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.
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
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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COTA, Interlagos, Silverstone in frame for WEC returns (Sportscar365)
‘Interlagos, Silverstone and Circuit of The Americas are in the frame for returns to the FIA World Endurance Championship calendar as part of a targeted ramp back up to as many as nine rounds by 2025.’
Günther: ‘I’ll just have to do it again’ (Ellie does F1)
‘Many Formula E drivers have also raced in WEC in previous years, sometimes combining their calendar so that they can compete in both categories simultaneously. Although it’s difficult for Max to say whether that would be a possibility for him right now, competing in WEC as well as FE is definitely on his radar.’
Tennis, Nutella and Baku triumphs: Getting to know the real Correa (F2)
‘Returning to a track that holds happy memories, Juan Manuel Correa is readying himself for the challenge of racing around the streets of Baku once again at the end of the month.’
Bedrin optimistic that positive showing at ‘favourite track’ can revitalise his pace (FIA F3)
‘Whilst the opening phase of his rookie Formula 3 season hasn’t matched his initial hopes, Nikita Bedrin says there are encouraging signs that things are moving in the right direction after heading the field in both sessions of day one of testing at Imola.’
IndyCar champion Palou’s new team fastest in Eurocup-3 testing (Formula Scout)
‘The first ever test for the new Eurocup-3 championship concluded at Valencia’s Ricardo Tormo circuit on Wednesday, and a new team set the pace. In the Wednesday morning session it was Palou Motorsport’s Javier Sagrera who was fastest, setting a 1m27.778s lap to top the times by 0.137 seconds.’
Bernie Ecclestone at court for hearing ahead of £400m fraud trial (Evening Standard)
‘Ex-F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone arrived at court yesterday for the latest hearing ahead of his criminal trial for allegedly failing to declare more than £400 million in a trust in Singapore to the government. The 92-year-old tycoon was flanked by security as he arrived at Southwark crown court in a white chauffeur-driven car just after 9.15am on Wednesday.’
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