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Jonathan Jacob shoots for various automotive titles, producing different articles and emphases on the story. Sometimes the car is the main lead, at other times the owner is just as much a part of the story.

One such article can be found in the Reader Restoration section of Practical Classic magazine. A recent owner is more widely known for his comedy and music act than that of a car restorer. With over 25 cars to his restoration credentials Robin Colvil (pictured above) is more commonly known as one of the founding members of the group, The Grumbleweeds.

Linger over the photo at the head of this story. “This was going to be one of those shoots that wouldn’t fail to leave a lasting impression,” says Jonathan..

Also have a look at Jonathan’s blog and second site.

Monaco post race: Lotus

Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 E23. Monaco Grand Prix, Sunday 24th May 2015. Monte Carlo, Monaco.

Romain Grosjean

Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 E23 with Pharrell Williams (USA) Singer-Songwriter. Monaco Grand Prix, Sunday 24th May 2015. Monte Carlo, Monaco.

Romain Grosjean with Pharrell Williams

Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 E23. Monaco Grand Prix, Sunday 24th May 2015. Monte Carlo, Monaco.

Pastor Maldonado

Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 E23. Monaco Grand Prix, Sunday 24th May 2015. Monte Carlo, Monaco.

Romain Grosjean

 

Grosjean started from P15 on the grid on fresh super soft compound tyres, changing to new soft tyres on lap 17. Maldonado started from P8 on the grid on his qualifying super soft tyres before retiring with five laps completed. Grosjean drove a distinguished Monaco Grand Prix to fight back into a point scoring position from his P15 start, but ultimately finished 12th after an overambitious move from a rival driver, whilst Pastor Maldonado suffered from a suspected hydraulic leak meaning he had to retire from the race.
(Lotus F1 ran with branding for the creative force that is Pharrell Williams in today’s race to highlight the start of a new global collaborative marketing partnership between Lotus F1 Team and Pharrell Williams).

Romain Grosjean, P12, E23-04: “I didn’t see much of the accident with Verstappen, just his car flying past me in the air! Overtaking in Monaco is difficult and I think he gained that bit of experience today. It’s good to know he’s okay, as it was a bit dangerous for both of us, and it cost us what would have been a hard-earned point. Until then my race had been going pretty well when you consider where we started. The car felt good and the strategy was working well. After the accident, I turned around which established all four wheels were there, then looked in the mirrors to see if the rear wing was still there too, then got on with my race.”

Pastor Maldonado, DNF, E23-03: “I had a problem with the brakes and I could feel the pedal pressure wasn’t right from very early on and that compromised our race from the off. It got worse and worse so we had to retire the car. It’s a shame for the team, we had a good car here, very good pace for the race and I think a strong strategy. There’s potential in the car, we just need to carry on, work hard, and look forward in the championship.”

Federico Gastaldi, Deputy Team Principal: “What a frustrating day for both our drivers. Pastor was in a great position to score well but a technical issue meant he had to retire. Romain was also looking like getting a point after his penalty-place start but was robbed of that by an incident. The positives are that both drivers remain optimistic and full of praise for the car. Monaco is always a unique event and for us. We started something special with our new relationship with Pharrell Williams. We’re looking forward to Canada for many reasons.”

Nick Chester, Technical Director: “With Romain we did all we could with strategy to assist him to move up the order, and he was in 10th position after starting 15th, but he was taken off by Max Verstappen. For Pastor it was a real shame as he was in a strong position with a quick car with seventh position looking like a strong probability. Unfortunately he suffered from what looks like was a hydraulic leak which meant we had to retire him. Despite less than positive results here, we could see good pace from the E23, meaning we’re quietly confident heading to the next races.”

Pharrell Williams (USA) Singer-Songwriter with the Lotus F1 Team team. Monaco Grand Prix, Sunday 24th May 2015. Monte Carlo, Monaco.

Pharrell Williams, the American singer-songwriter with the Lotus F1 team – as if the man needs any introduction. But you may not know..

Pharrell Williams (USA) Singer-Songwriter with the Lotus F1 Team team. Monaco Grand Prix, Sunday 24th May 2015. Monte Carlo, Monaco.

Pharrell Williams (USA) Singer-Songwriter with the Lotus F1 Team team. Monaco Grand Prix, Sunday 24th May 2015. Monte Carlo, Monaco.

Pharrell Williams (USA) Singer-Songwriter with Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team and the Lotus F1 Team team. Monaco Grand Prix, Sunday 24th May 2015. Monte Carlo, Monaco.

Pharrell with Romain Grosjean.

Pharrell Williams (USA) Singer-Songwriter with the Lotus F1 Team. Monaco Grand Prix, Sunday 24th May 2015. Monte Carlo, Monaco.

Pharrell Williams (USA) Singer-Songwriter with the Lotus F1 Team. Monaco Grand Prix, Sunday 24th May 2015. Monte Carlo, Monaco.

Monaco post race: Williams

Monte Carlo, Monaco. Saturday 23 May 2015. Felipe Massa, Williams FW37 Mercedes. Photo: Glenn Dunbar/Williams ref: Digital Image _89P0038

Felipe Massa (and bottom).

Monte Carlo, Monaco. Saturday 23 May 2015. Valtteri Bottas, Williams FW37 Mercedes. Photo: Glenn Dunbar/Williams ref: Digital Image _89P0913

Valtteri Bottas

Monte Carlo, Monaco. Saturday 23 May 2015. Felipe Massa, Williams FW37 Mercedes. Photo: Steven Tee/Williams ref: Digital Image _X0W1180

 

Valtteri Bottas finished 14th and Felipe Massa 15th in today’s Monaco Grand Prix. Massa made contact with another car at Turn 1 causing a front-right tyre puncture. His first lap pitstop for new tyres and a new front wing resulted in him re-joining at the back of the pack and unable to fight for any points.

Starting P16, Bottas struggled for pace and was further compromised by a late safety car. The team heads into the next race in Canada confident that the FW37 will show a marked improvement in performance and will be back challenging for points.

Rob Smedley, Head of Performance Engineering: “It was quite a difficult weekend and we were nowhere near where we should be. At Monaco, if qualifying doesn’t go well you have partly made your bed so we knew getting points was going to be tough. It wasn’t a great race for us but we can’t dwell too much as we are out of position. We have to look at all areas to see what went wrong here with the inherent car performance and set-up. We cannot return here in 2016 and repeat this performance. We now have to focus firmly on the next three races. We have a really good package and some healthy upgrades coming soon so we look forward to coming back stronger in Canada.”

Valtteri Bottas: “This has been a tough weekend that ended in an even tougher race. We tried everything to try and get some points but with the pace we had it wasn’t possible today. We tried the two-stop strategy which never really came to us, with the safety car coming at just the wrong time. There are not too many positives from the weekend but plenty we can learn from as to why we struggled. We know we still have a good car and go to races in the next few weeks where we should be able to demonstrate our true performance.”

Felipe Massa: “Today was a very frustrating day and a race to forget for us. My race was effectively over in Turn 1, with another car pushing me over and I was left with a lot of damage to my tyre and front wing. The pitstop I had to make on Lap 1 put me right at the back of the pack and I spent the rest of the race looking out for blue flags. The car has not had its usual performance all weekend but we know that we are heading to tracks in Canada and Austria that suit our car and we should be back fighting towards the front.”

Too many vodkas...

Too many vodkas…

Monaco post race: Sahara Force India

Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM08. Monaco Grand Prix, Sunday 24th May 2015. Monte Carlo, Monaco.

Sergio Perez

Dr. Vijay Mallya (IND) Sahara Force India F1 Team Owner on the grid. Monaco Grand Prix, Sunday 24th May 2015. Monte Carlo, Monaco.

Dr Vijay Mallya, Sahara Force India F1’s team owner on the grid.

 

The team scored six points today as Sergio Perez raced to seventh place – securing his first points finish on the streets of Monaco. Team mate Nico Hulkenberg recovered to P11 after being pushed into the wall by Fernando Alonso on lap one of the race.

P7 Sergio Perez VJM08-02
Strategy: Used SuperSofts (36 laps) – New Softs (28 laps) – Used SuperSofts (14 laps)
“I’m very happy right now. As a team we’ve done a fantastic job all weekend and seventh place is the result of all this hard work. For me it was a normal race – very straightforward and quiet, which is strange for Monaco. I was racing on my own for most of the race because the cars ahead were able to pull a gap on me and I had space to the cars behind. It was difficult to keep concentration for 78 laps, but after the safety car I was on fresh supersoft tyres and it was really good fun. I was able to attack Kimi (Raikkonen), but there wasn’t an opportunity to get the position. It’s a very important result for the whole team and gives us six points for the championship. It means I’ve scored points in half the races this season, which shows we’ve done a good job of maximising our opportunities.”

P11 Nico Hulkenberg VJM08-01
Strategy: New Softs (1 lap) – New SuperSofts (30 laps) – New Softs (47 laps)
“My race was obviously very difficult right from the start: Fernando (Alonso) more or less pushed me into the wall on the first lap and from that moment I basically had to play catch up. I knew he was there so I left him a bit more space and turned in later, but he must have locked up as he crashed into me and sent me straight into the wall. The only damage was to the front wing, but getting back to the pits and changing the wing cost me a lot of time. My race was already compromised then – it is not easy to race from so far back because you have to let the leaders through and you’re on the back foot the whole time. In terms of pace I was doing quite well, especially when in clean air, but obviously getting lapped costs you a lot of time. It is a shame as I feel that without the incident I would have been well into the points today. I still take encouragement from our pace and hopefully we can maximise the next weekend in Canada and get some more points.”

Vijay Mallya, Team Principal and Managing Director
“Monaco always gives us an opportunity to shine and seventh place for Sergio is a fantastic result for the team. We did most of the hard work yesterday in qualifying and Sergio delivered a faultless performance this afternoon. He should be very proud of scoring his first points in Monaco. I feel very disappointed for Nico who was unlucky to be hit by Fernando. He had similar pace to Sergio and would surely have scored good points as well. With six points we have moved up to sixth in the championship. The team is doing a tremendous job and the result today helps keep the pressure on the teams around us.”

Team pit stop.

Team pit stop.

Monaco qualifying: Force India

Nico Hulkenberg

Nico Hulkenberg

 

Sahara Force India showed well on the streets of Monaco with Sergio Perez qualifying in seventh place – the team’s best starting position of the year so far. Nico Hulkenberg progressed to Q2 and qualified P13 (but he’s expected to start from P11).

P7 Sergio Perez VJM08-02
Q1: 1:17.376 Q2: 1:16.999 Q3: 1:16.808
“I’m really happy and excited with seventh place today. I always say qualifying in Monaco counts for 90% of your final result, so it was important to be strong. To be quick here you need confidence in the car and in yourself, and I had both today. To make it through to Q3 was already a great effort by the team, but to be starting P7 means we have already done a lot of the hard work for the race. We went out early in Q3 because we thought the rain was coming and I had a mega lap. I was worried some of the others might improve their times, especially with the track evolution, but fortunately it was not the case. Tomorrow we have a good opportunity to score some important points. We know that anything can happen on a Sunday in Monaco, but I’m focused on getting a clean start and a good first lap.”

P13 Nico Hulkenberg VJM08-01
Q1: 1:17.552 Q2: 1:17.193
“My final lap was a very good one and I believe I could have been firmly in the top ten, but unfortunately I made a small mistake in the final corner, which cost me enough time to miss out on Q3. Obviously it is disappointing, especially knowing how important your starting position is here. I am likely to be 11th on the grid, which means we will need to choose the right strategy to try and make up some positions. If we make the right calls tomorrow, we should be able to get some points. The brush with the wall in Q1 didn’t do any damage but it cost a lot in terms of rhythm: you spend a long time trying to get the right confidence around Monaco and an incident like this sets you back a little. Qualifying in Monaco is always a challenge, but one I really enjoyed. The car feels much better than it did in Barcelona and we seem to have more performance in our hands which is encouraging. Nevertheless, I expect a tough race where good tyre management will be especially important.”

Vijay Mallya, Team Principal and Managing Director
“Today’s strong performance in qualifying is an important boost for the team. Sergio’s laps were competitive right from the off and he had the confidence to extract every fraction of a second from the car. It’s an important result because track position is essential around here. Nico also looked on course for a top ten qualifying position, but fell just short of the mark: it is proof of how competitive the midfield is at the moment that one small mistake can cost so many positions on the grid. Nonetheless, both drivers seemed happy with the car and this gives us confidence for tomorrow. Overtaking is hard on this track, but as this team has shown in previous years it can be done. With an aggressive strategy we should be able to target points for both cars.”

Sergio Perez

Sergio Perez

Monaco qualifying: Williams

Monte Carlo, Monaco. Thursday 21 May 2015. Felipe Massa, Williams F1. Photo: Glenn Dunbar/Williams ref: Digital Image _89P8735

Felipe Massa

Monte Carlo, Monaco. Thursday 21 May 2015. Valtteri Bottas, Williams F1. Photo: Glenn Dunbar/Williams ref: Digital Image _W2Q5416

Valtteri Bottas

 

Felipe Massa qualified 14th and Valtteri Bottas 17th for the Monaco Grand Prix. Both drivers found it difficult to get the tyres up to temperature and found an overall lack of grip which hindered their ability to make it into Q3.

Rob Smedley, Head of Performance Engineering: “It was clearly a tough qualifying session for us and we are out of our usual position. We have been pouring through the data all week to try and find ways to improve our pace here, and whilst we have made some inroads, qualifying has just come too soon for us to recover everything. Starting 14th and 17th in Monaco is never ideal because it so difficult to overtake, but we will see what we can do and the aim will be to get both cars home in the points.”

Felipe Massa: “There were no major issues during qualifying that caused us to be out of position; Monaco just isn’t a circuit that suits the characteristics of our car. We struggled throughout the day and found it hard to set the lap times we wanted. Tomorrow won’t be easy, but anything is possible due to the nature of the track. It’s not a great result as we have become used to qualifying higher, but I’m confident we can still get points and that must be our focus.”

Valtteri Bottas: “I had some traffic on my initial option run and couldn’t go at the sort of pace needed to keep the tyre temperatures correct, and on my timed lap I just lacked overall grip throughout the lap. We knew this track was not going to suit our car and we’ve been struggling to get the tyres to work throughout the weekend. Then again this is the sort of track where lots of things can happen and if we stay out of trouble and finish the race then points are still possible.”

 

Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain. Wednesday 13 May 2015. Alex Lynn, Williams FW37 Mercedes.  World Copyright: Alastair Staley/Williams. ref: Digital Image _79P3668

Monte Carlo, Monaco. Thursday 21 May 2015. Felipe Massa, Williams F1. Photo: Glenn Dunbar/Williams ref: Digital Image _W2Q5227

Monte Carlo, Monaco. Thursday 21 May 2015. Valtteri Bottas, Williams F1. Photo: Glenn Dunbar/Williams ref: Digital Image _W2Q5416

Valtteri Bottas, and below with team members.

Monte Carlo, Monaco. Thursday 21 May 2015. Valtteri Bottas, Williams F1. Photo: Steven Tee/Williams ref: Digital Image _X0W8251

 

Monaco qualifying: Lotus

Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 E23. Monaco Grand Prix, Saturday 23rd May 2015. Monte Carlo, Monaco.

Romain Grosjean

Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 E23. Monaco Grand Prix, Saturday 23rd May 2015. Monte Carlo, Monaco.

Pastor Maldonado

Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 E23. Monaco Grand Prix, Saturday 23rd May 2015. Monte Carlo, Monaco.

Mr Grosjean again

 

Pastor Maldonado placed ninth and Romain Grosjean 11th in today’s qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix. Clouds rolled in over the hills ahead of the session, but the track remained dry, save for a gentle smattering of spots during the course of the top 10-deciding Q3 as Maldonado out-qualified Grosjean for the first time in 2015.

Maldonado’s time of 1min 16.946secs was just 0.015secs away from the P8 position ahead. Grosjean was due to start from P16 as he has a five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change, which now becomes P15 following a penalty for Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz, with Maldonado promoted to eighth place.

Romain Grosjean, E23-04. Q: P11, 1:17.007. FP3: P10, 1:17.806
“I made a mistake on what should have been my fastest lap in Q2 and I was aiming for a much better lap time which would have put me in the top ten. Basically I locked a wheel heading into turn fifteen and went straight on which lost me about four tenths. The car is looking good for the race, even if I have it all to do with my penalty meaning I start from P15 on the grid.”

Pastor Maldonado, E23-03. Q: P9, 1:16.946. FP3: P12, 1:17.956
“That was not too bad. The car felt better from this morning as we made some beneficial changes. I think we could have done better, but we had to hold the car a while to get some track space for the final lap and that meant that everything cooled a little. P8 is a strong position to start from and I have a feeling that tomorrow will be a good race for us.”

Alan Permane, Trackside Operations Director:
How was qualifying for the team? “We’re reasonably happy, although we always want a bit more and it would have been good to be ahead of both of the Toro Rossos and Force Indias for the race tomorrow. Pastor did a great job to get into the top ten whilst Romain will have a tough race through qualifying in eleventh position then getting a gearbox penalty which drops him five places.”

What are the considerations for tomorrow’s race? “Ensuring clean laps, avoiding any contact with the barriers and other cars is particularly relevant here. With Pastor, it’s a case of trying to make positions whenever possible against similarly paced cars. Romain on the other hand will be around much slower cars at the start so we will look at what we can do strategically to assist him to move forwards as soon as possible.”

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