There has been a change in the plans for Robert Mathershaw's Liverpool Grand Prix team, who were set to use Chevrolet engines in their first season under the Liverpool banner have announced a change to their plans. While this would appear to be a major problem for the team, it is simply a change of name, as they will still use the same General Motors designed powerplant.
As per a sponsorship agreement, Chevrolet had announced a partnership with Liverpool, which has extended to an engine supplier role for the F1 team. However, GM have announced the Chevrolet brand is being axed in Europe, meaning Liverpool have been offered a vastly improved deal with Vauxhall Motors. The team principal said: 'This deal is even better for us, we are still using the GM engine, but now we can be a part of the iconic British brand that is Vauxhall. We are based 15 miles away from Ellesmere Port where Vauxhall have their huge works, and that is where the engines will now be built and maintained. Vauxhall are an icon in the UK, and so are we as a football club, as a brand and now as a Grand Prix team, so we are so pleased to be joining together.'
The engine will be known as the Vauxhall VXR C20XEF1, which has very famous roots. The VXR stands for Vauxhall's performance arm, while the C20XE name was given to perhaps the most famous of Vauxhall engines, and the F1 engine will share the iconic 'Red Top' of it's namesake.
As part of the deal, it is thought that Vauxhall will return to the BTCC, with Mathershaw Technology team, and the car used may well be the I
The idea of permanent numbers for teams has gained further momentum following the start of the idea last December. Nic Morley has confirmed that a vote amongst team principals will take place.
It has been confirmed that the F1FVIA and Nic Morley are on the lookout for a new teams to replace the outgoing Molto Veloce for next season.
Team 23 have edged out their rivals in qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix. Elroy Wagner set the pace for pole, and just a tenth ahead of his teammate Jean Mattson.
Following the suspension of Karl Beckenbauer for the race in Japan after some of the worst driving seen in motorsport lately, Mathershaw Technology needed a driver to cover.
After some serious negotiations, they have released the following press announcement:
'We have been in a bit of a quandry for what to do following Karl's ban, especially so soon after selling Ivan Lesic, but we have come to an agreement with Bradley Downton and his Downton F1 Team squad, and we are pleased to announce Marcus Thunder will race for us in Japan. We have also come to a commercial agreement, in which we will develop a new windtunnel facility together in Liverpool, and will share the use of our third drivers next season, ensuring we are both in a position to continue to progress at the continued rate.'
The deal is believed to have wider reaching effects, as Mathershaw will be paying Downton in the region of a million pounds, the same fee as they received for Ivan Lesic, and after the Japanese Grand Prix, Thunder will be the team's third driver for the remainder of the season, replacing Beckenbauer if he impresses during his opportunity.
The other participants in this new deal, Downton, had this to say about the agreement:
’We are very happy to be partaking in this deal with Mathershaw as we definitely feel it will be beneficial for us. Obviously we will lose Marcus for the rest of the season but I think it will be good for him to show what he can do in a good car. Felix Beyer shall return to the car for the rest of the season in his place.’
Blunt and aggressive F1F Virtual pundit Mario Mango has been the latest name to voice his disappointment of Karl Beckenbauer.
Karl Beckenbauer has been handed a one race ban, which will see the German forced to sit out of the Japanese Grand Prix. The decision comes to a blow for Beckenbauer, who has only scored two points within the last five races.
Following an incident packed Chinese Grand Prix, the Ingram team principal gave news regarding Diego Campos, and his take on the accident.
In a press conference today, Mathershaw was asked how he felt about the comments from Bradley Downton with regards to Karl Beckenbauer and his move in the Chinese Grand Prix after his car failing.
His response was unequivocal: I am appalled by Karl's driving today. First he hits Adrien in the rear after a terrible decision by him, not the first time either. Then, to make things worse, he ignores team instructions to pit to replace the front wing. If I am being honest, that was the final straw anyway. Then, to make things worse yet again he decides to stop the car on the pit straight, turning onto the racing line! I am so disappointed, I want Nic to give him a ban, he deserves one, even if it means we are down to a single driver for the next round after releasing Ivan early. However, I am still strongly of the belief Karl is a magnificent driver on his day, and we hope to give Karl the support he needs to clean up his act, but that doesn't alter what he has already done.