In the round-up: F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali says that it is important that any American driver brought into the series has the ability to earn their place on the grid
Quality American driver “very important” to F1 – Domenicali
Asked during the press conference at the launch of F1’s new race in Las Vegas, Domenicali was quizzed over the importance of having an American driver. F1 will have three races in the country next year.
“It’s important, but it has to be real,” said Domenicali. “It’s important because, of course, people make the difference. They are the protagonist. Everyone connects with the faces – it’s something that is always a reference. But it has to be real.
“From the commercial point of view, from the organiser and promoter point of view, who want to develop the business in the US, a woman or a man driver will be very important.”
Audi and Porsche’s F1 entry ‘to be approved next week’
Volkswagen Group, which owns the Audi and Porsche brands, is expected to confirm plans for both to enter Formula 1 in a meeting next week, Business Insider reports. Porsche is tipped to link up with Red Bull while Audi is considering a bid to buy McLaren.
Harvey cleared to race in Long Beach after Texas crash
Jack Harvey will race in next weekend’s IndyCar race at Long Beach after he was medically cleared to race following his crash in Texas, RLL Racing announced.
Harvey suffered a heavy impact with the wall during final practice for the first oval race of the IndyCar season. Despite being released from the medical centre after the accident, Harvey was not cleared to compete after he was evaluated by the IndyCar medical team on the day of the race.
However, RLL confirmed that Harvey has now been cleared to competing at the Long Beach Grand Prix on Sunday 10th April.
“We would like to express our gratitude for the exceptional care that doctor Billows, his staff including doctor Julia Vaizer and doctor Terry Trammell and the AMR IndyCar Safety Team has given to Jack, both onsite in Texas and in the time since then,” said the team.
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