Spa revised “safer but more difficult”

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Contents: Kevin Magnussen has a positive impression of the revisions made to Spa-Francorchamps since last year.

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Magnussen welcomes changes at Spa-Francorchamps

Although the revisions to the Spa-Francorchamps circuit were not all made with Formula 1 directly in mind, some of the changes captured the attention and praise of drivers ahead of their first run on the track since the farcical Grand Prix. of Belgium 2021.

Magnussen de Haas, a three-time winner on the track in the junior categories, believes a different challenge will be posed to drivers by adjustments to the circuit – including newly laid asphalt and new gravel traps – this weekend.

“I think it’s good to have gravel instead of asphalt runoff because I think it’s safer in some ways and it makes things easier in terms of track limits,” he said. . “It makes things simpler and also a bit more difficult because pushing the limits will be more risky, which is a good thing I think.”

Schumacher’s race-winning Ferrari chassis sells for £5.26m

The Ferrari F300 that Michael Schumacher drove to victory in the Canadian, French, British and Italian Grands Prix in 1998 was sold by RM Sotheby’s for $6.22m (£5.26m) when it was sold at auction in Monterey last weekend.

Chassis number 187 is the only one driven by Schumacher that has been used for more than three races and won them all. The car’s new owner not only has a very elusive vehicle in his possession, but will also enjoy an exclusive visit to the ICM Paris Brain Institute and the Richard Mille Swiss watch facilities in Les Breuleux, Switzerland, as part of his purchase.

Girls on Track Rising Stars Finalists Named

The FIA ​​Women in Motorsport Commission’s Girls on Track Rising Stars program has completed its summer training camps at Paul Ricard and made a decision on the eighth drivers who will qualify for the final at Ferrari’s Maranello headquarters in November. .

Winfield Racing School organized the training camp, with sessions in Formula 4 cars and karts for the “Senior” and “Junior” drivers respectively. Combined with off-track judging, the group was narrowed down to four finalists in each category.

The “Senior” finalists are F4 racers Chloe Grant and Aurelian Nobels, Alice Buckley and kart junior Chloe Chong. They are competing for a paid seat in the Italian F4 championship next year and the chance to become a Ferrari junior driver. First-time winner Maya Weug is currently in her second season in F4 with Ferrari backing.

The ‘Junior’ finalists all come from junior karting and are Lisa Billard, Zoe Florescu Potolea, Mathilda Paatz and Sara Mastui. A place in an international karting championship in 2023, with possible Ferrari financing, is up for grabs for this group.

FIA announces new Director of Communications and Public Affairs

A former political chief of staff will join the FIA ​​in October as the new director of communications and public affairs.

Luke Skipper comes into the role having served as the Scottish National Party’s chief of staff in the UK parliament thanks to his recent successes in national elections and in the private sector he was director of public affairs for the major communications company Weber Shandwick which has links to motorsport through his work. with the now defunct A1GP series.

His role at the FIA ​​will include a focus on growing “social media and digital engagement” in motorsport as well as using his political expertise to “strengthen the lobbying capacity of the FIA”.

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