Pictured: Mahindra Racing’s Felix Rosenqvist poses triumphantly after nabbing his second consecutive win in Marrakesh last weekend, landing him the lead in the Formula E championship.
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Williams F1 announced on Tuesday that 22-year-old Russian driver, Sergey Sirotkin, will replace the (again) retired Felipe Massa for the team. Many were surprised after hearing rumors Robert Kubica was up for the seat as well. Sirotkin most recently was the test driver for Renault for 2016 and 2017 seasons, and competed in 2016 in the GP2 series placing third. Sirotkin’s announced seat means a completed lineup of the 2018 F1 drivers, as follows:
Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas
Sebastian Vettel, Kimi Raikkonen
Daniel Ricciardo, Max Verstappen
Sergio Perez, Esteban Ocon
Lance Stroll, Sergey Sirotkin
Fernando Alonso, Stoffel Vandoorne|
Pierre Gasly, Brendon Hartley*
Romain Grosjean, Kevin Magnussen
Nico Hulkenberg, Carlos Sainz, Jr.
Marcus Ericsson, Charles LeClerc
(Bolded are new drivers to series/team)
* Gasly and Hartley are in for their first season. Both drove the end of the F1 season after Toro Rosso released Sainz to the Renault team to replace Jolyon Palmer and letting go of Daniil Kvyat, now Ferrari’s reserve driver.
Robert Kubica, however, is looking forward to his new role as reserve driver for the Williams F1 team announced earlier this week. Although it is not a driver’s seat for the 2018 season, it does mark his return to the F1 series, something Kubica has been hoping for since his accident in 2011. He says, “I would like to thank all the supporters and fans, not only in Poland but around the whole world were cheering for me. Polish fans were following me everywhere! It’s a bit of a different role to racing, but I think I can have personal satisfaction and personal goals for this year.”
McLaren will be announcing new sponsors for the now just “McLaren” team. The name change followed the ending of their partnership with Honda and new partnership with engine supplier Renault. The Renault engine has brought renewed hope for the McLaren team going into the 2018 season, after a rough 2017 season with the team finishing a surprising 9th in the series, only one place ahead of Sauber.
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Schmidt Peterson Motorsports made a huge announcement this week signing on Leena Gade, the Le Mans-winning racing engineer, as the team’s new lead engineer. Her incredible background shines with wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans with the Audi LMP1 team before the brand pulled out of the category in 2016 to eventually join the Formula E series as a team in the 2017/2018 season.
Current Indy 500 Champion Takuma Sato was awarded his Baby Borg Warner Trophy in Detroit on Wednesday, for the Andretti Autosport team. In attendance was of course, the Andretti Autosport team, celebrating their fifth Baby Borg, having come to Detroit last year for Alexander Rossi’s Borg, 2014 with current driver Ryan Hunter-Reay, 2007 with Dario Franchitti (currently one of the personalities behind the commentary for Formula E), and 2005 with Dan Wheldon.
The Amazing Race, Season 30 continues and the 2016 Indy 500 Champion, Alexander Rossi and former IndyCar driver, Conor Daly are still holding strong for #TeamIndyCar! This week, the contenders were sent from Antwerp, Belgium to Tangiers, Morocco for an adventure through the streets including fish, feral cats, ziplining and wall jumping with the Travelocity Gnome and some painful-to-watch belly dancing. What started off as a rough patch for the duo ended in a second-place finish going into Round 4 next week. You can catch up on the action here on CBS.com, or tune in Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. on CBS for the “live” action.
IndyCar revealed the highly talked about and anticipated 2018 aero kit on Tuesday morning in Detroit at NAIAS. GpGrl was live to cover it. It’s bold, safer and quite beautiful. You can read more about what to expect for 2018 and the reveal here.
Announced yesterday, GoDaddy will be joining Danica Patrick in sponsoring her for the last two drives of her career at this year’s Indy 500 and Daytona 500. GoDaddy sponsored the young female driver while she was with Andretti Autosport in IndyCar. The reuniting of the two is a bittersweet collaboration for the end of Patrick’s career with both series. Racer.com reported yesterday Danica may have a possible seat with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing (DRR).
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Mahindra Racing driver Felix Rosenqvist claims the top of the Formula E standings after clinching a second consecutive win of the season in Marrakesh last weekend. After a long day of battling mid-field practices and a decent qualifying, the Swedish driver was able to claim the win and stand at the top of the championship going into the next race in February.
What Formula E is calling their “Batman-style” car, will be revealed at the end of this month. The car, intended for the fifth season of Formula E, is promised to have a breakthrough with battery technology, which will aim to alleviate drivers needing to switch cars to have enough battery life to sustain a race and a more eye-catching, futuristic style helping produce higher speeds, which currently produce about 140 mph.
Formula E returns to race the streets of Santiago, Chile on February 3 (giving you the whole weekend before to watch the Rolex 24…coming up next).
9 days ‘til the 24!
IMSA announced yesterday the BoP tables for the Rolex 24. Already changes for the DPi’s aerodynamics have been called for. GTLM’s BMW as well as Corvette and Ford GT have been expected to make some changes. For GTD, the majority of the field will be making adjustments to fuel capacity and flow changes, with a few others needing modifications to weight and engine power.
And a quick reminder I will be live at the Rolex 24 next week, as a spectator, but will be posting what I can! Short Revs will come live from Daytona as well as any updates accordingly! Make sure you are following @GpGrlTweets on Twitter and @GpGrlPhoto on Instagram to keep up on the excitement for (hopefully) the entire 24!