Villeneuve to Enter Formula E?
Formula E team Venturi has confirmed that former F1 champion Jacques Villeneuve has been testing its car in preparation for the circuit’s 2016 season. The immediate aim of a recent day-long test drive undertaken at the Paul Ricard track in France was to test a new powertrain, but with Venturi’s lineup for next season still unconfirmed, the door remains open for Villeneuve to step in. The team’s drivers in the inaugural Formula E season were Stéphane Sarrazin and former F1 pilot (and Villeneuve teammate at Sauber) Nick Heidfeld.
Hulkenberg Out of Reach for Haas?
Nico Hulkenberg has been the admitted top target for incoming Formula One team head Gene Haas, but the American business magnate is admitting that the young German driver may well be snapped up by an established front-running team. Currently with Force India, Hulkenberg, a former winner at the Le Mans 24-hour endurance race, has been linked with a possible move to Ferrari as a replacement for Kimi Raikkonen if Ferrari’s move to acquire Valtteri Bottas from Williams fall through.
No Gas, No Points for Kyle Busch
Just a half-lap from claiming his fourth straight Sprint Cup victory, Kyle Busch’s sputtering engine finally gave out when he ran out of gas at Pocono this Sunday. A win at the Windows 10 400 would have practically secured a spot in the NASCAR circuit’s season-ending Chase, but it was not be as Busch sat helplessly idle while the field raced by him, relegating him from 1st to 21st. Ironically, Busch himself had taken the lead with three laps to go when leader Joey Logano also ran out of fuel, a victim of an overly aggressive fuel strategy.
Baku F1 Race Layout Awaiting Approval
Organizers of the inaugural Formula One race set for Baku in Azerbaijan in July 2016 have submitted their plans for what will be called the European Grand Prix to the FIA. The governing body must approve the homologation of the track and its support structures. The proposed track will cover 6.05 km, feature 20 turns and take drivers through the streets of the country’s capital city.