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Rich Energy Haas F1 Team unveil new livery!

Exciting news! Out of the paddock, we bring you the first team to unveil their new team livery! Following a new partnership, Haas has been renamed ‘Rich Energy Haas F1 Team’, showing a new fledgling partnership with the UK based energy drink company it finalised a deal with late last year.

Leaving behind the black, grey and red design of last year, the new car governs a sleek presence with a black body with gold markings and letterings emblazoned on the front wing, nose and engine cover. The ‘Haas’ name stands out in white on its side pods and rear wing, the unveiling of the livery yesterday has been shown on last years car, with a teaser of the addition of the new front wing for the upcoming season. We think it looks pretty awesome, what do you all think?

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Signed Lewis Hamilton 1:2 Scale F1 Helmet Competition Winner Announced

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Win a Mercedes AMG 1:2 Scale F1 Helmet (2015) signed by Lewis Hamilton.

Competition entry is now closed! We will keep you posted we the winner has been announced.

 

WINNER ANNOUNCED: The Winner is Annalena Steffens!! Congratulations!!

 

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Hamilton Wins Season Finale in Abu Dhabi and Alonso bids farewell to Formula 1

Lewis Hamilton won his last race of 2018 at the Yas Marina Circuit this past weekend, which concluded a very successful year for the Brit, also achieving his 5th world title back in Mexico.

It was a strong start for both Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas after Hamilton claimed his 11th pole position of the season on Saturday and both Mercedes’ drivers got away well. Max Verstappen didn’t have the best of starts and dropped down to 10th behind his rival Esteban Ocon, setting the scene for an inevitable battle between the pair after contact on and off the track in Brazil.

Romain Grosjean and Niko Hulkenberg came into contact on lap 1 with Hulkenberg clipping the side of Grosjean’s Haas and flying through the air, rolling towards the barriers and ending up upside down with flames seen coming from the car. It was a tense time for onlookers but luckily Hulkenberg walked away from the crash unscathed and the safety car was deployed.

Once racing had got back underway, Hamilton pulled away fast. Verstappen and Ocon started their battle, this time for position. Verstappen was able to overtake Ocon on the next lap, adding a bit of wheel-to-wheel contact, and after a bit of scuffling between the pair, Verstappen managed to take 8th place and drive off, ahead of Ocon. Perhaps a little bit of justice for what had happened in Brazil 2 weeks previous.

Kimi Raikkonen had been heard complaining of no power in his Ferrari and soon enough had to pull his car over to the side of the track and retire from his last race for the Team before moving to Sauber in 2019. This bought out the virtual safety car which Hamilton took full advantage of and headed to the pits. He came back out in 5th position but was reminded by his team that these tyres would be lasting him until the end of the race. It was only lap 8 and he still had a long way to go in a race with 55 laps.

Marcus Ericsson was unfortunate to have a mechanical failure on his Sauber and had to make an early retirement. Various battles were taking place throughout the field and by lap 23 Daniel Ricciardo was in the lead. Trying to make his tyres last, he finally went into the pits on lap 34 but this wasn’t far enough into the race to allow him to use the super quick hyper-softs and so had to opt for the slower tyres. He came out in P5, behind teammate Verstappen in P4. Vettel took advantage of mistakes by Valtteri Bottas and overtook the Mercedes driver on lap 35, then headed for race leader Lewis Hamilton. A second lock-up for Bottas saw him come closer to the two Red Bulls behind.

Max Verstappen soon managed to overtake Bottas with Daniel Ricciardo following suit a lap later for the Red Bulls to take 3rd and 4th, and Valtteri Bottas left behind in 5th. With only a few laps to go, the cars of Ocon and Pierre Gasly had had enough, and both were out of the final race for 2018.

Lewis Hamilton had an easy drive up front and took his 11th victory of the year. The 5-time world champion was followed in by Sebastien Vettel who took 2nd place. Max Verstappen came away with 3rd, denying teammate Daniel Ricciardo a final podium place with Red Bull before he moves to Renault next year.

It was disappointment for Fernando Alonso as he failed to finish in the points for what could be his last ever Formula 1 Grand Prix. As the end of the 2018 season came to a head, Alonso, Vettel and Hamilton lined up on the track to take part in a series of ‘doughnuts’ which pleased the crowd and was a worthy send-off for the Spaniard. There were many tributes and well wishes from everyone, and after a successful career spanning over 17 seasons, Fernando Alonso is often regarded as 1 of the greatest Formula 1 Drivers in the history of the sport. He has not completely ruled out a return to F1 in the future but will be focusing on new challenges and exciting opportunities and we wish him all the best.

After a long and tiring season, it is finally time for the drivers and teams to take a well-earned break. It has been a great 2018 season, and we look forward to what 2019 has to offer…

 

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Paddockzone at EICMA!

Last week, in Milan, saw the biggest Motorbike show take place and gosh did we know it. Walking around the massive complex certainly was exhausting. It’s well worth the visit though. Comfy shoes were at the ready!

EICMA is one of the most important and successful trade fair events within the 2-wheel sector, with the exhibition having over 100 years of history. It is where manaufacturers of the Motorbike world reveal their latest and greatest models for the year ahead. There are several elements that make this annual trade show one of the most visited events in the world for the Motorbike industry. Numerous product innovations, international press conferences, technical workshops, the presence of world-class drivers and representative figures as well as seeing all the action in the outdoor Moto Live area. You also get to see lots of spectacular bikes that the only time most of us will probably get to sit on will be at events like this.

We were there to support our partner, MV Agusta and we were impressed. Their stand looked amazing and the bikes even more so. We were so pleased to see the turnout, the MV stand seemed the busiest one there, every day! We’d like to think it wasn’t just because of the free apples they were giving away 😉

We’ve added some photos of our favourite finds at EICMA to our social media so go check them out if you’re a 2-wheel fan. We’ll be adding more this week as there were so many to choose from. If you attended the show don’t forget to share your favourites with us on Instagram @paddockzone. We’d love to see them and I’m sure we missed a few things!

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Mercedes crowned Constructors’ Champion, Hamilton takes the Brazilian GP win and Verstappen gets angry with Esteban Ocon…

Mercedes were crowned Constructors’ Champions for a fifth successive year after Lewis Hamilton managed to win the Brazilian GP this weekend. This should have been the biggest news story to come out of the F1 Brazilian Grand Prix, however, the focus was on second place driver Max Verstappen.

Verstappen had driven well throughout the start of the race, passing Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen on the second lap and then Sebastien Vettel shortly afterwards making his way up the grid. Things were looking hopeful for Verstappen to take the victory with a great race pace throughout. Both Ferrari Drivers had struggled to get away at the start and both cars lacked enthusiasm for the duration. Battles followed with both Red Bull and Mercedes, but the Ferraris just weren’t strong enough to compete.

A slight change in fortunes for Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo saw him finish P4 on Sunday, after a disappointing run of retirements throughout the season. He started the race from 11th, after a 5-place grid penalty, and perhaps if this hadn’t been the case he may have been in contention for the win.

After pit stop decisions saw a fight ensue between Hamilton and Verstappen, with Verstappen claiming the lead after lap 40, a collision shortly after with backmarker Esteban Ocon and the charging Red Bull changed the game. Verstappen had tried to lap the Force India Driver but instead, the pair made contact causing Verstappen to spin and lose valuable time and allow Hamilton to overtake and later win the race. Ocon was punished by race officials with a 10-second stop-go penalty but the damage had already been done for Verstappen.

After the race, Max Verstappen was caught on camera shoving his rival Esteban Ocon after they came to blows on track. Verstappen has been given 2 days of ‘public service’ for his behaviour after the race, with many citing his reaction as unprofessional. Whilst race officials and commentators agreed that Ocon was in the wrong because a race leader is entitled to expect clear passage, Lewis Hamilton appeared to have another opinion. He was heard saying to Verstappen that ‘he had more to lose’ and Ocon had nothing and that a cautious approach would have been more sensible as the pair were not racing for position. You can never assume that a backmarker will back off and get out of the way for a race leader. Words of wisdom from a 5-time World Champion?

Race Result – Podium Finish:

1st       Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes #44

2nd      Max Verstappen – Red Bull #33

3rd       Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari #7

 

 

 

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Vietnam’s first F1 Grand Prix confirmed for 2020

Vietnam F1 Grand Prix track layout

In 2020, an exciting new racing event will be added to the F1 calendar as Vietnam’s iconic capital city of Hanoi will play host to a 4th street race. It joins the likes of Monaco, Singapore and Azerbaijan in the street racing category with its distinctive 22-turn and 3.458-mile track.

F1’s Motorsports team and circuit design company Tilke have worked together to come up with a semi-permanent street circuit, using both current and purpose-built roads.

With F1 having some of the best racing tracks on its list, it makes sense to take inspiration from some of them to develop a new and exciting event for the 2020 season.

Turns 1 and 2 are based on the opening corners at Germany’s Nurburgring, with great over-taking opportunity. The back straight is a long 1.5km allowing cars to reach speeds of around 335kph as they approach turn 11. Turns 12 through to 15 may look familiar as they have been inspired by a section of the famous Monaco street circuit. The Turn 16-19 arrangement that follows feature fast changes of direction like the Esses at Suzuka, and the final three corners take inspiration from Malaysia’s Sepang.

Once the circuit and building designs have been signed off and all construction and site planning approvals have been made, this track looks set to add some feistiness to the 2020 season. F1 officials and the FIA’s F1 Race Director Charlie Whiting have visited the venue and have said to have been happy with the plans. We’re definitely looking forward to seeing it being put to the test by the experienced F1 drivers.

Formula 1 has been critised in recent years for failing to deliver exciting races to its fans. This new circuit is part of F1’s plans to reach wider audiences and bring back the appeal to F1 racing. This new race is part of the expansion under new owners Liberty Media.

What do you make of the Vietnam Grand Prix?

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Lewis Hamilton wins his fifth Formula 1 Championship!

Lewis Hamilton

Despite not finishing on the podium, Lewis Hamilton took his fifth Formula 1 World Championship title on Sunday making him level with Juan Manuel Fangio on the list of all-time, most successful, winners.

The Mexican Grand Prix started with Daniel Ricciardo for Red Bull on Pole. He was soon overcome by teammate Verstappen and Hamilton. Hamilton raced away from 3rd on the Grid to go wheel to wheel with Verstappen into the first corner, with Verstappen leading the race into turn 1. Chaos ensued at the back and McLaren driver Fernando Alonso was forced to retire after a piece of Esteban Ocon’s front wing landed in his radiator, causing his car to overheat.

Hamilton managed to hold onto 2nd, despite being under pressure from Daniel Ricciardo, until pitting on lap 11.

In lap 39 Vettel took advantage of a careful Hamilton and overtook him taking the battle for 2nd.

Lap 47 saw Hamilton defending his position against Daniel Ricciardo causing him to lock up and run wide over the grass. Both Mercedes cars struggled to keep their tyres alive, throughout the race, as Hamilton was heard on team radio complaining about the tyres and his teammate Bottas experiencing a similar lock-up situation as he was battling Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen.

With 10 laps to go smoke had begun to emerge from Daniel Ricciardo’s Red Bull causing him to retire for the 8th time this season. A disappointing race, again, for the Australian driver. His teammate max Verstappen remained strong throughout the race and was untouchable for the squabbling drivers behind him as he took his 2nd victory of the year, 5th race win of his F1 career. Sebastien Vettel secured 2nd place with fellow Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen taking the final place on the podium.

Hamilton obtained his 5th world championship title by bringing the car home in fourth. It was a shame not to have a podium place but that didn’t halt the celebrations. Hamilton managed a series of celebratory doughnut spins and was praised on team radio by actor Will Smith saying, “That’s how you do it baby, just like that”. Sebastien Vettel also took the time to congratulate his rival with a friendly embrace after the race.

It was a tense race for Hamilton and fans were on the edge of their seats until he had passed that chequered flag. Hamilton has now become the joint second, most successful, driver in F1 history. Equalling or surpassing Michael Schumacher’s record of 7 world championships now seems within reach for the 33-year-old Brit.

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Marc Marquez crowned 2018 MotoGP Champion!

Marc Marquez MotoGP Champion

On Sunday at the Motegi Circuit in Japan, Marc Marquez managed to pull off what Lewis Hamilton could not, he was crowned 2018 MotoGP Champion, his 5th World Championshiphis 5th World Championship with 3 races still to go. At only 25, Marquez still has every chance of 1-day matching and perhaps exceeding Giacomo Agostini’s total of 8 Championships.

Honda rider, Marc Marquez secured his 5th MotoGP World Championship, after rival Andrea Dovizioso lost the front end of his Ducati on the penultimate lap. The pair engaged in a tense battle from start to finish until Dovizioso lost out at the final hurdle and gave Marquez the perfect ride to victory.

British rider, Cal Crutchlow, managed 2ndplace and secured his third podium of the 2018 season with Alex Rins close behind him at the finish for 3rd.

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Kimi Raikkonen claims 2018 United States GP….. with a little help from the Neeooww Man!

39-year-old Kimi held off Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton to seal his first win at the 2018 United States GP since returning to Ferrari in 2014.

Behind Kimi was general chaos in the race, with contact between Lance Stroll, Romain Grosjean, a frustrated Fernando Alonso, and Charles Leclerc. Max Verstappen took full advantage of the various scuffles, making his way through the field after starting 18th, making up 9 places. His perseverance continued, and he came in 2nd. His teammate, Ricciardo, didn’t have quite the same success, having his 7th retirement of the season and perhaps a sore hand after taking his frustrations out, on a wall in his room, after the race.

After receiving a 3-place grid penalty from Friday practice, and starting 5th, Vettel touched wheels with Daniel Ricciardo in the main race and spun, momentarily halting his progress through the track. He did, however, manage to finish in 4th keeping his hopes of the Driver’s Championship title still alive, if only by a fraction.

Hopes are high going into the next race in Mexico for Lewis Hamilton, only needing 7th or better to take his 5th title. He ran a safe race in Texas and will probably do the same in Mexico. It would be good to see him get a win in Mexico, or at least a podium, if he is to win the Driver’s Championship title there.

Fans were left puzzled watching the race at home as, for TV viewers, race commentary was briefly interrupted by a fan at the track making constant car noises in the background as each car passed them. Now known on social media as the F1 Neeooww man!

So, with only a few days to go until the 5 lights go out once again, will we be seeing some very tactical team orders on Sunday? Will Kimi surprise us all with another win & a grin? Will Lewis play it safe or race hard in Mexico? Will the Neeooww Man make a comeback? I guess we’ll see this weekend, we do love back to back races here at Paddockzone! Neeeoooowwwww!

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Gordon Shedden Takes his first Win in Wuhan!

Gordon Shedden, Scottish 3-time British Touring Car Champion, celebrated his first ever victory within the FIA WTCR World Cup at the Wuhan International Circuit in China.

Gordon Shedden, Audi Sport Leopard Lukoil Team, Audi RS 3 LMS (Race 3 – Winner): “Wins in the WTCR don’t come easy and today has been exactly that: trials and tribulations, ups and downs from a fantastic qualifying this morning to qualify on pole position and then get involved with somebody who hit me in Race 2 and broke the steering rack. The guys at WRT did an amazing job to replace the steering rack. I didn’t even think I’d make the grid to be able to start from pole position. Race 3 was very eventful, there was lots going on. Denis [Dupont] was exciting… but we made it to the end and it’s fantastic to get my first win and also to have two more Audis on the podium. It has been a fantastic day for the RS 3 Audis.”

The Audi Sport Leopard Lukoil Team looked strong all weekend with a win by Team mate Jean-Karl Vernay the day before Shedden in Race 1.

Race Report – Leopard Racing: https://leopardracing.com/article/golden-week-end-for-the-audi-sport-leopard-lukoil-team-in-wuhan

Congratulations to both drivers and the team!