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Sebastian Vettel blamed for poor Hockenheim turnout

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Sebastian Vettel has been blamed for the poor turnout at his home grand prix following negative comments made earlier in the season about F1's new V6 turbo era - news from German Grand Prix F1
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The takeaway from this particular piece should be rather obvious, and it is about social media censorship and responsibility. Sebastian Vettel, a 4-time World Champion ought to be aware that he has a rather large following, so what he say and do would subsequently affect the following. Regardless of his misgivings for the engines for this year's cars, he should not have made the negative comments, because nothing about him is private any longer. His prominence in the F1 scene is such that do any little action without the rest of the world knowing about it. He should have known to self-censor and keep his thoughts to himself. But because he didn't, all eyes are on him again, and for all the wrong reasons as the blame starts coming his way.

 

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Radio Ga Ga - German Grand Prix: 'That's the last time I'm going to ask you'

Radio Ga Ga - German Grand Prix: 'That's the last time I'm going to ask you' | Behind the scenes of F1 | Scoop.it
ESPN rounds up the best of the tantrums, sarcasm and misunderstanding between drivers and the pit wall during a German Grand Prix where wheel-to-wheel action was back on the menu - news from Formula 1 F1
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This is one of the most intriguing scoops thus far. Most of the radio chatter between drivers and their engineers are broadcasted live while the race is ongoing, but it may be quite muffled and difficult to understand. Having compilations like these provide interested readers with the original transcript, and it gives them something to laugh about as well. Some misfortunes and miscommunications are so ridiculous its difficult to stifle your laughter.

 

Such transcripts are however limited in its reach. Only fans would bother with such information, and others will simply ignore it. That does little to attract more fans to be involved in F1 of course, but there has to be F1 exclusive content to satisfy the interests and demands of the hardcore followers of the sport.

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Keeping communications secure from office to track - with BlackBerry and MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS - YouTube

The secure protection of data and information is paramount for a business that is always on-the-go. Particularly a business like the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Fo...
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People who are not fans of F1 would probably have the instantaneous thought that this is merely an advertising campaign to salvage a company whose shares your are rapidly plummeting. Only it isn't. In truth, utilizing Blackberry for secure transmission of data couldn't have been more of an astute choice. Blackberry runs on its own secure data transmission system, ensuring that every device has its own unique PIN ID. As such, security would never be an issue for the team. What they discussed in the video was very accurate, because you don't want all your hard work to fall into the wrong hands.

 

So regardless of whether it is really a publicity stunt or not, the main point is: Has any technical or race information about Mercedes AMG Petronas been leaked to the public before? Yes, I didn't think so.

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Tweet from @WilliamsRacing

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It's nearly time to go racing... So that's Oris competition time! http://www.williamsoriscompetition.com 

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Once again, the multi-million nature of F1 draws plenty of things to it. One of these is team sponsors. Oris is a Swiss watch manufacturer, but not many people knew about them as much as more prominent brands like Tag Heuer and Hublot. After they became a main sponsor of the Williams Team, they became more recognized. So it is clear that companies are aware of how powerful a marketing tool F1 can be, and they are all looking to capitalize on it when provided the window of opportunity.

 

On a side note the watches do look great.

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2015 - Pastor Confirmed and More to Come : Lotus F1 Team

2015 - Pastor Confirmed and More to Come : Lotus F1 Team | Behind the scenes of F1 | Scoop.it
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Much like football teams, F1 teams would want nothing more than to retain their best drivers, since it is one of the main factors that contribute to success apart from the race machine itself. The fact that the Lotus Team is retaining their driver shows that they recognize and embrace his talent, and hope that he continues to deliver results for them and not do so at other teams. From the other perspective, they driver who has been confirmed could perhaps feel an obligation to do well for the team to repay the confidence they have placed in him. So this is a powerful psychological tactic from the team to promote loyalty in their drivers.

 

In the interview the team principal had plenty of juggling to do. He had to regulate what he could divulge to the media and what he could not. Revealing that Maldonado would be confirmed for next year must have taken plenty of discussion with PR professionals to ascertain if the time is right to release an official statement such as that. From the interview it can be seen that he feels there is plenty to be positive about, and that is important in a team principal. He influences the mood within the team, so if he is positive the general mood would be too, creating a positive work environment.

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Tweet from @MercedesAMGF1

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The fastest way to explain hybrid technology! #F1

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F1 is not merely about getting the speed demons and the petrolhead fans to make an impression of the sport across the world. Off the track it does have its real world applications, as shown above. Every year the research and development (R&D) done to produce the new season's car can amount to a whopping USD 600 million! Within all that research there has to be certain by-products that are not useful to a race machine, but can be a force multiplier for the rest of the world.

 

This car's hybrid technology is obviously one of the examples, but a little known fact is that the MRTs in Singapore actually utilizes a variant of the Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) F! cars use! So not everyone may be interested in what F1 has to offer, but perhaps they can learn to appreciate the real world applications it has provided us.

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Formula 1® - The Official F1® Website - Headlines - Giovesi joins Caterham’s Development Driver Program

Formula 1® - The Official F1® Website - Headlines - Giovesi joins Caterham’s Development Driver Program | Behind the scenes of F1 | Scoop.it
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All F1 followers may be familiar with the current crop of racers, but they aren't going to stay in the sport forever. Fortunately teams do recognize this, and are actively seeking out the next generation of superstars.

 

Like football, professional sportsmen are almost always discovered while they are young and budding talents, and rigorously trained while they are at that stage. This is simply because its the time where they are most capable of absorbing physical and mental teachings and applying them. Not taking advantage of youth would merely be a waste of talent.

 

Hopefully Giovesi will become a familiar face in a few years time.

 

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F1 world nervous about Russian GP

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It's being murmured rather than shouted, but the world of F1 is undoubtedly worried about the looming Russian grand prix.

The sport, scheduled to fly into Sochi for the very first time in October, h...
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F1 has become global, we all know that. Hence it inevitably allows itself to be exposed to and influenced by the issues the world faces, especially politics. This is a very good example of such a case. The recent downing of MH17 has made the Russia-Ukraine region a media hotspot, and everyone is concerned about the stability of the region.

 

No association more so than F1, for the Russian Grand Prix is about to take place very soon. Lots of expensive equipment will be at stake, as well as the safety of the very valuable drivers. Although F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone has publicly stated that he has utmost confidence in Russia's security, the statement alone appears to be unable to ease the fears of any traveling fans, and rightly so. 

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Tweet from @WilliamsRacing

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F1 was last at Hockeheim in 2012 so why not refresh your memory and join our #WilliamsTrackWalk now!

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Yet another intriguing insight as to what goes on behind the scenes in Formula One. The team, including the drivers walk the length of the track. This is primarily for the purpose of tactics; scoping out possible overtaking spots, looking out for tricky corners and calculating the maximum possible speed the race car can travel at in specific zones. It takes a look into what the team does in preparation for every race to appreciate how much effort is put in to ensure a smooth race.

 

The large Rolex signboard in the background? That's product placement for you, yet another corporation that wants a slice of commercial power of F1.

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Mercedes AMG F1 motorhome | Main gallery | Photos | Motorsport.com

Mercedes AMG F1 motorhome | Main gallery | Photos | Motorsport.com | Behind the scenes of F1 | Scoop.it
Mercedes AMG F1 motorhome - 2013-05-09
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Images of trailers and caravans come to mind when confronted with the idea of a motor-home, but certainly not full-fledged infrastructures that has multiple floors dealing with varied issues. From the gallery of pictures it is clear that each F1 team do not mind providing their employees with the best services they could offer for all the hard work they put in for every race week. After all, happy employees generally lead to greater productivity and higher performances. If providing employees with well-built accommodations and other services can significantly improve their work rate there is no reason that any team would spare the expenses to not provide them that. The gallery proves it very well.

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Tweet from @WilliamsRacing

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Felipe also met World Cup winner Lukas Podolski on the grid .... Think that may be a forced smile from Felipe!

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Being a multi-million sport, F1 is bound to attract plenty of celebrities, media personalities and other sportsmen. They will want to be seen involved in the proceedings, as it is free publicity for themselves. From the other perspective, these stars boosts F1's prominence and profile as well, so it is really a win-win situation for both parties.

 

The Williams Team Twitter account was also rather tongue-in-cheek here, suggesting a "forced smile" from Felipe. This is because Felipe is a Brazilian, so the reference is towards the 7-1 drubbing of Brazil by the team of the man standing right beside him. It shows that the team has got good camaraderie with its drivers, and such witty updates are what endears supporters to the team, since there is a healthy combination of humor and the excitement of the sport itself.

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Tweet from @Lotus_F1Team

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Time for the drivers parade...Wave if you see @Pastormaldo & @RGrosjean, they do tend to wave back!

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The drivers parade is apparently done once for every race event in the competition calendar. It is when drivers are slowly driven in vintage cars around the track to acknowledge the fans and the support they have shown to the sport. The races on TV do not feature the drivers parade, so this information had to be looked up.

 

Having a drivers parade every race is a nice gesture because for once fans are able to see the real faces of the drivers. There are often close ups of the drivers faces on TV, but it just doesn't feel the same when compared to being able to see them in person. It is also a good time for the drivers to take a break from being inside the cockpit of their race machines all day.

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Tweet from @McLarenF1

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Yesterday's race saw our speediest pit stop yet with a rapid 2.15s on the clock. #TeamEffort #BelieveInMcLaren

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F1 is a team effort that goes beyond just the drivers and their engineers. Their pit crew matter a lot as well.

 

In a sport where precision and timing are paramount, being able to do fast pit stops such as these are vital to a team's success. McLaren are one of the more well-known teams that consistently put in good performances every race, and something as fundamental as the pit stop has helped contribute to that consistency greatly.

 

When watching races on TV I have noticed that most pit stops take approximately 2.8s to accomplish, so being able to shave of .65s is really an impressive feat. These .65s could mean the difference between securing first place or settling for second, so it is good to know that the team is constantly striving to reach their maximum potential. After all, practice makes perfect.

 

 

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Formula 1® - The Official F1® Website - Headlines - Pirelli: 18-inch tyre trial met all objectives

Formula 1® - The Official F1® Website - Headlines - Pirelli: 18-inch tyre trial met all objectives | Behind the scenes of F1 | Scoop.it
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Pirelli, which is the sport's sole supplier of top grade racing tyres, is constantly looking to improve their technology as can be seen by their development of 18-inch tyres. It is also evident that Pirelli has a strong working relationship with all teams, since they all participated in the trial run. Years ago, different teams were using different tyre suppliers such as Michellin and Bridgestone, so for Pirelli to become the sole supplier is no easy feat.

 

Such trials don't always run smoothly, as there will always be technical difficulties related to the trial item. Being able to successfully meet all their objectives could mean 2 things. It is either the objectives set were far too low, or that Pirelli has consolidated sufficient experience to create products that aren't error prone. I strongly believe that it is the latter because F1 is a multi-million dollar industry where only the very best of drivers, teams and materials are involved. Being in this industry would mean that you keep mistakes to a minimum or none at all. Lives are at stake after all, so perfection is always the aim.

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