In the round-up: Ferrari believe the Belgian Grand Prix technical directive aimed at reducing porpoising is not the cause of their recent dip in performance.
Ferrari deny technical directive hit their form
Ferrari’s race director Laurent Mekies dispelled the idea that his team’s failure to fight for race wins recently is related to the technical directive introduced at August’s Belgian Grand Prix.
The directive was aimed at reducing the bottoming-out effect suffered by Formula 1 cars at high speeds. The FIA introduced the Aerodynamic Oscillation Metric in order to prevent excessive bouncing and made changes to how teams’ skid blocks are measured for compliance to the rules.
Ferrari are yet to win a race since the directive was introduced. But Mekies does not believe the directive has had altered their performance.
“Really we don’t think there is any specific impact on our team here,” he said. “The [directive] is a good thing. It’s putting effectively more pressure on plank wear measurements, which have been there forever. It’s doing it in a bit more sophisticated way.
“We are fully in favour of it and we don’t think it has impacted any of our relative performance, there is certainly other factors for that.”
Tokyo government signs Formula E deal with plan to host race
Formula E and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government have signed an agreement with the intention of a prospective Tokyo E-Prix joining the series’ calendar in spring 2024.
The bayside area next to the Tokyo Big Sight exhibition centre has been chosen as the location of the circuit that will be designed for the event.
Tokyo’s governor Yuriko Koike plans to make the megacity carbon neutral, and signed the agreement with FE’s CEO Jamie Riegle. Japan has long been a target country for FE, which counts Nissan among its competitors.
Juncos Hollinger IndyCar team to run in Argentina
IndyCar team Juncos Hollinger will hold a demonstration run in Argentina next month. Local driver Agustin Canapino will run at the Circuit of Buenos Aires, which held F1 races between 1953 and 1998, and the Circuit of Termas de Rio Hondo.
Juncos Hollinger plans to expand its IndyCar team to two entries next year, but is yet to announce who will join Callum Ilott in their line-up. Canapino, 32, is a multiple champion in Argentina’s Turismo Carretera touring car series and drove for Juncos in the Daytona and Sebring sports car races in 2019.
Formula 3 returning to Monaco
There will be a Formula 3 race at the Monaco Grand Prix next year, marking the first time the category has appeared on the event support bill since 2005.
The Automobile Club de Monaco, organiser of the grand prix, revealed F3’s return as it launched ticketing for the 2023 edition. Although the series is not specified, it is understood the FIA F3 Championship – which regularly supports F1 – where will feature.
F3 was a permanent part of the Monaco GP weekend from 1964 to 1997, before International Formula 3000 took its place. The F3 Euro Series visited in 2005, with Lewis Hamilton winning both races held, but the tertiary tier of single-seaters has not been seen on the city streets since.
GP3, fore-runner to the current FIA F3 series, last raced at the track in 2012. However its final event was marred by a huge crash for Conor Daly, who was launched into a shocking aerial crash at the harbour front chicane when he tangled with Dmitry Suranovich.
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