McLaren has confirmed that Andrea Stella will take over as team boss after Andreas Seidl decided to return to Swiss team Sauber. Seidl joined McLaren at the beginning of 2019, but before the start of the 2023 season he will return to the team from Hinwil, where he was already employed for four years during the period of cooperation with BMW. The German is also strongly connected with the Volkswagen concern, which will take over the team with its Audi brand in the near future. Stella has been with McLaren since 2015 and director Zak Brown considers Andrea to be a very experienced and respected part of the team. "Andrea is very talented, experienced and respected. He has already proven in the past that he is a good leader," he said. "I look forward to working with him even more closely in the pursuit of race wins."
German car manufacturer Audi has also officially confirmed that it is returning to F2026 in the 1 season, but not as a factory team, but as an engine manufacturer. The power units will be developed at the factory in Neuburg, but which team will be supplied with them is not yet known, although many believe that they will go for cooperation with the Sauber team.
At today's meeting of the board of directors, the Volkswagen Group gave the green light for its Audi and Porsche brands to enter Formula 1. The entry or return of renowned German brands to F1 has been talked about and speculated for a long time, and a Volkswagen representative confirmed to Reuters. that the two brands will also reveal details soon. While Reuters reports that Audi is expected to enter Formula 1 by buying the McLaren team for half a billion euros and Porsche will enter as a technology partner of the Red Bull team, German Auto Motor und Sport claims that the McLaren team is not for sale, so the Germans are expected to buy the Sauber team, which is a close partner of Ferrari under the name Alfa Romeo, and in their wind tunnel Audi is already developing its Le Mans series car. The buyout of the team is also expected to be on the table
Seven-time MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi drove his first GT World Challenge Europe car race in Imola last weekend, in which he suffered an unfortunate incident that lost the team valuable time. The Italian, with his Audi R8 LMS and teammates Fred Vervisch and Nico Muller, finished 52th out of XNUMX teams in qualifying. In the race, the team even drove in twelfth place, but there was a complication in the change of racers, when Rossi had to drive into the pits and leave the race to his teammate Vervisch. The MotoGP star was riding in thirteenth place when he drove into the pits, but missed the stop where the team was waiting for him, so he had to go to safety
According to DTM Race Director Frederic Elsner, Valentino Rossi is very welcome, although the German Championship this year has limited the performances of visiting racers, due to the packed starting lineup. “If he wants, he’s more than welcome,” Elsner said. "A racer of his caliber would certainly be allowed to perform, for example in Imola." Rossi flirted with a one-off performance in the DTM race back in 2019, when MotoGP competitor Andrea Dovizioso decided to make the move. But there was no clash between the Italians on four wheels, and Rossi promised the head of the DTM series, Gerhard Berger, that he would take part in the race in the near future. After finishing his career as a MotoGP racer, Rossi moved into the world of car racing and the DTM series is said to be one of the options flirted with the nine-time world
MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi will race in the GT World Challenge Europe this year. At the start of two days of testing before the season, the Italian also revealed the colors of his Audi R8 LMS GT3 car. The former MotoGP champion took a wet track test in February and impressed WRT team boss Vincent Vosse. "Valentino was really good on the wet track. He has a natural sense of grip on the track, which doesn't surprise me, as we know he's a great natural talent, but he still made a good impression on me." The 42-year-old Rossi is aiming for the podium in his first season. I like Audi, and my team is always competitive. They are always fighting for victories, which is very important. The car is extremely good, and the guys on the team also say that my times are not bad. I hope to be competitive and to
Valentino Rossi waved goodbye to MotoGP class racing, but the racing doctor is already eagerly preparing for this year's four-wheeler season. This year, Rossi will take ten races with the WRT team in the Fanatec GT Championship, including trials in Imola, Misano, and a 24-hour race at the Spa Francorchamps in Belgium. The Italian will race with the Audi R8 LMS. https://twitter.com/ValeYellow46/status/1493636548914466818
Ken Block recently started working with German Audi, and the new partnership gave birth to the first beast with which the American racer, known for driving mischief, pays homage to Audi's S1 Pikes Peak race car. It is a prototype of the S1 Hoonitron electric car, or with the full name Audi S1 e-tron Quattro Hoonitron, with which Block will shoot a new chapter of the Gymkhana series. https://twitter.com/kblock43/status/1471524794214457346
Representatives of Volkswagen brands Audi and Porsche were present at the recent talks on the powertrains of the new Formula 1 era, which will take place after 2025, and expressed the desire for F1 race cars to be powered by four-wheel drive. Italian colleagues at the Gazzetta dello Sport say that in the conversations that took place at the Red Bull Ring during the racing weekends, practically everyone agreed that race cars will continue to use hybrid powertrains in the future, but these would not be cheaper and easier. Volkswagen is flirting with entering F1 with one of its brands, Audi or Porsche, and one of the conditions for that would be a change in one of the fundamental elements. "Representatives of German manufacturers with experience in WEC and Formula E racing suggested that
Audi has stopped working with its now former racer Daniel Abt after he was disqualified from the Formula E virtual race for hiring a professional racing video game player. The German racer hired professional racing video game player Lorenzo Hoerzing for the fifth Formula E virtual race. Doubts that Abt was sitting at home behind the computer arose after the qualifications he surprisingly won. He then finished the race in third place, while he had never been among the points winners before. The dot on i was the act when he didn’t answer the calls of his racing competitors after the end of the race. For his act, he was initially fined 10 euros, which he had to donate to charity. The saga, however, got its epilogue today after it did