In the round-up: Former Haas team principal Guenther Steiner admits he regrets not having the opportunity to thank all his colleagues before leaving the team
Steiner – Not getting to thank Haas team before departing “stung”
Guenther Steiner, who was team principal of the Haas F1 team for its first eight seasons before owner Gene Haas opted not to extend his contract for 2024, says he wishes he had the opportunity to thank all his former colleagues before leaving the team.
Speaking at the Autosport International show, Steiner admitted that it was unfortunate he was not able to speak with the whole team before departing.
“Yeah, it stung, but they all know me and they all know that I appreciate what they did,” he said. “It’s always best to say it to them, it would be nice to say, ‘hey guys, thanks for what you did for the team.’
“I would just like to thank all the team members, which I couldn’t give a proper goodbye to when I left, so I’ll do it this way. And I want to say also thank you to all the fans who supported us while I was there.”
Barnard dominates FRMEC opener
Taylor Barnard dominated the opening race of the Formula Regional Middle East Championship at the Yas Marina circuit, yesterday, leading from pole position to win by almost five seconds.
Barnard, who finished runner-up in the FRMEC last season and won a single race in last year’s F3 championship, led home Ferrari academy driver Tuukka Taponen in Saturday’s opening round, with Martin Stenshorne completing the podium in third. Races two and three will take place today.
Motor racing links of interest:
F1 promotes Vegas exec Prazer to chief commercial role (Sports Business Journal)
‘F1 has promoted F1 Las Vegas Chief Commercial Officer Emily Prazer to the same position for the global racing series, elevating the executive after the new event brought in a massive commercial haul for its inaugural race. Prazer will report to F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali. She will run commercial partnerships, marketing and hospitality for F1 while still be heavily involved in F1 Vegas and shaping efforts to continue the series’ growth in the U.S.’
2024 season launch location revealed (Williams)
‘You know the date – February 5th. You know the city – New York City. But now it’s time to reveal the all-important location of our 2024 Season Launch. We are delighted to announce our 2024 Season Launch will be taking place at Puma’s NYC Flagship Store in Midtown Manhattan. This year marks the beginning of an exciting multi-year global partnership with the sportswear giant, and their base at 609 Fifth Avenue is the perfect place to kickstart the new campaign.’
Lighting Bolt electrifies in world record-breaking Formula E race car (FIA)
Usain Bolt: ”The GENBETA race car is like a rocket ship on wheels. Getting the chance to drive it was a mind-blowing experience. The power from the start was such a surprise and the adrenaline you got is on a different level, easily. Driving the GENBETA was like nothing I’ve experienced before. I was told that as soon as you drive, you don’t want to stop or get out and they were right. I would do it every day if I could. If I get more time, I will definitely go faster.”
Formula E ready to make more noise – because CEO learned from Richard Branson (Mirror)
Jeff Dodds: ”We are not going to take on Formula One in scale, we’re not going to spend what they spend, so it’s about how we use their scale to help us. How do we create very disruptive, creative ideas of our own to get more talkability and make more noise? If I learned anything from Richard, that was the one thing that really stuck with me.”
Red Bull’s 1250bhp RB17 hypercar is on course for a 2024 reveal (Evo)
‘The car will be predominantly built in-house by Red Bull’s Advanced Technology off-shoot, with only elements like the gear-sets, powertrain and glazing sourced externally. While not set up for mass production, RBAT has a production target of 15 units per year, with no more than 50 to be built in total. The RBAT team, which acts as a consulting firm for the team’s external projects, has been built up over the years to absorb some of the extra personnel no longer able to be employed by the F1 team due to budget cap regulations.’
Pre-season expectations: What each team will be aiming for in 2024 (F3)
‘What reigning champions Prema will be most eager to achieve though is their first title sweep since Oscar Piastri celebrated the 2020 Drivers’ Championship alongside the team’s triumph that year. As is always the case in FIA F3, the level of competition continues to rise year after year and retaining the title is easier said than done, especially with compatriots Trident breathing down their necks.’
Update 4 overview (Forza Motorsport)
‘Forza Motorsport Update 4 introduces the prestigious Daytona International Speedway – a truly iconic racetrack renowned for its marvels in engineering. Get ready for race weekend with four new Spotlight cars and four fresh Car Pass deliveries.’
Formula E round 1: Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez (Formula E via YouTube)
F4 UAE round 1: Yas Marina (F4 UAE via YouTube)
Formula Regional Middle East round 1: Yas Marina (Formula Regional Middle East via YouTube)
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