In the round-up: New Ferrari signing Carlos Sainz Jnr expects the team to rebound after its poor 2020 campaign but admits it may take a while.
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100.000 man lijkt al uitgesloten in Zandvoort, de race zelf dus ook? (Algemeen Dagblad – Dutch)
Dutch Grand Prix director Jan Lammers says the promoters are still happy with the September 5th date for this year’s race despite growing concerns over whether it will be possible to admit spectators by then.
Ex-F1 racer Merhi in frame for F2 return for 2021 (Autosport)
“Merhi has emerged as a surprise contender to partner Lirim Zendeli at MP for what would be his first campaign in F2 since 2018, when he appeared for both MP and Campos.”
Jordan King on racing in different championships and making a potential return to F1 (Formula 1 News)
“Obviously there’s a lot of politics in Formula 1, they’ve now got the superlicence points system, so people like Brendon (Hartley) who had made those jumps wouldn’t be able to make them now. It’s very hard to amount enough points in three years of racing in WEC.”
Jones recharged by Coyne ‘homecoming’ (Racer)
“With the strong likelihood of having two rookie team mates in ex-Formula 1 driver Romain Grosjean and 2019 Asian Le Mans Series LMP2 Am champion Cody Ware in Coyne’s sister entry, Jones is prepared to assert himself as a leader and resource to the French-American duo.”
Dear Adrian… (F2)
“People would go to him to discuss and ask about his thoughts. He would come to my office to let me know about the latest, most often starting with ‘in my humble opinion…’ He was always trying to make our championships better, stronger, and I was always happy to listen to his suggestions.”
‘Vi racconto il piccolo Carlos Sainz. Veloce e meticoloso già a 14 anni’ (La Gazzetta dello Sport – Italian, subscription required)
“To prepare them, on a technical and sporting level, I sent an e-mail to Carlos (Sainz Jnr) and Daniil (Kvyat) every Monday with 10 questions about the car and the regulations. Whoever answered me first, and correctly, would each time receive an extra set of tyres than those provided in the standard supply. Carlos’ answers arrived on time and precisely on Tuesday or Wednesday. While on Friday I had to call Daniil to remind him to answer.”
Fanatec to Launch Cheaper Wheels for PlayStation 5 (GT Planet)
“Fanatec, which is known for its premium products and mix-and-match device ecosystem, is planning to expand to cover less expensive peripherals, too. These products, which will be officially licensed for PlayStation 5, are set to provide a new entry level price point to the Fanatec range.”
FR Americas Cancels California Tour for 2021 (Formula Regional Americas)
“With the reshuffling of the schedule, FR Americas will now also join F4 US at Brainerd International Raceway July 16-18 to complete its revised 18-round calendar. Brainerd is currently undergoing FIA certification to become the country’s newest FIA graded circuit to host both F4 US and FR Americas this summer.”
Bespoke cars stolen from Cadwell Park (Lincolnshire Police)
“We are investigating the theft of two bespoke cars from Cadwell Park in Louth last night. The cars are both BMW’s – the Medical Car is an X5 and the Safety Car is an M240i. The vehicles have a combined value of over £100,000 and officers are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.”
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