In the round-up: George Russell is confident that Mercedes will hold onto second place in the constructors’ championship
Russell confident Mercedes can hold on to second in championship
Mercedes driver George Russell says Mercedes will be “strong” in the second half of the F1 season following the summer break.
His team are currently a distant second behind Red Bull on 247 points. However in the last three races their lead over third-placed Aston Martin has grown from three points to 51.
Despite the recent resurgence of McLaren, Russell says he expects Mercedes to stay in their position. “I think they just had a really good run of form,” Russell said in response to a question from RaceFans. “It’s often how it goes in this sport when you’re on the right foot, things are a little bit easier, you’re not stressing, the car’s in the right place when you put it on the ground.
“I’m sure we’re going to be strong the second half of the season and we’ve got some little things coming after the break. But I’m confident we can secure that second-best team and try and close that gap further.”
Evans signs Jaguar extension
Jaguar Formula E driver Mitch Evans will remain with the British team for at least the next two seasons after signing a multi-year contract extension.
Evans has been with Jaguar since 2016, making his debut in the series as the team entered the championship. He was championship runner up in 2022 and finished third this season, taking four race victories in both seasons.
Sam Bird, Evans’ team mate for the last three seasons, has left the Jaguar following the conclusion of the 2023 championship. Championship runner-up Nick Cassidy is tipped to join Evans next season.
Franchitti a “great” driver coach – Armstrong
IndyCar rookie Marcus Armstrong says that three-times Indy 500 winner Dario Franchitti has been a major help to him in his first season in the series.
The Chip Ganassi driver sits 18th in the championship standings, the highest rookie despite not having participated in a single oval race this season. Armstrong praised the team’s driving coach for his support.
“Dario has been really, really great,” Armstrong said. “I think I’ve probably been on the phone to him about five times over the course of the last five days
“He’s great in every aspect really. He certainly points me in the right direction. I often say that he needs to be more harsh with me, like tell me what I’m doing wrong, because clearly I need to improve on stuff. But he seems to be very positive all the time about what we have been doing as a group and what I’ve been doing and how I’m progressing.”
‘Significant progress has been made across the recommendations and to support broader underrepresented groups including women and girls and economically disadvantaged young people. Particular progress has been seen through increased collaboration, tackling and preventing barriers in education, and improving access and progression in STEM and motorsport careers. Key headlines so far include a significant increase in scholarship and apprenticeship opportunities in motorsport; launching Mission 44’s partnership with Teach First to increase the number of Black STEM teachers inspiring future engineers and mathematicians; and Formula 1, its teams, and the Royal Academy of Engineering driving forward an F1 Diversity Equity and Inclusion Charter to help monitor the progress of diversity in the sport.’
”I’ll never forget, we had a few classics and one was Spa 1998, where we had the big accident after turn one on lap one. I just said ‘red flag, red flag!’ Charlie was in the position to do the red flag on the start podium and he said ‘why was it a red flag?’. I said ‘Red flag! Don’t ask why!”’
‘The F1 giant has finalised a partnership with Milton Keynes College Group to develop the centre and open a talent pipeline to significantly increase diversity and inclusion in the sport. The centre, to be opened at Red Bull’s Technology Campus on Tilbrook, will target students aged between nine and 14. Red Bull and the college will develop courses in line with the national curriculum, guided by a Curriculum Advisory Board of selected technology industry partners to advise on the skills needed for the future.’
Steve Nichols: ”One year at Spa I wandered off down to Eau Rouge. Mansell came out to do his lap and it just looked phenomenal. His hands were a blur, there was a shower of sparks, the car looked electric… And then Prost came through on his out lap and it looked absolutely calm. He came through again and it looked slow and absolutely calm – I thought maybe he had a problem. He came through a third time and it was absolutely calm. I thought he must have a problem. So I walked back up to the garage – and he was on pole.”
‘World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Illinois, is inviting all Corvette owners and clubs to participate in its IndyCar wekend. WWTR’s Speed & Style Car Show will take place on Saturday, August 26. The show is open to supercars, muscle cars, and sports cars and includes a special invitation to Corvette owners. On Sunday, August 27, the ‘vettes will take center stage in a special area, the Corvette Corral.’
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