BANGKOK, July 23 -- Racing team Scuderia Toro Rosso, part of the Red Bull Formula 1 network, will have the help of PTT Oil and Retail Business (OR) in supporting the Thai-British driver Alex Albon Ansusinha.
Jiraphon Kawswat, president and chief executive of OR, which sponsors Alex, and Matthew Strachan of Scuderia Toro Rosso made the announcement at PTT headquarters on Tuesday. Alex becomes the sole Thai national currently competing in Formula 1 and only the second Thai ever to have competed, the first being Prince Birabongse Bhanudej Bhanubandh, who gained global fame among racing fans as “Prince Bira” back in the 1950s. PTT Lubricants, an OR brand, has been sponsoring Alex since he started in Formula 2 last year. Thanks to outstanding performance, he’s been selected for Scuderia Toro Rosso’s F1 team this year. Jiraphon said OR hopes its sponsorship deal gives Alex the chance to show off his skills at the world’s leading racing events and put Thailand back on the global F1 map. “I’m really grateful to PTTOR and PTT Lubricants and look forward to representing them around the world,” Alex said. “To be able to count on their support moving forward is really significant and I’m relishing the chance to work closely with them in the future. I’m incredibly honoured and happy to welcome PTTOR to the Toro Rosso family.
Albon is currently in 12 position in the F1 standings after 10 of the 21 races for the season, scoring points in Bahrain (9th place 2 pts), China (10th place 1 pt) and Monaco (8th place 4 pts). His next race will be the German GP at on July 29-29. Jiraphon said OR aims to help earn Thai products recognition as global brands and has been supporting various national and international motorsport events, providing opportunities for Thai drivers to gain experience at high-profile competitions on the global stage. Events supported by OR include the Thailand Super Series and BRIC Superbike by PTT Station.
Since last year, OR and PTT have also been the main official sponsors of MotoGP, dubbed the world’s most challenging motorbike race and currently called PTT Thailand Grand Prix.
2019 Formula 1 World Championship Drivers' Standings
SILVERSTONE, July 13 -- Race results of the British Grand Prix at the Silverstone Circuit, round ten of the 2019 Formula 1 season.
2019 Formula 1 British Grand Prix - Race Results
* Lewis Hamilton: Fastest Race Lap (1m 27.369)
** Sebastian Vettel: 10 seconds penalty for causing a collision
SILVERSTONE, July 14 -- Starting grid for the British Grand Prix at the Silverstone Circuit, round ten of the 2019 Formula 1 season.
2019 Formula 1 British Grand Prix - Starting Grid
SILVERSTONE, July 13 -- Full results from qualifying for the British Grand Prix at the Silverstone Circuit, round ten of the 2019 Formula 1 season.
2019 Formula 1 British Grand Prix - Qualifying Results
SILVERSTONE, July 13 -- Full results from third practice for the British Grand Prix at the Silverstone Circuit, round ten of the 2019 Formula 1 season.
2019 Formula 1 British Grand Prix - Free Practice 3 Results
SILVERSTONE, July 12 -- Full results from second practice for the British Grand Prix at the Silverstone Circuit, round ten of the 2019 Formula 1 season.
2019 Formula 1 British Grand Prix - Free Practice 2 Results
SILVERSTONE, July 12 -- Full results from first practice for the British Grand Prix at the Silverstone Circuit, round ten of the 2019 Formula 1 season.
2019 Formula 1 British Grand Prix - Free Practice 1 Results
LONDON, July 10 -- It’s the F1 British Grand Prix at Silverstone this weekend which means many from London and the south-east will be headed up the M1, M40, A5 or taking a “quick route only we know” over the coming days to take in the spectacle in Northamptonshire.
Doubtless many of them will be followers of current F1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton. But, how many of them actually “follow” Hamilton on Twitter? Research carried out by private number plates company Click4reg.co.uk suggests the figure is not as big as it might appear. The research concludes that 34.3% of Hamilton’s followers are, to use a currently popular word – fake! Even allowing for these figures, Hamilton still has the biggest following among F1 drivers who have a personal Twitter account (two – Kimi Räikkönen and Sebastian Vettel – don’t have one).
The research showed that:
Last November, Instagram cracked down on celebrities and influencers with followers who aren’t genuine. This ‘purge’ reduced significant numbers of fake, inactive, spam, bots, or as often discovered – bought – followers. Why buy followers? Users may do so to appear more influential, to harness more media and therefore commercial attention, among other reasons. But Instagram isn’t the only social platform faced with this issue. Twitter has battled the problem of bots and spam accounts for many years. So, with the British Grand Prix as its cue, Click4reg wanted to discover how many followers of the 20 competing F1 drivers are fake.
Author: Lora Smith