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Rumours of Losing AlphaTauri Seat ‘Not a Shock’ to De Vries after Poor Start to 2023 Season

Nyck de Vries says he feels his seat at Scuderia AlphaTauri is safe, and the noise surrounding his disappointing start to the 2023 FIA Formula 1 World Championship season is not a shock to him.

De Vries is one of only two drivers in the opening five races not to score points – the other being Williams Racing’s Logan Sargeant – and he has secured a best finish of fourteenth, which he achieved in the opening two events in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.

Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko has previously suggested that de Vries has until the Spanish Grand Prix next weekend to improve his performance or risk losing his seat, but the Dutchman insists he is up for the fight, not just for his seat but what could be his Formula 1 career.

“Yes [I feel safe in my seat],” de Vries is quoted as saying by Motorsport.com. “Also, it’s not a shock to me. It’s normal. It’s this industry. It’s always been like this in Red Bull and in Formula 1. I genuinely believe it’s no different than earlier in the season.

“You’ve always got to perform, you’ve always got to deliver. It’s been like that throughout my whole career.

Aston Martin with ‘Great Hopes’ to Fight for Monaco Grand Prix Victory – Mike Krack

Mike Krack says the Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant Formula 1 Team are going for the win this weekend, with the Monaco Grand Prix potentially offering the Silverstone-based team their best chance of the season so far to beat Oracle Red Bull Racing.

Aston Martin have been a revelation so far during the 2023 FIA Formula 1 World Championship, with Fernando Alonso having secured four podium finishes in the opening five races to sit third in the Drivers’ Championship standings, while the combined scores of the Spaniard and team-mate Lance Stroll sees the team sit second in the Constructors’ Championship.

Krack, the Team Principal at Aston Martin, says the high downforce nature of the Monaco circuit may suit their team, although he remains cautious to say they will definitely be in the fight for the win around one of the tightest and slowest tracks on the calendar.

“It would be nice to say yes and do it,” Krack is quoted as saying by Motorsport.com.  “We all have great hopes here for Monaco with our two drivers, we have a great car. In the simulator they were all quite excited.

“But we must not forget the competition. It is true that there are not so many straights here.  It’s also true that we have not seen a Red Bull or Ferrari or Mercedes in high downforce configuration, because we did not have a maximum downforce track so far.

Fernando Alonso: “We are curious to see how the car performs on a low-speed circuit”

Fernando Alonso says drivers up and down the FIA Formula 1 World Championship paddock always look forward to the Monaco Grand Prix, and he calls it a thrill to race in between the barrier-lined streets.

The Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant Formula 1 Team driver has been one of the standout performers so far in 2023 with four third place finishes in the opening five events, and he is looking to build on his strong start to the year this weekend.

Alonso, twice a winner at Monaco back in 2006 and 2007, admits he is curious to see how his AMR23 will work around one of the slowest tracks on the calendar, with the team perhaps having an eye on taking the fight to Oracle Red Bull Racing at the very front of the field.  However, he knows a strong Saturday Qualifying session is important if he is to be in contention in the race on Sunday.

“It’s a bit of a home race for me in Monaco, so it’s a short commute to the track!” said Alonso.  “It’s good to be back racing after the Grand Prix cancellation last weekend, but we hope everyone is safe in Italy and in the end it was the correct decision to not race that weekend.

“Monaco is a race we always look forward to as Formula 1 drivers. It’s such a thrill to race around these streets, there is nothing quite like it. We are curious to see how the car performs on a low-speed circuit such as this.

Kyle Weatherman rejoins DGM for Charlotte Xfinity

Kyle Weatherman has returned to DGM Racing for Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, where he will drive the #91 Chevrolet Camaro. With the United States’ Memorial Day on Monday, the weekend is typically used by NASCAR teams to commemorate the holiday via tribute liveries, and Weatherman’s car will be no exception as DGM has signed a multi-race sponsorship deal with CreatiVets.

“As someone with service members in my family, our U.S. veterans hold a very special place in my heart, and I have a tremendous amount of respect for those that serve our country,” said Weatherman. “Though it is nothing compared to the sacrifices of our service members, working with CreatiVets is an organiaation that I am very excited and proud to represent, especially on Memorial Day weekend.”

Weatherman opened the 2022 Xfinity season in DGM’s #92, scoring a top ten in his fifth and final race at Atlanta before becoming a part-timer for Jesse Iwuji Motorsports. Since then, he has returned to being a journeyman as DGM will be his third team of 2023, having run five races for Our Motorsports and entering two for the new FRS Racing with a best run of fourteenth at Dover for the former.

The #91 is thirty-third in owner points with Josh Bilicki, Chad and Ross Chastain, Alex Labbé, and Garrett Smithley making starts. Labbé holds is best run of the year so far of eleventh at Richmond.

CreatiVets is a non-profit organisation founded by United States Marine Richard Casper to help veterans struggling with PTSD and other related service traumas through music and the arts. Weatherman’s car will bear the name of Casper’s late friend Luke Yepsen.

Haas’ Günther Steiner anticipates tough qualifying in Monaco: “Sometimes you get it right, but sometimes you get it wrong”

Following the cancellation of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, MoneyGram Haas F1 Team Principal Günther Steiner said that he is grateful for the safety of team members from the region, which was heavily impacted by extreme flooding. 

“First of all, the most important thing is as many people as possible are safe. We have a lot of staff from that area so thank God our staff are safe, but they have their struggles to deal with now.”

“We fully supported what was done by Formula 1, and also our people who were on-site setting up for the race. We flew them back to the UK to make sure everybody was safe as soon as possible but some had to stay and take the garage down and go on to Monaco, but everything is safe, and we keep on racing. At the moment though, Imola and its citizens are more important than Formula 1 racing there.” 

The FIA Formula 1 World Championship now moves onto the next round, the Monaco Grand Prix. When asked what the event represents for him, Steiner said that is an “important” venue due to its history and extravagance.  

“Monaco to all of us means mixing glamour with racing. It’s an event which has been there a long time, a lot of people go there and a lot of people dream to go there one day because it’s an outstanding location and an important one for Formula 1. We always go there being prepared for a lot of activities to show what the sport is about.”

Valentino Rossi

Valentino Rossi, often referred to as "The Doctor," is an Italian motorcycle racer and one of the most iconic figures in the history of motorcycle racing. Here are some key highlights about Valentino Rossi:

  1. Early Life and Career Beginnings:

    • Valentino Rossi was born on February 16, 1979, in Urbino, Italy. He grew up in a racing family, as his father Graziano Rossi was also a professional motorcycle racer. Valentino started his racing career at a young age, competing in various youth championships.
  2. Multiple World Championships:

    • Rossi has won a total of nine Grand Prix World Championships across different classes. He has won seven titles in the premier class, MotoGP, which is the most prestigious and competitive category of motorcycle racing. He won his first 500cc/MotoGP World Championship in 2001 and continued to win titles in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, and 2009. Rossi also won two titles in the 250cc class in 1999 and 2000.
  3. Rivalries and Iconic Moments:

    • Throughout his career, Rossi has had intense rivalries with other top riders, such as Max Biaggi, Sete Gibernau, and his fierce battles with Casey Stoner and Jorge Lorenzo. These rivalries have produced some memorable on-track battles and added to the excitement and drama of MotoGP.
  4. Charismatic Personality:

Alex Bowman cleared to return at Charlotte

Alex Bowman is back. On Wednesday, Hendrick Motorsports announced he will return to the #48 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday after missing the last three NASCAR Cup Series points-paying races with a fractured vertebra.

“It’s a boost for all of us to have Alex return to the #48 car this weekend at our home track,” commented team owner Rick Hendrick. “He’s still seventeenth in points, which says a lot about how well the team performed at the start of the year. Alex has worked hard to rehab the injury and come back strong, and I look for him to continue having a championship-calibre season.”

Bowman broke his vertebra after crashing in his team-mate Kyle Larson’s High Limit Sprint Car Series in late April. The injury sidelined him for the next three races at Dover, Kansas, and Darlington, as well as the All-Star Race at North Wilkesboro, for all of which Josh Berry filled in; Berry had also replaced fellow Hendrick driver Chase Elliott for five races earlier in the season while Elliott was recovering from a broken leg. In relief duty for Bowman, Berry scored a best finish of tenth at Dover while also winning the All-Star Open.

He remained at North Wilkesboro to test the car on Tuesday, running 170 laps. Such tests, officially called Medical Evaluation Tests, are permitted to let drivers coming back from injury get re-acclimated to driving but have caveats to reduce potential competition advantage such as prohibiting drivers from testing at a given track if the series is scheduled to race there within the next sixty days.

At the time of his accident, Bowman was ninth in points. Since then, he has dropped to seventeenth and five points below the cut line, though his standing is also impacted by a sixty-point penalty that he received earlier in April. NASCAR has granted Bowman a waiver to let him compete in the playoffs should he qualify by either winning a race or being in the top sixteen assuming there are fewer than sixteen race winners.

Mercedes’ Toto Wolff: “We are introducing the first step in a new development direction”

Toto Wolff says the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team will continue its push to improve its W14 this weekend during the Monaco Grand Prix despite having lost the opportunity to run its upgraded package due to the cancellation of last weekend’s Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

Mercedes had been planning to introduce new components to the car at the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari, but flooding and bad weather at the Italian circuit forced to postponement of the event, and the team were left to decide whether to implement its upgrades in Monaco this weekend or wait until the Spanish Grand Prix next weekend.

Wolff, the Team Principal at Mercedes, says that whilst the cancellation of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix was correct, they will need to be careful this weekend not to jump to conclusions about its updated W14 around a track that is unique to the FIA Formula 1 World Championship calendar.

“Following the cancellation of the race in Imola, our thoughts are still with the people of the Emilia-Romagna region that have been affected by the terrible flooding,” said Wolff. “We have been saddened by the images but inspired by the rescue work of the emergency services and the resilience shown by the communities. We look forward to returning to Imola in happier circumstances next year.

“The revised calendar means that Monaco is now the starting point of the European leg of the season. It is a unique event but will still provide an opportunity to learn about the upgrades to W14 – but we also need to be careful not to draw too many conclusions from this one event. We are introducing the first step in a new development direction.

Pierre Gasly: “Monaco is all about building confidence through the three practice sessions”

Pierre Gasly says a strong weekend in Monaco is the aim for the BWT Alpine F1 Team, with points the target for both drivers around the streets of the principality.

The Frenchman says the performance Alpine were able to show around the Miami International Autodrome three weeks ago was good, and it is important for the team to build on that this weekend for the Monaco Grand Prix, the closest race Gasly now has as a home race now the French Grand Prix has dropped off the calendar once more.

Gasly says there is satisfaction and rewards by getting the Monaco circuit right, and Alpine must be looking to maximise their weekend and score good points with both cars.

“I’m really looking forward to racing in Monaco as it’s one of the biggest and most rewarding challenges of the season for us drivers,” said Gasly.  “Without a French Grand Prix on the calendar, this race is as close to France as we get during the year and the support from the fans in Monaco is very special.

“The Monaco Grand Prix is world famous as it’s one of the most prestigious races in the world of motorsport and a race every driver wants to succeed in during their career.

Herrador Factory Team unveils HFT T3 2023

Herrador Factory Team has formally unveiled the HFT T3 2023, a side-by-side vehicle based on the Can-Am Maverick X3 that is capable of FIA T3 competition. It was originally revealed by team CEO Javier Herrador in March before the official presentation on Tuesday.

The HFT T3 uses the Maverick’s platform but has been heavily modified to meet T3 regulation, which is for Light Prototype SSVs specifically designed for racing versus the production models that race in T4.

Perhaps its most notable feature is the closed body, though much of its anatomy is shared with the Maverick. The overlap is intended to make swapping out parts between the HFT and Maverick easier as customers who already own the latter can simply buy the HFT chassis for €15,000 and assemble the remaining components themselves.

The Maverick was described by Herrador as “a brand and a model that has won absolutely everything in recent years in the Dakar Rally and one that we want to maintain its identity and reliability. This is an advantage as the owner and teams have it easier to obtain spare parts through their BRP (Bombardier Recreational Products, owner of Can-Am) dealer for any race.”

Overall, the car weighs 900 kilograms. Although its main focus is as a T3 challenger, the chassis can also be used for T4 racing. The base vehicle, up to €105,000 comes with BRAID Wheels rims, Fox shocks, J.Juan brakes, an aluminum fuel tank and dashboard, among other stock parts.

Aston Martin to be Powered by Honda Engines from 2026 Formula 1 Season

The Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant Formula 1 Team will make the switch from Mercedes-Benz power to Honda power for the 2026 FIA Formula 1 World Championship season and beyond.

The Honda Racing Corporation (HRC) were one of the manufacturers to throw their name into the hat for the next generation of power units within Formula 1, but up until now, they did not have a team to race with, thanks to the decision of Oracle Red Bull Racing and Scuderia AlphaTauri opting to switch to Ford power.

However, the Japanese marque have now found a new host for their engines, with Aston Martin opting to end their lengthy partnership with Mercedes-Benz that began back in 2009 when the Silverstone-based team were known as the Force India Formula One Team.

“I would like to welcome Honda and HRC to the Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant Formula OneTeam,” said Lawrence Stroll, the Executive Chairman of Aston Martin.  “We share a mutual drive, determination, and relentless ambition to succeed on track.

“Honda is a global titan and its success in motorsport is longstanding and incredibly impressive. I would like to thank Mr. Mibe and Mr. Watanabe, and the whole team at HRC as we embark on this exciting future together from 2026.”

Max Verstappen: “Nailing a quali lap here is extremely difficult but at the same time very exciting”

Max Verstappen says the decision to cancel last weekends Emilia Romagna Grand Prix was the right decision, and he says there are more important things than racing and the floods and bad weather in Italy was one of those occasions.

The Oracle Red Bull Racing driver has won three of the opening five races of the 2023 FIA Formula 1 World Championship season and heads the World Drivers’ Championship by fourteen points, but cancelling the race last weekend was correct due to the pressures the local authorities were under due to the flooding.

“I am excited to get back to racing this week,” said Verstappen. “Not racing in Imola was the right decision and I know it was not taken lightly but some things are obviously more important than racing and this was one of those occasions.”

Verstappen knows that Saturdays Qualifying session during this weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix will be extremely important, with track position on Sunday key to a strong result, and the Dutchman knows he will have to do a perfect lap if he is to grab pole position.

“Looking ahead to Monaco, qualifying is so important there so we need to make sure we are as strong as we can be in that session,” he added.  “The circuit in Monaco is super tight, even more than other street circuits.

David Gilliland to drive for TRICON at Charlotte

TRICON Garage co-owner David Gilliland will step into his truck for Friday’s NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway as he pilots the #1 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro.

Gilliland last made a Truck start at Darlington in 2021, where he crashed out and finished twenty-eighth. He ran three races that year, coming after another two-year absence.

In twenty career Truck starts, he has six top tens and a best finish of third at Talladega in 2018 as part of Kyle Busch Motorsports. Save for the 2018 superspeedway races, which he ran for KBM alongside his son Todd Gilliland, all of his Truck races since 2018 have been as an owner/driver for TRICON, formerly known as DGR-Crosley and David Gilliland Racing.

He is a veteran of the Cup Series, having raced full-time there between 2007 and 2015 before focusing on Todd’s development and running his team. In 2020, he won the ARCA Menards Series West season finale at Phoenix.

Wallace has raced twice at Charlotte in the Trucks, finishing sixth in 2009 and twenty-seventh in 2015.

Haas’ Kevin Magnussen: Monaco “one of the most special” events of the season

MoneyGram Haas F1 Team’s Kevin Magnussen feels that driving in Monaco Grand Prix is a stand-out experience, assigning Monte Carlo the “best place” to put in laps in a Formula 1 car. 

Monaco comes on the heels of the cancellation of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, a decision made due to extreme flooding in the region. Magnussen keeps those impacted in his thoughts as he enters the next round of the FIA Formula 1 World Championship

“First, we’re hoping for the best for the region and people of Emilia Romagna and neighboring areas. Of course, it’s sad to cancel a grand prix but I completely agree with the decision. 

“Monaco is a special event for me, one of the most special of the season. Monaco is the best place to drive a Formula 1 car. Of course, it’s very narrow and it’s a small track, but it’s fast so you really feel the speed.”

Qualifying in Monaco tends to be one of the season’s most unpredictable sessions, with great importance placed on putting in the perfect lap to secure the best possible starting position at a track that offers little to no opportunity for on-track passing. Between this added pressure, limited space and the high probability of stoppage, Magnussen describes the challenging conditions of Saturday’s shootout. 

David Beckmann to Replace André Lotterer in Jakarta

Whilst it’s been unofficially known for a little while, Avalanche Andretti Formula E have finally confirmed that TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team reserve driver David Beckmann will replace André Lotterer at next weekend’s Jakarta E-Prix double-header.

The young German will make his Formula E debut due to Lotterer testing with the Porsche LMDh team, in preparation for the upcoming Le Mans 24 Hours. It’s been known for a while that Lotterer wouldn’t be competing in Jakarta, with Andretti having been aware of where Lotterer’s “priorities lay” this year.

Beckmann is a former Formula 2 podium finisher but became Andretti’s reserve driver in Formula E last season, with him having remained close to the American side this year with Andretti being Porsche’s customer outfit. With Lotterer expected to focus purely on sport cars next year, Beckmann’s Formula E debut will be somewhat of an audition to presumably partner Jake Dennis in Season Ten.

“I’m super grateful for the opportunity to step in for André and represent the Avalanche Andretti Formula E Team in Jakarta,” said Beckmann.

“Formula E is an incredibly competitive championship, and I’m excited to showcase my capabilities in this unique racing series. I would like to thank Michael Andretti and the team for trusting me with this responsibility. I’m going to give my best to achieve a successful outcome for everyone involved.”


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