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WRC teams to be offered strategies for hybrid use in 2022

WRC teams to be offered strategies for hybrid use in 2022

Motorsport, RACING, Rally, Sports, WRC
Hybrid systems are expected to be utilised on every stage of World Rally Championship events next year with several strategies on offer to teams, as more details of WRC's hybrid future emerge. Toyota GR Yaris Hybrid Rally1 - Photo by: Toyota Gazoo Racing The WRC will usher in new Rally1 regulations next year which will see all-new faster cars constructed with a plug-in 100kW hybrid system and a much tougher safety cell to protect the driver and co-driver. Introducing hybrid to the WRC has been a key part in ensuring Toyota, Hyundai and Ford, through M-Sport, will remain in the series for the next three years. All three outfits have been testing their new cars, complete with the Compact Dynamics-designed hybrid system, in recent weeks. Teams have been given outlines as to how t...
Young drivers meet Red Bull’s Sebastian Ogier ahead of the WRC Safari Rally

Young drivers meet Red Bull’s Sebastian Ogier ahead of the WRC Safari Rally

Motorsport, RACING, Rally, Sports, WRC
Redbull has unveiled its set of 8 drivers to compete in the upcoming FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) calendar after a 19-year absence. The championship is slated for 24th – 27th June, 2021. Fresh off his WRC victory in Italy, the current Championship points leader Sebastien Ogier spoke about his preparations for the upcoming Safari Rally. He shared inspiration with young rally drivers in Kenya in a virtual meet-up event presented by Red Bull. In addition to Sebastien Ogier, international drivers competing in the Safari backed by Red Bull include 2021 title challengers Elfyn Evans for Toyota GR and Thierry Neuville for Hyundai. Japan’s Takamoto Katsuta for Toyota GR, Kalle Rovanpera for Toyota GR, Dani Sordo for Hyundai and Adrien Fourmaux for M-Sport Ford complete the lineup ...

Robson: Russell would be ‘massive loss’ to Williams

CARS, FIA, Formula 1, Motorsport, RACING, Sports
Williams’ head of vehicle performance, Dave Robson, feels George Russel would be a “massive loss” if he left the team at the end of the season. Robson has previously described Russell as being “very close” to Lewis Hamilton in terms of his talent behind the wheel, and the 23-year-old has been heavily linked with a drive at Mercedes next season if Valtteri Bottas leaves. The young Briton has yet to be out-qualified by a team-mate in his time with Williams so far, only losing out once in F1 – to Bottas by a few hundredths of a second in his one race at Mercedes while Hamilton was sidelined with Covid-19. If Russell’s time at Williams is to come to a close at the end of this season, Robson feels it would make a significant impact on the team. “For me personally, I think he wo...

Mercedes – Bottas went against team simulations for Baku set-up

CARS, FIA, Formula 1, Motorsport, Sports
Mercedes - Bottas went against team simulations for Baku set-up Mercedes technology director Mike Elliott has revealed Valtteri Bottas' flawed high-downforce configuration at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix was the driver's choice.ottas struggled throughout the weekend in Baku, qualifying only 10th before failing to advance through the field and instead falling to 12th by the end of the race to drop to sixth in the F1 drivers' standings. Article continues under video The Finn's difficulties were outlined by team-mate Lewis Hamilton's pace with a low-downforce set-up as the seven-time champion was on course for a podium only to wind up pointless after a late mistake. On the differences between the cars, Elliott responded: “Well, actually the setups were fairly similar, probably...
Kenya confident of hosting successful WRC Safari Rally

Kenya confident of hosting successful WRC Safari Rally

FIA, GAMES, Motorsport, RACING, Rally, Sports, WRC
Rose Wachuka, the Chief of Staff at Kenya's Ministry of Sports, Culture and Heritage, speaks during an interview in Nairobi, Kenya. The Kenyan Safari Rally will make its much-anticipated return to the World Rally Championship (WRC) calendar in less than three weeks' time after last year's edition was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The event, which will take place in the scenic town of Naivasha in Nakuru County, was restored to the WRC calendar following an intensive campaign led by President Uhuru Kenyatta. Members of the motorsports fraternity and other stakeholders are buzzing ahead of the start of the event and according to Rose Wachuka, the Chief of Staff at the Ministry of Sports, Culture and Heritage, it is a "moment of pride" for the East African na...
Sébastien Ogier clinches WRC Sardinia win

Sébastien Ogier clinches WRC Sardinia win

FIA, GAMES, Motorsport, RACING, Rally, Sports, WRC
After a dominant display from Hyundai’s Ott Tänak and Dani Sordo fell to disaster, Sébastien Ogier rose to the top to lead a Toyota Gazoo Racing 1-2 and win the Rally Italia Sardegna. The result sees the reigning champion extend his lead in the standings to 11 points over Elfyn Evans, who finished the rally 46 seconds behind in a distant second. After five of the FIA World Rally Championship’s 12 events this year, Belgian Thierry Neuville is secured in third in the standings, 28 points ahead of his teammate Tänak and 18 points behind Evans. The Belgian also took third place in the rally, just over a minute behind winner Ogier. Toyota will be delighted, as they now hold the top two positions in the driver’s standings and to...
Leader Tänak retires, Ogier on top in Italy

Leader Tänak retires, Ogier on top in Italy

FIA, GAMES, Motorsport, RACING, Rally, Sports, WRC
Ott Tänak retired from the lead at Rally Italia Sardegna after swiping a rock in Saturday morning’s final speed test. The Estonian had dominated this fifth round of the FIA World Rally Championship since Friday morning’s start and entered the second pass of the Lerno – Monti di Ala’ test with a comfortable 40.6sec advantage over Sébastien Ogier. He struck a rock on the inside of a left bend 8.9km into the 22.08km stage and quickly parked his Hyundai i20 World Rally Car with what appeared to be shattered rear suspension. It’s the second successive rally from which Tänak has retired whilst leading after suffering similar heartbreak in Portugal last month. Tänak's rally comes to end His demise left championship leader Ogier 17.5sec clear of Dani Sordo as competitors return...
Dakar changes rules after complaints over Audi entry

Dakar changes rules after complaints over Audi entry

CROSS COUNTRY, DAKAR RALLY, FIA, GAMES, Motorsport, RACING, Sports
A number of changes have been made to the Dakar Rally's T1 regulations following complaints from Toyota and Prodrive regarding Audi’s ‘electric' entry next year. Audi Sport's return to rally-raid caused some tension even before the German brand revealed the prototype with which it will make its Dakar debut in January 2022.  After the Ingolstadt-based manufacturer announced in November 2020 that it would leave Formula E at the end of the 2020/21 season to tackle the world’s toughest marathon, a process of negotiation and analysis followed at the regulatory level. Dakar's plans to start the transition to renewable energies next January and to create the first category of hybrid vehicles lacked a regulatory structure. Thierry Viardot, Dakar's technical coordinator, and t...
Audi signs Peterhansel, Sainz and Ekstrom for Dakar entry

Audi signs Peterhansel, Sainz and Ekstrom for Dakar entry

Asia, AUDI, CROSS COUNTRY, DAKAR RALLY, FIA, Motorsport, RACING, Rally, Sports
Mattias Ekström, Emil Bergkvist, Carlos Sainz, Lucas Cruz, Stéphane Peterhansel, Edouard Boulanger Audi has announced an all-star line-up comprising Stephane Peterhansel, Carlos Sainz and Mattias Ekstrom for its entry into the Dakar Rally in 2022 with an electric car. Both 14-time winner Peterhansel and triple champion Sainz have been poached from the successful Mini squad run by X-raid, while Ekstrom has been a part of Audi fold for almost the entirety of his professional motorsport career. The trio will be responsible for developing and testing the electric 4x4 prototype that Audi has been designing for more than a year in collaboration with Q Motorsport, led by X-raid boss Sven Quandt. The car does drive on electric power, but the battery is recharged by a combustion engine...
Loeb announces new Dakar co-driver for 2022

Loeb announces new Dakar co-driver for 2022

CROSS COUNTRY, DAKAR RALLY, FIA, GAMES, Motorsport, RACING, Rally, Sports
Sebastien Loeb has announced Fabian Lurquin as his new co-driver for the 2022 Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia. Xavier de Soultrait – a starter of the Dakar on six occasions – was also in the frame for the seat. Loeb said that Lurquin’s experience of rally raid and his knowledge of its inner workings is what “convinced” him. Both men were asked along to a private test in Dubai earlier this month to help Loeb’s decision making. Sharing the news via his official Twitter page, Loeb posted: “After several weeks of exchanges, and tests with specialist and experienced rally raid co-drivers, my choice is finally to go with Fabian Lurquin. “His approach to the race, and his experience of the terrain convinced me. The unveiling of the 2022 Dakar route last week, where navigation will...
WRC Sardinia leader Tanak “quite lucky” after late tyre scare

WRC Sardinia leader Tanak “quite lucky” after late tyre scare

FIA, GAMES, Motorsport, RACING, Rally, Sports
Rally Sardinia leader Ott Tanak says he was “quite lucky” after a tyre scare threatened to hamper his run through the final stage of the day. The Hyundai driver had been imperious for the majority of Friday, winning five of the eight stages to build up a 19.4s lead over team-mate Dani Sordo, with Toyota’s Sebastian Ogier 36.2s back in third. However, the Estonian suffered a Pirelli tyre delamination towards the end of the second run through the 14.97km Erula-Tula stage. Tanak finished 5.6s behind team-mates Sordo and Thierry Neuville, who posted identical times to top the stage. The Estonian admitted it was lucky the tyre drama struck on a slow section of the stage, revealing that these issues are always “a bit scary” to manage. “Apart from the last stage with the tyre iss...
Azerbaijan GP: Gasly tops FP3 as Verstappen crashes

Azerbaijan GP: Gasly tops FP3 as Verstappen crashes

Formula 1, GAMES, Motorsport, RACING, Sports
BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 05: Pierre Gasly of France driving the (10) Scuderia AlphaTauri AT02 Honda during final practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Azerbaijan at Baku City Circuit on June 05, 2021 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images) AlphaTauri's Pierre Gasly has topped Saturday's third free practice session at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, as teammate Max Verstappen caused a red flag and Mercedes continued to struggle. In a repeat of yesterday's practice sessions, several drivers had to take to the escape roads on the dusty street circuit, with Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas soon going straight on T3 and Red Bull's Max Verstappen mirroring his move in T4. It took 15 minutes for drivers to start setting representative laptimes, with Verstappen's teammate Sergio Pere...
Evans yet to focus on 2022 WRC future

Evans yet to focus on 2022 WRC future

FIA, GAMES, Motorsport, RACING, Rally, Sports
Elfyn Evans is yet to set a timeframe on securing his World Rally Championship future but is happy at Toyota and will begin to look at his 2022 plans soon. Last year’s WRC runner-up has remerged as a key player in the championship’s silly season now Thierry Neuville and 2019 WRC champion Ott Tanak have put pen to paper on new deals at Hyundai. Toyota is keen to retain Evans who would be likely to secure the number one driver status in the team next year should Sebastien Ogier reduce his WRC commitments to a partial campaign as the WRC ushers in new hybrid Rally1 regulations for next year. It is also expected that Kalle Rovanpera will be retained by Toyota. However, M-Sport is also looking for a team leader for 2022, with Evans, who drove for the British team from 2013 to 2...
Hyundai to reschedule Solberg WRC outing following COVID quarantine

Hyundai to reschedule Solberg WRC outing following COVID quarantine

GAMES, Motorsport, Rally, Sports, WRC
Oliver Solberg is expected to receive another top flight WRC run this year with Hyundai Motorsport after COVID-19 protocols forced him to withdraw from this weekend’s Rally Sardegna. Solberg, the son of 2003 WRC champion Petter, was set to make second outing in a WRC spec Hyundai i20 in Italy before his father contracted COVID-19, forcing Oliver to spend 14 days in hotel quarantine in Porto as per WRC COVID-19 regulations.   The 19-year-old had impressed on his full WRC debut with Hyundai in February, finishing seventh in Arctic Rally Finland. Although an event is yet to be locked in, Hyundai boss Andrea Adamo confirmed to Autosport that the team plans to reschedule another WRC outing for Solberg. “Yeah, step by step we will see what the situation will be,” Adamo tol...
Mitsubishi Confirms That Ralliart Will Return In 2023

Mitsubishi Confirms That Ralliart Will Return In 2023

ELECTRIC, Motorsport, RACING, Sports, TECHNOLOGY
In its most recent annual financial report, Mitsubishi dropped a rather tantalising golden nugget of news in that it plans to revive its hallowed Ralliart brand as a means to further offer customers more “Mistubishi Motors-ness” with their vehicles. The long-dormant moniker, which was scaled back starting in 2010 (due to financial pressures), and put to rest – drawing an end to its storied involvement in motorsports – especially in the disciplines ofrallying and endurance off-roading events such as the Paris-Dakar. Though the Ralliart name continued to be around in some capacity to cap off limited-run models of the iconic Lancer Evolution X model until the mid-2010s – it was by then a shadow of its older self. How will Ralliart return? The plan now, however, is to revi...
Lewis Hamilton’s lifestyle questioned as Max Verstappen to ‘add a few years to his career’

Lewis Hamilton’s lifestyle questioned as Max Verstappen to ‘add a few years to his career’

Formula 1, Motorsport, RACING, Sports, UK
Max Verstappen’s lifestyle has been praised and Lewis Hamilton’s questioned by retired Formula One driver, David Coulthard. The pundit has been discussing the differences between the reigning champion and the Red Bull driver, who currently leads the title race. F1 resumes with the Azerbaijan Grand Prix on Sunday, May 6, with the younger racer ahead of Hamilton after winning last time out in Monaco. Much has been said the Briton’s extra-curricular interests with Coulthard the latest to discuss them. Along with his racing career; Hamilton has interests in fashion, music and sport after collaborating with designer Tommy Hilfiger, appearing on a song with Christina Aguilera and launching his X44 team in the Extreme E series. The driver also took on an increasing amount of phil...
KENYA: 2021 WRC Safari stages undergo final preparations

KENYA: 2021 WRC Safari stages undergo final preparations

CARS, FIA, GAMES, KENYA, Kenyan Parliament, Motorsport, RACING, Rally, Sports
The organising team behind Safari Rally Kenya has been preparing the roads for its WRC return next month. The June 24 - 27 event is back on the FIA World Rally Championship calendar after a 19-year absence. It was regarded as one of motorsport’s most prestigious and celebrated events of its time before it departed the series in 2002. Following a successful dress rehearsal at the ARC Equator Rally in April - which featured some of the same stages that will be used in June - organisers have been busy preparing the roads.  To ensure stages are in optimum condition when teams arrive, work has been carried out to define the rally route. The tracks have been graded, and earth bunds have been built on the inside of corners.  “The stages are very fast in places,” explained a ...
Ogier wants to stay in Toyota fold after full-time WRC career ends

Ogier wants to stay in Toyota fold after full-time WRC career ends

EUROPE, GAMES, JAPAN, Motorsport, RACING, Rally, Sports
Sebastien Ogier says it is “my wish to stay” with Toyota long-term after his full-time WRC career ends, with the reigning World Rally champion eyeing up other motorsport challenges. Ogier will heavily scale back his WRC involvement at the end of this season, having made his WRC debut back in 2008 and collected seven world titles. The Frenchman does intend to put together a partial programme in 2022 when the new Rally1 regulations come into effect, with Toyota his first choice. Although it is yet to be seen how many appearances Ogier will make, Rally Monte Carlo appears to be a certainty, and last January he won his home round for a record-extending eighth time. “About rallies, it is true that I’m not closing the door to still do some rallies maybe, but so far the only one ...
Former Aston Martin CEO on Valkyrie: “Verstappen was also involved”

Former Aston Martin CEO on Valkyrie: “Verstappen was also involved”

ELECTRIC, FIA, Formula 1, GAMES, Motorsport, RACING, Sports, TECHNOLOGY
Andy Palmer was the CEO of Aston Martin for six years, and during his time the British car brand, Palmer sponsored Red Bull Racing and together they were responsible for building the ultimate hypercar Valkyrie. In conversation with GPblog.com Palmer talks about how the partnership with the Austrian F1 team worked out. Before Palmer moved to Aston Martin, he spent 23 years working for Nissan. "At Nissan, I was the chairman of Infiniti, and Infiniti had a long standing relationship with Red Bull. When I left Nissan, they decided to terminate its relationship with Red Bull and that created the obvious opportunity to bring the relationship to Aston but not simply as a sticker on the car," Palmer says. Verstappen and the Valkyrie It was about more than just a partnership for t...
How long will Raikkonen drive in F1? ‘I’m not the youngest anymore’

How long will Raikkonen drive in F1? ‘I’m not the youngest anymore’

Formula 1, GAMES, Motorsport, RACING, Sports
At 41 years old, Kimi Raikkonen is the oldest driver currently on the grid. The Alfa Romeo driver will not drive in Formula 1 for very long much longer, but when the end will come is still up in the air for the Finn. Raikkonen gets older every day Raikkonen began racing in Formula 1 in 2001 and he is starting to notice that in his own body. "I'm not the youngest anymore and I've always been active. On the one hand, racing is getting harder and on the other hand, I'm getting older and older," he explained to AS.poster Racing is something Raikkonen still really enjoys doing, but there's more to it than getting in the car and racing straight away. "I don't like travelling, especially now. I love the racing, but there's a lot more to it than just travelling."Family a priority ...