Motor Sport weekly debrief – November 10


Formula 2 calendar announced, Hartley takes drivers’ championship and Force India takes George Russell for Brazilian F1 GP practice in the Motor Sport weekly debrief 

Formula 2 calendar expands

The Formula 2 championship will feature 12 races in 2018. Each double-header will support a Formula 1 race.

Eight rounds will be held in Europe with France and Russia now included. Bahrain kicks off the season, which ends in Abu Dhabi.

The series uses a new car for next year with the halo cockpit protection device fitted, as in F1.

2018 Formula 2 Championship Calendar

April 6-8: Sakhir, Bahrain, 
April 27-29:  Baku, Azerbaijan
May 11-13: Barcelona, Spain
May 24-26:  Monte Carlo, Monaco
June 22-24:  Circuit Paul Ricard, France
June 29-July1: Red Bull Ring, Austria
July 6-8:  Silverstone, Great Britain
July 27-29: Hungaroring, Hungary
August 24-26: Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium
August 31-September 2: Monza, Italy
September 28-30: Sochi, Russia
November 23-25: Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi

George Russell makes debut for Force India

Briton George Russell stepped in for Sergio Pérez in the first practice session of the Brazilian Grand Prix. 

The 19-year-old GP3 Champion joined Mercedes’ young driver programme at the beginning of the 2017 season and took part in the in-season test for Mercedes at the Hungaroring.

He finished 12th, 1.845sec off Lewis Hamilton‘s session-topping time of 1min09.202sec as Mercedes took a 1-2.

Hartley takes WEC title

Toro Rosso’s Brendon Hartley secured his second World Endurance Championship title in three years at Shanghai this week.

The New Zealander placed second in the Six Hours of Shanghai after four consecutive race victories, including his first Le Mans 24 Hours win in June.

He will race for Toro Rosso in this weekend’s Brazilian GP.

Ferrari wins WEC constructors’ championship

Ferrari sealed the manufacturers’ title in the WEC at Shanghai, its fifth WEC constructors’ title since 2012.

Alessandro Pier Guidi and James Calado finished third while Davide Rigon and Sam Bird finished sixth in their AF Corse GTE 488s.

The drivers’ championship will go down to the decider in Bahrain on November 17-18. Calado and Pier Guidi hold the advantage by two points over Porsche’s Frederic Makowiecki and Richard Lietz.

Strakka switches from McLaren to Mercedes

Strakka Racing has announced a switch to Mercedes hardware for the 2018 season with an entry into the Intercontinental GT Challenge for the first time.

The outfit previously contested the Blancpain Sprint and Endurance categories with four McLaren 650S GT3s.

It will now field a trio of Mercedes-AMG GT3s in the Blancpain Endurance cup for 2018 and forego a Sprint entry for the IGTC series.

Team owner Nick Leventis cited a lack of competitiveness and a “desire for stability” as the reasons for the change, to Autosport.

Bentley reveals GT3 racer

Bentley showed off renders of its 2018 Continental GT3 racer this week, with customer orders open June 2018.

Full gallery: New Bentley Continental GT3 racer

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