In the round-up: Charles Leclerc says he and Ferrari are “slowly” beginning discussions about his future at the team
Leclerc and Ferrari open talks on new deal
Leclerc signed a five-year contract extension with Ferrari at the end of his first season with the team in 2019. With his contract due to expire at the end of next season, Leclerc said that negotiations with his team had begun “slowly”.
“We’re starting slowly to speak about it, yes,” Leclerc said. “I don’t have any particular deadlines. I still feel like a year-and-a-half is a long way to go. But I haven’t set myself anything particular deadline.”
Kanaan named special advisor to McLaren IndyCar
McLaren’s IndyCar team have announced that Tony Kanaan will take on a role as a special advisor following his retirement from racing.
The 2013 Indianapolis 500 winner competed in his final race in the series last month in a fourth car run by McLaren for the event, finishing 16th. Kanaan will now act as a driver mentor as well as work in the commercial and business side of the team.
“I had said that I wasn’t going to leave racing or the IndyCar Series, so I’m very excited to join the McLaren team in this role,” Kanaan said. “Zak [Brown, McLaren Racing CEO] and Gavin [Ward, racing director] have a great vision for where this team is heading and what we can accomplish, so I look forward to helping us get there and making the team and the series even better.”
Ocon invited to Deadpool filming by investor Ryan Reynolds
Alpine driver Esteban Ocon has been invited to visit actor Ryan Reynolds at the filming of the upcoming Deadpool movie. Reynolds, who plays the popular Marvel character, joined a group of investors buying a 24% equity stake in the F1 team. Ocon said he is keen to learn more about Formula 1.
“I was extremely lucky to be able to chat on Tuesday with Ryan,” Ocon said. “We exchanged a couple of WhatsApp messages together.
“He told me I was invited on the set in London for the Deadpool movie so I’m definitely going to be going. He also said that he was very much looking forward to learn from our world, see how things works and just to have a racing chat altogether.”
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Lando Norris victim of robbery in Marbella (The Independent)
‘We were out for dinner and our place got robbed. A mixture of many things were stolen. Some were expensive and some were not so expensive. It is still an ongoing investigation so I cannot say too much.’
Formula 1’s oldest drivers are showing the youngsters how to do it (The Economist)
‘Much has been made about how the average age of Formula One (F1) drivers has been dropping. It is 28 for this year’s group. Nearly all the teams have driver academies that allow them to pick up talented drivers in their early teens and then take them through the categories of racing until they can occupy an F1 seat. Young drivers who perform well in Formula 2, F1’s feeder championship, can go straight into an F1 team. Yet older F1 drivers have often been winners in the modern era. The champions in 1992 and 1993, Nigel Mansell and Alain Prost, were respectively 39 and 38. Both were driving Williams cars designed by Mr Newey that were as crushingly superior to the rest of the field as the Red Bull is today.’
McLaren to celebrate 60 years of thrilling high performance at Goodwood (Automotive World)
‘McLaren will pay homage to founder Bruce McLaren at the 2023 Goodwood Festival of Speed, celebrating his bold vision and the greatest moments from the six decades since McLaren began in 1963, including McLaren’s capture of motorsport’s unofficial ‘Triple Crown’ of victories at the Indianapolis 500, Monaco Grand Prix and Le Mans 24 Hours. McLaren Automotive will also be looking to the future with global dynamic debuts of two new models on the Goodwood Hillclimb, alongside other iconic cars both running and on display.’
For the love of fans: New Velo survey reveals fans keen for more from motorsports (PR Newswire)
‘With a wave of new motorsport fans joining the community, it’s no surprise that fans are reaching out for more events and activities (38 per cent) and behind-the-scenes content (30 per cent). The fan community really sits at the heart of the sport, with 21 per cent reporting their favourite part of the F1 community is the shared passion for motorsport, with 17 per cent enjoying the sense of team spirit.’
Maloney set for Formula E outing in Rome (Formula E)
‘Avalanche Andretti has announced that Zane Maloney will once again get behind the wheel of their ‘Gen3′ car when he participates in a Free Practice session in Rome.’
Compete and earn in-game rewards in F1 World yhis July (EA)
‘Ever finished watching a grand prix and said to yourself: ‘What if…?’. This is your chance to rewrite history. In F1 Replays, you’ll be able to take the place of any driver on the grid based on their race starting position, recreating the real-world race that just took place.’
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