Ocelot team principle Rai Miyamoto has stated that the FCA family seriously want's to supply more teams. ''We've done very well this season, a positive move from Honda to Alfa for us or what would have been Maserati. I'm glad though that we kept our identity and managed to secure a strong engine. That being said the bosses at FCA, Alfa are seriously considering investing more into Formula Virtual and wish to create an Italian empire so to speak. So all our doors are open to the rest of the field from new to old. The entire family, Maserati, Ferrari are all open for business. Just give us a call. But if we are left on our then sure, we'll try and do the impossible.''
It will be interesting to see if more teams will take on the offer or if Ocelot will be left on their own especially with the boost coming in next season.
Allar Kangur took his second consecutive win at Austria after a late shower. The Estonian put in a storming second stint alongside teammate Adrien Simon, which was crucial to him passing Enrique Ruiz, the Brazilian coming second. Championship leader Nathaniel Powers followed the pair home, ahead of Ryota Yoshida who took his best result of his career. Simon looked in prime position to win after the rain came but a costly mistake from his team to put him on the intermediate, followed by multiple pit stops for unknown reason, meant he could only manage ninth.
Enrique Ruiz will start from pole position for the second race in a row in Austria, having handled the conditions best in a drying session.
In the sunshine of the Styrian mountains, DS Mathershaw secured a 1-2 in practice for the Austrian V-Prix, with Adrien Simon ahead of his team-mate Allar Kangur by two tenths of a second. The power-driven nature of the circuit looked to suit the Downton-DS powertrain well, with the Downton factory cars in third and fifth split only by the Ocelot of Puccio Giodano, with Klaas van Snelheid ahead of Nathaniel Powers. Olen Inman was in sixth position for Franklin, ahead of Ryota Yoshida in the second Ocelot and an impressive Rodolfo de la Fuente - the Spaniard deputising for Enrique Ruiz in the session. Behind, Ingram and Holmqvist were line astern, while Carson Davenport was 13th ahead of each of the Lopez, North Star and FIRST entries. Towards the back, Sebastien Vocquelin - whose participation in this event has caused a split in opinion in the FV paddock - beat not only his team-mate, but also both AMRs and the Phoenix of Sergio Alvarez. Below is the full standings at the end of the session:
Enrique Ruiz became the second double pole sitter of 2018 during qualifying for the Spanish V-Prix, but that accolade very nearly went to his team mate Olen Inman, whom he beat to the head of the field by just 0.024 seconds.
Adrien Simon led the way in free practice for the Spanish V-Prix at the Jerez de la Frontera circuit, a whole 6 tenths of a second ahead of Enrique Ruiz, with Klaas van Snelheid in third place a further tenth of a second back.
The Lopez FV Team have revealed a one-off livery for next week's Austrian V-Prix, raising awareness for a disease which Team Boss Dylan Lopez announced on social media had hit a member of his family.