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Monaco F1 Race, Monte-Carlo – MARTINI, in partnership with Williams F1 Team, unveiled the official VECTOR MARTINI RACING powerboat ahead of this weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix 2014.

Last seen in competitive powerboat racing nearly 20 years ago, the legendary MARTINI stripes will once again be featured on the new Vector V40R powerboat.

Experiencing the thrills and exhilaration of the Vector V40R powerboat were official drivers for the WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING Formula 1™ team, Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas.

Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas and Brazilian born Felipe Massa are in strong positions since finishing fifth and 13th respectively in the Spanish Grand Prix, giving them an overall position of seventh and 12th. However Felipe Massa, who took pole position for the 2008 Monte Carlo event, believes this weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix will be the toughest race of the 2014 Formula 1 season.

Felipe Massa F1 race and how driving the Vector Martini Racing Boat compares to the Williams Martini F1 car.
Offshore powerboat racing is racing by large, specially designed ocean-going powerboats, typically point-to-point racing.

Probably one of the largest, most dangerous, and most powerful racing machines of all, the extreme expense of the boats and the fuel required to participate make it an expensive and elite sport.[citation needed]

Many different types and classes of boats can compete in individual races, on the same course, at the same time. Offshores have widely been known as a “Rich man’s” sport, however, now even people with normal pleasure boats can compete in some newly formed classes (with minor safety modifications). This may include single or twin piston engine V-bottom boats, single or twin piston engine catamaran style boats, four piston engine boats, and turbine boats. Depending on the class, speeds varies from 65 mph (105 km/h) to 250 mph (400 km/h)[citation needed].

In Europe, Middle East and Asia, offshore powerboat racing is led by the UIM regulated Class 1 and Powerboat GPS (formerly known as Powerboat P1).

In the USA, offshore powerboat racing is led by the APBA/UIM and consists of races hosted by OPA Racing, OSS, and P1).

The powerboat racing sport is moving more to a circuit racing style also known in the USA as “run what you brung”, which makes for a better powerboat racing TV and spectator experience, though there are still old fashioned powerboat racing endurance offshore racing classes.
The F1 Powerboat World Championship is an international motorboat racing competition for powerboats organised by the Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM) and promoted by H2O Racing, hence it often being referred to as F1H2O. It is the highest class of inshore powerboat racing in the world, and as such, with it sharing the title of F1, is similar to Formula One car racing. Each race lasts approximately 45 minutes following a circuit marked out in a selected stretch of water, usually a lake, river, dock, or sheltered bay.

Qualifying periods decide the formation of the grid, and timing equipment records the performance of competitors to decide the final classification and allocation of championship points.
The championship was formed towards the end of 1980, as drivers and teams became divided on the best course of action to establish a premier powerboating series. This was exacerbated by the two rival engine manufacturers Mercury, and OMC who each favoured a different option. Mercury decided to withdraw its powerful T4 engine from competition, and instead pursue a two litre engine format, which backed by a sizeable contingent of drivers, became the ‘ON’ class. OMC however, continued to support its equivalent to Mercury’s T4, a 3.5 litre, 400 horsepower V8 two-stroke that would form the backbone of the ‘OZ’ class. Traditionally, the ‘OZ’ class had been for experimental technology, and many drivers felt the class should remain that way, instead of it becoming the top category of powerboat racing. Ultimately however, with the two classes both claiming themselves the title of Formula 1, the UIM was forced to intervene, and officially sanctioned the Formula 1 World Championship in early 1981, using the regulations that made up the ‘OZ’ class. The decision was aided through the support of John Player Special who had already agreed to a three-year sponsorship deal of the ‘OZ’ class.


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