Good morning and welcome to Monza ahead of the Italian V-Prix weekend, round sixteen of the 2018 Formula Virtual season. Joining us for today’s Thursday press conference; on the back row we have Cory Evans of Koenigsegg Team Holmqvist and Bradley Downton of Downton FV Team. On the front row are; Alex Easton from Phoenix Motorsport, Adam Blocker from FIRST Motorsport, and Rai Miyamoto of Ocelot Japan Racing. Welcome to you all.
On a morning dominated by the news of Kaz's return to the paddock, and the ever-present rumours of teams getting closer to finalising their lineups, the Lopez FV Team has announced their full lineup for the 2019 season to end their involvement with this year's silly season.
Niklaus Hölzberg has been signed on as reserve driver by North Star Racing for the 2019 Formula Virtual season, after their previous reserve in Gabriele García was recently promoted to a full race seat with the team.
Gabriele García will be promoted to a full-time race seat with North Star Racing for the 2019 Formula Virtual season, it has been formally announced by the team.
Klaas van Snelheid returned to the top step of the podium for the 100th race of Formula Virtual. The Dutchman started 2nd and lost out to Tumo Kinnumen who was on the supersofts, but he overtook pole sitter Puccio Giodano and beat Kinnumen who had to do another stop and was held up by Judson Sikes while he was closing in on van Snelheid. He had a last-minute scare however, with Oleksandr Zozulya and Sebastian Vocquelin spinning in front of, breaking his front wing with over a lap to go. He stayed out and completed the last lap without his front wing though, ahead of Kinnumen. Will Hoskins was set to come second with an inspiring strategy call, but also was caught up in the incident and lost his front win, leaving him third.
Newcomers Cheema FV Racing have confirmed their line-up for the 2019 Formula Virtual season. Nikolai Milkovich and Carson Davenport will drive the cars 17 and 18 respectively, while Diego Campos will be the team's test driver. Davenport will join the team on loan from Phoenix for one year, while Milkovich and Campos, both former Ingram GP drivers, will stay at the team for two years, with the latter two having originally been scheduled to race for Scuderia Stars.
Lucas V-Prix has confirmed commercial partnerships ahead of the 2019 season
After being announced as the new owner of Meteor less than 24 hours ago, Adam Willis has already begun to make his mark on the ailing team, quickly suggesting that neither Simon or Vocquelin will race for Meteor for the 2019 or 2020 seasons, despite contracts in place to do so.
Willis had this to say: “I feel Meteor was perhaps headed in the wrong direction. This is a team that knows how to win but has lost its way. I don’t feel the youngsters were the way to go, which is why they will be dropped for next season. It may seem harsh, but I feel it was far worse to have promoted them so early in their career,”
More news continued to spill out of the refurbished Meteor team as reports suggest that Karl Beckenbauer is scheduled to race for the team in the final two rounds after Monza, with the hope that he will continue to race for the outfit for the 2019 season, though it is unconfirmed at this time whom he will replace this year.
What is confirmed, however, is that the team will be racing with a fresh paint job for the Mexican V-Prix, as shown below:
Le Mans, 5/11/2018
In a move that will surprise substantially more people in the paddock than the similar announcement on Thursday, SFR DS Automobiles Team Mathershaw have announced the signing of Sebastien Vocquelin for the 2019 and 2020 seasons, taking over the contract previously held by Meteor International prior to their takeover by Adam Willis.