Mid-Week Motorsport Headlines - 24th November 2021

All the latest news from the racing world!

F1

Vettel and Mick Schumacher will compete in the 2022 Race of Champions together, having already won it as a pair back in 2019. It will take place in Sweden in February of next year, where the German team will surely be one of the favourites.

The FIA had another difficult weekend at Qatar, with them being worked hard even before the track action started. I have to say the amount of time it took once again for the stewards to come to a decision about the right to review was poor. I still believe that it deserved more action at the time, but Max didn’t deserve to be put behind Bottas.

As for the scenes at the end of qualifying, it was a poorly managed situation at the time, why did the FIA say that track was clear to the teams, when there was clearly a car stopped on track? The ‘rogue marshal’ was right to put a flag out, and the FIA need to learn from it. Should the drivers have been penalised given the confusion? Probably, as they have to be aware of the flags too, and can’t just rely on lighting boards and their steering wheel!

Formula E

Askew will join Dennis at Andretti for 2022, with new title sponsor Avalanche. That pairing could be very formidable for the coming season, as Oliver has bags of talent, and we know how Dennis did in his rookie year!

MotoGP

The series has pledged to be running on fully sustainable fuels by 2027, with this increasing from 2024 until then. As the world’s leading motorcycle racing series, this was a path they had to take, not only to keep manufacturers happy, but to please parts of the fan base too. Much like for F1, I believe that road relevance is key to a sustainable series, especially one filled by big companies.

Remy Gardner was surprised with how good the KTM is, saying he ‘expected worse’, and will hope that the team can be more competitive in 2022. Vinales isn’t happy yet with the Aprilia, saying it isn’t quite his yet, as he wants to ‘improve the feeling’ with the bike. Also, Puig says that the Honda is still far from ready for next year, but says they are moving in the right way.

Bagnaia ended the test fastest, already happy with the 2022 bike, and seemingly can’t wait for the season to start again. Quartararo and Rins were 2nd and 3rd, ahead of Pol Espargaro. KTM was still quite a way down on the timesheets, with Binder best of the lot in 11th.

-M

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