McLaren’s “Tooned” animated series returns

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McLaren may not be having the greatest of seasons on the track, but that hasn’t stopped them from bringing its animated series “Tooned” around for a second run – which began around the recent British Grand Prix with the clip above.

Created in partnership with Framestore Animation, “Tooned” first debuted in 2012 as a series of shorts that aired during Formula One television coverage in the United Kingdom. Last year’s first run focused on Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton getting into mischief and causing all sorts of headaches for the team’s head of engineering, Professor M (voiced by British comedian/actor Alexander Armstrong).

Along the way, key McLaren figures such as Mika Hakkinen and Ron Dennis dropped in, and the final episode of Series One even managed to cleverly write off Hamilton (who was in the process of making his way to Mercedes) and bring in the team’s newest pilot, Mexican rising star Sergio Perez.

But Series Two is giving the self-contained episode style a rest in favor of a continuous arc that focuses on McLaren’s 50th anniversary and its rich motorsports legacy. There’s also been a new character added to the mix – an old mechanic, voiced by Brian Cox (“The Bourne Identity”), who claims to have witnessed the beginning of McLaren’s story with his own eyes.

McLaren has promised to upload each episode of the series onto its YouTube channel shortly after their original airings on UK television.

Verstappen doesn’t want F1 season to end after recent run of form

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Max Verstappen says he is not ready for the 2017 Formula 1 season to come to an end after enjoying a run of strong form through the closing stages of the campaign.

Verstappen endured a rocky run of form through to the end of the European season that saw him suffer a number of reliability issues and score just a single podium finish, taking third in China back in April.

However, the Dutchman has rallied to score more points than any other driver in the last five races, including victories in Malaysia and Mexico, as well as a podium finish in Japan.

Verstappen heads into next weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix chasing a third win of the year to sign off, but joked he does not want the season to end just as he’s got into a good groove.

“We will, of course, try and end the season with a strong result in Abu Dhabi,” Verstappen said. “Last year was actually quite a good race after skipping a pit stop following a spin at Turn 1, it was hard to manage the tires to the end of the race but we did it and finished fourth.

“I would say that my favorite part of the track is at Turns 2 and 3, the fast left, right. It’s also very cool driving underneath the hotel and racing in the darkness with all the lights.

“The final sector at Yas Marina is actually quite technical so you have to be really precise there, but it should also be our strongest part of the track.

“There are quite a few overtaking opportunities to make the race interesting, before the long straight at the hairpin and then at the end of the straight under braking for the next chicane section.

“Abu Dhabi is the last race on the calendar, but I don’t actually want the season to end. I’m really fired up at the moment and I just want to keep going.

“The nice thing will be to spend some time with friends and family over the winter break and then I will look ahead to January and get back into training before it all starts again.”