Kevin Magnussen and Jolyon Palmer in ‘Surf’s Up’

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New Renault Sport Formula One Team livery rides the waves Down Under.

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Kevin Magnussen set to replace Pastor Maldonador at Renault

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Kevin Magnussen is set to replace Pastor Maldonado at Renault’s new Formula 1 works team for the 2016 season, Autosport has learned.

Sources have confirmed Magnussen is poised to sign a deal over the next few days, before being officially confirmed at Renault’s launch in Paris next Wednesday.

Autosport understands the move follows a disagreement between the French car manufacturer and Maldonado’s long-time sponsor PDVSA, Venezuela’s state-owned oil and gas company, that has led to the contract being dissolved.

It is believed a very small window of opportunity still exists for the two parties to return to the negotiating table, sign a new deal, and for Maldonado to retain his seat.

But with such a move highly unlikely, Renault has turned to Magnussen.

The 23-year-old is now on the brink of returning to F1 four months after being informed by McLaren, on his birthday, he was no longer required as reserve driver.

Maldonado will almost certainly end up out of F1 after five seasons, three with Williams and then two with the Lotus team that Renault has acquired.

Renault buys Lotus F1 Team

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Renault has signed a letter of intent to take controlling stake in the Lotus_F1 Team for the 2016 season.

Monaco Pole Position for Saxo Bank

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Saxo Bank will move into pole position with Lotus F1 Team for the prestigious Monaco Grand Prix where the leading online trading and investment specialist will increase its branding of the team’s 2014 challenger, the E22, as driven by Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado.

As an endorsement and reinforcement of the exposure and business-to-business opportunities Saxo Bank has enjoyed since becoming Lotus F1 Team Official Business Partner at the start of this season, the E22’s sidepods will feature the distinctive Saxo Bank logo for the Monaco Grand Prix as a highlight of the bank’s activation of the partnership.

Federico Gastaldi, Lotus F1 Team Deputy Team Principal:
“We are delighted to take our relationship with Saxo Bank to the next level. Both companies share a similar outlook and enjoy taking on the more established and bigger players in their respective domains, with an equal appetite for success. The backdrop of the Monaco Grand Prix is an excellent canvas for an enterprise such as Saxo Bank to be showcased in front of an exceptional worldwide audience. It is no secret that as a team we have had a tough start to our season, but this additional support from Saxo Bank is a strong endorsement of all the strong progress we are making.”

Lars Seier Christensen, co-CEO and co-founder, Saxo Bank A/S:
“Sponsoring high performance sports like Formula 1, World Series by Renault and Pro Tour Cycling is the embodiment of Saxo Bank’s general approach on how to excel in our line of business. Our sports sponsorships are always ambitious. We are in it to win and to give our clients and partners great experiences. At Saxo Bank, we are proud to be supporting the whole Lotus F1 Team, and especially Denmark’s very own Marco Sørensen, the official Lotus F1 Team Reserve and Development driver. The Monaco Grand Prix weekend is especially unique since Saxo Bank will be featured on five race cars – the two Lotus F1 Team cars, the Tech 1 Formula Renault 3.5 race car driven by Marco Sørensen and the two Lotus Formula Renault 3.5 team cars.”

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Daft Punk Lotus F1 Team

Just in time for the partying that’s sure to take place during this weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix, French electronic music sensation Daft Punk has been named as the latest partner of the Lotus F1 Team.

Coincidentally, Daft Punk is in the process of promoting its new album Random Access Memories, and as part of the effort has signed a deal to have its logo plastered on the 2013 Lotus F1 car, located just in front of the driver.

A formal announcement of the partnership is yet to be announced, though the Lotus F1 Team has posted up a number of teaser videos on its official YouTube page.




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Renault on 2014 engines

“These are going to be special engines. They will make a lot of noise.”

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[via Rach F1]

Here is the new Lotus E21

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[via our partner Rach F1]

Lotus F1 Team E21 First Fire-Up

Join the team and feel the anticipation in the air here at Enstone as Lotus F1 Team’s 2013 Formula 1 World Championship challenger – the E21 – bursts into life for the very first time.




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“Just leave me alone. I know what to do.”

Official FIA Document Of Vettel’s Demotion To The Back Of The Grid

The need for fuel sampling is covered by Article 6.6 of the F1 technical regulations, which reads:

6.6 Fuel draining and sampling

→ 6.6.1 Competitors must provide a means of removing all fuel from the car.

→ 6.6.2 Competitors must ensure that a one litre sample of fuel may be taken from the car at any time during the Event. Except in cases of force majeure (accepted as such by the stewards of the meeting), if a sample of fuel is required after a practice session the car concerned must have first been driven back to the pits under its own power.

→ 6.6.3 All cars must be fitted with a -2 ‘Symetrics’ male fitting in order to facilitate fuel sampling. If an electric pump on board the car cannot be used to remove the fuel an externally connected one may be used provided it is evident that a representative fuel sample is being taken. If an external pump is used it must be possible to connect the FIA sampling hose to it and any hose between the car and pump must be -3 in diameter and not exceed 2m in length. Details of the fuel sampling hose may be found in the Appendix to these regulations.

→ 6.6.4 The sampling procedure must not necessitate starting the engine or the removal of bodywork (other than the cover over any refuelling connector).