F1 legend Giancarlo Fisichella becomes tyre brand ambassador

Gareth Herincx

51 mins ago
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Apollo Tyres has sgned three-time Formula 1 race winner Giancarlo Fisichella as its new ambassador for its premium Vredestein passenger car tyre brand.

The two-year agreement will see Fisichella contribute to the test and development of new Vredestein high-performance tyres, make appearances at key events, and feature in online and offline brand communications.

Starting his role in June, Fisichella led the Vredestein team during the latest edition of the iconic 1000 Miglia classic car rally in Italy. Racing from Brescia to Rome and back, he made his debut for the brand behind the wheel of a 1953 Simca Aronde S.

“Giancarlo is highly respected among performance car enthusiasts so he is the perfect fit for the Vredestein brand,” said Yves Pouliquen, VP Commercial at Apollo Tyres.

“In addition, his wealth of knowledge gained over many years in top-tier motorsport can help guide our R&D teams as they bring new products and technical innovations to market.”

Fisichella’s 13-year Formula 1 career started with the Minardi team and was followed by stints at Jordan, Benetton, Sauber, Renault, Force India and Ferrari. During this time, he secured three Grand Prix wins.

After leaving Formula 1, Fisichella transitioned to sports car racing, including competing in the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans. He and his team triumphed in the GTE-Pro class, securing first place in both 2012 and 2014.

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Family days out: How parents can keep costs down this summer

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As new research reveals that UK parents are stressed about affording family days out over the summer, here are top tips for keeping costs low, but smiles high.

Seven in 10 parents (69%) are stressed about organising affordable family days out, according to a survey by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles.

The study revealed that the average cost of a family day out is £93, amounting to upwards of £400 across the school holidays.

While three quarters of respondents (77%) would like to go on fortnightly days out, high costs mean one in five (18%) have nothing planned over the holidays.

The key concerns for families are also highlighted by the 1,000 UK parents questioned. Chief among these worries are the escalating costs of activities (52%), the challenge of discovering affordable day trips (50%), and the considerable effort required to plan engaging, educational outings for their children (32%).

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, whose range includes the family-friendly Multivan, has commissioned Jo Studholme, Parenting Expert, to share her top 10 tips for affordable activities with the kids.

Jo’s top summer holiday tips:

  • Embrace the great outdoors: nature is a treasure trove of free entertainment! Explore local parks, forests and beaches. Pack a picnic lunch, go on a scavenger hunt for interesting leaves or insects, or enjoy a simple game of frisbee.
  • Get crafty: arts and crafts projects are a great way to unleash creativity without breaking the bank. Use recycled materials like cardboard boxes, egg cartons, or toilet paper rolls for building, decorating, or designing costumes. You could even create nature collages out of those leaves and twigs you’ve scavenged!
  • Embrace the staycation: plan a staycation and explore your own city or town. Visit historical landmarks, local attractions with free admission days, or simply enjoy backyard camping.
  • Get active: explore your local area on a family bike ride, plan a pit stop for a refreshing ice cream treat. Alternatively, local swimming pools offer a fantastic way to cool down and have fun on a hot day.
  • Library adventures: libraries are a goldmine of free resources. Attend story time events, borrow books and audiobooks, or participate in some of the many educational programmes offered by libraries.

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Visitors to the Renault store at Europe’s largest indoor shopping mall will be able to test drive a trio of electrified E-Tech models.

The ‘Car of the Year 2024’ – the Scenic E-Tech 100% electric – the Megane E-Tech 100% electric and Austral E-Tech full hybrid will all be available until July 28.

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As well as the model display, there will be one of the first public outings of the much-anticipated pure electric Renault 5, a dedicated games and activity area, merchandise and a French patisserie.

Those interested in taking a test drive can book their slot in advance. Once they have completed their test drive, they will then receive up to six hours of free parking at the venue.

“Renault Scenic E-Tech 100% electric and our wider electrified E-Tech range are designed for modern living, combining optimum space and usability with style, high levels of connectivity and a fun driving experience,” said David Isherwood, Marketing Director, Renault UK.

“Making them conveniently available during people’s visits to Westfield Shopping Centre demonstrates just how easily they can fit into their lifestyle and allows all the family to enjoy the experience of electrified driving.”


Gareth is a versatile journalist, copywriter and digital editor who’s worked across the media in newspapers, magazines, TV, teletext, radio and online. After long stints at the BBC, GMTV and ITV, he now specialises in motoring.

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Many electric car drivers are unaware that their EV has a crucial 12-volt battery that is essential to the running of their vehicle, leading breakdown provider Start Rescue has revealed.

A faulty or flat 12-volt battery is the main reason for an EV breakdown, rather than unfounded worries about the main battery’s range.

Start Rescue’s research shows 23.7% of EV call-outs are due to the car not starting with the key, which is less than the 29.7% figure for petrol and diesel cars for the same issue.

“EVs are very reliable but, like all cars, it has a 12-volt battery that needs to be looked after,” says Lee Puffett, Managing Director of Start Rescue.

“Overall, EVs are less likely to require a breakdown call-out than ICE (internal combustion engine) vehicles, but EVs need to be driven to avoid the 12-volt battery going flat over time.”

Alongside the large high voltage battery that powers an EV’s motor, the 12-volt system is vital for door locks, ignition, air conditioning, safety equipment, and running crucial controls for the electric drivetrain.

The 12-volt battery in an EV is simple to maintain and Start Rescue advises drivers to use their EV regularly as the best way to look after both of its batteries – especially the 12-volt battery for all of the important systems that make it work.

“Charging up the car regularly will top up the 12-volt battery as it charges differently to an ICE car,” adds Lee.

“Pre-conditioning the car’s cabin temperature while it’s on charge is a big help, and you can also use a ‘trickle’ charger if you know the car will be parked up for longer periods, such as when you go on holiday.”

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Skoda has released the first official pictures of its Elroq compact SUV.

The camouflaged prototype looks like a cross between the bigger Enyaq and similarly-sized, conventionally-powered Karoq. It will have a range as high as 348 miles and charging times as quick as 28 minutes.

The first Skoda model to adopt the new ‘Modern Solid’ design language, it will combine comfort with practicality and value-for-money.

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The introduction of the Elroq marks the beginning of Skoda’s new EV offensive, which will see the launch of six battery-electric cars over the coming years.

There’s no official word on UK pricing yet, but we’d expect the range to start below £40,000. Rivals will include the Volvo EX30, Ford Explorer and upcoming Kia EV3.


Gareth is a versatile journalist, copywriter and digital editor who’s worked across the media in newspapers, magazines, TV, teletext, radio and online. After long stints at the BBC, GMTV and ITV, he now specialises in motoring.

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