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  1. BAUME & MERCIER CHANNELS MOTORSPORTS WITH THE INDIAN MOTORCYCLES COLLECTION Earlier in the year Swiss watchmaker Baume & Mercier unveiled a duo of their most affordable models from the Clifton Club line of sports watches. With intricate motorsport styling and a high degree of wearability, the Indian Motorcycles collaboration known as the Clifton Club Legend Tributes captured our collective hearts and wrists over at SIHH 2018. The watches come as two solid chronograph models in the aptly named Chief and Scout, named after the respective motorcycle models. Clifton Club Legend Tributes Scout Ref. MOA 10402 Anyone who knows their heritage motorcycles will be well acquainted with the Indian Motorcycles name which was established way back in 1901. The American manufacturer of vintage bikes was the sole inspiration behind the Scout timepiece which features a semi-opened dial to reveal the inner-mechanics much like the design of the bike. The Scout is powered by the robust Valjoux 7750 automatic movement which affords an hours, minutes, seconds, and date function alongside chronograph counters at the 6, 9 and 12 o’clock indexes. On the dial it’s all about the opaline grey which is finely contrasted with the snailed black chronograph counters and the aforementioned partial opening alongside a gold seconds hand. Green Super-Luminova is applied to the indexes to ensure legibility. The watch’s power reserve clocks in at 48 hours and the whole package is housed in a 44mm stainless steel case which is paired with a brown calfskin strap to mimic the motorcycle’s saddle. The watch affords a 50 metre water resistance rating and only 1901 examples of the Scout will be released to reflect Indian Motorcycle’s debut year. Clifton Club Legend Tributes Chief Ref. MOA 10403 Similar to the Scout, the Chief takes all of the inner workings but changes it up with a fresh dial design and strap designation. On the dial it’s all about the opaline black which is finely contrasted with the snailed silver-coloured chronograph counters and a red racing stripe which circles the dial and covers the seconds hand. Power reserve is also 48 hours and the whole package is housed in a 44mm stainless steel case which is paired with a stainless steel bracelet. Only 1901 examples of the Chief will be released to reflect Indian Motorcycle’s debut year. Both models can be identified with the caseback engraving which wears the Indian Motorcycles logo.
  2. Fourth Man Confirmed To Have Died In Hunt For The Rocky Mountains' Possibly Fictional Fenn Treasure The myth of a treasure hoard hidden somewhere in the Rocky Mountains has lured a fourth person to their death. 53-year-old Illinois resident Jeff Murphy died in Yellowstone National Park on June 9th, 2017 while seeking a $3 million treasure chest supposedly buried by New Mexico art dealer and aged millionaire Forrest Fenn, who claimed in the self-published 2010 memoir The Thrill of the Chase that he had buried the treasure "somewhere in the Rocky Mountains between Santa Fe, New Mexico and the Canadian border," per the BBC. Reporters at KULR 8 filed a Freedom of Information Act request and discovered that Yellowstone officials were aware that Murphy had emailed Fenn in the days before his death, confirming a link to the seven-year treasure hunt that has allegedly drawn many thousands of people. In the book, Fenn included a 24-line poem he later told ABC News was the key to finding "hundreds of gold nuggets, some as large as chicken eggs, ancient Chinese carved jade figures, Pre-Columbian gold animal artifacts, lots of rubies, emeralds, sapphires, and diamonds and other things." Fuelling some of the sensation may be Fenn's reputation as an individual allegedly willing to skirt the boundaries of antiquities laws. Numerous people have questioned whether the chest is just a hoax, though Fenn clarified after it became clear the hunt was getting dangerous that the chest was hidden in a location accessible to an 80-year-old man travelling solo, per the New York Times. Fenn specified the treasure was buried at least 1,524.00m above sea level in the mountains; Murphy died after falling at least 152.40m off a cliff on Turkey Pen Peak, per the Washington Post. Fenn allegedly offered to pay for the cost of a helicopter in the search for Murphy, though the Times noted that after the second death was logged in 2017, he had brushed off criticism by saying, "It is always tragic when someone dies, and this latest loss hit me very hard ... Life is too short to wear both a belt and suspenders. If someone drowns in the swimming pool we shouldn't drain the pool, we should teach people to swim." According to the Post, other deaths have included 54-year-old Randy Bilyeu, 52-year-old Paris Wallace, and 31-year-old Eric Ashby, all since 2016. National parks receive hundreds of millions of visits a year, so statistically they remain very safe despite the roughly 120-140 deaths (excluding suicides) that tend to occur in them annually, mostly from drowning, vehicular accidents and falls. But police have previously urged Fenn to call off the hunt, with New Mexico State Police chief Pete Kassetas advising that "when you have $3 million or so, as it's rumoured to be, at stake, people make poor decisions."
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    Renault F1 team partners Spain's top football league The Renault Formula 1 team has announced a partnership with Spain's premier men's association football division LaLiga. The logo of the Spanish football competition will be present on Renault's recently-unveiled F1 2018 challenger RS18. It will also feature on the overalls of the team's two race drivers Nico Hulkenberg and Carlos Sainz, the latter a known fan of LaLiga's reigning champion team Real Madrid. “We are very happy to announce this exciting and unique partnership with LaLiga, one of the world’s best football divisions,” said Antoine Magnan, Renault's Head of Partnerships. “Renault Sport Formula One Team and LaLiga have many shared goals as we push to expand our reach worldwide. “Between the Formula 1 and LaLiga seasons we cover the entire year and there are cross-overs in our two fan bases that will be the springboard for exciting activities.” One of the most popular domestic football competitions in the world, La Liga is sponsored by Spanish financial giant Santander – which had been a regular grand prix racing sponsor before pulling out of F1 at the end of last year. LaLiga brand director Enrique Moreno said: “We have been looking for innovative ideas that allow us to generate brand presence internationally and support our brand positioning ‘It’s not football. It’s LaLiga.’ “Motorsports and specifically Formula 1 fits perfectly with this strategy. Formula 1 fans are potential football fans. “This new, year-long relationship is designed to further expand the LaLiga audience and grow awareness for our brand.” This new deal is not the first between motorsport and football organisations, following in the footsteps of a recent partnership that involved London-based English football team Chelsea and the Swiss Formula 1 outfit Sauber.
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    Pascal Wehrlein, George Russell to share Mercedes F1 reserve role Mercedes has confirmed that Pascal Wehrlein and George Russell will share duties as the team’s Formula 1 reserve driver this season. Wehrlein competed in Formula 1 for Manor and Sauber across 2016 and 2017, but was unable to secure a seat on the 2018 grid, though has retained his Mercedes connection. Wehrlein will contest this year’s DTM series – Mercedes’ final year in the category – and act as back-up to regular F1 racers Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas. Wehrlein will be joined as reserve by Russell, who will combine his role with a full-time seat in the Formula 2 championship. Russell, 20, won last year’s GP3 Series with ART Grand Prix and has stayed with the team upon his graduation to the secondary division. Russell is therefore in line to carry out mid-season running for Mercedes, as per 2017, with Formula 1 regulations dictating that two of the four days must be allocate to young drivers.
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    Force India denies sale rumours and confirms Monday launch for VJM11 The Force India F1 Team has rubbished claims it is in talks with a potential buyer following reports that a British energy drink company had made a bid for the team. It was reported this week that Rich Energy were in talks to buy the Silverstone-based team for £200 million ($280m) ahead of the 2018 season. The team issued a statement on Thursday denying the reports: "Following recent media reports speculating on the sale of Force India Formula One Team Limited, the Company’s shareholders wish to clarify that there is no offer from potential investors under consideration." The statement also confirmed the team's 2018 car, the VJM11, would be launched in the Barcelona pitlane on Monday morning ahead of pre-season testing. "The Team is focussed on the start of testing next week where the 2018 car will be presented in Barcelona on Monday 26th of February. "The team’s drivers, Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon, will pull the covers off the VJM11 and pose for photos in the pit lane at 8:00am local time."
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    Formula 1 looks set for a return to Argentina in 2019 While much has been made and said in the media over the last year about new countries wanting to stage a Formula 1 race, there has also been talk about previous venues returning to the F1 fold too. Recently there was speculation about Kyalami in South Africa but today it has emerged that Argentina now looks to be in pole position for a return when it was revealed that Fenix Entertainment is in talks with Liberty Media to stage a grand prix in Buenos Aires in 2019. Arturo Rubinstein, president of Fenix Entertainment’s parent company, investment firm Blue Capital, confirmed he is in negotiations with Liberty and that Fenix’s plans have the backing of the Argentinean government too. “We are negotiating with Liberty Media to become the promoter of the GP in Argentina,” Rubinstein told The Independent in London. He confirmed the grand prix would be run at Autódromo Juan y Oscar Gálvez in Buenos Aires, a circuit that hosted its last F1 race in 1998, and that the city was up to contribute $30m towards redevelopment work to bring the Autódromo up to the standard required by the FIA which should take six months to complete. “The government of the city of Buenos Aires has committed to fund the required works in order to get a further upgrade of the circuit according to F1 and FIA’s standards. The works to repair and improve the circuit will start as soon as we sign the agreement [with Liberty] to hold the race “Our preference is to have the race held in 2019, at the beginning of the calendar, back to back with Australia. It is worth noting that there are transpolar flights. Also, historically, the F1 races in Argentina were held at the beginning of the calendar. Another alternative is to have it in November, before or after Brazil. “We have been discussing the project with both the national and the city of Buenos Aires governments. The current President of Argentina, Mauricio Macri, has a sport background, having been president of [leading football club] Boca Juniors for 10 years during the most successful period in its history. It should be borne in mind that he is the former Buenos Aires city mayor and, as such, we have actually been talking with him about this project since the start in late 2013.”
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    Jolyon Palmer to join BBC Radio F1 coverage for 2018 Former Renault driver, Jolyon Palmer, will join the BBC for 2018 where he will be part of the broadcaster's Formula 1 radio coverage. Palmer, 27, will be part of BBC Radio 5 Live's commentary team and will work alongside Jennie Gow and Jack Nicholls while the former F1 driver will also appear on the BBC Sport website. The British driver made his name in GP2 - now Formula 2 - with a championship win in 2014 propelling him into F1 for 2015 where he was a test driver for Lotus before being promoted to a full-time race seat for 2016 after Renault took over the Enstone outfit. After being re-signed by Renault for the 2017 season, Palmer found himself without a drive in the closing stages of the year after being replaced by Carlos Sainz Jr after the Japanese Grand Prix. "I've worked with Jennie and Jack a lot but am more used to being grilled by them," said Palmer. "It's going to be great joining them in the commentary team and to get to ask the questions myself. "I'm fascinated to see how the inter-team rivalry plays out and hope I'll be able to bring my own knowledge of the personalities involved to shed further light on the relationships," he added.
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    VETTEL: THIS YEAR’S CAR IS A BIG STEP FROM LAST YEAR’S Four times world champion Sebastian Vettel said that Ferrari’s new SF71H Formula 1 car already looks a big step up from last year’s before it has turned a wheel in anger, the German was speaking on the occasion of the online launch of the team’s 2018 challenger. The sport’s oldest and most successful team are hoping the car, with more red and less white in the livery following the departure of sponsor Santander, will take them to a first championship in a decade. Vettel won five races last season but finished runner-up to Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, who is now also a four times world champion. “Now is the time when you see the car, it’s all ready and you want to get in and go out on the track and have a go,” Vettel told guests at the Italian team’s Maranello headquarters. “To stand here now is very special for all of us. I think they are all waiting for us to say how it feels. So we can’t wait to get out on track to see how the car performs, how it behaves.” “I think that’s the answer that we all want to hear and we go from there. For sure, the amount of effort that has gone in and the attention to detail in so many areas is impressive.” The presentation, online and through social media channels, came on the same day that Mercedes were showing off their new F1 W09 car. In an act of sportsmanship, the British-based team made sure reporters attending their event at Silverstone could watch the Ferrari unveiling on television screens during a break for lunch. Ferrari technical head Mattia Binotto said the car, narrower and with a slightly longer wheelbase as well as more aggressive sidepods, was an evolution of the 2017 one which performed well on slower speed circuits but lacked reliability. “Every little detail matters, every part can make a difference and I think this year’s car is a big step from last year’s,” declared Vettel, who won his four titles with Red Bull between 2010 and 2013. Finnish teammate Kimi Raikkonen, who is now 38 and out of contract at the end of the season, said it looked good despite the addition of the now mandatory halo head-protection device. “When it looks nice, the speed is also there. But obviously we will see that next week,” said the 2007 world champion who will be testing the car with Vettel at Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya next week.
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    FERRARI REVEAL THE SF71H WITH RETURN TO RETRO RED Ferrari launched the SF71H during a slick online reveal presentation showing to the world the new car which they hope will return them to title-winning ways in the 2018 Formula 1 World Championship. Watched by Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne among the dignitaries and media, team principal Maurizio Arrivabene, technical chief Mattia Binotto as well as their drivers Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen spoke on stage with the deep red SF71H as the centrepiece. The car is a darker red than previous years, returning to the slightly lighter red of the Ferrari F1 cars of the mid-sixties. There is also far less white on the car than in recent years. Ferrari said of their new car: The SF71H (the code name for the 669 project) is the sixty fourth single-seater car designed and produced by Ferrari to compete in the Formula 1 World Championship. Rule changes introduced last season led to the introduction of significant aerodynamic modifications and wider tyres, all aimed at increasing performance. Therefore the new 2018 Ferrari F1 car has been created to make the most of the experience gained last year. Compared to 2017’s SF70H, the wheelbase has been changed slightly, with the side dimensions also revised along with the cooling system. The suspension follows the tried and tested practice of using push-rods at the front and pull-rods at the rear, however, their design has been updated based on experience gained during the first season running the wider tyres. Cockpit protection: The most obvious element to catch the eye is the Halo, designed to protect the cockpit area. After two years of on-track testing, it has now entered the rule book. It weighs around 7 Kg, plus fittings and this has only been partly compensated for with an increase of 5 Kg – from 728 to 733 – to the minimum car weight set in the 2018 regulations. Power Unit: The number of V6 engines that can be used over the course of the season, without incurring a penalty, continues to decrease, this year from 4 to 3. The same number applies to the turbo-compressor and MGU-H – the energy recovery system attached to the turbo – while only 2 MGU-K -the device that generates kinetic energy linked to the transmission – are allowed over the year, a figure which also applies to the electronic control unit and the batteries. Therefore those in the engine department have also based their work on these new parameters. The programme: After it’s launch on Thursday 22 February, the SF71H will be transported to Barcelona’s Catalunya Circuit, for a filming day on Sunday 25th, followed by the start of testing proper on Monday 26th. The first session runs to the end of Thursday 1 March, while the second test takes place at the same circuit from 6 to 9 March. Both Scuderia Ferrari race drivers, Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel will be driving.
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    BOTTAS GETS FIRST RUN IN NEW MERCEDES W09 On Thursday shortly before the Mercedes launched the W09 online, the team posted a video of Valtteri Bottas leaving the pit garage during the team’s promotional filming day at Silverstone. The world champion team’s new car sported the mandatory Halo, but on the surface, the livery looks very similar to last year’s skin. Mercedes start the season as favourites thanks to their remarkable four-year run in which they have won eight F1 world titles. The W09 is the weapon they are counting on to bag ten titles in five years come the end of this season.
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    WOLFF: GIVE ME A CHAINSAW I WOULD TAKE IT OFF Formula 1 champions Mercedes launched their 2018 car on Thursday with team chief Toto Wolff hoping it proved less temperamental than the last one and admitting he would like to attack the mandatory halo device with a chainsaw. The Austrian, whose team have won the last four championships and are favourites for a fifth with Lewis Hamilton, is no fan of the mandatory new halo head protection system. “I’m not impressed with the whole (halo) thing,” Wolff told reporters at a chilly Silverstone circuit after Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas had given the silver W09 its track debut. And if you give me a chainsaw, I would take it off.” Wolff, whose team were early supporters of the halo concept, said driver safety was always a key consideration but there needed to be a better solution than what was currently available. “What we have implemented is aesthetically not appealing and we need to really tackle that and come up with a solution that simply looks better,” he added. “It’s a massive weight on top of the car, you screw up the centre of gravity massively with that thing.” Four-times world champion Hamilton was less fussed, telling reporters he expected everyone to get used to it after a few races, “Honestly, I think the team have done a great job to integrate it and make it look as nice as it can look.” “This is in the world right now and I’m sure it’s only the first step in the evolution of this safety level. But it is heavy. The cars are getting heavier. It’s a big car but streamlined as much as it can be.” He hoped also that Mercedes had “ironed out some of the creases” from last year with a narrower and more tightly packaged car, whose official F1 W09 EQ Power+ name is already quite a mouthful. Last year’s car won 12 of the 20 races, with Ferrari triumphant five times and Red Bull three, but was swiftly declared to be a ‘diva’ because of its nature. Wolf added, “We hope that we keep the good character traits of the diva, we all like divas, but sometimes she was a bit difficult to understand and this is the area where we worked the most, trying to understand and preserve what we have in terms of speed in the car and equally find more driveability. “We have tried like in the past years to stay true to our design philosophy, continue to develop what was already a solid base,” concluded Wolff.
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    HAMILTON: NO REASON TO RUSH ANYTHING THERE’S NO PANIC Four times Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes team hope to have a new long-term deal signed and sealed before the season starts in Australia next month, both parties said as much at the launch of the champions’ new W09 car at a damp and cold Silverstone circuit. Hamilton indicated the signing could come in a matter of weeks, “Hopefully we’ll have something done before the beginning of the season, before the start of the first race.” The 33-year-old Briton, whose current contract expires at the end of the year, added, “But again, we’re just in no rush. There’s no reason to rush anything, there’s no panic. I’m not feeling under any pressure of any other drivers being there and (team boss) Toto (Wolff) and Mercedes have no reason to feel that I’m talking to anybody else.” Wolff told reporters separately that he had spoken to Hamilton regularly by phone and through messaging and hoped to have the deal done within “a few weeks” and “the sooner the better”. “[Hamilton] has been with the team six years so we are talking about extending that to a very long time with the same driver in the same team,” affirmed the Silver Arrows team chief. Hamilton has been conducting his own negotiations with the team and said last November, after winning his fourth championship in Mexico, that he expected the talks to be straightforward. He explained on Thursday that he had not been away over the winter and preferred to discuss the detail in person. But he said there was no doubt about his commitment and that of the team, “In the whole six years that I’ve been here, I’ve not spoken to another team once.” “I know the team have been contacted by other drivers in the past, and probably still do today, and that’s inevitable. But we always made it clear at the beginning if that I was to engage and look at my options, I would inform them. I’ve not needed to,” he added. Hamilton has won three of his titles with Mercedes, missing out narrowly to now-retired teammate Nico Rosberg in 2016. He is now the most successful British driver of all time and favourite to become only the third five times champion after seven times title holder Michael Schumacher and the late Argentine Juan Manuel Fangio. The new season starts with the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on 25 March.
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    MERCEDES LAUNCH THE W09 IN QUEST FOR TENTH TITLE IN A ROW On Thursday Mercedes launched the W09 – the car to be raced in the 2018 Formula 1 World championship by Lewis Hamilton and teammate Valtteri Bottas – with most of the new bits and pieces more under the skin than clearly visible to the naked eye. The car got a shakedown early on during the team’s promotional filming day at Silverstone with Bottas at the wheel. Afterwards, the team revealed the car online with Mercedes F1 chief Toto Wolff present along with the drivers. Sentiment from F1 fans across the social media platforms was positive, many praising the car’s good looks, with Bastian C. Atzger writing on Facebook: “If the car’s performance meets its looks, the championship will stay in the hands of Mercedes-Benz.” Mercedes start the season as favourites thanks to their remarkable four-year run in which they have won eight F1 world titles. The W09 is the weapon they are counting on to bag ten titles in five season come the end of this year. Superficial inspection reveals that the W09 has the following new aspects: Revised front suspension. Reinforced wishbones has strengthened the rear suspension The airbox now splits into four instead of three channels while the cooling holes on the side boxes have become narrower and slit-shaped. The rear wing is supported by a central stilt with a winglet attached. The livery remains very similar to last year’s edition and first impressions are that the car is an evolution of it’s predecessor the W09 hence very similar in appearance. Toto Wolff, Team Principal & CEO of Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, said ahead of the launch, “It is always a very exciting time because what has been designed is coming together and coming alive. It’s never going completely seamlessly or smoothly when you’re trying to push the boundaries. We’ve had a good winter, I would say, no real drama. But it was a lot of hard work for everyone in the team.” “The winter is intense,” continued Technical Director James Allison. “The planners have got thousands of lines of plans to deliver on, the design group have got to deliver several hundred new designs per day in order that they can be made.” “The test and development group and the team running the dynos have to stand ready as the pieces come in hot from the machines, to assemble them and put them on all the in-house testing kit. This allows us to be reasonably sure that everything is strong enough and has the right shape and will perform reliably.”
  14. Agree. Which raises the question, how can it be 4K as the image wouldn't be a nice clear picture. I'm yet to see a projector that gives a nice crisp picture which is why I've never liked them.
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