Charles Leclerc confident Ferrari “understanding problems and building solid foundation for future”

Scuderia Ferrari Monegasque driver Charles Leclerc admitted that “it’s not going to be easy” for the Italian side to fight their way back to the front of Formula 1, ahead of the team’s home race – the Italian Grand Prix.

Ferrari Team Principal Mattia Binotto said in the wake of Ferrari’s worst result of 2020 at the Belgian Grand Prix that his team’s recovery could take years. And with Charles Leclerc contracted at Ferrari until the end of 2024, the Monegasque said that he was prepared to show patience, and put his shoulder to the wheel, to help with that recovery.

And asked ahead of Ferrari’s home race at Monza whether he was prepared to wait that long to start winning races again, Leclerc – who was re-signed to the team over the winter until 2024 – replied: “Well, on one hand I don’t really have the choice. But surely … Read the rest

Doran “Doesn’t Know What to Say” After Latest World RX Problems

There is bad luck and then there is Liam Doran‘s 2020 FIA World Rallycross Championship campaign so far. Several reliability issues have prevented Doran from even finishing races and on Sunday in Finland, a dramatic tyre failure cost him a place in the semi-finals.

Having gambled to go on slick tyres in Q1, Doran was leading his heat in Q2 until his front right wheel fell off the car on the main straight.

Speaking to Neil Cole just after the race he said: “I don’t know what to say. Obviously I cut the corner but other drivers have been cutting the corner and I didn’t expect the wheel to fall off. I was fighting hard, I knew I had to get back to the front to get the time, there was good conditions, track was evolving and I just had to set the laptimes. It was quite an aggressive Read the rest

5 Nations British Rallycross Season Kicks Off In Top Form

The sounds, the smells and the adrenaline-fuelled action returned to Kent over the Bank Holiday weekend with the first round of the Motorsport UK British Rallycross Championship 5 Nations Trophy Presented by Cooper Tires at Lydden Hill Race Circuit. With the season start being delayed due to the pandemic, the crowds were buzzing with excitement for the engines to start early on Sunday morning. Social distancing and enforced face-covering regulations were very well observed and everyone was on best behaviour, it was almost like they had been told that no racing was going to happen if they were naughty and didn’t abide by the rules. There were even a few celebrities racing including cycling legend Sir Chris Hoy driving Pat Doran’s Citreon C4 in the Supercar class, Motorbike superstar John McGuinness and his son Ewan McGuinness racing side by side in the RX150 buggies and even World Rallycross Read the rest

Trevor Bayne to run Darlington Trucks, first NASCAR race in two years

With the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series set for its first race at Darlington Raceway since 2011, one of Niece Motorsports‘ drivers will invoke memories of that season. On Monday, the team announced Trevor Bayne will make his Truck début in the #40 Chevrolet Silverado. It will be his first NASCAR race since 2018.

The 2011 Daytona 500 winner, Bayne raced in the Cup Series for much of the 2010s with Wood Brothers Racing and Roush Fenway Racing. After running the full 2015 to 2017 seasons, he scaled back to a part-time schedule with Roush in 2018 before being out of a ride entirely. In the years since, he returned to his hometown Knoxville, Tennessee, and set up the Mahalo Coffee Roasters shop. In 187 career Cup starts, he has sixteen top-ten finishes, five top fives, the Daytona victory, and a best points finish of … Read the rest

“Pit Stops Gave us Victory Today.” Josef Newgarden Wins at WWTR

In the second race of the Bommarito Automotive 500, lap traffic and pit stops would be the keys to victory for Team Penske‘s Josef Newgarden, who claws back twenty points on championship leader Scott Dixon.

Like Saturday, the race start was delayed again. This time, a service vehicle pre-race dropped oil on the track, causing a major cleanup delay.

The race officially started under caution for the first two laps, on top of the pace laps, and finally went green on lap three. It was a great start for pole sitter and Saturday’s runner up Takuma Sato, who cleared second place Newgarden before turn one, and the two darted away from the pack.

Chaos behind benefited bold youngsters like Santino Ferrucci and Rinus VeeKay, who made moves stick around the outside and gaining both drivers plenty of track position. Ferrucci jumped from sixteenth to … Read the rest

Dixon Gets Revenge, Wins 50th Career Race at Gateway

After a late race charge from Takuma Sato, Scott Dixon gets some semblance of revenge on the man that beat him at the Indianapolis 500 last weekend, as he won the first leg of the Bommarito Automotive 500 at World Wide Technology Raceway.

With rain looming over the 2.01 km oval, things were hectic from the start of the race. Even before the green flag chaos would ensue, triggering a six car pileup. A late start on track saw rookie Alex Palou attempt to pop out of line, which prompted Simon Pagenaud and Oliver Askew to follow him.

Askew plowed into Pagenaud as everyone checked up, triggering a domino effect sending Pagenaud into Alexander Rossi. His wasn’t the only race that was over before it began. Ed Carpenter, Marco Andretti, and Zach Veach all received terminal damage from the incident. Rossi would finish twenty second, … Read the rest

F1 expert reflects on Charles Leclerc’s major role in the rebuilding of Ferrari

Last year Scuderia Ferrari Monegasque driver Charles Leclerc won the Grand Prix of Spa-Francorchamps and a week later, in front of thousands of tifosi, he also won the Grand Prix of Monza. It seems to be very optimistic to think they will achieve last years perforrmance, as Ferrari will be lucky to finish fourth since the SF1000 can’t keep up with the top at all.

Rebuilding Ferrari
Charles signed a long-term contract with Ferrari at the end of last year, because he has proven himself in 2019 as the man that the team will need in the future. Ferrari will also revolve around Charles, especially now that Sebastian Vettel is leaving the racing team after this season. However, the good prospect now looks cloudy, because the Ferrari car itself is not good enough.

For Charles Leclerc it is very important to play a crucial role in rebuilding Ferrari, Mark Hughes … Read the rest

Racing Point: the FIA verdict that could change F1’s future

This is probably the most unusual season of the sport, even considering those unorthodox events that Jastina had mentioned at the end of her article. As I’m writing these lines, Racing Points has just had a 15 championship points deduction and 400,000 Euro fine for allegedly copying Mercedes 2019 rear break ducts. The plans for the parts in question had been supplied legally by Mercedes last year, back when it was ok to distribute parts and plans for parts to other teams up and down the paddock. Mercedes supply engines to Racing Point as they do at Williams too so it was perfectly acceptable to help out your customers with some parts of a Formula 1 car.

The situation

The regulations changed for 2020, saying that all teams must be constructors of their own car, this is where Racing Point have got themselves in trouble, however they are appealing … Read the rest

O’Ward takes spoils in practice at WWT Raceway

As the NTT Indycar Series comes down from the high of the Indianapolis 500 a week ago, they now face a tricky double-header at World Wide Technology Raceway for the Bommarito Automotive Group 500.

The weekend began with the only practice session the teams will get, with 90 minutes for the teams to get their setups spot on for Saturday’s race, the first of two which will both be during the day for the first time at this oval.

Pato O’Ward has been very impressive so far in 2020 and he was the man to beat in practice, topping the session for his Arrow McLaren SP team with the only lap above the 181 mph barrier.

The Mexican came close to his first Indycar win early in the year at Road America until Felix Rosenqvist snatched it away so he will be keen to convert this speed into a … Read the rest

Ferrari’s Racing Point protest due to upgrade tokens rule

Scuderia Ferrari is now the only team appealing the decision regarding Racing Point’s brake ducts, and it’s supposedly due to the upgrade tokens.

After the FIA found Racing Point guilty of copying Mercedes’s 2019 brake ducts, they fined the team £360,000 and docked them 15 points.

With Racing Point appealing the decision, and Ferrari and Renault doing the same, believing it was too lenient, a hearing at the International Court of Appeal is set to go ahead in around two weeks.

However, many feel that the matter will be settled behind the scenes in order to avoid going to court.

“Off-track obviously that appeal process has gone in, I don’t think there’s any chance in hell that it will end up in an appeal court,” Christian Horner told Channel 4.

Recently Renault stated that they were satisfied by the measures taken by the sport in “safeguarding the originality in the … Read the rest