Ricciardo to drive Red Bull F1 car on the Nurburgring Nordschleife · RaceFans

In the round-up: Red Bull’s third driver Daniel Ricciardo has been confirmed as the driver who will be behind the wheel when the team takes a F1 car to the Nurburgring Nordschleife at September’s Nurburgring 12 Hours race.

In brief

Ricciardo revealed as the driver for Red Bull’s landmark Nordschleife trip

Red Bull’s demonstration run will mark the first time an F1 car has been driven on the legendary 21 kilometre circuit since a decade ago when Michael Schumacher drove a 2011 Mercedes W02 for a single lap of the track. Six years prior to that, Nick Heidfeld drove BMW Sauber’s 2006 car in a demonstration run.

While Ricciardo rejoined Red Bull this year in the hope of making it back on to the F1 grid in the future, his main responsibility has been as a demo driver and has already driven an old Red Bull’s RB7 car from 2011 in an Australian road trip this year. His Nordschleife run will take place on 9th September.

Hamilton explains struggles behind his first year with Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton admitted he struggled in his first season at Mercedes due to their use of Front-and-Rear Interconnected Suspension on their W04 car. The sophisticated FRIC systems used several teams became increasingly complicated and Mercedes was believed to have the most advanced system on the grid.

However a technical directive outlawed such systems during the 2014 season. Hamilton said he “struggled with the car” during his first year at Mercedes. “We had some sort of a different type of suspension that I’d never had before, and I was struggling like crazy with it,” he said in a video released by the team.

“But we eventually did get a win.” That came in the Hungarian Grand Prix, the tenth race of the season, and only one more podium followed that year. “This [win] was really, if there were any doubts about the decisions, whether or not you’re right or wrong [joining Mercedes], I think this was a confirmation that it was the right step,” Hamilton added.

McLaren reveal Kanaan’s Indy 500 livery

McLaren Indianapolis 500 liveries
McLaren Indianapolis 500 liveries

Following last week’s ‘Triple Crown’-inspired Indianapolis 500 livery reveal for their three full-time IndyCar entries, McLaren have now unveiled the livery that Tony Kanaan will use for the race.

Kanaan will pilot a fourth car for the team in a one-off appearance, having done the same for Chip Ganassi Racing last season. The 48-year-old was IndyCar champion in 2004, won the Indy 500 in 2013, and has only been contesting oval races in the series since 2020.

The primary colour of Kanaan’s 2023 car will be black, with papaya detailing including a star that wraps itself over the cockpit area when viewed from above. He will drive number 66.

“I’ve been eager to see this livery and it does not disappoint,” said Kanaan. “It’s one of the best-looking cars I’ve ever been in and representing the history of the Triple Crown makes it even more special.”

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