16 JANUARY: FLASHNEWS REGARDING FORMULA 1


Red Bull to launch RB10 at Jerez.
 
Williams Grand Prix Holdings PLC announced the appointment of Graeme Hackland to the position of IT Director.

Sahara Force India signs multi-year partnership with Roshfrans..


Williams. Graeme will have overall technical, operational and delivery responsibility for all IT projects within the Williams Group, encompassing both the Williams F1 Team and Williams Advanced Engineering. Graeme will also join the Group's Executive Committee. Graeme joins Williams from the Lotus F1 Team where he held the position of IT/IS Director. Graeme originally joined Benetton Formula Ltd in 1997 in the position of Network Support Analyst and was subsequently promoted to IT Manager in 2002 and Head of IS in 2009, taking on the IT/IS Director role in 2010.

Speaking about his appointment, Graeme said: "I'm proud to join the Williams Group as IT Director. The Williams F1 Team has engineering excellence at the heart of its DNA, and Williams Advanced Engineering has an enviable reputation for world class technical innovation. I'm excited to play a part in the future success of Williams, bringing my love of applying technology to complex business challenges, especially at a time of major change within Formula One's technical regulations."

Group CEO, Mike O'Driscoll, added: "We are delighted to welcome Graeme to Williams in this newly created role. As a rapidly expanding high technology business it is important that we continue to invest in the very best IT facilities and personnel. Graeme is the ideal person to direct our IT infrastructure moving forwards and his vast knowledge of the Formula One operating environment will be particularly invaluable."

Sahara Force India announced multi-year partnership with Roshfrans, the lubricant oils specialists from Mexico. The agreement will see prominent Roshfrans branding on the team’s new car, the VJM07 (rear wing endplate) as well as on the drivers’ suits, helmets and team clothing.

Dr Vijay Mallya, Team Principal and Managing Director of Sahara Force India: "I’m delighted to welcome Roshfrans as a new long-term partner of Sahara Force India. Together we share a lot of common values, including a passion for technology and innovation, and we look forward to forging a strong working relationship with them in the years ahead. As a global organisation, Roshfrans is ideally placed to take advantage of Formula One’s unparalleled reach to demonstrate its technical excellence and increase brand awareness."

Ing. Sergio Platonoff Castillo, CEO of Roshfrans: "It’s a pleasure for Roshfrans to begin a partnership with Sahara Force India – an up-and-coming team with big ambitions. We have been very impressed with the commitment of everybody in the team and, with such an exciting driver line-up, we believe the stage is set for a successful season. It’s an extremely proud moment for Roshfrans to be involved in the world of Formula One and we look forward to following the team's progress this season."

RB10 Launch, 28 January 2014, Circuito de Jerez 
08:40 Photo Call, Pit Lane
10:30 Adrian Newey Open Media, Energy Station
10:50 Christian Horner Open Media, Energy Station
11:10 Daniel Ricciardo Open Media, Energy Station 
12:00 Sebastian Vettel Open Media, Energy Station