In the round-up: W Series champion Jamie Chadwick says she has returned to the series due to being unable to secure funding to get a place on the Formula 3 or Formula 2 grid this season
Lack of funding behind Chadwick’s W Series return
The two time W Series champion, who announced this week she would return for a third season in the series with Caitlyn Jenner’s new team Jenner Racing, told fans in a video posted to social media that she understood frustrations over how she has been unable to find an opportunity to race in FIA Formula 3 or Formula 2 this year.
“Trust me, I hear it,” said Chadwick. “I also wanted to make that step and I made no secret of that when I won the championship last year.
“To be completely honest, in the short space of time that we had, we weren’t able to secure the funding that we needed. Of course, it means that I’m coming back to W Series, but I don’t see that as a backward step. I think it’s still another opportunity to be racing, to be trying to raise the budget and the funding to then go to the next step, which I still believe is possible.
And even if not in Europe, in America, I think there’s so many opportunities still. So I’m so very grateful for W Series. Honestly, I wouldn’t be racing in the first place without them, so the fact we can even have this discussion about me going to F3 or F2 is something two to three years ago I wouldn’t have had.
“So thank you to W Series, thank to you to Jenner Racing, thank you to everyone for your support. It’s not the end – we’ve got a long term goal. Obviously this year it’s not going to be F3 or F2, but maybe next year it will. So yeah, keep supporting and fingers crossed we can bring that third title back.”
Aston Martin to supply F1 Safety and Medical Cars again in 2022
Aston Martin Lagonda have confirmed that they will supply the official Safety and Medical Cars for 12 of the 23 races on this year’s Formula 1 calendar.
After many years of Mercedes being the sole supplier of the official course cars for Formula 1, Aston Martin began providing a Vantage for use as F1’s Safety Car and a DBX as the Medical Car at half of last year’s grands prix.
Aston Martin Lagonda announced that they would again supply the Vantage and DBX models for the same roles this season, beginning with the Australian Grand Prix at the revised Albert Park circuit on April 10th.
“As much as I hope they won’t be called upon too often in the races, I think we all know they will be busy again as F1 enters this new era,” said Aston Martin Lagonda CEO Tobias Moers.
IndyCar race director Novak named FIA Courts judge
Kyle Novak, the race director for the IndyCar Series since the start of the 2018 season, has been named as one of 36 judges to serve on the FIA’s court system.
The appointment means that Novak can be summoned by the FIA to sit on a panel of judges to hear cases brought to the FIA’s International Tribunal or the International Court of Appeal.
Novak will be the only IndyCar representative in the FIA’s court system, while the series has representatives in various FIA commissions under new president Mohammed Ben Sulayem.
“To be able to add to the list of IndyCar representatives who have served the FIA is a tremendous honor,” Novak said. “With the great competition and all of the growth we’ve experienced over the past few years, I think this shows the level of worldwide respect for the IndyCar Series.”
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Notable posts from Twitter, Instagram and more:
— Fernando Alonso (@alo_oficial) February 24, 2022
— Colton Herta (@ColtonHerta) February 24, 2022
It’s hard to talk about F1 today. We are witnessing one of the darkest pages of modern European history, scenes we thought were relegated to a distant, horrible past.
Today, as a fellow European country is under attack, we stand with Ukraine. 🇺🇦
— Will Ponissi (@WillPonissi) February 24, 2022
— Tobi Grüner 🏁 (@tgruener) February 24, 2022
Another productive day completing the whole run programme, which right now is the most important thing. I also started to work on my driving style, gaining confidence with every lap. Satisfied so far with our work, let’s continue this trend!
— Carlos Sainz (@Carlossainz55) February 24, 2022
This amazing reliability underlines why 3 days of testing would be enough!
Sure the teams will say there’s so much to “optimise” but the racing would be better and more unpredictable if the teams weren’t fully on top of the cars. https://t.co/c2R7ehjnlh
— Karun Chandhok (@karunchandhok) February 24, 2022
— Mark Lane (@MarkLaneF1) February 24, 2022
Unfortunately the pre season test is a tad too early for me to take part in.
It's been extremely tough to get my head around, I won't lie.
However I'm looking to be in a really strong position for the season and I'm still pushing forward thanks to all of your generous support. https://t.co/aFcw8j1TDf
— Abbie Eaton (@AbbieEaton44) February 24, 2022
Spent the last four days shooting for @HaasF1Team in Barcelona. All 12-hour days. Absolutely some of the best footage we’ve ever shot. After today’s events … it’s all trash.
Bravo to the team. Fuck Russia. All thoughts with the people of Ukraine.
— Mike Kitchel (@mikekitchel) February 24, 2022
— RaceFans (@racefansdotnet) February 24, 2022
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On this day in motorsport
- Born on this day in 1932: Tony Brooks, who won six Formula 1 races for Ferrari and Vanwall, and lost the 1959 world championship to Jack Brabham in a final-round title-decider at Sebring. He is the only living driver who won a world championship race in the fifties