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    Arrivabene reveals 2019 Ferrari F1 launch date Ferrari has announced that its 2019 Formula 1 challenger, codenamed internally 670, will be revealed on February 15. Team principal Maurizio Arrivabene confirmed the news during the Autosprint award ceremony of Caschi d'oro, which was held this evening in Milan at Garage Italia. The unveiling of the car will take place three days before pre-season testing begins at Barcelona in Spain. In the absence of the traditional Christmas lunch that Ferrari has always reserved for F1 journalists, Arrivabene took advantage of the prestigious event of the Conti Editore, that was combined with the delivery of the ACI steering wheels. “The group led by [technical director] Mattia Binotto has been working on next year's single-seater for months now,” said Arrivabene, who was accompanied at the ceremony by new signing Charles Leclerc. “The engines are already running on the test benches and there are parts of the car that are already in production. “Instead, the parts more related to the performance will arrive at the last moment, even if the tension increases because the time is less and less. On February 15 we will present the car and everything must be ready for that day.” “Of course it is early to give an overall picture of the car. Simulations are being done and we are working on the simulator, but the real test bench is only the track. That's where you confront yourself, comparing the data you've collected during the winter period, and especially where you confront yourself with others. “The technicians are working hard to complete the car by 15 February. We have some information from the guys who work on the simulator, but it's still too early to talk about performance.”
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    Romain's Empire: Grosjean on psychology, cooking and Haas Motorsport Week's sister publication Motorsport Monday sat down with an open and honest Romain Grosjean for a chat about his 2018 Formula 1 season, psychology, cooking, and Haas' long-term prospects... Think of Romain Grosjean and who do you think of? There is the 10-time podium finisher capable of a stunning turn of pace, in the process bagging outstanding results, as expected of a veteran of almost 150 Grands Prix. Then there is the driver banned for causing a multi-car pile-up, and who came close to the precipice again, via a litany of carbon fibre and frustrated rivals. In 2018 Grosjean did not score points for eight races – a spell that included a crash under the Safety Car in Azerbaijan and a crazy first-lap accident in Spain – but wound up with 37 points, taking a high of fourth in Austria, and impressed elsewhere, most notably in Germany and Italy. “S**t and good,” is how Grosjean reflects on 2018. “This is like a football game. Rubbish for the first half and then I played very well for the second half. First eight races, not a point, some bad luck, and some mistakes.” He pauses briefly. “Too many. And then before Germany where I knew I was back to where I wanted to be and from that point it was just a really good part of the season.” Getting “back to where I wanted to be” was a crucial point in a season that had been creeping towards disaster. Grosjean has previously been very open in the fact that he consults a psychologist, with whom he has worked since September 2012, and who can count Olympians, golfers, businessmen “and one Formula 1 driver!” among her clients. Formula 1, and sport in general, is slowly realising that mental analysis and understanding of the psyche should be regarded as a strength and not a weakness, and that sportsmen are humans and not robots, and the regular discussions have helped no end for Grosjean. “We were on the phone [before Germany] and we just chatted and went through everything and I realised there were a lot of things I hadn’t really sorted early in the year that weren’t right and were just polluting my mind,” he explains. “We cleared it all, we worked through everything and moved on, and from the time the phone call was done I phoned my manager and said ‘in Germany I’ll be back, I’ll be where I want to be’. “We’re all different. One of my weaknesses is to have things that are hurting me, you know, and then just not treating them, and putting them to one side thinking ‘it’s nothing it’s nothing it’s nothing it’s nothing’… and then eventually you get a big bag of unpleasant things and it’s just… they pollute you. It can be from a lot of things. It can be from a conversation, it can be from a race. It can be from being a father. Being a husband. Being a man. Just little things that you think ‘it’s nothing, it’s nothing, it’s nothing’ and then eventually it gets to you. [Formula 1] a job where passion and emotions are involved and therefore if you’re on the edge coming into a race track you know you’re going to be very easy to trigger out. Whereas if you’re relaxed and calm and confident and happy in the place you are it makes things much easier.” Part of that happiness comes from spending time off-track cooking, a passion that led to Grosjean and his wife, Marion, releasing a recipe book last year. “It’s a good way to relax, we all have different ways to relax,” explains the Geneva-based racer. “I love sport as well but if you do too much sport you get tired and then you get to a race and you’re tired and it’s not ideal, so cooking is a really good way to change my mind. The kids [Grosjean has three] love it as well. We can cook together, have fun, it’s a way of sharing love with my family.” Ever the sportsman, Grosjean is able to view parallels between two sides of his life. “I’m lucky to have a lot of Michelin-starred chefs’ phone numbers so whenever I have a question I just send a Whatsapp,” he comments. “They love racing, I love cooking, so it goes well. It’s very similar. We’ve got pressure for quali and the race and then there is one guy standing on the podium but there is a team behind. For example, Guy Savoy, or Gordon Ramsay’s three Michelin-starred restaurants… if he hadn’t got a team behind him he couldn’t do that. And the pressure of [serving] the lunch or the dinner at exactly one time, everyone comes at the same time… It can go from being superb to being completely rubbish. Bit too much salt, that’s it.” Grosjean, 32, is an intense character, speaking at scatter-gun pace, but what is clear is that he has found a home with Haas. As Lotus struggled financially though 2015, amid the long-winded eventual takeover by Renault, Grosjean upped sticks from the operation with which he had been linked since the mid-2000s, through highs and lows, and joined Gene Haas and Guenther Steiner at the newly-created team. He scored a stunning sixth on Haas’ debut in Australia 2016, improving to fifth next time out, sealing its status as a midfield team straight away. “It’s a great atmosphere, it’s a great team because everyone is [going] in the same direction,” he says. “Everyone has got the same mentality that we come to the race to go racing, have fun and to enjoy racing and do our best. There’s always someone to back you up in case you do a mistake, which happens, and there’s no finger pointing. It’s a really good atmosphere for everyone to do his best and give his best and feel confident he can go for it and if it doesn’t work it’s not the end of the world: someone’ll be here to help. Gene trusts the management but he loves coming and you can see in his attitude that he loves racing and understands that it’s complicated, it’s not like you feel you’ve got a boss who’s putting $100m [into the team] and is just wanting results. No, he’s here and understands the racing, and he doesn’t put the negative pressure. There is pressure, it’s Formula 1, but it’s positive.” Haas, having taken back-to-back eighth places in the Constructors’ Championship across 2016 and 2017, vaulted to fifth this season, in the process giving Renault a stiff challenge, a remarkable achievement in only year three. “If in winter testing you would have brought a contract saying you’re going to finish fifth in the Constructors’ everyone would have signed,” beams Grosjean. “The third year is amazing. Obviously we fought hard for fourth, we got it at one point before we were disqualified at Monza, at least we gave Renault a good run for their money, and I’m sure next year we can go again. I think we’ve got a good baseline, we’ve got a good group of people working well, I’m actually quite positive for the future.” Formula 1’s surge towards youth means Grosjean is already Formula 1’s fourth-oldest current driver and early next year will pass the 150 Grands Prix barrier – but don’t for one moment think he’s creeping towards the closing chapter of his career. “I’ve done eight years in Formula 1, I believe I’ve got another 6, 7, 8 to go. Kimi’s 39 and signed a two-year deal! I started at 27 so it’s not like I started when I was 17. I’m 32 and have done six [successive] years in F1, I can go six, seven [more], I think I’ve got the energy for it as long as I keep performing. “A lot of people lose their… you know Fernando [Alonso], why does he get frustrated and angry on the radio? I think, my opinion is, it’s because he hasn’t lost that wish to win, and you always want to win, so when you don’t win for three, four, five years and your car is s**t and you know it, you get frustrated. Other drivers, athletes in general, are happy with [earning] X million per year [and have the attitude of] ‘I do what I like’. I’m kind of the same as Fernando. I’ve never lost that wish that I can win a race.”
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    CHANDHOK RETURNS TO SKY F1 PUNDIT TEAM IN 2019 Popular former F1 driver Karun Chandhok will join the Sky F1 team from next year as the broadcaster bolster their ranks ahead of the 2019 Formula 1 season which they will flight on their channels. The 34-year-old race driver turned pundit contested 20 grand prix races in total, doing ten races with HRT in 2010, and another ten with Team Lotus a year later. He made a final appearance in the top tier at his home Indian Grand Prix in 2011. Sky announced on their website: “Karun Chandhok will return to the Sky Sports F1 team in 2019. The former F1 driver was part of Sky’s live coverage between 2012 and 2014 and rejoins the channel’s line-up ahead of the new season, which begins with the Australian Grand Prix on March 17.” Chandhok, who became a father recently, said of his new venture, “I’m very excited to be rejoining the Sky Sports F1 team from the 2019 season. With their long-term commitment to Formula 1 and the team of people that’s in place, it’s a great time to return. “I believe that I’ve been able to develop and offer viewers a unique perspective of someone with a technical, strategic and historical knowledge of the sport combined with the experience of 18 years of driving racing cars.”
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    MISTER-X: ARRIVABENE AND BINOTTO NEED ONE ANOTHER Interestingly, other than in Italy, media are all but ignoring the internal strife that is boiling at Ferrari, where the power vacuum left behind by the late Sergio Marchionne has set the stage for a power struggle between team principal Maurizio Arrivabene and technical chief Mattia Binotto. Sky Italia, the country’s Formula 1 broadcasters, have uncovered a team insider they codenamed ‘Mister-X’ who has provided insight into the status quo within the hallways of Maranello. This season the team was run almost as two separate entities with Binotto calling the shots on the technical side and Arrivabene running all the other management elements of the Scuderia. It is well chronicled how in the second half of the season the Reds went the wrong way with their development programme and the SF71H lacked when it mattered and, as a result, they had to play second fiddle to Mercedes in both championships again. With their season imploding, at Suzuka, Arrivabene was critical of the car which obviously irked Binotto and since then the relationship has deteriorated to the point that they no longer speak to one another. A destabilising crisis, they can ill-afford as they recharge for 2019, now demands hands-on involvement of the hitherto ‘invisible’ Ferrari president John Elkann who has some serious decisions to make as he takes control of the family jewel. Mister X describes a scenario at the great Italian team dating back to the summer when Marchionne was set to make major management structure changes within the team, but everything was left in the air when he died on 25 July. Sky Italia’s ‘Deep Throat’ Mister-X explained, “Marchionne had planned a very different future with a leading role for Mattia Binotto. We don’t know what it would have been but undoubtedly he would have been handed more freedom and also have him involved in the decision-making process that until now has been above his pay grade.” “We are talking about a major role, but exactly what Marchionne’s envisaged for Binotto we will never know, however, these days he seems restless, so it is reasonable to think that there was something more on the table for him than his current tasks and responsibilities.” Elkann and his equally out-of-sight CEO Louis Camilleri have some serious management issues to sort out, and decision time is now. The team’s spin-doctors, intentionally or not, by saying nothing at all have done a great job to keep everyone guessing on the state-of-affairs behind the Maranello gates. There are three obvious choices for the Agnelli heir and his consiglieri: first, Arrivabene stays on as the all-powerful team principal who everyone answers to and Binotto allowed to leave to Mercedes who desire him highly; second, Arrivabene departs and Binotto becomes team boss; and finally they work together in harmony. Mister-X believes the latter is the solution, “Arrivabene and Binotto can sit around a table and decide to move forward together, perhaps they have already done so, I hope so.” “It is not required to go on holiday together to do a good job, but you need mutual trust and above all respect, both professionally and personally. Formula 1 is pure stress, where cracks become chasms.” “If one or the other goes, decision makers in Turin will have to sort out a replacement which won’t be easy as we are almost at the start of the 2019 season. A company will always choose the one that creates the least problems. Replacements obviously also depend on who is available on the market.” Concluding, Mister X, perhaps representing the sentiment on the factory floor, argued, “I wish Binotto and Arrivabene would put aside their differences and realise the opportunity they have.” “Ferrari’s keys are in their hands, I find it an incredible opportunity, they can make history together. But they need one another and let’s be honest you don’t always work with colleagues you like, do you?” “Do you think it is easy for Christian Horner to work with Helmut Marko?” “Sometimes it is really worth putting aside ego and personal pride when there is an important goal to be pursued, and I think that on this front the motivations for Arrivabene and Binotto are certainly not lacking,” concluded Mister-X. If the Ferrari Feud is indeed “fake news” as Arrivabene claims, then why not diffuse it all with a handshake photo between the pair? Pop it on Twitter and prove it is fake, end of story. These days it is very easy to put out fires through social media. Instead, the silence is deafening, prompting rumours and uncertainty that have never lived well on Via Abetone Inferiore #4. Several outlets in Italy are reporting that Elkann has been a regular at Maranello in recent days, suggesting that crisis management is happening, now we await the outcome. Meanwhile, there are 90-days left until the start of the 2019 season-opening Australian Grand Prix on 17 March at Albert Park in Melbourne, peace and harmony reign at Mercedes…
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    KIMI’S FIA AWARDS BENDER CONTINUED OUTSIDE A hilarious new video of Kimi Raikkonen’s FIA Awards night boozy bender has emerged, showing the 2007 Formula 1 World Champion greeting fans in St.Petersburg and even trying on a traditional ushanka hat before departing the gala event. Last week video emerged of a thoroughly merry Iceman enjoying himself during the FIA hosted event to honour the various champions of all the championships under their jurisdiction, including the Formula 1 World Championship. For next season, Raikkonen has been replaced at Ferrari by Charles Leclerc, the Finn will return to Sauber for a two-year finale in the top tier. Vettel and Raikkonen were on hand to collect their trophies for finishing second and third respectively in this year’s championship title race.
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    ARRIVABENE: F1 COSTS ARE INCREASING INSTEAD OF DECREASING Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene has called for patience and caution before Formula 1 power brokers set in stone the way forward for the sport beyond 2020, arguing that changes to next year’s rules are costing teams millions and it is doubtful that racing will improve as planned. Between now and 2021, Liberty Media are expected to rip up the contentious and secretive Concorde Agreement and formulate a collective deal for teams heading into the future, a transparent plan in which a budget cap is high on the agenda, but as yet there is nothing concrete on the table to work with. There are those in the paddock who warn of time running out and call for decisions to be made with regards to the way forward for Formula 1, but Arrivabene told Racer that patience would be a virtue in this case, “Time is quite tight, you know better than me.” “So we need to move quickly – but in the meantime we need to avoid any move that could damage our company. I’m talking about Ferrari as I think my colleagues, they are talking about the company that they are representing.” At the same time, he cautioned, “We don’t have any hurry to move forward and maybe to create a mess.” “Talking about something that is in front of us now: We have regulations for next year, they were supposed to give more possibility to the overtaking, at the moment the first feedback that I got from our drivers is that most probably that objective is not achieved.” “The result is that we are spending a huge amount of money next year to change our car, then we need also to sit together and to understand how could be the situation for the engine cost for 2021 and maybe thinking about that – because we are continuously talking about a cost cap but at the moment, I’m seeing costs that are increasing instead of decreasing.” “So, we need to stop a bit and, instead of rushing, we need to think about what we are doing now, because what we are doing now, it could potentially influence future decisions.” The current Concorde Agreement, inked in 2013, runs until the end of the 2020 season and is expected to make way for a more transparent and balanced deal with the ten teams. Currently, Mercedes and Ferrari have budgets of around $400-million to $600-million per season depending on who you believe. The smaller teams are operating on about a third of that.
  7. Thank you @MD Puffer you're welcome. Yeah, seat is a little high in price but damn it would make a statement piece at home. What a cool childhood you must have had! The F8 was one mean looking piece of equipment for its time, the F-8 Crusader was the world's first carrier-based aircraft that broke the speed of sound. That would have been amazing to hear during class!!
  8. OLD CHARTER OAK BOURBON Bourbon must be aged in a "new, charred oak container." But the oak itself can come from anywhere. And since that oak gives bourbon nearly three-fourths of its flavor, using a different type is bound to have a significant impact on the final product. Buffalo Trace started to experiment with this over a decade ago, and this is the first release in a new line dubbed Old Charter Oak. The initial offering features their tried and true Mash #1 bourbon aged in Mongolian Oak barrels for ten years. And as you'd expect, the result is much different than one that was aged in traditional oak barrels. Packaged in a glass bottle with an oak medallion on the front and available in limited quantities.
  9. NISSAN GT-R50 BY ITALDESIGN The Nissan GT-R may be old, but it still has a few tricks left up its sleeve. When Nissan and Italdesign unveiled their one-off GT-R50, fans were clamoring for one they could take home — and Nissan answered. 50 examples of the GT-R50 will be produced for sale, with the production version nearly unchanged from the eye-catching concept. Based on the GT-R NISMO, the GT-R50 will have similar specs, with the exception of raiding Nissan's GT3 racing program's parts bin to bring the twin-turbo V6's power up to 710 horsepower and 575 lb-ft of torque. This is an increase of 145 horsepower and 108 lb-ft of torque over the base model and puts the GT-R well into the supercar category. Along with the engine mods, 50 lucky owners will get the gorgeous exterior treatment dreamt up by Italdesign, making this one of the best GT-R's in the model's 50-year history.
  10. HENDRICK’S ORBIUM GIN Originally launched in 1999, Hendrick’s Gin has taken the world by storm, quickly setting the standard and becoming a favorite amongst discerning imbibers everywhere. It’s been so successful, in fact, that the brand hasn’t needed to branch out and try anything different. Not satisfied with resting on their laurels, however, Hendrick’s has just introduced a new gin called Orbium. A limited edition small batch spirit, Orbium is actually a reinterpretation of the brand’s well-balanced original recipe created by Hendrick’s Master Distiller Lesley Gracie. As you might expect, the basis for the spirit remains the same, with some noteworthy flavor-altering additions, such as wormwood, lotus blossom, and quinine (the ingredient that gives tonic water its unique flavor profile). A love letter to those who helped the brand become what it is today, only 5,000 cases of this unique elixir are slated for production. Look for it at your local watering hole in the near future.
  11. ‘Triple Frontier’ Official Trailer It seems it’s all bigger names and bigger movies for Netflix going forward. Well, the biggest may be coming early next year. This is Triple Frontier, a Netflix Original film that stars Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Charlie Hunnam, Garrett Hedlund, and Pedro Pascal as a group of former special forces who decide to rob a cartel leader in South America. The movie itself has been in and out of the works since late 2010, with names like Tom Hanks, Tom Hardy, and Will Smith rumored to be involved. We don’t know if that’s a bad sign, but the trailer itself has us hyped. J. C. Chandor (A Most Violent Year, All Is Lost, Margin Call) directs the film, which is slated for release in March 2019, both on Netflix and in theaters. Here’s your first look.
  12. F-4 Phantom II Ejection Seat You can keep your Eames Lounge, Arne Jacobsen’s Egg, and every other iconic chair ever created, I’ll take this F-4 Phantom II Ejection Seat as our seat of choice every day. This genuine ejection seat from a McDonnell F-4 Phantom II fighter jet is for sale through the Boeing Store, so you can sit in style. A little background. The fighter jet is hailed as one of the most versatile ever built, with the ability to travel at twice the speed of sound. It was the U.S. Navy’s fastest, highest flying, and longest range fighter, and it was used by the Blue Angels and the Air Force Thunderbirds. In other words, it has a storied history. How that history lead to you using the seat as a place to rest while playing Red Dead Redemption 2 is beyond us. But that’s exactly what’s happening if you have the coin to buy it.
  13. GAEMS SENTINEL PORTABLE GAMING STATION While most gamers in the world play on some sort of mobile device, home consoles are far from being considered unpopular and actually offer a much more complete gaming experience. Their biggest downside: they’re not exactly travel-friendly. That’s all about to change with the GAEMS Sentinel portable gaming station. Most of the time, gaming on a console requires not just the console itself, but also a sound system and some kind of monitor on which to display the game. The GAEMS Sentinel, however, packs both of those latter items into a portable briefcase that’s far more travel-friendly than typical setups. And it doesn’t slack on tech either, as the built-in 17.3″ monitor boasts a full-HD 1080p display, built-in chambered and tuned stereo 3W speakers, and a 3.5mm headphone jack if you want to plug in your own gaming headset. The case also boasts a 105-degree hinge angle, HDMI cable, and a hard external shell to keep your precious console safe and sound in transit. The GAEMS Sentinel is on pre-sale now for $350.
  14. BOWMORE 1965 50-YEAR-OLD SCOTCH WHISKY Hailing from the Scottish Island of Islay, Bowmore is one of the best-known scotch whisky brands in the world and famed for being the oldest licensed distillery in the region. Their No.1 Vaults have been steadily producing some of the most notable whiskies in existence, and recently, Bowmore’s parent company Beam-Suntory announced that they would be releasing one of their best spirits yet — a 1965 single-malt scotch. The 50-plus-year-old expression is a true gem — with apricot, dried fruit, and floral notes that subtly appear beneath a dark, chocolatey taste. It was one of the first spirits to be prepared with Bowmore’s state-of-the-art heated stills all the way back in 1965, which allowed for greater, more precise control during the whisky-making process. Only 232 bottles are being released, each with their own hand-blown glass container and Scottish wood cabinet. Better yet, the first shipments are taking place this December. $30K
  15. A 220 YEAR OLD BEER FOUND IN THE TASMAN SEA IS NOW DRINKABLE Walk down any Sydney or Melbourne high street and you’ll see that craft beers are all the rage. From fruity pale ale’s to dark hops, the Hipster renewal of the middle ages has spread to Australia’s over 35 crew, to the point where even the soccer mums are questioning their choice of Sauvignon Blanc. But in Tasmania they’ve taken things a step further, with one museum taking the original samples of a 220 year old beer found inside a shipwreck in the 1990’s, and turning it into a drinkable brew. As reported by the BBC, “In 1796, the colonial trading firm Campbell and Clark commissioned the ship Sydney Cove to sail from Calcutta in India to Port Jackson, with a cargo of provisions including ales, wines and spirits as well as essential supplies such as grain and timber.” “Foundering off Tasmania’s treacherous north coast,” the BBC report continued, “Near the aptly named Preservation Island, the Sydney Cove ground to a halt on a sandbank and sank.” Fortunately for the beer aficionados of the world, almost 200 years later (in the 1990’s) the remaining beer (and the wreck) was recovered, preserved by the icy seabed, collected by Marine archaeologists from the Australian Historic Shipwrecks Team, and sent to the Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery in Tasmania for conservation. And the even better news is, this year, the beer is back, renewed and re-brewed thanks to a partnership between the museum and Australian brewing company James Squire. Cultured in test batches, Museum conservator David Thurrowgood, who holds a double degree in journalism and chemistry, took it upon himself to see if the original samples’ yeast was still viable. A partnership with the Australian Wine Research Institute ensued from the positive findings, and their national laboratory in Adelaide helped to isolate the yeast for brewing in commercial quantity (via the BBC). The surprise came when head brewer Haydon Morgan found the yeast to have significantly different properties to its modern-day counterparts, rapidly consuming all the available sugar in the ferment, and producing a dry beer. This meant that even after 200 years on the seabed (and months in laboratory bottles), “It revived quickly and could still be brewed, whereas a contemporary commercial yeast would be dead within weeks,” (BBC). Following this revelation, the team experimented with recipes based on the types of beer brewed in 1797, the year the ship went down. These included darker ales such as Porter, IPAs and ‘small ales’, which were lower in alcohol by volume. Of the three, they decided that the Porter style would be most palatable to modern consumers, and created a beer with a “rich, smooth taste” and “hints of blackcurrant and spices” (BBC). Now named ‘The Wreck Preservation Ale’, the beer is bottled under James Squire, and boasts ‘spicy clove aromas and a touch of chocolate’. In terms of whetting your gullet, limited editions of the stuff have just been released in James Squires brew houses, while another small supply is available at the Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery in Launceston, Tasmania.

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