In support: The role of F1 race director has been in the spotlight since the controversial 2021 season, but will see continuity in the position this year.
F1 to retain Wittich as race director for a second season
The race director role is not set to change hands again, despite reports that Nils Wittich was to be replaced. A spokesperson for the FIA advised RaceFans that his position is not in doubt.
Wittich was appointed to share the role with Eduardo Freitas following the acrimonious departure of former competition director Michael Massi early last year. The FIA ended the practice of sharing the venue following the Japanese Grand Prix, with the drivers during the Safety Car period when a recovery vehicle was sent to the circuit due to heavy rain, and Wittich played a role in the final four races.
Asked about the FIA’s plans for the reins, President Mohamed Ben Sulaiman said at a press conference on Monday that the sport’s governing body intends to continue investing in training more individuals to serve as race directors and stewards in the future.
Abt: Reaching first FE round with two cars ‘like a small victory’
Returning to the Formula E grid with two cars for the 2023 season is already a victory for Abt Cupra, said team CEO Hans Juergen Abt.
Abbott has been in FE since its debut in the 2014-15 season until 2021, before the 2017-18 season as Audi’s factory team when the powertrain supplier took over ownership of the team’s entry. However, Abt lost his place on the grid when Eddie decided to leave FE at the end of 2021.
However, Abt managed to secure one of the entries for this year’s new ‘Gen3’ era of FE. It will be back in partnership with Mahindra powertrains and another Volkswagen Group brand, the Cupra.
“Being on the starting grid with two cars in Mexico is already a small victory for us,” he said. “Since the conclusion of the seventh season, we have been working together with our team to return to FE.
“Over the past year, the team has continued to grow together at our motorsport center and a dedicated FE department has been created, including mission control and simulators. My thanks to the whole team for all the hard work and long nights. It is to everyone’s credit that our ABT brand is now able to present itself on this platform again worldwide.
Caio Collet moves to VAR in F3
Caio Collett will switch teams to Van Ammerfoort Racing for a third season in the FIA Formula 3 Championship.
In the year In 2019, he won the French Formula 4 title and was the winner of the Toyota Racing Championship and the runner-up of the Formula Renault Eurocup in 2019. Two seasons.
He picked up two podiums in his rookie campaign, and last year won one pole position and two races to finish eighth in the standings. VAR has become the fifth team in F3 to complete its 2023 line-up.
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