A quick look around at what the papers are saying about the world of F1
Lewis Hamilton: Mercedes driver makes F1 admission as part of ‘brand building’ plan
The Express: Lewis Hamilton has admitted F1 is just a small part of his attempts to build a brand around himself.
Hamilton is one of the most recognisable faces in the world of motor sport with four F1 titles already in his possession.
And this season the Mercedes driver is gunning for a fifth crown which would put him on a par with racing legend Juan Manuel Fangio.
Lewis Hamilton extended his lead at the top of the F1 standings to 40 points by securing victory at last weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix.
His on-track success has come amid claims he’s not focussed on racing though, with fashion and music ventures ongoing. Full story: The Express
Factors that will determine the destiny of the Formula One title
The Guardian: Sebastian Vettel cannot afford any more mistakes in his quest to chase down the leader of the F1 drivers’ championship.
Lewis Hamilton leads Sebastian Vettel by 30 points going into the final seven races of the season, a somewhat unlikely advantage given the strength of Ferrari’s car and hence far from insurmountable. There are 175 points remaining and as things stand the Scuderia still hold the cards in performance. However the difference thus far has been Hamilton. He has proved time and again his ability to maximise the results from difficult situations and turn in impeccable runs when on top. Having been on the back foot – off the pace in Monaco, knocked back to 18th at Silverstone and starting from 14th in Germany – he ensured the damage was minimal, returning a third, second and win from the meetings. He has played the percentages with the calm confidence of a multiple world champion focused on the big picture. Continuing to do so will put all the pressure on Vettel. The Singapore GP will probably be a case in point. Mercedes expect to be behind Ferrari and Kimi Räikkönen was quickest in second practice in front of Hamilton, for whom limiting the points damage may already be paramount. Vettel however, simply must win. Full story: The Guardian
Formula One reveals striking first images of 2021 concept cars for new era
The Telegraph: Formula One has unveiled fresh concept images for its 2021 season cars, when the regulations will undergo radical changes. The images and results are visually striking and aesthetically pleasing.
Three different concepts have been revealed. The visual aspect is just one part, however. Another important aspect of the regulation changes is to make for better and more exciting racing.
F1’s Managing Director of Motorsports Ross Brawn outlined the objectives ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix.
“When we started looking at the 2021 car, the primary objective was to enable the cars to race well together,” Brawn said “What we established early on in our research is the cars we have now are very bad in following each other.”
The aim, then, is to reduce how following closely a car ahead affects its aerodynamic efficiency. Estimating that the current regulations mean a 50 per cent reduction in downforce in this situation, Brawn says the new regulation has improved this by 30 per cent, so that a car only loses 20 per cent downforce. Full story: The Telegraph
Formula One Spreads Its Wings To The Supermarket
Forbes: The technology that developed the wings which help keep Formula One race cars tight to the track has found its way to supermarkets in the U.K. and soon, in the U.S.
British company Aerofoil Energy is in Atlanta this week at the Energy and Store Development Conference to exhibit its innovation and announce trials are underway at supermarkets in this country.
Developed in conjunction with F1 engineering partner Williams Advanced Engineering, the device, called Aerofoil, attaches to a supermarket refrigerator shelf to help retain more cold air.
Front and rear wings on Formula One cars provide downforce necessary to keep the racers stable and prevent them from becoming airborne at high speeds. Full story: Forbes
Miami to host Formula One ‘mini race’ after local objections put 2019 Grand Prix plans on hold
Independent: Formula One cars are set to roar though the streets of Miami next month even though a full-blown race in the city has been given the red light until at least 2020.
In May, Miami’s City Commissioners voted to negotiate with F1 about hosting an annual Grand Prix for a decade from next year. However, the plan stalled just two months later after locals objected to the layout of the 2.6-mile track. It is due to run down the palm-tree lined Biscayne Boulevard and pass through the peaceful Bayfront Park which fuelled the opposition.
Although the plan to host a race in 2019 hit the skids, The Independent has seen plans for a demonstration event which is due to take place on a 690m stretch of Biscayne Boulevard on 17 October. It isn’t known which teams will hurtle down it but they will all be in the area as it will be held five days before the US Grand Prix in Texas. Full story: Independent
How Singapore’s Formula One fling with sugar daddies turned sour
South China Morning Post: While fans focused on the race last week, others were revelling in a world where there’s a fine line between romance and remittance … and tourism officials weren’t happy about it.
Singapore hosted an array of concerts, after-parties and events for race aficionados and revellers alike during the Formula One weekend last week. But one controversial gathering almost stole the show from the annual sporting event.
A sugar daddy convention, dubbed “The Fast Lane” and supported by Malaysian “sugar dating” app Sugarbook, was held during the five-day F1-themed Sky Grande Prix promotional event run by the Singapore Tourism Board at the Grand Hyatt hotel.
The party brought together sugar baby and sugar daddy wannabes from the city state and from as far afield as the Philippines, Malaysia, Hong Kong and even New York.
But the bash inevitably irked officials in Singapore, where the Sugarbook app remains contentious. Sugar dating is a type of relationship in which older, wealthy men or women – the sugar daddy or mummy – spend an extravagant amount on a lover, girlfriend or boyfriend, known as the sugar baby, in exchange for companionship that typically includes sex. Full story: South China Morning Post