In the round-up: Pierre Gasly was left at a loss to understand Formula 1’s enforcement of its rules after the Singapore Grand Prix.
Gasly queries penalty inconsistency
Gasly said Kevin Magnussen overstepped the mark with his driving in the Singapore Grand Prix and made moves which he felt were not permitted by the regulations. He told media including RaceFans he didn’t understand why the stewards had not taken action against the Haas driver.
“I just ask ‘okay, if you can push someone off the race track when I’m going to pass him, I’m just going to give him like a little nudge and do the same’,” said Gasly after the race. “I’m not going to open the topic, it’s just, make it black-and-white because I was pretty surprised last night, and again today. Like I don’t fully understand the regulation.
“I read the regulations, I understand and know the regulations, but then it doesn’t always translate to what happens on the track. But to be fair today it didn’t change my race, I got the best out of it so it was fine but couple of times it’s just unclear to me.”
Noda picks BOSS GP over Euroformula return
Juja Noda has swapped series following the controversy over Euroformula’s revision of its weight rules which previously allowed her to run at a lower minimum weight than her main rivals.
The Noda Racing team withdrew from the series when it finally scrapped the rule on the eve of its most recent round at the Red Bull Ring. At the time, team boss Hideki Noda was undecided on whether to return or not.
Euroformula races at Monza this weekend and Noda will in action at the track, but not in her former series. Instead, the Japanese teenager will race an old Formula Renault 3.5 car in the supporting BOSS GP races.
F1 announces latest sustainability landmark
Formula 1’s switch to biofuel-powered trucks to transport its own event infrastructure around Europe has led to an 87% reduction in carbon emissions compared to 2022 when standard fuel was used in trucks heading to and from its European races, the series claims.
“Across the nine European rounds, the new 18 trucks were powered by HVO100 drop-in fuel (hydrotreated vegetable oil) and travelled over 10,600km, transporting an average of 300 tonnes of freight per race,” said F1 in a statement.
Biofuel trucks will continue to be used for the European races in 2024, but a different solution is required for the 14 flyaway rounds next season. F1 has set a target to reduce its carbon emissions to net zero by 2030.
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Official FIA WEC Rookies revealed for Bahrain test (WEC)
‘Josh Pierson from Portland, USA, will drive the Toyota GR010 Hybrid Hypercar – the same vehicle that has taken five out of six victories so far in this year’s WEC. For the last two seasons, Pierson has driven an LMP2 Oreca 07 Gibson for British squad United Autosports and in 2022 he made history as the youngest driver to compete at the 24 Hours of Le Mans – at just 16 years old. Pierson was LMP2 winner in this year’s Six Hours of Portimao and was third in WEC’s 2022 LMP2 standings.’
Environmental impact: 2023 FIA Region II Roundtable looks at clubs’ actions to build a more sustainable future in Asia-Pacific (FIA)
‘Sustainability was an important topic on the agenda of the 2023 FIA Region II Roundtable as building a greener mobility future is a major challenge that its members have to address. Moderated by the FIA’s sustainable mobility manager Asuka Ito, the session invited the Australian Automobile Association, Royal Automobile Club of Western Australia, the RAC Group, Japan Automobile Federation and AIP Foundation on stage to share their initiatives and achievements.’
Alessandro Giusti: the surprise of Formula Regional (Italiaracing)
‘He landed in the Formula Regional European Championship at the beginning of the year as champion of French Formula 4, finding a space at G4 Racing. After the first points obtained at Imola, the Frenchman was then unable to achieve a top-ten finish, but by working hard with his team, he managed to surprise everyone with two exceptional weekends at Paul Ricard and the Red Bull Ring, where he took a haul of two wins, two pole positions, a second and a fifth place. A third win followed at Monza.’
Mark Webber leads Porsche’s epic electric road trip (torquecafe)
‘Still think electric cars are only for the city? Well, Mark Webber and Porsche have some news for you, because the German brand’s all-electric Taycan 4S Cross Turismo has just completed an epic road trip from Darwin to Sydney. Former Formula 1 ace Webber began Porsche’s expedition that took 19 days and wound its way across some stunning scenery and to some iconic venues, including the ‘Big Red’ sand dune in the Simpson Desert and Mount Panorama, Bathurst.’
Askew, Rasmussen to test for Ed Carpenter Racing (Racer)
‘Ed Carpenter Racing has narrowed its shortlist of candidates to a pair of Indy Nxt champions to take over the No. 20 Chevy. After parting with Conor Daly after the Detroit round in June and replacing him with Ryan Hunter-Reay for the rest of the season, ECR spent the final weeks of the season developing a cast of contenders to join Rinus VeeKay in 2024.’
Who was fastest in FIA Formula 3 2023? (Formula Scout)
‘From the second to the 14th race of the 2023 FIA Formula 3 season, eventual champion Gabriel Bortoleto had an average finishing position of 4.3. Zak O’Sullivan, who would end up being his closest rival for the title, won four races in that time but had an average finishing position of 8.3. That’s one of the best illustrations of how this year was won through consistency rather than pace.’
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