In the round-up: Former F1 driver Daniil Kvyat has joined the Iron Lynx-run Lamborghini LMDh programme to join the World Endurance Championship for 2024
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Kvyat to race for Lamborghini’s hypercar programme under Italian license
Former AlphaTauri and Red Bull F1 driver Daniil Kvyat will compete for Lamborghini’s LMDh hypercar programme in 2024 after signing with the Iron Lynx-run programme.
Kvyat, who took three podiums throughout six seasons in his F1 career, will join fellow ex-F1 driver Romain Grosjean, Andrea Caldarelli and Mirko Bortolotti in the squad, which will compete in both the WEC and the IMSA series in 2024. While Kvyat raced under Russian nationality in Formula 1, he will compete under an Italian licence with Lamborghini.
“I am very happy to have joined Lamborghini Squadra Corse, it is a great honour for me,” Kvyat said.
“Lamborghini is a very well-known Italian brand with a great history in the automotive world and, having grown up in Italy, this is an additional source of pride for me.”
Motorsport world reacts to death of WRC racer Breen
The international motorsport community has reacted in shock to the news that World Rally Championship driver Craig Breen died following an accident in Croatia yesterday.
Breen, who was 33, died from injuries sustained from an crash in a private test ahead of next weekend’s Croatia Rally. Breen’s Hyundai team confirmed his death from the crash, in which co-driver James Fulton was uninjured.
Alfa Romeo driver Valtteri Bottas described Breen’s loss as “shocking news” while Alpine’s Esteban Ocon called it a “very sad day“. F1 champions Red Bull, their rivals Mercedes and Ferrari as well as Alpine and Haas all expressed their condolences to Breen’s family, friends, team and follow competitors.
F3 leader Borteloto quickest as Barcelona test begins
FIA Formula 3 championship leader Gabriel Bortoleto was fastest during the opening day of in-season testing at Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona.
The Trident driver set the best time of the day with a 1’27.221 in the earlier of the two session in the day using the restored final two corners on the Barcelona circuit. ART’s Gregoire Saucy was second quickest, with Prema’s Dino Beganovic third.
The test will conclude with a second and final day of running today.
The chief executive of insurance broker RE Lee International told Reuters he was considering backing a bid to enter in 2026 and money was not the major hurdle. While he would not identify the teams, he ruled out involvement in a planned all-American Andretti Cadillac outfit and another Hitech Grand Prix one.
Cracknell, 20, who worked for F1 team Williams, collided with a campervan after losing control of his bike on a bend in Oxfordshire. The devastating crash left him with severe brain injuries and he passed away in hospital a week later. Cracknell joined Williams’ team right after leaving school, working as a prototype and test apprentice. Following his death, Williams paid tribute to him at the 2022 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, with the team wearing black armbands and flying their flag at half-mast.
I worked a lot over the winter to extract to get the best out of myself. The mind really has no limits, the things you can do with your mental health is amazing. An example, I can sit underwater for five minutes now but I worked very hard with my mental coach to extract the best to be able to do that. I love to explore this so I think that makes me stronger.
For sure, you get more confidence after winning the only races that you’ve done, but at the same time, it’s still the same feeling I had before Bahrain. I like to drive this year, it’s a car that suits me very well, especially the Trident car. I don’t have any expectations for the next round. I’m just happy to be driving and to be fast every time that I’m going out on track, but I don’t know how it will go in Imola.