Schumacher confident of return to F1 grid after “interest” in off-season · RaceFans

In the round-up: Mercedes reserve driver Mick Schumacher is confident he will have an opportunity to race in Formula 1 in the future.

In brief

Schumacher confident of return to F1 grid after “interest” in off-season

Schumacher lost his drive with Haas after two seasons with the team in favour of Nico Hulkenberg, and hoined Mercedes as reserve driver. However, he says he has already received “interest” about his future from other teams.

“There’s obviously no guarantee, but I’m in a comfortable position right now where I feel like I can learn, I can extract the maximum out of this year – even though I’m not driving,” Schumacher told media including RaceFans at the team’s launch this week.

“I’m sure that with the results I’ve shown in junior categories, but also in F1, I’m sure that there will be opportunities. Over the winter, a few people have already mentioned that there’s interest. So in one sense, I’m not too worried.”

Maini quickest on final day of F2 test

Campos driver Kush Maini set the fastest time on the third and final day of the pre-season F2 test in Bahrain, ahead of veteran Roy Nissany.

Maini’s best time of a 1’42.623 was almost three tenths faster than Nissany’s, but not quick enough to beat the overall fastest time of the test set by Richard Verschoor at the end of the second day.

The Formula 2 championship begins during the weekend of the Bahrain Grand Prix on Saturday March 4th.

IndyCar Detroit GP to offer free viewing areas

Detroit Grand Prix track rendering
Detroit Grand Prix track rendering

The first of IndyCar’s new-look Detroit Grand Prix will have free viewing areas around half of the circuit, organisers say.

The race, which is moving from Bell Isle to a new street circuit in downtown Detroit from this year, will allow fans to watch from standing areas trackside free of charge.

“Our mission statement is to give back to the Detroit community in different ways,” said Detroit Grand Prix president Michael Montri. “We are excited to welcome the entire community to our re-imagined and inclusive event.”

The Detroit Grand Prix will be held on Sunday 4th June, the weekend following the Indianapolis 500.

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