The announcement was made on Twitter, albeit still using the Racing Point Force India account name.
It is unclear what exactly will be unveiled in Montreal, but the accompanying picture of a car under wraps suggests that it could mean more than just the new name and livery. Indeed, with pre-season testing not getting underway until February 18, and money clearly no object at this stage, it could well be that the Silverstone-based outfit uses the occasion to unveil its car, name and livery.
Interestingly, the wrap covering the car is not the pink of Force India sponsor BWT but red, red and white being the national colours of Canada. Speaking earlier this month, team boss Otmar Szafnauer, though refusing to say if the team name will be changed, admitted that on a personal level he very much hopes so. The drivers next season will be Mexican Sergio Perez and Canadian Lance Stroll. Last week, Ferrari team boss Maurizio Arrivabene announced that the Italian team's car will be unveiled on February 15.
TORONTO, December 16 -- Formula 1 world champion Jacques Villeneuve will return to racing full-time next year in the NASCAR Euro Series.
Villeneuve, the 1997 champion with Williams, made four NASCAR Cup starts - the first two of which came a year after his final outings in F1 - between 2007 and '13 and has also competed in the Trucks and Xfinity categories that support the main series plus NASCAR Canada. The 47-year-old made a return to racing this year in the Americas Rallycross Championship in his native Canada in a Subaru Impreza, more than two and a half years after he was dropped by Venturi during the 2015/16 Formula E season.
He last completed a full season in 2005 when he drove for Sauber in F1.
Villeneuve recently tested at the Franciacorta circuit in Italy, and will race in the Euro Series with the Go Fas Racing Ford Mustang outfit that also competes in the Cup series. I had a lot of fun discovering the car because it is really similar to what I was used to in NASCAR in the US," said Villeneuve, who also won the Indianapolis 500 in 1995 and the overall CART title that year. "You can really drive it hard and you can work a lot on the car and that's also very nice.
"Returning full-time is what matters the most to me, because I want to be part of a complete project and have a goal for the entire season. I'm really looking forward to the first race of 2019!" Go Fas joined the series last year, running cars for Frenchman Romain Iannetta and rookie Florian Venturi - who was runner-up in the Elite 2 division for silver and bronze drivers. The Euro Series has typically been contested over six weekends, but a seventh event at Most has been added for 2019.
NASCAR Cup champion Bobby Labonte made a one-off Euro Series appearance in 2017 at Brands Hatch before undertaking a full season this year.
MONACO, December 14 -- Red Bull are ending their Renault partnership to switch to Honda and Verstappen is itching to start F1 2019 already.
It's clear the team's new engine partners already have more horsepower. Max Verstappen says he does not mind if his Honda engine "blows up" next season, as long as he is given more opportunities to win races. Max says he would rather Honda engine be fast and unreliable than "consistently slow". There are, however, still concerns about the reliability of the Honda PU - Toro Rosso picked up more grid penaltiies than any other team in 2018, while Pierre Gasly suffered a failure at the season-ending Abu Dhabi GP.
But Verstappen insists he is not worried. "I think this year has already been pretty good," he told Sky F1's Simon Lazenby and Nico Rosberg. "They have taken a lot of engines just because they could, because they were at the back or something happened. "I prefer, maybe, to win a race and then blow up in one than be consistently slow." Verstappen won two races in F1 2018, finishing the season with five consecutive podiums.
Newey on board for Red Bull's title push
Optimism is mounting for the Red Bull-Honda partnership with the former world champions convinced they can join Mercedes and Ferrari in the battle for F1's titles with more engine power. "The RB14 is one of the best chassis we've ever made," said Red Bull boss Christian Horner in Abu Dhabi. Will they get that power from a Honda team who struggled over three years with McLaren? "It all looks very promising but I want to be realistic," said Verstappen. "First, we still need to build a car, and then the engine should be reliable as well, and powerful." Verstappen also revealed Red Bull's technical guru Adrian Newey - the designer behind a record 10 Constructors' Championship-winning cars - is "very involved" in the team's chassis for next season. "It's a very good thing," Verstappen added.
ROME, December 14 -- Ferrari have announced they will reveal the car they hope will take Sebastian Vettel or Charles Leclerc to the world championship on February 15.
The unveiling takes place three days prior to pre-season testing in Barcelona, team principal Maurizio Arrivabene confirmed at Caschi d’oro awards ceremony in Milan. Arrivabene insisted it was far too early to predict the performance of the car having only limited data from the tests on the simulator.
“The group led by [technical director] Mattia Binotto has been working on next year's single-seater for months now,” said Arrivabene, who was accompanied by Charles Leclerc. “The engines are already running on the test benches and there are parts of the car that are already in production. “Instead, the parts more related to the performance will arrive at the last moment, even if the tension increases because the time is less and less. On February 15 we will present the car and everything must be ready for that day. “Of course it is early to give an overall picture of the car. Simulations are being done and we are working on the simulator, but the real test bench is only the track. That's where you confront yourself, comparing the data you've collected during the winter period, and especially where you confront yourself with others.
“The technicians are working hard to complete the car by 15 February. We have some information from the guys who work on the simulator, but it's still too early to talk about performance.”
BERLIN, November 27 -- Mick Schumacher, the teenage son of ex-Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher, will race in Formula Two next season, ending speculation he might skip F2 and step up to F1 in 2019.
"For me, this is a logical step, because I want to continue to improve my technical experience and driving skills" the 19-year-old said in a press release issued by his Italian team Prema Racing.
The confirmation pours cold water on speculation he would leap up to F1 in 2019 after winning the European Formula Three title last month, but he has made no secret that he one day wants to race in the top tier.
After dominating the second half of the F3 season by claiming five straight wins, Schumacher's title win meant he qualified for a FIA 'super licence' - a prerequisite for the jump to Formula One.
Bearing one of the most famous names in motorsports is not always easy for the German, who started out racing as "Mick Betsch", using his mother Corinna's maiden name to avoid bringing attention to himself.
World champion Lewis Hamilton has already said he is "100 percent certain that there will be another Schumacher in F1" and backs him to follow in the footsteps of his father, who won seven F1 titles.
"I have no problem being compared to my dad, because my dad is the best - that's why he's my role model," Mick Schumacher said in an RTL documentary. "Even other world champions compare themselves with my dad." However, his father's condition remains a mystery as the fifth anniversary approaches of his skiing accident.
Michael Schumacher, 49, has not been seen in public since suffering head injuries during a accident on December 29, 2013 while skiing with Mick and his condition is a secret closely guarded by his family.
ABU DHABI, November 26 -- Max Verstappen could not compete effectively in Abu Dhabi Grand Prix because a bad sensor affected him since the race start and then an oil spray affected his vision.
The Dutchman dropped from sixth to tenth before reaching Turn 1 due to a technical glitch in the car.
“It was not an easy race,” he said. “I had a problem at the start. The launch was good, but my engine went into a safety program. “In second gear my engine went into protection mode for overheating which is a bit odd,” he added. “in Singapore or whatever it’s a bit more critical. It was just unlucky. “I had it again during the restart afterwards,” he added. “Then they found out there was a problem and I had to cancel a sensor, and then it was fine.
“It was not easy, but we managed to come back to a good position and put some pressure on the guys ahead,” he said. “We got through it without damage, so I’m happy.”
The Dutchman was the highest-placed car among those running on hypersofts and pitted in lap 18 to switch to supersofts. “I think that we stopped quite early, but we had to be because I had started on the hypersoft tyres,” he confirmed. “We managed to keep the supersoft alive, and I had a good pace.
“In the end, of course, I am very happy with third place,” he added.
Apart from the sensor issue, Verstappen also suffered from vision issue when Pierre Gasly’s Toro Rosso sprayed oil in the air when the Dutchman was lapping behind the backmarker.
“The last few laps were not that easy, because there was a Toro Rosso leaking oil onto my helmet, so I could not really see where I was going! “I don’t know exactly what happened there,” he continued. “I’d already gone through all my tear-offs and then there was so much oil on my visor it was like driving through a fog.” “I was [wiping it with my glove] but it made it even worse so I just stayed off it. I was asking the team ‘Where’s Daniel?’ because I couldn’t see him in the mirrors or anything.”
The Red Bull driver came fourth in the driver’s standing, missing the third place to Kimi Raikkonen by just two points. But that does not worry the Dutchman who is already focused on fighting for the title in the next season. Speaking about Red Bull’s switch to Honda, he said: “It looks very promising, but I want to be realistic so we’ll just have to wait and see,”
ABU DHabi, November 26 -- New Zealand Formula One driver Brendon Hartley has been sacked by Toro Rosso despite having a year to run on his contract.
The Kiwi has been replaced by 22-year-old British/Thai drover Alexander Albon who will team with Russian Daniel Kvyat in the Red Bull junior team for the 2019 season.
ABU DHABI, November 24 -- Lewis Hamilton ends his championship year in style with an 11th victory as Fernando Alonso bids farewell to the sport.
Lewis Hamilton closed out the 2018 Formula 1 season with a convincing victory in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit, leading home title rival Sebastian Vettel.
Hamilton was able to manage his tyres well after an early pit stop to secure victory, capping off his fifth drivers’ championship win in style as McLaren's Fernando Alonso signed off from his time in F1 with a spirited run to 11th place in Abu Dhabi.
Starting from pole, Hamilton managed to retain his advantage off the line, and pulled clear in the early part of the race despite a four-lap Safety Car period following a frightening roll for Nico Hulkenberg after contact with Romain Grosjean. Hulkenberg walked away from the crash shaken up but uninjured, and was quickly discharged by the medical staff.
Mercedes opted to bring Hamilton in for an early pit stop at the end of Lap 7 after a Virtual Safety Car period after an issue caused Kimi Raikkonen’s Ferrari to stop on the main straight. Hamilton was able to save time on the pit stop compared to the cars around him, but needed to make his tyres last to the end of the race.
Valtteri Bottas enjoyed nine laps in the lead of the race for Mercedes before pitting to cover off third-placed Vettel, who had stopped one lap earlier. Bottas was able to emerge ahead of Vettel, with both running clear of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, who was net fourth and fighting back after dropping as low as 10th on the opening lap.
With the quartet all dropping comfortably behind Hamilton, Daniel Ricciardo was able to pull into the lead of the race for Red Bull after completing a long first stint on the Ultrasoft tyres.
Ricciardo kept the six-second gap to Hamilton stable for much of his stint, only for a late push from the Mercedes driver to whittle the margin down to just three seconds, prompting Red Bull to bring the race leader in. Ricciardo came out of the pits in fifth place, but, armed with tyres some 16 laps fresher than the cars around him, was quickly able to put pressure on those ahead.
While Hamilton sat comfortably clear in the lead, teammate Bottas was beginning to struggle for pace in P2, allowing Vettel to sweep past on the run down to Turn 11. This dropped Bottas into the clutches of Verstappen who, after seeing the Mercedes miss the chicane once, finally barged his way through at the second chicane. Ricciardo followed his teammate past Bottas, who was brought into the pits by Mercedes soon after as a precaution following the contact with Verstappen. The Finn came back out in fifth place.
Despite having Vettel, Verstappen and Ricciardo all slowly catching on fresher tyres through the closing stages of the race – albeit stunted by a late yellow flag after an engine failure for Pierre Gasly – Hamilton was able to stay in control at the front of the pack, crossing the line to clinch his 11th win of the year as the Mercedes W09 car bowed out of F1 in style.
Vettel held on for second place for Ferrari ahead of Verstappen, who completed the podium for Red Bull. The result was also enough for him to leapfrog Bottas for fourth place in the final drivers’ championship standings as the Mercedes driver ended up fifth.
Daniel Ricciardo took fourth on his final appearance for Red Bull ahead of his move to Renault for 2019, narrowly missing out on a farewell podium with the team he has spent he last five seasons with.
Carlos Sainz Jr. ended the year as the midfield leader, making a long opening stint on the Ultrasoft tyre work perfectly to get the jump on the early-stopping Charles Leclerc andn grab sixth place in his final appearance for Renault.
Charles Leclerc held off Sergio Perez in the final few laps to finish seventh for Sauber, leaving the team just four points shy of Force India in the final constructors’ standings. It also ensured the team finished P8 in the teams’ table, ahead of Toro Rosso.
Haas ended its strongest season to date in F1 with a double-points finish, with Romain Grosjean in P9 and Kevin Magnussen finishing 10th.
Fernando Alonso’s glittering F1 career came to an end with an 11th-place finish for McLaren, with the Spaniard narrowly missing out on a farewell point. Alonso moved into contention for points after Gasly and Esteban Ocon both retired late on, and despite a request to pit for fresh tyres so he could try and set the fastest lap, was told to stay out. He later received a five-second penalty for cutting a corner, leaving him 17 seconds back from Magnussen at the line.
Brendon Hartley finished 12th for Toro Rosso after suffering damage on the opening lap and touching the wall on Lap 4, but was able to climb up the order through the race.
Lance Stroll took 13th ahead of Stoffel Vandoorne in P14 as they made their final appearances for Williams and McLaren respectively, while Sergey Sirotkin was the last classified finishers in 15th.
Besides Gasly, Ocon, Raikkonen and Hulkenberg, Marcus Ericsson was the only other retiree, reporting a loss of power just before half-distance.
ABU DAHBI, November 24 -- Lewis Hamilton has ended the season in which he won a fifth world championship with his 11th pole of the year at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
The Mercedes driver was 0.162 seconds ahead of team-mate Valtteri Bottas and 0.331secs ahead of erstwhile title rival Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari. Kimi Raikkonen locked out the second row for Ferrari, ahead of the Red Bulls of Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen.
"It was emotional because it is the last time in this car," Hamilton said. "The emotional roller-coaster I have been through with this car, I am probably closer to this car than any other. It has not been easy, it has been a struggle, but I am so grateful to the team for putting it all together for me. "Today was so much fun, to be able to go out and express yourself was a great feeling."
Hamilton has taken it as a point of pride this season to keep winning after clinching a title, the first time he has ever done that in his career. He was fortunate to take victory in Brazil two weeks ago, after leader Verstappen collided with a backmarker, but wants to end what many believe has been his greatest season on a high.
ABU DHABI, November 24 -- Daniel Ricciardo pulled up on-track to throw his participation in qualifying into doubt.
This after Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari fought back in third free practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix as the reigning world champion led the red cars in the top three, after Valtteri Bottas and the Red Bulls had dominated things on Fridays.
Ricciardo ground to a halt in the final minutes of FP3 at turn nine after his car lost power on the back straight. The Australian has suffered a season-high eight DNFs in 2018, giving his final Red Bull season something of a miserable sheen. It was little surprise to see Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen improve as Ferrari turned up their engines.
Hamilton topped the timesheets with a 1:37.176 as he continues to impress on the back of securing a fifth world title.
Raikkonen was his closest competitor, two tenths off the pace, but the Finn faces a trip to the stewards ahead of qualifying, after baling out of a pitstop while in the pit-lane and crossing the white line.
Hamilton did similar in FP1 and earned a reprimand, so Raikkonen can expect similar. Max Verstappen was fourth quickest, half a second away from Hamilton – a position that Red Bull may be happy to take from qualifying as they appear to hold an advantage in managing tyres compared to Ferrari and Mercedes.
Ricciardo wasn't the only driver to run into trouble, with Charles Leclerc destroying his Sauber's rear wing in an incident at turn 19, but he was able to re-emerge at the end of the session after some swift work from Sauber's mechanics.
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