Andromeda have confirmed VWRS driver Qing Xun Zhao as their test driver for 2019. The Chinese driver has done two years in tier two, winning a few races and collecting multiple podiums.
New team Excelsior have confimed their driver line-up for the 2019 FV season. Karl Beckenbauer was already announced to be driving for the team when they entered, and he will be joined by Lewis Ellington and Danilo Forini
Ocelot have confirmed Nicolas Steffensen as their test driver for 2019. The Dane, who is current FV driver Johan Halvosen's step-brother, was also the Japanese's test driver last year.
Lopez have become the next team to reveal their livery for the 2019 season, just days before Dylan Lopez's planned birthday trip to New Zealand.
With Downton surprisingly being the fastest on average in qualifying, it begged the question is this was mostly because of Brazil, an outliner result where Mathershaw struggled in the wet session. In this article we’ll look at how each team performed in the first and second half of the season, including and excluding wet sessions.
2018 was one of the closest seasons in Formula Virtual history, with DS Mathershaw, Downton, Ocelot and Franklin generally all being in the mix for at least podiums in every race. But who was the best out of them and how did the midfield stack up behind?
The balance of power seemingly shifted constantly over the start of the season but based off results Mathershaw and Ocelot started to have a constant edge over Downton and Franklin during the second half, while behind Phoenix were one of the biggest gainers as the year went on.
Le Mans, 12/1/2019
In an unexpected announcement, DS Automobiles Team Mathershaw have announced that SFR will no longer be their title sponsor for 2019, citing "economic pressures" for the French mobile phone network, instead remaining on board with the team as Communications Partner for the upcoming season. The move has led to speculation within the world of Formula Virtual as to their replacement.
While the announcement was unexpected for 2019, it is not without precedent - the French team famously ended a deal with Stella Artois ahead of last season due to European alcohol advertising laws, electing to run without a main sponsor.
Instead, it has been announced that Red Bull have stepped into the fold, becoming Title Sponsor for DS Mathershaw, with the official entry to the 2019 Formula Virtual season being Red Bull DS Automobiles Team Mathershaw. This aligns the group with other factory teams from the PSA Group of manufacturers, who run with Red Bull backing on their cars.
With regard to the livery, the team have said that it will be revealed in due course - with a "redevelopment" of the livery revealed to much fanfare in Cannes in the pipeline.
Notably, Red Bull were present on the Franklin car in previous seasons, though the termination of that deal has made this deal possible.
Leeds, Alabama -- FIRST Motorsport have launched their 2019 Formula Virtual challenger, the Yunick 19, at Barber Motorsports Park.
Ingram V-Prix have today confirmed their drivers for the 2019 FV season.
Today it was announced that Sebastien Vocquelin will compete in the 2019 Virtual World Racing Series with Lapierre Formule, alongside his duties as test and reserve driver for DS Automobiles Team Mathershaw. In an interview with L’Equipe following the launch of the DS Mathershaw RJM-007 at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes, the young Frenchman has spoken about his career so far, and what lies ahead.
Today Petrobras have been announced at the title sponsor for Meteor on a multi year sponsorship agreement.
Cheema FV Racing have revealed their first ever car, the Imad-01 in an event in their factory in Dublin, becoming the fourth team to reveal their 2019 challenger just a few days into 2019.
At an exclusive event at 02 Arena in London - 300 celebrities and press gathered for the unveiling of the Lucas LW-4GPR driven by Arden Hutchinson and Marcus Thunder.
After a brief concert performed by band AC/DC the New car was revealed on stage. The car, designed by Andy Davies and bankrolled by billionaire tycoon Lucas Wilson, is the first Lucas F1 car in over 4 years. The car will be powered by Downton engines.
Here are some quotes from the evening.
"It's amazingly be back in the paddock after a period of absence and I'm glad to be returning with one of the coolest teams in Formula Virtual, even if we are at the back you won't be able to miss us. In all seriousness this is a great team to work for and they have a lot of ambition and unfinished business in the sport and I look forward to our collaboration this year" - Marcus Thunder
"I thought I didn't have a career left in the Formula Virtual and I'm glad that Lucas rang me and asked if I wanted a drive for next season. It's going to be difficult, they are a bit out of practice with the Formula but I think we have a good, solid car that can hopefully get us into some respectable race positions" - Arden Hutchinson
"Designing the car was very difficult for this year, we had a lot of time pressure to get it done on time, we've been doing a few different things since we were previously in FV but nothing compares to the thrill of this series and we relish the challenge" - Andy Davies
"It's great to finally be here with a new FV car. We are glad to be back in FV and although it will be difficult, we may not get out of Pre-Qualy, we are still going to have a good time and have some great parties. We are all ready to go, we are waiting to go to pre-season testing and sort of the niggles we may have with the car. We have two fantastic drivers this year and if anyone is going to be able to get us to where we want to be, it's these two" - Lucas Wilson
Cheema FV Racing will partner up with Dublin Simon Community from next year, to promote awareness of homelessness in Dublin, especially in Dublin City.
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