in when going through some old files
A few years back an announcement was made that a film about Senna’s life was being created and it had the Senna family blessing.
The most interesting part of this was that the film was going to be created as an documentary not as a traditional film.
During the time when the news about the film hit the headlines, I came across this amazing story which is written about Senna’s last few days leading up to that tragic day at Imola, it is not a short read but if you have a good hour or so to sit down and really read through it is an amazing insight to his final days.
Senna is now only weeks away from hitting Australian screens and the latest trailer is doing the rounds.
The film has already been shown in the UK and it got rave reviews and it has been said that even non motorsport fans will enjoy it as its not about Motorsport but about the legend that was Senna
The trailer below is the longest one I have seen yet, and parts of it send’s shivers down my spine and brings tears to my eye’s such is the power and effect that was Senna….
One thing is certain I can not wait to see this film………
Infiniti, the global luxury automotive brand from Japan, this month announced a marketing agreement with Formula One World Champions, Red Bull Racing Renault, covering the 2011 and 2012 F1 seasons.
Leveraging the co-operative power of the Renault-Nissan Alliance, a unique triumvirate has been created with Red Bull Racing, focused on high-profile marketing and technical activities around Formula One.
As part of the agreement, Infiniti will have a high-profile branding presence on the race car, drivers clothing and related team uniforms and equipment. In addition to the branding and marketing relationship, Infiniti will work with Renault to forge future technical collaboration with Red Bull Racing.
The Red Bull Racing team will continue to utilise the Renault F1 engines in 2011 and 2012 that powered them to their maiden Formula One World Championships last season.
Commenting on this historic announcement for Infiniti, Andy Palmer, Senior Vice President, Infiniti said: “Over the mid-term, Infiniti will be simultaneously expanding its global presence and broadening its product range. Given these twin ambitions, it is clear that Formula One offers us an unrivalled global communications platform, complementing Infiniti’s ethos of Inspired Performance. We are excited to have the opportunity to enter Formula One together with a world-class team like Red Bull Racing Renault.”
Red Bull Racing’s Team Principal Christian Horner, who was instrumental in pulling the agreement together, said: “Red Bull has always taken a different approach, so when the Infiniti executives outlined their innovative plan to us we were very open to working with them. Coming off the back of our 2010 Drivers’ and Constructors’ World Championships, we feel even more excited to be starting the 2011 season with a new and committed partner like Infiniti.”
Bernard Rey, President of Renault Sport F1 further endorsed the new deal: “While Renault is rightfully very proud of our achievements within Formula One, we know the future is about collaboration. To have a talented and committed Alliance partner like Infiniti is very welcome as we set out on the current and future challenges in Formula One. So it is with great pleasure that I would like to welcome Andy Palmer and his entire team in our Formula One adventure, and I look forward to starting the 2011 season together as Alliance partners.”