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GP Week : Issue 133
n After 22 F1 victories, 32 pole positions, one drivers’ title, one constructors’ title, and more than one thousand world championship points, Red Bull Racing and Renault Sport F1 have decided to extend their successful partnership for five more years. According to Jean- François Caubet, managing director of Renault Sport F1, this latest deal will encompass more than just engine supply. “ The V6 power units due to be introduced from 2014 represent a huge undertaking and to have the input, resources and vast in-house F1 car expertise of Red Bull Technology will help the team at Renault Sport F1 in Viry-Châtillon specify, design and develop a competitive unit from the start of the new regulations and optimize its structural integration into the chassis,” he said. “Having this particular support will of course be to the advantage of our other team partners, who will indirectly benefit from the joint expertise of the Red Bull Racing and Renault Sport F1.” n You’d think that a restaurant affiliated with an F1 driver would serve fast food, but Jenson Button’s foray into the food business is anything but. The McLaren driver is a founding member of Victus, the latest arrival on the Harrogate food scene. The restaurant serves a selection of global diner food, ranging from breakfast pancakes to Asian- inspired noodle dishes. According to the restaurant’s website, “Jenson wanted to be part of a restaurant that combined all his favourite elements in going out for lunch or dinner; tasty food, great atmosphere and friendly staff.” n Racing driver and part-time DJ Jaime Alguersuari will be launching his debut album in Barcelona on 14 September. The Toro Rosso driver has had some success as a DJ, appearing at legendary Ibiza superclub Amnesia, and headlining 2010’s Barcelona Music Conference. Organic Life is a double CD of electronic music recorded at the driver’s home studio in Barcelona, and will be released under Alguersuari’s nom-de-decks of DJ Squire. Short Straights IN light of the ongoing efforts to improve the environmental impact of Formula One, tyre suppliers Pirelli will suggest to the FIA that tyre allocation rules are changed for the 2012 season. Under the current system, drivers reach the chequered flag on Sunday with at least one set of unused tyres. It is a waste of rubber and a waste of freight. Speaking to Autosport after the FOTA Fan Forum, Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery revealed that the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association backed the proposed changes. “[The GPDA] said they thought it was silly that we have all these unused tyres and they felt that if we were not going to use them, then we don’t want to take them to races,” Hembery told the magazine. “ The drivers said they agreed with what had been suggested, and they said ‘why don’t we find a way to use them on Friday or in qualifying?’. I had to reply that say that I agree totally, and have asked them to try and speak to their teams to see if they can help us. “We feel it is a matter of, ‘come on, let’s have some common sense here’,” he continued. “Let’s find a way of either assisting the qualifying process, although we’ve had some teams not want that, or give the teams more running on a Friday – which would be of interest to the smaller teams. “ The drivers are suggesting exactly what we are, so we will have to have another go with the teams and see if we can find a solution that they are comfortable with,” Hembery concluded. “Clearly if we do nothing it is slightly absurd – if I am perfectly honest – to go ahead another year and just carry tyres around the world we know we are not going to use.” GPDA support Pirelli’s tyre allocation proposals Experience F1TM with the hotel choice of champions Hilton Hotels and Resorts exclusive partnership with Vodafone McLaren Mercedes means you can stay in the centre of the F1 action when you book a Grand Prix weekend package. For more information or to book, please visit hiltonracing.com Click here to book now 10