In the round-up: Formula E rookie Dan Ticktum remarked how much of a contact sport the series is after his first race in the championship
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Formula E rookie Dan Ticktum joked that every driver in the series appears to want to crash into their rivals after his debut race in the championship.
The new Nio driver qualified 20th on the grid for his first race in the series in Diriyah before finishing the race in 18th place. Ticktum later described how he had made contact with Alexander Sims on the opening lap before losing multiple positions towards the end of the race.
Asked by RaceFans what lessons he could take from his first Formula E race, Ticktum laughed that “everyone who does, or attempts, an overtaking manoeuvre sort of goes into the move with the idea of crashing.
“Basically, everyone seems to crash into each other when they’re overtaking,” he continued. “Every move I had done on me, I got crashed into. So if that’s how everyone plays the game here, I’ll be doing the same.”
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World Rally champion Sebastien Ogier says Lewis Hamilton was “robbed” of the 2021 Formula 1 world championship following the final lap Safety Car restart.
The eight-time WRC champion said he has “a lot of respect” for world champion Max Verstappen, but believes that the circumstances that led to Hamilton losing the lead of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on the final lap amounted to “theft”.
“I think he will come back”, Ogier said on French sport broadcaster RMC’s Super Moscato Show. “He is in an ultra-competitive environment with the best team of the moment. It must have been very difficult for him.
“He really felt like he was robbed. He was robbed – let’s not be afraid to say that. Although I have a lot of respect for Max Verstappen, he had a great season but the last weekend.
“Lewis dominates the race, he is in front until the end. And unfortunately for him, a few laps from the finish, there is this famous safety car. One or the other, they were beautiful champions but on the face of that weekend, it’s theft. And it’s hard to swallow for Hamilton.
Former IndyCar driver Robert Wickens finished in third place in the TCR class of the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge at Daytona in his first race since suffering life-changing injuries in a IndyCar crash.
Wickens has paralysis of his legs after a violent crash at Pocono in 2018. He returned to racing this season, announcing earlier this month that he would be driving a Hyundai Elantra touring car fitted with special hand controls along with team mate Mark Wilkins for Bryan Herta Autosport.
Wickens and Wilkins finished third in the opening race of the season at Daytona in the TCR class. It was the Canadian’s first race using the throttle and braking hand control systems designed by Bryan Herta Autosport technical director David Brown and development technician Jonathan Gormley.
Sixteen-year-old American driver Hunter Yeany and Czech driver Roman Stanek have become the latest drivers confirmed to compete in this year’s Formula 3 championship.
Yeany will race the complete Formula 3 championship with Campos for his full season of racing outside of the United States, where he will compete alongside team mate Pepe Marti. He entered six races over the two Formula 3 rounds at Spa and Zandvoort last season, recording a best finish of 18th. The 2020 United States Formula 4 champion also raced in the GB3 series, Formula Regional Americas championship and the Indy Pro 2000 series last year.
Roman Stanek will join Trident for his third season consecutive season in the third tier championship. The 17-year-old had previously raced with Charouz in 2020, before moving to Hitech last season. Stanek recorded two podium finishes last season on his way to finishing 16th in the championship standings.
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