Three seats left on 2021 F2 grid as Charouz confirms drivers

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In the round-up: The grid for the 2021 Formula 2 season is almost complete as the Charouz team has announced who its two drivers will be.

F2: Grid almost complete as Charouz announces line-up

Guilherme Samaia, who ended his first season of Formula 2 with Campos last year point-less, will return with Charouz when the championship begins in Bahrain next month. His team mate will be David Beckmann, who finished sixth in Formula 3 last year for Trident.

The Italian team is yet to confirm either of its drivers for the upcoming F2 season. The only other vacant seat on the grid is alongside Beckmann’s 2020 team mate Lirim Zendeli at MP.

TeamCarDriver
ART1Theo Pourchaire
ART2Christian Lundgaard
Campos1Ralph Boschung
Campos2Gianluca Petecof
Carlin1Jehan Daruvala
Carlin2Dan Ticktum
Charouz1Guilherme Samaia
Charouz2David Beckmann
DAMS1Marcus Armstrong
DAMS2Roy Nissany
Hitech1Liam Lawson
Hitech2Juri Vips
HWA1Matteo Nannini
HWA2Alessio Deledda
MP1Lirim Zendeli
MP2TBC
Prema1Robert Shwartzman
Prema2Oscar Piastri
Trident1TBC
Trident2TBC
Virtuosi1Felipe Drugovich
Virtuosi2Guanyu Zhou

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IndyCar: Sato’s livery revealed, Grosjean to test today

Takuma Sato's 2021 Indy 500 livery
Takuma Sato RLL livery

RLL has presented a new livery Takuma Sato will use at five races this year.

Sato and team mate Graham Rahal will test at Barber Motorsport Park today, but all eyes will be on Romain Grosjean as he makes his return to driving for the first time since his horrifying crash in the Bahrain Grand Prix at the end of November. He will drive Dale Coyne’s number 51 car alongside team mate Ed Jones.

Also present at the test will be Sebastien Bourdais and Dalton Kellett for Foyt, Conor Daly and Rinus VeeKay for Carpenter, and Penske quartet Scott McLaughlin, Josef Newgarden, Simon Pagenaud and Will Power.

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F1: Gordon Murray Automotive reveals T.50s Niki Lauda edition

Gordon Murray Automotive T.50s Niki Lauda
Gordon Murray Automotive T.50s Niki Lauda

Former Formula 1 designer Gordon Murray has revealed a special edition of his T.50s road car, limited to just 25 examples, named after three-times world champion Niki Lauda.

Gordon Murray Automotive T.50s Niki Lauda, 2021
Gordon Murray Automotive T.50s Niki Lauda, 2021
The 852kg car seats two – the driver in the middle, the passenger to their left – and is powered by a 725bhp naturally aspirated V12 engine. A central fan at the rear of the car generates downforce, as on Murray’s famed 1978 Brabham Formula 1 car which Lauda took to victory in its sole F1 race at Anderstorp that year.

“The T.50s is named in honour of Niki to commemorate his famous win with the Brabham BT46B fan car in the 1978 Swedish Grand Prix,” said Murray. “Niki was a great racing driver and he was also a good friend and it is absolutely fitting that we are launching the T.50s Niki Lauda on his birthday. Niki would have appreciated the innovation and engineering detail in our car.”

“We are proud that Gordon Murray Automotive has named its new car after Niki,” said Lauda’s family in a statement. “He would have been extremely honoured to have been associated with a car designed and engineered by Gordon, with whom he had such a long association and friendship.”

The T.50s Niki Lauda edition costs £3.1 million excluding taxes.

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Erzen appreciates Alfa Romeo’s livery updates:

The only thing that I didn’t like in the Alfa Romeo liveries in the past couple of years was the Orlen logo on the side of the sidepods. It cluttered the space for me, the new livery fixes that issue without losing anything that made the previous livery good.

The green four-leaf clover is an excellent touch, I’m a very big fan of it.
Erzen (@xenn1)

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  • 8 comments on “Three seats left on 2021 F2 grid as Charouz confirms drivers”

    1. the car looks interesting, reminiscent of murray’s own f1.
      Sauber looks like a Polish flag cotd
      Vips for the title.

    2. Is this original? I certainly don’t recall these quotes from somewhere else.
      Toto Wolff: Analyse zu Vettel, Schumacher, Verstappen (Speedweek.com)

      1. It’s just Toto being Toto again. Saying that Red Bull had the fastest car at the end, but ignoring that it was because Merc tuned down their engine.

    3. Little correction here: the livery on Sato’s car isn’t the one that will be used for the Indy 500. The red and white livery here is the primary sponsor. But the Indy 500 livery will be navy blue and orange.

    4. Ferrari is testing the 2022 tyre alone? and with which car?

    5. “(Sir Jim Ratcliffe) doesn’t want to be one name on a Formula 1 set of overalls, roster of sponsors. He wants it to be Ineos and only Ineos. And nobody else in sight.

      Do you believe this? Big news if true.

      1. Yes. Take a look at Ben Ainslie’s boat and the Team Ineos Cycling teams gear. Nothing but Ineos or Ineos owned brands

        If the new Merc follows the same lines, it’s going to look pretty good. That said, if he puts up enough money, why would you need other sponsors but I cant imagine that Petronas will take it well.

    6. Nice layout of the round-up here!

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