Iwasa to drive Ricciardo's car in Suzuka FP1

Iwasa to drive Ricciardo’s car in Suzuka FP1


In the round-up: Daniel Ricciardo will sit out first practice for the next round of the world championship in Japan.

In brief

Ricciardo to miss first practice at Suzuka

Red Bull motorsport consultant Helmut Marko revealed Ayumu Iwasa will make his debut in an official Formula 1 practice session at the Japanese Grand Prix next week. “On Friday we will use our young pilot Ayumu Iwasa in practice, an all-Nippon team,” he wrote in his column for SpeedWeek.

The 22-year-old has already raced at the track this year when he made his debut in Japan’s Super Formula championship earlier this month, finishing ninth.

Antonelli rues missed podium

Mercedes junior driver Andrea Kimi Antonelli scored the best result of his Formula 2 season to date in the feature race at Albert Park. However he was disappointed to miss a podium finish after starting on the front row of the grid.

He said he had a “pretty difficult race” to fourth. “The first stint was really good, I was able to keep up with the front runners. But after our pit stop we were definitely struggling a lot, didn’t have the pace we had yesterday and it was really difficult to drive the car that was quite unpredictable and looked like we suffered a lot more degradation compared to the others.”

His team mate Oliver Bearman, who missed the second round while making his debut for Ferrari, scored his first points of the season with ninth place.

1964 F1 drivers’ trophy up for sale

John Surtees' 1964 F1 drivers' championship trophy
Surtees’ trophy will be offered at auction

John Surtees’ 1964 world championship trophy will be offered for sale by Bonhams at the Goodwood Members’ Meeting next month. They estimate it will fetch up to £15,000.

Surtees, who died in 2017, won the trophy while driving for Ferrari, taking victories in the German and Italian grands prix and pipping BRM’s Graham Hill by a single point at the final race in Mexico.

Brazil WEC trophy is rubbish

The winners of Brazil’s first World Endurance Championship round for 10 years will receive trophies created from waste collected around Sao Paulo.

The cups have been designed by Brazilian street artist Mundano. The promoters intend to use waste created at the July race to produce next year’s trophies.

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