In the round-up: Following his 45G impact, Hamilton has changed engine for Zandvoort as his Spa one undergoes repairs.
Hamilton fine but engine is taking a race off following Spa shunt
Lewis Hamilton has revealed Mercedes have taken the engine that he was using during the Belgian Grand Prix out and are making repairs to it this week while a different unit goes in his car for the Dutch Grand Prix. The engine he used at Spa was a new one fitted for that weekend.
On the opening lap of last weekend’s race at Spa-Francorchamps, Hamilton collided with Fernando Alonso and the rear of his car was sent into the air. A 45G impact was registered as it landed, and Hamilton retired shortly after.
“They’ve gone through the whole car and they’re doing work on the engine to make sure we can use it,” he said.
“I think we will be able to use it. We won’t be using it this weekend obviously, because they’re still repairing pieces from the car. So we’ll find out soon. I feel fine. I’ve been doing physio and just stretching and fortunately I’m good.”
Former F1 race director Michael Masi returns to Supercars
Michael Masi, the former FIA F1 race director whose controversial handling of the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix influenced the outcome of the world championship and led to his departure from the sport’s governing body, has been confirmed in his new role as independent chair of the Supercars Commission.
Supercars is the most popular form of motorsport in Australia, Masi’s home country, and is a championship he knows well having been part of its race control team between 2015 and 2018. He started off as race director in the supporting Super2 series, then became deputy race director in the top-tier championship before adding Formula 1 to his list of commitments. He replaces Neil Crompton in the role.
Andretti retain Hunter McElrea for 2023 season
Indy Lights title outsider Hunter McElrea will be back in the series for 2023, staying with the Andretti Autosport team he has starred as a rookie with this year.
The New Zealand-American is the first driver to put his name down for next season, although he is still in contention for a prize IndyCar drive if he manages to become champion of its main feeder series.
“I really gelled with the team this season and it’s a great atmosphere with fast cars, so it was a no brainer for me to come back,” said McElrea.
“I’ve learned a lot in my first year and I really look forward to putting that into action for my second year. Obviously, the championship is the goal but I’m just planning to have as much fun as I can and keep learning, while making the most of the opportunity I have.”
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