Team principle Rai Miyamoto has confirmed that Ocelot will need to re-evaluate it's position in the sport should pre-qualifying come into affect. The team have known to be very vocal about this particular potential rule change.
''We are having our best ever season in the sport and tears me up to say that should the rule change come into affect we will need to see if this a sport we want to be apart of. There are many reasons why do not like this change should it take place. Now we are not against new teams as long as the amount of teams on grid does not exceed 13. No decision is confirmed, we'd just seriously need to think about this.''
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Lopez have confirmed via social media they have retained the German's signature for the 2019 season following Sunday's Slovakian V-Prix.
Allar Kangur put in another great performance to become the first Formula Virtual driver ever to win in Slovakia, and power himself into the championship battle. The Estonian started fourth but moved into second when Adrien Simon and Olen Inman crashed into each other and took the lead when Enrique Ruiz was held up behind Jean Mattson, Ruiz came second after it looked like Puccio Giodano would finish there, but a slow pit-stop put him behind Ruiz and Nathaniel Powers who finished third, elevating the Brit into the championship lead after Simon lost his rear wing and retired.
Charlotte, North Carolina – FIRST Motorsport called a press conference at the team’s headquarters in Charlotte to announce their 2019 driver lineup. Participants in the press conference included Team Principal Adam Blocker and drivers Oleksandr Zozulya, Felix Perez, and Stefan Klien.
Below are the full qualifying results for tomorrow's Slovakian V-Prix:
Technoparc-Le Mans, 18/08/2018
Just after Friday practice of the Slovakian V-Prix - in which Phoenix Motorsport driver Sergio Alvarez stunned the paddock by setting the eighth fastest time - Phoenix team principal Alex Easton revealed that the former Westwood Renault Sport loanee will remain at the Manchester based Formula Virtual outfit next season. Both Easton and Alvarez were available for comment.
In practice for the Slovakian V-Prix, Adrien Simon was fastest for DS Mathershaw by a significant margin, nearly three quarters of a second ahead of nearest rival Nathaniel Powers in his Downton. Puccio Giodano continues Ocelot's good form with third, while Allar Kangur showed relatively good one lap pace with fourth.
Enrique Ruiz and Klaas van Snelheid rounded out the top 6, both over a second off the Frenchman's pace, while Sergio Alvarez shocked the paddock with the 8th fastest time with an excellent lap.
Ingram, Holmqvist and the Franklin of Olen Inman were in amongst each other in the midfield, while North Star and Lopez both seem to have the beating of FIRST, AMR and Meteor - the American team being the best of the latter three based on practice times alone.
Below are the full practice standings:
Good morning everyone, welcome to the Automotodrom Slovakia Ring ahead of this weekend’s Slovakian V-Prix, round ten of the 2018 season. Joining us to start the second half of the season in today’s Thursday press conference; on the back row are Will Ingram of Ingram Grand Prix, Adam Blocker from FIRST, and Adrian Arnello of Arnello Ronson & Milner Autosport. On the front row are Jamie Franklin from Franklin, Bradley Downton from Downton FV Team, and for the first time, we have Nic Morley; CEO of Formula Virtual. Welcome to you all!
Following on from nearly four years of successful technical co-operation, the Downton High Performance Engines division and DS Performance, along with their factory FV teams Downton FV Team and DS Automobiles Team Mathershaw, have announced that their current collaboration will end following the conclusion of the 2018 Formula Virtual season in Brazil, with a new, looser deal to begin next year. Both parties will continue their partnership including common gearbox and drivetrain, but with each producing their own engines based on a common architecture to allow greater technical freedom.
North Star team principal Nick Forrest has expressed concerns over the incoming regulations governing engine partnerships from the 2019 Formula Virtual season onward.
Adrien Simon put in an immaculate performance in Germany to take the lead of the 2018 Formula Virtual World Championship. The Frenchman lead from pole and never conceded first place. His teammate Allar Kangur recovered to finish second despite a spin while following the Franklin pair. Enrique Ruiz took his third consecutive podium with a third-place finish, but the big shock was both Downtons not scoring points for the first time since Malaysia 2017. Nathaniel Powers was one of the victims of the first turn kerb at the start, launching himself onto Ryota Yoshida’s car, before a collision with Olen Inman when the Monegasque tried to lap him, resigning the Brit to the back of the field. Klaas van Snelheid lost time on the opening lap before running over the kerbs on the outside of the final corner, pitching his car into the barrier.
Puccio Giodano is set to Ocelot at the end of the season, following a breakdown with the team from a contractual position. The race winner will have a key place in Ocelot history but will not be not be at the the team for 2019 season. Many are wondering if he will indeed have a seat at all for the particular season.
''We'd like to thank Puccio for doing so much for us, there are no burnt bridges here, this is a business approach we are taking. We need to evaluate to see what happens with our seats for 2019. Many believe Yoshida will stay with the team with a new face partnering him.
Downton FV Team and DS Automobiles Team Mathershaw have announced that their current technical partnership will conclude following the end of the 2018 Formula Virtual season. Both teams have confirmed they will release a statement at a later time.
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