2016 FORMULA 1 PETRONAS MALAYSIA GRAND PRIX Kuala Lumpur

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2016 FORMULA 1 PETRONAS MALAYSIA GRAND PRIX

Kuala Lumpur

 

Thursday 29th September
Formula One Press Conference – Press Room 15:00
GP3 Series Practice Session 15:15 – 15:45
GP2 Series Practice Session 16:05 – 16:35
Porsche Carrera Cup Asia Practice Session 16:55 – 17:25
TCR International Series Practice Session 17:50 – 18:20
Friday 30th September
TCR International Series Qualifying Session 08:40 – 09:10
Formula One Practice 1 10:00 – 11:30
Porsche Carrera Cup Asia Qualifying Session 11:55 – 12:25
Formula One Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk 12:30 – 13:40
Formula One Practice 2 14:00 – 15:30
GP2 Series Qualifying Session 15:55 – 16:25
Formula One Press Conference – Press Room 16:00 – 17:00
GP3 Series Qualifying Session 16:50 – 17:20
TCR International Series First Race (11 Laps or 25 Mins) 17:45 – 18:15
Saturday 1st October
GP3 Series First Race (19 Laps or 40 Mins) 10:30 – 11:15
GP2 Series First Race (31 Laps or 60 Mins) 11:50 – 12:55
Formula One Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk 13:00 – 13:45
Formula One Practice 3 14:00 – 15:00
Formula One Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk 15:15 – 16:30
TCR International Series First Race (11 Laps or 25 Mins) 15:30 – 16:00
Formula One Qualifying 17:00 – 18:00
TCR International Series Second Race (11 Laps or 25 Mins) 18:25 – 18:55
Sunday 2nd October
GP3 Series Second Race (14 Laps or 30 Mins) 10:05 – 10:40
GP2 Series Second Race (22 Laps or 45 Mins) 11:20 – 12:10
Porsche Carrera Cup Asia First Race (14 Laps or 30 Mins) 12:35 – 13:10
Formula One Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk 13:15 – 14:30
Formula One Drivers’ Track Parade 13:30
Formula One Starting Grid Presentation 13:45 – 14:15
Formula One National Anthem 14:46
Air Display TBC TBC 14:47
Formula One Grand Prix (56 Laps or 120 Mins) 15:00 – 17:00

 

 

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2016 DRIVERS CHAMPIONSHIP

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2016 DRIVERS CHAMPIONSHIP

 

1 NICO ROSBERG  GER MERCEDES 273
2 LEWIS HAMILTON GBR MERCEDES 265
3 DANIEL RICCIARDO AUS RED BULL RACING 179
4 SEBASTIAN VETTEL GER FERRARI 153
5 KIMI RÄIKKÖNEN  FIN FERRARI 148
6 MAX VERSTAPPEN NED RED BULL RACING 129
7 VALTTERI BOTTAS FIN WILLIAMS 70
8 SERGIO PEREZ MEX FORCE INDIA 66
9 NICO HULKENBERG GER FORCE INDIA 46
10 FELIPE MASSA BRA WILLIAMS 41
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Here’s what Zak Brown says he’s doing

The announcement that Zak Brown will be stepping down from his post at JMI has some arguing the case that he’s clearing his CV for a new post in Formula 1 working with Liberty Media’s Chase Carey. Two Americans running F1 alongside Bernie Ecclestone.

That would actually change how I describe the sport I love from, “oh, it’s a British racing series that races in Europe and around the world” to “Oh, it’s an American racing series that barely races in the US but you should hear the…actually, you should go to all the rac…it’s really cool”.

It’s like saying that NASCAR is an American racing series that has one race, the Daytona 500 (actually, folks who dislike NASCAR might really say that but NASCAR fans wouldn’t). The NFL is a American sport with one game, the Super Bowl.

While not denying the rumors flatly, Zak did take time to speak with the delightful Peter Windsor to discuss his reason for leaving JMI/CMS and where he believes F1 can grow. You may be interested to know, which I actually just said in my post earlier this morning, that he doesn’t believe sanctioning fees are the biggest growth potential for F1 in the long term.

The fact is, merchandising is a large, very pronounced blip on his radar screen and something we’ve discussed for years on FBC podcasts…recall us making the $100 carbon fiber key fob a household name around FBC? If you’ve been listening a while, you will.

It should be ubiquitous, not an attempted margin haul like the wine business. It never made sense to me that shirts and hats for F1 were so expensive when they do nothing but advertise for the team and sponsor. I might like a piece of Daniel Ricciardo’s front wing but to be honest, a damned hat for $20 would be a much nicer piece of gear as I don’t have $600 to spend on a chunk of front wing.

Zak has a very measured approach and that’s most likely why he’s been a terrific advocate for motorsport and very successful at it. I think you may enjoy his thoughts and if anything else, it’s good for us Americans to get a good dose of Peter once again.