With controversy in world motorsport once again on everyone’s lips, one of the things to be positive about for Red Bull is that Sebastian Vettel retains his place on the top of the Castrol Driver Rankings with pole position and points finishes for two of the three F1 rounds in July.
Andretti Grenn’s Dario Franchitti took first place in a rain-soaked Indianapolis 500. There were accidents aplenty, one of which affected South African Tomas Scheckter, who finished seventh.
South African A1 GP driver Stephen Simpson has settled in Indianapolis, from where he now participates in the IndyPro series. Will the US-based Cape Town boy eventually disappear from the hearts of his countrymen?
Tomas Scheckter is raffling one of his IndyCar helmets in an effort to raise funds to cover the costs of a cochlear implant for his cousin, Jaki Scheckter.
Team South Africa is in a more optimistic mood ahead of this weekend’s A1 Grand Prix leg in Australia, despite dismal performances in the last two rounds.
The Team France entry in the weekend’s A1 race action at Estoril, Portugal, took its second double victory in as many weeks while team South Africa’s car was forced to retire in the feature race after a good performance in the sprint race.
After a promising start to its A1 Grand Prix campaign at Brands Hatch, the SA team struggled at the EuroSpeedway and hopes to fare better at the former F1 circuit, Estoril, this weekend.
France dominated proceedings in the second round of the A1 Grand Prix series in Germany, with Nicolas Lapierre winning both the sprint and feature races, while Team South Africa had a disappointing result.
The second round of the A1 Grand Prix will take place at Germany’s EuroSpeedway in Lausitz on Sunday, and Stephen Simpson and Tomas Scheckter are among the candidates to drive the South African team car, Vulindlela, this weekend.
Former British F3 champion and BAR Honda development driver Alan van der Merwe would seem a logical choice to campaign the South African car in the A1 GP series, but so far the South African-born driver “has not been asked” to drive for the team.