From an intense title rivalry between two previously chummy team-mates that went down to the wire to the emergence of a new wave of stars; from the abject struggles of some of the sport’s biggest hitters to a near-constant stream of political intrigue, the first season of the sport’s new turbo era just about had it all. Indeed, it’s tempting to say, with the events of last year still relatively fresh in our memories, that the 2014 Formula One season will be remembered in 10, 20 or even 50 years’ time as a classic. After all, even critics of the new V6 turbo hybrid engine formula would be forced to concede that the quality of last year’s wheel-to-wheel racing was perhaps the best that F1 fans have been treated to in a generation. Arguably, there were fewer ‘dull’ races in 2014 than perhaps any other Grand Prix season in history, certainly in proportion to the number of races on the calendar. Was is as good as it looks on paper? But, when you examine the factors that lead … [Read more...] about How will the 2014 Formula 1 season be remembered?
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Hypercar TOYOTA - Toyota GR010 Hybrid 7. Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi, Jose Maria Lopez 8. Sebastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima, Brendon Hartley Toyota has been WEC's mainstay in the top class for several years and was 'rewarded' for its persistence by getting a clear run at three consecutive Le Mans wins, while preparing for the new Hypercar era with the GR010 Hybrid. In anticipation of fellow factory competition from the likes of Peugeot (2022) and Ferrari (2023) Toyota will once again be its own biggest rival, with an another intra-team battle anticipated between the world championship-winning #7 crew and the Le Mans winners in car #8, all of which remain on board for the new campaign. For Toyota, getting a handle on its all-new car, weeding out potential reliability issues, will be key in holding off the competition, particularly from Alpine. ALPINE - Alpine A480-Gibson 36. Andre Negrao, Nicolas Lapierre, Matthieu Vaxiviere Alpine steps up from LMP2 to … [Read more...] about WEC 2021 team-by-team season preview
Supercars is set to introduce its new lower-cost formula next season with work on the initial prototypes ongoing between category officials and homologation teams Triple Eight (GM) and Dick Johnson Racing (Ford). However uncertainty over many key aspects of the switch, including basics such as engine spec/supply and chassis supply, has left other teams anxious that time is running out for an efficient, cost-effective change ahead of next season. While delaying the introduction of the rules to 2023 has long been floated as a potential solution, that is likely to be the absolute last resort for Supercars. The series has already pushed the rules back once and has been adamant that the new cars will be on track next season. The latest suggestion from the paddock is that the start of the 2022 may be pushed back to give teams more time for their off-season new car builds. That could avoid a rushed, expensive transition while still making good on the promise to have … [Read more...] about Delayed start to 2022 Supercars season mooted
Despite the current acceleration rate of coronavirus cases in the U.S., Miles says that with eight weeks to go until the event he remains “optimistic” it will go ahead. He said: “We're talking to all our promoters regularly [and] in Detroit they're optimistic… We're optimistic. “If at the end of the day it can't happen, we were thinking about other dates that might work. “We'll do everything possible, they'll do everything possible, to stay on the schedule, hopefully at the end of May.” IndyCar announced today that it is to push back the 104 th running of the Indianapolis 500 to August 23 rd , along with four other date shifts – for the races at Indianapolis road course, Mid-Ohio, Gateway and Portland – and a possible surprise reinstatement of St. Petersburg . The street/runway course serves as the traditional season-opener for the NTT IndyCar Series but was canceled soon after practice for its support races began. However, it emerged today that the 17 th … [Read more...] about IndyCar optimistic season can start in May, St. Pete will happen
The 37-year-old was set to pilot one of three BTC Racing Honda Civic Type FK8s this season alongside Josh Cook and new recruit Jade Edwards. Upon moving to the Brackley squad last season after a challenging season with Team Hard in 2019, Crees won the Jack Sears Trophy for drivers without an outright BTCC podium. However, just a week before the BTCC season opener at Thruxton (8-9 May), the team revealed it will be parting ways with Crees. The team statement didn’t clarify the reasons for the split, but said Crees was departing "on amicable terms". Crees had driven for the squad in last week's media day test at Silverstone, running a BTC Racing livery instead of his familiar Clever Baggers colours. The Kent driver ended the test - topped by returning three-time champion Gordon Shedden - an encouraging third fastest overall. The statement added that the team will announce a replacement "in the next few days, prior to Thruxton". “On behalf of everyone at BTC Racing, … [Read more...] about BTC Racing parts ways with Crees on eve of 2021 BTCC season