Former Alpine team principal Budkowski linked to A1GP revival bid · RaceFans

In the round-up: The defunct A1GP could be revived under efforts of a team of executives including former Alpine team principal, Marcin Budkowski

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Former Alpine team principal Budkowski linked to A1GP revival bid

Former Alpine team principal Marcin Budkowski is involved in an effort to revive the A1GP single seater series, known as the ‘world cup of motorsport’.

Nico Hulkenberg competed in the inaugural series

The championship competed between 2005 and 2009, with teams representing nations from across the world. Sky News reports that Budkowski, who was executive director and team principal of Alpine until 2022, is leading the project which has financial support from backers including Sir Keith Mills, who led London’s successful bid to host the 2012 Olympic Games.

Reports suggest each national team would run two drivers from their respective countries – one experienced driver and one younger, less experienced challenger. The envisioned schedule of the championship would run between the end of the F1 season to July.

Williams hold charity simrace event for Emilia-Romagna

The Williams F1 team hosted a charity simracing event on F1 22 yesterday involving race driver Alexander Albon, junior driver Jamie Chadwick and even team principal James Vowles along with many Williams affiliated drivers and esports competitors and professional footballer Thibault Courtois.

After a series of warm up races, a 25% race was held around the Imola circuit, with Williams F1 esports driver Shanaka Clay taking victory.

The event was organised in benefit of the Emilia-Romagna Region’s Agency for Territorial Safety and Civil Protection. Anyone wishing to support the fund can donate online.

Garcia grows F1 Academy lead in Barcelona

Marta Garcia extended her lead in the F1 Academy drivers’ standings after taking two podiums in the opening two races of the weekend in Barcelona.

Garcia finished third in race one and second in race two to go from a 26 point advantage over Hamda Al Qubasi at the start of the day to 45 points at the end of the second race. Emely de Heus took victory in the opening race of the day with Amna Al Qubasi winning the reverse-grid second race.

Tramnitz beats Antonelli after late Safety Car

Tim Tramnitz won the the opening race of the Formula Regional European Championship round at Barcelona, holding off Mercedes junior driver Andrea Kimi Antonelli.

Despite starting on pole, Antonelli was passed by Tramnitz at the start and absorbed pressure from him until a late Safety Car effectively ended the race. Kas Haverkort finished third and remains in the lead of the championship with a second race taking place today.

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