How much do F1 drivers earn

Well, now we know thanks to the Business Book GP2014 and reported on TomorrowNewsF1.com:

Drivers:

1. Fernando Alonso Ferrari – €22m
= Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari – €22m
=Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing – €22m
4. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes – €20m
5. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes – €16m
6. Nico Rosberg Mercedes – €12m
7. Felipe Massa Williams – €4m
= Nico Hulkenberg Force India F1 – €4m
9. Romain Grosjean Lotus F1 Team – €3m
= Pastor Maldonado Lotus F1 Team – €3m
= Sergio Perez Force India F1 – €3m
12. Adrian Sutil Sauber – €2m
13. Kevin Magnuseen McLaren-Mercedes – €1m
= Valtteri Bottas Williams – €1m
15. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing – €750,000
= Jean-Eric Vergne Scuderia Toro Rosso – €750,000
17. Jules Bianchi Marussia – €500,000
18. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber – €400,000
19. Daniil Kvyat Scuderia Toro Rosso – €250,000
20. Max Chilton Marussia – €200,000
21. Marcus Ericsson Caterham F1 – €150,000
= Kamui Kobayshi Caterham F1 – €150,000

What the F1 teams spent on drivers in 2014:

1. Ferrari – €44m
2. Mercedes – €32m
3. Red Bull Racing – €22.75m
4. McLaren-Mercedes – €17m
5. Force India – €7m
6. Lotus F1 team – €6m
7. Williams – €5m
8. Sauber – €2.4m
9. Scuderia Toro Rosso – €1m
10. Marussia – €700,000
11. Caterham – €300,000

Caterham not for sale

Just in case you hadn’t heard, Caterham Group is not for sale.

The reports circulating last weekend were factually incorrect, says Caterham. However, the Group is actively searching for additional investment as it seeks to fulfil ambitious plans to develop.

“The shareholders of the Group, co-Chairmen Tony Fernandes and Datuk Kamarudin Meranun, remain wholly committed to the Caterham brand.”

Adds Fernandes:

“We love what we build and we are always looking for further investment. This is no different to how we started AirAsia. Yes, we are constantly challenging ourselves and making decisions on everything from the structure to projects within the Group. That is normal business. That does not mean we are selling.”

The Iceni family

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Above: The Magna

Above: The Magna

 

Trident Sports Car, the British sports car brand established by Phil Bevan and Daniel Monaghan in 2005, has made its flagship Iceni – claimed to be the world’s fastest and most fuel efficient diesel sports car – available globally.

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With a top speed in excess of 190mph and able to run for 2,000 miles on a single tank of mineral or bio-diesel, the Iceni uses torque multiplication technology (which Trident has patented) to achieve a unique combination of speed, power and fuel efficiency (by up to 20 per cent). A V8, 6.6-litre turbo diesel engine sits under the bonnet.

Two new models to the Iceni range are also unveiled today – the Iceni Magna (fastback) and Iceni Venturer (estate). Prices start at £96,000.

McLaren’s new coupe concept

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The bespoke division of McLaren Automotive – McLaren Special Operations (MSO) – has released images of its MSO 650S Coupe Concept – a showcase of the MSO-designed and engineered upgrades available for the McLaren 650S Coupe and 650S Spider, the latest models to join to the McLaren Automotive range.

The model is being shown throughout China over the coming weeks and includes an array of bespoke MSO features, including a newly designed carbon fibre rear diffuser and MSO-branded carbon fibre side blades.

The striking MSO 650S Coupe Concept has a stealth-like, menacing appearance, with subtle upgrades made to the exterior bodywork and within the driver-focused cabin. The MSO 650S Coupe Concept is finished in Agrigan Black – a metallic black paint specially developed inhouse with a deep ruby red metallic flake.

This paint effect gives the exterior bodywork a dramatic colour change in direct sunlight, contrasting with the extensive use of satin-finished carbon fibre highlights. The lightweight carbon fibre accents, including the prominent front splitter and air intakes, are complemented by bespoke MSO carbon fibre side blades and the unique MSO ear diffuser.

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The MSO branded side blades are a more aggressive, full length, interpretation of the door blades seen on the 650S Coupe and Spider models. Finished in satin, they offer increased improvements to the airflow along the edges of the bodywork, further optimising aerodynamic efficiency.

At the rear, the GT3-inspired rear bumper features a carbon fibre centre section, and the lightweight material carries through to the carbon fibre airbrake and unique MSO rear diffuser. The engine bay has been further enhanced with satin black engine covers and a satin finish to all carbon fibre parts.

The purposeful exterior look of the MSO 650S Coupe Concept is finished with the addition of a set of special satin black finished lightweight 650S alloy wheels, shod with Pirelli P ZeroTM Corsa tyres.

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Inside the cockpit, the one-off design showcase is fitted with the fixed-back carbon fibre racing seats, based on the lightweight design found in the McLaren P1TM, finished in carbon black leather. The seats position the occupants lower in the car and provide superb levels of upper and lower body support, while offering a weight saving of 15kg.

Satin carbon fibre features extensively throughout the cabin, which is further enhanced by the switchgear and bezels that are finished in contrasting gloss black.

The MSO 650S Coupe Concept is presented as a one-off design study, and MSO is monitoring reaction regarding any potential production examples. The MSO side blades and rear diffuser are available to order now from McLaren retailers, priced at £5,114 and £7,245 respectively for a new 650S. These styling upgrades can also be fitted to the 12C.

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Enjoy life more

We’re a nation of resolution makers – they tell me 80 per cent of us say we have vowed to change the way we conduct our professional and personal lives at a new year but more than half of us fail to keep our pledges.

And it gets terribly repetitive: we keep making the same promises and breaking them every year. However well-intentioned you may be, your New Year resolutions have little chance of being fulfilled unless you set clear goals and focus on the rewards.

Think through exactly what you will do, where you will do it, and at what time. Vague plans fail.

For example, instead of saying that you will go running two days a week, tell yourself that you will run on Tuesday and Thursdays at 6pm.

The most popular resolution, apparently, falls into the vague category. It is to enjoy life more.

Newey and Ainslie to pair up?

It’s not such a bad supposition.

It would certainly be a dream combination – our finest sailor looking to redress the balance of history with a British contender for the Americas Cup, and our finest F1 designer who has stated already he would be tempted with a foray into boat design.

One suspects it’s going to be all about timing. Adrian Newey is committed to next year’s car with Red Bull Racing, with 2014 posing design challenges for all the teams with the regulation changes.

Fresh from his success with Oracle Team USA, Sir Ben Ainslie is on the crest of a wave (so to speak) and is keen to capitalise on his worth as he attracts backing for a new British contender.

But Newey, talented though he undoubtedly is in Formula One motor racing, is untested in the world of yacht design and he (and Ainslie) would be taking a huge risk with such a project.

So – yes – lovely idea. But I don’t think it’s going to happen – sadly.

Sahara Force India at Spa

Felt sorry for Paul Di Resta. Really thought he was going to qualify in poll for a moment there.
Fellow Scot David Coulthard sharing a moment with Paul Di Resta

Fellow Scot David Coulthard sharing a moment with a desperately unlucky Paul Di Resta

From then on it was mixed fortunes for Sahara Force India as Adrian Sutil raced to ninth place in the Grand Prix, while Paul Di Resta failed to finish after being hit by Pastor Maldonado on lap 27.
Adrian: “An interesting and exciting race, and it’s good to come away with two points. At the start I didn’t make the best getaway and lost a few places, but after that I settled into the race and was able to get ahead of a few cars and move into the top ten.
“I always enjoy driving here at Spa and I had some exciting overtaking moves today, which felt very nice. The two-stop strategy was the best way to go and it worked out well because I think we achieved the maximum that was available to us.
“We are still in a close fight with McLaren so it was important to get back in the points today after a couple of tough races.”
Paul: “I got a lot of wheel-spin at the start of the race and was down in about tenth place going into turn one, but during the first lap I managed to recover to seventh.
Adrian Sutil on the drivers' parade.

Adrian Sutil on the drivers’ parade.

“After the second pit stop I was racing closely with Adrian and there was a train of four cars battling as we went into the final chicane. Pastor (Maldonado) went in deep and missed the apex so I tried to get the cut-back and was going around the outside of him. He then decided to try and enter the pit lane, which was impossible given his track position.
“As a result he hit me, which took the rear corner off my car. It’s a real shame because the speed was quite strong today and I think there was definitely a point or two up for grabs.”
There certainly was…
Last word with the boss.
Vijay: “I’m pleased to see us back in the points after a fine performance by Adrian. He clearly enjoyed himself out there today and his overtaking moves were a highlight of the race. The strategy calls from the pit wall helped him stay in the hunt for points and his race pace was good.
Paul have a thoughtful session in the cockpit.

Paul having a thoughtful session in the cockpit.

“The incident with Maldonado hitting Paul was very disappointing because Paul was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. It certainly cost us the chance to get both cars in the points.
“Going forward we will take the positives from the weekend and look to build on this performance level in a couple of weeks’ time in Monza.”

The new generation Audi A8

Unadulterated luxury is delivered with even more élan and even greater efficiency in the new generation Audi A8, which makes its debut at next month’s Frankfurt Motor Show.

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The company’s latest flagship combines revisions to its weight-optimised, predominantly aluminium body with a raft of technological advances including new MatrixBeam LED headlights and an upgraded line-up of EU6-compliant engines.

Built around the lightweight aluminium Audi Space Frame, the almost entirely aluminium body of the new generation A8 has been finessed by subtle resculpting of the bonnet, the single frame grille, the front bumper and the lower edge of the headlight units.

At the rear, the design of the LED tail lamps has been revised and the bumper in all models (bar the S8) now incorporates two rhomboid tail pipes. New chrome elements, new high gloss black window surrounds and five new colours also mark out the updated car.

The visual appeal, visibility and active safety of the new generation A8 can also now be enhanced by new optional headlights employing MatrixBeam LEDs. The high-beam function in these unique headlights uses 25 individual LEDs per unit that can be switched on and off or dimmed individually depending on the situation.

This enables the headlight system to react extremely precisely to other vehicles while always brightly illuminating the road. When the on-board camera detects other vehicles ahead, the Audi MatrixBeam LED headlights mask the relevant sections of the high-beam by dimming or shutting off individual diodes. Very bright illumination is preserved in the remaining zones.

The lighting system in the A8 uses predictive route data from the navigation system with MMI Touch to adjust the distribution of light in response to the current driving situation, and can recognise and act on route data, such as corners and road classifications.

Fancy a job in F1?

The Infiniti Performance Engineering Academy will see two winning candidates complete a 12-month assignment with triple World Championship-winning F1 team Infiniti Red Bull Racing, based in Milton Keynes, UK.

The two graduates will work alongside Infiniti engineers already based at the F1 team’s factory. They will also spend time at Infiniti’s nearby technical centre in Cranfield where they will improve upon their knowledge of future road car technologies.

The new programme is the latest development in the Infiniti Red Bull Racing partnership. Recruitment will open later this year. National selections across several global regions will begin in May 2014, putting applicants through a comprehensive selection process to assess their performance potential and innovative thinking.

Finalists will present their ideas to a panel of senior technical figures from Infiniti and Infiniti Red Bull Racing in July 2014 with the two winners announced at the British Grand Prix. The placements will begin in September 2014. This once-in-a-lifetime scholarship includes a salary, accommodation, and the use of a car.

Says Adrian Newey, Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s Chief Technical Officer:

“One of the key advantages of our partnership with Infiniti is our ability to utilise their resources, from materials to processes and people. As such it is really interesting for us to benefit from a worldwide selection process which brings the best new talent through our door.

“The speed of technical development in Formula One means that fresh thinking is crucial in keeping ahead of the other teams and we hope that providing an opportunity for world class graduates to work with us will provide long term performance benefits for us and for Infiniti.”

Patrick Head answers lots of silly questions

As co-founder and Technical Director of Williams F1 Patrick Head was responsible for nine World Championship-winning cars.

Patrick Head fashion shot

Patrick Head fashion shot

In the process he has worked with some of the world’s most talented drivers including Alain Prost, Nigel Mansell, Ayrton Senna, Damon Hill, Jacques Villeneuve and Keke Rosberg to name but a few. Patrick is also an intrepid traveller using all forms of transport from motorbike to sailing yacht.

Here Dom Reilly talks to Patrick about his adventures in F1.

Q What’s the one luxury you always travel with?

My Macbook Air.

Q When you used to travel to places like Melbourne and Shanghai, how did you deal with jet lag? After all it’s a long way to go for a weekend!

I tried to ignore the time change and adjust immediately to the local time.  Sometimes it worked, but not always.

Q Outside F1 venues, which is your favourite destination and why? 

I normally keep my sailing boat in Calgiari, Sardinia, where my wife’s family live.  My sailboat is my greatest relaxation.  It’s usually very warm, which helps.

Q What is your preferred mode of transport?

Motorbike, but only if it’s warm.  Helicopters I enjoy but they are a bit on the pricey side.

Q What would your top tip be for international travel?

Plan in advance and find out what is available locally before you travel.

Q What would you have been if not an F1 engineer?

Unemployable.

Q Although there are now 20 races a year, things are comparatively easy in F1 these days. I remember you telling me once about how (in 1986) you did every race, every test session and travelled to Japan several times in one year to manage relations with Honda. That must have been very tough. What sticks in your mind particularly about that year?

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Patrick as we usually see him. Eye to eye…

Exhaustion.

Q Who’s been the most interesting person you’ve met during your career?

Placido Domingo, a big F1 fan.

Q If you could go to one place on holiday… where would it be?

Tanganyika, I would like to see wild Africa, or as close as is still there….

Honestly Patrick. What were you thinking, associating yourself with such PR drivel.

Print isn’t dead

How does news publishing change when a newspaper sells fewer than 300,000 copies but its website attracts 31 million visitors? These shifts are forcing assumptions and practices to be rethought from first principles.

The internet is not simply allowing faster, wider distribution of material: digital technology is demanding transformative change. Journalism needs to be rethought globally and remade to meet the demands of new conditions.

George Brock’s new book Out of Print: Newspapers, Journalism and the Business of News in the Digital Age examines the past, present and future for a fragile industry battling a perfect storm of falling circulations, reduced advertising revenue, rising print costs and the impact of citizen journalists and free news aggregators.

Perhaps surprisingly to some, Brock argues that journalism can flourish in a new communications age:

·      Journalism’s history shows that reporting the news is always being disrupted. The late 20th century was unusual for being a period when news was profitable and its institutions stable. Journalism has always had to adapt, experiment, improvise and renegotiate.

·      Only some journalism is under threat, particularly regional journalism. Many printed newspapers will survive, though in the UK there is currently over-supply in all national categories (mass market, mid-market, high end).

·      Print was in trouble before the internet came along. The peak year for daily and Sunday national paper circulation in Britain was 1955. What is falling apart is the industrial structure of the news business – and the ideas which went with it. The time when big news media dominated is over for print, broadcast and, even, online.

·      What the internet does to news is reroute information, measure who consumes what and rewrite the business model. It does not abolish peoples’ need to know or the need to navigate (huge) information flows – the importance of journalistic selection, navigation, curation and comment remains.

·      Unseen by many established journalists, a new generation of editors, writers and publishers are taking journalism’s values and trying to make them work in new contexts. The future of journalism depends on the quality of their experiments and failures to reboot journalism.

·      Online communications bring the industrial phase of news media to an end, returning it – via social networks – to something which looks more like the news publishing of an earlier era.

·      Online news platforms may not yet rival the institutions of mainstream media, but a few have moved past the phase of being fragile startups. Their agility (and lower cost base) will give them an advantage over time.

·      If the journalists of tomorrow want to understand what happened and what will happen, they need to understand both what’s happening to journalism and to the business of news.

Out of Print: Newspapers, Journalism and the Business of News in the Digital Age
George Brock
Kogan Page (Paperback, £19.99, 256 pages)
Published in the UK on 3 September

Reporting for beginners

It’s amazing how much broadcast tech is finding its way into the hands of the non-telly market.

Get in there. Get reporting..

Get in there. Get reporting..

Take Livewire Digital’s NetCaster, for example. A low-cost iPhone and iPad app can be used by groups of untrained personnel to send in realtime photos, sequences of stills and video directly to a producer or a command centre.

Ideal for event organisers, the emergency services, the military and NGOs, this new application is perfect for breaking news coverage of sporting events, expeditions and situation awareness.

Designed to help users reduce and manage operational costs, this new app provides rock solid audio and uses the ‘pay by volume’ Inmarsat satellite service to transfer media.

Netcaster uses sophisticated bandwidth control to efficiently deliver media to base – be these photos, realtime sequences of stills or motion video. Producers or command centre staff at base can then determine how the footage from multiple field personnel is presented to the viewers.

Easy-to-use production facilities offer split-screen functionality so the producer or command centre staff can view media from up to six contributors at once and manage their audio feeds.

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