Motorsport Week http://steveoglesby.com Your daily source of motorsport news, features, results and images Wed, 11 Mar 2020 18:28:12 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 http://steveoglesby.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/cropped-favicon-1-32x32.png Motorsport Week http://steveoglesby.com 32 32 Motorsport Week http://steveoglesby.com/2020/03/11/inaugural-vietnam-grand-prix-set-to-be-postponed/ http://steveoglesby.com/2020/03/11/inaugural-vietnam-grand-prix-set-to-be-postponed/#respond Wed, 11 Mar 2020 18:28:11 +0000 http://steveoglesby.com/?p=30612 Formula 1’s first ever visit to Vietnam is set to be delayed until later in the season due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. The Vietnam Grand Prix, which is currently scheduled as the third round on the 2020 Formula 1 calendar, looks set to follow the same fate as the Chinese GP, which has been […]]]>

365体育投注APPFormula 1’s first ever visit to Vietnam is set to be delayed until later in the season due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

The Vietnam Grand Prix, which is currently scheduled as the third round on the 2020 Formula 1 calendar, looks set to follow the same fate as the Chinese GP, which has been postponed indefinitely.

Whilst no final decision on Vietnam’s fate has been made just yet, a source close to the race told steveoglesby.com that its postponement would be announced in due course unless the current situation rapidly improves â€?although that seems unlikely.

365体育投注APPThe country has suspended visa waivers for UK citizens, with visas only accessible via government-approved tour companies, therefore restricting access.

365体育投注APPWhilst Vietnam has only reported 30 cases of Covid-19, it’s believed that figure is far higher with Vietnam sharing a 796-mile border with China and the location of the grand prix, in Hanoi, is just 200-miles south of that border.

365体育投注APPThe virus has already had an impact on F1 with the Bahrain GP taking the decision to race behind closed doors. The season-opening Australian GP this weekend is however going ahead as normal.

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Motorsport Week http://steveoglesby.com/2020/03/11/habsburg-joins-team-wrt-for-second-dtm-season/ http://steveoglesby.com/2020/03/11/habsburg-joins-team-wrt-for-second-dtm-season/#respond Wed, 11 Mar 2020 16:32:31 +0000 http://steveoglesby.com/?p=30589 Ferdinand Habsburg has joined Team WRT for the 2020 DTM season, joining Ed Jones and Fabio Scherer in a three-car assault from the Belgian privateer outfit. Habsburg, much like his new employer, made his DTM debut during the 2019 season with R-Motorsport’s Aston Martin DTM effort, scoring three points and achieving a best finish of […]]]>

Ferdinand Habsburg has joined Team WRT for the 2020 DTM season, joining Ed Jones and Fabio Scherer in a three-car assault from the Belgian privateer outfit.

365体育投注APPHabsburg, much like his new employer, made his DTM debut during the 2019 season with R-Motorsport’s Aston Martin DTM effort, scoring three points and achieving a best finish of tenth at the Norisring during a campaign where Aston Martin struggled to match the pace set by rivals Audi and BMW.

365体育投注APP“They say that if you live your dream it’ll never be as good as you imagined, but DTM definitely did not disappoint,” Habsburg said. “I feel like I did a good job last year and ended the season in a strong position, so I was determined to come back and continue what I have started.

The Audi RS 5 DTM was seriously impressive last year and I can’t wait to drive it – to have such a prestigious and respected team as WRT behind me gives me confidence that this could be my best season yet. Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to get me to this point – let’s do this together.â€?/p>

R-Motorsport ended its DTM involvement after a single season before Habsburg joined the Belgian squad, bringing the total number of cars on the 2020 grid up to sixteen after BMW announced a customer entry for ex-F1 racer Robert Kubica last month.

365体育投注APP“We are delighted to add a third car to our line-up,” Vincent Vosse, Team WRT principal, said. “As the opportunity arose, we seized immediately. It was in Macau in 2017 when I first noticed Ferdinand; that day, he performed a superb race, fighting for victory until the last corner. I was impressed and we had contacts in the recent past.

He is a talented, fast and bright driver and I like very much his approach to racing. I am sure he will be a valuable addition to the team, also because he has a full year of experience in the DTM. Together with Ed and Fabio, he forms a trio of young guns that match perfectly the ambitions of WRT Team Audi Sport.â€?/p> ]]> http://steveoglesby.com/2020/03/11/habsburg-joins-team-wrt-for-second-dtm-season/feed/ 0 Motorsport Week http://steveoglesby.com/2020/03/11/preview-indycar-kicks-off-new-look-season-at-st-pete/ http://steveoglesby.com/2020/03/11/preview-indycar-kicks-off-new-look-season-at-st-pete/#respond Wed, 11 Mar 2020 16:30:55 +0000 http://steveoglesby.com/?p=30563 The opening round of the 2020 NTT IndyCar series begins this weekend on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.  After a long offseason, there are plenty of changes that will come into effect for the first time on the popular temporary circuit. One of the most notable changes this season is the introduction of the […]]]>

The opening round of the 2020 NTT IndyCar series begins this weekend on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.  After a long offseason, there are plenty of changes that will come into effect for the first time on the popular temporary circuit.

One of the most notable changes this season is the introduction of the Red Bull Advanced Technologies Aeroscreen that is mandated on all cars.

365体育投注APPThe Aeroscreen is comprised of a 3D printed titanium frame surrounding the cockpit area of the car, which can withstand an impact of 17 tons of force, and an overlaid ballistic composite screen that acts as a windshield and offers protection from small pieces of debris.

The 45-pound addition to the cars provides a significant safety improvement at all tracks, and has been met with near-unanimous approval from drivers and teams alike.

Openings in the nose of the car and at the base of the Aeroscreen will allow cooling airflow to be directed towards the drivers, which will be important at races where warmer temperatures prevail such as this weekend.

Several promising rookies will take to the track for the first time in St. Petersburg, with each of them bringing enough talent to have a real chance of securing a podium in his maiden race.

365体育投注APPOliver Askew and Rinus VeeKay, driving for Arrow McLaren SP and Ed Carpenter Racing respectively, have been battling each other in the Road to Indy feeder series for the past couple years and have both graduated to the IndyCar series this season.

365体育投注APPAlso competing in his first race will be Alex Palou, who comes most recently from the Japanese Super GT and Super Formula series, and will be racing for Dale Coyne Racing with Team Goh.

Together these young drivers, the oldest of which is only 23 years old, will look to take the fight to the established guard of the sport.

One face that will not be on the grid this year in St. Petersburg is Tony Kanaan.  After failing to secure enough funding to contest the entire season, the veteran will only race the five ovals of the year after having driven full time in the highest levels of American open wheel racing since 1998.

365体育投注APPWhile travelling to Florida on Wednesday, one of Andretti Autosport’s transporters caught fire.  At this time the damage to Colton Herta’s #88 Honda-powered car appears minor and the team has scrambled a spare transporter with pit supplies that is on its way to the track.

The team is expecting to be able to contest all sessions this race weekend, and assuming that is true there will be 26 cars in this year’s entry list – the most at the event in nearly a decade.

The course at St. Petersburg is a 1.8-mile street circuit that uses a local airport runway as the main straight.  The course has been a mainstay of IndyCar since its introduction in 2005 and has served as the opening round since 2011.

Last season’s champion Josef Newgarden started the season off strong last year, winning the opening round and using that momentum to eventually secure his second championship.

Felix Rosenqvist was also impressive at this track last year and is another one to watch closely this weekend.  Last year the Swedish driver, in his IndyCar debut no less, was able to decisively take the lead away from pole sitter Will Power and hold the lead for 31 laps before finishing in fourth position.

Firestone GP of St. Petersburg Schedule (all times local)
Friday, March 13Practice 110:45
Practice 215:00
Saturday, March 14Practice 310:45
Qualifying14:40
Sunday, March 15Final Warm-up10:25
Race15:30
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Motorsport Week http://steveoglesby.com/2020/03/11/video-coolbox-racing-with-red-bulls-max-alex/ http://steveoglesby.com/2020/03/11/video-coolbox-racing-with-red-bulls-max-alex/#respond Wed, 11 Mar 2020 16:14:00 +0000 http://steveoglesby.com/?p=30577 Join Red Bull’s Max Verstappen & Alex Albon as they take on a mini-version of Melbourne’s Albert Park circuit in coolbox racers ahead of this weekend’s Australian Grand Prix.]]>

365体育投注APPJoin Red Bull’s Max Verstappen & Alex Albon as they take on a mini-version of Melbourne’s Albert Park circuit in coolbox racers ahead of this weekend’s Australian Grand Prix.

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Motorsport Week http://steveoglesby.com/2020/03/11/argentina-motogp-event-delayed-until-november-due-to-covid-19-threat/ http://steveoglesby.com/2020/03/11/argentina-motogp-event-delayed-until-november-due-to-covid-19-threat/#respond Wed, 11 Mar 2020 16:11:29 +0000 http://steveoglesby.com/?p=30571 MotoGP organisers Dorna have announced that the Argentinean Grand Prix due to be held next month has been delayed until November due to the ongoing threat of Covid-19. The Argentina event â€?held at the Termas de Rio Honda venue â€?becomes the latest MotoGP race to be cancelled or moved, following the axing of […]]]>

MotoGP organisers Dorna have announced that the Argentinean Grand Prix due to be held next month has been delayed until November due to the ongoing threat of Covid-19.

365体育投注APPThe Argentina event â€?held at the Termas de Rio Honda venue â€?becomes the latest MotoGP race to be cancelled or moved, following the axing of the season opening Qatar GP just under a fortnight ago.

The Thai GP was then delayed until October just 24 hours later, with the US GP being moved to the middle of November.

365体育投注APPThe Argentina event will now take place on the across on the 20th to 22nd November weekend, a week after the US GP-while the season closer in Valencia will now take place on the 27th-29th November-creating a second triple header on the â€?0 schedule.

365体育投注APPThe season will now provisionally begin with the Spanish GP at Jerez on the 1st-3rd May weekend.

The FIM, IRTA and Dorna Sports regret to announce the postponement of the Gran Premio Motul de la Republica Argentina, which was set to take place from the 17th to the 19th of April,�read the released statement from Dorna.

“Due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, the event has been rescheduled for later in the season and will now take place from the 20th to the 22nd of November.

365体育投注APP“The Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana will therefore now be held from the 27th to the 29th of November.

365体育投注APP“The Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas retains its new date from the 13th to the 15th of November, a week before the rescheduled Gran Premio Motul de la Republica Argentina.

“Following these schedule changes, the 2020 MotoGPâ„? class= class season is now set to begin with the Gran Premio Red Bull de España at the Circuito de Jerez-Angel Nieto from the 1st to the 3rd of May 2020.

“Dates for the Moto2â„? class= and Moto3â„? class= test in Valencia and the MotoGPâ„? class= test in Jerez at the end of the year will be decided once the season is underway.â€?/p> ]]> http://steveoglesby.com/2020/03/11/argentina-motogp-event-delayed-until-november-due-to-covid-19-threat/feed/ 0 Motorsport Week http://steveoglesby.com/2020/03/11/andretti-evaluating-hertas-car-after-overnight-transporter-fire/ http://steveoglesby.com/2020/03/11/andretti-evaluating-hertas-car-after-overnight-transporter-fire/#respond Wed, 11 Mar 2020 12:43:13 +0000 http://steveoglesby.com/?p=30552 Andretti Autosport is evaluating potential damage to Colton Herta’s car and subsequent equipment after a fire in the team’s transporter. The team has confirmed no team members were hurt in the incident which were travelling to St.Petersburg, Florida for the season-opening race of the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series. Herta is set to compete in his […]]]>

Andretti Autosport is evaluating potential damage to Colton Herta’s car and subsequent equipment after a fire in the team’s transporter.

365体育投注APP The team has confirmed no team members were hurt in the incident which were travelling to St.Petersburg, Florida for the season-opening race of the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series.

365体育投注APPHerta is set to compete in his sophomore season after the 19-year old’s promotion to the senior Andretti squad – under the Harding Steinbrenner banner – in the No.88 Capstone-Honda.

Local TV station WFLA News caught sight of the incident.

Andretti Autosport put out a brief statement on social media stating: “We want to thank everyone for the outreach and concern.

“We are still evaluating any damages and hope to have an update soon. We are thankful to report that no one was harmed, and want to thank our transport drivers and local first responders for their quick action and support.”

Update: Andretti Autosport has confirmed that damage to Colton Herta’s race car appears to be minor and cosmetic. The team is planning to compete in St. Petersburg this weekend.

The team is sending over additional crew members to assist and is also preparing backup pit equipment in the team’s spare transporter that will begin driving out to Florida today.

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Motorsport Week http://steveoglesby.com/2020/03/11/success-handicap-for-1000-miles-of-sebring-confirmed/ http://steveoglesby.com/2020/03/11/success-handicap-for-1000-miles-of-sebring-confirmed/#respond Wed, 11 Mar 2020 09:29:03 +0000 http://steveoglesby.com/?p=30537 The FIA Endurance Committee has confirmed the Success Handicaps that will be in place for next week’s 1000 Miles of Sebring, round six of the 2019/20 FIA World Endurance Championship. The #1 Rebellion R13-Gibson of Bruno Senna, Gustavo Menezes and Norman Nato has received a significant adjustment compared to the previous round at COTA where […]]]>

365体育投注APPThe FIA Endurance Committee has confirmed the Success Handicaps that will be in place for next week’s 1000 Miles of Sebring, round six of the 2019/20 FIA World Endurance Championship.

365体育投注APPThe #1 Rebellion R13-Gibson of Bruno Senna, Gustavo Menezes and Norman Nato has received a significant adjustment compared to the previous round at COTA where it dominated proceedings, now running 1.36s slower compared to the 0.55s handicap it had in Texas.

This has been done by adding more weight, as they now run at 877 kilograms compared to the 847 kilograms at COTA.

365体育投注APPThe two Toyota TS050 Hybrids remain the most heavily affected in Florida, with the championship leading #7 car of Mike Conway, Jose Maria Lopez and Kamui Kobayashi slowed by 3.04s compared to the virtual car, while the #8 car has been slowed by 2.64s.

365体育投注APPTeam LNT return to the championship after missing a round. Their pair of Ginetta G60-LT-P1 – AERs have not been slowed, running the lightest at 833 kilograms each and with no handicaps added to their lap times.

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Motorsport Week http://steveoglesby.com/2020/03/11/jakarta-e-prix-postponed/ http://steveoglesby.com/2020/03/11/jakarta-e-prix-postponed/#respond Wed, 11 Mar 2020 09:27:42 +0000 http://steveoglesby.com/?p=30540 The worldwide outbreak of COVID-19 and the increasing number of cases in Indonesia has resulted in the Jakarta E-Prix being postponed. Following consultation with Formula E, the FIA, Ikatan Motor Indonesia (IMI) and the Organising Committee of the Jakarta E-Prix (OC), the Governor of Jakarta, Anies Baswedan today instructed that the Jakarta E-Prix, scheduled for […]]]>

365体育投注APPThe worldwide outbreak of COVID-19 and the increasing number of cases in Indonesia has resulted in the Jakarta E-Prix being postponed.

365体育投注APPFollowing consultation with Formula E, the FIA, Ikatan Motor Indonesia (IMI) and the Organising Committee of the Jakarta E-Prix (OC), the Governor of Jakarta, Anies Baswedan today instructed that the Jakarta E-Prix, scheduled for 6 June 2020 can no longer take place.

To protect the health and safety of the Formula E Championship drivers, teams, staff and spectators, this decision is seen as the most responsible course of action in response to the ongoing COVID-19 situation.

Alberto Longo, Co-Founder of Formula E said: “With the growing number of COVID-19 cases in countries where Formula E currently has events scheduled to be held, we are evaluating contingency plans to lessen the potential impact of coronavirus and maintain the highest possible number of races on the calendar for season 6.�/p>

He went on to say: “It is a fluid situation, developing on a daily basis and we remain realistic and flexible in our approach to alternative options, which will be communicated in due course.

“These include adding double-headers to existing events, using permanent facilities and racing behind closed doors if necessary and advised to do so by local authorities in any given location.�/p>

365体育投注APPThe situation in Jakarta is being closely monitored with both the relevant authorities and the OC to assess whether it’s possible to reschedule the Jakarta E-Prix at a later date.

The race is the latest event on the Formula E calendar to be postponed, with the Sanya and Rome E-Prixs �scheduled for March and April �also pushed back until further notice.

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Motorsport Week http://steveoglesby.com/2020/03/11/f1-team-members-being-tested-for-covid-19-in-melbourne/ http://steveoglesby.com/2020/03/11/f1-team-members-being-tested-for-covid-19-in-melbourne/#respond Wed, 11 Mar 2020 09:00:54 +0000 http://steveoglesby.com/?p=30533 McLaren Racing have confirmed that an employee working at the Albert Park circuit for this weekend’s Australian Grand Prix is in self-isolation and is currently being tested for the Covid-19 virus. A short statement released by the Woking-based squad in Melbourne on Wednesday evening revealed that an employee is being held in self-isolation after being tested […]]]>

McLaren Racing have confirmed that an employee working at the Albert Park circuit for this weekend’s Australian Grand Prix is in self-isolation and is currently being tested for the Covid-19 virus.

365体育投注APPA short statement released by the Woking-based squad in Melbourne on Wednesday evening revealed that an employee is being held in self-isolation after being tested for the virus due to displaying several early symptoms.

“We can confirm that one team member has self-isolated in the hotel as a precaution, in line with our policy, after showing symptoms similar to coronavirus,â€?read the statement.

“We are awaiting test results and currently do not have a definitive timeframe for these. The team is operating as per our normal schedule.”

365体育投注APPA pair of employees working for rival team Haas F1 are also reportedly also in self-isolation after showing similar Covid-19 symptoms, with the usual 14-day quarantine period following across all three cases.

365体育投注APPThe Australian Grand Prix Corporation has also released a short statement regarding the latest development, confirming the organisation is currently “monitoring the situationâ€?

“The Australian Grand Prix Corporation has been informed of three Formula 1® team personnel presenting for precautionary testing and who are now all undergoing precautionary self-isolation,” said AGPC CEO Andrew Westacott.
 
“The AGPC is monitoring the situation in conjunction with Formula 1® and the FIA.”

365体育投注APPThe news is worrying for F1, who decided to push ahead with the Australian GP despite many other events throughout the world being cancelled as the Covid-19 epidemic spread further around the globe.

The Chinese GP-due to be held as the fourth round of the 2020 F1 campaign on April 19th– was axed last month as a result of the outbreak, which originated in China and has now gone on to infect over 115,000- and claimed the lives of approximately 4200.

365体育投注APPThe MotoGP season opener has now been delayed until at least mid-April after the cancellation of the Qatar, Thai and United States races, while several other large-scale sporting and festival events have also been canned.  

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Motorsport Week http://steveoglesby.com/2020/03/11/renault-reveals-2020-race-livery-signs-dp-world-as-title-partner/ http://steveoglesby.com/2020/03/11/renault-reveals-2020-race-livery-signs-dp-world-as-title-partner/#respond Wed, 11 Mar 2020 06:33:40 +0000 http://steveoglesby.com/?p=30530 Renault has become the final Formula 1 team to unveil its full 2020 race livery, ahead of this weekend’s season-opening Australian Grand Prix. Renault launched its 2020 programme in Paris in mid-February and then undertook pre-season testing with an interim black scheme on its R.S.20. Its 2020 race livery was formally presented during an event […]]]>

365体育投注APPRenault has become the final Formula 1 team to unveil its full 2020 race livery, ahead of this weekend’s season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

365体育投注APPRenault launched its 2020 programme in Paris in mid-February and then undertook pre-season testing with an interim black scheme on its R.S.20.

Its 2020 race livery was formally presented during an event in Melbourne on Wednesday evening, along with signing of DP World as its new title sponsor.

365体育投注APPThe outfit will be officially known as Renault DP World F1 Team.

Renault will field Daniel Ricciardo and Esteban Ocon in the 2020 season as it strives to re-claim fourth in the Constructors�Championship.

“We are delighted and honoured to welcome DP World to the Renault family,�said Renault Chairman Jerome Stoll.

“This is an extremely interesting and exciting collaboration across multiple disciplines.

“We look forward to working with DP World, a leading global logistics provider, to explore ways of improving our efficiency and mitigating our environmental impact.

365体育投注APP“After the ambitions expressed by Formula 1 to become fully carbon neutral by 2030, we are constantly evaluating ways to reduce our carbon footprint and our turnaround time.

“We expect that working with DP World will reveal opportunities for tangible solutions to some of the logistical challenges faced by our F1 team’s supply chain and by extension, the automotive industry at a larger scale.

“We also look forward to cross-fertilising our engineering skills through shared innovation.�/p> ]]> http://steveoglesby.com/2020/03/11/renault-reveals-2020-race-livery-signs-dp-world-as-title-partner/feed/ 0