Lucas V-Prix have this evening announced their driver line-up for 2020 in a glitzy event taking place at Lucas' mansion.
Reports from the paddock have confirmed that within the mists of the teams leaving for the 2020 season, new and upcoming teams from other disciplines have shown interest in the sport with many seats to be filled.
Downton have this morning confirmed the rumours that Matteo Zetticci has signed a full-time contract with the team, and will join Downton for 2020.
Bradley Downton has labelled the performance of his drivers Nathaniel Powers and Klaas van Snelheid in the Belgian V-Prix as "unacceptable" and "a disgrace".
Klaas van Snelheid has taken pole position for the Belgian V-Prix ahead of Tumo Kinnumen, while title rivals Nathaniel Powers and Enrique Ruiz struggled in fifth and seventh, the latter completing just three laps before colliding with Elroy Wagner and ending both their sessions.
The German was left unable to set a time and will start last, while Mario Juan Lopez proved the star of qualifying, and will start third - his highest grid position to date.
Nathaniel Powers was fastest in practice once again for Downton, topping the opening session at the famous Spa-Francorchamps circuit ahead of rivals Enrique Ruiz and Klaas van Snelheid.
In the wake of the news that popular new team Andromeda will be leaving the sport after only one season, it seems that Formula Virtual is looking for new teams to replace the Brazilian outfit. At this time, it’s mere speculation as to whether there is just one new team that could be joining the virtuous series, or whether multiple teams could be considered.
Andromeda ABR, by Hector Seibel, has been declared bankrupt by the Rio de Janeiro Court.
Hello and welcome to Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium for the team principal’s Thursday press conference ahead of this weekend’s Belgian V-Prix – round fifteen of the 2019 Formula Virtual World Championship. Joining us today, from left to right, are; Robert Mathershaw of Red Bull DS Automobiles Team Mathershaw, Jamie Franklin of Franklin, Bradley Downton from Downton FV Team, Shane O’Connell of Meteor International FV Team, and unfortunately we have an empty seat as Hector Seibel of Andromeda couldn’t make it here this weekend, so we’re down to just the four of you today.
Meteor International have announced the retention of Lewis Ellington who joined the team after Jules Simon was dropped nine races into this season. The team confirmed the full line up on their website.
With just 3 races left in their rookie season in which they've scored points twice, Brazilian team Andromeda have confirmed their driver line up for next year. Rodolfo De La Fuente will stay on and will be joined Danilo Casemiro, who replaces the outgoing Will Hoskins. Qing Xun Zhao will retain his role as test driver.
The DS Phoenix team have taken a step towards securing their future in Formula Virtual by finalising an agreement to come out of administration. The British team went into administration in November; with the largest creditor - by far - being outgoing engine supplier DS Automobiles.
Klaas van Snelheid has branded Championship rival Enrique Ruiz a "prat and a danger" following their collision in the Italian V-Prix that eliminated both cars from the race.
Milan, Italy – On the podium and during the post-race press conference in yesterday’s Italian V-Prix, it was clear that a podium finish meant a lot to FIRST driver Oleksandr Zozulya, who has been dropped by the team for next season following inconsistent performances this season.
During the press conference, when asked what the podium meant to him Zozulya replied with:
“It is definitely an emotional podium for me for a few reasons. For one, it feels like a lot of pressure that has built up from poor results and wasted chances throughout the season has been relieved today. I’ve proven to myself and to everyone this paddock that I can perform at a high level and that I deserve a competitive seat in Formula Virtual.
Secondly, I’ll admit that I was scared that I wouldn’t get experience a Formula Virtual podium again. It’s no secret that I don’t have a ride for next season, and while I am optimistic that I will return in the future there are no guarantees of being in a team as good as FIRST is right now.
Fuck, I need some horilka. [laughter]”
When asked what his goals for the rest of the season are:
“My primary goal is to beat Felix in the drivers’ championship, and I think I’m only a few points back after today. Ultimately, I want to make FIRST regret dropping me.”
Nick Forrest has said that North Star Racing will maintain their focus on next season in the aftermath of the Italian V-Prix.
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