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2 min
alfa open to new line-up for 2022

FORMULA 1 Alfa Romeo has not ruled out replacing both its Formula 1 drivers next year, with Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi being urged to lift their game. In the wake of the Swiss-based team’s new deal with the Italian manufacturer, which is believed to extend to 2024, boss Fred Vasseur has been given carte blanche to make a call on who he wants at the team in 2022. Asked at last weekend’s British Grand Prix if it was essential to retain at least one driver for continuity, Vasseur said: “It could be a point, but it’s not necessary. We’ll do the choice when it will be the right time to do it. We could keep the same line-up or we could change, but everything is open. “I think it’s also quite comfortable for…

1 min
keselowski tipped to be his own boss

NASCAR Brad Keselowski has explained that his “difficult” decision to leave Team Penske’s NASCAR Cup squad is motivated by “a new opportunity and challenge” of an as-yet undisclosed nature. Keselowski, who in 2012 gave Penske its first title in NASCAR’s premier division, has driven for the team since the end of 2009. Following speculation that he will become a co-owner in a new Roush-Fenway-Keselowski team, it was announced last week that Keselowski will depart Team Penske at the end of this season, with 2020 Xfinity Series champion Austin Cindric replacing him in the #2 Ford in 2022. In a statement, Keselowski said his time driving for Penske was a “tremendous opportunity” and that he was “proud” of their success together, which also included the 2010 Xfinity title. On the subject of why he is leaving…

2 min
pierre gasly alphatauri driver

Why was it such a tough weekend overall compared to the good ones you’ve had recently? I think the format made it tough because, with only one session for practice [before qualifying], either you get it right from the start or you get it wrong, and it’s very difficult to come back. It’s always risky to go into quali with a lot of unknowns on the car. So, we made a couple of changes but it didn’t change the big picture. This weekend we were clearly far away from the Ferraris and McLarens, even slightly behind the Alpines and Astons. And we know that we have a bit more pace than that. So, I think it’s format [and maybe] track-specific. I believe in Budapest [for next week’s Hungarian GP] we should…

2 min
united scores again in italy

The United Autosports ORECA was the fastest LMP2 car through the Monza 6 Hours and finished 57.7 seconds up the road from its nearest competitor. It would be hard to argue that Phil Hanson, Filipe Albuquerque and Fabio Scherer weren’t deserving class winners, but they had a massive slice of luck along the way. Series newcomer WRT could have won and would have done so but for a mid-race tactical gaffe. The WRT ORECA-Gibson 07 shared by Robin Frijns, Ferdinand Habsburg and Charles Milesi had pitted out of the lead just before the only full safety car of the race right at the beginning of hour three. The rest of the sharp end of the P2 pack hadn’t stopped – but needed to — when the yellows flew. That meant they…

11 min
finland’s new rally hero rovanpera makes history

Whatever Kalle Rovanpera achieves in his rally career, this year’s Rally Estonia will be forever etched in his mind as the event where he truly announced himself on the World Rally Championship stage. Rovanpera’s prodigious talent has been known for some time, and the son of former WRC rally winner Harri Rovanpera has been knocking on the door of the winners’ circle, but in Estonia his knocks were answered. The 20-year-old produced arguably the drive of his burgeoning career to date to claim a maiden WRC victory and in doing so became the youngest ever winner in the championship’s history. At times Rovanpera was simply untouchable at the weekend, combining outrageous speed in his Toyota with controlled and measured drives to seal a dominant triumph across Estonia’s 24 fast and flowing gravel…

2 min
powell pounces in closing minutes for home win

W SERIES SILVERSTONE (GBR) 17 JULY ROUND ⅜ Set against the backdrop of a capacity crowd on a beautiful summer’s day, Alice Powell capped a dream W Series weekend at Silverstone, converting pole position at her home race to take her second victory of the season. Passing Fabienne Wohlwend for the win just five minutes before the chequered flag, Powell recaptured the championship lead in front of roaring grandstands, with the biggest crowd the series has ever witnessed after it joined the Formula 1 support package for this year. A good start allowed Liechtensteiner Wohlwend to edge in front and initially it looked as though Racing X driver Powell might have missed her victory chance. But Powell kept the pressure on and, following a brief safety car period, Wohlwend locked up into the first part of…