In the round-up: Lance Stroll says he hopes that the radical new cars for 2022 will encourage better racing at circuits like the Hungaroring
Stroll hopes 2022 cars will make “tracks like Budapest” better for racing
Lance Stroll says he is hopeful that the radical new cars for the 2022 Formula 1 season will improve racing a tracks that are traditionally more difficult to pass around, such as the Hungaroring.
Formula 1 cars have undergone dramatic regulation changes this season to try and reduce the dirty air effect and encourage better racing. Stroll says he hopes the new cars help address races like the Hungarian Grand Prix where qualifying position is often critical.
“I really hope the racing is a lot better,” said Stroll. “I’m crossing my fingers for racing to be better.
“I hope we can follow wheel-to-wheel and go to a track like Budapest and have chances to overtake and race. It’s boring to see those kind of races where it’s just like a Saturday weekend. Of course last year in Budapest, we had all the weather changes and stuff and it was very exciting. But in general, it’s kind of using it as an example of a difficult race to overtaking. It can be quite boring. It would be great to see more of those tracks become exciting and fun to race on Sunday.”
Verstappen set to win iRacing Bathurst 12 Hours for Team Redline ahead of Palou
Formula 1 world champion Max Verstappen is on course to win the iRacing Bathurst 12 Hours special simracing event after dominating the race with Team Redline team mate Luke Bennett.
The race, simulating the actual Bathurst 12 Hour GT3 race, saw Verstappen and Bennett team up in a McLaren MP4-12C for Team Redline Orange, with IndyCar champion Alex Palou running alongside Maximillian Benecke in a sister Redline BMW.
After starting from fifth on the grid, Verstappen move up into the lead after passing the Coanda Simsport car. Verstappen and Benecke then began to pull away from the chasing field. With less than an hour remaining in the race,
It is Verstappen’s third attempt at a major simracing endurance victory of the F1 off-season, following the 24 Hours Le Mans Virtual – in which he crashed out from the lead – and the Daytona 24 Hours, where his team pulled out of the race after a myriad of technical problems took them out of the running.
Red Bull’s Hadjar resists Mercedes’ Aron to win first FRAC race
Red Bull junior driver Isack Hadjar held off Mercedes junior Paul Aron to win the first of three Formula Regional Asian Championship races at the Dubai Autodrome this weekend as two Ferrari academy drivers collided.
Aron led from pole at the start, until Hadjar was able to make a move past him on the opening lap of the race. After an early Safety Car when Ferrari academy drivers Ollie Bearman and Dino Begaonivc made contact, leading to the latter’s retirement, the race resumed with Aron putting Hadjar under pressure.
Hadjar was able to hold off Aron’s advanced and take his first race win of the campaign, with Pepe Martin third. Championship leader Arthur Leclerc finished fourth, with his advantage at the top of the table now sitting at 32 points. There will be two more races in Dubai today, followed by a final round at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi next weekend.