With Nico Hulkenberg and, as of this morning, Sergio Perez set as the 2014 driver lineup for Force India, both Paul di Resta and Adrian Sutil are now looking for new rides.
But di Resta in particular has been rumored to possibly leave the Grand Prix circuit altogether for another racing discipline. That said, his Twitter response to today’s news didn’t indicate a future path for the Scottish driver.
Instead, he stuck with kind parting words for his now-former team:
Di Resta joined Force India in 2010 as its reserve driver while putting together a championship run that season in the DTM touring car series. He was then elevated to a full-time racing seat with the team in 2011 and stayed in that capacity for the next three seasons.
However, despite some solid moments in his three-year-run, he has been overlooked by the top teams when they’ve had ride openings and his lack of financial backing compared to the likes of Perez and Pastor Maldonado was a critical strike against him during the F1 silly season.
Still, di Resta’s cousin, sports car ace Marino Franchitti, couldn’t help but sound off on his own Twitter account this morning on the matter of pay drivers:
A nice bit of snark from Franchitti, but it’s just the nature of the beast in all forms of motorsport – even the mighty Formula One. As for where di Resta will land, we shall see.
Three weeks after announcing his retirement from motorsport, Johnny Cecotto Jr. will return to racing this weekend at the GP2 round in Sochi, Russia.
Cecotto said on Twitter that “today my career ends” on September 17, announcing that he had lost his backing provided by the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.
However, the GP2 veteran will return to racing this weekend with Trident, having last raced for the Italian team at Monza one month ago. He will partner Ferrari junior driver Raffaele Marciello once again.
Cecotto’s return is just one of a number of driver/team stories heading into the GP2 race weekend at Sochi:
- American driver Alexander Rossi returns to GP2 with Racing Engineering this weekend following his two-race stint in F1 with Manor. He will also take part in grands prix in the USA, Mexico and Brazil before returning to GP2 once again in Abu Dhabi.
- Julian Leal has announced his retirement from GP2, and is replaced by debutant Dean Stoneman at Carlin. Stoneman won at Sochi in GP3 last year en route to second place in the championship.S
- Sean Gelael will race for Carlin once again, having missed the round at Monza due to a Formula Renault 3.5 clash.
- Nicholas Latifi returns to GP2 this weekend with MP Motorsport, racing alongside Rene Binder.
- Nathanael Berthon also returns, racing for Team Lazarus.
- Hilmer Motorsport will miss the round in Sochi altogether, reducing the grid down to 24 cars.
The FIA Formula E Championship will add Hong Kong to its calendar for its third season, 2016-2017.
The race will take place on October 9, 2016 – exactly one year from now – around the city’s Central district. The 2km circuit will run between Lung Wo Road and the Star Ferry, with cars reaching speeds of up to 225kph (140mph).
The launch event today featured the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the Honourable CY Leung; Mr. Gregory So, Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development; Mr. Alejandro Agag, CEO, Formula E Holdings; Mr. Lawrence Yu Kam-Kee, President of the Hong Kong Automobile Association; and reigining FE champion Nelson Piquet Jr.
“The Hong Kong ePrix will be one of the highlights on the FIA Formula E Championship calendar,” Agag said in a release. “As one of the most innovative, cutting-edge and fun-loving cities in the world, Hong Kong and Formula E share many of the same qualities. We look forward to bringing all the fun and entertainment of Formula E to this amazing city, and international motorsport back to Hong Kong.”
The track map is linked below.