Vettel Takes 10-Spot Grid Penalty for U.S. GP
An engine rule infringement has earned Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel a 10-spot grid penalty for this weekend’s United States Grand Prix, boosting Lewis Hamilton’s chances of repeating as F1 champion. Vettel currently sits 66 points behind the British two-time champion driver with just four races remaining. A victory for Hamilton on Sunday combined with a third-or-worse finish for Vettel will eliminate any chance the latter has of catching the former.
Toro Rosso Declines to Use Upgraded Renault Engine in 2015
Renault may have spent 11 tokens to develop and implement a new power unit in the engines it is offering the Red Bull and Toro Rosso teams for the remainder of the 2015 F1 season, but Toro Rosso has said thanks but no thanks. Carlos Sainz, head of the Italian Formula One team, stated that the team would stick to the current specs rather than embark on the changes which it believes offer insufficient advantages to make it worth the extra grid penalties they would entail.
DiCaprio to Head Formula E Sustainability Committee
A new branch of the fledgling Formula E racing circuit will have as its chair a face familiar far beyond the racing world. An announcement came from the IAF today regarding the appointment of Leonardo DiCaprio to chair a sustainability committee, which will be tasked with looking at how to combat some of the world’s most pressing environmental issues. DiCaprio for his part stressed the importance of further developing electric cars to ease the strain on the environment caused by burgeoning urban populations in the coming decades.
Meet Canada’s Entry in this Year’s World Solar-Powered Race
44 teams in all will be competing in this year’s World Solar Challenge, a 3,000-mile race being held right now in Australia, with representation coming from all corners of the globe to compete in the 13th edition of the week-long race. Dubbed Horizon, the lone Canadian entry in this year’s edition, was designed and built by students at the University of Toronto going under the name Blue Sky Solar Racing. The car’s run is supported by two support cars, 17 support people and three drivers.