In the round-up: Lewis Hamilton said he intends to drive his new Extreme E team’s SUV.
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What they say
Hamilton plans to drive his X44 team’s car but doesn’t plan to race in the series:
Most athletes we all have partnerships so there’s one element of wanting to be a part of something going forwards and my goal is one day to own a company of some sort so it’s part of that.
But, more so, I was just really impressed with their aims, with their goals, very much aligned with what I’m focused on right now. And I really think it’s going to be amazing.
They’ve done a lot of work in the background and we’ve had great conversations with Alejandro [Agag, founder]. I honestly can’t wait.
I’m going to get to drive my own car since I own the team. I think obviously drivers in the past were team owners here in Formula 1. I think that’s something really exciting.
I’ve learned a lot from Toto [Wolff, Mercedes team principal] so maybe he can mentor me. I’ll my manage my team I love that it’s diverse, each team is pushed to be diverse. I said that we needed to have females in it so we’ve got female drivers now which is awesome. So I’m glad that I can contribute in a positive way, hopefully.
More motor racing links of interest:
Bourdais to drive Foyt’s fabled number 14 for last three races of 2020, all of 2021 (IndyCar)
“We waited with anticipation for most of 2020 to put together a deal for 2021. I’m really happy that I’m running the last three races of the year – it is great for us to get an early start on next year.”
Renault in talks with FIA over Alonso 2020 F1 test at Abu Dhabi (Autosport)
“With Pirelli’s rubber virtually unchanged for next year, teams agreed that the Yas Marina running would be cut back to a single day and was supposed to be for young drivers.”
Championship ‘still a long reach,’ for Lundgaard (F2)
“At that point, I was just cruising around trying to nurse the tyres until the end. These Pirelli tyres seem to only work if you put enough energy into them, so at the end when I started pushing slightly more, I just didn’t have more grip.”
Mugello offers lessons to F1 on sanitised circuits (BBC)
Jolyon Palmer: “I suspect no Tilke design would make any driver’s list of favourite circuits. They would always picks places such as Spa, Silverstone, Monaco and Suzuka. Classic, flowing tracks – like Mugello.”
Alpine Endurance Team confirms LMP1 entry for 2021 season (WEC)
“Alpine, which is owned by Renault, has confirmed that it will enter next year’s FIA World Endurance Championship. The team will be known as the Alpine Endurance Team and will step up to the headline LMP1 category from LMP2.”
The all-women racing team gunning to make history at Le Mans (FT)
Sophia Floersch: “When I had my crash in Macau there were people saying it happened because I was a girl. If I’d decided to not race again I think I would not just have hurt myself but women in general. I didn’t want to ruin the picture of girls being hard and trying to fight.”
Aston Martin AMR-C01 is a £57,500 luxury racing simulator (Autocar)
“Styled by Aston’s in-house design team, the AMR-C01 is built around a carbonfibre monocoque that offers a seating position inspired by Aston’s real-life Valkyrie hypercar. There’s also a classic Aston-style grille at the front end.”
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