Bradley Downton - team principal of the Downton FV Team - has exclusively revealed at his twenty-third birthday party tonight the tale of how his team came to race in FV, a story that was previously unknown, while also lavishing praise on those who have helped him along the way.
Less than 72 hours removed from his best ever finish in Formula Virtual, it has been reported that Aleksy Nowosinki has left North Star Racing with immediate effect.
Team principal and race commentator Harry Westwood has spoken up about the reaction to his comments regarding Ocelot during the airing of the British V-Prix. He released a statement earlier today, which read as follows.
"First of all, I would like to make one thing abundantly clear; I am not, and will not, be apologising for my remarks regarding Ocelot last race. It isn't happening! But let me explain why.
First and foremost, neither myself, nor Bradley have called for Ocelot to be removed from the series. Nor will we, as it is an absurd idea. I'm irritated that words have been shoved into our mouths like that but I suppose that's just what happens in these situations. We merely suggested an alternative solution has to be found, since they're so far off the pace. Yes a lot of us have had seasons where we've struggled but this is a very large margin back to a single team that cannot move forwards pace wise. They're doing a great job to not be last in the constructors yes but on track they're nowhere.
Secondly, at the end of the day, we're not all here to make friends and sit around the campfire singing songs and roasting marshmallows. We're here to win, pure and simple, and we do all get along (I believe), however I'm certainly not going to censor what I say because it may or may not upset a rival team.
Finally, as a commentator, my job is to keep fans informed and updated, make races interesting, and spark conversation and attention within the sport's fanbase, which is something I feel Bradley and myself have done.
I of course speak for myself in this statement, but there will be no apology from me. All Bradley and I were saying is a conversation needs to be had and something needs to change, and I even said Ocelot wouldn't like it. Just because I was right, doesn't mean it no longer needs to be had."
Ocelot have released a statement in regards to the comments around their pace made by Formula Virtual commentators Harry Westwood and Bradley Downton. Both commentators are also Team Principle's in the sport who claimed that 'Ocelot are far too slow to compete and should be removed from the field due to their lack of pace.''
Ocelot Team Principle Rai Miyamoto had the following to say in regards to the comments. ''Frankly I feel these comments are rather insulting to the guys and girls who are working extremely hard back home in Japan. We as a team are aware that we are currently not the fastest team and don't need to be constantly reminded by two people who should focus on their own team's problems. It's very sad to here they believe we shouldn't be on the field, but if so this will lead to cuts from our factory and to many jobs being axed.''
''Which of course is something no one wants. When we entered this sport we aimed to be ambitious and we always have, we've signed two very talented drivers which a team like ourselves should not have in the past 3 seasons, yes this hasn't been the greatest move however we wanted to make a statement to the other teams that we will take their drivers. Of course this hasn't benefited us right now but Ocelot has an incredible heart and passion for this sport, everyone here want's to succeed and sure FIRST, North Star and Holmqvist have proved to be better with much less time but we are still young. This is all a learning curve, Ocelot will improve next season for sure, I can't say how much of an improvement but we are doing our best with the amount of resources we have. We haven't given up on Formula Virtual and we believe they shouldn't give up on us either.''
''Yes, we have made errors and mistakes, but imagine the history this team could have to go from the bottom to the top in say 3 years time from now? A Fascinating underdog story.''
''Like I said we look to people like Bradley and Harry to look at what they have achieved, we have respect for them but their comments today have chipped away at that which is unfortunate to hear. We were accepted into this sport by Nic Morley, who feels we are a valued team in this sport or would be, if we didn't belong he never would have accepted our venture. Yes we haven't done well in order to repeat but we are a plucky team with a lot of heart, judge us in 3 or 4 years down the line, Not now when we know we have made a couple of financial errors.''
Canadian outfit Cerberus Motorsport have made a mover closer to possibly joining the Formula Virtual grid in the near future. The team currently racing in Indy Virtual are believed to be interested in the sport and already have a good relations with Ocelot. The team also currently sponsor the Ocelot Driver Academy.
Ocelot have known to have struggled to move from the bottom of the grid for the past few seasons since entering the sport, many believe that the team could be re-branded as Cerberus leading the team to sell their Indy Virtual team. Ocelot are yet to comment on the current situation however it is now widely known that Cerberus has gained a 15% steak in the Japanese outfit.
The news comes following the rumors that North Star are set to enter the sport next year under a Canadian licence following the increase of a stake in their team from Magna International. The news comes as a surprise to many as in the near future Formula Virtual could have two possible Canadian outfits however these are all just rumors after all.
Puccio Giodano has taken his second pole position in three races following qualifying for the British V-Prix, where he will be joined on the front row by team mate Enrique Ruiz in a surprise Franklin front-row lockout after the championship leaders Downton struggled.
While North Star put in a surprising performance in Friday Practice for the British V-Prix, there have been developments off the track for the team as well, as it was today announced that Magna International have purchased a 49% share in the outfit.
In what proved to be a somewhat surprise result following recent races; Enrique Ruiz was fastest in practice for the British V-Prix, with Gabriele García a stunning second for North Star.
Downton driver Nathaniel Powers has this evening been released from hospital following his horrific accident in the Austrian V-Prix, and has vowed to race at Silverstone for his home V-Prix next Sunday.
Downton driver Nathaniel Powers has been taken to hospital following his horrific race-ending crash in the Austrian V-Prix, in which he barrel-rolled thirteen times.