The start of the IMSA SportsCar championship comes as a welcome relief to motorsport fans feeling deprived following a quiet winter. The historic Daytona 24 Hours rarely fails to deliver competitive action and thrilling conclusions throughout the classes.
In 2018, the IMSA curtain raiser promises to attract even more eyeballs courtesy of an unprecedented invasion of talent from single-seater disciplines, all looking to test their mettle against sportscars elite names.
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Day three of pre-season testing largely followed the pattern set on day two, as numerous trends are beginning to emerge.
Mercedes were once again hounded by the speed shown by Ferrari, who continue to show promise. Red Bull was best of the rest on the admittedly academic time-sheet but faced a day partially truncated by reliability questions. Daniel Ricciardo is seemingly unfazed. Lance Stroll continued to learn just how difficult F1 in 2017 is.
Here are FIVE THINGS WE LEARNED on day three of pre-season testing…
Williams upheld their recent tradition on Friday, beating their opposition to the pre-season headlines by releasing some teasing renders of their new challenger. The digital version of the FW40 is the first glimpse we have had into the future of the sport, with the new technical regulations sparking significant aesthetic and performance changes.
However, a brief glance at social media since would highlight that some are underwhelmed by the first look at F1’s future.
Fear not, ladies and gentlemen. Here are five reasons to love the FW40 render…
Anyone who follows me on Twitter will know that I made the trek to Birmingham on Sunday to visit the NEC. I say trek, it’s more of a pilgrimage for motorsport fans, as the worlds of F1, BTCC and almost every other form of motorsport you can conjure up, collide for Autosport International.
It was my first visit to the event and being an F1 fanatic, the F1 presentations were of keen interest. Williams are celebrating their 40th Anniversary in 2017 and, as such, were an integral part of the overall show.
Seeing the FW38, listening to Claire Williams and watching Rob Smedley eat lunch was fantastic, but I can’t help but feel that something was missing.
It may be nearly a month since the F1 circus reached its thrilling conclusion, but it feels as though the 2016 show continues to rumble on, with a winter of near-unprecedented intrigue. Nico Rosberg’s shock retirement has had seismic consequences, seeing the driver market blown wide open once again as Mercedes scramble to find a replacement.
In another plot twist, Felipe Massa has reportedly signed a contract to race for Williams next season, despite his emotional – some might say perfect – retirement from the sport just last month. This signing would, of course, free up Valtteri Bottas to fill the champion’s shoes alongside Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes.