Kvyat will drive a fifth Volkswagen powered Dallara
Carlin announces line-up
British team Carlin will enter a four car team powered by Volkswagen in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship, following the reduction of the British Formula 3 Championship to four rounds. British racer Harry Tincknell will continue his relationship with the team and will be joined by Canadian racer Nicholas Latifi and British drivers Jann Mardenborough and Jordan King.
Volkswagen has played down reports it is making plans to enter formula one in 2015.
The German weekly Sport Bild said the Wolfsburg based carmaker giant was planning to enter F1 with Sauber, or even considering getting involved in chassis design at its state of the art Porsche Motorsport Centre in Weissach.
The German weekly Sport Bild is reporting that Volkswagen, the carmaker giant, is making plans to enter formula one in 2015.
Sauber team boss Peter Sauber confirmed recently that he met at the Geneva motor show with VW’s chairman Martin Winterkorn. The Swiss team’s chief executive Monisha Kaltenborn denied there is any more to the story.
Sauber has not decided if it will stay with Ferrari power in 2014.
The Swiss team has expressed grave doubts about the increased costs of renting engines for the radical new V6 regulations in 2014. Before and after Sauber’s recent BMW era, the independent Hinwil based team was and is a longstanding Ferrari customer, but the current agreement runs only to the end of the V8 era.
Volkswagen, the German carmaking giant, has played down suggestions it could launch a formula one project some time soon.
Red Bull has clipped Mark Webber’s wings as the Australian attends his regular outdoor adventure challenge in Tasmania this week.
The event has not been run since 2008, when the now 35-year-old badly broke his leg on a mountain biking descent. It has returned for 2011, but the local Mercury newspaper reports: “Webber was grounded (on Wednesday) by a climb deemed too dangerous for the formula one star to tackle”.
Formula Renault 3.5 and DTM opportunities
Since its creation back in 2003, the Formula 3 Euro Series has established as the ideal stepping stone for young racing drivers – and this tradition should be continued, this year. The champion and the vice-champion of the 2011 Euro Series Championship will be rewarded with a Formula Renault 3.5 test.
Adrian Newey admitted this week that he is relieved he will not be working with a four-cylinder
Red Bull appears likely to extend its engine supply agreement with Renault Sport F1 through to the end of the current V8 regulations. The sport looks likely to adopt turbocharged V6 engines for 2014 and beyond, and in the meantime Red Bull is enjoying a significant sponsorship deal with the Renault-linked Nissan brand’s Infiniti label.
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