Williams entered the 2021 season looking to continue the progress it showed last year with the updated FW43 car, while also pushing more and more resources to the new car designs planned for 2022. The team said last month that it was in the “final throes” of developing its car for this year as it battles with Haas to avoid finishing last in the standings. One of the big weaknesses drivers George Russell and Nicholas Latifi have felt with the FW43B car is its wind sensitivity, which proved a particular problem at the Bahrain season-opener. High winds were also experienced at times across last weekend’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix in Baku - which is nicknamed the ‘City of Winds’ - but Williams sought to remedy this by tweaking the design of the bargeboards on the car. Williams head of vehicle performance Dave Robson explained that the ‘tunnelling’ nature of the Baku street track meant the winds were not as severe as expected, meaning the upcoming races at Paul Ricard and … [Read more...] about Williams tweaks bargeboards to reduce wind sensitivity problem
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Losing Honda funding for Bourdais, losing Michael Cannon to Chip Ganassi Racing and losing Craig Hampson to Arrow McLaren SP could have made Coyne’s little Plainfield, IL.-based team a depressing place during the off-season. This combination of personnel – as well as the quiet but hugely talented Olivier Boisson and rookie Santino Ferrucci who proved immediately strong on ovals – had kept Coyne buzzing in recent seasons. Heck, the team’s first ever 1-2 finish looked feasible as recently as last August at Gateway’s World Wide Technology Raceway. And while Bourdais finished outside the top 10 in the championship last year, one only needed to look back a year to see the four-time Champ Car title-winner beating both Arrow SPM cars, both Rahal Letterman Lanigan cars and even a Chip Ganassi Racing entry… Now, was one winter going to see Coyne’s pool of high-profile talent drained almost dry? No. Because ever since Alex Palou interrupted his Super Formula season to test a DCR-Honda … [Read more...] about IndyCar 2020 hot topics: Has Coyne found a megastar in Palou?
The Spanish legend was announced yesterday as driver of the #66 Arrow McLaren SP-Chevrolet sponsored by Ruoff in this year’s Indy 500, as he takes his third attempt at winning the Memorial Day Weekend classic. However, he revealed that both during earlier negotiations with Andretti Autosport – for whom he raced at Indy in 2017 – and with Arrow McLaren SP, the question of participating in additional races has been a talking point. He said: “That was part of the conversations I had with both teams – what they were thinking about that – and it’s still an open point to develop. “Someone thinks that later in the year it can be a possibility to experience a normal IndyCar race, just to see how it feels and add some more experience. “I have the thought that maybe that would be before the Indy 500 because it gives me a little bit of preparation, because this year I’m not doing F1 and I’m not doing the World Endurance Championship so my last race was the Dakar Rally which is … [Read more...] about Alonso open to other IndyCar races besides Indy 500
As previously documented, this year’s SUPER GT season opener was a curious affair, as the top two cars from last year’s championship standings both had substitute drivers. In such situations, you’d normally expect the experienced hand to shine and the unknown quantity to perhaps struggle under the pressure, but at Okayama it was the exact reverse: while Hideki Mutoh flopped at the wheel of the Kunimitsu Honda NSX-GT, his opposite number in the #37 TOM’S Toyota GR Supra, Sakaguchi, shone. Indeed, while Mutoh was so underwhelming that he didn’t even take part in the following race at Fuji Speedway once it was clear Tadasuke Makino was fit enough to race, TOM’S is already openly floating the idea of 20-year-old Sakaguchi becoming a permanent partner to Ryo Hirakawa in the absence of Sacha Fenestraz, who is still unable to enter Japan. The irony of the situation is that Sakaguchi was a Honda junior driver, only to be cast to one side after a middling but not egregiously bad … [Read more...] about The junior driver Honda (probably) regrets letting go of
CEO Winkelmann bares some good news in an interview. Towards the end of May, reports of the VW Group receiving an offer to sell Lamborghini for $9.2 billion surfaced , allegedly coming from a Swiss investment group. There could be a good reason for this, and that's because the Sant'Agata Bolognese automaker is flourishing more than ever. In fact, Lamborghini said that it's almost sold out for 2021, with 10 months of its production capacity already accounted for. That's according to the marque's CEO Stephan Winkelmann in an interview at the Milano Monza auto show, reported by Automotive News . Gallery: Lamborghini hybrids and EV 5 Photos Winkelmann bared that Lamborghini is set for strong growth in 2021 – a bold statement considering that we haven't reached the end of this year's first half. According to the automaker, the brand's strong sales figures are because of the … [Read more...] about Lamborghini Has Already Sold Most Of Its Production Capacity For 2021