Chatting to the media via Zoom during Aston Martin's launch on Wednesday, Sebastian Vettel was in an optimistic and positive frame of mind, making it clear that he's moved on from any disappointment at the way his Ferrari career ended. That mojo phrase was used last year by Aston Martin technical director Andrew Green when speaking about what Vettel could bring to the team, and what the team could in turn do for him. But while Vettel may be an Anglophile, it's not a phrase that he's overly familiar with. Read Also: We’ll “get the best” out of Vettel at Aston, says Szafnauer Vettel blasts F1's sprint race plan: "It makes no sense" "The mojo term is not a German term, so whoever the guy mojo is, he doesn't exist in Germany! Maybe that's an easy way out of this question for me. "Obviously last year, it's not a secret, at stages I wasn't at my happiest, so this year, I'm very much looking forward. It's a great group of people. The spirit is great, very … [Read more...] about Has Vettel got his mojo back with Aston Martin?
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Auer was a part of Mercedes’ works DTM programme from 2015-18, scoring four victories during that period and earning a best finish of sixth in the drivers’ championship. But the Stuttgart-based marque’s exit from the series prompted Auer to look elsewhere, with the Austrian going on to compete in Super Formula with Red Bull in 2019 before returning to the DTM with BMW in what turned out to be the final season of the Class One era in 2020. At the start of last month, Auer and BMW announced that they had mutually agreed to part ways, citing their inability to put together a programme for the 2021 season. Motorsport.com understands that Auer is now headed back to Mercedes, which could place him in the DTM with one of its factory-supported teams. The 26-year-old has recent experience of racing the Mercedes-AMG GT3 and even won a GT Masters round at the Nurburgring in 2017 with the Mucke Motorsport team. Auer’s return to the DTM would come as part of Mercedes’ … [Read more...] about Auer set to return to Mercedes fold in the DTM
Andretti, who set pole for the first Detroit race, was fast throughout practice at Toronto, went out on reds too early on a damp track in qualifying so he lined up only 14 th but made up for it on race day. He sliced through to ninth on the opening lap and after a torrid battle with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Takuma Sato, was running a solid fourth when he had to pit on the penultimate lap for a splash of fuel. He dropped to 10 th as a result, although he still mustered enough points to climb back into the top 10 in the points standings. Herta, who joined forces with former rival, and his former team boss Michael Andretti in the 2015/16 offseason, told Motorsport.com: “Absolutely, that was our fault. Marco didn’t stop early on the second stop and he didn’t burn through the fuel too quick. He ran out of gas through us making a very simple mistake. “At the second stop [Lap 56 of the 85-lap race] we didn’t get the car full. We thought we had enough fuel but we … [Read more...] about Andretti’s fuel issue was our fault, says Herta
Aprilia runs its factory operation in conjunction with the Gresini Racing Team, having done so since its return to the premier class in 2015. But the Aprilia Gresini team will go forth in 2021 without its talisman leader Fausto Gresini, who tragically died last month following a lengthy battle with COVID-19. Aprilia is one of only two manufacturers alongside KTM allowed to start 2021 with an all new engine, as it runs as a concession outfit. Back in November, Aprilia announced both Savadori and Bradley Smith in its line-up, saying a decision on who will partner Espargaro will be made after winter testing. It has now been confirmed that Savadori, who competed in the final three races of 2020, has been given the nod over Smith. “Yeah, Fausto was with us with this project since the very beginning and we will keep using his tips to keep growing,” Aprilia CEO Massimo Rivola said. “Our desire is to make him proud. “We start as we finished last year, we finished … [Read more...] about Aprilia unveils new MotoGP bike as Savadori gets race seat
The famously bumpy Sebring short course is the closest that teams can come to simulating a streetcourse surface, since the others are necessarily temporary tracks, and today’s test there was the fourth and final sign-off test run by IndyCar for the new universal-aerokit-equipped IR12. Honda’s official 2018 car tester Oriol Servia shared seat time with James Hinchcliffe in the Schmidt Peterson-run machine, while Scott Dixon drove a Chip Ganassi Racing car. In the Chevrolet camp, the Bowtie’s 2018 tester Juan Pablo Montoya shared his Penske car with newly crowned champion Josef Newgarden, while Spencer Pigot used an Ed Carpenter Racing machine. Servia, who was already enthusiastic about the new car following superspeedway, short-oval and roadcourse testing said that drivers and teams would find the 2018 car hugely demanding on street courses, and thereby achieve one of IndyCar’s prime objectives. He told Motorsport.com: “Well first of all, the test went well and we did … [Read more...] about 2018 IndyCar “a real handful, and that’s good!” says Servia at Sebring