Prema Powerteam is a motorsport team from Italy. It mainly operates in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship as well as various junior championships, the team was founded in 1984. Also this team was a part of Toyota Driver Programme, currently the team has strong ties with Mercedes and Ferrari, running many of the current Ferrari Driver Academy drivers. Its most recent success is winning the GP2 Drivers title with Pierre Gasly,1 Italian F4 Trophy Official website
Jenzer Motorsport is an auto racing team based in Switzerland. In 1993, Jenzer Motorsport was founded by Andreas Jenzer, who was a racing driver, while Hans Pfeuti brought the first title for the team in the Swiss Formula Ford 1800 Championship in the same year. The team repeated success in the Swiss championship in 1995,1996,1997,1998 and 2000 with Tazio Pessi, Iradj Alexander, Martin Bünzli, Philipp Mathis, the team competed in French, EuroCup and German Formula Ford. Marc Benz won the German Formula Ford Championship title in 2000, in 2000, Jenzer Motorsport decided to switch to the Formula Renault 2.0 machinery débuting in the French Formula Renault Championship and competed in the other Formula Renault series. Marc Benz, Neel Jani and Michael Ammermüller finished as runner-up in 2001,2002 and 2005 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 seasons, but in the regional series the team was more successful. They clinched title with Ryan Sharp in 2003 in German Formula Renault, in the Italian Formula Renault Championship they won driver titles with Dani Clos in 2006 and Pål Varhaug in 2008.
While in the Swiss Formula Renault Championship their titles was achieved by Christopher Zanella in 2008, Nico Müller in 2009, Jenzer Motorsport raced in the 3.5 Class of Formula Renault since 2003, when Neel Jani finished as runner-up. The team repeated the result in the next year with Ryan Sharp. But when the V6 Eurocup became Formula Renault 3.5 Series, the team moved to International Formula Master in 2007. And in 2009 they won the championship with Fabio Leimer, after 2009, Jenzer Motorsport left both Formula Renault and International Formula Masters category to join new-for-2010 Formula Abarth and GP3 Series. In the Formula Abarth Italian Series the team collected both drivers and teams title with Patric Niederhauser in 2011, while in the GP3 Series, the third place of Nico Müller in 2010 Drivers Championship still remains the biggest success for the team in the series. The team returned to the Formula Renault 2.0 category in 2013,1 Italian F4 Trophy Official website
Formula One is the highest class of single-seat auto racing that is sanctioned by the Fédération Internationale de lAutomobile. The FIA Formula One World Championship has been the form of racing since the inaugural season in 1950. The formula, designated in the name, refers to a set of rules, the F1 season consists of a series of races, known as Grands Prix, held worldwide on purpose-built F1 circuits and public roads. The results of each race are evaluated using a system to determine two annual World Championships, one for drivers, one for constructors. The racing drivers are required to be holders of valid Super Licences, the races are required to be held on tracks graded 1, the highest grade a track can receive by the FIA. Most events are held in locations on purpose-built tracks, but there are several events in city centres throughout the world. Formula One cars are the fastest road racing cars in the world. Formula One cars race at speeds of up to approximately 375 km/h with engines currently limited in performance to a maximum of 15,000 RPM, the cars are capable of lateral acceleration in excess of five g in corners.
The performance of the cars is very dependent on electronics – although traction control and other driving aids have been banned since 2008 – and on aerodynamics, the formula has radically evolved and changed through the history of the sport. F1 had a global television audience of 425 million people during the course of the 2014 season. Grand Prix racing began in 1906 and became the most popular internationally in the second half of the twentieth century. The Formula One Group is the holder of the commercial rights. Its high profile and popularity have created a major merchandising environment, since 2000 the sports spiraling expenditures and the distribution of prize money favoring established top teams have forced complaints from smaller teams and led several teams to bankruptcy. On 23 January 2017 it was confirmed that Liberty Media had completed its $8 billion acquisition of Delta Topco, the Formula One series originated with the European Grand Prix Motor Racing of the 1920s and 1930s.
The formula is a set of rules that all cars must meet. Formula One was a new formula agreed upon after World War II during 1946, the first world championship race was held at Silverstone, United Kingdom in 1950. A championship for constructors followed in 1958, national championships existed in South Africa and the UK in the 1960s and 1970s. Non-championship Formula One events were held for years, but due to the increasing cost of competition
Ralf Schumacher is a German former racing driver. He is the brother of seven-time Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher. Schumacher began karting at the age of three and achieved early success before making the transition to automobile racing in the German Formula Three Championship and he first drove in Formula One with Jordan Grand Prix for the 1997 season. Schumacher moved to the Williams F1 team in 1999, finishing 6th in the Drivers Championship that year and he won his first Grand Prix in 2001, en route to 4th place in the Drivers Championship, and subsequently won five more races over the course of two years. Schumacher left Williams at the end of 2004 and joined Toyota Racing in 2005, his performance throughout 2006 and 2007 resulted in Schumacher leaving Formula One, as a result of internal pressure. Schumacher was born in Hürth, North Rhine-Westphalia, West Germany on 30 June 1975, the son of Rolf Schumacher, a bricklayer. He has one brother, Michael. Schumacher began karting at the age of three driving on his parents go-kart track in Kerpen and his first major karting success came when he clinched the NRW Cup and the Gold Cup in 1991.
In 1992 he won the German Junior Kart Championship and he moved up into the senior series, finishing runner-up. Aged 17 Schumacher moved into car racing, finishing runner-up in the ADAC Junior Formula Championship and this performance allowed Schumacher to test a Formula Three car during 1992, and took part in a Formula Three event. His testing and one-off appearance in the series caught the attention of WTS Racing allowing Schumacher to enter the German Formula Three Championship in 1994 and he finished fourth and thirtieth in the Macau Grand Prix and the Masters of Formula 3, respectively. His performances in 1995 had improved over the year, Schumacher secured pole position and victory in the Macau Grand Prix. In the German Formula Three series, Schumacher took three victories and finished second in the Championship behind Norberto Fontana, for 1996, Schumachers manager Willi Weber secured him a seat in the Formula Nippon Series, driving for the Team Le Mans alongside experienced driver Naoki Hattori.
Schumacher won the series on his first attempt, becoming the first rookie driver to clinch the championship, in August 1996, Schumacher tested for the McLaren team at Silverstone. In September, it was announced that Schumacher had signed a contract to drive for the Jordan team. The deal brought in a further £8 million from Schumachers sponsor Bitburger brewery, in January 1997, Giancarlo Fisichella was confirmed as Schumachers team-mate replacing Martin Brundle, who expressed a desire to remain with the team. Schumacher believed that Brundles experience would have helped him in the coming season, Schumachers season started off with consecutive retirements in the opening two rounds in Australia and Brazil. He picked up the first podium of his career in Argentina with third place despite a collision with team-mate Fisichella, further consecutive retirements followed in the next four races before picking up a sixth-place finish in France
FIA Formula 2 Championship
The FIA Formula 2 Championship is a form of open wheel motor racing introduced in 2017 following the rebranding of the long-term Formula One feeder series, GP2 Series. On Friday, drivers have a 45-minute free practice session and a 30-minute qualifying session, the qualifying session decides the grid order for Saturdays race which has a length of 180 kilometres. During Saturdays race, each driver has to make a pit stop in which at least two tyres have to be changed, on Sunday there is a sprint race of 120 kilometres. The grid is decided by the Saturday result with top 8 being reversed, so the driver who finished 8th on Saturday will start from pole position, the maximum number of points a driver can score at any round will be 48. Overall weight is 688 kg including driver, the F2 Championship currently uses 2011 specification GP2 car has been designed by Dallara Automobili. Currently, Dallara GP2/11 are the current chassis since debut in 2011, the price of Dallara GP2/11 FIA Formula 2 Championship cars are approximately up to €1.5 million-€2 million per car.
FIA Formula 2 Championship officials have confirmed that the series continue to use the current fleet of Dallara GP2/11 chassis through end of 2017 season. In 2018 the championship will adopt the Dallara F2/18 chassis as a cost control method, the new specification improved safety, lower noses and wider-lower rear wing. The 4. 0-litre normally-aspirated electronic indirect fuel-injected Mecachrome V8 engine features internal and software designed to improve performance. The engine produces 612 hp and 500 Nm of torque @8000 rpm, FIA Formula 2 Championship engines are rev-limited to 10000 rpm and need a rebuild after 4000 to 4500 km. The valve train is an overhead camshaft configuration with four valves per cylinder. The Mecachrome V8 engine weight is 326 lb, the crankshaft is made of alloy steel, with five main bearing caps. The pistons are forged aluminum alloy, while the rods are machined alloy steel. The electronic engine management system is supplied by Magneti Marelli, firing a high-power inductive ignition system, the engine lubrication is a dry sump type, cooled by a single water pump.
The price of Mecachrome FIA Formula 2 Championship engines are approximately €150,000 per engine unit, Mecachrome came to the FIA Formula 2 Championship in 2005, and by the same year Mecachrome was clearly the dominant engine manufacturer as of 2017. During that time, since the FIA Formula 2 Championship had only one manufacturer, Mecachrome still focusing on minimizing engine failure. As such, the engines were moderately de-tuned, the engines proved themselves to be quite durable—there had been no engine failures at all F2 tracks from 2005 to present, which lowered the number of crashes. Most of the engines, including those used for the Monaco race, are used for races and were intended to last 1,100 miles between rebuilds
Bahrain International Circuit
The Bahrain International Circuit is a motorsport venue opened in 2004 and used for drag racing, GP2 Series and the annual Bahrain Grand Prix. The 2004 Grand Prix was the first held in the Middle East, beginning in 2006, Australian V8 Supercars raced at the BIC, with the event known as the Desert 400. However, the V8 Supercars did not return for the 2011 V8 Supercar season,24 Hour endurance races are hosted at BIC. The circuit has a FIA Grade 1 license, the construction of the Bahrain circuit was a national objective for Bahrain, initiated by the Crown Prince, Shaikh Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa. The Crown Prince is the Honorary President of the Bahrain Motor Federation, TRL was asked to build the circuit, headed by Patrick Brogan. In the end, the circuit was not quite fully complete, after the 2004 race and ahead of the 2005 race the track was realigned at turn four, decreasing the circuits overall length by 5 metres. At the 2009 Grand Prix, BIC announced a collaboration with @bahrain to develop next to the circuit.
@bahrain is part of the Mumtalakat group of companies, in 2011 the circuit was scheduled to be the first GP of the season. However, due to civil unrest in the country the race had to be cancelled in March 2011. On early June the FIA announced that the race would be scheduled for 30 October, the slot for the inaugural Indian GP. However, two following concerns from teams and other officials, the race organizers officially cancelled the race. The 2012 Formula One calendar had the race scheduled for 22 April, the circuit was designed by German architect Hermann Tilke, the same architect who designed the Sepang circuit in Malaysia. The main contractor for the project was Cybarco-WCT, the circuit cost approximately 56.2 million Bahraini Dinars to construct. It has six tracks, including a test oval and a drag strip. The circuit posed a unique problem, positioned in the middle of a desert, there were worries that sand would blow onto the circuit and disrupt the race. However, organizers were able to keep the sand off the track by spraying an adhesive on the sand around the track, the surface of the track is made of graywacke aggregate, shipped to Bahrain from Bayston Hill quarry in Shropshire, England.
The surface material is highly acclaimed by circuit bosses and Formula 1 drivers for the level of grip it offers. The same aggregate material is used at the Yas Marina Circuit for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the DRS zone is on the pit straight at the Bahrain Grand Prix, so turn 1 is the prime overtaking opportunity
Switzerland, officially the Swiss Confederation, is a federal republic in Europe. It consists of 26 cantons, and the city of Bern is the seat of the federal authorities. The country is situated in western-Central Europe, and is bordered by Italy to the south, France to the west, Germany to the north, and Austria and Liechtenstein to the east. Switzerland is a country geographically divided between the Alps, the Swiss Plateau and the Jura, spanning an area of 41,285 km2. The establishment of the Old Swiss Confederacy dates to the medieval period, resulting from a series of military successes against Austria. Swiss independence from the Holy Roman Empire was formally recognized in the Peace of Westphalia in 1648. The country has a history of armed neutrality going back to the Reformation, it has not been in a state of war internationally since 1815, nevertheless, it pursues an active foreign policy and is frequently involved in peace-building processes around the world. In addition to being the birthplace of the Red Cross, Switzerland is home to international organisations.
On the European level, it is a member of the European Free Trade Association. However, it participates in the Schengen Area and the European Single Market through bilateral treaties, spanning the intersection of Germanic and Romance Europe, Switzerland comprises four main linguistic and cultural regions, French and Romansh. Due to its diversity, Switzerland is known by a variety of native names, Suisse, Svizzera. On coins and stamps, Latin is used instead of the four living languages, Switzerland is one of the most developed countries in the world, with the highest nominal wealth per adult and the eighth-highest per capita gross domestic product according to the IMF. Zürich and Geneva have each been ranked among the top cities in the world in terms of quality of life, with the former ranked second globally, according to Mercer. The English name Switzerland is a compound containing Switzer, a term for the Swiss. The English adjective Swiss is a loan from French Suisse, in use since the 16th century.
The name Switzer is from the Alemannic Schwiizer, in origin an inhabitant of Schwyz and its associated territory, the Swiss began to adopt the name for themselves after the Swabian War of 1499, used alongside the term for Confederates, used since the 14th century. The data code for Switzerland, CH, is derived from Latin Confoederatio Helvetica. The toponym Schwyz itself was first attested in 972, as Old High German Suittes, ultimately related to swedan ‘to burn’
Max Emilian Verstappen is a Belgian-Dutch racing driver who competes under the Dutch flag in Formula One with Red Bull Racing. Aged 17 years,166 days, he became the youngest driver to compete in Formula 1 at the 2015 Australian Grand Prix for Scuderia Toro Rosso. He won the 2016 Spanish Grand Prix in his race for Red Bull at the age of 18, becoming the youngest-ever winner of a Grand Prix. He is the son of former Formula One driver Jos Verstappen, Max Emilian Verstappen was born on 30 September 1997 in Hasselt, Belgium. His family has an association with motor sports. His father, Jos Verstappen, is a Dutch former Formula One driver, whereas his Flemish mother, Sophie Kumpen and his uncle, Anthony Kumpen, competed in endurance racing and is currently a NASCAR Whelen Euro Series driver. He competed in Formula One for more than half a season before obtaining a drivers licence on his 18th birthday. Verstappen has lived in Monaco since October 2015, claiming it was not for tax reasons, Verstappen began karting at age 4 1⁄2.
He competed in the Mini Junior championship of his province of Limburg. In 2006, Verstappen graduated to the Rotax Max Minimax class, in 2007, Verstappen won the Dutch Minimax championship. Racing in a CRG kart entered by his father, Verstappen won the Dutch, in 2009, Verstappen joined Team Pex Racing, a CRG customer team. That year, he won the Flemish Minimax championship and the Belgian KF5 championship, in 2010, Verstappen stepped up to international karting. He was signed by CRG to race in their team at world. At the KF3 World Cup, Verstappen finished second to the more experienced Alexander Albon but beat him at the WSK Euro Series and won the WSK World Series, in 2011, Verstappen won the WSK Euro Series in a Parilla-powered CRG. In 2012, Verstappen was picked for the Intrepid Driver Program to race in the KF2 and he won the WSK Master Series in the KF2 class, beating CRG driver Felice Tiene. Verstappen won the South Garda Winter Cup in the KF2 class, beating Dennis Olsen, at the end of 2012, it was announced that Verstappen would leave Intrepid.
After a short stint with CRG-built Zanardi karts, Verstappen returned to the factory CRG team and he competed at the SKUSA SuperNationals in the KZ2 class in a CRG, finishing 21st. In 2013, Verstappen won the European KF and KZ championships, at the age of 15, Verstappen won the 2013 World KZ championship at Varennes-sur-Allier, France, in KZ1, the highest karting category
Sebastian Stahl is a German racing driver. He is the step-brother of Ralf Schumacher and multiple Formula 1 champion Michael Schumacher, Stahl raced in the VLN endurance series at the Nürburgring and the 24 Hours Nürburgring for Airnergy-Motorsport, driving a BMW M3 GT with Kenneth Heyer. He drove for A1 Grand Prixs A1 Team Germany at the 2006 season ender in China, www. sebastian-stahl. com Official Website FIA GT Driver Page Drivers Bio http, //www. Airnergy-Motorsport. de
Red Bull Racing
Red Bull Racing is an Austrian Formula One racing team based in Milton Keynes, England. It is one of two F1 teams owned by beverage company Red Bull GmbH, the other being Scuderia Toro Rosso, the team won four successive Constructors Championship titles, in 2010,2011,2012, and 2013, becoming the first Austrian licensed team to win the title. The team produced the world champion driver of 2010,2011,2012. Managed by Christian Horner, the team has used Renault engines since 2007, Red Bull Racing used TAG Heuer-branded Renault engines starting from the 2016 season. The current Red Bull team can trace its origins back to the Stewart Grand Prix outfit that made its debut in 1997. Jackie Stewart sold his team to the Ford Motor Company late in 1999, Red Bull, an energy drinks company, agreed its purchase of Jaguar Racing on the final day of the sale,15 November 2004. BBC Sport reported that Ford asked bidders for a symbolic US$1 in return for a commitment to invest US$400 million in the team over three grand prix seasons.
The team continued to have access to the Cosworth engine developed for their 2005 chassis, Christian Horner was installed as the new Team boss and lined up David Coulthard and Christian Klien to drive for the team. Red Bull Racing was not the start of Red Bulls involvement in Formula One, after setting up a Formula One team of its own, Red Bull ended its long-term partnership with the Swiss team. The drinks company runs a young drivers programme, Red Bull Junior Team, high-profile drivers who have received this backing include Enrique Bernoldi, Christian Klien, Patrick Friesacher, Vitantonio Liuzzi and Scott Speed. Red Bull sponsors many drivers and teams competing in the GP2 Series, Red Bulls owner, Dietrich Mateschitz, reportedly tried to recruit former Formula One driver and BMW Motorsport chief Gerhard Berger to help guide the team through its debut season. For 2005, the chassis was christened the RB1, Red Bull Racing used Cosworth engines in its maiden year due to the ease of continuing with the engine Jaguar Racing used.
Former McLaren driver David Coulthard led the team, Coulthard was chosen for his experience, considered ideal to help lead the fledgling team. For the second car, Red Bull shared the drive two of its young sponsored drivers, Christian Klien, who had driven for Jaguar in 2004 and 2004 F3000 champion Vitantonio Liuzzi. At first it was announced that Klien and Liuzzi would swap driving duty every four races, Red Bulls first year in Formula One was a massive success compared to their predecessors, Jaguar Racing. They were 6th in the Constructors Championship for most of the season, in a single season they amassed more points than Jaguar had in 2003 and 2004. Coulthard, after a poor 2003 and 2004 with McLaren, was a revelation for the team while Klien showed that he had improved from 2004. Overall they scored 34 points,24 for Coulthard,9 for Klien and 1 for Liuzzi, Red Bull was a consistent points and occasional podium challenger for most of their debut season