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.