Albon will complete his first season in a tin-top championship this year, sharing an AF Corse-run Ferrari GT3 car with Envision Virgin Formula E driver Nick Cassidy in the revamped DTM series. The Anglo-Thai driver is aiming to stay race fit by contesting a part campaign in the German category, while he continues to work behind-the-scenes with Red Bull as its reserve and simulator driver to land an F1 comeback in 2022. A newcomer to GT3 racing, Albon set the third fastest time in the pre-season Lausitzring test, ending up less than two tenths behind the pacesetting Mercedes of Maximilian Gotz. The 25-year-old admits he doesn't have as much experience with GT3 machinery as some of the other drivers in the series, but is pleased with how he adapted to the Ferrari during pre-season testing. "We've done a fair amount [of testing]," Albon told Motorsport.com. "I don't think it's much compared to our competitors. I think I've had five and a half days in the car so far. … [Read more...] about Albon “up to speed” with Ferrari GT3 car ahead of DTM debut
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Daimler will be embracing electrification at a higher pace. Literally a few hours after a new report emerged claiming Audi will speed up the process of integrating electric powertrains and will phase out combustion-powered cars earlier than initially expected, similar information is coming from Daimler. The company that owns Mercedes-Benz will reportedly follow a similar approach in an updated version of its electrification strategy. Citing Germany’s Manager Magazin , Automotive News reports Mercedes will launch its electric vehicles originally slated for the middle of the decade earlier than planned. The models that were supposed to be unveiled in 2024 or 2025 will make their debuts a year earlier, while their combustion-powered equivalents will be dropped from the model range altogether. Nothing seems to be official at this point, though, as the publication cites “sources close to the matter.” The Future Is Electric At Mercedes: ⠀ 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS … [Read more...] about Mercedes To Switch More Combustion Cars To EVs Sooner Than Planned
Tickford Racing driver James Courtney is set to take on Australian Superbike champion Wayne Maxwell in a single-lap demonstration 'race' around the Darwin circuit. The aim of the crossover is to promote the packed schedule during the Darwin Triple Crown weekend, with Supercars sharing the bill with both Superbikes and the Nitro Up North drag racing event tonight. There is also a link between Courtney and Maxwell through backer Boost Mobile. Supercars and Superbikes are closely matched in terms of lap speed at Hidden Valley, with Scott McLaughlin's Supercars practice lap record of 1m05.473s comparing to Troy Bayliss' ASBK pole-winning 1m05.601s in 2018. The Courtney/Maxwell match race is the second promotional event including Supercars, with four drivers and their cars set to take part in a drag race during the Nitro Up North event . Brodie Kostecki will drive the Erebus Motorsport ride car, while Todd Hazelwood (Brad Jones Racing), Zane Goddard (Matt Stone Racing) … [Read more...] about Supercar, Superbike to race each other in Darwin
Tyre failures or punctures have been part of the scene since the dawn of motor racing. Sadly, over the decades many drivers have lost their lives as a result of tyre issues, or presumed tyre issues. It used to be that suspension or wing breakages were just as much of a concern, but they are rare at F1 level in the modern era, such is the technical competence of the teams. When they get into their cockpits drivers have total faith that the car has been put together properly. Tyres are the one part of the car over which teams do not have complete control; complete because Pirelli has made it clear that the current controversy involves how teams operate their tyres, and thus they do have an input into how they behave. The technical directive issued by the FIA this week was designed to close any loopholes and ensure that tyres are always operated to the parameters that are prescribed by Pirelli. That initiative has been welcomed by the drivers, who can only see safety … [Read more...] about Have F1 drivers lost faith in Pirelli after Baku failures?
Thed Bjork's victory in Saturday's first race elevated the Cyan Racing driver to third in the drivers' standings and, given Bjork will start the final race second, Guerrieri was likely to need to finish on the podium if he is to maintain his points lead come the end of the weekend. Guerrieri launched his Honda well from pole, and moved to the middle of the track on the approach to the first corner to prevent an attack from Benjamin Leuchter's Sebastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen. Leuchter applied pressure after the intervention of an early safety car and appeared to have more speed that Guerrieri in the final sector, but the superior grunt of the Honda on the main straight meant Guerrieri was safe from attack into Tarzan. The Argentinian's victory was his first since the season-opening race in Marrakech, and preserved the Munnich team's record of winning at least one race at each round so far in 2019. Leuchter was just 0.263 seconds shy across the line, and headed … [Read more...] about Zandvoort WTCR: Guerrieri wins, Kristoffersson on podium