In the round-up: Yas Marina’s extensive track changes to improve racing were driven, in a major part, by fan feedback according to circuit management.
Driver feedback and fan response key to changes at Yas MarinaYas Marina in yesterday’s Blackbook Motorsport Virtual Conference. Three areas of the track are being extensively overhauled ahead of this year’s season-closing grand prix.
“We wanted to look at an evolution of the racetrack, look at ways in which we can enhance the on-track racing and the excitement for the drivers and for the fans,” explained Al Noaimi. “We’re currently going through the the first real changes to the track since it was it was initially built.
“Essentially it’s taking feedback from the drivers, the teams, but most importantly, from the fans and the spectators and trying to address some of their feedback.”
Abu Dhabi held F1’s most recent final-round championship shown in 2016 and Al Noaimi said they are hoping the battle between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen goes the distance again this year.
“We’re really excited to to have the new track ready ahead of this year’s grand prix. And we’re hoping for some close wheel to wheel racing and also hoping for a championship decider.”
Frederick to miss Spa F3 round
Frederick had been in an intense recovery process, following an injury to his hand during race two in Austria which had already seen him sit out races in Hungary. Having now tested positive for COVID-19, Carlin announced that Frederick will once again miss out on the Belgian F3 round, and the team will only run two cars.
“I’m absolutely heartbroken,” said Ferederick. “Aside from being painful, the injury in Austria was such a blow as it meant I would miss Hungary. Thinking about being back for Spa really helped push me through the surgery and physio, all of which was designed to accelerate my recovery.
“To now have tested positive for Covid-19 is just agonising. I don’t feel too bad, so I’ll just be sitting at home, but it will be awful to see everyone out in Spa without me.”
Charouz replace two-thirds of F3 line-up
There will be two other changes on the F3 grid this weekend, both at Charouz. The team has replaced Enzo Fittipaldi and Reshad de Gerus with Hunter Yeany and Zdenek Chovanec for the Belgian round of Formula 3.
The 16-year-old Yeany, reigning American F4 champion, will see out the season with the Czech outfit. Chovanec has raced in Italian and UAE F4, but like Yeany has never raced in an F3-spec series before.
Charouz are currently third in the F3 teams’ championship, with their 60-point haul earned by remaining driver Logan Sargeant, on 35 and Fittipaldi, who had scored 25 at the halfway point in the season. Sargeant is currently 13th in the championship, Fittipaldi 14th.
Electric lap record broken at Zolder
ERA Championship, a new, all-electric junior series focussed on both engineering and driver development, have used their championship car to set a new lap record for cars of the type around Zolder.
Driven by Xavier Maassen, who held the previous electric record around the former home of the Belgian Grand Prix, the F4-style ‘Mitsu-Bachi’ set a 1’38.81, shattering the four-year-old former record by 3.8 seconds.
ERA Championship will hold its inaugural season in 2022, having been in development since 2019.
Powell: W Series podium representation important to encourage LGBT community in racing
W Series title contender Alice Powell said standing on the series’ first podium of the year alongside openly gay racer Sarah Moore was “a real standout moment and hopefully for many young people to have seen Sarah on the podium.”
Powell said the visibility of Moore’s success – the first ‘out’ driver to stand on a podium over a grand prix weekend – was key to encouraging more LGBT racers. “She managed to get some great pictures with the pride flag as well, her trophy, and blasted them out all on social media.
“I hope that just gives a lot of young people encouragement and belief that they can go out there and achieve their dreams. I think it’s a shame that it has to take someone to do this, to stand on the podium for people to believe, they should be able to believe anyway. It’s really important that we really try and showcase these special moments.”
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