Enrique Ruiz has taken pole position for tomorrow's Spanish V-Prix, edging out the two Downtons of Klaas van Snelheid and Nathaniel Powers by only a few hundredths of a second.
Nathaniel Powers was quickest in practice for the Spanish V-Prix, but a number of incidents behind him persistently disrupted the session.
Good morning and welcome to Jerez, Spain for the team principal’s Thursday press conference ahead of this weekend’s Spanish V-Prix – round seven of the 2019 Formula Virtual World Championship. Joining us today, from left to right, are; Adam Blocker of FIRST Motorsport, Bradley Downton of Downton FV Team, Arthur Lapierre from Red Bull DS Automobiles Team Mathershaw, and Dylan Lopez of Lopez FV. The empty seat between Adam and Bradley should’ve been Rai Miyamoto but unfortunately, he’s too busy to join us today, so welcome to the four of you.
Message from Harry: "Hi! God been a while since I've made a press release. This is official confirmation that for the 2020 season of Formula Virtual, Westwood Racing Technology have signed Karl Beckenbauer from Phoenix. I'm really thrilled to have Karl back in the fold, and while he understood that folding the team in 2018 was nothing personal and something that I had to do, I always felt really bad for the way he was treated. In a way, this feels sort of like a redemption tale for us both! Karl is also excited to upgrade from car 70 to car 69!"
Charlotte, North Carolina – Andromeda and FIRST have agreed terms that will see drivers Will Hoskins and Oleksandr Zozulya swap seats for the Spanish V-Prix. This is following FIRST team principal Adam Blocker’s criticism of both of his drivers immediately after the French V-Prix. In contrast, Will Hoskins has received nothing but praise from the paddock this season with several impressive performances this season including scoring Andromeda’s first point in Malaysia. We were fortunate to get statements from both team principals on the situation:
Le Mans, 18/6/19
Today, Mathershaw Technology have announced that they will no longer compete as the DS Automobiles factory team, effective from the conclusion of the 2019 season. The announcement comes hot on the heels of Arthur Lapierre leaving the French manufacturer to concentrate on his primary role with Mathershaw due to "conflicting priorities".
Le Mans, 18/6/19
In a week of change within Formula Virtual that has seen one of the sport's stalwarts leave and another return to the fray, news has emerged of further upheaval within the paddock, with confirmation that Arthur Lapierre has left his position at DS Performance as their Head of Motorsport.
Let me make one thing clear before I continue, this is not an article. This is not a journalistic piece to stir controversy or to create publicity. This is not a reactionary post from anything that has happened here or in previous races, this is pure fact, me talking to you.
I have spent the last six and a half years in Formula Virtual, racing, competing, enjoying myself. But the time has come for me to leave. 2019 will be the last season Franklin compete in FV. This is no reflection on the community, nor on the performance of my team, but on factors outside of Formula Virtual. In the last few months I have started my own business, I have had another child, and hell not that anyone needs to know, but my marriage has also come to an end. I'm not looking for sympathy, but this has all made me realise that I need to put my focus elsewhere.
I pride myself on my competitive spirit. If I were to remain here, it would be in a capacity that I could put the time and effort into putting myself on top, but I want that time and effort spent elsewhere, growing my business and taking advantage of what life has to offer. By no means am I saying that this is a waste of my time, just that I feel it is better spent elsewhere. Like I said, I'm an all or nothing kinda guy, and I'm not going to half-ass it just for the sake of being here.
I may not be the most popular on the grid given the character and persona I adopted for the purpose of the sport, but I did enjoy the time I had here competing against you all.
I'm sure I'll still frequent the Discord from time to time, but that's probably as much involvement I can see from myself for the foreseeable future. I hope you respect my wishes that the Franklin team dies with me as I want the legacy to remain with myself. I appreciate that this isn't what Nic wants, and I haven't spoken to him, nor anyone else about this, as the original teams were meant to become legacy teams passed on to the next manager, but I don't want to see my team in the hands of another.
Thanks everyone for the time we've had, and here's to the rest of 2019.