In the round-up: A little-driven super car belonging to recently retired F1 champion Vettel is on the market.
Vettel selling 10-year-old Nissan GT-R
Recently retired four-times Formula 1 world champion Sebastian Vettel is selling a Nissan GT-R Black Edition supercar from his car collection.
The asking price for the petrol-powered car, which has an automatic gearbox, is €250,000 (£221,906). It has been driven just 150 kilometres since entering Vettel’s possession in July 2012, and has been based in his collection in Switzerland since then.
In recent years Vettel has become an advocate for eco-friendly behaviour. In 2021 he put another eight cars, including five Ferraris, up for sale.
Formula 4 to support Mexican GP
Mexico’s NACAM Formula 4 championship has a long history with the country’s Formula 1 race, with the inaugural F4 race to take place in Mexico running in support of the 2015 Mexican Grand Prix.
The championship has supported every edition of the grand prix held since then, and will continue to do so in 2023 following the announcement of its calendar for the season.
Mexico City will hold four rounds, including the F1-supporting finale, Queretaro will host two and former Formula E venue Puebla will also have a round. Following the season there will be a non-championship event in Mexico City.
F1 juniors start season in UAE
The F4 United Arab Emirates championship gets underway this weekend, and has attracted several talents backed by F1 teams.
Red Bull junior Arvid Lindblad is racing for Hitech GP before he moves to Prema for the Italian F4 season, and that team has signed McLaren junior Ugo Ugochukwu for the UAE campaign.
Prema is also providing technical support to the Mumbai Falcons team, who are running Ferrari juniors Tuukka Taponen and James Wharton.
There are several drivers competing with well-known racing fathers, including Hamda Al Qubaisi, Brando Badoer, Fernando Barrichello, Jakob Bergmeister and Niko Lacorte.
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Opinion: Making sense of Andretti and Formula 1 (Speedcafe)
‘The efforts of Michael Andretti to have his eponymous organisation join F1 have proved divisive. On the one hand, is the FIA, and more specifically support its President Mohammed Ben Sulayem. Seemingly on the other is the sport’s commercial rights holders, headed by ex-Ferrari boss Stefano Domenicali, and a host of teams themselves.’
Zhou signs Dior ambassador deal, extends contract with HSBC China (Blackbook Motorsport)
‘Zhou Guanyu is China’s first F1 driver, and he signed his first major sponsorship deal in his home country last June with HSBC. Having now extended this deal, the Alfa Romeo driver has added French fashion house Dior to his portfolio.’
IndyCar champ Power joins Rolex 24 with Sun Energy1 (Racer)
‘Will Power has dreamt of racing in the Rolex 24 Hours for more than a decade, and thanks to fellow Australian Kenny Habul, the reigning IndyCar champion will make his IMSA debut later this month in Florida sharing the No. 75 Sun Energy1 Racing Team’s Mercedes-AMG.’
Francesco Braschi fastest in Formula Regional Middle East testing (Formula Scout)
‘R-ace GP’s Franscesco Braschi ended Formula Regional Middle East’s pre-season test at Dubai Autodrome on top.’
Fitzgerald in for last three rounds of FRegional Oceania (Toyota)
‘Rising Irish star Adam Fitzgerald will compete for the last three rounds of the inaugural Formula Regional Oceania Championship, which begins this week at Highlands Motorsport Park in New Zealand’s South Island.’
The Isotta Fraschini is not entered full-time into WEC (Italia Racing)
‘Isotta Fraschini is not among the manufacturers registered for the full 2023 World Endurance Championship. A real surprise, but from what we learn, the hypercar that will be managed by the English team Vector Sport will participate in targeted events without scoring points.’
Dallara Research Center partners with USF Pro 2000 (USF Pro 2000)
‘Andersen Promotions today announced a multi-year partnership with the Dallara Research Center to further prepare drivers on their rise through the USF Pro championships. The final step on the ladder – USFP2000 – will now offer the top-three finishers in the championship simulator time at the renowned Speedway, Ind.-based facility.’
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