As Of 2024, SAP Is An Official Partner Of The Mercedes F1 Team
November 22, 2023 / By Zunair Tahir / Automotive News
Prior to 2020, SAP had a lengthy relationship with McLaren. During that time, the firm supported Mika Hakkinen’s 1998 and 1999 F1 world championship triumphs as well as Lewis Hamilton’s 2008 victory.
Additionally, the business started supporting the now-defunct Mercedes Formula E team in 2018.
The Mercedes F1 team has been a SAP customer for a while, even though they haven’t had a formal business relationship. The Brackley group will now have access to innovations through the new relationship, however they will really undergo proof testing before being made widely available.
SAP, according to Mercedes, will help increase operational effectiveness, particularly in light of the cost cap and the additional layers of complexity that the FIA financial laws have brought to the functioning of an F1 team.
In order to “explore how artificial intelligence, and cloud solutions from SAP can inform and predict decisions, optimize resources, and future-proof their IT infrastructure,” the team will employ SAP S/4HANA Cloud, private edition.
SAP’s AI capabilities will enable the team to “forecast costs, predict the final budget needs, and optimize both the supply chain and stocked items accordingly” with respect to the particular constraints posed by the cost cap.
In order to “bring together a seamless view of data and systems from various sources across the organization,” the team will also make use of SAP Build and the SAP Business Technology Platform. This will aid in getting components on the track more quickly.
Toto Wolff, the team principal, stated of the new collaboration, “We have a shared heritage and commitment to innovation and improvement which will meaningfully contribute to our on-track performance.”
“We could not think of a better partner to help us improve our efficiencies in 2024 and beyond than SAP, a global leader in its field.”
“SAP has a long history of brilliant partnerships with some of the best teams and leagues across elite level sport,” said Richard Sanders, chief commercial officer of Mercedes F1.
“We are honored to be the newest to collaborate with one of the top businesses in the globe. Their skills, experience, and assistance will be essential in helping the team operate more efficiently.
Chief marketing and solutions officer at SAP and board member Julia White emphasized that F1 was the ideal setting for the business.
“F1 is among the world’s most technologically advanced sports, where small improvements have a big impact,” the speaker stated.
Given the harsh operating environments that Formula One teams face, racing offer a worldwide stage for showcasing talent and engineering prowess. But a lot goes on behind the scenes in addition to the race day spectacle.
First Look Of Brad Pitt’s Formula One Movie From Apple l APXGP First Look
July 6, 2023 / By Zunair Tahir / Automotive News
Director Joseph Kosinski of “Top Gun: Maverick” and “Snowfall” actor Damson Idris both star in the unnamed motion picture. A first look photograph from Brad Pitt’s much awaited Formula One movie has been released by Apple Studios.
The unnamed movie takes place in the realm of competitive motor racing and also stars Snowfall actor Damson Idris in a key role. Pitt plays a former Formula One driver who joins Idris’ character to compete for the fictitious APXGP team, a mediocre outfit.
The film will be filmed on and around real Grand Prix racing weekends as part of an F1-sponsored production. The idea aims to capitalize on the current interest in Formula One racing, which has been stoked by Netflix’s gripping docuseries Drive to Survive.
The Top Gun: Maverick creative team, including director Joseph Kosinski, writer Ehren Kruger, and producer Jerry Bruckheimer, reunite for the movie. Tobias Menzies (Outlander, The Crown) and Oscar winner Kerry Condon (The Banshees of Inisherin) are also included in the cast.
The drama is made by Jerry Bruckheimer Films, Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment, and Sir Lewis Hamilton’s Dawn Apollo Films company, which has won seven F1 championships.
The Hollywood Reporter said in June 2022 that the agreement for Apple’s F1 function has the potential to revolutionize the entertainment industry. The creative team will be compensated in three ways under the special agreement, which asks for a significant theatrical window and a broad distribution, including upfront compensation, significant buyout fees, and theatrical backend.
According to THR, the film would have an exclusive, worldwide run of at least 30 days (one source claims it may possibly go as high as 60 days) before being released on the Apple TV+ platform, as opposed to a token release in a few theaters or a day-and-date debut.
The forthcoming thriller Wolves, directed by Jon Watts, also stars George Clooney, Amy Ryan, and Brad Pitt. The F1 movie marks Pitt’s second leading role for Apple.
Hollywood’s studios and streamers engaged in a fierce bidding battle for Wolves as well.
The inaugural official photos posted by Apple Original Films provide a first glimpse at the APXGP’s style and color palette.
McLaren F1 Driver Lando Norris Picks Up His Custom 765LT Spider From MSO
May 16, 2023 / By Zunair Tahir / Automotive News
The 720S-based 765LT Spider was first offered by McLaren over two years ago, and even though the 750S is now formally available, the British sports car manufacturer is still able to provide the track-focused convertible.
Lando Norris, a driver for the Formula 1 team, is the most recent client to take possession of a long-tailed spider’s keys. One of just 765 units made, it boasts a few exclusive McLaren exclusive Operations (MSO) additions and a lot of carbon fiber.
With Yellow Highlights To Match His Helmet, The Supercar Is Finished In Carbon Blue
The 23-year-old racing driver is shown travelling to pick up his prized item in a new video posted by McLaren Automotive on YouTube. Given that Lando is British, you’re probably asking why the 765LT Spider was requested with left-hand drive specifications at this point. He just relocated to Monaco, thus he no longer resides in the UK.
His helmet is referenced by the contrasting yellow highlights on the brake calipers and body, and his race number is linked to the four stripes. The headrests have embroidered “LN” emblems so everyone knows whose car this is.
There is also a unique plaque that says the 765LT was “exclusively commissioned for Lando Norris by MSO,” but it withholds the production number.
The autographs of various persons engaged in the creation of the automobile, including McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown, complete the distinctive touches. While Carlos Sainz, another F1 driver, chose a coupe at the start of the year, Lando chose a convertible. Despite the fact that both vehicles are supercars, the 765LT has a twin-turbo V8 and the 812 Competition has a normally aspirated V12.
The seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic gearbox that powers the 4.0-liter engine’s 590 pound-feet (800 Newton-meters) of torque and 755 horsepower sends the power to the wheels. On its way to 205 mph (330 km/h), it allows the McLaren 765LT hit 62 mph (100 km/h) in only 2.8 seconds and 124 mph (200 km/h) in 7.2 seconds.
Even though McLaren now has an electric V6, eight-cylinder power won’t be going away anytime soon. It has signed a contract for a new hybrid V8 engine that will be used in next supercars and, ideally, a hypercar.
F1 Driver Valtteri Bottas Acquires A Rare Alfa Romeo Giulia GTAm
March 14, 2023 / By Zunair Tahir / Automotive News
Valtteri Bottas, a Formula 1 racer, is fitting in at Alfa Romeo. He is currently driving more than just the team’s competition vehicle in his second season with the organisation. At the Stellantis & You Showcase in Turin, Italy, Bottas picked up his own Alfa Romeo Giulia GTAm. F1 General Cristiano Fiorio and Alfa Romeo President Jean-Philippe Imparato attended the event.
The car has a roll bar, racing seatbelts, and only two seats.
The Giulia GTA and even hotter GTAm were introduced by Alfa Romeo more than two years ago to commemorate the Giulia GTA’s past, which influenced more than just the moniker of the new vehicle
. The Giulia GTA’s speed and handling were enhanced by the Italian manufacturer by removing 221 pounds from the Quadrifoglio model. Even the side and back glass in the GTAm are made by the firm out of Lexan.
The sedan’s 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V6 powerplant is from Alfa. Alfa modified the exhaust tone with an Akrapovi titanium setup, which allowed the engine to produce 533 horsepower when it first appeared.
Alfa engineers used their connection to Sauber Engineering to incorporate an active front splitter into the car, which the firm claimed could hit 62 mph in 3.6 seconds.
The GTA and GTAm vary in only a few, but important, ways. The more desirable model, a GTAm, has a new proprietor in Bottas.
Only two seats, a roll bar, and six-point seatbelts are equipped with the GTAm. Additionally, it is permissible for use on public streets. Alfa added a bigger front spiller and a carbon fibre back wing to the GTAm to further distinguish it from the other versions in terms of styling.
The vehicle includes a tonne of racing equipment that Bottas doesn’t need. Alfa provides GTA and GTAm customers with a racing outfit, complete with mittens and sneakers, and a helmet with a GTA livery. Bottas undoubtedly has his own group. Alfa only intended to make 500 units total of the GTA and GTAm.
This weekend, the Finnish racer will compete in Saudi Arabia’s second season-opening event. In Bahrain late last month for the F1 season debut, Bottas came in ninth. He finished the 2022 season in 10th position, far behind Fernando Alonso, who is now an Aston Martin driver and finished in ninth.
As Orlen Transfers To AlphaTauri & Alfa Romeo Secures A New Sponsor, Kubica Leaves Formula1
January 27, 2023 / By Zunair Tahir / Automotive News
Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake will be the name of the Swiss team’s new title sponsor, Stake, an online casino and gambling outfit.
Orlen debuted in Formula One in 2019 while Kubica was a racer for Williams, and the following year he switched to Alfa Romeo. Kubica joined the Swiss team as a reserve and FP1 driver because there was no open race seat. He kept both positions for three seasons.
In 2021, he was given the chance to compete in the Dutch and Italian GPs when Kimi Raikkonen’s COVID-19 test result was discovered.
Before the end of the previous season, there were rumor’s that Orlen would be leaving. At the time, it was believed that the Swiss team had already secured a new title sponsor.
However, there was still a potential that the business might continue, although in a supporting capacity, in a manner similar to how BWT stepped back at Aston Martin in 2021 after serving as Racing Point’s title sponsor earlier.
Instead, Orlen Is Now A Principal Partner At AlphaTauri
Kubica severed connections with Alfa Romeo at the conclusion of the last season, and it’s believed that he won’t be able to drive for the Faenza team. As a result, it’s possible that his FP1 session in Abu Dhabi will be his final time behind the wheel of an F1 vehicle.
Orlen’s plans were inquired about by Autosport that weekend, and he responded: “I don’t know; I don’t want to speak for the others. I’m not in their position; I’m not dealing with the finances. Naturally, as I said, I must take care of my responsibilities and belongings, and this is my first priority.
“Probably after that, I’ll speak with the parties, whatever happens. I want to know whether I can be active and productive, whether it’s on this team or a another one, because I don’t want to be here if I’m not.
If Abu Dhabi did turn out to be his final opportunity, Kubica claimed, he will embrace it.
I’m at ease, he declared. “At the end of the day, I have always been extremely practical. Let’s be real here. You shouldn’t be shocked if you can no longer drive at the age of 38. Too many ifs exist, so let’s wait and see before responding.
“I believe that my tale proved that you should never say never. To be quite honest, the fact that I occasionally have the opportunity to drive is the only thing keeping me alive. If I ever stop getting the chance to drive even one automobile, my life may be over.
Stake, the new Alfa Romeo sponsor, is a 2017 startup that already has partnerships with the UFC, Drake, the Everton football team, and Argentine footballer Sergio Aguero.
“We welcome Stake as a new co-title partner for the team in what symbolizes the beginning of a new era for us both,” said Sauber managing director and team spokesperson Alessandro Alunni Bravi.
“Over the past several years, F1 has witnessed a significant surge in interest, and the entry of companies like Stake is indicative of the enormous exposure that our sport can provide.
We are thrilled to be a part of this portfolio of sports and entertainment companies, and we anticipate the fan activation campaign that Stake will introduce.
Jeddah Will Host The Saudi Arabia F1 Event At Least Through 2027
January 20, 2023 / By Zunair Tahir / Automotive News
The Jeddah Corniche Circuit, which was planned to be the grand prix’s temporary home until it moved to the newly constructed city of Qiddiya on the outskirts of Riyadh, staged Saudi Arabia’s inaugural F1 event in 2021.
However, with a lot of the temporary facilities at the track being converted to permanent ones, Jeddah is now anticipated to host the event for at least another four years while construction on the cutting-edge facility proceeds.
According to Martin Whitaker, CEO of the Saudi Motorsport Company, which organizes the race, “it’s important that we future proof the Jeddah track. For this reason, we have again been working with the FIA and Formula 1 to ensure that we have a circuit that will allow us to stage the sport in Jeddah while work begins on the track in Qiddiya.”
The Qiddiya Automotive Center is being developed to be the best Formula 1 circuit and entertainment venue in the world. Everyone will want to visit Qiddiya since it is a distinctive and fascinating undertaking.
However, Jeddah and the Red Sea shoreline in March will be in the spotlight right now and for the foreseeable future.
After agreeing to a date exchange with Australia, Saudi Arabia is expected to host the opening round of the 2024 Formula One season. This would avoid conflicting with the holy month of Ramadan, which runs from 10 March to 9 April.
Whitaker insisted that more discussions with F1 and the FIA were necessary to determine the precise grand prix scheduling and schedule.
Naturally, it would be difficult to conduct a Grand Prix during Ramadan due to its sacredness, although Formula 1 and the FIA ultimately have the last say in the date of the event the following year.
So, with reference to our 2024 date, we are awaiting information from the promoter and regulatory body. This won’t be disclosed until much later in the year, as usual.
Drivers and team managers held discussions into the early hours of Saturday about perhaps calling off the rest of the weekend, but safety precautions were put in place, and the weekend went on as planned.
Prior to the 2023 race, discussions between race organizers and drivers were held, and Whitaker stated that safety was still of “utmost concern to everyone who attends the race.”
It is our responsibility as a promoter to make sure that fans feel secure while they are in the city and at the track, he continued.
It has been a major goal in the year since the race in March to emphasize this message to the Formula 1 community.
Discussions with the drivers and team principals have been a top priority, and I’d like to believe that the clear messages we and the authorities have sent have given everyone travelling to Jeddah the assurance that Saudi, like so many other races on the F1 calendar, is completely safe and that the hospitality of the Saudi people is foremost in the minds of all visitors.
Bottas Will Remain With Sauber Till The Advent Of Audi F1
November 7, 2022 / By Zunair Tahir / Automotive News
Audi formally announced its intention to team up with Sauber as its power unit manufacturer in 2026, when a new engine formula will go into effect, during the Belgian Grand Prix in August.
As Audi becomes a shareholder in the Swiss team, it is anticipated that its engagement would progressively increase once Alfa Romeo’s sponsorship agreement with the Hinwil team expires at the end of 2023.
Driving for an actual works team once more appeals to current Alfa Romeo driver Bottas, who joined the privateer after five years with Mercedes.
When asked in Mexico if he intended to remain with Sauber when Audi joined the team in 2026, Bottas responded: “why not I’m hoping to go because I’m 33 years old.” According to Bottas, the team’s motivation will be maintained in the upcoming seasons by Audi’s participation.
“Yes, I would say, as I believe it to be quite significant in the overall scheme of things. Sauber has a lot of potential with Audi.
“They certainly want to be successful in the future. They desire to do well and come out as earnest.
“Therefore, I believe that participating in that initiative would be quite intriguing for any driver on the grid, especially for me since I am currently a member of Sauber. I really believe that it is feasible.”
Bottas said Alfa Romeo requires “a lot of effort” to be competitive, but he believes more support from Audi before the team’s official 2026 entrance would enable it to catch up to the leaders.
“There is undoubtedly more work to be done. This is a fact. However, given that the necessary facilities are nearby, “The Finn made a mention.
“Some buildings and equipment are more comparable to championship-winning teams. And the team still has fewer members than, at the very least, what I observed last year.
But I don’t see why it couldn’t be done with the help of a company like Audi.
“I believe [the timetable] hinges on how much Audi will help this team before they formally enter as a manufacturer,” the author said.
Obviously, nothing will change in the upcoming year. Alfa Romeo is still our partner. Naturally, we also aspire to have a better vehicle next year than we had this one.
But beyond then, I believe it depends on the level of support after 2024.
If [Audi] are eager to help, if they’re genuinely making a big effort to help, and if the power unit is excellent for 2026, which is now hard to forecast, then why not.
Hamilton Could Have Piercings, But Mercedes Will Pay A $24,500 Fine
October 3, 2022 / By Zunair Tahir / Automotive News
Lewis Hamilton will be permitted to continue wearing his nose stud at the Singapore Grand Prix due to medical need, but his team was fined $24,500 on Sunday for failing to alert the stewards.
The governing body of Formula One, the FIA, imposed the fine after Mercedes submitted a self-scrutineering form claiming that the British driver had adhered to rules by taking out all jewelry and body piercings.
“In recent times, Hamilton had the piercing removed before the match. Without asking Hamilton, the team thought he had already followed or would follow the same process for this event “the FIA stewards concluded in their decision.
F1: Zhou Guanyu Will Continue At Alfa Romeo Till 2023
September 28, 2022 / By Zunair Tahir / Automotive News
Alfa Romeo has given Zhou Guanyu a new contract, keeping the first full-time F1 driver from China with the club through 2023 together with Valtteri Bottas.
The 23-year-old made a strong start by earning a point in his race debut in Bahrain. He then backed it up with two further point finishes at the Italian Grand Prix and in Canada.
His “passion and attitude,” according to Alfa Romeo, have pleased them, and he has shown “levels of maturity and runecraft that belie his youthful age.”
Alfa Romeo chose to extend Zhou’s contract for a second season in part because of the close bond he has developed with teammate Bottas, who is signed for several seasons.
Before this weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix, Alfa Romeo CEO Fred Vasseur remarked, “I am looking forward to continuing working with Zhou.”
“He has impressed me with his approach to work, which is usually a very good attribute, ever from his first day with the squad, in the Abu Dhabi test last year. We were aware of his speed, but one of our season’s biggest shocks has been how quickly he learned how to adjust to Formula 1.
Everyone on the team like both his personality and attitude since he is such a great person. He has the wisdom to use all the knowledge he has acquired to get better race each race, as well as the humility to learn from the engineers and Valtteri.
“He will be able to rely on this experience next season, and I am confident he can make another progress as we continue to build our squad.”
“I am pleased and appreciative to Alfa Romeo F1 Team for the opportunity to remain a member of the team for another season,” Zhou continued.
The team has been wonderfully helpful, embracing me from day one and assisting me in adjusting to the most challenging series in motorsport. “Making it to Formula 1 was a dream come true and the thrill of participating for the first time in a race will be with me forever,” the driver said.
“There are still things I want to accomplish in this sport and with the team, and the diligent effort we have been putting in since the beginning of the year is only the first step toward where we want to be next season.
There is still much to learn and grow in, but I am confident in our work and eagerly awaiting the next chapter of our tale.
Bottas has 46 points so far this season compared to Zhou’s six, but it’s believed internally that Zhou’s total would be significantly higher if it weren’t for a string of technical issues.
The Thai driver underwent surgery, but thereafter he needed help breathing and was sent to intensive care.
Albon was “taken from mechanical ventilation” on Sunday, according to Williams, and is anticipated to stay in the hospital on Monday.
According to a statement from the British team, Alex experienced unanticipated post-operative anaesthesia problems after surgery, which caused respiratory failure, a known but rare condition. He underwent a second intubation and was then sent to critical care for assistance.
He made tremendous improvement over night, and yesterday morning he was able to be taken off of artificial ventilation. He has since been moved to a normal ward, and he will likely go home tomorrow.
Due to his mother Kankamol’s Thai citizenship, London-born Albon participated in practise on Friday in Monza.
However, he became ill early on Saturday and was replaced by the team’s backup driver Nyck de Vries, who placed ninth and earned points in his Formula One debut.
After being released by Red Bull, Albon spent the previous season on the sidelines.
But since moving to Williams, he has consistently excelled, earning his first point for the British team in the Australian Grand Prix in April and going on to finish in the top 10 twice more, in Miami and Belgium.